Happy Monday WWWers, are you ready to begin a brand new week? I sure am, especially with this joyful celebration to kick start the day.
Today’s couple may well have thought of everything. And I mean everything. From the toilet paper to an array of delicious treats, every single detail was so thought through.
WWW readers Kelly and Philip were married on Saturday 11th July 2015 in a Church ceremony followed by a back garden party. Sounds perfect right? They had the sweetest vintage seaside theme, think ice cream bouquets, bucket and spade sweets and pastels all round. Kelly looked amazing in a polka dot frock by Oh My Honey, Philip wore Levis and the bridesmaids wore darling dresses by Dolly Dagger. Squeal.
Thanks so much to Shutter Go Click Photography for sharing these brilliant photographs with us.
THE PROPOSAL | It was just another bank holiday weekend (the one in August 2014) and Phil and I woke up together in bed on the Saturday morning. Phil asked me what we were going to do that day and so I reeled off the mundane things we had planned to do that day including a visit to a garden centre and an eye test and his response was ‘well how about we go ring shopping in Leeds instead?’ I just burst into floods of happy tears because it was all very unexpected! It turned out that Phil had booked us into a posh hotel in Leeds City Centre and had booked us into a restaurant I was desperate to try out – Roast and Conch! All the dishes involve chocolate in some form which is perfect for me because I’m a chocoholic.
The chocolate theme continued throughout the weekend because we went ring shopping together in Leeds and I chose an amazing 14ct strawberry gold, white and chocolate diamond ring from the New York designer Le Vian’s Chocolatier range at Ernest Jones.
THE VISION | We decided as soon as we got engaged that we did not want a big, expensive and traditional wedding. Phil is very laid back and I like things that are unique and different so we decided that we wanted our wedding to be a bit quirky and fun with a chilled out atmosphere. We wanted the wedding to feel very personal to us and so we decided to have the reception in the garden at Phil’s parents house because it is a house and garden that holds many fond memories for us.
We threw a few ideas around with regards to a theme for the day but soon settled on a vintage seaside theme. We then decided to bring our vision to life with a pastel colour scheme, polka dots, pom poms and pinwheels.
THE PLANNING PROCESS | The planning process for the main sections of the wedding only took about three weeks but it was hard work!
Firstly I turned my attention to the ceremony which we wanted to keep traditional and have in a church because the ceremony and saying the vows to each other was the most important part for us. While we cannot say that we are religious, we have always loved visiting beautiful church buildings. I went to meet Reverend Paul Burkitt at St Mary’s Church on Lowgate in Hull City Centre which is the oldest church in Hull and was blown away by not only the beautiful building but by the kindness and helpfulness of Paul and his wife Angela. After Phil saw the church and fell in love with it too, we secured our date!
As we had decided to hold the reception in Phil’s parents garden, the next thing we had to do was locate and order a suitable marquee. We chose the company Humberside Marquees who were very friendly and helpful. We then had to think about things like tables, table linen, crockery, cutlery and glassware for everyone and so we obtained quotes from several companies but ended up choosing the marquee company to supply these items.
We then turned our attention to the food and drink to be supplied during the day and decided on a traditional fish and chip van (the fantastic Dave’s Fish and Chips) and an ice cream van to suit our seaside theme! We booked a vintage pale blue VW campervan ice cream van named Truly from the lovely Jess Stamford of Truly Scrumptious.
While it was always our intention to supply welcome drinks and the wine, we also booked a bar so our guests had a varied selection of drink options. The bar was hired from Ross of Speakeasy Libations and it fit in perfectly with our vintage theme.
Once the main parts of the day were sorted, we focused on my dress and the bridesmaid dresses before turning our attention to Phil’s outfit and then the finer details like the decorations.
BUDGET | We talked about this and originally set ourselves a budget of £7,000 to £8,000. We have kept a record of how much everything has cost but haven’t actually added it all up! If we have gone over budget it won’t be by much but we think it’s safer not to find out! Ha ha.
THE VENUE | Phil’s parents house has a sweeping drive leading up to the house and a large section of grass surrounded by a beautiful flower bed and so we decided that we would host a pre-dinner drinks reception on the grass when everyone first arrived at the house from the church. Luckily the weather behaved itself! The garden fence was lined with pretty pastel bunting handmade by my close friend Sam Cross and at the front of the house hung a pastel and lace bunting purchased on eBay.
Everyone mingled on the grass having a welcome drink of either pimms or a cocktail native to Chile in South America known as a Pisco Sour because Phil’s sister Clare is married to a Chilean navy officer named Marcelo and they came over from Chile for the wedding and brought lots of Pisco with them thankfully!
After the drinks reception was over, a large cartoon, funny cardboard cutout of a couple at the seaside was placed on the grass for people to have fun with and take photographs with and also garden games including bowls, quoits and giant snakes and ladders were put out on the grass for people to have fun with. The fish and chip van and the ice cream van then arrived and pulled up into the drive.
The wedding party then walked down the side of the house which was lined with pretty homemade bunting (handmade by my mum’s friend Bridget) and walked into the gorgeous back garden where the marquee was.
The large garden was split into various sections for the purposes of the wedding. There was a large patio at the top of the garden near the house which had a gazebo on it (lined with pretty bunting) and a large table and chairs underneath it, painted in a pretty pale pink colour which was what we placed the buffet on (made up of sandwich platters ordered in from Waitrose and hot pizzas from our favourite takeaway) in the evening.
The patio lead on to a large section of grass where the marquee stood but to the left of the marquee was another patio area where guests could mingle or take a seat to admire the garden.
A path at the side of the marquee lead to the bottom of the garden where you could find a large section of decking and on there, underneath a veranda, was a home built bar area complete with a large decorative mirror and colourful metal seaside signs. The bottom of the garden also contained pretty coloured tea lights hanging in the trees and fairy lights were wrapped over a pergola.
THE DRESS & ACCESSORIES | I wore a fab off the shoulder dress made in silk dupion with multicoloured embroidered polka dots. The dress was made by the very talented Louise O’Mahoney of ‘Oh My Honey’ and the dress was brought to life with a gorgeous 28″ ballerina, satin bound, 3 layer petticoat in baby pink which was made by the lovely Andrea at Petticoats A Plenty.
I wore the Melissa and Karl Lagerfeld Incense 11 shoes in Raspberry Ripple Matt which fitted the theme perfectly because they have a glittery ice cream cone motif over the heel! I then changed into a pair of rose gold Converse trainers (to match my rose gold Le Vian wedding band) on the evening so I could dance the night away happily!
I wore a heart shaped pendant and heart shaped rose gold earrings from Anna Lou of London which were inscribed with inspirational wedding themed words including ’till death us do part’ and ‘happy ever after.’
FINDING THE DRESS | I tried on a variety of traditional wedding dresses in a couple of bridal shops in our home town of Hull but knew straight away that a traditional dress was not for me. I wanted a dress that was different and quirky and I decided to look for a short, vintage style fifties dress. I then began an Internet search and soon found my dream dress at ‘Oh My Honey’ The designer Louise was very helpful and sent me a sample dress to look at because her studio is located in Brighton which is a long way from where we live. As soon as the dress arrived, I knew it was ‘the one’ and so I proceeded to order it in my size!
GROOM’S ATTIRE | Phil wore a brown tweed jacket and waistcoat from Next over a white shirt and teamed it with a pair of black Levi 511 jeans. The outfit was finished off with the Ted Baker ‘Exotie’ floral skinny tie and pocket square in a maroon red colour and he wore brown coloured shoes from Anthony Miles that were a cross between brogues and trainers.
THE READINGS & MUSIC | My five closest friends from school did a beautiful reading during the church ceremony and the piece was about true love and was taken from Captain Correlli’s Mandolin by Louis De Bernieres.
I walked down the aisle to the traditional ‘here comes the bride’ played on the church organ and our first dance was to ‘our song’ which is ‘Here, There and Everywhere’ by The Beatles.
BEAUTIFUL BRIDESMAIDS | Phil’s sister Clare was a bridesmaid along with my brother Kristian’s fiancée Natalie and they both wore a gorgeous fifties style ‘Vivien Satin Dress’ from the Dollydagger website. Clare’s dress was mint green, Natalie’s was baby blue and they were brought to life with white petticoats from Lindy Bop.
To complete the vintage look, they both wore the ‘Kimberley Floral’ shoes by Babycham and wore chunky beaded necklaces, bracelets and earrings (that looked like pom poms) in pretty pastel colours from Hayley Walters on Not on The High Street.
THE FLOWERS | The flowers were completed for us by a family friend named Susan Whitelam.
We had pew ends in the shape of kites made up with carnations and ferns and in the centre of each piece was a brightly coloured pinwheel to stay in keeping with the seaside theme.
Myself and the bridesmaids all carried bouquets made up of carnations and peonies in pale pinks and creams but my bouquet also contained pom poms. The idea was that it looked like we were holding an ice cream instead of a bouquet of flowers and we managed to pull it off using fantastic ice cream cones made out of clay by Phil’s Aunt Annie.
The floral centrepieces were also made to look like ice creams and the cream, mint green and pale pink carnations stood in ice cream sundae glasses in pale pink and yellow colours. Wafers stuck out of the flowers and the idea was also to put chocolate flakes in the centrepieces but unfortunately we could not do that as it was a very hot day and so they would have melted!
The other centrepieces consisted of vintage style milk jugs in pale pastel colours which were filled with sand and in the sand stood multi coloured pastel pinwheels (from Paperclover on eBay) and poms poms.
Phil did not want the men to wear traditional flower buttonholes and so the men from our close family each wore a paper pinwheel buttonhole in pale pastel colours and those were made by ‘Meiorigami‘ who we found on Etsy.
THE CAKE | Our fantastic cake was made by a family friend and in order to keep the vintage seaside theme going, it was a pale blue VW campervan (like Truly) which sat on a board covered in broken biscuits and brown sugar in order to look like sand. We did not want a traditionally flavoured cake and so it was a chocolate sponge flavoured with a parma violet buttercream and icing!
For our favours, we ordered cupcakes for everyone made by the fantastic Laura at Green Kitchen Cakes in Long Eaton. Half of the cupcakes were ‘ice cream cupcakes’ which sat in a wafer cone with flakes on the top and they consisted of a white chocolate sponge and strawberry flavoured buttercream. We also had yummy chocolate sponge cupcakes in pale blue and white paper cases and each cupcake had a lovely pastel coloured pinwheel in the top.
THE PHOTOGRAPHER | We wanted to steer clear of traditional, posed wedding photographs and we wanted a more relaxed and a more vintage style of photography. After a search for ‘vintage style photography’ on Google we thankfully came across the amazing Ryan Learoyd of ‘Shutter Go Click Photography’ and booked him straight away. It was a pleasure to meet Ryan and have him with us at our wedding and his photographs are just out of this world! Each one is like a piece of art!
THE DETAILS & DÉCOR | We supplied the confetti for everyone at the church! I bought 25 old fashioned newspaper print fish and chip cones from eBay complete with a wooden fork in each one but instead of filling them up with chips, we filled them with pastel coloured pom poms (bought on eBay) for people to throw.
My dad and I travelled to the church in a cream 1972 VW convertible beetle (hired from Cherry Classics) and the car also took Phil and I to the reception.
Our save the date cards were vintage style postcards adorned with birds and bunting from The Warehouse (Merthyr Tydfil) Ltd on eBay. The cards arrived in sheets for us to cut out ourselves. For our wedding invitations we decided to send everyone a postcard and we used the vintage British seaside themed postcards from East of India which were adorned with messages such as ‘there is never enough time to do nothing, sandy toes, salty kisses, sun bleached hair, summer wishes.’
Instead of a guestbook we asked our guests to write their messages on vintage style postcards (purchased from The Warehouse Ltd again) and we asked that all cards be placed in a vintage floral suitcase which had hessian bunting across it stating ‘Cards’.
On the ‘Cards’ table you could also find the cupcake stands which were cardboard ice cream vans and the table also had bubbles on it in plastic bottles that looked like ice creams. The table was sprinkled with shells and had two small East of India boats on it which adorned similar messages to our invitations.
The marquee was filled with pale pastel coloured bunting (purchased from eBay) and the tables had white linen on them but we covered that up with pretty pastel home made tablecloths which were in lemon, mint green, baby blue and baby pink and some were adorned with stripes and some with polka dots.
In the centre of the tables, we had the centrepieces and also the table numbers which were small wooden beach huts painted in pastel colours from Giddy Kipper on Not on The High Street. The middle of the tables were sprinkled with alternative confetti which we did using pastel coloured flying saucer sweets and individual sweets made out of rock which stated ‘Just Married’ on them. In the middle of each table stood a large sand castle bucket and spade set in various pastel colours which we used as our ice buckets.
All the labels from the purchased wine for the tables were painstakingly removed by Phil’s close family and replaced with amazing, personalised wine labels that Clare and Marcelo brought over from Chile as a surprise for us!
Each plate had a place card on it which was again another vintage postcard which stated ‘take a seat’ on it and the place name cards were secured to a mint green and white scalloped edge (to look like a shell) paper napkin with a tiny pink wooden heart peg. The champagne glasses at every sitting were stood on an ivory paper doily which stated ‘Love’ on it. In each water glass at every sitting sat a paper straw which were adorned with chevrons, polka dots and stripes in pastel colours.
The remaining straws were on the cards and cupcakes table in glass jars adorned with shells and the pastel coloured plastic cutlery for the evening buffet was contained within two storm lanterns wrapped in rope. Pastel coloured beach balls were then dotted about on the floor of the marquee.
We purchased a printed summer rustic table plan on A3 card from The Invite Shack on eBay complete with pastel coloured bunting on it and we placed this inside a vintage photo frame. Instead of hanging it up, we made a feature out of it by leaning it against two stripey, vintage style deckchairs at the entrance to the marquee.
Pastel coloured sweets (like shrimps and bananas) were passed around in small heart shaped pink seaside buckets and the spades could be used to scoop the sweets into personalised brown sweet bags or pastel coloured paper cups purchased from eBay. The napkins for the evening buffet were a sand colour and some stated ‘Mr and Mrs’ on them and the others stated ‘Live, Laugh, Love’ on them. Toilet paper adorned with a cartoon bride and groom was even placed in the bathroom that our guests were using.
Phil’s cousin Alex Chappel kindly offered to be our DJ throughout the whole day and we felt very lucky because Alex is a much sought after International DJ these days and he arrived in Hull for our wedding after DJing in Malta and Venice all summer.
We also hired a popcorn cart from Alun at Candy Creations which set up at the bottom of the garden and served our guests with popcorn from 6pm to 9pm.
THE HONEYMOON | We left for our honeymoon the day after the wedding. The first stop was Venice where we stayed on a gorgeous yacht called ‘Bert’ and now we are in the process of travelling around Lake Garda. Our first stop was a hotel in Riva Del Garda and now we are at our second hotel in Malcesine before moving on to a cool apartment in Desenzano and then our third hotel in Sirmione.
ADVICE FOR OTHER COUPLES | Do what makes you two happy! Yes weddings of course involve sharing your special day with family and friends but ultimately the day is about you two! It is easy to get caught up in what you think other people expect from you and what other people would prefer so just try to stay true to yourselves and do what is best for you two!
CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE |
Marquee | Humberside Marquees
Wedding Car | Cherry Classics
Photographer | Shutter Go Click Photography
Groom Jacket and Waistcoat | Next
Buttonhole | Etsy
Tie and Pocket Square | Ted Baker
Shoes | Anthony Miles
Jeans | Levi
Bride Dress | Oh My Honey
Petticoat | Petticoats a Plenty
Heels | Non Non
Trainers | Schuh
Jewellery | Not on The High Street
Bridesmaids Dress | Dolly Dagger
Heels | Baby Cham Footwear
Jewellery | Not on the Highstreet
Petticoat | Lindy Bop
Decorations / Decor | Not on the Highstreet, eBay & Amazon
Kelly and Philip, thank you both so very much for sharing your divine wedding story with us here today xo Lou