love shoot #55: vintage diy affair ~ part one {nadine & david}

Good morning all! It’s a busy week here at Bijoux HQ, I’m catching up with all the wonderful people I met this weekend at The Luxury Wedding Show (look out for my round up coming up next week!) and preparing for a busy weekend of celebrations, rounded off with the launch party of Fetcham Park, in Surrey!  In between all that I’m celebrating my birthday today, so I’m bringing you an extra gorgeous wedding as a special treat (for me & you)!

When newly-wed Nadine submitted her wedding to me a few weeks ago, I was instantly excited by her email!  Describing her wedding as “very small and intimate” she followed this by telling me  ” I’m a design addict, I created and made most things myself including the centre pieces (and the flowers), amended the dress, the wedding sign (made from skirting board), the seating plan, a notice board, the name tags, I hunted for the mismatched vintage china.  There is so much to tell… “

Oh, and there is! So much more, infact, that I’m posting this wedding in two~parts, just so I can share every last juicy detail with you!

This is one of the most detailed weddings I’ve featured on Bijoux Bride, Nadine considered every single moment of the day, and created something special and unique for each one.  The soft dusky pink and ivory palette create a pretty and delicate vintage feel, with all the details lovingly handmade by the bride herself.  Her David Fielden lace dress is stunning, and I particularly adore the pale pink sash with pretty flower detail to the front and a perfect bow at the back.  But what I love most is that she didn’t have a huge budget, just a passion for creating her perfect day.  You can’t go wrong with that!

The gorgeous images are by Surrey based photographer, Emma Coleman of Blink Photography, a wonderful photographer who captures the romance and beauty of Nadine and Dave’s wedding perfectly.

The story of Dave and I began almost 7 years ago when I came to the UK to study here for a year.  Brainwashed with all sorts of prejudices, I wasn’t prepared to meet the man of my life. To be very honest, it took me a little while to fall in love with England and later with London! Grim weather, milk in tea, and beans on toast weren’t really up my street.  Nevertheless, this all changed when I met Dave. Having just come out of a long relationship I felt quite cautious but couldn’t withstand his charm for very long. If there is one last true gentleman in the world, it’s him! I’ve never met anyone who made me feel as special as he does. I guess that’s what helped us through our two-year long-distance relationship as well.

After I finished my studies in my home town Berlin, we were finally able to move in together.  Having lived here for almost 4 years now, I think that the weather is seriously underrated, milk in tea is the way forward and beans on toast is yummy. This is what England (and English men) do to you!  Dave and I now live in a cute two-bedroom flat in Richmond and cherish every moment together. He proposed to me when we were on holiday in Southern France last year. We had climbed up a small hill to see an old windmill and had just sat down to admire the rolling hills of Provence, when Dave suddenly got up and went on one knee. My heart started racing and I just couldn’t believe what was about to happen. He told me that he loved me more than anything else in the world and that he would always take care of me. I still get goose bumps when I think about that moment! I was trying so hard to remember everything he said that I didn’t even glance at the ring when I threw myself into his arms.

He later told me that he had been carrying the ring in his backpack every day during the holiday, waiting for the perfect moment. Only then did I realize that I hadn’t been allowed anywhere near his backpack. His greatest worry was that the ring could have been spotted during the security check at Departures. What was most impressive for me was that he had called my mum to ask her permission to marry me. My mum doesn’t speak a word of English and Dave’s German is pretty basic, so this was quite a lot of effort he went through and it meant the world to me and my family!

We chose to get married at Nonsuch Mansion in Surrey. We had already looked at quite a few venues and nothing seemed to work for us or feel right until Nonsuch Mansion was recommended to us by a florist during a wedding fair. Nonsuch Mansion is situated within the beautiful surroundings of Nonsuch Park, which is ideal for photo shots. We immediately fell in love with the venue when we saw it. Just driving up the path to the venue gave us butterflies. It just felt right.

The 18th century mansion looked beautiful inside with grand fireplaces and big Georgian windows. It had the feel of a small castle that you rent exclusively for the entire day including ceremony and reception.  It was very important for us to find a venue that was intimate enough for a small wedding party of less than 40 guests. I didn’t want us to feel lost; I also didn’t want to be cramped into a conference room in a hotel with another wedding happening next door. Nonsuch was ideal as we had three large rooms we could use, a bridal suite to get ready in and a big garden for the reception drinks. On the day the staff were brilliant. They ensured that everything was running smoothly while being unobtrusive at the same time. We couldn’t have asked for a better venue or service. It was perfect and the food was absolutely delicious.


We had quite a tight budget to work within so making sure we didn’t overspend was very important. Nevertheless, I wanted the day to be very unique and unforgettable which often meant thinking outside the box. When I found the dress of my dreams it was more than twice as much as I had budgeted for. I knew I couldn’t afford it but I also knew that I had to get that dress somehow. I started to hunt for it on the internet and went to several people who sold it second hand. None of them fit and I was about to lose hope when I found it in a closing-down sale in a wedding dress shop just down my street. It was one of the last few dresses they had left and they were about to close down within a few days. It was very dusty, torn in some places and needed fitting but I got it for a quarter of its original price.

Staying within the budget meant that we didn’t have to cut down on the things that were most important to us, which was the photographer for example. From the beginning, we knew that getting a good photographer was high on our list. When we finally found Emma from Blink Photography, we were over the moon. We loved her style and are absolutely thrilled with the pictures from our wedding.

For all the DIY details, pop back this afternoon for Part Two!


After a decade-long career in corporate interior design, I took a giant leap of faith, left the security of an office job, and founded B.LOVED in 2011 as a platform for romantic and beautiful wedding inspiration. Thanks to a whole lot of creativity, hard work and passion, my gamble paid off and B.LOVED became one of the leading wedding blogs in the UK.

I'm also a co-founder at The Brand Studio, where I design and curate beautiful photoshoots for wedding and lifestyle brands, as well as running wedding industry community the B.LOVED Hive where I support and nurture wedding pros building industry leading businesses. Yep, I definitely have the best job in the world.

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