We’ve got another fabulous ‘at home’ wedding to start the week off with a wealth of shabby chic, vintage and DIY decor that really brings the marquee garden party reception to life.
The table plan in particular is immense. Made out of an old door and photo frames and I also love that Bride Amelia brought along her dresser to display wedding portraits of family members on.
It’s so lovely when all that you’ve envisioned, crafted and set up comes together and even more so when it all looks as spectacular as this beaut of a wedding. Don’t take my word for it, come take a peek…..
Amelia The Bride: For my dress I was searching for 4 things, lace, pearls, long train and backless. When trying on dresses I had 7 lined up, on trying on the 6th I cried. There and then I knew it was the one, I loved it.
For my veil, I chose a stiff tulle with ivory edging. I always wanted it to be long, it was nearly the length of my dresses train and went with my dress perfectly.
I chose to have real flowers in my hair as it’s natural and pretty. I loved the idea of a gypsophila headdress, effortlessly beautiful.
My shoes took a bit of searching for, I was looking for vintage, comfort and height! I fell in love with the ivory, pearl brooch peep toe pair; but had to compromise on the heel height, slightly lower than I wanted but on the plus side it meant I could danced all night!
Mark was certain he and the Groomsmen were going to wear blue suits, whereas I wanted them to wear tweed.
Mark won! The suits were very modern but we chose the pale check textured waistcoats to give it a vintage twist.
The pocket watches were the Groomsmen’s thank you gifts, I love the detail it added.
I got them all mustard with cream spot socks to wear, just a little bit of quirky to throw in. One of the shots I was definitely after was of them all with their socks on show.
We decided to hold the wedding at my family home, in a marquee. We were after a relaxing garden party atmosphere, which we felt we couldn’t get at a wedding venue. Also I have so many happy memories of my childhood and growing up, that I couldn’t think of a better place to hold Mark and I’s special day. My parents couldn’t of been prouder when we asked to hold the reception there.
Colour Scheme & Decor
I chose pale pastel colours, mainly pink tones. I love vintage shabby chic decor, and used pieces of my own furniture to decorate the marquee. I love doing crafts, so made and collected a lot of the items I used.
I absolutely loved dressing the marquee and putting everything together on the Friday. For over a year it had all been in my head, and seeing it come together was amazing.
My dresser with all the old family wedding photos was a particular favourite of mine, family is very special to me. I also was rather proud of my table plan. I found the old door at my parents in and outbuilding, then gathered up some of my photo frames from home.
I always knew I wanted a huge bouquet of peonies, they are just so beautiful and elegant. I love relaxed, country style flowers also, so wanted it to look like I had gone into the garden and gathered the flowers that morning for my centre pieces and pew ends. I asked for stocks, gypsophila, and greenery, with a few huge hydrangeas thrown in.
I chose gypsophila for mine and my Bridesmaids hair as it elegant, pretty and unfussy.
My Mum made an amazing arch for the entrance to the marquee, using ivy and flowers from the garden. It was beautiful.
I had no clue what dresses I was looking for when it came to the Bridesmaids, I wasn’t even certain on a colour. I was in Next with my Mum, over a year before the wedding and saw them out of the corner of my eye. Dusky pink, lace and backless. Oh my gosh, it had to be them! So within a space of a few minutes the colour scheme and Bridesmaid dresses were chosen. I chose to add a little more of a vintage twist with the shoes and pearl sashes.
I always knew I wanted a traditional church ceremony. Stoke St Gregory church is where I got Christened and has been my local church all my life, this I found very special. Mark and I wanted our families to be involved in our ceremony as much as possible so asked his Father and my Sister to do readings, and my Brother and Marks Sister to be witnesses.
Entertainment was Marks responsibility. My parents know Jerri Hart, who was amazing for our relaxed Pimms and ice cream ‘garden party’ reception.
Archie Sylvester is a good friend of Marks and was amazing, covering songs of Marks choice.
Our band were great too, doing covers of old and new; whilst keeping it modern and ‘unweddingy’. No cheese aloud!
Vintage garden party all the way!
Pimms and ice cream for the garden party, part. Relaxed and yummy!
Afternoon tea served on vintage crockery for the wedding breakfast, with fizz! The food was amazing, we had a huge selection of savoury and sweet. There were finger sandwiches with fillings such as beef and horseradish, and smoked salmon, also mini tarts, with fillings such as asparagus. For sweet we had macaroons (my favourite), scones with clotted cream and jam, and brownies. There was more food than we could eat! All was displayed on vintage single or tiered cake stands.
Hog roast in the evening, nothing is more easy going than popping outside for a bun and it’s so yummy!
I knew I wanted Ali from the beginning. I have known him for nearly 10 years and have watched him become and amazing photographer. His style of photography was exactly what I was looking for, non obstructive, storytelling and beautiful! Ali was amazing, during our couples shoots he literally said to Mark and I ‘just have fun, chat and relax’. So we did! We were so relaxed in front of the camera, it was like Ali wasn’t even there, which meant Mark and I were able to get the alone time together (which I think a lot of couples miss out on) to just be amazed by our special day. Mark and I are so pleased with our photos, we absolutely love them.
The first thing on any Brides shopping list should be a glue gun! You can accomplish anything with one!
I made all the wedding stationery, I used no more than my little old printer and some elbow grease! I’m so pleased with how it all turned out.
Jars with tea lights was a must for me, and plenty of them! So a whole year before the wedding I started my collection. Which grew very slowly at first. Then loads of people got involved. Friends, family and work colleagues. I ended up with 536 jars!! I decorated them with lace, burlap and ribbon.
I got my inspiration for my ‘every love story’ sign from Pinterest. I chose a floral wrapping paper to back the sign and wooden scrabble letters, so it was in-keeping with the theme.
Pom Poms were the worst thing to put together, I had 100! Very fiddly, but totally worth it once they were up, they had an amazing effect.
Slate signs worked great, every time I visited my parents I would gather more slate. I used a chalk pen so it was clearer to read.
I love the effect the alphabet letters I used for my name tags had, so vintage and quirky.
I went in search at the bottom of the field for a large branch to use for my wish tree. I made the signs to hang in the branches and used different hanging hearts from my home to decorate it.