A Homemade, Rustic + Vintage Feel Wedding

homemade rustic wedding

Morning WWWers, i hope you are well this Thursday morning :-) Don’t forget to pop back at 2, i need your help with a little something ;-)

Whimsical Wonderland Weddings reader Hannah got in touch to see if i could feature her gorgeous wedding to fiance Colin. When i clapped eyes on their wedding i did squeal a little, i must admit. I am so loving featuring WWW readers wedding recently, you guys have some serious style.

Hannah and Colin were married in June at Tregedna Lodge, Cornwall following a proposal in beautiful Ireland. They wanted their wedding to be relaxed and fun, and full of things that represented them as a couple.

Hannah actually made her own stunning wedding dress, what a clever lady!! And her headpiece was modelled on her grandmothers, whilst she also wore her grandmothers veil. Doesn’t she look incredible?! Colin went for tweed, and i do love a bit of tweed on a groom, so stylish. Add to the day pretty natural blooms, a cake table and beautifully rustic DIY details galore. WOW!

Thanks so much to the wonderful Lucy Turnbull Photography for sharing her imagery with us today;


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Names…. Colin and Hannah

Wedding date….  4th June 2012

The proposal…. The proposal was a complete surprise after 3 years full of global adventures. We were on holiday in Ireland, driving around trying to out run the rain in a camper van. On one particularly rainy day when no amount of running away would escape the downpours, we donned the waterproofs and headed up Ireland’s holy mountain – Croagh Pratrick. I must admit that I was somewhat baffled as to why even Colin had decided on this day of all days to try and walk up a near vertical path in the pouring rain and howling winds, the sign at the bottom didn’t even put Colin off: “Do not climb in low visibility or high winds”! Well actually I don’t think that would have stopped him on any day. Onwards and upwards right the way to the top. After seeking shelter from the winds in the lee of the wee chapel on top we started to head down, but not before we stood and took in the view as the cloud had lifted and it had stopped raining – hoorah! Anyway by the time we got to the top and back we were going to get married : ) The message was sent round to the family on postcards of the mountain and then it was onto the excitement of planning…

The vision for the day…. We very much wanted the day to reflect us, we wanted it to be as informal as we could make it without losing the meaning of the day, and most of all we wanted it to be fun for us and all our family and friends. From the beginning we picked things we liked, and knew we wanted to include things which represented our lives together and perhaps unsurprisingly it all tied together rather well.

The planning process…. We were never going to be a couple who hung around, after only six months of meeting we headed off on an 18 month trip around the world together, needless to say we got on like a house on fire and there was no looking back. So an eight month timeframe to plan a wedding didn’t phase us at all. Once we had the big things booked – church, venue, food, hog, tables, chairs and band – it was down to the little things! For a lot of the little things we took ideas from blogs especially WWW, seeing how others have done things helps reassure you you’re not thinking miles outside of the box. We are both members of a Cornish Pilot Gig Club, where we race in a crew of six in traditional wooden pilot boats. All the planning for the wedding was worked around our training for the world championships which we were both competing at a month before the wedding, and so needless to say rowing had to feature somewhere in the big day!

Budget…. We set our budget from the word go and stuck to it. We knew what we could afford and everything needed to be done within that limit. In the end when we all added it up it came in about on budget and what we did for that money was more than what we had originally envisaged. To keep prices low we did a lot of the bits and pieces ourselves and with the help of family and friends.

The dress & accessories….. The dress was always going to be made by our own fair hands. I was lucky that my grandma’s wedding dress, veil and headdress were still in the family. I wanted to use my grandma’s headdress but it was too fragile to alter in the way I wanted to wear it, and so after many enquiries the lovely Victoria Mary Vintage drew up a plan to make a new headdress modelled on the style of my grandma’s. However I was determined to use something of my grandma’s, as her wedding outfit had been in the family for so many years, and so after lots of tender loving care grandma’s veil was fixed and ready to use. I secretly love shoes so this bit of the hunt I thoroughly enjoyed. I decided Irregular Choice heels. I only wear heels on special occasions so they have to be comfy, and boy these were. I wore them until the dancing started as they were never going to be Ceilidh proof, when I changed into my Toms which matched my nieces so it didn’t matter at all.

Finding the dress…. There was no question really when it came to the dress – I was going to make it! We did go to a couple of shops to try on some different styles and see what would or wouldn’t work, mainly with my rowing shoulders! The hunt was then on for patterns. In the end, and after several emails to the sisters for opinions and a trial mock up, we worked out that we could use two patterns, one for the skirt and one for the bodice, which would with a little bit of modification work together. The hunt then started for material. After several trips to Truro fabrics, lots of sample patches sent though the post and hours of internet searching I decided on the perfect two fabrics to create my perfect dress. The combination of champagne hammered silk and the Ivory and Latte exquisite lace from Harrington Lace, worked perfectly together and created just the look I wanted to go with grandma’s veil and the fantastic headdress. The finishing item on the dress were the buttons from my mother’s wedding dress (made by my grandma) which were carefully unpicked from my sister’s wedding dress (which she made too – it’s a family thing), and finished it off perfectly.

Groom’s attire… This bit was easy – a Harris tweed jacket. The final style was a summer weight Angus Harris tweed. Colin didn’t want to be overly formal so paired the new jacket with a trusty pair of brown cords, and a plain camel shirt. The aim was that all the items could be warn again and again, and all the bits already have so I think it’s safe to say aim achieved : )

The music….  We were very lucky when it came to music for the service – our talented family members played for us. Colin’s uncle played the organ and my brother’s partner played the harp during the service. My pa and I walked into Stars and Butterflys from Pride and Prejudice (my late Mum’s favourite piece of music that I play on the piano), and as husband and wife we walked out to Mairi’s Wedding. When the guests came back from church, Colin’s friend John Dowling and his wife Anna from the Dowling Thing played some fantastic toe tapping tunes on the banjo and fiddle. In the evening we had a Ceilidh, a local group the Newlyn Reelers kept us going late into the night, and there wasn’t any point that the dance floor wasn’t awash with laughter and dancing.

Beautiful bridesmaids….. The fantastical bridesmaids fulfilled the maid bit of their title completely. The ladies in question were my lovely nieces and my two very dear friends from university and Cornish life. My sister and brother’s partner made the lovely dresses for my nieces, and for my two friends I landed on some perfect bargain Monsoon dresses which they could wear again. We finished off all the dresses with a sash made from the champagne silk left over from my dress, this finishing touch turned them into real bridesmaids dresses. I made the bridesmaids’ hair accessories from the lace trim off my lace fabric, and they looked fantastic and I know they will be used again (I’m seeing a theme here). My nieces choose Toms shoes to finish off their outfits, which I thought was a great idea as I knew they would be worn again and again, and I was quite happy knowing that three children somewhere in the world are benefiting from some new shoes thanks to our wedding celebrations. I let my friends choose their shoes as I wanted them to get something they would use again with multiple outfits.

The flowers… We were lucky to find Penpol Flowers, a small set up who did the flowers for a friend’s wedding. Alison from Penpol Flowers took my brief of “I want the flowers to look like I have picked them from the hedgerow that morning” and worked wonders. For the venue Alison supplied us with the flowers and the family had a lovely afternoon the day before the wedding filling the jars, collected by the gig ladies in the months leading up to the wedding. For the button holes, to tie in with the Harris tweed and Colin’s Scottish roots we went for thistles. We also had bunches of thistles which we tied to the gig oars, which we had the ladies who were in my crew for the world championships hold up in the aisle at church, rather than having flowers. My flower holder was made by my brother for his wife on their wedding day. It was a leather holder so Alison carried on the theme by hand tying the bridesmaid’s bouquets and button holes with leather cord. My mum and pa had apricot roses at their wedding, and as mum passed away not so long ago, as a reminder of her on our big day me and my pa had an apricot rose each, one my bouquet and one in my pa’s button hole.

The cake…  I think this bit needs to be renamed Cakes! We asked all our guests if they would like to bring along a homemade cake to add to our cake table, as a result we had lots of fantastic cake! We decided in the build-up to the wedding we would choose a cake on the day to cut as man and wife. My brother and his wife made us a simnel cake with a marzipan ball on for each of the joint family members, so we thought this would be the most apt to cut, and cut away we did. It was mighty tasty too!

The photographer…. We were so lucky to find the amazing talented and lovely Lucy Turnbull. The pictures from her and hubby Chris captured the day so beautifully, all the laughter, love and happiness. Neither of us like the formal wedding photos and so Lucy’s laid back approach of capturing the moments was just what we were looking for. We also choose to have the Vox Prop shoot in the evening which gave us plenty of smiles and giggles when we got the photos back, and made for brilliant little treats to put in with thank you cards. I could say so much more but I think the pictures really do speak for themselves, thank you Lucy and Chris : )

The details + decor….  We asked our talented illustrating friends to help design our wedding invites which summed up a mini cartoon strip style our adventures to date. The rest of the stationary we designed and crafted ourselves, as we had travelled together and our wedding was being celebrated by the seaside we decided on postcards for the save the dates, and kept everything else simple and old school to look like we had been busy on the typewriter.

An unmissable detail on the day were the six twelve-foot wooden gig oars which were held to salute along the aisle of the church, for the bridal party entrance into church and when we walked out as husband and wife. The rowing theme was continued thanks to one very talented sister in law’s cake topper featuring us in our gig with all the necessary supplies.

We wanted the party bit of the day to feel like a country fair. Another sister in law and bridesmaids made some bunting matching the champagne and purple of our dresses, and we borrowed from our very kind friends bunting which was made for their wedding. The fairy lights completed the effect for the evening and twinkled away in the twilight. We ran the typewriter theme we used on the save the date postcards and order of services into the table plan and names which we made from recycled card. We used an old apple crate to display the table plan.

Instead of champagne and canopies for the guests when they returned from the church, we provided bottles of posh pop (it is a special event after all) and mini tubs of Roskilly’s tasty ice cream, it was a trip to the seaside for most of our guests after all.
We didn’t want a formal sit down meal so instead we had an afternoon tea featuring the necessary pasties, scones, jam and lashing of clotted cream. All the fabulous food was supplied by the lovely Tilly Mint Bakery, who also provided us with delicious salads to go with the hog roast in the evening. To wash it all down we had plenty of local ale from the Star Inn at Crowlas.

For favours we printed and cut stars and hearts out of wild flower seed paper which our guests could take home and plant as a wee reminder of the day. We hung this in another old apple crate and let people select a set to take them home.

We needed a guest book but wanted to do something different. My brother in law and sister had an old typewriter so we borrowed this and got people to type us letters. We now have all the letters which we are going to get bound into our guest book.

The honeymoon…. After all our world travels you would have thought this bit would be easy, but it took us a while to decide what to do as we aren’t really hotel people. In the end we settled on upgrading our tent to a posh tent and escaped to North Wales (and it only rained one day!) for a spot of glamping.

Memorable moments… Easy! The whole day : )

Advice for other couples… Enjoy the whole planning process, do what you two want as its your day : ) Don’t worry if things don’t get done, nobody will know as they won’t know it was supposed to have been done.

Credit where credit is due…

Photographer: www.lucyturnbull.co.uk
Venue: www.tregednafarmholidays.co.uk/tregedna-lodge
Catering: www.tillymintbakery.com
Crockery: www.kitsboutique.com
Flowers: www.facebook.com/pages/Penpol-Flowers
Music: www.topazduo.co.uk, www.jdowling.com, www.thedowlingthing.com, www.newlynreelers.co.uk
Headdress: www.victoriamaryvintage.com
Oars on loan from: www.devorangigclub.co.uk


Well wasn’t that just beautiful! I am sure you are super inspired if you are planning a DIY do :-)

Thanks so so much to Colin and Hannah for sharing their beautiful day with us XOXO Lou

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