Getting married was a family affair for Sydoni and Peter, whose young son played a special role on the day. Their vintage wedding theme created the perfect day for their family.
How they met
Sparks flew when Sydoni and Peter first met on a night out. “It was love at first sight for me, but I’m not sure Pete felt the same, as he’d had a heavy night out with the boys!” laughs Sydoni. “Our first date was to an Ed Sheeran gig– it was the perfect choice as I love his music.”
Peter made Sydoni’s family’s dreams come true with his Christmads day proposal. “I’m an only child, so Pete decided to propose in front of my family, which meant so much to them,” Sydoni says. “He had hidden my ring in a shoebox, so I was really surprised, especially as he’s not very good at buying me shoes!”
The bride’s outfit
Sydoni found her dress in a little boutique in the middle of nowhere. “It has sadly closed down for now, but I was so pleased to find my dress there, as I was convinced they wouldn’t have anything suitable,” explains Sydoni. The gown featured a boned satin top with a heavy scalloped lace skirt. “The lace was my favourite part – it looked like something my mother or grandmother had passed down to me,” Sydoni says. She accessorised with a custom-made veil with pearl detailing, Rainbow Club shoes and her grandmother’s ring as her ‘something borrowed”.
The groom’s outfit
Peter wore navy blue tails from Coes, with a blue and cream cravat and waistcoat. “It was so classy and Pete felt amazing in it,” Sydoni smiles. “He looked so gorgeous – I wish he could wear a suit all the time.”
Sydoni chose her best friend Sarah as her bridesmaid. She wore a nude dress from Nica with a pearl jewellery to tie in with the couple’s vintage theme.
Sydoni and Peter said their vows in a church ceremony, which included a reading of I carry your heart by E.E.Cummings read by Sydoni’s bridesmaid. “My son came up to the front with us during the prayers and blessings – I loved having him involved in the ceremony,” says Sydoni.
As Sydoni suffers from hay fever, the couple opted for artificial flowers, put together by the bride’s mum. “The arrangements were stunning and looked so real, and my bouquet was beautiful, with lots of vintage brooches on it,” Sydoni says.
Sydoni and Peter had an afternoon tea-themed reception, with the food served on cake stands. “My favourite part was having teapot cakes delivered to each table, with teacups filled with fruit salad.” Sydoni remembers. “Lots of people tried to pick the teapots up and pour the tea, as they looked so realistic.” The guests were entertained by a magician, garden games and a VW campervan photobooth, and, later in the evening, were served pizzas cooked in a wood stove. A particular highlight was Sydoni’s sons speech. “He wrote it all by himself, and made every single female guest cry,” smiles the proud mum. The band Jupiter Ray provided the evening entertainment, and the couple took their first dance to Ed Sheeran’s Thinking Out Loud, in honour of their first date. “I also sang To Make You Feel My Love as a surprise for Pete,” adds Sydoni.
The couple created a vintage theme with pom poms, lanterns, pearls and garlands, with a lavish sweet table instead of favours, and pamper baskets in the bathrooms. “The wedding invitations were one of my favourite details, as we asked our son to draw a picture of how he thought we’d look on the big day, and had it printed,” Sydoni explains. “It was such a unique way to include him in our wedding, and everyone loved them.”
“Our cake was beyond everything I had dreamed of,” Sydonia recalls. Made by Mel’s Cakey Creations, it featured peonies, lace detailing, bunting and a teapot cake topper.
The couple honeymooned in Turkey, where one of their memorable experiences involved a candlelit dinner at a restaurant built on a waterfall.
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