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Morning all! I first saw Bethany’s wedding when she commented on a blog post via Facebook, I wrote back saying I would love to blog her wedding (based just on her profile picture) and here we are! Bethany and Dan’s wedding was in 2013 and since then Bethany has set up Betsy Living Vintage. I have included their “how they met” story because it is just one of those ‘meant to be’ moments.

Photography by Natalie Leech

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How we met – Dan and I met online in 2006. At first, distance prevented us from meeting, but never kept us apart. We chatted endlessly for years and were never far from each other in spirit. Dan eventually moved to Manchester. I excitedly thought my luck was in….. alas he partnered up with someone else, keeping us from meeting for even longer. We kept in touch via facebook sporadically, always checking in to make sure each other was ok. Unfortunately, we lost contact in 2009.


After a few years of trauma, I moved out of my home with my previous partner back to my parents house. That very same week I received an anonymous email….”Beth, is this still your email address?”. A few emails back and forth and I realised it was Dan. He’d found me again! A catch up on Skype confirmed we were both newly single and conversation flowed as easily as it always had. We finally agreed to meet April 2011 with 6 years anticipation of each other brewing. What started as a palm sweaty introduction, ended as a 5 day first date! We’ve been inseparable since. We fell in love on a Tipi retreat in Wales (a gift from me to Dan for his 30th birthday, three weeks into our relationship). We  then moved in together after 3 months, engaged after year and lived happily ever after!! (We were engaged for 16 months before the big day. Just enough time for all the planning)

Dan was meant to propose at another tipi retreat in Gloucester, but it flooded a few days before we were due to arrive! Panicking he booked the beautiful Ettington Park hotel in Stratford-upon-avon. After high tea (my fave) he took me for a walk in the gardens, where we were greeted by a beautiful and  derelict chapel. The sign on the door read “and they lived happily ever after…” It was there, under that sign, that he presented me with the most beautiful art deco engagement ring and asked me to marry him.

NLP_4270 NLP_4274 NLP_4277 NLP_4284 The BrideDress – I designed the dress myself, however had it expertly made by the Agape Atelier team at Agape Bridal Boutique in Knutsford. After hours of searching for the perfect dress I just couldn’t find what I wanted. So I sketched my ideas  and Agape made it a reality. Amazing experience! I love the lace we chose, it’s exquisite with the softest and most detailed scallop edge. I love how the dress made me feel.

Shoes – I went barefoot. I like to feel grounded….and ideally who needs shoes when on beautiful grass?

Accessories – Made and designed by the wonderful Laura Donovan. Stirling silver and fresh water pearl head chain. Earrings – Original Art Deco earrings from my mum’s collection. (lucky huh?)

NLP_4288 The Hair and MakeupBethany Jane Davies

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Trousers – French Connection

Shirt – Reiss

Vintage Longines watch – A gift from me to him on the day.

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NLP_4777 NLP_4781 NLP_4784 NLP_4794 NLP_4828 The BridesmaidsAgain, Designed myself. Made by a family friend, Jane Moran. https://www.facebook.com/JaneMoranDesigns

NLP_4837 NLP_4854 The VenueThe Bells Of Peover, Lower Peover, Knutsford. Chosen due to the stunning grounds, the professionalism of the staff and the fact the pastry chef is out of this world!

On the day co-ordinators to help make sure everything went to plan. Keeley and Becky at Flower and Firth (wonderful ladies!)

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The wedding was as green as possible, with the food being vegetarian (both veggies) and everything, even down to the invites(tea towels) being reusable.  The only stationary that was printed was printed on recycled card and all paper/card waste (pom poms included) were carted off to the recycling by both myself and Dan the day after the wedding.  No food was left over because it was just too tasty and no wasted favours as we donated instead.

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Invites were tea towels (no waste). The only printed things were order of the day and a humorous guest card we designed for guests to fill in.

NLP_5431 NLP_5433 NLP_5434 The FavoursWe did not have favours however donated the money to Life Share. A homeless charity based in Manchester that we both volunteer at. http://www.lifeshare.org.uk/

NLP_5437 NLP_5439 NLP_5442 NLP_5456 NLP_5458 The CakeAhh the cake! Initially we just wanted a cake table, but the more I thought about having an afternoon tea style cake, the more I wanted it. This was designed by Jude Stevens at Sugarcube. Sadly she is no longer doing cakes, which I think is an absolute tragedy as she is SO skilled and our cake got papped as much as we did!

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Gramophone Dj’s.

iPod sound system for evening provided by http://www.nodj.co.uk/

Evening entertainment of Tarot Card Reader : 

NLP_5937 NLP_5941AdviceEnjoy every moment and be thankful. From the second you get engaged until the second the wedding finishes, embrace it and each other. It all goes by so quickly, yet has to be one of the most exciting times of your life. Don’t lose each other in the madness of the planning and be thankful for what you have together. There are bound to be times where you feel stressed, upset, let down by someone, but remember, this is YOUR special day, and you should do exactly what makes you happy.

(oh and invest in a good photographer and videographer. As time goes by the little details from the day fade from your memory and these will be captured, forever! It completely allows you to re-live those moments from best day of your lives.)