Helen & Julian's English country garden wedding #Real Weddings: Global#destination wedding#diy cake#diy invitations#europe#garden#invitations#kilt#uk January 3 | Offbeat Editors Photos by Eleanor Jane The offbeat bride: Helen, photographer Her offbeat partner: Julian, writer Location & date of wedding: Medieval Hall and Leaden Hall School Salisbury, Wiltshire, UK — September 4, 2010 Our offbeat wedding at a glance: We'd been together for seven years. We met in the very first week of university and have been together ever since. We live in Dubai but decided to get married in Salisbury, as I am a northern girl and he is a southern boy — it was in the middle. Plus, I have an uncle who owns a beautiful guest house in the heart of the city: St. Ann's House. We took it over for the weekend. Our talented photographer Eleanor set up a photo booth for us, which was very fun. I also had tons of fun getting my dress made (I love pink!) and picking out my shoes. We DIYed some elements as well, including the invitations and cakes — all from Dubai. Tell us about the ceremony: It was over far sooner than we thought it would be. I walked in with my father to Aqualung's "Brighter Than Sunshine." My friend Heather did a reading as did Julian's father. Our friend and groomsman, Rich, played guitar. Medieval Hall was built at the same time as the cathedral, so it's just as old and beautiful, but you can have civil ceremonies there. John, who runs the hall, was a huge help with the whole day. A local florist named Leslie provided all of the flowers, including the pink daisies in my hair. After the signing of the register, we walked just a few hundred yards down the road to Leaden Hall School for Girls. It was the weekend before the girls went back to school, but they didn't mind us taking over the beautiful conservatory. The chef cooked the most fantastic dinner for us as well. Our biggest challenge: The biggest challenge was organizing long distance. We trusted family and friends to help, and they came through. Anything that didn't happen on the day didn't really matter after all since the main goal of being married was accomplished. My favorite moment: Having dinner with a lot of people at my uncle's guest house the night before. It was like a pre-wedding party! I also loved being very calm even when all my bridesmaids were fussing like mad. Plus, as I started down the aisle, I wanted to run down to Julian when the music started. But I had to hold on to my dad because my shoes weren't staying on my feet! My funniest moment: Maybe me putting Jules' ring on the wrong hand? Also, when I tossed my flowers to the girls, my closest girlfriends took a step forward as I am not known for my throwing skills. However, I ended up really chucking it far over their heads and it landed in another girl's arms. Our first dance was bad. We decided on the song that Robbie plays for Julia in The Wedding Singer, "Grow Old With You." We forgot to practice beforehand and ended up just shuffling around awkwardly. Ha! My advice for offbeat brides: Choosing a venue where everything is within walking distance really cuts down on transportation costs. Use your resources! I got a good deal on our photographer since she was a friend, my sister-in-law baked the cakes, and my uncle let me take over his guest house, of course, which was so appreciated. Trust and love your family, both new and old. Our wedding was a team effort, and it payed off big time with everyone's help. Care to share a few vendor/shopping links? Dress and suit: handmade in Dubai by Lauren at Creative Thread Photography: Eleanor Jane Shoes: Irregular Choice Venue: Medieval Hall and Leaden Hall School Juke box: Juke Box 45s Bride's uncle's guest house: St. Ann's House Enough talk — show me the wedding porn! allowFullScreen="true" flashvars="offsite=true&lang=en-us&page_show_url=photos%2F57042292%40N04%2Fsets%2F72157625798606964%2Fshow%2F&page_show_back_url=photos%2F57042292%40N04%2Fsets%2F72157625798606964%2Fshow%2F&set_id=72157625798606964&jump_to=" width="800" height="500"> Reporter Name * Reporter Email * Original text Enter the original text here. Edited text* Enter your suggested copyedit here. Notes You can add a note for the editor here. * Required information. Fix Typo PREVIOUS Offbeat Bride's 5th Birthday NEXT The wedding day items that could save your ass Show/Hide comments [ 5 ] YAY! My home town! Beautiful wedding! I was browsing through your stunning photos for inspiration on Eleanor's website just yesterday. Your whole day looked perfect. Congratulations! Reply Lovely! You look so cute in that dress and with that curly hair, and your ceremony venue looks like it came from a fairy tale or movie! Reply Bride's shoe is interesting, the inspiration is great ! Reply I thought I recognized that spire! My husband was born in Salisbury. Beautiful, through and through. Reply My favourite shoes Reply Join the conversation Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Comment Notify me of follow-up comments by email. No-drama comment policy Part of what makes the Offbeat Empire different is our commitment to civil, constructive commenting. Make sure you're familiar with our no-drama comment policy. Biz owners & wedding bloggers Please just use your real name in your comment, not your business name or blog title. Our comments are not the place to pimp your website. If you want to promote your stuff on Offbeat Bride, join us as an advertiser instead.