Amanda & Ben
Amanda and Ben’s wedding was charming and elegant. The styling was fresh, green and rural, with wooden signs, hessian sack bunting and plenty of foliage.
Over to Amanda to tell you how she created her big day…
“We got married at our village church, it was important for us to get married here as a lot of Ben’s family had also got married here as well. We always wanted a barn reception as we wanted our wedding to look very rustic with it’s original features. We decided to have our reception at Doddington Park Farmhouse. We loved how we were able to put our own stamp on the venue and the fact it had a camp site for guests to camp the night of the wedding, but most of all what sold it to us was being able to eat in the converted pig sties and then having the giant separate barn to party the night away.
I would say the style was rustic and natural to keep in with the venue but with a hint of vintage charm. Being an Art teacher I wanted to include lots of DIY personal touches to the day. We also wanted the day to be very laid back and for our guests to have lots of fun with lots of little surprises such as garden games, a vintage typewriter guest book. photo booth and sweetie table.
My dress was a vintage inspired strapless lace fishtail (with a very big train) and silk bow. I always thought I would go for something with detail to the back or shoulders and always thought a figure hugging strapless dress would not suit me and it was only until every wedding dress shop told me this style suited me the most. I found my stunning dress in The Wedding House in Derby and actually didn’t pick it to try on. It was only until after I had unsuccessfully tried on my own choices Abi the owner persuaded me to try on a dress she had in mind. Before she had even done it up I knew this was the one.
I wanted to include quirky elements to my wedding but still keeping it very personal, Mad Philomena turned a watercolour painted by my mother in law into stunning vintage inspired invitations which were all held together by individual vintage lace/crocheted doilies all sourced from charity shops/car boots. My mother in law also painted our table names based on flowers and various other signs around the venue.
We also had official mini wedding photographers who had a polaroid camera and were responsible for taking photographs throughout the day and then sticking them onto a vintage door for guests to see. We had two VW blue camper vans to take my bridesmaids and my mum and dad to church which guests were then able to have the photograph in at the venue.
We also had a giant face cut out of a bride and groom and a polaroid style photo booth for guests to have fun in along with plenty of garden games to keep them entertained. Pimms were served in jam jars and twine with paper straws and the table plan was made up of vintage props, a step ladder and lots of flowers.
Favours were home made jam labelled ‘Lamb’s Jam’ (My husbands nickname is ‘lamby’) for the ladies and toy aeroplanes for the men. I have been to lots of weddings were the men have just left their favours on the table and didn’t want this, I wanted the guests to have fun and make use of them so I attached stamped labels saying ‘Fly me’ to them. It was great fun seeing lots of planes flying around the pig sties and people enjoying themselves.
Words of advice, don’t stray away from what you initially want, it is so easy to get drawn into lots of gimmicks and things you don’t need. Stick to your original vision, Ben had to tell me on a number of occasions this and he was totally right. Enlist your friends and family to help you especially if they are creative. I was lucky I was able to make a lot myself and it does save you so much money. Always go with recommendations – they have been recommended for a reason.”
Thank you to Amanda and Ben for sharing their big day with us.
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