Today I am thrilled to share this gorgeous relaxed vintage tea party inspired wedding in Cambridgeshire with pretty purple details.
Images were captured by Liz Greenhalgh Photography.
Bride Janice says of the couples vintage tea party inspired wedding…
How did you meet?
We both lived in the village of Sawtry and.went to the same secondary school but did not really know each other at that time.
Later, David moved away, and I moved and lived near David’s mum still in the village and used to visit her for tea, cake and a chat.
When David’s mum had to go into care, he would come and see me to keep me updated about her and we became good friends.
Everything followed from there.
Tell us about the Proposal…
We had each been thinking we would like to be married after living together for about a year but hadn’t told each other.
Then I got in first, popping the question during a chat we were having at home and. David quickly said yes.
Tell us about your wedding planning journey…
We knew from the beginning we wanted a traditional church wedding at our village church with all our family and friends present.
Holme church did not have a vicar at the time which was a bit of a worry but thankfully a retired vicar was found to take the service.
We had an idea to have a relaxed vintage tea party theme for the reception but didn’t know how best to go about it. Then we found Hayley at Dolly’s Vintage Tea Party who helped us plan exactly what we wanted.
The rest of the planning was fairly relaxed really. I found my dress and dresses for the five bridesmaids without too much trouble.
We tried to take time away from wedding planning to do other things which we found helped us a lot and we aimed to have everything done with no last minute rushing.
That pretty much worked and helped keep us relaxed as the day approached.
Any special touches/DIY?
We involved our families as much as possible.
The cake was made by David’s cousin, flowers by Janice’s niece. David’s cousin was best lady. Bridesmaids were all family, and I was given away by my brother.
We also designed the service sheets and invitations, did the table plans and printed the place cards.
What was the theme /colour palette of your Big Day?
We wanted to share a relaxed day with our guests with a traditional church service followed by the relaxed vintage tea party.
The main colour theme was wisteria for the bridesmaids dresses, flowers, cake decorations, car ribbons etc.
We were surprised by how different the colour wisteria was in different shops and from different suppliers but in the end we were happy that everything was a good match.
What was the best bit of your day?
For David, watching me walk up the aisle in my fabulous dress.
For me, it was walking into the church, seeing all the family and friends and how the church had been decorated and most of all, David standing at the front waiting.
What advice would you give to other couples getting married?
Plan the day that you want and not what you think everyone else expects.
Stay in close touch with any suppliers to make sure they know exactly what you want. While planning, remember to take some time out away from wedding plans.
Don’t talk about the wedding all of the time. Do something different and relax.
Photographer – Liz Greenhalgh Photography
Wedding ceremony – St Giles Church – Holme
Reception Venue – Sibson Inn near Peterborough
Brides dress – Monsoon
Bridesmaids dresses – Swanky Rags – Peterborough
Grooms suit – Racing Green
Hair and makeup – Janice’s hairdresser Miranda
Flowers – Jilly Flowers of Hinckley (Janice’s niece Karen)
Styling – Dolly’s Vintage Tea Party (Hayley)
Wedding cake – Groom David’s cousin Angela
Car – Prestige & Classic Cars – Peterborough
Entertainment – Gary Sings Rat Pack ( booked through Warble Entertainment )