We’ve got such a pretty wedding for you this morning – those of you who love vintage inspired weddings and pastel shades are going to absolutely love it. Natasha is a self confessed afternoon-tea-aholic (!) so she was always going to serve it as her wedding meal and this one looks particularly delicious. It’s the perfect food to serve at Cambridge Cottage in Kew Gardens – which is the former royal residence of the Duke of Cambridge don’t you know…
Keeping with the theme, Natasha opted for a tea length dress, which suits her down to the ground and was the ideal outfit to compliment Noah’s relaxed, no tie look. (If you’re looking for Groom outfit inspiration, have a look at Adam’s post on Groom style – who said ties were compulsory?!)
I think my absolute favourite thing from this wedding though is the blooms – they are just gorgeous. Frilly roses of various varieties, big blousey white peonies, dark lilac hydrangea heads, delicate blue-petaled pretties and pale green accents from succulents and foliage. Divine! (And if anyone can identify the blue ones for me I’d be a very happy bunny).
Natasha The Bride: I went in with the view that I wanted a long fishtail dress, but I tried on so many dresses, and all of the final 3 dresses were short. One was even pink! Afterwards, I realised that my usual style, and the style I loved, so what was in my head before wasn’t necessarily what I wanted. I really recommend going with an open mind, as it’s always the one that you don’t expect. I think you should wait until you try one on, and you feel like a million dollars. If you don’t, then it’s not the dress for you! As soon as I tried on the tea dress I knew that it fit perfectly with my 1940s theme! The lady helping me at the boutique was really helpful with the accessories, when we discussed the style I was trying to go for. Earrings were Mum’s wedding earrings. Engagement ring was from my Great Grandma. My watch was the first jewellery that Noah bought me.
I said to Noah, that I didn’t want him to feel he had to wear a suit, as he never wears suits – I wanted him to wear something he really loved and felt comfortable in. We wanted Noah to be able to use it again after the wedding too. My Dad has really good taste, so they went out shopping together, and found something that really fitted with the summer garden party feel we were going for. The groomsmen’s outfits were tied in through the pink shirts that they wore.
Noah and I went on our 5th date, and there was a wedding on there – and we said if we ever get married, this would be the place. We absolutely loved it, the grounds are amazing. The great thing about Kew, is that there are 3 venues to choose from, and if you want a smaller wedding like us, then Cambridge Cottage is perfect. Because Cambridge Cottage is a gallery, it has a great open, and bright feel that worked perfectly for the tea party feel. We did a litre trip on the Kew ‘explore’ train, and it broke up the day, and was really fun.
We wanted totally non-matching Vintage crockery, and our caterer recommended someone who had loads of Vintage crockery, and cake stands and all sorts! The eggshell blue in the china, really helped us tie the theme together. We didn’t want anything too set, or placed, we just wanted people to be able to relax as soon as they walked through the door.
I did a whole lot of research into flowers, and thankfully my Grandma used to be a flower arranger, so she helped me go through ideas. I showed Bramble and Moss my dress, and a few ideas that I saw on the internet, and she created an amazing bouquet. I didn’t really want roses, but she found some amazing grey, open roses. For the hair we used tube roses, which were great because they were robust enough to be wrangled into your hair.
The Wedding Party
I wanted to them to look their age, something fun, and easy going. Something they could wear again if they had a garden party to go to in the future. The shoes were from Dune, with a low heel, and an ankle strap, so they could walk around all day. The necklace that wore was from Phase Eight too.
I really like Jazz, and I had wondered if we could get a harpist who played Jazz. When we found her, my Mum paid for her as a gift, since I was just going to have an iPod. The harpist asked me songs I like, and said she would learn them. She was amazing, and so I walked up the aisle to ‘Summertime’. Other than that, I really wanted a simple ceremony, any longer and I knew that I would burst into tears. I also wanted the whole day to be fun for all of our friends and family, so wanted the ceremony portion to be a nice accent to the day.
I’m obsessed by Afternoon Tea (I think I may have been to most of them in London!) That really influenced the feel of the wedding. I knew I really wanted cucumber, salmon and egg mayonaise sandwiches, along with chicken and beef. I loved clotted cream and strawberries too, and a few little fancies finished it off wonderfully. The caterers presented it beautifully, and they did a wonderful job. I wanted to make sure that people who don’t drink had sparkling elderflower (mixed with mint leaves and ice), and we used Presecco instead of champagne.
We wanted someone who had the vintage style, with Noah being a professional photographer too, I looked at the style, and then we sat down and discussed whether that person was a good photographer. But I think that it’s really important to make sure you get someone who can use natural light really well. We loved how unusual Matt’s use of light was. It was super important to us that the photographer was easy going, and thats exactly what Matt was.