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Grand Designs. A 1920s Inspired DIY Village Hall Wedding In Cheshire – Hayley & Matt

July 14th, 2014 | Julia Braime

1920s DIY Village Hall Wedding In Cheshire (c) Cassandra Lane Photography

Welcome to Monday, Brides Up North! I’m here to make it all the prettier with this cute and stylish celebration sent to me by real bride Hayley, her new husband Matt and their photographer, Cassandra Lane.

Crafty designer Hayley worked hard to add unique decorative touches to their 1920s inspired Village Hall wedding day, with fabulous results.

Be inspired!

1920s DIY Village Hall Wedding In Cheshire (c) Cassandra Lane Photography

Hayley says: We got engaged a little after midnight New Year 2012-2013 in our own home in Nantwich. We had had a nice quiet new year in together and Matt shocked me by saying he had a late Christmas, early birthday present for me. He disappeared upstairs and came back with a box, got down on one knee and proposed! He had bought a cheap costume jewellery ring as he couldn’t choose a real one for me. We picked my real ring together on my 30th birthday (one to remember!) on 3rd January in York where we were visiting for my birthday. It was the best birthday ever!

1920s DIY Village Hall Wedding In Cheshire (c) Cassandra Lane Photography

We got married on April 5th 2014 as it was just a few days over three years since we moved into our first place together. We also didn’t want a very long engagement and actually fifteen months was the perfect time to enjoy being engaged and get organised.

1920s DIY Village Hall Wedding In Cheshire (c) Cassandra Lane Photography

1920s DIY Village Hall Wedding In Cheshire (c) Cassandra Lane Photography

We got married in the local church in town (Nantwich, Cheshire) which is beautiful, and our reception was at a local nearby village hall (Wrenbury Village Hall). We weren’t keen on the very formal, grand hotel reception family wedding affairs we had been to in the last few years and wanted somewhere we could decorate ourselves, do our own thing.

1920s DIY Village Hall Wedding In Cheshire (c) Cassandra Lane Photography

Our theme was handmade, vintage 1920’s art deco style, and lavender. The main colours were lavender purple and vintage gold. The colours just came with the theme really but I love purple and the gold fitted the vintage theme.

1920s DIY Village Hall Wedding In Cheshire (c) Cassandra Lane Photography

We hired a cream Morris Minor (Matt is obsessed!) from Mirabelle Classic Cars

My bridesmaids travelled in a vintage Rover from the 1930s which belongs to a friend of Matts. He drove it for us as our wedding present.

1920s DIY Village Hall Wedding In Cheshire (c) Cassandra Lane Photography

My dress was Sincerity Bridal 3730. I did a bit of research online before going to any boutiques and fell in love almost instantly! When I tried it on at Brides of Liverpool in Liverpool (my home city) I knew it was the one. No other dress I tried on subsequently lived up to it so the deposit was paid!

I love the dress because it’s quite vintage looking with a modern twist. Very classic looking. It made me feel really elegant. I knew I wanted lace, and the neckline was perfect because I didn’t want bare shoulders. The train was gorgeous and the dress also fitted in perfect with my idea for a 1920s style headband.

I chose gold glittery heels from Kurt Geiger. My flapper style headband was handmade by mum using a 1930s vintage brooch which was a gift from Matt.

My younger sister Charlotte was my matron of honour. She wore a knee length handmade silk dress made by my mum in a lavender colour. My two flower girls (our nieces Phoebe and Eve) wore handmade pale gold silk dresses made by myself and mum. They carried handmade Suffolk puff pomanders.

1920s DIY Village Hall Wedding In Cheshire (c) Cassandra Lane Photography

1920s DIY Village Hall Wedding In Cheshire (c) Cassandra Lane Photography

1920s DIY Village Hall Wedding In Cheshire (c) Cassandra Lane Photography

Matt wore a Prince Edward suit in dark brown from Formally Yours online. He had a pale gold waistcoat and cravat. My dad, his dad and his two brothers (best men) all wore the same. The style of his suit really complemented the vintage style of my dress.

Matt and all the men also wore buttonholes which I made to complement my bouquet.

1920s DIY Village Hall Wedding In Cheshire (c) Cassandra Lane Photography

1920s DIY Village Hall Wedding In Cheshire (c) Cassandra Lane Photography

I made my own bouquet using cream silk, artificial flowers, and vintage brooches (which I sourced on eBay and charity shops/car boot sales). My sisters bouquet was very similar with one key brooch in the centre. I’m a designer, and therefore very creative so was obsessed with doing a lot for my wedding myself. I also wanted to keep my bouquet so a keepsake bouquet was perfect. 

1920s DIY Village Hall Wedding In Cheshire (c) Cassandra Lane Photography

1920s DIY Village Hall Wedding In Cheshire (c) Cassandra Lane Photography

Cassandra Lane was our photographer, she was amazing. She made us feel comfortable every time we met (our initial meeting and engagement shoot). On the day she was chilled out, friendly and very well organised. We all squeezed into my tiny terraced house! I fell in love with Cass’s vintage relaxed style from her blog and website when searching for a wedding photographer. I just knew she was what we were after. I’d definitely recommend Cass!

1920s DIY Village Hall Wedding In Cheshire (c) Cassandra Lane Photography

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Friday Fabulous!

June 6th, 2014 | Julia Braime

Friday Fabulous Kurt Geiger

Oh god YES (yes, yes!).

Bond by Kurt Geiger London, £270

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Friday Fabulous!

April 4th, 2014 | Julia Braime

Friday Fabulous Kurt Geiger

What’s not to utterly adore about these?  Get ready to gleam!

Leila in gold glitter by Carvela Kurt Geiger, now just £59!

Price was correct at the time of going to press.

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Friday Fabulous!

February 21st, 2014 | Julia Braime

Friday Fabulous Kurt Geiger

New, blue… now you just have to figure out where to stash the silver sixpence.

“Grape” by Carvela Kurt Geiger in Blue, £120

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Friday Fabulous!

January 24th, 2014 | Julia Braime

Friday Fabulous Nine West at Kurt Geiger

Anyone feeling sporty? 

Just do it.  

Kristilee in white, £125 by Nine West at Kurt Geiger

 

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Santa Baby…

December 16th, 2013 | Julia Braime

Santa Baby - Christmas 2013

1  Gift Voucher & Complimentary Consultation at Emmy Shoes

Dahlia Glitter Clutch by LK Bennett, £225

Arrow Ring by Orelia, £8

Lorin Trainers by Kurt Geiger, £130

Tickled Pink Notecard Set by Kate Spade $25

6  Grande Bow Heels by Kate Spade, $598

Heart Candle by Fenella Smith, £20

Popping Pink by Smooch, £7.50

Amina Cuff by By Malene Birger at Atterley Road

 

The interwebs are awash with Christmas wish lists at this time of year and (given my love of an online shopping browse) I couldn’t wait to add my own picks to the mix.  My list is an eclectic mix of price points, with plenty of treats, more than a dash of bridal influence and lots of luxury.  This season it seems like I’m obsessed with sparkle, unusual proportions, Kate Spade, pops of pink and shoes.  Does anything ever change?

Now, if someone could just email this to my husband Santa Claus, that would be great…

Have a very Merry time…

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Friday Fabulous!

November 15th, 2013 | Julia Braime

Friday Fabulous Kurt Geiger

 

Absolute. Perfection.

Belgravia by Kurt Geiger London £240

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Friday Fabulous!

August 16th, 2013 | Julia Braime

Friday Fabulous Kurt Geiger

Bring your bridal style bang on trend by adding some heavy metal.

Are you ready to rock?

Glib in Nude by Carvela Kurt Geiger £130

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Friday Fabulous!

April 26th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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Friday Fabulous Kurt Geiger

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Goes without saying, I heart these heels.

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Have some fun girls! Spread the love…

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Kitty by Kurt Geiger £140

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I’m SOLD!

January 8th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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I'm Sold!

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The best thing about the January blues?  Beating them with a bit of sale shopping.  Can I hear a “Hell Yeah!”?

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Pick up some cut price pieces to make your wedding day and all those little occasions before it sparkle that little bit brighter.

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Crystallized Cotton Dress WAS £135 NOW £55 at French Connection

Mimosa Shoe WAS £75 NOW £35 at Coast

Bridge Fitted V Neck Cream Dress WAS £189 NOW £169 at Reiss 

Antibes WAS £120 NOW £59 by Kurt Geiger 

Clarissa Faux Fur Collar WAS £55 NOW £35 at Coast

Nancy WAS £139 NOW £197.50 at Bourne Collection 

Star Gazer Ring WAS £12.50 NOW £6.25 at Topshop 

Roberta Sequin Dress WAS £160 NOW £99 at Coast

Stella Crepe Jacket WAS £165 NOW £41.50 at French Connection

10 DKNY White & Rose Gold Watch WAS £175 NOW £87.50 at Red Direct

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