WWW readers Liam and Vicky have written the sweetest wedding report for us today, with them both sharing all about their glorious wedding.
Liam and Vicky were married at the beginning of the year, and chose Southampton Registry Office for their ceremony and The Star Hotel to host their wedding reception.
They wanted to keep their wedding to a £3500 budget, homemaking much of their quirky vintage inspired day. I love the pops of red throughout and i have to mention those fab knitted cake toppers.
Vicky looked incredible in her tea length dress and chic beehive, while Liam looked dapper in his grey suit from Next. I so love the pretty bridesmaids, those red dresses and gypsophila bouquets look amazing together.
Thanks so much to the wonderful Hayley Savage Photography for sharing her photographs with us today.
The Proposal…. Vicky – When Liam suggested a picnic at our favourite spot in Royal Victoria Country Park on the coldest day in February I knew he was up to something. We sat and ate our sandwiches and cakes shivering under four blankets and when I asked Liam to pass me the cream soda he got up onto one knee and asked me to marry him instead.
Liam – That particular park means a lot to Vicky and I knew she would want this special moment to be somewhere she loved. I chose to propose in February because I knew we would be alone in the park and even though we were freezing cold it really was perfect.
The Vision for the day…. Vicky – We wanted our wedding day to be very intimate and small but also represent our personal style and love for vintage fashion, music and lifestyle. I had an idea of creating a wedding that really felt like a day from the 50s or 60s, a good old fashioned do with lots of beehives and petticoats.
Liam- Vicky’s quirky vintage style is one of the first things about her I fell in love with. She had such a vision about what she wanted our wedding to look like and I was very happy to let her run with it.
The Planning process…. Vicky – Although we had been engaged for two years we didn’t actually begin planning our wedding day until 12 weeks before! We had been talking about our big day for so long and one night in October we decided to just go for it. Myself and my sisters are very crafty and so I assigned everybody a job and spent all my spare time working on all the little details.
Liam – I think our friends and family thought we were a little crazy when we started planning our wedding with just a few months notice in the middle of winter but I had complete faith in my girl, she can do anything she puts her mind to. I think the wedding exceeded everyone’s expectations; so many married guests told us that they wish they had done it our way.
Budget…. Liam – All together our wedding came in for just under £3500, we really did want to prove that you could create your perfect day without breaking the bank or planning for years on end.
The Venue… Vicky – We held our ceremony in the beautiful Golden Jubilee Room at the Southampton Registry Office, it is certainly not your average registry office and our guests were blown away with how beautiful the ceremony looked. My Aunty actually found the hotel we held our reception in, it was absolutely perfect, right in the centre of town and beautifully old fashioned.
Liam – The staff at The Star Hotel worked so hard to create a warm atmosphere for our big day and we could not of been happier with it. We certainly did not want a chain hotel or your typical reception venue, we wanted a venue with personality and history. The Star was the perfect fit.
The Dress + Accessories… Vicky – I knew exactly the style of dress I wanted from the second we got engaged, I wanted it to be vintage style with lace and to be tea length because I am very short and didn’t want a dress that would overwhelm me. I am not your average size bride but my boy loves me just the way I am so I was not going to be shamed into starving myself to fit into a dress, I wanted a dress that would suit and flatter my curves .. I just wish my nana was alive to have seen me in it because she would have adored it. I am a royal wedding enthusiast so I was excited to find a tea length Kate Middleton inspired dress.
My beautiful Vivienne Westwood shoes were a gift from my sisters, I am not ashamed to say I cried when I opened up that box to unveil my dream shoes.
My veil was the last piece of the puzzle to fall into place. I had bought a very plain birdcage veil from ebay for £10 and my amazing wedding hairstylist Lisa (LadyB Event Hair Design) offered to customise it for me. Once she had worked her magic on my veil it was unrecognisable and I was over the moon to attach it to my beehive on our big day.
Liam – When I saw Vicky in her wedding dress coming down the aisle I was overcome with happiness, I have never seen a more beautiful bride.
Finding the dress…. Vicky – I found my dress about 2 months after we got engaged after collecting quite a few vintage dresses which just were not quite right. I was shocked to find my dress online from BHS labelled as a bridesmaids dress on sale for £60. When it arrived in the post it was even more beautiful than the picture online and it was exactly what I had been searching for.
Groom’s attire… Liam – I am a postman and I don’t really have many opportunities to wear formal clothes so I was excited to suit up for a day. I didn’t want to go for the whole ‘top hat and tails’ thing so I chose a really nice three piece heritage fabric grey tone suit from Next which I knew I would be able to wear again.
The Readings + Music…. Vicky – The music for the day was so important to us, we must of listed hundreds of songs as candidates for the ceremony but we were so pleased with the choices we eventually settled on. I walked down the aisle to ‘Today I Met The Boy I’m Gonna Marry’ by Darlene Love and we had ‘Be My Baby’ by The Ronettes play while we signed the register and my dad commented that me and my bridesmaids looked like a 60s girlband with our beehives. We needed to have a bit of The Beatles included at some point so we walked back down the aisle to ‘All You Need Is Love’.
Liam – When we met four years ago we frequented a club in Southampton where DJ Hammy was a resident dj and when we started planning the wedding we knew we had to try and get him on board. We gave him a playlist of a mix of motown, 60s, and indie music and he honoured tons of requests on the night. Our first dance was the elvis classic ‘Cant Help Falling In Love’ sung by Ingrid Michealson. As a surprise for my bride I requested First Love by The Maccabees as the last song of the night because it was the first song we ever danced to together. She loved it.
Beautiful bridesmaids… Vicky – I am the luckiest bride in the world to have chosen such amazing girls to be my bridesmaids. My two sisters, my best friend and my sister in law really were the most helpful and patient maids a girl could ask for. The dresses had to be patriotic red to match my lipstick and the hearts on my shoes and I think the bold colour really suited them. I wanted the girls to feel comfortable in their shoes so I allowed to pick their own and I think it gave them all the opportunity to be individual rather than look like carbon copies of each other. They all wore their own faux fur jackets over to the ceremony and back which I loved.
Liam – I have never seen beehives look as good as they did on my beautiful wife and her bridesmaids. Lisa Macbean really did such an amazing job taking on the beehive challenge.
The Flowers… Vicky – Our bouquets were created by the wonderful Siobhan at Florescence Floral Design who happens to be related to one of my bridesmaids. I was very specific about the bouquets and was certain about using Gypsophilia , it was so simple and the only modern aspect to the styling of the wedding which gave a nice contrast.
Liam – The day before our wedding my beautiful bride spent all day locked away in the reception room decorating and arranging the flowers for our guest tables. She used flowers bought from the market and arranged them in second hand mason jars along the tables, when I saw the finished result I was so proud her.
The Cake… Liam – the cake itself wasn’t overly important to us, we were certainly not willing to blow half our budget on a handmade masterpiece. We decided to go for a shop bought two tier white iced cake which cost us less than £40. It did the job for us.
Vicky – We wanted the main focus to be on the wonderful cake toppers. We asked my sisters very talented mother in law to make us a knitted bride and groom. We were so happy with how they turned out and how much they resembled us.
Your Photographer…. Vicky – The beautiful Hayley of Hayley Savage Photography is a close friend of my big sister and we never even considered another photographer when she offered to do our wedding for us. We bonded over our mutual love for pinterest and wedding inspiration blogs. Hayley felt more like a best friend on the day of the wedding than just someone there to photograph the important bits. She had such a vision for our bride and groom portraits and really did make our day so very special.
Liam – I cannot recommend Hayley enough, she made me and Vicky feel so comfortable on the day. I never imagined our wedding pictures would turn out as beautiful as they did.
The Details + Decor…. Vicky – Love is in the details. I am a very detail orientated person by nature and our wedding is a brilliant example of that. Almost all aspects of our wedding decor were lovingly handmade or kindly donated. Our bunting was hand sewn by my big sister, our table plan was painted by my little sister and all our garlands and signs were gifted to me from family. I spent the day before the wedding alone in the reception room setting up all the tables, hanging the bunting and assembling cake stands. My favourite aspect of the reception was the record player which we used for our meal music.
Liam – We put vickys little sister in charge of the guestbook and she came up with the amazing idea to have everybody write a small message or a piece of advice on individual cards and then seal the envelopes for her to put into a display book for us to keep. I loved all the little things that came together to create a really beautiful day.
The Honeymoon…. Vicky – After the wedding we both took two weeks off work and just had a home honeymoon with a surprise road trip back to Liams hometown in Wales.
Liam – I am planning a ‘proper’ honeymoon to Greece in the summer and then I am going to take Vicky to Paris for her birthday. Our ‘homeymoon’ was perfect but my girl deserves the world.
Memorable moments… Liam – My favourite moment of the day was seeing my bride for the first time walking down the aisle, I wish I could relive that moment again and again.
Vicky – Our ceremony really was amazing, we wrote our own vows and they were so perfect and emotional. I also loved having our bride and groom portraits taken outside the hotel on the high street, I was stopped several times to give out kisses to shoppers because it is apparently good luck to kiss a bride on her wedding day.
Advice for other couples… Vicky – Just do it your way, don’t let it stress you out and remember it’s all about you and your partner giving your lives to each other.
Liam – Take in every second because the day will go by so fast. Make sure you create a day that represents you both as a couple.
Credit where credit is due…
Reception Venue – http://www.thestar-southampton.co.uk/
Photographer – http://www.hayleysavagephotography.co.uk/
Flowers – Florescence Floral Design, Southampton
Brides Shoes – http://www.viviennewestwood.co.uk/
Wedding Inspiration – http://pinterest.com/victucker/wedding-inspiration/
Wedding DJ – http://www.djhammy.co.uk/
Ahhh i love this wedding, proof you don’t need to break the bank to have a perfect wedding. Thanks so much to Liam and Vicky for sharing their gorgeous day with us XOXO Lou