Aisling and Phil are one of those couples who have amazing taste in art, books and entertainment. Their love story started at a book club where they shared a passion for reading and they still enjoy endless conversations about books and literature.
Their vintage feel wedding looks full of laughter, great games, a tasty picnic and beautiful handmade decorations. The level of creativity and skill gone into designing those fabulous brooch bouquets and lego buttonholes is pure genius and was all inspired by Aisling’s Grandparents wedding in 1945 ‘to make do & mend where possible….’ What a fabulous moto to live by.
It truly is a unique wedding filled with love, colour and personal touches, and how can I forget a swing boat!
Aisling The Bride: One of the most important parts of our day was Philip’s son, Dylan – we wanted to make sure that he, and our other guests, had as much fun as we did. My grandparents’ 1945 wedding inspired us to make do and mend wherever possible…
Philip and I wanted somewhere interesting, with outside space, where we could personalise things. Philip found Hoveringham Village Hall and we got married in the church next door, hiring the field from George, the farmer.
My favourite song is The Las, ‘There She Goes’ our great organist, John King learnt it for my walk down the aisle. We had readings by bridesmaids and Dylan wrote his own version of the Corinthians ‘Love is…’ which features the immortal line, “Love is giving someone their favourite biscuit.”
We made each other’s rings with Kate in a jewellery workshop before the wedding.
During the signing of the register, our amazing friend Hannah sang and played guitar.
At the end of the ceremony, Philip, Dylan and I left to ‘I’m Into Something Good’ before being showered with confetti!
The first thing we decided to build was a light-up ampersand; using cardboard, poster board, fairy-lights and spray-paint. Tip: If you’re trying this at home, mark where the lights reach to BEFORE you make holes – we ended up buying extra because ours didn’t fit!
As we met at a book group, we wanted a literary element in the day. After lots of pestering my dad built a beautiful wooden archway, lined with antique books and roofed with National Geographics! It looked fantastic and was a gorgeous backdrop to the reception.
My sister Orla made us a coconut shy – it looked incredible and bought out everyone’s competitive side!
Philip made the A-boards from pieces of an old bed, we used Lexicon cards for messages and Dylan helped spray them.
Liam and Mary made citronella candles in tins for the evening.
We made our own invitations and orders of service, Philip made the favours too – we gave guests wildflower seeds to remember the day.
The seating plan was made from upcycled stepladders (car-boot purchases!) and a perspex sheet written on with chalk pen.
We made photo walls of family pictures – with at least one photograph up of every guest.
I made my bouquet, one for each of my bridesmaids and my mum, from vintage brooches and buttons found at car-boot sales, with Lexicon cards of lyrics that reminded me of them around the outside.
Philip chose a blue three-piece suit, and we bought similar ones for his two best men, his brother Liam and his best friend, Adam. I made Lego minifigure buttonholes representing the groom’s party. I made corsages for the girls too, with vintage brooches and polka dot ribbon.
My dress was from Kula Tsurdiu in Nottingham. I’d found dress shopping far more difficult than expected and almost despaired until I went to Kula, tried the dress on and Orla cried. Success!
I wanted the bridesmaids’ dresses to be bright and polka dot – the girls were free to pick their own colour, length and shoes. I was so happy with the dresses; the fifties style was perfect for the day and they didn’t let anyone down in the hopping race!
The Wedding Breakfast: Philip and I had our hearts set on a picnic – we wanted our guests to be able to eat outside in the sun, weather permitting. We struggled to find caterers who understood what we wanted, until we met Steve at The Reindeer. Steve was as excited about the idea as we were and produced an incredible spread – our favourite was dessert: homemade passion fruit marshmallows that guests toasted over a candle.
The Evening Buffet: We asked guests to bring a dish for the buffet (at my grandparents’ wedding guests bought food rations as presents) and Liam and Mary bought and operated candy floss machine!
Philip wanted a cheese cake which was an excellent addition to the food; with crackers, Grandma’s chutney and a selection of local cheeses.
We arranged a Routemaster for guests from Mansfield and Nottingham – the bus looked amazing and the guests had a great time, many thanks to Marty Mills, the conductor!
Music and Entertainment
We had Pimms on arrival, swing boats on the field, Orla’s coconut shy, a kid’s corner and a huge stack of picnic blankets and chairs (kindly provided by George and Joyce!) around the field.
After lunch Kat and Jon did a super job of organising races; special mention has to go to the Symcox and Quinn families for their unique attitude– a winning combination of charm and cheating!
We had a dance floor set up for the evening. On our RSVP, we asked guests for their favourite songs and Orla created a great playlist for us. Philip’s dad sorted out our outside lighting for the evening, this was especially important for cigar-smoking!
We can’t rave enough about Sasha, our wedding photographer. I’ve recommended her to everyone I know; she is an absolute star. There are so many moments on your wedding day that you desperately want to hold and treasure but because the day goes so quickly (everyone says that but it’s true) there are details that you inevitably lose when you’re remembering or retelling it. We’re so grateful to Sasha for capturing those moments just as they were – they have made us, our family and friends so very happy.
Let people help if they offer! Our parents, their partners, family and friends were amazing; we couldn’t have done it without them. You need people to tell you when things are finished – my Mum had to drag us away from the venue the day before; we just needed someone to say it was perfect.
Hire people you trust and trust them to do their job – you don’t need to worry about good people!