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When the couples love for all things vintage and tattoos effortlessly shines through the wedding the results are both sentimental and utterly gorgeous.
Taking an open clearing at Wood Farm in Staffordshire and saying their I do’s by an enormous Oak tree, under the sweetest DIY altar with LED heart decor. The bride makes her grand entrance in a fabulous American Chevrolet bright red truck and walks down the aisle in the bargain of the century; a gorgeous £1000 wedding dress picked for a minuscule £20! By her side are her bridesmaids in mustard yellow frocks, and making an appearance for the couples portraits is their adorable pup.
Capturing all the love and happiness is Weddings Vintage who’s fabulous editing style adds to the charm of this relaxed, outdoor wedding.
Would you take a look at that image of all the bridesmaids at the top here. Don’t they look gorgeous clutching their bouquets of pink peonies and peachy roses! And extra bonus points to Rebecca and her mum for creating them from scratch themselves without any previous flower arranging experience!
Rebecca and John held their festival themed tipi-topped big day next to the ruins of Valle Abbey Crucis in Wales and what a backdrop it is! I can only imagine that being there on the day itself must have taken some of the guests’ breath away.
There are so many lovely elements in this big day – the mismatched bridesmaids, the Mumford & Sons inspired groomsmen, the strawberries and cream and the beautiful florals are just some of them. It’s easy to see why Rebecca and John fell in love with Wales with this amount of awe-inspiring scenery just seconds from their home.
Emma and Kate clearly know how to marry in style. This gorgeous pair chose Hyde Bank Farm, inspired by Emma’s own fond memories of growing up on a farm to say ‘I Do’ surrounded by an adoring family and hordes of sunshiny yellow sunflowers.
From the effortlessly beautiful Gypsophila bouquets, the hazy sunlit portraits of Emma and Kate on the farm to their navy clad bridesmaids, I guarantee that you’ll find something that you just can’t help but pin from this big day.
I’m not sure we’ve ever featured a wedding inspired by Mary Poppins before…but it’s a genius idea! Especially when your venue of choice has it’s very own carousel!!
For regular readers, or anyone who has been researching venues for a while, you’ll have guessed that this wedding comes from the fabulous Preston Court. Which not only has a carousel, but also fairground organs and beautiful roaming peacocks.
Just like the classic family film Mary Poppins, Gillian and Paul’s wedding is full of fun, smiles, singing and dancing. They even brought along their adorable pet bunny Poppy. Gillian looks as flawless as Mary herself too, and her lace edged veil is so feminine and pretty.
We love featuring weddings from Brides who used RMW to plan their big day, and Gillian and Paul’s wedding is full of wonderful Love Lust List suppliers…
RMW regular, Harriet from Weddings Vintage, has captured some truly moving images of Gillian with her Dad.
Claire and Steve wanted everyone to have an amazing, relaxed time and didn’t want anything too formal or stuffy. Their focus from the start was on food, drink and dancing.
Aside from this though they also managed to create a beautifully styled big day on a modest budget, partly by having the wedding at home…
Claire The Bride: We got married at my Mum and Dad’s place, small-holding in a village near Retford in Nottinghamshire. We chose to get married there as we wanted somewhere relaxed and non-formal (plus they have a lovely garden and lots of space!). We had the ceremony in the walled front garden and then moved up to the paddock where we had Papakata’s twinkly light tipi tents.
I did my own make-up and stocked up on lovely Chanel products for the day. I had a manicure and pedicure and my big sister’s hairdresser did all the girls’ hair on the day (and did a great job trying to make our hair look ‘messy but not!’)
Wheat Fields & Gates
I really wanted a dress that was easy to wear and simple and to be honest the dress was, for me, one of the least important parts of the day. I really didn’t enjoy the bridal boutique experience and ended up finding my Biba dress at a department store in Glasgow (where we live) for the bargain price of £200! I was really pleased with my dress and was more than happy to walk through wheat fields and jump gates for our photos. I also ended up tying the dress in a big knot to allow for easy dancing in the evening. It survived quite well considering all that.
I bought so many pairs of earrings but in the end I just wore a gold-leafed bangle from Anthropologie. My shoes were my something old – comfy gold, wedges. I also had a lovely Biba marabou and feather cape but I never actually put it on as it was too hot dancing the night away in the tipis!
Men & Maids
We had two beautiful bridesmaids and two handsome best men. My sister wore a simple champagne dress from Coast and my other bridesmaid Kay wore a lovely dress from Warehouse, the only directions were ‘nude-kind-of-colour’ and they both looked amazing! Steve bought his suit from Ted Baker and the best men bought their suits two days before from Hugo Boss. (They came from Oz via Europe suitless.)
English Country Garden
We didn’t really plan to have a theme but in the end we went for a lot of natural colours: nudes, wood, kraft brown and sage green. In the end it turned out to be kind of rustic/english country garden style.
Steve made lots of home-made signs including a wooden sign-post with all the places people had travelled from to come to the wedding – Adelaide, San Francisco, Istanbul, the Caymen Islands. We also decorated the Whisky Barn with a gallery of framed family wedding photos. The tipis didn’t really need much decorating as they were lovely with lots of twinkly lights, wooden pools and a disco ball. We didn’t do favours as such, instead we had baskets of pashminas and flip flops and a tuck box of sweeties, crayons and games for the children. We also had jars of marshmallows to toast, cookies and sparklers.
Forget Me Not
I loved our flowers and I was very sad that I couldn’t take them all with me on the honeymoon! Sasha from Forget Me Not did a fantastic job and chose the perfect flowers, apricot and nude David Austin roses with mint, veronica, jasmine and hydrangea. We had our ceremony outside under a beautiful arch of roses and on the tables we had collections of mis-matched jam jars full of flowers placed on wooden rounds that my dad had chopped up. The table place names were tied onto ivory serviettes with a spring of lavender picked from the garden.
Our ceremony was written by Kate Gee a humanist wedding celebrant. We met with Kate a few times so that she got to know us. We picked two readings ‘The One’ and The Apache Wedding Blessing’; one was read by Steve’s sisters and another by a good friend of ours. The ceremony felt very relaxed but I think we fidgeted throughout! We chose Jose Gonzales’ ‘Heartbeats’ to walk down the aisle to which was performed by the amazing Daisy Wignall and on the way back down Daisy performed ‘Cupid’ as the congregation threw confetti (dried flowers picked and dried by my mum throughout the year).
Pimms & Champagne
Daisy played a lovely acoustic set in the front garden whilst guests drank Pimms and champagne and snacked on canapés. During dinner we had a rat pack-esque playlist and we later danced the night away to the fabulous band Soul Summit – who were fantastic! They played two sets of soul music including all the classics. We even had a surprise impromptu live version of ‘Love Shack’ sang by one of Steve’s mates and to finish off the night we had a DJ who kept us dancing till 1pm (when we had to pull the plug for the sake of the neighbours). Although we weren’t planning on having a first dance, somehow on the day Steve decided we had to, so we danced to Ray Lamontage’s ‘ You are the Best Thing’.
We had fantastic caterers (we were really lucky all our suppliers were fab!) Ann Wright and her team served up delicious canapés including smoked salmon bilinis, minted lamb skewers and caramelised onion and goats cheese tarts. We didn’t want the traditional three course meal so following an abundance of canapés we then went for a BBQ type main meal and had boards full of steak, chicken, salmon, salads and new potatoes. We decided to bypass dessert and instead went for a self-serve table of cakes including a carrot cake with orange buttercream, a coconut sponge with lime curd and Malibu buttercream, a lemon drizzle cake with blueberry conserve, chocolate cake, Tiramisu cake and chocolate cupcakes. Our main wedding cake was a naked cake – a victoria sponge with strawberry jam and vanilla buttercream. The yummy cakes were baked by a lovely local lady Jayne at Cakes by Occasion.
Steve designed our invitations which included mini-maps and RSVP postcards. I tied them all together with twine and floral gift tags with the names of guests written on them. Steve also sorted out all the place names and all the card signs we used. We wanted things simple so we just used brown kraft card.
Food, Drink & Dancing
Advice: make sure you agree and decide on your priorities and then put your efforts into making those bits great! We wanted everyone to have an amazing, relaxed time and didn’t want anything too formal or stuffy. Our focus from the start was on food, drink and dancing! If you decide to have your wedding at home think about all the things that this involves. We didn’t really and then were faced with the realisation that we had to do everything! Sort out toilets, a generator, all the drinks, refrigerator trailers … it can be quite stressful as there’s nobody there to sort it out.
If you’ve signed up for the awesome publication that is the Rock My Wedding newsletter* then you’ll already have seen a sneaky peek of the epicness of this morning’s wedding. We couldn’t hold back any longer, after all we’re practically half way through this month (I know! Already!) so this morning we decided to share this fairytale of a wedding with you.
Trust me ladies, if you’re of the bohemian, ethereal, hippy fairytale persuasion then this one is for you. There’s also a splash of Moroccan adventure and festival fever in the mix as well. Anyone that reads the blog regularly will know that I’m a sucker for exquisite florals and this beauty of a wedding is no exception; I adore Sarah’s bouquet and the table centrepieces slot perfectly into the overall vibe of the laid-back decor.
But it’s Sarah’s sartorial choices that have blown my mind. Her dress, veil and headpiece are quite possibly my favourite to ever appear on the blog and given the plethora of pretty that appears on these pages daily that really is a bold statement to make.
Honestly go see for yourselves…
Sarah The Bride:From the very beginning of our planning we knew we wanted a venue we could hire for a long weekend that could accommodate all our immediate family and close friends so the fun could last as long as possible. We also wanted it to be in the Peak District, even though we both live in Manchester we spend a lot of time in the peaks and it’s somewhere that’s close to our hearts. This resulted in what felt like the longest venue hunt in the history of wedding planning.
Just as we felt like giving up we found Standlow Farm near Ashbourne. It couldn’t have been more perfect, 5 beautiful cottages, a farm house, a games room and a huge paddock to put up venue hunt number two – the amazing Tepees!! It also meant we could invite all our guests back the next day for a BBQ.
The Tepees were supplied by the even more amazing Papakata. As soon as we saw them on one of their open days we knew that nothing else could even come close. The Papakata team have got to be the best company I have ever had the pleasure to work with. They are so passionate about what they do and just want to share the love, they made everything really easy and there was always an excited and enthusiastic helper at the end of the phone whenever we needed it.
I did my hair myself on the day, I have quite long hair and I knew that wanted to wear it down as it really suited the feel of the wedding so I really didn’t need anything doing to it. I had my make-up applied by Kevin’s sister Grainne; she is a qualified make-up artist which was very handy.
It was really important to me on the day that I looked like me; I don’t wear lots of makeup normally and I had a few trials that didn’t go well but Grainne understood exactly what I wanted (without a trial) and I felt amazing. I had my nails done at Selfridges a few days before, French manicure isn’t very me so I just went for very pale pink gel nails to avoid the chipping that normally happens within minutes of nail varnish coming anywhere near me!
Grainne also did all the bridesmaids’ hair, I wanted them to have something quite unstructured and she came up with idea of using plaits which looked brilliant and really suited the look I was trying to create. This was probably the easiest part of the planning, I trusted in her skills and just let her do what she thought would look good and the results were stunning.
Simple Silk Chiffon
I work as a personal shopper and love fashion so the dress was always going to be a really important part of the whole experience for me. However once I started the big dress hunt I realised that I don’t really like wedding dresses. I know to a lot of brides this sounds completely crazy but every dress I put on I felt silly in, I felt like I was playing dress up and nothing seemed to work.
Then I found a beautiful vintage dress purely by chance which I snapped up but it needed a lot of work to make it fit and look the way I wanted it to, sadly in the end it wasn’t meant to be. This as all you brides can imagine was pretty heart breaking, 5 months before the wedding I had to start my dress hunt all over again eeeek!!
I remembered being recommended Silk Brides in Lichfield by someone early on in the dress hunt process and went on their website, I couldn’t believe it but they had a sample sale on the next day and as fate would have it they had one slot left. My sister came with me; I went through all the rails and pulled only one dress out. A simple silk chiffon gown by David Fielden, I came out of the fitting room and my sister burst in to tears and said that I had to have it, I took one look in the mirror and I knew she was right.
The Statement Headpiece
My dress was really simple so I knew it could take a really statement headpiece. I wanted something that wrapped round my forehead that would work well with my hair down. I found exactly what I was looking for by Doloris Petunia on Etsy. Courtney Prince is the designer of the brand and she hand makes every piece of jewellery in Los Angeles then ships them to customers. When it arrived I actually squealed with excitement, it was more beautiful than the pictures and I think I loved it more than my dress.
I also had a veil made by Margret from Dream Veils in Manchester. I wanted a Juliet cap veil that my headpiece could sit over. Margret was amazing, she designed and made a veil to fit perfectly and I think she was more excited than me about the finished result.
My shoes were a limited edition pair by Ted Baker. I didn’t want traditional bridal shoes and had an idea of a gold sandal. I found a pair in Jimmy Choo that I loved but two wedding dresses later I think Kevin would have lost the plot if I came home with them. When I saw the snakeskin heel on mine I knew I wouldn’t be leaving the shop without them.
Champagne And Navy
We didn’t start with a colour theme for the wedding we just said that we wanted everything to be quite neutral. So when I took the bridesmaids dress shopping I didn’t have a clear idea of what colour the dresses should be. I also wanted the girls to choose their own dress, it was really important to me that the felt good in what they wore, as they are all very different if I put them all in matching dresses it would never work.
We ended up in Coast and after trying on a few dresses I could tell straight away which ones they loved and they were all a beautiful champagne colour which I was more than happy with. We bought them there and then and went for cocktails to celebrate.
A Wonderful Garden Party
We wanted a really relaxed feel to the day so Kevin told all the groomsmen to wear a suit they felt good in and not to worry about colour as we didn’t have a set theme. As it turned out they all turned up in navy suits purely by chance that matched Kevin’s perfectly it was as if we planned it.
Although we wanted all the formalities of a wedding such as speeches, first dance etc. it was really important to us that our wedding had a really relaxed feel. The farm and the teepees helped to achieve this and the fact that we didn’t have a rigid colour theme we just kept everything really simple and neutral. Our family and friends helped with the décor, my mum made 100 meters of bunting; yes you read correctly 100 meters! My bridesmaid Rachel made paper doily pom poms and covered the hay bales in fabric for people to sit on outside.
We also filled the tepees with large paper lanterns and giant round balloons filled with helium. There was lots of outside seating as well as the hay bales which meant that people could relax outside in the sun, some even put blankets down on the grass which made it feel like a wonderful garden party.
Thistles And Hydrangeas
All I knew about flowers was that I wanted lots of them and wanted it to look really natural in white, cream and pale pink. Jemma from Flowers by Jemma Holmes was fantastic. I took a few pictures with me of what I liked and she pulled out flowers that she thought I would love. She also at the last minute suggested some white hydrangeas for the tables and I’m so glad she did as they were my favourite.
My bouquet consisted of sweet avalanche roses, astilbe, stocks and spray rose and the bridesmaid’s had balls of gypsophila. Kevin’s buttonhole was a thistle as my mums side of the family are Scottish and the groomsmen each had a little bit of gyp tied with twine. Jemma made all of these and I ordered all of the table flowers from her but I did the arrangements myself with a little help from my amazing friends the day before the wedding. This turned out to be a mammoth task but I was so pleased with the end result and felt quite proud of myself.
The Favourite Part Of The Day
The ceremony had to be by far my favourite part of the day. I was grinning ear to ear all the way down the aisle and as I got about half way I saw Kevin waiting for me with his bottom lip quivering, desperately trying not to cry and my smile got even bigger. We married in St Johns RC church in Alton which is right next to Alton castle and a truly beautiful setting.
Kevin’s uncle is a Priest so he performed the ceremony and the first thing he did was get all the men to stand up and say hello to all the women, everyone got to have a hug and a little chat and made everyone feel really welcome and relaxed. It was a lovely way to start the ceremony and set the tone for the rest of the day.
Mrs G’s Dancey Dance
Kevin is very into his music so he was a bit wary of hiring a DJ. He used to be a bit of a local pub DJ in his younger days and still has all the equipment so he did a playlist for the night (he called it Mrs G’s dancey dance) and everyone commented the next day on how amazing the music was.
What was great was that they were tunes that we both loved or meant a lot to us so it made it really personal. The only downside was that I don’t think I finished a single conversation as half way through I ran away from everyone towards the dance floor screaming the words “I love this song!”
Our first dance was “Silver words” by Sixto Rodriguez, it’s a song that Kevin has always loved and the first time he played it to me I fell in love with the lyrics so it felt like the perfect choice.
Neither of us are big fans of canapés however, we are both very big fans of cake! So we decided to have red velvet cupcakes with prosecco and elderflower cordial for all our guests when they arrived. My very talented sister and her friend offered to make them for us and my equally talented auntie made our three-tiered Victoria sponge wedding cake which basically equalled a seriously sweet cake-tastic delight!!
We wanted a formal sit down wedding breakfast but still wanted it to feel relaxed. Papakata introduced us to Lesley from Saunts, each course was a big dish that was put in the middle of each table with someone nominated to play mum and dish up. It made it really sociable and got everyone talking. So many guests commented on how amazing the food was, it was proper home cooked dishes that really suited the day.
My parents live in France and offered to bring all the wine for the tables back with them, we bought carafes for each table and the Saunts team just kept on filling them up throughout the meal. It felt like we had an endless supply of wine that just kept coming, there was so much we were even able to keep it coming the next day at the BBQ.
Take One Handmade Wedding Ring
One of the most important aspects of the wedding for us both was that we wanted it to be really personal and reflect us as a couple. This meant that we did a lot of stuff ourselves. We made all the invites and orders of service as well as any other stationery. To tie it all together, we used the same typography throughout; such as the vinyl we had made for the light box.
We also designed badges as favours for our guests. We attached these to luggage tags with guests’ names on which we pinned to a board then used this as the seating plan. We also designed stickers which the kids loved and stuck on just about everyone and everything.
The most time consuming yet, rewarding DIY thing I did was to make Kevin’s wedding ring. I made it from a silver American half dollar from the year his Dad was born. It took me what felt like a lifetime but now he gets to wear something that I’ve made for the rest of his lifetime, it sounds cheesy but I love it.
There was a lot of hard work involved and we had to prioritise what was most important but it was worth it when it all came together and it felt so personal to us.
The best advice I can give is to make your day as much about the two of you as possible. Try and plan it together, Kevin was much more involved in the whole process than most grooms probably are and it was much more rewarding knowing that the whole day really did reflect us both.
Many of our guests commented on how personal the service was this was because Kevin’s uncle was our priest and it meant a lot to us both that he could marry us, it also meant that there wasn’t a dry eye in the house especially Kevin’s!! (He cried a lot). The ceremony was by far my favourite part of the day, it’s the moment all the hard work and planning has been building up to and it’s an amazing feeling showing how much you love this one individual in front of everyone you care about. It’s so easy to get bogged down with the organisation of the reception but my advice is to put as much time and effort in to the ceremony, at the end of the day it’s the most important bit.
A Big Decision And The Best Decision
One of the biggest decisions to make is choosing your photographer. We had a clear idea of the style of photography we wanted and as soon as we saw Harriet from Weddings Vintage previous work it was as if what we had in our heads was staring us in the face. Our main priority was that we wanted images that captured moments and reflected the feel of the day rather than endless posed photographs that steal you away from your guests for hours on end. This is Harriet’s speciality and not only that she makes them beautifully original by editing them in a way that gives them a very timeless, vintage feel. She also had the ability to put two people who hate having their picture taken completely at ease.
The best decision I made throughout the whole planning process was to hire Laura Tickle. Laura is a wedding planner and also an angel sent from wedding heaven to sort out all your wedding problems. We hired her for on the day co-ordination, she took over a couple of weeks before the wedding and confirmed everything with all our suppliers. She also organised the timing of the day and was on hand from the getting ready stage to the first dance to make sure everything ran smoothly. This meant that Kevin and I could completely relax and enjoy the day without the stress of worrying about the details. She truly was an angel and every wedding should have a Laura Tickle!