Homemade wedding with a hired dress in a factory

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Lucy and Ben filled their celebration with homemade wedding treats and personalised surprises. Despite the rain on their day nothing was going to dampen or wipe the smile off their faces. Lucy must be one of the smiliest brides I’ve ever seen!

She is stunning in her ‘Esme’ by Jenny Packham gown. The embellishment and way the fabric falls on this gown is perfect, and the dress looks made for Lucy. So you won’t believe that she actually hired her dress. For all of you torn between wanting the dress of your dreams and not forking out the big bucks – To Have and to Hire might be the way forward.

The simple colour scheme of this wedding works so well with their contemporary factory reception venue. I’m a complete sucker for exposed brick and that shabby chic style. I’m also in lust with the pretty pastel mint green bridesmaid dresses and chunky necklaces. So many style tips to be taken from this bridal party!

Photography by The Springles

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Bridesmaids

My bridesmaids wore Miss Selfridge dresses, Kurt Geiger Carvela shoes and necklaces from Accessorize. The belts on the dresses were gold which didn’t match the colour theme of the wedding so Ben sprayed them with a car paint sprayer! He sprays anything, including our kitchen cupboards!

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The dress

I actually hired my wedding dress from To Have and To Hire in Cardiff. I fell in love with Jenny Packham‘s ‘Esme‘ dress, and using To Have and To Hire meant I was able to wear my dream dress on our wedding day and still have money to feed the guests! My veil and headband were also hired from them.

Ben’s suit was also hired from A.F. Joy in Wareham, Dorset.

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The ceremony

We had a Church wedding ceremony at High Street Methodist Church in Harpenden. I walked down the aisle to Pachelbel’s Canon played by two friends on the cello and violin. We left the church to Widor’s Toccata.

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Wedding inspiration

Lots of things inspired me! I wanted to create a one-off space full of fun and surprises. I wanted out guests to feel they had entered a magical world for the day. A few months before the wedding we had visited a ‘Secret Cinema’ event in London. I loved how they’d transformed a building into a film set that you could immerse yourself in – this definitely inspired me!

We kept the colour scheme simple – mainly white, light green and purple. The reception venue was already full of character and colour, so I wanted to complement that with the three colours and lots of fairy lights and candles.

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The Photographer

We were recommended The Springles by a friend. We loved their photos and are so happy with ours.

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Jam Jar Favours

We made wedding jam jar tea light holders for each guest. These also doubled up as place name settings and tea light holders. My mum and her friends collected 200 jam jars for us! We couldn’t have done this without their help.

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We had olive trees instead of pedestals during the ceremony and reused them at the reception. There was lots of Ivy too – friends wrapped it round the huge poles in the middle of the factory building. We created a sofa area with purple arm and cream throws for our guests to enjoy.

The building used to be a print works so the font used throughout all our stationery (homemade wedding invites, table names etc.) was an old typewriter font. We also used lots of hessian and brown card.

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Flowers

A friend of ours Anita Lindeman owns her own flower business – The Flower School St Albans. She agreed to create the flowers for our wedding and understood exactly what we wanted from the off. The flowers included purple lisianthus and gypsophila to tie in the colour scheme.

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A homemade wedding Cake

We decided to have a Dorset apple cake. Ben is from Swanage in Dorset, which incidentally was where my Dad was born too! Our friend Becky homemade the wedding cake for us.

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Entertainment

We had local band Number 7 for the evening entertainment. Our first dance was to Pharrell’s ‘Happy’ played by them. We danced for about 30 seconds and then got all our friends on the dancefloor – everyone was dancing all night!

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Words of wisdom

Enjoy it! Of course, it can get stressful – but you have the opportunity to create your ideal day so make the most of it. Also, make sure you take up offers of help – people will genuinely want to help and you’ll need it!

Wedding Video 

And here is Lucy and Ben’s highlights wedding video from Harris Weddings. I love that they used their first dance song as the backing track. Seeing the video really makes you get a feel for the day. All the smiles and little moments with the bridal party are so much fun!

Lucy & Ben’s Little Black Book

Photographer –  The Springles Wedding Photography
VideographerHarris Weddings
Reception venue –  The Factory Building, Highfield Oval, Harpenden
Bride’s dress – ‘Esme‘ by Jenny Packham at To Have and To Hire
Brides shoesZara
Brides accessories – Hired from To Have and To Hire
Bridesmaid dressesMiss Selfridge
Groom’s Attire – A F Joy
DJ & Entertainment – Number 7
Flowers – Anita Lindeman, The Flower School St Albans
CateringHampton Hampers

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