Calling In Favours
Lucy & Andre:
When it came to planning our wedding the only thing we were set on from the start is that we wanted to do it our own way, we didn’t want to conform to every tradition. My bridesmaids wore white, we didn’t have a ‘first dance’ or ‘cutting of the cake’ and although we got married in a church it was a very informal atmosphere. We had an AMAZING gospel choir who encouraged people to clap and sing along, there was so much whooping, laughing and dancing throughout the ceremony and we had so many comments from guests saying it was the funniest ceremony they had ever been to! I think the best advice we got given when we first started planning our wedding was to pull in favours, use your friends and family as much as you can because most likely they will want help and to be involved as much a possible. And wow...we could not have expected how many willing helping hands we had! We are insanely lucky that we have many amazing friends and family who helped us with our DIY wedding as without them none of it would have been possible.
Family Home Wedding In The Cotswolds With Vintage Porsche Tractor
First of all the venue, which was my parent's house in the Cotswolds, it was a no-brainer that we would get married there. The house is so beautiful and from the day my parents moved in they had people telling them it would be the most perfect wedding venue one day. And wasn’t it just!!! My parents put so much hard work into the garden to make it look absolutely stunning for the day. It was also incredibly convenient as the church where we got married is at the bottom of the house’s driveway. My parent's neighbours are car fanatics and they let us borrow their amazing 1950’s Porsche tractor to drive from the church in and a beautiful classic car for my bridesmaids.
Grace Loves Lace Wedding Dress
It’s funny how people say you will get a dress completely different of what you originally had in mind because my experience couldn’t have been the opposite! My dress was the first dress that I ever pinned on Pinterest. It was so comfy I didn’t want to take it off and for me comfort is key..I didn’t want to be one of those brides who couldn’t move in their dress however fabulous it may look. My Grace Loves Lace
dress was stretchy but still sophisticated with the high neck, long sleeves and then an incredible low back. Urgh...still swooning at it! My veil was my ‘something borrowed’ from my godmother which was really special and my shoes and anklets were a gift from Grace Loves Lace after some serious teething issues with my dress..it all worked out in the end though. It was important to me that my bridesmaids were in dresses they felt comfortable in. I had an idea that I wanted them in white with flower crowns and looking boho, so that narrowed down my search enormously. As soon as I saw the dresses from Chi Chi London
I knew they would be perfect with white heeled Espadrilles which they all loved as they were so comfy they wore them all day and night.
André wanted something rustic and country to fit in with the vibe of our wedding. Because he’s so tall he had a bespoke suit made for him from a small local tailor. His groomsmen wore Primark chinos (honestly don’t knock them their chinos are so good for the price) and waistcoats hired from Moss Bros