Vintage by Verity, a DIY Wedding… Part 2

Welcome back for Part 2 of this wedding with tons of real Rock My Wedding inspiration in every detail.

We Love. And judging by yesterdays comments, so do you guys!

Friend for a Photographer

Although it was important to us to have some amazing photographs of the best day of our lives, we didn’t want the day to turn into a photoshoot with lists and lists of shots to get through. We also wanted photography that was a bit different than the norm. Dean and I are lucky enough to know some really talented people and so we asked one of our friends, Adam Foster, to be our photographer for the day.

Dean has known Adam for 4 years. He is a very creative and talented guy. Adam’s website and Flickr account was a constant source of inspiration and we passed ideas back and forth between the three of us leading up to the wedding.

Inspired Cake

My Auntie Lynne has been making fabulous cakes for family events for years so she was the obvious choice for our wedding cake. She and I spent a whole Sunday night searching for inspiration online, and when I came across the Maisie Fantasie website, I began to get really excited. We quickly picked the Paris chic wedding cake and soon Lynne was deciding how best to recreate it. I somehow managed to find the exact cake stand online and then a few weeks later a friend got in touch saying that there was a Maisie Fantasie cookbook! The rest is history, but as you can see from the pictures, Lynne did such an outstanding job of recreating the design – it looked pretty as a picture. We had two layers of fruit cake and a scrumptious layer of chocolate fudge cake.

We served the cake alongside an enormous 3-tier cheese board, devised by Bashall Barn and sourced from Leagrams. The mix of fruit cake and cheese went down really well.

The Swing Commanders

The Swing Commanders are a jive sextet which hail from our home town, but have had huge success around the world. We’d been to see them play a number of times and always loved their eclectic mix of songs and their ability to read a crowd so well. The 3 guys and 3 gals, all of whom play at least three instruments each and have an impressive set of costumes, just always make it a night to remember.

I can’t tell you how many of our guests came up and asked us about them and commented about how amazing they were. They had us up doing a conga around the bar and even taught us the Charleston in a line formation. I thoroughly recommend them for a wedding.

The band played our first song – It had to be you. It was of course recorded by many an iPhone, so we threw in a few jive moves we had learnt in the last few months. The wooohs and waaahs we got in return were worth the lessons!


In the venue itself, which is a converted cow shed, we implemented a cow-based theme. Each guest was shown their place by a seating card stuck into a champagne cork. The cards were created using Moo cards and had a cow on one side, and names on the other. We’d already used Moo cards in our invitations, with each card telling guests about a different element of the day.

The cow theme was continued with the menus and “In case you were wondering” signs that we made and placed on each table. These were to let the guests know about the personal touches we had added to the day and to thank our ‘creatives’ for the cake, flowers, hair and make-up and photography.

When I saw the feature about the DIY photo booth on RMW, I was actually scared to show Dean. We already had a list as long as your arm for DIY creations so I thought he’d go mad, but when I sent him the link, his reply was “We must do this!”.

To say I was excited was an understatement. We decided to make it a secret from everyone, including our families, which meant creating it was even harder. And I must point out to anyone thinking of doing the same thing, make sure you consider transporting it once it is finished – we didn’t, and I’m not exaggerating when I say we had to literally flag down a man with a van the night before the wedding. But, we got it there, and boy was it worth it.

Our guests LOVED it. We had a tripod and camera set up in front of the booth, but they were also using their own cameras and the disposables and it is wonderful to see just how many of our friends and family have now got pictures from our photobooth as their facebook profile pics! It just added another dimension to the day and kept everyone entertained all night long.

My Advice for Brides

My biggest piece of advice for a future bride is to enjoy the planning! It is easy to get stressed out during the planning stage, but when it got close to the end, I wanted it all back! The wedding is one day, but if you treat the planning as part of that day then the whole experience becomes more rewarding and enjoyable. Reading RMW every morning was part of that for me and it often gave me little goose bumps when I saw another bride’s day done her way.

Also try and stick to your guns and make sure that every decision you make is right for you and your husband-to-be. Customs and traditions might have worked in our parents’ day but there are no strict rules anymore and as long the happy couple are happy, that’s all that matters, right?!

Seriously, how much fun? Tell us your favourite bit – there’s so many to choose from!

Yours Truly,


Author: Becky Sappor
Becky is at her happiest when dunking a slightly chilled chocolate digestive into a very warm, very milky cup of tea. She also loves her job and pinches herself every day to make sure that she isn’t in a graphic design dreamworld.

31 thoughts on “Vintage by Verity, a DIY Wedding… Part 2

  1. Lordy! Major swoon!!

    It looks fun, it looks full of love and they look and loving that the bride is rocking a bird cage veil!


  2. That is one brave bride for standing in a cow shed!
    I think if I had been a guest at this wedding, you would’ve had to shove me off/out of the photobooth! xoxo

  3. Ok, who knew that cows were such a vital part of a wedding?!? I now can’t imagine a wedding without one! I shall be bringing one as my +1 to all future nupitals.

    Beautiful day full of beautiful people.

  4. Verity and Dean’s wedding was truly amazing and the obvious effort that had gone into it to make it different was appreciated by every single guest xx It was a magical day, I LOVED it xx

  5. LOVING the photobooth (especially as it adds yet more ammunition to my argument with mr that they are cool and fun!).

    the cake is beautiful, so professional looking, especially with the gorgeous stand (which I would very much like to know where from pls)

    and the cows? awesome! x x x

  6. Ever since I saw Charlotte’s wedding, we’ve agreed on having polyboard signs and funky props. I think they add so much fun to a day. This has made me even more certain of my choice of doing so.

    Everything is wonderful. It looks like such a fun day. P2 was worth the wait. Many congratulations x

  7. Woweee Part II was def worth the wait!

    I love everything about this wedding! The photo booth looks amazing, so professional, and seems to had such a fantastic effect on the day. I’ve already re-found the DIY post and am so adding that to my list of things to DIY for the wedding.

    I can’t believe that cake isn’t a professional, the detail is immaculate!

    I feel I must reiterate what everyone was saying yesterday about how tiny, tiny your waist is in your dress Verity. A-maz-ing (in a Craig Revel Horward styleeee). Am I right in thinking you had two dresses and weren’t going to wear both Verity? Did you wear both in the end or is the dancing dress a third choice?

    Love the cowshed picture! Actually love all the pictures.

    I need a new word for things that I really, really love even more than those I love! One of my favourite RMW weddings ever!

    Oh and I almost forgot, the table plan is awesome – where did you get that and the typewriter from?

    If you are having wedding planning pangs Verity, feel free to come and sort my planning out!


  8. You ladies are too lovely for words. Glad you’re all liking part 2.

    Miss – the cake stand is called Graceful Tiers. I got it from a cake stand company, but I’ve seen it on ebay occassionally so you could get lucky.

    And yes, I did have another dress for the evening. We had a swing band, and we’d had swing dance lessons and I just wanted to be able to kick off my shoes and boogie away with everyone else, so off came my beautiful (but very heavy and long) wedding gown and on went a pretty, ivory fifties number from Aftershock. Totally worth it, and it showed off my shoes (bonus!).

    Benjamin Roberts dresses have an internal corset, which my aunty tugged at for half an hour in order to get that waist!

    Happy planning you lot, we’re off on a 5-week honeymoon to Australia on Friday so this has made our week.

    Verity x x x

  9. You can spot an RMW inspired wedding a mile off, its the slogans and heart shaped glasses that give it away 🙂

    Loving seeing the DIY photobooth in action, I emailed it to a few people when I first saw it on here as thought it looked awesome and so it clearly was! Nice work Verity!


  10. Fun Fun Fun!!! Our wedding is on my parents’ farm but I’m not going to be standing in any still used cowshed (…the one these guys are in looks relatively clean but the one’s at the farm aren’t like that!).

    We’ve also made one of the photobooths & we are SO excited to use it, especially after these pics! Transporting it is an issue but my clever fiance put hinges on it so it could be folded in half, then his Dad took it on his estate car roof from Manchester to Derbyshire! Still trying to source some good wallpaper for it – love the one that they’ve used here (where’s it from?!!!)

  11. My favourite photo is definitely the one with the two tashes at the table. Oh Verity, I’m so jealous you had a swing band, bet that was so much fun!! xxx

  12. Looks like such a FUN wedding 🙂 Love the cow theme and the corks with namecards idea is genius. Never thought a cowshed/beautiful wedding dress combo would work so well in a shot either but it SO does. Fab!

  13. Verity and Deans wedding was even better than it looks-I have a bit of wedding aversion normally but their day blew away all my ideas of what a wedding day could be, It was full of fun,love and laughter, If we weren’t crying with the romance of it all we were laughing at hilarious speeches and dancing. I was more nervous about doing Verity’s flowers than I’ve ever been,mainly because I wanted them to sum up her wicked style. Dean and Verity are amazing (and gorgeous) people so It’s fab to see them on here.

  14. Hi Verity,

    Your wedding looks really beautiful! My fiance and I are also thinking of having our reception at Bashall Barn and wondered if you could tell us what it was like as a venue?

    Thank you! Katie

  15. Hi Verite your wedding looks absolutely amazing 🙂 I was wondering if you could tell me the name of the website where you bought the cake stand as i also fell in love with the Maisie Fantasie Parisian Chic Wedding cake 7 my mum is going to bake it for me but i have been searching the internet for the cake stand and so far i haven’t had any luck.

  16. please can we ask where did you get cake stand we have ordered this cake and have been trying to source the stand for months helppp

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