We are huge fans here of our Little White Wedding Directory members Lavender & Linen, and were thrilled to receive these ‘Peaches and Cream Fairy-Tale Wedding’ images from one of their lovely weddings. Jenny and Andrew held their romantic wedding on 4th August 2012. As Kate from Lavender & Linen says:
‘We helped guide them through the process of styling their day. They had many wonderful ideas for making it really unique to them, and made a point of including all their loved ones throughout the whole process. They created many of those special touches themselves with the help of family and friends, ensuring that everyone felt wanted and needed on their special day.’
Jennifer & Andrew – Peaches And Cream Fairy-Tale Wedding
Here’s what Jenny had to say about their special day:
We chose to tie the knot in the ancient market town of Malmesbury in Wiltshire, where we have lived for two years. We love our little town, and decided to invite all our friends and family to come to us for our big day. We got married in the Town Hall just a few hundred metres from our house, and I walked to our wedding with my father, bridesmaids and flower girls. It was really unforgettable – people were taking photos and coming out of the shops to see us, and even the Mayor came to wish us well!
We chose a string duo to play during the ceremony, and after struggling to find an entrance piece that I felt comfortable with I decided to write my own. I’ve played piano from an early age, and with the help of my talented cousin I composed a piece – luckily our musicians Saffron Strings were only too happy to play it for us. It was so moving to hear it as I walked down the aisle.
Andrew and I have known each other for nearly half our lives; we met in Dorset when we were just 12. After 6 years apart at different universities we met up again in 2007 and have been together ever since, picking up where we left off at 17.We wanted a relaxed wedding, and as Andrew used to work as a hotel manager running countless weddings, he knew exactly the laid-back feel he wanted for us and our guests. After our civil ceremony at the Town Hall we held our reception at our local country pub, the Rose and Crown at Lea, where we decorated a marquee with bunting and lights, a sweet bar, kids craft table and a hay bale sofa. We loved the name of the pub, and used it to create a subtle theme to go with our summery peaches and cream colour palette.
We loved the idea of a locally sourced wedding, and chose Malmesbury suppliers as far as possible. I found wonderful dressmaker Anita of Ribbons & Lace in the town who supplied my D’Zage dress and customised it for me. When I struggled to find peach gowns in just the right shade for my bridesmaids Anita handmade their dresses, and made all of the gent’s ties in the same fabric.
My beautiful bouquet of peach roses and sweet pea was created by JayArcher, and we bought ivory roses, dahlias and carnations from Flowers Galore in Malmesbury, and two talented friends made all of the button holes, bridesmaids bouquets and table decorations for the reception venue.
Lavender & Linen wrapped over 50 old jam jars with fabric and lace to use as vases which looked stunning on the tables. They also provided vintage champagne saucers for our personalised wedding cocktail on arrival, as well as vintage wine glasses for the wedding breakfast.
They transformed our function room with paper pompoms, lighting and foliage. They also made our beautiful ring pillow that my 11 year old brother carried during our ceremony and clutch bags for the bridesmaids.
I wanted to create unique favours for our guests, and used mini jam jars to give home made rose bath salts to the ladies, and cuff-links to the gents. I affixed a 20 pence piece to each cuff link, and the Rose and Crown emblem on them fitted perfectly with our venue!
I hand-designed my gold and crystal hairpiece, a gift from Andrew’s mum, working with designers at Moonfleet Jewellers in our home town in Dorset, to create something really individual.
We had so much help from friends and family, I wanted to personally thank each guest for their support, so I hand stamped ‘thank you’ hearts and hung them around the marquee in amongst photographs of our guests.
My Auntie and Uncle commissioned the unique ‘attraction’ signs to our wedding and reception, our guests loved them and they were a real surprise for us on the day too!
Our stunning vintage Bristol wedding car was from Richard Thorne Classic Cars.
Instead of a traditional guest book my sister in law cut out hundreds of cream paper hearts that guests could leave their messages on.
Andrew made our wooden seating chart from old pallets and used mini luggage tags hand stamped with each guest’s name, and his brother and best man who owns the Gower Kitchen restaurant in Swansea kindly made all the desserts for our wedding breakfast.
Our wonderful photographs were taken by Tom Marshall. Tom was really professional and relaxed; his creative shots of the groom and best man before our ceremony are some of our favourites.
Don’t panic if something does not go to plan – it can become one of the most memorable parts of the day. During our first dance the sound system stopped working, but it didn’t matter to us as all our guests started singing our song, so we carried on dancing until it came back on – it was so special, and something we will never forget!
As a surprise at the end of the night Lavender & Linen arranged for everyone to form a sparkler avenue, it was the perfect romantic departure at the end of our special day.
A craft table full of card making bits, and giant garden games worked really well for our little guests.
Category: Real Weddings