Showing posts with label Village Hall. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Village Hall. Show all posts

Tuesday, 31 January 2017

A Vintage-Themed Village Hall Summer Wedding

Struggling to find the perfect venue for your big day? Then you're going to fall head-over-heels for this clever village hall wedding. Lovely couple Kerry and Dave didn't like the interior of the building, so they decorated it with fabric, making it look and feel exactly like an elegant marquee. And what a transformation! No drafts, no need to hire loos, and a brilliant reception venue right next to the church. So clever! Kerry and Dave wanted a relaxed and family orientated big day, so there was no grand design - just plenty of lovely details to inspire you. My favourites? Kerry's elegant half-up hair-style, her sweet-smelling bouquet by  {I spy freesias}, the gorgeous vintage American-style car, and the celebratory strawberry themed afternoon tea. Huge thanks to the lovely Lisa Webb Photography for submitting her beautiful pictures of the wedding - I'm hoping to feature much more of her work!





Friday, 24 January 2014

A Shabby Chic Village Hall Wedding with a Sassi Holford Wedding Gown

If you can find the right village hall, then they really do make for the most wonderful wedding venues, while being super-kind on your wallet. Lucky Gemma and James found Littleton Millennium Memorial Hall in their local area, and fell in love with its natural light, wooden floors, and the amazing cricket field out the back. It was crying out for their natural, shabby-chic wedding decorations - most of which they DIY'd using burlap and tissue paper - including my favourite - pastel pompoms! I love Gemma's gorgeous Sassi Holford gown from Brides of Winchester - she chose her wedding dress after losing two and a half stone on the Cambridge Weight Plan, and felt all the more glamorous for it. Enjoy all these gorgeous pictures by Gemma's friend, Paul Cutcliffe from Final Cut Services. If only we all had a wedding photographer as a friend.....!


We celebrated our wedding on 31st August 2013, with a ceremony at St Swithens church near Winchester, and our reception at Littleton Millennium Memorial Hall.


My wedding dress was called 'Petra' by So Sassi {the 'esprit' label from Sassi Holford}, which I bought from Brides of Winchester. I had a bespoke shrugette by  So Sassi made in matching lace, and wore a pearl necklace and earrings, My veils was three-quarter length, and simple. I decided to go for a vintage look for my makeup, and had dark nails and lips on the day to add a bit of colour.


Tuesday, 16 April 2013

Real Rural DIY Wedding: Catherine & Matt - Wedding Reception

After the beautiful getting ready pictures, and perfect portrait shots, are you ready for la pièce de résistance? Yup, it's time for the stunning reception details. Catherine and Matt chose their local village hall for their wedding reception, and added unique rustic vintage touches with the help of stylists Add a Little Sparkle. I love the mix of fresh and dried flower arrangements, the bark vases and mini-log place marker stands {made by Catherine's dad}, and the cute animal familiars on each table. Catherine also DIY'd all the favour crackers out of handmade paper, snappers from eBay and flowers grown in her own garden. Even the bird wedding toppers were hand-sewn and embroidered by the bride - you can buy similar from her Etsy shop. Huge thanks to Lily Sawyer Photography for her beautiful pictures - she really captured every wedding detail!


We celebrated our wedding in St Mary Bredin Church in Canterbury, in Kent, and hosted our wedding reception at Chilham Village Hall.


The venue decorations were done by Add a Little Sparkle who lit up the whole venue, which made it look amazing! 

My bridesmaids and I had grown flowers in our gardens and collected grasses from nearby fields. We dried these, and the team from Add a Little Sparkle tied the bunches to the backs of the covered chairs.


Our wedding flowers were made by the most beautiful dried flower shop in Bishopsgate called Essentially Hops. We also bought all the animals for each table from there, as Matt and I loved them so much. We're now very happy to have them all over our house!


I have to thank my Dad very much for trusting me and helping me make all the table decorations. There were many occasions spent wondering around woods finding the perfect logs and pieces of bark, which we made into wooden name place holders for the guests, and bark vases for the centre piece. The guests loved their name holders and most of them took them home afterwards!


Favours were something I really wanted to make for each guest, so for a bit of fun we made crackers with handmade paper and dried flowers grown in our garden. They were filled with champagne bubbles, snapper strips bought on eBay and yummy Lindt Lindor chocolates.



Birds had to play a big theme in the wedding, as I'm a little bird obsessed! So for the top of the cake I made two smaller versions of the birds I make and sell, to represent Matt and I dressed in our wedding attire. {You can buy similar from her Etsy shop}.



The cake flowers were skilfully made by Matt's younger sister Sarah and made the cake look really stunning!













{Wedding Vendors}
Caterer - Chaucer Gourmet Catering
Florist - Essentially Hops in Bekesbourne
Wedding Stylist - Add a Little Sparkle
Main wedding dress - Enzoani Diana gown (without the straps and sash)
Evening wedding dress - Vintage bridal gown from Annie's Vintage
Bride's shoes - Floral peep toes from Debenhams
Wedding Band - Goosebumps Swing/Jive/Jazz band
Wedding rings - 77 Diamonds

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Shabby Chic DIY Real Wedding
DIY Yurt Real Wedding

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Real Rural DIY Wedding: Catherine & Matt - Portrait Pictures

Dreamy wedding portrait sessions don't get much better than this! Take golden light, a beautiful bride, and a perfect poppy field, and I'm wedding heaven. Matt and Catherine celebrated their wedding near Canterbury, in the Kent countryside, and photographer, Lily Sawyer, took full advantage of the beautiful landscape. En-route to their wedding reception, she stopped with the bride and groom by a field, where they had to climb over barbed wire to get in! Matt came well-prepared with a thick curtain ready to lay on the wires, so Catherine could climb over without ruining her stunning wedding dress. It was worth the effort - just take a look at these gorgeous, golden pictures.













{Wedding Vendors}
Caterer - Chaucer Gourmet Catering
Florist - Essentially Hops in Bekesbourne
Wedding Stylist - Add a Little Sparkle
Main wedding dress - Enzoani Diana gown (without the straps and sash)
Evening wedding dress - Vintage bridal gown from Annie's Vintage
Bride's shoes - Floral peep toes from Debenhams
Wedding Band - Goosebumps Swing/Jive/Jazz band
Wedding rings - 77 Diamonds

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Amazing Shabby Chic Wedding
Countryside-Chic Wedding

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Real Rural DIY Wedding: Catherine and Matt

With more DIY wedding details than you can shake a stick at, this is easily one of my favourite weddings of all time, not least because the bride is a regular reader of Before the Big Day! Lovely Catherine is a textile designer, and you can see her creative talent in every element of her and Matt's beautiful rural wedding. They chose Canterbury in Kent as the location for their big day, and celebrated their wedding ceremony in a village church, surrounded by poppy fields and rolling hills, followed by their wedding reception in the village hall. Catherine designed and handmade many of her wedding details, including the stunning floral bridesmaids' dresses, her hand-printed wedding stationery, and she even altered her second-hand wedding dress - an amazing Enzoani Diana gown she found on eBay! You'll love all the rural vintage touches, enjoy these gorgeous pictures by Lily Sawyer Photography - I'll be posting the poppy field portrait pictures and reception shots later today!



We celebrated our wedding in St Mary Bredin Church in Canterbury, in Kent, and hosted our wedding reception at Chilham Village Hall.



Our wedding invitations and order of services were probably the most ambitious of all our DIY projects due to the vast amount of them needed! I painted a floral heart shape design, scanned it into the computer, and printed on handmade paper on our printer at home. These were folded, with a pocket for the wedding details, and hand-tied with rustic raffia.



Being a textile designer, planning and making things for our wedding was the ultimate project! For inspiration I bought a couple of magazines, but found most of the best ideas on wedding blogs. I created pinboards on Pinterest to collect all the images I liked, and sorted them into dresses, reception ideas, bridesmaids and so on. It was so useful to be able to refer back to these throughout all the planning, and to show my then fiancé images of the kinds of ideas going round my head!


I tried on lots of dresses and fell in love with Jenny Packham's Willow wedding dress, but it was rather out of my price range, and I then found it hard to love anything else as much. I eventually fell for Enzoani's Diana dress which I was amazed to find second-hand on eBay!
 

It was a couple of sizes to big but was easy enough to alter and meant I could make it a really good fit. The eBay bride also gave me her veil, which I personalised by sewing some lace onto the rim.


Then one day afterwards, I saw a beautiful one-off vintage dress in the window of Annie's, a vintage clothing and costume shop in London. Having saved so much on the main dress on eBay, I thought this vintage gown would be a perfect, comfortable dress for the evening, so I bought it! It also needed slight alterations and a slip, which I made the week before the wedding.


The flowers, corsages and bouquets were made to match each of the bridesmaids dresses by the most beautiful dried flower shop in Bishopsgate called Essentially Hops.

The really lovely thing about dried flowers is they last for so long, and my bridesmaids and I still have our bouquets!


For my bridesmaids' dresses, I was really inspired by the dresses made by Sohomode on Etsy. I wanted similar vintage 50s-style dresses, with patterns and colours that reflected each of their personalities. I found a combination of Liberty Prints and William Morris fabrics, and got them to chose each of their favourites, and thankfully they all liked something different! 


I bought a dress pattern from a really cute shop called The Sewing Shop in Canterbury {which has the most amazing range of printed fabrics!}, and made dresses from their favourite fabrics, which I bought again on eBay!





{Wedding Vendors}
Caterer - Chaucer Gourmet Catering
Florist - Essentially Hops in Bekesbourne
Wedding Stylist - Add a Little Sparkle
Main wedding dress - Enzoani Diana gown (without the straps and sash)
Evening wedding dress - Vintage bridal gown from Annie's Vintage
Bride's shoes - Floral peep toes from Debenhams
Wedding Band - Goosebumps Swing/Jive/Jazz band
Wedding rings - 77 Diamonds

More posts like this one:
Adorable Rural Real Wedding
Beautiful Barn Wedding

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