Nat and Dave’s wedding was a festival wedding in spectacular form. It breathed uniqueness and life. Originality and fun. It was a show, and a show within a show.
For example, Natalie made her own wedding cake. But not only did she do that – she went one further and embarked on a 10 week sugarcraft course!
Knowing there were lots of finer details to the wedding day, I asked Natalie to write a few comments about her day – she wrote me an essay! I should have guessed!
So here, in Natalie’s own words is what she got up to in planning her wedding.
“My shoes were by Karen Millan and were my something blue. There was a silver sixpence in my shoe given by my bridesmaids as I was getting ready which was a lovely surprise!
My necklace was my Grandma's and my something old, my Dad gave it to me before the wedding and I just thought it was perfect for the whole theme.
My something borrowed was my Mum's earrings which were diamonds - very special - she did ask for them back halfway through the day as she was so worried I'd lose them!
The dress was my something new by Terry Fox , but I wanted it alterated as I wanted sleeves. The alterations were done by Alma's Alterations in Brighton. She's a lovely lady and was very accommodating as I had a very specific vision and she did fantastically during a very busy period for her. The lady I bought the dress from was lovely as well, her name is Jana (Mode Bridal in Hove) and she has set up her own bridal shop in her front room and she has all sorts of alternative dresses and fairy tale designs. She had the room set out so beautifully with vintage style tea and cookies and really put me at ease straight away, it was a lovely way to buy a dress and all the more special as she's a small local business.
The flowers were put together by my Mum and her friend, bless her! All the flowers came out of her back garden and were organised the day before the wedding, which was lovely as it was again very personal as Mum is such a keen gardener. All accept the dried hair combs and my crown, these were made by a little farm who I found on Ebay, and they grow all of the flowers, dry them and Carly assembles the creations based on your colour scheme and does take flower requests. It gave the dresses a vintage effect which is what I wanted to go for.
The cake was of my creation, it took approximately 40 hours altogether and had all homemade sugarcraft. My maid of honour and I worked on the flowers together in the evenings, which also gave us lots of time to talk and plan, which was a lovely bonus!
We actually took a course together, again a lovely thing, and I would totally recommend doing the same thing for any crafty creative people planning a wedding. It was only £50 at Portslade College for a 10 week course and now I have a skill I can continue to use and all that time with my best friend to make the wedding exactly what I wanted! The cake was a whole lemon, lavender and blackberry cake with a buttercream icing.
I also made the little fairy wedding toppers for the top of the cake and they took a further 10 hours at least and were made of pliable wire and I made the little outfits myself too. These were extra special but I would make something similar on a bespoke basis if requested, however I'm not sure how much that would cost at the moment!!
We also had my homemade chilli apple preserve to go with the BBQ style meat, which again was another personal touch that helped to fill the tables!
The BBQ was amazing too, all provided by Springbok BBQ who smoke the meats with your choice of hardwood pellets whilst the meat is cooking, about 5 hours and it smelt amazing!
The face painter was so lovely too, Zoe from Zoe's Faces. Again I found her on eBay but she was so worth the £130 for 2 hours, loads of people got face paints done and it was great for the kids, they loved it so much - one boy refused to take it off before bed so slept in his! It just gave the day a relaxed feel and felt like there was something going on whilst all the photos were being taken.
And of course, the amazing Yoghurt Rooms!! They were so good, we must have visited about 4 or 5 times in total and they couldn't do enough to ensure it was exactly what we wanted, even cutting some tree branches at the last minute to decorate the barn!! The best bit was that they really just let us get on with it and have it exactly how we wanted and on the day they were more than happy for us to do as we liked it was great.
I did all the planning too and I guess my advise for others is, don't take on too much!! Lol! Also find one thing that you really identify with (it can be anything) and add in decoration and colour ideas from that one place. For example, Lavender was the original thread that ran through everything, the bridesmaid dresses, cake, on the tables and in the flowers, then I build on the idea from there; vintage, natural themes and the 70's woodstock/festival vibe and added in the other colours; yellow, peach, silver and navy blue and somehow it all came together!! It was about 2 years in the planning but Pinterest was a big helping hand! Alternatively, hire me to help plan and find theme ideas!!”
Here's a few favourites from their awesome day. Enjoy! x