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!).
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?
Darling and quite simply the perfect match for my bouquet. You know how much I like matching.
Also a non-budget option - sorry folks - but mostly because the bride's step-dad's car wasn't ready in time!
One of the best entrances to a wedding ever, quite possibly, we travelled in by vintage steam train!
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!)
B and I were the sole witnesses to the marriage registrar signing, which was really special :) 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.
I just love the look on the groom's face here - I think this is what you'd call 'blissfully happy'?!
A family relative just happened to be an amazing cake-maker. I do wish I knew someone with such skills!
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.
This might be my favourite picture of the two of them taking their maiden voyage as a newly-married couple.
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.
Battered vintage suitcases are quite a popular choice for the card and gift collection these days and you can see why - totally gorgeous.
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 :)
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!
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