Tea-Party Wonderland Wedding Inspiration

Thinking about having a vintage-inspired garden tea-party or dessert table at your Sussex wedding or hen party?

Then this beautiful Brighton Alice in Wonderland themed wedding inspiration shoot by Erika of Photomadly and her team of Sussex wedding suppliers might be just the thing to give you some fun garden tea-party inspiration (first featured on the Alice in Weddingland blog). It’s a theme with a local link too, as Alice in Wonderland is rumoured to have been partly written in, and inspired by, Brighton (who knew?)…

Erika told us: “The shoot location was Sussex Square and Lewes Crescent Gardens, former home to Lewis Carroll’s sister and frequent abode of Lewis Carroll himself. Local lore has it that not only did Carroll write some of Alice in Wonderland while staying with his sister and surveying the view of the gardens, but also that the private tunnel to the beach from the gardens was the real inspiration for it. One look at the tunnel and I think you’ll see why”.

Alice wears a bespoke wedding dress by Marian Thornton of Marianne Designs. The wedding cake and dessert table are by Sada Ray of Flutterby Bakery and flowers are by Amanda Refoy Flowers.

Erika also told us about Peter Gosbe, seen below as the Mad Hatter groom: “Peter is Brighton’s very own resident mad hatter. He is a milliner and jeweller who makes amazing one-of-a-kind steampunk top hats and specialises in jewellery made from the gears of pocket watches”.

Inspiration Shoot Team:

Photography: Photomadly
Cakes: Flutterby Bakery
Flowers: Amanda Refoy Flowers
Alice’s dress: Marian Thornton of Marianne Designs, mariannedesigns [ at ] googlemail dot com.
Cheshire cat/bridesmaid’s dress: Beyond Retro
Props & wardrobe for Mad Hatter: Peter Gosbee
Makeup: Alessia Mancini
Other props courtesy of Alice Dreams: A Wonderland of Curiosities
Hair: Elloise India Willett
Assistant photography: Mike Oddhayward
1928 Raleigh motorcycle courtesy of Timothy Penn of the Vintage MotorCycle Club
Support with shoot organization: Andrew White
Alice – Miriam Gisbey, Mad Hatter – Peter Gosbee,  Cheshire Cat – Bekah Palmer

Thanks to Erika and team for this lovely lot of Wonderland wedding inspiration!

We love a good-old wedding (or bacholerette) garden tea-party and why not pull it together with a fun theme – especially one with a local link. Right, we’re off for a very important date with our ever growing inbox. Check back soon for more lovely and local wedding inspiration!

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