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

V-Dub Rides

Bride's dress

Bridesmaids' dresses

The Flower Mill

Groom's suit

The Colour Sound Experiment

Pink Fish Marquees

Jon Mold Photography

Jon Keith Diamonds

The London Bus Company

Sound system
Funktion One


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