Mismatched Vintage Wedding + a Johanna Johnson Dress {2}


Elegant and opulent surroundings, with mismatched vintage china, filled to the brim with seasonal blooms, sensational photography, beautiful mismatched bridesmaids, go…..

Thanks again to Richard Rayner for his amazing images…..


The Flowers…

Our flowers were a mix of our nationalities. I wanted a vintage, scented country garden feel so the florist included plenty of flowers of different heights and textures like daisies and cow parsley and other flowers like astrantia, roses, peonies for shots of colour, eucalyptus provided the greenery and John had a small thistle has part of his button hole as a nod to this scottish ancestry. Chrysanthemums we used in the larger displays to reflect John’s chinese heritage. Vintage tea sets were used to display the flowers in the dining rooms. The effect was more beautiful than I could have imagined.

Your Photographer….

Richard Rayner. Richard shot on both days. John and I were blown away by the photographs he put on his blog and we’ve received countless compliments about his work. I am also a photographer so it very important to find someone whose images would leave me wondering ‘when did he shoot that image, how did he do that?’

Beautiful bridesmaids…

A friend described them as ‘walking peonies’. They all wore different dresses with purple and pink tones. I wanted to dress their body shapes rather than choose one dress to fit all.

To tie them together they had black belts with heart clasps, heart shaped drop earrings and black satin heels. Their flowers included memory lane roses and pale pink and cerise peonies. I bought matching hair clips for decorate their hair. They looked stunning.

Memorable moments…

It was all fabulous! It was lovely walking down the aisle with my father and equally lovely walking up the aisle with my new husband. Taking part in a tradition with countless other couples, particularly in a church with so much history was a real buzz. Everyone made the day feel special; our families, our friends and everyone involved on the day.


The Cake…

Three tiers of chocolate, carrot cake and lemon drizzle (gf) wrapped in white chocolate with peonies on top. Very elegant.

Advice for other couples…

John told me to take a step back from the crowd every now and again and watch our guests enjoying themselves, as though we were making deliberate memories. It’s good advice.

The Honeymoon….

Italy. We ate pizza for 24 hours in Naples, then caught the ferry to Positano on the Amalfi Coast for a few days, followed by sightseeing in Rome and then some R&R in Monterosso in the Cinque Terre. We caught up with one of my bridesmaids and her partner who were stopping in Italy on their way home to Australia. It was like double dating!

Thanks so much to John and Claudia for sharing thier stunning wedding with us today, how amazing was their wedding and their photographs?!! Wow weeeeeeeeeeeeee….. xoxo

Credit where credit’s due….

Haughty Culture Florist, Honiton, Devon.

Changing Faces, Devon.

Hunters Hairdressing Group, Hontion, Devon. 01404 548888

Combe House Hotel, Gittisham, Devon.

Rosanne Hollowell, Cake Maker.

Wessex Entertainerments.

Johanna Johnson, Sydney, Australia.

Harrolds, Sydney, Australia.

Alannah Hill, Australia.


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