Jenni & Neil’s Eclectic DIY Wedding

May 17, 2011

“I read something on a wedding blog during my planning, which I clinged onto for my own sanity,” bride Jenni wrote, “It said not to worry about decorations etc matching, if you like what you have, in the end it will all go together. This was my mantra for our wedding and it worked. We didn’t have a theme and I didn’t really have a plan or a colour scheme. I operated like a magpie, picking up inspiration where I found it and with the help of my husband and our friends it worked for us!”

Jenni & Neil’s wedding reception was held at Surrey Docks City Farm, London. This venue also really helped to set the style of their day. “The venue had never been used for weddings before and provided an empty shell, so the tables, chairs and all decorations needed to be sourced and made by us,” Jenni continued. “I spent months reading wedding blogs and started liking, starring and sharing posts I liked on google reader. I also found inspiration on craft blogs and DIY websites which indulged my love of interior decoration.”

The bride made all the bunting, table runners, napkins on a vintage (i.e. non-electric) Singer sewing machine. She also made and decorated the cakes, seating plan, bouquets & pinholes herself. The groom, best man and best woman decorated the farm venue the morning of the wedding. The bride and groom are originally from East Anglia & Birmingham (respectively) so they sourced beers and wines which were local to where they grew up and served them in pink tub-trugs full of ice.

Thank you to Jenni & Neil and their photographer (and friend) Danielle for sharing this wedding with us today.

Photography Credit: Danielle Benbow Photography
Ceremony Venue: Woolwich Town Hall, London
Reception Venue: Surrey Docks City Farm, London
Bride’s Dress: ChinaBrides on eBay
Bride’s Shoes: Irregular Choice
Bride’s Wellies: Joules
Bride’s Headpiece & Bow Brooch: Primark
Bride’s Veil: Oxfam’s Wedding Shop, Leatherhead
Bride’s Jewellery: SummerandSilver on Etsy
Groom’s Suit: Hired from Lipman & Sons
Bridesmaids Dresses: French Connection
Bridesmaids Shoes: Rocketdog
Wedding Cake: DIY
Flowers: DIY
Table and Chair Hire: Capital Hire