Why you didn’t think we were going to let Friday slip away with no real wedding feature, did you? Jane and Tommy’s wedding took place on Saturday 31st of August last year at The Pavillion Gardens followed by a reception at The Old Hall Hotel- both in Buxton, Derbyshire. I just love this wedding soooo much! It is simply bursting with DIY prettiness and loveliness that should be sending your Pinterest radar into the stratosphere!
"Buxton was a huge inspiration to me when researching décor and styling our wedding. The historic hotel and stunning gardens stand out on their own. I wanted to keep the bandstand simple and show our personalities and interests throughout the style of the day as we carried our celebration on over at The Old Hall Hotel. The Square is so decadent with the old lamp posts, archways and Opera House. I wanted to compliment the venue and bandstand with fresh romantic colours in soft, pastel hues.
I fell in love with the colour mint and after finding my gold glittery shoes I knew they were the main colours for our big day. Overall, we wanted a romantic elegant day that we could still look back on in twenty years time and know we wouldn’t change a thing."
Photography Copyright (c) 2014, Natalie J. Weddings
“Tommy and I met when we were introduced by a mutual friend (one of my bridesmaids) who knew we would get on and wanted us desperately to meet. We did and got on so well we got together shortly afterwards. That was six years ago next February.
We got engaged in May 2012 on a beach in Cornwall. We go every year with Tommy’s mum and dad and I thought nothing of it when Tommy suggested going for a walk on the beach one evening as we always do."
"When he passed me the ring box I burst into tears so Tommy took the box off me and opened it and then he thought I might not like the ring! I did it was just that I never dreamed in a million years he could plan this without me. I couldn’t believe it.
Neither of us wanted a long engagement so we chose to marry the following summer so that Tom's brother could attend the wedding as he was at the time a teacher in Mexico.”
“We were married on the bandstand at The Pavilion Gardens in Buxton, Derbyshire and our wedding reception was held at The Old Hall Hotel a short walk away on The Square. When I was planning our wedding, I had a huge obsession with American weddings and I loved the idea of being married outside. Back yard style weddings caught my eye, so I looked at barns in Derbyshire but they seemed overpriced based on location.
We knew we wanted an intimate ceremony with family and close friends and I still held onto the idea of an outdoor ceremony.”
“When I saw the bandstand I knew it was the one. We viewed so many venues and came close to booking other venues twice before we went to Buxton. I’d seen another wedding there online but saw so much potential in it and knew straight away I could get married there. I went with my heart over my head but we both loved it. The Gardens were built in 1871, and as a public park I’ve never seen anywhere like it.
Choosing The Old Hall Hotel was easy; the wedding coordinator Vicky Eyre was amazing, really thorough and helpful from the start. The Venue itself is reputed to be the oldest hotel in England, (the building dates back to 1573!) and has many historical ties. Mary Queen of Scots was taken under house arrest by the Shrewsbury’s and famously scratched into a window pane in her bedroom with her diamond ring. It really does have a special atmosphere and with the venue holding such historic glamour I knew it was the perfect place to celebrate our day.”
"To style our venue, we bought paper pom’s and honey comb balls from Hobbycraft and used Tommy’s grandparents table cloths to cover the ceremony table. I collected lots of doilies and vessels for flowers, we used my bouquet as the centre piece on our table to save money. A lot of the vintage items were borrowed or were things we already had around the house. I printed signs for our chairs and we used DIY printables for banners to hold signs around the venue.
The hotel looked beautiful and I loved the way the day unfolded from the gardens to the reception then downstairs to the orchestra pit for our party. We had a sweet table put together by one of the bridesmaids with jars we both owned, plus the balloon and letters we’d painted. The ‘&’ was covered in our honeymoon road trip atlas pages from a map book. Toms mum handmade bunting. We tried to make a lot of things ourselves."
"The flowers were more than amazing on the day – I was blown away by them and almost brought to tears when I saw my bouquet. I came across Nadia Di Tullio at Save The Date wedding fair – I’d seen her work before the day and her stand was gorgeous. She can do anything and is really passionate about her work. Her ideas are unique and she really puts her all into the flowers, whatever you want.
My bouquet was so beautiful and we worked around the idea of huge pink Juliet and Keira roses, lots of pinks and blush colours. I wanted gold sequins flowing from the flowers so she tied them to the bouquet and they looked so special in the photos. The bridesmaids had white hydrangea which really stood out next to their dresses."
“My dress was by Justin Alexander and purchased from Mia sposa in Nottingham. The evening dress was from Inspirational Bridal. After visiting Buxton I soon realised my dress needed to be suitable for the location. I’d fallen in love with the Justin Alexander dress because it just felt right. I never thought I’d have a train but ultimately I chose it because of the lace and it was so classic and timeless and perfect for the romantic day we wanted. I felt so elegant and I knew Tommy wouldn’t have a clue that I would be wearing that when he saw me walking down the aisle.
I was drawn immediately to the 1950’s when planning first started – the full skirt and satin lined petticoats. An Audrey Hepburn style dress was what I always wanted. I’ve dabbled with vintage pieces and own a few 50’s style dresses so I knew I needed to have a second dress just like that. I ordered it online as an alternative to a longer dress so I could dance and enjoy the disco. I went for ivory and brightened it up with a mint sash that my maid of honour made for me. I was most proud of the tassels we made for the Geronimo balloons as they looked great and really made our photos awesome."
“My veil was from Talulah Blue on Etsy and was a mini birdcage veil with ivory dots. As I was having my hair up I just wanted something subtle.”
"My Janie necklace that I wore in the evening was from Pieces Of The Past and handmade to order. Paula who I’ve known for a while set up her own business an alternative dept store. My earrings were from ASOS. My pearl clutch was borrowed from a friend but originally from Accessorize. I had nail art done a few days before by my makeup artist’s sister. My garter was a gift from my maid of honour.
My shoes were from Kate Spade. I looked everywhere for gold glittery shoes and on a girly trip to London to try on dresses we popped into Kate Spade at Covent Garden. They had a sale on so I was so excited to find the shoes I’d been ogling online in the sale and snapped them straight up!"
"My friend Sophie helped us out with all our wedding stationery – she styled the invitations, save the dates and R.S.V.P.’s. The theme we wanted was old fashioned carnival style lettering but in pastel colours with tongue in cheek wording. She even designed some favour tags which acted as cake pop place settings.
I loved our stationery and again wanted the mint to come through to tie in with everything else."
"Our wedding favours were made by Delicious Designs – I knew I wanted cake pops so I asked my friend Sophie to design labels that could be attached with ribbon which also acted as place settings."
What a beautiful manicure!
"I wanted the bridesmaids to all wear mint. They are all different shapes and sizes so I wanted the dresses to be slightly different on each of them. The dresses were made by DressbLee on Etsy. Everyone complimented me on them as they all looked so beautiful.
All the girls wore flowers in their hair from H&M and had jewellery handmade by Pieces Of The Past, they had jewellery for the day of vintage reclaimed necklaces and earrings or flower rings in Lucite. Then when I changed into my reception dress and Janie necklace they all got purple glittery moustaches in their goodie bags that I made with my mum. Their gold belts were from ASOS.
"Our table centrepieces with florals by Nadia Di Tullio took a lot of planning. I had the girls round to help a few times and we handmade the numbers as I wanted each table to be unique. They looked so lovely in the restaurant with the wooden chairs and hand tied ribbons. Exactly what we wanted. She came round and we planned each table with all the vintage items I owned and collected. The vintage cameras were the final touch."
"Our cake was designed by the wonderful Emma Lawson, I gave her a picture of what I wanted and told her our budget and she was happy to work within that to create the cake I’d fallen in love with on pinterest. I loved the cake as soon as I saw it because it fitted with the venue.
My cake toppers were an impulse buy from BHLDN – I had to have them!"
I love the use of an antique mirror below as a table plan…
“Our photographer Natalie is someone I now consider to be a friend, she was enthusiastic from the start and always keen to hear our ideas. I was so nervous and she totally put me at ease, everyone said they didn’t even notice her taking photos, she’s so professional and talented.
It was a real pleasure to have Natalie capture our day and we couldn’t be happier with the results.”
"I loved the gents navy dog tooth checked suits, they were all from ASOS . Tommy ordered them for the ushers first then liked the suits so much, he decided to wear the same thing. We had their ties and pocket squares made by Bees Bow ties on Etsy, to match the girls dresses. Tom's shoes were from Ted Baker and his cufflinks from Tatty Devine.
The boys gifts were amazing hip flasks in a bible from Suck UK."
"I walked myself down the aisle after my best friends had led the way as my beautiful bridesmaids. I wanted to do it to show strength because I don’t know my dad and my mum hasn’t been well. Nobody else seemed right for the task and I think the person that gives you away needs to be an important part of your life.
I was surrounded by my close friends and the most important person in my life was waiting for me at the other end of the aisle. My wedding processional was Sea of Love by Cat Power."
"We didn’t want a religious ceremony and so chose a civil ceremony to be able to write our own vows, we really enjoyed this and I can still remember every word. We also constructed our vows from lots of different parts of vows we liked. I wrote my own and so did Tommy, these are the promises I read to him during the ceremony;
'I promise to embrace change and grow within it. I make this promise to the most important person in my life, witnessed by those dearest to me. Being with you makes me want to be a better person. I promise to respect your individuality and independence. I am certain that my future with you will be even better than the past we have already shared- and I can’t wait to begin my new life as your wife. With you I have found my home. On this day, your family will become my family. I will always carry you in my heart.'"
"Our readings took us a while to find, I wanted Geronimo balloons and two seemed perfect, one each. My maid of honour found an extract From Now We Are Six by A.A. Milne – and I loved it as soon as I read it as it spoke of two balloons and soul mates;
'A soul mate is someone who has locks that fit our keys, and keys to fit our locks. When we feel safe enough to open the locks, our truest selves step out and we can be completely and honestly who we are; we can be loved for who we are and not for who we're pretending to be. Each unveils the best part of the other. No matter what else goes wrong around us, with that one person we're safe in our own paradise. Our soul mate is someone who shares our deepest longings, our sense of direction. When we're two balloons, and together our direction is up, chances are we've found the right person. Our soul mate is the one who makes life come to life.'
The other reading was supposed to be I Wanna Be Yours by John Cooper Clarke but our usher read the wrong reading. I was upset at the time, then I realised he hadn’t done it on purpose and it was a mistake."
"Between our wedding breakfast and evening reception we had a couple of hours to chill out, we used this as an opportunity to get more couple shots with our photographer who was raring to go and full of ideas. I found a deckchair in a vintage shop and printed free banners from Martha Stewart and weddingchicks.com to use in photos.
With a couple of close friends to carry props we went off to the conservatory which happened to be closed and managed to sneak in, its full of exotic flowers and was so peaceful in the late afternoon. We made the most of the sunset and the light was magical."
"Our entertainment was provided by a band I came across at the Save The Date wedding fair last year. The Kit Mason Trio were great, really nice people and they let us choose the sets and pick a couple of songs they would learn. A good friend, Martin Nesbitt, who’s been a long term resident DJ at a few of our venues and has a great back catalogue of music agreed to DJ at our wedding. We had a blast and I think so did he!
Our first dance was to Fleetwood Mac's 'Everywhere' – it kind of summed up our relationship from the start and how we felt about each other. We used to go to a guilty pleasures night in Nottingham (and still do) and when this was played nothing else mattered for that moment. We followed it with Kiss 'I Was Made for Loving You' because they are one of Tommy’s favourite bands and we wanted to start the night off with a bang."
Words of Wedded Wisdom…
“I wished I could’ve relaxed and enjoyed it more when we first got engaged before feeling the need to plan but I was anxious to get started. In hindsight it would’ve been nice to relish and live in the moment so I’d definitely say that to anyone else who has just gotten engaged!
I did SO much research that I stopped thinking of my own original ideas. Take a step back and think about what you like / love / hate. Then focus your energy on that. Style your wedding how you want, not how anybody else thinks it should be. If you choose a venue that’s always been formal and you can see the potential for something more creative then go for it.”
What a beautiful way to end the working week – thank you so much Jane and Tommy for sharing your lovely wedding with our readers. And thanks also to Natalie J. Weddings for once again allowing her work to be featured on Love My Dress.
So much inspiration here for your readers! I really hope you've enjoyed our final wedding of this week – we're blogging again tomorrow with one for all you cake lovers. Just WAIT until you see what we have in store!
Photographer – Natalie J. Weddings
Venue – The Pavilion Gardens in Buxton + The Old Hall Hotel
Brides Dress – Justin Alexander via Mia sposa in Nottingham
Evening dress – Inspirational Bridal
Veil/Headpiece – Talulah Blue on Etsy
Brides Shoes – Kate Spade
Accessories – Necklace via Pieces Of The Past + earrings via ASOS
Groom – Suit via ASOS + Bees Bow Ties on Etsy + Ted Baker shoes + Tatty Devine cufflinks
Bridesmaids – DressbLee on Etsy + gold belts via ASOS
Flowers – Nadia Di Tullio
Cake – Emma Lawson (links to email) + cake topper via BHLDN
Entertainment – The Kit Mason Trio + DJ Martin Nesbitt
Favours – Delicious Designs
Stationery – Sophie Power
Hair Stylist – Nicole Kelly
Makeup Artist – Rhiannon Lucy Jones via Mac