Every effort went into making our own wedding as handmade as possible and apart from the time restraints there were also some things out of my skill set, which meant me involving plenty of other creatives, and here are some that come with our own high recommendations:
I am an avid hat lover, and one of the requests was that all guests were to bring a hat or form of headwear to our wedding, which of course meant that I needed my best headwear for me and my bridesmaids, courtesy of Imogen’s Imagination. As well as my bridesmaids all having fascinators in our colour scheme after many a discussion with Sophie we agreed on some designs which meant that the fascinators were seen as a set whilst all being different. As I only plan on being a bride once in my life I made the decision to have a fascinator for the day and then a hat for the evening, which was also a great surprise for my husband!
After breaking my hip less than 4 years before our wedding I had numerous problems with my walking, not to mention wearing heals so when I found Hetty Rose to handmake my shoes to fit my feet and also accomodate my orthotics that was the decision made. So, apart from supporting another handmade independent craftswoman I had the most beautiful cinderella shoes made to my liking and out of the same fabric as my dress. Hetty also does workshops now where you can make your own shoes with her, so you could go one step further and handmake your very own wedding shoes to make it even more personal.
I must admit I knew exactly what I wanted my dress to be like, hence designing it and finding a fab dressmaker on a recommendation from a friend, I knew exactly what I wanted my shoes to be, and I knew exactly what I wanted from my fascinator/hat but when it came to jewellery I was stumped with too much choice. I stumbled upon some perfect delicate earrings at a craft fair with one of my bridesmaids, so just needed a necklace to match… where to start? I went to Folksy to find someone that I could commission to make my necklace design a reality and I am glad to say that Morning Mr Magpie came up with the perfect solution. So with my jewellery decided it was time to find necklaces as presents for my bridesmaids and again I found the perfect shop on Folksy, Traceyann from Artisan Silver was able to engrave 5 bird pendants with my bridesmaids names and the date so that they were all similar and personal at the same time.
Although Neil was our bestman and therefore couldn’t be our official wedding photographer we would recommend him for any wedding, with his creative take on the world he has done some amazing photographs and did suggest some more of the more creative shots at our wedding. He also trained with Lance who was our photographer for the day and made us feel really at ease and comfortable given that I always feel on edge when there is a camera in site, so brides or grooms if you are a bit camera shy then definitely consider Herke Photography or Lance James Photography.
We were lucky that the first venue we saw was the perfect one for us, so we cancelled all other viewings. If you are getting married in Yorkshire we highly recommend Coniston Hotel in Coniston Cold, North Yorkshire. Not only has it got the most amazing scenery which plays a large part of our photos (despite the constant July rain all day) but Vicky, the wedding organiser couldn’t have been more friendly, accommodating and efficient.
Thanks for supporting local and handmade artists, artisans and businesses – we all appreciate it! For more UK based designers please visit Support British Handmade, of which I am a member.