Enchanted Vintage Tea Party Wedding | Springhead, Shaftesbury|
Poppaea & James were wed on the 10th July 2010 at the beautiful Springhead a venue with a magical fusion of dramatic landscape - Grade II 18th century mill buildings; spring filled lake; stunning gardens and a grass amphitheatre! The perfect setting for the couple's enchanted wedding.
Springhead is a special place for Poppaea and James and holds many happy memories, it is therefore no surprise that it was here that James proposed to Poppaea. There are several springs at the far end of the lake at Springhead, crossed by a wooden bridge and overshadowed by great and ancient trees. It is said that if you taste the waters you will be sure to return!
Poppaea and James are both creatives, Poppaea Bicknell is a talented costume designer and James Webber is an up and coming film-maker, needless to say their wedding was beautifully decorated and choreographed to perfection! Poppaea made her own vintage inspired wedding dress and headpiece, which looked truly stunning and deserve their own feature. Poppaea's vintage inspired hair accessories were made by Magpie Vintage in collaboration with Poppaea Bicknell and her necklace was custom made by Magpie Vintage . The bride's shoes matched her outfit beautifully; the jewel covered shoes were made by Emmy Shoes with shoe clips by Magpie Vintage.
The wedding day was filled with many hand made details and vintage relics. The wedding party arrived in a vintage Austin, from Austin-Beauford Wedding Cars and made their way to the The Drawing Room, where the wedding ceremony took place.
The Bride and Groom then led their guests through the lakeside gardens to the Rotunda, where guests were seated on the grass amphitheatre to listen to Music, by the Paradise Quartet and Readings.
'Zebras' by Kieran Knowles, 'Name' from Rapture by Carol Ann Duffy, 'Love song of the Ents' from The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
'The Swan' from The Carnival of the Animals by Camille Saint-Saëns, 'Final Duet and Sinfonia' from The Coronation of Poppaea by Claudio Monteverdi
The wedding party then walked to the springs, set in woodland, where friends and family made a toast to the Bride and Groom with fresh spring water.
Drinks and Canapés were then served on the lawn, followed by dinner and Speeches in The Mail Room. The Reception was beautifully decorated with vintage birdcages, candles and pink and purple floral displays by Country Wedding Flowers. Poppaea had made table names featuring all of the families cats, and being a huge cat fan myself I especially liked these!
The Tea Party then began! Chocolate cake was served on vintage saucers and Tea and Coffee was served in vintage tea cups. The pastel coloured chocolate cake was made by Poppaea's best friend, Olivia Zampi of Couture Confections.
As the sun set, the garden was illuminated with lanterns & candles and became even more enchanted. We followed guests as they took a midnight stroll-it was really quite magical!
Photographs with thanks and congratulations to Mr & Mrs Webber!