Morning! I don’t even know where to begin with today’s retro wedding! Achingly cool bride and groom, absolute sartorial elegance from the guests, a dog, and images brimming with colour and fun. The venue is not one I had come across before but it is exactly what I would look for now for my own wedding, it has such character.I also don’t think I have seen a bride casually get in to a bath fully clothed with her new husband and dog before changing in to evening attire. I just love these two, congratulations Mel and Craig.
You will notice a few tweaks to the supplier section below, I amended the questions filled out by the couple to include advice, favourite bits and most importantly budget amounts (as requested in the blog survey).
Photography by My Beautiful Bride
£22,000 – The venue was the most extravagant part of the wedding but it’s uniqueness meant that we didn’t need to dress it much at all and it really made the event as special as it was. We rented it from Friday through to Monday and as it’s licensed it meant we could have the ceremony there on the Saturday. Simon Finch (Voewood owner) is a very interesting and wonderful man who restored Voewood to live in himself, and because of that the place oozes character and soul. Throughout the house you’ll find an esoteric collection of pop art, rare books and rock and roll memorabilia that you’re actively encouraged to engage with, our guests could go from room to room with everyone finding a new and interesting thing to talk about. Each bedroom has it’s own theme so it meant that we could give our families and friends somewhere unusual to stay for the whole weekend.
So many things were needed to be done in preparation for the big day and rather than having an army of staff organising it for us, our families all mucked in to help with whatever we needed, this made it feel close and personal for not only us but for them too, it was their pleasure to help us and I think it’s important to get everyone together and involved.
Rather than hiring everything, we scoured second hand shops, Ebay, Preloved and Etsy for vintage items we could use, knowing that we could sell a lot of them on again afterwards to recoup some of the money spent. Mel had recurring dreams for months about winning online auctions, but it was definitely worth it.
Michael from My Beautiful Bride
Bride’s mum Gwenda Helie – We live quite near New Covent Garden Flower Market in London, so it was relatively easy for us to go there the morning before the wedding to pick up all the flowers. Mel’s mum Gwenda was absolutely awesome, she taught herself loads of flower arranging tricks on YouTube and took care of everything when we got there.
Dress – Vintage for daytime, Irregular Choice for evening
Shoes – Irregular Choice
Accessories – Owl Eyes and vintage, Grandma’s pearls
Shoes – Bertie Brogues
Dresses – Oasis, Karen Millen, AlexaCake – M&S, Caterers – Good For A Party
Vintage Hire & China – Good For A PartyWe made individual name badges for our guests that featured some of their interests or a reference to something we’ve shared together, we cut up some colourful plastic cards as the badge base, added the guests name with necklace letter beads and items scoured from Ebay and Etsy such as dolls house decorations, mini wine bottles and tiny sports equipment. Everyone loved them and they had the desired effect in encouraging people to interact with one another.
The tiki bar opening… Once we’d reached this stage it meant that all the official jobs were pretty much taken care of, we’d changed into our evening outfits, the band were set up and playing a bunch of surf rock tunes, people were dancing and it was time to really start the party.
DELEGATE! Make sure your guests know who your best man and maid of honour are well in advance of the big day, and that everyone has their contact details. There is a lot for the bride and groom to take care of on the lead up to the wedding itself and having guests contact you every couple of days with their issues is probably not the best recipe for a relaxing build up. It’s invaluable to get the right photographer and making sure that you’re on the same page in terms of style and how much intrusion is acceptable, having found Michael from My Beautiful Bride we knew we found the right man for the job. We didn’t want things to be too posed and his rock and roll heritage suited us down to the ground. We had considered trying to save the money by asking friends to do it for us but in the end we felt we’d made the right choice as they were left to enjoy themselves and we’ll have these wonderful shots for the rest of our lives!