Rather a lot of wonderful village hall, boho, festival wedding styling ideas! with Starry Eyed Weddings

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Hey lovelies! For those of you who love making, who adore bright colours and who have drawers full of ribbons and fun papers and crafty bits at home (or wish you had!)… I have something wonderful to share. Today’s fabulously creative shoot is brought to you by Starry Eyed Weddings and Three Flowers Photography along with a team of talented wedding creatives from the East of England. I hope you love it as much as I do! 

One thing we hear regularly in the media is how expensive weddings are, and how much of a ‘rip off’ they are – well we beg to differ! Of course there are costs involved-after all its the biggest party you’ll ever throw. Probably. But we know lots of great venues, amazing suppliers and decor tricks that will not only keep you within budget but will give you the day you’ll never forget.

Our first trick is to find your local village hall-one of our local absolute favourites is Willingale Village Hall which although in beautiful countryside is a mere 20 minutes from Epping and Chelmsford! It is beautifully maintained inside and as a bonus has outdoor space and decking with the most stunning views of the countryside and the choice of not 1 but 2 churches-the only place in England to have this.

Willingale is truly at the heart of the village and is regularly used for lots of activities and we think its so perfect for a wedding! We decided we had to hold a shoot at the hall after decorating a real wedding there back in the summer and we chose a classic pretty English vintage theme as this works so well for anytime of the year.

Village halls often have areas that need some work or ‘covering up’, quite often the stage curtains we find! We used the stage as the focal point for the top table by hanging one of our personalised ditsy banners that have become one of our trademarks, tonnes of festoon lights and bunting strung across the high ceilings, along with pretty vintage lampshades to create a cosy but dramatic atmosphere.

Our friends at Anthology Vintage hire supplied the stripped back trestle tables on which we used mismatched bohemian lace runners, odd vases and champagne bottles to display country style blooms & foliage, which were supplied by local florist Louise Stokes from the Botanical Shed. Louise always advises brides to give as much information on the colour and style of flowers wanted, but to trust her to gather the best selection at the time of the wedding – this means you get great seasonal flowers in budget!

Linda Hamilton from Gather & Feast provided a thoroughly perfect picnic.  Little baskets stuffed with chicken, ham and honey and mustard pies, sweet chilli sausage rolls, greek salad with orzo pasta and roasted vegetable tart and more! Baskets or alternatively paper bags make a perfect lunch for spring/summer weddings .  Tempting sweet treats adorned our A frame dessert table, also from Anthology, with the wedding cake provided by FrenchMade who make exquisite wedding cakes with the best ingredients, and Lauren provided  a special budget friendly idea – a mini stacked wedding cake with a sweep of colour topped with 2 delightful porcelain swans, ready for the happy couple to cut and mixed in with either Victoria sponges or cup cakes so there is plenty for all your guests.

We also suggest adding some fun extras like a gin fizz reception cocktail to welcome wedding guests as they arrive at the hall- these can be served on the decked area at the side of the hall on a perfect summer’s day! Or maybe Winnie The Vintage Caravan, she’s a 1970’s Sprite Alpine caravan, which having been lovingly restored and styled in a vintage theme can be either hired as a photo booth, or as a backdrop for wedding photos.  Winnie looked quite at home outside the hall and added something fun for guests later on in the day.

Our Bride wore the soft and whimsical Adele dress from Vintage Trousseau.  The fitted bodice has hand appliqued flowers and beading, with a softly draped skirt. Our Groom and Best Man wore navy suits with floral ties from Anthony Formal Hire, and guests wore vintage dresses from Ella Pop Shop. Hair & Make up was kept natural and super soft by Laura and Haleigh Make Up and Hair

STYLING/CONCEPT by Starry Eyed Weddings – https://www.starryeyedweddings.co.uk/

FOOD by Gather and Feast Events – https://www.gatherandfeastevents.co.uk/

PHOTOGRAPHER: Three Flowers Photography – http://www.threeflowersphotography.co.uk/#intro

FURNITURE from Anthology Vintage Hire – https://www.anthologyvintagehire.com/

WEDDING DRESS by Vintage Trousseau – https://www.vintagetrousseau.com/

SUITS from https://www.anthonyformalwear.co.uk

CAKE by French Made – https://www.frenchmade.co.uk/

GUESTS DRESSES from https://www.facebook.com/EllaPopShop/

HAIR & MAKE UP by https://www.laurahaleigh.com/

VENUE: WILLINGALE  VILLAGE HALL – http://willingalevillage.uk/willingale-village-hall/

FLOWERS SUPPLIED BY https://thebotanicalshed.wordpress.com/

Personalised frame by Stitch & Sketch

Printed chair covers from Betty Loves Vintage

MODELS: Lois Auker (@loismaniauker), Matthew C Hughes (@matthewcshughesmodel), Leo Petrarca (@leoshak)

Claire Gould

Claire spends her days writing - either in beautiful calligraphy or online. She lives on the edge of the English Lake District only minutes away from the beach, where she loves to escape and unwind. Claire's calligraphy can be found at www.byMoonandTide.com. Claire launched the English Wedding Blog in November 2009 - it's been a top 10 UK wedding blog ever since, with a regional focus we hope you LOVE.


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