Mary and Eddie’s wedding is a truly handcrafted affair. The creative couple beavered away on several projects to create their charming rustic Tipi wedding.
The gold covered jam jar vases, the fortune teller wedding favours, the bunting, the cake…almost everything you see was created by Mary, Eddie, or one of their talented family members.
A loose blue and gold colour theme seemed to develop – and it works beautifully with the hessian table runners and fairy lights.
We’ve come across several Brides on RMW who have taken on the challenge of folding 1000 origami cranes before their wedding day for luck…but I think today’s wedding is the first where the Groom has taken on the challenge.
But that’s not all Eddie did lovelies. Oh no.
He also created the elegant perspex cake topper. I haven’t seen anything that beautiful and unusual on top of a cake for a long time.
Mary The Bride: From the moment we first spoke about our day we knew the venue would be what set the tone and had to reflect our vibe. While we didn’t want to remove any sense of importance about the big occasion we also wanted it, more than anything, to be our chance to throw a good party.
St Mary’s Church, Hitchin appeared daunting – to say the least, but the church seemed like the natural route for us to take. It also gave weight to the moment and acted as the perfect contrast to our reception.
Our hearts were set on the beautiful Tipi marquees of The Stunning Tents Company. Having done our research early on, we discovered too many venues required ludicrous fees for ground hire so we opted to keep it simple and look at less obvious options, a sentiment we held onto throughout. I made contact with the local cricket ground (Blueharts) and when they agreed to let us use the grounds it all seemed to fall into place.
My shoes were my‘something old.’ I picked out a pair which fitted perfectly with the day’s décor. They were originally from Faith in vintage gold. Ed also sent a gift the morning of the wedding of an Aurelie Silk Wedding Garter by Love By Susie. It became my ‘something blue’.
I had four bridesmaids. I selected each friend from an important phase of my life; old school friends, work colleagues, friends from my early adulthood and university. At first I worried having four was a tad excessive, but each of them were more than just friends on the side-lines. They brought their own strengths to the planning and eventual set up. I wouldn’t have been without them. Their dresses were by Rare.
Ed had two best men, friends of his from school and three ushers – another friend from school plus our brothers, Chaz and Mark. We were both drawn to Jack Bunney’s. We promptly booked an appointment and were not disappointed.
They wore knitted yellow ties with Ed’s in Ivory. Ed paired this with some family heirlooms – a gold pocket watch made by his great grandfather, Charles Calow, and a watch chain from my side of the family to add to the personal touches of the day.
Our flowers were beautifully put together by our local florist at Town Garden. I didn’t intend to have the flowers feature as much as they did and what started as a request for a few simple flowers for the reception and bouquets for the girls soon multiplied. My bouquet featured Delphinium, white astrantia, spray white roses, pink frilly eustoma, Bouvardia, purple veronica, grey eucalyptus foliage.
While we toddled off to have our couple shots taken at the reception we had a lovely duo band called ‘Super Crazy Acoustic Duo’ perform to our guests. you might think I hired them based on the name but it was actually their pure upbeat rhythm. We chose them through Warble Entertainment and they absolutely nailed it!
We made our save the dates (vintage postcards of our hometowns we recreated and then tied together with blue twine and a gold bottle cap with save the date stickers on the inside). We also made our invites using transparent paper and gold wrap which we cut to size, adding a small piece of knotted twine for detail.
I made the favours for our guests which were inspired by the fortune teller games I played as a child. Each window revealed a heart-warming phrase or quote which we felt gave a positive message. I drafted some instructions in case anyone wasn’t sure how to play the game. I interspersed these with favours of mini cranes which I drafted in from Yuri McAlea who I met at a craft fair.
Ed’s sister from Love is Paper Thin designed and crafted our order of services. She tied them in nicely with our invites and save the dates and they added a charming personal touch to the ceremony.
For the rest I went into recycle overdrive and collected over a hundred jars and bottles for the wedding. I then decorated these myself in either a hessian ribbon with butchers twine or upcycled these in layers of vintage gold glitter for that ‘gold dipped’ effect. For a little extra something I sourced gold trays, jugs and candlestick holders from Hitchin market for the top table.
Ed sculpted, moulded, then casted in a clear cast resin our cake topper. He’d been making this as a surprise and it completely took my breath away – possibly the only time I welled up on the day (I’m not much of a weeper normally).
That wasn’t the end of his handy work either as he stole the show with 1000 origami cranes he painstakingly hand folded. The cranes were tied together and draped across the entire length of the tipi marquee in a truly awe-inspiring moment of genius. He did this as part of a Japanese custom he took to heart. The legend tells that if the groom of the couple makes the cranes then the couple will be bestowed with eternal luck. Perhaps he felt we needed it?!
Our core concern was to make the day special for everyone, not just us. It was our view that if you’re going to share your day then make it a day worth sharing! Likewise, it was everyone we shared the day with who made it the success it was. If you invite the people you love then they’ll love what you do anyway, right!
I have a notoriously poor memory so I needed a photographer who could visually take me back to our day. This aspect of the planning was a significant enough for me to raise out of bed at the crack of dawn to compile my research! We recruited the help of an amazing photographer, Claudia Rose Carter and the guys at Reel Sixty for our video.
I’ve been bowled over by Claudia’s work and it’s lovely to see how much she cares about her work as well as the people she’s working with!