Beccy and Dan's DIY sensation at Deepdale Farm, Kirbymoorside.
A celebration of colour and art, this is one of describing what Beccy and Dan’s day looked like…It was a day like no other they broke all the traditions: Christmas songs in June; getting ready together and even walking to the registry office as a couple.
When we first got together to chat through their plans for their wedding day a few weeks before the wedding, they told me about what they’d been up to so far. With the wedding venue being a blank canvas for couples to do as they please, they’d been really busy! Beccy works in the Art department at York College, so there’s no the wonder their day came together so well. With giant moons and flowers, glitter galore, handmade head dressings and a mirage of colourful country flowers, Deepdale Farm Weddings looked unreal, in the best way possible!
Not only did the venue look good, so did the Bride and Groom, Beccy had found her dress in a charity shop and had reinvented it, adding colourful badges and motifs, the dress was almost like a piece of art that represented every corner of Beccy’s personality. Dan, I’m sure you guessed went down a slightly less conventional route too, with his bright and highly patterned shirt, jeans and leopard print converse! Their dress code was to be comfortable and their day was as informal as any wedding affair could be, with a Fish & Chips wedding breakfast straight from the van, followed by a Pork Pie wedding cake, lashings of cheese, biscuits and pickles for the night guests.
When it came to choosing the venue, they knew the most important thing to them was to have a blank canvas they didn’t want a traditional wedding venue, they wanted their day to be a true testament to them both. They wanted to DIY as much of the décor as humanly possible, be in beautiful surroundings and eat what they love to eat the most without anyone specifying this for them. Deepdale was the perfect place for this! Set in the stunning countryside, just below Hutton-le-hole, with two hosts who just want their couples express themselves and to be able to enjoy their surrounding.
When creating a DIY wedding it’s important to be organised, Beccy and Dan shared some tips with me…
“We started planning almost as soon as we got engaged and had the venue booked within a couple of months. We used a free wedding planner spreadsheet we found online, and because we had a strict budget (and knew if we weren’t careful we’d spend wildly!) that was a godsend. From start to finish it was 17 months of planning, gathering and making and we still; l ran out of time for some of the things we wanted to do.
We roped in our parents, brother and sister, grandparents, aunts, uncles and friends to help us get everything ready. Beccy’s mum made the huge paper flowers, the moon ‘photobooth’, the signs, all the crowns and most of the fancy dress. Beccy’s gran sewed superhero capes. Everyone was on the lookout for brightly coloured glass and travel games for the tables (which were borrowed from Dan’s mum). Beccy refashioned her wedding dress from one she found in Sue Ryder for £26 and sewed blankets and quilts so the hay bales wouldn’t be scratchy. For two days before the wedding it was all hands on deck stapling, swaging and laying the tables.”
They chose wedding suppliers offline for the food, flowers and chairs everything else they made, borrowed or sourced from charity shops. For their DIY inspiration, they researched wedding blogs like “Rock my Wedding” and created numerous mood boards on Pinterest along with just making things up as they went along, this is why I think their day looked so good.
How did the planning work? Who helped? How long did it take to plan? How did they organise & schedule?
Any fears or worries about the day? Rain! And yes it did rain, but it didn’t matter in the end. A sign of good luck I hear... For Dan it was the wedding dance but a few dancing lessons alleviated that fear.. a tad. Also our wedding playlist (that took months to perfect) was let says an eclectic mix, ranging from King Gizzard and the Lizzard Wizzard to Ben Folds Five.
Things you wish you didn't do or wish you had? Delegate more! When you’re doing a DIY wedding, it’s really easy to fall into the trap of thinking you have to do everything yourselves and you really don’t. On the day we spent a little too much time organising things and we wish we had spent that time just enjoying it.
Advice for future couples? If you’re doing a DIY wedding start planning and making really early. Don’t underestimate just how long it takes. Also don’t underestimate the amount of space wedding stuff takes up in your house (and probably other peoples too!) so be prepared to live with it for months before the big day. Make a really good itinerary so you don’t forget anything. We’re finding things in cupboards now that we had bought for the wedding and just forgotten because towards the end it gets so hectic.
Venue: Deepdale Farm Weddings
The dress: DIY Charity Shop
Dan’s outfit: Jeans from Primark, Shoes from Converse, Shirt from Tesco (although I'd bought about 10 and picked one on the day) and Jacket from Zara and Bex hand stitched me on my beloved Derby County patch.
The Rings: Beccy’s friend Ellie Crosby designed and made the wedding rings.
Flowers: DIY but sources from Pickers at Moor Monkton is the local flower farm we used. It was important to us that the flowers were brightly coloured, seasonal and produced in a way that was kind to the environment. Sally got what we wanted straight away and was FANATASTIC. Beccy cried when she picked them up!
Photography: Anoif Photography