Wedding of the Week: Kelly Blumberg and Will Evans
24 Sep 2018
Kelly Blumberg and Will Evans' DIY wedding was held on Kelly's parents' farm and featured several contributions from family and friends
How did you meet?
At work, seven years ago.
Tell us about the proposal.
I was out for mid-week drinks on an ordinary Wednesday with my best friend (and maid of honour), Abbi, but little did I know that it was all a pre-arranged plan to get me out of the house. When I returned home, I opened the door to fairy lights and candles lining the house – with handwritten notes and old photographs leading me through our journey. A huge bouquet of flowers, and an embarrassing mug later, I found myself outside where Will was stood, next to my handmade and designed roaring firepit – where he dropped down onto one knee. He did well.
What was the theme for the day, and did you have a colour scheme?
Rustic, fun and relaxed. Colours were dusky pinks and pale blues, with plenty of foliage.
What venue did you choose and why did you choose it?
We had a DIY wedding at my parents' home. They have an old stone barn which stole my heart – and I knew from the moment I saw it I wanted to get married there.
When did you know when you’d found ‘the’ dress?
My dress made me feel like a princess. I found it at Wedding Belles at Four Oaks with my mum on the way home from a work meeting. I tried on about 10 dresses and was torn between two, which couldn’t have been more different. In the end I went with my Paloma Blanc dress; the silky material, fit, rich colour, and unique detailing won it for me. I wanted my dress to be unique and different to my friends' traditional lace A-line dresses.
What did the bridesmaids wear?
My bridesmaids wore Monsoon embellished maxi dresses in two different colours: pale blue and pale pink. My maid of honour was my best friend, then my three bridesmaids were my sister, cousin, and family friend.
What did the mother of the bride wear?
Pale blue Hobbs dress with matching jacket and fuscia pink fascinator.
Where did you find your suits?
Peter Posh, Shrewsbury.
Did you hire a wedding planner?
Amy Roberts Wedding Planner co-ordinated the day for us. As it was a home DIY wedding, and we needed the venue switching from ceremony to reception, we needed someone to help us. She was incredible, and did more than we asked for on the day to ensure it ran like clockwork.
Tell us about your floral arrangements.
Local florist Issy & Bella created our bouquets and buttonholes, with a family friend doing the floral décor for us. We had two floral arches and two windows in the barn which we dressed with displays. She made us a table centrepiece and dressed the barn doors. For the reception, we kept it simple and put flowers in gin bottles. We dressed the venue with potted plants in milk churns and apple crates, which we could keep and reuse all summer.
Often the aspect that makes a wedding original to the couple is the detail – tell us about the details of the day.
The day was very much DIY, with all our family and friends chipping in to help bring the day together.
- My dad made the archways and easels, as well as renovating the table we used to sign the register.
- My husband and I made all the signs, with my MOH painting them.
- As mentioned above, most of the flowers we did ourselves, and I designed the table plan based on places we had travelled and were close to our heart.
- The table names we hand-stamped and my friend designed our invites and menus.
- We collected milk churns, tin baths, barrels and lanterns to decorate the venue, and hung fairy lights in the barn to create a romantic atmosphere.
- As we had a 'serve at the table' roast, we designed personalised aprons for all the carvers to wear, along with chef hats which made a great impression.
- My friend made the cake and I also had everyone on gin bottle collection.
How did you feel as you walked down the aisle?
I was so nervous, and just before I walked down the aisle I read the final handwritten letter from my husband, which was left on the side along with a beautiful bouquet of flowers. Over the course of the 24 hours he had written me three notes in a PS I Love You style. The last one nearly tipped me over the edge, but it was the greatest feeling seeing everyone and our vision come true. Our friend sung us up the aisle to The One by Kodaline.
How did you make the ceremony personal to you?
We had a bespoke ceremony, with two readings from my best friend and sister. We also had an acoustic guitar player.
What was your most memorable moment?
Probably the confetti exit. We had a long matted walkway where everyone lined and threw confetti. The feeling of relief as you walk out of the ceremony and seeing everyone so happy always sticks with me.
What was the most challenging aspect of planning this wedding?
Fitting everyone in. We had planned for long rustic trestle tables, but after getting my friend at work to check the CAD drawing we realised we were not going to fit. We have a big family and close friends and didn’t think everyone would RSVP yes. Thankfully, we switched to round tables and everyone squeezed in.
What was the most important investment for you?
All our investments were important as everyone came together to make it the most amazing day. We did a lot of research and kept things as local as possible; this was very important to us. The photographer and videographer were very important to me, as I knew these would be the memories we would keep forever. The flowers, tipi and the band were also key. And food, for sure. We had a company, Mortimer Park, cater for us – and it was actually their first outside catering event. We had been to functions they had done before and knew we wanted a 'serve at the table' roast, so managed to convince them to cater for us. The food was incredible and had so many positive comments. Also , for evening food we had another local business, The Beefy Boys. The best burgers you will ever eat. This was Will’s one must-have.
What song did you choose for your first dance, and why?
James Arthur, Say You Won’t Let Go. It’s word-for-word our relationship story (especially the line about holding your hair up while throwing up…).
Did you have any evening entertainment?
Yes, we had a band, Call of the Kraken. They got everybody dancing and were just incredible.
Tell us about your wedding cake.
It was a rustic semi-naked cake with three tiers (vanilla, lemon and carrot) and was decorated with fresh flowers. It was made by my childhood friend, who runs Perfect Cake Co. We also hand-made my sister a chocolate cake as it was her birthday on the day.
If you could go back and change anything, what would it be?
The only thing I wish I had done is not tied my dress up for the first dance. So no… it was a magical day and we couldn’t have asked for anything better.
Did anything go wrong on the day?
Yes, we forgot to put out corkscrews and had corked red wine. As mum and dad had only just moved in two days before we knew we had none on site. Luckily the bar had one, so Amy went round and opened them all. All was resolved without outrage.
Was there anything you wish you’d known before?
I got advice from a few people which was to remember to step back and appreciate the moment, as the day will go so fast. I am glad we did this – as it was so true, and I still remember those moments looking around at everyone enjoying themselves.
Where did you go on honeymoon?
We went to Scotland for a week, leaving the day after the wedding.
Do you have any advice for couples in the planning stages?
Enjoy it and think about what you really want. You don’t have to comply with all the rules, and there are easy ways to save costs. DIY can seem daunting, but on the day it makes everything seem so much more special.
Steal their style:
Photography: Marta May, https://martamayphotography.co.uk/
Videography: Libby Blunt, https://www.libbyblunt.co.uk/
Bouquets: Issy & Bella, http://www.issyandbella.co.uk/
Catering: Mortimer Park, http://www.mortimerpark.co.uk/
Evening catering: Beefy Boys, https://thebeefyboys.com/
Wedding co-ordinator: Amy Roberts, http://www.amyrobertsweddings.co.uk/
Wedding dress: Paloma Blanca from Wedding Belles at Four Oaks, http://weddingbellesbridal.co.uk/
Suits: Peter Posh Shrewsbury, https://www.peterposh.co.uk/shrewsbury-showroom
Make-up: Jessica Ava, https://www.jessicaava.com/
Hair: Local friend, Nikki Jackson
Cake: Perfect Cake Co, https://www.facebook.com/perfectcakeCo/
Tipi: Elite Tents, https://www.elitetents.co.uk/
Furniture hire: Burgoynes Lyonshall, http://www.burgoynes-lyonshall.co.uk/
Acoustic guitar: Aaron Booton Acoustic Guitar, https://www.facebook.com/Aaronbootonacoustic/
Band: Call of the Kraken, https://www.facebook.com/callofthekraken/
Toilets: Posh Potties, https://www.poshpotties.co.uk