Any soon-to-be-wed couple who have done their homework will have noticed that the world of weddings has become a different kettle of fish over recent years – DIY is now the way to go! Weddings, as I’ve said before, are now a matter of personal choice, with wedding themes, favours, flowers etc. being a real reflection of a couple’s relationship and life together, and everyone strives to have something which will make their day stand out. Blogs like this one and sites like Pinterest give brilliant ideas for anything from making an amazing cake, to stunning dresses, gorgeous flowers, alternative favours or fun decorations. Everyone wants something that is a little different and memorable, so couples now look for interesting and beautiful ideas and things other people have done and then bend it for use in their own day. At Lucy and Keith’s wedding, I was astonished by the sheer volume of beautiful handmade details and the time and effort they had clearly put into every aspect of their day. Their wedding was tennis themed throughout, from their invitations to their table plan – even the men’s waistcoats were made with different tennis fabrics on the back.
Having met at a party at Putney Lawn Tennis club, the tennis theme was an obvious choice, and having decided on the theme pretty early on, they were left with plenty of time to create the fun extras they wanted to include. They wanted to have a traditional wedding with a twist, so they combined the two, with brilliant results. The invitations were traditional in style but had some tennis references e.g. No ballboys or ballgirls, reference to the mixed doubles partnership of Mr and Mrs Bruce and Mr and Mrs Stirton and the recommendations for hotels were a picture of Centre Court with different quality seats e.g. debentures, seats in the gods etc. It was brilliant to watch the guests’ reactions as they entered the different areas and noticed the tennis touches Lucy and Keith had created. Everyone loved it! Lucy had first visited Lillibrooke about 7 years previously because her father wanted to use it for his 60th birthday party. As soon as Lucy saw it, she knew that she wanted it for her wedding. The week after they got engaged, they booked to come and visit. Lucy says ‘I took Keith to a couple of other venues in the area but knew all along that we were going to get married at Lillibrooke. As soon as he saw it he agreed. Everything was perfect – the extensive space, different areas, opportunities for photos, amazing walled garden, beautiful house and helpful staff. We were right to make that decision as we had a truly magical day. Everything ran smoothly and the staff were extremely flexible. The weather also helped as we were able to have the reception in the Cloister Garden.’
Lucy trawled the internet for wedding ideas and décor but nothing really jumped out at her so, enjoying arts and crafts, she decided to make things herself. It started with ideas for table plans and place settings, then they went to Wimbledon and saw signs, posters and pictures and thought it would be fun to include some of these in the wedding. Luckily Lucy is a teacher so had the summer holidays to make things (their wedding was in September). They used the score board as the basis for their plan and the table plans were score cards. In the middle of the tables, they had either pink tennis balls or vintage tennis rackets – the pink balls perfectly matched their colour theme. Lucy says ‘I really enjoyed making all the decorations and bunting for the wedding with help from my mother and mother in law who were extremely supportive and helpful with all my crazy ideas!’ I loved working on this wedding, it was so lovely to have something so different done at a wedding and there were so any original ideas to make it such fun! Lucy and Keith were a lovely couple to work with too, so happy and excited about their day, and their families were so nice that it made them all an absolute pleasure to work with. I know I shouldn’t have favourites, but this was definitely up there with the best and we at Lillibrooke wish you all the happiness for a long future together!
Blog By:- Alys Hilbourne Blogger & Events Manager Having worked in London for most of her career, Alys discovered & fell in love with Lillibrooke Manor in 2012 and has never looked back, delivering hundreds of events and ensuring that each one is special and perfect in every way
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