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Today’s gorgeous couple Duncan and Ailsa were hell bent on making their wedding as personal as possible; from the bride’s Uncle being Priest at the church to her mother acting as florist.  A truly DIY wedding that you Bijou readers are going to love.

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“Choosing our photographer was one of the biggest, but ultimately easiest, decisions we made…we saw Jonathan Ong‘s photographs online and fell in love with his work.  He completely understood our vision of the day and it was a pleasure to have him with us. We adore our wedding photographs.”

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Ailsa was on a mission to find the perfect vintage wedding dress and as soon as she saw this 1960’s ruffled number on Etsy immediately knew it was ‘the one’.

etsy wedding dress

Our bride wanted the accessories to be delicate so chose an ivory chapel length veil and had her mother whip up a wreath to match her bouquet.  And for the traditional something old, new, borrowed blue?

“My sister, who was my maid of honour, gave me the most wonderful gift just before I walked down the aisle. Inside a great big brown box were my somethings old (an embroidered handkerchief from my grandma), new (stunning chrysanthemum earrings), borrowed (a broach from my mum), and blue (a sweet vintage lace garter).”

diy gypsophila crown
These cute floral print bridesmaid’s dresses were from Cath Kidston “my sister and I fell in love with the old fashioned cut and print.  Both bridesmaids also wore tiny heart shaped pendants that were my thank-you gift to them”

cath kidston bridesmaid dress

Ailsa wanted to match her bff’s so all wore the same shoes and carried oyster clutch bags.

bridesmaid accessories
“My husband and I wanted the flowers to be simple but ethereal. We chose baby’s breath for its delicate bloom and gentle clouds of colour. Luckily, my mother is extremely talented, very patient, and more than willing to learn a dozen new skills to make my dreams come true – she made my wreath, my bouquet, my bridesmaid’s bouquets, my bridesmaid’s hairpieces and the buttonholes using armfuls and armfuls of baby’s breath. The table centres, aisle decorations and flowers in the church were arranged by my mother, my sister, the lovely church organist, and I. We filled more than two hundred and fifty jars and bottles with flowers a couple of days before the wedding.”  Now there’s commitment!

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Duncan wanted every one of his groomsmen to feel comfortable so let them wear their own suits with gypsophila buttonholes.  Duncan also had something old, borrowed and new “He wore my father’s black knitted tie. He also wore my grandad’s handkerchief in his top pocket and my father gave him a beautiful watch as a wedding present.”

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At this DIY wedding everything was handmade by family and friends including all these tassel garlands.  “My mother made two hundred metres of torn-strip bunting which she then hand dyed lemon and baby pink. It took us a whole day to hang it in the hall. My mother also dyed some crochet mats to add to my collection (bought from a whole host of charity shops) which, together with the flowers, formed the centrepieces.  My mother and father in law, my mother, my sister and some friends helped Duncan and I to set up the tables, put out the table cloths, lay the cutlery, put out bubbles, organise favours and set out the centrepieces the day before the wedding. The balloons and outside seating were arranged by friends on the morning of the wedding. It was a lot of work doing it all ourselves but we had so much fun in the process.”

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diy wedding hog roast

Ailsa made an unique seating plan using giant pinwheels, I love this idea.

diy wedding fans paper wheels

There was also a DIY Guest Book encouraging young and old to draw pictures and leave their own special message for the happy couple.

suitcase guest book

diy guest book
After working flat out to great this amazing DIY wedding what is our bride’s advice?  “I would advise future brides and bridegrooms to plan their wedding to be as personal as possible. For us that meant making everything we could and having a relaxed day filled with family and friends.”

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Photography by Jonathan Ong –

Wedding Dress from Fab Gabs – FabGabs

Bridesaids dresses from – Cath Kidston

Band – Gypsies of Bohemia

Catering by Cheshire Hog Roast – Cheshire Hog Roast

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