Bride and groom laying on rug on grass

Today’s vintage, village fete themed wedding, photographed by Rebecca Douglas Photography, is full of charm and character. Damian and Nicola created a really fun, relaxed wedding that suited their personalities.

This wedding has an abundance of handmade items, from the tablecloths to the gorgeous fabric buttonholes and favours for their guests. The couple collected many items for their wedding decor from car boot sales, so this wedding is an example that you can use any resources available to you rather than buying new. Nicola even got her stunning wedding dress from eBay for just £95, and with a little alteration from her mum she wore the dress of her dreams for a bargain price…

“Our wedding took place at Chilham Village Hall near Canterbury, Kent. We wanted to create really relaxed wedding with a vintage/village fete theme, with lawn games, a cake table of cakes from our guests and a live band.

“We visited a lot of boot fairs on Sundays to collect crockery and vintage pieces, I made the bouquets using gypsophila, and my mum made 150 metres of bunting, 27 table cloths and the fabric buttonholes and favours.

“My mum also made a few alterations to my dress which I bought from eBay for the grand sum of £95, and she made my fabric corsage and shawl; my bag was a lucky find from a boot fair.

“For our reception the venue supplied the trestle tables, lighting was supplied by the lighting engineer from the Leas Cliff Hall, and the bar and bar decor was from The Chambers Pub in Folkestone. We decorated the venue with bunting, jam jars of candles, off cuts of gypsophila and paper hearts cut from books.”

Wedding shoes with lace detail

Gypsophila wedding bouquets

Bridal bag

Wedding dress hanging

Fabric rose buttonhole

Letters bridesmaid dress

I love Mumford and Sons mug

Bride having make-up done

Heart pendant

Bride having lip make-up done


Coloured bridesmaid shoes

Bride walking down stairs

Chilham Village Hall in Kent

Groom in vintage clothing

Shape of heart in candles in fireplace

Paper chain

Toddler pageboy walking down aisle

Bride walking down aisle

Emotional groom

Bride and groom hug

Bride and groom smiling at each other in wedding ceremony

Bride and groom holding hands

Bride and groom sitting by fireplace

Wedding confetti shot


Chalkboard list of wedding welcome drinks

Teacups of wedding welcome drinks

Gypsophila wedding flowers

Bride and bridesmaids sitting on couch

Gypsophila bridal bouquets

Vintage groomsmen

Bride and groom on hay bales

Bride and groom standing by wall of Chilham Village Hall in Kent

Bride and groom kissing by wall of Chilham Village Hall in Kent

Bride and groom smiling

Bride hugging groom from behind

Bride and groom by wedding car

Wedding table plan

Bunting in village hall

Bunting and wedding tables in Chilham Village Hall in Kent

Bowl of sweets on wedding table

Photograph and wooden cutlery on wedding place setting

Pink flamingo stirrers

Bottles of pink champagne

Chocolate cake




Fabric rose on wedding place setting

Wedding cards

Vintage style wedding guest book

Bottles of wine on wedding table

Wedding hog roast

Glasses of pink champagne

Groom speech

Bride listening to groom speech

Best man speech

Groom embarrassed by best man speech

Chilham Village Hall in Kent

Village fete style tombola

Village fete style skittles

Village fete style coconut shy at wedding

Village fete pick up sticks game

Bride and groom holding hands in field

Bride and groom kissing in field

Groom standing with bride looking at camera

Bride and groom sitting on grass in field

Pink, yellow and green wedding cake

Bride and groom cake toppers

Bride and groom kiss as they cut the cake

Vintage poster surrounded by teal lights

Tea lights

Gentlemen of Few band

Groom lighting fire

Old sign in vintage wedding car

Bride and groom first dance

Wedding dance

Bride and groom hug on dance floor

Photography: Rebecca Douglas Photography

Venue: Chilham Village Hall, Kent

Bride’s Dress: eBay

Catering: Alkham Valley Hog Roast

Band: Gentlemen of Few

Bar and Bar Decor: The Chambers Pub