A Day in the Life … For The Love Of Vintage: styling an English Summer Fete wedding in the Lake District
Today we have a lovely guest post from Sharon who runs a vintage crockery company For The Love Of Vintage. For our ‘A Day in the Life’ feature Sharon is taking us along to find out what it’s like to be involved with one particular summer Lake District wedding.
Over to Sharon…
Apart from my life long obsession with crockery and getting to play tea parties every day, the two things I love most about my job are the variety (as no two vintage weddings are ever the same) and the people I meet.
I have styled weddings in all sorts of venues but was especially excited when Kimberly and Tim contacted me to discuss their big day. We met over a year before the wedding, eating cake, drinking tea and talking about the wonderfully creative ideas they had and our mutual love of Cocker Spaniels!
One of the things I loved most about the ideas for the day was Kimberley and Tim’s determination to use artisan crafts people, local suppliers and really bring their treasured Lake District as a theme into the whole day. I just knew from the start this was going to be a very special wedding.
After a year of planning and preparation July 6th was almost upon us. It’s hard to squeeze an event like this into just one day but here is my story of a perfect wedding day!
Wedding dessert table with rustic crates, vintage crockery and pretty flowers from And The Dish Ran Away With The Spoon
If you are a fan on Facebook, then this post has been long awaited – not only will you have probably seen this picture, but you might have also seen my sneak peek post here on the blog. Well, without further ado, I am delighted to share with you all the fantastic pictures from this photoshoot as well as introducing you to a fab new business who’s just joined the directory.
I’m no stranger to And The Dish Ran Away With The Spoon, a fabulous cakeshop and cafe in a trendy suburb of Manchester. I’ve enjoyed some fabulous events held in their tearoom after hours, from the fabulous An Era of Experience press launch party to the Silver Sixpence in Her Shoe bridal workshop, I’ve also enjoyed countless chocolate milkshakes and brownies on lazy afternoons with Mr Rigg and friends.
There has been so much going on recently in my TNWC world that I can barely keep up – much of it very exciting. Last week I was lucky enough to be invited to the press event that launched a fabulous new travelling vintage party called An Era of Experience.
Before I jump in to telling you all about my experience of An Era of Experience, I’d like to introduce you to the four talented ladies behind this collaboration.
They are Sharon, owner of vintage china and prop hire company For The Love Of Vintage; Bethany Jane Davies, the glamorous make-up artist behind The Vintage Beauty Parlour; Nicola, bespoke bridal accessories designer for Silver Sixpence in Her Shoe; and Anna, the baker and owner of boutique bakehouse And The Dish Ran Away With The Spoon.
An Era of Experience combines glamorous vintage styling, Speakeasy cocktails served in teacups, boozy cakes and a chance to create your own era inspired headpiece. If you’re planning your hen party then the ladies from An Era of Experience have got everything you need to create a wonderful celebration for you and your guests.
It’s always lovely to be invited to an event or party, but this one was particularly lovely as it’s a collaboration between a number of businesses, many of whom I’ve come to know really well through The Natural Wedding Company.
Wow, this feels very strange – a return to ‘normal’ blogging after an incredible month of offers and competitions (lots are still running so do take a look!). And what better way to return, than with a lovely New Wives Club post and a guest post from the lovely Sharon from For The Love Of Vintage.
Sharon came up with this fantastic idea to give a new lease of life for chipped vintage teacups – turning them into rather lovely bird feeders! In her business, hiring out vintage crockery for weddings, the china understandably takes some wear and tear. So Sharon came up with this idea for reusing some of the pretty teacups that are too good to throw away.
It is always exciting telling people they’ve won something, so this afternoon I get to share the winner of the beautiful vintage “tea for two” hamper from For The Love Of Vintage.
I usually like to do things the old-fashioned way, writing people’s names on on scraps of paper and pulling the winner out of a hat. Unfortunately there were a few too many entries for this competition, so instead I assigned everyone a number and used an online ‘random number generator’ to select the winner. I’m sorry it’s not as glamorous, by a winner has been chosen…
A huge congratulations to Rachael Simmons, I will be in touch with you directly and to let Sharon at For The Love Of Vintage know who to send the hamper to.
*This competition is now closed*
I was lucky enough to meet Sharon from For The Love Of Vintage for drinks recently and she’s utterly fab, running her business hiring out vintage crockery for weddings. So how would you like to win this lovely ‘tea for two’ mini hamper full of vintage crockery? It includes two Royal Stafford cup and saucers, a Royal Albert sugar bowl, a Heathcote milk jug, a Grindley teapot (2-3 cups) and comes beautifully presented in a wicker tray.
If you live in the Manchester/Cheshire area and are looking to hire vintage crockery for you upcoming wedding, do get in touch with Sharon as she has a beautiful collection and is incredibly friendly and helpful.
These pretty vintage teacup candles are made by one of the newest additions to the directory – For The Love Of Vintage. As well as hiring out gorgeous vintage crockery for weddings and parties, Sharon also sells a pretty collection of vintage teacup candles (they also come in sugar bowls and sundae glasses) and tiered cake stands made from recycled vintage plates.
They are available (and as seen above) at Manchester based teashop And The Dish Ran Away With The Spoon (they make these gorgeous cupcakes) and one of our lovely businesses Blossom Flowers. If you want something bespoke made contact Sharon directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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