Sunday, 8 August 2010

Our wedding day part 2: the reception

Here are the rest of our wedding pics from our photographer James Davidson. I think my favourite is the two of us in the little “meadow”, a small area of wildflowers at the bottom of the garden that James has somehow transformed into a rural idyll!

The sun did its best to shine for drinks outside the marquee in my parent’s garden, blooming with summer flowers. My pretty veil sadly had to come off by then but it revealed the gorgeous headpiece handmade by my friend Emma Embery, made from embroidered vintage lace, diamantes and tiny pearls (thanks for the pic Sarah!).

Guests were welcomed with Rose Syrup Prosecco (an idea stolen from Petersham Nurseries) with crystallised rose petals, cups of tea and traditional pink lemonade (I think I tried all three!). We had afternoon tea-themed canapés including mini sandwiches and scones, and the more energetic guests tested their skills in croquet on the lawn, where all the old-fashioned deckchairs I had collected were put to good use too.

Read on for all the vintagey details:

- With the help of a dedicated team of friends and family, we managed to collect over 150 vintage tea cups and saucers which looked beautiful all laid out en masse.

- I had painted bits of wood as signs (“croquet”, “wedding” and “smokers and smooches” for the outdoor smoking space), and used blackboard paint to make smaller chalkboard-style signs and the table plan (tip: use white marker pens rather than real chalk!).

- The marquee was beyond all my expectations and looked incredible – the huge floor-to-ceiling windows let the light stream in and revealed the garden outside and it just looked stunning.

- Long trestle tables were laid with embroidered floral table cloths collected over the past year, jam jars filled with flowers, plants in mini terracotta pots and tea lights in glass yoghurt pots, and each guest had an individual vintage floral side plate.

- Those cheap and cheerful Ikea cushions were spruced up by my mum who had sewn on off-cuts of embroidered fabrics, vintage napkins and lace.

- The Kraft card (so hard to find but so good!) was again put to good use for menus and table names, and we used handwritten luggage tags for place names.
- The talented Jessie Chorley created a personalised guest album made from an antique book, which was passed around the tables for guests to sign.

- We wanted the meal to have a summer feast feel, with a choice of sea bass or lamb and big bowls of salad and roasted new potatoes on the table. After-dinner cheeses were laid out, along with mum’s homemade chutneys in jars for guests to take home.

- The cake looked stunning – our florist James had stuffed each layer with Amnesia Roses to match the button holes and the colour of my sash.

- And even the MC’s vuvuzela couldn’t escape the vintage theme!


  1. Those flower centerpieces are so perfect - and exactly what I am hoping to go for! Really simple and perfect, fabulous job!

  2. What a beautiful, beautiful wedding! So many fantastic details, but I especially love the hoards of vintage china. Congratulations!

  3. Gorgeous. What a beautiful reception! Such an enjoyable read. I love your blog so much! I have a vintage crockery hire company myself, and i just love seeing other weddings that do the same. So glamorous but homely at the same time!!

    If you ever want photo's for a blog post, feel free to contact me! We'd be honored.



  4. Just planning our wedding and want to serve afternoon tea too. Lots of lovely ideas! I will look out for Rose Syrup Prosecco! Petersham nurseries are good for inspiration. Lots of top tips, thanks.

    Any tips on vintage or vintage style wedding dresses? Help would be appreciated!