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A DIY Village Hall Wedding & A Bride Who Designed her own Dress: Laura & Mike

A village hall reception venue, a bride who designed her own dress and a groom who found his entire outfit in charity shops – oh I am so excited about Laura & Mike’s amazing wedding! Is it just me or are the low key, budget friendly and full of love weddings winning over the high-maintenance, super detail heavy weddings right now?

“I am a huge geek and one of the things I am most geeky about is design, craft and making things”, wrote newlywed Laura. ” So when Mike proposed at a picnic in Kensington Gardens just after our 6 year anniversary, the mother of all craft projects was born! We hadn’t really been to many weddings before which I think actually helped as we had very few pre-conceived ideas of what a wedding ‘should’ be. Don’t get me wrong, our wedding wasn’t hugely wacky – there was still a ceremony, some food and some dancing – but hopefully a few bits and pieces on the way made it ‘our’ day.”

“I knew I wanted to do a lot myself, because making things is what I do”, she continued, “and after some pretty soul destroying wedding venue searching, we came across Rotherwick Village Hall who hire out the venue from 1pm on a Friday until 11am on a Sunday for a bargain price – perfect! Once this was locked down, we looked for the ceremony venue.”

Not being able to find what she wanted in a dress for a price she could afford, Laura decided to design her own wedding dress with the help of dressmaker, Rosemary Pitkin. “Rosemary made my drawing a reality. I then embroidered the back and sleeves of the dress. I made my headpiece out of vintage brooches and earrings – it was my something old, and Mike’s suit was £15 from a charity shop!”

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A DIY Wedding at Crystal Falls: Dano & Holly

Throwing out as many wedding traditions as they could, Dano & Holly planned their wedding with one golden rule – to have nothing cookie cutter. “I have strong aversions to anything cookie cutter, so we threw out a lot of wedding traditions,” the bride began. “We wanted our wedding to be a party that we would never forget. Our theme was something along the lines of ‘vintage, woodsy & DIY’. I wore green. We cut the pie (no cake) with a machete. Our friends built the biggest bonfire that any of us had ever seen and we danced in the rain under the stars.”

“We got engaged about a week after I was diagnosed with stage III colon cancer. I knew that Dano had the ring, but he was dragging his feet because he was nervous about asking my dad. I finally put my foot down. I was recovering from the surgery to remove the tumor, and I told him that I wanted the ring on my finger before my staples came out!! Needless to say, we were officially engaged a few days later. Having a wedding to plan and dream about made chemotherapy a little bit more tolerable!”

“My favourite part of our wedding was the ceremony”, she continued. “We took a lot of wording from the handfasting ceremony, and I was a blubbering mess through most of it. Dano’s brother Jeffrey (the officiant) was probably more nervous than either of us. At the very end, Jeffrey closed his book (which was actually a dictionary that we picked up at a thrift store the day before!) and he said, ‘I now introduce to you… MRS. and MRS. Nylund!’ We were all in stitches…and we’ll never forget that moment!”

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An Industrial Meets Romance Aussie Wedding: Kate & Chris

Can I be biased and express my total and unapologetic love and adoration for my Aussie readers right now? The weddings you guys have been having and sending me are nothing short of amazing!

So needless to say I was rather thrilled to see Kate & Chris’ wedding in my inbox. Sent over by their gorgeous wedding photographers, husband & wife team Feather and Stone, I just about whooped with joy when I laid eyes on it. There’s just something about a simple but classy wedding with a true Rock n Roll soul that makes my heart sing… plus Kate’s amazing tattoo gives me some serious envy!

“We are ecstatic that Kat would like to feature us”, began the bride, “I’m a massive fan of her blog and it was a huge inspiration to our wedding.” (awwww!)

“We got engaged young, I was 19 and Chris was 21, he proposed to me a year after we started dating. We planned our wedding for a week after my 21st birthday so we hoped that vibe would carry through. We wanted our wedding to reflect us as a couple – young, edgy and a little offbeat, so my Aunt, who was our wedding planner, sourced most of our decorations from thrift stores or handmade them to ensure we had a bespoke feeling.”

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A DIY Lakeside Wedding: Michael & Sheena

Michael & Sheena were married in July on a shoestring budget. With just $5000 to spend they were able to pull together a truly personal and totally beautiful wedding. The day took place at Independence Lake Park by Whitmore Lake in Michigan.

“We met on an online dating site, plentyoffish.com and our relationship took off like wildfire”, began the bride. “This was the 2nd time around for both of us, and though we moved quickly, we knew what we wanted and every day we realize more and more how perfect we really are for each other. Our dream is to move out to the Pacific Northwest (Washington State, or Oregon) and start a small organic farm, raising veggies, dairy goats, egg chickens, and alpacas. We want to be self-sustained and raise our children to love nature and animals, and to help the environment.”

Describing their wedding as “A DIY, natural, outdoor, lakeside, rustic, upcycled & recycled”, the couple’s first aim was to spend as little as possible, “We wanted to do this cheap!” Sheena continued, “$5,000 or less, and we did it. Secondly, we wanted to do things ourselves – the decorations, the bouquets, the jewelry, we even wanted to rent a grill and make the food ourselves, but practicality of the big day forced us to finally hire a caterer – who totally rocked and did better than we could have. The things we made had to be from recycled or upcycled materials, and everything had to have a future home before we would buy it. After the wedding our plan was to sell our mason jars to a local organic farmer, our burlap to another bride and our recycled tissue paper decorations are being used as packaging supplies in our little business. The material for the fabric flowers came from unwearable wedding dresses bought from a local cancer charity.”

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DIY Tutorial: Ombre Rainbow Paper Pom Poms

So firstly a little apology. I’m away this week at Photography Farm so there’s no Thursday Treats. “Waaaah” I hear you cry, but fret not, I have something even better! Who fancies making rainbow pom poms?! OH GOD YES!

You might remember Jen & Ben’s epic rainbow wedding… oh yes, it’s one of my all time faves too. So it’s taken a while but I’ve finally bartered Jen enough and she’s created a DIY tutorial of just how she made those fabulous rainbow pom poms… and if that’s not enough for you, she’s even done a step by step video!(scroll down to the end of this post).

Over to you Jen…

This tutorial shows you how to create your own seven colour rainbow spectrum pom-poms. If you prefer softer shades, I show you how to use the same technique for ombre pom-poms in my tutorial video. The method is the same, so you can use your own colours and get creative.

For rainbow spectrum poms, which look lovely as a garland, you will need 7 colours of tissue paper, and at least 4 sheets of each – I used red (fading into) orange (fading into) yellow(fading into) green (fading into) turquoise (fading into) blue (fading into) and purple.

When I was looking for tutorials for paper pom-poms for my own wedding, the number of sheets of tissue paper varied from tutorial to tutorial. I tried out lots and found that 12 sheets per pom-pom made the best, fluffiest poms. You can make the poms in lots of sizes. Large ones, by using the full sheet (approx. 50cm x 75cm), working to smaller ones by cutting the sheets in half, and smaller in half again and so on.

In this tutorial I am using 50cm x 75cm sheets cut in half, for a medium sized pompom.

Supplies Needed

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A New South Wales Antiques Warehouse Wedding: Keira & Jack

Keira & Jack wanted an intimate wedding with their nearest and dearest. They were married in July in New South Wales. “Our inspiration was very eclectic”, described the bride. “We didn’t stick to any particular colours or themes. We knew that we didn’t want to have your typical sit down dinner; we wanted people to have the chance to talk to each other, rather than being trapped on their tables.”

The ceremony was held at the NSW Writers’ Centre and their reception was at The Country Trader, an antiques warehouse. “Jack and I are both quite shy, so we wanted to keep our ceremony to the bare minimum”, continued the bride. “I walked down the aisle to ‘Here Comes Your Man’ by the Pixies – I think the whole ceremony lasted seven minutes.”

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