A DIY bohemian wedding in Nottingham

07 Jun 2019

Siobhan Wood and Chris Jayes' DIY bohemian wedding was planned to perfection, featuring an Ibiza chill-out saxophone set, tapas wedding breakfast and glitter bar

How did you meet?

We met at work. We both worked in the same team at the beginning, so had to keep the relationship quiet until one of us moved to another team.

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Tell us about the proposal.

We went on holiday to New Jersey and New York in September 2017. After spending a week with Chris’ auntie and uncle in New Jersey for a week, we went over to Manhattan for the rest of the holiday. On the day in question we walked over the Brooklyn Bridge then decided on a trip to Central Park where we went on the boating lake for a while. The weather was amazing so we took a walk round the boating lake, and as I was looking out on the boating lake I heard Chris say my name. I turned around and there he was down on one knee with a beautiful ring. I was so happy I forgot to say yes, so he had to ask to confirm.

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What was the theme for the day, and did you have a colour scheme?

The theme was bohemian with a colour scheme of lilac and grey.

What venue did you choose and why did you choose it?

We chose The Carriage Hall in Nottingham, mainly because of how big and beautiful the venue is and also the food at the restaurants is incredible. Chris and I are massive foodies, so this had a big impact on us.

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When did you know when you’d found ‘the’ dress? 

I definitely knew when I had found the dress as my mum and maid of honour cried straight away and it fitted perfectly. It just felt right. I tried about 15 dresses in total and the dress I chose was from the first shop we went to. The dress was a design by the shop itself. The dress was almost everything I knew I wanted, but I had to try on other styles just to be sure.

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What did the bridesmaids wear?

I had two bridesmaids and one flower girl. The bridesmaids wore grey beaded dresses from ASOS, and the flower girl wore a white lace dress with a heart shape cut out of the back from WED2B.

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What did the mother of the bride wear?

My mum wore a grey and pink fitted Ted Baker dress, with a grey hat (which was huge) and grey shoes.

Where did you find your suits?

Chris got his suit from Slater Menswear. It was a naby three-piece suit by Ted Baker.

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Tell us about your floral arrangements.

From the first few weeks of wedding planning I knew I wanted a flower crown, so that is where we started when deciding what else we wanted. The bridesmaids and I had a flower crown and a bouquet. Then we had parents of the groom/bride, groomsmen and grandmas with a buttonhole each. At the venue we had a wooden arch at the end of the aisle, which the florist decorated with flowers and a display near the cake table. There weren’t many flowers at the venue as we had tapas so no room for centrepieces.

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Often the aspect that makes a wedding original to the couple is the detail – tell us about the details of the day.

The majority of the details were made by me so it was a bit of a DIY wedding. I made dreamcatchers for decorations around the venue. I made all of the name cards for dinner along with table numbers, menus and glitter feathers. I also made the welcome sign and the seating plan. They were all in a similar watercolour style with modern calligraphy.

For favours, we had a sweet table with cookies and doughnuts...they went down a treat. Then for the evening reception we had a glitter bar which was so much fun, and flip-flops so people could dance without their heels.

How did you feel as you walked down the aisle?

The happiest I have ever felt. I thought I would cry, but I could not stop smiling. It was amazing.

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How did you make the ceremony personal to you?

We made the ceremony personal to us by the songs that we chose – I walked down the aisle to Stand By Me by Ben E. King and we walked out to My Girl by The Temptations. We also had Chris’ dad do a reading; it was a really lovely poem about the realities of marriage. He had taken it from the internet and amended it to fit perfectly to us.

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What was your most memorable moment?

The speeches! They were all amazing, but the rapping speeches by our best man and maid of honour made it so memorable.

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What was the most challenging aspect of planning this wedding?

The guest list and seating plan. It is really difficult to know where to draw the line with day guests and evening guests, but we got there in the end.

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What was the most important investment for you? 

Food and drink is a massive part of our lives, so we needed to make sure that this was perfect on the day. There was plenty of food and drinks on offer throughout the day, which went down very well with our guests. We had so many people saying how much they enjoyed the tapas for the wedding breakfast.

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What song did you choose for your first dance, and why?

We chose Love Someone (piano demo) by Lukas Graham. There was no real reason behind the choice of the song, we just both really loved it. It took us a very long time to decide on all of the music for the ceremony and first dance.

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Did you have any evening entertainment?

We had an amazing saxophonist called Samantha Jade Sax who played for us during our drinks reception and during dinner. She played us an Ibiza chill-out set which was perfect for us. Then in the evening we had Dream Wedding Entertainment DJ for us and the dancefloor was packed as soon as we finished our first dance.

Tell us about your wedding cake.

Our wedding cake was a lemon sponge with a lemon curd and lemon buttercream filling, it was divine. It was only one tier and had silver macarons and purple and white flowers to decorate it. It really was a beautiful cake.

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If you could go back and change anything, what would it be?

I honestly wouldn’t change a thing about it.

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Did anything go wrong on the day?

If anything went wrong on the day, it was hidden from me very well. We are very fortunate that it seemed to go without a hitch. Even the weather behaved when it needed to.

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Where did you go on honeymoon?

We went to Costa Rica for our honeymoon. It was incredible. We went for 14 days, spending four days in the rainforest and 10 days by the beach in all-inclusive luxury. We went the Monday after we got married.

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Do you have any advice for couples in the planning stages?

Try and enjoy every minute of planning your wedding. Make sure you do research on your suppliers as there are so may out there and it will take time, but you want it to be right for you. My biggest piece of advice would be make sure you do everything for you and not anyone else – it is your wedding day, and don’t sweat the little things. Your guests will enjoy your day, and they will not judge you on the small details you are worried about.

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Get the look: 

Venue: The Carriage House, Plumtree
Photography: Sarita White Photography 
Floristry: Floraldeco 
DJ: Dream Wedding Entertainment 
Saxophonist: Samantha Jade Sax 
Cake: KS Mobile Tea Party
Wedding camper van: CW Campervans 
Hair and make-up: Jade Zak
Venue dressing: Elysian Wedding Events 

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