Amy and Nathan’s DIY details and unique ring-bearer gave their shabby chic wedding day plenty of personal touches that their guests no doubt loved, and we love too!
How they met
Amy and Nathan met while paying their way through university, working in a high street store. “We both started working there on the same day, and I felt like he was the one as soon as I met him,” Amy says. “Nathan played hard to get but I put up a long and stubborn fight, and I managed to woo him eight weeks later.”
Nathan’s proposal was so spontaneous that he shocked even himself! “For my 21st birthday, my late grandma treated us to a week in New York,” Amy recalls. “Nathan had already bought me a ring for my birthday and wasn’t planning to propose, but one night, walking back to our hotel, we were both overcome by a moment. So, in the middle of a busy Times Square, Nathan asked for my birthday ring back and gave it back to me on bended knee, asking me to marry him. I said yes, and we were applauded by a group of Bronx ladies who were looking on.”
The bride’s outfit
Amy chose an elegant, A-line tulle and lace gown by Enzoani, with hand-stitched lace appliqué. “It made me feel beautiful, like a princess,” Amy smiles. She customised her look by exchanging the jewelled belt for a simply cotton flower corsage, and accessorised her gown with pretty hair flowers from Oasis, vintage topaz earrings and a rhinestone bracelet given to her as a gift by Nathan.
The groom’s outfit
A mistake by the bespoke suit company that Nathan had chosen left him with just two weeks to find alternative wedding wear. “Thankfully, the team at Slaters dug us out of the mire and helped Nathan pick a three-piece mid-grey suit from Ted Baker,” says a relieved Amy.
With budgets tight, Amy’s three bridesmaids agreed to pay for their own dresses. “Because of this, I wanted to keep the costs down, and as our theme was shabby chic, we didn’t want anything too formal anyway,” Amy explains. “We found the perfect dresses in H&M – a bargain at £15 each – and accessorised them with handmade silk and lace belts and cotton flowers.” The couple’s niece Evie was an adorable flowergirl in a Monsoon dress, and walked the couple’s dog, Archie – the ring bearer – down the aisle!
“Our wedding ceremony was the best hour of my life,” Amy recalls. “I walked down the aisle to a string quartet and organ version of Coldplay’s Paradise, arranged especially for us, and seeing Nathan’s face was amazing. Signing the register and making it official was another highlight. I don’t think we stopped smiling for a minute.”
Amy’s breath was taken away by the stunning flower arrangements by Urban Design Flowers. “They were amazing, and completely understood what we wanted,” she says. “I actually burst into tears when I saw the bouquets for the first time.”
By the time the newlyweds had returned from having their portraits taken, the party was in full swing. “It was amazing to come back in from having our photos taken to see all out guests from different areas of our lives getting on so well,” Amy smiles. The guests were entertained with garden games, photo props, a sweet table and a cake-pop buffet.
Creative couple Amy and Nathan made all their shabby chic wedding decorations themselves, with help from Amy’s mum. The tables were decorated with birdcages and lanterns surrounded by flowers, while the napkins were made from an Ikea throw. “We made our own bunting with fabric from the market, and created the table plan with a photo frame from The Range, dressed with buttons and lace,” Amy adds.
Amy and Nathan booked a last-minute trip to Fuertaventura, where they relaxed in the spa and bar and explored the local towns.