All the vintage 1970s wedding vibes today you guys! We are joined by Jamie and Emma today who are sharing their totally eclectic wedding celebration with us, held at Bert’s Barrow in North Yorkshire on the 27th July 2019. YES!
It’s seems as though there has been a bit of a revival in 70s style and fashion lately and so Jamie and Emma’s day is hitting all the boho trends. Macrame, wildflowers and cool attire all feature. Talking of clothes, how beautiful is Emma’s original vintage 1970s wedding dress? She teamed her gown with a perfectly bohemian flower crown and the most pretty bouquet ever. Jamie meanwhile was suited and booted in a cool check suit and bow tie combo, very stylish.
Let me finally speak about how beautifully the barn was decorated, eclectic wedding heaven! Think lanterns, homemade rag bunting, fairy lights, peg place names, super gorgeous bundt cake and flowers to name just a few. It certainly made me gasp with delight.
Paul and Tim Photographers I cannot thank you enough for sharing with us these totally epic images today.
Jamie proposed on Christmas day 2003.
It took us a long time to get married as we had our family in between and could never afford it. We decided that after being together 25 years in May 2019 and me about to turn 40 that we would set the date. We always wanted our wedding to be very stripped back and relaxed with only closest family members and friends. We didn’t really have a theme because we wanted it to be quite eclectic with everything we liked coming together. We did know however that we wanted it to be a fit wedding using local producers and suppliers and people we knew. We thought maybe we’d like a folk theme seeing as we were both born in the late 70s.
Food was always going to be a big part of our day, we knew we wanted a sharing feast as this was very interactive bringing people together and making people have conversations that wouldn’t necessarily speak and this worked wonders. We chose baba ganoush who did an awesome job at making us a bespoke menu of Moroccan platters that we enjoy so much.
The Planning Process
We had 18 months from booking our wedding until the big day. We never had a set plan in place so went with the flow of where the months took us really, grabbing a few minutes when we could in between working 6/7 days a week which did prove difficult at times to make things like pom poms, bunting, signs, photo screen and lawn games. We organised transport from a company in Barnsley called VW big day for a split screen camper van. Food by baba ganoush, evening food was from a company called holy crab in Manchester who do awesome crab sandwiches, smoked fish rolls, oysters and anything fish basically.
Bert’s Barrow, Austfield Farm in Monk Fryston. We chose this venue not only because of the rural back to basics feel that it has it was also close to home but far enough away and guests could still get there easily enough. Charlotte and Jason are also friends of ours as we have catered for weddings there ourselves through our business and loved the barn setting.
Hair was done by my cousin Teresa from Styles in Castleford, make up was done by Noami Frazer who is based in Baildon Leeds.
Your Outfits & Accessories
My wedding dress was an original 1970s dress from a San Francisco designer Gunne Sax which I purchased from Glory Days in York and was me to a tee. My shoes were Marks and Spencer’s.
Jamie wore a River Island suit and shoes.
The best man Glen and groomsmen which included our son Noah wore suits also from River Island.
Our adult bridesmaids which were my sister Eleanor and couisin Faye wore ASOS dresses but weren’t matching as they have completely different body shapes and wanted their dresses to compliment them and not feel awkward in something they wouldn’t want to wear. Their shoes were from Primark.
The younger bridesmaids were our daughters Ruby and Florence and they had dresses from Monsoon one blue and the other in yellow, sandals were Matalan.
The Readings & Music
I walked down the aisle to At Last by Etta James as we’d waited all those years to finally be married, we signed the register to Heart Beats by Jose Gonzalez.
And once we were married walked back down the aisle to Sweet Disposition by The Temper Trap. My sister Eleanor read the Owl and the Pussy Cat by Edward Lear which has always been my favourite poem from being a child.
Our bouquets, headdresses, buttonholes were done by Emily at Blossom in Ackworth. I wanted something that reminded of my childhood and being surrounded by flowers in my grandparents garden, the flowers Emily could get at that time of year was the closest to those as could be. I did the table flowers myself and reused pickle jars from work to put mixed hydrangeas in which were a flower that my grandmas neighbour grew in her garden and also remind me of childhood.
The awesome Paul and Tim Photographers.
The Details & Décor
We tie dyed lots of fabric in different colours to put on the hay bales that the guests sat on during the ceremony. Pom poms were threaded onto string to make garlands around the barn. We had macrame plant hangers at the back of the top table that my mum made.
We made bamboo structures that went over the tables with Chinese lanterns hanging to create interest whilst dining. We also used all our children’s clothing from when they were little to make rag bunting that hung in rows on the barn ceiling which made it feel cosy and anything that brought the 70s vibe together.
I made the cake myself in our bakery Bake My Day in Castleford. Even though I own a bakery and bake every single day we’re not really cake people ourselves so knew we wanted a simple but beautiful cake for photographic purposes so we opted for a 3 tier bundt cake in carrot cake, coconut and lime and chocolate.
We went to Venice for a 3 night stay.
I remember just after we’d got married going into the next room for some photos and looking around and thinking we did that as it looked so nice, it made me feel very proud that we achieved so much with he help of our loved ones.
Advice For Other Couples
Follow your heart and try not to stress about anything as it will come together in the end and no one will ever know whether that extra something was there or not. Don’t throw money at the not so important things as they really aren’t necessary, your guests aren’t there for that they’re there for you and that’s all that matters.
Credit Where Credit Is Due
Paul and Tim Photographers
Baba Ganoush Dining
Glory Days York
Doesn’t this wedding just ooze cool indie vibes?!
Jamie and Emma thank you so very much for sharing your utterly cool vintage 1970s eclectic wedding with us xo Lou