Alex and Adam kept their craft wedding simple with a sweet, homegrown affairChildhood sweethearts, Alex and Adam’s craft wedding day was sweet and simple, packed with loads of homemade touches.
The pair met when they were 12 and 13 years old at a family BBQ in their home town of Boston, Lincolnshire, where it was love at first sight. They attended the same secondary school, and starting dating shortly afterwards. Engaged for a full nine years before they got married, Adam and Alex’s wedding had been a long time coming. Following a surprise Valentine’s Day meal and fancy hotel booking, Adam proposed with what Alex thought was a matching Lovelinks necklace to match her charm bracelet, but what turned out to be an engagement ring.
Nine years down the line, they tied the knot at their local church, St James’, Freiston, with their closest friends and family. They kept everything homegrown: all their suppliers were local and were recommended by friends or family. “We promised ourselves we would stick to local family-run businesses to supply our wedding.”
Alex’s dress was handmade by local dressmaker, Sue, who makes wedding dresses on the side. All the material was from a local market and Alex’s vision came from a combination of a few photos she’d found on Pinterest. She’d also found a photo of a flower crown and instantly fell in love with it, knowing that she had to have one for her special moment. Alex made the flower crown herself from fake flowers. Her veil was a last-minute decision as her mum wanted her to have one.
The couple wanted a vintage, natural theme, which can be seen in all the cute handmade touches throughout the day. Alex made a load of the decorations and accessories herself, which made her realise that she loved to craft and has since go on to set up her own little online crafting business, Just Crafting Around, soon to celebrate its first birthday. Alex now helps make craft items for other weddings.
“The whole day was amazing from start to finish!” says Alex. “Getting ready in the morning was lovely – so relaxed and just filled with pure excitement,” says Alex.
The bridesmaids were given gifts of handmade (naturally!) bath soaps and little personalised notes that Alex had written about their friendships – which were sure to make her best girls cry! The only regret Alex had of her entire wedding was ordering her bridesmaids’ dresses from China/Ebay, which she wouldn’t do again.
Following a little panic moment loading everyone out the house and into the cars, all was smooth-sailing on the way to the church.
Alex recalls being extremely nervous when she arrived at the church – shaking and sweating – but once her girls started walking down the aisle, and her dad gave her a kiss on the cheek, she was fine. “I was so pleased to see Adam and the ceremony was lovely. The vicar was great – he really took his time and reminded us of the necessary steps throughout the service.”
Feeling more relaxed now that they were married, the couple took their time getting to the reception venue, Hubbard Bridge Community Centre, where they sat down and enjoyed a well-deserved drink!
They had attended a wedding at their venue a couple of years earlier and had fallen in love with it fully decorated, but when they came to view it, it looked totally different. “I was so pleased I had seen it before as it looked totally different without any decorations,” says Alex.
And so for their own big day, Alex designed the look and feel and made a lot of the decorations herself, including the centre piece jars, table runners, and even the photo booth back drop.
The flowers were from Kirton Flower Shop (another local supplier), who were amazing at helping the couple pick out which arrangements would go best together from photographs – particularly useful if, like Alex, you’re not sure of what you want!
“Everything about our day was special – especially our guests who we shared the day with,” says Alex. The best man’s speech was so unexpectedly funny: he had the whole room laughing. All the tables had bottles of white, red and rose, while guests enjoyed a delicious hog roast buffet, complete with heart-shaped stuffing. Food was provided by another local supplier, Beeson’s Butchers, who had invited the couple to sample their food and get a feel for their set up at a charity event ahead of the wedding.
The photographer was Charlotte Maddison, who specialises in ‘in the moment’ pictures, which really appealed to Alex, who wanted a relaxed look, and Adam, who hated having his photo taken! “I didn’t even know Charlotte was there most of the time; she was great”, said Alex.
The DJ was a friend, Jimmy May, who was also lead vocal of Boston band 50 Sniffs. He played a good balance of music for all ages, as well as the first dance, Lay me Down by Sam Smith featuring John Legend, remixed with Apache (Jump on It) by the Sugarhill Gang – to which the couple performed a choreographed routine that their guests loved! Following the DJ was a live band, who filled the room with music and succeeding in getting everyone up on their feet dancing. It was such a lively party that Alex claims not to remember a great deal past 10pm!
A few weeks after their special day, the couple honeymooned in Cuba at the beautiful Playa Pesquero resort, where they got to spend some time as a couple away from home life and being parents for ten whole days.
Alex’s best piece of advice to other brides would be to search locally for your suppliers as the prices are usually much better and the people you’re buying off are so pleased for your custom.
The couple’s favourite memory is dancing with each other, surrounded by family and friends in a room full of love and happiness! “I remember just looking and thinking: God, we are so lucky!” And don’t they just look it?