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A super pretty vintage tea party wedding at The Barns Hotel, with Amanda Karen Photography

Hannah and David really are the sweetest couple, and their vintage tea party wedding is wonderful. The little details and handmade touches make this a very special day – by being thrifty today’s bride and groom could afford a reception in a venue they’d had their eye on for eight whole years!

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So many brides tell me it’s hard to relax on the day, but Hannah’s lovely approach worked well: “I thought I would stress too much, but I actually stayed calm in the knowledge that we were getting married and it didn’t matter about minor things.” The smiles prove it!

A pretty vintage tea party wedding at the Barns Hotel with Amanda Karen Photography (32)

Images are by lovely Amanda Karen Photography. Amanda is based in London and you can see more of her photography here:

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Let’s enjoy today’s gorgeous wedding… sooooo pretty!
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The English Wedding Blog interview: Hannah and David

Wedding photographer’s website:

www.amandakarenphotography.co.uk

Were you pleased with your wedding photographer?

Yes, very. Amanda was lovely to have around in the morning and helped with all sorts. They took beautiful photos discreetly and made sure we were able to spend time with our guests.

Wedding venue:

Ceremony – Christ the King Church, Bedford. My parents got married there almost 35 years ago to the day.

Reception – The Barns Hotel, Bedford. We used to drive past when we were first together, (8 years in October) and we thought we’d never be able to afford to have our reception there. However, we were thrifty with a few things and managed it. We wanted to marry locally as both families are from the area and we will be able to return in the years to come.

Wedding date:

6th April 2015 – exactly a year after we got engaged (by chance really, but it was lovely in the evening for us to remember the moments from the year before)

Can you describe your wedding in a single sentence?

A day full of personal touches, laughter and memories we’ll treasure.

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

Overwhelmed/happy/emotional. We loved getting to re-live the day.

Your wedding style or theme:

Vintage tea party.

Where did you find your suppliers?

Through recommendations as well as lots of googling.

Best bit of budget advice?

Unless you want a show-stopping cake, don’t splurge on it. Ours was from M&S and we dressed it to make it fit with our day. It only cost us about £160 for three different tiers and everyone enjoyed it.

Wedding invitations and on the day stationery:

All home-made by us. It meant that there were lots of lovely personal touches and it cost us less. It took a lot of patience cutting out each individual piece of bunting, though. The orders of service were also printed by us and the ribbons were tied by my family.

Did you fall in love with your wedding dress?

Yes – I was looking for a fitted, all over lace, off-the-shoulder dress and I found it. It was significantly over budget but I got a deal because someone had ordered it in my size and changed their mind. (I’m not sure the shop would advertise this though, as it was a one-off deal!) It was fate!

Wedding dress designer and bridal boutique:

St Patrick

Xquisite Bridal, Leighton Buzzard.

Sabrina and the team are lovely.

Glitz and sparkle – the bride’s accessories:

Veil – Reflections (www.nieve-couture.co.uk but through the bridal shop)

Shoes – Porto by Rainbow Club at Bernadette Foster in Olney, Buckinghamshire. Excellent service and comfortable shoes – we danced right until the end!

Earrings – Beaverbrooks

Bracelet – H Samuel

I had both my Grandmas’ rings tied into the bouquet for my something old.

Suited and booted – the groom wore:

Slim-fit blue suit hired from Moss Bros.

Navy leather shoes from Clarks.

Beautiful bridesmaids: what did your best girls wear?

One-shoulder, pastel blue, floor-length dresses from Eden Bridal at Shop for Brides, Daventry.

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

Hair – Lil from Hayward Lane, Bedford

Make-up – Laura from Beauti by Laura, Bedford.

Wedding flowers:

Mainly sweet avalanche roses, blue hydrangeas, gysophilia and bouvardia. There was also some rosemary in the centrepieces. They were exactly what we wanted.

Sue Billington Floristry in Leighton Buzzard.

General styling – did your venue need much decoration?

We could have left it as it was, but we wanted it to be more personal and fit with the overall style of the day, so Add a Little Sparkle decorated it with bunting and covered the chairs beautifully. We opted for hoods rather than bows and little flowers poked in the back of each one.

DIY – tell us about any handcrafted elements of your wedding

As well as making all of our invitations and stationery we also assembled the favours and made the table plan from a £3 foam board from Hobbycraft, some pretty fabric and blackboard stickers.

The wedding cake: traditional or quirky?

Traditional, but topped with a vintage teacup filled with flowers.

Entertainment:

Squire event company. Also, Dave’s uncle and cousin who sing professionally did a set.

On the day tips and advice:

Try to relax. I thought I would stress too much, but I actually stayed calm in the knowledge that we were getting married and it didn’t matter about minor things. Step back and watch everything at least once. Also, eat the food. I was told by my married friends before the wedding that I wouldn’t feel like eating, but we really enjoyed our meal. We picked the dishes as a couple and we wanted to take in all aspects of the day.

What’s the best thing about being married?

Knowing we’ve made it official and can carry on making happy memories, but as Mr and Mrs!

Quick supplier list for other brides and grooms:

www.xquisitebridalwear.co.uk

Bernadette Foster, Olney (only on Facebook)

www.addalittlesparkle.co.uk

www.amberweddings.co.uk (post box)

www.suebillington.co.uk

www.pearlweddingcar.co.uk

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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