There’s a truly super dose of romance and DIY on the blog today in the ‘UP’ inspired nuptials of Jaymi and Erjon who married at Northcote House surrounded by lots of super-sized colourful balloons.
Jaymi looks like a princess in her Mori Lee frock, all lace appliqués and tulle and beadwork and bows. I love the fact that she decided to invest precious time and energy into making her own origami bouquet as well as in her bridesmaids’ posies and the buttonholes – you need to take a look at how wonderful they look!
And lastly how serendipitous for Jaymi and Erjon to meet Beyond Vintage two weeks before their wedding – it was definitely meant to be wasn’t it. Find out more this way…
The Brides Fashion
Jaymi The Bride: I absolutely adore lace so it was great that lace wedding dresses are on trend right now. I tried on as many as I could to find something that would suit my petite frame as a lot of dresses swamped me. I went to ten shops before I made a decision on the Mori Lee dress. It was a fitted dress with lace and beading on top and a very low V back, with lace appliqués over tulle. It came with a gorgeous beaded sash which was tied into a girlie bow at the back. I borrowed my sisters veil and got my hair accessories from Pronovias. My pearl earrings and bracelet were from a local shop called Sha Sha Jewellery. My shoes were a pair of sparkly peep toe sandals by Carvela.
For my hair and make up, I had the lovely Tammi Nguyen who was amazing. I was so pleased with my natural looking make up and long wavy curls and half updo side plaits. Both of which lasted all day! Before I found Tammi, I had considered doing it all myself but I’m so glad I didn’t as I was nervous wreck on the morning of the wedding. She played cool, calm and chilled out tunes which made me relax straight away. It was so lovely having her make me beautiful.
The Grooms Fashion
Erjon’s suit was from French Connection. He didn’t want a proper wedding suit with tails but something relaxed and informal. Funnily enough, this suit was one of first suits he tried on and we brought it as it was the last one left in the store. His floral pink tie was from M&S and his cufflinks and tie clip were from Next.
We had seen quite a few venues before Northcote House and we both fell in love with it. We wanted our day to be in one place with all our family and loved ones and Northcote House was great as it has stunning characteristics inside the spacious building and a lot of grounds for roaming around outdoors.
We decided saving money for our first home was more important than splashing out on a wedding so we set a budget in the beginning. That’s also when we found lots of DIY craft projects and thought we’d give it a go.
We didn’t really have a set theme but just a combo of all the things we love; travel, scrabble, the film Up! and origami.
We decided to use wooden scrabble tiles to name our tables as destinations we had travelled together including a few which we were going to for our honeymoon. We used old vintage maps and atlases for the origami flowers as centrepieces. We asked our friends and family to collect a variety of jars and bottles which we then decorated with pretty lace and twine to use as tea light candles or origami flower holders. The vintage books were borrowed from a close friend who used them at their wedding. For place names, a scrabble letter and luggage tag was attached to our origami paper cranes. The actual table plan was a vintage map pinned onto a cork board displayed on an easel which the venue provided. We made our favours using small jars from hobbycraft and filled them with honey, the small favour tag was ordered from NotOnTheHighStreet; EdgeInspired. They also made the the luggage tags printed for our Wishing Tree.
We came across Lou from Beyond Vintage who is based in Berkshire about two weeks before our wedding when we were searching for vintage suitcase hire to hang wedding photos of our parents. She was so fabulous and full of creative ideas and completed all the final touches with her vintage suitcase, bottles, lanterns, wicker hearts, floral tins, signs, wooden crates, tree trunk cake stump and world globes and more. She even created the Jenga poster to ask our guests to sign a Jenga block and share words of wisdom!
We love the film ‘Up!’ and wanted to have giant balloons but didn’t want to break the bank. We eventually found Anita from Party Capers who did an amazing job for us. All guests young and old loved them.
The bouquets for my bridesmaids and myself were made using pretty floral printed origami paper, as were all the buttonholes for the groom and our immediate families. They took a while to make but we’re so glad all our efforts looked stunning and it was all worth it in the end. One advantage of having an origami paper bouquet is that the memories of your big day last forever. After many compliments from guests, we decided to start Timeless Little Crafts for those wedding couples who want something a bit different. We offer to create bespoke origami bouquets and other final touches to complete their special day.
The Wedding Party Fashion
My best friend and bridesmaid, Chrishanthi wore a stunning long blush pink lace and pleated dress from Whistles. Erjon’s best man, Vahid, was suited up nicely from Next. Both of our young nieces wore the same gorgeous dress from Monsoon; Grace was in pink and Hayley was in ivory white. My young nephews wore blue waistcoats and ties from BHS which looked great with jeans and converses. In the evening, we attached superman capes to their waistcoats so they were ready to party!
To save money, we decided to play a CD for the ceremony music, compiled with songs selected by us. A few very special moments for us would be; the Up! theme tune ‘Married life’ for when I walked down the aisle and then we danced our way out together as Mr & Mrs to ‘Happy’ by Pharrell Williams with everyone clapping.
We had three readings during the ceremony, each read by our closest friends.
Another special fun memory were the signs we ordered from NotOnTheHighStreet by Daisyley which our flower girl Hayley and page boy Josiah held saying ‘Here comes the Bride’ and also another personalised one with ‘Uncle Erjon, last chance to run!’
We had a great live acoustic and electric 4-piece band for the evening called The Pulse who really got the party started. In between sets, we had our DJ friend Victor Nguyen aka DJ V Dogg playing on the decks.
We also had an incredible vintage photobooth called Flash Fabulous, set up by Sophie and her husband Harry. Sophie was so excited with our theme, she handmade the backdrop with a house and balloons flying up in the air and sourced armchairs which matched Carl & Ellie’s in the film! Their abundance of fun props and keepsake polaroid photos was an absolute highlight for all our guests. We know two couples who have booked them for their big day this year.
Our beautiful three tier wedding cake with lace embroidery details and peony flowers was made by Jordana at PetitGateau.
Our amazing photographer Anushé Low was recommended to us by close friends whose wedding was in 2013. As soon as we saw her work, we instantly knew we wanted her to capture our day. We absolutely adore her soft, stunning and dreamy shots. We cannot recommend her enough.
The only advice we can give is; as everyone says: your big day really does fly by, so make sure you relax, enjoy every minute and try to share a quiet moment alone together. We were whisked up the stairs away from our guests after the ceremony and that’s when the reality that we’re actually married sunk in. It really was the best day of our lives surrounded by all our family and loved ones.