real wedding: mismatched vintage {sian & david}

I first ‘met’ today’s bride earlier this year when I got in touch to tell her she had won a gorgeous headpiece from Victoria Mary Vintage in the b.loved launch competition!  A few very excited conversations later, and I had discovered bride Sian had booked another b.loved fave, Juliet of Juliet McKee Photography, to capture her day.  I also learned about Sian and David’s two gorgeous Minature Schnauzers who were to be a big part of their day (Dogs at weddings? So cute!) and all her amazing DIY projects including making her very own brooch and button bouquets.  Throw in a mismatched vintage theme with a musical twist, and a gorgeous beach location, and of course this is one I just had to share!

Here’s Sian with their story ~

We met in a pub one November. Not very glamorous at all – I had consumed a lot of Liebfraumilch with my best friend Sara and proceeded to tell the handsome fella at the bar that I had “wine eyes” and needed a red bull! We had a chat and went on our merry way and I thought “ooh he was a bit of alright!”. I was about to move away for 6 months on a volunteer work placement in Hampshire so wasn’t really looking for anyone.  The next week in the same location Dave was smiling at me from across the way and we chatted again, swapped numbers and email addresses and kept in touch by email for three months until our first date in the middle of Andover a day before Valentines day. A few proper dates later and I fell for him hook line and sinker, luckily for me he felt the same!

We had been living together for a few years, it was 2am on the 15th February 2009 (technically Valentines Day!), we were in bed talking about all of the ups and downs and how good it was that we got through it.  Dave suddenly piped up and said “will you marry me then?” and there was a little open box containing a dainty perfect engagement ring. Of course I said yes and burst into tears of joy. He said he was going to take me up a mountain to propose but he knows I hate that, so he thought of my favourite place and concluded bed! He was right, it was perfect.

18 months ago I set out wanting Kate Middleton’s dress before she even wore it, but that sleek style just didn’t suit my pear shape so I felt at a loss. We were on our second bridal shop appointment when my sister dared me to try on a princess cut dress. For the 10 years my sister has been married I have mocked her for wearing that style to hers and so I tried one on “for a laugh”.  Well, as soon as I saw that dress on me, I was a gonner. It was easy to wear and very flattering to my shape. It was definitely “the one” and I put the deposit down immediately.

We wanted somewhere that did lovely food and hosted relaxed weddings not too far from one of the Gower’s beautiful beaches. Many venues offer this but what clinched the deal with the Oxwich Bay Hotel was their fantastic and welcoming response to us asking to bring Ralphy and George along (our two Miniature Schnauzers)!  During the ceremony where the registrar asked “if anyone knows of any lawful impediment to this marriage, he or she should declare it now” Ralph and George were in the next room with the pet sitter and started barking and crying madly. A Labrador had walked in apparently, but that’s not how it sounded to us!

Our theme was mismatch vintage, with purple and red as the colours. I suppose it ended up being heart/love themed because when shopping for buttons, heart punches and confetti punches I kept choosing my favourite shape!  I made everything except, cake and cake topper! It was so nice to have an excuse to do some crafts however I did have some problems with my hands near the wedding so I had help from friends and family with the favour bags, wire twisting for the bouquet and making confetti out of an old Mills and Boon book.  It suited me to make things myself as they make lovely keepsakes. Every bit of my wedding is now part of my home on various windowsills, bookcases and tables and hopefully the alphabet style blocks and bouquets will make for a lovely heirloom for future generations.  My “something borrowed” are the lace adorned jars you see in the photos, my lovely friend Kim worked hard making them for her wedding last April and offered them to me for mine. She also very kindly made my beautiful ring cushion for me.

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

Queen “You’re My Best Friend” We chose it because we believe in the 7 years we’ve been together it’s a foundation in friendship and laughter that gets us through the tough times.

Do you have any advice for couples currently planning their wedding?

If you are stuck on a theme or colour scheme for your wedding or worse you like too many to decide have a look around your own living space to remind yourself of your style and favourite things and go from there.  Once you have decided on a theme, look on blogs which match it and Pinterest to get some ideas. For example, I got my ideas for “THE PENNEYS” alphabet blocks from some tiny “Bride” and “Groom” blocks on Pinterest and I made my brooch bouquet using a few different DIY blogs.

Take some time during your wedding day for just you and your new husband.

If you need help with anything at all but are too shy to ask or the favour is quite big, ask a capable friend to do it for you in lieu of a wedding present.

Relax on the day and don’t worry about going around everyone to say hello after the ceremony, they will come to you in their own time, you’re easy to find – you’re wearing a wedding dress!



Photographer: Juliet McKee Photography // Dress & veil: Perfection Bridal// Bridesmaids Dresses: Perfection Bridal // Flowergirl dress: Monsoon // Shoes: Irregular Choice //Necklace: Clogau // Headpiece: Victoria Mary Vintage // Stationery: Vistaprint // Venue & Catering: Oxwich Bay Hotel // Button and Brooch bouquets: DIY (read all about it here!) // Hair & make up: Lavish Me // Cake: kindly made for us by our good friend Jen 


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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