Emma and Dom injected so much personality into their wedding. It was important to them that their day was held on the Isle of Wight and that much of their day was sourced locally including the food.
They went for a tea party feel to their wedding reception, with polka dot bridesmaid dresses, VW campers and boys in braces. Love it!
Thanks so much to the wonderful Chris Cowley for sharing his images with us today.
The Proposal… I already knew he had the ring as we had been to Ireland and found the perfect Victorian vintage diamond ring! But he had to ask my father before proposing. We came back from Ireland and I had been out with my friends while he sneakily went and asked my fathers permission!! Dominic woke me up with the ring (no breakfast in bed!!) I am grumpy in the morning and did not believe he had asked my father yet so I told him to stop winding me up as It was not fair!! He said fine then and walked out. I lay there for a minute before shouting ‘have you really asked my dad?’ when his reply was yes I said ‘hang on do it again ill pretend to be asleep!!!’
The Vision for the Day… From the offset I wanted a vintage tea party and I played with lots of ideas but the first thing I did was start collecting teacups and saucers!! We went to car boots across the island visited fairs in Cornwall and even picked up some from a flee market in Paris! My mum and aunt even gave us the tea sets they had been given in the 60’s for their wedding presents! I knew how I wanted the table to be laid up I just hoped my vision of a teapot on vintage books using the teacup and saucer as the name place would look as good as it did in my head! (it did!!) Table names with the names of the 7 wonders of the Isle of Wight!! I had visions of funfair and jazz music while people played lawn games and drank pimms!! Lots of bridesmaids in pastel colours bunting and cuteness!! Sweet table as favours, ice cream! IOW produce being served on a huge buffet with all our favourite foods. Bacon rolls in the evening baked from the flower from Calbourne Mill. Once I had looked at Calbourne Mill for my venue I knew it was perfect!! Pedolos! Lawn games! Rowing boats along the river! Beautiful setting and iow produce!!! Camper vans and Vdubs! Oh and ‘Just dance’ on a big screen!! (video game in case you didn’t know?) where you copy the dance on the screen! Hilarious and everyone was a good sport and did it!! (I did put my teacher voice on to get then up!!)
The Planning Process… Planning was hard half of my bridesmaids were abroad and the other half having children and studying I had to do a lot of it myself (but I didn’t really mind it meant it was all my way! :) although they did help make bunting and were always there to offer support when they could. My sister in law Bal was a great help with finding things on the internet for me! We booked the venue within a few months of being engaged and I decided that a summer wedding was a must- being a teacher it was the best time off for me too! we agreed next summer would be perfect as that gave us a year and half planning! I spent most evenings when Dom worked lates (every other week) searching the internet for inspiration and buying little bits here and there.
Budget… We saved all our money for the wedding ourselves and said that we would only spend a maximum of £12,000 but we actually came in at about £10,000!! (I think it was due to the secret buying of things and not taking it out the wedding fund).
The Venue… Calbourne Mill on the ISLE of Wight beautiful setting and perfect for what I wanted although I had to transform the café into our reception room with no help from the venue its self.
The Dress + Accessories… Dom bought me some iow pearl earrings and a Tiffany bracelet that I got given when I woke up in the morning…. My Veil was my mothers and the shoes I had bought new from Kurt Geiger. Underwear I kept IOW and bought from a lovely shop called sugar and spice. Had no idea what I wanted fishtail? Massive fairy dress? White? Ivory? Ended up spending hours and months looking for it and then I found the perfect dress but it was from China!!! I was warned not to order it by a few people but I wanted it!! I couldn’t find a dress like it anywhere on the IOW or the mainland and I knew that was the dress for me!! And at £106 I could always get another one!! Champagne in colour and a slight fish tail!! Perfect!!! A very unusual dress for a no conventional bride I felt! I like to be different! OMG when it came it was better then I had even thought the only thing was I had to have it taken in about 4 times before the wedding as I had been to Mexico for 2 weeks on a conservation trip with the 6th form a week before the wedding!!!
Groom’s Attire… Dom being a typical man didn’t know what to wear but as I have chosen my dress I knew he was going to have to be in something out of the ordinary too!! I looked at lots of pictures of ‘unusual groom attire’ but found something that I thought would be perfect. Cream chinos white shirt and brown braces!! All ended up being bought from Savile Row. Dom found some brown braces with a cream strip through them and I found ties to match my dress for him and for the groomsmen to match the bridesmaids dresses
The Readings + Music… My mum chose the readings. We had my friends son who is in the sing ‘santos angelica’ as we signed the register which was incredible.
Beautiful Bridesmaids… I had 3 little bridesmaids and 6 big ones!! Hard work is putting it lightly! My sister, and the others are all long term friends. ( little ones were our nieces) I chose the dresses as I liked the style ordered the blue ones and then the guy said that he couldn’t get the pink ones after saying he could for months!!! Ahhhh I was going to Mexico in 2 days for 2 weeks and this was a moment of panic!! Luckily Bal helped me find them and we ordered them in from America!! Close call! I managed to pick up the small flower girls dresses in H&M and they fitted perfectly with the Bridesmaids! Was meant to be!
The Flowers… The flower garden in Newport Went for the vintage rose with honeysuckle and lots of wild looking foliage I wanted to keep everything quite casual and I wanted to bouquets to look wild. She was fantastic doing all the teapots for my centre pieces!!
The Cake… This was a surprise from my Brother Nathan and his girlfriend Bal. We let Nathan have full control of design on this and we loved it!! It travelled all the way from London but it was worth it!! Spiderman on top saving his bride due to Dom’s love of Spiderman and the teacup to match my theme I couldn’t have designed it better myself!
Your Photographer… Best decision I made booking Chris (apart from marrying Dom!) I couldn’t have asked for a more professional calm tolerate person to capture our day!! And the end results were amazing! He has had several of my family and friends in tears with the lovely slide show he put together and I have the best photos to remember the best day of my life!
The Details + Decor… I am a very ‘attention to detail’ person and I had to make it perfect!! Sweet table with home made bunting and different to the same old ones you hire. I used my mothers vintage dressing table and filled it with sweets as favours!! And bought scoops and stripy bags to put them in.
Food had to be IOW produce!! And it was!! And have ice cream on tap all day (Dom wanted this)I made and designed all the stationery myself taking inspiration from websites but all the name places table plan invites std I made with Dom and my friend Ben.
Made bunting to decorate the room with the bridesmaids. Printed lots of pictures and framed them to make use of the space that couldn’t be covered (you will see what I mean from the photos) Also hung photos of family and friends behind the buffet. Fairy lights (must have at any wedding). Home made photo booth hung from a tree with a vintage chest to have fancy dress and disposable cameras in!! – Awesome it’s so much cheaper than hiring and makes excellent fun!
I found an old frame and my friend made it look like a vintage frame with paper mashe. Got an old vintage chest that someone was throwing out to use as a present and card chest!! Bought in a photo that one of my bridesmaids has painted to have behind us on the top table! Homemade buttonholes made me me and friend Sara the night before with Legomen.
The Honeymoon… I put my trust in Dom for this one as I had no time to book it before I went to Mexico!! He did well though and we went to an adult’s only hotel in Corfu Greece!! Beautiful island that we discovered by hiring a moped and just driving and discovering places!!
Memorable Moments… Dom’s face when he first saw me walking down the aisle. (he said I looked perfect). Photos on the canon. The camper ride from the church being newly wed! Rowing the boat and pedolo with Dom. Jasper falling in the river!!
Advice for Other Couples… Plan early and don’t be afraid to be different!!! It’s not about what other people like it is your day!! Make it your way! I am so glad I did everything the way I did and spent time looking on the net! Make up artist Jo lofthouse. Lovely lady who kept me calm when everything else was crazy first thing in the morning and make me look wonderful!!
Credit Where Credit is Due…
Photographer | Chris Cowley
Make Up | Jo Lofthouse
Catering | Laura Sadler Catering
Flowers | The Flower Garden
Cars | Damage Vdub Club
Such a fun and vibrant day.
Thanks so so much to Emma and Dom for sharing their brilliant wedding with us today XOXO Lou