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A Relaxed Blue & Blush DIY Wedding: Jo & Adam

Wedding DIY’ers take note – this relaxed blue & blush, DIY wedding looks so effortlessly lovely… you are bound to take some inspiration from it.

Adam & Jo married in the local church where Jo grew up and had their reception at The Sir John Moore Foundation in Leicestershire…

I always liked pastel shades and initially thought I’d go down the green and creams route but it evolved into blues and blushes – especially when the boys chose blue suits.

My wedding dress was Clara by Heidi Hudson – although it was altered quite a bit from the original dress bought! I liked the simple elegance of it when I bought it but wanted to add something. I had it altered so it was straps rather than a halter neck and my mum added sparkle and a cowl but the essence of the dress was still the same. It was comfortable to wear also so I still felt like myself.

We didn’t want wedding flowers that were too formal and were keen to get lots of foliage and texture. The bridesmaids bouquets were kept simpler but informal to match their patterned bridesmaid dresses.

We had Pachabels canon for Jo’s entrance and Arrival of Queen of Sheba for exit. A bit less traditional – we had the Jurassic Park theme while we were signing the register.

We have been together for 7 years and met when Jo was on a student placement in Devon. The first half of our relationship was long-distance while Jo finished her zoology degree and then worked back in Leicestershire.

The proposal was at Perth Zoo in Australia. Jo works in zoos so I knew it would be a perfect location to propose.

Not enough good things can be said about how awesome Hannah our wedding photographer is! She made everyone feel at ease and can spot a good photo anywhere. Her use of light and background is fantastic and makes for an amazing set of wedding photos

We used glass bottles with tops cut off as vases decorated with celtic heart knots and blue sisal. Table confetti was made by using heart shaped hole-punches and leftover card and coloured paper. We also had fabric rose petals. Around the room we decorated with celtic heart knot strings with photos of each of us growing up and then as a couple.

The wedding cake was made by Jo’s sister Becca. It was a three tier fruit cake. Jo and Becca planned the Arsenal panel in the cake as a surprise for Adam. The rest of the decoration was kept simple.

We wanted our day to be quite a relaxed day and needed to keep the budget in check so DIY was always our best option. Luckily my sister is very crafty so she was almost like an artistic consultant for the day! With the different areas at our venue it meant people could sit where they want and not feel forced to stay in any one place.

Some of our most memorable moments were…

Adam: When Jo finally arrived at the church and stood next to me… I had been very nervous before that!

Jo: Playing with sparklers! We had bought extra long ones on a recommendation. They lasted for ages and our guests spontaneously started singing while we stood in the middle.

Both: The drive from church to reception. Jo’s dad had created a ‘screen’ by using an Arsenal flag on some wooden baton and had a chauffeur’s hat. We had a Just Married banner in the back window and Jo’s parents had bought a small bottle of champagne and chilled glasses like a real wedding car.

If we could advise other couples planning their wedding, we would say…

Take the offers of help that people throw at you if you plan to do a DIY wedding. It seems manageable at the start but it soon becomes quite a workload and you’ll be glad of the help.

Jo and Adam. Thanks so much for sharing your sweet blue & blush DIY wedding with the WTW blog.

Anyone feeling inspired by this colour scheme? I for one adore it.

wedding credits / photographer: hannah hall photography / wedding venue: st margarets church & sir john moore foundation / brides dress: / brides veil: angel face in devon / grooms suit: peter posh / bridesmaid dresses: phase eight / bridesmaid shoes & accessories: via etsy / hair & makeup: elizabeth ann hair and beauty / florist: flowers by stephanie / wedding cake: friend / catering: saffron catering

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