Hello everyone! Are you sitting comfortably? I’ve been looking forward to showing you the photos of Laura and Peter’s very pretty vintage wedding from May. There are plenty of special touches and ideas which I know you’ll love, and I think Laura and Peter’s wedding report is pretty inspiring as well.
Best bits for me, in a nutshell, are the gorgeous bride and handsome groom (of course!) and the pretty details – lovely flowers and dinky jam jars with cute labels. I also love the pictures of the game of football in evening sunlight. (Top tip for ushers: take a ball or two to the wedding just in case!) And I would love to hear your comments for Laura and Peter at the end of today’s feature. What do you make of their choreographed dance? The guests who were stood on chairs and tables watching seem to love it!
Huge thanks to lovely Linus Moran Photography for the images. Please scroll down to see recommended wedding suppliers and read all about today’s pretty vintage wedding on the blog – I love it and I hope you will too! Claire x
Laura and Peter: a pretty vintage wedding in Dorset
The bride and groom:
Laura Foot & Peter Hansford
Powerstock Church nr Bridport, Dorset. Reception at the couple’s home in the neighbouring village, Nettlecombe.
Linus Moran of Dorchester, Dorset
How would you describe your wedding style?
Vintage, country, pretty, organised but relaxed.
Invitations and reception stationery:
Our day invites were tea towels from the wedding tea towel company, we wanted something fun that people could keep. The evening invites, service books and seating plan etc all matched the tea towels theme.
The name places were individual jars of our favourite chutney made by local company Bunnies Love and labelled just for us, we tied printed luggage labels which read “Thank you from the new Mr and Mrs Hansford” to them.
What did you both wear?
Laura wore an Ellis Bridal gown from Frox Bridal Studio in Taunton, Somerset. A double edged veil from Rainbow and bright pink shoes from monsoon to add a splash of colour.
Peter and groomsmen wore grey tails and fuchsia pink cravats from Marion Baker of Yeovil, Somerset.
A little about the wedding ceremony:
The ceremony was conducted by the mother of one of the ushers. She also had the pleasure of the men staying at her house the night before and cooking a hearty breakfast for them before the ceremony. Pete was accompanied by both his brothers as best men and the bride had 4 bridesmaids plus the couple’s 4 year old daughter as a flower girl. The men walked to the church while the girls arrived by a Vintage Rolls Royce Sedanca Deville.
Which readings did you choose?
Pete’s uncle Dave read a verse from Corinthians chapter 13. Pete’s 11 year old niece read a poem, “what is a wedding” tailored to the wedding which brought laughter to many and tears to a few.
Tell us a little about your wedding venue styling and details:
We had a clearspan marquee from Oakleaf Marquees, Dorset. They provided everything we needed from the Moroccan seating area to luxury toilets. The marquee was decorated with 80 metres of homemade bunting in all shades of pink.
Flowers were from Rustic Rose of Sturminster Newton, Dorset. Ceramic cream jugs held peonies, gerberas, roses and germinis in various pinks with eucalyptus. I painted wooden numbers with pink Cuprinol as table numbers. We put little after dinner cards on the table to get people talking. We hired an old wooden market card and filled it with pick n mix.
Guests were asked to put their finger print on the fingerprint tree as well as write in the comments book. We had a white wooden bar that sold far to much Jägermeister and a white dance floor.
Canapés of scallops, belly pork and goats cheese were followed by a chicken and butternut squash risotto, homemade honeycomb ice cream and berries.
Wedding music and entertainment:
A string quartet played as guests arrived at the ceremony and then played back at the reception during the drinks and canapés. Our first dance was a surprise medley which involved our bridesmaids and groomsmen in a staged dance off. The fantastic disco played until 2am and the floor wasn’t empty from the minute we revealed the dance floor at 9pm.
Memorable wedding day moments:
- Hearing the bells ringing whilst waiting for the car to take me to the church
- Our niece’s fantastic poem at the ceremony
- The best man’s speech, cheeky but funny
- The game of football that took place outside the marquee as the evening guests arrived and the reaction to our first dance. It really kicked off the night ahead!
Wedding day advice:
Having the week before hand off work to make those finishing touches at your leisure. Enjoy it! I spent a long time worrying about everyone else having fun, but it’s your day! Leave a good budget for the evening music, a bad DJ/band will ruin the whole atmosphere.
Recommended wedding suppliers:
- Caterers, Rebecca Green, Cerne Abbas, Dorset www.Rebeccagreencatering.co.uk
- Photographer, Linus Moran, Weymouth, Dorset www.Linusmoranphotography.co.uk
- Marquee & Bar, Oakleaf, Henstridge, Somerset www.oakleafmarquees.co.uk
- Florist Rustic Rose, Sturminster Newton, Dorset www.rusticrose.co.uk
- Stationery Wedding Tea Towels www.Weddingteatowels.co.uk
- Disco Streetbeat Disco, Exeter www.streetbeatdisco.co.uk