Emily & Andrew’s “accidentally 50s tea party styled” wedding is just wonderful! It’s the loveliest mix of quirky and fun, with gorgeous styling and details and the most beautiful bride and handsome groom! The fab couple were married just outside Taunton in Somerset. Emily got ready at her home which was right next door to the church, and after the ceremony everyone travelled by vintage bus over to Mount Somerset Hotel for the celebrations. The venue is just fabulous: a 19 bedroom Regency country house set in four acres of beautiful grounds.
So many people have opinions of what our wedding “should” be. We spent an evening early on with a bottle of wine, pen and paper and drew our dream wedding. The more wine the better the ideas! But actually looking back we got nearly every element into our wedding and it was exactly what we wanted and it reflected us.
Wedding photographer’s website:
Andrew’s mum got the recommendation for Anthony at Special Day Wedding Photos from a friend’s wedding. They thought he blended in beautifully with the wedding and produced beautiful photographs. We liked his documentary style with natural looking photos really capturing the spontaneous emotions
Anthony was really great to work with. The pre-shoot was so useful as we were both camera shy and we got some beautiful photos to use on our wedding website. On the day he worked so hard and didn’t miss a single moment of our day. So many guests commented on how energetic he was yet practically invisible! Each photo is beautiful and choosing which ones to print out and hang on the wall is almost impossible! We’re going to make a photo washing line so we can have loads on display. Thank you so much!
We were given our photos on a USB in a beautiful presentation box. We plugged it into the TV and snuggled up on the sofa together with a cup of tea. There were so many to look through we had to pause for a tea top up! It was lovely to relive the day together.
The Mount Somerset Hotel, Taunton Somerset
Can you describe your wedding in fewer than 10 words?
vintage tea party full of games and laughter. Extremely Us!!
Your wedding style or theme:
Tea Party, accidentally 50s styled but it was just what we liked!
Where did you find your suppliers? (Blogs, magazines, recommendations?)
Mostly word of mouth but not necessarily Wedding specific as we were the first of our friends to get married. We actually found our band playing in a garden centre over Xmas! They got us dancing in the shop so we knew they’d get feet tapping at the wedding too. Saved us a fortune too as they were just a hobby group and so half the price of any professional wedding bands!
What’s your top tip for saving money?
I bought my dress from a high street retailer for under £100 which was almost identical to the “proper” dress I was due to try on which cost over £750!! I then went to the bridal shop and could buy all the accessories and make it truly mine!
I loved that I could wear it fully enjoy the day without worrying about damaging it. Everyone said how very unique and “Me”the dress was.
… and which elements of your wedding are you glad you spent more on?
We spent on the venue. We were going to go for a marquee in the garden but by paying only an extra £1000 we were guaranteed a warm and dry venue with experienced staff, suitable facilities, bedrooms, Wedding planner (who was SO helpful) and they tidied up afterwards!!
Where did you buy or source your wedding stationery – or was making it a labour of love?
I designed my own stationery as a graphic designer and found printed.com did great value and such high quality printing. They were great to talk to and really fast turn around. It looked so professional
Did you fall in love with your wedding dress?
I saw it whilst looking for bridesmaid dresses and it was EXACTLY what I was going to try on in the Wedding shop in a few weeks but at 1/10th of the price! It was the last one available and in my size. It was fate.
I bought it expecting something to be wrong but it was PERFECT. Hardest thing was keeping me the same size for a whole year!
Wedding dress designer and bridal boutique:
House of Fraiser ChiChi of London
Tell us about your accessories: jewellery, shoes and anything else!
It was all about the shoes! I wanted a short 50s dress mostly so I could show off the shoes! They were from Rainbow Club and I wore them all day without breaking them in and they were so comfortable. I didn’t want to take them off. Also I have just had them R.E.-dyed black so I can keep wearing them.
The Wedding shop didn’t mind me bringing my own dress so we still got the bridal shop experience as we tried on all the accessories.
And what did the groom wear?
The groom had a blue checked suit with mustard yellow waistcoat. He and the ushers had mismatched yellow bow ties. They surprised us with matching yellow socks!
Beautiful bridesmaids: what did your best girls wear?
They wore matching navy dresses from ASOS. They couldn’t have been different shapes, aged between 12 and 25, some tall, some short and some busty! The dress looked gorgeous on them all!
Hair and make-up – did you DIY or hire a professional?
I had a professional hairdresser which was the first time I’d ever had my hair done. Mum came with me on my trial and I loved that when she had finished, she checked with mum that I still looked like “me” just more polished! I wasn’t pretending to be anyone else as Andrew had chosen me so wouldn’t want someone else coming down the aisle! I don’t wear much makeup so did it myself
Describe your wedding flowers. Who arranged them for you? (florist details would be lovely please)
We got our flowers from Somerset Cut Flower Garden. She does beautiful meadow flowers and made the church, bouquets and button holes so beautifully. I loved the rope arch over the church door.
General styling – did your venue need much decoration?
We had a stylist but actually if I was to do it again I wouldn’t bother. The venue was beautiful and it was all about the people. I had made the centrepieces and that was all that was really visible!
We also hired in vintage crockery at the last moment which was all the styling we needed.
Crafts and makes – tell us about any homemade elements of your wedding… did you enjoy them?
I made the centrepiece. Very simple wooden base (from a friend) and couple of vases of flowers (from a charity shop) and some candles. Was £30 for all of them. But don’t go crazy on decorating, the people are more important and you have to find homes for it all afterwards!!
The wedding cake: what kind of cake did you choose and why?
We had a traditional fruit cake that Andrews mum made as she loved baking. This meant that she could make it in advance and enjoy the day before without worrying about sponge cakes!
I’m glad we didn’t spend on the cake as it was such a tiny part of the day and hardly any was eaten as everyone was full from the other food.
Entertainment: any musical recommendations, surprises or treats?
A big part of the wedding were the games. They went down so well and the band said we were in their top three favourite weddings as well as it being the most memorable part of the day. It was my family vs his with ushers as games masters. Young and old could join in.
1. Blind folded we had to get into height order (yup, 50 blind guests stumbling around!)
2. Beachball relay holding it between two heads. No hands even when passing to the next pair (personal space invasion!)
3. Ski race over the dance floor
We also had a photobooth and garden games around the room for people to play. It wasn’t just about dancing.
What’s the best thing about being married?
Knowing that I have my best friend beside me for life.
Favourite supplier web links for other brides and grooms:
DECOR- A Touch Of Class Decorations
VENUE Mount Somerset
FLOWERS Somerset Cut Flower Garden
CHINA HIRE – Somerset Vintage China
PHOTOBOOTH- Somerset photo booth company
HAIR – Hair by Lianne
BUS TO VENUE – Quantock Buses
BAND – Lazy River Jazz
PHOTOGRAPHER – Special Day Wedding Photos