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On Wednesday I had so much fun.  I drove up to Lancashire to meet Mark Tattersall, we had lunch and caught up, then we set up a mini photoshoot.  Mark took the pictures and I brought along a boot full of ‘bits and pieces’ from my home, some beautiful English sweetpeas and delicious cupcakes.

I suppose in the world of weddings you would say I ‘styled’ the shoot, but it feels rather odd, as it was more just a collection of pretty things made to look nice.  With this gorgeous (and sometimes stifling) hot weather we’ve had, I wanted to create a small lazy summer picnic.

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I’m so excited to share these beautiful, elegant and understated vintage pieces from Pretty Vintage.  As well as a gorgeous selection of earlier vintage crockery (think 1900’s – 1940’s) Lucy also hires out picnic blankets, deck chairs, lawn games and tin baths.  I’m in heaven!

Pretty Vintage has just joined the directory and I am so eager to share with you some of the pretty items you can hire.  I got rather carried away looking through the gallery – but just feast your eyes on these…

Dainty teacups and saucers.

Tin baths and glass vases.

Embroidered tablecloths.

Vintage croquet set.

Earthenware pots and vases.

Deck chairs, bunting and picnic blankets.

Pretty Vintage is based in Norwich and can deliver within a 60 mile radius.  Lucy is happy to deliver anywhere in mainland UK just email her at contact@prettyvintage.co.uk to discuss what you’re after.

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Thinking about planning a laid-back wedding with a very English afternoon tea for your guests?  Maybe you fancy a picnic, with live music, tents and bunting.  Well, last week the company that I work for (my day job) celebrated its 11th birthday (we forgot our 10th last year!) – we invited lots of friends and colleagues to join us for afternoon tea in a meadow in the centre of Manchester.

Here are some pictures of the party – hopefully a little bit of inspiration for anyone out there planning a tea party wedding.

…A bell tent, picnic rugs, bunting hung from rustic poles and shepherds crooks, tables covered in brightly coloured tablecloths, and oriental parasols…

…Make-your-own knicker bocker glories with homemade strawberry jelly, Cornish ice cream, a summer fruit salad, whipped cream and chocolate flakes…

…Homemade tiny fluffy scones, strawberry jam and whipped cream, spoons in vintage flower pots…

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