When Sally Ann met Dan!
We absolutely love this wedding and first shared this with you in our last magazine edition. However, we couldn’t let this wedding pass, without sharing more of these stunning images from this beautiful day!
Sally Ann, joint founder of the amazing Hummingbird Cards (fabulous wedding stationery) married her Dan on 10th September 2011 at a beautiful church in Appleby Magna, Derbyshire before holding a Garden Party style reception in the grounds of her gorgeous home.
Here’s Sally Ann to tell us some more:
“Our church is a very special place, that’s close to my heart and holds some lovely treasured memories for me with my grandparents; it’s also where my Mum and Dad got married.
We had our reception at home! We wanted something very personal and so a ‘Garden Party’ style wedding seemed perfect, we just had to keep our fingers crossed for some sun. I also dreamt of having an old fete style tent or marquee. We wanted to have a really relaxed style reception, with all my vintage touches, where friends and family could just chill, like a Sunday afternoon tea party. It took ages to find the perfect tent, which was the right size and had the look, but we eventually found one and I it was adorable.
The theme just had to be a Vintage Style Garden Party! We’d decided on the old style tent and then we thought it would be lovely for the little ones to have their own tent too to play in, so we found a little old fishing tent that was just perfect for them!
I designed the invites with lots of elements that were personal to us, trees creating a heart shape, our initials subtly linked and carved into a tree trunk, bunting, tea cups ad teapots stacked – very Alice in Wonderland and of course little Hummingbird Birds.
I really wanted lots of vintage porcelain tea cups and cake stands for the tables so a year before the big day Dan and I started to hunt out and collect. We went everywhere from Newark antiques fair, car boot sales, charity and junk shops. We had so much fun, and now I’m addicted to collecting. If anyone wants to rent some beautiful china – we have loads!!!
The tables were covered with old hand embroidered table cloths, everyone had a vintage teacup, and table linen was rolled and tied with a mini luggage style label as a place setting that I added calligraphy to, with a stem of lavender. The table names were all our grandparents’ names as none of them were there to share the day. The marquee was hung with Hummingbird bunting of course and lots of old bauble fairy lights! We had a table plan tree which turned into a memory tree at night, and when we came home from our honeymoon it was lovely to read everyone’s messages.
We also had old fashioned sweetie jars filled with sweets and lollies for all the kids, but I must say I do remember seeing quite a few adults with sherbet lollies too! They were in our wooden summer house that we turned into a little bar at night!
We work with a beautiful wedding dress boutique in Ashby-de-la-Zouch called La Mariee. I’d seen the picture in her boutique and just loved it, never knowing that I would eventually be able to try it on. It was so beautiful. So my first and last stop was there. I went with my Mum to try a few, and lovely Sanj had got the dress in for me! I did try on a few but I just knew that dress and I were destined to walk up the aisle together!!! It had a vintage feel; a stunning back for when you’re stood in church and the open work lace was just so unusual.
We designed our own invites and had them laser cut! I just love manila paper so they were kept very simple in ivory and manila card.
I also made the little bridesmaid dresses. There’s a great fabric stall that sells lots of beautiful Indian silks in the Nottingham market and I found just the perfect blush shade raw silk there!
Mum made our cake and iced it and I made the sugar roses that decorated it.
We took our dog Charlie to church! Ok so this may sound completely crazy, but he’s our little chap and there’s no way he was missing out on a party!
We had a strings trio play live in the church – I’d always loved Phoebe’s wedding in Friends so Dad & I walked down the aisle to Here There and Everywhere.
I have a little Figaro vintage style car and even though we had booked some beautiful old vintage jags to take us all to church in Dan and I just wanted to leave church together, with Charlie. Friends tied white painted coke cans to the back and we made our way home with the top down laughing through the country lanes!
I would like to thank everyone that helped us! Especially Emily, who works with us in the Studio. The days before the wedding I was running around madly trying to get things organised and she just kept it all together! What a star!
Friends and Family who all came to help decorate the marquee and all the wonderful people we met along the way who supplied us something special for our big day!
Our dream team:
Headwear – HT Headwear
The Dress – La Mariee – Sanj
The Shoes – Jimmy Choo
The Suits – Quorn Outfitters for the guys suits – Dan wore Paul Smith though!
The Marquee – Mudford Marquees
The Photographer – Gill Taylor Photography
The Catering – Jayne Mansfield – Fine Cuisine
The Transport – Colin’s Vintage Jags
The Flowers – Black & Blossom
The Entertainment – Tom Wardle & Love My Strings