Leighton couple Stephanie Mason and Ben Harris decided on a real community affair for their vintage fete wedding reception.
The happy couple pitched their tent, a vast marquee on the front of their new home in Willow Chase and invited all their neighbours to come and enjoy the festivities, The day’s success was aided by some of the town’s best known retailers contributing to the fete theme.
Stephanie, 25, and Ben, 34, moved into the estate a year ago and loved their new home so much that they decided it would make the perfect setting for their themed reception.
With the agreement of their neighbours, and house-builder Charles Church, Stephanie, a secondary school teacher in London, and Ben, who works as a commercial fire and security consultant, set up a marquee on the shared driveway in front of their house, creating a village green effect with bunting and picnic tables.
Stephanie said: “Our wedding at All Saint’s Church, in Leighton, was just as we dreamed it would be – a perfect day shared with our family, friends and neighbours. We are real home-bodies, so holding the reception here was very special to us.
“Our catering was done by Strattons, the butchers. Andrew Stanton, the owner, was amazing and cooked the best barbecue and hog roast we’ve ever had. “The Lord Chips van did chip cones. Tony, one of Leighton’s ice cream men, did ice creams for everyone when they arrived at the reception.
“The marquee came a Luton company and we hired vintage china from a company called Vintage Tea Times.”
Debbie Box, sales manager for Charles Church (Midlands), added: “Stephanie had planned every detail of her day and the overall effect was breath-taking. Everything tied in with the vintage fete theme – from the coconut shy and tin can alley games in the garden, to the ‘cake stall’ and ice cream van.”