Crafty Style Wedding

Anita and Tony Edwards got hitched at The Barns Hotel, Bedford on the 7th September 2012


I wore a tea length 1950’s inspired dress which was customised by adding a full petticoat and handmade sash.

A friend made my giant pink paper flower, plus my bridesmaids and flower girls smaller ones.

Tony chose a suit from the Marks and Spencers Saville Row collection teamed with a hot pink tie that matched my giant pink paper flower that was my ‘bouquet’.

We wanted a venue that we could both marry in and begin our celebrations straight away with our guests able to arrive, grab a drink, relax and for the day to flow freely. 

This was possible by having our celebrations at the one venue and The Barns fitted our requirements perfectly.


I wanted a relaxed fun vibe, with lots of DIY touches, no particular colour scheme just bright and colourful.

I wanted to make as much as possible myself because I was so inspired by things I saw on wedding blogs and it was a perfect opportunity to channel my inner craft geek.

Planning our wedding inspired me so much that in January 2013 I launched a blog called Trawlergirl,, the name comes from the amount of 'trawling the internet’ I did in the run up to the wedding!

The site features party inspirations and I have added many of the DIY elements of our wedding including our photo booth.

Our evening music was completely made up of tunes that our guests had requested as on our RSVP cards we asked guests to name ‘3 songs that would have them running to the dance floor’.



We then made up the playlist for the evening and our dance floor stayed full all night! 

My son, who was 6 at the time accompanied me up the aisle to meet his dad and one of my most precious moments is him kissing my hand and saying ‘I love you mummy’ just before we walked up to meet Tony.

We went to Las Vegas at the Encore at the Wynn. It was fabulous but tiring, as Vegas is the city that never sleeps, we didn’t want to miss anything.

Our photographer was Esme from Esme Robinson Photography.

We love Esme! Her style and her willingness to take on board our request for a relaxed style of photography was brilliant and nothing was too much trouble for her or her assistant James.


Photography by Esme Robinson Photography Studios,



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