Welcome back for a completely elegant, vintage take on Alice in Wonderland for a Wedding. Aside from a jaw dropping venue which lots of you might think is a little aspirational, there is an absolute ton of UNIQUE here, which is exactly what we’re about here at RMW. This Bride was creative and did it her way.
And what a Wonderland she dreamed up.
All images courtesy of the ever talented Allister Freeman.
My flowers were thanks to Lily & May.
I asked for a natural vintage look and wanted them to look as if they had been picked from the garden. We used various varieties of roses, freesias & wax flowers as well as incorporating Rosemary and eucalyptus in the bouquets and table centers so they smelt wonderful!!
Due to the tea party theme my centrepieces were hand tied poses arranged in vintage teapots, so that my guests could easily take the poses away with them at the end of the night!
We chose Allister Freeman for our photography. We love his natural documentary style and the way he manages to capture all the emotions of the day so well in his photos.
Allister is also a thoroughly nice guy and we both felt totally at ease having him around us all day – which is very important!
Tea Party cake
The cake was made by a family friend. We separated the tiers and displayed each on a different height vintage glass cake stand.
We used a great company – Vintage Flair to hire vintage crockery. Our tables were set with a teapot flower arrangement in the centre and then each place setting was a teacup and saucer with a vintage napkin. Each table had a cut glass water jug with a ‘drink me label’ attached to keep with the theme & I made a little figure of each of the Alice in wonderland characters as table names.
Our table plan was actually lots of vintage picture frames grouped together and we even had vintage tablecloths to some of the tables!! The girls from vintage flair helped me with many of the ideas and even set everything up for me on the day.
We also had a hat dressing up box so that all our guests could try out various mad hats during the day & as James is a graphic designer he created all invites & menus to our own design.
Yes well I went a bit over board on this one, making everything myself but it was well worth it!!! Each seat in the ceremony either had a hand made tissue holder (complete with emergency tissue) or bells for our guests to ring as we walked down the Aisle as husband and wife.
Then the favours for the wedding breakfast were hand made tea bags. The tea bag labels doubled as the place setting.
Dancing up a Storm in a Tea Cup
For entertainment we chose a disco – our guests love to chuck a few shapes on the dance floor!!
Our first dance was to ‘When I fall in love’ by Nat king Cole. James mimed the words to me as a joke early on in our relationship and after that it just became our song!
Putting a unique stamp on your Day…
I think it was all the personal hand made touches that made our day unique. Our guests loved our home made touches & really embraced our theme which meant everyone also had a great deal of fun – it’s a special day and its important that you enjoy it and make the most of it – we certainly did!!
Thanks again to Allister Freeman for submitting this elegantly unique and creative affair, and to James and Jane for letting us share their beautiful day! I am in total awe of the little characters Jane made to hold the table names – super skill!
Yours Wonderfully Truly,