DIY Vintage Romance and a Homemade Wedding Dress: Tamar & Nick

John Hope Photography

October 6, 2014

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Nick and Tamar were married at Danby Castle in North Yorkshire. This was a DIY wedding and the bride even made her own dress! She wore it with a vintage kimono jacket in the evening. The groom’s sister made the cake and the bride and her bridesmaids arranged all the flowers.

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“Our wedding was inspired by roses, Grace Kelly’s wedding dress, vintage cups of tea, floral prints, lace, mason jars, and the country side”, said Tamar. “We wanted to keep it as true to ourselves as possible. The most important thing for us was that our wedding represented our own personalities. If there is anything that shines in our character is that both are a mix of classic and modern. Nick has an amazing moustache (he even made his groomsmen grown moustaches for the wedding day!) and I’m a creative person and always try to express myself in any possible way (including my skin!) Another thing that made our wedding really special was that my brother played the ukelele and sang while I was walking down the aisle. ‘I can’t help falling in love with you’ by Elvis Presley.”

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“I got crazy about DIY”, she continued. “Save the date cards, Invitations (hand-written cover, lace punched, two languages…), table plan, wedding decorations, all flowers including buttonholes and bouquets (I ordered the flowers from the Dutch market and had to sort them out the day before with the help of my bridesmaids), flower girls dresses, groom and groomsmen’s bow ties, favours (we made our own shaving soup and bath salts and designed the packaging) and of course the most important DIY project was my own dress!”

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“I couldn’t find anything that I felt comfortable or suited me, one night I had a revelation while I was in bed… ran to my desk and I drew it! I ordered the fabric from Japan and all the glass came from the Czech Republic. To be honest I can’t tell how long it took me because I was doing a little bit everyday. I had been sewing all my life (and now it’s part of my profession) and I think that if I had bought a dress from a shop I wouldn’t be true to myself.”

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“My favourite part of the wedding was the ceremony and the Ice cream van! Nick loved doing his speech as he was really nervous but it went down really well and everyone laughed a lot. Our advice to other couples would be to get the best photographer you can get, you will never regret it. We are so glad with John’s work! At the end of the day, the wedding day will pass fast. Have something to remember it. Another advice, If you want to get crazy about DIY like us, make your research and plenty of trials with enough time in case you need a plan B!”

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