I was originally approached by Katie, of Couture Cakes, regarding a feature for a gorgeous sweetie table that she had prepared for the wedding of Jade & William.
I was blown away by the presentation and styling that Katie had offered, but the wedding itself turned out to be just as fabulous! I am delighted to be sharing these images with my lovely readers; they were taken by the talented Steve Rideout, who has captured their wedding day in a natural, and truly beautiful way.
Jade and Will got married on 15th September 2012. The couple had originally met in 2006, but it had taken three years for them to finally get together. They became engaged in June 2011, and Jade immediately set about organising the most important things to her; where they were going to get married, and her wedding dress!
I absolutely adore their wedding stationery, which has a rustic vibe with a cute illustration. Birds have been an ongoing and prominent wedding theme over the past year, and have continued as a common addition into the 2013 wedding season.
It’s clear that Steve Rideout, their wedding photographer, has a talent for capturing those very special moments. For a lot of brides, seeing herself for the first time with her wedding hair and makeup done is extremely important. It’s lovely that Steve caught Jade’s reaction on film.
Jade and Will’s flowers were put together by Michelle Gledhill, and I adore the interesting combination of blooms, herbs and succulents. Jade wanted a ‘up to date country theme’ for her wedding day, and I think that the flowers really represent this concept.
Michelle says, “I love to look at all the style details from the flowers to room decor to the lighting and the table stationary and put it all together to create an atmosphere that truly reflects your style and personality. I am passionate about what I do and making sure that all that I do is above your expectations.”
Jade looked absolutely stunning on her wedding day. Her hair was done by Minx Hair Salon, who are based in Northampton, and her makeup by Emma Shipley. Her dress was sourced at Bradgate Brides, and features an ornate bodice and full taffeta skirt.
The wedding ceremony itself took place in their local church. The Groom, Bestman and Ushers outfits were from Warwicks of Wellingborough, and I must say, they all look dapper!
If I had to come away from my own wedding with only one photograph, it would be the moment that my hubby-to-be sees me walking down the aisle for the first time. This is such a genuine moment of joy, relief (that you’ve definitely turned up!) and excitement.
For me, the most important part of your wedding day is saying those two very special words, “I do”. But, as a vintage bride-to-be, I won’t lie, I really am looking forward to decorating my wedding venue with trinkets, and acccessories, and lots of vintage loveliness. Jade’s choices of venue decor are inspired and adorable. Jade and Will hired a marquee for their parent’s garden, and it was beautifully decorated.
Their table plan offers a quirky use of a vintage suitcase. Often used in stacks or for placing other vintage nic-nacs on, it’s nice to see a suitcase being used a little bit differently!
Their wedding favours were so cute; little mini bottles of sloe gin, fragrant handmade soaps with twine and flowers – I’m in love!
I spy with my little eye, something beginning with VB… Vintage Books! One of my very favourite items to use as wedding venue decor, and nice personalised touch with the Cranford title!
One of the biggest highlights of this wedding has to be the amazing sweetie table by Katie, of Couture Cakes.
Katie says, “With the cake being served as dessert we felt it was important to avoid the use of sugar paste, and have the decoration based on chocolate. So, inspired by the stationery, the chocolate was coloured to coordinate with the scheme of the invites, and we worked closely with the aptly named Dottie Creations to produce a coordinating cake stand, jar labels, cupcake flags, and even printed edible patterns.”
She continues, “Jade deliberately kept the brief loose to give me creative free reigns to come up with a new design, and her trusting nature was rewarded with an original creation of culinary delights! I designed a dessert menu based on Jade’s three favorite cake flavours (raspberry & Amaretto, hazelnut praline, and vanilla), and created decorated profiteroles, meringues, chocolate mousse and fruit compotes to complement each flavour, so that they could be served as a ‘trio of desserts’ as part of the evening meal”.
Jade wanted her wedding to embrace the country and vintage style, and I think she achieved something very beautiful indeed. Jade’s top tip for another bride-to-be?
“Relax, and enjoy this special time! It was so much fun, and by being quite organised, the only time I got really nervous was when I standing outside the church on the actual day!”
I want to extend a special thank you to Steve Rideout, for his spectacular wedding photographer, to Katie of Couture Cakes, for getting in touch and letting me see this beautiful wedding, and of course, to Jade & Will, for allowing me to feature their wedding day on Dotty Vintage Weddings.
Wishing you both a lifetime of happiness,