I thee Wed – Amy & Steve
We LOVE the Carriage Hall in Plumtree. Such a gorgeous, stylish, laid back venue with each and every wedding running like clockwork due to the fabulous team they have in place.
We have worked with the Carriage Hall for a few years now and love seeing all the new brides and grooms coming through the doors and watching their faces light up when they see this fabulous venue set up. It really is beautiful.
So, at the last wedding open day at the Carriage Hall, I was stood at my registration desk taking all the brides’ details and handing them our goody bags when I came across a lovely lady who had arrived to collect her belongings from her very own wedding which had taken place just the day before. When I saw the bits and bobs, the flowers, the amazing vintage paraphaneila and of course, the gorgeous couple, I just couldn’t help myself. I asked the lovely Amy if she’d like her big day to feature on our blog and, having attended our wedding event with a difference before her wedding, she was more than happy to oblige. Woo hoo. This wedding is a beauty.
So, here’s Amy to tell you more, with the stunning images courtesy of Simon Dewey.
We married at The Carriage Hall, Station Road, Plumtree on 4th August 2012.
We originally chose another venue, paid the deposit and were set to get married next year. We went to visit that venue again to kick start the planning but realised that it just wasn’t us and that perhaps we had made the wrong decision.
We found The Carriage Hall and went on a whim that weekend. To cut a long story short, we loved it and when we realised they could offer us a Saturday (having gone back for a second time in one day after I left my handbag) at a good price, we booked that day. As time went on we realised just how perfect it was for us, how little it needed to be dressed but how simple it was to make it our own.
It was the perfect size too and having everything in one place was an added bonus in that we wouldn’t lose all the men to the bar and the women to the dance floor. We wanted a wedding that flowed and where we could as far as possible keep everyone together.
The dress was always going to be difficult not least because I knew I didn’t want to pay a huge amount for something I would only ever wear once. That thought was soon forgotten.
I thought my luck was in when the first “proper dress” I saw on a mannequin I thought was the one. It wasn’t. Many unsuccessful dresses came after but I visited Dona Nicole to try on one dress I had seen on the internet but which again just wasn’t right, I tried on the one I eventually chose after an hour or so of trying more unsuitable ones.
It was by no means a show stopper and looked (dare I say it) drab on the hanger but what sold it to me was the fact it almost fitted straight away. Most dresses were too big which makes it difficult to imagine what they will look like. Looking back, I think it was the style of dress that was always going to be best and that was it was (cringe) “wearable”.
At the beginning, there was no theme to the wedding, nor any colour scheme. It became an amalgamation of research from blogs, magazines, wedding shows and our likes and dislikes.
We wanted the day to be relaxed with guests being able to kick back and enjoy the day and leave wishing that they didn’t have to. My mum’s cousin, Marie runs a company, All Of Our Yesterdays which hires out vintage china and all things vintage. Her service is fantastic. She is also a dab hand at sourcing items that you may want but she doesn’t yet have. We wanted to incorporate the items she hires. We used her old milk churns and vintage bicycle all filled with flowers.
I treasure the photographs of me and my husband with the bicycle.
On the mezzanine floor we had an area with vintage china. We also used Marie’s cake stands and got family and friends to bake a cake each with the vision of a Women’s Institue bake sale. The photographs are proof of how amazing it looked and I cannot thank our family and friends for taking the time to bake for us. It was such a talking point. We had a musical duo on violin and guitar called ARKangel. The music was beautiful throughout the ceremony and wedding breakfast.
I like to think our wedding was a little quirky but most definitely creative.
We put a lot of heart, time and effort into everything but I loved it. I wanted a reusable wedding in that we wouldn’t just buy things that couldn’t be used or appreciated again. My husband is a builder and very good at making thing. He made wooden boxes from old pallets and we planted them up. We also grew fushcias (one of or favourtie flowers) and planted them in baked bean tins lovingly collected by friends and family which made beautiful favours and place names.
I had an unusual boquet made by A Bride Less Ordinary. It was made out of metal buttons and brooches, some of which were sentimental. It is something I will cherish forever and everybody loved it. We also created a sweet table. This is no longer an uncommon sight but I did love the way we managed to style ours and yet again the hammer and old pallets came out.
One of the last things I decided I wanted was a photo booth. These are costly so we borrowed the photographers tripod and used our camera. We put it in an unused room with hats and glasses we had collected. The photos are fab. And then there was the balloons. They were huge and caused a little bit of a stir walking down the local high street.
I can say that it was a truly magical day. One of the happiest we will ever experience and I am just sad I will never get to organise anything on that scale again.
Ooooh, don’t you just love it. All that creativity in one room. The amazing bouquet made from sentimental brooches and buttons – so personal and a beautiful keepsake. And I don’t know about you but it seems to me that Amy is playing her dress down – I think she looked a million dollars and that dress looked gorgeous.
So, has this wedding inspired you to get more creative? Have you got your wedding venue yet? If not, our next open day at the Carriage Hall is 21 October so pop along and see for yourselves! Don’t forget, the wedding event with a difference is the week before – get your tickets here.