This Charming, Countryside Wedding Is Bursting With DIY Details

UPDATE: This post was originally published on March 26.
In addition to describing their wedding as a rustic, English country fete, Chris and Emilia told us that their wedding was “the DIY-est of DIYs.” There’s no denying that. They wanted to enjoy the preparation as much as the day itself, so they had the most loving of friends and family, with a huge array of skills and talents involved so that every detail of the wedding had a personal touch. Wait until you see how they transformed the hall, and the rest of their beautiful wedding, captured so perfectly by James Frost Photography.
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Hair & Makeup: Bride’s friend Ceri White.
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"We really saved money by sending most of the invites by email. All of our friends are more contactable by email and it also saved on postage and printing. We also saved tremendously on the reception venue. We wanted to retain a lot of control and we wanted to make a wedding unique so I called around a few schools in my area to see if they would hire out a big enough space for us. Chafyn Grove school was fantastic! The staff there was so accommodating and so relaxed about how we could decorate and use the space. Our entire family all worked together over two days before the wedding to transform a school hall and patio into the most magical place we had ever seen."

Invitation Designer: Groomsman, Henry Davis.
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One of Emilia’s friends painted those flowers on her shoes. Too cute, right? Ceremony Venue: St Andrews Church, Laverstock, Salisbury, England.
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Bouquet recipe: ivory freesia, white/ivory hydrangea, cream lizzianthus, white lizzianthus edged with pink, soft pink roses, ruscus, and ivy. Florist: Rachel Sheppard for bouquets and Chrystabel for the church.
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Ring bearers: John Lewis; Flower girls: Bought at Debenhams, then altered by Miri Birch.
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Such a sweet photo of the littles.
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Wedding dress: Stephanie Allin purchased at Exquisite Bridal Couture in Lymington; Wedding shoes: Rainbow, and bride’s friend Lucie Whitmore painted the flowers; Flower hairpiece: Rachel Sheppard; Necklace: Michael Michaud.
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Bridesmaid dresses: Miri Birch.
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"If you are going to DIY make sure you research and plan early so that you have enough time to collect and make all the things you want. Don’t be afraid to ask for help. We pulled in so many favors from friends and family and friends of friends and friends of friends of friends and even strangers — we’ll be writing thanks you letters for weeks! Don’t worry too much about not having this little thing or that little thing from such and such wedding magazine. You’ll be too busy being happy and your guests certainly won’t worry about how low the table cloths go around the table or if you have to queue an extra two minutes for the hog roast. The only thing that matters is that you and your intended are happy. Everyone around you will have a great time."
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They dried out hundreds of petals for confetti that were scavenged from loads of old bouquets given to Emilia’s fellow cast members.
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Groom’s Suit: Reiss, Oliver People, Penguin, Miri Birch, TopMan; Shoes: Barker.
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Inside these cute little paper bags was Chris’s homemade granola!
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Chris’ brother Tom and his girlfriend Beth work in stage management so they used their expertise to rig the hall and patio with lights, lanterns, and drapes. They made the entire place look like a magical fairytale. Reception Venue: Chafyn Grove School, Salisbury.
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Those drapes really transform the space, don’t they? We’ll have to save that idea in our pocket for later — or just pin it!
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"We had a lot of guests at our wedding and in order to prevent large queues for food (the English love to queue) we set up different food stations in the hall. The desserts were displayed right down the centre of the hall which looked fantastic. It made a great talking point and it was exciting to visit the different food stations to see what delights were to be eaten." Cake: Bride’s Aunt, Lizzie; Catering: Couple and family and friends, plus a DIY hog roast, A cracking cheese board supplied by I.J Melis of Edinburgh, and friends farm Lyburn Cheese; Wine: Naked Wines.
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Such a lucky couple to have such talented people around them, no? Congratulations Chris and Emilia! Photographer: James Frost Photography; Event Coordinator + Designer: Couple and family; Bespoke Reading: Written by Nick Walker @theweddingpoet; Bar hire: Refresh; Band: Derek White.