The Bride Diaries. Amy's Crafty Hand Sewn Vintage Wedding. The Reception.

The Bride Diaries. Amy's Crafty Hand Sewn Vintage Wedding. The Reception.


It's time for part 2 of Daniel and Amy's wedding day. YAY.

Amy has to be one of the most crafty brides I have ever featured. A crafters dream day, with embroidered, cross stitched and hand sewn details galore. There was a marvellous chalkboard seating plan, reels of cotton, DIY blooms and craft paper stationery. The vegan cake table really was out of this world and there were sweet activities for the children.

Amy found her 1950s vintage wedding dress online which she teamed with mustard shoes and pretty twist hair style. While Daniel opted for a vintage style blue tweed suit from Topman. Oh my.

Thanks so much to Neil Jackson Photographic for providing the beautiful imagery.

THE VENUE | After week of trawling websites for somewhere close to home and the right size, I stumbled across a real wedding at Victoria Hall in Saltaire. I'd been to vintage fairs at the hall and knew that it was stunning, so once I'd seen that it was available for hire for weddings I knew it was the one. We used the hall for both the ceremony and the celebrations afterwards, so it had the huge plus that guests who , like us, had small children didn't have to ferry them between venues. It was also really important to us that we weren't tied into in-house catering - we knew that we wanted to use a caterer who specialised in vegetarian food and would provide the type of food we love.

BUDGET | We spent more than we'd intended to on the venue, but everything else was done relatively cheaply. We chose a caterer we were really excited about, but because we decided to go for a totally vegetarian menu even this was much cheaper than average.

THE FLOWERS | I knew that I wanted really simple flowers, with lots of wildflowers and sweet peas, so decided to attempt to grow some myself. I was very pleased to be able to provide a few bunches of sweet peas for our displays, but nothing else flowered at the right time, but luckily I planned for this and we bought a few buckets of flowers from a nearby organic flower farm called Ducks and Daffodils near York. It was really important to us that the wedding would be relatively "green", so to use a local supplier for flowers and know exactly where they're been grown was great, plus the flowers were absolutely beautiful. My sister and I arranged all the flowers in bottles and jars for tables, and bouquets for us, the night before the wedding, which took WAY longer than expected but kept me busy!

THE DETAILS & DÉCOR | The details and décor were definitely my pet project for the past few months. I'm a keen crafter and sell hand sewn wares on etsy at , so I knew that I wanted to make all the little touches myself. I started as I meant to go on by cross stitching the wedding invite design, and then continued on the same theme by stitching each table number in a different style and little signs for things like the cards and guest book.

I kept the traditional wedding crafting of bunting making to a minimum as the venue was so gorgeous without any fuss, but I did sneak in a bit of bunting for the front of the stage, and made bunting for the cake table and "just married" top table bunting too.

We made little Blackberry Whiskey as wedding favours, including foraging for the blackberries last September, it was nice to make a label telling the little story of how we made it. I also hand drew menus for each table, and pegged them to vintage sewing magazines to tie into the craft theme.

Our other theme was bikes, as Dan's a keen cyclist, so I found some beautiful greetings cards with a cycling theme and used one on each table. I also stitched some bikes to scatter about, and used bicycle themed props around the place. Our guest book/cards table was prop central, which I think summed up my cluttered style to a tee. Oh and I painted a piece of mdf with chalkboard paint and drew the seating plan on it about 2 days before the wedding, which even with my handwriting was really effective so I'd recommend this to anyone not wanting to pay for a big printed version.

THE HONEYMOON | We're still undecided on exactly what the honeymoon will entail! Unfortunately we both got a horrible dose of gastroenteritis days after the wedding, when we were due to go to Whitby for a night for a mini-honeymoon, but luckily the intention was always for our proper holiday to be in September so hopefully we'll decide and jet off somewhere (with Rose of course!) for a little break.

GROOM'S ATTIRE | Dan wore a lovely blue tweed suit from Topman. There was a lot of indecision about whether tweed would be too hot, but in the end he went with the suit he liked the look of best, and I'm really pleased he did because he looked so dapper. Rose and I bought him a special father's day present a week before the wedding, of a nice tie from Paul Smith. And he completed his blue on blue look with some really nice navy shoes from Clarks.

THE DRESS & ACCESSORIES | I wore a vintage 1950's dress bought from an etsy shop called Hollie Point, which I got shipped from America. I was a bit worried about buying a dress without trying it on but after getting it altered to fit me properly it was just right. I bought a veil off the hanger at a lovely little bridal boutique in my town extremely last minute, about 3 days before the wedding - so I was very lucky they had exactly what I'd been looking for! And my shoes were bought from modcloth, I knew I didn't want to wear "bridal" shoes, and think they complemented the vintage feel of my outfit perfectly. They were about half a size too small, but again I bought them so last minute that it was too late to swap them, but I didn't notice the blisters until the next day any way!

Because we'd discussed marriage even before getting engaged, I had been building a secret pinterest board for months before I could officially begin my search for a dress! I did have one trip to a traditional wedding dress shop, but found the dresses really bulky and not for me, so I knew I would probably go for a vintage dress. I'm really indecisive and never really decided between the style I bought and something simpler with lace sleeves, but in a rare moment of decisiveness I just went for it and clicked buy!

THE CAKE | I'm not a fan of traditional wedding cakes, but I am a huge fan of cake, so we went for a vintage style cake table. We used a local vegan bakery called That Old Chestnut for the bulk of these, and they totally blew me away with the end result of the cakes they provided. It's fair to say that the cakes were the talking point of the day - people loved them!

ADVICE FOR OTHER COUPLES | Don't get too stressed out with all the little touches you think you need, in the week or two before the wedding, there were a few things I didn't finish or that we forgot about, but it really doesn't matter on the day. Just enjoy it! Everyone has their own ideas about what you need to have but just go with what you want. And try to find two seconds to actually hang out with each other on the day!


Venue | Victoria Hall

Dress | HolliePoint on etsy

Food | Bear Cafe in Todmorden

Flowers | Ducks and Daffodils

Beer | The Curious Hop in Otley

Cake | That Old Chestnut

Photographer | Neil Jackson Photographic


Thank you so so much to Amy and Daniel for sharing their wedding with us here at WWW. But especially thank you to Amy for blogging for us here at WWW, it has been a total and utter pleasure to follow your wedding planning on the blog XOXO Lou

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