Real Wedding: Jo & Jon – A Perfect Vintage Summer Wedding

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Real Wedding at The West Mill Venue, Derbyshire

Bride & Groom: Joanna & Jon

Date: Friday 10th June 2016

Wedding Style: A perfect vintage style wedding, with a naked cake and boho floral crown.

Photographer: Bon Bon Photography

Their Love Story
Jon and I went to Leeds Uni together 14 years ago, although we had the same circle of friends we didn’t really like each other or talk to each other. 10 years later two of our mutual University friends got married and we were both invited to the wedding. We got talking and hit it off straight away. I had a boyfriend at the time, but knew instantly I needed to end it….and the rest is history!
4.5 years later Jon proposed on a beach at midnight in Nice, France. We then went to find a little off license and shouted through the bars that we had just got engaged and he opened it up to sell us a bottle of fizz and we sat on our little balcony overlooking Nice together drinking it. That was last October 2016, so we got married pretty quickly – 8 months after.

Their Vision
We just wanted it to be very relaxed, come as you are, enjoy, laugh, family and friends. We had quiet a stress before hand because we wanted a small, non-traditional and non-OTT wedding, but because we are both lucky enough to have such big families we ended up having 120 guests, but I hope that we managed to still keep the day relaxed. A big thing for us was music. We spent loads of time preparing playlists, reggae music and happy songs to relax everyone into the party fun. We found two buskers in a local park in London who were amazing and they came to play!

The Location
We decided on Derby because it was neutral and inconvenient for everybody! We both live in London, my family are from Sheffield and Jon’s are from Reading. Although we would have liked it to be in London at our local registry office and pub, when it came to planning it didn’t seem practical. We were worried about how people would navigate round London, older relatives getting
on and off the tube, where they would stay, the cost of hotels etc.

Then we found The West Mill and we loved it because it was large enough to fit in the number of guests we needed, but still seemed quiet laid back and a bit different. It was also semi central between Sheffield and Reading. We also hired out a big farm near by and about 50 of us stayed there for 3 days, so it made it a great, long 3 day celebration.

The Fashion
Jon looked so lovely. he bought his blue suit from Reiss. We knew we didn’t want matching best men or father of the brides and grooms etc., so he just picked a suit he liked and a tie that didn’t match the colour scheme. My dress and outfit were a bit if a disaster actually. I left it too late to pick my wedding dress, as all of the shops said I needed to have ordered it months before. So I found my fave designer, Catherine Deane and went to her warehouse in London, but I was only able to pick a few things that were in stock. I then had it altered by a seamstress in London who got it completely wrong and we were there the day before panicking that it wasn’t going to fit.

I didn’t know how I was going to have my hair until the morning of the wedding. I really do wish I had taken more time to plan this.

The Ceremony
I loved our ceremony. We both didn’t think that we would be able to get through it on the run up to the wedding. I walked down the isle to David Bowie, Life on Mars, piano version.
We both read out our own vows, which were promises to each other. Mandy read a poem she had written herself and Roxane read us an Irish blessing. When we signed the registry book we had Angry Anderson, ‘Suddenly’ blasted out, as I have dreamed of having this at my wedding since Scott and Charlene got married to it on Neighbours back in the 80s! All the front row
and the registrar was dancing and singing! We walked out to Stevie wonder, Signed Sealed, Delivered.


My auntie Linda did the flowers. My mum and auntie went to the flower market and picked them, I just said wild flowers and that was it, I had no idea what they would be like! It meant a lot to me that she had made them. All of our family and friends collected cut glass vases from the charity shop and we all flower arranged the day before the wedding for the table vases at the farm we were staying at. As above, we did all of the flower arrangements in our charity shop vases. We made our invitations, the name tags, the menus, the play lists…

Both Jon and I very much enjoyed having Kim as our photographer. We feel that he fully understood our ‘vision’ and, having seen the first 56 photos, it has certainly been captured. We didn’t want ‘posed’ pics. The pics I have seen really capture the fun, relaxed love between friends and family. They also capture the fabulous and beautiful structure and atmosphere of the venue.
Kim was such great company to be around, very relaxed, so unbelievably friendly to all of the guests and very patient.

We chose Bon Bon photography as we felt the compositions and light captured on other pics we had seen were arty, contemporary and edgy, which we felt reflected our venue.
It meant a lot that Kim skyped us twice before the wedding to meet us and get to know us and really took the time to get to know what was important to us. I feel this is how he managed to capture our personalities and our day so well.

During the day we had a double bass player and his wife with a tambourine, they played a few reggae and soul songs. We found them in a park in London and asked if we could pay for them to play at our wedding. At night we had a band called The Sheffield Bootleggers, who were amazing at getting everybody up, with some classics for all ages!

David Bowie, Life on Mars- walk down isle- just because David Bowie is amazing and he had died this year, it was my tribute.
Angry Anderson Suddenly- classic from Scott and Charlene’s wedding
Sugar Sugar by The Archies- This got everybody up dancing during the meal and we did a big long conga around the room
My Girl by The Temptations- everyone was drunk in the meal and sang along to it

Special Moment
Saying my vows to Jon. I didn’t think I was bothered about this bit or even getting married. To me I just wanted a big party. It turns out that was my most special and favourite moment. I loved so much telling Jon what he meant to me and making a promise to him in front of all our family and friends. Getting ready with my bridesmaids, bridesman and mum.

Words of Advice
Remember to enjoy every moment. Every body kept saying that to me, but I consciously stopped and kept reminding myself of it during the day. It is the best day of your life and so memorable and special, so just love every second! I want to do it all again. Don’t worry if you can’t get around and talk to everyone, its not possible because you are so swept up in the day. Take the time to plan your outfit and hair before your big day, don’t leave it until the last minute like me.

The Dream Team

Jon’s suit- Reiss

Photographer: Bon Bon Photography
Wedding Dress – Catherine Deane
Jewellery – Debenhams
Florist- Auntie Linda
Décor styling – we did our own flowers. We hired the hanging flower plinth from Florrie & Eve.
Caterer – Jenkinsons
Bridesmaid dresses – Bon Marche
Entertainment – Sheffield Bootleggers

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