{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.



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. 


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:

White Gold Images

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:

Marie Wootton Photography

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!). 


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


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!




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!


{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!


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.



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.



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.



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.



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.



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.



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!


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.




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.


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!



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.


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.


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!










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.


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!

Alie Blackman Floristry

Alie Blackman Floristry

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
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