April & Alex’s Laid Back Garden Party Wedding

Taking inspiration from music festivals and garden parties, April & Alex wanted to create a laid back, personal wedding. They loved creating a lot of the details themselves and really wanted to make something that not only reflected them but was fun for their guests.

The bride made all the wedding stationary herself – from the invitations to the luggage tags. “I designed the postcard sized invitations on photoshop, lined the envelopes with floral paper and stamped the backs with an old fashioned address stamp,” she explained. “The orders of service were hand stamped, bound with a sewn spine and decorated with mismatched fabric hearts. We stuck to kraft paper and the same font to pull everything together. I didn’t like the idea of picking one colour as a ‘theme’ but stuck to hot and dusky pink, peach and greens as my colour palate. The confetti packets were a project from Martha Stewart and made by sewing together tracing paper and a handstamped label. For the table plan I stretched some floral fabric over a wooden frame and pinned everyone’s names on hand stamped parcel tags in alphabetical order, each with their table number. I painted cheap frames from Ikea backed with fabric for the table numbers and the place settings were also hand stamped parcel labels. I used inexpensive different sizes glass cosmetic bottles bought online to use as vases.”

The vibe of the day was a very eclectic one. From the WW2 glider planes on the tables (a nod to April’s Grandfather’s background an aeroplane engineer) and little bags of sweets with both of the couple’s parent’s wedding photos on them. They also DIY-ed their own polaroid guest gallery using www.poladroid.net and as a guest book had Penguin book cover postcards and a vintage typewriter.

April and her Mum also made all the bunting from vintage and Cath Kidson fabric (you can see her tutorial on how she did it on her own blog here) and in the evening they had lots of candles on the tables and hanging in the trees in homemade jam jar lanterns.

The cakes were also a DIY effort. April even made her own cakepops! (tutorial to come on her blog soon) “I really liked the eclectic trend of going for a cake ‘buffet’ rather than one big traditional cake and really think it gave a fun and not too formal feel to the tea and cake part of the day,” she explained. “We also fed each other little cakes rather than having a ‘cutting the cake’ moment.”

Huge thanks to April & Alex and their photographer Tom for sharing this gorgeous day

Credit: Tom Weller Photography
Venue: Silver Pear Weddings
Bride’s Dress: Allure Bridal
Bride’s Bolero: Custom Made
Bride’s Headpiece & Jewellery: Million Design
Bride’s Shoes: Office
Bride’s Engagement Ring: Antique from Grays Antiques
Bride’s Wedding Ring: Vintage
Groom’s Suit: Spencer Hart at Liberty
Groom’s Cufflinks: Reiss
Groom’s Shoes: Aldo
Bridesmaids: Chose their own outfits
Hair/Make Up: DIY
Catering: Sadlers
Cake: DIY
Macarons: Paul’s in Holland Park
Flowers: Riche de Fleurs
String Quartet: Divertimento
Jazz Band: Silk Street Hot Seven

10 comments

  1. Lin

    What an inspiration to others, tailor made in every way and mostly by your own hand. I love the way things are so personal to you. The planes on the table and the wedding photos of both your parents, just brilliant!

  2. Robert

    Beautiful wedding and I loved the Giant Jenga idea. The least expensive place I could find to buy this game was Ebay and Etsy. If you search Giant Huge Jenga it will show up. I think it was $50-$55. We love playing this game at tailgate parties and we add drinking rules to each block to make the game more exciting for adults.

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