Wedding Wednesday; one of my favourite parts of A Vintage Wedding Guide. We never tire of seeing the beautiful selection of wedding photographs that we get sent. You’re such a creative bunch. We get more inspired every time and hope that you do, too.
This wedding, is one that I have been wanting to share with you for a while – the wedding of Jodie & Kelvin. They were married on 25th May 2013 at The Norfolk Arms in Ringinglow, followed by their reception at Townfield Barn in Bamford.
Jodie, was one of my fabulous customers for A Touch of Vintage and together we created a unique, bespoke veil for her special day. I was lucky enough to get a sent a picture of Jodie’s dress and I instantly knew that she was going to have a truly beautiful wedding. A few months later, Jodie sent me a selection of photographs, which I am sharing with you today. Well, I wasn’t wrong – it looks like it was a stunning wedding. What a happy couple and I LOVE the fact their dog was there, too. Hehe! The photography is fantastic and Jodie looks wonderful. They were so creative with the decor – check out those AMAZING lampshades!
Kelvin and I have been together since we were 15, however it took him 11 years to finally ask me ‘THE’ question. He did it on a very wintery Dec day whilst we were out walking our dog Sam. There’s a lovely walk we do sometimes that ends at a country pub. It has a huge hill that I normally make him walk down, however this day he insisted we walked up the hill which I was not entirely happy about. Once at the top he got down on one knee just as the heavens opened! It was very personal to us and didn’t matter that we were so wet! We then decided to celebrate with a cider in the pub (which is where we then got married!)
We started to plan the wedding quite quickly, having always said we didn’t want a long engagement. We already knew where we wanted the ceremony, but the reception venue was bit more tricky. We knew we wanted a country-style wedding that was personal to us and most importantly informal. We looked at only one venue and booked it straight away as we both loved it!
We both wanted the day to be intimate and informal. I was sure that I didn’t want any watching us get married that we didn’t know well and therefore only had 31 close friends and family to the ceremony and day reception.
My bridesmaid and I got ready at my house with Kelvin getting ready at The Norfolk Arms. The day started off very relaxed with just myself, my bridesmaid and the make-up/ hairdresser, however this quickly changed as the rest of my family and the flowergirl arrived.
I travelled to the venue in ‘Betsy’ mine and Kelvin vintage VW camper with my sister driving and my mum, dad and bridesmaid. After the ceremony our guests were transported to the barn in black cabs with myself and Kelvin in a white one!
We then spent the day chatting, having photos and playing in the meadow with our dog Sam and my mums dog Lizzie whilst drinking cider from a wheelbarrow, making our own mojitios and drinking my dads special homemade ‘Thorpagne. After our wedding breakfast where we all sat around one big table, the evening guests began to arrive and we danced the night away.
We sourced our suppliers from various places, finding our photographer at a wedding fayre who coincidentally went to school with the grooms brother. We met with two caterers but decided on Chequers Out due to their large supply of draught lagers and having sampled their food at my bridesmaids wedding. The caterers came into their own the day before the wedding when rain and hail were pouring into the barn through the roof and gaps in the marquee and I was having a ‘little’ meltdown by providing me with an bottomless cup of earl grey!
I had chosen my florist a few years before after regularly walking past the tiny flower shop ‘Swallows and Damsons’ on my way to walk and knew Anna’s beautiful vintage style flowers were what I wanted. When we finally met with her she was so excited about the lampshade centre pieces that we knew she would do a great job! The lampshade centrepieces were my favourite bit by far! We had a local bakers ‘fancie’ who we regularly visit provide our ‘desert table’ as theres no way we could decide on just one cake and we approached ‘The Wedding Daze’ wedding stylists to help decorate the venue and direct the styling as I had far too many ideas!
Our photographer was Andy Scott Clarke and he did an amazing job, particularly with me as I hate having my photo taken. We had an engagement shoot in a steel museum to help us both get used to having out photo taken, and he delivered with some amazing photos, most of which I wasn’t even aware he’d taken!
I originally thought I wanted a 50’s style tea length dress but was struggling to find anything, so me and my mum went shopping to rule out more traditional styles and I spotted my dress hanging on a rack of dresses to be put back on show. It was made from beautiful lace and had an amazing collar. I knew I wanted it when I just couldn’t stop thinking about ‘her’ after showing my sister and close friend on a second visit. I found my Rachel Simpson shoes on the internet and then persuaded my dad to go on a day trip to fetch them as there was no showroom near us.
My headpiece was made by ‘A Touch of Vintage’ after not being able to source what I knew I wanted. They were amazing and got it exactly right, never minding when I kept asking for small changes.
As Kelvin is 6’ 4” finding a suit was always going to be a challenge. We shopped around but were unable to find one with long enough arms as even the extra-long ones were too short! He wanted something a bit more special so we had his suit tailor made by Reiss. We went together and had a great day choosing all the details which made his suit so special to him!
To make our wedding unique to us we included many details including having our dog Sam there in his own little wedding bowtie, including two special readings from my sister and close friend, and choosing music which was personal to us including walking back down the aisle together to ‘I’m sticking with you’ by Velvet Underground and dancing to ‘All I want is you’ by Barry Lousi Pollister to get everyone dancing after the first dance. We also included photos of both our families weddings and used lots of photos of us throughout the years as decoration. I have a slight obsession with vintage lampshades so we included this theme throughout the wedding including the centrepieces and decoration which I loved! We also used baby photos instaed of name places which we kept a secret until the day and used vintage china that I’d spent the last year sourcing from various places including being given some from work colleagues.
Kelvin was put in charge of the favours and decided on his favourite thing, sweets! We put them into old style striped paper bags sealed with our initials.
The best part of the day was definitely the ceremony. After waiting just under 13 years it was so special to finally become Kelvin’s wife and the inclusion of our own vows made it very special. The fact that all of it was so intimate and personal meant that we had plenty of time to speak to every guest individually.
Our first dance was to John Legends ‘Stay with you’. This has been our song since Kelvin wrote me out the lyrics when we were about 17! It was also what he chose to have engraved inside his wedding ring!
For our honeymoon we travelled to Italy via Paris and then around Italy in Betsy our campervan. We visited lots of amazing places together and treated ourselves to a few hotels as well as staying in Betsy! We had always said we’d go to Italy on our honeymoon so it was very special to finally do it! We spent time between cities, beaches and the mountains and had an amazing time!
Jodie’s Top Tips
The only advice I would give is to stick to your own ideas and not be swayed by others, even if the idea is a little crazy. We stopped telling people about our lampshade décor when people kept saying it was strange but on the day everyone thought it was ‘very us’. We had the luxury of doing exactly what we wanted and had no pressure to include certain things even though my mum required a bit a persuasion.
Also as everyone says enjoy every minute as it goes so quickly!
SO beautiful – how cute is Sam?! I feel very honoured to have played a very small part in Jodie’s day – she and Kelvin look absolutely perfect together. Congratulations and a huge thank you to Jodie & Kelvin for sharing their special day with us.
Until Next Time xxx