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The Bride Diaries. Amy’s Crafty Hand Sewn Vintage Wedding. The Reception.

Crafty Hand Sewn Vintage Wedding


It’s time for part 2 of Daniel and Amy’s wedding day. YAY.

Amy has to be one of the most crafty brides I have ever featured. A crafters dream day, with embroidered, cross stitched and hand sewn details galore. There was a marvellous chalkboard seating plan, reels of cotton, DIY blooms and craft paper stationery. The vegan cake table really was out of this world and there were sweet activities for the children.

Amy found her 1950s vintage wedding dress online which she teamed with mustard shoes and pretty twist hair style. While Daniel opted for a vintage style blue tweed suit from Topman. Oh my.

Thanks so much to Neil Jackson Photographic for providing the beautiful imagery.


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THE VENUE | After week of trawling websites for somewhere close to home and the right size, I stumbled across a real wedding at Victoria Hall in Saltaire. I’d been to vintage fairs at the hall and knew that it was stunning, so once I’d seen that it was available for hire for weddings I knew it was the one. We used the hall for both the ceremony and the celebrations afterwards, so it had the huge plus that guests who , like us, had small children didn’t have to ferry them between venues. It was also really important to us that we weren’t tied into in-house catering – we knew that we wanted to use a caterer who specialised in vegetarian food and would provide the type of food we love.


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BUDGET | We spent more than we’d intended to on the venue, but everything else was done relatively cheaply. We chose a caterer we were really excited about, but because we decided to go for a totally vegetarian menu even this was much cheaper than average.


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The Bride Diaries. Introducing Bride to Be Amy

Afternoon WWWers. This week I am thrilled to welcome Amy to the WWW real bride family :-)

Amy is tying the knot with Ashley in August next year. I am so excited to hear all about her planning over the next year. Read all about how they met, the proposal and the beginnings of their wedding planning…. XOXO Lou


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Why hello there lovely WWW readers, I must say I’m rather giddy at the thought I’m writing for one of my favourite wedding blogs (a Chandler-esque victory dance may have happened when I found out)! But I’m not going to lie, I am pooping myself a little knowing that my often incoherent ramblings are going to be read by so many people! Just stay cool Amy, no biggie. I’m so happy Lou chose me as one of the Real Bride gang, I now have an outlet for my constant wedding chat – something I’m sure best friend and maid of honour Fay will be very thankful for.

I honestly never imagined I’d be here doing something like this, I wasn’t the girl sat in her bedroom daydreaming of churches and tulle, but as soon as Ashley put that ring on my finger 10 months ago it’s been all I could think of (well, that and my obsession with finding the next great cake to bake – I will no doubt throw a few Great British Bake Off discussions your way, you have been warned).

So I guess it’s time to start at the beginning…….. way back in November 2011, there was a ruggedly handsome NHS professional called Ashley looking for a quick hook up (yep, one of those guys), he thought he’d try his luck in the online dating world. It turned out, he didn’t really have much luck, until one day he stumbled across the profile of socially awkward student Amy. He said ‘Hey, how you doing?’ (or something equally boring and uninspiring), normally Amy wouldn’t entertain such a lacklustre greeting, but the shallow minx in her urged her to respond.

Hardly the opener to a Mills and Boon, but riveting stuff nevertheless!


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The Bride Diaries. Introducing Bride to Be Holly

Firstly a HUGE thank you to all of you that applied to be a real blogging bride/groom for WWW. It was wonderful to hear from so many of you about your wedding plans :-) I wish I had space for you all to blog for me.

This afternoon I am introducing you to the first of 4 brand new blogging brides joining the WWW family. I love the story of how Holly met Jim and the proposal…. thank you so much Holly for sharing your wedding planning journey with us. I cannot wait to read all about your plans over the coming months XOXO Lou


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Let me start by saying this: I feel like the luckiest person in the world to have found such a perfect match as Jim. I wish you could all meet him. He really is one of the good ones. I’m sure we all feel the same way about our husbands-to-be but I do feel a little bit mean and selfish that I’ve bagsied him all to myself. Everyone should have a Jim.

I’ve been reading WWW ever since we got engaged (and probably a little bit before – sshh!), so I’m super excited to share our planning with you. Whenever I read WWW, it always makes me marvel at the wonder of what it means to get married. Each and every couple are unique and have their own style and character. It makes me realise that there are no ‘rights’ and ‘wrongs’ to getting married – as long as you have a certificate and a smile on your face at the end of the day, it’s gone perfectly.

Jim and I met about 6 ½ years ago, and although I don’t believe in love at first sight, he is the only man I’ve ever really fancied from the off. He was a tall, dark and handsome friend-of-a-friend who came in for a drink at the pub where I worked just as I was knocking off my shift. We got chatting and afterwards, when my friend asked if he could give Jim my number, I tried to play it cool and act all nonchalant… but then checked my phone as often as I could to see if he’d gotten in touch! Luckily for me, he did (I remember the text well: “Hi Holly. This is Jim, Sean’s friend. How are you?”), we went for a drink and the rest, as they say, is history.

We’ve just moved into a lovely little house in the midlands, with our cat called Mouse. Jim’s an avid volunteer for the National Trust and loves cycling to work. We’ve been known to run a marathon (or two!) together, which makes it sound like we’re quite sporty, but more often than not, you’ll actually find us slobbing out watching a good TV box set or letting our bums go numb at the theatre.




Jim proposed on my favourite day of the year: Boxing Day. Every year, all my Dad’s side of the family get together to go for a walk up a set of hills near us, followed by a hot meat sandwich in the pub afterwards and some party games and a buffet at someone’s house afterwards. The Clent Hills are just such a special place for me – it’s even where my parents got engaged!    (more…)

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The Bride Diaries. Katy’s DIY Wedding Invitations & Disney Hen Do

This week we have the lovely Katy here, sharing all about her ruddy well gorgeous DIY stationery, her fab Disney hen do and to do list. I love the extra celeb guests she has invited to their wedding :-) Oh and I am super jealous of her upcoming holiday, sounds divine. Thanks Katy XOXO Lou


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Firstly I have to apologise for being a rather slack real bride – turns out wedding planning is rather time consuming and I’ve struggled to find the time to actually write down what we’ve been up to! But on the other hand I’ll take this as a positive as it means we’ve actually been sorting lots of things out. And it’s about time too – we only have 6 weeks to go! How has it come around so fast?

I’ll save our crafting for the next post as it’s all still work in progress, but we have been making a lot of sloe gin, jam, pom poms, bunting, tin cans and much more. The one problem with having a shell of a marquee is you have to make sure there is plenty to fill it! We have ordered casks of beer from the local brewery on the farm next to where we are getting married, my Dad is slowly filling up their garage with alcohol, my Mum is deciding how to make the naked cake I’ve always wanted whilst not having to put it together herself on the morning of the wedding and I have been trawling through hair and make up quotes trying to find someone who will be right for our style whilst not charging more money then you could ever imagine!

I HAVE found time to go on my hen do, which was organised as a surprise and was absolutely perfect. My bridesmaids put it all together (extra shout out to Sally who did most of the organising) and we spent a fantastic weekend in a big house in Kingham in the Cotswolds. We had a pool and a steam room, cake, lots of prosecco, Disney fancy dress (they had told me to bring a costume), Mr & Mrs, wedding dresses made of tin foil, minnie ears for everyone, my Mum and her best friend performing the single ladies dance routine (sort of) dressed as Alice in Wonderland and Pocahontas (yes I do have it on video!) and so many more lovely things. It was amazing to be surrounded by so many people I love, I actually had the blues for quite a few days after. You only get one hen do and it’s the best, so anyone yet to go on one, make the most of it! I would love to do it all again every year.
Here’s a photo of us all in our Disney fancy dress (the minions thought they were Disney!)


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The Bride Diaries. Kate’s Invitations, Make Up Trial & Engagement Shoot

Afternoon lovelies. Kate is back this afternoon to keep us in her wedding planning loop. From the loveliest invitations, to the make up trial and engagement shoot, she has been super busy. Ohh and if you read on you may get a cheeky slip about a project I worked on last month ;-)) Thanks Kate XOXO Lou




Hiya, so again it has been a while since I have had the opportunity to write a bit about my bridal journey. I am currently taking a well-deserved break from the hell that is that otherwise known as the seating plan, I think I need to heed the advice of several other brides before me by grabbing a bottle of wine and taking the plunge ha, hence why I am leaving it until a more acceptable hour of the day before looking at it again.




I left you on tenterhooks last time with the promise of the big reveal of our invitations, I am pleased to announce that we had the assistance of the very lovely Karen at the original wedding tea towel in making our invitation dreams come true. Mr C was hesitant when I first thrust my free tea towel sample (complete with tandem bike image) upon him and may have taken a bit of a persuasion and a “fine you find something better” approach before he agreed but upon reflection he has admitted that they are pretty awesome, wahey high 5 to me. Karen was fabulous in her communication and even designed a RSVP card with menu choice and our evening invitations for us which we printed off at vista print. We had a great response to the towels, although many people have actually confided in us that they are reluctant to use them haha. Luckily we have a few spare so have doled some extras out. Also we have arranged to have one framed so that people can sign around the edge as a guest book as we aspire to having a downstairs loo one day so it will definitely have a home in the future.


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I had the pleasure of being a Bridesmaid for one of my closest friends and my future sister in law in June so have gleaned a lot of Bride tips from these two experiences, I love how in this digital age the photos from the day are available so soon afterwards as I have absolutely loved reliving the moments. The sun was shining on both days so here’s hoping that we are as fortunate with the weather on our day, but if not I have purchased a giant red heart-shaped umbrella so all will not be lost and the show will go on.


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