Chloe and Joshua Stringer-Hall, both 25 and from Worcestershire, ditched fancy frocks and glossy invitations in favour of a more eco-friendly affair
When Chloe and Joshua Stringer-Hall decided to tie the knot, the last thing they wanted was a blowout do.
So they ditched fancy frocks and glossy invitations in favour of a more eco-friendly affair.
And that meant a ceremony in woodland, locally sourced vegan food grown without pesticides, invitations on recycled card, food served on compostable palm leaf plates and farmers’ hay bales for chairs.
The couple, both 25, estimate their wedding, at Woodland Tipis and Yurts near Hereford, set them back £12,000 – well short of the average spend of £17,000.
Ballet teacher Mrs Stringer-Hall even bought a £50 dress second-hand, as ‘the whole [dress] process is quite bad for the environment’.
Her husband, a communications manager for Network Rail, wore jeans for the ceremony last May and has since ‘upcycled’ them by wearing them to his day job.
‘Our combined outfits were less than £100,’ he said.
The couple, from Worcestershire, who met at school and began dating in 2013, are part of a trend for eco-aware millennials looking to celebrate in style while staying true to their green beliefs, according to society bible Tatler.
It said those looking to follow this fashion should use re-plantable flowers – and urged thrifty brides to recycle their wedding dress, dying it a different colour so it can be worn to ‘the opera or a luxe summer garden party’.
For the reception, it said modern couples should ditch imported champagne and stick to British fizz, notably those from Nyetimber, Hattingley Valley and Coates & Seeley.
Guests are pictured arriving to the wedding venue on a tractor. One guest holds on to a hay bale as the tractor makes its way up a hill away from a marquee
The bride is pictured walking up the aisle amid the green woodland nature scene. Guests are pictured looking on as she is escorted down the makeshift path in the woods
Rustic: Guests donned wellies and sat on hay at the ceremony. The couple met at school and began dating in 2013
Eco-friendly: Chloe-Stringer Hall, centre, with her bridesmaids. Ballet teacher Mrs Stringer-Hall even bought a £50 dress second-hand, as ‘the whole [dress] process is quite bad for the environment’
Similarly out of fashion are flowers flown in from around the world. Instead, Tatler said, couples are sticking to seasonal floral arrangements and ditching lavish destination weddings.
Rachel Harrison, who runs Green Wedding Consultancy, suggested using seasonal British flowers to reduce air miles.
For a summer wedding, this means roses, forget-me-nots and sweet peas, while in winter, couples can use festive holly and ivy.
Chloe and Joshua are pictured sharing a kiss as the forest scene is pictured in the background. The couple are part of a trend for eco-aware millennials looking to celebrate in style while staying true to their green beliefs, according to society bible Tatler
Chloe and Joshua are pictured looking into each other’s eyes as the ceremony takes place. Her husband, a communications manager for Network Rail, wore jeans for the ceremony last May and has since ‘upcycled’ them by wearing them to his day job
The pair are pictured stepping through a heart shaped tunnel as they face their guests as husband and wife. The couple are pictured holding hands while bride Chloe holds flowers in the other
The now married couple are pictured stepping out to environmentally friendly confetti being thrown by cheering guests as they celebrate their marriage
Guests sit outside a yurt amid the greenery. The couple, both 25, estimate their wedding, at Woodland Tipis and Yurts near Hereford, set them back £12,000 – well short of the average spend of £17,000
The now married couple are pictured feeding each other macaroons as a table full of cakes and other sweet treats is pictured behind them. They also held a ‘wedding cake-off’ to see who could make the best cake
Chloe and Josh enjoy their first dance inside a yurt as guests watch on at the romantic moment. One guest is still in her wellington boots inside the yurt as the married couple dance to the music
The couple’s wedding schedule took an informal approach, dubbing it ‘Chloe and Joshua[‘s] Mega Dinobantz Wedding Day’ where a humanist ceremony would be held, followed by the wedding ‘cake-off’ and a Vegan Bonanza of food. This would then be followed by DJ Pete and ‘Ceilidh’ until the party finished at 1am
Guests watch on as Chloe and Joshua dance to the music. Josh is pictured getting into the groove with his knees up as he holds hands with Chloe in a touching moment
Guests even held a vegan cake-off to see who could bake the best cake. The idea could perhaps be a parody of the BBC1 series the Great British Bake Off, which sees guests competing against each other to make the best dish
The couple served hummus (left) with beetroot, kohl-robi and carrot sesame dressed coleslaw, centre. They used vegan food grown without pesticides for their ceremony
Guests could help themselves to the pomegranate and lemon herby quinoa salad on offer. All the food on offer was locally sourced, which means it came from around the Hereford area
The pair are pictured with their arms around one another as they dance to the music inside the yurt. The party carried on until 1pm with party music played by ‘Ceilidh’ and ‘DJ Pete’ from 8pm onwards
What’s in and what’s out
- Paperless post or soy ink
- English countryside
- Stately homes
- Locally sourced food English sparkling wine
- Seasonal flowers
- Potted plants
- Glossy invitations
- Destination weddings
- Big marquees
- Mediterranean food
- Japanese blossoms
- Picked table flowers