Mary and Ant chose an Alice in Wonderland Mad Hatter's tea party theme for their wedding. I was invited to both be a bridesmaid and help out making their vision come to life.
In order to bring this theme to life we used a whimsical combination of playing cards and buttons bringing together the purple and merlot colour palate.
Mary wanted her keepsake bouquet to echo the folding and gathering on the bodice of her bridal gown. I added crystal hearts, buttons and Queen playing cards in a nod of whimsy. I tucked in a pocket watch as a finishing touch.
The buttonholes were made using playing cards and buttons; Ant's flower was made using Kings, the father's were Aces and the grooms men were the Jacks.
The mother's had corsages made from satin flowers with contrasting buttons.
Each bridesmaid had a fascinator to match their dress and a contrasting bouquet and satin flowers and buttons and a pomander for the beautiful flower girl.
Each of the bridesmaids and flower girl wore cultured pearl graduated necklaces and earrings in a stunning shade of purple. I love the contrasting colours in the bridal party and think the purple and merlot worked fantastically together.
Mary's birdcage veil was made to complement her bouquet and centred with a stunning sapphire pendant to bring out the blue of her eyes.
This was matched to her pendant and bracelet adding a flash of colour and her something blue.
An added challenge was to add a flavour of the Mad Hatter to Mary and Ant's elegant tea party reception.
The seating plan was made using pages from Alice in Wonderland, playing cards, satin flowers, ribbon and buttons.
Each table was named after a character from the book and the centrepieces were giant teapots made using pages from the chapter of the book about that character. The red and white roses and paintbrushes added a feel of "painting the roses red".
I loved being part of a wedding that gave me opportunity to be creative in so many different ways around such a fun theme. It was a wonderful day and I am so pleased to have been part of it.
Photographs courtesy of David Wadley Photography