Dan and Emily’s budget friendly wedding is sure to blow you away today. Not only did they create a totally whimsical, colourful and beautiful wedding, but they did it all on a £6000 budget. Amazing! Firstly they were hitched in an outdoor ceremony at Stepney Hill Farm followed by a gorgeous reception at Newby + Scalby Parish Hall in North Yorkshire on the 27th May 2018. Their day was a completely home made affair and they had a troop of loved ones on hand to help with the set up and decoration, with family and friends baking the cake, arranging the flowers and sourcing decorations to name a few. It created such a wonderful community feel to their celebrations, with touches like the open mic adding to that chilled out vibe.
You only need to see the brilliant photos by Emma + Rich of guests bathing in the sun to see how relaxed their wedding day was. In fact I am just loving all the images today, especially that confetti moment and the sun drenched portraits, thanks for sharing guys! The bridesmaids’ outfits worked really wonderfully in mismatched pink hues, which complimented Emily’s bohemian bridal style perfectly. Hello flower crowns all round! I am certain you are going to be left inspired by their day, enjoy it all folks!
We were meant to be watching bon iver in Frankfurt but he cancelled last minute. Dan wanted to propose at the gig. Dan ended up proposing on a beautiful iron bridge on a cold evening in January in Frankfurt, Emily wanted a lock to attach to the bridge, Dan said will this do? And presented her the ring. We then went out and got steaming on champagne to celebrate!
Handmade, rustic, whimsical, casual and relaxed. Open mic sessions and northern soul dancing.
The Planning Process
It started in a caravan in the middle of the French countryside a year before the wedding. We were living off grid and had no TV so the only entertainment was to renovate a barn and plan a wedding. Pinterest was my best friend, Dan not so much. Nearer to the day the family kicked in. We had an army of 25-35 helping hands which were greatly appreciated and made it a very special wedding.
Around £4000, ended up being £6000.
Stepney Hill Farm – then an open top bus to Scalby Parish Hall, decorated by fairy lights, bunting and lots of accessories all inspired by Pinterest and scavenged from eBay. Plus 25 people helping.
The Readings & Music
Dan made a play list for every part of the day. He made a chilled out bon iver, jack johnson, ben howard type play list at the ceremony. Emily walked down the aisle to here comes the sun. We walked back to home by edward sharpe and the magnetic zeros. This song we learnt about 6 years ago when we first went travelling sitting by the side of the road hitch hiking in eastern Europe.
Readings from Emily’s Aunty Cath and Aunty Cora. Cath did a humorous rendition of the Owl and the Pussy Cat with Emily’s bridesmaid Becky’s little 3-year-old doing the actions in a blue trilby. It was the funniest reading at a wedding people could not contain the laughter after hearing the word pussy 20 times.
Emily’s brother Elliott and Dan’s brother Ben performed ‘First Day of My Life’ by Bright Eyes at the ceremony.
Dan made an awesome play list for the wedding for when we didn’t have a band or an open Mic on. It was all Motown, northern soul, Indi classics and just real feel good music.
Your Outfits & Accessories
Emily’s dress was from a last seasons wedding warehouse in Manchester, bought for £500. She just wanted a blank canvas that she could cut up and turn into her own dress. She bought beading and embroidery from Etsy and completely transformed the dress by changing the neckline (front and back) adding sleeves, and embroidering all the decorative flowers that she bought off Etsy to create a completely unique dress.
Accessories – She wanted to be barefoot on her wedding day and found a pair of crocheted barefoot sandals from Etsy.
Jewellery – Rose gold arm cuff from Etsy. Nose ring and extra ear rings also bought from Etsy.
Dan’s outfit – Gianni Feraud green woollen suit and brown suede boots from ASOS. Brown waistcoat and white Peaky Blinders Peter Pan collared shirt from Top Man. Emily cut Dan’s hair the night before at 10:30pm.
The flowers we hand crafted by Emily’s bridesmaid Tasha Wright. This was the first time Tasha’s arranged flowers on the scale of a wedding and they were absolutely incredible. She was adventurous with what she chose, using orange orchids, wild flowers, wheat, feathers and pussy willow. The look she was going for was ‘Forrest Wild’.
The Details & Décor
Hand-made by Emily, Dan, family and friends. Around 25 people helping transform the hall. Every detail had been thought out by Emily, even down to the tiny copper and glass box with moss in for the rings.
Her Dad made the wooden cake stand and made all the cake stands to look whimsical. We borrowed wooden ladders from a vintage furniture shop. The wooden cider barrels and tin baths were picked up by us from when we were living off grid in France last year. Emily spent months trawling ebay, Amazon and Facebook buy and sell groups getting bunting, fairy lights, tin buckets and vintage table clothes.
Emily’s mum just happened to own the enamel tin jugs, tea pots, tea tins, more step ladders, baskets etc in their emporium they call a house. We made, and hand painted all the wedding signs in Emily’s dad’s workshop. Everything used at the wedding was biodegradable, the plates, cups, napkins the lot.
When it came to decorating it was all hands on deck. Emily’s brother was up a 14 foot ladder hanging bunting and lights. We had metal and canvas gazebos borrowed from friends and family for the open mic and the bar. We just scattered hay bales and vintage blankets to give it a real outdoor chilled out festival vibe. The tables had white table clothes, with hessian table runners. We put all the different types of jugs, tins (Lyles syrup tins, collected over months) pots and glass jars (jam jars with copper wire fairy lights inside) all over the table with ivy running up the table and pine cones.
Our peacock chairs were ours already, Emily’s mum bought one and Dan’s mum got us the other one. Outside we covered the field in fairy lights and bunting and surrounded the perimeter with light up lanterns. We hand made lanterns out of bamboo sticks, jam jars and copper fairy lights. We just tried to make it very us.
Stepney Hill Farm was a beautiful setting on a gorgeous hot spring day. They provided the hay bales and we provided the patterned blankets.
Our parents worked tirelessly the days leading up to the wedding getting everything sorted.
Emily’s Aunty Cora baked the cake for the wedding; she makes cakes for her own business “Cora’s Bakery”. Emily sent her a couple of photographs from Pinterest.
The Scarborough Tandoori – Prawn Biryani – Vegetable Dahl. Dan’s Dad made a load of home-made quiches to go with the afternoon tea garden buffet. The alcohol in the outside bar was all mainly brought back from France. We provided most of the alcohol, but people just brought loads anyway – safe to say everyone was very merry.
We had homemade euro bottles of cider, boxes of wine and bottles of beer. We had a huge cheese board on the evening out with the cakes. They were all placed in a huge piece of oak that used to be a table at one point. Loads of people made the cakes, Emily’s auntie Cath made lots of vegan cakes as well.
Emily put her hair into two space buns two days before, and took them out on the morning of the wedding and they fell into glorious blonde curls.
Emily cut Dan’s hair the night before at 10:30pm. Emily went to York House Beauty and got a fake tan from Juliette. Emily got her gel nails done as well as a wax by Becky Kay – a private beauty therapist. Emily’s make-up was done by herself on the morning of the wedding.
Emma + Rich
Emily and Dan didn’t want your typical wedding photographer. On Boxing Day of 2017 we competed in the famous raft race in Scarborough. Just by chance, Emma and Rich were photographing the event and we spotted the pictures on Facebook (clever marketing strategy). This led us to their website and straight away we fell in love with their alternative, artistic style that was perfect for what we wanted to create. Emma and Rich executed it perfectly and the photographs speak for themselves.
The wedding night we stayed in my aunt’s quaint tree house ( as she lives next door to the hall) she had decorated it with our little cousins. It was beautiful like a fairy house. We have a sneaky suspicion that this is where our twins were made, that’s right we got pregnant straight away not with one but two babies.
2 days after the wedding we flew to Corfu (where we started our travelling adventures together 5 years before). We stayed in the Palma Boutique Hotel and rented quad bikes to get across the island and find the best spots to go swimming.
Tom Tunev, the best man, wore his suit from his own wedding where Dan was also his best man.
Emily had a vision of the bridesmaids looking ethereal and earthy. She told them to go for a dusty pink vibe, they all ran with it and came up with their own interpretation from various different shops, choosing dresses that they felt comfortable in.
Smoking a Cuban cigar at 12am.
Walking around the wedding outside in the chilled out atmosphere just sitting on the grass moving from person to person. The wedding was almost too chilled out by the afternoon, people had got changed and no one was wearing shoes!
Emily’s dad soul dancing to Paul Newman.
Advice For Other Couples
DON’T DO IT! – just kidding. Shop around, join buy and sell groups. Be super organised and have a big group of people to help. Know your vision and go with it, don’t let people push you into other ideas.
Credit Where Credit Is Due
Huge thanks to Dan and Emily for sharing their stunning wedding celebrations, what an utter delight! xo Lou