Get lost in the forest at this UK rainbow woodland wedding

Updated Jun 20 2016
 
Photos by: The Cine Collective

Matt and his bride Hazi had their woodland wedding last year in the UK, and between their combined hair powers, the groom's rainbow tie, the woodland cake, the bride's DIY dress, and the lactose-intolerant pizza… you'll need to get scrolling. We'll let Hazi take it from here…

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Photos by The Cine Collective

We are twentysomethings who have been together for years. We are very laid-back so decided to have the ceremony and reception at my grandparents' garden and house. They pretty much raised me and I love them more than anything, so this was the perfect place, where I felt completely at home.

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My dress was DIY: I bought a cheap Mori Lee dress & a strip of rainbow organza off eBay, then I cut bits I didn't like off, and sewed the rainbow under the lace.

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Acoustic guitar by best man as we all walk down to the ceremony.
Acoustic guitar by best man as we all walk down to the ceremony.

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We are both very anxious people from past abuse and other nonsense, so we were very scared of the ceremony and being in front of so many people we don't know really well. However it was more relaxing and peaceful than we ever expected and we felt so at ease! It was lovely.

Matt and I wrote our own wedding vows, but due to social anxiety we decided to do them in a different way. Instead of reading them during the ceremony in front of everybody, we recorded our own voice-over track and a week before the wedding, our photographers took us out to record an extra video. They then they made it into our very own personalized "wedding vows" video that we can share with everyone:

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Here's the table layout I did. I tried to make it look very enchanted woodlandy-.
Here's the table layout I did. I tried to make it look very enchanted woodlandy-.
I hadn't seen my mum for a while and she surprised me with this beautiful watermelon carving for the wedding day!
I hadn't seen my mum for a while and she surprised me with this beautiful watermelon carving for the wedding day!

 

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Our woodland wedding cake.
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We couldn't eat the cake be because Matt cannot have milk (we got it made with milk anyway tho so the guests could enjoy the yummiest cake possible. That's what mattered to us anyway), so we both shared pizza with dairy-free cheese instead!
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We had jenga and other games hidden around the garden.
One of my favorite things I did was to make five of these chests and hide them around the garden for guests to find! Whoever found them got to keep all that was inside...
One of my favorite things I did was to make five of these chests and hide them around the garden for guests to find! Whoever found them got to keep all that was inside…
...Inside was gamer and fantasy themed loot! :)
…Inside was gamer and fantasy themed loot! 🙂
I made the guests favours. They were little cardboard treasure chests with handmade chocolates, a love potion bubble bath bottle, and my favourite: a key ring with the guests name on, made from a sliced up branch from the garden where the wedding was held.
I made the guests favours. They were little cardboard treasure chests with handmade chocolates, a love potion bubble bath bottle, and my favourite: a key ring with the guests name on, made from a sliced up branch from the garden where the wedding was held.

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Us with our best man and maid of honour.

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The day was beautiful! It has taken me a very very long and hard journey to accept love and happiness and actually trust it again, but with this guy I feel safe and he keeps me holding on for more, so I am so thankful to be able to call him my husband. Thank you for reading. 🙂 please be respectful in the comments. I know some things may not be good in others eyes but this day was perfect for us and our personality 🙂

P.S. Also a HUGEEEE thank you to our photographer!

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  1. I love all of this, but I think that your dress is my favorite part! What a lovely wedding. <3

  2. This is lovely, congratulations to you both!
    As a UK bride, did you have to get married at a register office before the garden ceremony or is your grandparents' garden licensed for weddings?

  3. What a gorgeous wedding! Beautiful location, the bride has a talent for dress altering, and I love love love the key ring idea for guest favors!

  4. Such a lovely wedding! So many thoughtful details, I love it! I especially love the rainbow dress, so pretty!

  5. Your wedding pictures display such a wonderfully magical wedding. The video of your vows just made me melt and cry. So happy for you two and the love you have found…Congrats!!
    As a women working on 21 years married to my soulmate/best friend…unconditional love, understanding in the fact that we are all flawed human beings and sometimes make mistakes, and communication with acceptance is the key to a wonderful, loving and long lasting marriage. 🙂
    Best wishes and happiness for a love to last a lifetime….

  6. Ugh, this wedding is the BEST!! I love the bride's dress and hair. And the hidden chests are so cute! 😀 😀 😀

  7. This wedding is beautiful! Your dress made me swoon! So awesome!
    I also really enjoyed all the wonderful and thoughtful things you did for your guests like the hidden treasure chests and the amazing favors!
    Well done! The whole day thing looks like a beautiful fairy tale 🙂

  8. I feel like I'm repeating everyone else. I <3 the treasure chests. Your dress is BEAUTIFUL AMAZING! Your hair is gorgeous. But the one thing that stands out? Your smiles are the best. Both of you are just glowing. Best wishes to you both!

  9. Oh my God. I think that your dress is the best wedding dress I have ever seen; no exaggeration. I like it more than my own, and that's saying something (I love my dress). You must be very good at sewing! How did you get the rainbow material under the lace without damaging the lace? And how did you get it to lay so nicely? Did you have to remove the lace first and then sew it back on with the rainbow material? And your hair is just perfect! How did you get it that vivid shade of pink, especially with how much you have? Excuse me; I am just in awe over here. I'll close my mouth now.

  10. Your wedding was beautiful! From your dress(I'm totally jealous) to the guest favors you made! Congrats to you both

  11. That dress is fantastic, and so if your groomsman's mugging in the photos. Cracks me up! Also, your hair. Actually, everything about this wedding is love.

  12. Wow that rainbow dress is fantastic! And I love the treasure-chest favours; they're so thoughtful. I wonder how expensive they would be, because I would love to be able to give something like that out: it's just perfect. Also, it's a shame the groom couldn't eat the wedding cake because of the milk – you can get really delicious vegan cakes with amazing decorations that all the guests would have enjoyed as well, so it's sad he missed out on the cake at his own wedding. Still, the dairy-free pizza looks like it more than made up for it! That pink hair is also fabulous, it's so colourful and vivid! Basically I just love this whole wedding! (And I second the question about whether the couple had to get married in a registry office first – stupid UK laws not letting people get married outside 🙁 ).

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