The ultimate tea party

Danielle and Kevin enjoyed a beautiful vintage celebration packed full of quirky ideas.

Tour manager Danielle and art editor Kevin met through mutual friends over 12 years ago. "We all used to hang around in a big group so we had known one another for a while before we properly got together," Danielle tells us. It took Kevin 10 years of dating before he finally got down on one knee. "Kevin surprised me with a trip to Venice and a few of my friends suggested he might propose over there. But I thought he definitely wouldn't if he knew people were expecting it," Danielle recalls.

It transpired that Kevin had double bluffed his bride-to-be and as they took a trip on a gondola he popped the question. "Kevin proposed with a 'dummy' ring as he wanted a good friend of ours to make the real one. I got to design it and we spent months finding the perfect diamond, which was a lot of fun!"

Here, Danielle explains more about how their big day came together...

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I always wanted to wear a veil and I chose a medium-length plain one with a while silk trim.

 

The ultimate tea party: Image 2aI had three bridesmaids who were my best friends; Rachel, Leanne and Charlotte. They all fell in love with the same dress from Dessy and I found some big corsages online, which we attached to them.

The ultimate tea party: Image 2 I gave all the ladies vintage tea-cup candles as favours.

 

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I panicked about buying the dress as I thought nothing would suit me because I'm so short. I originally chose a knee-length '50s-style Ian Stuart design that I loved but after trying on some longer dresses, I came across this Paloma Blanca gown. Before I even left the changing room, I knew it was the one - my heart started beating really fast every time I looked down at the ruffles.

 

The ultimate tea party: Image 4aKevin's dad kindly made the cake for us.

The ultimate tea party: Image 4 My something old was a hip flask my father-in-law gave to me.

 

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All the flowers were by Karen at The Flower Mill. My bouquet was a mix of pale pink peonies, spray roses, ivory trachelium, pink hydrangea and pink pin cushion flowers. I really wanted a vintage feel with the flowers and I was very happy with the results.

 

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Kevin's best man was his good friend Jon and he had three ushers, his brother Paul, and friends Lee and Roger.

 

The ultimate tea party: Image 7aThe best part of the day was the ceremony. Hearing the vicar say `you are now husband and wife' was quite surreal.

The ultimate tea party: Image 7 We hired a vintage green Routemaster bus to transport all our guests to the church.

 

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I travelled to the ceremony in a vintage convertible Beetle. It was perfect for the feel of the day as anything too formal wouldn't have been right. After the ceremony, Kevin and I travelled to the reception in it and Hayley, the car's owner, had attached cans and balloons to the back.

 

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We hired fantastic bunting from The Bunting Queen which we hung across the marquee and my mother-in-law made metres of doily bunting to go all around the garden. We also projected pink hearts onto the roof in the evening.

 

Danielle and Kevin's contact book


Beetle
V-Dub Rides
www.vdubrides.co.uk

Bride's dress
Matchmaker
www.matchmakerbride.co.uk

Bridesmaids' dresses
Dessy
www.dessy.com

Flowers
The Flower Mill
www.theflowermillessex.co.uk

Groom's suit
Dress2kill
www.dress2kill.com

Lighting
The Colour Sound Experiment
www.coloursound.co.uk/html/index2.html

Marquee
Pink Fish Marquees
www.pinkfishmarquees.co.uk

Photographer
Jon Mold Photography
www.jonmoldphotography.com

Rings
Jon Keith Diamonds
www.jonkeithdiamonds.co.uk

Routemaster
The London Bus Company
www.thelondonbuscompany.co.uk

Sound system
Funktion One
www.funktion-one.com

 
 

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