Faye and Dean got married in June 2012 – I am so pleased that they decided to share their beautiful day with me. All photographs by the wonderful Jessica Flavin.
Faye and Dean never really got engaged. They worked in the same building but Faye was in another relationship at the time. Dean, however, had spotted his future wife and the minute Faye became single, he sent her a “random, surreal, sarcastic but very, very funny” email and wooed her on the spot!
They had been together for two years when they bought their first home. Desperately saving for an extension, but still significantly far from what they needed to start the work, the couple had an epiphany… “Shall we get married instead?” And they began planning from there! They decided to get hitched on the 5th anniversary of their first date, which just so happened to fall over the Jubilee Weekend (2nd June 2012) but their wedding is far from cliché or overly patriotic. Although their choice of wedding transport gives a nod to British tradition that you’ll see later in the post.
Faye chose a wedding dress by Lusan Mandongus, a bridal design house that originates in Hong Kong. Her dress is beautifully ruffled, in a deep ivory shade and just perfect for a vintage wedding. Faye is now actually selling her wedding dress which originally retailed for £2,200 – you can see the dress here. The dress didn’t come with a belt originally, but I think this addition really completes the look. I’m also in love with Faye’s wedding shoes, in a beautiful dusky pink which can be found on Mel Shoes.
The couple’s vision for the day was for it to be about “them, friends and family” – they didn’t want a contrived, stereotypical venue, and nowhere they visited felt quite right. They also wanted somewhere relaxed, and easy for their guests to access. So they decided to tie the knot at their local register office, and chose the Octagonal Room at Bishop’s College. It’s a striking venue, and far from the poky little room at the back of a council building that people so often associate with register offices. Their reception venue was then something very different indeed!
*Insider Information* The stationery on the day is “Love Vintage” by Curly Chops Design – Faye’s lovely new venture that you can keep an eye out for on Dotty Vintage Weddings over the next few months.
Their reception then followed in their back garden! Yes, that huge marquee was popped in their own garden as there really is ‘no place like home’. Oh, and I did promise some fabulous patriotic transport, didn’t I?
Their wedding decor is definitely vintage inspired, Fayre describes herself and Dean as ‘vintage at heart’. Their wedding became a good old-fashioned “British Garden Party knees-up!”. With a background and profession based in design, it’s clear that Faye had a clear idea of how she wanted her day to look. But you won’t find matchy-matchy items, strict colour schemes or staged photographs at this wedding.
I asked Faye what her most favourite, and least favourite parts of planning her special day were.
Favorite part of the planning:
I enjoyed working with Dean on the wedding. We were totally on the same wave length as each other and kept each other sane, during an insane time. We both worked so hard to make it come all together (from making the bunting to laying the carpet in the marquee, from sewing the buttons on all the men’s suits to pulling up the carpet in the marquee)
Least favorite part:
Family being negative!!!! I think family members sometimes forgot it was ‘our’ day and not theirs. We were eager for the day to reflect ‘us’ and our tastes. Making the day very personal and heart felt. However, every single decision was criticised (including the date of the wedding itself). But we stuck to our guns with everything, and regret nothing.
Hindsight is a wonderful thing. Faye, what would you tell a bride to be in the midst of planning her wedding?
I would tell a bride & groom-to-be:
1. Make the day ‘theirs’. They should have the date/guests/dress/cake/flowers/theme/music/food/seating plan/colour, that they want. You’ll never please everyone, so you might as well please yourselves.
2. Fake it!!! You can have the ‘look’ you want, at the price you can afford. All our flowers were fake, including the bridal bouquets. Our wedding cake was fake. Our Champagne was fake. Our bridesmaid dresses & mens suits were from the highstreet. All jewellery was from Primark or Claire Accessories.
3. Always, always, always consider your guests. We ensured the venue was local, was on a Saturday, provided transport to/from the ceremony (double decker bus) as well as a free bar (always helps!). While the day was about ‘us’, we wanted it to be shared and enjoyed by friends & family. If they are having the best time ever, so will you.
4. Forget lame traditions, start your own and have fun!
I am so honoured to have featured Faye and Dean’s wedding on the blog. And as I mentioned, I’m very pleased to be supporting Faye with her new venture too. You can already find Love Vintage on Facebook, along with Curly Chops Design too. Keep your eyes peeled for further information on the launch of Faye’s business.
So, who did your…..?
Reception Venue… Bishop’s College
Ceremony Venue… Back Garden!
Marquee… Carver Leisure
Chair Hire… Rosetone Events
Double Decker Bus… Routemaster Hire
Mustang… Father of the Groom (also currently for sale!!)
Bride’s Dress… Lusan Mandongus
Bride’s Shoes… Mel’s Shoes
Bridesmaid Dresses… H&M Autumn 2011 Collection
Make Up… Elly Moyser
Groom’s Suit & Shoes… ASOS
Groom’s Party Suits… M&S
Buttonholes & Peony Bouquets… Astounding Surroundings
Photography… Jessica Flavin
Bunting, Table Centres, China Hire, Stationery & Photo Editing… “Love Vintage” – Curly Chops Design
Catering… Magpie Catering
Cakes… Ami’s Cupcakes and More