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Louise and Anthony’s Creative DIY Wedding at The Carriage Hall


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Louise and Anthony’s Creative DIY Wedding at The Carriage Hall

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Louise and Anthony’s wedding was a story of classic romance. They used their creative talents to take on board a lot of the details of their big day themselves, calling upon their friends and family for help, making it a day to remember…

Over to Louise to tell us more…

“We married at The Carriage Hall in Plumtree. I grew up in the area and went to school down the road in Keyworth, and Anthony was in West Bridgford, so we know the area very well and are frequent visitors to Perkins restaurant! Apart from being so close to home, we loved The Carriage Hall as it offered us an intimate venue with beautiful surroundings. The building itself is perfect… A converted hall with a contemporary twist. From the minute we looked around we thought it would be ideal, and Mel and her team were so knowledgable and friendly that we knew our day would run smoothly! Having visited Perkins restaurant many times, we knew the food would be superb too!

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We were keen for the day to be as relaxed as possible, we didn’t want a strict time schedule and lots of pomp, we just wanted an informal day with our favourite people. Set in beautiful grounds in spring time we were keen to keep it light and fresh, with lots of neutral colours and pretty details.

My dress was by Justin Alexander, from Beautiful Brides on Bridle Smith Gate. I had done a ridiculous amount of Pinterest searching, and knew I wanted something fitted but classic, with some lace detail. I only went to one bridal shop and tried on three dresses, as I had a really good idea of what I wanted before we started! Having got to know my worst and favourite body bits over the years, I was keen to hide the bad, and flaunt the less bad, so I went for a fish tail shape to try and keep a nice feminine silhouette.

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The wedding stationary was courtesy of ourselves! Again I’d seen a similar design on Pinterest… We downloaded the font and designed our own, and had them printed with an online company! This turned out much cheaper than the normal route.

The cake was courtesy of my family and friends… My gran, my mum and I spent hours making a giant fruit cake from my grans trusted recipe, and the top two tiers were courtesy of my maid of honour… We were so pleased to have some personal touches in the wedding, and it was a huge bonus that they looked and tasted great!

The flowers were from Slades on Melton road; although they looked slightly apprehensive when I presented them with my Pinterest board of ideas, it gave them a really good idea of what I was trying to achieve. They kindly sourced extra flowers and greenery which my incredible family and friends helped me tie together the day before the wedding as place settings and decorations!

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Most of the details were DIY… From the chalkboard, to the place settings, to the table plan. Hobbycraft was a Mecca of great wedding decorations, and again it was an area we were happy to do ourselves so that could spend money on our priorities… Photos and music!

My hair was done by Emma Major at The Real Salon on Melton road, who was a star as always, and our make up by Jenni Hughes, who did a great job of our ‘face transplants’.

Chair covers were from Executive Linen in Derby, and the car was from Cupid Carriages in Sheffield. The star of the show was undoubtedly our Photographer Razia… We will be forever grateful for her incredible pictures. I used Rock My Wedding blog to find lots of inspiration and details… I highly recommend searching the wedding blogs!

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There is no denying that our wedding was a culmination of my Pinterest obsession, but in principle I think having loads of visual brainstorms really helps put all the different bits of the day together. I was able to make boards of flowers and cakes and colours schemes and dresses and play with what all matched well. Personally I felt so much happier knowing that we had loads of personal elements to the day, from the cake to the stationary to the diy flowers… I think our main advice would be just to relax and enjoy it, it goes by too fast!”

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Thanks to Louise and Anthony for sharing their beautiful day with us.

Images courtesy of Razia Jukes Photography

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