Vintage inspired picnic wedding: Sophie + Gareth

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vintage 50s picnic style wedding

If you’re able to have all of your guests dress in their finest 50’s threads for a vintage inspired picnic wedding, the result could be a fabulous fête like this UK one. The fashion, hair, makeup, and shades were stellar! Every guest participated, and there really wasn’t a detail left untouched. Sophie + Gareth love all things vintage, so they spent a good year trawling charity shops, and antique fairs looking for lace and vintage tablecloths, glass vases and accessories. You’ll love how they pulled it all together…

postcard-style clutch and lace gloves

vintage postcard invite and envelope

Bardot by Stephanie Allin wedding dress and vintage accessories

Bardot by Stephanie Allin wedding dress and Just Because by Seychelles shoes

rosette flower girl hair barrette

vintage 50s style wedding dress and parasol

outdoor farm wedding portraits

London phone booth wedding portraits

Tara Starlet vintage 50s bridesmaid dresses

sweet pea and carnation wild flower bouquets

carved book ring carrier

Bardot by Stephanie Allin wedding dress and vintage accessories

50s style bridesmaids dresses and decorative bunting

vintage style wedding

flower confetti wedding celebration

50s vintage style wedding guests

picnic style wedding reception

guest cards box

handmade bunting and doilies

vintage floral tea cups and plates

heart shaped cookies and candy jars


candle chandelier and bunting

Their tunes: For their ceremony, they played Sigur Ros’, Hoppipolla, then The Beach Boys, God only Knows and Van Morrison’s Brown Eyed Girl played while they signed their certificate. Their first dance was to Andy Williams’ Moon River.

Mr. & Mrs. photo booth sign

vintage 50s style wedding

A few words from Sophie: Try to keep it as personal as you can – it’s your day and your guests will appreciate the little personal touches. Everyone commented on how ‘us’ the wedding was. It is the biggest party you will ever organise and in our case probably the only time we would have all of our loved ones in the same place together so we wanted to create a laid back feel to encourage everyone to relax and interact – it totally worked. So plan, plan and then do more planning – the only way you will be able to relax yourselves on the day is to know every detail has been thought about and covered. Make sure your venue have your schedule and know to stick to it so you can enjoy your day. Oh… and every now and again take a deep breath and take it all in!

Photography: Maria Farrelly / Ice cream: Rowlestone Court Dairy / Catering: Sugarloaf Catering / Venue: The Barn / Music (band): The Brothel Creepers (a local band who only play 50’s & 60’s music) / Invitations: Old Black Hen / Flowers: Brecon Blooms / China, tandem bike, typewriter rentals: Sipping Pretty / Hair: Esme Walton, Sheer Madness / Make up: bride’s friend Katie / Bride’s dress: Bardot by Stephanie Allin / Shoes: Venetia by Rachel Simpson / Jewelry + purse: vintage / Bridesmaid dresses: Tara Starlet / Bridesmaids’ shoes: Just Because by Seychelles Footwear / Bridemaids’ bags: Disaster Designs / Ladies gloves: vintage / Groom + groomsmen: Slaters / Brooches: Sophie’s grandmothers (vintage)

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@WeddingReports on Oct 23, 2012

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Paula on Oct 23, 2012

beautiful wedding :X love the bridesmaids jewelry

@WeddingCakeBook on Oct 23, 2012

Vintage inspired picnic wedding: Sophie + Gareth

DEW Imagery on Oct 23, 2012

This wedding looks like it came straight of out a time machine! Amazing vintage theme, and everyone looks like they really enjoyed themselves!

Anni on Oct 23, 2012

I just adore Sophie's style - it peeks through every aspect of the wedding, from that amazing dress to the lovely bunting. Just beautiful.

Caribbean Wedding events on Oct 23, 2012

Complete bliss and charm for this it!

Maria Farrelly on Oct 23, 2012

I LOVED every moment of shooting this wedding. Such a great couple, incredible venue and the weather...well...we were so lucky. It was the hottest day this year. It normally rains here in Wales haha xxx

Lindsay Pietroluongo on Oct 23, 2012

What great photos! I especially love the Mr. & Mrs. sign w/ the croissant!

@mariafarrelly on Oct 23, 2012


color me carla on Oct 23, 2012

Wow! Love the decor - how personal and unique.

@Elise_GKBCinc on Oct 23, 2012

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Liondragoncustom on Oct 23, 2012

Beautiful wedding! I love the bride's shoes! Does anyone know where I can buy them! I'd love to wear those for my wedding! :)

clare steed on Oct 23, 2012

amazing theme! Amazing ! The pics look fantastic and it looks like everyone enjoyed themselves! really looks like it happened in the 50's its been pulled off really well!

Ria Jones on Oct 23, 2012

As the bridesmaid in pink I was completely honoured to take part in the most beautiful wedding, with the best weather we could have wished for!! Absolutely loved all of the little features and felt like an actual 1950's model for the entire day. Well done Sophie for creating a masterpiece and Maria Farrelly for capturing every fine detail in such a perfect way :-)

@TeaForTwoEvents on Oct 23, 2012

This vintage picnic wedding is right up up our alley, complete with tea-length dress, lace gloves & heart-shaped scones

Affordable Bridesmaids Dresses on Oct 23, 2012

Very nice details! well planned and love the choice of colors!

@WIFlorida on Oct 23, 2012

Wowza. RT @100LayerCake: A very fashionable vintage inspired picnic wedding that looks straight out of the 50s..

@ja_bridal on Oct 23, 2012

Total time warp! RT @100layercake: A very fashionable vintage inspired picnic wedding that looks straight out of the 50

Cheri {Woodsy Weddings} on Oct 23, 2012

What fun! They did an amazing job with the vintage details...some of these shots truly look like they could've been taken in the 50s.

@MyOldBlackHen on Oct 23, 2012

Had the fabulous news this morning that the lovely Sophie & Gareths' wedding has been featured on 100 Layer...

Rebecca on Oct 23, 2012

Looks absolutely BEAUTIFUL guys!!! Congratulations again you two!!! Your styling is nothing less than perfect!! :)

Laura on Oct 24, 2012

Love everything about this wedding! Looks wonderful.

Kristina Juarbe {Thirty Three and a Third} on Oct 24, 2012

This is just beautiful and stunning!!

Kim Keenan on Oct 24, 2012

As the bridesmaid in lemon, I was very honoured to be part of this special day for my bestest friend. You could put more of Sophie and Gareth in a wedding if you tried. It was the attention to detail and all the little bits that you don't notice first time around until you have a second look and take it all in. Truly the best wedding I have ever been to and felt like I had stepped back in time. Definately a wedding to remember and all future weddings be compared to. The photographs look amazing and capture the day perfectly.

Cath Maggs at The Barn at Brynich on Nov 22, 2012

Honoured to have hosted Sophie & Gareth's wedding this summer at the Barn at Brynich, Brecon. They really did do well to maintain the vintage theme with their guests costumes, the decor or the Barn, the vintage crockery and memorabilia. If anyone would like more information about the Barn venue please see our new website (Note: the website listed on this blog above is incorrect)

Rogelio Preston on Jun 4, 2013

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Al Waidelich on Jul 17, 2013

Black is very sexy especially those that have lace designs on them. The boys will surely be stunned upon looking at the bridesmaids wearing these dresses.

Derek Lamoureux on Feb 3, 2015

OMG these photos are amazing! I especially love the pictures of the bride and groom in the retro red telephone booth. Also, the vintage decorations are amazing. Such a cool idea for a wedding! This is so in style nowadays. Also, love the props and pictures from their make shift photo booth! Way better idea than having the tacky enclosed booth. Can't wait to see more stuff from you guys, how do I subscribe?

Chantal Heide on May 23, 2015

I'd love to have something like this at my next dating seminar!

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