Tulips, typewriters and teacups – a vintage-inspired celebration

Karl Elvidge and Jessica Ashton-Elvidge got married on the 5th May at Hargate Hall, Buxton. Karl proposed when he took Jessica to Lake Windermere for the weekend for her birthday. Jessica says: “Whilst having a few afternoons drinks I was hinting that it would be a perfect place to get engaged – Karl told me in no uncertain terms that it was not going to happen – I sulked and went to the bar and didn’t think anything else about it. Later that evening back at the hotel I had just got out of the shower, Karl told me to look in the wardrobe as there was something in there for me. I thought he was being cruel so refused to look and made him get up and look, low and behold there was a ring box, a bottle of bubbly and two champagne flutes – Karl got down on one knee and i cried it was very sweet and very special! We spent the rest of the weekend celebrating and making lists!”

Being a self-confessed magpie for anything vintage or ‘shabby elegant’, Jessica made sure a lot of the wedding was DIY. “My engagement ring is also vintage,” says Jessica, “my only brequest for a ring was something old with history – the ring is from a vintage shop and has history – love it!”

“I enjoyed buying bits and pieces and it was a really nice way for family to get involved – our mums spent hours scouring charity shops for vintage tea sets!”

Jessica shared these words of wisdom for future brides: “Do not stress it will be perfect and accept any help that is offered – you do not have to be superwoman and do it all alone!”

All images © 2012 Margaurita Photography

Photographer-  Margaurita Photography
Dress – Florencia by Maggie Sottero
Hair – Helen’s Bridal Hair
Shoes – My something borrowed from my sister – Next
Accessories – Hair slide from Debenhams, earrings from boots and pearl bracelet borrowed from my sister. Changed into my ‘bling’ for the evening which was from Debenhams
Grooms Outfit – Brigdens of Derby
Flowers – A DIY effort by my lovely – we just wanted something very simple as felt it would fit with the feel of the day so went for tulips which we both love – they make me smile!
Cake – Was from a local cake company – we were originally going to have something very simple perhaps from M&S however saw this and to be honest the price swung the decision – £120 which we thought was a bargain – we forgot to put butterfly wraps on the bigger cup cakes though!
The amazing band was – Rhythmatic Music a five piece band from Leeds – they were fantastic!
Make up – I went for a makeover at MAC and bought all of the makeup suggested however my lovely sister actually did my makeup on the day.

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