Sunday, 12 August 2012

The Wedding Of The Century

My sister and her beau got hitched over the weekend and it was such a dreamy day that I simply had to post about it here.

After an intimate ceremony at a pretty little registry office my sister and her now husband (coincidentally now Mr and Mrs Wright too) both looked amazing.  My brother-in-law looking dapper with his bow tie and signature moustache and my sister looking like a starlet in a classically styled Jenny Packham dress (Kate Middleton has the same dress in teal)
The new Mr and Mrs Wright
Missy was a flower girl (although sadly she was under the weather the entire day but she did well to last the distance and even managed some dancing with my Dad) and Buster a page (more on his dance moves later).

After a brief photographic interlude at the registry office it was on to the reception venue in the stunning grounds of a beautiful Georgian rectory
The rectory
The main event was focused inside a massive canvas marquee that looked like a traditional circus tent with all manner of treasures to behold within.  I'll try and include everything that my sister et al created but it's no easy task as this really was a handmade and homemade affair.

Perhaps I should start from the top down, hanging across the ceiling of the tent were yards and yards of confetti banners that my sister and her dear friend Mr F had spent hours and hours painstakingly cutting from coloured card and sewing together, along with the white bunting outside made by my Mum and Mr F and friends had risked a rickety ladder coupled with sauna like conditions to hang the huge paper decorations from the tent poles.
Pretty paper decorations
The first thing that hit you as you entered the marquee was the heady aroma of all the MANY fabulous floral table decorations, I took so many photos of them thinking I could whittle it down to just a few but the task proved too difficult so you'll have to forgive this post for looking like the Chelsea Flower Show but it really was all about the flowers again all painstakingly put together by Mr F (he really is a marvel), most of the blooms were old fashioned varieties that have been revived by their growers others came via kind donation from friends' gardens.
Vintage tea cups and saucers were employed along with jugs and bottles to house the flowers and there were little antique metal jelly moulds containing candles.  Each guest received a favour, vintage hankerchiefs containing Cath Kidston hand cream for the ladies, a personalised cd for the gents and a retro sweetie parcel for the kiddies.

My sister's bouquet was an understated posy featuring a beautiful Delft brooch that I suspect may have belonged to my Oma 
The bouquet
The tables were all identified by various Hollywood starlets of the golden age and as such were all denoted by vintage photographic postcards of the movie stars in question, for example we were seated at the Garbo table
The seating plan
The top table was decorated with some beautiful plants in simple paper bags (some of which will now be planted out in my garden) adorned with the names of the bride and groom in crochet doily form made by lil old moi (now available to purchase in my Etsy shop)
Bride and Groom doilies

Inside the tent, as well as the dining tables, was the all important dessert table.  Groaning under the weight of glass cake stands and domes all loaned for the occasion by friends and family (some of mine are among them)
With a beautiful banner depicting the very apt legend 'Sweetheart' behind
Whilst everyone was arriving champagne was taken on the lawn 
The bride keeps the sun off with a parasol and Pradas
with guests eventually venturing to all corners of the grounds to explore and there was lots to see.  There was a mini marquee for the kids, full of traditional toys and games from skipping ropes and diabolos to giant dominos and croquet.
The gardens took on a festival feel 
with people spread out all over the place enjoying the impeccable weather and architectural features of the fabulous location
Eventually the time came for the food, for which I only have one word, yum-a-rama.  There was a hog roast, need I say more?!
Oink, oink
So we all piled into the tent for the wedding breakfast and rather emotional speeches
Then it came time for the dessert table to be filled and filled it was with desserts made by the mother of the bride, the mother of the groom and myself
All served on vintage china loaned by family and friends (I'm proud to say that some of my vast collection was used too).

As the sun set on a picture perfect day the fairy lights were illuminated and the chairs and tables were brought outside along with blankets and rugs 
A poorly Missy has a lie down with Daddy on one of the rugs
and the event took on an even more chilled, bohemian vibe
Cheese from Neal's Yard Dairy was served along with crackers, 
the most pork pies I have seen in one location in my life 
and some delicious handmade chocolates made by a friend.

Buster turned out to be the surprise attraction on the dance floor performing for an adoring crowd

My sister and her new husband then took to the dance floor for their first dance to Diana Ross' Love Hangover, which turned out to be the perfect choice as it starts of slow and sultry and by the end is a massive disco anthem that everyone felt drawn into and joined them on the dance floor
"If there's a cure for this I don't want it"
Then came the final element of the new Mr and Mrs Wright's perfect day, the wedding cake.  Again made by Mr F (he's the complete wedding package, check out his amazing creations here), it was a four tier Victoria sponge, each layer containing five sponges interlaced with fresh cream and strawberry jam (homemade by my sister) and decorated with fresh flowers and berries
Mr F's creation
The entire tower of gorgeousness was then placed atop a vintage leather hat box.
And there you have it, the wedding of the century.  Huge congratulations to you both, it was a belter of a bash and we wish you all the love and luck in the world. x


  1. Wow! Looks like a fabulous day. Everything looks and sounds amazing. Congratulations to the new mr and mrs W x x

  2. I love this post about the wedding! Everything looks amazing and from the photos it appears that a lot of thought and work went into this reception. Everything looks beautiful. Thanks for sharing this special day with all of us.

    1. I think I can truly say my sister had the wedding of her dreams but I know it was a labour of love but totally worth it.

  3. Absolutely beautiful. Thanks for that. I practically felt like i was there. My own wedding had a similar feel to it. Her flowers looked amazing and Mr F certainly is a talent.
    Congratulations to your sister and new husband.

    1. Thanks, it was a beautiful day and the flowers really made it, the only thing I couldn't show in the post was the wonderful aroma, it really was amazing

  4. OMG, Chris you are amazing, all the picks look great! When did you find the time? Thanks for making it look sooooooo goooooood! Thanks again for all your help on the day, you made it a real family affair and I knew that I could rely on you when I needed help. Love to all at the Wrights. Kel & Si xxxxx

    1. Ah Kel, you are amazing, the wedding was fantastic, my pics didn't make it look good it was all you honey. Hope you're having the best honeymoon ever and see you on your return (will do you a copy of all the photos). Love and hugs to you and Si. xxx

  5. What an amazing wedding, I love everything about it. In fact, grab me a diverse lawyer, this is the wedding I want NOW! Now I just need to find myself a new dapper gentleman hmm do reckon Busters is a little young ;)

    1. Ha ha ha, Buster loves a wedding so he'd be totes up for that ;)

  6. Soooo beautiful!!!! What clever people , I mean all involved in making such a lovely looking wedding x Mrs B

    1. Yes, my sister et al worked wonders, they should go into the wedding planning business. x


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