Morning lovely!! Do you mind if I distract you for a few minutes with rather a lot of wonderfully homemade wedding ideas? Good 🙂 Because Katherine and Ben’s wedding in Cornwall is about to knock your socks off… it’s so creative!
Now, wedding blogs are invariably the prettiest thing on the internet… but we’re not all about how weddings look. We like to share great advice and tips, and in today’s English Wedding Blog interview beautiful bride Katherine has some wise advice for other DIY brides and grooms: “A do it yourself wedding may seem cheaper than a hotel wedding, but remember that you will have to provide everything from tables and tablecloths to glasses and all of the drinks. The costs add up, so you have to be willing to shop around for the best deals and to spend the time organising every detail yourself!”
That said… this is pretty awesome! Katherine’s Mum made unique invitations for every guest with pressed flowers. The DIY details on the day were fab: Katherine’s table plan, all of the jars and vases, the lanterns, pom poms, bunting and crochet were all home made with love.
Today’s wedding comes from the lovely Evolve Photography in Devon. Find out more here:
The English Wedding Blog interview: Katherine and Ben
Wedding photographer’s website:
Were you pleased with your wedding photographer?
Yes very pleased. He accommodated our needs perfectly and was very patient with us!
Cornish Tipi Holidays, Tregildrans Quarry, Trellil, St Kew, Cornwall.
Can you describe your wedding in a single sentence?
A homemade woodland wedding focusing on the beauty of nature and plenty of food!
What was your reaction to seeing your wedding photos for the first time?
We loved the photos! We enjoyed being able to re-live the day again as it went so fast the first time. The photos really captured the feel of the day.
Your wedding style or theme:
Woodland theme with turquoise and orange colour theme. (My favourite colour is turquoise and Ben’s is orange).
Where did you find your suppliers?
The food suppliers we found online by searching for those that provided the best quality food at the best value.
We had a BBQ for our main wedding breakfast from Mr. T. BBQ man. He served all the favourites as well as luxuries such as lamb steaks and salmon and great salads.
Later we had a crepe van from Pencoose Pantry. They provided so many flavours of savoury and sweet crepe and this was a big hit with everybody!
The Florist and Hairdresser were both from our village in Mount Hawke.
Best bit of budget advice?
A do it yourself wedding may seem cheaper than a hotel wedding, but remember that you will have to provide everything from tables and tablecloths to glasses and all of the drinks. The costs add up, so you have to be willing to shop around for the best deals and to spend the time organising every detail yourself!
Wedding invitations and on the day stationery:
My mum made all of the invitations by collecting spring flowers last year and pressing them. She then painstakingly handmade the cards with the pressed flowers and ribbons. All the invitations were unique. This took her weeks to finish and the end result was amazing.
Did you fall in love with your wedding dress?
Yes. I wanted something floaty and light to fit the surroundings. I wanted it to be fairly simple without too much bling. This dress fit the bill perfectly. I love the lace straps with a really delicate pattern.
Wedding dress designer and bridal boutique:
I bought my dress from Prudence Gowns in Plymouth. The designer was Enzoani Harley.
Glitz and sparkle – the bride’s accessories:
My sister bought my jewellery for me. She bought silver jewellery with turquoise stones. The necklace had a silver circle with a turquoise flower off to one side. The earrings were delicate drop earrings and the bracelet with silver with turquoise stones all around it. It was perfect for the setting and the colour theme and is the kind of jewellery I will wear again and again.
My mum made the flower garland that I wore in my hair with paper and fabric flowers attached to green leather. She then sewed turquoise ribbons to the ends to affix it to my head.
For my shoes I wore turquoise DM boots with ivory satin laces. The ceremony involved walking over grass and the photos were in the woods. There seemed little point in having the traditional ivory satin heels, they would be ruined immediately and I would have spent the whole day extracting my heels from the mud!
Suited and booted – the groom wore:
Blue tweed jacket and waistcoat with grey trousers. The groom wore a silver cravat, while the groomsmen wore a turquoise cravat.
Beautiful bridesmaids: what did your best girls wear?
The two bridesmaids wore a light turquoise knee length dress from Monsoon. They had a little sparkle at the waistline. They had lace panels within the chiffon fabric. They fit with my dress really well. They both had wellies and shoes to interchange on the day.
Hair and make-up – did you DIY or hire a professional?
Our hair was done by Vicki from Veeanti Blue in Mount Hawke with her trainee Paige. She did my bridesmaids, my mum and myself. I think she did a good job! The make-up was DIY. None of us wear a lot of make-up usually so it was very simple and understated.
The bouquets were made by Flowers by Diane in Mount Hawke. They were Spanish bluebells, orange tulips and baby’s breath, cream narcissi and orange roses. They were hand tied and were perfect. Diane also provided us with loose flowers, which we arranged into our hand decorated vases as part of the centre pieces.
My mum then also made two 10inch flower arrangements in oasis for the registrars table. She also made the magnificent flower garland that hung over the archway to the wedding pavilion. She also arranged all of the flower decorations inside and outside of the wedding pavilion and at the marquee.
The button holes and ladies flower pins were home made by Ben’s mum, who also made hair clips for the children
General styling – did your venue need much decoration?
The woodland setting was beautiful on its own, but we wanted to put our own stamp on it and so we decorated the wedding pavilion and surrounding area and the drinks tipi and the marquee. There were a lot of decorations!
DIY – tell us about any handcrafted elements of your wedding…
We decorated wine carafes with ribbon and lace for our vases. We bought plates and filled them with turquoise stones and put the vases in the centre to complete the centre pieces. We also decorated jam jars with ribbons and lace. Some of these were used as more vases, some as jars for sweets for the children and some as lanterns, with green moss in the bottom. I also made the table plan from scratch myself!
My mum crocheted turquoise and white hearts and decorated them with ribbons and sparkles. She then crocheted them into lines and we hung them down one wall of the marquee. My mum’s friend also made some beautiful bunting in our colour scheme that we hung around the bar area.
My dad wrote all of the place cards in Italic writing, which we then put inside name holders made of small tree slices. The table names were also home made and placed inside larger tree slices. We used rolls of organza for turquoise table runners.
We spent hours making paper pom poms to decorate the marquee and the drinks tipi. We also hung lanterns in the marquee.
My mum made all of the flower decorations at the wedding pavilion, including a beautiful piece from my dog Henry!
We hung wedding photos of our families from the tree in front of the wedding pavilion. This became the ‘family tree’.
We provided all of the food and drinks at the drinks tipi and our favourite tipple was prosecco with a sugared hibiscus flower in the bottom to make a sweet and tasty and pretty drink!
The wedding cake: traditional or quirky?
Our cake was non-traditional. It was made by my cousin Alex. It was turquoise in colour with a chocolate tree winding its way up the sides. There were orange and white flowers. There was a beautiful chocolate basket on the top with an orange and turquoise owl at the top instead of the usual bride and groom. It was just what I wanted. The layers were fruit, chocolate and Victoria sponge cake.
Our band was a rock band called Orangutan Wheelbarrow. They were really amazing and spot on with all the songs they played.
We had a fire pit outside with giant marshmallows to roast, which occupied a lot of people’s time!
On the day tips and advice:
Leave plenty of time to set up and be really organised before you arrive at the venue, it will take longer than you think! Make sure you have a really good team to help you set up. In the end little things will be forgotten and overlooked, the day will go so quickly that you barely have time to notice all of the details that you have spent so much time and energy planning. So just relax and take it all in, if you haven’t done it on the day, or you’ve forgotten something, it probably wasn’t that important and so don’t spend your day worrying about it. Make sure you benefit from all of your hard work!
What’s the best thing about being married?
Getting to spend the rest of your life with your best friend.
Quick supplier list for other brides and grooms:
Evolve Photography: http://www.evolvephoto.co.uk/
Mr T BBQ man www.MrTBBQMan.co.uk,
Pencoose pantry www.pencoosepantry.co.uk,
Veeanti Blue hairdresser.
Flowers by Diane, www.flowersbydiane.co.uk/
Cornish Tipi Holidays http://www.cornishtipiweddings.co.uk ,
Orangutan Wheelbarrow www.orangutanwheelbarrow.com