The beautiful Casie and her rustic vintage Devon wedding featured on Rock My Wedding - oh take me back!!
Elegant Traditional Wedding In Devon with Bride In Dress By Mirror Mirror And Images From Weddings Vintage
Casie-Georgia The Bride: Tom and I met whilst at university at one of Southampton’s student bars called “KAOS” – not the kind of place you would expect to meet your future spouse in! Four years later, having lived apart for a year, had a few job changes and bought our first home together, Tom proposed the day before his 24th birthday party as the sun set over London. I was speechless for the first time in my life.
We booked our church and venue within a month of being engaged and, coincidentally, the date available for our wedding would be exactly a year to the day Tom proposed! In the year of planning we spent most of our days using Google or browsing RMW – I’m afraid our social life was quite neglected (sorry friends!)
We have always made a great team and, although we don’t agree on everything, luckily, we had the same vision for our big day; simple, elegant and, most importantly, that our family and friends would have an amazing time that they would always remember.
We decided to get married in the South Hams in Devon. We don’t have any particular links to Devon although we had enjoyed Tom’s dad’s 50th birthday in Dartmouth so we wanted to try and mirror this weekend of happiness.
Tom and I both wanted to get married in a church but we had no links to the local parish at this time. The village vicar, Anne, supported and guided us as to what we would have to do to fulfil the legal requirements. This was to involve making the trip from London to Devon nearly every weekend for a year! However tired and weary those trips made us it was all worth it to be married in a church by her; she is wonderful!
I had always imagined that I would get married in a lacey, bohemian dress but I seemed to be veto-ing every lacey and bohemian dress that I tried. This was meant to be the dream but I had no idea! Eventually, I tried on a dress that was made of satin, with beaded arms and back. The style was very different to what I had been looking for as it was much more glamour than bohemian but we fell in love with it straight away. My Mum lovingly handmade my veil (something she hadn’t made before!) and it was the perfect finishing touch!
The Colour Scheme
Tom and I decided that our colour scheme should be mainly white with hints of pink and gold. This was to be brought out mainly in our flowers, which were arranged by the wonderful Caroline Hodges. We managed to re-use the flowers in the church windows for our table centre pieces, thus saving us a lot of money – and nobody noticed! Tom’s Mum and Aunt decorated our wedding cars using the same flowers. The bridal car was a white Land Rover Defender 90 and a red Defender 110 was used for the bridesmaids. We were lucky that these cars are in the family as they meant much more to us than a borrowed Rolls Royce and fitted in perfectly with the countryside setting. Tom’s dad also reinvented the Land Rover logo just for us!
As I said previously, the most important thing to us was that our guests had an amazing time. A huge part of this for us was to be the food and entertainment. Unfortunately, we did have a huge issue with the food that was being offered to us at tastings prior to the day. We stood our ground and insisted on changes; eventually our venue began to take note and, on the day, the food was delicious. It did, however, take us a long time to get there. My advice is that you shouldn’t be afraid to voice your concerns! You’re the paying client and the venue/chef needs to make sure you’re happy.
A long time was spent online looking for our wedding band: we seemed to be listening to demos of what seemed like the same old wedding band each time. We are probably fussier than most but we didn’t want an average wedding singer/band. When we found The Sweet & the Lowdown we were smitten! Modern retro with an old style microphone! It wasn’t easy booking them – we had left it a little late but we are so grateful we managed to because they were amazing! Everybody danced all night and we were all shouting for another song at the end of their set; nobody wanted them to leave. Since the wedding, we have had to pass their details on to a lot of our friends who are now planning their own weddings.
The Wedding Party
Tom had five groomsmen (three of his cousins and two of his best friends). We can’t thank them enough for how helpful they were on the day. Indispensable!
And the bridesmaids – my three best friends and Tom’s sister – what would I have done without them? They were on hand with lipgloss, deodorant and champagne at all times!
I love planning, especially for a party, but I wasn’t quite prepared for wedding planning. A few words of advice for all in the midst of wedding chaos:
put time and effort into your table plan. People will appreciate this!
Finer details make a difference – our champagne saucers were a huge hit as it was something different!
Make sure you split the organising 50/50 as much as possible. People often think that the groom is not interested in planning the day but Tom and I agreed from the start that if one of us wasn’t happy, then we would make sure we thought of something else that we both liked instead. We both put as much effort into planning and we now have a day that we are both very proud of!
Enjoy yourself, even if things don’t go to plan – you will never get this day again.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank everybody who was a part of our wedding – for making the effort to come down/up/across to Devon! The day was only amazing because of you all.