A Handfasting Ceremony & Colourful DIY Celebration - Juno and Joy

A Handfasting Ceremony & Colourful DIY Celebration

Becky Joiner My Fabulous Life

Creative, relaxed, DIY – three of my favourite words associated with wedding celebrations and the perfect adjectives to describe today’s beautiful offering from Becky of My Fabulous Life photography. Brimming with personality and inspired by so many of their shared loves Gitta and Sim’s wedding is not only picture perfect but oozes atmosphere and joy.

Over to Gitta:We started planning as soon as we got engaged, we explored the possibilities that were within our budget. We originally looked at just a registry office thing but soon realised that we couldn’t have everyone there and it wasn’t so personal and we really wanted everyone there for the ceremony and make it our own. I looked at churches but neither of us or our families are religious so this didn’t seem right to us. In this search I found a beautiful handfasting ceremony which we re-wrote to make it ours.
We found a location and to free us up to do whatever we liked there we did our registry office ceremony with just the close family the following day after staying at the amazing Bickleigh Castle…We hired the local Village Hall for the day and went between the Village Hall and Sim’s Mums house which was 6 doors down the road.

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The details:The dress was hand-made by my mum-in-law and me. I started out trying some things on and having a look around online at what I liked. After getting a good idea of what I wanted I found the right patterns (combining two different patterns) and explored available fabrics. We made a mock-up out of sheets over Christmas which worked out great so we went ahead with the final fabric and started putting it together. The Final finishing touches were some days before the wedding including making a shrug and bag to go with it. It was all rather lucky really how well it came together, the little sleeves were bits of lace I happened to find, I wasn’t sure they would be the right colour but worked out perfectly! I was so so happy with it I couldn’t have wished for anything better.

The bouquet and the button-hole flowers were all hand-made by my Step-mum, they were made out of felt. She made them so beautifully!The flowers for the centre pieces were grown by Sims mum on their allotment. Lovely wild flowers it looked great!

We made bunting out of different fabrics and we bought a job-lot of music paper on ebay which we made into bunting too and cheap balls of lace on a market and bits of fabric which we ripped into strips and used as ribbon bows on the chairs and for our back-drop.

We made loads of pompoms in different colours and sizes for which my mum spend days un-fluffing them, she got pretty bored of it! As favours we had home-made jam by Sims mum in little decorated jars with ribbons around it.

Adding to this also the food was all made by us, we ordered some roast lamb to be delivered warm at the right time and all the salads we served with it (6 different salads) we made the day before and finished in the morning. This was CRAZY! But amazing, it all tasted so good. Sim’s mum grew a lot of the vegetables we used on the allotment too. For desert we had beetroot brownies served with berries compote (from the garden) and thick cream.

Our amazing cake was made by Sims amazing Gran and put together on the morning by his mum and sister.

Just about as hands-on as you can get! Highly personal and very lovely indeed – musicians Gitta and Sim even got involved in the entertainment! Amazing. As are Becky’s photos…such narrative in them.

Are you DIY-ing your wedding day?

♥ Sarah.

//Credits: Photography: My Fabulous Life//Grooms suit: House of Fraser//Bridesmaids: All other elements were DIY.

1 Comment

  1. barbara k. photography February 7, 2015 Reply

    Love the spirit and the colour scheme of this wedding! Very cute couple 🙂

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