A vintage-themed wedding in Oxfordshire

27 Feb 2019

Despite a supplier no-show, Ellie Batts and Arron Wynn's vintage-themed wedding day was as perfect as could be 

How did you meet?

Through a friend we had in common.

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Tell us about the proposal.

Arron proposed in Turkey on the beach.

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What was the theme for the day, and did you have a colour scheme?

We went for a vintage theme as the bridesmaids (my sister, two best friends and aunty) were wearing 1950s style tea-length dresses in mink pink. I also had two flower girls - my sister and niece.

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What venue did you choose and why did you choose it?

The Bay Tree Hotel in Burford, Oxfordshire. When we looked around the venue it had a vintage but unusual style with a cosy feel. We just loved it, especially the medieval staircase.

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When did you know when you’d found ‘the’ dress? Which designer? How many dresses did you try on?

I tried on around seven dresses in total. I knew it was the dress after trying on another dress and realising it was the one I preferred. Plus my mum cried when I came out in it. We also realised the dress was called Sarah which is my mum's name.

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Does the dress match the one you originally thought you would choose?

I thought I would go for a tea-length dress to match my bridesmaids, but I didn’t feel that I looked like a bride.

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What did the mother of the bride wear?

A caramel coloured full-length lace dress in a cold shoulder style.

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Where did you find your suits?

Milano Couture - Mark Darcy Suit.

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Tell us about your floral arrangements.

We opted for wild flowers to complement the vintage theme. 

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Often the aspect that makes a wedding original to the couple is the detail – tell us about the details of the day.

Our favours were Yankee Candle wax melts. I created our own table plan and photo board and all of the jars on the table. We also had kids' activity boxes.

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How did you feel as you walked down the aisle?

Emotional, I was crying with happiness. It was very nerve-racking as all eyes were on me. 

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How did you make the ceremony personal to you?

We had a harpist who played our songs and my mum did a reading. The song I chose to walk down the aisle to was from my favourite Disney film...Beauty and the Beast - Tale As Old As Time.

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What was your most memorable moment?

When we said "I do".

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What was the most challenging aspect of planning this wedding?

Our guest list. We had a limit but felt bad when we couldn’t invite everyone to the ceremony.

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What was the most important investment for you? 

Flowers, they make the day and they are an important detail. Also getting the right venue to get the right style.

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What song did you choose for your first dance, and why?

Nickelback - Never Gonna Be Alone. We both just love the song and connected with it. We also wanted to choose something from the rock genre.

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Did you have any evening entertainment?

Yes, a DJ.

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Tell us about your wedding cake.

It was a naked cake with flowers to match the theme. It featured multiple flavours: the bottom tier was white chocolate and raspberry ganache, the middle tier was red velvet, and the top tier was lemon. We also had cupcakes.

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If you could go back and change anything, what would it be?

We would have preferred to get married a bit earlier in the day. 

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Did anything go wrong on the day?

My make-up artist didn’t show up, so we had to get a back-up make-up artist in.

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Was there anything you wish you’d known before?

How much money we spent. Things are more expensive when it’s for a wedding.

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Where did you go on honeymoon? 

We went on a mini-moon to Devon immediately after the wedding.

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Do you have any advice for couples in the planning stages?

Try not to stress about everything, no one will know if something has gone wrong - only you will. You put too much pressure on yourself for things to be perfect. Try and stay positive and enjoy the whole experience of planning your wedding day rather than thinking of it as a chore.

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Steal their style:

Photography: Kirsty Cox Photography
Dress: Georgina Pimm bridal boutique
Bridesmaids' make-up: Makeup and Beauty by Jade
Hair: Oxford Hair, Abbie Vincent
Campervan: Pear Tree Weddings
Flowers: Bicycle Blooms
Cake: Hayley’s Cake Studio
Harpist: Jenny Hill

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