Happy Friday everyone! I don’t know about you but I am SO happy that it’s...
This morning I shared with you part 1 of Laura from The Mrs Makes wedding. (You can see it in full HERE) As you will know by now Laura’s wedding lasted 2 days as she chose to have the legal ceremony on the Friday 12th April with the outdoor ceremony and full reception on Saturday 13th April in Woodlane Countryside Centre in Sheffield. I was also lucky enough to be there as Laura booked me for my on the day co-ordination package.
As promised I now have part 2 for you and as you would expect if you have been following Laura’s DIY tutorials on the blog it was full of handmade details and lots of fun personal elements. It was a pleasure working with Laura and Chris, a couple who know what they want and weren’t afraid to break a few wedding rules. They did what they wanted and didn’t listen to what tradition told them. It was also great to work a wedding so close to home, I got to work with some of my favorite wedding suppliers. Thank goodness we managed to dodge the rain for the outdoor ceremony. It was touch and go, but I made the call 15 minutes before the ceremony was due to take place and the rain stayed off for us! Thanks to Laura and Chris for a chilled out relaxed wedding day, it was a pleasure being part of your amazing day!
‘We wanted an outdoor ceremony where we could write our own vows, and also to get married in Sheffield as that’s where we live, met and it is almost exactly half way between our home-towns. The countryside centre was a DIY lover’s heaven – we could have exactly what we wanted, wherever we liked and with little to no say on what we could/couldn’t do. A beautiful, yet completely blank slate for us to play with!
We had 49 guests. We spent about 18 months planning. Chris works away a lot so we timed it that we could get married when he was home for 4 months in the spring. Also, it was the same weekend as my parent’s anniversary and they’ve been married for 34 years.’
Why did you choose your photographer?
Andy and Matt from Greyeye Photography (who also shot our engagement shoot ) were our go-to photographers. We didn’t shop around and picked them straight after our engagement shoot that we won on this very blog! We loved those pictures and they were so excited about our wedding it seemed right to have them there!
I wore Eden by Jenny Packham in platinum and bought it from The White Room in Sheffield. It was the first shop I went in and about the 6th dress I put on and as soon as I wore it I knew it was perfect. Not too much skin on show (I’m not a fan of having my legs/shoulders out) and really comfortable and easy to wear with no train. And the beading! Wowzers. It might have been a simple shape but the detailing brought it to a whole new level. I was worried about damaging it but even after going for it on the dance floor all night it still looks like new.
My shoes were from ASOS after the Alexander McQueens I’d originally bought were a bit high for me.
My headpiece was from DC Bouquets and my florist (Tracey Campbell) surprised me with an amazing simple flower crown for me to wear which I put on the evening. All of our guests were raiding the dressing up box but I thought the bride should have a crown no?! Best dancing accessory ever.
Chris wore a grey 3 piece wedding suit which we had made by asuitthatfits.com. He had shoes and a tie (which I sewed his name into) by Charles Tyrwhitt. The ushers wore their own grey suits and white shirts, and we gifted those matching ties, along with the father of the bride.
The bridesmaids wore green floaty infinity-style dresses I had made up by a lady on Etsy after my sewing machine broke and I couldn’t do it! They looked amazing and were a complete bargain.
Theme or colour scheme
We wanted our perfect day – that’s the only theme we had. So Yorkshire tea favours as we love tea (and Yorkshire!) a steak BBQ, toasted marshmallows on the fire, a really cool teepee from Papakata, plenty of knitted and handmade details as I’m a bit of a DIY loon, lots of hilarious dancing, and absolutely no rules! We did what we wanted and that was that.
Most of our decorations were handmade – bunting, a paper crane arch and simple flowers. We didn’t have much decoration really; we felt the gorgeous grounds and barn could speak for themselves. We did hire fabulous vintage furniture from Poppy Trading though to create a lounge feel in the barn. The mismatched chairs for the ceremony looked amazing.
PJ Taste catered using only local produce and it tasted amazing. Canapés and a home-brew cider punch during the reception then a Tuscan bean soup for starters followed by a BBQ (steak, swordfish or veggie) with a selection of salads followed by an entire cake buffet made by me and my family and supplemented with some cupcakes from Fancie.
We had the lovely Neill Ryan sing for our ceremony and during the drinks reception. We found him busking in York last summer and asked him there and then if he’d come to the wedding! Unconventional but we loved his voice and got so many compliments about him. In the evening we had a big digital jukebox from Digital45s. It was The Best decision! I was worried it would go unused but all of our friends were dancing all night long. They picked exactly what they wanted to dance to and for every song someone yelled ‘TUNE!’ Just what we wanted! So much better for us than a DJ.
Tracey at Campbell’s flowers made me the most exquisite bouquet of pale hyacinths, double tulips, gypsophelia, waxflower and spray roses. They smelt delicious – I couldn’t stop smelling them! I will remember that smell for the rest of my life. She used the same types of flowers in small vases I collected from charity shops on the tables and made the bridesmaids simple bouquets of gyp. My flower crown was made with gyp and eucalyptus and is now framed on my wall (mainly to stop me wearing it to work!)
All the button holes were hand knitted by me for the bridal party and immediate family members.
• Chris and I did the set up on Friday , with little extras finished by Kelly on Saturday morning
• I knitted all buttonholes and made them a presentation card
• I sewed the names onto groomsmen’s ties
• I made two wedding cakes plus tray bakes. My Nan also made a fruit cake
• I made two handbags for the bridesmaids and one for myself with matching beading
• I made all orders of service, invitations, thank you cards, menus and favours
• I wrote Chris a book for his wedding present and had it published by Blurb books.
• I was gifted a fabulous dressing gown/robe by Good Morning, Beautiful for getting ready in the morning, and also got two more for my bridesmaids.
• I made all the labels etc for the groomsmen and bridesmaids gifts.
• I did my own hair
• I folded and hung 1000 paper cranes to use as a ceremony backdrop
• I made reserved signs and blackboard signs for the ceremony
• The framed table plan was made from old picture frames
• I added washi tape flags to grey stripy straws on the bar
• I made 100 ‘Team Bride’ and ‘Team Groom’ badges
• The post box was made my me and decorated with mini bunting
• I hand stuffed 80 mini pouches with confetti and handed them out with the orders of the day
• The table names and place settings were made from luggage tags
• I displayed personalised ‘CAKE’ bunting on the cake table
The biggest surprise was that the rain held off for long enough for us to have our outdoor ceremony and photos! Chris also bought me a beautiful locket and had it engraved which was lovely.
What planning service did you book from me?
On the day co-ordination
What made you decide that you wanted to book a planner?
Our wedding venue had no wedding/ events manager and we thought it would be too much for us to handle on our own. Our family offered to help but we wanted them to have a relaxing weekend so I asked Kelly to help us out setting up and managing everyone on the day. It was so lovely to have her meet me and my dad when we got out of the car.
What do you feel were the biggest benefits of having me involved with your wedding?
The best part was waking up on Saturday morning knowing that Chris and I had to do nothing apart from get ready and turn up. I trusted Kelly to make the wet weather/dry weather plan decision and knew that whatever I turned up to it would be for the right reasons. At one point I realised Chris’ grandparents hadn’t come and asked Kelly if she’d sorted the table plan. Funnily enough it was all sorted as she’d known before me! I started calling Kelly my fairy wedding-mother as any questions I had, she was my first port of call. She was amazing and even dove in front of me when some late stragglers turned up as I was getting out of the car shouting ‘don’t look at the bride’. Haha. Incredible.
Furniture – Poppy Trading