The sweetest day for you today dear WWW readers. Think blousy coral Peonies, a garden setting and lots of lovely DIY touches.
WWW readers Alex and Richard were married on the 9th July 2016 at Oxford Town Hall, followed by a reception in the gardens at The Fishes in Oxfordshire. The pub venue was really special and with the rustic tipi available the couple made full use of the wonderful location. They crafted up a storm and created pretty floral stationery, spray painted tin cans for blooms and paper tassels to name a few. It all looked just perfect.
Alex chose to wear a lace and tulle gown with long veil and the most gorgeous Peony bouquet. Richard meanwhile opted for a blue wool suit and blush tie. Didn’t they look amazing? Other touches to look out for include the ‘pimp your prosecco’ station and the glorious naked cake, pretty cool right?
Thanks so much to Eva Photography for sharing these wonderful images.
THE PROPOSAL | 21st December 2015 in York.
Richard drinks a lot of tea and I have been known to, in the past, make cups of tea forgetting to boil the kettle (don’t ask!) and I remember him once saying when I made the perfect brew he knew I’d make the perfect wife – cheese!
We went to York for a couple of days before Christmas and after a very wet day exploring the city, we went back to our hotel before going out in the evening and I made us a cuppa to warm up… apparently it was ‘perfect’ (yeah right… UHT milk?!) and he turned around with a ring in his hand and asked me to marry him!
THE VISION | We wanted a small, relaxed and fun celebration with all our friends and family in one place.
BUDGET | We didn’t want to or have the national average to spend so we kept things low key, we also did lots of DIY which saved us a lot of money, we think it also made the day feel more individual and personalised to us.
THE PLANNING PROCESS | We didn’t want a long engagement, we knew we wanted to get married and we didn’t want to spend lots of money so why wait!
One of the first thing I did after we got engaged was go to a wedding fair with two of my besties and the majority of the suppliers made me feel really nervous that we wanted to get married that summer, this made me even more determined!
We settled on the date and venue pretty quickly and then we could relax while planning all the little details. I spent the majority of my evenings on the sofa pinning away on Pinterest and my lunch breaks at my desk obsessively reading wedding blogs.
THE VENUE | Richard and I decided we’d like to have our reception in a pub garden and one of our favourite pubs is the Fishes, North Hinksey, a village just outside of Oxford city centre. They have a beautiful garden that goes down to the river and throughout the summer months they have a tipi available for hire – it was perfect for us! They had one Saturday left that summer so we booked it hoping that we could find somewhere to marry us that day.
Our first choice was the beautiful Oxford Town Hall which is just 2 miles down the road in the city and fortunately they had availability that same day, it was fate! They have a number of different room options but had recently had a new room licensed, the old court room which was just the right size for our guest list. I wasn’t keen on it at first as it wasn’t a conventional layout (no central aisle) but Richard loved how quirky it was so we went for it. On the day it was perfect, there is seating on three sides of the room (as well as a balcony overlooking the room) so we were quite literally surrounded by our friends and family while we tied the knot.
THE DRESS & ACCESSORIES | My dress was from Proposals, a local shop in Witney. It was by White Rose.
I wore Vivienne Westwood Lady Dragon Heart shoes which I absolutely adored, they were so comfy and smelled delicious too!
My pearl drop earrings were my something borrowed and a vintage freshwater pearl bracelet, which I found on Etsy and a friend restrung it to fit, which was my something old.
FINDING THE DRESS | I didn’t think I wanted a ‘wedding’ dress but I thought I should at least go and try some on in a bridal shop. I went to Proposals with my mum and sisters during their New Year sample sale and I fell in love with the second dress I tried on. It totally wasn’t what I was looking for but I didn’t sleep much at all the night after I found it so I knew it was the one!
GROOM’S ATTIRE | Richard wore a 3 piece navy wool blend suit from Next. He wore Kurt Geiger tan lace up shoes and a peachy coloured tie, which we found on ASOS.
THE READINGS & MUSIC | I walked in to the intro of Old Pine by Ben Howard. We had Tenerife Sea, Ed Sheeran and Crazy in Love, Daniela Andrade playing while we were signing the register and we walked out to Imagine Dragon’s On Top Of The World.
We had two readings, ‘He’s not perfect’ by Bob Marley read by my now sister in law Kayleigh and one of my best friends Kelly read ‘A Lovely Love Story’ by Edward Monkton.
BEAUTIFUL BRIDESMAIDS | I had my two beautiful sisters, Rosie and Maddy. They both wore gorgeous nudey/peachy dresses which we found on ASOS. I won’t tell you about the drama of Rosie leaving her dress in London the day before the wedding, thankfully I didn’t know about this until a week later!
THE FLOWERS | I found Flowers by Kirsty at the one and only wedding fair I went to. Kirsty was brilliant, I knew exactly what I wanted for my sisters bouquets and buttonholes but I was so undecided about my bouquet, I had too many ideas that I loved. I created a Pinterest board and let her do her own thing, I don’t regret that at all, my bouquet was simply stunning and such a lovely surprise on the wedding day morning.
A family friend who is also amazing with flowers very kindly did our table flowers for the reception, they were beautiful and I loved that we could give friends and family some lovely flowers to take away at the end of the night.
THE CAKE | When I told my sister Rosie that we were getting married the first thing she said was ‘can I make your cake?’ She’s a fab baker but had never made a wedding cake. I hate to think how many hours she spent trialling different madeira sponge recipes but it was worth it, it was beautiful and so tasty!
YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER | I actually found Eva through a sponsored Facebook ad and she was fab! Neither of us are the biggest fan of being in front of the camera (I’m normally behind it) but she made us feel so comfortable and we absolutely adore the images she took for us.
THE DETAILS & DÉCOR | There were lots of decorative touches I wanted to include so I started early, this gave me lots of time but also meant we had boxes and boxes of ‘wedding stuff’ gathering in the house!
I spray painted tons of tin cans gold for our table flowers and wrapped them with raffia. These were on the tables along with gold mercury tea light holders.
For our name places we had photo booth props with people’s names on them – lips for the ladies and moustaches for the men. We had a selfie stick on each table and asked people to upload their photos to our album on the WedPics app – people seemed to love the selfie sticks and we got so many great images from our guests.
Richard made our guest board heart and various signs out of old pallets.
I spent many an evening (on my own, with friends, with family) making tissue paper tassels and fluffing pompoms that we got from eBay. In the tipi we had paper lanterns hanging from the beams, which we added little LED lights to, which looked lovely when it got darker.
One of my best friends is a graphic designer, she helped me with the invitations making sure they were ready to be printed. I then created an order of the day/service sheet for the ceremony and various signs for the reception in a similar style. I used a pretty flowery/tipi graphics set from Etsy, which was great value for money. I also used this for the table plan which I attached to an old painted ladder – it was fairly breezy day so in hindsight something sturdier might have been better!
My favourite decorations (and a last minute decision) were the three 3ft balloons I ordered from my colleague Rich who also has a balloon business.
THE HONEYMOON | We mini-mooned in the cutest shepherds hut in West Sussex, near our favourite UK beach, West Wittering. We honeymooned 4 months later in the Philippines, we had an amazing time.
MEMORABLE MOMENTS | Oh… so hard to pin point particular moments, they all were so amazing!
Having ALL our friends and family in one place, this doesn’t happen very often.
The speeches. My mum’s speech was lovely, no surprises that she made me cry! Richard had two best men and they entwined their speeches with various stories about growing up with him, it was hilarious and rather eye opening to lots of our guests!
Dancing the night away, the pub got a late license for us and we danced until 2am. It got very messy but it was such good fun!
Pulling into Hobby Craft car park on the way to the ceremony to buy some superglue as mum’s corsage had started to come away slightly was pretty hilarious… I got some funny looks sitting in the car waiting ;-)
ADVICE FOR OTHER COUPLES | Quite simply, it’s your day – do what you want!
CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE |
Photography | Eva Photography
Ceremony Venue | Oxford Town Hall
Reception Venue | The Fishes
Flowers | Flowers by Kirsty
Dress | Proposals, Witney
Bridesmaids Dresses | ASOS
Groom’s suit | Next
Rings | Etsy
Balloons | Balloontastic
How very lovely.
Thanks so much to Alex and Richard for sharing their darling celebration on WWW xo Lou