love shoot #28: vintage inspired elegance ~ part two {vicki & steve}

Good afternoon lovelies, are you ready for part two of Vicki & Steve’s intimate family wedding?  If you missed Part One head on over here, or grab a cuppa and get ready for the pretty to continue !

Over to the bride Vicki ~

I love any opportunity to do something creative so I did a lot of the detail myself. I had great fun coming up with the table arrangements and table plans. We decided on old fashion sweets and put them together ourselves with old sweetie jars with wooden stakes and pegs and postcards. I love the eclectic teasets we used for the flowers in the table centres. I thought they made a lovely change to your usual vase. The table plans we printed ourselves on paper from an old notebook. For favours I found lovely hemp bags with ‘Love is sweet’ printed on the front and filled them with old school sweets.. Flying saucers, white mice, love hearts etc. Again we were trying to keep it quirky and fun.  We had a Polaroid camera and a guest book with a photo from our pre wedding shoot. I also framed some old photos of our parents and grandparents on their wedding days.

For the cake we opted for our favourite cupcakes from The Hummingbird Bakery in South Kensington, and for a bit of amusement I got a humorous bride and kilted groom topper.

The best thing I organised for the day was the fabulous kids entertainer as we wanted to make sure all the children had as much fun as the adults and we also know how important it is to for the adults to be able to relax and get a break. Charlie was fantastic and really made a difference to the day, our daughter had a whale of a time.

Making their daughter and younger guests a part of their wedding day was so important to Vicki & Steve.  So as well as getting being a flowergirl for the day (queue pretty dress, headband, shoes and other lovely sparkly things!), all of the children were entertained and treated all day long.  It’s so important to remember your younger guests, at least a little something to keep them occupied is a great idea (and helps their parents relax and stay to celebrate with you for longer!)

What was your first dance, and how did you choose the song?

We didn’t want any traditional music for the ceremony we just wanted pieces we actually liked. I chose Elbow, ‘One Day Like This’ to walk down the aisle with my father because it’s a beautiful song that means something to us. We had a string duo play it and it sounded amazing. To lighten the mood during the signing of the register we had ‘I do, I do, I do’ by Abba suggested by my sister and The Beatles, ‘All You Need is Love’ to walk out to.  During the meal we wanted a relaxed atmosphere and played some Jazz initially with my Grandad in mind and then some Brazilian lounge music, which really made a difference to the ambiance.   For the First dance we wanted something upbeat to put a smile on everyone’s face and went for ‘It Had to be You’ by Harry Connick Jnr.

I have to say their music choice is fabulous, especially ‘All You Need Is Love’  as that was our choice too!


Any advice for future brides & grooms?

Don’t get too stressed trying to make it perfect, make sure you reflect your personalities and make your own choices don’t be influenced by family members it’s your day. Enjoy the process and make it fun. In our experience it was good to keep the planning time short (maybe not that short though!) but it can take over your life and you forget what the day’s all about, not to mention boring all your friends to death!

What a stunning and elegant day!  Doesn’t Vicki make the most glamorous bride?  Steve looks great in his kilt too, and of course their daughter steals the show again!  Congratulations to this little family, I wish you lots of love and happiness.

The wonderful images are by Fiona Kelly, whose work you can find here.  Thank you Fiona for sharing your beautiful work!


Dress – Jenny Packham Carmen,  from Swoon

Shoes – Rachel Simpson Shoes

Veil & Accessories – Glitzy Secrets

Earings, gloves and bracelet – Mela Mela

Flowergirl dresses – Monsoon

Stationery – Artcadia

Venue and food- The Bingham, Richmond

Coordinator – Branka Vuskovic at The Bingham, Richmond

Flowers/Décor – Divine Flowers

Childrens entertainer – Charlie Star Parties

Hair and make- up – Tania Turner

Grooms Suit – Jom Claren

Cake – The Hummingbird Bakery

Music – Adriamus


After a decade-long career in corporate interior design, I took a giant leap of faith, left the security of an office job, and founded B.LOVED in 2011 as a platform for romantic and beautiful wedding inspiration. Thanks to a whole lot of creativity, hard work and passion, my gamble paid off and B.LOVED became one of the leading wedding blogs in the UK.

I'm also a co-founder at The Brand Studio, where I design and curate beautiful photoshoots for wedding and lifestyle brands, as well as running wedding industry community the B.LOVED Hive where I support and nurture wedding pros building industry leading businesses. Yep, I definitely have the best job in the world.

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