Our love of animals led us to choose The Safari Lodge at Woburn Safari Park as our wedding reception venue. Also we liked the building, we both wanted somewhere a bit quirky but a blank canvas to put our mark on.
Jodi wore a 50s inspired tea length dress designed and made by herself. She accessorised with a custom red petticoat by Honey Pie Boutique, red polka dot shoes by Debenhams and jewellery by Glitzy Secrets. Jodi also made her own headpiece and her hair was styled by Sarah Doo at Wop Dos.
The bridesmaids wore red satin 50s inspired dresses and petticoats made by the bride. Their shoes and socks were by Tesco and their cardigans were from Asda. The bridesmaids crochet brooches were custom made and bought via eBay. Their hair was styled by Georgie at Directors Hair. The maid of honour's dress was from Dorothy Perkins, with a sash made by the bride, her petticoat was from Vivien of Holloway and shoes by Debenhams.
All the flowers were created by the bride's mother.
We held a vintage tea party for our wedding breakfast, with sandwiches, cakes and scones. This was followed by an evening BBQ.
We had cup cakes and a small cake made by Chestnut Cottage Cakes. The decorations and cake topper were made by Jodi herself.
Our wedding photographer was the amazing Matt Parry, who captured the day creatively and perfectly, exactly to our tastes and he was really easy to get on with!
We absolutely loved Woburn as our reception venue. The team were really helpful and allowed us time to set up the day before and were relaxed with adding decorations. This was important to us as we wanted to put our mark on the place and made most of the decorations ourselves. Being able to drive past giraffes and zebras in the wedding car was fabulous! The whole day felt very relaxed and enjoyable rather than rigidly structured like other weddings can be. All our guests commented on the venue and loved the added extras of the pedalos on Swan Lake and the train ride.