real wedding: DIY vintage tea party {grace & dermot}

There’s nothing I love more than a personally styled wedding, so when Grace & Dermot’s pretty vintage tea party wedding landed in my inbox I couldn’t resist!  Beautiful bride Grace collected jam jars and tea sets to use instead of glasses for all the guests.  They hosted an afternoon tea party with games for their guests on the beautiful lawns of Mount Stewart House, near Belfast, instead of a drinks reception before dinner.  Their love of Breakfast at Tiffany’s was incorporated in the style of Grace’s chic and elegant wedding dress, and their choice of first dance song.  A gorgeous green VW bus transported the bride to the ceremony in vintage style!  The whole day was perfectly captured by Photography by Brideen, who’s images ooze simplicity, elegance and romance.

Here’s the gorgeous Grace with all the details of their day ~

We met as students at Queen’s University in 2002, while studying Archaeology.  While we became good friends, we didn’t become a couple until 2008.  We got engaged in October 2010, at Castle Leslie, one of our favourite places.  I had booked our stay at the Castle, where we had stayed a few times already, for Dermot’s birthday.  I surprised him with this gift over his birthday dinner.  He was more than a little shocked – and it later transpired that he had been planning to surprise me with a trip to Castle Leslie the following month, to propose!  Of course, I was none the wiser to these plans, so was completely shocked by his proposal – as I had planned the trip, a proposal was not even on my radar!

We visited lots of venues, and felt there were lots of great options, but as soon as we saw inside the Temple of the Winds, and realised everything Mount Stewart could provide for our day, we knew it was the perfect venue for us. It is completely unique to anywhere else. The team at Mount Stewart are amazing and made our day go by without a single hitch!

I had a clear vision of what I wanted when I set out searching for ‘The Dress’! However, the dress I fell for was completely different to what I had in mind. It was just the right one for me. I felt that the simplicity of the design would be timeless.

We didn’t have a structured theme, but chose details which were vintage and retro. We included details which appealed to us, and which were sympathetic to the venue, gardens and forest surroundings.   . It was hard work, but we had fun spending time doing these tasks in the days running up to the wedding. Our Afternoon Tea with games on the lawn was a fun alternative to a drinks reception. We also had an after dinner ‘Table Quiz’, hosted by the best man – and our guests loved this, it got very competitive!  It’s incredibly rewarding to know that our wedding was one of a kind!

The whole day was incredible! From the build up of getting ready, to having our friends and family cheer us as we left at the end of the night. The ceremony itself was very special, walking in to see our friends and family, and actually getting married!

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

We chose ‘Moon River’ by Andy Williams for our first dance.  We just both love this song, and knew we wanted something classic, elegant and timeless for our first dance.  We both love Breakfast at Tiffany’s too.

Do you have any advice for couples currently planning their wedding?

Try to relax and enjoy the process of planning your wedding.  It is an amazing, special time. Don’t do it alone either, involve your groom in planning.  We made decisions together and loved the whole process!  Make sure you soak up every detail of your day – it goes in too fast; just pause every so often and take everything in.



Photographer: Photography by Brideen // Dress: Jenny Lindop // Shoes: Carvela at Kurt Geiger // Veil & accessories: Petticoat Lane Bridal // Bridesmaids Dresses: Coast // Stationery: Arbee Cards // Venue: Temple of the Winds, Mount Stewart // Flowers: House of Elliot // Bridesmaids bouquets: DIY // Hair: Vintage Rocks Salon // Makeup: Paula Fraser MUA // Catering: Orange Tree House Catering Company // Cake: Sugarcraft Cakes // Music: Dance Til Tomorrow


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.

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