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Animal Themed Country Wedding in the United Kingdom
July 9, 2014
WhimsicalBackyardSummer Weddings
Petting zoos and gorgeous outdoor affairs aren't your standard combo but the second you lay your eyes on this wedding it will all make sense. From the jeweled Jenny Packham dress to the adorable donkey, were smitten with Britt Spring's photography, The Passion Of Flowers' approach to blooms and overall a day infused with animals and a whole lot of love.
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From The Bride...We definitely had a bit of an animal theme going on with a side of cowboy and American Ranch thrown in for good measure.Our decorations came from all over the place: charity shops, antique shops, Etsy, Ebay and my Nan, and were mostly sourced by me in the months leading up to the wedding.

Our invitations (which I designed) featured two chickens so these kind of became our emblem. My favorite decorations were the two feathered life-size chicken that I ordered from the States. They kept a watchful eye over everyone from the bar all night.

I really wanted antler chandeliers but these are generally quite expensive - eventually I found the ones we had randomly at Next.Then there were vases, animal planters, chalk boards, wagon wheels. vintage signs, fake animal heads and brass animals. Paper decorations for the marquee were custom made by FunkyFrillsUK from Etsy. Each table was named after an animal so for the name places I bought lots of Childrens plastic animals and spray painted them white, in fact I was up early doing this on the morning of the wedding! I used kraft tags and hand stamped all of the names.

Will and I met through two of our best friends, the best man and one of the bridesmaids, who met at university and are now married. I always knew I wanted to get married in North Norfolk as it's where I grew up and it's a really special place but we were very lucky to find Scaldbeck House as it had only just been refurbished and the owner agreed to apply for a licence so that we could have our wedding there. The thing that did it for us was the view looking out over Morston Harbour, which is a bit wild and of course those big Norfolk skies.

One of my best friends, Charley (who did an amazing reading of Roald Dahl's Cinderella at the ceremony) is a wedding planner and has a fantastic blog called London Bride. I was quite daunted by the task of choosing a photographer but she recommended a few and I loved Britt's work. Beautiful, stylish and memorable and not a hint of cheese. Also she is very happy and relaxed which is great as Will and I are both terrible at having our photos taken usually.