Tales of a Handmade Wedding



Today we are excited to share a handmade wedding across the pond of Artemis Russell and Nao Utsumi (whom you may know of from The Bucket Tree, their jewelry shop Rust or their blog Tales of a Junkaholic). They recently married on the Isle of Wright at Appuldurcome House {a derelict 18th century building} on the 14th August 2010. The talented couple made everything themselves.










The rings were made by the couple, with help from Darren their engraver. If you would like something like this please visit their RUST Jewellery Workshop. They were presented by Nao's mum inside a cockle shell {from the Isle of Wight naturally!} with Liberty print lined by Armetis. Her dress is from 1931 {but totally reworked by her} and cost just £2.99! Nao wore a 1930s cotton jacket and short trousers with grey plimsolls. They bought all the flowers in the market {at 4am!} where they had clematis, dahlias and peonies, plus lots of greenery.

After the ceremony, they made their way to Afton Apple Orchard for lunch. They printed out the menus on brown recycled paper and used herbs in old pots with white ribbon and flags to decorate the cafe table. Artemis' mum made the cake, a lemon sponge with garlands of herbs and marigolds!










They knew there were some kids coming to the wedding, so they fished around their flat, and made up a basket of vintage toys. They used Liberty fabric {amongst charity shop finds} to make the bunting. Nao made some bunting from old sheet music too!




Instead of paying for a hotel during their wedding, the couple bought a canvas bell tent, and parked it in Artemis' mum's garden. It is on a cliff overlooking the sea. Below a few of the papergoods they made before the wedding.

There are so many other beautiful pictures at their blog here that are a must-see!





Congratulations Artemis and Nao and may you have many happy years as magical as your wedding! Thanks for letting us share here.

{photographs by Bib Russell, Artemis Russell, Rifkah, Julia & Kasia}

Jan Halvarson

21 comments:

The Art Cupboard said...

beautiful wedding! so sweet and personal :)

Jackie said...

so pretty! i love all the details especially the meadow party chalkboard :)

bebe said...

Absolutely beautiful! now I need to pop over to the Isle of Wight to find that gorgeous house.

P U R P L E - D E E R said...

I'm soooo in love with that tent idea.

Posie Patchwork said...

Oh makes me want to do my wedding all over again, 'twas a different story in the mid 90s. My husband wants to do it again & actually eat this time. Love Posie

Will @ Bright.Bazaar said...

There is so much to love about this I don't know where to start. The way it has been photographed is stunning, too.

Anne-Marie @ 10 Rooms said...

What a personal, romantic wedding.. I love it.

Omiyage said...

Gorgeous. So many lovely ideas... so much to love!
That cake! That tent! Sigh...
-Marisa

katemakes said...

Absolutely stunning and what a great start to a life together. The Isle of Wight is a magical place. We were driving around England and accidently got in the ferry line for I of W and ended up spending a wonderful 3 days enjoying the sights and friendly people.

lyndsay said...

utterly charming perfection. i am so in love with this wedding.. so sweet and artful and homemade! congratulations, beautiful couple!!

Justina Blakeney said...

I just love that invite! The little illustrated flags are so sweet.

BrittanButterfly said...

oh wow! truely one of the most beautiful couples and weddings that I have seen posted! it all looks like a fairy tale!

Julie @ www.downtimeweblog.com said...

What a gorgeous wedding! I love the cake and the bridal gown, not to mention their tent.

Cari-Jane Hakes said...

This is lovely...it makes my heart sing!
Congratulations

simone said...

wow! I love all the sweet personal details and homemade-ness of this wedding! I love the tent idea....want to go there now. I'm with Posie--makes me want to do it all over again!

Wedding sms said...

So many lovely ideas... so much to love!so much beautiful and so so so much romantic thanks for sharing this with us...

Ray* said...

I wish I could get married again so I could have a wonderful DIY one like this.

sixcerezas said...

ooooh!
perfect wedding!!

The Tote Trove said...

In an era obssessed with wedding planners and wedding reality shows, this from-the-heart wedding hits the right note. Well done.

Unknown said...

adorbs. i love this idea and wish i could have had such a wedding.

Bobbi Lewin said...

Love the tent!

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