Happy Wednesday everyone! Today I have a properly, charmingly, adorably English wedding to share with you all! Tracey and Garry’s afternoon tea wedding caught my eye for their fabulous portraits, the bouquet, the vintage camper and how gorgeous they both look. I always say a great clue to how well a wedding will fit the blog is what the groom is wearing… and I love Garry’s smart but relaxed look. Tracey, of course, looks absolutely stunning.
“We wanted a wedding that was personal to us and exactly how we wanted it so we saved so much money by doing everything ourselves instead of paying someone else to do it for us. We shopped around for all of the decorations for the hall, bought all of the crockery by scouring boot sales, charity shops and ebay, bought items from B&M which we then personalised, bought fresh flowers from a local market seller which a friend kindly turned into the church and table displays.
“My sister and I decorated the hall the evening before… by having a late wedding, we could then have an afternoon tea which again, cut the cost of expensive set meals for 80 guests. This consisted of cakes and sandwiches made by friends. In the evening, we laid on a buffet that family had kindly cooked and prepared for us. A friend kindly recommended a lady that loved baking who made our wonderful ‘naked’ wedding cake, decked with fresh fruit and flowers (it was a first for her) and that saved us over £150 alone. My sister’s partner sang for us in the evening and provided all our entertainment, saving us a great deal.”
Images are by lovely Dave Allen of Just Hitched Wedding Photography, based in Essex. Find out more about Just Hitched Photography here:
Photographer Dave told me Tracey and Garry “are such a happy and lovely couple which really resonated with me. On the wedding day I just felt like I was part of the family too. It’s always nice to walk away after shooting for 10-12 hours feeling like you had just as much an awesome day as the bride and groom, I left Tracey and Garry’s wedding with just that.
This was a split venue occasion at St Marys church in Little Pardon with the reception held at Matching Tye village hall. These venues suited Tracey and Garry’s wedding, very personal and unique. This also helped along their theme of a vintage DIY wedding. Tracey searched high and low finding all the bone china crockery for the day and all the little details too. It was really nice to see all their friends coming together too. A perfect relaxed wedding for a laid back couple.”
The English Wedding Blog interview: Tracey and Garry
Wedding photographer’s website:
How did you choose your photographer?
Dave contacted us after our details were posted on a site for wedding photographers. As soon as we met him, we knew he was the one that we wanted to capture our special day.
Were you pleased with your wedding photographer? Do tell… we love a brilliant review!
We were more than pleased,! Dave was wonderful!! From the minute we met him, we felt so comfortable and relaxed. He really made us laugh and we loved his ideas. He was extremely professional yet it was like having a friend photograph our wedding.
On the day, he arrived and put us all at ease, he made me laugh the whole time, and was really supportive. Friends thought that we had known Dave for years because he made us, and all of the guests feel totally relaxed and was so friendly. We seriously, could not have chosen a nicer person for the job!
Tell us about the moment you saw your wedding photos for the first time?
The photo’s were amazing. They totally captured our whole day perfectly and brought back so many wonderful and precious memories. We loved every single photograph that Dave took and the ones that he had captured unbeknown to us were fantastic.
Was such a lovely feeling, looking back on our day. Couldn’t stop smiling!
Church – St Mary’s Little Parndon, Harlow, Essex
Reception – Matching Tye Village Hall, Harlow, Essex
Can you describe your wedding in fewer than 10 words?
Absolutely perfect and everything we could have wished for.
Your wedding style or theme:
Vintage, afternoon tea party.
Where did you find your suppliers? (Blogs, magazines, recommendations?)
Ideas on pinterest,
Ali Express for decorations, table numbers and place cards
Ebay, Charity shops, friends and family for afternoon tea crockery
Table decorations and wooden signs B&M
Where did you buy or source your wedding stationery – or was making it a labour of love?
My sister and I made and decorated our save the date cards as well as the majority of our wedding invites.
Did you fall in love with your wedding dress?
Absolutely, as soon as I tried my dress on, my sister, friends and I fell in love with it. I tried it on 3 times that first day!
Wedding dress designer and bridal boutique:
Peaches Wedding Shop in Harlow
Tell us about your accessories: jewellery, shoes and anything else!
I bought a diamante necklace online, my sister lent me diamante bracelet and Garry bought me diamond earrings for the day.
My friend Dawn bought me a wonderful pair of Rachel Simpson shoes from a wedding boutique in Sawbridgeworth
And what did the groom wear?
Garry wore a brown checked tweed vintage style suite with waistcoat and brown suede desert boots with a white linen collarless shirt.
Beautiful bridesmaids: what did your best girls wear?
They wore floor length Grecian style dresses in pale green from Debenhams
Hair and make-up – did you DIY or hire a professional?
My friend Mandy hired a professional to do my makeup on the day and my friend Sophie did my hair. I styled my sister Sandra’s hair as well as my Daughter Ella’s hair for the day.
Describe your wedding flowers. Who arranged them for you? (florist details would be lovely please)
My wedding bouquet,, bridesmaids bouquets and buttonholes were done by a friend (who is a professional florist) Tania Crouch and my friend Maria did all my flowers for the church and the tables at the reception.
I also did flower displays of wild flowers for the church displayed in Jam jars decorated with vintage lace, ribbon and pearl buttons
General styling – did your venue need much decoration?
The village hall lovely wooden floors and was quite a blank canvas. My sister and I spent 7 hours the day before the wedding decorating the hall. We hung paper pom poms and paper lanterns from the ceiling and wrapped fairy lights around beams and posts. We hung wooden love hearts and signs on the walls, tin candle holders with love hearts from hooks, as well as vintage style bunting across the walls . My friend Krizim made us some fantastic personalised posters that we put on the walls and on the sweet table. We laid all of the table with table clothes, the vintage china, cake stands, teapots, sugar bowls and cute little love heart tongs. We sprinkled tiny wooden love hearts and paper love hearts cut from newspaper on the tables.
Crafts and makes – tell us about any homemade elements of your wedding… did you enjoy them?
I made our table seating plain by gluing hessian onto a board that I then put in a large picture frame, I made twine washing lines that we then hung table information printed on cream card with a tiny wooden peg.
We made signs in memory of my Parents and my Father in law who had all sadly passed away that we placed in front of 3 jars containing artificial tea lights that were lit throughout the whole reception. We also had teacups with candles lit in them at the table where our loved ones would have sat.
I had a handkerchief embroidered with a personal message to my parents that we sat on the front pew of the church along with their photographs and the buttonhole/corsage that they would have both worn. We also made some of the invites and save the date cards and decorated various jam jars for the church flowers.
I loved making and personalising items that were part of our wedding day, it made it even more special.
The wedding cake: what kind of cake did you choose and why?
We wanted something different and pretty. We chose a naked wedding cake with fruit and flowers because we wanted a more natural vintage style. Neither of us really like icing and so many people pick the icing off of the cakes, so we decided to go without and be different!
Entertainment: any musical recommendations, surprises or treats?
My Sisters boyfriend Carlson sings and we wanted something a little different to a DJ. He also provided all of our music for the rest of the evening.
It made it more personalised and was lovely having her boyfriend sing for us on our special day.
I told Garry all along that we were having a vintage car for the day (knowing full well that he hates them) I surprised him by hiring a wonderful VW camper van from Custard Campers. It was well worth it and a lovely, original touch to the day. Everyone loved it and commented on it.
A very special treat for me, was having my Sons Aaron and Jordan walking me down the aisle as well as having my sister Sandra and my daughter Ella as my bridesmaids. It made the day incredibly special.
Words of wisdom: share your best piece of advice for other couples:
Do lots of research online, go on pinterest and get ideas. Save everything you see that you like and make a folder, cutting out pictures from magazines and printing ideas online . If something grabs your eye when you are out and about, take a photo of it and find something similar online or make your own.
Do what makes you happy, personalise it to your own taste and DO NOT let anyone tell you how to plan your special day. Have fun making things and getting exactly what you want. By decorating your venue, you guarantee you wont be disappointed on the day!
What’s the best thing about being married?
Having been together for 7 years (we got married on the day we started dating so it was our 7 year anniversary) and going through alot in the 4 years leading up to the wedding it was wonderful to finally walk down the aisle and take our vows. Being married to the love of your life is the biggest commitment you can both make and you cant get any better than that!
Favourite supplier web links for other brides and grooms:
Pinterest for ideas
Ali express for wedding decorations
B&M for wedding decorations
The Range for arts and crafts