Fun-loving couple Jenny Sneller and Pete Good took guest participation to another level at their relaxed summer wedding.
“Immediately after the service we had the ‘Great Wedding Bake Off’, which is where we chose our wedding cake,” Jenny, 25, says. “We had previously asked guests to bring a cake along to the wedding and the winner would be awarded the ‘star baker’ prize, and their cake would be the one that we would cut.”
A whimsical honey-themed creation complete with bumble bees took out the top prize for the Nottingham pair, who first met on a blind date set up by friends.
Pete, 33, popped the question about two years later in an elaborate proposal that involved a flashmob of family and friends before Pete appeared and got down on one knee.
The couple held their summer wedding on August 22, 2015 at Trent Vineyard Church in Nottingham in front of 140 guests, with 180 guests joining in the evening celebrations at Attenborough Village Hall.
“We had a spontaneous first dance under the tree in the garden of the village hall. It was a really lovely moment that we couldn’t really have planned for,” Jenny says.
“Immediately after that, we all entered the village hall to start the Irish Ceilidh, a fab time of dancing and swinging each other round the hall.
“We were able to have a lot of personalised touches; by designing all the wedding stationery ourselves, using our own honey as wedding favours, and by designing a meal to fit in with the rest of the theme. It was a chance to get creative and we loved it!”
Photos courtesy of Martin Makowski Photography.
“We were privileged to have Pete’s dad marry us which was very special. The service itself was quite traditional as we wanted to highlight the importance of taking our vows in front of God as well as family and friends,” Jenny says.
“We feel our wedding totally represented not only our personalities but also what is important to us. It was the perfect blend of being relaxed and fun mixed with the sincerity of the importance of marriage,” Jenny says.
The couple also hired the village hall the day before the big day to have time to decorate. “Pete’s mum hand made all of the bunting and one of our friends created all the lighting for us,” Jenny says. Outside, there were garden games, a bouncy castle and jazz music.
Bomboniere: Homemade honey / Brides Gown: James Bride, Enzoani UK / Bridesmaid Shoes: Own shoes / Bridesmaids Accessories: Dorothy Perkins / Bridesmaids Dresses: Monsoon / Cake: Friends / Caterer: Fiona Herbert Catering / Ceremony Venue: Trent Vineyard / Entertainment: Malarkey Ceilidh Band / Flowers: The Flower Shop / Grooms Attire: Magee 1866 / Grooms Shoes: Jones / Groomsmen Attire: Own suits, Magee 1866 / Groomsmen Shoes: Own shoes / Hair: Helen Sutcliffe / Invitations: Printed / Makeup: DIY / Photographer: Martin Makowski Photography / Reception Venue: Attenborough Village Hall / Rings: Trinity Goldsmiths / Transport: DIY / Venue Decor: Black Event Furniture / Videographer: Big Day Films / Wedding Night Venue: Langar Hall Hotel