Courtney and Nick wanted a day that didn’t break the bank. They managed to keep the costs down by shopping in charity shops, accepting help from family and friends and DIYing a lot! They put the flowers together themselves, had a playlist instead of a band or DJ and made their own stationery. Both of their outfits were “lucky finds on the internet”. The designers didn’t matter to them, only that they liked what they wore. The bridesmaids had dresses from eBay.
“Our wedding was loosely themed around ‘all you need is love’, but we didn’t really stick to a genre”, explained the bride. “We drew inspiration from vintage, cottagey garden vibe which you can see in the table settings and all the bunting, as well as the lawn games that included a super fun giant Jenga set. The ceremony was set in a beautiful pine forest, with hay bales as seating giving a forest fairy feel.”
“There were loads of different places we got inspiration from, but most importantly we wanted to make sure that it reflected us as a couple. We wanted a day filled with fun that celebrate our LOVE. The Beatles played a major part, as this is one of our favourite bands, and love of music is one of the first things that brought us together.”
Alex and Sophia were married at Stoke Newington Town Hall, followed by a reception at The Draper’s Arms pub in Islington, London. They day had a subtle vintage vibe – from Sophia’s Jenny Packham dress and Flo and Percy headpiece, to the retro photo booth and polaroid shots their photographer Lisa Jane took! Ultimately though, they wanted a local wedding that was intimate and enjoyable for their guests.
“We wanted our day to be relaxed, informal and fun”, explained the bride. “Keeping it local to where we’ve lived for the last 10 years was important and we wanted to support local businesses whenever we could. We also wanted to showcase to friends and family how amazing London is which is why we stuck to a registry office and knees-up at one of our locals.”
Being a florist, Becky always knew that flowers would play a big part in the décor of her wedding. So when she and Daniel for engaged it was first thing on her agenda! The day had a retro and Rock n Roll theme and was held at The Redbury Hotel in Hollywood.
“As a floral designer, I’ve had visions of my wedding long before I had a ring”, Becky began. “I was looking forward to designing a wedding that was different from our other clients. Currently, pastel pallets are in fashion and those damn succulents just won’t go away. I wanted to use traditional flowers (like carnations and mums) to capture our mod theme but used in modern exciting ways. Likewise, we used traditional styles with current and fashionable flowers; all the mom’s had classic pin-on corsages but with beautiful yellow garden roses. I’m just very lucky that my business partner is such a hard worker! She constructed an 8′ tall ombre curtain of carnations and a couple of 5′ tall flower topiaries for the ceremony.”
“Daniel and I met at a bar five years ago when his band was on tour”, she explained “hence, the importance of our Rock n Roll theme. Had it not been for Rock n Roll we never would have met! He was living in Portland, Oregon and I had just moved back home to Northern California after graduating from San Francisco State University. We did the long distance thing for a spell before we just went for it.”
On May 3rd, and with just £5000 to spend, Charly and Phil were married at Church of The Good Shepherd in Tadworth. They had their thrifty reception in the church hall next door! The bride wore a Nataya ‘Titanic’ dress and carried a homemade crochet bouquet. They saved cash by DIYing pretty much everything, from the flowers to the cake to the catering! Their entertainment was a two piece jazz band, made up of friends.
“We wanted to put as much of ourselves into our wedding as possible”, began Charly. “We knew that we wanted a lot of personal touches – from hand making all of the guest buttonholes (all 100 of them!!) to our favourite crystals on the tables. I also decided on something a little different right from the very start when I bought an original Edwardian tea dress that I had planned to customise. However, life got in the way in the form of job hunting and such, and so I had to shelve that idea when I ran out of time. I headed on line and searched and searched for something Edwardian-esque in my price range, finally landing on Nataya Titanic dress range. I fell in love with the green version, ordered it from The States and clapped when it arrived. It was perfect for me and made me feel like a bride in something that I would not need help with when going to the loo. I could dance in it, hug people in it and it was not going to make me overheat. Tick, tick, tick!”
It’s no secret that I am a Fur Coat No Knickers super fan. Laura and Emma are the purveyors of the friendliest bridal boutique in the country. No joke, these babes are some of the nicest human beings you will ever meet.
For years now they’ve been the go-to store for vintage wedding dresses, and in 2013 they expanded their range to include made to measure designs. All lovingly handmade in Britain, they wanted to be able to help every bride, whatever her shape or size. They love their vintage gowns, but with vintage sizing being stingy at the best of times, it was really hard for them to cater to anyone over a size 12.
“We love vintage dresses but by their nature they are on the small side”, they say. “Although we search for more realistic sizes, there have been occasions where we just can’t help. We hated that. So we set about designing our very own collection that would be every bit as beautiful as the dresses in our shop but available from size 8 to 22. That collection is Flaunt It.”
“The designs are based on vintage dresses that we’ve found and loved over the years, with shapes that are very flattering. They are created from carefully chosen lace, tulle and silk organza which, to our eyes, don’t stand out as being too modern when hanging next to the original dresses.”
“The dresses can all be customised by taking away sleeves, adding different volumes of petticoat, coloured binding, sashes, headpieces and of course by tweaking the fit to the individual, just like we do with our vintage dresses.”
Tom and Emma were married in Florida. Their wedding was nerdy, with a touch of vintage, just like them! They had loads of lovely handmade and especially sourced details such as paper flower bouquets and Ski Soda brought in from Illinois.
“Pretty much all of our décor was made by us”, began the bride. “We wanted our tables to look like home. We wanted our guests to look around and feel like they were at their grandma’s house. We had stacks of old books, doilies, jars and lace. Actually, the jars used in our centerpieces were Tom’s grandmas from the 50s!”
“Tom taught himself how to make bow ties for his groomsmen’s presents and enjoyed it so much he has started a bow-tie business. We had DIY book page garlands, book page roses, and opted for hand painted signs to keep our guests informed. We fell in love with a lace a burlap aisle runner on Etsy, and the length we needed would have cost us about $180 dollars, so I ordered some burlap lace and made it myself for about $30.”