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Jennifer and Andrew’s English tea party wedding in Yorkshire, with Sansom Photography

A delicate selection of sandwiches and cakes, jugs of Pimm’s and vintage china teacups brought Jennifer and Andrew’s English tea party wedding to life. There are so many beautiful photos here to inspire you to create a similar theme for your wedding day. With a stunning bride and oodles of wonderful images, this is a treat to brighten all of our Fridays!

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Jennifer wears a gorgeous lace wedding dress by Mia Sposa; Andrew looks great in a tailored suit by Owen Scott. Their vintage theme happened almost by accident: looking to create a very personal wedding that reflected their personalities, the English tea party wedding kind of all came together on its own! And it looks amazing!

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All of the images on the blog today are by lovely Sansom Photography, and the venue is Crow Hill Country House. See more Yorkshire weddings on the English Wedding Blog by navigating from the top menu of the English Wedding Blog to real weddings by region! Enjoy today’s wedding everyone!
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Our wedding report: Andrew and Jennifer

Wedding photographer’s website:

www.sansomphotography.com

Were you pleased with your wedding photographer?

Absolutely!! We searched high and low for a photographer that took the kind of photos we wanted so when we stumbled across Chris and Verity we didn’t look back. Prior to the wedding they were brilliant, really communicative and quick to get back to us on things which helped to take stress out of the equation. Then on the day they were fantastic, they just slotted in! They have a really lovely, genuine approach and such an enthusiasm for weddings and what they do! And the end result is incredible. We felt like we were getting to live through it all again

Wedding venue:

Crow Hill, Marsden. It’s a beautiful venue and again we searched high and low for the perfect venue only to realise that it was just down the road!

Can you describe your wedding in a single sentence?

Friends, family and laughter altogether in one place is the perfect recipe for happiness.

What was your reaction to seeing your wedding photos for the first time?

I nearly cried and we spent ages looking at each photo just taking them in. Chris & Verity had captured hundreds of beautiful moments between our friends, family and us. They really brought back the happiness of the day and it’s so wonderful to get to relive it all every time we look through the pictures.

Your wedding style and theme:

Andrew and I were concerned about making the day a reflection of us and our relationship but not sure we were too bothered for having a theme. In the end, with the lace dress and tea party wedding breakfast it kind of all came together as a bit of an English vintage theme.

Any happy tears on the day?

Very nearly. My maid of honour made a speech at the wedding breakfast. We’ve been friends since we were ten years old and I got a little choked up. Andrew nearly cried at the speeches and also confesses to having a bit of a moment in church before I arrived. Looking back there were quite a few moments were we nearly cried.

How did the two of you meet?

Rather unromantically we met at work. He asked me out via email! How could I say no?

How long did you spend planning your wedding?

Andrew proposed in November 2012 and we were married in October 2013. October is our favourite month so we knew we wanted to get married then. We didn’t want to wait nearly two years to get married so we bit the bullet and got on with things.

Best bit of budget advice?

Shop around, research prices, stick to the budget you’ve set and don’t be afraid to haggle. There were times when we just had to admit we couldn’t afford it and we’d get on with something else instead.

Wedding invitations and on the day stationery:

We made all the wedding stationery ourselves; invites, order of service, table numbers, place names etc. We knew what look we wanted and ordered loads of kraft card from ebay. Making our own stationery was a way to keep costs down but to add a personal touch too. Our table numbers were named after places we visited in Iceland, which is where Andrew proposed. And everyone’s place name had a little message written to them underneath.

Did you fall in love with your wedding dress?

Yes! I’d picked my dress in February and didn’t have a fitting until September. I was getting really stressed and worried about the wedding and I was especially nervous about walking down the aisle and being the centre of attention. But as soon as I had the dress on again all those worries just lifted. I felt like me and my dress were a team and as long as I was wearing it on the day everything would be OK.

Wedding dress designer and bridal boutique:

It was from and designed by Mia Sposa.

Glitz and sparkle: the bride’s accessories:

I had a veil which was from Mia Sposa and then I wanted to keep everything else quite simple and stripped back. I wore a pearl bracelet and necklace and on the morning of the wedding Andrew surprised me with a pair of diamond earrings.

The groom wore:

Andrew got his suit from Owen Scott. He’s a bespoke tailor with a shop in Huddersfield. Really friendly and excellent customer service.

Beautiful bridesmaids: what did your best girls wear?

Ebay! Because they are all so different I thought it would be cruel to put them in the same dress. So I tasked them with finding their own (there were a few stipulations about what they could and couldn’t have) and they all found their dresses on ebay.

Hair and make-up – did you DIY or hire a professional?

Caroline from Delicate Elegance did mine and the bridesmaids make-up on the day. She was brilliant and a complete perfectionist.

Kelly now at Westrow in Leeds did all the girls’ hair. She was brilliant too and made sure everyone’s hair style was right for them and the end result was amazing.

Wedding flowers:

From Forever Green Florists in Netherton, Huddersfield. Sam was fantastic. She had me make a mood board of the types of things I like. She took one look at it and completely got what I wanted. The flowers were one of my favourite parts of the wedding.

The ceremony:

The ceremony was held at All Hallows church in Almondbury, Huddersfield. It’s a beautiful church and the vicar was really relaxed about readings and music. The ceremony was our favourite part of the day.

Wedding readings?

Because we were married in Church we had to have a bible reading. My mum read Corinthians. We then had one non-bible reading and that was A Lovely Love Story by Edward Monkton read by our friend Charlie.

General styling – did your venue need much decoration?

The Church didn’t, it was already beautiful and didn’t need touching.

The venue was beautiful too but I’d decided that I wanted lots of flowers and as we were having the tea party wedding breakfast with all the vintage china there was a fair bit of decoration.

The wedding cake: traditional or quirky?

I suppose we went for quirky. It has been Andrew’s dream for some time now to own a camper van. And for our honeymoon we did a tour of New Zealand in one. So in homage, we stuck a camper van on the cake!

Entertainment:

I believe many of our guests thought we’d paid the best man to entertain. However, we just went for a disco in the evening and had a slideshow of pictures of our guests. During the day we had an iPod full of some of our favourite songs and had that playing in the background.

On the day tips and advice:

Just go with it. If anything goes wrong you’ll be too happy to care and none of your guests will notice anyway. Embrace the time you get together when having some pictures taken, it’s the time to catch your breath and take it all in together.

What’s the best thing about being married?

Andrew says it’s the anticipation of a happy life together.

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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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