Whimsical England Wedding Filled With DIY Details + Film
July 15, 2014
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Count me officially enchanted. Cute footbridges, upright pianos, carousels, floral bridesmaid dresses, and not to mention the bride's custom made Guinevere-esque gown by Very Me -- all captured on Ciné Reportage's Super 8 and 16 mm film, freshly cut and already brimming with glowing nostalgia. For even more loveliness, catch the's a whole gallery of sweet-as-it-gets moments captured by Brighton Photo.
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Ciné Reportage... I've long been dying to share one of our super 8 and 16mm wedding films with you, and I'm delighted to be able to send you what may be the most beautiful wedding we've ever shot.

Justin & Carly were married at Preston Court, near Canterbury in Kent in September last year. It's an incredible venue which includes a genuine Victorian carousel and an island for outdoor ceremonies.

The couple were enormous fun to be around and their wedding was packed with beautiful and original DIY touches.

I really hope that you like the film. We're based in Brussels, Belgium but very much available for weddings anywhere in the world.

From the Bride... Preston Court was just so beautiful and so different from anything we had seen - we felt like it had been made for us. The weather was perfect, so we could have an outdoor ceremony like we had always hoped for. We got married on the island and most of our guests were just over the stream.

We loved the carousel and how excited all our friends and family were to have a go, and more than anything we loved the things that we had made ourselves because they represented such labors of love!

We didn’t have a color scheme or a theme as such. Everything was just ‘stuff we like’. I love anything that’s had a past life and love to know where something has come from and the story behind it. We spent endless weekends collecting and gathering bits. From all our china and linen to old bottles and tins for the flowers. I LOVED every second. We're even thinking about hiring it all out so I don’t have to say goodbye to any of it!

Justin made a photo wall - we collected picture frames to poke your head through and covered it with very kitsch wallpaper. The swallows on the wall were from my Grandma’s kitchen.. We have family from different parts of the country so we made a sign with how many miles to each part on it, as well as an arrow to where you could ‘cut some rug’ .

I had my dress made by Kerry J Tuckett of Very Me. I had to put all my faith in Kerry and try and communicate exactly what I wanted. With Kerry’s prowess and infinite skill we worked together to make my dream dress. I collected the Art Deco buckle from eBay and the chain on the top back of my dress was from a cheapy bin at a vintage fair - in its heyday it was a set of collar clips!

My red shoes were Karen Millan and my hairpiece was a pearl necklace that I had found at a car boot sale made into a beautiful piece by Gemma Sutton, who also did my hair and makeup. The Bridesmaids dresses were from Zara which were all altered to suit each maid.

Justin’s suit was from Ted Baker, his Grandmother passed away a month before the wedding and left, with his mum, a lucky Horseshoe brooch to be given to him on the morning of our big day. It looked perfect.

Our best idea was deciding to have a cinematographer. We had Will from Ciné Reportage and it was the best money that we ever spent. They went above and beyond on the day and fit in perfectly. It was so unobtrusive that people were surprised when we said we had a film made. We can't talk highly enough about them, the film makes me cry every time, it is so romantic.

Justin in case you're wondering about the chimney sweeps(!): In Great Britain it is considered lucky for a bride to see a chimney sweep on her wedding day. It started about 200 years ago when a London chimney sweeper saved the life of King George III. The sweep had been the only person brave enough to stop the King's out of control horses and carriage. By Royal Decree the King proclaimed that all sweeps are good luck bearers and should be treated with respect. The folklore was established and to this day chimney sweeps are still invited to attend weddings and kiss the bride for good luck.