Tony + Victoria rustic vintage wedding at The House Meadow, Ashford

Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Mr Tony White & Mrs Victoria Money-White 
Saturday 13th July 2019 
Instagram: @ vicki_cm | Photos: Three Flowers Photography
Tony and Victoria wed in a romantic outdoor summer ceremony by the water. Their bold colours and rustic decor was complete with vintage furniture, wild florals and fairy lights in the barn. The bride wore a beautiful Rosa Clara gown, paired with beautiful curls and a classic dark red lip. Guests were kept entertained with cocktails and beer pong and an amazing spread of food. Bride Victoria tells us all about their day, and offers up some advice for brides to be...
Tell us about the dress...
My dress was by Rosa Clara and I bought it in a sweet little boutique called Morgan Davis in our hometown of Hitchin.  
Who was your favourite wedding supplier?
All of our suppliers were amazing, and exceeded all our expectations, but Clare, owner of our venue ‘The House Meadow’ was just brilliant. She was so supportive, passionate and made the whole experience so personable, that she felt like a friend and another guest we wanted at our wedding by the time we reached the actual day! She recommended fantastic suppliers and her staff were so friendly and professional.   
  • First Dance: Our Future Days by Pearl Jam  
  • Bridal Entrance: Stand By Me by Florence & The Machine 
  • Bridal Exit: Hooked on a Feeling by Blue Suede  
  • Father + Daughter Dance: High by Lighthouse Family 
Funniest wedding photograph...
We had a beer pong table, which was possibly the cheapest addition to the whole day. We hired a vintage trestle table from Anthology Vintage and I bought ping pong balls from Amazon and plastic pint glasses from Tesco; super cheap, super last minute and super effective! It went down a storm. We could hear our guests playing and howling with laughter from right across the venue. Our photographer Charlotte, captured a series of hilarious photographs from the games and these are without a doubt some of my favorites’ from the day.  
Tell us about your Honeymoon...
One of the decisions we made early on during our wedding planning, was to go on honeymoon almost immediately after the wedding, and I am so glad we did. We had prioritized booking and paying for our holiday almost a year before, and I think had we left it any later, we would have put it off due to the cost of the day itself. But it was so nice going a couple of days later, when we were still well and truly in the ‘wedding bubble’. We went travelling around Portugal and stayed in an eco-lead design hotel in Santa Cruz; a 200 year old ranch and winery in Monsaraz; a beautiful little boutique hotel in the hills of Porto and a vibrant city apartment in Lisbon. It was wonderful.  
Top money saving tip: My top money saving tip would actually be to not be fooled into thinking you can save money by always doing everything yourself. I work within a creative industry and took on a lot of ‘DIY makes’ myself, but if you’re a perfectionist, and can’t compromise on the little details, sometimes it is quicker, easier and in the long run much more economical to pay an expert supplier to get in right first time round! 
Tell us about the cake...
Helena at ‘Neighbourhood Bakes’ made our wedding cake. Helena stocks some of our favourite cafes in our hometown of Hitchin with a lot of their sweet treats, so we had already done the taste test there, and we wanted to support as many local individual, suppliers as we could. We had a chocolate and peanut butter, and lemon-curd, two tier sponge, with a colour co-ordinating blended marble bottom tier, and cream top tier, with matching macaroons! It was absolutely delicious, and our guests still talk about it now! 
What was your favourite wedding planning moment?
Our food and wine tasting at Home Gurr’own. It was so reassuring to taste our wedding menu prior to the day, and my husband and I made it into a lovely weekend away, by visiting our venue and staying in the lovely b n b we had hired for the grooms party. 
Tell us about your wedding favours...
We made a donation to Great Ormond Street Hospital, a charity close to our hearts, and we had little favour cards made from Peach & Wolfe, who supplied so much beautiful stationary for our wedding.  
Tell us about the food...
Having delicious food in plentiful supply was a priority for us, and our caterer ‘Home Gurr’own’ delivered to the most exceptional standard. They are a Kentish company, who’s ethos of growing and producing all their own food locally, and responsibly was important to us, and their rustic presentation complemented our venue perfectly. We came up with a menu that reflected our tastes, with his ‘n’ hers cocktails, and tequila shots for the speeches. The canapes consisted of mini ‘mac n cheese’, little chicken tikka masala’s as well as cute little pie’s topped with mash. We had a trio of pork, with antipasti plates, home-made bread and local cheese boards. And the world’s most delicious brownies too! We topped it off with seafood, vegan and a ‘meaty’ paella to finish the night. Needless to say no-one went hungry, and we couldn’t recommend Home Gurr’own enough, they were instrumental in making our day the success it was.  
Advice for future brides...
Firstly, ask your caterer/wedding co-ordinator at your venue to save you some wedding cake. We were far too busy dancing and socialising to even notice ours had been served, and it was so nice to have a slice the next day with a glass of bubbles whilst we opened our beautiful wedding cards and gifts. Also if you can’t stretch to a videographer, ask a trusted friend to film your speeches for you. Its so nice to watch them back, as its hard to fully absorb all that is being said on the day.  
What was your first dance song?
My husband picked our first dance song, it was ‘Our Future Days’ by Pearl Jam. I cried the first time he played it to me and I sobbed the whole way through our first dance! I cant watch the footage of it now without cringing, but I couldn’t help it, I was so emotional by that time, all dignity and grace had left me!! 
What was the funniest moment of the day?
Undoubtedly our reception, we danced all night to our amazing band ‘The Soundcasters’.
Watch Tony and Victoria's super cute wedding video below!

Tony and Victoria The House Meadow Kent from Thesmithsandco on Vimeo.

Venue: The House Meadow  
Photographer: Three Flowers Photography 
Videographer: The Smiths & Co 
Stationery: Peach Wolfe 
Florist: Bohotanicals  
Cake:  Neighborhood Bakes
Hair + Makeup: Lucy Sibbick Bridal 
Dress: Rosa Clara at Morgan Davis Hitchin Store 
Shoes: What Sarah Did, Hitchin 
Bridesmaids Dresses: Whistles, Monsoon and Re-written 
Suits: HR Holmes & Sons 
Décor: Anthology Vintage / DIY
Furnishings: Hire Love 
Floral Installations: Bohotanical
Wedding Rings: Alison Moore Designs (Orkney)
Band: The Soundcasters 
From Brides, With Love xo

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