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An English tea party wedding in Derbyshire

Today’s charming and romantic tea party wedding blog has ideas even I’m going to use! You’ll love this: Catherine wears Tabitha by Charlotte Balbier, and John and his groomsmen are in kilts… tea party wedding by Pixies in the Cellar (47)

The venue is decorated with jars and lace, pearls and stationery with beautiful type – so many tea party wedding ideas to inspire your own big day. I’m guessing Hobbycraft will be sold out of lace by teatime!

Catherine and John chose the brilliantly-named Pixies in the Cellar to photograph their wedding. Their big day was at Hargate Hall just outside Buxton in Derbyshire. It’s a dream of a wedding day with vintage styling, gorgeous little details and creative ideas. Watch out for the bridesmaids, the girls on the stairs (so cute!), and all the lovely vintage bottles – I need some of these!

With thanks to Catherine and John for the wedding report, and to Pixies in the Cellar (always makes me smile!) for their Hargate Hall wedding photography. This is truly beautiful – enjoy!
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Who proposed, and how?

We had been travelling around New Zealand and on one warm beautiful evening whilst we were camping, looking over the most amazing views, John proposed. It was so romantic and perfect.

Wedding venue: Hargate Hall, Buxton

www.hargate-hall.co.uk – the venue is holding a wedding open day in September – see their facebook page for more information www.facebook.com/HargateHall

Wedding photographer: Pixies in the Cellar

www.pixiesinthecellar.co.uk Peter and Sara are professional wedding photographers based right on the borders of Cheshire, Lancashire, Derbyshire and Yorkshire and close to the Peak District – perfect for everywhere! 🙂

How would you describe your wedding style?

We wanted a relaxed and informal wedding where we could do things exactly our own way. We went for a vintage / English tea party wedding theme. In the lead up to the wedding we had a great time visiting vintage markets to get ideas and buy bits and bobs.
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The wedding ceremony at Hargate Hall

We had a civil wedding ceremony and for our readings we chose two poems: ‘The One’ and ‘The Day You Will Always Remember’ both by unknown poets.

John had a kilt made in his own family tartan. Catherine wore ‘Tabitha’ by Charlotte Balbier.

I’ll never forget the feeling as I walked down the stairs and then saw John standing there, looking so handsome in his kilt. The ceremony was perfect and really relaxed. Everyone got to have a bit of a giggle as John was forced to say all three of his middle names.
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The tea party wedding reception

  • We kept the styling of the venue simple. We hung bunting in the hall where we got married and in the marquee where we had the wedding breakfast.
  • There were fairy lights wrapped around the banister.
  • We dotted vintage postcards and photographs around the place and also had an old typewriter for guests to type messages on.
  • We made our own centrepieces using jam jars and old bottles.
  • We also set up a vintage style tearoom in one of the apartments which was just off the main hall. In this we used many of the teacups, cake stands etc. that we had bought at vintage markets.
  • Friends bought along all sorts of home baked cakes and, after the ceremony, our guests enjoyed these and some other nibbles we provided.
  • We also had garden games going on throughout the day for the children and adults, as well as a dress up box that proved entertaining later on in the evening.

It is really difficult to choose the highlights as the whole day for us was perfect. The bouncy castle and the band were both very popular with guests, young and old!

Wedding music and entertainment

We had a range of music on our iPod, starting out with 30s and 40s music early in the day as guests enjoyed our tearoom. We had a band called the Henry Revue in the evening who played a variety of songs in a reggae style. The band was amazing and really got the party rocking.
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Wedding day advice

Make sure you have a good group of friends and family to help make the day run smoothly and to ensure you don’t have to worry about a thing.

Don’t worry about whether all your guests are having a good enough time – they will be.

Avoid drinking too much early on as you want to be able to remember every single moment. Finally, get a bouncy castle! It kept the kids (and adults) amused all weekend!

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Claire Gould

Claire spends her days writing - either in beautiful calligraphy or online. She lives on the edge of the English Lake District only minutes away from the beach, where she loves to escape and unwind. Claire's calligraphy can be found at www.byMoonandTide.com. Claire launched the English Wedding Blog in November 2009 - it's been a top 10 UK wedding blog ever since, with a regional focus we hope you LOVE.

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16 COMMENTS
  • Amanda Balmain
    7 years ago

    Love it all! Those bridesmaids dresses are to die for and all the little details are just gorgeous, I also love how the photography compliments the vintage theme.

    • Claire
      7 years ago
      AUTHOR

      Thanks for your comment Amanda! Love the details of the latest wedding you have on your blog as well: this one!
      Claire xx

  • Amy
    7 years ago

    The prettiest bridesmaids dresses I’ve EVER seen!

    • Claire
      7 years ago
      AUTHOR

      Fantastic aren’t they Amy… I spotted some beauties on Whimsical Wonderland Weddings this week as well… but this week I love my bridesmaids best! (Hello lovely Lou if you happen to read this 🙂
      Claire xx

  • Ruth
    7 years ago

    Those bridesmaids dresses are amazing! Please tell me where you got them from?

    • Catherine
      7 years ago

      Thanks, the bridesmaid dresses are Hell Bunny, available in various retailers and also online :0)

  • Ciara Jaen
    7 years ago

    You caught my attention, i love vintage designs! You are very good with details. I love it!

  • Paul Keppel
    7 years ago

    what a great collection of photos, I don’t think photographers take enough photos of the details, as the bride spends hours and hours choosing items for their wedding, and often get over looked.

    • Claire
      7 years ago
      AUTHOR

      Hi Paul,

      A very interesting comment… I think you have a great point there. Where couples* spend so much time creating lovely details I do agree that photographers should show them a bit of love as well!

      *I know it’s not just “the bride” who spends her precious time with wedding crafts though… grooms, bridesmaids, mums and sisters play a big part!

      Claire x

  • How lovely to see our bride Catherine on her big day! It is so wonderful to see how everything came together and I love all the vintage touches which complimented her beautiful Charlotte Balbier gown.

    Congratulations Cath & John and thanks for sharing this link with us xx

  • Katy george
    7 years ago

    Hi Catherine
    Your wedding ar Hargate hall looks beautiful ! I’m due to get married their next April I love the style you used I was just wondering if you would consider selling on any of the beautiful decorations you used ?
    Kind regards

    Katy x

    • John
      7 years ago

      Hi Katy,

      Thank you for your kind comments. We have been pretty busy recently but hopefully soon I will sort all our decorations and put them up for sale.

      Many thanks
      John

  • A very impressive portfolio of images. The theme as been really well captured and the attention to detail is just amazing. Excellent.

  • Hargate Hall
    4 years ago

    I cant believe I have only just found this blog. I lovely set of pictures and a lovely write up. I will put a link to this as I am sure it will help other couples with ideas as well.

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