Andy and Kerry are both musicians, which gave them a wealth of inspiration for their very individual wedding in July. I know that I’m definitely going to be stealing some ideas from them to create the quintessentially laid back big day…
Hiya Kerry, so tell me how the two of you met? On Guardian Soulmates online – Andy was my first date!
A one hit wonder as it were! So where did you choose to get married? South Farm, Cambridgeshire
Did you use a wedding planner? Nope. We are whizzes at organising things.
Lucky you! Now I know that you had the best idea for a theme for your wedding, tell me more…
Yes, we wanted to put on a festival. In fact we didn’t actually invite people to our wedding, but rather to ‘Wedfest 2007’ with flyers rather than invitations.
It was too pricey for us to hold a whole weekend festival on the farm, so we had a DJ night and short film night either side of the main wedding. On the day itself, we had stalls of a festival/fete variety hosted by all our friends and family in the afternoon (e.g. coconut shy, badge making, henna tattoos) and hired a big yurt for the evening gig.
We had five bands including our own (vocal trio, avant-jazz collective and live drum ‘n’ bass crew) plus an avant-garde string quartet and live jazz/hip hop. Then after that, we had DJs in the barn til the wee hours. We made ‘Wedfest’ badges and a programme for the whole day to tie around your neck. Each table for the meal was named after a wacky or made-up genre of music (eg Gyspy Punk, Math-Rock, Latvian Art Skull Metal).
What about your dress – again, you steered away from the traditional didn’t you?
Yes, I wore a wicked goldy green long dressy skirt from Fairy Gothmother in Spitalfields which cost £75. I bought a gold/brown big silk scarf from Accessorize which I wrapped round me in a cunning bandeau-top style way. That cost £20. I then had a fake flower in my hair and wrapped ivy, pulled off a neighbour’s garden, round my arm. Our rings were made by a silversmith friend.
What did your bridesmaids wear? They wore whatever they wanted!
I’ve never seen cakes like yours before, tell me about them? The cakes were made by my ‘Best Girl’, Cat. I’d had the idea that we would love a cake of one of our favourite buildings, Battersea Power Station! This seemed suitably fun and unusual. Of course, creating a baked version of said building is nigh-on impossible, so Cat went along the London landmark theme and made us FOUR separate cakes, placed in correct geographical position on the table: (clockwise from top left) The Houses of Parliament, The Gherkin, The Globe Theatre and The London Eye. One was gluten-free and vegan, suitable for specific guests…
Any Wedding Mis-haps? Nope, it all went marvellously.
Favourite part of the day? The ceremony actually. It was bloody lovely, the music was gorgeous and it felt dead right.
What music did you have at your ceremony then? The members of both my groups formed the ensemble (2 voices, clarinet, ‘cello, bass) plus a couple of others. I’m a composer so I wrote one piece and arranged two others – ‘Our Prayer’ by the Beach Boys and ‘Possibly Maybe’ by Bjork. We had also commissioned a piece from another composer buddy. It was all lovely. The instrumentalists also did avant-garde, free-jazz versions of wedding classics at the beginning and end…
And, most importantly – which song for your first dance? Instead of dancing, we performed our first song in the festival yurt to kick off the evening’s live music. We did a quirky version of Guns ‘n’ Roses’ Sweet Child of Mine’ on bass (Andy) and vocals/melodica (me), which everyone rocked out to. Later I performed my ideal ‘first dance’ song with one of my bands and Andy and the best man danced as I was singing. It was most hilarious and sweet.
Best Wedding Tip? Be different. Make it personal. Don’t worry about what your folks want you to do.
So, What now? Planning the anniversary festival parties, e.g. 1 year – paper-themed party, 5 years – wood-themed party etc ho ho ho.
That all sounds awesome, such an amazing way to celebrate your love with all your friends – which is what it’s all about! Thanks so much Kerry!