Sunday, 25 May 2014

The Vintage Summer Wedding - Jenny Oliver

I'm so pleased to be part of the blog tour for the lovely Jenny Oliver, I have a guest post to share with you today and a review later in the week.

About the book...

Spending the summer uncovering hidden treasures in a vintage shop, Anna can still vividly remember both her childhood dreams; the first was that she’d become a Prima Ballerina, and dance on stage resplendent in a jewel-encrusted tutu. The second was that at her wedding she would walk down the aisle wearing a collective-gasp-from-the-congregation dress.
Years ago Anna pirouetted out of her cosy hometown village in a whirl of ambition…but when both of those fairy-tale dreams came crashing down around her ballet shoes, she and fiancée Seb find themselves back in Nettleton, their wedding and careers postponed indefinitely…

Don’t they say that you can never go home again? Sometimes they don’t get it right… This one summer is showing Anna that your dreams have to grow up with you. And sometimes what you think you wanted is just the opposite of what makes you happy…

The book is currently available for £2.99 as Google Play Read of the Week so it would be great if you could include a link to that promo too -

About the author...

JENNY OLIVER wrote her first book on holiday when she was ten years old. Illustrated with cut-out supermodels from her sister’s Vogue, it was an epic, sweeping love story not so loosely based on Dynasty.
Since then Jenny has gone on to get an English degree, a Masters, and a job in publishing that’s taught her what it takes to write a novel (without the help of the supermodels). She wrote The Parisian Christmas Bake Off on the beach in a sea-soaked, sand-covered notebook and The Vintage Summer Wedding is her follow up.
Follow Jenny on twitter: @JenOliverBooks

Guest post...

Jenny Oliver's dream vintage wedding… 

Well to start with there would be hundreds of lanterns. I was in a cafe in Central Park in New York and when I looked up I saw that the trees were hung with vintage, chintzy lampshades. They were all lit with coloured lights and shone in the twilight - I was instantly smitten and when I have a garden of my own I'll probably have them in my trees always. 

Along the pathways at this wedding would be lots of jam jars of all different shapes and sizes with flickering tea lights and the tables would have flowers in old coke bottles or coloured tins. I might pot up a few dandelions and have them on the tables as well or daffodils - depending on the season. Lots of yellow! I went to a Christmas wedding once that was a marquee packed with Christmas trees decorated only with white fairy lights and it looked amazing… 

Like Anna in THE VINTAGE SUMMER WEDDING I might have a tea party rather than a full blown three course meal - so delicate fairy cakes, bright coloured macaroons and big fat Victoria sponges all served on vintage plates of all different shapes and sizes. 

I'm not very good with music so I'd let my husband-to-be choose what we danced to - although I would like a band that played outdoors…(I'm imagining some French village square where people dance all night to the local band and there's spontaneous singing under plane trees and bunting.) The men would wear tweed. The bridesmaids could wear whatever they liked. And I'd scour lots of shops until I eventually went back to the very first one and bought the lovely dress that I tried on at the beginning! 

Vintage or ultra modern I think the best weddings are where everything is relaxed (a trick that usually involves the most planning!) and the decor and style echo the couple themselves rather than tradition. 

As mentioned before, if you so wish you can offer a vintage inspired item as a prize to your followers. You can wither pick something from this Pinterest board or let your winner decide themselves. We suggest the easiest way to run the competition is by using a rafflecopter.

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If that isn't enough Jenny's publisher Carina UK are also running a comp on their Pinterest page for the chance to win a luxury summer hamper from Fortnum & Mason. Check it out here.



  1. Another lovely giveaway, Dawn. Thank you so much x

  2. Another great giveaway Dawn. My perfect vintage Wedding would be my own. I know it might sound cheesy but I loved my day, so.... :)

  3. Lovely giveaway, thank you! I'm really looking forward to my summer wedding in 2015 - in a castle!

  4. i organised much of our wedding 2 years ago and made as much as i could :)
    lovely giveaway ...great book cover...another great title from Caring