The vintage wedding of Rachel Netherwood and Dan Parkinson
PUBLISHED: 00:16 01 January 2012 | UPDATED: 20:29 20 February 2013
Of all things vintage was reflected throughout the wedding celebrations of Rachel Netherwood and Dan Parkinson. Everything about their day was unique ...
Of all things vintage was reflected throughout the wedding celebrations of Rachel Netherwood and Dan Parkinson. Everything about their day was unique - from the one-off brides dress, to the vicars family connection, to the afternoon tea served off vintage and homemade cake stands. Their gorgeous sense of style and class made for a magical day, captured in these stunning photos by Bethan Jones.
The couple were wed at St Marys Church, Dudleston, by Rachels mum, a retired vicar - adding a poignancy and personal touch to the ceremony that would be difficult to beat.
The bride wore a stunning 30s inspired frock, created by Rachels talented friend Sally Coxhead. Together they bought the silk for the dress on Berwick Street in London. I knew I didnt want white and when I saw the grey silk I fell in love with the colour. It has an old Hollywood look, and Sally finished it off with a belt using an art deco clip for the buckle. Rachel also wore a vintage art deco haircomb and earrings, borrowed from friends.
She carried a bouquet of hydrangeas (my something blue) by The Flower Gallery, Oswestry, and wore shoes from www.yoox.com
The groom was no less stylish in a 1960s Daks suit and vintage waistcoat from Immediate in Brighton, with brown brogues from Office.
Rachel arrived in a vintage VW Campervan, which the couples friends Shawn and Nic had trailered up from Brighton for the big day.
After the ceremony the wedding party hosted a reception at Plas Warren in Dudleston, with a marquee provided by Hinstock Marquees.
Said Rachel: My mum and I arranged the reception flowers the day before the wedding, filling vintage vases with home-picked peonies and roses. We had afternoon tea using vintage china and vases collected from charity shops. Dan made a load of cake stands using old plates and bits off ebay. We covered the tables with vintage tablecloths that had belonged to my grandmother.
We didnt go for a theme as such, but I guess we wanted it to feel like an old-fashioned garden party or a village fete. Its so easy to fall into the big fluffy trap when you start planning a wedding.
We moved from Brighton to Shropshire a month before the wedding, so a lot of it was done at the last minute. We managed it, thanks to our families and friends rallying round. We also found our photographer Bethan on the internet. We were nervous about being photographed but soon relaxed into it and it was like having an old friend there on the day.
The DIY theme continued into the evening, with guests taking it in turns to play music.
Photos by Bethan Jones, of Haywood Jones Photography -