A DIY, Quirky Vintage Wedding + a Bow Wearing Bride {2}

Seriously someone pinch me right now… this wedding is like a dream……

Jenna and Chris crafted their way to a wedding full of gorgeous ideas and details, so much to that Jenna has set up her own wedding styling business, Wren’s Tea Party. From the flowers to the raffle, the tea cups to the brown paper parcels… this couple thought of everything and it looks beautiful. This wedding is where it’s at…… full of inspiring ideas wow!!

Then i get the photography, which is just remarkable, beautiful images and portraits full of atmosphere and love.

Thanks so much to Assassynation for sharing her incredible images today.

The Details + Decor….

All the details were carefully chosen by ourselves to reflect our theme. We had a cream VW Camper Van as our wedding car. There was Pimms in the ballroom of the Hall on arrival.

The Marquee was in a traditional style and bunting was hung wall to wall. Cream paper pom poms were scattered around. We sourced vintage crockery and glass cake stands from charity shops, vintage fairs, antique shops and eBay and placed these on each table. We used postage labels and a stamp kit for the place names. Raffle tickets were placed on each plate.The tables were named after Agatha Christie books (which we love) and we customised picture frames to display the various book covers.

I found some cream buckets on eBay which we used as wine coolers.  Chris bought two kegs of local beer and we put these on a trestle table. A silver birch tree was used to display the table plan. We used wooden pegs to attach postcards, listing the names, on different branches. We added old keys and lollipops to the tree.

There was a hog roast, pies, fresh salads, local cheeses and homemade cakes and all the food was laid out on trestle tables on top of vintage table cloths. We borrowed an old dressing table, decorated it with vintage ornaments, and used this for any cards or presents. We had homemade signs and used an old suitcase as a dressing up box containing masks, a wooden sword, policeman’s hat and lots more. Deck chairs and picnic rugs were laid out on the lawn with croquet and cricket sets.

We borrowed two bay trees to place at the entrance to the marquee. Lanterns was put around the marquee at dusk. As we wanted everyone to feel involved during the reception and in keeping with the party theme, we did a raffle, a pub quiz and played pass the parcel. Live jazz with a singer rounded off the evening celebrations.

The Flowers…

We wanted wild garden flowers for our wedding. The bridal bouquet, bridesmaids bouquets and buttonholes were lovingly made by Miss Pickering, Stamford. They included some fresh herbs which smelt beautiful. The buttonholes had fabric tags saying either ‘Made in England’ or ‘Made in Wales’ which was a lovely touch. 

The table flowers were from No. 10, Market Harborough.  The church flowers were arranged by the church’s Flower Guild.

Wren’s Tea Party…
I have a passion for all things vintage and retro. I love nothing more than a nice cup of tea and a slice of yummy homemade cake so setting up a company that specialises in these things is right up my street! Planning, organising and styling my own wedding made me realise that this was what I wanted to do all the time. Seeing ‘My Little Ideas’ become a reality was a fantastic experience. I want to share this with other people and make their parties and events truly memorable. Whether it is a small gathering for a birthday or anniversary or a big wedding, Wren’s Tea Party will add that extra special touch to your day. For more details see http://www.wrensteaparty.co.uk/Wrens_Tea_Party/Home.html

The Cake…

 The cake was bought as separate tiers from Marks and Spencer and we added fresh roses between the tiers.

Your Photographer….

Our photographer was Sassy from Assassynation. We love her work and had our engagement shoot with her too. Her style was just right. Frank from Sassy ‘n Frank did our wedding film.

The Dress + Accessories…..

I had my dress made by The Honeypie Boutique who also supplied my petticoat. My wedding shoes were by Irregular Choice. My veil was an eBay find. My satin bow hairband was from the children’s section of Monsoon (!). I wore simple pearl studs and had a vintage vanity case which were gifts from my mum. I chose seamed tights to fit in with the 1950’s style of my wedding dress.

I had originally purchased a David Fielden dress on eBay – it was an absolute bargain but it needed altering which we thought may detract from the original design of the dress so I decided to get one made-to-measure. I wanted a 1950’s style dress as I think that the silhouette is really flattering and it fitted in with our vintage theme. The Honeypie Boutique have lots of fab dresses and I went for the Audrey dress in Ivory with a three tier petticoat to match. It was the perfect fit and felt so me.


Memorable moments…

I wasn’t nervous about the ceremony and I will never forget walking up the aisle to Chris and saying our vows.  The church ceremony was truly special. Everyone really enjoyed the pass the parcel – it really got everyone involved. I won the prize on our table although I may have cheated!

Beautiful bridesmaids…..

I had three bridesmaids – Chris’s sister, Emily, my best friend, Claire and my sister, Alexa. I wanted them to feel comfortable on the day so I asked them to pick their own dresses – my only request was that the dresses had to be in blue or green. I gave them the freedom to pick the style of dress they wanted and they chose their own shoes and accessories. I felt it was essential that the bridesmaid felt happy with what they were wearing so they could enjoy their day too.


Advice for other couples…

If you’re doing a DIY wedding like us, don’t panic! Enjoy the build up and you will reap the rewards when you see everyone enjoying something which you have put so much hard work into.

The Honeymoon….

On our wedding night, we stayed nearby at Bents Farmhouse in Gilmorton. Our honeymoon was in the South of France. We stayed at Baudon de Mauny in Montpellier for two days and then stayed at Le Tresor in Sonnac-sur-l’Hers for 5 days.

Thanks so much to Jenna and Chris for sharing their amazing day with us today xoxo

Credit where credit’s due….

Venue – Stanford Hall – http://www.stanfordhall.co.uk/

Groom’s suit – Zara

Groom’s shoes – Poste at Office

VW Camper Van – Calico Moon – http://www.calicomoon.co.uk/

Photography – Assassynation – http://assassynation.co.uk/

Film – Sassy ‘n Frank – http://www.sassynfrank.com/

Flowers – Miss Pickering  – http://www.misspickering.com/about-us.html

                 –  No. 10 – http://www.no10-flowers.co.uk/

Rings – Michael Grundy – http://michaelgrundyjewellers.com/

Hog Roast – Hoggesters – http://www.hoggesters.co.uk/

Food – Emerson and West – http://www.emersonandwests.co.uk/

Beer – The Langton Brewery – http://www.langtonbrewery.co.uk/

Deck chair hire – More Production – http://www.moreproduction.co.uk/

Marquee – Kingsmead Marquees – http://www.kingsmead-marquees.com/

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