I love this vintage sports wedding theme courtesy of this afternoon’s couple, it’s really unique and filled with personality.
WWW followers Katie and Oliver were married back in March at The Ashes in Staffordshire. They wrote their own vows in a personal ceremony and also each said a speech at the reception, these are most definitely the touches that really stand out for guests.
I adore the rustic feel to their day which was filled with tweed outfits for the gents, a majestic barn setting and pops of vibrant yellow. Not to mention a delicious looking cake, wild blooms and fun props. Didn’t Katie looked effortlessly beautiful in her Charlie Brear gown? Wow wee.
Red on Blonde Photography, thank you so much for providing these stunning photographs.
THE PROPOSAL | A cold wet windy afternoon walking in the peak district, not far from where we eventually got married. We’d been together for 10 years but the proposal really took me by surprise as it was such an awful day so I wasn’t expecting it!
THE VISION | We are both really sporty so we wanted aspects of this to feature in the wedding but were keen to ensure that it wasn’t tacky. Ollie actually suggested a vintage sport theme as we wanted our 1950’s bikes to come along for the day. We started to collect pieces of vintage sport equipment, including rackets and boxing gloves and it just evolved from there. We even ended up with a table tennis table, which seemed to go down very well with the guests in the evening!
THE PLANNING PROCESS | We were actually really organised at the start with sorting out the venue and the photographer. But then got a bit relaxed until panic mode set in with about three months to go! We wanted to try and do most things ourselves so we probably created more unnecessary stress but it was totally worth it as it made our day much more personal. We even dressed up one of our chickens in a tiny veil for the save the dates, which was a totally ridiculous idea that took far too long but we still look at that photo and laugh!
THE VENUE | The Ashes Wedding Venue, Endon, Staffordshire.
THE DRESS & ACCESSORIES | Charlie Brear ‘Peyton’ dress and Versailles lace top with a washed silk sash. My hair piece was a bespoke piece by Florrie and Eve – I sent them details of our flowers and they made an artificial head piece (you couldn’t tell that it wasn’t real!). My shoes were Mimosa in mint green by Rachel Simpson – I just loved the vintage feel and the colour perfectly matched the bridesmaid dresses. They were so comfortable too… even after all the dancing!
FINDING THE DRESS | This was so much fun and not stressful at all. My mum and I went to the White Closet in Didsbury just for an initial browse and I ended up only trying about three dresses before deciding on the ‘one’ during the next trip. I knew that I wanted something very simple and it needed to feature some lace, so Charlie Brear was the perfect choice. The White Closet ladies were amazing from the start and we had such a lovely time during the visits. I was sad not to have to go back again!
GROOM’S ATTIRE | Ollie wore a Harris tweed waistcoat and jacket from Next with chinos from Gap. He said early on he didn’t want to wear a morning suit and felt much more comfortable in a more relaxed outfit. He also had his late grandfathers pocket watch.
THE READINGS & MUSIC | Our good friend from Canada performed a reading of ‘A lovely love story’ by Edward Monkton and the registrar read a “Blue eyed devil’ by Lisa Kleypas. We didn’t want anything cheesy so these were perfect! A good friend played the piano during the ceremony which was really nice to walk down the aisle to – it got both Ollie and I quite emotional! Our evening band was ‘Gold’ who played a mix of soul and Brit rock and pop classics which suited us perfectly.
BEAUTIFUL BRIDESMAIDS | My bridesmaids reflected different parts of my life, with two of my school friends, a friend from University and also a friend from my time spent in Canada. I was keen to ensure that everyone liked the dresses and it was just luck that I ended up seeing some mint green dresses online (in the sale!) at BHS and just ordered four in their sizes – I couldn’t believe my luck that they all fit and looked great! My maid of honour ended up in a different dress as she was pregnant by the time the wedding came around but also managed to get a dress in a very similar style and colour, also from BHS!
THE FLOWERS | The bouquet and the main table decoration flowers were supplied by Parsley and Sage florists. We had planned to do all the flowers ourselves but with a couple of months to go I panicked and contacted the florist. We wanted very delicate spring flowers in a mix of spring colours and I was really happy with how it all came together. We spent months and months before the wedding saving jars and covering them in lace and hessian… but we were really pleased how it all looked! My mum and I spent the day before the wedding buying all the extra flowers for the venue (so much white gyp!) and planting tubs of spring flowers as we both really enjoy gardening and I found it a really nice way to relax. It was a really cold day but the bright yellow daffodils and primulas really stood out.
THE CAKE | At first we said we would save money and not have a cake but with two months to go my family talked us into it…. I went to meet Erica from Tickety Boo Cakes as we had seen some of her photos online. We went for a naked cake in three tiers consisting of lemon, chocolate and coconut and lime. Erica decorated it in our flowers. It looked and tasted amazing! We were so happy we opted for a cake in the end!
YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER | The wonderful Hannah and Toby of Red on Blonde – this was the biggest decision for us as we were pretty relaxed about other aspects of the wedding but knew that we needed to make sure we got a good photographer. It was easily the best decision we made. Right from the outset, they seemed to just ‘get’ us and knew exactly what we wanted (not too much posing!). They captured all the ‘natural’ moments from the day which also reflected our best memories.
THE DETAILS & DÉCOR | We wrote our own vows (separately) – we just agreed on a set number of lines to write. I was really nervous about this and how it would come across but we were so happy we did it. We (unintentionally) had most of the guests in tears… even though we tried to write a few funny parts in there (I vowed to learn how to load a dishwasher properly!). Ollie designed and made all of the stationery to fit in with our theme – including the invites (we made vintage sport tickets), place names and menus. We also made our own table plan out of two bicycle wheels that we painted and attached luggage tags to. The favours were all individual sports bets to tie into the theme. The sports equipment we had spent the year collecting were hung up and scattered all over the venue and it looked great!
THE HONEYMOON | We decided on two weeks of adventure in Costa Rica, including white water rafting, surfing, mountain biking and volcano trekking. With a little bit of relaxing at the end! It was fabulous and a great honeymoon destination for those looking for a mix of adventure and luxury.
MEMORABLE MOMENTS | My lovely flower girl Izzy deciding to ‘speak up’ when the registrar asked if anyone knew why we shouldn’t get married! My Nan sitting in her wheelchair and getting completely covered in confetti due to the prevailing high winds. My maid of honour giving the most incredible and hilarious speech… some guests commented she should have a career move into stand up comedy! The madness of the table tennis drinking games which at one point saw about 20 guests taking part!
ADVICE FOR OTHER COUPLES | Try to think of a theme or idea that you can both get passionate about. This really helped to focus our attention and keep us motivated to make things ourselves and stick at it. The sports theme meant that both of us could get involved in planning – as if it had been all flowers and pink Ollie would have taken more of a back seat! Also – give it a go to write your own vows… it really does feel much more personal. I also decided to give a speech and even through I was dreading it (and almost bottled it on the day!) I got through it was so happy I did… how often do you get all the people you love in one room so don’t just sit there and be a wallflower – have your say too!
CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE |
Photography | Red on Blonde Photography
Make Up | Doll Face Make Up
Dress | The White Closet
Florist | Parsley and Sage Florists
Cake | Tickety Boo Cakes
Ahhh so lovely and what fun everyone had.
Thanks so much to Katie and Oliver for sharing their wonderful wedding with us here at WWW xo Lou