Happy Monday! Did you have a lovely weekend? I hope so 🙂 As it’s the first full week back at work for many of us this week, I’m sharing lots of real weddings on English Wedding Blog this week, starting with Anisha and Mark’s gorgeous DIY wedding. You’ll have a nice little escape every day if you pop back every morning at 11 o’clock – and you can even have real weddings delivered to your email inbox if you subscribe to the blog!
So today’s wedding is full of creative ideas and much of the wedding styling was done by the beautiful bride Anisha. Everything from the fab table plan to ice cream vouchers were handmade for this lovely wedding in the Leicestershire countryside. I also love that Mark and Anisha chose to have a humanist ceremony to make their day more flexible and sentimental – but I’ll let Anisha tell you all about it in the wedding report she’s shared with us (towards the end of the blog post).
All of the images are by Sam Johnson Photography (based in Leicester). I hope you find lots of inspiration here and I know you’ll enjoy seeing such a fab DIY country wedding on the blog today! Share your comments if you have a second at the end – I’d love to hear from you and I know Mark and Anisha will too! Enjoy. Claire xxx
A beautiful DIY country wedding: Anisha and Mark
Anisha and Mark’s wedding report
A little about the wedding ceremony
We chose to have a humanist ceremony to make the day more personal and sentimental. The mother of the groom read an excerpt from “An Apache Wedding Blessing” as part of the ceremony.
Tell us a little about your wedding venue styling and details:
We chose Victoria Farm’s traditional pole marquee as it was a blank canvas for all of our DIY ideas, and it was surrounded by breathtaking views.
We hung tissue paper pom poms from the ceiling and around the edges of the marquee, and draped ribbons from the marquee poles.
For centrepieces, we filled vintage birdcages with flowers and matching bowls with floating candles.
We made our own favours, which were sweetie jars with lace ribbon and a vintage cameo – we also tied a voucher for the ice cream van around the jars! We also created a dessert table filled with cakes and treats made by friends and family.
Wedding invitations and reception stationery
All stationery including save the dates, invitations, the table plan, and ice cream vouchers were made by myself! I also created an informational website, which we shared on the invites.
Wedding music and entertainment
Our friend Gareth Barkley-Smith had performed an acoustic set, which included our first dance song. He was then followed by DJ Alex Kerr (provided by Henderson Management in Leicester) who kept the party going all night.
The bride wore: A simple Benjamin Roberts dress in crisp taffeta with a sweetheart neckline and a beaded belt around the waist. The shoes were satin wedges by Badgley Mischka in a dusky pink colour (to match the bridesmaids) with a floral embellishment. I accessorised with a single pearl necklace, a pearl-strung bracelet given to me by the groom, and an Ivory & Co side tiara.
The groom wore: A black three piece suit with a white shirt and a skinny black tie all from Next. He wore Jeff Banks shoes.
Memorable wedding day moments
- Getting ice cream from the ice cream van.
- Having alone time with the groom when we were taking photos in the venue’s garden – followed by taking silly photos in the photobooth.
- Having my father, who lives in America, walk me down the aisle.
- Dancing the night away with all of our favourite people!
Wedding day advice
Be sure to have help from plenty of people so you can enjoy your big day, rather than running around trying to sort everything out yourself.
Recommended wedding suppliers:
- Victoria Farm Venue (Lutterworth, 01455 208270)
- Sam Johnson Photography (Leicester, 07904 162 611)
- DJ Alex Kerr (Henderson Management, Leicester, 0116 242 9900)
- CK Flowers (Leicester, 0116 270 1456)
- Pictureblast Photobooths (Coventry, 02476 670 267)