Davinia & Alex were married in May at fantastic DIY venue Pimhill Barn in Shropshire. They had a really chilled out vintage inspired day full of fun. Guests enjoying the beautiful gardens at Pimhill whilst Alex’s brother played mastershef with the homemade Cypriot style barbecue.
I think you’ll all agree that Davinia looked stunning in her Charlie Brear dress from Manchester’s The White Closet and Alex looked dapper in vintage tweed accessorised with a personalised pocket watch that Davinia gave to him on the morning of the wedding.
Davina The Bride: I always knew I wanted a vintage style wedding dress and knew I’d find my dress in The White Closet. I wanted a simple look to the dress and had the lace sleeves and silk sash sewn onto it to add a little detail. The dress came without sleeves but they really completed the vintage look of the dress once they were sewn onto it. I knew what I wanted my headpiece to look like straight away and exhausted the internet looking for it. In the end I stumbled across a jewellery designer called Marie Canning and contacted her about what I wanted, sent her a few pictures of how I wanted it to look and she custom made it for me. I loved it!
I kept the jewellery simple, just wearing my pearl bracelet and pearl droplet earrings because I don’t wear much jewellery and it felt more comfortable for me. I love pearls, they’re very classic. Again, I didn’t want traditional wedding shoes, so I chose heeled sandals in a peach/nude colour, to match my sash. Alex bought a three piece suit from Reiss and wanted a tailored look to it so took it to a tailor to get altered. He wanted my opinion on the suit and accessories but pretty much chose it all himself. He decided on a maroon coloured tie for himself and navy blue ties (to match the maid of honour dress) for the best man, ushers and fathers. His pocket watch was a surprise present from myself, which he opened on the morning of the wedding and looked great attached to his waistcoat.
Pimhill barn won us over the moment we arrived there. Even before we were engaged, we always used to say that we wanted a relaxed, fun wedding with a BBQ and with Pimhill barn that exactly what we could have. We viewed a couple of other venues but they wouldn’t allow us to have our own food and BBQs etc. Pimhill Barn let us have our very personal, laid back wedding we wanted.
I did all of the design and decor myself. I had a vision of what I wanted and used old wine crates, vintage books from my dad, designed and printed vintage Hong Kong and Thailand postcards (our honeymoon destinations) for the table numbers and seating plan, bought some of the vintage crockery and other accessories from charity shops, reclamation yards etc. The old suitcase for the cards is my parents.
I was so happy with the flowers on the day. It was like Lorraine my florist read my mind! I was quite open minded about what flowers I had, I just wanted them to look like bunches of wild flowers that we’d picked from a field and tied with twine and that exactly what she did. I collected vintage jugs, bottles and jars to dot around the barn and place on the tables for the flowers and Lorraine arranged the flowers to suit them. The main flower was Lavender as it was on the invites and the colour looked lovely against the bridesmaids dresses. They smelled beautiful.
The Wedding Party Fashion
I wanted all my bridesmaids to be comfortable in what they wore and didn’t want anything too ‘bridesmaidy’. As long as the dresses were classic and complimented my dress and each other, I was quite open minded about them. We decided on a midnight blue colour for the maid of honour’s dress, ivory for my two nieces and midnight blue and ivory for the flower girl. They were all different styles because they were all such different ages but all complimented each other. The pageboy and groomsmen chose their own suits as we didn’t want a ‘matching theme’.
I walked down the isle to the Audrey Hepburn version of ‘Moon River’. We asked my brother to do a reading for us at the ceremony and he chose the most beautiful extract from The Velveteen Rabbit. He’s a very animated person, who does a lot of acting, so I knew he would be the perfect person to read for us. When the ceremony was over, we walked back up the isle and outside to ‘(your love keeps lifting me) Higher and Higher’ by Jackie Wilson. Alex loves soul music and we both love that song. The lyrics are very poignant.
Alex’s best man, John, did all the music for us. He hired the speakers etc and linked it all up to our laptop, where we had all the music that we chose on there. John does some DJing so he was happy to control the music for us.
After the ceremony, we had slices of baguettes with various toppings, including, pate, sundried tomatoes etc., and we also ordered some gorgeous chocolate orange ganache chocolates, made by a beautiful pub near us called The Pheasant Inn, Nr Tattenhall. We went for lunch one day and had these gorgeous chocolates with our coffees and they very kindly said they would make us a batch for our wedding!
Alex’s brother, Andreas, cooked all the meat on traditional cypriot BBQs. Some of the BBQs belonged to Alex’s family and some were borrowed from friends of the family. The caterers were Ian and Trish Cunliffe, who are friends of the family. We asked them to cater for us as we wanted a greek meze with specific dishes that we chose and they did a fantastic job… They were going non stop all day!
We had breads, dips, olives to start and greek meze dishes with chicken and pork from the BBQ. The evening food was a mix of cheese and meats.
The wedding cake was made by Alex’s mother. We wanted a rustic cake to compliment the day.
Our photographer, Cassandra Lane, was exactly what we were looking for. We really wanted to find the right photographer because the memories that are captured are so important. We loved the style of Cassandra’s photographs, they really suited our style. So many of our guests commented about how lovely and calm she was and she made everyone feel comfortable. We’d said that we didn’t want hours of posed photographs throughout the day and she really listened to that and took great photos of the two of us and of family and friends without it taking over the day, which was great!