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I have a super pretty and elegant wedding for you today courtesy of Daffodil Waves Photography. The wedding takes place at Warwick House, who offer the option of an outdoor ceremony, and as we had such an amazing summer of sun this year, Vicky and Tom were able to hold their ceremony in the beautiful gardens. With the help of friends and family Vicky pulled together a beautiful pale pink wedding with a ‘Vintage floral’ theme. Lots of shabby chic details mixed with elegant dressing makes this wedding oh so pretty. I am loving the big light up letters at the end of the post and of course this gorgeous couple and the amazing sunny weather, bring back summer!
Vicky and Tom were married on the 1st August at Warwick House, Southam. ‘I came across Warwick House in a magazine and when we went along to their open day we instantly fell in love with it! The décor was elegant and neutral and we knew it would fit the style of our wedding perfectly. We had 74 day guests and another 100 in the night! The wedding took 18 months to plan, enough time to complete all the DIY elements I wanted to add to the day.’
How they met
We met on a night out over ten years ago and were introduced by my sister.
Tom took me to Bruges to celebrate my 30th birthday and proposed after dinner one evening at a very romantic spot by the canal. I had no idea, after 10 years together I didn’t think it was ever going to happen. I didn’t answer yes straight away as I was so shocked!
How did you allocate your budget?
We knew immediately that most of our budget would be spent on the venue and on photography and videography.
Why did you choose your photographer?
I’d seen an engagement shoot by Nicola from Daffodil Waves on a blog and immediately loved her style. A few emails later and a meeting involving rocky road and we were sold. Nicola exceeded our expectations and we are thrilled with the results. She managed to capture every moment from the day.
My dress was by Benjamin Roberts style 2228 from Lisa’s Bridal wear in Solihull. I only went to one bridal shop and found the dress of my dreams almost immediately. It was a lace fishtail gown, a style that I knew would suit my petite frame and it was styled with a different belt from Pearl and Co on Etsy. My shoes were a bargain from Very- I have tiny feet so these were the only bridal shoes I could find that would fit! I decided to keep my accessories simple with some pearl drop earrings from Jon Richard and a pearl bracelet from Accessorize. My lace-edged veil was also from Lisa’s Bridal wear.
The suit and bridesmaids
Tom wore a bespoke 3-piece grey suit from Moss, he wanted a slim fit. He paired it with a tie from Liberty with a vintage floral print. Tom’s shoes were from Oliver Sweeney. The bridesmaids’ dresses were a pinky-peach chiffon with beautiful tapework detail on the bottom from Warehouse, a complete bargain! Shoes were all from Next in the same colour but different styles.
Theme or colour scheme
The theme was vintage floral with lots of pink.
We used lots of vintage bunting in soft pastel shades to decorate both inside and outside spaces, hanging hearts, DIY signs made by Tom and some vintage bits and pieces we had at home including a perpetual calendar which displayed the wedding date on which had belonged to Tom’s nan.
The incredible Passion for Flowers provided all our flowers and arranged some fantastic centre pieces for our tables. Each one was completely different and used a range of jars and trinkets that we had collected. We first met this amazing mother and daughter team at the Warwick House open day and knew that their eye for vintage styling would fit our theme perfectly. They used gyp for the bridesmaids bouquets and my bouquet had pink avalanche roses, dusky pink roses and astrantia. These flowers were then used throughout the other displays. They also arranged beautiful hydrangeas in our own wooden crates.
Buy or DIY your Stationery?
The stationery including save the dates, table numbers and the table plan were all designed by our talented best man Andrew Skinner which featured a beautiful antique rose design. The save the dates used a vintage postcard and I used calligraphy and vintage stamps to decorate the envelopes. It was definitely a labour of love but we were thrilled with the results.
Personal or handmade touches
Most of the details were made by us, Tom spent many a weekend making and painting signs to decorate the venue. I provided little touches for our guests to make the day as comfortable as possible, particularly in the heat! I provided fans for the ceremony, flip flops for dancing and toiletries in the ladies. Although it takes a lot of time and preparation, these small details really make a difference and I know our guests appreciated it.
Straight after the ceremony we served Pimms and icecream from Lee’s Ice dreams on the terrace- much needed in the heat! For the wedding breakfast, we served a mozzarella, tomato and basil stack with a balsamic drizzle to start, followed by lemon thyme roasted chicken with dauphinoise potatoes and profiteroles for dessert. It was delicious!
The wedding cake
Our cake was a beautiful 3 tier cake made by the amazing Cotton and Crumbs. Her designs are incredible and the cake was delicious (particularly the red velvet!) It was covered in lace, sugar roses and hydrangeas which matched our flowers. Our cake table also included cupcakes and cake pops.
We had a string trio from Bellini Strings during the ceremony and reception, with garden games including a giant connect 4 to keep all our younger guests busy. We also had a photo booth from Confetti Booth in the evening. They were incredible and personalized our photos with the background from our wedding stationery. We also had a sweet buffet which went down well! Our band were the fabulous The Breakfast Club who played two amazing sets.
Special moments or highlights
I absolutely loved getting ready at Warwick House before the ceremony. I had the most relaxing and exciting morning in their bridal dressing room surrounded by my bridesmaids and mum. Having my hair and make-up done by professionals was so pampering. We also loved the ceremony, having it outside was a dream come true and saying our own vows to each other in front of all our friends and family was an amazing feeling.
During our first dance, our best men decided to move the giant LOVE letters which we hired from Doris Loves and dance with them behind us. Completely unexpected but amazing and helped to settle our first dance nerves!
Advice for other couples
Try to relax on the day and let others put out all your details- our venue did such an amazing job of putting my vision together and it took my breath away. If you’re nervous about the speech do it earlier! We did the speeches after the main meal so that Tom could enjoy dessert. Also delegate! I wanted to make lots of things myself and quickly ran out of time. Finding sellers on Etsy that could make them for me for not too much money saved me time and sleepless nights. I would highly recommend WeddingCreations UK, she made bespoke items for me- don’t be afraid to ask. Also ask your suppliers as they have inside knowledge. My photographer was incredible and a constant source of inspiration and ideas on the run up to the day, she even recommended my make-up artist to me.