Mixed florals, vintage dresses and the photography of Emma Case are just some of the reasons my insides are aching over today’s wedding. With all the quirkiness we could ask for, British couple Ray and Phil infused their day with fun, mismatched pieces and, from the looks of it, lots of laughter. I would’ve given an arm and a (vintage kitten-heel clad) foot to have been at this adorable wedding! Congratulations, you two!
From the stylin’ bride, Ray. We wanted the wedding to feel like us – we wanted everyone to feel relaxed and comfortable and to be able to enjoy the day as much as possible. We also have a flat full of vintage stuff gathered from various London junk markets and we wanted the wedding to have a similar feel.
We went for bright colours and mismatching florals. My bridesmaids and friends were amazing. We made all of the decorations – My maid of honour (who is also my sister in law) made metres and metres of crepe paper bunting for the reception as well as doily bunting for the ceremony.
My other bridesmaid made all of the boys’ ties and (along with her amazing Mum) made 80 napkins (one for each guest). My Bridesman arranged all of the flowers for the ceremony and reception. We wanted a wedding as local to where we lived as possible. South East London doesn’t have that many venues that suited our taste or budget (!). We wanted somewhere that felt relaxed and had a pub atmosphere – Davy’s was the first and only reception venue we visited and we knew immediately that it would be perfect.
Instead of a cake we had a ‘bake off’. we asked 10 guests to bake a cake and then everyone voted on which was best – the winner was given a bottle of champagne.
Any advice for brides planning their weddings now? Don’t be too ready to compromise. Trust your gut. If there’s something you really want to feature in the day, be willing to work that little bit harder for it even if it makes things a little more stressful for a while. Compromising too early meant I bought two lots of bridesmaids dresses as well as two dresses for myself!
Wedding Vendors (London, UK):
Wedding reception: Davy’s Wine Bar / Florist: Kirsty from Igloo Flowers created bouquets and the boutonnieres / Photographer: Emma Case / Wedding Dress: Vintage from Fur Coat No Knickers / Headpiece: DIY / Bridesmaid Dresses: Vintage / Groom’s suit: Burtons / DJ: iPod playlist / Caterer: Davy’s Wine Bar / Wedding Cake: various from wedding guests / Transportation: Groom’s father’s Beetle (the same car the groom’s dad proposed to his wife in!)