Yes, that is a white rabbit sign post. What?…
If you are big into Alice in Wonderland and everything whimsical and fairytale, then you too like this amazing couple, will probably want to inject a little whimsy into your wedding day. Lizzie and Chris (or should I say Lizzie) dreamed of a quintessential storybook wedding complete with a mad hatters tea party, fairytale dresses and flamingo croquet. I should mention at this point that the planning started with Lizzie buying her dream dress…before her groom had proposed!
“I had visited a wedding fair one Spring weekend with my sister with no expectation to buy anything but just to have a nice day out. Upon leaving the fair, a dress sparkled and caught my eye. A Dress, more like THE dress. The dress I knew I would get married in. I guess you just know when you know. A sparkling white bodice with a 19 layer tulle skirt. SOLD! All I had to do next was phone my boyfriend and check that he wanted to get married at some point! After 10 years of waiting, a girl has to do what a girl has to do. After all, this is not a fairytale, and even some princes need a kick in the backside!” How cool is this bride right now?…
Lizzie’s vision was to combine an English tea party theme with the famous and fabulous details from Lewis Carroll’s classic novel. There was to be no ‘tat’ but sophisticated, quirky and magical elements to set their day apart from all the rest. “I was totally spoiled for choice with ideas. The story is full of barmy quotations and novel items of interest!”
All of the small but essential details were strategically set in place including white rabbit sign posts to the venue to encourage guests to get into the spirit of the mysterious and bonkers! There were red roses everywhere, teapots, giant playing cards with quotes, two ridiculously fabulous steampunk style hats to adorn the long banquet table and flamingo croquet on the lawn – of course!
The bridesmaids wore stunning light blue Alice style dresses with black patent shoes and Lizzie’s sister, our maid of honour in this case, was the Queen of Hearts! All of the dresses came from Lou Lou – an incredible British designer based in Wembley. The groom wasn’t altogether prepared to be the mad hatter but as Lizzie said, “He agreed to the theme but I wouldn’t push it. He was allowing all the above after all!”
The day that Lizzie had dreamed of had arrived! The Queen of Hearts showered her with nothing other than what you would find in a fairytale…well, one of my fairytales anyway. Breakfast was a sausage sarnie and Disaranno! Lizzie made it to the venue in her dads stunning red Chrysler, “his pride and joy”, and walked down the aisle at Kingswood Golf and Country Club with an overstated bun, absolutely breathtaking tiara and a bright red lip to complete her look.
Surrounded by bubbles, cakes, champagne, roses and loved ones their wonderland was complete! Lizzie’s dad, “the carpenter without a walrus”, even made a gorgeous wooden sign post directing guests to the jabberwocky roast evening buffet (in the shape of a hog and lamb roast) and directions to ‘this way’, ‘tea party’ ‘that way’, just to avoid any confusion with regards to the location of things! Lizzie’s final pride and joy were her hand made favour boxes that took the shape of of the mad hatters….well, hat! Lovingly made with her bridesmaids over a few glasses/bottles of vino! They contained playing card chocolates, rose scented tea bags and mini pocket watches – now that’s a wedding favour you won’t get every day!
Check out Lizzie and Chris’ amazing gallery right here on Pistachio Blush!
Venue – Kingswood Golf and Country Club
Photographer – Amanda Duncan
Dress – Berketex Bride
Stationery – Etsy