Greenery is where it’s at for 2017 weddings. Foliage and textures for a wonderfully organic look make my heart sing. So Phoebe and Wayne’s DIY wedding is perfect to share on the English Wedding Blog, with all its greenery and homemade touches. This gorgeous couple’s day is full of ideas so I am thrilled to be sharing it with you today!
We chose our venue because of its gorgeous setting in the heart of the south downs. We kept the styling very simple, keeping the focus on the lovely surroundings. We hung white lanterns but not much else. Everything that we could have made ourselves, we did. My husband even made our cake table from an old cable reel. I definitely enjoyed it, I hope he did!
We look back at our day and are so proud of what we created and couldn’t imagine feeling as much pride and satisfaction if we hadn’t done so much of it ourselves.
Images are by lovely London & Surrey wedding photographer Siobhan H Photography, who you can discover more from here:
We were looking for a photographer with a more relaxed and candid approach as well as being able to photograph children. When we came across Siobhan’s work she ticked all the boxes. On the day Siobhan just got on with it, we didn’t feel like we had a camera in our face all day, which we had feared. We were very excited to see our photos and we certainly weren’t disappointed, Siobhan had captured our day perfectly.
One of the best things about Phoebe and Wayne’s wedding was how they ensured the day was as much about the children as the adults. There were so many fun things for the kids to enjoy, it was just lovely to see them so happy! And of course, Phoebe’s creativity added so many beautiful touches to the celebration – the details were wonderful. ~ Siobhan H Photography
Wedding photographer’s website:
How did you choose your photographer?
We were looking for two main things when looking for a photographer, A candid approach and good at photographing children. Siobhan’s work ticked both of these boxes along with working with natural light which was perfect with our venue.
Were you pleased with your wedding photographer? Do tell… we love a brilliant review!
We were really pleased with Siobhan, she was very laid back and just got on with it. We never felt that she was getting in the way. And most importantly we were very pleased with the finished photos.
Tell us about the moment you saw your wedding photos for the first time?
We were sat on our hotel room balcony in Olu Deniz, Turkey, over looking the sea when we got our first preview of our photos. The WiFi in the hotel was not the best and we had to wait patiently for each photo to load, was very exciting. Unfortunately not with a glass of bubbles in hand as a few days before we had found out I was pregnant with our second child.
Duncton Village Hall
Can you describe your wedding in fewer than 10 words?
“Embracing the beauty of nature” as Siobhan described it.
Your wedding style or theme:
Natural, rustic and simple.
Where did you find your suppliers? (Blogs, magazines, recommendations?)
We found a lot of our suppliers through Facebook and from wedding fayres.
What’s your top tip for saving money?
DIY!! We did a lot ourselves, spent the weeks running up to the wedding constructing centrepieces, a bar, the table plan, the favours (to name a few) and even the morning of the wedding putting together our Afternoon Tea wedding breakfast. Not only did it save us a lot of money but it also gave us a great feeling of satisfaction seeing everything come together.
… and which elements of your wedding are you glad you spent more on?
Our venue being a village hall meant that we had no staff included so we hired a lady called Susie Evans from Inspired by Susie to co ordinate the day. Her knowledge was invaluable and she kept the day running smoothly, a long with two helpers. Although we had done all of the planning and preparations ourselves it was very important that we had someone to help bring it together on the day so we could enjoy ourselves.
Where did you buy or source your wedding stationery – or was making it a labour of love?
I made all the wedding stationery myself. Hand stamping each letter of the guests names on the invitations. Putting together the table plan, name places and table names.
Did you fall in love with your wedding dress?
I tried lots of dresses on. Liking elements of each but none of them being quite perfect. I finally went to a small boutique, a converted barn in the middle of nowhere, where I found a dress that brought all the elements that I had previously loved together, and was affordable! I was in love.
Wedding dress designer and bridal boutique:
Bijou Bridal Boutique in Barnham West Sussex
Tell us about your accessories: jewellery, shoes and anything else!
I wanted to keep my jewellery very simple but it had to be very sparkly, so I opted for some pieces from Swarovski. I really struggled to get excited about anything to go in my hair until I came across hair vines made by Victoria Harper bridal accessories. This was one of the few things that I went into a shop and bought without looking online for it cheaper first, I was so excited.
And what did the groom wear?
My husband wore a dark navy suit hired from Astares Mens suit hire, paired with a pair of converse style shoes. My husband has never been one for dressing smart but he definitely scrubbed up well!
Beautiful bridesmaids: what did your best girls wear?
We had our 2 and a half year old daughter as our flower girl, she wore a grey tutu made by The Button Tree, with a simple white strappy vest, a white Cardigan and little white shoes. My grownup bridesmaid was a childhood friend whom wore a long tulle grey skirt with a grey leotard underneath. Both girls had matching corsages also made by The Button Tree.
Hair and make-up – did you DIY or hire a professional?
Since I was a little girl I always knew I would have someone to do my hair and make up on the day of my wedding. I had a lovely lady called Kristiana to do both on the morning. What a treat it was!
Describe your wedding flowers. Who arranged them for you? (florist details would be lovely please)
My bouquet, the button holes and my daughters circlet were put together by Global Flowers in Midhurst. The rest of the flowers were arranged by a good friend.
The wedding cake: what kind of cake did you choose and why?
We chose to have a rustic naked wedding cake. My brother and his girlfriend made the cake, they had never made a wedding cake before but put lots of planning and practice in. Everyone thought it was gorgeous and it tasted good too!
Entertainment: any musical recommendations, surprises or treats?
We had a duet called True Tone which played some music at the beginning of the evening, they set a lovely relaxed atmosphere. After being very sure we wouldn’t be having a photo booth at our wedding, we had so much fun trying one out at the Tulley Wedding Fayre, that we had a photo booth at the wedding supplied by Instant Fun Photobooth, which went down really well.
What’s the best thing about being married?
Marriage tax allowance!! Just joking. Even though we had a little girl together before we got married, I feel like we are a proper family now.