What a delight it is to be featuring WWW readers Aimee and Ryan’s real wedding story today. They were married on the 11th August 2018 at Rye Town Hall in Kent, followed by a reception at St Mary’s Village Hall Udimore in a beautifully decorated marquee. Their day in fact was budget friendly thanks to their DIY approach. They crafted up a storm for their wedding day; tackling decorations, flower arrangements and stationery to name a few. The results are just incredible too. I just have to mention also their proposal on New Years Eve, it really is so romantic.
A really relaxed day was at the heart of their wedding plans, with a summer garden party vibe and botanical styling throughout. It created a carefree atmosphere, with a lot of happiness all round. I just love all the gorgeous outfits, the greenery laden bouquets, the crafty touches and the brilliant ferris wheel donut stand. Genius!
We have Rebecca Douglas Photography to thank today for sharing these utterly beautiful images with us.
We both absolutely LOVE Scotland and we hope to take a trip in a campervan next year to mark our 1 year anniversary and travel up to Highlands and the Isle Of Skye. So lets go back to December 31st 2016, Ryan and I had made our way to Edinburgh for Hogmanay – one of the worlds biggest New Years Eve celebrations! I remember it so clearly, the fireworks and the smell of warm cider and snuggling up watching the countdown in a crowd of 50,000 people! I thought to myself he couldn’t surely propose, not here in front of all these people… Ryan has always been very shy and never made any grand public gestures EVER in all the 7 years we’ve been together. But on that countdown it got to 3-2-1 and I turned around and there he was (albeit looking very nervous and a slight shade of green) but he was down on one knee holding out a ring. It was like time stood still, not just for us, but for hundreds of people around us. They all waited and as I said yes (through a lot of tears) they all began to cheer for us. That was the most perfect moment and I wont ever forget it.
We wanted a very relaxed wedding, we were thinking along the lines of a summer garden party with a botanical theme (and donuts!)
The Planning Process
We started planning almost straight away, my first place to go was our wonderful photographer Rebecca Douglas, I had been following her for along time and knew from day 1 she was who I wanted to capture our day. Then it all sort of fell into place from there (along with making 20+ pinterest boards). I knew I wanted to create a lot of the wedding décor myself and once we had found our bargain of a venue I knew it wouldn’t be too stressful having many DIY weekends. I found it so much fun being creative and making all kinds of floral hoops and table pieces.
I found these gorgeous dresses from Asos for an absolute bargain! They looked so beautiful and I got quite teary when I saw them all in the morning.
The Readings & Music
The song we chose for me to walk down the aisle to was Ben Howard – Old Pine. It’s a lovely song that has a happy feel to it and reminds us of MANY summer road trips driving through the countryside near our home.. they are my favourite moments with Ryan just being together listening to music and soaking up the sunshine.
Our ceremony was unforgettable – we giggled so much! The lady who conducted our ceremony was just out of this world and I will never forget the beautiful words she gave to us.
Along with this we had 1 reading which was Time Traveler by Terah Cox – its very special to me and gives me chills when I hear it.
Your Outfits & Accessories
Bride: my dress was found through Bustles and Bows and was called Dove by Pure Bridal. It was the first one I tried on and KNEW it was for me. It was very Boho and had a festival feel to it. I paired it with very simple hair and some beautiful sparkly heels.
Groom: his suit was from Moss Bros – I fell in love with it the minute we saw it. He looked absolutely amazing in it (he always can rock a suit!) I surprised him with a pocket watch on the morning of the wedding which he proudly wore and had the words “No matter how much time passes I will always love you”.
We wanted to keep it below £8,000 but in the end it was just upwards of £10,000 – our relaxed venue which we dressed ourselves was a huge help in costs as it allowed us to buy our own drinks/food without paying any hefty Per Head prices. We would seriously recommend a DIY wedding where you get a hall/venue that is a blank canvas and you can then do everything you need yourself. BUT let it be known that spreadsheets are your friend… I went through every single plan and costings on a spreadsheet and even then there were things that I forgot til the last minute.
My wonderful sister in law gave me relaxed boho waves and then a simple floral hair slide at the side. I had a makeup artist that my best friend surprised me with, she was amazing and understood that I wanted a sunkissed summer look and not too heavy.
We found VW Brides as our transport – it had always been our dream to arrive at our wedding in a beautiful campervan and cabriolet beetle. The guys were so wonderful and made us feel like royalty driving through the historic little town of Rye and everyone waving.
We also must mention our caterer – EpiCatering. They sorted a delicious menu for a sit down BBQ meal and canapes, each table was called to the BBQ and filled their plates to the brim with anything they wanted – each guest said it was the best BBQ they have ever had and were so impressed with how the team were.
We were lucky to also have a team from Southern Events help us set up a large marquee in the garden in treacherous rain the day before the wedding. They were absolute troopers. Luckily the weather was on our side the next day and the sun was shining for us.
My wonderfully talented sister did these for me. Again, this is where we saved HUGE amounts of money. The day before the wedding we met a local florist in Rye (Café Des Fleurs) and we picked up lots and lots of eucalyptus, gypsophila, blushing bride and fern. My sister then made the most stunning bouquets the night before our wedding! All in all it cost us about £150 to sort all bridesmaids and bridal bouquets and they really did look insanely beautiful! One day we will open our own florist shop together (that’s the dream anyway!)
They had grey suits from Next – all fitted and looked very handsome!
Udimore Village Hall – just outside of Rye. An absolute gem of a place which you can put your own stamp on with orchards and beautiful farm surroundings.
We knew Rye was the place for us after spending many summers walking up and down the quaint shops and cobbled streets. Every summer you will see weddings happening and it never gets old when you hear the Town Crier announcing you as Man and Wife, it was surreal and amazing.
The Details & Décor
We worked very hard for almost 2 years to make every part of our wedding décor. Mostly everything you see was a DIY. From the outside bar, the step ladder table plan to the table pieces and signs and all the floral ceiling installations. I also designed and handmade all our save the dates, invites and order of the day. My vision was to create a summer garden party with a BBQ and marquee and just build on the already beautiful outside space. We bought lanterns and bunting to fill the blank canvas and then from there I just collected lots and lots of greenery and made ivy table runners, floral hoops to hang from the ceiling and then lots of mason jars to hold gypsophila. We didn’t particularly have a colour scheme but there was lots of whites, greens and blush pinks.
My brother had made us a cake stand out of a tree that he had cut down in his garden the week before the wedding. We got a text the week before telling us that he was in A and E and his finger had almost been sawed off in his mission to get us the most perfect cut of tree. That was the only casualty thankfully and luckily his finger lived to tell the tale. He created a beautiful cake stand which held 3 tiers of chocolate and red velvet cake. We also had lots of yummy donuts on a ferris wheel for people to gobble up as the night went on.
Where do I start! The lady is a genius! Rebecca was just amazing from start to finish. We chatted on skype before the wedding and she made us feel at ease. The morning of the wedding came and we had so much fun in our hotel room with all the girls getting ready. As the day unfolded she managed to get every single emotion and connection Ryan and I had with each and every member of family and friend on camera and I still look at the photos and just feel so stunned how amazing they all are.
We unfortunately didn’t allow this in our budget although we now wish we had made room for this!
3 days after we tied the knot we made the 9 hour flight to the Dominican Republic. It was the most amazing trip we have ever been on. We used our wonderful 10 days to just chill and enjoy being Mr and Mrs. The hotel we stayed at was just perfection and we took advantage of the free swim up bar and all-inclusive restaurants.
Advice For Other Couples
Accept help. I took on quite a lot of DIY myself and it wasn’t until a few weeks before the wedding that I realised I had a brain that was overflowing with information. Don’t get me wrong I love planning and arranging things (it is my inner control freak I guess) but definitely do talk to your families and don’t forget hubby to be – they want to be involved and it is not a burden on them (even if you think it is). My husband and I spent many evenings in the end making lanterns and pom poms and it actually was really lovely – especially with a glass of wine in hand.
Credit Where Credit Is Due
Rebecca Douglas Photography
St Mary’s Village Hall Udimore
Oh so wonderful.
Thanks so very much to Aimee and Ryan for sharing their amazing wedding day with us xo Lou