I have been so looking forward to blogging this awesome wedding for ages! Emma and Morgan got in touch with me earlier this year to see if I would be available to shoot their wedding in Wales. From the moment they uttered the words Vintage, Wales, Ice Cream Parlour, Tom Jones, Irish families and “a marquee looking out to sea” I knew it was going to be incredible... and I was not wrong!
Emma and Morgan’s wedding passed by in sheer flurry of activity! Their wedding was all about family and friends and they were constantly gathered around Emma and Morgan, hugging and talking happily about how amazing everything was and thoroughly enjoying the fine dining and amazing music that got the night going. Whilst there was not a particular ‘theme’, there was a very definite 60’s feel that ran through their day. From the quirky Ice Cream Parlour ceremony to Emma’s amazing wedding dress and the colourful bridesmaid’s dresses. From the gorgeous car that carried Emma to her wedding through to the music both sung by the guests during their blessing ceremony (Tom Jones did you say!?) and played out by DJ friends that evening. The colours were incredible and so much fun in pinks, greens and whites and the thought and attention that went into every detail was truly unique.
I asked Emma to share with me a few bits and pieces on her suppliers so that I could include them in my post. What she sent me was such an amazing email with so much thought and passion, that I have included her whole letter to me in this post! Scroll through to see what she wrote...
Emma and Morgan, your day was incredible and I wish you every happiness in the world!
As much as possible we wanted to have a sustainable approach to our wonderful day, but we don't think that needs to be a conspicuous decision (highlighting to everyone how 'green' you are) or compromise your dreams for the day - luckily it meant salvage/reuse/vintage were more than firmly on the table! As much as possible all our suppliers were local to the area, with the hope the money stayed in, and benefited, the local economy. Our invites were designed by my brother, the card from a UK paper mill specialising in post consumer recycled card and printed by a wonderful friend at her home. The wedding cake all baked and iced by my mum and aunty Dympna (fresh marzipan too!) We spent a year collecting items from charity shops (people need to know about Oxfam's online shop!) eBay, etsy and the odd overpriced vintage shop in the east end. As much as possible our flowers were seasonal and grown in the UK, arranged by an extremely talented group of friends and family. Food was sourced locally by our local caterer (a delicious veggie buffet proving you can go without meat, but a Welsh, organically reared hog on the roast if you couldn't resist!) and all our wine was from France minimising air miles on what was the biggest volume of alcohol on the day. Desserts were made by Aunty Ruth (raspberries for the pavlovas from her garden in Worcester), Aunty Sarah, my new mother in law and stunning mini red velvets from our lovely friend Alison. We mini-mooned in Wales too, doing our best to support local businesses and independents.
The tea tins were from ebay - I quickly discovered it's quite a competitive collectors interest in the UK, so I had to let many a beautiful and unique tin go! I've loved the entire creative process of the wedding for making me look at things differently. I'll never be a Martha Stewart (my seams are way too messy) but I'm now forever inspired with what you can achieve with a bit of felt : ) Old milk bottle and beer bottles as flower containers also made a great addition to the table centres - slightly less competitive than tea tins, but they too have their hard core followers on eBay!
The bridesmaid's dresses were both from Beyond Retro, Brick Lane - I was incredibly lucky to get them both on the same day (not just because of how rare it is to find normal sizes!) and both just needed simple alterations which my mum and my mum in law did sterling work on!
My dresses: Both are vintage because a) personally I just didn't see the appreciation for powerfully demure, feminine styling in wedding dresses these days and that's my style b) it's reuse, I felt I wasn't adding to demand for something new to be made/manufactured/shipped etc. The first dress of the day was from Vintage Vixen (http://www.vintagevixen.com/) and the second from a seller I discovered on Etsy (http://vintagebluemoon.com/) I'm not going to lie, there were measurement mishaps, but I took a calculated risk as I was working hard at the gym and had a friend (ex costume restorer) do an amazing alteration job on the sleeves. My mum's dress was vintage too, St Michael bought on ebay. Now the shoes were by far the most extravagant part of my outfits, but they are classic and will definitely be worn again, thank you mum x
A huge thanks needs to go to my man of honour, John, who found his inner craft god the week before the wedding. He made almost every single tissue paper pom pom that filled our marquee - he even used a sewing machine for the first time to finish the fabric coasters we gave as favours. An absolute star.
Advice wise I'd encourage all brides and grooms to enjoy the planning process - it may have some awful ups and downs, but think of all the precious memories you're creating, especially for your loved ones. Talk with family and friends about passions and skills they think different people have. It's a gift to have these giving and creative people in our lives so be sure to engage with them. I found it incredibly hard to see what items on my endless to-do lists could be given to others (who wants to call about the portable toilets or speak about what cables we need for a generator?!) But I urge grooms and brides to do what I didn't do, share the lists