I love so much about this wedding! It is at one of my favourite wedding venues, there is a gorgeous gown, ferret racing and choux buns. Carla and Jonny have totally made this day their own, there is no theme, no colour scheme, just them and it turned out fantastically. The idea for the table plan is genius, though difficult when intoxicated. Enjoy!!
Aynhoe Park – We really loved the fun, quirky feel to the place, and loved the idea of a house party atmosphere at the reception. And they did ferret racing…
Dress – 1950s style dress from Johanna Hehir in Marylebone, London – organza skirt with a lace bodice. It was light and easy to walk in!
Shoes – I wore some bubblegum pink vintage Miu Miu shoes to add a fun touch!
My sister Anna did all of our flowers – pastel bouquet of ivory and pink roses, freesias, lisianthus, wild daisies, eucalyptus, hydrangea Vintage
Peter Boyd Photography (obviously) –absolute legends!
Our favours were mini apothecary bottles of limoncello (for the girls) and Hungarian palinka (for the boys). The palinka was brought back from Hungary by our usher Jules, who then flavoured the spirit with apricots (Aynhoe is known as “the apricot village”).
On the tables were gingerbread men with each person’s name on (for anyone who didn’t manage the anagram!). These were baked by our friend, Sarah.
In particular, the speeches were brilliant! My dad did a slideshow of horrendously embarrassing photos from throughout my life – and he even resurrected some notes I’d written as a child (“Them Smarties made my day”)
Walking in to dinner as a married couple was really amazing.
The main attraction was a ferret racing event, with Jonny’s brother Alex as the resident bookie! Each ferret had a name – i.e Madferret (the mancunian), Ferret Across the Mersey, Ferret O’Rocher etc.
In the evening we had a band – The TwentySomethings – who played two sets of everything from motown to modern classics. They also played a medley of Israeli music, to which our Jewish friends threw us around on chairs, table cloths etc!
OnCafe did our “cake”, which was actually a tower of flavoured petits choux. The flavours were peanut butter, salted caramel, raspberry crème and citrus crème. Catering supplied by Aynhoe, including late night fish-finger sandwiches!
Forget about what people expect from a wedding and strip back your day to the things you really want. Get as many friends and family involved as you can – not only to cut costs but to make the day as personal as possible.