Today I have the pleasure in featuring Nathalie Selvon-Bruce from Buttercup Bus VW Campers and her Vintage Wedding Picnic ideas. Buttercup Bus VW Campers offer retro campervan hire for wedding transport, self-drive adventures and photo booths set up inside a campervan. Operating from Croydon on the South London, Surrey and Kent border, they have a selection of six pretty pastel campervans and a soft top beetle.
Nathalie has some great ideas on how you could use a campervan apart from transport on your wedding day, including a Vintage Wedding Picnic.
Picnics… for me the delight is in the simplicity of them, yet the presentation and details that can elevate them into a very elegant and stylish affair –their versatility makes them perfect for many elements of a wedding to include:
- Part of a hen do for a lazy lunch
- A groom stealing a private moment with his Bride-to-be the morning before the wedding over a romantic picnic hamper
- At the wedding reception, served in baskets along with picnic rugs and flip-flops for guests
- As part of an intimate honeymoon escapade
The key ingredients to a picnic are:
- A hamper basket of yummy finger food
- Refreshing drinks
- The picnic blanket
- A perfect location (ideally with breath-taking views, and a few trees for shade)
- A retro lush-mobile to get you to your picnic in style (call me biased, but I am totally thinking VW Campers here!!)
So, picnics are always relaxing affairs, when you idle the day away, relaxing in the sunshine on a picnic rug, grazing on a selection of tempting finger food whilst taking in the views. Traditional savoury faves include finger sandwiches (cucumber, smoked salmon and cream cheese, ham), pork pies, scotch eggs, sausage rolls, Quiche, crudities and dips… mmm I’m getting hungry!
For those with a sweet tooth, the Victoria sponge, strawberries and cream and selection of pastries certainly go down a treat.
The presentation really allows you to add a sense of style to the picnic. Bunting, vintage plates, cake stands and napkins all play a part in setting the scene.
Picnics scream out for a lovely cup of tea in a vintage tea-cup, complete with milk jug and sugar bowl.
For those looking for a cool, refreshing drink, then traditional lemonade (served in a retro glass bottle complete with pretty paper straws) really adds panache. Variations on this drink add an interesting twist – ginger and honey, pink lemonade with summer fruits or event coconut peach!
THE PICNIC BLANKET:
This is an opportunity to add your own styling. You could go for a traditional picnic rug, or look at overlaying lacy vintage shawls. Adding the comfort factor of a few pretty cushions, and perhaps some picnic chairs will really make for an enticing set up.
Finding a location can be planned (a good idea for a gathering) – but I also rather like the thrill of spontaneously stopping somewhere that catches your eye whilst pootling down a country lane.
The weather will play into your chosen location – perhaps a shady spot if it is a hot sunny day – or by the lakeside? A woodland scene is full of charm and the beach will allow for a perfect view out to sea. (Just watch out for sandy sandwiches – ha ha!)
This blog article was written by Nathalie at Buttercup Bus VW Campers in Surrey. They offer a fleet of pretty pastel coloured VW Campers for wedding transport, self drive hire adventures (perfect for picnics), and photo booths set up inside a retro campervan.
If you would like to book one of their campers, you can find our more on their website here: http://buttercupbus.com
Photo credits in the photos from a styled shoot:
The awesome photographer – Stonelock Photography
The delicious cakes – Cakes by Caroline
The seriously stylish vintage props – A Vintage Affair
The fabulous florist – ATC Floral Designs
The cute campervan (one of a fleet of seven VWs) – Buttercup Bus