We love Jennifer and Thomas’s quirky wedding theme – they had a colourful village fête wedding, complete with an ice cream van!
Jennifer heard wedding bells the first time she met Thomas, while working on the UK tour of The Witches of Eastwick. “After our first date, I told my mum that Tom was the man I was going to marry,” smiles Jennifer. After choosing a ring together, Thomas waited several weeks to actually pop the question. “He took me to the Malmaison in Oxford for a romantic meal, but I hadn’t even taken my coat off when he blurted out, ‘So will you marry me, then?’ I laughed and told him to get down on one knee!” Jennifer says.
The bride’s outfit
Jennifer’s intricate 1950s-style tea-length gown, from Clifford Burr, featured a full skirt embroidered with flowers and a lace bodice. “We decided to get married quickly, so I knew I didn’t have time to order a dress in the usual way, so I was thrilled to find the perfect gown on the sale rail and available to take home that day,” Jennifer explains. She had the strapless design customised with a sheer panel, and wore it with statement Vivienne Westwood heels.
The groom’s outfit
Thomas teamed trousers belonging to his grandfather with a waistcoat and jacket from mytuxedo.co.uk, forming a traditional morning suit in black herringbone with a simple grey waistcoat. “We added a pale blue tie and red socks to match my shoes,” says Jennifer.
Jennifer chose her goddaughter Rose as her only bridesmaid. She wore a Ted Baker dress, with floral detail on the skirt to complement Jennifer’s bridal gown. “Rose lives a long way from me so I didn’t see her in her dress until the wedding day, but she looked radiant,” Jennifer adds.
Jennifer and Thomas’ civil ceremony at St Albans Registry Office got off to an amusing start. “We walked in together and got stuck in the door, which got everyone laughing, and it carried on from there,” smiles Jennifer. “Our friends sang and read beautifully, which made our ceremony really special.”
Jennifer and Thomas held their reception in the garden of Thomas’ grandparents’ house. “The first time I visited I said I would love to get married there because it is so beautiful, and we were so lucky that they agreed,” Jennifer explains. The reception featured a delicious afternoon tea served on mismatched crockery collected from charity shops, and a visit from Daisy the ice cream van. The Enfield Brass Band also performed.