Tags: Dorset

Vintage, country style

13 Aug 2013

Vintage, country style

Peter Hansford and Laura Foot

Where: Ceremony at Powerstock Church near Bridport, followed by reception in Nettlecombe

Photography: Linus Moran

Our wedding was vintage, country style day which was organised but relaxed.

Our day invites were tea towels from the wedding tea towel company - we wanted something fun that people could keep. The evening invites, service books and seating plan all matched the tea towel theme. Our name places were individual jars of our favourite chutney made by local company Bunnies Love and labelled just for us. We tied printed luggage labels which read ‘Thank you from the new Mr and Mrs Hansford’ to them.

I wore an Ellis Bridal gown from Frox Bridal Studio in Taunton, Somerset, a double edged veil from Rainbow and bright pink shoes from Monsoon to add a splash of colour, while the groom and groomsmen wore grey tails and fuchsia pink cravats from Marion Baker of Yeovil, Somerset.

The ceremony was conducted by the mother of one of our ushers. She also had the pleasure of the men staying at her house the night before and cooking a hearty breakfast for them before the ceremony. Pete was accompanied by both his brothers as best men and the I had four bridesmaids plus our four year old daughter as a flower girl. The men walked to the church while the girls arrived in a vintage Rolls Royce Sedanca Deville.

During the ceremony Pete’s uncle Dave read a verse from Corinthians chapter 13 and his 11 year old niece read a poem, ‘What is a Wedding’ tailored to the wedding which brought laughter to many and tears to a few.

For the reception, we had a clearspan marquee from Oakleaf Marquees, Dorset. They provided everything we needed from the Moroccan seating area to luxury toilets. The marquee was decorated with 80 metres of homemade bunting in all shades of pink. Our flowers were from Rustic Rose of Sturminster Newton, Dorset. Ceramic cream jugs held peonies, gerberas, roses and germimis in various pinks with eucalyptus. I painted wooden numbers with pink Cuprinol as table numbers. We put little after dinner cards on the table to get people talking. We hired an old wooden market cart and filled it with pic n mix and guests were asked to put their finger print on the fingerprint tree as well as write in the comments book. We had a white wooden bar that sold far too much Jagermeister and a white dance floor.

A string quartet played as guests arrived at the ceremony and then played back at the reception during the drinks and canapés. Our first dance was a surprise medley which involved our bridesmaids and groomsmen in a staged dance-off.


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