Sarah and Pete

Gatsby-inspired Garden Party Wedding


Sarah and Pete enjoyed their handmade day with Gatsby-inspired garden party

"I love anything vintage, particularly the 1920s which I fell in love with after reading The Great Gatsby many years ago. The venue provided us with a blank canvas to work with and the walled garden was naturally beautiful. The other theme of the day was our married name – Sparrow – which meant we had lots of bird details. The whole day was a DIY affair. The look...

I added an extra piece of lace from a vintage dress to my fishtail gown to make it unique. My full-length, lace-edged veil was by Caroline Castigliano and I fell in love with it before I’d even found my dress! My 1920s-style beaded headdress was made by Pan Pan Bridal in Edinburgh and fitted the theme perfectly.

I would have loved peonies in my bouquet, but they weren’t in season, so instead I opted for large pink roses, veronica and astrantia. Pete wore a tweed jacket from Hackett, chinos and a pink and blue bow-tie. I made all of the groomsmen’s buttonholes using feathers, heather, waxflower and ribbon."

My mum and I went to Glasgow flower market a few days before the wedding to choose the blooms. The décor included lisianthus, roses, ranunculus, stocks, veronica and gypsophila, which we arranged in informal bunches, and I made garlands using old music paper and maps. We had fairylights, lanterns, old suitcases (which doubled up as fancy dress boxes) and deckchairs and picnic rugs outside. The seating plan was a vase of branches with birds and the tables names nestled amongst them."

My Favorite Moment...

My favourite moment was the first dance. Pete’s was driving us from the ceremony to the reception in an old Land Rover Defender.

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My tip for brides-to-be...

Roll with any problems. Our bar company was a disaster and didn’t provide enough glassware. Our guests ended up drinking wine out of teacups, which unexpectedly made for great photos!