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Oliver and Claire’s tea party wedding in Shropshire, with Andy Li Photography

Today’s real wedding is the prettiest treat for your eyes… with the softest pastel shades and loveliest couple. We’re talking dreamy decor and delicious design from the Wroxeter Hotel in Shropshire – and you’ll love it!

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Claire and Oliver married in May and styled their wedding as an afternoon tea party. They loved the idea of tea and cake for their reception instead of a formal wedding breakfast, and chose the pastel shades to give a real spring flavour to their day.

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The gorgeous couple sourced suppliers with help from Pinterest and recommendations, and tried to support local businesses wherever possible (which makes me very happy!). Claire made as many decorations as she could: hand painted initials, handwritten place names and a super pretty table plan were all her handiwork.

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Claire and Oliver are just gorgeous – they look so good together and I’m over the moon to be sharing their wedding with you today. Images are by Andy Li Photography, who is based in Shropshire. You can find out more about Andy here:

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The English Wedding Blog Interview: Oliver and Claire

Wedding photographer’s website:

Andy Li Photography  http://www.andyli.photography/

How did you choose your photographer?

Andy had been recommended by a friend who does wedding hair and make up and had worked with him previously. After looking at his website we knew his pictures were exactly what we wanted for our day.

Were you pleased with your wedding photographer? Do tell… we love a brilliant review!

Andy and Leanne were amazing! The majority of our wedding pictures I wasn’t aware were being taken. They were completely unobtrusive which was important to us as we’d been to many other weddings where photographers took over and posing for photographs became a chore for both the wedding party and guests. They were friendly to our guests and made us feel very relaxed. Not to mention our stunning wedding pictures!

Tell us about the moment you saw your wedding photos for the first time?

Andy personally delivered our pictures to me at work. There then followed a very long afternoon at the office trying not to look at them without Ollie! When we (finally!) did look at them we were completely blown away. They are beautiful because they are so natural.

Wedding venue:

We chose The Wroxeter Hotel for its location. The stunning views and the alpacas in the field outside clinched it!

Wedding month:

May

Can you describe your wedding in fewer than 10 words?

Relaxed, vintage afternoon tea party!

Your wedding style or theme:

Our wedding was an eclectic mix of themes! We loved the idea of tea and cake for our wedding breakfast rather than a formal dinner but wanted to inject a little Gatsby-style glamour. Pastel colours and bunting we thought would be perfect for a spring wedding.

Where did you find your suppliers? (Blogs, magazines, recommendations?)

Wedding magazines and Pinterest were helpful for suppliers, although we tried to support local businesses wherever possible. Personal recommendation was also a big help.

What’s your top tip for saving money?

Don’t be bullied into having things at your wedding because you feel you “should”. Work out what’s important to you as a couple and spend your money on those things. Your guests will remember that they spent the day celebrating with you (and that they were fed!) anything else is up to you.

… and which elements of your wedding are you glad you spent more on?

I’m glad I spent more on my dress than I originally planned! We have two children and therefore were on a tight budget. I had looked on Etsy for potential dresses before my amazing mum offered to buy mine. I know it’s a cliché but I really did feel like a princess!

Where did you buy or source your wedding stationery – or was making it a labour of love?

Our wedding invitations were made by The Invite Shack. I had seen the invitations on Pinterest and it took me a little while to track them down.

Did you fall in love with your wedding dress?

I had begun to lose hope of ever finding a wedding dress until I tried mine on! I wasn’t actually very keen when I saw it hanging up but as soon as I tried it on I knew that it was The One.

Wedding dress designer and bridal boutique:

My wedding dress was by Ronald Joyce from A-z Wedding Services in Stourport-on-Severn.

Tell us about your accessories: jewellery, shoes and anything else!

I wore blush pink shoes from Monsoon. My headpiece was by Jenny Packham for Debenhams. Me and my bridesmaids all had a freshwater pearl bracelet.

And what did the groom wear? Any recommendations for tailors?

The groom wore a blue suit with matching waistcoat from Peter Posh in Telford, coupled with tan brogues and handmade cuff links from Etsy.

Beautiful bridesmaids: what did your best girls wear?

Our bridesmaids wore mis-matched chiffon, floor length dresses in mint green and pink colours. Also from A-Z Wedding Services.

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

My hair was done by my very talented friend Kylie Coles, after a number of trials (I’m so indecisive!). My make up was done by my friend Natasha Whittaker, using her beautiful Tropic make-up.

Describe your wedding flowers. Who arranged them for you? (florist details would be lovely please)

Our florist was Nigel Whyles Floral Designs. They were pastel hued meadow flowers. I requested sweet peas to be included as they’re my favourite flower and smell gorgeous.

General styling – did your venue need much decoration?

We styled the venue with bunting and birdcages filled with flowers. Paper straws for pink lemonade and pastel bags of pick and mix sweets (our favourite!) decorated the tables.

Crafts and makes – tell us about any homemade elements of your wedding… did you enjoy them?

I made as many of the decorations as I could. I painted our initials which we had as a free standing table decoration instead of flowers on our ceremony table. Our luggage tag place cards I made and hand wrote.  I made our table plan using a canvas and a wallpaper sample from Laura Ashley! I did enjoy making our decorations although with two children and a wedding looming there were times when I wondered if I had bitten off more than I could chew!

The wedding cake: what kind of cake did you choose and why?

My great auntie Elizabeth Newman, made our wedding cake. She makes cakes as a hobby. I had not seen our wedding cake until after we were married, at the same time as our guests! I had given her a vague idea of what we would like but nothing could have prepared me for how fabulous it would eventually be. We chose sponge cake as neither of us as particularly fond of traditional fruit cake.

Entertainment: any musical recommendations, surprises or treats?

We had a wedding dj supplied by the hotel and had a good old fashioned cheesy disco, although I drew the line at Oops Upside Your Head!

On the day tips and advice:

The best tip anyone gave me was to have a few minutes out of the day just you and your new husband to take everything in, the rest of the day will just go in a whirlwind. Oh, and don’t worry if it rains, you really, really won’t care!

What’s the best thing about being married?

The best thing about being married is having the same name as your husband 🙂

Favourite supplier list for other brides and grooms:

www.andyli.photography

www.nwfloraldesigns.co.uk

www.a-zweddingservices.co.uk

www.theinviteshack.co.uk

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

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