All the way from San Francisco to their venue on a working farm, bride Emma talks us through her vintage tea-party real wedding…
How did Daniel propose?
“At the end of a two-week trek around the west coast of the US, we went for a farewell dinner with our trek group. Dan ordered champagne for everyone and then got down on one knee – but he’d left the ring at the hotel! We celebrated with our new friends from all over the world.”
What dress did you wear?
“A White Rose Bridal fit-and-flare ivory corded lace over pearl satin dress, with a chapel-length train, and a lace jacket. It had covered buttons running the full length of the train with scalloped, eyelash lace edging. I bought it from Champagne and Confetti in Eastbourne.”
And the accessories?
“I wore a beaded pearl hair vine from Vintage Taylor Made, a freshwater pearl bead bracelet from Luna Tide Designs, a freshwater pearl necklace and gemstone rainbow necklace from Abiza Jewellery, and a Maia gold laurel leaf hair comb from Orchha Jewels (for the veil, which I made myself). My beaded belt came from Monsoon and my Madeline-Mary Jane satin shoes were from Rainbow Club.”
What did Daniel wear?
“Daniel, his best man and one groomsman wore matching peacock-blue three-piece suits with burgundy ties from Moss Bros. The other two (Scottish) groomsmen wore traditional kilts and navy waistcoats.”
Who were your bridesmaids and where were their dresses from?
“Rebecca, my best friend from university, my sister-in-law, Elizabeth, and two of my school friends, Olivia and Natasha. My flowergirl was my cousin’s daughter, Hope. The bridesmaids’ dresses were burgundy jersey multi-way and came from Atom Attire. Since they can be worn in a variety of ways, they had a style for everyone. Hope’s navy lace and pleated dress came from Monsoon.”
What was your theme?
“Autumnal vintage tea party. It evolved as we visited wedding fairs and found our suppliers, but it started with finding colour palettes we liked (Pinterest is great for research). We also sneaked a few Harry Potter references in – one table was numbered ‘9 ¾’ and our ‘Always’ cake-topper is a quote from the books. We had outdoor games (tin can alley, space hoppers, giant noughts and crosses and giant Jenga).”
What was the highlight of your day?
“It was lovely to see all our friends and family getting to know each other. Also, since our venue was a working farm with animals, our disco turned into a silent disco after 11pm. The older guests found watching this hilarious!”
Date: 16th September 2017
Venue: Ceremony at The Church of All Saints and St. Nicholas, Icklesham, East Sussex; Reception at Frickley Lake, Burnt Barns Farm, Ninfield, near Battle, East Sussex frickleylake.com
Photographer: Rod and Julie Davies from Zest Photography weddingsbyzest.co.uk
Emma’s dress: White Rose Bridal whiterosebridal.com
Daniel’s attire: Moss Bros moss.co.uk
Bridesmaid dresses: Atom Attire