A beautiful, traditional wedding with hints of peach. Real Bride Zoe tells us about her vintage, tea party wedding in Somerset…
How did Luke propose?
“On my birthday, I woke up to a treasure hunt. It finished in our daughter’s bedroom, where Isla was on her changing table in a vest with the words, “Mummy, will you marry my Daddy?”, and Luke was down on one knee!”
What dress did you wear?
“I wore a stunning ivory lace dress by Lusan Mandongus. I didn’t expect it to fit or the style to suit me, but I fell in love with it immediately; it was perfect!”
And the accessories?
“My veil was also by Lusan Mandongus. I wore a beautiful headpiece and necklace from Prudence Gowns in Exeter. I wore my mum’s earrings (something borrowed). My shoes were open-toe ivory heels by Dune, but later on in the day, I did give in to a pair of Havaianas bridal wedge flip flops! My garter was handmade by Luke’s auntie.”
What did Luke wear?
“Luke wore a navy Italian three-piece suit from Next, with a peach bow tie.”
Who were your bridesmaids and what dresses did they wear?
“My maid of honour was my sister, Amy and my bridesmaid was Luke’s cousin, Emily. Their dresses were floor-length and peachy in colour and came from Little Mistress. My niece Bailee-Mae and my daughter Isla – my two flower girls – both wore ivory dresses from Monsoon.”
What was your theme?
“Vintage English Tea Party. Mum trawled charity shops to obtain a wonderful collection of vintage china, making cake stands with any spares. We borrowed, upcycled and made as much as possible. Our bunting was handmade by a friend. Luke’s auntie made all of our favour boxes from card – she also made all of our wedding invitations. We collected and decorated jars with hessian and lace. I had a vision of how I wanted it to look, but never expected it would turn out so perfectly!”
What was the highlight of your day?
“The whole occasion was one of the best days of my life, but seeing my daughter ready in her dress with her gypsophila crown, and receiving pictures of my sons looking so smart and handsome really stands out. That, and looking around to see all our friends and family there to share our special day with the five of us.”
Date: 2nd June 2017
Venue: Ceremony at Tudor Hall in The Old Municipal Buildings, Taunton
Reception: Langford Budville Jubilee Hall, Langford Budville langfordbudvillevillagehall.org.uk
Photographer: Vince Hutchings, Yeti Photography yetiphotography.co.uk
Zoe’s dress: Lusan Mandongus lusanmandongus.com,
Luke’s attire: Next
Bridesmaids’ dresses: Little Mistress little-mistress.com