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At last I am so proud to share with you photos from my son’s beautiful  Vintage barefoot wedding. I was honoured to have my desserts and styling featured in the March edition of the popular Party magazine Confetti Fair, and therefore needed to wait until it was published before I put the photos on my blog.

As you can imagine, there are a lot of different highlights of the wedding I want to show you. I have decided to create separate blog posts for each aspect of the dessert and refreshment stations I designed, so that all of the details can be seen. I will start with the sweets table and then move my way around the reception marquee, culminating in the actual bridal procession and wedding ceremony. So keep your eyes out over the next few weeks as I walk you through the prettiest vintage yellow barefoot wedding celebration.

Perhaps the best decision I made regarding the wedding was to employ a photographer to photograph my desserts. As mother of the groom, chief stylist, baker of all desserts, mother of the flower girls and wedding coordinator, I needed to outsource this most important aspect of the celebration. I am oh so glad I did. The lovely Josie from Josie Richardson Photography  captured the essence of my desserts and styling beautifully. I would also like to acknowledge Ann and her beautiful family from Grace My Table for additional props, ceremony chairs and the most delightful afternoon tea styling and service which I will reveal in a later post.

And so, without further ado, let me introduce Part 1 of our son’s wedding.

The Sweets Table


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Drawing from my collection of vintage props, I wanted to give the sweets table a ‘Nana’s kitchen’ feel. I achieved this by  using old enamelware, retro kitchenware, scales and white hobnail compotes to hold the lollies.  I used an old chenille tablecloth (from the Ukraine actually!  Gotta love Ebay) draped over a timber trestle table and made a generous fabric garland to use as the backdrop. The yellow vintage fabric made from old retro sheets added authenticity to the look I was trying to achieve.

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One of my favourite elements of the display was the marquee SWEETS sign. I bought the letters from Spotlight and put yellow vintage fabric behind each one. It looked beautiful as the evening went on and the lights shone onto the table.

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As well as an abundance of sweets to take home, each guest was given a little mason jar full of yellow jelly beans as a Thank you gift from the bride and groom. My ten year old daughter made the crochet hearts tied to each one.

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I mounted an old vintage frame onto a hessian covered board, attaching chicken wire to the back of it. I then meticulously tied sweet yellow lollipops with ‘best. day.ever’ tags onto the frame.

There was certainly no shortage of sweets for the guests to enjoy and take home!

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