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Happy Monday everyone, I do hope you all had a great weekend whether you were relaxing or out having fun! Bran and I have some lovely weddings for you this week, starting off with this vintage inspired, rustic winter wedding from Lisa Carpenter. The thing I love about this wedding is how the couple didn’t let the fact that it pored down with rain all day ruin their day at all! They decided to ignore the weather and still got outside for some portrait shots, as well as enjoy the warm, cosy atmosphere of the pub reception venue. I am also loving how glam Sarah looks!
Sarah and Paul were married on the 31st January 2014 at St. Chad’s Church and then The Cock Inn at Wishaw. “We wanted a church wedding and ideally a pretty church! St. Chads suited us perfectly and they were very welcoming and accommodating as we didn’t have many months before we wanted to hold the ceremony. The Cock Inn is a local country pub that we visit regularly and it suited the relaxed environment that we wanted. They don’t normally let out the whole pub but due to it being on a Friday in January they were happy to help us. We had 60 day guests and around 160 in the evening….we had a whole pub to fill so it made it easier to invite all our friends and family.”
How they met.
We met in a bar in Birmingham when I was on a drunken, girls night. Paul helped me get my 2 paralytic friends home and 6 weeks later he moved in! We have been together 3 years and 7 months
We were on holiday with my family in Portugal and it was my birthday, he got down on one knee and asked me to be his wife, I burst in to tears and said yes (obviously) but then had to tell him I didn’t like the ring! He took it in his stride as he said it was a token ring and that he wanted us to choose the real ring together…..huge sigh of relief.
How did you allocate your budget?
The main bulk of the money went on the reception, I sourced lots of items off Ebay and made my own favours and table decorations. My dress was off Preloved.
Why did you choose your photographer?
I had seen Lisa Carpenter’s work via a friend and once I saw her website I knew she was the right photographer for us. Her work is amazing and when I met with her to discuss what were after she got it straight away. We were lucky enough to have an engagement shoot as well and she really put us at ease. I would recommend Lisa to everybody.
The dress and accessories.
I knew I wanted a vintage style dress and had seen a Charlie Brear dress I liked but couldn’t afford the £2000 price tag. I managed to find the dress on Preloved for £750. I teamed it with an antique lace ivory veil and a vintage blond mink cape (Ebay!) and my real treat was “something blue” in the form of the classic Manolo Blahnik Hangisi
The suit and bridesmaids.
Paul wore a navy blue suit from River Island and looked so handsome! My sister was the main bridesmaid with a navy blue satin dress from a local wedding dress shop. My 2 flower girls wore ivory dresses bought from Ebay.
I didn’t really have a colour scheme exactly but probably used navy as the base, I wanted the wedding to be sort of vintage/rustic.
My bouquet was ivory and blush roses, my sister had a smaller version. We only had rose button holes/corsages for the top table to keep down costs. The two flower girls had dried rose pomades.
Very little! The pub is beautiful anyway so we didn’t need to do much. I had large hurricane glasses with twine tied round the base, filled with dried rose buds and a church candle as table decorations, lots of small glass tealights as well. We used fairy lights outside and large lanterns dotted around
The food and wedding cake.
Prawn cocktail or soup as a choice for starters, chicken for main and chocolate brownie for dessert. On the evening we had hog roast baps. The wedding cake was made up of simple cupcakes with 2 red hearts and our initials in each cake, they were gorgeous and made by mom’s friend as a wedding present.
We had a live band called Seventh Son who we know through my sister and they were fantastic. The DJ then took over with a playlist created by Paul (he used to DJ and knew exactly what he wanted!) We also had a photo booth which provided many of our guests with an outlet for their flamboyant side and has given us a great album
Buy or DIY your stationery?
I bought the invites and reply cards from Ebay. They were perfect (rustic brown with grey writing on and really suited the general feel of our day)
Personal or handmade touches
As I mentioned I made up all the table decorations as above. I also created my favours/place names by hand tying dried lavender and then creating each guests name tag by using an ink stamp. Time consuming but looked really effective and everybody commented on them and they could also be kept as a memento. I made the table plan, I bought a silver frame which had a padded, hessian covered centre and then printed each table plan onto paper and put on to large brown luggage tags, then used navy blue ribbon and tiny wooden pegs to display.
I just remember feeling so lucky that we have so many wonderful people in our lives and feeling very loved.
Advice to other couples.
It’s hard to not to get stressed but do try, little things will go wrong ( my veil fell off half way up the aisle!) but ultimately it will be the most enjoyable day of your life. It’s so true what everyone says……it does go too quickly so don’t get too drunk else you might miss some of the best bits!
That Spanx pants really do work! Only kidding.. the biggest surprise was how relaxed I felt, I had no worries, no doubts just pure excitement, the weather was awful but nothing could have ruined our day!!
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