Emma and Pete took their early spring wedding down the rabbit hole with their Alice in Wonderland wedding theme…
Pete caught Emma off-guard by proposing to her on his birthday. “Although I’d dropped some hints, I didn’t expect it to happen on that occasion,” Emma explains. Pete asked Emma to marry him while on a picnic at Cannock Chase. “As he bent down on one knee, his jeans split right along the crotch, so it was a very funny moment!” Emma laughs.
The bride’s outfit
Emma lost her heart to a silk and satin gown with an exquisite lace overlay from Sarah Willard Couture. “I’d seen a photo of one of her dresses and fallen in love, so it was the only boutique I went to,” she explains. “I went for at least a dozen fittings and loved seeing it evolve from the first toile to the finished product. Our guests said I looked like a Hollywood star.” Emma added a bespoke freshwater pearl tiara and an ivory feather stole by Jasper Conran, fastened with her grandmother’s vintage brooch. Later in the evening, she changed into an ivory 1920s-style flapper dress, inspired by her Charleston themed hen do.
The groom’s outfit
Pete chose a dark grey suit from the Big & Tail range at Debenhams, teamed with a fern green tie from The Cravat Company. “I also bought all the groomsmen VW cufflinks, as we had classic Beetles called Boris and Bluebell as our wedding transport,” adds Emma.
Emma chose just one very special bridesmaid – her twin sister, Louise. She wore a mint tulle dress of her own choice from Coast, with a white feather stole from Debenhams.
Emma and Pete were married at Rodbaston Hall – a 19th-century building set in 180 hectares of country estate. “We booked the Vyne string quartet to play during the ceremony, and the beautiful music made it so memorable,” Emma says.
Inspired by Emma’s favourite film, the couple themed their reception around Alice in Wonderland, with a tea party featuring mini sandwiches, macaroons and patisseries on vintage cake stands with signs saying ‘Eat me’. The decorations included teapot table centres filled with flowers, vintage teacups filled with sweets, tissue paper bunting and balloons. “We also dotted tiny fairy doors and shepherd’s crock lanterns with fairy lights around the beautiful gardens,” adds Emma. “We played croquet with mallets painted as flamingos, like in the film, and had lots of bunny ears!”
Emma and Pete chose Galley Bay in Antigua, where they enjoyed complete bliss.