After meeting at the pub and quickly turning into a formidable pub quiz team, Emma and Tim knew that they were onto something special. They said their ‘I dos’ at a beautifully rural venue in West Sussex in a fabulous, vintage inspired celebration.
Emma and Tim’s Retro Real Wedding
After meeting at a mutual friend’s birthday at the pub 10 years ago, Emma and Tim clicked instantly and soon become regular pub quiz teammates in Shoreditch, London.
One day, Tim asked Emma out on a romantic bike ride to Crystal Palace, to which she said yes of course – the perfect date for a pair who love to cycle.
The date was a complete success and they both had an amazing time – even stopping for a slice of chocolate cake along the way! This cycling trip was the first of many and the couple went on to visit many more destinations by bike.
When Tim and Emma moved in together, they set to work on refurbishing their beautiful Victorian house in London over the following years.
Tim picked Emma’s birthday as the perfect time to propose. They had decided to go on a romantic minibreak to Chichester so this was the ideal setting to pop the question.
Whilst enjoying a stroll through the grounds of Goodwood House, Tim turned to Emma and proposed with an incredible white gold ring set with diamonds! Of course Emma said yes.
The happy paired tied the knot 18 months later at their dream wedding venue, Farbridge in West Sussex. Their wedding was a wonderful celebration with a fabulous vintage theme.
Emma’s 1950s inspired wedding dress
Emma’s amazing tea length wedding dress was a real vintage gem and she looked absolutely stunning in it.
Created by specialist vintage boutique, the brilliantly named Fur Coat No Knickers, Emma chose ther Martini Fizz dress for her special day.
Emma already knew that she wanted a vintage wedding dress when she went into the boutique and she fell in love with the 1950s inspired number as soon as she saw it.
The gorgeous gown had an elegant lace illusion neckline, a satin waistband and a fun and floaty skirt made of tulle. Emma had the skirt taken up in order to accommodate the dancing and tandem riding planned for the big day!
Emma paired the dress with a show stopping diamante and feather headpiece, plus diamante earrings, lace gloves, a cream sash and a petticoat to continue the 50s theme.
Natasha from Pretty Me Vintage styled Emma’s hair into big bouncy curls to complete the look and gave her a pretty retro makeup look with a flick of black eyeliner to create a sultry cat eye.
Emma knew she was in good hands as she also enlisted the help of Pretty Me Vintage to provide the hair and makeup for her vintage hen tea party a few months before!
As for Emma’s three bridesmaids, they also rocked 50s inspired designs from Lady V London. The unique dresses each featured red and purple to match the couple’s colour scheme.
Stylish Light Grey Groomswear
For the wedding, Tim opted for a dapper three piece bespoke suit in a stylish light grey colour.
The suit was from London tailors, Redwood and Feller, and featured a Prince of Wales check. The light colour really suited the retro, summery feel of the wedding.
He paired his suit with a light blue tie from Paul Smith and a simple yet romantic ivory rose buttonhole.
Meanwhile, Tim’s best man wore a similar suit from the same tailor, but in a darker colour. His tie was also a darker blue as well.
Vibrant Summer Wedding Flowers
All the gorgeous flowers for Emma and Tim’s wedding were arranged by Meera, a florist from Full Bloom, who followed the wedding’s vibrant and colourful theme – the standout colours being red, purple, pink and blue.
Emma’s breath taking wedding bouquet consisted of red, pink and orange roses mixed in with plenty of greenery and fresh herbs to give an uplifting scent as she walked down the aisle.
The bridesmaids held cream rose bouquets which complemented their printed dresses and Emma’s bridal look perfectly.
Lots of florals were used throughout the wedding décor too to complement the summery, vintage feel of the day.
The entrance to the ceremony room was flanked by two pedestals which held large vases of assorted English country garden flowers, plus there was also a table arrangement of red, pink and orange flowers next to where Emma and Tim signed the wedding register.
At the exit – two enormous stone dishes filled with Marguerite daisies.
As for the vintage inspired reception, every table had a cream jug filled with a fragrant bouquet of garden flowers – which made the most stunning centrepieces and suited the rural location of the day perfectly.
A 1950s Inspired Wedding Ceremony
Emma rode in true vintage style to the wedding ceremony. She rocked up in an original pastel blue VW camper van with her father and bridesmaids!
Hired from Vanilla Splits, Emma and Tim even used the camper van on their honeymoon too!
The civil ceremony took place at their unique wedding venue, Farbridge in West Sussex.
In keeping with the retro theme of the day, Emma and Tim used 1950s music throughout the ceremony – from the bride’s entrance to ‘Mr Sandman’ by The Chordettes to Emma and Tim’s exit song ‘Reet Petite’ by Jackie Wilson.
The ceremony was full of unforgettable moments and the registrar kept everyone entertained throughout – even hilariously marking the couple out of 10 when they read their vows!
Tim and Emma’s exit from the ceremony had to be a highlight though – they delighted their guests with a choreographed jive dance back down the aisle!
A Rustic Wedding Venue
The happy pair chose Farbridge to be their wedding venue as it was close to the spot where they got engaged. They even extended their engagement to last 18 months as they were determined to wait until the venue was available!
Farbridge has a beautiful ceremony room that doubles as an evening entertainment room, plus there is a spacious barn room for the reception and wonderful views of the surrounding countryside – just some of the many factors that Emma and Tim loved about their venue.
The location of the venue was also perfect as it meant that both their families could easily travel up from London and Somerset.
Vanilla Catering were recommended by the venue to Emma and Tim, who chose this company to create a varied menu for their wedding breakfast.
The delicious dishes that the lucky guests got to tuck included rosemary pork belly, Mediterranean chicken and goat’s cheese tart.
For dessert? Treacle tart with cream and vanilla ice cream which went down a treat.
A Naked Wedding Cake
Treacle tart wasn’t the only sweet treat served after the wedding breakfast, as guests also got to tuck into the couple’s incredible naked wedding cake.
The delicious three tiered creation was made by Wedding Kate and tasted as good as it looked too.
Made up of classic Victoria sponge tiers filled with buttercream and jam, the cake was also topped with a generous helping of fresh berries and a dusting of icing sugar.
It was the perfect cake for a rustic summer wedding with a vintage twist.
Live Music For the Evening Entertainment
Another huge highlight of Emma and Tim’s perfect wedding day was the live band they hired for the reception.
The Fabulations played a wonderful selection of jazz, blues, soul, Motown, disco and funk which certainly had guests dancing all night long – even Emma’s 80 year old aunt was shaking her stuff on the dancefloor!
Emma and Tim already knew the band quite well and in particular the keyboard player, Gabriel, who they had also both met at the birthday pub quiz all those years back!
They were full of praise for the lead singer, Mazzy, for her phenomenal voice and getting the party well and truly started.
Just before the dance, Emma even performed with the band and sung ‘Besame Mucho’ by Consuelo Velázquez!
This went down a treat with the whole party and proved that the secret practising definitely paid off.
As for the first dance itself, Emma and Tim danced to the band’s rendition of the classic ‘Moon River’.
After their gorgeous wedding day, Emma and Tim headed off to enjoy a honeymoon in Cornwall – using the blue VW camper van to get to the converted barn they’d hired near Land’s End.
After the excited buzz of the wedding, they made the most of the time to relax on their honeymoon and made the most of the local sights and stunning scenery.
Tim & Emma’s supplier list
Venue by: Farbridge
Photography by: Neil Walker Photography
Bridalwear Shop by: Fur Coat No Knickers
Bridalwear Shop by: Lady V London
Groom Attire by: Redwood and Feller
Florist by: Full Bloom
Cakes by: Wedding Kate
Music and DJs by: The Fabulations
First Dance: Moon River by: Frank Sinatra