Bride Kerry is so sweet that I’ve been looking forward to sharing this wedding with you all for a while…her write up of her wedding day really did put a smile on my face and I’m sure it will do the same for you too. It’s lovely to have a stunning set of images to illustrate all of the things she talks about and especially so when they come from the lovely Howell Jones Photography.
The theme for her & Rob’s big day, in Kerry’s words was ‘WI meets Midsummer Murder without the crime.’ I know – isn’t she great? And I think Kerry definitely managed to achieve it with lots of pretty china tea cups, chinzy fabrics and a WI style baking contest. It’s such a pretty day, with such sweet styling and shows that you can most definitely make a village hall look a million dollars.
Kerry The Bride: I wanted vintage, lace, bit of sparkle and most importantly it had to “whoosh” as I danced!! It took me ages to find the right dress. House of Mooshki is excellent – you can choose whatever colour from their range and also have any length of train for no extra cost! The attention to detail in the dress was amazing! The dress was my main focus so I decided on simple accessories from the boutique I brought my dress from.
The grooms hankies were made from the same fabric as the bridesmaid dresses – that was my only input, that and they had to be navy! The Groom did the rest!!
We drove around the Costwolds for literally days to find the church and hall – our criteria was beautiful village hall on a hill!! So if we saw a hill we would find the road to get to it! And that’s what we got! Everybody was amazed at how beautiful a village hall could be. We loved it at first site and found it just by fluke.
We knew straight away we wanted a relaxed, vintage wedding in the Cotswolds as I had spent lovely holidays as a child there – My inspiration was WI meets Midsummer Murder without the crime! We were on a budget (which we ended up doubling!) so we sourced everything ourselves from chairs to sweets to tissue paper. I made everything from the initial invites, order of services through to table names, menus, table game. It took me hours putting each one through the home printer, cutting, gluing and sticking (with the help of Mum) but saved us hundreds! My Auntie made all the poms which we made up on the day of setting up! Colour scheme was soft pinks, greens and creams.
I chose The Vintage Hire for vintage crockery and Lesley was amazing, we paid extra for her to do the arrangements on the day, it was worth every penny – I think I would have being putting the hall up in my dress otherwise!! Lesley recommended Fiona and together they worked their magic, even Susie our catering lady let us borrow vintage pieces of hers! We couldn’t have done it without them. Our tables were named after countries we had visited and we also put a photo of us in each place so people could see why.
I wanted a chintzy prom dress and looked everywhere for fabric until I found curtain material in Dunelm which cost about £6 a meter and just knew it would be perfect, I help designed them with Lorna at Lolly Couture. I was so happy with the dresses, I want one myself!
Having the London Gospel Community Choir was our biggest indulgence and I loved every minute!! It was our little secret and told only the wedding party that they would be there. They sung All You Need Is Love as I entered (This is the choir from the film Love Actually!), Happy (Pharrell Williams), Joyful, Joyful, O’Happy Day (both from Sister Act), Your Keeps Lifting Me Higher as we walked out! Along with Rachel, our absolutely fab Vicar it couldn’t have been a happier, clappier church! Everyone says it’s the best ceremony they had been to, and that’s what we wanted – that is what the whole day is about – us getting married! My Mum and Dad also renewed their wedding vows – they had been married 50 years and we told no-one. There was not a dry eye in the house!!!
The Somebodys made our evening along with free drink and lots of food. They sung every type of music and everyone was dancing! It was like having a private concert in the middle of the Cotswolds! Surreal!
Susie made canapes of Honey and Mustard Sausage, Tomato, Mozzarella, basil skewers, Sweet Potato and Beetroot shapes and smoked salmon quiches. Our welcome drink was white and elderflower sprizter garnished with raspberries in vintage glasses. Susie was amazing and doubled as our wedding organiser on the day! She supplied bars staff, waiting staff which I was so glad we did (Susie can be contacted here – firstname.lastname@example.org). Our main meal was fish and chips – and we gave guests the option of chicken or sausages too with all the sides! The plates of food were massive and it really was great fish and chips. We chose this as it was our first date meal, plus really cost effective £1100 for 95 people!
For desserts we had a British Bake Off Competition. We asked guests to make cakes, we had a lovely dessert table. We choose the top three for appearance and then ranked those three by taste. 2nd and 3rd got a personalised wooden spoon and the winner got a personalised apron! Everyone made such an effort!
Susie also did an evening buffet of meze boards of cheeses, Italian meats and breads and salads.
We chose Woz from Howell Jones looking at his gallery, we loved the softness of his images and how he really captured the day in a unique way. We LOVE our photos, and he made us feel so comfortable on the day!
I made our sweet table up on the mezzane floor floor along with our own photo booth. We hung a vintage table cloth as a back drop, got an old type writer and a polaroid camera with lots of props. This also doubled for our guest book, but people could take photos home. On the tables whilst we waited for dinner guests played “who am I”, we wrote names on brown hearts – it went down really well and allowed people to mix and we could hear everyone laughing! In the ladies I supplied a “look good” basket with chewing gum, hand cream, hair brush, hair bands, hair grips and hair spray and plasters.
Try and enjoy the whole experience and do what you want. Listen to others but do not feel you have to take their advice all of the time. It is your day!! Doing a DIY wedding is hard work and took much more time than I thought! It was my life for a whole year. You can pay too much attention to detail, at one point I found myself crying as I didn’t have enough time to make a pocket in my order of services for a tissue in each one!!! In the grand scheme of things it really does not matter if you haven’t stuck a heart on your menus or your dress clashes with the carpet!!
Photography by Howell Jones Photography
- Bride House of Mooshki
- Accessories Clifford Burr
- Bridesmaids Dresses Lolly Couture
- Groom & Groomsmen Charles Tyrwhitt
- Florist Fiona Perry
- Venue Barrington Park
- Decor The Vintage Hire
- Choir The London Community Gospel Choir
- Band The Somebodys
- Fish & Chips Wedding Fish & Chip Catering
- Paper for Pompoms Deco Pom Poms