Real Wedding: A Vintage Inspired Day with Film Themed Touches in Stratford Upon Avon
They held their ceremony in the local church, surrounded by friends and family, complete with readings and singing from their nearest and dearest.
Alexandra wore a lovely vintage style Claire Pettibone dress, while Peter complemented the retro feel of the day in a dashing tweed suit - perfect for their English country inspired wedding.
The couple eschewed the traditional cake conventions, instead opting for a myriad of sweet treats, pleasing each and every guest.
Photographer | Jo Hastings
How they met and the proposal
Peter and Alexandra met in Liverpool, just before Alexandra was about to leave the UK to live in Australia. After they met, Alexandra decided to abandon her plans and move to London with Peter.<br /><br />"Peter proposed at out home, in front of an open fire," says Alexandra. "It was a wonderful, private and personal engagement."
Alexandra and Peter held a traditional church ceremony, at St John Baptist Church, Horton, with a friend reading out a poem, and members of their village had been practising a song together, which they performed.<br /><br />The couple decorated the church with a milk churn bursting with country garden flowers.<br /><br />"There's a private path that leads straight from our house to the churchyard, and we hung a beautiful handmade bunting in the pathway," says Alexandra. "We also hung pompoms and ribbons from the trees."<br /><br />"The church ceremony was the most memorable part of our day," she adds. "The adrenaline and emotion were overwhelming. Saying the vows out loud in church in front of all of our family and friends was a hugely powerful experience. It was truly the most wonderful moment of my life."
The reception was held at <a href="http://www.hitched.co.uk/wedding-venues/ettington-park-hotel_2585.htm" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Ettington Park Hotel</a> in Stratford Upon Avon.<br /><br />"It's a Grade 1 listed hotel that suited our love for everything vintage and unique," explains Alexandra.<br /><br />"Our guests were travelling to the venue, so we wanted somewhere with accommodation. This proved to be the right decision as everyone stayed up dancing until 3:30am without a worry about getting home."
The Claire Pettibone wedding dress
After trying on 90 wedding dresses, Alexandra eventually found "the one" at <a href="http://www.whiteroombridal.co.uk" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">White Room Bridal</a> in Sheffield. <br /><br />She went for the Kristine dress by <a href="https://clairepettibone.com" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Claire Pettibone</a>.<br /><br />"I immediately loved the heart shaped train and embroidery on the dress," says Alexandra. <br /><br />"It felt feminine and glamourous."<br /><br />The vintage style of the dress ended up influencing the wider theme of the day, too. <br /><br />"Once my dress was picked it served as inspiration for the day," Alexandra explains; the vintage feel of the day was felt in all of the details.
The reception decor
The wedding breakfast was served in the main gallery of the venue, which was full to the brim with books, so Peter and Alexandra collected antique books to bring the whole look together.<br /><br />"We didn't want anything matching so searched for vases, tea lights and candlesticks in charity shops which looked vintage and personal."
The table names
Peter works as a visual effects producer in the film industry, so the couple wanted to reflect his career in their big day, with film references appearing on table names, invitations and signage.
Sarah Walther, a local florist from the couple's village, created the flowers for their wedding day.<br /><br />"We had a mixture of English county garden flowers in different colours," says Alexandra. "They smelt beautiful."<br /><br /><br />
The wedding cakes
"We didn't want one standard wedding cake as we've often seen a lot left over at weddings," explains Alexandra.<br /><br />"Instead, we had a huge cake table filled with all of our favourite cakes, as well as one traditional cake, and we made cake boxes to give out as favours."<br /><br />"The traditional cake was made by my aunt, and the detailing on it matched my dress. In addition we had brownies, cupcakes, macarons, and many more sweet treats."
Words of wisdom
"In the run up to our wedding I got so worked up about every tiny details, but in the end it was all fine," says Alexandra.<br /><br />"Even if it isn't all fine, you won't care! Jut let everyone know your plans and what's important so any problems can be sorted for you, leaving you to enjoy the day."