On the 9th of October 2015 we got married! It was a beautiful Autumn day and we couldn’t have imagined it any better.
Our DIY wedding had many influences (thanks Pinterest) and we combined a lot of different elements to create our perfect day.
We had a beautiful ceremony at Tattershall Castle in Lincolnshire followed by an intimate outdoor wedding
reception at Alex’s family home. Here is some of the highlights of our amazing day soon to be followed by some articles that explain how we created our perfect DIY Autumn outdoor wedding.
Alex and I got married at Tattershall Castle in Lincolnshire. The castle is a beautiful medivial building surrounded by countryside. We had the ceremony at 11am which to begin with we thought was a bit early, however it was the best decision that we made because it meant that we had a full day to relax and enjoy our wedding day.
We had a civil ceremony because we are in no way religious and didn’t want to put our guests through the aukwardness that comes with singing hymns. The civil ceremony also allowed us to have full control over the ceremony from the music to saying our own vows which made it all the more special.
Here are a few pictures from the ceremony
When we got engaged Alex and I discussed our wedding and concluded that we wanted to celebrate our day somewhere that meant a lot to both of us. We quickly chose Alex’s family home which his parents built from scratch when Alex and his brothers were running around wearing only wellies.
We hired a trapeze marquee which was amazing – I originally wanted a tepee however budget wouldn’t quite allow. We wanted something different from a box marquee and when we found the trapeze it fit the bill perfectly.
We decorated the marquee with 50m of festoon lights, rose garlands and handmade real flower centrepieces using recycled jars, wine bottles and ribbon and of course burlap.
Here are some pictures of our outdoor reception
We got engaged whilst on a foodie tour of Tuscany and our favourite meals have always been relaxed Italian lunches, so we had our caterers Whites Fine Foods design a menu which reflected our love of Italian food. We had handmade breads, Italian antipasti, cheeses, pizzas, pasta and lots of olives! All of our guests were full and keep telling us how good the food was.
My amazing mum is a very talented self-taught celebration cake maker and of course she was my first choice to make our wedding cake. We had a three tier cake which we asked for three flavours; coffee, chocolate and lemon. Coffee cake was the first cake my mum taught me to make so it was important to me that we had my favourite cake! The flowers were individually made and the cake was hand painted. In the middle of the cake is a light up box full of fairy lights. I cried when I saw it for the first time.
Here is our amazing cake by my talented mum at J9 Cakes 4 U
My gorgeous wedding dress was from a boutique bridal shop in Nottinghamshire called Beautiful brides and it is by the designer Pronovias. I fell in love with it the moment I tried it on and of course I was showered with more compliments on the day then I have in my life – I must admit it was lovely.
We didn’t have a huge budget for flowers from a florist so my awesome bridesmaids offered to do the bouquets and centrepieces for me. We ordered the flowers from a wholesaler called Triangle Nurseries. We spent roughly £500 which I thought was mad however if we ordered them from a florist we would have spent triple that!
The flowers were beautiful and my girls have now got a new hobby!
Here are a few pics of the flowers
Our photographer was the talented and fun Trevor Gibbs owner of the Guildhall Studio in Lincoln. He was with us all day and was everything we could have asked for in a photographer. We wanted lots of natural shots that captured our day and he gave us that and more.
That was a brief round-up of our day we will be posting more blogs about individual parts of the day over the next few weeks with advice and tips of what we have learnt along the way. If you have any questions in the meantime feel free to ask in the comments.