It was so hard whittling down the images for this lovely real wedding feature today. They are fun, vibrant and so full of love, not to mention chock full of amazing DIY décor and ideas. Craft lovers, take note.
WWW readers Ben and Tash were hitched on Saturday 2nd April 2016 at Durlston Castle in Dorset. Their day was all about rustic country vibes on a budget of £6000, which they DIYed to their hearts content. I really love the mismatched scheme with colour pop blues and yellows making an appearance. The pretty dried florals really stand out as does Ben’s quirky cool bow tie teamed with tweed jacket. Tash chose to have a lace gown custom made by her bridesmaid and she looked utterly beautiful. The maids wore lovely blue lace frocks and pashminas to keep the chill at bay.
The ceremony venue had sea views and was just perfect for the breezy beautiful portraits. They then moved onto their cow shed barns for their rustic knees up. Everything from pom poms and letter lights to signage and jam favours were home made, what an incredible effort. It all looked so perfect too.
Naomi Jane Photography, thank you so much today for sharing these impeccable images.
THE PROPOSAL | This was relatively simple for me (Ben), as there could only be one place, the beach at Boscombe. We started with an early breakfast at our favourite spot, Urban Reef, before taking a walk along the beach. I grabbed a second while Tash was taking in the view to write in the sand those four magic words.
THE VISION | A rustic country wedding on a smallish budget which we could craft the crap out of.
THE PLANNING PROCESS | Picking our date was fairly simple, mainly because as we both work in education and we wanted a spring wedding, we were left with a two week window in April. Lets face it, Pinterest is both blimming amazing and truly frightening when it comes to planning. Lets just say we used it a fair bit for inspiration.
BUDGET | We didn’t really have a budget in mind, just 18 months worth of wages, which, with help from family, amounted to about £6000. It also meant we didn’t start married life in debt. Win!
THE VENUE | We had always known we wanted to get married by the sea and after doing a bit of research, we came across Durlston Castle, just outside of Swanage. We were smitten! The views from the Belvedere room are incredible in any weather.
We came across our reception venue by chance, after driving around the Purbecks on a couple of occasions trying to find some barns or hireable land. What we found was perfect for the vision we had, even if they were technically cow sheds.
THE DRESS & ACCESSORIES | The dress was made by our talented friend and bridesmaid Sarah and I customised my Pink Paradox shoes, taking inspiration from a beautiful designer range and 1920’s jewellery. I wanted to wear a selection of accessories from the people I love. The earrings, bracelets and necklace were from some of the most important women in my life.
FINDING THE DRESS | I actually only ended up going in one dress shop and loved the style of the first one I tried on. There were things I wanted to change, so I feel very lucky to have been able to pick and choose the elements I wanted to keep and adapt and work them into my lovely dress. I didn’t however expect lace and fabric shopping to be so stressful.
GROOM’S ATTIRE | Ben – I really liked the look of a mismatched suit combination but with the addition of the bright yellow bowtie/ties. I made the guys and my dad matching skateboard bearing cufflinks and changed into my mustard Vans for the evening celebrations.
THE READINGS & MUSIC | We had Ben’s Grampy as our celebrant. We wanted it to be personal and to have the freedom to change and adapt our vows and readings to reflect our relationship. We love that he did this for us and it made it all the more special.
I walked down the aisle to The Piano Guys version of a Thousand Years and we left to Power of Love – Huey Lewis and the News.
BEAUTIFUL BRIDESMAIDS | We had 3 fabulous bridesmaids who all wore different navy dresses. We wanted our maid of honour Jess to stand out in a longer dress and our lovely bridesmaids wore shorter, equally as pretty, knee length ones. It was really important to me that the girls were comfortable, so having different styles seemed like a perfect way to go.
THE FLOWERS | It just so happens that our maid of honour is a keen gardener and did a brilliant job of sorting the venue and bridesmaid flowers. My lovely friends helped me with my bouquet and all the hair pieces using dried British flowers. I love that I can now keep and display them.
THE CAKE | Being a cake decorator myself, it seemed only fitting that I made ours. We both designed the cake around our handmade invites and chose our favourite flavours, Ben’s mums chocolate banana, my mums yoghurt cake and a chocolate and salted caramel.
YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER | I can genuinely say we were both dreading having to be in front of a camera, but somehow our magical photographer managed to put us completely at ease. We could not be any happier with our beautiful pictures. They capture our day perfectly. She really is one in a million and the loveliest person inside and out.
THE DETAILS & DÉCOR | Where the heck do we start! We began with a couple of cow sheds and a field and ended up with our perfect wedding. Handmade details included – a million decorated jars and cans, 100 meters of bunting, pom-poms, photo booth props, hessian drapes, table clothes, laser cut food tokens, fire burners, light up B & T, fabric decorations, pallet candle holders, quiz cards and kids games, place names, home made jam favours, pallet guest book and various signage. Everything was made by ourselves and our fantastic friends and family. The venue took two days to assemble and 100% wouldn’t have been possible without everyone’s help.
THE HONEYMOON | We road tripped in Ben’s parents convertible Morris Minor to a beautiful little cottage in Mousehole, a cute little village close to lands end. Our first holiday was in Cornwall and is our favourite place to visit so it seemed the perfect destination.
MEMORABLE MOMENTS | Taking a step back and admiring our handy work in our sleep deprived state and our first dance as husband and wife to Kodaline, The One.
ADVICE FOR OTHER COUPLES | Do sweat the small stuff (but only the bits that matter to you)! Even though we were insanely tired, I am so proud of what we achieved. Work together, enjoy the planning and making and make sure to steal some special moments with just the two of you, the day will fly by!
CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE |
Photography | Naomi Jane Photography
Cake | The Diamond Baker
Food | The Gormet Grilled Cheese (Litterally the best toasties around)
Dried flowers | Daisy Shop
Chairs | Camelot Marquees
Band | Every Day Sunshine
Hire | Dorset Party Hire
I am in awe of all of the love and thought that went into this wedding.
Ben and Tash, many thanks to you both for sharing your joy filled nuptials with us xo Lou