It was really important to Dawn & John to have a stress-free and personal wedding. John proposed on a bridge in Paris after the couple had been together for sixteen years (erm, excuse me guys but you don’t look old enough!) John is in a band, and although he’s used to being on stage, he was super nervous about having all eyes on him at his wedding, so his understanding bride-to-be promised a low key and intimate wedding.
After a ceremony at The Cotton Exchange, Liverpool came the reception at The Racquet Club. “Both John and I live in Guernsey in the Channel Islands but John went to University in Liverpool and we both lived there for nearly 4 years after he finished” the bride explained. “Liverpool is really in our hearts – we love it and go back as often as we can. There was no venue in Guernsey both within our budget and that was quirky enough. The Racquet Club was perfect – its really quirky and is beautiful in itself without needing huge amounts of decoration.”
“My husband is a musician and a lot of our friends are in the music industry in one way or another so we knew we wanted something a little out of the ordinary but also something laid back, personal and fun. Whilst I love going to those traditional weddings I knew that just wouldn’t cut it for us. After doing lots of research on the internet I knew I wanted to diy as much as I could. It’s amazing that there are so many wonderful people out there that are willing to share their talents and their ideas in tutorials and websites like Rock n Roll Bride I honestly don’t know how anyone ever got married without the internet!”
“I actually used a couple of tutorials on Rock n Roll Bride and elsewhere including this fabric flower tutorial for the bridesmaids bouquets, and this vintage brooch bouquet tutorial. I adapted it to make it my own though and my motto soon became – ‘if in doubt glue gun!’. I ordered fabric hydrangeas from eBay and added these around the edge of the brooches to fill it out a little.”
It was also really important to Dawn & John that they ignored a lot of the wedding fads that they’d seen on many blogs. “At first I was slightly overwhelmed by all the weddings I’d seen on the blogs,” Dawn continued. “I couldn’t get married on a cliff top at a Californian vinery or a beach in South Africa and I couldn’t afford to give everyone personalised bags full of wonderful favours but I remember reading a quote on Rock n Roll Bride that simply said ‘it’s not all about the typewriters’.”
“Although I had actually already bought my own 1960’s tiffany blue typewriter for the guestbook, I understood the sentiment and this was a turning point for me. It taught me that it’s important to make your wedding about what you as a couple want, whether that’s a traditional church wedding with all the trimmings or an elopement to Vegas you should just go for it. It doesn’t matter what anyone else thinks and you most certainly should never organise a wedding with a view to what someone else will think of it.”
Here here lady! You guys are just aces.
Sally & Clifton’s city wedding had a classically elegant but quirky vintage vibe. The wedding was held at Century Club on Shaftesbury Avenue, London, which really set the relaxed tone of the day.
“We didn’t really have a theme to start with, we just went with what felt right and what would make us happy,” Sally told me. “We just wanted a really great party with only our closest family and friends and for it to be relaxed, informal and fun. So it ended up really personal and fortunately all the styling came together very nicely too. Our outfits had a 1950’s vintage vibe and my dress was from Fur Coat No Knickers.”
“I think I was really lucky with the people I hired to help too – they all really made a huge difference and all came to it with a very similar relaxed, personal, professional approach which made it easy. There were no outlandish over the top bridezilla moments (my best ladies made sure of that), nothing was over-organised so there was plenty room for spontaneity, and I didn’t go anywhere near any bridal magazines. And the result was that we loved every minute of it.”
The couple chose some of my all time favourite wedding suppliers to be a part of their day. As well as a Fur Coat No Knickers vintage dress, they employed the expertise of Elbie Van Eeden for Sally’s hair and make up and Charlotte of Restoration Cake who made their yummy heart-shaped cake.
“The theme for our wedding began as a circus/carnival inspiration and grew to encompass woodland creatures, feathers and various fancy dressed individuals from badgers to unicorns, not forgetting the now infamous family of bears!” newlyweds Toby & Isa told me.
“We did things differently, just simply because that’s how we are and to have had any other style of wedding or traditional ceremony would have not been true to us as we are not religious. However we did have a beautiful blessing with Sally our Interfaith minister and we wrote our own wedding vows.”
Toby & Isa were married in September at Silver Rill House, Overbury with a reception at Overbury Village Hall. The bride wore a custom made dress by Annie Mochnacz and shoes by All Saints.
“I think our day was so great because we were surrounded by people who truly love us,” the bride concluded. “I think you could feel this energy and the laid back flow of it all throughout the day. Also the honesty of Toby’s and my love. I was so happy that my friends from Switzerland all made it and my cousin from Canada.”
Before my shoot at The Photography Farm, the ‘farmers’ (as they’ve become affectionately known) were treated to a beautifully styled engagement shoot with Heather & Rob. The couple have booked Lisa to shoot their wedding in April and very bravely agreed to have their engagement shoot at Photography Farm. They told Lisa of their love of camping so the styling team ran with that theme! Hazy Days lent them ‘Sandie’ the caravan, Paper Pom Poms made some well…paper pom poms and Hannah of The Tea Set brought everything together!
“Its hard to express how amazing this whole experience was.” Lisa writes. “Photography Farm had been in planning for so long with me and Jayne talking about nothing else and obsessing over caravans and tractors. When it finally came round, I think a combination of the great photographers and brilliant team that took part, the beautiful light and the way we were looked after by the staff at the Farm made the whole experience quite magic.”
Aren’t these just beautiful shots? Oh Heather & Rob you are such gorgeous creatures!
“We have always been passionate about music which was a key inspiration for us,” newlywed Hannah told me. “We also wanted it to be a relaxed party atmosphere to reflect our laid back personalities. We started this off by designing and making contemporary informal invitations which used some photos from a photo booth to tell a mini story, we also designed a modern logo which we then used on all of our stationery.”
“Music was a constant on the day; it began with a gospel choir that we had arranged to sing in the church, I walked in to ‘Lovely Day’ and we exited to ‘Walking on Sunshine’. We then had a jazz duo play during the canapés and organised a chilled playlist for the time that we were having dinner. After dinner we had hired the Forgers to play some of our favourite rock, pop and indie songs and made our own DJ set to play for the final two hours.”
“In terms of detail, we bought from eBay a number of vinyl collections and vinyl labels and then picked ones which were relevant to each guest to use as their table setting. We printed the logo onto the labels and then wrote the names of each guest. The groom’s brother (Matt) helped to create a music quiz for each table which had pictures of famous album covers and musicians for guests to guess during the meal. We then collected these and gave a prize for the table with the most correct answers. The tables were named after bands we have seen at gigs and we used the laminated gig tickets to identify the tables. On the tables we also left blank CDs for people with cameras to send us a copy of their pictures. We printed instructions and our address in the inlay along with the logo that featured on all of the stationery.”
The wedding reception was held at Greenwich Yacht Club, London near to where Steve proposed in Greenwich Park. Hannah wore an elegant Jenny Packham dress with a veil that her Mother hand made.
Other details which certainly deserve a mention include their cheese-stack cake which they put together themselves, “making a ‘cheese’ cake was a challenge – a key lesson we learnt was to get some dowling rods (which you cut down to the thickness of the cheese) and cake boards to support the cheeses to make sure that the heavy hard cheeses don’t squash the soft ones,” and the Ferrari Limo which they hired to make sure they arrived with some impact!
Leesa-Marie & Stew wanted a relaxed and low key wedding with just their closest friends and family in attendance. They were hitched in Southampton, and after their ceremony they wondered round Ocean Village and Mayflower Park for their photos with Amy Radcliffe (they didn’t have their ceremony or reception photographed but wanted to portraits to remember their day.)
The bride wore a short dress by Honeypie Boutique, shoes from New Look and a veil by Field and Fallow.