Spring is truly in the air at English Wedding Towers this morning as I have one of the loveliest weddings of the season to share with you… a heartwarming May wedding for a gorgeous bride and groom, starring their adorable 13 month old daughter and flower girl.
Dan and Emily styled a charming village fete wedding in a marquee at Emily’s parents’ house, and combined their day with their daughter’s christening. Despite having a lovely little person in their lives, they found time to incorporate a ton of homemade styling touches into their day to transform a simple marquee into a charming and welcoming wedding venue.
Images are by Surrey wedding photographers Matt and Brenda at Foden Photography. Matt told me, “One of the very best features of the day was the ‘cake competition’. Rather than offering a single cake to their guests, Emily and Dan invited them to bring their own! The vast array of cakes (of varying standards) was a sight to behold, and I have to say this was a wonderful idea that made the wedding day feel even more personal. Of course prizes were awarded for the best cake in show too!”
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Dan and Emily: a DIY village fete wedding in springtime
Were you pleased with your wedding photographer?
“Foden Photography covered our wedding earlier this year and I wouldn’t hesitate recommending their services. In fact we have already been asked for their contact details by guests impressed on the day and the fantastic results that followed shortly after. We were rather anxious about choosing our photographers as we wanted a relaxed feel to the whole day for both ourselves and our guests, and Foden Photography fitted the bill perfectly. They were never intrusive and they felt like wedding guests more than anything else. Having two photographers was a fantastic bonus, ensuring every aspect of the day was covered and we now have a collection of photos we will treasure forever. Thanks again Matt & Brenda!!’
Pratts Bottom All Souls Church, Kent. The reception was also held in the village, in a marquee at the Bride’s parents’ house.
4th May 2013 (but contrary to speculation, not Star Wars themed!!)
Can you describe your wedding in a single sentence
A perfect day in a location close to our hearts
What was your reaction to seeing your wedding photos for the first time?
We couldn’t stop smiling
Your wedding style or theme
Vintage Village Fete Chic
How long did you spend planning your wedding?
There were 20 months exactly between the proposal in Sardinia to the wedding day. In this time our beautiful daughter (and flower girl) entered the world. The actual wedding planning took about 7 months.
Best bit of budget advice
Use family and friends recommendations. Ask everyone and anyone you know for help. Mates rates were a blessing.
Also if you have the time, buy materials online and make decorations/stationery yourself.
Wedding invitations and on the day stationery
The Bride made it all. Invitations, order of service, food menus. Our table plan was a huge vintage black board with scrabble tiles. Place settings were cross stitched initials of each guest in the style of scrabble tiles, attached to luggage tags. We had 13 tables and our table names were ‘months’ (one, two, three) and pictures of our daughter at that age. She was 13 months old on our wedding day.
Our invitations included a quirky, fun rsvp. We provided a blank postcard and asked our guests to be as creative as they liked when replying. Amazing keepsakes. We had some very funny replies.
Did you fall in love with your wedding dress?
Yes. I hadn’t intended on buying during the first look. I’m usually quite indecisive. The style was very different from what I’ve always thought I would want. I’m still so in love with it.
Wedding dress designer and bridal boutique
The Bridal Boutique, Beckenham, Kent.
Glitz and sparkle – the bride’s accessories
Something old and borrowed – pearl stud earrings and a simple single pearl necklace. Borrowed from my lovely Godmother.
Suited and booted – the groom wore:
Dark grey tails with a sage green cravat (Moss Bros)
Beautiful bridesmaids: what did your best girls wear?
My bridesmaids dresses were Seafoam (Sage green) strapless maxi dresses from the Belsoie Bridesmaid Collection. We also bought comfy sand colour mid-low heels – something they could keep and wear with anything.
Our flower girl wore a monsoon dress, tights and little pumps.
Hair and make up – did you DIY or hire a professional?
Hair was styled by professional hairdressers. Also recommendations from friends. Brides sister, and maid of honour applied brides make up. The bridesmaids applied their own.
Cottage garden flowers.
General styling – did your venue need much decoration?
The marquee was very basic inside. With the help of many family and friends we decorated the day before the wedding.
DIY – tell us about any handcrafted elements of your wedding
Almost everything was homemade. As mentioned before all the stationery on the day, the metres and metres of bunting made by my lovely mum. We collected empty jars months prior and decorated these with string, lace, hessian. These were used as little vases for flowers on the tables.
The wedding cake – traditional or quirky
We didn’t want one big wedding cake. Instead we asked guests to make biscuits, cakes and cupcakes like you would at a bake sale. This was our ‘village fete cake stall’, and it worked brilliantly.
We wanted our guests to have fun. We had a coconut shy, hook a duck, cake stall, smash a plate, splat the rat and a sweet shop stand.
Evening entertainment consisted of a photo booth and dj.
On day tips and advice
Enjoy every minute. The day is over way too quickly.
Best thing about being married
Experiencing absolutely everything in life with your best friend.
Quick supplier list for other brides and grooms