Introducing… The Yorkshire Vintage Crockery Company

This English country garden wedding ~ with all its charm, DIY and personal touches ~ is among my favourites from the blog so far.

For months before the wedding, bride Charlotte Lloyd and her mum Victoria Herring scoured local charity shops and car boot sales to add authentic vintage touches to their garden party theme.

Now the pair from Beverley, East Yorkshire have set up The Yorkshire Vintage Crockery Company.

Charlotte says: “My mum and I spent months collecting crockery for my own wedding and became quite attached to it therefore decided to hire it out so other people can enjoy it too.  It has now become more of a hobby so we are constantly updating the range.

“We are both really passionate about beautiful vintage pieces and love collecting new items to add to the collection. It also gives us a great excuse to shop!

“As well as the crockery we have picnic baskets, tinned buckets, lace jars, water bottles….the list goes on!

“The crockery can really transform any table at a wedding and add that vintage charm to make it special and wow your guests.”

They can also set up for your wedding ~ and do the washing up afterwards!

♥ The Yorkshire Vintage Crockery Company have a special offer for Angel in the North readers ~ 10% off all orders over £100 placed before the end of February 2012.

Need to know: web ~; email ~; phone ~ 07801 043066 or 07790 618405


Things are looking up! Overhead wedding decoration inspiration

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Rather than just concentrating on table centrepieces, brides are giving more thought to how their venue will look when guests turn their eyes to the skies.

Decorations high overhead can create atmosphere and give a subtle nod to your wedding theme, or if nearer head height can have a more dramatic effect.

Use flowers, streamers, ribbons, pom poms, lanterns and lights ~ or go with something a little bit different…. these couples chose bicycle tyres formed with maps, lampshades, umbrellas and tea cups. Anything goes!


Inspiration… In love with lavender

The wedding of award-winning director Sofia Coppola and rock star Thomas Mars was always going to set tongues wagging, and the photographic snippets we’ve seen already didn’t disappoint.

Sofia’s Azzedine Alaia gown will make sure lavender shoots up many brides’ lust list.

Folklore has long linked lavender with love and in truth, it isn’t rare for weddings to bear lavender hues. The sweetly-scented plant sets the perfect tone for rustic, country chic weddings of the kind we’re all a little bit in love with just now. And it exudes a coolness and maturity that its more popular pink cousin does not.