My best friend’s vintage inspired wedding on a budget

Is there anything quite as incredible as seeing one of your best friends get married? That’s what I did back in April and it was honestly such a great day and all the more amazing for the fact that so many elements of it were DIY, as the bride worked within with a tight budget. And for the fact it featured a steam train!! It also had some lovely vintage touches, so it’s only right I share some photos with you… and stay tuned to the end for the wedding video B made (he did me so proud!).
Vintage inspired wedding - bride and bridesmaid outfits
The bride’s dress was one of the elements that wasn’t budget, before anyone gets too excited. Having now also done my own trip to a bridal shop, I completely understand why people want to invest in what they’re wearing – you’re paying for a superior fit, construction and layers and layers and layers of material. One of my favourite things about our looks together is the matching Irregular Choice shoes – aren’t they darling?


Irregular Choice Pink Nick of Time Irregular Choice bow shoes
Darling and quite simply the perfect match for my bouquet. You know how much I like matching.


Vintage wedding transport
Also a non-budget option – sorry folks – but mostly because the bride’s step-dad’s car wasn’t ready in time!


Arriving for the wedding via steam train
One of the best entrances to a wedding ever, quite possibly, we travelled in by vintage steam train!


Wedding steam train transport


Bride arrives by steam train


Pre wedding ceremony at station house
My dress would not stop creasing, which was a real shame. I spent ages the night before ironing it and look at it! Also not a budget part of the day, it wasn’t really on for the price (and it was entirely man-made materials). So while I think you should think carefully about investing in a wedding dress, I think there may be some just-as-good bridesmaid options from the high street, so my advice would be to shop around. (I may just write a post on this some day – there’s a few wedding themed posts I could write now so feel free to say if you’d be interested!)


Signing the register
B and I were the sole witnesses to the marriage registrar signing, which was really special ๐Ÿ™‚ Also, you can see my 60s-inspired do here, which was the very quick work of the hair stylist with no former planning/discussion, so hats off to her. Not my usual style, but it suited the day.


The blissfully happy couple
I just love the look on the groom’s face here – I think this is what you’d call ‘blissfully happy’?!


Irregular Choice Nick of Time shoes in ivory


Bark themed wedding cake
A family relative just happened to be an amazing cake-maker. I do wish I knew someone with such skills!


Station house reception
The day before the wedding, myself and a host of friends of the couple spent hours making the pom-poms you see hanging here and pinning up bunting and fairy lights. One of the bride’s friends created all the signage, putting the boards into secondhand frames sourced cheaply – like the one at the front of the above pic.


The newlyweds on their maiden voyage
This might be my favourite picture of the two of them taking their maiden voyage as a newly-married couple.


A 60s updo for the bridesmaid
Yeah I know, really elegant, but it just happened to be a great shot of my hair. The irony is I didn’t even finish that drink, although it looks like I’m downing it, as I’m still being very careful about how much wine I drink as it makes me so ill from so little.


Vintage suitcase card collection
Battered vintage suitcases are quite a popular choice for the card and gift collection these days and you can see why – totally gorgeous.


Wedding reception at a station house


The bride through the train window
We had a miracle with the weather – the day before was non-stop rain, as was the morning of the wedding. Then, just as we arrived, the heavens cleared and there was bright sunshine, just as the bride walked down the aisle to ‘Here Comes the Sun’ by The Beatles. And it meant this amazing photo could happen – stunning.
It also gave us the perfect backing track for the video B made. I cried at this video when I saw it and I’m not one to get teary at emotional stuff usually! He did a really fab job, for someone who’d never videoed a wedding before, don’t you think? As when he usually makes these videos, he filmed on a camcorder and applied filters & super 8 effects afterwards. He’s hoping to do more events in future, as he enjoyed putting this together so much, so if you’re in the UK you know where to find us…


To explain the ending – B and I gave the couple a polaroid camera and photo album as a wedding present ๐Ÿ™‚
So there we go, an utterly gorgeous wedding, pulled together by a lot of love, hard work and imagination. It also helped that the venue is new to the wedding scene so there was a big saving on the hire cost for that reason. What a find! It was the perfect day and I hope my own wedding next year is half as amazing!


  1. Porcelina
    June 21, 2016 / 12:26 pm

    Oh my word, that's one amazing wedding video!! He did such an awesome job, honestly, there's a potential career change there if he wants it. I am feeling a bit teary, it's a good job I'm sat at a desk in a room on my own so nobody can question why I'm all emotional. Also, your photos are absolutely superb, that one of the bride through the rainy window. What a handsome couple they were, and to arrive by steam train?! Wah!! I also love your hair, you look beautiful too. This is such a wonderful blog post. And YES please to wedding related blog posts from you in the run up to your big day. Start early – I never did get around to posting about half the wedding stuff I planned to because it got a little manic in the lead up.

    You're going to be such a beautiful bride yourself!!

    • ciciadmin
      June 21, 2016 / 12:31 pm

      Yay, so glad B's video got that reaction from people who don't know them too! I keep telling him he's got a career in this too… Considering that was his first ever go at something like this! Have to hold my hands up that these aren't my photos, and I agree that the rainy window photo is stunning. It's also one of the bride's favourites ๐Ÿ™‚

      Ok good tip, if I start now I may get one or two up ๐Ÿ˜‰ I've got a couple of ideas although ironically the first one I was drafting in my head of advice for dress hunting doesn't now relate to what I've done for my dress at all…!

      You are so lovely xxx

  2. June 21, 2016 / 12:42 pm

    Oh wow, that video is stunning! If you hadn't told me, I would really have thought it was a nostalgic montage from a movie – hats off to B there! What a gorgeous wedding – the bride's dress is so beautiful and I'm so in love with your matching shoes. It looks like you had such a lovely time, and what a unique way to arrive at a wedding too!
    Can't wait to see more about your own wedding now ๐Ÿ˜€

    • ciciadmin
      June 21, 2016 / 12:46 pm

      That's definitely high praise indeed ๐Ÿ˜€ The matching shoes are a particular favourite of mine too – because it was just me as the bridesmaid, it really helped tie our looks together, I think ๐Ÿ™‚

      Ok that's two votes for more wedding stuff from me… It's gonna happen! xx

  3. SaraLily
    June 21, 2016 / 12:57 pm

    OH MY GOSH – HER DRESS!!! I am in love with it! I see myself in something similar when the day comes for me (eventually! HA!). She is beautiful and the two of you are just precious. What a lovely day!

    • ciciadmin
      June 22, 2016 / 12:19 pm

      I know, it's so beautiful ๐Ÿ˜€ It may have subconsciously influenced my own dress choice, in fact!

  4. June 21, 2016 / 1:38 pm

    How fantastic! I LOVE her dress!


  5. Jessica
    June 21, 2016 / 2:36 pm

    You friend did an amazing job with her wedding! I honestly love everything about this. I mean, a train? That's so cool! And her dress is perfect for showing off a really cute pair of shoes. So many sweet, fun little details, I'm sure it was a total blast.
    I really dig the 60s hair on you, very Joan in the early seasons of Mad Men. It's a shame the dress was creasing so much, but the color is great. And B's movie was so lovely, I'm sure they're really happy to have such a great commemoration of the day.

    • ciciadmin
      June 22, 2016 / 12:20 pm

      I know, it doesn't get much better than a steam train!!
      I will take Joan any day of the week – one of my favourite ladies. I love the colour of the dress too – you don't see many bridesmaids in yellow. They love the video, which of course makes us both very happy (me in my minor role as creative director – we weren't expecting a boy to know all of the moments to capture!)

  6. June 21, 2016 / 4:24 pm

    Ohh what a glorious wedding! <3 Train is so cool, and the married couple is so beautiful ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. June 21, 2016 / 4:27 pm

    Everything came together so beautifully, and extremely elegantly. All too often a vintage style wedding is overdone and loses its elegance- if you know what I mean. But this has remained subtle to the last with just the right balance of quirky details like the train, OMG! How cool is the train!. The video is hands down the best wedding video I have seen. So personal and intimate, capturing some really special moments. The camera always seems to be at the right place at the right time! B has such a skill there. And the editing with the filters and music are spot on. I'm in awe! Of course you look fabulous as well- but that's always a given sweetie, you are always sublime!

    • ciciadmin
      June 22, 2016 / 12:22 pm

      Yes I think that's it – it can be a bit overdone or cliche, but she perfectly picked unique touches to give it a flair without overwhelming it. That's such a nice comment about the video – thanks so much! As I've said above, some of the camera being in the right place was down to me forcing B to capture moments he wasn't thinking of doing, but on the whole it's 85% him! It's not my usual look and I felt a bit self-conscious for that reason so it's really nice of you to say I look fab!

  8. Mim
    June 21, 2016 / 4:46 pm

    It looks so lovely! The steam train was a fantastic idea – I love trains. Beats a boring old limo.

    Your hair looks amazing.

    • ciciadmin
      June 22, 2016 / 12:22 pm

      It definitely does beat a limo!! And thanks, I take zero credit for it apart from some minimal direction on the day ๐Ÿ˜‰

  9. Aurรจ
    June 22, 2016 / 4:55 am

    great post!…congrats!…very very very elegant Bride,so roamntic!…Your outfit is stunning on You…cheers!
    b the way, super nice video too

  10. Camilla P
    June 22, 2016 / 10:10 am

    What a beautiful bride and beautiful photos of your friends wedding day! You look stunning too CiCi! xo
    That cake is absolutely amazing as well!

    • ciciadmin
      June 22, 2016 / 12:22 pm

      It was all perfect, basically ๐Ÿ˜€

  11. June 22, 2016 / 11:03 am

    What a beautiful wedding. You look fabulous too – I love the colour of your dress and I cannot believe your gorgeous hair wasn't completely planned. I don't usually look at wedding videos when I have not been present, but I made an exception and am glad I did! Kx

    • ciciadmin
      June 22, 2016 / 12:23 pm

      Ha, I can promise you my hair was completely unplanned and I had no idea what was going to happen until I started talking to the hairdresser while in the chair and we worked it out together… Glad you made an exception for the video ๐Ÿ™‚ x

  12. Kayla
    June 22, 2016 / 11:35 am

    Wow!!! What a beautiful wedding! Beautiful bride and the dress is amazing. You look so stunning too, I really love the matching shoes – so sweet. The cake and the train, oh my! Well done to B too, such a special video that he created ๐Ÿ™‚ x

    • ciciadmin
      June 22, 2016 / 12:23 pm

      Thank you! So many lovely details, it was just so fab seeing them all together on the day. Perfection! x

  13. HuggyHare
    June 22, 2016 / 2:55 pm

    Oh my god, that wedding video was perfect. I don't usually get all emotional (unless it's dog videos) about videos, but that one nearly made me cry. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • ciciadmin
      June 23, 2016 / 12:12 pm

      I reacted the same way, but it's even more amazing that you did as you don't know the people ๐Ÿ™‚

  14. Nicole
    June 22, 2016 / 9:01 pm

    That looks like such a lovely wedding, and the wedding video is simply gorgeous! I watched it twice I loved it so much the first time ๐Ÿ™‚
    The Artyologist

    • ciciadmin
      June 23, 2016 / 12:12 pm

      Aw that's such a lovely comment and great testament to this little video – thank you!

  15. June 23, 2016 / 12:38 am

    So incredibly lovely! These photos abound with joy and just do the heart good to see. Thank you very much for sharing your BF's stunning wedding with us. Such a treat!

    xoxo โ™ฅ Jessica

    • ciciadmin
      June 23, 2016 / 12:13 pm

      Yes, the day was so full of happiness, you're quite right ๐Ÿ™‚ xx

  16. June 23, 2016 / 3:24 pm

    This was absolutely gorgeous! You both looked so beautiful, and I loved the shoes! The video was so charming, and honestly the best wedding video I have ever seen.

    • ciciadmin
      June 29, 2016 / 12:25 pm

      Aw that's such a nice comment, thank you. We're so pleased with the reaction B's video has had ๐Ÿ™‚

  17. June 23, 2016 / 3:40 pm

    Gorgeous wedding! I love the shoes you and bride are matching with! So many beautiful and perfect little touches! That's so amazing about the weather! It all really worked out so well!

  18. Kate-Em
    June 23, 2016 / 10:10 pm

    Just beautiful. That wedding video is just stunning, I didn't think I wanted a wedding video but I would have had one like that! The bride looks amazing, her dress is gorgeous and you look stunning too. And the train!! Fab!

    • ciciadmin
      June 29, 2016 / 12:26 pm

      That's how I felt about wedding videos too, and now I'm just worrying about how I'm going to have one like this when B can't film his own wedding!!

  19. Anonymous
    June 24, 2016 / 5:05 am

    the Bride is Fabolous styled…but…Your outfit is very very very Fabolous!Your Shoes the best!Nice nice wedding post!

  20. June 24, 2016 / 7:46 pm

    Such a beautiful blog post…thank you for sharing

  21. June 26, 2016 / 7:55 pm

    What a beautiful wedding and those shoes are just amazing!!

  22. Anonymous
    June 28, 2016 / 11:34 am

    the wedding post are ever the Best! the first photo is Wonderful:your expressions,your eyes,the shoes,the Bride's dress:how Fabolous post!

  23. Anonymous
    June 29, 2016 / 11:02 am

    Gorgeous wedding! all the small detail are the ones that make it exceptional. The idea of a steam train is wonderful! the shoes, the bride's dress and your dress the flowers, etc…

    Oh! my romantic side came up when I watched the video.
    Amazing job to B!

    I am sure your wedding will be full of small details.

    Please, plan in advance, even for bad weather (wind or rain) and you won't feel under too much pressure the last few days before your wedding.

    Good luck with buying the house and Stamp Duty, ouch!

    Eva (from Luxembourg/Germany)

    • ciciadmin
      June 29, 2016 / 12:27 pm

      Aw, thanks Eva ๐Ÿ™‚

      And don't worry, I am planning almost entirely around the fact the weather is probably going to be rubbish. It's about what I expect from the British seaside!!

      Thanks for the house luck – we finally have a completion date in sight so in a few weeks time I think it's possibly all going to be over… well, the spending money on stamp duty side of it at least!

  24. Anonymous
    July 7, 2016 / 4:39 am

    this's a Fabolous Wedding,it make came up the romantic inner side of every girls! You both look so Powerfull in Your amazing shoes! there's something strong in Your eyes…both of You shine such Fierce and Power and clasy and elegancy!

  25. July 14, 2016 / 10:00 am

    Oh wow, this is so lovely vintage inspired wedding. I am so pleased to see the photos from this magical wedding ceremony. We have also been planning to have a classy wedding. I have just reserved outdoor wedding venues NYC for my special day. I will decide on classy theme quite soon.

  26. Melanie
    August 25, 2016 / 9:52 am

    Such beautiful wedding photos, it looked like it was such a special day!

  27. Anonymous
    December 17, 2016 / 5:34 am

    Best post ever! So incredibly Chic! These photos of you both are Fabolous! Thank you very much for sharing !

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