A passion for cars met a love of vintage styling at Amelia and Will Di Claudio’s wedding
The English country setting of Kingscote Barn in Tetbury, Gloucestershire was the perfect setting for Amelia and Will’s July wedding, whose theme was inspired by the couple’s interests. “I love bunting and all things pretty and anything vintage, and Will is a racing driver who loves cars,” explains Amelia. “This is how we came up with the concept of using the front end of a Mini as our table plan, along with oil cans and racing circuit table names, and adding this to my ideas of pink wellies filled with flowers and jam jars with stripy straws!” “The Mini table plan was definitely something different to your usual easel that no one will forget!” adds Will.
His passion for cars was also evident in the choice of wedding transport, which included three Peugeot 205 track cars, a DeLorean, an Aston Martin, a Ford Escort series 1 turbo, and Amelia’s very special wedding gift to Will, a 1966 Ford Mustang.
This mix of the couple’s interests was represented in the food, too. “Will is Italian and I’m English, so we thought it would be a lovely idea to incorporate both of us into the meals we served our guests,” says Amelia. “Our wedding breakfast was traditional afternoon tea, with mini ice cream cones as a a palette cleanser and scones, jam and cream served in miniature picnic baskets and vintage china, while our evening meal was pizza from a wood fired oven.” There were plenty of sweet treats as well, as Amelia’s mother and grandmother made a delicious cake, and guests could enjoy using a vintage-style popcorn machine with a selection of toppings, and help themselves to jars of sweets on a miniature dresser.
This was definitely a DIY wedding, with Amelia and Will crafting most of the wedding props themselves. Will made and wired up the Mini table plan so it had working headlights, with Amelia writing the names on it. “Will also made all the wooden signs for me and then I hand painted them,” says Amelia. “I hand stamped everyone’s names on luggage labels as the table place names which were laid on top of the most beautiful floral and spotty napkins my nan kindly made for us, 110 of them! Our favours were miniature jams which were made by a local company, Heavenly Hedgerow, which I then made frilly tops with matching material to the napkins. I’m not sure if it saved us money by doing it ourselves as it took us a lot of time, love and care, but it was totally worth the effort and everyone really appreciated the personal touches.”
Kirsten Butler from The Little Wedding Helper was on hand to help out with all the styling details, which included decorating the barn with pictures of the couple as children and their parents and grandparents’ wedding photos. “Kirsten is absolutely amazing,” enthuses Amelia. “She took the weight off my shoulders knowing that my vision for our big day was in safe hands and her attention to details is second to none!” Amelia also highly recommends her florist, The Pink Peony. “Laura is the loveliest person and the best florist ever, and did an incredible job with our flowers.”
Their wedding day brought a mix of sunshine and showers, but no rain could dampen the enthusiasm and love of this happy couple. “It was the most perfect day we could have wished for,” says Amelia. “The best part of the day was marrying my best friend and celebrating with friends and family. It is the most amazing day of your life and just enjoy every minute. Everyone says it but it does go by really quickly, so my advice to other couples is to take time to soak it in and enjoy!”