Real Wedding – Karen & Simon

So I have to confess that this is actually my own wedding. We married in a simple registry office ceremony at home in the north east in August 2015 and then had a big old bash in Normandy a couple of weeks later. We found the most fabulous 17th century farmhouse that was previously a wine cellar and just fell in love with the place. We had to think really carefully about the decor as we would be taking everything with us ourselves in a car so I had to get creative with how I would style the wedding day.

I used lots of ribbons, paper pinwheels and paper lanterns to decorate the barn and outdoor terrace and we made our own signs from old pallettes. I made a bespoke grey chevron table runner for the top table and sprayed lots of jars and bottles in our colours and used them as vases all over the venue.

I found a fantastic wholesale flower supplier in Paris who delivered to the venue a couple of days before and a group of the guests helped to put everything together the day before for the bouquets, button holes and table arrangements.

Table Plans

People are getting more and more creative with their table plans and I’ve got some great ideas to help you personalise yours.

Vintage suitcases, old doors, personalised records, plant pots and fruit crates, ladders, balloons, old pallettes, a chalkboard or a travel map to name but a few.

Here are a few of my favourites for inspiration.




Pink Lemonade

I’ve got drinks stalls popping up at lots of wedding this year with ‘Pimp my Prosecco’ becoming popular. Whether it’s in my Kilner drinks dispenser or my cut glass punch bowl this pink lemonade recipe always impresses the guests. Serve in individual jars or milk bottles with stripey straws. Add Prosecco or gin for the grown ups!

For the lemon cordial:
2 Lemons
Handful Raspberries
330g Caster Sugar
1 Teaspoon Citric Acid
850ml Boiling Water
Use a vegetable peeler to peel the zest from both lemons. Juice the lemons and put in a heatproof bowl with the zest and the raspberries. Add the sugar and citric acid to the bowl and then pour the boiling water over the top of everything. Give it a good stir to dissolve the sugar then cover with a tea towel and leave to steep overnight (or at least 5 hours).
In the morning, strain through a fine sieve or muslin cloth. To serve, pour over ice and top up with sparkling water or soda.

Alice in Wonderland – A Styled Shoot

2015 saw the 150th anniversary of Lewis Carroll’s ‘Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland’

Since starting my business back in 2012 I’ve been luck enough to be involved in lots of events with an ‘Alice’ theme and so I wanted to pay tribute to this fantastic story with my own take on the theme.

Back in November I pulled together an amazingly talented group of women and we had so much fun spending the day creating these images.

I knew I wanted to set up an outdoor tea party and that I wanted to use bold colours but the focal point for my inspiration came from Sadie May Cakes incredible Alice cake.

After seeing the newly refurbished rooms at Woodhill Hall I couldn’t think of a better venue. A lot of places are labelled ‘quirky’ these days but Woodhill Hall can genuinely use this word to describe their rooms, it’s a fantastic place with a very unique style

I had worked with Natalie Pluck earlier in the year and I knew that she would help to create the most amazing images, she has a love of dappled light and we were so lucky to get amazing weather on an unseasonably warm day in November!

Amber from The Vintage Wedding Co. made a beautiful suite of stationery for me to use and Emma Bunting contributed some stunning bunting made from vintage silks.

Local dress designer Kathryn Russell kindly loaned the most beautiful dress and bejewelled accessories and Kelly from Bed of Roses Floral Design brought some beautiful blooms to help add pops of colour all over the place.

The pictures speak for themselves, I hope you find some wonderfully weird and delightfully delicious inspiration from them.

Curated and Styled by: Ruby’s Tea Party
Venue: Woodhill Hall 
Photographer: Natalie Pluck
Cakes: Sadie May Cakes
Stationery: The Vintage Wedding Co.
Flowers: Bed of Roses Floral Design
Dress & Accessories: Kathryn Russell
Bunting: Emma Bunting
Model: Michaela Murphy-Collins