{Monday Muse} Vintage tea party wedding & a fab offer!

Happy Monday, folks! It was a chilly weekend so what did you get up to? Wedding fairs? Wedding planning? We love hearing your stories about how your plans are coming along so be sure to share!

Today, we’re sharing a very special offer for you from one of our fab suppliers: Calamitea Jane’s Vintage Tea Parties & Events! It’s hard to think back to those warm summer days with the weather it is at the moment but we think afternoon tea is a perfect way to celebrate for a Spring or Summer wedding! What’s nicer than sitting around a table together, sharing delicious food from beautiful vintage china! Calamitea Jane’s offer a really comprehensive service, from vintage china hire to catering, to planning & coordinating for the day itself! With fantastic links to other suppliers, they can take on the whole planning process & recommend other great wedding professionals too! Over to Calamitea Jane’s to explain more!

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Here at Calamitea Jane’s Vintage Tea Parties & Events, we specialise in vintage themed events. From beautiful china hire, cutlery, crockery & linens to event planning & coordination we will ensure your party or wedding is the perfect way to celebrate your special occasion. A sophisticated and elegant way to wow your guests, vintage afternoon tea is perfect for everyone. Working alongside caterers of the highest quality, you can be assured that your guests will enjoy every mouthful of the delicious afternoon catering we can provide.

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With menus starting at just £14 per head, it is a cost-effective, yet wonderful way to entertain your special guests. Choose your own sandwich & cake options, add savoury canapes, cocktails and bubbly for an extra special treat – we are truly flexible when it comes to your event needs.

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We love nothing more than a vintage themed wedding & can cater for gatherings up to 250 people! Vintage crockery, vintage glassware, cutlery, linens, chair sashes, bunting & more can be provided to style your event to perfection! We invite every bride to meet with us over a FREE tasting to discuss your needs and join us on Pinterest to plan your styling to match your wedding colour scheme or theme. Perfect for those dry-hiring their venue, we provide our own styling, waitressing & event management staff to ensure your day runs smoothly and to schedule. 

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For a beautiful vintage wedding, planning & executed perfectly, Calamitea Jane’s can do it all to the highest standard you would expect for your special day.

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We are currently offering a fantastic Facebook offer of 15% OFF all 2014 wedding bookings taken before 31st December 2013. All we need is a 10% deposit to confirm your chosen date!  Head over NOW to claim your voucher!

15% OFF 2014 WEDDINGS!

{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:

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John Charlton Photography

Tracy Morter Photography

Reportage Weddings & Portrait

 

{Wedding Wednesday} Chris & Vickie Dodging Rainclouds at South Farm

It’s Wedding Wednesday again & the middle of the week! This post seemed apt with the weather we’ve been having just lately! A seriously beautiful bride and groom who created a laid-back and personal wedding at the wonderful South Farm setting on the  Hertfordshire/Cambridgeshire border. We’re also delighted to introduce a brand new featured photographer with this real wedding: the super talented Marie Wootton! I’m sure you would LOVE to see more of Marie’s beautiful work, so don’t forget to head over to her website and do some browsing! Over to Marie to tell us a bit about the day:

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Vickie and Chris wanted an informal affair and it was very laid back (I arrived to find the bride arranging flowers in vintage vases with her auntie-no ‘bridezillas’ here!). 

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Although the weather forecast was rain all day Vickie got her wish to marry outdoors by the small lake in the stunning gardens. 

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The ceremony was so touching and intimate with a small gathering of family and friends and some very touching readings. The whole day was just perfect…even the piglets and peacocks on the farm looked like they enjoyed it!

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How adorable are those bridesmaids? Sooooo cute!

If you LOVE what you’ve seen, please leave a comment – we’d love to hear from you!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Where did you source your suppliers?

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

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

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

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

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

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Did you help choose your husband’s suit?

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

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

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

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

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

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What was your most memorable part of the day?

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

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What song did you have as your first dance?

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

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

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

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

{Friday Feature} A Wonderful Vintage Styled Shoot by CTI Photography

It’s Friday at last! I hope everyone’s had a fabulous week & have got some wonderful wedding inspiration from our posts! Wasn’t that real wedding truly beautiful? And as if that isn’t enough, we have oodles of inspiration today in the form of a beautiful vintage inspired styled shoot by the fabulous CTI Photography & featuring many amazing suppliers! It’s got beautiful dresses, gorgeous flowers, plenty of pretty vintage props and a gypsy caravan! Be sure to check out everybody involved to see how you can recreate this stunning look at your own wedding!

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Credit where credit’s due….

Photographer: CTI Photography www.ctiphotography.co.uk

Dresses: Johanna Hehir www.johanna-hehir.com/
Hair accessories: Kelly Spence www.kellyspence.com
Flowers: Traditional Vintage Flower Company www.tradvintflower.co.uk
Cakes: Pretty Gorgeous Cake Company www.prettygorgeouscakecompany.co.uk
Styling: Revival Rooms www.revivalrooms.com
Chairs: Couchi Couchi Chairs www.couchi-couchichairs.com
Dessert table: Ania’s Sweet Boutique www.aniasweetboutique.com/
Hair and make up: Vicky Brown www.vicky-brown.co.uk/
Stationery: By Elinor Rose www.elinorrose.co.uk
Models: Sarah, Fran, Nehha
Venue: South Farm www.south-farm.co.uk

Wedding Wednesday ~ Roman Bath, Australia, Art Deco Earrings & Sunshine…

Good Morning Vintage Lovers!
As you know it is Wedding Wednesday today and we have been very lucky to feature a wedding that took place at the Roman Baths in Bath.  A place filled with history, stunning decor and romance and it is here where the gorgeous couple Aly and Sam made their vows.  The photography is by Stefanie Trower who captures the essence of the day perfectly.  I adore the smiles on their faces, particularly Aly – you can just tell that this is a couple truly in love, so much so, the sun seems to beam upon them throughout the day. Aly’s dress is beautiful and those Art Deco earrings and headdress are divine. Whenever I get to see wedding photo’s, seeing the bride and her dad, always brings a tear of happiness to my eyes.  Something so beautiful about that. Anyway, I will leave you with some words from Stefanie and a selection of fabulous photographs.  Enjoy x
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As a wedding photographer I’ve shot at a number of different wedding venues, but it was really fantastic when Alyson and Sam decided to hold their wedding at the Roman Baths in Bath as it such a unique and beautiful venue.
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Aly is originally from the Costwolds but had moved out to Australia where she met Sam, and so they decided to make the journey back to England for their big day.
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Her theme was very vintage and Jodi from Face Perfect By Jodi did an amazing job of tying into to that theme with beautifully styled hair and make-up, using Aly’s stunning Stephanie Brown Jewellery that she’d bought over with her from Australia.
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I absolutely love the amazing architectural features of the Baths and really wanted to make the most of the venue especially as we were so lucky with the weather – it was as if Aly and Sam had brought the sunshine with them from Oz!
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They really looked fab together and totally in love – it was a pleasure to shoot for them and from what I hear they are thrilled with the results!
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I shoot weddings, portraits, fashion, bands and creative imagery. You can find more information about me on my new blog and website: www.photographybystefanie.co.uk 
You can also follow me on Facebook: photographybystefanie & Twitter: @PhotoByStef
Stef does travel, so if you fancy having her be your wedding photographer do get in touch, she would love to hear from you. A HUGE thank you to Stefanie for sharing these special photographs and we wish Aly & Sam every happiness. *MWAH*
Until next time xx

{Monday Muse} Craft your way to your dream day! WIN a DIY Wedding Masterclasses!

Happy Monday! I’m guessing the Monday blues have been banished on this sunny bank holiday Monday, so let’s make sure we’re all taking it easy, putting our feet up and relaxing after a beautiful weekend!

Just to make your bank holiday Monday even more exciting, we have a fabulous competition to tell you about!

Today, we’re bigging up the wonderful Essex Vintage Wedding Fair and their new venture – DIY Wedding Masterclasses! With workshops a regular feature at many great wedding fairs these days, the number of brides DIYing their special day is growing by the minute! Even the wonderful Mollie Makes magazine published a special wedding edition last month to give guidance and advice to those wishing to craft their way to their dream day.

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DIY weddings don’t need to mean hours and hours glueing diamantes to your invitations or getting yourself in a twist of hundreds of metres of bunting, these days anything is possible and learning from professionals is not only a great way to spend a day but also saves you thousands from that all important wedding budget!

Essex Vintage Wedding Fair’s DIY Wedding Masterclass offers a variety of workshops running in Chelmsford, Essex on 19th May. From floristry to stationery, decor to hair & make up, it’s all covered, with each class being taught by industry professionals! You will also have exclusive access to supplier discounts and get free tea & cake thrown in! If you decide to come along for the morning or stay all day, there’s also a delicious lunch on offer! By the end of the day, you will have beautiful and useful pieces for your wedding day to take home and be secure in your new skills to continue crafting & making at home!

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Here’s a breakdown of the timetable!

Morning session
Paper-cutting workshop with illustrator & stationery queen Claire Spake Design
Tea/coffee with homemade cake
Vintage cupcake decorating
Vintage floristry centrepieces with Flowers in the Window
Delicious lunch served on vintage china by Calamitea Jane’s Vintage Tea Parties
£58 per person
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Afternoon session
Hair & Make up tutorial
Jewellery making with Latimer Bridal Couture
Tea/coffee with cake
Favours, venue decor & paper decorations
£38 per person

 Or stay for the whole day for a fabulous price of £86!

Now the best part! Until TONIGHT at 10pm, Essex Vintage Wedding Fair are offering a FREE morning session!! All you need to do to enter is confirm you are attending on the Facebook event page, SHARE the event & INVITE your friends! Easy! Here’s the link! https://www.facebook.com/events/167401786750186/

If you miss this competition, never fear! You can still book your place by emailing claire@clairespake.co.uk x

Monday Muse – Zoe Lem’s Vintage Wedding Fair

Firstly, apologies for the tardiness of this post but you will see why we’ve been a little lazy this morning! It’s Monday, which means we have some lovely wedding inspiration for you today!

Yesterday, Natalie & I, armed with my granny shopping trolley (much to Natalie’s amusement) headed off to the gorgeous Bloomsbury Ballroom for the vintage fair with true style! Zoe Lem’s fairs are always a treat – so well organised with so much wonderful wedding inspiration & pretty, it hurts your eyes. Brides & grooms to be were treated to a whole raft of fantastic suppliers, a cabaret show, fashion catwalks & talks from industry professionals such as Lipstick & Curls and Restoration Cake. There was even a topless waiter in the ballroom itself, promoting the fabulous Wam Bam Club.

We particularly enjoyed meeting many other wonderful wedding suppliers and were lucky enough to be positioned next to the lovely Mel Wilde who we had a great chat with throughout the day. Also nearby was the amazing Elizabeth’s Cake Emporium who had seriously incredible cakes with her & kindly shared them with us at the end of the day – always a bonus! Always lovely to put faces to names, we got to finally chat in real life to the wonderful Helen from Doily Days, the lovely Matt & Annabel from Vintage 78 DJ & the fab ladies from Maids to Measure! Looking forward to working with these great people in the future!

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Our first fair together representing A Vintage Wedding Guide, we had a blast! The responses we received from brides & grooms was amazing and everyone commented on the gorgeous pieces we had taken with us from our wonderful suppliers. Elinor Rose stationery was a definite hit, with so much interest in her beautiful cameo designs. Kerrie Mitchell‘s wedding albums were regularly ooohed and aaahed over, as were the beautiful flowers from Red Magnolia, and Jessica Harrington’s save the date magnets were constantly remarked on!

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After such a tiring day, Natalie & I jumped back on the tube to find the nearest place for a well deserved drink, with my shopping trolley re-packed full of our lovely things. I’m now lucky enough to have the gorgeous flowers cheering up my house (even though they sustained some superficial damage from someone squashing them on the tube!)

Here are a few snaps from the fun of the fair! Enjoy!

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A Bentley, Tea Dresses & Brooch Bouquets ~ Tina & John

Yes, it is already that time for Wedding Wednesday – hasn’t the week flown by so far?

Now, when photographer, Clare from CTI Photography got in touch with us to share this truly gorgeous wedding, we jumped at the chance to feature it so it could inspire you all.  Who knows, you just like Tina, could end up creating your own business from it!

I adore the brooch bouquet and the attention to detail..and that 50’s wedding dress  – GORGEOUS! So, I will let you now take a peek at these beautiful pictures and invite your to Tina & John’s wedding. Enjoy x

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“John proposed to me Christmas Day Morning 2009. We had just woken up and I thought he had hidden a present under the bed but it was the engagement ring and he got on one knee”

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 “To start with we wanted the big fairy tale wedding but as we already had an 18 month old baby and another on the way we realised it would take us years to save. So we decided that it was about us getting married and not how much we spent. We decided on a vintage theme and I planned to make as many things myself, being a mum who loves to create I knew I could keep the cost down this way”

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“We were married at The Sun Hotel in Hitchin on 1st October 2011, our wedding was fairly intimate with only 50 day guests of close family and friends and 50 more for the evening reception”

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“I found most suppliers through Facebook and searching for things via the Internet. My hair stylist was found at a wedding fair.  I was recommended Clare from CTI Photography from a friend who had used her for their wedding. She was so professional from the start and visited me in my home to discuss what we wanted. On the day she did an amazing job and really went the Extra mile even staying later than expected to get shots of me in my evening dress. When I received the final photos I was over the moon. I couldn’t recommend Clare enough, I can honestly say I have made a new friend”

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“I knew my dress was the one, I wanted to be different from the standard ivory and white dresses. I was very lucky to have two gowns. My main daytime gown was an Ian Stuart design it was an unusual choice being Aqua ivory in colour but I knew I wanted to be different and when I tried it on I knew it was the one and brought it on the spot, it was my dream dress”

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The second dress was from Phoenix Gowns it was a 50’s style tea dress which I paired with a lace shrug from monsoon. It was a godsend as we had 30 degree heat for our October wedding so it was nice to change into something shorter in the evening. I crystalized my shoes myself it took three hours for each heel but it was worth the time as I was so pleased with them.

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The thing I was most excited about was my bouquet which I made myself using vintage brooches which I collected. I surrounded them by roses and used an antique Lace collar as a frill and on the handle I added my Nana’s wedding ring as my something borrowed and my children’s hand and footprint cast into silver. I enjoyed making it so much I am launching my own business making them called The Haberdashery Bride. In my hair I had a headband made by Treasured Vintage using a Sarah Coventry brooch to compliment my Bouquet.

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I tried to make as many details myself. I decorated the centrepieces myself and added fairy lights so we could light them up at night. We also had a beautiful wishing tree which I decorated and attached lights to light it up at night.

I made all the Ladies little felt hearts with the details of our wedding on and children’s favour bags myself and for the men we gave them Lottery tickets which I had wallets made for from BY Handmade to compliment the hearts.

The most memorable moment was arriving into Hitchin town Centre and everyone looking into the beautiful Bentley it really made me feel special

We had our first dance to Avril Lavigne When You’re Gone as we used to listen to it when we lived apart. It means a lot to us

We went to the New Forrest for 3 days to a family friends Holiday home which was lovely but very strange without our boys. But as gifts we asked for Thomas cook vouchers so we will be taking a holiday this year as a family.

Any tips to offer brides-to-be out there?

Be as organized as possible, delegate jobs where you can

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Credit Where Credit’s Due

Photography: CTI Photography

Brides Bouquet: By the bride – The Haberdashery Bride (website coming soon)

Tea Dress: Pheonix Gowns

Venue:  The Sun Hotel, Hitchin

Feature Friday ~ Vintage Loves Roses

Happy Feature Friday, and more importantly, HAPPY EASTER!

Oh my, I have been wanting to share this Feature Friday with you for a while and now I can.  Vintage Loves Roses, I am sure you will agree, has such a beautiful portfolio of work. Catherine is a pure delight to work with and if you, too, are searching for the perfect stationery for your wedding then Catherine is your girl.

So, you know what I am going to say – pop the kettle on and start on that Easter Egg!  All ready? Good 🙂 Vintage Loves Roses also offer a bespoke service too, for you creative couples out there, who have the ideas but need someone to turn them into reality? Or perhaps you are on a budget and fancy making a night of writing up your stationery, for the personal touch? Yup, you can do that too!

“Vintage Loves Roses sells wedding and occasion stationery that is stylish and quirky with a vintage twist. You will find gorgeous vintage inspired wedding stationery, bursting with personality and just itching to be part of your wedding. Designs can be altered to match any colour theme and text can be personalised at no extra cost.The final designs will be printed professionally on sumptuous 350gsm silk board. 

Don’t see anything you like, but want something similar? Get in touch for a Bespoke Design, where the end result will be a fabulous one off creation just for you. For the Bride and Groom who like to get hands on there is a DIY option on all stationery ranges. From Save the Dates to Table Numbers/Names, you name it, you can print any of our collections at home, saving you money and allowing you to add your own personal DIY touch!”

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See, when do I ever lie to you? Never. So pretty aren’t they.  Which ones did you like best? I can’t decide… I choose one then I see the next one and think ‘Oooh, I like that one too..”

Well I hope you enjoyed our Feature Friday and it filled you with inspiration for your stationery.  If you want to take a peek at Vintage Loves Roses website, check them out http://www.vintagelovesroses.co.uk – we guarantee you won’t be disappointed.

Until next time vintage lovers xxx