Aly and Matt were married in June last year, celebrating with an outdoor Humanist wedding complete with a hand fastening ceremony. I loved reading Aly’s write up about their day, and the images from Beatrici Photography perfectly reflect how laid back this couple sound!
Aly looks gorgeous in her high street dress, which she bought just weeks before the big day, and you’re definitely going to want to check out the incredible DIY bunting she made for the ceremony backdrop. I’m mega jealous! The day isn’t full of frills, but all the details are beautiful. I think Aly and Matt found a great balance of making their wedding uncomplicated but not leaving anything out, plus they got their dog Lexie involved!
Photography by Beatrici Photography
How did you meet?
Aly, the bride: Matt and I met in Lima, Peru. He was my boss at a travel agency and within a few months of meeting each other we started a travel marketing company together. About a year later, I visited his home in England and then he came to my home in Washington State… we’ve been traveling around together ever since!
A high street dress
I bought my dress about three weeks before the wedding from Reiss… Matt was trying on suits (also last minute!) and on a whim I decided to try this one on and I ended up buying it as a backup, just in case I didn’t find anything else I liked better. On the day it felt like the perfect choice. Matt had bought me a bracelet on the morning of the wedding, but I couldn’t find it as we were running out the door and I’d bought Matt some sunglasses, but he lost those almost immediately!
I am not the matchy type – I just asked my bridesmaids not to wear pastels and they all ended up wearing bright solid colors. Matt asked his best man to wear a similar shade of blue to his suit.
My problem was I was inspired by everything I saw online – I wanted a bit of America, and a bit of England, a bit rustic, country, but classy and not too “wedding” or trendy… I think it all came together somehow (read: really hard work) in the end!
A white wedding
We went with mostly white details and bright colours wherever they fitted in. I made the white bunting myself, then some bright flowery bunting for the gift and cake table.
A Humanist ceremony
Matt and I were legally married the previous year in Thailand, so we didn’t have to do anything legal on the day which was really nice. We had our friend and Humanist Celebrant, Bob Jelly, tell our story and do a short ceremony and hand fasting – our parents, siblings, and closest friends came and lay a ribbon over our hands and Bob tied them into a knot which is now hanging in our bedroom. We chose a beautiful poem by Margaret Atwood for Matt’s sister to read.
“Marriage is not a house or even a tent
it is before that, and colder:
the edge of the forest, the edge of the desert
the unpainted stairs at the back where we squat outside, eating popcorn
the edge of the receding glacier where painfully
and with wonder at having survived even this far
we are learning to make fire.”
We walked out to Si me quieres from The Roots of Chicha, which Matt introduced me to when we both lived in Peru.
I found Alline Beatrici of Beatrici Photography on Instagram and after chatting with her on Skype I knew she was the perfect fit for us! She was amazing and helped me with all my jitters… She even surprised us with recordings of all of the speeches!
We picked up our flowers from a wholesaler the day before the wedding for only £120! My mom, mother-in-law, and her amazing friends helped us arrange all the flowers. It took such a loooong time – almost eight hours, but they were perfect.
Sweet treats & tunes
We had an assortment of cupcakes made by a family friend, and a lovely carrot cake made by a friend too. In the early evening Jimmy Jimmy performed outside, and later we had our friends DJ. The final hour was a set by Ninja Bob – the best. DJ. ever.
Advice for couples planning their weddings
Make it fun for your guests and don’t worry about what’s expected of you. I was nervous about walking down the aisle so I didn’t – Instead Matt and I greeted everyone as they arrived and helped show them where to sit and what to do. It was one of the best parts for me, and it set the tone for the whole day.
Doesn’t the day sound and look so relaxed and fun?! Thanks to Alline from Beatrici Photography, and of course a huge thanks to Aly and Matt for sharing their very special day – oh and for introducing me to The Roots of Chicha!
Aly & Matt’s Little Black Book
Photographer – Beatrici Photography
Ceremony venue – Barnacle Village Hall
Bride’s dress – Reiss
Celebrant – Robert ‘Bob’ Jelly
Furniture – Unique Vintage Rentals
Entertainment – Jimmy Jimmy
DJ – Ninja Bob