Pink Weddings Magazine Autumn/Winter 2016 - Page 100

Gem and HannaH When I did get down on one knee and manage to get out the words ‘Will you marry me?’, her reply threw me off guard. ‘are you taking the ****?’, she exclaimed. Thankfully, she said yes after that minor outburst. Lillibrooke manor, a stunning 15th century manor house near maidenhead, was the perfect venue for us. We wanted our theme to reflect my passion for retro styling – so everything was very cute and handmade in a ’40s and ’50s style, right from our ‘save the date’ cards, which were based on a vintage picnic styled engagement shoot. Hannah made all the flower arrangements, with floral runners adorning the tables and vintage jugs with roses and gypsophila, while I spent hours sewing meters and meters of bunting to deck the beautiful beamed ceiling of the Great Barn. We put a photo on each table of us on special or fun occasions such as holidays, festivals and carnivals. We hired vintage crockery, a lemonade stand and a vintage bike from a lovely lady we found online. The day before the ceremony, my family came to help set up the venue. It was great to see everyone working hard to get the bunting hung up and the tables laid – it looked the image of a quintessentially english afternoon tea party. Hannah’s sister made us a beautiful cake, housed in a huge birdcage. my mum also made cupcakes for the guests to enjoy after the ceremony. For our transport, we arranged a classic campervan with a soft-top roof, from Silk and Satin. We chose to have matching silk flower bouquets, which still have pride of place in our living room and act as a daily reminder of our beautiful day. 100 100 » pink » THeweddings maGazIne magazine ‘When i did get down on one knee and manage to get out the words “will you marry me?”, her reply threw me off guard. “Are you taking the ****?”, she exclaimed.’