The best bit of my job is definitely wedding submissions. Seeing so many different, beautiful wedding days makes my heart sing but there is a moment better than that. When a bride/reader submits their own wedding there is no greater feeling. Especially when the wedding is exceptionally gorgeous. Katie made her, and her bridesmaid dresses, in fact the whole day is heavy in DIY and excellent inspiration for you keen DIYers. I love this wedding, thank you so much for submitting it!!
Kate Reeves (that’s me!) www.katereeves.co.uk – I worked as seamstress in London and am currently in the process of setting up my own label, specialising in bespoke womenswear for any occasion (although I would love to just spend all day making wedding brides and maids dresses! So much fun!) I’m based in Manchester and have already got a couple of clients which is super exciting!
Brides Shoes: Rainbow Club
Claire Murray (With Kym on hair!) – I don’t often wear much makeup and found it quite daunting at the thought of being ‘made up’. Claire was not only an amazing makeup artist she seemed to just put us all at ease on the day!
Buddies Florist – Buddies were absolutely amazing. We didnt know anything about flowers but we knew how we wanted the overall look to be and they came up trumps. It was a fiddly job for them filling all of the different teacups and teapots but our flowers exceeded our expectations completely. For the bride and maids bouquets we want- ed them to look wild, like they had just been picked from a country garden. And they were tied with some lace trim i found at a market.
Suits – Moss Bros
Hire Society Cars: http://www.hiresociety-weddingcars.co.uk/
Again, made by myself (www.katereeves.co.uk) ! Fabric sourced from Shepherds bush Market in London. Bridesmaids Shoes: M & S
Chris Milner Photography – Chris is absolutely THE wedding pho- tographer for anyone getting married. He was often taking photographs and we didnt even realise we were being shot. Not only are his photographs awesome, hes a really nice guy. I was quite nervous about getting ‘papped’ on the day but we hardly noticed we were on camera at all!
Both me and Mat consider ourselves to be quite ‘eco’ minded and wanted to do something eco for the favours. We came across www.wildflower-favours.co.uk and loved the idea of giving seeds that contain British wildflower seeds that bees and butterflies love!
We had always had our hearts set on some sort of Alice in Wonderland style wedding but wanted to be careful it didn’t look too ‘themed’. Once we found our venue, the idea of an ‘English Tea-party’ just seemed to fit in with the house perfectly and with our love of Alice in Wonderland so we decided upon that. Throughout the planning of the decor we really tried to keep it quite ‘mismatched’. We didn’t have a colour scheme at all and just picked things we liked. For the table centrepieces we collected cake stands and lots of old books from ebay and carboot sales and we made sure every couple of weeks we had a trip to the local charity shops to find tea-sets and saucers for the flowers. We drove a hard bargain! The name tags we made by just col- lecting vintage print papers and slicing them up with the guests names on, and we hand embroidered the table numbers by hand. Me and Mat have actually dated since we were kids and we even in the same nursery class (we were always at the back as we were the tallest). Although we wanted our wedding to be ‘romantic’ we also wanted it to be fun. We opted for a Dixie jazz band after the ceremony and pimms served rather than champagne. We really wanted to create the feel of a summer fête. Buttons sprinkled on the table were a homage to my love of sewing and stripy straws finished the tables off.
Cake by RoccoCocoa
This is a hard one…There are too many! Although if I had to pick, it would be this: Once the speeches had been done and the coffee was being drank after the breakfast, our photographer Chris came and tapped us on the shoulder and took us outside to take a few more photographs. The light was amazing over the gardens of Holdsworth House and our guests were starting to mill around on the lawns with night guests arriving. I just felt so relaxed and happy and it was a gorgeous moment to see all of our friends and family chatting in the gardens before the evening party began. Me and Mat had a little time to breathe after all the speeches had gone down a treat, the food was amazing and the wine was flowing. Knowing all we had to do was dance the night away from that moment was lovely! We felt like ‘We did it! We actually pulled it off ’
My biggest tip would be that most of the amazing ideas you see in blogs and magazines can be made at home with a little time and a good glue gun. We got our friends involved to make it fun and even had a ‘sewing Sunday’ where a couple of friends came to sew table numbers with us! Don’t be put off if something looks to complicated and websites like pintrest can be great for inspiration and DIY tutorials. Also…Enjoy it! We went out collecting tea-sets together and many times ended up (after a hard days crafting or collecting) in the pub having lunch or going out for dinner. Its your wedding…Enjoy all of it!