A Homemade, Pastel Coloured, Village Fete Wedding

Why hello there ;-) I am so pleased you popped by today for i have a crazy beautiful, funtastic wedding to share!!

Lyndsay and Matthew wanted a village fete feel to their day, with a homemade rustic vintage edge. This wedding has me in butterflies, from the Diana F cameras, to Lyndsay’s gorgeous tea length dress, the pastel balloons and the fun and games. This couple have thought of everything, elements to represent them and ways to have fun and make their wedding super pretty…. WOW!

Thanks so much to the fabulous UK based wedding photographer Sally T Photography, for sharing her images today, here is what she had to say about the day;

“I was OVER THE MOON when Matthew + Lynsey got in touch with me with their enquiry and told me about their day, i knew it’d be right up my street! They described a day of vintage/retro touches, sports day style games and lots of family and friends, but it surpassed what i was expecting. Matthew + Lynsey had thought and crafted every last detail as a real joint effort, including German market style cookie favours, heart shaped sugar cubes, instant film + typewriter guestbook and a sports day personalised trophy for the winner of the games! They were a fabulously cool couple who totally ‘get’ each other and i was thrilled to be a part of their wedding day. They even gave me a ‘construct your own’ pinhole camera to say thank-you! What more could i ask for!”


Names…. Lynsey McIntyre and Matthew Glover

Wedding Date…. 23 July 2011

The Proposal…. It was coming up to our ten year anniversary and Matthew suggested going to stay in Durham, the place we met when we were at university. On the day, we went for a walk around our old haunts and finished our trip at Trevelyan College – Matthew’s college where we had met at a college ‘bop’ exactly ten years earlier! Matthew had wanted to propose in the exact spot (on the dancefloor of the college bar!) but this was not possible so we went outside. He played Ricky Martin, ‘Livin’ la vida loca’ on his phone as this was the song that he’d asked the DJ to play the night we met and then he got down on one knee…

The Vision for the day…. We took inspiration from my friend Beth’s wedding whose relaxed, informal day with personal touches really stood out for us; we wanted a vintage, village- fête feel with a hint of tradition. The starting point for the whole day was the vintage tea party theme. We then started collecting tea cups from second hand shops, car boot sales and antiques fairs. We were clear that we wanted to keep the stress and budget to a minimum. We decided that we didn’t want a seating plan and guests were able to choose their seats on the long tables, which added to the relaxed feel.

The Planning process…. We really enjoyed the planning of the wedding as we had a clear vision of the day and we worked really well as a team, bouncing ideas off each other :-) I also enjoyed working with all our suppliers to create our perfect day.
We found great inspiration from all the Wedding blogs where we saw lots of pictures and people with similar ideas to us. Our tea/garden party gave the theme for the day and then we set about thinking of the little touches that made the day even more special.

The Venue… Durham has always been a special place for us and we couldn’t think of anywhere else that we wanted to get married. We had the ceremony at Durham Register Office with the ‘party’ at St Mary’s College – which was my college! The college was absolutely fantastic – so flexible with our requests and the staff really got into the celebration and made for a really special occasion. The college has lovely grounds to host our garden party and befitting dining hall for our indoor events, not to mention an amazing view of Durham Cathedral.

The Dress + Accessories…. I knew I wanted to be understated and definitely wanted to wear a short dress. I chose a 50s inspired dress that worked perfectly for the garden party theme and meant that I could take part in the games! I found a dress online as an inspiration however, as I didn’t want to buy it from a website, I set about finding a local dressmaker…. I had thought of having a coloured dress initially but then I chose to have a splash of colour in my hair. I worked with a fabulous local designer, Katy Howieson from What Katy did next. Katy created my fantastic completely bespoke candy-coloured headpiece with pink netting to add a vintage feel. Katy worked from a picture of larkspur that I had found and matched the colours perfectly. She was so enthusiastic about sourcing the right material for the particular piece.

Finding the dress….I was nervous about going into bridal shops and I only tried on two traditional bridal dresses before realising that it was not the style for me! When my friend Beth and Auntie Ann both found a local dressmaker, Kathryn Trueman, who sells and creates beautiful bespoke bridal and occasion wear dresses I knew that she was the one to make mine! Kathryn understood the style perfectly and adapted an existing bridesmaids dress pattern into a special bride’s dress, with vintage-style lace, sweetheart neckline and scalloped edge. She also added a pale pink net underskirt to complement my hairpiece and wildflower bouquet.

Groom’s attire… Finding Matthew’s and his best man’s suit was very easy – we found them in the second shop that we went into! Finding the white shirt for Matthew proved not so easy… we finally found a slim-fit white shirt with textured collar and cuffs in River Island! Matthew looked very handsome in his skinny, matt grey suit and stripy, skinny tie from Thomas Pink.

The Readings + Music…. We are massive fans of the American band Bright Eyes and each of our important songs reflected this: we chose two Bright Eyes instrumental songs for our entrance and exit song as well as one of our favourite songs (‘Coyote Song’) for signing the register. Our first dance, ‘First Day of My Life’, was the very first song we ever heard from the band and also fit the day lyrically. We even had our Ricky Martin song as our last dance of the night. We chose to have a 50s style jukebox for our evening music – we felt that this would reflect the day better and be more informal. In our invitations, we asked guests to provide us with their favourite song so that we could have it available to play on the day.

Beautiful bridesmaids….. My sister, Carrie, was my beautiful bridesmaid. We wanted a 50s dress for her too and this proved quite tricky to find! When she stumbled across a Vivien of Holloway dress online, I knew that we had to have one for her! But tracking one down in the right colours was a task… We finally got sorted with a floral circle dress in Chantilly White with a peach petticoat from the Vivien of Holloway shop in London. What Katy Did Next also created bespoke peach and cream pompom flowers as Carrie’s hair accessories.

The Flowers… We both wanted informal arrangements, displayed in vintage jugs as our wedding flowers. We collected around 95 vintage floral jugs of varying sizes to showcase our arrangements. Together with our local florist we worked on the theme of traditional pastel-coloured English country flowers including pale pink peonies, love in the mist, lisanthium and sweet peas filled out with gypsophelia to create the look. We set the flowers up in the jugs the day before the wedding and I picked out a few of the flowers to create mine and Carrie’s bouquets for the day. I knew that I wanted a very informal bouquet and I was so happy with the end result!

The Cake… A few years ago, I got a wedding card for a friend which had an amazing wonky 4-tier pastel coloured cake. I always loved this cake but I had never thought that it would be the inspiration for our wedding cake! For my sister’s wedding, her friend had made her an amazing cake and she was delighted with the task of making ours based on the wedding card. We were amazed with the end result! What Katy Did Next also made the fantastic ‘lovebird’ cake toppers that matched perfectly.

Your Photographer…. Photographs are very important to us – I have always loved taking photos of everything and Matthew is a keen photographer. We were unsure at the start about who to use as our professional photographer as we wanted our pictures to complement the relaxed, vintage nature of the day. We are grateful to Matthew’s sister, Lynsey, who spotted the very talented Sally from Sally Thurrell Photography via What Katy Did Next’s blog. Sally loves the same vintage style photography as us and created amazing detail and reportage photos which perfectly captured the feel of the day. We had met before the day and she did a fantastic engagement shoot with lots of creative shots. Sally was really great, a true professional, and from our first discussions she really understood our style and the look we were going for. We could not have asked for a better person to capture our every detail and to provide us with fantastic shots to help us remember our day.

The Details + Decor…. Homemade touches. We had a creative theme to the day with lots of homemade, handmade touches by ourselves and our families. My mam and auntie helped us to collect our amazing sets of tea cups and vintage crockery and enough jam jars to house the candles. Both of our mums have recently completed art degrees and we used their skills and talents to create the look: Matthew’s mum made the amazing bunting that just fit perfectly with the village-fête theme and our venue. My mam’s rose painting from my 30th birthday card provided the inspiration for our Save the date cards. She also created a beautiful painting, using the language of flowers, for our invitations. I love having the opportunity to be creative and knew that I wanted to make as many things as possible ourselves for the day! We created our Save the dates using brown paper luggage tags and for our invitations we used brown cards to give a postcard feel. We had a rustic thread literally running through the day: the same ball of garden twine. We used this to tie around the jars we collected as candle holders; to hang our cookies and photos from; and to bind together our invitations, bouquets and buttonholes.

Personal touches. I studied German at university and really wanted to incorporate this into the day. I had the idea to have German style ‘Lebkuchenherzen’ (gingerbread hearts) which are usually hung at Christmas Markets. We were not able to source the real thing, but we asked Millie’s Cookies if they could create something similar and they were fantastic in baking bespoke cookies, complete with multicoloured-icing and German words – ‘Liebe’ and ‘Glück’ (love and happiness). We used different coloured ribbon to hang these from our sting to give an authentic feel. To add another rustic touch, we created some wooden signs using a piece of fence that we got for 50p! We cut it up and painted signs for ‘Mr +Mrs’, ‘Just married’ and ‘Thank you’. I had seen an arrow sign with the word ‘Wedding’ and the German translation ‘Hochzeit’ on one of the blogs and I created my own sign to put up in the main entrance. We also managed to get in Matthew’s love of birds and fish! We had some bird candles scattered around the room and Katy’s ‘lovebird’ cake toppers. We also had some fish sugar shapes intermingled with the heart-shaped ones for the tea party.

Afternoon fun. Matthew’s best man and girlfriend, Dan and Sandra, organised a fantastic school-day games for the afternoon! Guests really got stuck into the egg and spoon, three-legged and sack races and tug of war which really brought everyone of all ages together.

Cameras. We have always loved taking photos and we have just recently got into the lomography and vintage styles. We had a collection of our own cameras available on the day to give different perspectives and styles of photos. I wore my retro mint-green Diana F+ to give a bride’s point of view :-) Using another Diana F+ with an instant back, guests were able to take polaroids of themselves in the ‘Moustache booth’, using different moustaches we had created. This produced some hilarious results and really got people talking! We had also set up a vintage typewriter as a twist on the traditional guest book where guests could type up a message for us! Guests then pegged this, together with the moustache polaroid, for all to see, In the run up to the day, we also bought an old super 8 cine camera for a real vintage feel. As a practice, we had created a short video showing us in special places around Durham. This video had worked so well, and it actually fitted perfectly time-wise with the song we chose, that we decided to show it during our first dance.
It was great fun collecting all the bits and pieces for our wedding! We are now planning a new venture to keep our toes in the wonderful creative world of weddings and tea parties by hiring out our tea sets and other paraphernalia!

The Honeymoon…. We had a couple of days in between to come back down to earth and then we flew to Dubrovnik, Croatia for ten nights to soak up the amazing history and culture (and local beer!) of the beautifully unspoilt city.

Memorable moments… When the sun came out to show just in time for the garden party and getting to the end of the day, knowing that everyone had left with a smile on their faces and that all our hard work and effort was well worth it. We were so relaxed all day, we enjoyed it as much as the guests. It was perfect.

Advice for other couples… Don’t be afraid to break from tradition and have fun!

Credit where credit’s due….

Photograher: Sally Thurrell Photography http://stp-blog.com/
Venue: Durham Register Office and St Mary’s College, Durham www.dur.ac.uk/st-marys.college organised by Event Durham www.dur.ac.uk/event.durham
Dress: Kathryn S Trueman Bridal, Morpeth www.kathrynstrueman.co.uk
Accessories: What Katy Did Next katyhowieson.blogspot.com
Shoes: Debenhams
Groom’s outfit: Suit: Marks and Spencer; shoes: Office; shirt: River Island; Tie: Thomas Pink
Bridesmaid: Vivien of Holloway www.vivienofholloway.com
Flowers: Flower Design Ltd, Whickham, Gateshead
Cake: Emma Goldsmith
Cookies: Millies Cookies, Gateshead
Cine film: developed and processed to DVD by www.bluecinetech.co.uk

Thanks so much to Lyndsey and Matthew for sharing their fab fab fab wedding with us today :-) How many brilliant ideas are there in there? ;-) xoxo

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