{Wedding Wednesday} Tom & Jenni’s English Country Garden finger puppet wedding!

Wedding Wednesday is here and we are feeling all nostalgic over at AVWG HQ. We adore receiving your real wedding submissions, so after looking over our favourites, we thought we would share our most popular ‘Wedding Wednesday’ to date.  We couldn’t get enough of Tom & Jenni’s English Country Garden Wedding, so let’s take a walk down memory lane and ‘ooh’ and ‘ahh’ all over again…

This true beauty of a real wedding is from the ever brilliant Kerrie Mitchell Photography! Kerrie was very excited to share this wedding with us because it was so beautifully vintage and personal, and because the couple first saw Kerrie’s company on the Essex Vintage Wedding Fair website! We’re always so pleased to see real weddings of couples who met their suppliers through the Guide or the fairs, so please feel free to share your pictures too!

Tom & Jenni’s wedding is a quintessentially British affair – a village fete inspired celebration, located in the groom’s grandparents’ garden! They set out to create a relaxed feel to the day and, from the pictures, I would say they achieved that & far more! The space hoppers & hanging instruments looked like amazing fun & obviously kept the little ones amused! And, the finger puppets! Wow! Just amazing! Enough from me, here are some words from the gorgeous bride herself….

Tell us about the proposal; was it expected, discussed or entirely spontaneous?

It was definitely expected! We had chosen the ring together shortly after Christmas but Tom didn’t actually propose until mid February as he wanted to do something special. He took me away to a lovely hotel and was trying to make it (uncharacteristically) very romantic. Then he panicked and while I was in the middle of taking my coat off suddenly blurted out “So will you marry then?!”. After all the build up I could only say “Is that it?” and ask him to get down on one knee!

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When did you start to plan your wedding, was your husband involved in the planning or did you both instinctively know what type of wedding you wanted?

We’d discussed what we would both like over time so we had a fairly clear idea that we were after something simple and relaxed.  Also, the first time that I had visited Tom’s grandparent’s house I said that I would love to get married there so that was really the plan from the start.  Once we had chosen the date I (with a very little bit of help from Tom) did almost all of the planning in under two weeks.

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When did you start to plan your wedding, was your husband involved in the planning or did you both instinctively know what type of wedding you wanted?

We’d discussed what we would both like over time so we had a fairly clear idea that we were after something simple and relaxed.  Also, the first time that I had visited Tom’s grandparent’s house I said that I would love to get married there so that was really the plan from the start.  Once we had chosen the date I (with a very little bit of help from Tom) did almost all of the planning in under two weeks.

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Tell us a bit more about your day; was it a big or intimate wedding?

It was an intimate wedding with 60 people at the ceremony and around 20 more joining at the reception.  We work in theatre so it was natural to ask our friends to sing at the ceremony and they really made it something special.  We also asked Tom’s sister and two friends (and their baby) to read and they were all wonderful – funny, romantic and sweet.  The reception was very relaxed as we decided not to have a formal dinner.  Instead it was afternoon tea with people sitting on picnic blankets around the garden while the Enfield Brass Band provided the music.  We were definitely aiming for a village fete feel and, luckily, it was a beautifully sunny afternoon and exactly as we had pictured.  The amazing garden was definitely the perfect venue for us.

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Where did you source your suppliers?

We are very lucky to have an amazing artisan bakery just around the corner from where we live and we both wanted them to provide the sandwiches and cakes.  We were overjoyed when they agreed and the food was amazing.  I met a lace maker at a craft fair and asked her to create something for my hair and a friend of a friend has just started a paper craft business and made us the beautiful button holes.  Other than that the internet was definitely my friend!  I spent time searching for suppliers and looking up the companies that I saw advertised in the couple of wedding magazines that I read.

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Tell us about your photographer, did you feel comfortable with them, what type of service did you get, would you recommend them?

I found Kerrie Mitchell via the website of a vintage wedding fair and, as I happened to be working in Colchester which is where she is based, we met to chat about the options.  I felt that she was the perfect mix of being relaxed yet professional and her photographs were classic and simple yet had a slightly vintage vibe which suited the style of the day very well.  Kerrie was incredibly flexible and, as we were marrying on a Sunday, was able to offer a large range of packages.  We chose 6 hours of coverage rather than a full day as I wasn’t keen on having shots of myself getting ready and it allowed us to have the photographer that we wanted but at a more affordable price.

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How did you know that your wedding dress was ‘the one’? What about the shoes and accessories?

As we were getting married relatively quickly I had to find a dress that I could buy off the rail – there definitely wasn’t time to go down the traditional route of ordering from a wedding shop.  I knew that I wanted a knee length dress which made choosing relatively easy as there wasn’t that much choice!  Within a few days of looking I found my Sottero Midgely dress in a sale and snapped it up straight away.  I hadn’t wanted a strapless dress, which this one was, but the shop recommended a wonderful seamstress who added the top part and made it perfect.  I had always coveted a pair of Vivienne Westwood heels but as I don’t often wear heels had always thought them a little extravagant.  I knew they were just what I wanted for my wedding and if I didn’t get them then when else could I treat myself?  Finding them in a sale as well was a lovely surprise.

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Did you help choose your husband’s suit?

Tom definitely wanted a morning suit but we chose everything together.  He wore his grandfather’s trousers which meant a lot to him and we managed to find a tie which perfectly matched my shoes which made me happy too!

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What did you do to make your wedding personal to you both? 

We tried to add lots of little touches throughout the afternoon – from the songs and readings in the ceremony through to the musical instruments in the trees and photographs of us growing up in the barn.  It really is the details that make all of the difference.

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What favours did you give to your guests, if any?

I fell in love with the personalised finger puppets from Little Fingy and our mini bride and grooms (complete with little beards) were a big hit with our guests.

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What was your most memorable part of the day?

The beautiful, sincere and wonderfully funny ceremony which started with Tom and I entering together and getting stuck in the door and carried on from there!

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What song did you have as your first dance?

We hadn’t planned to have a first dance but the brass band had learned ‘Can’t Take My Eyes Off You’ especially to give us something to dance to and there was a really lovely moment.

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Finally, do you have any advice for brides-to-be when planning their wedding?

Don’t worry too much about everything being perfect – the more time you have to make decisions the more difficult and important they can seem.  When you look back on things it won’t really matter whether something was blue or pink, square or round.  Choose the things that you like, go with the flow and enjoy your day.

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You will, of course, want to see more of Kerrie’s beautiful work! Head over to her website HERE!

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2 thoughts on “{Wedding Wednesday} Tom & Jenni’s English Country Garden finger puppet wedding!

  1. This wedding is just darling! I love all of the elements the bride and groom brought in to really reflect what kind of copule they are- down to earth, fun loving, and vibrant. Congrats to them and beauitiful pictures!

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