A West Sussex Garden Festival Wedding ~ Part Two: ‘Wigstock’ Revisited

Today we are revisiting Sasha and Luke’s amazing back garden festival wedding which, as we found out in Part 1 they nicknamed ‘Wigstock’ after their love of festivals and their married surname (Wigley). See what they did there?

The wedding was held in a marquee in Luke’s dad’s rather large back garden in Storrington, West Sussex and they did the legal bit in a registry office beforehand. Heather from Brighton Photo was on hand to capture the day beautifully.

So last week we heard all about the amazing festival-style touches that Sasha and Luke added to their day and now in Part 2 Sasha tells us all about their fun-filled staycation honeymoon in London and their gorgeous outfits.

Over to Sasha:

“My wedding dress was a Jenny Packham, bought in 15 minutes at a sample sale. I had seen the dress online the day before and coincidentally there was a sample sale the next morning so I went alone before work. I was in and out very quickly to the dismay of about 200 other brides-to-be queuing outside!

My shoes were vintage for the ceremony – old favourites that I’ve worn to lots of things. Then yellow Converse Lites for the dancing.

Jewellery-wise I wore bangles lent to me by a lovely friend and Granny’s wedding ring which is a lovely memory of her to have with me all the time.

I didn’t wear a veil as I’m not really an accessory type of girl, however I did wear my own (fake!) pearl slides.

I did my own makeup (using Bobbyi Brown, Mac, and Maybelline) and wore Stella by Stella McCartney for my perfume. My mother-in-law’s friend Jane did my hair (which I had done in a festival relaxed style).

Our youngest bridesmaid wore an ilovegorgeous ‘wood nymph dress’ and Luke’s sister’s bridesmaid dress was made by a local dressmaker. Our maid of honour wore a pretaportobello.com dress and her own shoes. They all wore necklaces that we had given them as pressies too, from notonthehighstreet.com.

Luke wore a grey suit from Topman, a white Jeff Banks shirt from Debenhams, a skinny yellow tie off the internet, guitar knob cufflinks, a yellow hanky off the internet, rock/band badges from punkrockshop.co.uk and my old cream converse.

Our four best men wore their own converse and their own suits and shirts. I got them a blue, green, orange and red tie and hanky to match their converse and some cufflinks that were relevant to each of them: hollywood clappers, camera mode dials, panic buttons and guitar picks.

Our rings were: Granny’s gold wedding ring (a vintage garnet engagement ring from an antiques shop in Wimbledon) and a black titanium ring.

Our favourite part of the planning was coming up with the ideas for all the personal touches, and then spending a week in the garden leading up to the wedding actually making it all ourselves.

Budget-wise we spent a quarter on the marquee, tables, dancefloor, stage, toilets, generator, a quarter on food, a quarter on booze, band and photographer, and a quarter on everything else.

I guess our least favourite part of the wedding planning was probably the endless guillotining and laminating that we did (having printed all our invites and lanyard badges ourselves). That, and the dreaded table plan!

For our honeymoon we spent a week at home in London and did something different every night. Tuesday night we saw At The Drive In at Brixton Academy, Wednesday night we saw The Dark Knight Rises at the Imax, Thursday night we went to a blues night at The Old Frizzle in Wimbledon and Friday night we went to the Crobar in Soho with a few friends. Next summer we’re going to do a proper three week honeymoon in Tanzania.”

Team Wigstock:
Photographer: Brighton Photo
Venue: Father of the groom’s garden (Storrington)
Wedding dress: Jenny Packham
Bride’s shoes: Vintage and Converse Lites
Groom’s suit: Topman
Groom’s shoes: Converse
Groom’s shirt: Jeff Banks at Debenhams
Groom’s badges: punkrockshop.co.uk
Marquee: Alresford Marquees
Catering: Doily Days and Jamqueen
Bridesmaids’ dresses: ilovegorgeous, handmade, and Pretaportobello.com
Bridemaids’ necklaces: notonthehighstreet.com

More supliers can also be seen in Part One


Thanks again to Sasha and Luke for sharing their beautiful Sussex wedding with us and to Heather from Brighton Photo for her fab photos.

Big props to Sasha for nabbing that gorgeous Jenny Packham number in a sample sale! She looks a-mazing. The bridesmaids look adorable too (cool dresses and love the ivy hair band). Pretaportobello.com is now my new favourite online shop discovery (they even have a ‘haggle’ option)!

Liking the style of the boys here too, with their dashes of colour and converse (check out this rainbow themed Sussex barn wedding we featured last year for more boys in colourful converse).

So, any of you going for a hint of festival in your Sussex wedding or a bit of glamping for your hen or stag-do? And what do you think of Sasha and Luke’s London staycation honeymoon idea too? Great for if you have to wait a little while for your honeymoon abroad, or if you don’t fancy venturing too far. Tanzania sounds amazing too of course!

Right, I’m off to try out some online haggling. Back soon with lashings more Sussex weddingy inspiration. Do have a butchers at Part 1 of this wedding if you haven’t already done so too.

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One Response to A West Sussex Garden Festival Wedding ~ Part Two: ‘Wigstock’ Revisited

  1. Amazing wedding photography. Really lovely work.

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