a pretty, intimate DIY wedding for under 10k | uk wedding blog

facebook-profile-picture By Phoebe

Good morning dear reader! How was your weekend? I hope you managed to get a bit of planning stuck in amongst good food, long walks and naps? We have a pretty back garden on the blog today. Mia and Nathan wanted a truly informal day, and they totally achieved that. Filled with friends and family, they took everyone back to their house after the ceremony before an evening reception. They stuck to their 5k-10k budget and managed to pull it off to perfection. On top of this, Jenny managed to capture some stunning images of the couple in the early evening sunshine. I hope you enjoy!

photography | indigo & violet 

Make up & Hair – Nicola Hodgkinson who was so lovely and helped me feel amazing!

I wanted a relaxed but tidy updo with lots of pretty texture in the back and my make up I wanted it to be noticeable and glowing but not too overdone.

Jo Beth Floral Design – Pink Peonies Roses, eucalyptus

Maggie Sottero – Alanis – Ivory over light gold

Shoes – Blue by Betsy Johnson

Short lace Dress for Garden Reception – BHS

Bride’s hair accessories/veil:

Hairband – Ivory & Co – Natalia

Veil – Cathedral length Single veil edged with Spanish lace Ivory

Small sprigs of gypsophila to tie in bridesmaids hair with mine.

Suits: Brigdens menswear  Royal Blue suit and waistcoat, ivory shirt and mint coloured tie

Shoes: Ted Baker

Groomsmen’s outfits/accessories: Grooms own

Our 2 yr son also had a matching royal blue suit with a matching waistcoat and mint green cravat to match the groom which we found at Next.

Bestman – Suit brigdens menswear Matching the groom.

Our Ceremony was the highlight of my day, I can still feel the butterflies now if I stop and think about it…we had such fun saying our vows to eachg other and at the end of it all we danced down the isle as husband and wife. It wasnt planned that way it just kinda happened with the joy of it all and the music playing! (Marvin Gaye & Tammie tyrell – Aint no mountin high enough)

St Peter’s Church, Chellaston
Mia and Nathan’s Home – Garden Receptions with white tables & Chairs, lace table cloths, jars of flowers and vintage china plates, cups and saucers, teapots which we collected for months Prior to the wedding
Donington Park Farmhouse Hotel

Relaxed, Vintage, ‘Floral, Lace, Rose Golds, Mint Greens, Soft pinks, floaty, Romantic, with a splash of vibrant blue for the groom to add a pop of colour.

Garden Reception at home post ceremony – M&S Party food – Was a nice cheap option but food was still of nice quality and easy for everyone to help themselves to on a sunny day in our garden.

Evening catering at Donington park farmhouse was in house and we opted for a bbq type menu, which was really relaxed and guests could eat what they like and sit where they like. we didn’t want anything really formal.

Emma’s Cakes in Ripley – This was a complete surprise gift from brides Aunt who chose cake, design, baker and only input we were allowed were colours and a cake topper which I had made. Luckily we loved it!

Will Herring – Acoustic Guitarist

Little Bubble tubes for adults and we had a few young toddlers at our garden reception inc our own 2 yr old son who thought our wedding was a birthday party, we indulged this and gave the younger children a party bag each with little books, pens, ballons bubbles and something sweet for each of them.

I also made my own confetti bags with lavender petals and dried rose petals in little organza bags which some guests kept extras of for their special drawers at home.

We focused more on the children for favours as its usually them that need occupying at the tables and we felt elaborate favours for adults were a waste as people generally just throw them away or loose them on the day…

We had a week at home eating left over food from the garden reception and wedding cake. The weather was gorgeous and we had a heatwave! We then went to the Hague in the Netheralnds for a week with our son for some family time near the sea.

Its hard to get so caught up in the planning process and focussing on the really small details like favours…they honestly don’t matter and on your day you wont be interested in the slightest, you will be so swept up in the day you may not even get to look at your work.

On the day, take a minute to stop and look at your wedding and everyone enjoying your hard work.

Try and make time when you don’t talk about the wedding – marriage is forever not a day.

Know that even if your hubby to be is totally uninterested in the colour scheme or invitations or any of it, during planning at the end of it he will say it was worth the money and you looked the most beautiful he’s ever seen you…which is all any bride wants to feel.

Where did you find your inspiration?:

Pinterest, Summer days, and SYGM!