Good morning and Happy Monday to you all. It’s my first day back after a lovely two week break and today I have something really special for you – a real wedding. The wedding is a bit of ‘Keep Calm and Carry On’ mixed with ‘Get the London Look’.
♥ Date ♥ Saturday 19th May 2012
♥ Venue ♥ Bradwell Abbey Cruck Barn, Milton Keynes
♥ Bride & Groom ♥ Rosie & Anthony
This journey started a few weeks ago when Sophie from the Vintage Style Co contacted me, informing me of an exciting wedding that she’s been styling. She wondered if I would be interested in covering it for Penny’s Wedding. Silly question! Of course I’d love to get involved.
So, I got in touch with the super talented photographer, Gemma Willis, and hoped she’d love to come with me. The rest is history, so they say.
I’d been told the theme was a mix of Rule Britannia and Get the London Look – very much up my street! I was told about lots of quirky vintage décor, afternoon tea and a big red London bus. Other than this, I had no other ideas so this was very much a surprise blogging event. In fact, I’d not even met the bride and groom.
So the day finally arrived, a bit overcast and chilly but no rain! I had no idea what to wear. I mean, what does somebody wear to a wedding when you’re not technically a guest, but you’ve been invited to blog? Well, I decided to go with a blue dress and heels; a smart choice suitable for a wedding.
A beautiful sight greeted us. My eyes didn’t know where to look. There were teacups, fairy lights, bunting and a huge variety of vintage style décor. A kind family member made the cutest sweet cart ever seen. It was filled with all the staple old fashioned sweets; cola cubes, love hearts, parma violets and drumstick lollies.
The guests were treated to afternoon tea. There were an abundance of dainty sandwiches, traditional cakes and the most delightful looking macaroons. They were hard to resist! Each of the guest name places were hand stitched by Rosie. This bride certainly put all of her efforts into the finer details.
Sophie formed the Vintage Style Co in January 2011 and is the complete professional, not to mention calm and relaxed. This is what you need on your wedding day. You can put your trust in her to make your wedding day unique and perfect whilst still maintaining your individual style.
She understands that the little details make a big difference, plus her collection of vintage goods is very impressive; a trunk full of pearls, lace, heart decorations and the biggest china collection ever seen.
The venue, Bradwell Abbey Cruck Barn, is in an ideal location in Milton Keynes. It is just off of the main road but you wouldn’t think so. You drive down a long driveway and the barns appear on your left. It feels as if you are deep in the English countryside. The barn is an exclusive use venue and boasts original medieval features. A short walk down the country lane is the famous Bradwell Abbey.
Guests were treated to mini jam pots as favour gifts and a delightful cupcake tower and hog roast awaited the evening guests. As mentioned before, Rosie is a very creative bride, making all of the bunting. There was also a huge input from Anthony. The wedding had a distinct masculine colour scheme (red, white and blue) with a dainty and feminine touch. This truly reflects the unity of the couple.
The wedding reception was informal due to the afternoon tea aspect and I have to admit that I really liked it. Sometimes wedding receptions can be a bit ‘stuffy’ and you can feel on edge if you drink out of the wrong glass or pick up the wrong spoon. The afternoon tea allowed guests to mingle much more than you normally would at a traditional wedding breakfast.
Thank you so much for allowing Penny’s Wedding access to your big day. Thanks Sophie for thinking of us and to Gemma for her amazing photography skills.
Penelope x x