Made For Each Other

Victoria Ibbetson, 26, a designer, and James Hall, 27, a  trainee clinical psychologist, enjoyed  a laid-back wedding with bold colours and quirky details.

Victoria says: We chose the church where my parents were married, which I attended as a child. I couldn't imagine having the ceremony anywhere else.

The colour theme was mismatched pastels, inspired by buttons I found at a local market. We wanted the day to feel homemade and eclectic, so we used patterned fabrics and crazy touches. In the run-up to the day, I visited charity shops and markets for inspiration.

For the table numbers, I bought a vintage tea set from a charity shop and stacked up  the cups and saucers with wine glasses, using museum-gel (removable) glue.  I then secured giant numbers on top.

The menu was handwritten on a big blackboard that we made from a wood  off -cut and coated in blackboard paint.

I couldn't stop smiling all day.  There were so many funny moments - one of  the best men fell over during a rather  overzealous rendition of Michael  Jackson's Smooth Criminal, and my dad  ended the night covered in red wine.

Guests loved the photo booth and ice-cream van.  The booth gave us a unique guestbook full of memories of family and friends pulling silly faces.

My advice to brides: I loved having so many handmade touches, but give  yourself enough time to make them - start as soon as you're engaged!

Photography by Michael Stringer; www.michaelstringer.co.uk

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