An Opulent, Powder Blue, DIY Wedding

Hey there {www}ers, welcome to a shiney new week full of gorgeousness coming your way :-)

Today i am starting off with a beautiful, opulent hand made wedding on a budget of £6000, which you would never have guessed.

Tina and John were married in The Sun Hotel in Hitchin, Hertfordshire on that very hot October weekend of last year, Tina looks amazing in her pale blue Ian Stuart number. Tina crafted many elements to their day, including the broach bouquet, the heart felt favours and the centrepieces… wow she is a girl after my own heart ;-)

Thanks so much to the amazing CTI Photography for sharing her images with us today, here is what she had to say about the day;

“I was very excited about photographing Tina and John’s wedding. Tina had told me she was going to have a DIY vintage theme and make all the details herself. She had handmade the centrepieces, decorations, favours, and even the vintage brooch bouquets and cake-topper. She is such a talented lady; I was really blown away by how good they all were.

Their wedding day fell on one of the hottest days of the year when we had the unexpected Indian summer at the beginning of October. Despite the heat, it was clear that the couple and their loved ones had such a fantastic day, and it was truly a very special wedding to be a part of and one of my favourites that I had photographed that year.”



Names…. Tina & John

Wedding Date….  01.10.11

The Proposal…. John proposed to me Christmas Day Morning 2009. We had just woken up and I thought he had hidden a present under the bed but it was the engagement ring and he got on one knee.

The Vision for the day…. To start with we wanted the big fairy tale wedding but as we already had an 18 month old baby and another on the way we realised it would take us years to save. So we decided that it was about us getting married and not how much we spent.

The Planning process…. We decided on a Vintage Theme and I planned to make as many things myself, being a mum who loves to create I Knew I could keep the cost down this way

Budget…. we had a £6000 budget

The Venue… The venue was The Sun Hotel in Hitchin Hertfordshire

The Dress + Accessories…..  I was very lucky to have two gowns. My main daytime gown was an Ian Stuart design it was an unusual choice being Aqua ivory in colour but I knew I wanted to be different and when I tried it on I knew it was the one and brought it on the spot, it was my dream dress. The second was from phoenix Gowns it was a 50’s style tea dress which I paired with a lace shrug from monsoon. It was a godsend as we had 30 degree heat for our October wedding> so it was nice to change into something shorter in the evening. I also crystalized my shoes myself it took three hours for each heel but it was worth the time as I was so pleased with them. They thing I was most excited about was my bouquet which I made myself using vintage brooches which I collected I surrounded them by roses and used an antique Lace collar as a frill and on the handle I added my Nana’s wedding ring as my something borrowed and my children’s hand and footprint cast into silver. I enjoyed making it so much I am launching my own business making them called The Haberdashery Bride. In my hair I had a headband made by Treasured Vintage using a Sarah Coventry brooch to compliment my Bouquet.

Finding the dress…. I found main dress at a Champagne and Chocolate event laid on by Expression’s Bridal in Hitchin I choose this Event as I wanted an Ian Stuart dress and I knew the main fashion show was his creations.

Groom’s attire… John wore a grey tails suit hired form Expressions in Hitchin and I had a waistcoat, tie and hand kerchief made by Ian Stuart to match my dress exactly.

The Readings + Music….  We didn’t have any readings as I was so nervous I wanted to keep the Ceremony quite short. I walked down the aisle to the Piano version of Avril Lavigne  “When Your Gone” this is a song very close to both our hearts and we excited to The Carpenters we’ve only just begun as the words where just perfect.

Beautiful bridesmaids….. I had one Flower Girl John’s niece Caitlin who was 4 and my best friend Katie as Matron of Honour.  Katie wore a silver gown from Ann Bridal in Stevenage and Caitlin Wore a dress from Bhs. I had a special bunny made for Caitlin to carry down the aisle which I gave to her as I arrived so she would have something to distract from all the people. I also had 3 page boys my two sons Finley 3 and Riley 18 months and Johns Nephew Lewis

The Flowers… We decided to not have many fresh flowers to keep costs down so I had 3 enamel jugs and a large table centre piece made by country gardens in Hitchin. I chose a light Blue Hydrangeas’ and country flowers to compliment my theme.

The Cake… The Cake was made by The Stevenage Cupcake Company. We chose a cupcake tower with a sponge cutting cake. Amanda did an amazing job putting little buttons and Cameo’s on the top of each cupcake and decorating it in duck egg blue icing. I made the cake topper myself from Vintage brooches to match my Bouquet.

Your Photographer…. I was recommended Clare from CTI Photography from a friend who had used her for their wedding. She was so professional from the start and visited me in my home to discuss what we wanted. On the day she did an amazing job and really went the Extra mile even staying later than expected to get shots of me in my evening dress. When I received the Final photo’s I was over the moon. I couldn’t recommend Clare enough I can honestly say I have made a new friend.

The Details + Decor…. I tried to make as many details myself to keep cost down. I made all the Ladies little felt hearts with the details of our wedding on and children’s favour bags myself and for the men we gave them Lottery tickets which I had wallets made for from BY Handmade to compliment the hearts. I decorated the centrepieces myself and added fairy lights so we could light them up at night. We also had a beautiful wishing tree which I decorated and attached lights to light it up at night.

The Honeymoon…. We went to the New Forrest for 3 days to a family friends Holiday home which was lovely but very strange without our boys. But as gifts we asked for Thomas cook vouchers so we will be taking a holiday this year as a family.

Memorable moments… The most memorable moment was arriving into Hitchin town Centre and everyone looking into the beautiful Bentley it really made me feel special

Advice for other couples… take it all in as it goes amazingly fast.

Credit where credit’s due…

The Haberdashery Bride
CTI Photography
The Stevenage Cupcake Company
By Handmade
Treasured Vintage


Thanks so much to Tina & John for sharing their beautiful day with us today… funilly enough whist writing this up i realised their wedding was just down the road from me… it’s so lovely to see a Hertfordshire wedding on the blog so thank you!! xoxo Lou

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