I do love a DIY wedding where loved ones come together to craft the perfect day for the happy couple. It just seems like the loveliest way to begin a marriage to me and creates such a personal celebration.
WWW readers Kirsty and Jack chose to marry on the 24th April 2016 at Moxhull Hall in the Midlands. They chose the venue after falling for it’s secret garden and chose to tie the knot outside. Next came the fresh and fun colour scheme, with details made in mint and pink, they really came to life. One of the biggest tasks was undertaken by bride Kirsty who made all of those fab fabric bouquets, it really helped them to achieve their £11, 000 budget too.
The bridesmaids looked amazing in their vibrant long flowing dresses and complimented Kirsty’s stunning lace gown just so. The whole bridal party looked utterly gorgeous.
Thanks so much to Helen Russell for sharing these sensational images today.
THE PROPOSAL | Jack proposed to me the morning of my birthday 2nd February 2012.
We were staying in a family run hotel in the middle of Chester. He gave me my birthday presents to open and after I had opened them he said there is one more you need to find, I found it hiding in a secret pocket of my rucksack, it was wrapped in around 6 layers of different paper. I opened the little box inside to find the engagement pandora charm, which is when he said will you marry me. I started to fill up and said yes and kissed him before I fully cried.
He then told me he wanted me to design my engagement ring so his step dad could make it for me. As I had always wanted something different with black diamonds.
The day I received my ring he got down on one knee and said will you marry me and placed it on my finger, I loved it straight away it is perfect.
THE VISION | Our vision to start with was to have a English tea party wedding in a converted barn, until we visited our wedding venue Moxhull Hall which is located in Sutton Coldfield, the drive into the hotel grounds just feels so romantic and magical you fall in love with the place before you walk into the hotel. The hotel is a beautiful red brick Victorian mansion set in 8 acres of stunning gardens. The hotel has been refurbished with contemporary décor throughout.
Moxhull have a secret garden which I fell in love with and said this is where I want to get married. So then our vision changed into having a rustic secret garden wedding.
THE PLANNING PROCESS | I’m very much a do it myself person, so I knew I wanted to make my own bouquet and my bridesmaids, this was also a way of keeping out budget down.
I’m a Pinterest addict, I love to search for new ideas and unusual ones, my planning started with making a Pinterest board, this is when I realised I was going to do almost everything for my wedding. Myself my mum, sister and a close family friend often had little get togethers to discuss what needed to be done and the things they needed to do. Jack bought me a organiser so I could jot everything down as he knows I like to make lists upon lists.
BUDGET | We had said we wanted to keep it to no more than £10,000 and we came in around £11,000 with our honeymoon.
THE VENUE | Moxhull Hall , in Sutton Coldfield.
THE DRESS & ACCESSORIES | My dress I fell in love with at the NEC wedding show, where I had taken along my school friend, Jack and his mom. I had tried on around 7 dresses all completely different as I wasn’t sure what I still wanted. I came across two dresses both by Ronald Joyce one was a sweet heart neck with flowing net and lace, and I the second was my dress beautiful lace and net dress with lots of sparkle, which I wouldn’t of thought I would have gone for until I tried it on and loved it. I sent Jack off shopping with my friend so I could show his mom before I bought it and we all loved it. I couldn’t wait to get back home and book in with the wedding dress shop to take my mum and show her. Luckily she liked it too. My dress is called Robyn.
On the day I wore a beautiful Swarovski bracket as my something borrowed from a close family friend.
My shoes where my something blue, they are Irregular Choice shoes called Washington.
My hair comb was from Debenhams.
GROOM’S ATTIRE | My groom wore a skinny navy textured suit from Next. And a pair of Grenson tan brogues. The groomsmen all wore navy suits from Dapper Dans suit hire.
All the men wore different superhero cufflinks with Jack wearing Lego wolverine cufflinks I had bought him. He also wore his wedding watch by Christopher ward.
THE READINGS & MUSIC | Our vows – Jack’s to Kirsty – ‘As this ring has no end, neither shall my love for you. I choose you to be my wife/husband this day and forevermore’.
Kirsty’s to Jack – ‘I pledge to you my love and trust. I promise to be ever honest and faithful to you and to share all that I am with you. You are my best friend and I will always be…’
Music – guests entrance. One Direction little things, Lifehouse you and me, Lady Antebellum just a kiss, Bruno Mars marry me.
Bridesmaid entrance. Hold on I’m coming. By Sam & Dave.
Brides entrance. Signed sealed delivered I’m yours by Stevie Wonder, Paloma Faith – crazy love.
BEAUTIFUL BRIDESMAIDS | I wanted my chief bridesmaid to be a different colour from my other girls. They all wore a Grecian style dress two in dusky pink and one is mint. My flower girl wore a dusky pink dress from Monsoon. I bought them little flower crowns from eBay for around £2 each.
THE FLOWERS | I started by choosing the colours I wanted and by following Pinterest tutorials on how to make fabric flowers. I brought wire and beads from hobby craft and found old metal buttons at vintage craft fairs.
I made the men’s button holes first making a cream flower with beads in the centre and two feathers behind and using keys I had brought from the NEC craft show for the stem of the flower.
I then moved on to make my 3 bridesmaid bouquets using a plastic cone from Hobby Craft as the base, which I was able to bundle my flowers up and place through the centre to make a bunch of flowers I used the metal buttons and beads in the centre of the flowers. Once I had the flowers how I wanted them I used green gardens sticky tape to secure them all together the used half of a fabric coat hanger to make the handle by slotting the wires inside and using hot glue gun to secure it. I sewed pearl beads all the way around the bouquets to finish them off.
I did the same to make my bouquet but instead of the pearl beads going all the way round I made them into a cascading effect and used chain in this way to and added little photo frames with 3 family members that couldn’t be with us.
THE CAKE | Our beautiful cake was made by a very talented friend called Terri, she doesn’t make cakes for a living just as a hobby but has been making us delicious cakes for a while now. We knew we wanted naked wedding cake as Jack doesn’t like icing and neither of us like fruit cake, plus it fitted in with our rustic theme. We spent two hours with Terri deciding on what flowers we wanted and how many layers of the cake we wanted. She made each icing flower from scratch just look how perfect they are and beautiful.
YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER | We found our photographer online when I searched for quirky wedding photos. Helen Russell is from Sunderland and even though it was 4 hour drive from us we really wanted Helen to be our photographer, we had looked at a lot of photographers but none seemed to have the natural look Helen had got with her photos. I was so excited to see our photos but nervous too as during our photos it had rained so I was worried she wouldn’t have got all the shots, but as soon as I saw them I cried they were all perfect and had that natural look that I wanted along with the quirkiness I like.
THE DETAILS & DÉCOR | Along with family and friends we had collected different sized jars to be our vases on our tables I decorated them with lace and hessian and added a bow to the front with little metal charms. Jack’s dad got our flowers for us for on our table, which myself, mum, sister and close family friend put them all together the night before the wedding in the hotel room at our venue, I had never seen so many flowers.
Our flower jars sat on top of tree trunk slabs which Jack’s dad had gotten for us and me and my dad sanded them down and treated them with a wood varnish.
I had made and cut out our place cards which were little birds sat on top of the wine glasses.
Our table plan I created with a wooden create I had bought from Sainsburys and used one of the spare flower crowns I had brought to hang the seating plan from.
Our guest book me and Jack made together using a frame we brought from Ikea and mount board from hobby craft I cut out heart shapes in different colour paper, for our guests to sign.
Where we held our ceremony we had paper pom poms hanging, which me and my sister made the morning of my wedding.
We also had big glass jars brought from Sainsburys, which I decorated with lace and ribbon with candles in.
The venue didn’t permit confetti and we fancied something rather different. As children we had played with foam aeroplanes so we decided to make these up and put them on our guests chairs to throw over us as we walked back down the aisle together.
THE HONEYMOON | We stayed at a beautiful 5* hotel in Protaras in Cyprus called the sun rise pearl.
We had a junior suit with a swim up pool to our room. We felt very spoilt as on the day we arrived we was greeted with a bottle of champagne a bunch of white roses, a big bowl of fruit and a lovely letter from the hotel.
We had perfect weather throughout our weeks stay and met some lovely people. Shame we had to come back home.
MEMORABLE MOMENTS | For me my most memorable moment was when our wedding planner brought my dad up to fetch me. My moms friend started to cry as he entered and saw me which started him off crying, I told them to stop it before I started and ruined my make up. This was a lovely moment spent with close family before I was walked down to marry my best friend.
Jack’s most memorable moment was turning around and seeing his beautiful wife to be walking down the aisle, as cheesy as it sounds it felt as time had slowed down. In that one moment of a head turn I knew the sleepless nights, arguments, balancing the budget and not making enough time for each other over the past months had all been worth it. And for a wedding sceptic groom to be it was all worth it, in the end anyway!
ADVICE FOR OTHER COUPLES | Our advice for anyone planning a wedding would be to do what you want not what others want. Don’t feel like you have to adhere to convention for the sake of it, nor bend to the will of family, after all it is your big day!
Research as many venues as you can, but be sensible and always keep your budget in mind. The venue we visited before Moxhull Hall was a beautiful converted barn but the price seemed extortionate for what it was. Plan and prioritise as things have a habit of creeping up with you.
As daunting as it sounds and as much as you’d like to sweep the receipts under the carpet, create a spreadsheet to track spending. It can be surprising how a brief trip to Hobbycraft can spiral into an expensive day out. Also ask friends and family for advice and support it can be surprising who can call in a favour from a florist, or cake maker. But importantly don’t feel obliged to take up any offers out of politeness. We found picking up bits and bobs along the way helped curb the spending, places like, Matalan, supermarkets, department stores after Christmas and sale events can be surprisingly good. And probably most importantly Ikea it’s surprising what gems can be found when you’re looking through your wedding perspective eyes.
Also Pinterest and Facebook wedding groups such as rock n roll bride can bring up some handy suggestions, if not just for inspiration or where there is discount to be had.
CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE |
Photography | Helen Russell
Wedding Cake | Terri Lynch
Hair | Sam Henderson
Wedding rings | Tiny – Regalia Jewellery
Dresses | The Bridal Rooms Halesowen
Men’s suits | Dapper Dans
Men’s shoes | Grenson
Bridal shoes | Irregular Choice
Ahhh, amazing. I so love that aeroplane confetti alternative too, so FUN.
Thanks so very much to Kirsty and Jack for sharing their super special story here today xo Lou