Friday, 10 September 2010
A glorious garden party
I am delighted to share Sian and Peter's 'garden party' themed wedding at Hengrave Hall. As my featured venue, it was great to meet a couple who got married there. I would love to say I helped organise their wedding - unfortunately I didn't, but it has certainly given me quite a few ideas!
Sian Townsend and Peter Anderson decided they wanted to go for something a bit different for their wedding so they chose an old-fashioned 'garden party' theme. The wedding breakfast was an afternoon tea party, followed by a fish & chip supper. ‘We knew we didn’t want a traditional wedding from the start,’ says Sian. ‘We both wanted something relaxed and informal with some quirky touches to make the day special.'
Once they started planning the wedding it took on a handmade theme. Sian's dress was handmade by local designer Erica B and the invites were made by Lisa at Letterpress Design and guests were even asked to make a cake! They also made their own napkins from vintage curtain material bought from charity shops.
Some of the most memorable touches came together for the couple just days before the wedding day. ‘My mum had been keen for me to hire an ice cream van and for ages I put it off because I felt that was tempting fate with the weather,’ Sian explains. ‘Once we saw the forecast we booked up and I was so glad we did – everyone was hot when they came out of the church and seeing our guests tucking into a Mr Whippy was something I’ll always remember.’
The couple wouldn’t change a thing about their day. ‘It had a lovely relaxed feel which is exactly what we’d wanted,’ says Sian. ‘I had thought I’d be stressed but I didn’t stop smiling all day.’
Photography: Sophie Ellen Lachowycz http://www.sophieellen.co.uk/
Venue: Hengrave Hall http://www.hengravehall.co.uk/
Dress: Erica B Designs http://www.erica-b.co.uk/
Invitations: Letterpress Design http://www.letterpress.co.uk/
Flowers: Vintage Bloom http://www.vintagebloom.co.uk/
There are so many lovely elements to this wedding. It means so much more when you spend time rather than money on the personal things to make the wedding really special. Congratulations Sian and Peter.