Did I say ‘wow’ yesterday about my wedding? I think I did. And I’m going to say it today about this one too.
Tamsin shows how you can rock high street bridal like an absolute goddess. Her Phase Eight gown combined with that amazing flower crown (which FYI, the girls made themselves!) is the perfect combination for her and Steven’s village hall wedding.
With huge amounts of DIY this is a stunner. Tamsin also makes a good point; the DIY is a lot of fun, even though at times it is hard work, but more than anything it is important that you relish in your day. And these guys did just that. It was all sumptuously captured by the ever talented Millie Benbow. Love.
Tamsin The Bride: We were so excited that we could get married in the church in Whitsbury, its such a special church to me as I was Christened there and my Granny has lived in the village for nearly 40 years so it was hugely sentimental and a very special place to my whole family.
When we were looking for our reception venue we knew it had to be fairly near to the church as we didn’t want to spend lots of time on the day travelling. We also knew we wanted somewhere that we could put our own stamp on and decorate ourselves. We wanted a really unique day that really reflected us and the things we love. We would have loved a barn style wedding but quickly realised they were out of our budget so when we came across Damerham Village hall which was in the next village to the church, we totally fell in love with it. It has a lovely pitched roof and wooden beams that gave it a barn like feel. It was also surrounded by a lovely garden with a stream and a ginormous willow tree which provided a perfect back drop for Millie to take some of her amazing photos against.
I found my lace dress at Phase Eight, I knew as soon as I saw it that it was the one for me, it had so much detailing on it and it was so comfortable to wear.
Ste’s suit was from Burton, it was a beautiful pale blue and went so well with his vintage floral tie.
We chose mismatching floral dresses for our bridesmaids, we got them from the etsy shop Mokka Fve O’clock and Monika made them beautifully, she was so quick, each one was made to measure and they were just perfect. They worked so well together and the colours looked great. The ushers and the best men all wore their own blue suits and floral ties.
We both love colour and didn’t want to restrict ourselves to a specific palette. We ended up with summer brights which suited our country style wedding near the New Forest. We collected heaps of vintage fabrics from charity shops and had a bunting making party with family and friends, we ended up making so much we were able to hang it throughout the hall, and in the garden. We also got lots of help collecting jam jars which we tied with lace and used for tea lights and tin cans which we sprayed gold and used for freshly picked posies in the hall. I got lots of inspiration from Pintrest and of course Rock my Wedding! Our good friend Matthew from Nota Bene Wares hand made for us some scented candles which made the hall smell gorgeous.
I always knew I wanted flowers in my hair and as a surprise my bridesmaid Vicky organised a flower crown workshop as an activity for my hen do. We had a fab afternoon and Nadia from Nadia Di Tullio Flowers showed us all how to make our crowns with fresh flowers, we had so much fun. I totally loved it and decided that my bridesmaids and me would wear flower crowns. My sisters and bridesmaids helped to make all our flower crowns and the groomsmen’s boutonnieres, we got all the flowers from a local wholesaler’s. Chris Southey who lives in Whitsbury, completely decorated the church for us which was amazing. She had a team of helpers from the village and did such beautiful arrangements which we were then able to transport to the hall to decorate the reception.
We used local caterer Allison from Allison’s Kitchen to make all our canapés which she served with the arrival drinks at the hall. The Spitting Pig in Hampshire did the hog roast for us which we had with lovely fresh salads. We were extremely lucky to have expert cake maker (and my sister!) Esme Osborne volunteer to make our wedding cake. We had a 3 tiered fruit cake, decorated with more fresh flowers and two gold penguins on top, (Ste loves penguins). Friends and family generously baked other wonderful deserts and cakes for our pudding table which went down a treat with all our guests, and we had lots of cheese and biscuits and a large handmade pork pie decorated with our initials for the evening.
Friends & Family
We were so blessed to have so many friends and family want to help us and contribute their creative skills to the day. It made it so special and it also relieved some of the pressure off us (wanting a hand made, diy wedding is a lot of work) so my biggest piece of advice to other brides to be is to let people help, usually they are eager to anyway! Also don’t stress about the little things! Don’t get me wrong, it was a lot of the home made details and little touches that everyone loved and helped make the day so personal, but when we were decorating the hall we realised we had left some things in Nottingham, which we’d spent time making. When you look back on it all you’ll remember is how happy you both were and your fantastic day. Everyone tells you to savour the day as it goes so quickly and they are not wrong, ours flew by. Make sure you spend some time alone together to savour the moment.