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Pretty Pink Travel Wedding



Kelly and Ben chose one of the hottest days on the summer for their pretty pink travel inspired wedding day. The sunshine was glorious and the evening party was even moved outdoors.

They had guests bring along scrumptious cakes and fish and chips for the evening, while the meal was carved at the table. Much of the day was a DIY effort, with gorgeous bunting, tea cups and luggage tag décor.

Kelly’s dress looked so amazing, I adore the delicate jewellery on the back of the gown; while Ben opted for a dashing Hugo Boss suit. Just so divine.

Thanks goes to the wonderful Lucy G Photography for sharing her images with us today.



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The Proposal… We have weekly date nights – dinner and a movie. He took me completely by surprise as at the end of one of our typical date nights; when we got back home, he proposed! It was about 12.30 at night. I was so excited and wanted to celebrate but nowhere was open. So we took a couple of glasses and a bottle of bubbly and sat by the river, celebrating together!

The Vision for the Day… I have always loved weddings, and couldn’t wait to get started on the planning. We wanted a vintage feel to the styling – in pastel colours. We went backpacking together, and it was such an important part of our relationship that we wanted to bring that in. So we balanced the beautiful vintage details, with the travel theme. We have been to a few weddings, and they can get boring – so we tried to ensure the day was fun throughout. Also, we ignored tradition – we wanted the day personal to us, and even when others pressured us to do thing, we didn’t cave to pressure!

The Planning Process… We had 8 months to plan, and spread the planning out across the whole time, so we didn’t really feel stressed. I’m a teacher so revelled in the organisation aspect!! Most of the planning time was spent crafting/sourcing stuff for the little details! I have always wanted to be a wedding planner and love being creative, so this was my opportunity and I loved every second!

Budget… £10.000 – the venue was expensive so we had to economise by making all decorations and details ourselves, hunting charity shops, ebay and boot sales for 6 months.

The Venue… The Carriage Hall, Nottingham. It was a beautiful railway shed conversion. It was the perfect mix of modern and vintage. The exposed brick looked great against the soft colour palette and feminine vintage touches. It was also a really large space with huge windows, that gave a church feel.

The Dress + Accessories… Ronald Joyce ‘Paola’ from Belle and Bouquet in Lincolnshire.

Headpiece and birdcage veil – homemade using a lace appliqué, some beads, felt, a headband, some silk thread, some Russian netting, some hair grips and a glue gun! I had no idea what I was doing, and improvised completely! Was pretty pleased with the results – especially as I had a quote for one for £210! Mine cost £20!

Shoes from Next. Earrings – Tiffanies. Bracelet – Debenhams.

Finding the Dress… The dress hunt was a nightmare. I always knew I wanted a lace dress with vintage looking details, but no shops seemed to have any dresses in the style I liked that I could try on, as I am a size 16. I went to one shop and found ‘the one’. It was a lace, figure hugging dress with intricate jewellery that hung down at the back. It was perfect… but the sample was a size 8!!  I must have tried on about 40 hideous dresses before finally biting the bullet and ordering the dress without trying it on. Everyone thought I was mad for buying a wedding dress without trying it on… but when you know it is the one, you just know! I was so nervous when I tried it on for the first time! Luckily it was everything I imagined!

Groom’s Attire… Ben wore a navy Hugo Boss slim suit and navy tie, and brown brogues from M&S.

The Readings + Music… We only had one reading a comical poem read by our 11-year-old nephew. He was so cute and everyone loved the reading. Choosing the reading was difficult, as all the best ones are quite common now. I managed to find a poem online, and tweaked it a little to make it personal. Everyone loved it!

I walked down the aisle to a piano version of Hoppipolla by Sigur Ros, and we had two first dance songs – Everlong (Accoustic) by Foo Fighters and In Paris by Jay-Z and Kanye!

Beautiful Bridesmaids… I had four bridesmaids… my two best friends and my two little sisters. It was lovely having the people closest to me on the morning of the wedding, and helping me. They looked gorgeous too! They wore pale pink chiffon dresses, which I ordered online from China. It was definitely risky using a Chinese website, but I couldn’t have been happier with the dresses. They were excellent quality, made to measure, looked beautiful and more importantly… were a bargain! Four custom made dresses for less than £350!

The Flowers… I love flowers but they can be so expensive, that we had to minimise the amount of real flowers we used. My stepfather is a gardener and made the bouquets for us. My bouquet was a simply bouquet of Avalanche Roses, and the bridesmaids were simply 3 hydrangea heads, bound by cream ribbon. All of the other flowers used in the jam jars and teacups were foam flowers from Hobbycraft! Not only did they look real, but they were much cheaper and can be sold on afterwards!

The Cake… We asked our friends and family to each make a cake for the wedding. We love cake so much that we couldn’t possibly decide on one. It was lovely as everyone got really involved and we ended up with 12 delicious homemade, rustic looking cakes. We didn’t do the traditional ‘cutting of the cake’; everyone was having such fun dancing under the stars, that Ben and I sneaked inside with the photographer and did it alone. It was much more special. The day was so crazy that we really loved just having a little alone time, sharing a special moment and eating some awesome Victoria Sponge!!  Instead of the cheesy bride and groom cake toppers we had an acrylic cut out of some song lyrics from one of our favourite songs!

Your Photographer… We met the gorgeous Lucy Greenhill at a Save the Date wedding fare. Her photos were beautiful, natural, and soft, and really suited our vintage styling. Ben and myself both discussed the photography and agreed that posing for photos is the worst part of the day! Why would we want to spend our special day away from everyone having our pics taken? Therefore we loved Lucy’s non-intrusive documentary style. We only had a couple of posed ones and mainly had pics of everyone having fun!

We also wanted to capture the day by video, but budget restraints meant that we couldn’t afford a professional videographer. I am a Media and Film teacher so figured… I teach teenagers how to make videos for a living, why not get them to help?! So I contacted two of my most talented and favourite ex-students (who are now at Uni studying media production) and got them to make the video. The lads did an amazing job…. and it was even more special because it was more personal.

The Details + Decor… Wedding Car – vintage sage colour VW campervan! Décor – jam jars and teacups filled with flowers, frames painted cream with film quotes in, old romance novels wrapped in ribbon, lace doilies, and tea lights in ribbon wrapped jam jars

Wedding Breakfast – Tuck in for the main meal. Each table was assigned a carver, who had a chefs hat/apron and had to carve the meat. All of the trimmings we on the tables, and everyone had to, well, tuck in! For dessert we had cream tea! The teacups were filled with tea and scones were brought around on vintage china cake stands. Evening food – Fish and Chip van! Who doesn’t like fish and chips?

Ceremony – We put a programme of the day and a ‘who’s who’ guide on each chair. At weddings people always wonder who the groomsmen/bridesmaids are, so I made a little guide, with fun facts about each person on. E.g. Amy is my sister and enjoyed removing the heads of my barbies when we were younger! I had more compliments about these than anything else!!

Table décor – Due to the tuck in there was not room for centre pieces, so I collected 78 vintage teacup trios, and used these to bring colour and style to the stables. Each person was given a teacup with his or her nametag attached. Table numbers – the tables were names after cities we have visited. On the back of each of the signs we put details of when we visited there, and a funny anecdote form each place. Table plan- A vintage looking map (actually a piece of wrapping paper from paper chase). Brown luggage tags were used for the table details. Favours – We did not give favours, but instead donated money to a children cancer charity

Cake table – we had several glass cake stands, and two battered old brown suitcase to create some height for the main cake. Guest book – we used two glass jars and asked guest to either write us a message that “just can’t wait” which we read the next day, or a message to put in a time capsule. We have it hidden upstairs and will read all of those messages on our first anniversary! Bunting – handmade by my mother-in-law, her best friend and myself. It took us 7 hours to make over 200 feet!

The Honeymoon… We hired a convertible mustang and drove down Pacific Highway 1 in California – San Francisco to Los Angeles. We only booked our first and last night hotels before we left, so we were free on the trip to stop wherever we wanted. It was an absolutely amazing experience.

And after the wedding diet, the cheeseburgers were very welcome!

Memorable Moments… The weather was sweltering! It was about 32 degrees! Everyone was enjoying the outside so much that we decided to move the party outside. The musician took all of this equipment outside and we partied under the stars.  Our final song was Live Forever; everyone at the wedding was up dancing and singing, lit by the moon! It was absolutely perfect!

Advice for Other Couples… Get creative!! It is amazing the results you can get with a gravy jar, a glue gun and some 30p ribbon from the market! Also, my wedding was planned with military precision, but things will go wrong on the day. Just roll with it and enjoy it!  

Credit Where Credit is Due

Photography | Lucy G Photography

Musician | Just Ben

Make up | JGS Creative

Chip van | The Full Moon pub

Dress | Ronald Joyce

Venue | The Carriage Hall

The wedding video that my students made is on the link below. Hope you like it! Credit to Alex Faulkner and Calum Sexton.


How beautiful?!

Thanks so much to Kelly and Ben for sharing their gorgeous wedding with us here at WWW XOXO Lou

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    Great captures Lucy! I like the detail on the back of the dress. She looks gorgeous. Pretty pretty stuff. x
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