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Homemade, vintage wedding on a shoe string budget

17 Mar 2014

Homemade, vintage wedding on a shoe string budget

The wedding of Hugh Casey and Jayne Anderson at Loddon Church followed by reception at Sprowston Manor

Photography: DK Photography

Halfway through planning our wedding we fell pregnant, so suddenly everything needed to change and we could no longer be quite so worry free with our planning. Therefore we did it all ourselves. From decorating jam jars to hold flowers or decorating them with pages from Wuthering Heights to hold candles, to the table plan that was made using vintage photo frames from car boot sales; we made our own bunting, our own china three tiered cake stands and my uncle, Jerry Anderson, made a large wooden cake stand and we decorated it with material. We also made our invitations and save the date cards and my husband arranged some of the flowers himself. We went halves on the flowers in the church with the couple who were getting married the day after us, and we made our own ‘wedding newspaper’ for our guests to read.

We had a multicultural wedding as I’m half American and my husband half Irish so we had lots of traditions from each culture as well. My bridesmaids wore green to reflect my husband’s Irish side, as did the groomsmen. There are also superstitions in Ireland regarding the time of year you get married – there’s a saying about it and the line for April (when we got married) goes “Marry in April when you can, joy for maiden and for man.” To reflect the American side of things, the cake was in an American style and flavours and the writing of a newspaper for our guests is also common in America. We also displayed our engagement announcement from the American newspaper and we did a lighting of the candles ceremony within our ceremony.

Our daughter, Olivia, was five months when we got married, and because of all the fun we had making everything we decided to set up a business from it doing just that, which I do out of my garage. So now we hire out loads of vintage and handmade decorations at really good prices so that no one else has to have the panic we did.


Photography: DK Photography

Venue: Sprowston Manor

Bride’s dress: Prima Donna

Accessories: shoes were an anniversary gift from my husband a few years before we got engaged, as were my earrings, I wore a Vera Wang belt and veil that my dad sent from the states, my necklace was my wedding present from my husband and in my hair I wore my nannas engagement ring

Groom’s outfit: Greenwoods

Bridesmaids’ dresses: Monsoon

Stationery: The bride and groom

Cake: Eventiss

Flowers: Libby Ferris did some and the groom did the rest

Transport: Style and Grace

Styling (vintage cake stands, handmade bunting, table names etc): Shabby Vintage (the bride’s business), www.shabbyvintagehire.com

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