Being a wedding photographer herself, and seeing so many amazing weddings in her working life, newlywed Hannah Millard had a lot of people asking her what she was going to do for her own wedding. She actually found it quite difficult making the initial decisions – inspiration overload and all that! But once they realised what was really important – the fact that they were getting married and that they loved each other more than anything – the rest of the decisions came pretty easily! The couple spent just £3500 on their wedding and it was perfect.
“Oh my Goodness! I can’t believe that after reading Rock n Roll Bride for so long, and having some of my work up on these awesome pages, I am finally writing about my own day. Being a wedding photographer, when I told people I was engaged they always said things like ‘You must have seen so many ideas’ and ‘You’ll know what to do for your day’… and those things were only half true. I’ve shot some amazing and varied weddings and seen some great ideas, but when it came to our day I felt like I couldn’t see the wood for the trees. I knew that we would be financing it all ourselves and couldn’t afford much. In fact our wedding was very nearly an elopement. We were within moments of booking an intimate ceremony with just us and two witnesses, prepared to sacrifice having a party and just wanting to be married. It might sound strange but I think that deciding that we would have been content to do it in such a low-key way helped us come to the decision to make more of it. Every extra thing would be a bonus and we would get to share it with our friends and family.”
Hannah wore a dress from Coast which she found in the sale for less than £100! She accessoried with gold tights, red shoes and a sparkly gold bolero. “I found my dress by accident in the Coast sale as I went with my bridesmaids for a trying on session. It fit perfectly. It wasn’t strapless. It had pockets. For me, it was just right. Iwan found his pixel tie after we saw them in a wedding on Rock n Roll Bride actually – thanks Kat! And we let our son William choose the lego buttonholes, which I then made. Our ‘bouquets’ were broken vintage cameras inspired by the Japanese decoden trend, and I spent more hours than I care to remember with rhinestones stuck to my fingers as I added more and more beads and cabochons.”
The wedding was held at The Bookcafe in Derby. “The moment when it all felt like it was really going to h