{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.

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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.

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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?

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.

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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;-)

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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!!

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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.

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{Wedding Wednesday} Jodi & Kelvin…and Pooch, too!

Wedding Wednesday; one of my favourite parts of A Vintage Wedding Guide. We never tire of seeing the beautiful selection of wedding photographs that we get sent.  You’re such a creative bunch. We get more inspired every time and hope that you do, too.

This wedding, is one that I have been wanting to share with you for a while – the wedding of Jodie & Kelvin. They were married on 25th May 2013  at The Norfolk Arms in Ringinglow, followed by their reception at Townfield Barn in Bamford.

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Jodie, was one of my fabulous customers for A Touch of Vintage  and together we created a unique, bespoke veil for her special day.  I was lucky enough to get a sent a picture of Jodie’s dress and I instantly knew that she was going to have a truly beautiful wedding.  A few months later, Jodie sent me a selection of photographs, which I am sharing with you today. Well, I wasn’t wrong – it looks like it was a stunning wedding.  What a happy couple and I LOVE the fact their dog was there, too. Hehe! The photography is fantastic and Jodie looks wonderful. They were so creative with the decor – check out those AMAZING lampshades!

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Kelvin and I have been together since we were 15, however it took him 11 years to finally ask me ‘THE’ question. He did it on a very wintery Dec day whilst we were out walking our dog Sam. There’s a lovely walk we do sometimes that ends at a country pub. It has a huge hill that I normally make him walk down, however this day he insisted we walked up the hill which I was not entirely happy about. Once at the top he got down on one knee just as the heavens opened! It was very personal to us and didn’t matter that we were so wet! We then decided to celebrate with a cider in the pub  (which is where we then got married!)

We started to plan the wedding quite quickly, having always said we didn’t want a long engagement. We already knew where we wanted the ceremony, but the reception venue was bit more tricky. We knew we wanted a country-style wedding that was personal to us and most importantly informal. We looked at only one venue and booked it straight away as we both loved it! 

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We both wanted the day to be intimate and informal. I was sure that I didn’t want any watching us get married that we didn’t know well and therefore only had 31 close friends and family to the ceremony and day reception.

My bridesmaid and I got ready at my house with Kelvin getting ready at The Norfolk Arms. The day started off very relaxed with just myself, my bridesmaid and the make-up/ hairdresser, however this quickly changed as the rest of my family and the flowergirl arrived. 

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I travelled to the venue in ‘Betsy’ mine and Kelvin vintage VW camper with my sister driving and my mum, dad and bridesmaid. After the ceremony our guests were transported to the barn in black cabs with myself and Kelvin in a white one!

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We then spent the day chatting, having photos and playing in the meadow with our dog Sam and my mums dog Lizzie whilst drinking cider from a wheelbarrow, making our own mojitios and drinking my dads special homemade  ‘Thorpagne.  After our wedding breakfast where we all sat around one big table, the evening guests began to arrive and we danced the night away.

 We sourced our suppliers from various places, finding our photographer at a wedding fayre who coincidentally went to school with the grooms brother. We met with two caterers but decided on Chequers Out due to their large supply of draught lagers and having sampled their food at my bridesmaids wedding. The caterers came  into their own the day before the wedding when rain and hail were pouring into the barn through the roof and gaps in the marquee and I was having a ‘little’ meltdown by providing me with an bottomless cup of earl grey!

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I had chosen my florist a few years before after regularly walking past the tiny flower shop ‘Swallows and Damsons’ on my way to walk and knew Anna’s beautiful vintage style flowers were what I wanted. When we finally met with her she was so excited about the lampshade centre pieces that we knew she would do a great job! The lampshade centrepieces were my favourite bit by far! We had a local bakers ‘fancie’ who we regularly visit provide our ‘desert table’ as theres no way we could decide on just one cake and we approached ‘The Wedding Daze’ wedding stylists to help decorate the venue and direct the styling as I had far too many ideas!

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Our photographer was Andy Scott Clarke and he did an amazing job, particularly with me as I hate having my photo taken. We had an engagement shoot in  a steel museum to help us both get used to having out photo taken, and he delivered with some amazing photos, most of which I wasn’t even aware he’d taken!

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I originally thought I wanted a 50’s style tea length dress but was struggling to find anything, so me and my mum went shopping to rule out  more traditional styles and I spotted my dress hanging on a rack of dresses to be put back on show. It was made from beautiful lace and had an amazing collar.  I knew I wanted it when I just couldn’t stop thinking about ‘her’ after showing my sister and close friend on a second visit. I found my Rachel Simpson shoes on the internet and then persuaded my dad to go on a day trip to fetch them as there was no showroom near us.

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My headpiece was made by ‘A Touch of Vintage’ after not being able to source what I knew I wanted. They were amazing and got it exactly right, never minding when I kept asking for small changes.

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As Kelvin is 6’ 4” finding a suit was always going to be a challenge. We shopped around but were unable to find one with long enough arms as even the extra-long ones were too short! He wanted something a bit more special so we had his suit tailor made by Reiss. We went together and had a great day choosing all the details which made his suit so special to him!

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To make our wedding unique to us we included many details including having our dog Sam there in his own little wedding bowtie, including two special readings from my sister and close friend, and choosing  music which was personal to us including walking back down the aisle together to ‘I’m sticking with you’ by Velvet Underground and dancing to ‘All I want is you’ by Barry Lousi Pollister to get everyone dancing after the first dance. We also included photos of both our families weddings and used lots of photos of us throughout the years as decoration. I have a slight obsession with vintage lampshades so we included this theme throughout the wedding including the centrepieces and decoration which I loved! We also used baby photos instaed of name places which we kept a secret until the day and used vintage china that I’d spent the last year sourcing from various places including being given some from work colleagues.

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Kelvin was put in charge of the favours and decided on his favourite thing, sweets! We put them into old style striped paper bags sealed with our initials.

The best part of the day was definitely the ceremony. After waiting just under 13 years it was so special to finally become Kelvin’s wife and the inclusion of our own vows made it very special. The fact that all of it was so intimate and personal meant that we had plenty of time to speak to every guest individually.

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Our first dance was to John Legends ‘Stay with you’. This has been our song since Kelvin wrote me out the lyrics when we were about 17! It was also what he chose to have engraved inside his wedding ring!

For our honeymoon we travelled to Italy via  Paris and then around Italy in Betsy our campervan. We visited lots of amazing places together and treated ourselves to a few hotels as well as staying in Betsy! We had always said we’d go to Italy on our honeymoon so it was very special to finally do it! We spent time between cities, beaches and the mountains and had an amazing time!

Jodie’s Top Tips

 The only advice I would give is to stick to your own ideas and not be swayed by others, even if the idea is a little crazy. We stopped telling people about our lampshade décor when people kept saying it was strange but on the day everyone thought it was ‘very us’. We had the luxury of doing exactly what we wanted and had no pressure to include certain things even though my mum required a bit a persuasion. 

Also as everyone says enjoy every minute as it goes so quickly!

SO beautiful – how cute is Sam?! I feel very honoured to have played a very small part in Jodie’s day – she and Kelvin look absolutely perfect together.  Congratulations and a huge thank you to Jodie & Kelvin for sharing their special day with us.

Until Next Time xxx

Feature Friday ~ Pamper Yourself Vintage & Shopping Evenings

Yippee! Friday is here and we have quite the Feature Friday for you today.

Pamper Yourself Vintage & Shopping Evenings are hosted by myself, Natalie and my darling partner in crime, Karen.  We promise a truly beautiful evening on Saturday at The Loop in Chelmsford, 7-9:30pm. Now, why are we telling you about this on a wedding guide?  Well, let me reveal more…

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The night is going to be featured by some AHMAZING exhibitors, many of which would be the ideal suppliers for your wedding. We have make-up artists, Connie from Shadow & Lashes and Amanda Thurlow from Bombshell Boutique Makeovers.  These ladies create some seriously wonderful results, from your Hollywood glamourpuss to sultry sixties – there isn’t a vintage era that they cannot recreate.  I was very disappointed I missed out on having my make up done at the last Pamper Yourself Vintage night! So, if you come along both ladies are offering make-overs and have special, exclusive packages on offer.  Amanda also does utterly fabulous hairstyling too, think Pin Up Curls and Victory Rolls… Both ladies offer wedding packages, so you could potentially be meeting the lady who will make you look like a vintage goddess on your wedding day!

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We are also delighted to have an array of gorgeous ladies who will be selling vintage jewellery, clothing, silk lingerie and nightwear and accessories.  Amongst those there include, What’s your tale, nightingale?, Lucy Can’t Dance, Virtually Vintage, Lisa Mair Troublecat and of course, me, A Touch of Vintage.

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Karen’s Calamitea Jane’s Tea Parties will also be serving up some delicious cocktail cupcakes – I can promise you, they are divine! I think I may have actually got a bit tipsy on these last time… Mojito Cupcakes, Daiquiri Cupcakes.. YUM!

We are also delighted to be having Burlesque Jems performing for us on the night, which is going to be a real treat! You may recognise Burlesque Jems from our Feature Friday last week.  Jem offers fantastic hen party packages, which will not only leave you feeling ultra feminine and gorgeous but also wonderful memories to share with your friends – and, *ahem* something to show off in the bedroom… Enough said on that!

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Last but by no means least, we are also very lucky to be having Joanna Lee singing and performing some true vintage classics to get us in the mood and transport us back in time to the sounds of the past.

How good does that sound? With FREE entry too, you surely have no excuse but to attend! Round up your pals, fella, mum, sister and treat yourselves to an evening of Pampering Yourself Vintage!

Until next time lovelies xxx