Relaxed DIY Warehouse Wedding

Sally T Photography

November 28, 2017

Sarah and Jamie had a summer wedding that they described as “Retro with bright colours and lots of food!” The inspiration for the theme came from their love of music, art and food, most of which was provided by family members because they wanted to keep the budget low. Plus food made with love for your best day is always going to add a really special something to proceedings, right?

The couple married at Hull Guildhall, with the reception at music venue warehouse, Früit. The bride said, “From the start of our wedding planning, the venue was always going to be our main priority, and we have always known that we wanted it to be held at Früit. We picked a date they had available and planned the rest around that. We felt that the relaxed décor (and the incredibly lovely venue manager, Chris), was perfect for us to add bits to and make it our own. As we already loved the venue as it was, we kept things simple. The ceiling was decorated with paper lanterns and fairy lights. The table decorations consisted of hessian cloth and glass jars and bottles collected from family and friends, into which we placed wild flowers from Bloom & Wild. The bouquets came with crazy miniature pineapples!”

Jamie said of the wedding itself, “The ceremony being at the register office seemed to be over in a flash; we both were too excited for the reception. Sarah walked down the aisle to Anyone Else But You by The Moldy Peaches. She had nervous giggles all the way through the ceremony as she’s a little shy!”

The bride wore an iridescent flutter sleeve maxi dress from ASOS, a headband by Olivia The Wolf and Vivienne Westwood Anglomania + Melissa Skyscraper II heels. Her sister-in-law Selina Scott, hairdresser at Alexander Hair and Beauty, did her hair and make-up. The groom wore a Vivienne Westwood two-piece blue suit, Ted Baker shirt, Ted Baker paisley Chelsea boots and silk paisley cravat. Sarah’s bridesmaid, Selina, wore a rose gold maxi dress from Boohoo. “We wanted her to choose her own dress so she felt comfortable and beautiful in it”. she explained.

“For the wedding breakfast, we wanted to keep things relaxed and informal so decided on our favourite foods and did a buffet.” All this was arranged by Sarah’s mum as a wedding gift. Sarah’s Aunty Lynn baked different flavoured tray bakes and cookies, and Sarah’s cousin, Vicki, made the wedding cake. For the evening, they went with a hog roast van.

The wedding budget came in at under £6000, and much of this was down to the couple managing lots of the details themselves. The bride designed the stationery, saying “We went for a vinyl record music themed invitation, and our save the dates were small vinyl record fridge magnets for our guests to keep.” Jamie and his friends DJ’d for the entertainment, Sarah’s Aunty Julie hand made the tassel garland, and as mentioned, family members handled hair, make-up, and most of the food.”

The biggest expense for the couple was the photography and videography. “As we both work in the wedding industry as videographers we know how important it is to not compromise on this part of wedding planning. These are the things that you get to keep for years to come, so they are worth every penny. We loved what Sally captured, and her approach is relaxed and fun. And we’re huge fans of The Cine Collective; their portfolio is amazing, and we so are excited to see the video.”

Talking about their favourite parts of the day, Jamie said it was watching Sarah walk down the aisle and then getting the speeches over! Sarah said it was “Walking down the aisle with my dad and seeing Jamie waiting there.”

The couple said the whole experience of planning their wedding was amazing, however “Your spare room becomes a wedding storage room, and Sarah accidentally threw away the confetti, so we had to panic buy on the morning of the wedding!” They added also that they wish they’d arranged the ceremony for an earlier time so the day lasted a little longer.

As far as advice goes for couples, Sarah and Jamie said, “Your day goes so fast, so don’t worry about the little details, and enjoy the moment with your friends and family.”