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DIY Wedding on a shoestring

Flash Back to 2014 when we featured Joy and Adam's wedding that was captured by Carly @ Kooky Weddings.

DIY Wedding on a shoestring 

A DIY wedding is always a winner for me, but when it's done on a shoestring budget it gets a extra thumbs up. Joy and Adam's wedding (beautifully captured by Carly from Kooky Weddings) in St Ives, Cornwall was a joint effort between family and firends and to me that makes the day extra special. 

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Wedding Date: 22nd August

County you got married in: Cornwall

Wedding venue/s: St Uny Church, Lelant, St Ives, Cornwall. Followed by a reception at West Cornwall Golf Club, Lelant, St Ives, Cornwall.

Wedding photographer: Carly Michael of Kooky Weddings Photography

How would you describe your wedding style? A Semi traditional boho, hand made, DIY wedding on a shoestring.

Did you make anything for your wedding? YES we made the invitations, the bunting, the decorations for the reception and I made my own wedding cake and 3 other cakes for the guests with birthdays! Plus the guests all made the food and desserts for our buffet. Adams mum made the sugar flowers for the cake, and Adams dad picked the hydrangeas from his garden and I put them in clear glass bottles (old water bottles with the labels peeled off!) with hand tied ribbons around to hang on the end of the church pews.

Tell us about your wedding ceremony: We had a church ceremony in a beautiful coastal setting on the sand dunes of St Ives Bay, my mum walked me down the aisle and gave me away, our little dog milo also attended with his smart collar and bow tie!

Tell us about your wedding reception: We were lucky to have good enough weather for us all to walk a little up the road to the Golf Club reception, I wanted Adam, myself and Milo to lead the procession with our guests behind us each carrying a bottle with the ribbon and flowers from the church to the reception. We were all greeted with champagne on arrival where guests were then able to relax at the bar or outside in the golf club grounds while Adam and I went for our portrait shots on the beach with our photographer.

What music and/or entertainment did you have: We came across a fantastic Busker in Penzance one day with an acoustic guitar a harmonica and a bowler hat! He’s pretty well known down here for his amazing bluesy slide guitar style, capturing that 30’s blues era, so we just asked him to play and he said yes!

What did you both wear and why? I wore my mums dress that she married my dad in, in 1954! It was such an honour to be able to wear this and the fact that it was still in pretty good condition 60 years later was amazing. I loved the vintage style and the fact that it was so slim fitting yet still had a great drape to swish around, plus the detail and the buttoned back was so beautiful I knew it would still be gorgeous and I could give it another special day, it was very meaningful!

Adam wore the suit he had bought to celebrate his Dads MBE in 2010.  Think it had only been dragged out of the wardrobe on 4 other occassions, so was still as good as new.

Memorable wedding day moments: The whole day!  It was just perfect, from getting ready with the girls, to my mum buttoning me into her dress, to the best man trying to stop Adam shaking, to those rings being placed on our fingers 

- For both of us...the first time our eyes met in the church and Adam whispered....stunning!

- The amazing food our friends and family prepared, tasted delicious and  looked really good too!

- We didn't really do the formal speech thing, but for somebody who was absolutely terrified, Adam blew me away with his words, and brought a tear to many an eye!

The most important thing for us was to have the best day ever with all those who meant something to us, and to not have to worry about it costing a fortune made it even better!

I also need to add......most important to pick the right photographer, as we thoroughly enjoyed having our photos taken and the resulting shots captured us and the whole day to a tee. We couldn’t have asked for more!


Three words of advice for future brides

1. Most people have hidden talents...just ask, its amazing what they can do.(and that comes from a control freak!)

2. Hydrangeas last for ages as a single stem in narrow necked bottles(like water/wine bottles), mine lasted 2 weeks!!!

3. Remember to enjoy are marrying the man you love!


Joy and Adam's super suppliers/friends

Photographer / Carly Michael of Kooky Weddings

Venues / West Cornwall Golf Club

Dress / Thanks mum!

Shoes / New Look

Hair and Makeup / Friends Caroline & Sasha

Accessories / Pearl and silver earings (Orchard Gallery), Silver bangle with gold hearts and ring (James King)

Grooms suit / Cerutti from Moss Bros

Entertainment / Tom Dale

Flowers / Hand picked Hydrangeas

Vehicles / Friend Marks BMW

And anyone else you want to shout about? Cant shout enough about our beautiful bridesmaids, and my friends who helped so much, and put up with all my finickety ways!

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