There is no other way to describe Monday’s real wedding…other than it’s simply a beauty! My heart did a little somersault when I saw all the gorgeous details that the amazing Christine and Xander of Navyblur, captured throughout Jamie and Bryony’s day, which was decked out through some serious DIY talent! They chose Duncton Mill in West Sussex for it’s lake setting and secluded location, allowing them to dance the night away… and as you’ll soon see from the photos, you’ll definitely want to have been a guest at this wedding!
Every little detail throughout the day had a particular significance to the couple, which Bryony says made it all the more personal, and special.
“I really wanted straps and lace for my wedding dress which was simple but very feminine and made me feel special. I also added by sewing on my own pale pink velvet ribbon around the empire waist to add colour and make it a little more my own. I wore a beautiful Nottingham cream lace garter with a blue ribbon which I bought from the most amazing wedding shop in Nottingham by a designer called ‘Kula Tsurdiu’. I loved this because it brought a little bit of traditional Nottingham (my home town) to the South.”
Both Byrony and Jamie’s family played a big part in bringing the whole day together. Lucky for Byrony, her sister Susie had recently trained as a florist, so was the obvious choice to create the rustic and vintage style bouquets. It was Bryony’s style of bridesmaid dresses which originally inspired the English country garden vibe, with a twist of vintage style!
“I knew exactly what I wanted when it came to the flowers; which were a vintage, country garden feel, lots of pastel colours with bright yellows. My bridesmaids wore 50’s style dresses from Jigsaw- they were the first things I bought when planning the wedding. I just loved them and because they were in two colour ways which made it perfect. I didn’t try and make everything match- just work well as a whole- the bridesmaid’s dresses were chosen for the rustic autumn colours- which fitted perfectly against the pale pastels.”
Jamie equally embraced the dapper vintage look, which was completed with a very special gift from his father.
“Jamie’s Dad Laurie had also given him vintage 1930’s gold, art deco cufflinks which were passed down in the family –Laurie had got them engraved with Jamie’s initials and the date of our wedding. The whole ensemble made him look amazing, and suited him so well. I just wanted to get down the aisle as quick as I could to be with him.”
Oh the reception details…..be still my beating heart! From the lemony cake to the pastel bunting, to the scrabble place cards and signs, I just can’t decide which I love most! But the most impressive bit is that 90% of the stunning decor you see was made by Bryony herself, told you she was a DIY queen!
“To decorate our traditional style marquee, I collected loads of vintage tins, jam jars, glass vases and pretty tea cups. I made metres and metres of pastel coloured bunting to decorate the walls of the marquee. I also bought a few garlands of white paper doves which were beautiful. I made big pastel coloured paper pom poms to hang around the poles and walls – these were really effective and added big splashes of colour. I bought two wooden doll shapes and painted little figures of Jamie and me (not 100% true to life). I also cut out a little card tie and collar for the groom. For the bride I made a tiny paper bouquet and used a piece of lace to fix the bouquet to the doll.”
Did you spot the adorable personalised chocolates that Jamie and Bryony put out for their guests as favours? Wait ’til you here the genius DIY way they created them, such a simple but clever idea!
“I chose Ritter Sport chocolates – as they were in the perfect pastel colours. They were really tasty too! I designed and printed our little J&B stamp on brown paper and then cut them into strips. I then wrapped the strips with our stamp around three chocolates. They looked really cute. And cost me a fraction of the price of wedding favours you get in the shops.”
There are two other really important ‘D’ words that every couple should know when taking on the to do list for a DIY wedding…DIT (Do it together, i.e you will need help!) and Delegate! That was something I really struggled with during my own big day, but that Bryony and Jamie have worked to their favour, enlisting the help of friends and family.
“We asked a gardener friend of ours to cut up loads of old logs of different sizes to use as decoration. We placed flower pots on them to create height and differing levels. We also used big logs to place the cake upon, and to display and lay out the puddings and food. I also bought lots of hessian fabric which I cut into long thin strips as table runners for the tables. We loved the idea of using our initials throughout the wedding – which was a lovely personal detail. We bought three wooden letters J & B to decorate the top table. My Dad also carved his own wooded letters too which was so sweet. They really added the rustic and personal appeal.”
It’s clear that after all the work that had gone into bringing the whole day together, they got on with the most important job, enjoying the day! Judging from the pictures below, it was one hell of a party, full of fun, mischief and crazy dancing!
“We hired our close friends and former bandmates of Jamie’s – an amazing function band called ‘Wolfpack’. Again they had played at our friends’ weddings and played many a time at one of our local pubs in Brighton. We knew they would be fantastic and really get the party started, and as they were close friends we were able to have a fairly big say in the setlist, which meant it was personalised to our tastes.”
So what’s the verdict? Do you want to have been there as much as me?! Thanks so much to Christine and Xandar of Navyblur for capturing all the magic of such a special day. Jamie and Bryony couldn’t say enough how pleased they were with the images, and I can see why!
“Of course we couldn’t have had anyone other than our lovely friends Christine and Xander. We’d seen them do their magic at some of our other friend’s weddings and knew they would capture our day perfectly, and in the style we wanted. (fun and with an artistic flare)”
Jamie and Bryony thanks also to you for sharing your gorgeous day with us and for imparting your words of wisdom and great DIY ideas, wishing you a long and happy life together, filled with many more amazing parties!
“It was hard work having to organise and arrange all the elements of the day- but it meant that the end result was just perfect for us. I would say that if you do end up doing a lot of the organising yourself; on the day let all the things you’ve planned and thought about go – and enjoy it. Do not worry whether things aren’t completely perfect otherwise you will not be able to enjoy everything you have worked towards. Try and enlist as much help as you can. Above all remember it’s about YOU and the person you’ve chosen to spend the rest of your life with! The rest is just material.”
Photography: Navyblur | Venue: Duncton Mill | Boutique: Perfection and Ozone | Accessories: Kula Tsurdiu | Dress: Charlotte Balbier | Tailor: Charles Tyrwhitt | Bridesmaids: Jigsaw | Flowers: Susie Cooke | Entertainment: Wolfpack