When my favourite vintage wedding dress shop launched their own, self designed, collection based on vintage styles (but able to be sized up to a Uk size 22!) I was super excited to be able to host an exclusive competition for one of my readers to win one. Alongside Fur Coat No Knickers founders and designers Emma and Laura, I read every single entry, eventually picking the gorgeous Diana as our winner. Her story touched our hearts and we were all so honoured to be able to fulfil her dream to feel beautiful on her wedding day.
I am utterly thrilled to be sharing that wedding with you all today! It was held at Chester Zoo.
“Our wedding was us. It was just us”, Diana began. “It was the most laidback, chilled out event ever. Everyone commented on how impressed they were that we’d managed to instil a sense of ourselves through proceedings. Neither of us wanted a big fancy event. We just wanted to get married and have a kickass party and that’s what we did. The Doctor Who stuff was more me than Ben but I loved it and so did the kids.”
Justin and Annie were married at the groom’s mother’s house. They didn’t have a massive budget for their wedding, just $5000, but made it go really far by DIYing a lot of things including all the reception décor and props. They wanted their day to have a lovebirds theme but with references to the other things that they enjoy, namely Doctor Who!
“Our wedding was homemade and we tried to have lovebirds as a recurring theme as I have a lovebirds tattoo”, began Annie. “We also wanted to include other things we loved such as the tardis from Doctor Who on the cake, the photo set-up, the zombie cake, and even the Star Wars lightsaber cake cutters! We really focused in the small details.”
Sara and Dave were married in November. They had been together for 14 years and have 5 children so having a wedding had never really taken priority, but after visiting the amazing Eclectic Wedding Extravaganza Wedding Show in Birmingham, that all changed!
“We met when I visited the local tattoo studio where Dave worked”, began the bride. “We got chatting and basically things progressed pretty quickly. We both shared similar interests including, of course, tattoos and body piercing. We definitely live life to the full and how we want to. We have 5 super kids, 3 boys and 2 girls. Again they are very original in their own ways and are certainly free spirited.”
“Marriage was mentioned in the past but, with having the kiddies we always put their wants and needs first,”, she continued. “The eldest and youngest boys are disabled so they take up quite a bit of our time and energy.”
“But we decided at the beginning of 2013 to do something that celebrated us as a big happy family and that was to get married. To celebrate it along with the kids was very exciting. Everyone had a say as to how they thought it should be as well as what they wanted to wear. I decided to visit the EWE event as everything I kept seeing just wasn’t us. I could not believe my luck, at last I had found what I was looking for under one roof.”
Marthe and Fredrik were married in October on a farm in Horten, Norway. They used their favourite season as inspiration, with Autumnal touches throughout. “Our wedding was warm, intimate and down to earth”, wrote the newlyweds. “We both wanted the day to be low key and we didn’t want to have too many people there. We just invited our closest family and friends which ended up being just 35 guests in total. This made the atmosphere really intimate, especially during the ceremony. There was so much love, laughter, and joy.”
Their biggest expense was the food, because they wanted it to be really special. However they saved money by making their own stationery and arranging the flowers. One of their bridesmaids made their cake as a gift and they brought their own alcohol to the venue. Finally, Marthe made her own bouquet and headpiece which not only made them unique but cheaper too.
Dani and Liam always wanted a small wedding. There was no grand proposal either, in fact they decided that they wanted to get hitched when they were driving to Reno last August. They chose 11/12/13 as their wedding date – just three months away!
“I knew I wanted a vintage-inspired, tea length dress, so we headed to San Francisco to begin our search2, began Dani. “My dress came from Bettie Page, a pin up clothing shop, and it was love at first sight. It was the first and only dress I tried on! I purchased it immediately and brought it home that same day. I found a crinoline at a vintage thrift shop that perfectly matched the bottom of my Betsey Johnson heels.”
“Once we found that dress, I knew the rest of the wedding had to have that vintage vibe. I found an awesome rockabilly salon and boutique where we got our hair and make up done in the morning. The last arrangement to be made was our venue. The date crept closer and we were still unsure as to where we’d hold the ceremony, until we found the wedding album belonging to my husbands’ parents. They had gotten married at a beautiful Swedish church in the Pacific Heights district of San Francisco, which was built in the 1800s and has been named a Historical Landmark. My Mother in law passed away a few years back and we felt it would be a wonderful way to honor her memory. We were able to book the venue just one week before the ceremony!”
Steven and Beth were married at Penarth Fawr Medieval Hall in June. Their reception was held in a marquee in the grounds of Gorwel Cottage, a holiday rental with sea views over Cardigan Bay and Pwllheli harbour. They didn’t have a huge budget and so they homemade as much as they could including the flowers and stationery. They also had an afternoon tea and evening BBQ as their food which was a lot cheaper than many of the other options that they looked at.
“We didn’t really set out to have a theme however the vintage vibe lends itself to reclamation and DIY”, wrote the bride, “plus chintz is my guilty pleasure! We looked for months at conventional wedding venues but they were all too expensive or not quite right. We were at the point of giving up when we asked the owners of Gorwel Cottage if we could put a marquee in the cottage car park for the wedding reception and luckily they loved the idea! My parents already had the cottage booked for their annual holiday so they booked in for the following week too and we were married on the weekend in between on the Summer Solstice. Gorwel is really special place for my family as we have holidayed there for years and my Nan’s ashes are scattered in the area. Similarly it was the place me and Steven had our first holiday together. It’s really peaceful, overlooking the sea and the mountains.”