Rose & Jamie’s Sweets, Red Tartan & Gaudi DIY Wedding in Manchester


Rose is a pastry chef, Jamie comes from the Fraser clan of Scotland, and they both love the architecture of Antoni Gaudi (whose work they fell in love with when they got engaged in Barcelona) — hence this crafty and whimsical DIY-filled wedding’s 100% tailored-to-them theme. 🙂

diy vintage UK wedding

This delightful feature was made possible through the fab Hannah Webster of  LifeLine Photography. I love Hannah’s artistic cropping and of course her pretty, softly-lit vintage photos which is why she’s no stranger to this blog (see her work on Erica & Barry’s motorcycle cafe wedding). Here’s what she had to say about the event:

Rose & Jamie have been friends of mine for years through our mutual love of indie music. I was there in Barcelona when he proposed and was honoured to shoot their lovely DIY heavy wedding at Manchester Town Hall in September 2011. It was non-stop fun and giggles, from bridal preps through to the indie disco at the end of the night, for which the bride changed into sky blue converse!

diy vintage UK wedding

vintage DIY UK wedding

diy vintage uk wedding

diy vintage wedding

diy vintage uk wedding

diy vintage UK wedding

diy vintage uk wedding

diy vintage uk wedding

diy uk vintage wedding

What a gorgeous bride! It was such a pleasure communicating with Rose for this feature and I love that her flowers are red roses (to match her name and the color of her hair of course). 🙂 Here she is to tell us more about herself and her sweetie:

Jamie and myself met in 1997 at a house party, we were friends ever since and got together in 2008.

Jamie likes cricket and football. He also DJs at the Start and Garter in Manchester where he has his own night called “Kissing Just for Practice” (Belle and Sebastian Night).

I love travelling and lived in Australia for 4 years. My trade is also my main interest and that is pastry and confectionery. I also like indie music. I was really into the brit pop scene in the 90s.

We got engaged on my birthday in May 2009 in Barcelona. We were there for the Primavera Sound Festival sharing an apartment with Hannah and a few other friends. That was the first time I met Hannah. He got down on one knee and popped the question at Park Guell. I had never been to Barcelona before and fell in love with the works of Antoni Gaudi. The houses in Park Guell make me think of ginger bread houses.

I moved in with Jamie in September, we live in Oldham. A year later we got a chocolate labrador puppy and called her Cassie. So we enjoy going for walks together as a “familly”. 😉

diy vintage UK wedding

diy vintage uk wedding

diy vintage uk wedding

diy vintage UK wedding

diy vintage UK wedding

diy vintage UK wedding

Music is something close to both our hearts. We both wanted an indie disco and told people to bring trainers for dancing if they wanted to. I didnt want any one to have sore feet lol. We asked Dabe and Kirsty after hearing them DJ at another wedding.

Here’s a bonus — Rose shared their music choices with us:

Walk in song: Today by Smashing pumpkins

Register signing: At Last by Etta James, Les Flurs by Minnie Riperton

Walk out: Ageless Beauty by Stars

diy vintage UK wedding

vintage UK wedding

diy vintage uk wedding

diy vintage uk wedding

diy vintage uk wedding

diy vintage uk wedding

diy vintage uk wedding

diy vintage uk wedding

Our lovely bride candidly shares that she had read the usual magazines and even went to the a wedding fair and felt really down about how much things cost so they DIY-ed almost everything!

When talking and planning the wedding we both kept to the same idea that this is our day and should be about what was important to us. Or course there were people telling us what they thought we should do and I even had someone look down at us because we weren’t getting married in a church.

diy uk vintage wedding

Jamie asked to have his Scottish heritage incorporated into the wedding. So I researched his clan, “The Fraser Clan”, to see what the tartan and crest looked like then I based the colour theme on that. Jamie wore a tie pin and cuflinks with his clan crest on. I got them from Scotts Clans.

diy vintage UK wedding

The thing that was the most important thing to us was to share the day with people we love. As only one of our grandparents were with us, I thought it would be a nice idea to have a little memory table with photos of of them.

diy vintage UK wedding

Familly and friends collected empty jars for the favours that doubled as place cards. We had 80 in total.

diy vintage UK wedding

As mentioned above, Rose is a pastry chef so she baked the cakes with some help from her friends and crafted the toppers herself  (Visit her blog, Sweet and Beautiful UK, to see her creations!).

Our wedding cake has a fruit cake top tier (whole bottle of rum went in *hic*). It had rose velvet cake for the bottom tier.  I got a lovely 50s style cake stand from Shabby Chick on Ebay.

The cupcakes are vanilla and chocolate. We served flapjacks to guests on gluten and egg free diets (I also thought the flapjacks were slightly Scottish).

diy vintage UK wedding

The main things we featured in our wedding was our engagement in Barcelona and the Gaudi theme. Each table was named after a Gaudi building. I also took it a step further and thought we needed lots of sweets and made a dummy cake for each table for the centre piece.  I used Fimo Clay to try and create the gingerbread effect of the houses in Park Guell. I also made the cake stands out of a picnic beaker, plate and saucer then painted it.

diy vintage UK wedding

DIY vintage UK wedding

diy vintage UK wedding

I also asked my family at the florists to make two little pots of flowers for the table. I saved a treacle and golden syrup tin as in my mind Tate and Tyle are a traditional baking company and have been going since our grandparents were baking. This is how I decided on the flowers to got in the tins.

My Gran always said you need to have heather at a wedding. I think it has something to do with a new start, she put some in my mum and dads suit case before they went on honeymoon. I also associate heather with Scotland too. Rosemary is for remembrance, the yew flower featured in the Fraser clan crest also, strawberries too. I made some little strawberries out of fimo clay on wires to go into the pots all tied up with a little fraser clan ribbon.

Jamie designed the wedding stationery. We went for “the thistle and the rose” theme. He wanted to brand the wedding (he works in sales and marketing).

diy uk vintage wedding

For the guest book I bout a Fuji Instax carmera that produced little Polaroid photos. I left stickers and different colour pens and pencils so people could have some fun writing and sticking things into our guest book.

diy vintage UK wedding

diy vintage UK wedding

diy uk vintage wedding

So Rose’s “something new” was her dress; “something borrowed” was a pearl bracelet from her sister-in-law; “something old” were her day time shoes; and “something blue” was a little blue dried flower on her big toes for the daytime (see photo somewhere near the top of the page) and then blue Converse sneakers (which Jamie bought for Rose as a present) for the evening.

diy vintage UK wedding

diy vintage uk wedding

Huge thanks to Hannah for sending her lovely images my way, and congratulations to Rose and Jamie! Thank you for sharing your special day with us! 🙂

Photographer: Hannah Webster of LifeLine Photography
Ceremony & Reception Venue: Manchester Town Hall
Bride’s dress and haedband: Debut at Debenhams
Bride’s shoes: Open toe shoes, David Jones in Sydney
Groom’s suit: Austin Reed
Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Bonprix
Accessories: Claire’s
Flowers: Rose’s 2nd cousins Jane Wright and Lindsey Ranfield at Roland Daniels & Son
Hair: Lisa Ward at Amour Hair and Beauty
Make-up:  Stephanie Reid
Cake: Rose made the wedding cake and toppers with help from two friends, Sarah Hooton and Dinanna Wunderlich
DJ: David Bassinder and Kirsty Maguire, from Underachievers Please Try Harder
Room Decorations: made by Rose and friends Carol Seddon, Liz Donovan, Ilaira Moss, Sarah Isherwood, Siobhan Marsh, Suzy Wilson
Supplies: from Oxfam, Fred Aldous, Pass Times, The Cook Shop, Arndale Markets Manchester, The Hub, Poundland, Pound World, Home Bargains, Abakhan Fabrics, Northern Quarter Manchester, Ebay, Scott Clans and The Durham Sweet Company

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3 Comments

  1. Hee! It’s really nice to be reminded of such an awesome day. Rose & Jamie put so much into making sure their guests had a fab time and there were so many wonderful DIY details. I absolutely loved it. 🙂

  2. Love the photo book idea! Thank you for the inspiration!

  3. Hannah, thank you so much again for letting me share your beautiful photos of this lovely wedding! 🙂

    Selina, I’m so glad you were inspired by Rose & Jamie’s photo book idea! 🙂

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