Jack & Keira’s Cozy Living Room Wedding

Words by Hannah Pronesti / Images by Fiona Vail
September 17, 2016

There’s something magical about Darlington in June. Grey skies and burnt orange leaves, still crisp from autumn form a wintery backdrop, one that couldn’t have suited Jack and Keira’s stunning nuptials any better. With Fiona Vail behind the lens, this eclectic winter wedding played out like a vintage fairytale.

If these sweethearts are looking familiar, you probably saw this shoot with Fiona from a little while back. Creatives by trade (Jack is an actor, Keira, a musician) the pair were always going to do things a little differently and rather than wait until they had saved enough for the wedding, they opted to wing it on a shoestring budget. “We decided to go ahead with our minuscule funds and create a wedding that was affordable and quirky.” Says Keira. “We just focused on creating a special day with the ones we loved.”

Inline with their ‘green, no nonsense, thrifty and tech savvy’ approach, the pair turned to Paperless Post for their save the date notice, wedding invitations and to announce their registry on Envelope (an equally practical platform and the classiest way to ask for cash for your wedding).

Despite living abroad for much of the planning period, the couple had the help of their family and friends and ‘home’ became something of a theme. “We flew home for the wedding, we had the wedding at my family home and we also had the song ‘Home Is Wherever I’m With You’ to walk down the aisle to” Keira explains.

A word of advice from the happy couple? “Remember, for the day to be perfect only two things need to happen. You need to get married and you need to be surrounded by people who are happy for you both and who love you. If these two things happen, your day is perfect. Just relax, enjoy yourself and remember why you’re doing this in the first place.” Hear hear!

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Friend and killer MUA Isabelle De Vries worked her magic to produce Keira’s stunning vintage look. Paired with a classic long sleeve gown from DH Gate and a faux fur shawl sourced from eBay, this bride was the epitome of classic beauty.
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Access to vintage furniture and props is no problem when your father owns an antiques warehouse so the pair styled the day themselves, with the help of Keira’s sister who just so happens to be an interior decorator.
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It takes a certain kind of man to pull off a Primark suit, and Jack does it with style and class!
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These darlings were dedicated to the DIY, putting their personal touch on everything from the signage, to the TREAT YO SELF dessert table lettering. Their flower-girl gathered hundreds of autumn leaves to line the aisle and Keira’s mum took care of the flowers.
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When it came to the ceremony, cosy and intimate were key words, “We decorated with a winter home feel.” explains Keira. “Autumn leaves collected from the yard, mismatched chairs, antique books and flowers as well as handmade hanging bunting with old and new family photos hanging across the room. The space was small but we managed to squeeze in everyone and it was very intimate and special with quite a few tears and much laughter.”
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“We couldn't recommend Fiona Vail highly enough! She was assertive and professional but incredibly warm. She has the perfect combination of photojournalistic style that we were after and the intimate moments she managed to capture were stunning.” Says Keira.
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The afterparty was all about chilling with some good tunes, good food and having a boogie. “We had two areas; a dance floor under a marquee with fairy lights and we also had a chill out area with mismatched couches, board games, rugs. It was completely unstructured and fun which we felt reflected us.”
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Credits

Images Fiona Vail | Bride's Dress DH Gate | Bride's Shoes Novo | Bridesmaid's Shoes Rivers | Groom's Suit Primark | Hair Isabelle De Vries | Makeup Isabelle De Vries | Celebrant Geoff Woodward | Stationery/Invitations Paperless Post | Styling Styling | Gift Registry Envelope Registry | Cake Rose Valley Farm | Cake European Foods | Cake Topper TheLetterLoftUK |


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Madeleine 1 year ago

Oh my gosh! Stunning. Fiona has captured this just perfectly.

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