A Restoration Wedding: Neil & Becky

November 14, 2011

I really love reading wedding stories from the groom’s point of view. Most of the submissions I get are written by the bride, but there’s something so utterly adorable about hearing about a wedding from the boy’s point of view…

“Our theme was always going to be eclectic,” Neil told me. “Bringing together all of our loves for the big day celebrating the people we are. We have a number of classic American cars, an old house and various other projects,  so restoration, progress, dressing up something old to really show off its beauty is what we do. I am told that is exactly what we achieved in the barn, working with what we had rather than against it. As for an actual theme, I guess it would be like some kind of redneck hicks doing Darling Buds of May in true Kentish country style.”

The bride traveled to the wedding in a VW camper van while the groom and the guests were treated to a ride in a steam train!

“We aimed to do as much of the work ourselves with the wedding,” he continued. “The barn was hired as a shell that needed completely dressing from scratch. The hired canteen style tables were covered in metres and metres of Ikea ‘Sofia’ striped red and white fabric. This was to help fill the huge and overwhelming space and create a centre piece, that also tied in with the ribbons stitched into the invite designs.”

“The tea tins were sourced over several month on eBay while Becky hand cut almost 100 moustaches and stuck to the stripey straws to be our table decorations with the sunflowers.”

“I am a font junkie, so we imported some vintage neon sign letters from the US in order to have the ‘YES’ word wrapped in ivy over the top table. We incorporated the design into our invites which I also made myself.”

“The napkins were linen glass cloths from Ikea for 19 pence each. They had the woven stripe through them and then a ‘Becky & Neil – Tie the knot’ label sewn into them by us. Weirdly loads of guests must have kept theirs as we only have a few left over.”


Thank you to Neil & Becky for sharing their day with us.

Photography Credit: Sara Thomas & Andy Waterman (andy_waterman@hotmail.com)
Venue: The Great Barn, Kent
Bride’s Dress: Mon Cheri
Bride’s Stole: Sasso, Milan
Bride’s Shoes: Rachel Simpson
Groom’s Outfit: Paul Smith
Bridesmaid’s Dresses: Monsoon
Cake: Lou Lou Babycakes, Dulwich
Flowers: DIY
Hair & Make Up: Dawn at Aurora Beauty
Band: Django Spears
Stationery: DIY (We Are Soup)
Transport: dubhire.co.uk and doilydays.co.uk – steam train with victorian royal carriage (kesr.org.uk)


  1. Angela Hart

    WOW! This wedding is absolutely amazing – so sweet and genuine, I just love it 🙂

    The light up pink and blue paper lanterns are EXACTLY what I have been looking for, so if anybody can direct me where to buy via a link or ebay seller that would be smashing!!!! xx

  2. Oh Emily, your wedding was such a reflection of you, I love it all! Your dress is stunning, and suited you perfectly, love all the handmade touches too. So excited to see your wedding featured on Rock N’ Roll Bride, well done you! Amazing photography too, you must be thrilled. xxx

  3. Rebecca

    What a lovely day! The wedding looks beautiful. Who did your make-up, or did you manage to do it yourself?

  4. Vix

    That dress is absolutely gorgeous- love love love! And the Spinettes look so cool. Congratulations – a stunning wedding!

  5. Swoon! That dress is divine! And best wedding band ever methinks? Love every detail – such a gorgeous and sweet wedding!

  6. Amy


    this wedding looks great, I love it. Just out of interest did yu source your easels and frames separately?

    Want to do this but trying to keep costs down so rather than buying 4 different frames and easels etc wondering whether there was somewhere I could source from.

    Many thanks and congratulations on your wedding!

  7. Emily

    Thank you for all the lovely comments. We had such a wonderful wedding day, so it’s a fantastic bonus that other people admire it too!

    Angela – I can’t remember which seller we got the lanterns from, but we ended up choosing to buy them from a seller in China. This seemed to work out a lot cheaper….unfortunately, as I do like to support UK suppliers and businesses.

    Amy – this probably isn’t the answer you’re hoping for but we did end up getting the frames and easels separately. The frames were actually huge paintings of the Mona Lisa which we bought from Tiger (a Danish shop in London), sprayed them silver, took out the print and replaced it with hardboard backing. The easels were hired from our marquee company in the end. Hope this is of some help.

    Rebecca – the make up is by my lovely friend, Arabella, who is a MAC make up artist and Bridal make up artist. http://www.arabellahewitt.co.uk/

    And thank you, Kat. We are pleased as punch to be featured on Rock n Roll Bride. You were a HUGE help during the planning process!

    Emily xx

  8. Maria

    Hi Emily

    Congratulations! I LOVED looking at your photos.

    Just a quick question, how did you make the doilies? Did you use a cutter of some sort? I really love the idea and want to use it for a friend’s party.


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