Tuesday, 30 August 2011

Real Weddings: Dreamboats & Petticoats

I first met Sarah and Ben over a year ago now, bright eyed and bushy tailed and very ready to start their planning. They knew they wanted a relaxed, family affair with a 50s feel but beyond that they were open to suggestions. I never knew that over the course of the year this lovely couple, who met on a internet dating site, would become such wonderful friends. 

So this post is a little extra special for me, hence the abundance of images I've got to share with you, courtesy of the incredible Emma Case and her legendary husband Pete 'I Bring The Party' Smyth. The wedding took place at what is without doubt my favourite wedding venue, Preston Court with a dream team of local and national suppliers. Sit back, brew yourself a cuppa and enjoy...

Sarah, the Bride
No 1950s wedding is complete without the caddy
Just one of the incredible organs the venue boasts.

Ben the Groom
The arrival

The First Look

This trend, from the US and spreading like wildfire across the UK is such an intimate moment, when the bride and groom see each other for the first time before the ceremony. I highly recommend it.

Oh and it was wet. Reeeeeeeally wet. It rained pretty much all day, so instead of our beautiful island ceremony we had to set up inside the 17th century barn instead...which was such a hardship, I mean.

The beautiful bridesmaids

Sarah's Family

Ben's Family

The Vows

Watching them get married just filled me with pride, it was wonderful sending two of the loveliest people off down the aisle with their parents-they're just so perfect for each other. And did I mention we all sang an alternative hymn part way through? 'All You Need Is Love', The Beatles.

Yes! We're married!

A shower of star confetti

And a post-ceremony spin in the caddy

Our creator-maker Harriet made these card flowers

I surprised them with a screen printed banner

Summer punch for the guests

One of the world's oldest swing-out carousels provided the entertainment

The island gazebo

Machine stitched and hand stamped escort cards

'Somewhere Over The Rainbow' cupcakes and cakepops

I made every single one of those table overlays. 

Pinata for the kids. 

Custom 'Team Wallis' Converse

 Photo Booth!

Before the band got the evening going in full swing, Emma & Pete treated us all to the photo booth, aided of course by alcohol for the adults and a rather large amount of sweets for the kids...

Well, I couldn't not have a go now, could I?

Thank you to Sarah and Ben for choosing me for their day, I shall miss you both very much as clients but look forward to a good friendship. Here's to a long and happy marriage!


Bride's dress: Candy Anthony
Bridesmaid's dresses: Vivien of Holloway
Groom's suit: Hugo Boss
Flowers: Lara Haynes at Darling & Wild
Cupcakes: Natalie Seldon at Estella Cupcakes (the best cupcakes in the South East!)
Cake Pops: Pop Bakery
Catering: Chef Scott Anderson
Banner: Gabrielle Louise
Table fabric: Fabric Rehab

Image Credits: Emma Case Photography

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  1. I LOVE the dress! Never get tired of that style. Pooky's Hooch - Love it haha. Gorgeous wedding, fun details and fabulous photography :)

  2. Absolutely gorgeous wedding, and I am loving all the little details. Stunning and obviously love the work of Emma Case :)

  3. Wow! What a stunning wedding!!

    Hope all is well :)