With a gorgeous colour palette of pastel pink and yellow and a 1950’s vibe, we’re loving Jenna and Lee’s tea party wedding…
How they met
It was love at first sight for Jenna and Lee, who met at the age of 17. “We soon became best friends and realised we were soul mates,” Jenna smiles.
Lee proposed to Jenna in a winter wonderland, while on a skiing holiday in Austria. “He had decided to pop the question on our favourite slope, but it was shut because of the weather, so we had to make our way down a run we’d never done before,” Jenna explains. “As we were skiing down, Lee fell over. I went over to help him, and ended up falling over too! Lee then got to his feet, took my goggles off and kissed me, before getting down on one knee and asking me to marry him with a shiny diamond ring. It was magical.”
The bride’s outfit
Jenna spotted an Essence of Australia gown, with a trumpet style and chapel train. The gown featured lace-trimmed shoulder straps, a keyhole back and intricate lace and jewel embellishments. “I had buttons added all the way down the back, because I wanted it to reflect my mum’s wedding dress, and had the shoulders and skirt altered to sit differently,” Jenna adds. She accessorised with a Chantily lace cathedral length veil and yellow shoes from Elegant Steps.
The groom’s outfit
Lee looked dapper in a slim-fitting navy blue three-piece suit from Next, teamed with a navy blue tie, pale yellow fitted shirt, yellow socks and brown brogues. Jenna also bought him a gold pocket watch, which he wore in his waistcoat pocket.
Jenna chose a summery yellow colour scheme for her five adult bridesmaids and six flowergirls, including the couple’s baby daughter, Isla. The bridesmaids wore one-shoulder dresses in daffodil satin from New Style, with net underskirts and birdcage veils. The three biggest flowergirls wore satin organza dresses from lightinthebox.com, altered to sit above the knee, with wreaths of flowers in their hair. The three babies looked cute as buttons in yellow taffeta dresses and shoes from Next.
The couple tied the knot at St Paul’s Church in Hereford, in a ceremony that included readings of 1 Corinthians 13 and Love by Roy Croft. “My favourite moments were Lee turning around to watch me walking down the aisle, and everyone in the church joining in with singing Happy Together by The Turtles,” Jenna recalls.
The flowers were a pretty combination of pastel blooms in pink, yellow and ivory, by Hilmans of Hereford. “Our table centrepieces were jars and silver pots filled with flowers, arranged alongside books and strings of pearls,” says Jenna.
Jenna and Lee celebrated with their guests at Wilton Castle, a 12th-century ivy-clad castle on the banks of the River Wye. The informal wedding breakfast featured bread and dips, followed by cooked meats with salad and new potatoes, and a selection of homemade cakes, strawberries and cream, served outside in the castle gardens.
Jenna and Lee chose a 1950s tea party theme for their reception. “We wanted people to be able to enjoy the outdoors and the castle ruins, while still being in the marquee,” Jenna explains. They dressed the marquee with yellow tablecloths, lace tablecloths and vintage crockery from vintagehire.com, and collected retro lampshades from charity shops to decorate the ceiling. Continuing the summery colour scheme, the favours were jam jars of sherbet lemons, covered with yellow gingham.
A family friend decorated Jenna and Lee’s simple Marks & Spencer wedding cake with a selection of yellow and ivory sugar flowers to give it the wow factor. If you like this idea of decorating a plain cake yourself, why not try making your own peony cake decorations?
Following their tea party wedding, Jenna and Lee enjoyed a familymoon with baby Isla, travelling to the Riu Palace Agadir in Morocco, where they relaxed and played in the pool with their lovely little daughter.