{Wedding Wednesday} Beth & Antonio’s ultra modern urban engagement shoot!

We’re half way through the week and Christmas is creeping up on us! Over the festive season, we’ll be taking a break here at A Vintage Wedding Guide but cannot wait to be back in January to hear all those Christmas engagement stories! Eeeeep! We love hearing from brides, grooms & photographers about engagement stories, so were thrilled to receive this fabulous e-shoot from the super talented Paola De Paola! I love this ultra-modern engagement shoot of Beth & Antonio – the colours are just so bright & vibrant! Here’s Paola to tell us more about this loved-up couple!

I first met Beth at Miss Vintage Wedding Fair in Battersea Arts Centre on 20 October 2013. We started talking and we immediately clicked, even though she said that ‘at her wedding she did not need a photographer’ as a friend will be covering the event. Well, I’m obviously very happy that Beth and Antonio (her fiancé) changed their mind and booked me as their wedding photographer.

Paola De Paola Photography

We had an initial meeting to decide the when and where of the engagement shoot. The street art of Shoreditch was the chosen location. As I always do, I created a Pinterest board called Beth and Antonio. I’m a visual person and completely in love with Pinterest.

urban engagement shoot London

Their engagement shoot was decided on Saturday 23 November. I did a recce a few days before to pinpoint where the most interesting murals were located. I sometimes forget how wonderful and resourceful London is.

We met up early despite London Underground not working,(no Northen Line or Overground line) there was just a bus replacement. The day was sunny with a wonderful blue sky, but cold, freezing cold, so much so that their pug puppy couldn’t join us for the photo shoot.

London engagement shoot

Antonio Terreno is an Italian born System Developer now working at MailOnline, Beth is a freelance journalist. Obviously they have a very artistic flair. We gelled well together they are really friendly and Beth is very photogenic

I can’t wait for the big day! April is just around the corner.

How amazingly cool is this? To see more of Paola’s fantastic work, head over to her website!


{Monday Muse} Make Room For The Groom…

Monday has arrived and so has DECEMBER! We are so close to Christmas, that I watched a Christmas film in celebration (it would have been rude not too..)

This Monday, we’re turning our focus towards the men in our lives – our gorgeous grooms.  I love a man in a suit, I don’t get the uniform thing, I never have. For me, seeing my fiancé in a suit makes me go all weak at the knees and I think; “WOW – what a hottie!” So, it will come as no surprise that I cannot wait to catch the first glimpse of him in his suit on our wedding day. *swoon*

What style suit is your groom going for? Are you going to be involved in choosing it or is he, like you, keeping it as a surprise for you? Do tell, we love a discussion.

Now, let’s take a little closer look at some different styled suits that would look incredibly dashing on our grooms. I’ve taken a little inspiration from across the world wide web and have put together a selection that will be guaranteed to leaving you swooning, too!

ps. I obviously had to include Ryan Gosling and Leo in there…

{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

{Feature Friday} Little Stringers

Ooooh! It’s Friday.  Not only that, do we have a treat for you… Let us introduce you to a supplier that is really rather special, Little Stringers. So why are Little Stringers so special, we hear you cry? Well, not only do designer and illustrator, Sophie’s stylish designs  speak for themselves but we adore the whole ethos of her business.  Sophie seems to live and breathe her work, a passion that can at times be hard to find.  The result of this, are truly gorgeous designs that will leave your guests (and you!) ‘Ooh’ing’ and ‘Ahh’ing’ long after your wedding day.  Not only that, should you require something bespoke or even ‘Thank You’ cards…OR, perhaps, *ahem* birth announcements… then Sophie is your girl.  Anyways, that is enough of us rambling on. We know you are wanting to take a peek at her designs.
Psssst! Take note of Sophie’s tip to keep tabs on her Twitter and Facebook pages for special offers and promotions.
Little Stringers Invites is the home of contemporary wedding stationery design, especially for the modern couple. Little Stringers Invites was set up by illustrator Sophie Webber, who creates all the designs available on the website.
There is a stylish range of set designs to choose from at affordable prices, which are all customisable with your desired names, wording and colour scheme. Designs are applied across any items you may require, from save the date cards to favours, menus and place settings. All wedding stationery is designed, assembled and packaged to a very high standard.
If there isn’t a set design range that is suitable, Little Stringers also offer a bespoke design service where we work with you to create something completely unique and personal to you, your lives and your wedding. We believe that every wedding is personal and every wedding is different. We aim to create unique, leading edge wedding stationery that is original, fresh and suits your needs.
Couples can get in touch by emailing us at info@littlestringersinvites.com or visiting our online contact form www.littlestringersinvites.com/get-touch. Couples should also keep and eye on the Little Stringers facebook page (www.facebook.com/littlestringers) and twitter (@littlestringers) for latest news and special offers. Little Stringers Invites are based in Bedfordshire and supply wedding stationery Nationwide. Visit us at www.littlestringersinvites.com. We would love to work with you!’

Until Next Time xxx

{Themed Tuesday} Dotty Over Polka-Dots…

Hello you lovely people!

I hope you are all well and are continuing to make wonderful wedding plans.  This past weekend was more than crazy busy. As a result, you may have noticed that Monday Muse didn’t make an appearance.  However, there was more than one reason for that. We have created, Themed Tuesday – every now and then, we want to share a sort of mood board, if you like, of different theme ideas for your wedding. Adoring Pinterest, I am frequently looking up different themes, so thought let’s get creative over here at AVWG and get theming.

Themed Tuesday, is all about the polka-dot. I love this pattern, I always have. You can incorporate this into pretty much every aspect of your wedding – even your dress! So without further ado, take a peek at our ‘mad about polka-dots’ collection…

Candy Anthony

Candy Anthony

What do you think of the polka-dot theme? Let us know what you think? We are DOTTY about it (haha! I had to, sorry…)

Until Next Time xxx

{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. 

2013 Wedding at Ye Olde Plough House Sarah&Hal_LR-370

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. 

2013 Wedding at Ye Olde Plough House Sarah&Hal_LR-180 What did you do to make your wedding personal to you both? 

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.  


2013 Wedding at Ye Olde Plough House Sarah&Hal_LR-217

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.  

2013 Wedding at Ye Olde Plough House Sarah&Hal_LR-221

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.

2013 Wedding at Ye Olde Plough House Sarah&Hal_LR-203I thought we would leave you with that last shot, as it’s such a beautiful moment captured. Awww… We do love a bit of romance! Huge ‘congratulations’ to you both, we wish you every happiness in your life together.

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

Until Next Time xxx

{Monday Muse} Baby, you’re a firework!

I’m loving cosy nights in at the moment, and watching the local firework display from the comfort of my lounge might make me sound like an old lady, but it’s one of life’s simple pleasures! As a child, we used to have fireworks in the back garden with sparklers a plenty too. Nowadays, it seems to cost a small fortune to have your own firework party but with a husband who’s obsessed with them, that’s exactly what we’ll be doing next weekend in the freezing cold, huddled around the bonfire!

Of course, fireworks at the wedding was something we reeeaallly wanted but, alas, apparently when you get married in the middle of the summer on a farm, fireworks are the last thing you’re allowed! Gah! So, we couldn’t have them at our wedding but I have seen some gorgeous pictures recently of couples who have managed to really end their wedding with a bang and light up the sky! I’m not sure if this is a photographer’s dream or nightmare but we love these images some amazing photographers have shared with us for today’s post! And don’t miss the gorgeous wedding film at the end including a firework finale!

Will you be having a firework display at your wedding? Let us know & share some pics if you’ve already done just that!


With thanks to:

White Gold Images

John Charlton Photography

Tracy Morter Photography

Reportage Weddings & Portrait