Dougie and Danae’s Scottish Pink Lego Candy Wedding

What to say about this wedding? First of all, it was shot by Peonie & The Boy, the photographers behind Lillian & Lenord, and they found through APW, which I love! Last time I posted about Lillian & Leonard I mentioned that I’d had many a virtual drink with Peonie. Well, *now* I’ve had a real-life physical whisky with both Peonie and The Boy, and um…. UK couples? Yeah. They are your photographers. Really, done. I. Adore. Them.

And Danae and Dougie? The first I heard of them is when Peonie told me that she had shot her first practical bride, and it was one of the most joyful, beautiful, and just plain fun weddings that she’d ever gotten to shoot. Then Danae sent me some words about her wedding and (whispers… I think I LOVE her). When I started looking through the pictures and I felt like my heart was going to break from the sheer joy of it. I wanted to share it with you so you know… this is what a wedding feels like. It doesn’t feel pretty, it feels like unadulterated joy. What made your wedding creative? I’m not an elegant woman and Dougie isn’t impressed by anything too fancy, so from the get-go we decided that we shouldn’t try for a “classy” affair — why pretend to be something you’re not, when you can have a lot of fun instead? We focused on the things that make us happy, and built everything around that.Dougie loves Lego, so we peppered it throughout the wedding, from putting it out on the tables for guests to play with to putting little Lego men in the buttonholes.I love 50’s style, so I worked with an amazing dressmaker to create my own personal hot pink retro dress. We both love anything vintage, so we bought up tons of crazy glass dishes at a furniture salvage yard and used them for our food and candy. We got lucky with the trampoline – it was already at the venue! Although I don’t think our venue owner believed me when I told her we’d be jumping on it!What made your wedding thrifty (whatever that meant for you)? Our wedding wasn’t cheap, but we only spent money on the things that mattered to us.Instead of doing printed invitations, we used e-mail and set up an RSVP form on our wedding website. We didn’t bother with printed table cards, a sit-down dinner or a band, and our little placecards for the guests were a pack of cards for ÂŁ12. Instead, we spent our money on putting up our far-flung families together at the venue, on making sure we had plenty of cheap booze for our guests, and on a ridiculous amount of candy!We also relied on the talents of our wonderful friends and family – my mother in law made our wedding cake, our friends and family made all of the other desserts, my florist friend George did our incredible flowers, and our friends acted as our DJ for the evening. My favourite thrifty items were our table card holders, which Dougie made out of Lego the night before the wedding, and my 99p shoes that I got on eBay!What made your wedding sane? I think we stayed sane by not taking it all so seriously. My mantra was, “this isn’t a classy wedding, this is a fun wedding.At a fun wedding, who cares if _________?” Who cares if a hot pink dress and tangerine roses and bright blue ties don’t match, we like those colours! Who cares if we’re serving crisps with bubbly after the ceremony, everyone likes crisps!I still got stressed about things, but Dougie was always there to stay practical, keep the (incredibly useful) budget spreadsheet updated, and offer much simpler and creative solutions than I could come up with.The other thing I kept telling myself was that I didn’t have to be the most beautiful that I would ever be on the day — there is so much pressure on a bride to have the Best Looking Day She’ll Ever Have, and I think it’s nonsense. I did go to a lot of trouble to look good, but my goal was to look happy and pretty and to feel confident, not to look like a magazine model that nobody would recognise. Brides, please don’t succumb to the pressure to re-make yourself for your wedding, it will make you so much happier!
All images are by Lillian & Leonard, of course.

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  • sam

    I love the advice at the end about not making yourself over too much. There's a lot of pressure out there to be "bridal". This is what I love about Team Practical. The sanity of it all.

  • So lovely and full of joy! I totally agree about not trying to be someone you are not. I too wanted to feel pretty and confident but I also wanted to make sure that when our future kids look at our wedding photos they would be able to see their parents in them and not some vague resemblance. Great advice!

  • Oh good lord I want to be best friend with this bride! Congratulations, both for your beautiful wedding and for being so thoroughly sensible. These are the words that wedding planning ladies out there need to read.

  • Anonymous

    You were going for "fun" and you still ended up "pretty".


  • Anonymous

    "Why pretend to be something you're not, when you can have a lot of fun instead? We focused on the things that make us happy, and built everything around that"

    LOVE it :)

    The lego bride and groom are so adorable and it looks like you accomplished your goal of pure FUN! I also LOVE your flowers!

    Here's to being who you really are and rejoicing in YOUR relationship!

  • <3 so fantastic! I especially love the tiny lego cake toppers!!

  • April

    I want to jump into every photo and start having a great time with these fabulously happy-looking people!!!

    Fun, indeed. Many congrats to this happy, fun-loving couple. Love the advise at the end to about importance of Bride not stressing about her appearance or "re-making" oneself. Excellent.

  • e.

    Oh my goodness, thank you so much. It is ok for my dress to be bright blue and orange, and I don't need to pretend I'm delicate ivory flower for the day. Phew. You just hauled me up from my little pit of despair with your excellent advice. This was definitely a post I needed today. Thanks again!

  • Moz

    What a great attitude! Your wedding is so beautiful and not just because you both look so happy. Congrats on the marriage xx

  • hi my name is joelle and I dont have much to say so was your wedding fun and enjoying email me back and tell me OK! see you soon and hope you get kissing again OK! bye.

  • hi my name is joelle and I dont have much to say. So was your wedding fun and enjoying email me back and tell me OK! see you soon and hope you get kissing again OK! bye.

  • Lovely sounding wedding. Great colors. :) Thankful to see that people sometimes just need to do what feels right.

  • Pat Gerbrandt

    I happened upon your site when looking for pink Lego, as my nephew, a huge Lego fan, has made it know he will be the first to give Lego to nieces and nephews. Well, now he may want to buy some pink…but the point is I visited your site, and I am so impressed at Danae’s wisdom: “Brides, please don’t succumb to the pressure to re-make yourself for your wedding,..”

    There is so much beauty in being real.

    And, while a lovely wedding is not a bad ideal, I always hope brides and grooms put as much effort into their marriage as they do into the wedding day.

    My husband and I have celebrated our 40th anniversary and we still need to do that! It’s worth every effort; that’s being practical, isn’t it??

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  • Moe

    WHERE did you get your cake topper???!!!!!

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