A Little Vintage Twist – A Real Wedding – Vicky & Simon

Vicky & Simon got married on 3rd September 2012 at Le Talbooth which is situated in Colchester, Essex and is part of the Milsom Hotels collection. I’m very pleased to be featuring their beautiful wedding photographs, taken by the talented Pavone Photography

Vicky & Simon first met in 2000 when they were both at University, and they even lived together as students whilst studying for their third year. But it would take another nine years for the couple to start dating, and Simon proposed on Vicky’s 30th birthday earlier this year (2012).

“I was enjoying a bowl of porridge – to me that was the perfect proposal”

Engagement Shoot

Engagement Shoot

Engagement Shoot

Engagement Shoot

I asked Vicky how they approached planning their special day.

We wanted it to be as stress free as possible. Our aim was to get the venue booked within two weeks of getting engaged and then, with a thesis to finish and students to teach, much of the planning was left until June – at which point my study became wedding planning central. 

What was your vision/theme for the day?

We wanted a wedding with a vintage twist and we wanted it to be fun for our guests.

Simon had a very clear idea of what he wanted and … I was sold on the venue – Le Talbooth – the moment they asked if I would like a pot of tea on arrival to look round. Simon was keen to be part of all aspects of the wedding, he even wanted to help me choose my dress – but my mother would not allow it.   The orange colour scheme was Simon’s choice, but I wasn’t convinced, but it looked amazing when it all came together and I am so glad we did it.

Finding photographers was a nightmare – we knew exactly what we wanted and had many late nights looking through photographers’ websites.  Then we discovered Pavone!

Vicky & Simon’s photographers have done a superb job of capturing the ambience of the venue. Le Talbooth is the restaurant where the wedding breakfast takes place, but their special day begins at the beautiful 12 bedroom hotel – the Maison Talbooth is nestled just down the road from the main restaurant.

Maison Talbooth

Maison Talbooth

Maison Talbooth

Maison Talbooth

Bridal Preparations

Bridal Preparations

A Personal Touch

A Personal Touch

Maison Talbooth - Make Up by Kayleigh

Maison Talbooth – Make Up by Kayleigh

Maison Talbooth - Make Up by Kayleigh

Maison Talbooth – Make Up by Kayleigh

Vicky’s didn’t find dress shopping as relaxing as some brides to be do…

Finding a dress was quite traumatic – I didn’t want a strapless dress, I wanted it knee-length, and didn’t want to spend a fortune.  Thank goodness for the internet!

Beautiful Vintage Style Wedding Dress by Kitty & Dulcie

Beautiful Vintage Style Wedding Dress by Kitty & Dulcie

Bridal Preparations

Bridal Preparations

Bacon Rolls - A Bridal Necessity!

Bacon Rolls – A Bridal Necessity!

A Lovely Moment

A Lovely Moment

A Vintage Inspired Look

A Vintage Inspired Look

Vintage & Personal

Vintage & Personal

Fabulous Shoes from Aldo

Fabulous Shoes from Aldo

Choosing the flowers had to be our favourite part of the wedding planning – we knew we wanted orange roses (but never realised how many types of orange roses there are), so it was just a matter of choosing various accessories in the florist’s Aladdin’s cave of vintage goodies and then she could work her magic. 

Beautiful Flowers by the Traditional Vintage Flower Company

Beautiful Flowers by the Traditional Vintage Flower Company

Ben Sherman Suit from Debehams

Ben Sherman Suit from Debenhams

Groom's Preparation

Groom’s Preparation

The ceremony takes place at the Maison Talbooth as well.

It was a beautiful service – the room at the hotel can seat up to 50 guests for your Civil Ceremony and offers something a bit different.

Beautiful Bespoke Confetti

Beautiful Bespoke Confetti

Order of Service

Order of Service

Readings for the Ceremony

Readings for the Ceremony

Wedding Rings by Goldsmiths

Wedding Rings by Goldsmiths

Blushing Bride and Her Maids

Blushing Bride and Her Maids

Adorable Outfits for the Little Ones

Adorable Outfits for the Little Ones

Groom & His Party

Groom & His Party

Walking down the Aisle at the Maison Talbooth

Walking down the Aisle at the Maison Talbooth

The beautiful bride arrives

The beautiful bride arrives

We loved the fact that the ceremony seating was comfy sofas and armchairs.

It's THE look!

It’s THE look!

Exchanging of Wedding Rings

Exchanging of Wedding Rings

You may kiss the bride - a wonderful moment to remember

You may kiss the bride – a wonderful moment to remember

Leaving the Maison Talbooth as a Married Couple

Leaving the Maison Talbooth as a Married Couple

A Family Shot

A Family Shot

The day continued by boat at this point!

Le Talbooth is just by the Dedham River and has its own jetty. This was an idea that Simon suggested as a treat for Vicky’s nieces and nephews (you might spy one of Vicky’s brothers in the boat too, he managed to sneak on when nobody was looking…)

Boat Charter on the Stour Trusty II

Boat Charter on the Stour Trusty II

Wonderful Riverside Location

Wonderful Riverside Location

The wedding guests then enjoyed a wedding breakfast at Le Talbooth. 

Providing our guests with good food and drink was very important to us and that is why we decided on a restaurant, rather than a traditional venue for our wedding breakfast.  Although, with Simon being vegetarian and me a meat-lover, it took some convincing that guinea fowl was the best choice for the main course, but I got my way in the end.

Le Talbooth - Restaurant Location for the Wedding Breakfast

Le Talbooth – Restaurant Location for the Wedding Breakfast

Riverside Snaps

Riverside Snaps

One of my favourite images - Pavone Photography are fabulous

One of my favourite images – Pavone Photography are fabulous

Strike a Pose!

Strike a Pose!

Love the Pose

Love the Pose

Table Centrepieces with Orange Roses

Table Centrepieces with Orange Roses

Making the kids goody bags was fun and very distracting from the ‘boring bits’ – we had numerous young children coming to the wedding and they needed to be entertained.

Adorable Table Settings for the Children

Adorable Table Settings for the Children

Homemade Cake by Vicky's Mum

Homemade Cake by Vicky’s Aunty Sue

Turquoise & Orange ran through to the table settings

Turquoise & Orange ran through to the table settings

The First Dance

The First Dance


Wedding Dress… Pearly Queen by Kitty & Dulcie So effortless, it has a zip!

Bridal Accessories… Veil by Wedding Veils Direct (£17.00)

Shoes… High Heels by Aldo, Flat Shoes by Kurt Geiger

Gloves… Ebay

Bridesmaid Dresses & Accessories/Shoes… Dresses from Boden. One of my bridesmaids found the hair accessories on Amazon

Hair… Verity at AlterEgo, Colchester – She made the hairpiece for me – that was the something borrowed!

Make Up… Make Up by Kayleigh

Groom & Groom’s Party Attire… Ben Sherman at Debenhams. The “tailor” ruined Simon’s suit jacket just 2 weeks before the wedding and the staff in the suit dept. at Debenhams managed to find us a replacement jacket despite it then being old stock.

Venue for Ceremony & Reception… Maison Talbooth & Le Talbooth, Dedham

Transport… Boat Trip

Entertainment… We are fortunate to know some great DJs and our friend Sam Leppard did a disco at the evening reception.

Wedding Rings… Goldsmiths

Florist… The Traditional Vintage Flower Company – Truly amazing service, Clare is an extremely talented florist and thinks of every little detail.  The broach on my flowers was my something old.

Stationery… All handmade by Maid of Honour

Venue Stylist & Any Venue Decor or Accessories… Items for the goody bags purchased from Hobbycraft, Ye Olde Sweet Shop and the Vintage Swallow

Photographer… Pavone PhotographyCaptured so much of the little details, was so pleased looking through my photos to see they had even taken a picture of my perfume bottle.

Confetti… Confetti Direct

Confetti Cones…  The Confetti Cone Company

Cake… Made by my Auntie Sue (the Lego Topper was from Ebay)

Bacon Rolls… Maid of Honour!

A beautiful moment to end a beautiful day

A beautiful moment to end a beautiful day

I’d love to know what your thoughts are on this wonderful wedding – personally, I wouldn’t change a thing 🙂

L x

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7 comments

  1. Linda Holmes

    A unique way to present your photos! Loved it!!!!!!!!

  2. Lucy Dyson

    Absolutely fabulous. The day was perfect, both bride and groom looked amazing, everything just fell into place. Big congratulations to both Simon and Vicky. X

  3. Doreen

    Wonderful. A lovely read and the photos really help to tell the story of the day. Congratulations to the bride and groom.

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