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A Vintage Tea Party


Today’s wedding is so pretty and delicate – all fluffy bouquets of gypsophila, china tea cups and pastel tones.

But the vintage tea party theme didn’t mean that they didn’t have a massive knees- up in the evening, the Groom re-formed his band for the occasion, Granny Norm baked a massive naked Victoria sponge and the guests got to munch on Pie and Mash!

Also, in true British style, the lack of sunshine didn’t stop the day from exceeding all of Charlotte’s expectations – just don a pair of wellies, grab a massive brolly and you’re good to go.

The day was captured perfectly by Claire Penn and Shutterbox films.


The First One

Our venue was the first one we looked at! My sister found it online and we went to see it and fell in love with it! We knew we wanted something relaxed and in a nice setting and the Ashes was just everything we wanted! The two beautiful barns provide everything you need and are in such a lovely pretty setting come rain or shine (rain in our case!)


Simple and Sophisticated

As my dress was quite simple I wanted my make up to be simple too. I was extremely lucky as my friend is a trained make-up artist so she worked her magic on the day! It was lovely to have Michelle do it for me, as she knows me already I trusted she would do exactly what I had in mind. We did have a little trial a few weeks before which I would recommend as it just makes the day much easier and run more smoothly.


My old hair dresser from home did my hair which again was so lovely! We did also have a trial which I would definitely do as what you say and think doesn’t always mean the hairdresser fully understands and once your hair is done it’s tricky to take out and do it again. I knew as with my make-up – I just wanted something natural and simple that still looked like me.

When You Know, You Know

Again as with our venue it was the first and only shop I went to! I knew I wanted something a bit different and simple; the one thing I wanted was to feel comfortable and be able to dance easily.


The minute I stepped into the Vintage Wedding Dress company I loved everything about it, the lovely ladies working there, the beautiful shop interior and then I saw the DRESSES! They are all so beautiful I loved that they offered both original vintage and inspired vintage. It turned out every dress I picked to try was original vintage, I loved that they were all so unique. My dress was 70’s and the second I put it on I loved it!

Vintage Accessories

I got most of my accessories from the Vintage Wedding Dress Company as they had such gorgeous things. I love headbands and really wanted something vintage in my hair. I loved the simple delicate flower headband and felt it just finished off my look perfectly.


My veil was also from the Vintage Wedding Dress Company. At first I didn’t think I would have a veil but when the lady in the shop popped one on me I loved it and thought it gave my dress a more bridal look. My shoes were also from there – I loved the simplicity of them and thought they went so well with my dress. Plus I wanted to dance all night and these meant I could do that!


Relaxed Vintage Feel

We didn’t have a strict colour scheme but wanted something relaxed with a vintage feel. The Bridesmaid’s dresses were from Warehouse, I loved the colour and style and they fitted really well next to my dress. I also had a little maid – Rob’s niece, and as she is 11, she wore a slightly different dress from ASOS but we still kept it within our vintage look and feel.

Rob knew he wanted something relaxed and fun so we decided waistcoats and bow ties would be good for the Best Men and Ushers! The waistcoats and bow ties were all from Topman. Rob’s suit was Topman and brogues from Ben Sherman.


Pastel Tones

As we didn’t really have a strict colour scheme as we wanted everything to be relaxed and a bit mix and match. Our invites we’re really simple, we used bunting which we then translated into the venue decor. We spent months collecting jars and pots and bunting to decorate the venue. We tried to use vintage pastel colours throughout the outfits and venue decor.


Thrown Together Flowers

The flowers were really important but I knew I wanted something simple and thrown together. I decided I would have gypsophila for my bouquet and for the 5 bridesmaids. I loved the vintage look of gyp and how pretty and simple it is. The button holes were all gypsophila too.
We were really lucky and had a friend of a friend do our flowers which was amazing as I totally trusted her to do an amazing job which she did! We collected jars and hampers for months to display the ceremony room flowers and table arrangements. I loved them – they were exactly what I’d hoped they would be and more.


Dancing Queen

Our ceremony was very simple, we chose our own vows and my Granny Norm did a reading – ‘Us Two’ from Winnie the Pooh. It was really lovely and exactly what we wanted.

Our biggest wish for the reception was that it was fun fun fun! We just wanted everyone to dance drink and have a good time. We knew from the beginning that we wanted to have a band as I just love how a band makes people get up and dance. My sister found our band as she had seen them at a friend’s wedding and they were ace.


Rob also used to be in a band and they reformed for a quick showing which was so much fun – he even got his Dad up on stage! After the band had finished we played a selection of our favourite songs from over the years – both old school and new.

The Perfect Photographer

I searched and searched for a photographer that offered the vintage relaxed style we wanted and when I came across Claire Penn I was so thrilled. She is so amazing and completely captured our day in the most wonderful fun happy way. From the moment we met Claire she was so much fun and totally understood what we wanted. It was an absolute joy to have Claire as part of our day and we are so happy with all the photos!


Capture Every Moment

After seeing Shutterbox on Rock My Wedding I knew we had to have them! We hadn’t thought about having a film but when I saw what they could do we booked them straight away. Lee and Dawn are so lovely and so talented I am so pleased we decided to get a film. It’s amazing to watch it back and remember the day. Together with Claire Penn they have an incredible ability to absolutely capture every little moment of the day without you ever realising that they are there.


Guess Your Pie

Food was a big part of our day as we both love food – especially me! As we got married in March we wanted to have something warm and tasty. We decided to have pie and mash and were thrilled when we found out that Pieminister could provide the delicious pies. As it was National Pie week it also fitted in very well.

We had a selection of 4 pies on the day and you just got what was popped in front of you so it was a surprise. Pieminister provided us with loads of info on the pies which we displayed on the tables so people could guess what pie they had. We also had pie badges and tattoos which were extremely popular.


Vintage Tea Party

I wanted to do favours that tied in with our whole day so decided that I would hunt down vintage tea cups for all the girls and make marmalade for the boys. Along with our lovely family we hunted around charity shops and flea markets for tea cups. I also searched for some fabric for the tops of the marmalade jars that tied in with the Groomsmen’s outfits.

My Granny Norm is a fabulous cake maker – I was so pleased when she said she would make our wedding cake and it was fantastic. As it wasn’t a huge cake Rob’s mum also made some extra cakes to ensure there was enough for everyone and I loved how the cake table looked like a vintage tea party.


Bottle Collecting

We didn’t use a huge amount of stationery but decided we would use a vintage type writer with the table plan on. We searched the internet to find one and were so pleased when we found it! For the table names we just did numbers as we felt there was already enough detail on the tables with all the pie information and tattoos.


We wanted real old school milk bottles with wooden numbered spoons inside and we finally found some from Rob’s lovely Nanna and Grandpa who kept some from their milk delivery.
We wanted to have something more than a guest book that we could keep forever so we decided to have a bike picture which people then put their thumb print on that acted as a balloon tied to the bike! It has made such a great picture and will always remind us of our day!


Everything We Dreamed It Would Be

As all Brides say the best advice I can say is enjoy EVERY second as it goes so quickly! Also make sure you don’t get too tied up with planning and actually try and enjoy the planning stage and getting excited. Don’t be afraid to ask people to help and get involved, it was so special to have home-made cakes and marmalade! The best thing Rob and I did was make sure it was exactly what we wanted and it was, it was our day and everything we had dreamed it would be.

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Venue – The Ashes
Dress and Brides Accessories – The Vintage Wedding Dress Company
Bridesmaid Dresses – Warehouse, ASOS
Groom and Best Men – Topman, Ben Sherman
Invites – Wedding Chicks
Guestbook – Wedding Chicks
Food – Pie Minister
Videographer – Shutterbox Films
Photographer – Claire Penn

Doesn’t Charlotte look radiant in the wedding video as she and Rob walk through the confetti?!?

Lots of love,

Fern x

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Let There Be Love.


Mid-week fashion fest alert peeps!! Charlotte got all hot and bothered when she found out that Kuofi, this mornings bride had Sergio Rossi clad tootsies for her big day marrying her beau Matthew. I was all like “what’s this Sergio Rossi fellah?” (said in a mockney accent) and I think I nearly got the sack there and then. Our groom wore Gucci. Phew… I’ve heard of them.

Anyway, once I looked though all the glorious images by Kathryn Edwards The Sergio Rossi fascination started to make sense… In short, the fashion on dispay here is SPECIAL. Shout-out-loud special. The Olde Bell in Hurley did not know what hit it back in October 2012.


Vintage Meets Modern

Kuofi The Bride: The dress was from an Australia designer called Collette Dinnigan.

As I work in the fashion industry, I have always been inspired by vintage looks mixed with modern design. Initially I was hoping to get a vintage wedding dress that was in the 60’s era, but the styles I found were not as I imagined. Then the power of google brought me to Collette’s bridal collection, I booked an appointment and tried this dress on – I knew it was it. LOVE the lace and the slim elegant style.


A Matching Band

I wear hair bands a lot usually, and I wanted to have band on the special day too so I was super pleased to find Jennifer Behr‘s work matched my gown. The hair band again is very simple from Jennifer Behr, this perfectly matched the vintage earrings from my mother.

I wore classic satin nude/dusty rose colour Sergio Rossi peep toe wedge heels. They were an impulse buy and I instinctively knew they would be great to give a vintage yet modern feel.


Betty Draper

I always wanted a very natural look for my wedding day with a classic 60’s hair do, the look was inspired by Betty Draper in Mad Men and the Louis Vuitton campaign etc, Sarah at Thorne Brides knew exactly how I wanted and she made me feel so pretty and natural on the day.


Shabby Chic

Peony is my favourite flower, but since the wedding was in October it was too difficult and out of budget to get them so my amazing bridal florist Janine from Green Parlour used a lot of David Austins to create the vintage shabby chic look for me, the smell was so so gorgeous! LOVE the purple flowers mixed with the dusty pink and ivory David Austins.

We didn’t have any colour scheme for the wedding, the dress attire was based on my inspiration – vintage, modern, 60’s, elegant, rustic chic.

We bought the attire for our ushers and bridesmaids as a part of the thank you presents. The Groomsmen were in navy suits from Zara with black bow ties and the maids wore black floor length dresses from twobirds bridesmaid. We wanted them to be able to keep their dresses and suits for future occasions and I thought it would be good to have black and navy colours mixed in with an English country cottage wedding.

Our cutie flower girl was in a pretty little Zara dress, again, I wanted her to look very natural and not in over-the-top children’s wedding outfit.


A Gucci Guy

My lovely husband was in his sharp fitted Gucci suit in grey, he always wanted to have a classic English look and he chose his suit with my help, I thought grey would go well with ushers’ navy suits so that was perfect.


Rock My wedding

We had the amazing Kathryn Edwards as our photographer and we were so so so happy. We found her through my favourite wedding site – Rock My Wedding on their Love Lust List wedding directory and we contacted her immediately.

After a quick meeting with Kathryn we reviewed her portfolio We fell in love with her style and we knew she was the one, especially after our super fun pre wedding shoot, we knew the wedding pictures would be simply beautiful.


Shut the Box

We chose Shutterbox Films to do our videography. We were so, so pleased to find Lee & Dawn, because we wanted to keep our special day recorded but did not want a cheesy wedding film. After looking at clips of their work, we knew they would be the best and the way they edit films made the wedding look so beautiful, I melt!


A Cake Classic

We had our cake queen Ms Olivia Zampi who made amazing cakes for celebrities birthdays, we were so happy she could make a simple English Victoria Sponge for us. Since we chose an English country cottage wedding with all the vintage touches, we thought the cake had to be a simple classic Victoria Sponge.


Simple & Fun

We had pretty fun but simple entertainment, no band as we had my sister playing piano for us throughout the day and in the evening we had Mark at Mighty Fine, the in house DJ from the Olde Bell.

My sister, one of the bridesmaids, played piano for us during guests arrival and during ceremony, it was so special to have her playing the songs we knew when we were little.

Our first dabce was to Let There Be Love by Nat King Cole – we both like Jazz a lot and this song was just made us want to dance.


Our Top 12

We had CDs & personalised napkins as wedding favours. The CDs were all our own DIY, we chose our top 12 favourite songs which meant something for us and burned them to discs then we made the CD jackets ourselves with all personalised artwork and wrapped evertyhing in twine.

We wanted guests to play games and mingle before the dinner and incorporated this into the seating plan and arrangements. As I am originally from Taiwan, I had all our Italian linen napkins embroidered with each guest’s name in Chinese phonetically. We had table place cards in English so our guests were still were able to find where to sit. The napkins were favours for them to take away after the dinner.


Natural & True

We feel our wedding was special is because it was totally us, it was intimate (65 guests), cosy and we didn’t pretend to be anythign we aren’t. It looked so simple but it took a lot of effort to organise our wedding.

My little advice to the bride-to-be is to imagine how you would like your big day to be, but be as natural and true to yourselves as a couple. Your wedding will be naturally beautiful and not contrived. Check all the websites and perhaps like I did – add Rock My Wedding to your favouritea and check daily for inspirations.

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Dress: Collette Dinnigan
Venue: The Olde Bell
Shoes: Sergio Rossi
Hair band: Jennifer Behr
Florals: Green Parlour
Photography: Kathryn Edwards
Maids: twobirds bridesmaid
Cake The Bakery Lounge
Videography: Shutterbox Films
DJ: Mighty Fine

Yeah, what can I say… I think you should all take Kuofi’s advice and add RMW to your favourites RIGHT NOW!

Hope you enjoyed this visual feast, with more labels than you can shake a designer stick at. I Really loved the way Kuofi and Michael mixed high fashion with some realy nice home made DIY touches, and it is always super special to see a Rock My wedding readers big day celebrated on the blog.