An Old-Fashioned Tea Party & Vintage Inspired Wedding: Dan & Rach

July 14, 2011

Dan & Rach didn’t think too hard about the theme of their wedding, they simply went with what felt perfect for them. This evolved into a village fete/old-fashioned garden party with 1930’s touches.

“It’s so easy to fall into the big fluffy trap when you start planning a wedding,” Rach told me “but then I discovered Rock n Roll Bride – yay! – and it was inspirational to see all those couples doing it their way.  We moved from Brighton to Shropshire a month before the wedding, so a lot of it was done at the last minute. We managed it, thanks to our families and friends rallying round. We also found the truly splendid Bethan of Haywood Jones Photography through Rock n Roll Bride . We were nervous about being photographed but soon relaxed into it and it was like having an old friend there on the day.”

The ceremony took place at St Mary’s Dudleston, Shropshire. The bride’s Mother is a retired vicar so she performed the ceremony, making it extra special. After the touching service, the couple and their guests headed to Plas Warren, a B&B in Dudleston, Shropshire. “We had afternoon tea using vintage china and vases collected from charity shops,” continued the bride. “Dan made a load of cake stands using old plates and bits off eBay. We covered the tables with vintage tablecloths that had belonged to my Grandmother.”

The bride’s vintage-inspired dress was made by a friend and it turned out just as she wanted, “My bridesmaid Sally designed and made my 30’s-inspired frock. I’m very lucky to have such a talented friend. We bought the silk on Berwick Street in London. I knew I didn’t want white and when I saw the grey silk I fell in love with the colour, it had an old Hollywood look. She finished it off with a belt using an art deco dress clip for the buckle.”

Thanks so much to Dan & Rach and their fabulous photographer Bethan for sharing these today.

Photography Credit: Haywood Jones Photography
Ceremony venue: St Mary’s Dudleston, Shropshire
Reception venue: Plas Warren, Dudleston, Shropshire
Marquee: Hinstock Marquees
Bride’s dress: DIY  (
Bride’s shoes: Yoox
Brides’s headpiece and jewellery: Vintage
Groom’s outfit: Vintage
Cheese: Gillhams, Oswestry
Bouquet and buttonholes: The Flower Gallery, Oswestry
Music: DIY,
Car: Our friends Shawn and Nic trailered their VW bus all the way up from Brighton