My Big Day: Charlotte &Amp; Steven

15/01/2015 12:36 | Updated 20 May 2015

The trick to pulling off a gorgeous DIY wedding like Charlotte and Steven's nuptials? "Allow yourself plenty of time to achieve what you want to," says the bride.

The couple, whose wedding day was captured by photographer Sarah Folega, married on 22 August, at Hathersage Church in Derbyshire, before a reception at boutique hotel The Maynard, in the Peak District.

Their wedding combined rustic and natural elements, with 1940s touches and plenty of DIY decorating, with help from the couple's friends and families.

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Busy bride Charlotte ensured there were plenty of personal touches on the day, from her handmade Save the Date cards and invites, to the bunting for the venue, which she pieced together with the help of a sewing machine and her bridesmaid, Sammy. She also stamped names on name tags for each guest.

The couple recruited friends and family to collect jam jars – which Charlotte and Sammy covered and used as vases and candle holders for table decorations – and Charlotte's parents' house became a home-brewing distillery for blackberry vodka, strawberry and kiwi gin, mango vodka and raspberry gin.

"We then decanted into small bottles for wedding favours and wrote personal labels for them all," says Charlotte.

The couple also made their seating plan using crate with string, pegs and the names of their favourite bands and trimmed foliage and flowers from Charlotte's parents' garden for the the vases and jam jars. Steven and his father-in-law chopped trees up to create the natural wood slices for the centre of the tables and Charlotte's mum made the tasty three-tier cake adorned with flowers and hessian and lace ribbons.

Don't miss all of the photos and detail shots from Folega Photography of Charlotte and Steven's big day in the slideshow below...

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