Jo & Dan
Jo & Dan
Bride wears a lace Maggie Sottero Dress at a rustic wedding in a marquee on the Isle of Wight. Bridesmaids wear different beaded vintage dresses and guests enjoy a pizza van & pop up bar in the evening.
Bouquet
Bouquet
Bride wears a lace Maggie Sottero Dress at a rustic wedding in a marquee on the Isle of Wight. Bridesmaids wear different beaded vintage dresses and guests enjoy a pizza van & pop up bar in the evening.
Maids
Maids
Bride wears a lace Maggie Sottero Dress at a rustic wedding in a marquee on the Isle of Wight. Bridesmaids wear different beaded vintage dresses and guests enjoy a pizza van & pop up bar in the evening.
Decor
Decor
Bride wears a lace Maggie Sottero Dress at a rustic wedding in a marquee on the Isle of Wight. Bridesmaids wear different beaded vintage dresses and guests enjoy a pizza van & pop up bar in the evening.
Church
Church
Bride wears a lace Maggie Sottero Dress at a rustic wedding in a marquee on the Isle of Wight. Bridesmaids wear different beaded vintage dresses and guests enjoy a pizza van & pop up bar in the evening.
Centre Piece
Centre Piece
Bride wears a lace Maggie Sottero Dress at a rustic wedding in a marquee on the Isle of Wight. Bridesmaids wear different beaded vintage dresses and guests enjoy a pizza van & pop up bar in the evening.
Stationery
Stationery
Bride wears a lace Maggie Sottero Dress at a rustic wedding in a marquee on the Isle of Wight. Bridesmaids wear different beaded vintage dresses and guests enjoy a pizza van & pop up bar in the evening.
Groomsmen
Groomsmen
Bride wears a lace Maggie Sottero Dress at a rustic wedding in a marquee on the Isle of Wight. Bridesmaids wear different beaded vintage dresses and guests enjoy a pizza van & pop up bar in the evening.
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Jo & Dan

Jo & Dan’s wedding reception venue Into the Woods is a gorgeous little hideaway right in the heart of nature and was the perfect back drop to add their personal touch onto; and my what a touch and an eye for detail they had, I absolutely LOVE all the slate place settings and vintage china tea cups; so so pretty!

The glamour element definitely come’s from the gorgeous bride Jo & her maids. Jo wears a stunning lace Maggie Sottero dress and her best girls are all dressed in individual vintage & high street beaded dresses. Stunning!

This gorgeous wedding on the Isle of Wight is a beautiful fusion of vintage glamour and rustic charm all styled by the bride herself, you’re going to LOVE it!

The Bride’s Fashion & Accessories

Jo The Bride: I found choosing the dress to be more difficult than I first thought. I knew I wanted something with a low back but I was torn between the vintage fully beaded style dresses and a more classic look. Afer trying many (many!) dresses, I finally decided on the more classic style dress with vintage accessories. I opted for Rachel Simpson Mimosa t-bar shoes in pale peach, a scalloped edged simple fingertip veil, a large jewelled hair comb and a pearl necklace.

The Grooms Fashion & Accessories

Dan chose a classic navy suit with a grey waistcoat to match in with the best men and ushers. He teamed it with a paisley print silver tie and tanned brogues.

The Venue

We were initially quite open on the reception venue and toyed with all sorts of ideas, but we knew we wanted something a little bit different to the usual Island wedding locations. As soon as we had a look around Dan’s friend’s plot of land in a woodland clearing, with luxury treehouse and shephard’s huts accommodation, we agreed Into the Woods was exactly what we were looking for – we just had to convince the owners Will and Fiona! Once the decision was made we set about arranging a traditional style marquee to bring together the natural, vintage, English style wedding we were after.

Colour Scheme/Decor

We wanted the decor to be a mix of vintage, rustic and country themes, reflecting our own personal style. In preparation I collected various contrasting flower print, velvet and hessian materials and set to work on the sewing machine making pillow cases for each chair and reams of bunting. We sourced and styled all of the props, crockery and decorative items ourselves, we enjoyed it so much that we have since developed a prop hire, consultancy and styling service, Proper Vintage IOW.

Flowers

The florist Sarah Matthews created my bouquet, the button holes and filled two milk urns with flowers for the church door way. I didn’t have specific flowers in mind but asked for them to be muted pastel colours and to have a country feel, which Sarah did beautifully. The remainder of the flowers we did ourselves. Lots of our friends kindly donated us hydrangea heads and lavender from their gardens, which I dried to create pew ends and bouquets for the bridesmaids. Dan and I both love lavender so decided to use terracotta pots of lavender as our table centre pieces, also continuing the country theme.

The Wedding Party Fashion

I liked the idea of the bridesmaids all having different dresses but each in a pastel shade and fully beaded to complement each other and the vintage wedding theme. This approach also made it much easier to keep the four bridesmaids happy, rather than having to find one style that would suit all! So they all each chose their own dresses from various high street stores. My niece Meabh was our flower girl and nephew Conall our page boy. Meabh wore a light pink Ted Baker dress to match in with the bridesmaids and looked oh so cute in it! Dan decided on grey suits with silver waist coats for the best men, ushers and page boy.

Ceremony

The church ceremony was lovely and exactly what we had wanted. Although, one moment that sticks in our minds for all the wrong reasons was when the Reverend forgot my first name and referred to me by my middle name several times without realising it!! Luckily we saw the funny side and were even having to stifle our laughter! It gave Dan some great content for his speech and makes for very funny viewing when we watch the ceremony video back!

Entertainment

We wanted to have a relaxed acoustic band for the reception drinks and canapés and decided on a local busking trio that we love called the Tea n Biscuit Boys, who use instruments they made themselves. In the evening another local band Pinstripe played up a storm and got everyone dancing.

Our photographer Jason Mark Harris set up a photo booth under the tree house, which with all the old fancy dress items from my parent’s loft, made for a very funny couple of hours and some amazing pictures! Although, some guests bypassed the fancy dress and completely stripped off to be at one with nature – including (if not instigated by) the groom! I’m ever thankful for Jason’s tasteful photo censorship!

Food & Drink

Our good friend Lucie Wildish kindly offered to cook our canapés and the wedding breakfast menu. We thought she was mad considering we could only offer her a few BBQ’s and a lobster pot in a field to cook with but it’s safe to say we swiftly took her up on the offer! Our main course was fillet of beef with new potatoes and salad, for which we designated a carver on each table who was asked to wear an apron and chef hat. The feedback from the guests was that this worked really well and got everyone talking on their table. Lucy also baked us an amazing Victoria Sponge wedding cake.
In the evening Wild Woodland Pizza van drove to the site and served up delicious pizzas; they were an absolute hit with everyone!
Our bar service was provided by Luke Lewis, also known as the Intoxicologist, who created a whole menu of tasty cocktails and entertaining our guests with his flaring skills.

Photographer

We were never in any doubt about the photographer we were going to go for; we had seen some of Jason’s work and knew his natural style was exactly what we were after. As an added bonus Jason even offered up his wife Sarah’s services to provide our wedding video. Jason got some amazing shots of the day and went above and beyond when, after leaving to go home, he drove back because the skies had cleared to take a starry night shot of us.

Photography by Jason Mark Harris
Author: Lorna Shaw
Lorna loves a new posh frock, is a hopeless romantic and is lucky enough to be living her ‘happily ever after’ with her wonderful husband & three beautiful babas.

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