1930s inspired country wedding

1930s inspired country wedding (part two)

If you missed yesterday’s part one of Allie and Tom’s handmade 1930’s inspired country wedding be sure to read it first – it’s full of beautiful details and photos of their ceremony and how they got Allie’s parents field ready for their wedding.  So without further ado, after their ceremony, Allie and Tom had some photos taken whilst dodging the rain showers – what a beautiful vintage car.

>> View Allie and Tom’s 1930s inspired country wedding (part one) here <<

vintage wedding car

Then everyone headed back to Allie’s parents field where they had Pimms in the marquee, followed by an afternoon tea of cakes, scones and sandwiches, all made by her mum’s friends.

country flowers and afternoon tea wedding

Afternoon tea was served on vintage crockery collected over the year by Allie and her mum.  I spent a lot of time the day before the wedding selecting all the crockery and it really did look as I imagined it.

vintage crockery afternoon tea wedding

We didn’t want any strangers at the wedding so my mum’s colleagues put on waitress outfits and served us, which was so lovely.  All of the beautiful reception flowers were grown by Allie’s aunts and her mum’s friends, and were then arranged by a party of women the day before the wedding, fuelled by wine and a picnic!

seed packet favours and luggage tag place names

Almost everything at the wedding was made by Tom and Allie, their parents and friends.  I wanted to be able to look at the photos and think, yes, Charlotte did that or Saoirse made that card box. 

seasonal country garden wedding flowers

We were lucky to have amazing people make things for us, and we borrowed a lot of things as well.  I made the name tags and embossed them with a lovely stamp – the table signs and parking signs around the village we made as well.

lavender tied napkins

A family friend made the lovely ‘Just Married’ banner that we had in the marquee, and the seed packet favours were from Wildflower Favours, which we found on The Natural Wedding Company directory.

handmade just married banner

The wedding cake complete with cute Lego topper was made by one of Allie’s mum’s friends.  Along with a few friends, Allie and her mum decorated the cake together.  I just love how much of this wedding was handcrafted by friends and family, and so much of it done together as a team.

handmade country wedding cake

Don’t you just love it!

Lego wedding cake topper

In the evening an additional 60 guests arrived for a hog roast and dancing.  We wanted a cross between a village fete and an awesome festival.  A lot of people camped in the field and I tried to make it as fun for them all as possible, from hanging sweets in the trees to a massive breakfast the next day.

wedding party

Allie commissioned me to make her wedding guestbook – it is modelled on the guestbook I made for our wedding, a rustic brown book with handstamped messages throughout.  On the back Allie asked me to draw a picture of a tree as this was a motif throughout their wedding.  It is so fun to see it with all the messages from their guests (and the lipstick kisses!).

handmade wedding guestbook
Image taken by a friend

And were there any downsides to planning a wedding at your family home?  The only downside was that there was no escape from the wedding – we couldn’t down tools and say ‘that’s enough’.  We worked pretty much night and day on it.

It sounds like Allie and Tom created the most wonderful day for themselves and their family and friends, just the way they imagined it.  I’m so pleased I made so much and involved in the wedding every step of the way.  I was doing my MSc at the same time and I found making weddingy things a great stress reliever! 

1930s inspired country wedding

Their day was captured by a good friend of theirs – Tom Moriarty – can you believe this is the first wedding he’s done!  Beautiful, beautiful photography.  It was lovely to have Tom photograph our wedding as he was able to capture really fun moments and also get a lot of the set up and the rehearsal, which was lovely.  I didn’t want formal photos so his style was perfect.

Allie and Tom honeymooned in Cornwall, touring around in a cute VW Camper Van from Devon Happy Campers called Lola (albeit in a the rain!) and spent an amazing two-night stay at the luxury eco hotel The Scarlet.  Allie told me it’s the nicest place she’s ever been!  It is built into a cliff and has clifftop hot tubs and an amazing spa and outdoor pool.  The whole place is so relaxing – I can’t wait to go back!

vintage VW camper van honeymoon

Allie and Tom are back home in Cambridge trying to spend as much time as possible enjoying married life, despite Allie’s busy job working for the Olympics!  I wish them every happiness together and am just so delighted that they let me share their beautiful wedding with you lovely readers.

>> View Allie and Tom’s 1930s inspired country wedding (part one) here <<

All images unless other wise stated are taken by Tom Moriarty.

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Photographer: Tom Moriarty (friend)
Venue: Allie’s parents field
Wedding Dress: Monsoon
Veil: Rohm
Vintage Floral Headpiece: Allie’s mums
Brides Shoes: Irregular Choice (ceremony) and Toms (evening)
Make-up: Bobbi Brown done by bride
Bridesmaids Dresses: Ted Baker and Coast
Bouquets, Buttonholes & Corsages: Musgrove Flowers
Reception Flowers: garden flowers arranged by bride and friends
Petal Confetti: Shropshire Petals (found via The Natural Wedding Company)
Seed Packet Favours: Wildflower Favours (found via The Natural Wedding Company)
Guestbook: The Natural Wedding Company I will be posting more details of these guestbooks, but if anyone is interested in buying one do email me.


Stacey on 15. December, 2011

Beautiful wedding! I hope that my homemade wedding will look just as stunning.
Many congrats Allie & Tom!

Stacey xx

CharlieB on 16. December, 2011

I’m sure it will, it just needs a lot of love and time 🙂 This is one of my favourite weddings, not only for all the pretty details and how beautiful it is, but also because of the family, friends and village involvement. That’s what makes it so special. Like Allie, we had lots of people we know help out for our wedding and the week before our wedding was some of the best memories of our wedding. Happy planning and making xXx

Allie on 16. December, 2011

Thanks Stacey! Good luck with all your preparations – try and enjoy every minute.

Allie x

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