love shoot #40: a glamorous thirties affair ~ part two {stacey-marie & tim}

Good afternoon lovely people! I hope you’re enjoying our real wedding today? Lucky bride Stacey-Marie and groom Tim celebrated in both South Africa and the UK, so this afternoon we’re joining them for an emotional blessing at their local church followed by a thirties-inspired tea party with a glamorous old dance hall vibe, an outfit change for the bride and the Lindy Hop! If you missed their glamorous South African wedding earlier today, click here.

For their UK celebrations Stacey-Marie and Tim decided not to hire a professional photographer, but rely on their rather talented family and friends to capture their blessing. Stacey-Marie and Tim already had the professional photography from their wedding in South Africa for their picture perfect memories. While photo’s taken by non-professionals may not always be perfect, they’ve still got some really lovely memories of the day. Although, this is not something I would ever recommend for your wedding if you are only having one celebration.

We wanted our English celebration to be fun, relaxed, something different, and to have a 1920’s-40’s vintage inspired feel to it (a love for this came from doing Lindy Hop dancing which is a 1920/30’s swing dance!). As we had decided to have an early blessing service and for the day to finish early evening, we wanted a daytime summer party feel to it. We hired vintage crockery, linen and birdcages, two very patient friends tied 160 cutlery sets with ivory lace and champagne was served in teacups to reflect the Prohibition (some guests thought it was tea and were a little confused when they tasted bubbles!). By contrast to South Africa the flowers we chose to use where deep reds, fuchsia pinks and rich purple as well as white ones. My Mother In Law is a florist and did an amazing job for us, filling cups, jugs and teapots with lots of different flowers: ranunculus, tulips (my first bouquet from Tim), roses, amaryllis, lisianthus (also used in SA), cala lilies (1930’s). To keep with the relaxed feel we had a delicious summery buffet and no seating plan, we also had some locally baked cupcakes! Having done some Lindy Hop dancing together before we decided to have a lesson for guests, which was a great way to break the ice and get people mingling as we rotated partners! As our guests arrived and during the meal we played an iPod selection of our favourite tracks spanning the decades back to the thirties, culminating with a big brass band playing swing music for guests to show off their newly taught dance steps!

As we were already legally married we chose to walk down the aisle for the blessing together, holding the hand of Tim’s little cousin who was our flower girl. My Grandad, Tim’s brother and my Dad did readings for us. We filled teacups with Haribo rings (reminiscent of the proposal), we wrote out funny and sincere quotes and love notes from the Husband and Wives Do’s and Don’ts books and from other inspiring people such as my idol Audrey Hepburn. We spent many happy hours pulling together a play list of songs that had memories for us both, and would instil memories in our friends and family too. We tied ribbons to jam jars and put tea lights inside them. We had a real team effort of close family and friends helping us to dress the church hall the night before the blessing too which was just wonderful to share that experience with everyone. We had also printed our own orders of service and made little confetti cones out of folded and rolled doilies (which we also used in SA).

Tim and I went shopping for our vintage outfits to change into for the Lindy Hop part of the party, we had so much fun down Portobello Road! I found an original 1940’s ivory dress, I couldn’t believe it – it was in the last shop we went to! Tim is a little taller than the average man in those days, so trying to find him swing pants was an impossible task; we had run out of time to get bespoke ones, so we got him a cap, some braces and a tie!

Any advice for future brides? From our experience of doing something a little different by having a wedding abroad and an English blessing and celebration, I would advise…don’t be scared to do something different whilst being true to yourselves. It is possible to have the wedding you and your fiancé really want and family and friends really do understand (even if it takes a little while). We had so many thank you notes after our wedding(s), everyone had experienced something a little different and something which they would remember! Also, never lose sight of what is most important to you and your fiancé and the reality of the wonderful step you are about to take in life together. Treasure every moment!

Stacey-Marie enjoyed planning her two weddings so much that she followed her dreams, gave up the day job, and set up Cherry Topped Bespoke Weddings! Her eye for detail and passion for absolute perfection make her the perfect choice for any bride who needs a little help planning their day.

Stacey-Marie says ~ I was very much a DIY bride, and I have sometimes been asked whether I would have hired a wedding planner, to which I answer, I wouldn’t have hired one for full wedding planning as I had the time to do so much myself, but I do wish I had hired one for the day of the English blessing and party. There was so much to do, I was always looking at the time to see which supplier was arriving next, making sure I had payments on me and checking they were fed and watered etc. One of the reasons I have become a wedding planner is because I loved doing all those things so much, and there will be people like me out there who love the DIY, but may just need a bit of help here and there. Then there are others who just don’t have the many hours and available weekends and evenings to devote to DIY and need much more in-depth professional support.

Find out more about wedding coordination from Stacey-Marie in this post she wrote for Bijoux Bride earlier this year, or check out her website for more details. Huge congratulations to you both!

After two weddings, how about a vow renewal next year? ;)


Bride’s outfit and accessories as before

Venue – Holy Family Church, Reigate

Flowers/Decor – Mother-in-Law (Usher’s Florist)

Hair & Makeup – Sara Alexander, Reigate

Groom’s Suit – Daniel Hechter

Catering – Vintage Tea House, Reigate

Cake – Iced and Sliced, Banstead

Music – Local community Big Band, together with Lindy Hop class by Swingland

Bar Hire – Mobile Bar Hire Company


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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