Jill & Neil’s wedding is vintage “Englishness” in every sense of the word. The whole day – from Jill’s floral
Fur Coat No Knickers vintage gown, to the London bus that transported them and personalised vintage postcards used as invitations and then re-used as the table-plan – was an authentic representation of the theme they loved so much. “We took vintage inspiration from our own families, finding old frames in charity shops for lots of photographs of our parents, grandparents and great-grandparent’s weddings,” they told me. “These filled the fireplaces of the Lodge and meant we were surrounded by reminders of our ancestors as well as being beautiful pictures.”
“Also, to entertain our guests on our bus trip we had a picture quiz to guess who the couples in the old photos were – with the answers on the back of the original at the venue. These were in bags made by a charity from recycled newspapers from
The India Shop and we also included bus related gifts to keep the children amused – mostly from the London Transport Museum, and old fashioned sweets and goodies. On the tables we used luggage labels from the Post Office for place names, which my nieces helped stamp with butterflies and tied to mini jars filled with old fashioned sweets from Hope and Greenwood.”
The day also had a lot of very personal and emotion feelings behind it. As Jill had been previously widowed, the couple knew that is would be a particularly emotional day so wanted to make it extra special and beautiful. The service itself was very important to them as they had actually met at the Cathedral where they chose to marry.
Massive thanks to Jill & Neil and their photographer Emma for sharing this gorgeous day with us
Ceremony Venue: Southwalk Cathedral
Reception Venue: Pembroke Lodge, Richmond
Bride’s Dress: Fur Coat No Knickers
Bride’s Hat: Fur Coat No Knickers
Bride’s Shoes: Rachel Simpson
Brooches: Vintage – purchased at Vintage at Goodwood Festival
Groom’s Suit: Alexandre Savile Row
Groom’s Shoes: Church’s
Groom’s Tie: Favourbrook
Groom’s Cuff links: 1920’s vintage from Peter and Naneen Brooks at Alfie’s Antique Market
Cake: The London Cupcake Company
Flowers: Flowers by Design
Music: Played 78’s on a Gramophone (1926 HMV101 from John Sleep’s Gramophone Workshop)
Hair/Make Up: Elaine Amielle
Bus: The London Bus Company
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