A Glorious Make Do and Mend 1940s inspired Wedding in Devon

Today I am excited to share this glorious Make Do and Mend 1940s inspired Wedding in Devon .

Images were captured by Ayshea Goldberg Photography.

Ayshea Goldberg Photography offers a luxury approach to beautiful, romantic and personal photography for UK and destination weddings and lifestyle portraiture.


Ayshea says of the couple and their day…


Brenda and Shaun have been together for a long time – approximately 16 years and have been renovating their home for the last few years of that, in 1940s style.

They are heavily into 1940s reenactments and wanted this as their wedding theme too.

Brenda is originally from Australia, so many of her friends and family visited specially for the wedding – and everyone dressed up for 1940s (including me and my husband assistant – I even grew my hair for a year so I could get an authentic hairstyle into my normally very short hair)

The theme was a ‘Keep Calm and Carry On / Mend and Make do’ affair with a lot of homemade looking details that Brenda and Shaun worked hard to source.

They wanted a very relaxed and outdoor ceremony overlooking the sea near to their Devon farmhouse.

Brenda asked Shaun’s Dad to escort her down the aisle on the day, a surprise for Shaun and his family.

They had a celebrant, Elspeth who is also one of their friends to perform the ceremony.

They had met her who through a mutual love of canal boating (they own one that they use around London)

Half way through the ceremony, it absolutely poured with rain (which I’m assured is good luck) and it got so heavy that we had to abandon the outdoors and rush under the marquee to finish the vows.

Brenda and Shaun LOVE dancing, and wanted their guests to be able to as well, so they hired Carmen a local dance teacher in to give 2 lessons.

The guests had a great time. Brenda wore her dancing shoes for a while, but due to the rain and mud, she then changed into a pair of RNLI wellies that she found hanging around!

The day was planned to be very relaxed and informal – for friends to catch up with one another and to make new friends, there was no formal sit down meal, everyone just grabbed a seat and mingled!

There were no formal speeches either, Shaun and Brenda just stood in front of their guests and said a few words from the heart, before having an impromptu and unplanned waltz.

They saw their evening band at Goodwood Revival and knew that they wanted Champagne Charlie and the Bubbly Boys to perform for them. Everyone had a great time.

I honestly think that this was one of the most fun weddings I had in 2017. Everyone was very welcoming and had a great time.

Nothing bothered Brenda and Shaun, from the slightly deflated Croquembouche, to the muddy wedding shoes to the deluge during the vows. Everything just added to their day and their story!


I hand over to gorgeous Bride, Brenda…


How did you meet?

Shaun was my “Aga man“ – he came and quite literally “Lit my Fire”

Tell us about the Engagement…

Nothing much to tell – we had been together for 6 years , bought a farmhouse and were busy renovating it.

We and had always talked about “our future” and I guess we were always going to get married at some point so one Saturday I woke up and Shaun said to me “I suppose we had better go and get you a ring!”

Tell us about your wedding planning journey…

I had planned the wedding in my head about 5 years earlier! Little did Shaun know!

As we spend many weekends away at Vintage festivals and WWII re-enactment weekends, 1940s dances etc it was always going to be vintage / 1940s theme.

So for the year of being engaged, we nicked ideas and things we liked at the various vintage weekends and made them happen for the wedding.

We also spoke to lots of the re-enactors who had also been married with WWII vintage themed weddings and so many great ideas came out

We used lots of lace and hessian / creams and lots of gorgeous wood / apple boxes / oak barrels etc lace and wooden hearts on jam jars – all things that looked a bit “rustic and homemade” – “Make do and mend” was very much the look!

The florist was not told to go with a colour – I just wanted what would be found in the garden this time of year – with a vintage twist!

What was the best bit of your day?

A toss-up between Champagne Charlie and the Bubbly boys performing (fantastic 1920s band) and the dance class.

Watching our guests having such a great time under the instruction of our dance teacher  was great – they learnt a basic foxtrot and for a bit more fun – the Charleston stroll!

The look on their faces seeing that after only an hour they were dancing properly and having fun doing something completely new – the photos of the dance class are brilliant – everyone is laughing and so happy.

What advice would you give to other couples getting married?

Do what YOU want to do – make it your own and do fun stuff – don’t do what traditionally you should be doing!

The day goes to quickly to be doing stuff you really don’t like / want to be doing!

Thank you so much to Ayshea for sharing this wonderful 1940s inspired wedding.

The sense of fun and togetherness and the gorgeous vintage styling and homespun details hark back to those days of wartime spirit and its absolutely lovely.


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Venue – Ceremony and Reception – Wembury Weddings  (Local farmer / Friends field that is now being used more and more for weddings / events due to the location and spectacular views over Wembury and the river Yealm) with Marquee/Portaloo/Generators – Devon Marquee

Photographer – Ayshea Goldberg Photography     – As I met and worked with Ayshea many years ago when she first started her wedding photography “empire” having her there on the day was so much fun and stress free.

She interacted with my family and friends at the house in the morning and when all was “panicville” – she soon calmed us down as her professional but fun manner and the fact she has numerous weddings under her belt – it was hard not to be rest assured and she would soon have us all laughing.

I could not have asked for better photos – so natural and really capturing every little detail of our big day!

Our guests still comment on 2 things – 1) what a great day it was and 2) Ayshea – “that amazing photographer” who not only mucked in and was fun on the day – but having seen her pictures, people are gobsmacked at how fantastic they are / how they bring the wedding back to life!

Dress – Prudence Gowns – Plymouth

Bridesmaid Gowns –  Online from Stacees

Grooms suit – bought at an Italian menswear shop in the Stables @ Covent Garden

Cake Maker – Homemade! (Very Vintage!) Bottom layer by myself and bridesmaid Becky Simpson made the top layer and Becky decorated it with Koalas brought from home ( OZ) by my sister. The cake was Delias Christmas cake recipe.

The traditional fruit cake was actually a backup / more for the oldies who would like to eat fruit cake.

We actually wanted and ordered a croquembouche that had the bride hanging by her fingertips and the groom climbing up to her which was supposed to be built on the day on site but it was a disaster on the day – and which is why there is a random plate of profiteroles with a bride and groom sprawled on top

We had so much cake at the wedding as we had a vintage tea set up area with all the china cups and so many amazing and traditional cakes supplied by Dots Teas https://dotteas.wordpress.com/

Florist – H Watts – Oreston Plymouth – brilliant! (I gave them a very wide brief about making them look “handpicked out of the garden”)

Dance teacher – Carmen – Plymouth Dance Academy

Rings – Shaun is from the Black Country (Cannock) so we had a great day out in the Birmingham Jewellery Quarter with Shaun’s sister and husband – found a great family owned jeweller to have them made (needed one to fit and go around my engagement ring) their service was great .

Stationery –  Bride and Ebay for the vintage post office postcard invites

Hair Stylist – Sheree and Verity from Hair at No 1 (Lipson Plymouth)

Make up – Kate – Vanity Fayre – Elburton – Plymouth



To Contact Ayshea Goldberg

Website: http://www.ajg-photography.co.uk

Email: ayshea@ajg-photography.co.uk

Phone:: 07967 433154

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