Tag Archives: DIY

Intimate Doctor Who Wedding

geeky doctor who wedding (23)

Sean and Kath were married in Maidstone, Kent. The biggest influence for their wedding was their mutual love of Doctor Who! Kath wore a dalek belt made for her by The Couture Company (who also made her stunning dress and headpiece), and their cake had a Tardis on top!

geeky doctor who wedding (6)

“Doctor Who was the main influence for our wedding, though we did try to keep it a bit tongue-in-cheek”, Kath explained. “I knitted various projects throughout the wedding planning but they had absolutely nothing to do with the wedding and everything to do with my lack of an attention span!”

geeky doctor who wedding (9)

Continue reading

Make Your Own Wedding Rings at Oldfield Forge Academy

Make Your Own Wedding Rings at Oldfield Forge Academy (1)

There is something so special about DIY weddings. Even if the final results aren’t as perfect as they might be if the couple had booked a professional, to me, DIY weddings are always way more amazing because of those extra personal touches.

Having a DIY wedding means you’re thinking about more than just that one day. The projects you do not only put your own stamp on your wedding, but they make this special occasion even more memorable. You’re putting a little piece of the two of you into everything you create. That’s priceless.

So you’re making your own décor, baking a cake, and picking and arranging the flowers… But what about the one thing you’ll wear forever, your wedding rings? Have you considered making those too?

Make Your Own Wedding Rings at Oldfield Forge Academy (7)

Based in the beautiful Herefordshire countryside, blacksmiths Nicky and Arron launched Oldfield Forge Academy in 2013. They now offer various courses, including one where couples can learn to make each other’s wedding rings! How would you like to escape the stresses of wedding planning and have a romantic trip away where you also get to design and make your very own rings?!

The best part is that the wedding rings package can be tailored to meet your own needs. This is not just a case of rocking up and making some rings, you can add on extra fun activities to your trip including ale tasting, river trips, picnics in the woods or evening dinner at one of the local pubs. They even offer luxury accommodation in a nearby cottage if you’d like to make a weekend of it!

The cost of a ring making course is just £174 per couple for a five hour lesson and two rings made of mild iron/ steel (which will be treated to be protected from rusting). The price also includes a bottle of bubbly to celebrate with when you’re done and a delicious lunch. Your experienced blacksmith teacher will guide you the whole way through from designing to forging, and will help you create your very own uniquely personal, one-of-a-kind rings. They will teach you a wide range of techniques and you can even etch your own message onto them if you like!

Make Your Own Wedding Rings at Oldfield Forge Academy (2)

Continue reading

Laid-Back London Wedding

vintage london wedding 06 st chads place (64)

Blake and Ellen wanted their wedding to be as laid back as possible for their guests and themselves. They had their ceremony in a reconsecrated church and their reception at 06 St Chad’s Place in Kings Cross.

“The main idea for our wedding was to have it relaxed”, the bride explained. “We just wanted everyone to have a good time and for us not to be stressed out or worried about anything but still not lose some of the traditions. For example we had our ceremony in a church but as it was reconsecrated we could have drinks and nibbles when people arrived. It was a fun start and everyone was in a good mood right from the beginning.”

vintage london wedding 06 st chads place (34)

“We also thought it would be fun, even though we were having a civil ceremony, to have some ‘hymns’, but instead of religious ones we had a couple of our favourite classic sing-alongs including Mandy by Barry Manilow and I love you baby by Frankie Valli. We didn’t know how it would go down with the congregation but everyone joined in and it was a particular highlight. it was such an unforgettable moment when everyone came together and it was the perfect start to the perfect day. It also put us both right at ease and settled our nerves and it really was the catalyst for everyone to get into the spirit and just have a great day.”

vintage london wedding 06 st chads place (40)

Continue reading

North vs South, A London Pub Wedding

Fabulous Gay London Wedding_Winston Sanders Photography-290

With gay marriage becoming legal across the whole of The United States and London Pride taking place this past weekend, this has to be the perfect time to share Chris and Russ’ fun-filled London wedding! They were married in February at Islington Town Hall, followed by a meal at St John’s Tavern and an evening reception at The Star.

Fabulous Gay London Wedding_Winston Sanders Photography-059

“We met in a pub in Camden in 2008″, they told me. “Russ is a Londoner and Chris, a Hullensian. Russ said, ‘You can tell you’re not a Londoner, because you’re smiling.’ The next night we met up in St John’s Tavern in Archway. It is a fantastic pub that really looks after its customers. As the place of our first sober encounter, we have a deep personal connection with it, and it had to have a key role in our wedding.”

Fabulous Gay London Wedding_Winston Sanders Photography-125

Continue reading

Casual & Beautiful New Zealand Wedding

casual and beautiful new zealand wedding (44)

Hayley and Marty were married at the historic Mcleod Bay Church in Whangarei Heads, New Zealand. It is the church of the early settlers of the small coastal area where Marty grew up.

“We are both creative people so this is really what influenced our wedding”, the bride began. “We wanted too execute our own ideas and make our wedding unique. Everything there was made by us, for us. This meant nothing was over the top or tacky. Nothing about it was traditional.”

casual and beautiful new zealand wedding (36)

“All the décor was DIY”, she continued. “Living in Australia and flying home for the wedding meant we only had a week prior to organise and create everything. We had a clear plan of what we liked and this meant we wanted everything to be personal. We didn’t just want to have things you could buy in a store. That’s not what we are about and we wanted to have our wedding reflect that.”

casual and beautiful new zealand wedding (60)

Continue reading

Fun and Easy-Going Back Garden Wedding

casual back garden wedding bride in green (26)

Emi and Phil were married in their own back garden. They had a relatively small budget, so they wanted to do as much as they could themselves. They didn’t have a theme, they just wanted it to be laid back and fun for everyone.

“Phil and I had a brainstorming session where we sat down and wrote a few words we wanted to describe our wedding”. said Emi. “The words were fun, easy, comfortable, Mariachi band, simple décor, cupcakes, unique, and awesome. Then we had a list of words that we DIDN’T like which were rules, stuffiness, formality, show-offy, pretentious, themed, boring, and fancy. Then we tried to follow that loose rubric when doing our planning.”

casual back garden wedding bride in green (22)

The bride wore an amazing emerald silk dress made Cargill Custom Costumes. She made her own headpiece from gilded copper and attached glass blackberries by Elizabeth Johnson to it!

“So much of our wedding was created by our talented loved ones”, the bride continued. “My dad, Jim, built the AMAZING outdoor bar. Our friend Michael constructed our dance floor while Collin and Tristen applied the glitter (very enthusiastically, may I add; Tristen fashioned a ‘glitter application tool’ by strapping a bottle of glitter onto a large bamboo pole). Phil’s mom made the outdoor linen curtains, and Phil’s dad grew the succulent gardens for the table décor.”

casual back garden wedding bride in green (29)

Continue reading