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Afternoon tea was a family tradition for this bride, so she wanted to incorporate that into her wedding.  This couple met in Japan and moved to South Carolina 5 months before the Birmingham, Alabama wedding (where the groom’s grandparents lived).  Most of the wedding planning meetings with vendors took place over 4 weekends.  But when it was all over, this couple had the perfect intimate and personal afternoon tea wedding.  With one super adorbs flower girl!

Garden Wedding and Afternoon Tea reception | photos by Spindle Photography
Garden Wedding and Afternoon Tea reception | photos by Spindle Photography
My vision was inspired by my wedding gown and veil. I inherited a gorgeous veil that my mother-in-law wore at her wedding.  All the pearls were hand beaded by her mother and grandmother.  I took the veil with me to my dress appointments and specifically looked for a dress that goes perfectly with the veil.  When I tried on THE dress, I saw myself getting married to Phil in an English rose garden.
Garden Wedding and Afternoon Tea reception | photos by Spindle Photography
Garden Wedding and Afternoon Tea reception | photos by Spindle Photography
Garden Wedding and Afternoon Tea reception | photos by Spindle Photography
The groom’s 90 year old grandfather officiated the ceremony.
Garden Wedding and Afternoon Tea reception | photos by Spindle Photography
Garden Wedding and Afternoon Tea reception | photos by Spindle Photography
Garden Wedding and Afternoon Tea reception | photos by Spindle Photography
My mom, my sister, and I love afternoon tea, and we’ve hosted an afternoon tea many times so I wanted to incorporate the family tradition.  We worked with a local bakery and customized the entire menu.  They made the most divine sweet and savory pastries like cranberry scones with clotted cream and jam, prosciutto scones, and pear tartlets.  The inspiration for the reception came from the Laduree shop in Tokyo, one of my favorite places in Japan.
Garden Wedding and Afternoon Tea reception | photos by Spindle Photography
Garden Wedding and Afternoon Tea reception | photos by Spindle Photography
Such a sweet place setting for a little one!
Garden Wedding and Afternoon Tea reception | photos by Spindle Photography
I collected Noritake vintage teacups and saucers with rose motifs.  I wanted to use Noritake because I wanted to incorporate my Japanese heritage into the English afternoon tea.
Garden Wedding and Afternoon Tea reception | photos by Spindle Photography
Garden Wedding and Afternoon Tea reception | photos by Spindle Photography

We DIYed wherever we could.  My mother-in-law made all the floral arrangements.  I made the chair decorations.  I did my own makeup.  Our best man created the slideshow and a friend made the reception playlist.  Every little detail had meaning to us and our families … from wearing my mom’s pearls and walking down the aisle to my dad’s favorite song to getting married by Phil’s grandfather and using Phil’s grandmother’s silverware.  All was filled with so much love!


I love that style of the wedding and all of the details were completely personal, and that so many traditions and family heirlooms were included.  And bonus points that an afternoon tea reception is budget-friendly too, right?  

Come back later today to see a yellow and grey beauty of a wedding!

{Vendors} Photographer:  Spindle Photography / Event Planner:  Proper Measures Event Design + Styling / Hair Stylist:  Morgan Ashley Salon / Venue:  Birmingham Botanical Gardens / Bakery:  MIX Bakery & Dreamcakes Bakery
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