DIY Vegan Wedding: Sarah & Steven

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There was no doubt in my mind that I had to share this wedding with you. My heart skipped a beat as I clapped eyes on the beautiful Sarah and her stunning movie starlet-esque red wedding dress from The Couture Company and I flicked through Toast of Leeds‘ photographs holding my breath. What an utterly beeeeeeeautiful wedding.

“Our venue was Buckland Hall in the Brecon Beacons National Park, a country house in the Welsh mountains, that we could personalise and make our own for a long weekend”, Sarah began. “We had free reign of the house and grounds, which we decorated with family photos and personal belongings that we’ve collected during our time together. Sixty of our guests stayed on the night of our wedding and close family the night before. The ceremony was held in a room with views of rolling park land, the River Usk and snow capped mountains beyond.”

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“We held a drinks reception immediately after the ceremony with vegan canapés, cherrytree Cola and cocktails we’d designed ourselves: Pimms #6 (made with fresh strawberry puree) and passionfruit mojitos (with organic fair-trade rum and sweetbird syrup). This was followed by a three-course sit down’vegan meal, with starter created by Steven (wild mushroom empanadas with fennel cream sauce).”

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With her The Couture Company dress and headpiece, Sarah carried a button bouquet made by Jamball Creations who also made the boutonnieres and wrist corsages. “Jamball Creations used antique buttons and vegan friendly felt made from recycled bottles”, Sarah continued. “We met them first at the Eclectic Wedding Extravaganza and instantly liked them as people. We were impressed by their use of Pinterest during the design process (both for sharing ideas and work in progress) and delighted by the end result.”

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For the reception décor  this couple went all out. “We folded 600 paper flowers for the table decorations, collected 72 empty organic baby fruit puree jars to use as tealight holders and 30 Belvoir fruit juice bottles for table centrepieces. These were wrapped with red string by Steven’s mother. We placed three willow sticks in each bottle and decorated them with red, cream and baby blue paper flowers (that we spent several weeks folding!) Our table number cards included passport sized photos from when we were that age. We created activity books for kids’ table places and used vegan organic truffles as favours. Steven cut slits in old wooden cotton reels and I designed red and baby blue name cards to sit on top. He also created a chalkboard welcome sign and a hessian backed picture frame, which we pinned escort luggage tags decorated with buttons to. We used a pin letter board for the order of the day.”

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“The overriding aim was to create a relaxed, laid back and homely atmosphere, reflecting more a combination of our eccentric personalities than a fixed theme”, Sarah concluded. “We undertook DIY projects to add to the personal feel and collected props of the course of several months. Steven didn’t write a speech – instead he decided to stand and speak at a time that felt right.”

“I guess we didn’t really have a ‘theme’ but having a fully vegan wedding was always on the cards: food, drinks, clothes, shoes, décor  candles, soy ink printed straws etc – even the crayons we gave the kids were suitable. We thought at least a few of the guests (80% non-vegetarian) would complain about the food, but all the comments we got were positive. We weren’t consciously aiming for it to be an eco wedding, it just ‘organically’ evolved that way. All the decorations we created were either upcycled, recyclable or biodegradable.”

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15 comments

  1. Hey hey! Look at that! Cheers Kat. Thanks for featuring Sarah and Steven’s awesome wedding. Didn’t she look amazing? Top notch. And they were excellent fun to boot. Thanks dudes. x

  2. I am loving every little detail that has gone in to this organically themed wedding. The photographer has grasped the mood of the wedding perfectly with every accessory full of thought and meaning. It’s just amazing what you can do when you put your mind to it, very unique and very impressed!

  3. Absolutely over the moon to see Sarah and Steven’s wedding on your blog …. This wedding is one of my absolute favourites and I think Sarah looks utterly stunning. Lynsey did an awesome job with Sarah’s hair and make-up, and I love ALL the thought and details that have gone into this wedding. We loved making Sarah’s gown to her requirements xxx
    Love the bouquet and Love the photos!!
    Congratulations x

  4. We were so glad to be part of Sarah and Stevens celebrations. They are such a fantastic couple and have a great eye for detail to every aspect of their wedding day. The bouquet and corsage we put together were made entirely from Sarah’s instructions and she has the most impeccable taste. There were so many great elements for our creations to draw extra inspiration from,such as her beautiful Vivienne Westwood shoes and the gorgeous dress from The Couture Company that the lovely Jo made. Everything wrapped up so perfectly with Shelly’s stunning Photography. We are so humbled to be part of this stunning wedding. Thank you to you all. Jaime and Pete at jamball.x

  5. Bloody fab wedding! Loving the red dress, cherry pop and the gorgeous bouquet. So many amazing suppliers brought together. Images are fab as always. That Shelly is a bit bloody good!

  6. Nice idea. How did the food go down with all the non vegans tho? I really like the DIY idea tho.

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