Happy Monday everyone! I hope you had the loveliest weekends… and for anyone who’s not in a work mood right now I have a really charming DIY wedding to share with you. Matt and Steph were married at The Ashes in Staffordshire and poured their hearts into creating a pretty day full of little details and DIY touches.
Steph’s Mum was a star, crafting so many of the tiny details of the day. Steph told me, “We went a little mad on the decor and had loads of flowers, vases, candles and ornaments but it all worked out and looked beautiful!”
Images are by Joe at One Little Daisy Photography. Joe is based in Staffordshire and you can find out all about him here:
Shall we step into Steph and Matt’s wonderful homemade wedding? Enjoy.
The English Wedding Blog Interview: Matt and Steph
Wedding photographer’s website:
Were you pleased with your wedding photographer?
Yes! Joe is a wonderful photographer that made us both feel comfortable in front of the camera, capturing all of those natural special moments without us even noticing he was around, along with all of the formal photographs we wanted for our story book.
The ashes venue: http://theashes-venue.co.uk/
Can you describe your wedding in a single sentence?
The happiest day of our life, made perfect with beautiful weather and friends and family, will will remember it forever!
What was your reaction to seeing your wedding photos for the first time?
Seeing our photographs for the first time was like reliving the day, it made us want to do it all over again!
Your wedding style or theme:
Vintage theme including natural earthy colours, birdcages, butterflies and bunting.
Where did you find your suppliers?
Many of our suppliers were found either online or through friends’ recommendations. The ashes venue website also included a list of local suppliers which were helpful to us for ideas as we live out of the area.
Best bit of budget advice?
Pay from everything as you go along (or set the money to one side), that way you always know where you’re up to.
Allow yourself the extras that you want to so you don’t have regrets, you only do it once!
Wedding invitations and on the day stationery:
Steph’s mum made all of our save the dates, wedding invites, place settings, favours, table names, menu and order of the day boards along with handmade bunting and trimming of vases! We’re very lucky that she’s both talented and patient! Please ask for her email address if anyone wants to have anything custom made
Did you fall in love with your wedding dress?
Yes! It was the first one I tried on, I then had to try a dozen others on just to make sure, and it was perfect.
Wedding dress designer and bridal boutique:
Maggie sottero – Emma
Blush boutique – upper mill
Glitz and sparkle – the bride’s accessories:
I added a taupe belt to my dress along with an ivory lace veil and a beaded headband. All supplied by blush boutique.
Shoes and handbag were Rachel Simpson
Suited and booted – the groom wore:
We bought all of the groomsmen a new suit from next.
Hired cravats, waistcoats and shirts from Dennis hope
Matt’s shoes and belt were matching brown leather Gucci which we bought from selfridges.
I had some cufflinks made to match Matt’s wedding ring to which were given to him on the wedding morning
Beautiful bridesmaids: what did your best girls wear?
I had 3 adult bridesmaids who each wore a mint velvet shift dress with an attached lace and beaded Cape along with Nine West peep toe kitten heels
Dresses – house of Fraser
Shoes – selfridges
My little flower girl wore little vintage style next dress and sparkly next shoes
Hair and make-up – did you DIY or hire a professional?
One of my bridesmaids is a make up artist working at Bobbi brown in selfridges. She did both mine and the bridesmaids’ make up.
I had my hair done at the retreat which is where I stayed the evening before the wedding and a friend of mine did all of my bridesmaids’ hair so a mix match of diy and professional.
All our flowers were bought from and arranged by the florists Gordon Riggs garden centre (todmorden)
General styling – did your venue need much decoration?
Our venue didn’t really need much decoration at all, it’s one of those places where you can do as much or as little as you wanted. We went a little mad on the decor and had loads of flowers, vases, candles and ornaments but it all worked out and looked beautiful!
DIY – tell us about any handcrafted elements of your wedding…
A lot of our wedding was ‘diy’, as we said Steph’s mum made everything from the bunting, to the orders of the day, invitations and general trimming up of vases so that everything ran with the same theme. She did an excellent job and we cannot thank her enough!
We also had both of our wedding rings hand made too. Steph got a yellow gold band with baguette diamonds to match her engagement ring from
Matt’s ring includes both white and yellow gold along with the wedding date and is just stunning.
The wedding cake: traditional or quirky?
We had a modern two tier chocolate fudge cake covered in white chocolate with pearls and diamantés for our breakfast dessert, along with Victoria sponge cupcakes all hand decorated which guests helped themselves to in the evening. These were all from Slattery’s. These were presented through the day on a large vintage stand.
Our band was called ‘the live lounge project’ they were amazing and so professional.
Our magician was called Christian Fletcher and captured everyone’s attention throughout the afternoon. He won best non musical wedding entertainer at the national wedding awards the year we were married too!
We also had a pianist and violin player throughout the ceremony and drinks reception, called Stephanie Bloor who can be found through the ashes website.
On the day tips and advice:
Take 20minutes away from your party to enjoy some time together as newlyweds. Its very exciting and overwhelming.
What’s the best thing about being married?
Sharing the same last name and being a family, knowing we will be together forever!