Thomas and Bridget’s Mod loving Super Sunny Vintage Themed Wedding by Emma May

Happy Thursday everyone. I don’t know about you but I have been confused with the days all week, I really thought today was Friday! Oh well, another day of wonderful weddings to share with you. Today is the turn of Bridget and Thomas who chose an outdoor ceremony to make the most of the amazing summer we had last year. They filled their day with nods towards their love of the mod culture, as well as lots of vintage decoration. From a bouquet made out of door knobs to lots of DIY details, this wedding is brimming with personality, all captured by Emma May.

The whole day went exactly how we hoped and the weather was fab. Just perfect.

Bridget and Thomas were married on 23rd JUne 2018 at Carbally community Center in Ballymaccaw, Co.Waterford in Ireland. ‘We didn’t want the traditional church wedding and Toms family had a link to the area going back generations.He spent most of his summers there as a child. We had 150 guests and it took 2 years to plan.’ 

How they met 
Through family, we have been together for 12 years.

The proposal
Tom proposed to me when we stayed at the Maryborough Hotel Co.Cork. He popped the question in our room with the help of a photo of our two boys that pictured them holding a card saying “will you marry our daddy ”

How did you allocate your budget?
We broke it down to venue, tent, food, entertainment and legal stuff. Worked out how much that would cost the rest was D.I.Y and help from family and friends.

Where did you splurge and where did you save?
Splurged on the tent that was our biggest expense. We saved on D.I.Y and favours from family and friends.

How did you choose your photographer?
We were looking for something different. She was the first person on our list of photographers we  googled and after seen her work and first speaking to her we didn’t look elsewhere. She seemed to be as excited as we were about our plans and immediately came up with some great photo ideas.

The dress 
Dress Coco Melody. Accessories – ear rings from pennys. Head piece handmade from a local vintage shop. Shoes – decorated myself

The suit and bridesmaids
Suits were from debanhams. Bridesmaids dresses from lilltlewoods catologue

Theme or colour scheme
The theme was festival/vintage mod scooter rally. No colour scheme.

No flowers but the boquet was made of doorknobs and bridesmaids were made of paper flowers.

Bunting,  old suitcases, burlap, cups and saucers, bails of hay, glass jars and candles.

We had the Big Bang drumming group for the first hour. Waterford Ska Club DJ’s.

Woodfired pizza, Pulled pork baps, Salads, Variety of cakes and an ice cream van.

Wedding cake
A naked cake with gerbera flowers decoration.

Who supplied the stationery?
Vista Print.

Personal touches
We made a lot of our own things from jars to burlap bunting and table runners, the candles, paper flower arch. Ceremony running order fans and signs.

Special moments
To be honest the whole day was special. It was a very relaxed atmosphere, just chilled out with friends and family with no fuss or stress.

Advice for other couples
Do what you want, not what other people want. You will get negativity from some people if you go outside the norm but don’t be frightened to just push through. Stick to your guns, it’s your day after all.

Biggest surprise
That we managed to pull it off with no hitches and everything just went smoothly.


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