Jake & Andrea
Over to Andrea to tell you more…
“We both love vintage things. I am a photographer and graphic designer and love vintage creations. I love collecting objects and rummaging through charity shops. I love the fact that they have been used before and all have a story. I am also a bit mad and love crazy stuff, so decided to go with a vintage style mad hatter’s tea party for our wedding.
We got married at Lyde Court in Herefordshire, which is situated right at the bottom of a beautiful rolling countryside close to where we both grew up. It was the most perfect venue for the vintage DIY wedding we wanted and had been dreaming of. The wedding reception was held in a 15th century barn with over 500 candles for our evening reception. There was multiple balconies to overlook the stage where the band played and loads of lounging and relaxing areas to host all of our guests, it was perfect.
The venue also had an Oast house adjacent to our barn, which housed over 80 of our guests for the night. We couldn’t of asked for a more complete venue for everything we needed even down to spending our wedding night in a 15th century old wedding suite over looking the barn grounds and garden.
My dress is Claire Pettybone, I’ve always absolutely loved her dresses being a wedding photographer. I wanted something unique and different while still holds the traditions of a beautiful wedding dress. I wanted a dress the was light and wouldn’t weight me down, something I could jump and dance around wearing as I’m a very hyperactive person. The fabric pattern straight away reminded me of the china my gran collects, which is blue willow, which I had as my wedding table china also.
I collected, hunted down, made, created, drew, wrapped and painted for two years to style our wedding. Each table was a different theme. We had a music table, a camera table, and a trophy table. We hung umbrellas from the ceiling, had a vintage suitcase full of flowers, love quotes on mirrors, and our wedding cake was on vintage dresser. We had blue willow china, personal vintage letters and lots more! We made an outside lounge for the band to perform in front of and we had wheelbarrows of beer for our guests.
My wedding stationary I designed all of myself from the name placements to the menus, table plan, ceremonies, booklets, wedding gift wrapping, confetti cones and more, literally everything!! We also used a company Penny Lane Vintage, I designed there logo and in return they hired us a vintage caravan, ‘photo booth’ amongst other things. Everything else I collected from car boots and other events over two years.
Jake wore a custom made suit from Individual Tailoring. We splashed the cash on my dress and Jake’s suit. However all the bridesmaid’s dresses were hand-picked from charity and vintage shops. We also saved money with the cake, which was made by Jake’s mum and all the design work which I did myself. Instead of hiring items we also spent the time to hunt for them ourselves.”
One of the stand out part and favorite things I loved about my wedding was hanging 35 umbrellas above the dance floor. Again I collected all of these myself form the Internet and vintage shops and events. I did this because the umbrellas reminded me of England and how it always rains! My Husband and his grooms men hung the fairy lights in the umbrellas – they looked stunning in the evening when they lit up.
I recently sold all these umbrellas to a future bride who’s getting married, I love that fact these are getting used for another special day!
With it being a vintage DIY wedding, we blended some funky American ideas along with a traditional British style menu for the wedding breakfast. After an afternoon of small plates served outside in the sun and a sit down BBQ silver served to the guests, we served high tea in between all of the speeches.
My advice for future brides would be to go with your heart, don’t listen to anybody else, its your special day. Do not rush your wedding, plan well in advance and give yourself plenty of time, you CAN do it yourself. Lastly buy a scrap book and gets lots of ideas down and brainstorm the hell out of it first!
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