A Country Village Fête-Themed Cambridgeshire Wedding: Emily Davidson and Grant Jenkins
26 Oct 2015
The pitter patter of raindrops didn't ruin Emily and Grant's walk up to their church wedding ceremony at St Mary and St Andrew's in Whittlesford, Cambridgeshire. Here they share their fun wedding journey with Bride cheesy 90s soundtracks, strawberry jam favours and VW camper included
What was the theme for the day, and did you have a colour scheme?
The style of our wedding was country village fête with an ice cream van, lawn games, and strawberry jam favours. We wanted everything to have a homemade feeling, and luckily we had plenty of family members who were more than willing to help: my grandma sewed uncountable metres of bunting and made the jam, my mum made all of the invitations, and my sister arranged cottage flowers into hundreds of jars and bottles.
When did you know when you’d found thedress?
Surprisingly, finding my dress was the easiest aspect of the wedding. I’d known from the start which style and silhouette suited my figure, and it only took a few days before I found the perfect one. The bridesmaids’ dresses were a little harder, and I had to deviate from my original idea to have each of my four girls in a different pastel colour. However I am glad I did, as the guests could not stop complimenting the bridesmaids and their outfits.
What was the most challenging aspect of planning this wedding?
I spent the weeks leading up to the wedding obsessing over the weather forecast, and everyone was thrown into panic when it began raining during my walk to the church. The weather only got worse, and claps of thunder continuously interrupted our vows. Thankfully, the seemingly well-timed rumbles made us and our guests laugh and everyone began to relax.
By the time we left the church the storm had cleared just in time for the wedding pictures. Our photographer Caroline Hancox was fantastic; her style was very natural and un-posed, which was perfect for us as we are a fidgety and giggly couple.
Often the aspect that makes a wedding original to the couple is the detail –tell us about the details of the day.
We had a lot of difficulty last minute when our wedding car suddenly became unavailable. Thankfully, two of our guests owned a beautiful vintage car that fitted perfectly into our theme. We were so grateful that they were willing to step in and save us. I had also surprised Grant with a classic VW camper van to transport him and his ushers to the church, and it was later used to take the bridesmaids and ushers to the reception venue.
Our wedding was at the church my parents and grandparents were both married in, which was very important to me. For the reception we eventually picked Minstrel Court in Royston, Hertfordshire – the lakeside marquee was the ideal setting.
Tell us about your wedding cake.
We didn’t want a traditional wedding cake, and instead chose to have a simple three-tiered naked Victoria sponge. The cake looked perfect in photographs and tasted delicious. A few of our guests (as well as the bride) have gluten-free diets, and the people at Two Little Cats Bakery were more than accommodating in creating a tier especially for them.
What song did you choose for your first dance?
Grant and I both love ’90s cheesy pop music and we wanted our wedding playlist to represent this. Our first dance to Boyzone, Picture of You, kicked off an hour dedicated solely to boy bands, and later on we danced to acts like Spice Girls, S Club 7, and Wham until the night was over.
Steal their Style:
Photography: Caroline Hancox, www.carolinehancox.co.uk
Venue: Minstrel Court, www.minstrelcourt.com
Dress: Shades of White, St Ives, www.shades-of-white.co.uk
Wedding rings: HK Jewellery, Cambridge, www.hkjewellery.co.uk 01223 461333
Bridesmaid’s dresses: Ted Baker, www.tedbaker.com
Hair and make-up: Dann Richards Salon, Cambridge, www.dannrichards.co.uk 01223 367773
Groom’s outfit: Reiss, www.reiss.com
Stationery: Handmade by bride’s mother
Flowers: Manor Florist, Cambridge, 01223 260049; Les Wards Greengrocer, Cottenham, 01223 353799
Cake: Two Little Cats Bakery, Camborne, www.twolittlecats.co.uk
Catering: Minstrel Court, Royston, Hertfordshire, www.minstrelcourt.com
Transport: Beachcampers, www.beachcampers.com (Campervan); bride and groom’s neighbour Rob Did-dell provided the vintage car.
Videography: Humble Productions, Suffolk, www.humbleproductions.co.ukEntertainment: Minstrel Court, Royston, Hertfordshire, www.minstrelcourt.com
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