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

Good Afternoon :)

Welcome back to Part Two of today’s extra-gorgeous real wedding! I’m giving myself a birthday treat, and letting you in on the gorgeousness too with Nadine & Dave’s vintage-inspired DIY affair.  If you missed Part One this morning, go and check it out now!

Nonsuch Mansion provided the perfect scenery for their couple shoot, just look at these!

Back to Nadine for all the details ~

I’m a vintage addict so I was keen to give the wedding a vintage touch. The venue had quite a timeless feel. My Grace Kelly dress, by David Fielden was very vintage inspired, and I was imagining having coffee and tea served in vintage mismatched china tea cups. With this in mind I searched the wedding magazines for vintage ideas, most of my inspiration came from blogs though. I liked the quirky weddings, mismatched bridesmaids dresses and everything that was different.

The good thing about a vintage wedding is that you can find lots of stuff in second hand shops and car boot sales. Once I had decided that I wanted vintage china for the table decoration I had a perfect excuse to hit the car boot sales and flea markets on the weekends. I was quite lucky and managed to find 35 mismatched vintage china cups and saucers, which I bought for next to nothing. They looked beautiful on the wedding day and I’m currently debating to build up the collection and to start a vintage china rental service.

For us the whole wedding was about personal touches and details. I wanted the day to represent us and what we liked. I had lots of ideas but often found that what I was looking for wasn’t available in shops or even on the internet, so I became very creative.  It started with the flowers. I had very concrete ideas as to what I wanted but after having spoken to several florists, I still hadn’t found anybody that was able to realise my ideas within the budget we had. Therefore, I decided to make the centre pieces myself.

My friends called me crazy but I started with a mood board to organise my ideas and then looked for suppliers. I found a warehouse stacking all sorts of wedding supplies in Surrey, called Lavenders of London, which is were I found the cake stands I used to display the flowers in. I used silk flowers to prevent the glass dome from steaming up and had a local florist deliver fresh flowers for the votives as well as the bouquets and corsages. Then it all took off from there and I made the name tags, the seating board, a memo board for people to leave notes (instead of a guests book), the invites, the order of service, homemade jam as guests favours, savoury treats for the evening and learnt to do my own hair and make up!

I recently discoved Lavender’s of London at The National Wedding Show, and I can highly recommend them for all kinds of wedding accessories to buy and to hire, a
t very reasonable prices too!

What was your first dance, and how did you choose the song?

Our first dance was “Make You Feel My Love” by Adele. We both love Adele and the song just gives me goose bumps every time I hear it!  

Any advice for future brides?

This day is all about the two of you! Let it represent who you are, make it unique and personal and don’t let anybody tell you what you can and cannot do. Most importantly, have no regrets!

Thank you so much Nadine for submitting your wedding, and sharing all the gorgeous details and hard work you put into your beautiful day here on Bijoux Bride.  I am excited to be able to announce that not only is Nadine already writing a blog called The Design Notebook, full of gorgeous finds and DIY’s, but this clever lady is also just about to launch her own styling and handmade accessories service, Missmatched!  The website will be going live shortly (I’ll let you know all about it soon!) but in the meantime you can email Nadine directly to find out more!  I can’t wait to see what a great success this venture is going to be :)

Congratulations Nadine & David, I know you two are just perfect together! And of course a big thank you to Emma at Blink Photography for sharing her beautiful images of the day.


Dress ~ Grace Kelly by David Fielden

Shoes ~ Very old shoes that I had bought in Berlin at some point. They were my ‘something old’.

Veil & Accessories ~ I don’t remember the designer for the veil but the earrings were from Lovely Favours

Hair ~ I decided to do my hair myself and researched lots of different styles in advance. I then had a few test runs before the wedding so I would know exactly how much time I would need on the wedding day. Luckily it all worked out.

Makeup ~ I did my makeup myself as well. I invested in some good quality makeup and played with different styles in the run-up to the wedding. It was important to me to look like myself on the wedding day and that the makeup would stay on and look good on photos.

Bridesmaids dresses ~ Phase Eight

Stationery ~ The invites were from Zazzle, the rest was all DIY and the supplies from various craft shops.

Venue ~ Nonsuch Mansion, Cheam, Surrey

Coordinator ~ Jade at Nonsuch Mansion

Flowers/Decor ~ Fresh flowers House of Flowers in Carshalton, Surrey. I designed and created the centre pieces myself, and the decor was all DIY and the supplies came from Lavenders of London

Groom’s Suit ~ Reiss

Catering ~ Nonsuch Mansion

Cake ~ Cakes by Krishanthi

Music ~ Mobile Music Company


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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