This wedding is super sweet for a number of reasons, including the scrumptious afternoon tea wedding breakfast and love all round.
WWW readers Frances and Anthony tied the knot last summer and held their wedding reception at Weybridge Hall in Surrey. With a cute pastel colour theme they crafted a vintage style hall wedding filled with blooms fit for a royal (see the report below) and fun décor. They looked just delightful too with Frances in lace and Anthony in a colour popping pink bow tie. Be sure to keep an eye out for the most adorable flower girls also. Smiles and fun a plenty here this afternoon folks.
Thanks so much to Natalia Slepokur for sending over these lovely shots.
THE PROPOSAL | On a romantic getaway to a spa hotel in Oxfordshire, Anthony asked me on a whim in the hot tub! He surprised himself as much as he did me as had not intended to that weekend. When we got home Anthony wanted it to feel real but did not have a ring so dashed off to Marks and Spencer’s to buy some stand in bling and proposed all over again on one knee in the kitchen. The real ring is an antique 4 stone diamond ring passed down from my Great Grandmother to her mother who is no longer with us, so holds a lot of emotional sentimentality.
THE VISION | Vintage inspired garden party.
THE PLANNING PROCESS | We got engaged in May 2014, but didn’t set a date until January 2015, with the plan to get married in July 2015 which meant we only 6 months to pull the whole wedding together! I had dreamed about the big day since we had got together so I had a lot of ideas to build on. I enlisted the help of her sister in law Gemma, the creator of Mrs Jones Tea. She helped with every aspect of the planning from finding a venue, styling, catering and all the little details. We made a great team! Anthony was given options when things were narrowed down to the top 3, so he got a say, but wasn’t always entirely sure what he was saying yes to, but was suitably impressed when he saw the end result! We are not fans of fancy food and at no point had any desire for a formal sit down dinner for our big day, we always wanted a casual garden party but with a romantic feel to the day. I have to admit my favourite food is sandwiches and cake so an afternoon tea seemed the perfect choice!
BUDGET | £10,000
THE VENUE | St James Church, Weybridge and after at Weybridge Hall, Weybridge, Surrey.
THE DRESS & ACCESSORIES | Dress by Callsita, ‘For brides with curves’. Veil as the brides ‘something borrowed’ from a close friend. ‘Something blue’ a gorgeous Tiffany bracelet with a little blue heart given to the me on the morning of the wedding by my maid of honour Hannah and best friend Philly and a heart shaped engraved locket necklace received from my groom on the morning of the wedding.
FINDING THE DRESS | I was very nervous about the prospect of dress shopping without my mum around to offer an opinion so only wanted my Maid of Honour Hannah with me who’s opinion I trust more than anyone else. After one trip to a ‘normal’ dress shop and not able to get my hips into a single size 10 sample unless it had the widest skirt imaginable left me feeling rather rubbish about the whole experience. After such a bad experience, I booked into a range of bridal shops designed for curvier brides in order to be able try on various shapes and get a true feeling of what all the styles looked like and I found I really liked a more fitted look. In the end the dress was bought from a Bijou Bridal in Mitcham which had the most stunning range of dresses any girl could dream of and I really struggled to make a choice.
HAIR AND MAKE UP | Kim Atkin was great. I originally was planning on doing my make up myself and going to a local hairdressers to have my hair done. As the wedding got closer, I became more and more worried about doing it, and whether my nerves would hold out on the morning of the wedding to do the eye-liner! My sister-in-law gave me Kim’s details and after a consultation I knew it was the right choice getting her to do both my hair and make up. The look lasted all day, and Kim was so good at keeping me calm while getting ready. I cant recommend her enough!
GROOM’S ATTIRE | After a couple of trips to the shops and a peruse on the internet Anthony fell in love with the current trend of a navy tuxedo with black lapels. He found a 2 piece suit he loved from Jeff Banks, and added a plain black waist coat from Next, a Paul smith tuxedo shirt, Russel and Bromley shoes and a hot pink bow tie.
THE READINGS & MUSIC | 1 Corinithians 13: 4-13 read by Anthony’s best friend Chris and a poem called ‘side by side’ read by my close friend Carla.
I am really fortunate to have 2 very talented musicians as best friends.
I walked down the aisle to Elton Johns ‘Your Song’ sung both of them at the piano. They also sang Jason Mraz ‘I’m Yours’ and Ed Sheerans ‘Thinking Out Loud’ whilst the register was being signed. It really made it extra special to us.
The evening reception we had a band called Barney and The Rubbles who sang hits such as ‘Up town Funk’ ‘Happy’ and ‘Boys are back in town’ and various up tempo tunes to get the party rocking.
BEAUTIFUL BRIDESMAIDS | Hannah, Philly, Candis were my brilliant bridesmaids! They supported me the whole way though the planning process and were there in the morning to help me get ready at a nearby hotel. As Philly was singing in the church and I wanted to keep the aisle for my flower girls and I only, we decided that they could choose their own dresses and literally through their own choosing and no consultation with one another they all co-ordinated impeccably and with the colour scheme! A sign of a good friendship! I had my 2 gorgeous nieces Florence and Eleanor aged 4 and 2 as flower girls in dresses from Matalan, shoes from BHS and floral hair bands from Primark.
THE FLOWERS | Seasonal flowers in pinks and creams, with the main flower being my favourite – peonies! I also had these in my bouquet and we had chose roses for the boys button holes. we had the same flowers in the hall in various jam jars, jugs, teapots, galvanised milk jugs etc which were all done by my step mother Jacqui Jones the former florist to the royal household no-less! They really set off the hall and everyone commented on how beautiful they all looked.
THE CAKE | A beautiful lace and pearl cake topped with hand made pink roses, made by my incredibly talented friend Ligia Kowalska who just makes cakes for fun would you believe! 3 tiers, a mix of traditional fruit on the base and lemon for the top 2 tiers.
YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER | Natalia Slepokur – she was recommended via a friend – she did a great job! We didn’t notice her at all in the church nor in the reception. she made everyone feel at ease!
THE DETAILS & DÉCOR | We wanted a relaxed vintage feel to the day with LOVE being the centre of it all, we achieved this in the catering and décor working with Gemma from Mrs Jones Tea and China Hire. Luckily, her being my sister in law, we met and spoke on numerous occasions to discuss all things wedding. The hall was a blank canvas so we had to work hard to transform it. Mrs Jones’ team decorated the entrance hallway with pastel coloured pom poms which adorned the staircase and we also had a wooden ladder with the letters “L.O.V.E” on with flowers, inside the hall were vintage suitcases for the table plan and for somewhere to put the cards.
We chose the large marquee lights for the stage, these also doubled as night lighting for the hall.
The tables were laid with beautiful vintage cup, saucers and cake plates and the cutlery was tied in lace with peoples names attached, it made each setting look beautiful. We had lace bunting hung and pom poms around the room to set the theme of a tea party.
We opted for a sweet table for favours, and Mrs Jones supplied the jars, sweets and scoops along with gold glitter SWEETS letters.
THE HONEYMOON | We had a 2 week trip to Thailand, starting in Bangkok for 3 nights, 4 nights in Krabbi in a gorgeous hotel with a hot tub on the balcony over looking the ocean. Hot tub from proposal to honeymoon! The 2nd week was spent at the Marriott Beach club in Phuket, a week given to us by my Aunt and Uncle as a wedding gift, it was our little bit of paradise! We did everything from snorkelling to kayaking, island hopping to jungle trekking. A whole lot of relaxing and even more eating and drinking!
MEMORABLE MOMENTS | When the photographer arrived to take our getting ready shots, she handed over a little box from Anthony that contained a gorgeous engraved locket that I wore on the day and nearly every day since.
Seeing my dads face when he walked into the room.
Walking down the isle to meet the love of my life whilst one of my best friends sang Anthony’s favourite song – just stunning.
The complete overwhelming joy of being announced husband and wife. It was a long road from engagement to that point.
When we walked into the hall for the first time and saw what was a plain hall transformed into a stunning venue with all the tables laid out so beautifully with gorgeous vintage china to the lace bunting draped for the mezzanine and every mouthful of afternoon tea, everything was delicious. (I wish my dress had more space for my stomach expansion!) Our vision had come alive!
ADVICE FOR OTHER COUPLES | Brides – don’t be alarmed if you thought you were incredibly rational and then have a wobbly at your final dress fitting, it is a pinnacle moment that get to us all, trust me you will look amazing on the day!
Water to hand is needed when you are on the way to the church, your mouth will dry out from nerves!
Lastly, if you think you are going to cry, just let it go, you look worse in the photos trying to hold it in!
CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE |
Photographer | Natalia Slepokur
Catering and event styling | Mrs Jones Tea and China Hire
Chairs & Champagne Glasses | Surrey Event Hire
Mobile Bar | The Shaker Cocktail Maker LTD
Procecco | Majestic Wines
Flowers | Jacqui Jones (step-mother)
Hair and Makeup | Kim Atkin
Ahhh just perfect.
Frances and Anthony, thank you both so very much for sharing your wedding story today xo Lou