Sylvanian couple’s lockdown wedding

Sylvanian couple’s lockdown wedding BLOG   February 2021


Bath photographer captures Sylvanian couple’s lockdown wedding.

I believe this is one of the best most incredible creative things I’ve seen during Lockdown. Please, please more than any other,follow the link at the bottom of the post and see the amazing photographs and story this guy  created

A photographer has released pictures of the most exclusive wedding to happen in Bath in 2021 so far.

Tabitha and Jonathan were married on Sunday 7 March, surrounded by friends, family, and more guests than have been seen in months.

They were able to gather under the current lockdown restrictions because they are not actually people but characters from the Sylvanian Families collectibles franchise.

Joe Short, who captured Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding in 2018, was commissioned by his nine-year-old daughter Juno for the special day.

The 49-year-old said: “I have been stuck for work for lockdown. I did a few micro-weddings last year but nothing like the amount you’re normally covering in a year.”

“My daughter Juno is nine and massively into Sylvanian Families. When she came out of her room one day and said ‘we’re having a Sylvanian wedding’, I got really excited about it.”

Juno took weeks planning the fuzzy couple’s big day, even borrowing extra guests from a friend to make it all the more special.

Joe spent all day lying in the garden, working out how to get the best angles of Tabitha and Jonathan. The family dogs were the only fly in the ointment, as they wandered into shot and even “took a pee behind the marquee” while the oblivious Sylvanians partied inside.

After getting some romantic snaps of the new Mr and Mrs, the photographer then waited until darkness fell to catch the couple’s first dance.

Joe said: “It was fun to be working again. Some of the genuine techniques I would use in a human wedding, I dusted down and used.

“Those who know Sylvanian Families will recognise a lot of the characters and it takes people back on a nostalgia trip. The loyalty is strong.

“When I’m working human weddings, I do like to take a day a bit more lightly. I think it should be fun and everyone should be relaxed.”

The highlight of the evening had to be Jonathan and Tabitha’s first dance – to ‘that song’ from Dirty Dancing. Joe caught the moment Tabitha leapt into Jonathan’s arms for that famous lift.. but landed on his head!

The images have proved very popular on social media.

Joe said: “I think it’s struck a chord. We had no particular plans to do so but it has provided people a bit of relief and a release, which is great.”

Joe’s work has been hit by the pandemic but he did qualify for a grant which has helped. He said he is looking at his business resuming when lockdown restrictions are expected to ease further but “everyone is a little guarded” given the uncertainty of Covid-19.

He said he really feels for couples having to wait to get married but does expect that he will be kept very busy in August and September.

Could Joe Short’s tiny wedding pictures prove even more popular than his shots of the Sussexes?

In the meantime, his Sylvanian wedding shots are raising a smile or two.

You can find a full account of the day and extra photos on Joe’s website.


There are some things you just think I wish I’d thought of that. That is certainly one of them.

All photographs  © Joe Short




  1. Old Mill Windmill – £1,100

And finally, by far the most valuable Sylvanian Families toy on the list is this Old Mill Windmill, which features red and green detailing plus a rooster sitting on the top.

Apparently it’s a very rare first edition of the windmill toy and comes complete with two pieces of furniture.

The seller is asking for so much because they’ve kept the windmill inside its packaging for years, meaning that none of the seals or card pop outs have been broken. Even the outer box itself has been stored carefully so that the colours on the main box haven’t faded with time.


  1. Super Rare Large Chocolate Rabbit – £599

This is another example of a larger figurine which is currently listed on Ebay with a starting price of £599.

According to the seller this is a ‘super rare’ rabbit which measures approximately 11 inches and is wearing a red and white spotted dress.


  1. The Japanese Doll – £500

The Sylvanian Families randomly released a ‘Japanese Doll’ back in 2003, which featured a rabbit wearing a rather fetching pearl tiara and yellow rose dress.

This particular model came mounted on a plaque reading ‘Doll of the Year’, so it was definitely aimed at serious collectors.

Only 100 of these figures were ever made, according to one Ebay seller from Derby, which means that collectors will be more than willing to drive up the asking price. The figure pictured above started the bidding at £99 and eventually sold for over five times that amount!


  1. Vintage Timbertop Bear – £460

This Vintage Timbertop Bear doesn’t look all that remarkable, but it managed to fetch a whopping £460 on Ebay! It was released in the 1980s which makes it one of the older models out there – collectors are always willing to pay more for toys that are over 30 years old.

You might also have noticed that this bear is slightly larger than the average Sylvanian Families figurine – it measures approximately 11 inches so it’ll be hard to miss if you’re having a look round the attic for one.


  1. Grand Hotel With Eight NIB Furniture Set – £325

One seller started the bidding for this particular set at a measly £25, and ended up raking in a whopping £325! Collectors went crazy for the Grand Hotel with all of its accompanying furniture, which includes over 26 figures and other accessories.

This set is one of the fancier Sylvanian Families toys out there, and features an intricate chandelier and even stained glass windows for any figurines you have that might one to stay there.

Surprisingly, the Grand Hotel is still available to buy in Tesco today but it doesn’t contain any extra accessories, which might explain the high asking price.


  1. Applewood Department Store – £300

The Applewood Department Store is a huge Sylvanian Families complex containing over 200 pieces – it’s definitely one of the larger toys produced by the company and as a result, it’s worth a lot of money if you have all the original parts.

There are currently a few models on Ebay with starting prices of £300! Unlike the Harrods edition which went for £259, these original models are in pristine condition, which means that sellers can start the bidding at a higher price.


  1. Sylvanian Families House on the Hill – £280

These Sylvanian Families ‘House on the Hill’ sets were originally retailed at £39.99, so anyone still in possession of one who hasn’t given it to a charity shop will be pleased to hear that it’s now worth a lot of money.

Upon its release in 2002, the House on the Hill became the largest home made by the toy brand – it contains three floors with two balcony areas and a nursery on the top floor.


  1. Applewood Department Store (Harrods Edition) – £259

You might well remember playing with the Applewood Department Store as a child (or seeing one of the hundreds of adverts for it on TV at least). However, did you know that this bit of Sylvanian Families kit could earn you over £250 on Ebay?

One seller managed to flog theirs for a whopping £259 – apparently the set above is worth extra money because it formed part of a special Harrods edition and contained black stickers which allowed you to turn it into a mini ‘Harrods Department Store’.


  1. Sylvanian Families Figures Bundle – £222

Several people have been selling ‘bundles’ of Sylvanian Figures for huge sums of money. If you’ve managed to acquire a few different families over the years then you can sell them in a bundle and rake in a nice little pay day for yourself. Some Ebay bundles like the one below have been selling for over £200.

Auctions often start at 99p, but eager collectors are always ready to splash the cash on a large quantity of Sylvanian family figurines.

Whilst you’ll have to make sure that they’re in excellent condition, you don’t need to specify which sets the characters come from in order to start flogging them on Ebay.


  1. Vintage Mansion House – £125

This Vintage Mansion Doll House has been valued at a whopping £125 on Ebay – some sellers have been claiming that there aren’t many complete mansion sets available, which is pushing up the value online.







Happiness is…watching your children play with the Sylvanian Families.


My dad unfortunately passed away when we couldn’t remember his blood type… His last words to us were, “Be positive!”


Love is…saying “I love you” to each other often.


A time to play Sylvanian Families…A time to play Barbies & Sindys.


27th March

1948 Just 11 days after being released from prison, Billie Holiday plays in front of a sold-out crowd at Carnegie Hall.

1970 Mariah Carey, American singer born.

1963 Quentin Tarantino American director and screenwriter born

2002 Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, who was queen consort of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland (1936–52), died in her sleep at Windsor Castle at age 101.


You come here to be cheered up. Over the last few weeks, we have avoided showing Covid-19 statistics for the UK as they have been depressing. But we seem to have turned the corner and the figures are looking far better and improving daily to give us so much hope. So, as an important part of cheering us all up we will show the daily improving figures.






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