An Indian and vintage-inspired real wedding – Maddy & Simon

Hardcore Under the Vintage Veil readers may remember that several months ago Maddy and Simon won their wedding photography with Cassandra Lane Photography right here on the blog. We’ve been on quite a journey with them, publishing their engagement pics too, so it’s quite emotional actually going through these wonderful pictures of their wedding. Maddy’s a regular reader of the blog and contributor, and has been such a joy to get to know over the last few months – I hope she sticks around even though she’s a married lady now! Here’s the very lovely Maddy to tell you all about her big day:

“First of all, both my husband and I would like to say a BIG thank you goes to Cassandra Lane Photography whose photography package we won – Cassandra is a lovely lady and took such smashing photos of our day. So I’ve written about the Indian/English theme of our wedding here but do you know what? It turned out to be even better than I imagined! It was always the intention that our wedding should be a mix of everything that we love, as well as keeping to a limited budget. The end result was a laid back, chilled multi-coloured affair, of which we loved every minute. We had such amazing support from everyone in the time leading up to the wedding, and so many people have said that it was one of the most unique and relaxed weddings they’ve ever been to and that they thoroughly enjoyed themselves (win!).”

“All those days and nights of staying up spraying jam jars on our back deck (we live on a boat), salvaging wood and sawing it to make the signs, cutting out and painting moustaches for the photo-booth, going back and forth with extremely patient bridesmaids and friends about the playlists and the invitations, nagging my husband (note to self: really not your best side), to-ing and fro-ing between the venue (Henley) and our home (London) with props and decorations and paperwork, it all culminated into one awesome day.”

My favourite moments of the day include:

 Walking down the aisle with my father to Make You Feel My Love by Adele towards Simon was very emotional, but seeing everyone’s beaming faces, I couldn’t stop smiling. I have been told by many of our guests that they have never seen such a happy bride! (still grinning from ear to ear)

I loved our readings – Simon’s sister read an excerpt from ‘The Gift from the Sea’ by Anne Morrow Lindbergh; my mother read ‘The Vow’ by Wendy Cope and a group of friends and family popped up from their seats within the group of guests – causing much amusement – to read lines from ‘Oh the Places You’ll Go’ by Dr Seuss.

 Our friend Sahas travelled over from Sweden to sing his own rendition of Van Morrison’s ‘Tupelo Honey’ which set off anyone who wasn’t already crying.

Everyone (including relatives who we never thought would do such things) using the photo-booth with fancy dress props.

 Dancing – I absolutely love to dance, our first dance to Nat King Cole was lovely, my besties and I managed to do our silly routines (shy and retiring we are not) and I danced with my mum to Abba – we’re massive Abba fans, and it was absolutely fantastic to see Mum having such a good time.

Images © 2012 Cassandra Lane Photography

Venue: Bix & Assendon Village Hall, Henley-on-Thames and Bix Common

Bride’s dress: Wedding Dress Online Shop (I had tried on many styles in bridal boutiques but they were all out of my budget!)

Bride’s lace jacket: Angelikaliv on Etsy

Bride’s shoes: eBay (bargain of the wedding at £10)

Bride’s henna: Reena’s Mehndi

Groom’s suit: blazer from Simon Carter at House of Fraser, chinos from River Island, shoes were from TK Maxx (bargain alert!)

Bridesmaids’ dresses: Warehouse (maxi), Coast (strapless maxi), House of Fraser (knee length)

Photographer: Cassandra Lane Photography

Hair/Make up: by an award-winning hairdresser and old school friend Jo

Wedding Planner: Tiffany Grant-Riley (she ran a special Skype-for-two-hours offer on Love My Dress which completely put my head in order back in February)

Wedding Day coordinator: Meryl, here at Under the Vintage Veil (amazing)

The celebrant: our friend Kashfi (our venue was unlicensed which meant we could have a completely personalised ceremony, having had a low key registry office ceremony a few days before)

Caterers: The Fat Pig (delicious food, friendly staff)

Booze: The Calais Wine Superstore (also used as an excuse for mini-break with friends!) and local supermarkets

Wedding Cake: Lacey Cakes (delicious)

Décor & Styling: DIY - pompoms made by the groom’s niece Sarah (inspired by Martha Stewart), saris were given to us by an Indian colleague of my mum (we will donate these to a local community inIndia when we travel there in December), scarves were sourced fromDelhi street markets. The jars were collected over time (we eat a lot of olives and gherkins!), whilst everything else was sourced from eBay and Amazon. A steadfast team of family and friends donated their time and energy to decorating the hall and taking it all down again the day after the wedding.

Marquees: Palm Springs marquees via Amazon (and resold immediately on Gumtree post-wedding!)

Lighting: AC disco, but managed by one of our ushers Chris who is a gaffer in the film and TV industry.

Sound: iPad and Spotify (wish we had done iTunes instead as Spotify failed – big time)

Flowers: Wholesale flowers bought from New Covent Garden Flowers Market inLondon (3am on a Thursday anyone? Yucky), kindly arranged by a family friend.

Car: Bentley owned and kindly driven by a family friend Steve, and the BMW driven by my sister’s boyfriend and escorted the rest of the bridal party belonged to my mum

Wedding Invitations: DIY (Kat – one of the bridesmaids) and printed on recycled card by eco-friendly printers, Mobius

Wedding order of service: DIY

Photobooth: DIY

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