{Wedding Wednesday} Caricatures, Dublin, Popcorn & Candyfloss; Adam & Kat

Happy Hump-Day!

We hope you are all well on this grey and overcast Wednesday.  As a midweek treat, it is of course, Wedding Wednesday.  This one is particularly special since the bride, Katrina, was actually one of my gorgeous customers who we (A Touch of Vintage) designed a bespoke veil to match her dress.  Kat sent me over the most beautiful photograph of her wearing it and I knew that you, out lovely readers, would love to see the photographs from their day.  I first met Kat at Karen’s Essex Vintage Wedding Fair in June last year. She was so excited about her impending marriage to the man of her dreams that I felt so happy for her. Anyway, without further ado, I introduce you to Kat and Adam.


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

We always spoke about it but it still came as a shock. For my birthday Adam bought me a trip to Venice as I have always wanted to go! I did hope he would propose but he convinced me that the trip was so expensive that he just couldn’t afford it until the following year. So I just forgot all about it. We arrived in a town just outside Venice and we decided to head off into Venice the following day. So up bright and early and we travelled into Venice and it was a lovely sunny day. We walked around for a bit then I insisted that we would get on a gondola, I was singing just one cornetto with my camera out taking pics and Adam kneeled in front of me and I shouted at him to get up because the boat was shaking and he eventually had to tell me to shutup and listen and took out the ring and finally proposed and I said YESS!!! That was the 20th of May 2012.


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?

I started to plan it straight away and we decided on the 7th of September 2013 for our big Day. To be honest I pretty much planned the whole day, I am a huge vintage lover and I wanted my wedding to be all about that, Adam just said yess that’s lovely, yess ok get that ha ha he got to pick the honeymoon and he was happy with that.


Where did you get married and on what date?

We got married in Dublin as I am from there on the 7th of September. We got married in the church that my parents got married 42 years ago so it was very special to me. We then went onto Co. Wicklow just outside Dublin to the Summerhill House Hotel in a little town called Enniskerry for our reception.


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

We had 97 guests on the day, We had all our friends and family and the day just couldn’t of gone any better. We had a big red vintage London bus collect all our guests from the Church. Myself and Adam had a vintage 1930s Beauford who we hired from KP Chauffers in Dublin, I cant speak more highly of this company our driver, Paudraig, was absolutely wonderful and treated us like the most important people in the world and kept filling up our glasses with champagne on the way to the venue.


When people arrived to the church I had fan programmes explaining how we met and how we got to our wedding day. I also had badges one with team kat and the other with team adam on them , our guests had to choose as they arrived. 


For the reception arrival we had a popcorn and candyfloss machine which our guests loved, we also had cocktails and tea and scones on vintage cake stands. I had a saxophonist playing some tunes which created a great atmosphere. Another thing our guests loved was the caricature we hired. Niall O Loughlin who is renowned in Ireland for his amazing work.


He drew pictures of all our guests and it went down so well people were just delighted with their drawings it brought many laughs to everyone. That was a real success. I was very strict on the way I wanted my room and the hotel manager was just so lovely in allowing me to do what I wanted. For each of my tables I had collected old vintage tea caddies and I placed these on old vintage books I had collected over the months in charity shops and I used these as my centre pieces with gypsophila flowers in the tea caddies.


For my table numbers I put together pictures of myself and Adam growing up, so for tables 1-10 we had pics of us at these ages stuck to the card, which was a really good way for people to start talking and laughing looking at our photos from over the years. I also typed out all my menus and place cards on an old vintage typerwriter which I picked up at our local boot fair. After awhile I had really regretted it. It had took me 3 weeks to finally type out 100 menus and placemats but it really was worth it in the end.


I also found this lovely seller on ETSY called Georgie Lane  from PrettyLaneBoutigue who had made me little love heart tea bags attached to a personalised envelope with a beautiful poem on the back my guessed loved these. I put them into a small burlap bag and attached a wooden heart to the bag with K&A attached to it. It was something really sweet for our guests to take away from our day. I had also collected many vintage tea cups and saucers to put all over my tables and my venue. Amongst them I had love heart sugar, flowers and love heart confetti which I made out of some old books and sprinkled on my tables.

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Where did you source your suppliers?

ETSY is the love of my life. I found so many of my supplies from this website. When planning my day I wanted to make it very personal and full of creations. I bought my blank place names and menus from a supplier on ETSY called Tiffany and shops name is Tiffzippy. I wanted my invitations to be really different and I found the perfect supplier on Etsy called ElloThere. This lovely couple make really amazing invites. Ours were a record in a record sleeve and the amount of text messages I got from my guests saying how much they loved them was fantastic. I was over the moon with them.

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

As soon as I met our photographers I knew I would book them straight away. Ebony & Pearl come as a double act and I cant tell you how amazing they were. I felt like we didn’t seen them on the day but they caught every aspect of our wedding for us. Emma came to my house the morning of the wedding and Stuart went to take photographs of Adam getting ready which I just loved. We had some ideas of what we had in mind and they just did everything we asked of them and you will see from our photos they did a fab job.


How did you know that your wedding dress was ‘the one’?

What about the shoes and accessories? I must of tried on about 20-30 dresses. I had just finished trying on a dress that just wasn’t the one and the shop owner pulled out a dress and said try this one on, I would have never picked it out ….and as soon as I tried it on I had a little dance it was the ONE!!! As a wedding gift Adam bought me a pair of Jimmy Choo Shoes yes Jimmy Choo I still cant believe I own a pair. I got my beautiful birdcage veil from A Touch of Vintage and it was just perfect and matched my dress to a T;-)


Did you help choose your husband’s suit?

Well I told Adam the suit had to be navy. So he went off with the boys and picked his suit out himself. I wanted to wait until the wedding day to see it but he feared I would hate it so He showed me a few weeks beforehand and I loved it!

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

Well I made a lot of things for the wedding. I bought a 1930s suitcase from eBay and I made my table plan from it. Again I typed out all the guests names on my table plan and I contacted a lot of my relatives and friends and asked them to gather old wedding pictures in our families so I photocopied these and stuck them all in the suitcase in the lining and it was a great way for people to show each other their different relatives 50-60years ago on their wedding day.

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What favours did you give to your guests?

I gave my guests the caricuture pictures that where drawn for them and also a little love heart tea bag in a burlap bag. I also had hot doughnuts delivered at 10.30pm and with the evening food these went down a treat and some of my guests even kept them and brought them to their room afterwards-midnight treat.

What was your most memorable part of the day?

Well getting ready in my house with all my family and walking up the aisle to meet Adam is was a surreal feeling.

 What song did you have as your first dance?

We had ‘nothings gona stop us now’ by Starship – its from the 80s movie Mannequin.

Where did you go on Honeymoon?

We went to Kenya on a Safari -it was amazing!!


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

The only advise I can give is enjoy every bit of your day. I couldn’t believe how fast it went. If I could do it all over again I would. And don’t worry about anything that’s what the best man and maid of honor are for.

{Wedding Wednesday} Vintage Tandem Bicycles & Hog Roasts In The Countryside; Kath & James

Oh yes, our dear lovely readers – It’s WEDDING WEDNESDAY!

So, what have we got in store for this week? Well, plenty of inspiration and some rather amazing photographs both of the wedding AND the engagement shoot (I know, we do spoil you!) courtesy of Stefanie of Photography By Stefanie.  I’m sure that you will agree that the photography, is as always, wonderful. How adorable is the flower girl? Of course, we are loving the retro car!

Anyways, enough of me rambling on.  I now hand you over to the photographer behind these gorgeous photographs; Stefanie.


I actually met Kath on a friend’s hen do before she was even engaged and she was so lovely, we all had a fab weekend away in Brighton.  I knew that she had a partner called James but we didn’t really have a chance to get to know each other properly, so I was very touched when she got in contact with me nearly a year later to ask if I would do their wedding photography.

Prior to meeting James, his mother rang me and asked if I would do a portrait shoot for her of Kath and Gemma  (both partners of her 2 sons) and they were all so lovely and welcoming that I knew immediately how great they would be to work with. Following that, I went on to do a pre-wedding couple shoot with Kath and James.  We incorporated their wonderful vintage tandem bicycle, which worked really well and I have genuinely never met such a cute couple!

The best part of the day was, well, anything with Kath in it as she looks stunning – she is such a beautiful woman!  Having a wedding reception at a golf course is a little unusual, but it provided the background of a lovely rolling vista of uninterrupted countryside.  The weather was great and I loved going out onto the course with them to get some fun group and couple shots.

It was a very relaxing day with no pressure or stress; James & Kath had clearly thought through their celebrations from the big bits down to the little details. They used their tandem bicycle from the pre-wedding shoot with a basket on the front as a postbox for their guests to leave cards in which I thought was a brilliant idea! It was a real party atmosphere with a hog roast buffet and kids play area outside. Everyone partied the night away by all accounts!

I spoke with Kath and James at length about the kind of shots they’d like. They weren’t after too many group shots, just a few traditional ones. Mainly, they wanted the shots to tell the story of their day from a natural perspective. I offer quite stylised photography, shooting from unique angles and capturing the essence of a day. Kath exuded vintage elegance and so I tried to reflect this through my photography and from what I hear, they’re thrilled with the results!

Stef’s Top Tips When Hiring A Photographer…

I would suggest having a brainstorm with your partner before meeting with your supplier. This will help you to have a rough plan or idea in your head about the type of service you’re after. So many couple come to me without having thought about what they’d like out of the photography. This is completely fine of course as weddings to tend to develop organically as the day progresses, but if you’ve chatted about it first, it helps you both to understand what you’re looking for from your photographer and will help ensure you get the right results.

I‘m currently writing a 10 part blog giving advice regarding each big stage of organising a wedding so for more advice and tips, do keep an eye on my blog page: http://photographybystefanie.wordpress.com


I couldn’t resist leaving this photograph until the end – I love it! So carefree and oh, so in love…

Remember, Stefanie does travel and would be more than delighted to be your photographer! Please do get in touch with her to find out more.  We highly recommend.

Until Next Time xxx

{Wedding Wednesday} Dionne & Gary’s Essex Wedding with a hint of Cockney!

Happy, hump day! Well, we’re halfway through the week & the sun is shining here in Essex! We hope it’s a lovely day where you are & you’re ready for today’s beautiful real wedding! Captured by the lovely Bloomwood Photography, Dionne & Gary’s Essex countryside wedding has a hint of the Pearly King & Queen about it today!

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Over to bride, Dionne, to tell us all about it!

Gary proposed at home, on one knee, just before we left for our holiday. I knew he may have been thinking about doing it at some point that year but it was still a surprise! The wedding planning didn’t get going for four years as I sadly lost my mum and went off all things wedding. But we started it all again after our daughter was born.

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We got married at Lord’s Golf & Country Club with our reception at Battlesbridge marquee in Essex.

Our wedding was supposed to be small but we ended up with 65 guests. We had a tight budget so most of the things was done either by ourselves or with help from friends.

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We managed to source our suppliers either through recommendations or searching the internet and eBay.

We met Emma from Bloomwood Photography while having photos taken of our daughter. We immediately felt comfortable and eventually even the groom warmed up to having the photos taken! The engaged shoot helped us prepare for what to expect on the day & we’d definitely recommend Emma to others.

I found my wedding dress from just one visit to a bridal shop! It was the 3rd or 4th dress I tried on and knew it was the one straight away. It was a flattering shape and the colour was perfect. The shoes had to be comfortable but would also give me some height!

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I helped Gary choose his suit as he always goes for black but I knew grey would go better with our colour scheme! 

Making our wedding personal was the most important thing to us. We wanted every detail of our wedding to be the things we love. My husband is a cockney and was very close to his granddad. Therefore, we had lots of memories of him and his granddad walking in London markets, eating cockles, winkles & stopping for pie & mash with liquor. So, this HAD to be our food theme. Also, his granddad used to fix the London buses so we had one of those to transport the guests.

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For favours, we decided to donate to Cancer Research with pin badges for every guest. This is a charity very close to our hearts.

There are lots of great memories! The best parts of the day for us was the best man’s video speech, the sun coming out for group photos, the food & the songs we chose for our first dance & walking out as husband and wife. We chose Iris by the Goo Goo Dolls.

For our honeymoon, we went to Tunisia as a family, with our two month old daughter.

My advice to brides would be don’t worry about planning too soon. Things might go wrong on the day but it doesn’t matter. You will still look back and remember what an amazing day it was.

We completely agree with what Dionne says! Enjoy every minute as it goes by in a flash! Huge congratulations to such a lovely couple!

Be sure to head over to Emma’s website here to see more of her fab work! www.bloomwoodphotography.co.uk

{Wedding Wednesday} Sticks of Rock, Cocktail Umbrellas & Bright Beautiful Colours; Sarah & Hal

Wedding Wednesday is finally here!

Today, let us introduce to our newlyweds of the week, Sarah and Haland.  This is the romantic tale begins in Egypt, when Haland spontaneously proposed to Sarah under the stars in Egypt in May this year, after 8 years together.  Their wedding took place on the 5th October at Ye Olde Plough House in Bulphan and was photographed (and submitted) by Anesta Broad.

So without further ado, let me hand you over to our beautiful bride, Sarah…

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 decided the next day that we would probably get married in April 2014.  However we ended up looking on the internet and my mum was also looking at venues when she stumbled across a wedding package for October 2013 (this was in just under 5 months’ time) at the Ye Olde Plough House in Bulphan.  The package was being released on the internet the next day, but having already been to the venue two years before we knew that we liked the venue. As we didn’t want to miss out on the deal, my mum provisionally booked it.  It was important to us to get a venue that would cater for the amount of sit down guests that we wanted. The day after returning from holiday, we went to look at the venue and booked it for 5 October.  I had exams in June and needed to study for these so I could not concentrate fully on wedding planning.  By the time my exams were over this left us with four months to organise the wedding.


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

We invited approximately 80 close family and friends to celebrate the day with us with an additional 50 joining us in the evening.


Where did you source your suppliers?

We visited a few wedding shows where we found our photographer Anesta Broad.  I used friends’ contacts to find our cake maker Out of the box.  Our florist and venue dresser was Pots of Petals, who my sister had also used for her own wedding. She went out of her way to make sure we were happy with everything and we knew that we did not have to worry about the venue setup. I also used a couple of wedding planning apps on my phone. 


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

The photographer was also a really important part of the wedding as this is the thing that you use to remember your special day by.  I was pretty picky with the wedding photographer that I picked.  I looked at Anesta’s website and photos that she had previously taken.  I really liked her when I met her and I liked the style of her photos that she had previously taken. I am very pleased with the photos.   Anesta was a big help with doing a schedule for the day and helping me keep calm throughout the day and making everyone feel relaxed, she really seemed to focus on the detailed shots as well as fun shots and she made sure that every shot on my list was done.


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

I brought my wedding dress the day after we got back from Egypt from the first shop we visited House Of Couture in Hornchurch Essex. 

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The dress I bought was the third dress I tried on and I loved it.  I have heard a lot of brides saying that they had a dream dress in mind and that when they tried it on they did not like it and ended up going for a dress completely different.  I always wanted a princess dress, however with this in mind I thought I would go for a tight fitting dress with a fish tail.  So I went into the shop completely open minded.

 I was asked what style of dress I wanted so I asked to try on each style of dress on.  I started with the tight fitted dress with the fish tail on and liked it and then went slightly bigger with the next dress and liked that one too…with these two dresses I could see myself wearing these on my wedding day until I tried on the third dress, the biggest of them all, then I knew this was definitely the dress for me.  It was my dream princess dress with lots of detail and sparkle. I looked in the mirror and I had the biggest smile on my face and my mum and sister who were with me loved it too, we all knew it was the one.  

I had to choose flat wedding shoes due to the length of the dress, which I wasn’t happy about at first, but in the end it was necessary. I bought three pairs of shoes in the end.  One pair to wear for the ceremony, another pair of flip flop sandals to wear if my feet started to hurt, and a pair of white wellies, in case it rained.  I got a headpiece to wear instead of a tiara as I felt it suited me better and fitted well with the dress and how I was having my hair.  The jewellery was also picked due to the sparkle and how it would sit against the sweetheart neckline of my dress.  The veil was borrowed from my sister as it matched the dress perfectly and became my something borrowed. 

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While on holiday I was thinking about the holiday theme and we came up with a lot of ideas that would involve some DIY.  For the name places I came up with the idea of decorating cocktail umbrellas and putting name labels on them made from ribbon.  I stuck individual diamantes on each of the umbrella arms which took a lot of time and my mum sorted out the ribbon to put on them with the names on.  My mum and I spent a couple of evenings doing this.  My mum and dad also helped to make the table names too.  The table names that we chose were the names of hotels we had stayed in together, along with a picture of us taken on that holiday, and the country the hotel was in.  


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

The wedding favours were also a DIY project.  The favour organza bags were ordered online as were the rocks, to fit in with the wedding theme.  We then put the rocks in the bags to make the favours.


What was your most memorable part of the day?

My favourite part of the day was Haland’s speech, it was absolutely beautiful.  I enjoyed the whole day and it was lovely to see that everyone was enjoying the wedding that we had planned especially knowing that the day had gone to plan. I would like to say a massive thanks to my mum and dad as I could not have done it without them.  

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What song did you have as your first dance?

We had Hey there Delilah by Plain White T’s.  This is a song that means a lot to myself and Haland.  I also had a first dance with my dad, and we danced to I loved her first by Heartland and we chose this song because of the words, it is such a beautiful song and fitted my family well.  

 Where did you go on Honeymoon?

For our honeymoon,we returned to Egypt where Haland proposed.

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If you would like to speak to Anesta Broad about photographing your wedding, visit her website and get in touch.

Until Next Time xxx

{Wedding Wednesday} Wellies, Games, Great Wedding Bake Off’s & Bright Colours: Gethin & Jo

It’s Wedding Wednesday!

So, that can only mean one thing; an inspirational real wedding for you.  Now, this one is particularly inspiring, as it includes a variety of fun outdoor games and competitions – all reflecting Gethin & Jo’s love for triathlons and athletics.  Fun is the name of the game with this wedding, the photographs evoke that perfectly, too.  Gethin & Jo’s wedding was sent to us by Rob Leon, a fabulous photographer over here in the Cotswolds.  Their fun-filled wedding took place on Saturday 8th June in Clanfield, Oxfordshire at St Stephens Church, with their wedding reception at Friars Court.

Without further ado, I hand you over to Jo…


Gethin and I had been together for exactly 12 years when Gethin proposed (he proposed on our 12 year anniversary).  We met in our first year of university.  I’d basically given up hope of Gethin ever proposing! Gethin proposed and got down on one knee in our hotel room just as we were about to go out for a meal at a Michelin star restaurant for our anniversary.  I said yes straightaway!


We started to plan the wedding pretty much as soon as we got engaged.  We worked together through-out – it was very much a team effort.  Our ideas for the day evolved as the months passed by, but we knew from the very outset that we wanted something fun.  I don’t think we would have predicted, at the start, quite how personal it would be and quite how much we would create ourselves.


We had just over 90 guests and no extra evening guests.  Our aim for the day was to have something really fun that all our guests enjoyed. We had a lot of big elements to the day, including ‘The Wedding Games’ in which our guests competed as teams to accumulate points towards our Wedding Finale relay race which decided our ‘Wedding Game Champions’.  We decided immediately that we wanted to play games on the day.  I am a competitive athlete and Gethin a competitive triathlete and are known for playing games and being competitive!

We also had the Great Wedding Bake-off in which we invited guests to bake and bring along cakes to be judged by the mums in three different categories – Presentation, Originality and Taste & Texture.

Friars Court was the perfect venue for us because it provided a blank canvas.  We could do whatever we liked (within reason) in terms of suppliers, decoration, activities.  This enabled us to create a really personal day exactly as we wanted it.


Some of our suppliers were based upon recommendations from Friars Court, otherwise we mostly found suppliers via wedding fairs or the internet.  We created pretty much everything ourselves so a lot of what we sourced was raw materials.

Our photographer Rob Leon was brilliant.  We felt really comfortable with him and he gave us an amazing set of photos that really captured the day.  Our issue has been picking the best photos to print out – there are too many! Rob very much blended into the background capturing some really great natural shots during the day, he also captured our wedding details really well. We would absolutely recommend Rob and have done so already to a few friends.

I had no idea what sort of wedding dress I wanted or what style would suit me.  I found my Chanticleer dress early on and knew it was the one, but it was over the budget we’d set so I spent three more months trying on over 30 more dresses, including trying on my dress a few more times! I knew I didn’t want conventional wedding shoes and were really pleased to find Irregular Choice. Because of the style of my dress, I didn’t need a necklace and don’t generally wear much jewellery.  My only accessories in addition to my shoes were some real flowers in my hair.

Gethin had his suit made by ‘A Suit That Fits’.  It felt wrong to us for only me to be getting a special outfit, so Gethin got one too!  I went along to the first meeting when Gethin was getting measured, choosing his suit style and colour, but Gethin knew exactly what he wanted and I didn’t provide too much input.  Gethin went to the fittings alone so it was a surprise on the day when I walked down the aisle.

Everything about the day was personal. It all kicked off with our Save the Date video which we sent out 14 months before the big day.  This was Gethin’s idea.  It did take a lot of effort, but everyone loved it and we were really pleased with what we’ve produced.  Gethin pretty much drew everything, apart from the sheep, birds, cat and sun which I drew.  Once we had started our wedding preparations like that we had to maintain that level for the day.



We made our Wedding invite from scratch, following the same style as the Save the Date, with everything drawn by Gethin. We (with assistance from family) made all of the venue decoration from scratch, including the 130 metres of bunting (using ribbon sourced and imported from China) and the signs for the games.  A lot of the wedding games were loaned to us by Gethin’s dad’s school

Once we’d decided to have our wedding tables set up as teams to compete in our Wedding Games we decided team names and then designed our team logos.  Given we were doing competitive wedding games, we themed our team nams around our favourite sports people which also led to the idea of buying celebrity masks matching our chosen sports people.  We designed scoring cards for the guests to carry round on the day so they could record their scores as they played the Wedding Games.

2013-07-04_01982013-07-04_0199In the evening, we had the wedding rave DJ’ed by Gethin and his best men.  This was really personal as we chose the music we really enjoy (basically dance music from 90s and 00s).  The Wedding Rave was a massive hit, with our guests who loved the selection of glow wear we supplied, including glow sticks, glow bracelets, glow glasses and glow swords.



Our favours for the guests were sweets in little themed jam jars.  Every table / team had a different coloured sweet to align with their team logo and team colour.  The jars had personalised labels that Gethin had drawn and each had the team logo on it.


It’s really really hard for us to pick the most memorable part of the day.  We have so many favourite elements of our day. We both remember getting to the reception venue and seeing the wedding cakes for the first time.  We couldn’t believe how incredible they were – so inventive and professional looking.  More than 20 cakes were brought along and it was clear everyone had put in huge amounts of effort.  Everyone was discussing the ‘Burger and Chips’ cake all afternoon.


We both remember the launch of the wedding games when the first wellies were thrown.  We gathered everyone in the Welly Wanging zone and Gethin and I threw the first wellies.  There had been a big build up to this part of the day and a lot of excitement across all our guests.  I was just pleased to not have a mis-throw with everyone watching! 


Our Wedding Finale race to decide our Wedding Games Champions is also a highlight.  The top 3 teams took part in a relay race (based upon a triathlon theme – to link back to Gethin’s sport).  We’d had space hopper races at our joint 21st birthday party in 2001so thought it would be good for them to make a come-back.  The finale was hilarious and has provided some brilliant photos. The Wedding Rave was a real highlight for us – the dance floor was packed through-out and the glow wear went down a storm.  It was very disappointing when we had to finish at midnight.


Our first dance was, ‘You’re in my system’ by Nu:tone.  This is a drum and bass track so a rather unusual choice.  We wanted something different and really like the lyrics and Gethin loves drum and bass.  As you might expect from us, we had some dance lessons and performed a routine for our first dance.


We had a mini moon straight after the wedding in Devon.  We saved our full moon (as we have called it) until very recently once our race season had ended and went to Mauritius.

Top Tips For Brides-To-Be’s

Decide what is important to you and try to work together as a team to deliver it.  We absolutely worked on our wedding together through-out and ended up with a day which was everything we wanted it to be.

If you love Rob’s photography as much as we do, why not consider Rob as your photographer.  Take a peek at his website and be awed by his photographs.  You can look at his website by clicking here.

Until Next Time xxx

{Wedding Wednesday} Converse Trainers, Sunsets & A Pug Ring Bearer! Anna & Phil

Why, hello there you loved up people! How are you all?

I cannot believe that it is already time for Wedding Wednesday.  Well, since it is, we are very excited to share with you the wedding of Anna and Phil who were married at Hyde Barn in Stow on the Wold, Cotswolds  on Friday 4th October.  We were kindly sent this wedding by Stef from Photography By Stefanie.  I’ve been a fan of Stef’s work for a while now, and you will see from this wedding as to why.

Now, this wedding looks like it was so much fun – a superhero theme that incorporated, Hot pinks and black, Converse trainers (how adorable do they look on their children?!?!) and a bouncy castle! Oh, I cannot forget to mention their pug dog, Chewie, as a ring bearer! I just love it!

Anyway, enough of me going on, I hand you over to our beautiful bride, Anna…


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

Phil proposed on my birthday last year! I knew something strange was going as he was trying to get someone to look after the kids so we could have a ‘romantic Meal’ at home. It was unexpected. We have been together 8 years and have two kids so I’d given up hope lol

2.    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?

I started planning 5 years ago when I knew Phil was ‘the one’. But that was when we didn’t have kids so it all changed. Phil didn’t really have much involvement in the planning he was happy to just know the main details that involved him – the wedding vows and the venue!


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

It was an inbetweeny wedding, not big but not that intimate, we had 59 people total. This included 9 children. But it was all the important family and friends. There was no body either of us didn’t know! 

5.    Where did you source your suppliers?

The food and drinks was all done by the venue and everything else I sourced locally.  All of our bunting, table runner, confetti cones, table plan, invites etc were all made by myself and family members. 


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

We booked Stef (Photography By Stefanie) plus her second photographer and I would highly recommend them. They are fantastic and work great as a duo capturing fantastic photos some of which we didn’t even notice them taking. We both felt at complete ease during the whole day and had some fun shots. 


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

I had only been to one other dress shop before finding my dress. I’d tried on a few dresses to get the type of style that would suit my shape. As soon as I saw my dress I knew it was MY dress. It was perfect, had the pink detail that I wanted. I had some shoes dyed pink and the accessories I got locally from a jewellers.


8.    Did you help choose your husband’s suit?

 I chose his suit for him!! He loved it 🙂 


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

We had a superhero theme as our 2 boys love anything involving super heroes. We also had our Dog Chewie (a pug) as our ring bearer and she was there for the whole day and night. (She is our first baby after all)

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

We had a sweet table instead of doing favours.


11. What was your most memorable part of the day?

The most memorable parts of the day were Just before they opened the doors for me and dad to walk down the aisle. Phil getting the vows wrong twice! Also, Phil doing his speech. 

12. What song did you have as your first dance?

We had Gavin DeGraw, More than anyone. Sang by our acoustic guitarist. 

13. Where did you go on Honeymoon?

We are going to Thailand. We waited a few weeks after our wedding to tie it in with other family commitments and to make sure the weather on our Honeymoon will be great. 

Any tips for our brides-to-be’s?

 Do what will make you happy. We had a few ‘funny looks’ when we said our dog was being ring bearer and about our theme. But we stuck with it and it came together brilliantly.  Also invite who you want there not who anyone else wants.


Aww, wasn’t that lovely! Which part did you like best? For me, it had to be those gorgeous sunset photographs under the tree of Anna and Phil, oh and of course, Chewie the Pug! 😀

If you are considering a Cotswold wedding (why, wouldn’t you – it’s beautiful over here!) then I would highly recommend Photography By Stefanie.  We also love Face Perfect By Jodi, who did Anna’s hair & make-up. As a special offer, you can even book Jodi for hair & make-up and Stef for photography all together. To do so, you can contact Studio Perfect at info@studiotperfect.co.uk for a combined package.

Don’t say we don’t ever give you anything 😉

Until Next Time xxx

{Wedding Wednesday} Ally & Andy – Love in the City

Happy Wednesday! Today, as usual, we have a wonderful real wedding to share with you fabulous readers from one of our very own photographers – Kirill Teslia.

Andy & Ally were our recent competition winners and were thrilled to receive a free wedding package from Kirill to capture their amazing wedding day in London. This wedding looks like so much fun – so relaxed with so many smiles! Check out the champagne swigging on the bus – totally my kind of wedding! This couple are too cool & Ally is one seriously beautiful bride! The images are just beautiful and we hope you enjoy it as much as we do!

{Ally & Andy}

Hackney Town Hall & Reception on the Thames

August 31st 2013



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

Andy proposed after I had been away for work for a week in the US. He picked me up from Heathrow and had planned to propose at the airport when I arrived but I had lost my bag for nearly and hour and was really tired after the flight and not in a great mood so he decided it wasn’t great timing! When we got home I was unpacking and heard a champagne cork pop and he’d poured us both a glass and presented me with the ring. I absolutely love it and it was a ring we’d spotted together months before so he knew I’d like it.  He obviously knew I’d say yes or he wouldn’t have got the champagne out just yet!

2. 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 both were involved in the planning. We wanted something Londony and a bit different to the norm so after lots of online research we thought of a boat for the reception, it was actually my Gran’s suggestion. We were living in Hackney at the time so the Town Hall seemed like the perfect option and it is a really beautiful art deco building that we both like. We’d seen other wedding pics online and it just looked lovely.  As we were going with the London theme and didn’t want a huge wedding then the Routemaster seemed like the perfect mode of transport for all of our guests.


3. Where did you source your suppliers?

We did a lot of research online but we tried to do as much as possible locally or make things. Our florist is the local florist at the end of our road that we go to regularly, the confetti was blossom that Andy and the kids gathered earlier in the year as it fell from the trees, one of my best friends made the cake which was pretty spectacular, another friend did my hair and we made all of the decorations ourselves – my mothering law spent many hours at the sewing machine the week before the wedding making bunting and the kids helped with the table plan and decorations. A lot of these things can be overly expensive but don’t need to be.


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

The photographer surpassed all expectations. We actually won Kirill to be our photographer in a Facebook competition run by A Vintage Wedding Guide. I was so pleased as was finding it hard to find a photographer who didn’t take really posed cheesy shots and his were all natural and creative and really captured the day.


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

When I entered the competition I had my heart set on a tea length 50s style dress but then when I tried a few on they didn’t look 100% right and as I have skinny legs it looked a bit silly with a wide dress. The lady in the shop suggested a longer slimmer fitting dress and I loved her choice immediately. It was from Pear Bridal on Hackney Road. My shoes were from Nine West and were the first shoes I tried, they were high and sparkly and different to anything I would usually wear. I was supposed to wear some beautiful earrings that Andy bought me a year or so before but took the off to have my make up done and then realised in the bus to the town hall that I had forgotten to put them back on!


 6. Did you help choose your husband’s suit?

No, Andy had his suit way before I looked at dresses. He bought it on his own on a trip to Selfridges; he had always wanted a Vivienne Westwood suit and spotted this one about a year before the wedding. It is not a typical groom’s suit but it is very him and he looked amazing in it. He also had a shirt made to perfectly match suit and blue brogues. He is pickier about these things than most women!

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

The food was the most personal thing as Andy is half Spanish and we both love tapas so we chose a menu of our favourite things and the caterers allowed us a couple of tasting so that it was all perfect. We wanted it to be fun and quite casual so started off with lots of lovely tapas, followed by paella which is Andy’s favourite dish.


 8. What was your most memorable part of the day?

It was all perfect so I couldn’t pinpoint one moment. Our first kiss, as it was quite long! My step daughter reading a poem for us during the ceremony, coming out of the town hall and seeing everyone, but actually the speeches, they were amazing, they brought tears and laughter and everyone commented on how great they were.


9. What song did you have as your first dance?

We had Can’t Take My Eyes Off You by Andy Williams but our band sang it live for us. We wanted something with nice words but also fun. It was great, we had loads of fun and everyone joined in at the end and it really got the party started.


 10. Where did you go on Honeymoon?

We went to Spain for a week the morning after the wedding and we are off to Thailand over Christmas for two weeks as everyone contributed to a Trailfinders gift list for our wedding present.

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

My wedding plans took over my brain for about a year so I would say either plan it all in one go really early including every tiny detail so that it doesn’t linger in your mind for months on end. Or, just pick the venue early on so it’s all booked and then come back to the detail a couple of months before the big day. Also, use Pinterest, it is so cool how you can make pinboards for everything and not forget where you found them, I have become an addict. It’s also a source of great inspiration.

Of course, you will want to see more of Kirill’s great work so head over to his website! www.kirillteslia.wix.com/weddings







{Wedding Wednesday} An Italian Romance: Nicole & Mattia

Oooh, what a treat we have in store for you today. Last week we took you back to the Swinging 60’s and this week, we are taking a trip to one of the most romantic places in the world, Italy.  How I adore Italy. It’s been a favourite destination of mine for years, so when Nicole got in touch with us and sent us a selection of photographs, I was so excited to feature it on the the Guide.  We are talking, hi-low wedding dresses, black and white photography and some truly happy people… I also have some serious fringe envy, how fabulous does Nicole’s hair look?

Nicole & Mattia were married in the Marentino Municipo (Marentino City Hall) on the 14th of September 2013.

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I suspected maybe he would pop the question at some stage during the year as we had reached a stage in our relationship where we both knew we wanted to marry each other. However the actual proposal itself was incredibly unexpected.

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Because I am a New Zealand citizen and my Husband (Mattia) is an Italian citizen we had been struggling to find a country were we could both stay together. We meet in London in 2010 but my Visa expired in 2012. We decided we would move to either New Zealand or Italy and at the time we decided on Italy. After arriving in Italy and having numerous problems trying to get a visa I returned to New Zealand for 3 months in the hope of finally getting a visa. After arriving in New Zealand and finding that Italy was in the process of rewritting its immigration laws and had closed all applications until they decided they were finished I again returned to Italy and was allowed in the country for 3 months only on a tourist visa. When this 3 months expired we returned to London, as I legally had to leave Italy, and I booked a return flight to France on the hope that France would allow me in and then I could cross the border to Italy. When we arrived in London I was given a stern warning by border control that if France decides they could deport me on the spot as apparently I am only allowed 3 months in all of the EU.

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We decided we would risk it. The night before I departed for France and Mattia departed for Italy Mattia woke me up ( We were staying with our friends at our old apartment we shared together in 2011) with a box in his hand. He got down on one knee and ask me if I would marry him…Of course I said YES! In the morning when I awoke fully I had to keep checking my hand to make sure it wasnt a dream. Thankfully France decided to be nice and let me in and after a long 6 hour bus ride we reunited again.

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Mattia proposed in April and to help solve some of the issues we were having with visas we decided we would get married as soon as possible. After figuring out that Italian summer time was not an option (due to the incredible heat during lunch time) we decided on September 14th with the ceremony at the local Municipo (cityhall) in Marentino, Piemonte and the reception at Mattias Grandparents farmhouse nearby.

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Not long after we got engaged we also bought a house together.  Our typography invitations were  designed and printed by Nello Russo, Torino. So other than deciding the location and that we wanted a very simple, countryside wedding with a BBQ we hadnt planned anything else. We didnt have time to recommence wedding planning until 2 weeks before the wedding!

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Thankfully we are in Italy and Mattia has the most incredible family. We all sat down at a Sunday lunch and decided what we wanted( Mattia and I both had a very clear idea of what we both wanted), where we were going to find things and we delegated as much as possible to the family. Mattias mum was fantastic in organising what needed doing when and kept on top of everything for us. One week before the wedding we went shopping at the local wholesalers and bought all the food we needed, we handmade 1000 ravioli with Mattias 91 year old nonna, we cooked for hours straight serving simple but traditional Italian dishes.

Thankfully the night before the wedding all of our friends and family had arrived from all corners of the world and everyone lended a hand to get all the preparations complete and at 1am the morning of the wedding we were almost set ready to go.


We wanted all of our friends and family to share with us our special day, we send out 140 invitations, including friends and family from New Zealand who we knew, unfortunately, wouldnt be able to make it. At the end of the day we estimate that around 110 people made it on the day. It was the perfect amount of people. Not too crowded, not too sparse.

We are incredibly lucky that our photographer is a close friend of ours, Chiara Esposito (http://chiaraesposito.com/) and she knew us well enough that we didnt even need to discuss what we wanted. She was incredible at capture all of the special moments from before the wedding, during at the end. She did a fantastic job and we couldnt be happier. Chiara delivered to us 350 photos both in color and black and white.

Until the day of the wedding I was having incredible doubts about the dress. I purchased the original dress from H&M conscious collection however the only one they had left in the country was a size 14! I am usually a size 6 or 8. However, I bought the dress anyway because I adored the fabric in the hope that we could alter it to fit. After 3 fittings the dress stil didnt fit right. We had altered the back, neck and taken it in all around but it still wasnt fitting quite right. 5 days before the wedding I went back for the final alterations. Because it was still 4cm too big all around it would take her some time to fix it and I wasnt able to try it before the day. Just in case it still didnt fit I had a back up dress which I had bought also from H&M for the reception and I was prepared to wear that to the ceremony if needed.

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Thankfully we the dress was delivered, an hour before the ceremony, it fitted like a glove! I was over the moon and was so incredibly happy. In that moment I knew it was the dress.

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To tie in with the ‘something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue’ I had my underwear as old! my dress as something new, my earings borrowed from my sister and my shoes as my something blue.

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We went shopping together with some friends of ours for Mattia’s suit.  After trying many of suits which didnt fit correctly we finally found in a small tailors shop in downtown Torino a beautiful blue suit. It was surprisingly inexpensive but fitted beautifully. He decided he would wear it with a tailormade white shirt and suspenders.

IMG_2504 copyWe both knew from the start that we didn’t want a traditional wedding. We wanted a wedding were there were no rules. We wanted it casual. A buffet, BBQ, help yourself beer and wine, a table of sweets for the guests. Interactive activities such as ping pong and a polaroid camera.

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For favours, we had a stamp printed and brown paper bags available for guests to help themselves to sweets from New Zealand and Italy. We also had a polaroid camera available and at the end of the night each guests received a chinese lantern to light and realise into the night sky.

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The most memorable part of the day was at the end of the night when we all climbed the hill, lit our chinese lanterns and made a wish while releasing it into the night sky.

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Unfortunatly due to work and my family being over from New Zealand we are not having a honeymoon straight away. Instead we will probably have a honeymoon next year when we have more time to relax and enjoy it. We are hoping either South America or maybe a roadtrip around the entire coast of Italy.

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Any tips for our brides-to-be?

DELEGATE!!! As long as you have a very clear idea of what you want and you can explain that in specific terms to someone else. If you are unsure yourself than you cant expect anyone else to understand what you mean and it wont turn out the way you wished.

Oh, I just love this wedding.  The black and white photography, I feel, adds even more charm to images.  What a beautiful wedding and a gorgeous couple.  Congratulations!! We wish you every happiness!

 Until Next Time xxx

{Wedding Wednesday} Steffi & Ash’s Wonderful Woodland Inspired Wedding

YAY! It’s the middle of the week and we’re one step closer to the weekend….. Ok, we know you love Wedding Wednesday, almost as much as us, and that’s why you will love our featured wedding today.

We are delighted to share with you a wedding from one of our newest suppliers on A Vintage Wedding Guide, Clare from CTI Photography.  We’ve been a big fan of Clare’s work for a long time now.. so ‘WELCOME’ and enjoy the feature!

Steffi & Ash were such a lovely couple, very laid back, and when they told me about their wedding ideas, I knew I just had to photograph it. They were getting married at Basildon Park which is a stunning venue and has beautiful grounds, and then their reception was being held at Herons Farm which is a barn that is a blank canvas. They had such wonderful ideas to DIY it for a book themed wedding and make it personal and show off their personalities.

Steffi and Ash wanted to do a mini photoshoot with the books incorporated into it which was a lot of fun to do. They are creative people as well so it was nice to be able to bounce ideas. 

It was wonderful day. Everyone was so welcoming and it is always such an honor to be a part of someone’s special day and to be able to witness it and help them capture it. There’s nothing better than that.

My style is honest, natural and fun, and that’s just what they wanted. They wanted lots of natural shots of their guests enjoying themselves, as well as to have some fun, particularly with the mini photoshoot. Their wedding theme was quite quirky which fits in with my personality, and so it was just such a pleasure to photograph. I also had the wonderful Rachael Pereira working with me as a second shooter to help capture different angles and perspectives of the day. 

Choose someone whose work and style you like, but meet with them to ensure you like them as a person too. Engagement shoots are a great way to see how your photographer works firsthand as well. It is also helps you feel more relaxed and comfortable in front of the camera on your wedding day so it’s one less thing to worry about.

How lovely – don’t you just love the excited look of the bride? It looks like everyone had a beautiful day. I also adore the woodland features in there, just divine!

If you’d like Clare to photograph your wedding, why not get in touch with her at info@ctiphotography.co.uk.

Until Next Time xxx

{Wedding Wednesday} A Super Colourful Wedding in Lavender Fields!

Wow, do we have a special treat for you lovely readers today! To introduce one of our excellent new sponsors, we are showing off a truly stunning, super colourful wedding at Lavender Hitchin by Marie Wootton Photography!

I LOVE this wedding! The bride’s lace gloves, the London bus, stunningly colourful bouquet &, of course, the spectacular lavender fields of Hitchin. A real summer beauty for us to dream about hot days and sunshine again! Enjoy!