Kirstie and Ben
20th August 2016
VOW’s first featured vegan wedding is a total dream of a day, full of colour, fun, love and festival vibes. So much thought went in to every moment and their personalities and love for each other shone through. I know this is a wedding that will bring inspiration to even the most prepared wedding.
‘We met met in 2011 at a music festival in Austria called Snowbombing. We met at a street party mid-way through the festival when I was dressed as Prince Charles (!) and Ben was dressed as Luigi’
Kirstie was vegetarian for 12 years before transitioning to a vegan over 3 years ago after watching Cowspiracy and learning more about the dairy and egg industries. Ben is not far behind her, eating a predominately plant-based diet. They are both currently living and volunteering in Uganda for amazing humanitarian causes and are also both teaching yoga after training last year. In 2014, after going to Burning Man (a festival in the Nevada desert), they went on a road trip down the California coast where Ben proposed at sunset – ‘in the presence of some baby deer!’
Kirstie and Ben married in the stunning and unique Walton Castle in Somerset. ‘I wanted to find somewhere we could totally customize as we wanted our wedding to be quite alternative that was important to us’ They were inspired by the music festivals that played a big part of their relationship.
Makeup was by Grace Kingsley, ‘Grace tries to use increasing amounts of natural and vegan makeup, such as products from Lush and Bare Minerals’
‘Kirsten Butler from the Little Wedding Helper was our event stylist (and was an absolute star organising everything on the day!), I wanted everything to be bright, summery, and colourful.’
Kirstie and Ben wanted beautiful food everyone could enjoy; ‘We had a 3 course sit down meal, with an additional ice cream bike and a crepe van, with sweet and savoury crepes’. Their caterer was McBaile, a catering company in the Cotswolds who were very accommodating for vegan food. The crepe company was La Bonne Crepe, who expiremented with creating a vegan crepe mix and now offer this as standard, the ice cream bike, which served entirely vegan ice cream was booked through the bar.
‘I had a Neapolitan cake and a selection of cupcakes from Rubys of London. Ben bought me a cake from there for my birthday previously, and none of the guests (myself included!) could believe it was vegan. Other cake providers hadn’t compared, so my maid of honour had to transport the cakes in the car from East London all the way to Somerset! It was worth it though, they were delicious.’
Kirstie’s dress was custom made by Charlotte Wilden and one of the most original, colourful yet beautiful wedding dresses I have ever seen. All of the materials were vegan. ‘I wanted my dress to be something very different from traditional dresses, and I tend to wear very colourful clothes so I wanted the dress to reflect that. I also wanted it to go with the festival theme, and be quite fun. The skirt was dyed a pale green, and was many many layers so that it was a very full skirt (I never thought I would go full princess style, but when I tried on dresses before it was the full skirts that I loved most!). Underneath was a short dress, which I had for the evening. It even had little lights sewn into it! I had a low back, which was probably my favourite part. It was beautifully embroidered with pink and orange flowers. My veil was dyed ombre pink, and had our initials sewn into the end as well as the date of our wedding’
Flowers were by Claire Nicholson at The Wilde Bunch ‘I left Claire with the colours I wanted but then largely left her to her own amazing creative devices! I wanted something a bit tropical and unusual which Claire definitely delivered! The men all had mini pink pineapples for their buttonholes. We also had the mini pineapples in our table settings – in fact a guest tried to eat one of them, which wasn’t such a great plan!’ The balloons were even filled with ferns!
'I wanted something unusual, and chose a ring that looks vintage but was in fact new. They provided reassurance that the diamonds were ethically sourced and gave us the information to trace the diamond.'
Kirstie didn’t like the idea of being ‘given away’ so her parents walked her partly down the aisle and she walked the rest of the way with Ben.
The day was filled with plenty of nods to their love of festivals. Their first dance was to a song they heard at Glastonbury and they exited to ‘Benediction’ by Hot Natured and their tables were named after various festivals they had been to together. They also had an aerialist perform acrobatics and serve drinks, to add to the festival feel!
You can see their wedding video here.
Their wedding continued on the following day where they had a Caribbean brunch catered by Fi Real, the first wedding they had catered for! With a bouncy castle, jousting set and tropical cocktails. They then jetted back to Burning Man festival in San Francisco where they had a very special second wedding at sunset in the desert. How cool!!!
I’m sure you are in awe of how Kirstie and Ben pulled off such an incredibly cool, fun and meaningful weekend. I’d like to end with Kirstie’s Words of Wisdom:
‘Know that even the best laid plans won’t work out 100% to plan - and it doesn’t matter, no one will realise! Remember that it’s your day, so try to hang on to each other – it’s easy to end up speaking to all of your guests and realise you haven’t seen your new bride/groom in quite some time! Above all, remember that it’s a day to celebrate your love for each other’
Congratulations! And thank you Kirstie and Ben, it’s such a huge honour to be able to share your incredible day. I know it’s going to inspire so many brides and grooms to be.
Just Love, Emily xxx
Venue - waltoncastle.com
Dress - wildenlondon.com
Hair - hairbyhannah.net
Makeup - gracekingsley.co.uk
Stylist - littleweddinghelper.co.uk
Caterers - mcbaile.co.uk,
Crepes - labonnecrepe.co.uk
Bar - bigredbusbar.com
Cakes - rubysoflondon.com
Flowers - thewildebunch.co.uk
Groom - mrsbowtie.com
Photographer - weheartpictures.com
Videographer - eightwoodstudios.co.uk
Rings - tomfoolerylondon.co.uk
Stationary - wedfest.co
Entertainment - songbirdsessions.com