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Happy Monday everyone and welcome to another week, can you believe we are in the 2nd week of September already?!? I have a great wedding to start the week off with today. It’s the wedding of Lyndsay and Daniel which has been sent into me by Stott and Atkinson. The wedding is full of DIY details as Lyndsay and Daniel took on all number of DIY projects to make the wedding more personal to them. Mix in a Vintage Glam theme, lots of purples, greens and silver, a crepe van and pimms served in jam jars and you have a fabulous wedding, perfect for any Monday!
Daniel and Lyndsay were married on the 21st June at All Hallows Church Bardsey followed by reception at East Keswick Village Hall. ‘We love open spaces, a god mingling place but also somewhere we could dress up ourselves. East Keswick was a great blank canvas to put our own stamp on but with an amazing outdoor space and wonderful views. We had 90 guests and
The wedding took 12 months to plan.’
How they met
We met in a bar called The Hub, I was trying to get Dan’s mate set up with my friend and we ended up being the ‘wing man/women’. Kept in touch as we lived 2 hours away from each other and relationship blossomed from there.
It was pretty awesome! I was heading off to Madagascar to do some teaching for a month so we decided to go for a weekend to the lakes. We’d walked for hours until we reached Hope Hill Cragg. The views were amazing, panoramic across the lakes and towards the Scottish Borders. Dan then read out a beautiful poem he had written then got down on one knee.
How did you spend your budget?
We decided to spend on the things we most loved: Food, music, alcohol and looking smart. But it was the little things that really mattered, such as instead of a table plan, I’d got pictures of all our guests. I’d put the picture onto card and wrote a question about them on the front. On the back was their table number. I then put this in an envelope with a different guests name on. When they opened the envelope, they had to find the guest and ask them a question for that person to find their table number. Everyone loved it and it meant people who may not have spoken to each other now had a connection.
Why did you choose your photographer?
Because they were super cool. We really liked their style and their attitude. They were fun and easy going and took awesome pictures.
The dress and accessories
The dress was from Maggie Sottero. Shoes were a bargain from Next. Accessories from a variety of places (hair clip – accessorize, earrings from Lilli & Koe)
The suit and bridesmaids
Suit was from Samuel Slater, Dan’s shoes were from OneSix5ive
The bridesmaid dresses were from Dorothy Perkins
Theme or colour scheme
We were going for Vintage Glam using Purples, Greens and Silvers
I had gorgeous Purple Roses, Lavender, Lisianthus, Clematis and by our very talented friend Jayne who supplied all the flowers from hers and friends gardens.
We covered the doors with white voile, hung fairy lights across the hall interwoven with ivy. I decorated jars with silver and ivory ribbon with crystals and we used flowers from ours and friends gardens. We used lots of plants and flowers throughout the wedding venue, in hanging baskets on the hall walls, in wheelbarrows and large planters outside. It was all about getting as much colour in as possible.
The food and wedding cake
We had amazing Caterers via Bon Apetite in Wetherby. We had a choice of Chorizo salad with lardons and a balsamic and red pesto dressing or a 3 cheese vegetable tart for starters. A champagne and lemon sorbet, either sea-bass fillet with king prawns and a saffron and white wine sauce or chicken wrapped in parma ham filled with mozzarella in a rich Italian sauce or aubergine parcel. We had wedding cake for dessert. On the evening our guests got a choice of sausage and bacon sandwiches and crepes from our crepe stall.
We were very lucky to have a very talented friend Kerry Anderson-Kay who makes amazing cake. This was her first attempt at making a wedding cake and we were overwhelmed by how professional it was and tasted amazing. It was a red velvet chocolate cake covered in white chocolate ganache and white chocolate cigarello’s.
Apart from the speeches! We had a gorgeous young singer from Leeds called Malaika Shaw. She played acoustic songs. Her version of Pharrell’s Lucky was amazing. We had a great band on the evening called The Sundogs who played a range of our favourite hits including Lonely Boy by the Black Keys to Town Called Malice. Our friend and DJ Scott
But mostly our guests were entertainment enough!
Buy or DIY your Stationery?
We DIY’d everything. We sent out a picture of me and Dan jokingly proposing outside the church for our save the date cards. We put together 2 wedding video invitations for our guests (cringy) and set up a wedding website. We designed our own comments book, my brother put together an amazing order of service booklet and I hand written place names.
Personal or handmade touches
We DIY’d most of our wedding including:
• The unofficial table plan (as described earlier)
• All the decorations for the village hall
• We made and painted a post with all the places we had been to which were special to us and placed it outside the hall. The names doubled up as table names for our guests.
• All the flowers were made by Dan’s Mum and Husband including 8 indoor baskets and a wheelbarrow outside.
• Invitations, save the date cards.
• We also made our own favours. As we love Italy and I’d been to Madagascar, we made Limoncello for the ladies (Lovely Lynds’s Limoncello) and Madagscan Vanilla Rum (McLean’s Madagascan Rum). We tied the place names and food choices to this.
• I also arranged the flowers at the church. We had 2 large fonts that I filled with lisianthus, long stemmed roses, shrubs from friend’s gardens, freesias.
• I also made the bridesmaids hairclips. Dan’s dad ran an outside Pimms bar for our welcome drinks.
• We commandeered a table, red table cloth and I had friends and family sch that she had memorised, our first dance, the dance offs, Dan’s speech and watching him becoming more and more animated and giddy the more people were laughing. Sitting back and seeing our friends join in with the laughter and the tears. Feeling very blessed to have such wonderful people in our lives. Playing the ‘what was the jar’ game when people were drinking pimms out of old jam jars
Advice to other couples
Give plenty of time to DIY, make the effort it goes a long way with your guests. Keep it simple, don’t over analyse. Remember what the day is really about whenever you and your H2B get stressed.