Abby and Liam knew they would ‘always be together’ as soon as they met at 13 and about a decade later they married in a beautifully unique DIY village wedding. Our favourite story from the day has to be the groom forgetting his vows and having to read them from his phone and the bride subsequently being advised to text him her vows as a reply! Enjoy the beautiful photography from the happy couple’s special day by Buckinghamshire Wedding Photographer Miki Photography.
We were very, very keen on not having any theme. Our life and general belongings are quite random – and that’s why it all works! We literally chose something if we liked it, and hoped it wouldn’t look like a jumble sale on the day.
The aim for the wedding was just to make it as ‘us’ as possible.We wanted the ceremony to be fun and light, so we wrote it ourselves with Chris, my brother in-law’s uncle. Chris was amazing! He was perfect for the job, and really made us feel at ease when all the eyes were staring. He got all the kids involved and shouting out, and made everyone laugh (and cry). When we exchanged rings, Chris read the ring inscription from Lord Of The Rings, and finished the ceremony on a quote from Harry Potter! It was brilliant.
I also really wanted to source as much as we could locally. I have seen the struggles of small business owners first hand, and knew that if I could get it locally, I would. The cake, food, flowers, dress, bowties, venue, hair, confetti, hay bales and any printing was also sourced locally or from Etsy. We were really pleased and surprised we could do so much in this way!
Being creative people, we knew there was no other option than to DIY. Of course this helped our budget greatly, but it also made it ‘us’. If we saw something we liked, we had it, regardless of colour/tradition/what other people expected. We also got rid some wedding traditions like cake cutting etc. It just wasn’t 'us'.
Abby's tips for brides-to-be:
Don’t feel pressured into doing things a certain way – it’s your wedding day so do it how you feel best represents you.
DIY As much as you think you can handle – we loved it, it made it all so much more personal and we all kind of bonded over it.
Leave enough space in the day to be able to take it all in and mingle I’m so glad we did as we have such great memories.
Venue: Eccleston Village Hall
Bride's Dress: Vintage, bought at a Pillbox Vintage Wedding Fair.
Bride's Shoes: Vivienne Westwood and Converse
Bride's Headpiece: Made by Abby’s sister Katie
Bride's Jewellery: Earrings from Amazon. Bracelet from Ollie & Nic. Belt from Hobbs.
Hair: Soul Hair in Chester
Make Up: Lorraine from MAC in Chester
Groom's Attire: Suit from River Island. Shirt from Next. Bowtie from Xoelle on Etsy. Belt from eBay. Shoes from Vans.
Bridesmaid's Dresses: Boden
Bridesmaid's Accessories: Shoes from River Island.
Cake: More Gorge Us in Spital, Wirral.
Flowers: Grown in Abby’s sister’s and mum’s gardens – then arranged by Abby’s sister Katie, with a little help from Liam.
Stationery: All handmade by Abby
Caterers: Alison’s Country Kitchen
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