A beautiful English tea party wedding

Since it’s Afternoon Tea week from today, we thought we’d share Louise and Michael’s fabulous afternoon tea theme for their recent wedding at Pentillie Castle! One of our roosters ‘photo bombed’ a picture with the couple, but we think that he makes a handsome addition.

We asked Louise to tell us more about her quintessentially English afternoon tea party wedding, and share her top tips for planning a wedding.

Length of engagement: 14 months

Wedding date: 28th May 2015

We met… On “Plenty of Fish” dating website

First impressions of your husband… “I felt so comfortable in Mike’s presence… he talked for 2 hours and I didn’t get bored!!!”

His first impressions of you… “When I first saw Louise walking towards me I knew she was a loving, caring lady!”

What was your proposal? “Michael and my son Isaac planned the proposal on Mothers Day 2014, they played a game on me, so when Mike was seriously asking me I thought they were still playing the game! It took 5 or 6 attempts for me to say yes!”

What were your wedding theme/ colours?                                                            “The theme was vintage with a handmade touch. I made a lot of items myself including the invitations, place cards, table numbers, favours etc. Making all the little things myself (with help from family and friends) was time consuming but well worth the effort. I wanted a mix of colours and went with champagne, cream and blush.”

How did you choose your bridesmaids/ best man and ushers?                          “Michael had two best men, Ian and Neil, both best friends for years. Our beautiful bridesmaid Hannah is Michael’s niece and our gorgeous flower girls were Katie, Isabella and Leila; our close friend’s daughters. As I lost my dearest Dad just over a year ago I asked my son Isaac to give me away.”

We chose our venue because…                                                                          “We visited Pentillie Castle during a torrential downpour and still fell in love with it! We were in Cornwall and my Mum suggested taking a look at a place called ‘Pentillie Castle’ (she had seen an article in the local press). We fell in love with the main building and when we found out that you could get married in the Bathing Hut we just knew it was just what we were looking for. An intimate and beautiful venue with a lovely history behind it and set right on the water. The views cannot be beaten, even in the rain. We didn’t look anywhere else, we had made our mind up!”

I chose my dress because….                                                                               “I didn’t want a ‘big’ dress and I wanted something ‘vintagey’. So I actually looked at bridesmaids dresses with a mind to customising them. I decided on a dress in a champagne colour and borrowed a beautiful lace bolero. One of my friend’s handmade some beautiful flowers to sew onto the waist of my dress, and also made a hair comb with vintage marcasite brooches to match.”

What food did you choose for your Wedding Breakfast? (42 guests)                          “Afternoon tea to keep with the vintage theme. A selection of sandwiches, coffee and walnut cake, mini cupcakes and scrumptious scones with jam and clotted cream. All made by the wonderful kitchens of Pentillie!”

What food did you choose for your Evening Buffet? “Barbecue at a different venue.”

Total cost of wedding? £5,000 (approx).

What was your favourite part of the wedding?                                                “The ceremony in the Bathing Hut. It was everything we could have wished for. A beautiful location on the waterfront, exchanging our vows in front of the people that are special to us. It was truly memorable.”

What was the song for the first dance?                                                           “We didn’t want the spotlight on us! But I did walk into the Bathing Hut to Elvis’ ‘Hawaiian Wedding’ (in tribute to my dad) and we both walked out to Etta James ‘At last’ as it took Michael 46 years to find me!”

What is your top tip for other brides or grooms? “Things don’t have to cost a fortune,  so we tried to keep costs down by asking family and friends to help with decorations, cars etc.”



Photographer: Sarah Bruckshaw Photography

Dress: Amica Bridal Boutique – bride’s dress. Next – flower girl dresses



Flowers: Lemon Blossom Flowers

Caterer: Pentillie Castle

Music: Bride and Grooms choice

Cake: Vernon Rust

Make-up: Adele Hack

Hair: Allison Samuels

Stationery: Bride (with help!)

Any others: Flowers in the Bathing Hut – Michele, Pam and Jane

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