Campervans are the best wedding transport, I think! I adore Chrissy and Peter’s wedding because they travelled in style… and their entire day is so personal and creative. Chrissy told me it’s great to think creatively about the little details: when buying name tags, for example, just buy what you really like – even if it doesn’t say ‘wedding’ on the box!
Their Berkshire wedding is just lovely, and this stylish and gorgeous couple have so many brilliant ideas to share. I adore their pastel colour combinations – and the flowers are out of this world. Chrissy “wanted them to look like they had been picked like when you go for a walk! A bit rustic and natural” and Kaye Stallwood made her perfect bouquet, which I love!
Images are by the fabulous Hannah McClune Photography assisted by James Meek. Hannah is based in Reading, Berkshire and photographs weddings in the surrounding counties too! I can’t wait to feature more of her weddings so do check her out!
With lots and lots of DIY details, and help from friends and family (a talented bunch!) Chrissy and Peter planned their entire wedding in a little over 3 months. I think they’re amazing and I know you will too.
Our wedding story: Chrissy & Peter
Wedding photographer’s website:
Were you pleased with your wedding photographer?
Yes! She was brilliant. Creative, fun and so relaxed. The photos were beautiful and exactly what we had imagined. She was like a wedding guest and we wanted her to stay and party with us!
Holy Family Church, Langley
Reception: The Olde Bell, Hurley
8th August 2014
Can you describe your wedding in a single sentence?
A perfect day – full of love, fun and dancing!
What was your reaction to seeing your wedding photos for the first time?
A tear to my eye! They captured the day perfectly. We had enjoyed every minute of being photographed as it was such fun. We think this really shows in a lot of our photos. The photos of our beautiful nieces (flower girls) and nephews, bridesmaids and wedding party are lovely. The colour of our wonderful campervan is so vibrant in each photo. The happiness of the day shines through each one!
Your wedding style or theme:
Everything we love! Fun, friends and food!! We also love music and this was an important part throughout our day.
How long did you spend planning your wedding?
Engaged and wedding planned within 3 months! (We decided we wanted to get married whilst sitting on the sofa one Sunday in late April! With a lot of help and panic from our family, we got married in August!)
Best bit of budget advice?
To buy what you like – I had looked at lots of place setting cards that were quite expensive for each one and not really what I had wanted. I then opted for some lovely chintz craft tags at more than half the price! It doesn’t have to ‘say wedding’ to look wedding. Also – try to negotiate and price match!
Wedding invitations and on the day stationery:
Invitations and Orders of Service – Rebecca McMillan
Table Plan – Something New Stationery (Etsy)
Menus, place settings etc – Me! (I downloaded some lovely fonts and borders!)
Did you fall in love with your wedding dress?
The perfect dress! With very little time to decided and try on, I had to be clear about what I wanted. I knew I didn’t want floor length so it cut down my options. I tried one strapless and then ‘the one’! I had tried on and ordered within a week. I felt wonderful in it – and danced all night!! Family and friends comment that it was very ‘me’!
Wedding dress designer and bridal boutique:
Justin Alexander – Supernova Bridal (Datchet)
Glitz and sparkle – the bride’s accessories:
The veil was a last minute decision (a few days before!) I thought I would never have the opportunity to wear one again! It looked perfect. As my hair is short, a simple pearl and glitz hairband was all I wanted. Some diamond studs and a Tiffany necklace from work friends was the only jewellery I wore.
Suited and booted – the groom wore:
A three piece navy suit. We spent a little while trying on different suits but new Pete would feel and look comfortable in a lounge suit. A huge decision over shoe colour and style though….!
Beautiful bridesmaids: what did your best girls wear?
As soon as we announced we were getting married in 3 months my sisters immediately asked the colour scheme. I liked green. On arriving at the first bridesmaid shop, they mentioned they didn’t like green! So the girls chose the dresses and colour! We didn’t want floor length as my dress was tea length so we had the Dessy dresses cut. Both the girls looked beautiful and the colour of the dresses set the theme for the wedding.
Hair and make-up – did you DIY or hire a professional?
www.jadevictoria.net A friend recommended Jade. She was brilliant and did my make up just as I had wanted.
Kaye Stallwood – I wanted them to look like they had been picked like when you go for a walk! A bit rustic and natural. As the colour theme of the wedding hadn’t been decided, we went for white flowers.
Church – Auntie Annette!!
General styling – did your venue need much decoration?
It was a blank canvas – a big space with fairy lights. A little daunting with only a few months to go! I wanted to fill the space (inside and out) with things I love. A friend made blue patterned bunting that we hung outside under the canopy, my great granddad’s old suitcase held the Polaroid camera and film and the children at school (secretly) made campervan bunting, heart mobiles and a ‘real life’ campervan! All very much DIY! Pete’s favourite hire purchase was the very high P & C (from Vowed and Amazed)– which feature in one of my favourite photos of us.
DIY – tell us about any handcrafted elements of your wedding…
The wedding favours – candle holder jam jars and jam jars filled with blue bon bons.
Menus and Place settings – I bought a new calligraphy pen!
Jugs to hold the flowers – they were green and were spray painted.
Shoot it Yourself Filming!
The wedding cake: traditional or quirky?
My Auntie Ann and sisters made the wedding cake. Each tier was a different flavour (probably the hardest decisions of the wedding!) The top was an iced model of Pete and me camping. Very fun and quirky! As soon as I saw it, it was really ‘us’!
During drinks and canapés (when we were having photos at the river) an acoustic singer Kieron Cox sang our favourite songs. I decided a few weeks before as I knew guests would need entertaining!
The Roadrunners (Indie, rock) played long into the night – with special guest (Pete) on the tambourine and mic!
On the day tips and advice:
Take a moment to be by yourselves. Just to enjoy being Mr and Mrs! And dance – lots!
What’s the best thing about being married?
Being Mrs C! After years of ‘living together’ we are now ‘married’ – which doesn’t feel that different actually! 🙂
Quick supplier list for other brides and grooms:
http://www.vowedandamazed.co.uk/ – Huge letters
http://www.rebeccamcmillan.co.uk/ – Stationery
http://kieroncox.com/ – Singer
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7M_TPWjpvTo – Road Runners