Kasia & Mark’s Charming Homemade Wedding with Vintage Touches
Happy new week everyone! Today I am taking you to Cornwall and Devon in the UK for Kasia and Mark’s utterly darling wedding. The bride is from Poland and the groom, from England, so their wedding was centered on bringing both families together. A lot of the charming vintage-style design elements were handmade by the couple themselves along with family and friends who worked across long distances to make their celebration extra special.
We have Barney Walters Photography to thank for the gorgeous photographs. Please enjoy!
From here on I will let the beautiful Kasia tell you all about herself and Mark and their wedding:
My husband (Mark) and I first met 7 years ago while working together in beautiful Cornwall. I liked him from the moment I saw him as I have a soft spot for men in uniforms and at the time was in his pristine chef whites.We started spending more time together and he would bring me flowers and I would leave notes for him in his uniform pocket. Before you knew it we were leaving together and then worked and travelled our way around the world. After three years in Australia and a proposal at Sydney airport we decided to come back home and get married in Cornwall….and Devon.
Being that our families are from separate countries the wedding was mostly about bringing everyone together. With us having our families all around the place it was a rare occasion that we would get to spend time with everyone at the same time.
After the ceremony Marks’ mum set up a delicious buffet full of home made food which allowed our guests to catch up as well us fuel up before heading up to Devon.
We chose the venue before we even went to see it. I found it on the internet and fell in love with it. I loved that it was different and quirky and straight away had a vision of how everything would look like on our special day. Decision on the church came much later and wasn’t logistically easy as the church is located about 60 miles away from the venue but looking back we have no regrets. The church was lovely- tiny,intimate and simple with walking distance to the beach where we had some lovely photos taken.
Once we got to the venue and once I saw how beautiful everything looked it was time to relax and let our hair down.
It’s hard to describe our theme. I guess you can call it “vintage and home made”. Due to the nature of our jobs we didn’t have much time to organise the wedding but we can proudly say that we managed to make all of the decoration ourselves with help of our closest family.
The celebration was uniquely ours because we were very keen to do as much as we can ourselves. Wherever possible we had our friends and family involved. From the bunting made from net curtains “cooked in tea” (it gives them that vintage look), napkins made by my mum using old table cloth, lantern and ceiling decorations made by Mark from twine, glue and paint, to then cake baked by Mark’s mum and church flowers done by our usher….the list is long and the process was tiring but again no regrets.
It was beautiful to know that every object and detail in the church and at the venue had a story and a person behind it. The lack of time and a low budget also add to creativity. 🙂 I must say that in some aspects we weren’t quite ready with everything even on the day so we were very lucky to have our usher Kamil by our side. He runs his own wedding design company back in Poland and he was fantastic on the day. Whenever he saw that something wasn’t right or up to scratch he fixed it in no time. I remember seeing him out in field on the morning of our wedding day…he decided our church wasn’t “dressed enough” so he went out, picked some wild flowers and then arranged them in the church before I got there. Bless him!
My advice would be:
1. Have a budget and stick to it. I managed to pretty much double our wedding expenses and up to this day I am still not sure how it happened.:)
2. Be organised enough so when it gets to “the day” or close to the day you have time to pamper yourself and enjoy friends and family who are there for you.
3. Save money on things which you can make yourself but invest money in good photographer, videographer and entertainment.
Here’s a video of the wedding highlights by Ben Foster (with Foster Filming):
Huge thanks, Barney, for sending your stunning images my way, and congratulations Kasia and Mark! Here’s wishing you a lifetime of married bliss. 🙂
Photographer: Barney Walters Photography
Venue/accommodation/catering: Browns Hotel, Tavistock
Ceremony Location: All Saints Church in Portloe
Church Music: Cornish Celtic Music
Dress: made by White Rose (Bride’s note: I bought it from the Wedding Company in Bodmin. The owner of the shop also made my necklace.)
Shoes: old pair of New Look shoes, upgraded at home
Make up: Rebecca Searle
Hair: Hair by Rochelle
Videographer: Foster Filming
Flowers: Flowers by Cathrine
Photobooth: Cruz Photography
DJ: Dj Northey
Bride’s additional note: With special thanks to Bungalow Concept Design-Polish company run by our usher. Lifesaver!