Real Wedding: 1950’s Vintage Tea Party – Sophie & Gareth

Good morning you beauts,

A classic wedding never goes out of fashion! Especially the one from our very now Sophie! Just having a little throw back moment, so, sit back and enjoy…

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Sophie and Gareth knew they wanted a vintage wedding, and worked hard to make their day as personal as possible on a small budget. They got married on the 26th May 2012, and Sophie tells their story for us here.

Inspiration and Styling: 


We took most of our inspiration from our love of vintage (predominantly 50’s) styling. The guests knew what to expect and dressed in their finest 50’s-style glad rags. Gareth and I met at university eight years ago (I studied Fine Art and he studied English) and we wanted to touch on this also. I used my creativity to make and style as much as I could and we collected and used vintage books. Our rings were held in our favourite ‘old book find’. We love all things vintage so we spent a good year trawling charity shops, antique fairs and car boots looking for lace and vintage tablecloths, glass vases and accessories. My mother bought us an old Singer sewing machine as a wedding gift which we used and we even found an old wind-up gramophone and lots of 78’s from the 50’s which we left outside for guests to play with. We found 2 old postcards of our home towns (Leicester and Neath) which we framed and displayed too.


Another theme we touched on was the fact that it was the Queen’s Jubilee year. She was crowned Queen in the 50’s and one of our favourite props was a calendar we found at a flea market from 1953 celebrating the Coronation. We used this in our engagement shoot and on the day too. The vintage mis-matched china we hired sat perfectly with my tablecloths and vases and really added to the vintage tea party feel we were going for. Each guest had a tea cup on their place setting with their name attached to the handle. I also spent days making felt hearts which were attached to the teabags – it all looked gorgeous. Hot water was served in vintage teapots and we toasted the speeches with tea.

We hired an old typewriter which we used to ask guests to leave us advice on. This sat on a vintage wooden tea trolley and it went down a treat!



One of my favourite touches was a last minute idea to write our love story. We wrote this together and printed it on to recycled brown card ourselves. We left these on the ceremony seats so guests could read it before the ceremony (we’re not fans of the traditional order-of-service). We heard it left a few in tears.


But by far my favourite item was the 1950s rug I found. We stood on this during the ceremony and the idea behind it was that we could keep the spot we got married on forever.  It is now one of our most treasured possessions.

Vintage Wedding Sophie and Gareth - Brecon Beacons


Peonies – my favourite flower with Sweet Peas (my late Grandfather used to grow them in his garden, entering them into competitions, and I couldn’t have had a bouquet without them). The bouquets were tied with lace ribbon which belonged to my late Grandmother.



The bouquets were arranged by our florist (who grows the flowers on her farm) and she supplied boxes of flowers which the bridesmaids and I arranged into vases and around the barn the day before the wedding.



Vintage Wedding Sophie and Gareth - Brecon Beacons




Obviously we couldn’t handle doing EVERYTHING ourselves but we insisted on using local companies.

All photos in this post were taken by our very own, award winning Maria Farrelly :) (who did not write this bio herself!) Maria is located in Newport, but is always willing to travel. You can see all posts featuring her photography here.

Dress – Bardot by Stephanie Allin purchased at White Bride
Brides’ shoes – Venetia by Rachel Simpson
Bride’s jewellery, bag & ladies gloves – Vintage
Bridesmaid dresses – Tara Starlet
Bridesmaids’ shoes – Just Because by Seychelles Footwear
Bridemaids’ bags – Disaster Designs
Groom & Groomsmen’s suits – Slaters
Groom & Groomsmen’s brooches – Vintage – Sophie’s Grandmothers
Wedding Rings –  Sophie’s ring is vintage Tiffany & Co and Gareth’s ring was from Clive Ranger in Swansea
Ice Cream – Rowlestone Court Dairy – run by a husband and wife who make the award winning ice cream on their farm with milk from their own cows.
Food – Sugarloaf Catering – we had a BBQ in the day and a hog roast in the evening.
Venue – The Barn @ Brynich, Brecon
Music (band) – The Brothel Creepers (a local band who only play 50’s & 60’s music)
Invites – Old Black Hen
Flowers – Brecon Blooms
China Hire, Tandem bike hire, Typewriter hire – Sipping Pretty
Hair – Esme Walton, Sheer Madness
Make up – My friend Katie

The video my talented brother put together for us:


Ceremony – Sigur Ros – Hoppipolla
Signing the register – The Beach Boys – God only Knows & Van Morrison – Brown Eyed Girl
First Dance – Andy Williams – Moon River – we LOVE Breakfast at Tiffanys and my engagement and wedding ring were Tiffany too.

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14 thoughts on “Real Wedding: 1950’s Vintage Tea Party – Sophie & Gareth

  1. Hoppipolla, one of my favourite songs, I use myself for Wedding Slideshows, it has a great crescendo! But most of all, amongst all the great things about your wedding, I LOVE the idea of the ‘wedding rug’…

  2. Oh wow Sophie your wedding was so beautiful! That rug idea is amazing, I need a rug now! I remember seeing some of these pictures before and your jewellery inspired me to spend hours on eBay looking for vintage clasps!

    Very important questions- giant Connect 4, where did you get it? Do you still have it? Do you want to hire it out?! I have seen it online but it was WAY too expensive.

    Beautiful pictures and a beautiful lady x

  3. Sophie, congratulations, it looks like such a happy day. I NEED to know – the Seychelles shoes, did you get them shipped from the US or was it just a lucky find at Anthropologie? Thanks!

  4. Thank you so much everyone, what lovely comments, I’m really touched. The rug played such a short part in our day but it meant so much more to us than any of the other touches. I loved that only Gareth and I understood why it was there. It also made standing up for half an hour on a stone floor a little comfier :-)

    I also forgot to mention that the ice cream cart was actually our ‘wedding cake’. The photo of me looking slightly crazy was our ‘cutting the cake’ photo. I couldn’t hurt myself with an ice cream scoop. Actually I’m sure I could have found a way!

    Charlie, the Connect 4 was the venues. They hire out the giant games if the weather’s nice. If I hear of any I’ll let you know though!

    Philippa, I was lucky enough to have one of my bridesmaids (Liz aka Miss Blue!) living in the US at the time and she brought the shoes back with her. She was also good enough to bring the Anthropologie table numbers back for me too. Unfortunately I don’t know of any UK stockists.

    Please keep the questions coming, I love to hear what people think and answer any questions you have!


  5. Sophie, what an amazing wedding! Makes me want to do it all over again, I especially loved the rug idea, wish I’d thought of that one myself. :-) x

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