Wedding wonderland

Pippy and Steven's Mad Hatter's Tea Party theme gave a fantastical twist to their quirky big day.

Having first come across one another on dating site Plenty of Fish, Pippy admits that she didn't have high hopes for her first date with Steven. “I wasn't sure we were compatible but when we met and chatted more, I was blown away. He was the most lovely, polite man I'd ever known – such a gentleman. I didn't want our first date to end.”

It's no wonder, then, that almost two years later while on holiday in the Lake District, Steven popped the question – although an encounter with some local sheep almost ruined the moment. “As we were eating our picnic, we began to be encircled by a flock of sheep – I was scared and asked to move so we repaired to a pretty park nearby where Steven proposed,” laughs Pippy.

The couple spent a year planning their Alice in Wonderland-themed wedding, with Pippy taking on the majority of the organisation. “I loved bringing my ideas to life,” she explains.

Here, Pippy tells us more about the big day…

Wedding wonderland: Image 1
As soon as we visited As You Like It, we knew this was the place we would get married. It's whimsical and unusual – just like me.

 

Wedding wonderland: Image 2aSteven wore a dark blue checked suit from Slaters with a white rabbit tie in light blue to fit with the theme.

Wedding wonderland: Image 2 I travelled to the venue in a light-blue Campervan called Norris.

 

Wedding wonderland: Image 3
I'd been very anxious about visiting dress shops but Sophie from Just the Way You Are was amazing. She made me feel so at ease and it felt great that all the dresses I picked to try on fitted. I found the one in a lace design with long sleeves and a cinched-in waist.

 

Wedding wonderland: Image 4aI loved everything about our cake – Steven is a coeliac, so it had to be gluten-free. It tasted great.

Wedding wonderland: Image 4 Karen at Ruby Tuesday Events advised on our flower arrangements – we chose seasonal blooms in a blue and white palette to fit the theme, displayed throughout the venue in glass baubles, birdcages and vintage china.

 

Wedding wonderland: Image 5
My bridesmaids wore tea-length lace dresses in a cornflower blue shade. The girls all looked amazing.

 

Wedding wonderland: Image 6
Our décor was whimsical and mismatched, with butterflies, illustrations from Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and vintage china dotted throughout.

 
 

Pippy and Steven's contact book


Bride's accessories - headpiece
GG's
www.ggspin-upcouture.co.uk

Bride's accessories - shoes
Manolo Blahnik from Savannahs
www.savannahs.com

Bride's accessories - veil
Anna Marguerite
www.etsy.com

Bride's dress
Just The Way You Are
www.justthewayyouarebridal.co.uk

Bride's make-up
Laura Gemmell
www.facebook.com/laurajgemmell

Bridesmaids' dresses
ASOS
www.asos.com

Cake
The Great British Cupcakery
www.thegreatbritishcupcakery.co.uk

Entertainment
The hi-life
www.thehi-life.co.uk

Flowers
Ruby Tuesday Events
www.rubytuesdayevents.co.uk

Groom and ushers' suits
Slaters
www.slaters.co.uk

Photographer
Kimberley Waterson Fine Art Photography
www.kimberleywaterson.com

Rings
Chapman's the Jewellers
www.chapmansthejewellers.co.uk

Stationery
Amanda Michelle
www.amandamichelle.co.uk

Transport
Go Retro Vehicle Hire
www.goretrovehicles.co.uk

Venue
As You Like It
asyoulikeitjesmond.com

 
 

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