I have a real treat for you this morning in the form of WWW readers Scott and Rhianna’s summer fete wedding held on the 18th June 2016. They chose to hold their ceremony at Alton Registry Office for 36 guests followed by a good old fashioned knees up at Rotherwick Village Hall in Hampshire. The whole day was inspired by the 1950s, complete with a retro style prom dress and petticoat, fete games to entertain guests and home made decorations.
Lovely Liberty London print fabric was used to hand stitch the bridesmaids dresses and the quirky bow ties. Then there was afternoon tea to feed their nearest and dearest complete with vintage crockery and fresh blooms on the lovingly styled tables. Bunting and a naked Victoria sponge cake with a gluten free layer completed the feel, what a stunning day.
Thanks so much to Mia Photography for sharing these wonderful photographs today.
THE PROPOSAL | For our second anniversary we had a weekend away at Ellenborough Park Hotel in Cheltenham. We had already picked my engagement ring a few weeks previously but Scott wanted to keep the proposal a surprise. As we were leaving the hotel we took one last walk around the grounds when he got down on one knee and asked me to be his wife. I was beyond happy.
We chose my engagement ring from Classic Jewellery in Brighton. It is a platinum diamond cluster ring with an Edwardian mine cut diamond in the centre.
THE VISION | We really liked the idea of a vintage theme for our wedding and decided on a 1950’s style summer fete. We wanted our day to be full of fun and colour but also very relaxed with something for everyone. We chose an afternoon tea for our wedding breakfast, using caterers that supplied vintage crockery with homemade sandwiches and cakes. We loved the idea of having old fashioned summer games for our guests to play whilst Scott and I were having our couple shots taken. With that in mind we also hired a vintage caravan photo booth that came full of amazing props. We didn’t want our guests to be bored at any point during the day. My mum and dad supplied the 1950’s music that we played throughout the day which helped set the scene. To go along with the relaxed atmosphere we had a BBQ outside during the evening. Our guests could sit on hay bales or beautifully knitted picnic blankets.
THE PLANNING PROCESS | Initially we wrote down everything we wanted to incorporate into our day and then set about making it happen. We went to a fabulous Vintage Wedding Fair at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton where we found Fleur’s Photo Booth and came away with so many exciting ideas. We were lucky enough to have support from parents, close friends and family who really helped our vision come together. I used Pinterest, Instagram and wedding blogs to help inspire my ideas through the planning process.
BUDGET | We didn’t set ourselves a budget as we wanted the freedom of being able to have exactly what we wanted. We kind of thought “You only get married once . . . let’s go for it!!” We had an amazing group of friends and family around that were more than willing to offer their skills to help us create our special day. This helped us to reduce some of the costs.
THE VENUE | My mum and dad are 1940’s re-enactors/dancers and regularly attend events at different halls and vintage locations. They told us about Rotherwick Village Hall and suggested we go and see it. When we did we instantly fell in love. It was everything we wanted in a reception venue. What we loved about it was its old school charm, idyllic village setting and a blank canvas for us to create our perfect wedding.
Scott and I are not particularly religious so we decided to research local registry offices. We came across Alton Registry Office, which is a quaint building previously used as a school room and very in keeping with our retro theme. Alton has a capacity for 36 guests, which made it very intimate and allowed us to have family and very close friends attend.
THE DRESS & ACCESSORIES | I knew from the start I wanted a 50s style wedding dress. I had seen them in bridal magazines and always thought they looked so glamorous and different. As soon as I tried my dress on I fell in love. I wanted my dress to do all the talking so I kept my accessories to a few classic key pieces. I chose a diamanté belt to give a little bling and accentuate my waist. My earrings and bracelet were both matching from Warren James and in keeping with the diamanté theme. My favourite accessory had to be my teal petticoat from Vivienne of Holloway. Teal was our main accent colour so I was pleased to be able to incorporate it into my dress. My shoes were a beautiful ivory silk with T-bar strap and diamanté detail. I was very lucky to find them from BHS at a reduced price. The birdcage veil was bought from The British Heart Foundation as a brand new piece. I loved the vintage feel it gave and felt it really finished off the look.
FINDING THE DRESS | I visited a few local boutiques before coming across an advert for a shop called Wed2b in Southampton. My mum, one of my bridesmaids and I went along to try and find my perfect dress. The shop is great. I love that it holds every style and size so you can get a real feel of what the dress would be like. I made sure I tried on lots of different styles as I wanted to be sure before I made my final decision.
GROOM’S ATTIRE | Scott decided he would like a vintage style suit to match the theme of the wedding. He visited a few suit shops before deciding on a navy blue suit with a teal cross thread designed by Patrick Grant for Debenhams. My mum made pocket squares and bow ties in fabric matching the bridesmaid’s dresses for Scott, the best man and the father of the bride. We felt that this helped to tie everything together and carry across the teal accent colour.
THE READINGS & MUSIC | We chose a selection of classic 50’s love songs for the registry office while our guests waited for my arrival. I chose Love Me Tender by Elvis to walk down the aisle to. I loved the words and emotion behind the song . . . it reminds me of how I feel about Scott which made it very special. One of my bridesmaids recited a lovely reading called The One, which I found on Pinterest. My mum and dad created a playlist for us to use during the reception playing 50s music throughout the afternoon creating the perfect atmosphere.
BEAUTIFUL BRIDESMAIDS | I chose my two best friends to be my bridesmaids. There was no one else I’d rather have supporting me on my special day. My lovely mum made their dresses with fabric from Liberty London. The style of dress was based on a 50s pattern. We adapted the dress pattern for one of my bridesmaids who found out she was expecting a few months before the wedding. I chose white silk shoes with a small bow detail for the girls to wear and they matched beautifully with their dresses. I purchased them from eBay. As part of their thank you gift I bought them a silver charm bracelet from Not on the High Street which they wore on the day.
THE FLOWERS | We wanted to have plenty of flowers at the venue to give lots of vibrant colour. We chose to have wild flowers in pinks and purples with gypsophila and daisies to give a village fete, meadow feel. I took inspiration from Pinterest on what style of flowers we wanted. My mum’s close friend who is a florist kindly offered to arrange our flowers for us. We met a few times before the wedding to decide on what would work best. My bridesmaids held a mini version of my flowers whilst the other significant females had corsage flowers made that could be pinned to their dresses. The groomsmen had buttonholes with similar matching flowers to carry through the theme with something a little more special for the groom. My favourite flower arrangement had to be the flower heart we had hanging from the village hall door.
THE CAKE | We wanted our wedding to have a homemade feel throughout so with that in mind we chose to have a naked Victoria sponge as our wedding cake. Again, one of my mum’s lovely close friends agreed to make it for us. We had 3 tiers, the largest being a traditional Victoria sponge, the second lemon curd and the third a gluten free version for my mum and I. The cake was decorated with icing sugar, fresh flowers and fruit.
YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER | We feel incredibly fortunate to have found Mia. My parents had met Mia at another wedding she was photographing and my mum had said how amazing her pictures were. We were lucky enough to meet her at a wedding fair and totally fell in love with her work and the details she captured. We decided to have 2 photographers during the day, which meant that Scott could have some taken of him getting ready too. What I love about Mia is that she is just one of the girls. I felt totally at ease with her seeing me get ready and taking intimate pictures of us throughout the day. She listened to what we wanted and was totally up for any suggestions we may have had about pictures. We could not have asked for more.
THE DETAILS & DÉCOR | We hired a vintage bus and Rolls Royce as our wedding vehicles. The bus picked all of our guests up from the hotel we had chosen to stay in the night of our wedding and took them to the ceremony and then on to the hall. We wanted there to be lots to look at so we tried to make little displays of homemade loveliness wherever we could. My friend made all the bunting that we hung in the hall which was so well made and simply beautiful. For the tables we had white table cloths scattered with rose petals and heart shaped book confetti that I cut out of Jane Austin’s Sense and Sensibility. The centre pieces were wood slices stacked with vintage books and china filled with wild flowers. We also filled the hall’s wall mounted sconces with flowers too. My dad had an old wooden ladder that we painted white and displayed large patterned letters reading LOVE. The window sills were scattered with rose petals, vintage books and shabby chic photo frames holding our favourite romantic book quotes. One of our nicest ideas was to have a post-box where guests could write us a message on special postcards we had made. We will read them on our first anniversary.
Outside we had plenty of games to keep our guests entertained. We had giant jenga, croquet, giant noughts and crosses, tin can alley and a coconut shy made by my Aunt and Uncle.
We booked Fleurs Vintage Photo Booth for our guests to use in the afternoon. Everyone had so much fun using all the different props and taking so many silly snaps. What was great was that our guests could keep a copy as well as place a copy in a guest book with a message for us to read at a later date.
In the evening we hired a fantastic DJ to play our favourite tunes, some we chose ourselves and others our guests chose, making it really personal.
THE HONEYMOON | We haven’t booked our honeymoon yet. We had spoken to a few couples who have said that they had the wedding blues once they came back from their honeymoon as everything was all over so we decided to wait until after our wedding to book our holiday so that it gave us something else special to look forward to. We are hoping to go to The Maldives.
MEMORABLE MOMENTS | There were so many special moments throughout the day that it’s hard to pick but one of our favourites was being able to take a ride in the vintage vehicles. They are so well looked after that it was a joy to have them at our special day. One of my particular favourite moments was doing a jive dance with my Dad.
ADVICE FOR OTHER COUPLES | Be organised and be very sure about what you want.
Don’t sweat the small stuff.
Take a few quiet minutes together during the wedding day to take a step back and appreciate everything.
CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE |
Photographer | Mia Photography
Second Shooter | Clare West
Engagement Ring | Classic Jewellery Ltd
Brides Wedding Ring | Not On The Highstreet
Grooms Wedding Ring | Warren James
Day Catering | Forget Me Not Vintage Catering
Evening Catering | Earl Winchester
Vintage Photobooth | Fleurs Vintage Photo Booth
Reception Venue | RVH
Wedding Dress | Wed2B
Bridal Jewellery | Warren James
Bridal Petticoat | Vivien Of Holloway
Evening DJ | Chris Taylor – Contact through Facebook
Grooms Suit | Debenhams
Flowers | Family Friend
Cake | Family Friend
Wedding Car/Bus | Ages Past
Bridesmaid Accessories | Not On The Highstreet
Bridesmaid Dresses | Handmade by my Mum (Fabric from Liberty London)
Such a lovely and heartfelt celebration.
Many thanks to Scott and Rhianna for sharing their wedding story here on WWW xo Lou