Duncton Mill Fishery Wedding
Tom and Alex had a beautiful wedding at Duncton Mill Fishery. Their Wedding Day was filled with lots of laughter, mixed with tears of joy and alot of fun. And I mean a ALOT. From Tug of War, garden games (chess anyone?) to being rowed around a lake to name a few.
Guys, thank you for having me as your wedding photographer, I absolutely loved it! Here are the highlights from the day <3 G.
Also, Tom and Alex kindly shared some of their planning knowledge and their experience from the day. So grab a drink and enjoy!
Tipi Wedding in Duncton Mill
Tom and Alex wedding planning knowledge and their experience from the Day
Describe your wedding day.
The whole day was completely bespoke and personal to us from start to finish. The wedding ceremony took place in St. Giles church at the foot of the South Downs in the picturesque village of Graffham. This was where Tom grew up and his grandparents got married.
For the reception, we had tipis supplied by ‘Beautiful World Tents’ next to a stunning lake at Duncton Mill Fishery. It was a very chilled out venue where guests could wander around the lakes and have photos on the island, where we built a life size photo frame to perfectly capture our venue. Our wedding was very family orientated, so all of the table names were very sentimental to us and also the people on that table. We also had lawn games outside of the tipis like a giant chessboard, croquet and the tug of war.
In the evening the dancefloor was jam packed all night right until the last song.
Please tell me about the style, theme and overall vibe of your wedding.
It was a typical rustic English country garden theme with lots of colour and fun. We wanted a real contrast between the ceremony and the reception. The ceremony was very traditionally English, whereas the reception was very colourful, fun and free. The reception venue allowed us to be completely creative with what we wanted. All of our decorations were homemade; we took inspiration from Thailand, the place where we met, to have vibrant colours with flowers and decorations. We had live music playing by Alex’s friends on arrival to the venue and for the food we had a Hog Roast supplied by ‘The Fat Hog’ which was served outside the tipis beside the lake. The overall vibe was very personal, relaxed and so much fun.
Words of advice for grooms just embarking on the wedding planning process.
Get the practical side sorted first, like the venue, photographer, food and bar. Then the rest can be added or sorted nearer the time. Don’t write your speech to early, as it will then be fairly fresh in your mind on the day even after a beer or two. Also try and have an opinion on everything, as it will help your wife to make decisions on things like flowers and bridesmaid dresses.
What your number one piece of advice for brides just starting to plan their wedding?
Be organised! It’s so much fun and very rewarding planning a wedding but there’s a lot to think about- especially if you’re planning a DIY wedding and all of those personal ‘little’ touches take lots of thought and time. Make sure you involve the groom in decisions as it can be quite overwhelming doing it all on your own. We worked really well together; I had the ideas and Tom created them!
Can you tell me about your dress, from buying it, to how you felt in it on the day?
My dress was Martina Liana style 874. My mum bought it for me from The Wedding House in Derby and I absolutely loved it and still do. When I went to try on dresses, I had no particular style of dress in mind, apart from that I wanted a long train so I tried on every style in the shop. That helped me to narrow it down to find the exact style that suited me. When I tried on my dress, I knew instantly that it was the one. It was comfortable, when I walked the train didn’t lose its shape and I could sit down in it. I loved the lace detail all over the dress and my favourite part was the racer back with the pearl beaded buttons all the way down. I felt incredible in it all day!
What was the most memorable moment of the wedding day for you?
Tom – The most memorable part of the day was seeing Alex walk down the aisle. I was absolutely terrified until she was stood next me. We also arrived at the reception by boat, we were rowed around an island and all of our friends and family were waiting for us cheering. It was also time we had to ourselves where we could just stop and take everything in.
Alex- The most memorable part of the day for me was after dinner. It was so great sitting on the top table looking out to all of our family and friends seeing them laughing and crying at all of the speeches. I remember feeling so lucky to have so many amazing people in our lives celebrating our marriage. I’ll remember that feeling forever!
Tell us about your favourite DIY hack?
Our favourite DIY hack was creating signs and frames using recycled wood! We used old garden fence posts and white paint to create our personalised signs all around the venue. Tom’s Dad used timber sleepers and metal support rods to make our life size photo frame which we decorated with left over flowers from the church and reception. So cheap, easy to create (maybe not the photo frame!) and very effective!
What was the highlight of your day?
Tom – The highlight of the day was celebrating our marriage with everyone we loved. People laughed and danced all night. At one point during the evening, I took Alex to the island where the picture frame was, and we just looked and listened to the celebrations and partying inside the tipis.
Alex- I have two! Standing with Tom at the altar of the church and saying our vows. It felt like we were the only two people in the room! And dancing with all 120 guests to Celine Dion and Take that at the end of the night. We didn’t want it to end!
Duncton Mill Fishery Wedding