Sian and Peter take time for tea!
Sian and Peter had a garden party themed wedding, complete ice cream van, afternoon tea and fish and chip supper
Sian Townsend, 25 from Cambridge and Peter Anderson, 26 from Newcastle decided they wanted to go for something a bit different for their wedding so they went for an old-fashioned garden party theme.
The wedding breakfast was an afternoon tea party and guests enjoyed fish and chips for supper. ‘We knew we didn’t want a traditional wedding from the start,’ says Sian. ‘We both wanted something relaxed and informal with some quirky touches to make the day special.’
‘Once we started planning the wedding it took on a handmade theme – my dress was handmade by a local designer, our invites were letterpressed by a lady who makes invitations in her shed and we asked our guests to make a cake so they were all homemade as well,’ Sian explains.
‘We also did quite a lot of DIY to make sure the wedding had a unique feel,’ says Sian. ‘For weeks before the wedding I trawled charity shops and bought up vintage curtain material, we then cut it up and family and friends sowed it into napkins for us.’
The garden party wedding was held at Hengrave Hall in Bury St Edmunds with the ceremony in the grounds at the St John Lateran chapel. ‘The venue was just so perfect,’ says Peter. ‘I have to admit I did moan about searching for so long for the right place but I was so glad we did – every guest commented on what a spectacular setting it was.’
The garden party theme meant that the entire day had been planned to be held outside and so the bride and groom nervously prayed for warm weather in the run up to the big day. ‘We were just so lucky with the weather,’ says Sian. ‘Obviously the British climate far from guarantees a nice day but it just happened that that weekend was a heatwave and if anything it was too hot.’
Some of the most memorable touches came together for the couple just days before the wedding day. ‘My mum had been keen for me to hire an ice cream van and for ages I put it off because I felt that was tempting fate with the weather,’ Sian explains.
‘Once we saw the forecast we booked up and I was so glad we did – everyone was so hot when they came out of the church and seeing everyone tucking into a Mr Whippy was something I’ll remember forever. The ice cream man even tried to match the sauces to what people were wearing.’
‘My favourite part of the day, other than getting married itself of course, was the photobooth,’ says Pete. ‘It was set up near the bar and people would pile in for a picture and get dressed up.’