If you are looking for inspiration, and some courage to create a quirky fun filled creative wedding, then look no further! Amanda and Dan’s wedding was so incredibly fun. They found the perfect way to integrate everything about them into this amazing wedding. From tattoo save the dates, lollipop bouquets, to music sheet button holes, Amanda and Dan didn’t hold back on any opportunity to create a unique wedding. We can’t wait for you to read all about it!
Amanda had no idea of the type of dress she wanted before she started looking. Amanda had always been drawn to the clean lines of the vintage 60’s and a lover of the flowing Boho style. The opal feather detailing of the dress and the cape made her fall in love with it straight away. The cape gave Amanda two looks with one dress one for the day and one for the evening do.
Amanda’s shoes were not your obvious bridal shoes. Amanda loved the blue white iridescent shimmer they had, which complimented the detailing of her dress. Amanda had always wanted a flower crown, ideally with feathers. After a long hunt she found the perfect crown on Etsy. Lucia Stofej the designer was amazing and handmade the order and shipped it all the way from Slovakia.
Dan’s favourite colour was blue and the couple were draw n to the Lambretta Skinny suit when they found in online. Dan wanted something a little different for his big day, being the frontman of a metal band he wasn’t one for fading into the background! Dan’s dad gave him his old pocket watch for the day which really excentuated his look. With Dan passionate about music Amanda got creative and made simple but effective paper flowers for button holes cut from sheet music.
Dan and Amanda right from the start had agreed that they wouldn’t have a particular theme at their wedding, but rather a combination of quirky little things that reflected their personalities. They wanted to feel at home on their day and not on show. They decided to steer clear from the generic wedding venue. They choose Elsecar Heritage Centre as it was very industrial, but gave a large blank canvas which was exactly what the couple were looking for. Amanda said “My Dad and his family grew up in Elsecar, we used to go on many family walks around the wood and visited the park regularly when growing up to play pooh sticks in the stream”. Having a family connection to the area, made the venue even more perfect for the couple.
Amanda and Dan loved the rustic feel of the venue, the bare brick walls and the green metal supports. Amanda wanted to compliment this back drop and chose to have varying blue tones through the groomsmen suites and the bridesmaids dresses to the dried flowers used on the centre pieces.
Amanda found vickilicious on eBay, and really liked her traditional tattoo themed wedding stationary. With Dan being a man who likes his tattoo’s and the couples mutual appreciation of rat style they quickly ordered their invites. This gave Amanda the inspiration to get even more creative, she didn’t want normal RSVP’s so came up with the (genius) idea of linking social media and injecting a little bit of fun. Amanda printed out temporary tattoos with the #RSVPfeasts yes or no, guests had to apply the tattoos and take a selfie then upload onto social media with the relevant hashtag.
Amanda said “It was so much fun uncovering the RSVP’s the guests had a laugh taking them and really showed their creative sides to. Everyone sent a selfie, even my 75 year old Aunty. We then used selfies as the table plan on the day.” Guests had to find their selfie to find their seat! Amanda and Dan even had the designs as actual matching tattoos after the wedding.
Carrying on the musical element to the celebrations, Amanda and Dan’s guest book was an acoustic guitar that their guests were asked to sign and leave a little message on. The guitar is now mounted on their wall at home as a lovely memory from he day. They used a vintage suitcase to collect cards. For the centre pieces Amanda found varying styles of cases forma charity shop her friend was working in, dropped in a candle surrounded by fishtanks pebbles. The vases were finished off withe hessian ribbon attaching some dried flowers to the outside.
Amanda’s creative streak doesn’t end there, the bridesmaids held lollipop bouquets, that she made herself with DIY bouquet sticks, feathers and ribbon. She used a lot of lollipops for the 10 bridesmaids and her page boy! These were then placed on the tables after the ceremony as favours for guests.
No less then 10 bridesmaids and a page boy escorted Amanda down the aisle, 6 lifelong friends, 3 sisters and my 5 year old Neice and nephew. Amanda has always worn lindy bop dresses and loved the ditsy floral print on the one she chose. The difficulty is with 10 bridesmaid is trying to find a style that flatters all body shapes, but this style worked perfectly well. A good friend of Amanda’s even remade a size 10 ladies dress into a mini version for her Neice!
Betenoire Jewellery made their statement at the wedding with necklaces to match Amanda wore hers at the evening reception once her cape came off!
Dan had 3 best men, he could not have singled one of them out as they all meant so much to him and have been there for him for such a long time. This also meant 3 very varied speeches, all equally as funny and touching. The groomsmen wore navy 2 piece suits from Burtons.
Amanda’s dad has a passion for all things western and attends reenactments throughout the UK and Europe. Amanda wanted her dad to feel comfortable on the day and embrace his hobbie, so she asked him to walk her down the aisle wearing his cowboy gear! Stetson, Guns and all!
Amanda and Dan set out the ceremony area in the centre of the venue, simple white covered chairs with beige lace bands that she had made to slot over as an alternative to bows or sashes.
Amanda said “We had 2 readings during the ceremony, one from my brother who wrote his own (nearly a rap haha), that had us all laughing and but also left us very touched through the sentiment. The other by a mutual friend of ours.”
With Amanda’s creative flourish she made her very own aisle to walk down, 10 meters of canvas set out as a photographic timeline of memories starting from 1983 with baby photos of the couple, first date, first holiday, etc ending on 4th June 2015. It was a real talking point and nice for the guests to look at while the were waiting for my arrival.
Using the bus Amanda and Dan had hired to get her and her Dad plus the 10 bridesmaids to the venue, they took all 63 day guests on an hour long tour of the local area. It was a great opportunity for guests to mingle and created some fab natural photos.
With Dan being a musician the couple know so many talent people so really didn’t want to hire a wedding band and risk them not quite being what they wanted. So Dan and one of his best men Jamie Thomas formed their very own wedding band along with another friend on drums. For one night only Blue Night performed 40 minutes of 90s classic anthems in a Ska/Reggae style, opening with backstreets back, then onto Five, Whitney Houston for the bride and Green Day for the groom and his dad.
The cake was also spectacular. Amanda said “Dan and I used to watch Choccy Woccy Doo Dah on TV and visited the shop and cafe in London when we went for Dans 30th. When we saw the ’til death cake we immediately knew it was the one for us, it also complimented the wedding stationery. The weekend before the wedding we had a lovely weekend away in Brighton with my mum and her partner. After visiting the Choccy cafe we collected the our wedding cake and commenced a 4.5hr drive home with it in the boot of the car. (The longest, most nerve wracking drive ever!)”
Amanda and Dan kept the catering relaxed with a hog roast for the day guests and pie and peas at the evening reception, supplied by the lovely Tanya Ellis from Simply Delicious. Tanya also supplied the cocktails for the welcome drinks that were his & hers favourite tipples, Bourbon Sour (Dan) and Cranberry Gin & Tonic (for Amanda). These were served in mini milk bottles with paper straws.
Steph White was the couples photographer “We loved Stephs style and knew she would capture every essence of our day perfectly. Steph met us at the venue a few months before, we walked around together and highlighted key photo opportunity areas. The venue had such history to it so there were plenty of areas that provide amazing back drops. For the group family shots we chose the bandstand at the local park that I visited regularly as a child.”
The couple split the photos into 2 sessions, the first during the ceremony and straight after on the bus, the second following the meal and speeches.
Amanda said “I love moments captured naturally or that are the result spontaneity sowe tried not to plan every photo in advance. Steph was great at organising where she wanted people and orchestrating the whole images to create some truly fantastic photos.”
One of Amanda and Dan’s favourite pics was from the bridal party gearing ready. “Getting ready was fun and steph captured some great pics, the Bad influence pic with the bridesmaids was a particular highlight, I love that my nephew managed to sneak a peek too. One of my bridesmaids got hold of my dads cowboy gun and started playing around. When Dan and I got off the bus, Steph shouted to spin round the pole, Dan took to the pole like he’d done it before. A photobombing Uncle and a great shot of me and the bridesmaids drunkenly belting out a classic on the dance floor. So many memories and all captured so creatively by the wonderful Steph White.”
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|Brides Gown (Designer & boutique )||Manual Mota|
|Jewellery (Designer & boutique)||Necklace Betenoire handmade jewellery||betenoirejewellery.com|
|Veil/Headpiece||Bespoke handmade Feather head crown||www.luciastofej.com|
|Bridesmaids Dresses||Lindy Bop||lindybop.co.uk|
|Groom/Groomsmen||Groom – Lambretta|
|Stationery||Vickilicious designs ( with added tattoo selfie rsvp by myself )||vickiliciousdesigns.co.uk|
|Entertainment (day & evening)||Grooms band one off performance|
|Transport||1963 AEC Bridgemaster Bus||yorkshireheritagebus.co.uk|
|Videographer / Photographer||Stephanie White||stephwhite.co.uk|
|The Venue||Elsecar Heritage centre||www.elsecar-heritage-centre.co.uk|
|Caterers||Tanya Ellis Simply Delicious||http://www.facebook.com/simply-delicious-203364166464629/|
|Make up||Katriona Kongialis||http://www.facebook.com/Katriona-Kongialis-Makeup-Artist-560139680758972/|