Vintage loving Dawn, who blogs as The Vintage Scientist  and runs Essex-based vintage shop Den of Vintiquity chose the most amazing Fairy Goth Mother corset for her quaint English meets vintage-inspired wedding in 2009.

The proposal –  Nick proposed on my 26th birthday, when I had just woken up. Not very traditionally very romantic but unexpected!

The planning – We knew we wanted to do as much of the planning and organising as possible: using local people and places and buying/making as much as we could do.

The venue –  The weedding was in a church in Ludham, Norfolk – my parents’ village. The reception was in the village hall – which was ideal as it cost us £60 to hire for three days!

The dress – I bought the corset from Fairy Goth Mother in London in good time. However, on the Wednesday before the (Saturday) wedding I still hadn’t found the right skirt. By that time I was staying with my parents, and we went to a local wedding dress shop and found a skirt that I loved.

The groom –  wore a hired suit.

The big day – My h ighlight was having so many friends and family from Essex make it to Norfolk. When talking to the trainee florist we used, we said we want it to feel like you just went into a field and picked some flowers. My mum, bridesmaid and I made the order of services ourselves, finishing the night before. Lovely Favours made our invitations, and we bought vintage china from charity shops and car boots when we could. My brother made floral bunting from old curtains and fabric. Our favours were Cancer Research badges/dog-tags.

The food at the reception started with strawberries and cream on shortbread with Pimms while the main meal was a buffet. In the marquee, the tables weren’t named and we didn’t have place settings, as we wanted it to be relaxed and informal and have people sit with who they wanted. After the buffet a local ice-cream seller with a vintage style stall provided lovely icecream! And we ended the evening in the village hall with a local party DJ playing cheesy music.

Top tips for  brides to be – There are so many great blogs, websites and people on twitter providing great advice about vintage style weddings, it’s not hard to find inspiration these days. And don’t feel you have to stick to one era or vintage style, mix and match!