Whimsical Wonderland Wedding with Afternoon Tea

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The inspiration for their wedding was a passion for all things vintage and retro, a love of fantasy and their amazing venue, Preston Court in Kent, which came complete with a vintage carousel! They had a traditional church ceremony followed by an afternoon tea reception.

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“We became Mr & Mrs Parnham on Thursday 28th July 2016”, said the bride. “We said our vows in a beautiful quaint church and spent a splendid afternoon and evening exploring old steam trains, having numerous rides on a carousel and dancing away the night to our vintage vinyl DJ.”

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“The wedding had a mix of styles. Our DIY projects included our photo booth background which was outside and set up like a vintage living room, and all the props on the tables.”

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“The theme was a whimsical wonderland with vintage details as well as Tolkien and Alice in Wonderland references. My shoes were from the Alice in Wonderland range from Irregular Choice but I couldn’t really walk in them!”

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“Our favourite part of the day was the ceremony, it’s the most important bit and it was very emotional. We would tell other couples to not get too hung up on the details, decorations and theme as the ceremony is the most important element. The only thing I wish we’d done differently is we should have gone on the carousel more!”

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  1. I have been following your site for several years now and have to say THIS is my absolute favorite wedding to date! Everything from the names of table groupings to the scrabble name cards to the photo booth to her beautiful dress…. ALL of it, so very well done! Thanks for posting this one.

  2. What a fabulous wedding idea marked with refined taste and attention to minor detail! I love the sweet aura of this whimsical wedding, with references to the Alise in wonderland tea ceremony and carousel.
    So romantic and inspiring!

  3. Your Wedding day is and will always remain a special memory. After all, it has bound you two into one soul. From wedding preparations, venue to the theme, you should give time to every little detail and make the best of your wedding day. This day won’t come back so host a wonderful wedding ceremony.

  4. Pamela Silver

    This was so beautiful, from beginning to end. I loved your theme, your colours, your gloriously delicately-coloured and beautifully cluttered tablescape, your gown and especially your carousel! I am obsessed with carousels, and if having at my wedding were an option, I would have blown the entire wedding budget on that alone!
    Your wedding was gorgeous, and you both look so happy. Congratulations. 😀


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