Tuesday February 18 2014.


I’m delighted to be sharing this handmade rustic vintage wedding from photographer Jodie Cooling, especially as it features the Groom arriving in a sidecar.  Just you wait.

jodie cooling photography

It was important to this Bride and Groom, Sarah and Ben, that the styling of their wedding was in keeping with the rustic charm of their rural village location.  Bride Sarah, set a loose colour scheme of battleship grey and matt gold to help guide family and friends who all contributed to make the day, from the wedding cake to the paper pom poms that dressed the aisle.

shipston on stour wedding

“I found the wedding dress shopping experience a bit stressful to be honest.  I didn’t find anything that was close to what I envisaged!  I tried on a handful of designs in the bridal boutiques before taking a risk and purchasing a vintage style lace dress on eBay.  I then had the dress altered to fit me perfectly.”

vintage lace wedding dress


Sarah’s 3 bridesmaids looked decadent in their matt gold Grecian gowns which were teamed with nude heels.  Our bride “chose the design as it really flattered any shape and I wanted the girls to feel comfortable.”  Surprisingly the luxe gold look didn’t go hand in hand with a hefty price tag as the dresses were purchased from Asos during a sale.

gold bridesmaid dress

asos bridesmaids dresses


“My husband also bought his 3 piece suit from Asos, he wanted a slim cut with a nod to the 60’s.  And he found brown brogues in Next – the high street has so many great options for Grooms.”

ASOS groom


Having a hot ride to the church was something both bride and groom were excited about.  Each picked their vintage wheels, and I for one love their choices.

wedding motorbike sidecar

vintage jaguar wedding car


This is where most of the handmade rustic vintage wedding elements come into play.  “What surprised me about organising the wedding was how much people wanted to be involved and help out.  It was lovely to see the thought and effort that was put into each element and this really helped us out given our small budget.”  Sarah’s step mum took charge of all the flowers including bouquets and button holes.  Family and friends were asked to collect spare glass jars and bottles which were then decorated with vintage lace cut offs and hessian.

handmade wedding favors

The bride bought typewriter letters and a bespoke S & B heart stamp from Not On The High Street to make the table plan, guest place cards, wedding favour tags and menus.  “It was time consuming but was definitely worth it.”

handmade rustic vintage wedding table plan

handprinted wedding favors

“My favourite part of the day was after the meal, we went up to our room and had 10 minutes to ourselves to reflect on the day.  It all rushes by so quickly and this stolen moment was so important.”


One last time, it’s over to the lovely Sarah “My advice to other brides would be to take time pinpointing your inspiration.  I used bridal magazines and Pinterest a lot and collected a scrap book of ideas which also helped when I was explaining my ideas to bridesmaids, parents and our friends.  And don’t be afraid to ask for help,  we found everyone loved the challenge of looking after one element of the day for us.”

jodie cooling photography weddingCREDITS

Photographer: Jodie Cooling Photography –

Reception venue: The George Hotel, Shipston On Stour –

Transport: 1960’s Jaguar from Banbury Wedding Cars –

Motorbike & Side Car from  Watsonian Squire Motorbike Company –

Bespoke  stationery stamps from Not On The High Street –

Groom’s Suit & Bridesmaids dresses from ASOS –