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Dance like a maniac! Kirsten and Neal’s fabulously vintage Cambridgeshire wedding

Hi again lovely people! I have a treat in store for you all this morning – a 1950s inspired Cambridgeshire wedding with VW Campervan, wildflowers, cupcakes and 7 tiers of cheese, awesome dance moves and the proudest dad… you’re going to love this!

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Kirsten and Neal were inspired to create a vintage wedding with pale pink and blue details. Kirsten’s ankle length Ian Stuart gown (is there nothing this man can’t do to perfection, I ask you?!) is divine! And Neal looks pretty damn good in his tailor made suit by A Suit That Fits – let’s just say the pair of them are amazing together!

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The wedding was at Madingley Hall, just four miles from the centre of Cambridge and a magnificent venue – Wikipedia tells me it’s a former royal residence and dates back to the 16th century – the photographs are fabulous and will show you so much more of this impressive English wedding venue. Huge thanks go to London wedding photographer Paul Rogers for submitting such a brilliant wedding to share with us all today! I hope you love it as much as I do. Everyone – enjoy. Claire x

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Wedding venue:

Madingley Hall, Madingley, Cambridgeshire

Wedding photographer:

Paul Rogers

How would you describe your wedding style?

The overall style was quite vintage, primarily 50s, with a pale blue and pale pink colour scheme. We also tried to add in some light-hearted touches, to make the day seem less formal. For example our table favours were miniature bottles of Jagermeister, which Neal invited everyone to down during his speech as an alternative to the traditional toast.

Our wedding car was a VW campervan. And we both love cheese (and jokes about cheese!), so there was a bit of a cheese theme running through the day, such as table names based on cheeses, and 7 tiers of cheese instead of a traditional cake.

Invitations and reception stationery:

Neal designed the stationery himself using Adobe Illustrator. We tried to make them quite informal and again these were vintage-inspired, using a mish-mash of fonts. To cut down on the amount of printed information we’d need to send out, we also had a website (via GettingMarried.co.uk) in a similar style to the invitations.

What did you both wear?

Kirsten wore an above ankle-style net strapless dress with scalloped front and lace bolero, by Ian Stuart. This was worn with white lace gloves, a birdcage veil and a pearl necklace and earrings. Shoes were pink bow heels. Pink lipstick – is a must!

Neal wore a bespoke three-piece navy blue suit with narrow lapels and black velvet collar from A Suit That Fits, together with a white shirt, pale pink knitted tie, white polka dot pocket square and black patent leather shoes from Dune.

A little about the wedding ceremony:

We had a traditional ceremony in Swavesey, Cambridge – the village Kirsten grew up in. The church was St Andrew’s, where Kirsten’s brother also got married. Kirsten was given away by her dad who wore his traditional Scottish attire. We had around 100 guests at the church. We went for a traditional reading from the bible that we liked (Song of Solomon 8 v6,7) followed by a beautiful poem called ‘The Sonnet of the Moon’ by Charles Best. Our final reading was something a bit more light-hearted, called ‘How Falling in Love is Like Owning a Dog’, by Taylor Mali – this was delivered brilliantly by our friend Cris and got a lot of laughs!

Tell us a little about your wedding venue styling and details:

We carried the 50s pink/blue styling through to the decorations. The flowers were designed by Claire Kendon, Kirsten’s sister-in-law’s mother, and were in a quite whimsical style – arranged in various retro teacups, saucers and teapots, with some bigger arrangements in wooden wine boxes.

For our table name cards we used manila luggage tags clipped to the wine glasses with mini clothes-pegs, and we stamped out guests’ names with a Dymo label writer – blue for boys, pink for girls! The napkins had a little piece of gypsophila tucked in.

Metres upon metres of bunting was lovingly handmade by Kirsten, and used to decorate the bar area and the top table, and we also used white tissue pompoms for the bar area, made by Kirsten, her mum Shirley and brother Ally. We also had a beautiful vintage cup-cake tower made by neighbours of Kirsten’s parents, Francesca and Lynsey Blake.

Wedding music and entertainment:

We booked a five-piece band called Red Alert via Gigz Management – they played a fantastic set with everything from Motown to modern anthems. In between sets Neal’s good friend Dan Willis, the owner of Sound Bookings DJs, filled the floor with some awesome tunes.

Memorable wedding day moments:

Kirsten: Travelling in the VW Campervan (“Hilda”! from Vintage V Dub weddings) from the church to the reception venue, stealing a quiet romantic fifteen minutes with my new husband, drinking a glass of champagne.

Neal: The first dance. In the run up to the wedding a lot of our friends had been winding us up saying they were expecting big things from our first dance, since Kirsten trained as a dancer and I had done a few street dance classes. We played it down, saying it would just be something boring, but we were planning a surprise. On the day the ushers got everyone to assemble around the dance floor, and we appeared wearing Nike high-tops – sky blue for me, pink for Kirsten. The cheer we got was one of the most memorable moments of the day! Our first dance was to ‘We don’t have to take our clothes off’ by Jermaine Stewart, and consisted of a mixture of a bit of street dancing with various silly moves – it was a lot of fun and everyone bundled onto the dance floor straight afterwards, setting the tone for an amazing party.

Wedding day advice:

Remember to slow down and take a minute to take it all in – the day goes so quickly. And dance like a maniac!

Recommended wedding suppliers:

  • Paul Rogers, photographer: stunning documentary-style photos, coupled with with an unobtrusive, friendly, and professional approach.
  • Claire Kendon, florist: absolutely beautiful flowers, even more stunning than we had anticipated. Was amazing, came up with great ideas. Made a stunning bouquet.
  • Red Alert (band) and their agents, Gigz Management: The band were superb, great standard of musicianship and played a fantastic set. Gigz Management made it easy to find the right band for us, and took care of all the logistics and finer details.
  • Dan Willis, Sound Bookings DJs: friendly, professional service and played an amazing set that kept the dance floor filled all night.
  • Madingley Hall: The Catering Manager, Sonia Ferreira, made our day run like clockwork, and was highly organised, friendly, and couldn’t do enough to help.

See more from Kirsten and Neal’s wedding on Paul Rogers’ wedding photography blog

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 2011 - it's been a top 10 UK wedding blog ever since, with a regional focus we hope you LOVE.

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