Bride and groom in front of barn door

Stephanie and Gareth created a vintage tea party wedding which included lots of handmade details, and they entertained their guests with croquet and a conker tournament. Every gorgeous detail of this wedding has been captured perfectly by How Photography

“We are both from the Liverpool area but had a holiday in Somerset and fell in love with Combe House Hotel in Holford. When we got engaged, after looking at a couple of venues around the city we both felt that nothing compared to Combe House and it would be an ideal wedding venue for the style of wedding we wanted. We decided to make a weekend of it and asked all our friends and family to join us on the Friday in Somerset and stay for a couple of nights.

“From the outset we wanted a vintage tea party themed wedding, and the marquee in the grounds of the hotel was the perfect venue for our wedding reception. To achieve the look we had tables set with vintage china, cake stands decorated with flowers for the centrepieces, alongside teapots and decorated jam jars. To complement this theme we had hessian and lace table runners and table numbers. Our favourite part of the decoration was the bunting, all 120 metres of it, which was handmade by my step mum and friend.

“We handmade a lot of things, including our save the dates and invites, chalkboard signs for around the grounds of the venue, and jam jars decorated with hessian and lace. The wedding favours were little jars of homemade jam, made by my step mum, and decorated by ourselves in hessian with printed labels.

“I found my dress in a local bridal shop. It was designed by Justin Alexander and it was exactly what I imagined I would like. When I tried it on I knew it was the one, which sounds like a cliche but it’s absolutely true.”

Holford Combe road sign

Wedding sign on grass

Combe House Hotel, Holford, Somerset

Justin Alexander wedding dress hanging in window

Lace detail on Justin Alexander wedding dress

Belt on Justin Alexander wedding dress

Wedding shoes with lace detail

Blue bridesmaid dress hanging in window

Sparkly bridesmaid shoes

Wedding bouquets

Rose buttonhole

Bride champagne glass

Bride having hair done

Bride having make-up done

Hair clip in back of bride's hair


Happiness is not a destination it is a way of life sign

Chalkboard with wedding day running order

Wedding ceremony seating

Flowers tied to end of chair

Best man putting buttonhole on groom

Best man and groom waiting for bride


String duo at wedding

Bridesmaid walking down aisle

Wedding ceremony

Wedding reading

Best man handing groom wedding ring

Bride reading vows

Bride and groom kiss while signing register

Wedding guest taking picture on phone

Bride and groom leave wedding ceremony

Basket of confetti

Bridesmaid in blue dress

Bride and groom being showered in confetti

Wedding guests throwing confetti

Wedding reception drinks

Bride holding bouquet

French Fancies and scones

French Fancy

Bride and groom walking

Bride and groom kissing under tree

Bride and groom kissing

Bride and groom holding hands and looking at each other

Bride and groom

Back of bride's Justin Alexander wedding dress

Bride's bouquet

Bride and groom Bride and groom

Combe House Hotel in Holford, Somerset

Croquet mallets and balls

Wedding guests playing croquet


Wedding guests playing conkers

Wedding guests playing conkers

Wedding table plan

Vintage wedding table plan

Vintage wedding cake table

Vintage cake stand Vintage basket for wedding cards

Happily ever after luggage tag

Wedding sweet table

Love letters and photos

Wedding tables and bunting in marquee

Wedding table with lace and hessian table runner

Mr and Mrs letters on wedding top table

Bride wedding place setting

Jam pot with hessian top

Vintage style wedding stationery

Vintage style wedding game instructions

Bottle with flowers for wedding table number Wedding table flowers

Bottles of wine

Wedding cake

Mr and Mrs paper chains

Wedding cake with bunting topper Flowers on wedding cake

Bunting wedding cake topper


Father of the bride wedding speech

Photographs and vintage cake stand

Wedding guest leaving message for bride and groom

Wedding dance

Bride and groom first dance

Bride and groom kiss on dance floor

Wedding marquee at night

Bride and groom under tree at night

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