So! As I have said before I have taken the decision to change my life and become an event stylist based on the fact that I love it!! But also when we got married nearly two years ago I did everything myself. This was absolutely fine and I had so much fun sourcing the props and doing the planning but it got a little stressful on the run up to the actual day. I mean I was in tears in the marquee the day before after deciding that it all looked terrible and I had completely changed my mind!! Luckily I didn’t and we had the most amazing day, all of the guests enjoyed themselves (mainly down to my mums home-made strawberry vodka) and they all said it was one of the best weddings they had been to – Phew!
Our theme was Vintage Village Fete and the venue helped to ensure this worked the way we wanted it. We got married in our village church and then the reception was at The Royal Arms in Sutton Cheney. A converted barn which led onto a permanent marquee. What was great about it was that we had a huge grassed area where I set up hay bales, games and deckchairs for people to just chill out. We wanted the day to be relaxed so when guests arrived we sat down to afternoon tea, I didn’t want a top table or a seating plan so people sat where they wanted and we enjoyed lovely food until the band started playing and the dancing commenced!
I styled the marquee with reams and reams of hand made bunting and tissue paper pom poms. The tables were dressed with vintage embroidered tablecloths, vintage books, various different jugs and containers holding the gorgeous flowers that all came from my mums garden. I hired fold up wooden chairs which made it look more vintagey and my dad cut down a huge tree branch which we installed in the marquee and I pegged my favours to this which were wild-flower seed packets. Underneath the tree I set up a seating area using our garden furniture and my beautiful blue bike took pride of place and looked after my bouquet in her basket! As you may have now gathered we really didn’t want to follow the wedding rules and so we didn’t have a cake and instead asked guests to arrive with a pudding/cake which would be entered into ‘The Great Wedding Bake off’ this was brilliant and created a lovely table of sweet treats. As part of the invitations I included a raffle ticket which guests had to bring and then we ran a raffle at the end of the night which was a lot of fun. People donated prizes and the first prize was dinner for two at our venue.
The day was beautifully warm and balmy and people loved that they could sit outside or dance and catch up with old friends. The band played, the alcohol flowed, the evening hog roast apparently was amazing – I don’t know I was too busy dancing! The atmosphere was great and most importantly everyone that we love came together to share our day.
So, please let me help you to enjoy your day as much as I did. Let me take the pressure off you so that you won’t be found crying into a tissue paper ball or wanting to strangle yourself with fishing wire. I hope you enjoy looking at our pictures, I love the informality of them and couldn’t have asked for a better photographer. The only problem I have now is that I wish we could do it all again!! I have so many ideas to try……… xx
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