Happy Snowy Monday Lovely People!

Our gardens might be covered in the white stuff  today but our blog is all about the sunshine, bright colours, lots of smiles and love love love!

Jane and Dylan tied the knot on 20th August 2011 at the beautiful Little White House in Setley, The New Forest. Full of  intricate homemade details and the most stunning Edwardian vintage dress, their wedding is an amalgamation of colour, personal touches and sunshine which resulted in the most perfect summer garden party wedding with vintage touches.

Their wedding was shot beautifully by the very talented Anneli Marinovich who, in Jane and Dylan’s words, captured the day perfectly….

“The awesome Anneli Marinovich photographed our wedding. We found her online and knew from her photos that she would be able to capture our day perfectly. She was brilliant at using the light to capture the dreamy-ness of it all. She made us feel incredibly relaxed in front of the camera and was great with the guests. There were so many fantastic moments and she managed to capture them all.”

Look out for the hand cut bunting, the camping village and the most gorgeous baby ever! Over to Jane and Dylan….

A homemade wedding….

We did all the décor ourselves. Chinese lanterns strung across the drive-way, hand-cut papal picado strung up in the  Tentipi and butterfly paper-bag lanterns with tea-lights to provide lit pathways when it got dark. I also cut out butterfly shaped cards for guests to leave us messages on before hanging up by ribbon in the tentipi. It took a lot of effort to get everything done, but many hands made light work in the end!

I collected vintage table cloths to place over the straw bales which I plan to make into a quilt as a keepsake of the day…

An original Edwardian wedding dress…

I found the dress on an American website/blog after searching for vintage wedding dresses. It’s an original Edwardian wedding dress.  As soon as I saw the photos, I fell in love with it. I thought the dress was beautiful and couldn’t let it go to someone else! My mother, who is an incredible seamstress agreed it was worth restoring for me.

The original under dress had disintegrated over time, so she made a new one and altered the dress to fit me, adding beautiful details along the way such as mother of pearl fastenings. Thankfully, apart from some minor marks, the lace was in incredible condition considering the dress dates from around 1910…

My mother is a genius when it comes to designing and making clothing and I’ve always known that there was no-one else I could trust with something so important! It was a real labour of love, and worth the effort, I have something that is absolutely unique and I will keep forever. I just need to find an occasion when I can wear it again!

With the dress I wore a faux-pearl necklace given to me by Dylan’s mum which had belonged to her grandmother. They’re such a beautiful colour and helped us to choose the dusty pink under-dress. It was a privilege to wear them and they are something that I will continue to treasure.

Hand Cut Garden Flowers….

The flowers came from The Real Cut Flower Garden and were couriered to the house the day before the wedding and arranged into tissue-paper wrapped jam jars on the morning. The flowers are grown sustainable and so you receive whatever is in season. We really wanted the flowers and bouquets to be as relaxed and natural as possible, and they were perfect.

As a hair accessory, I restored tiny silk pink flowers that I found in a charity shop and attached them to  hairgrips.

A Middle-Eastern Inspired Buffet…

We hired the caterers Estelle & Vincent. They provided an amazing middle-eastern inspired cold buffet. We love middle-eastern food and they put together an incredible spread. Lots of guests thought it was the best wedding food they had tasted and it was perfect for a hot summer’s day.  Later on in the evening, my chef-brother, Mike, cooked up a fantastic barbeque by the camp-fire to keep us sustained for the dancing!

Tu me encantas….

Our wedding rings were given to us by Anita and Charles, Dylan’s mum and step-dad, which we had engraved with ‘tu me encantas’ which translates from Spanish to say ‘you enchant me’’

Words of Wisdom….

We couldn’t have had the day we did without the huge amount of support from friends and family in the setting up. It was a great team-effort. Use all the help you can get; there is always so much more to do on the day than you imagine.

Look for bargains and don’t be afraid to diy if you need to work within a budget. We were thrilled with our home-made decorations, all the hard-work we had put in made the day even more special.

After a long night of dancing in the Tentipi, there were no more taxis to take us back to our hotel. We walked a mile in the dark, carrying butterfly lanterns to light our way, the perfect end to an awesome day…

Photographer – Anneli Marinovich 
Venue – The Little White House, Setley, New Forest {no website}
Tipi – Tentipi Tent
Brides dress – Original Edwardian vintage, c. 1910
Brides shoes – Lilliana by Diane Hassal (purchased on Ebay)
Brides accessories – Vintage pieces restored and created by the Bride
Groom – A Suit that Fits.
Bridesmaids – Kew
Flowers – The Real Cut Flower Garden
Catering – Estelle & Vincent

Many thanks to Jane and Dylan for sharing their wedding with us today, and to the lovely Anneli Marinovich for her stunning photography.

How amazing were those flowers? I can almost smell spring by just looking at them!

Jane and Dylan’s first dance will featured in Independent Love Song later on this afternoon and its an old favourite of mine!

Don’t be a stranger!

Big Love

Festival Brides xx


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