This afternoon is all about pretty whimsical wedding ideas and inspiration; drawn from Edwardian flower fairy imagery.
I love these brilliant tweenage bridesmaid ideas, with each gorgeous girl being given her own fairy identity. There were wonderful frocks, bountiful florals and charming styling. Lets get lost in fairy wonderland…
“I regularly have to drag my daughter, Nadia, along to shoots and wedding set-ups, so it was only fair that I gave her a shoot of her own as repayment. Along with two of her friends, Elizabeth and Skyla Grace, these three young ladies became my flower fairies for the day at the wonderful venue that is The Secret Garden in Ashford, Kent.
Drawing inspiration from the much-loved Edwardian imagery, we wanted to give a modern twist to the styling, creating something feminine and grown-up enough for our team of tweenage bridesmaids! I chose the vintage wedding classics of white, lilac, pink and peach as our colour palette, with plenty of shimmering gold to catch the light. Each girl was to embody a different flower and colour; Nadia as a peach rose, Elizabeth as a lilac hydrangea and Skyla as a pink peony. Being a big fan of Cicely Mary Barker’s ‘Flower Fairies’, Kat was the natural choice to capture the shoot in all it’s sparkly glory. Her beautiful edit gave all the fabulous depth of colour to my flowers and a wonderful glow to every element of the shoot.
I met Anna of Thumbelina Designs right back at the start of my wedding industry career in early 2012. Her intricate dress designs made her the perfect collaborator for this shoot and fortunately for me, she agreed! In her own words: “This was a commission made for Thumbelina Design – whimsical, ethereal and a downright beautiful fairytale! Designing and creating for this shoot was an organic process, the colours were soft and muted, the fabrics delicate and floaty. When doing the research for styling I was drawn to the magic of tulle, sparkle and a touch of couture. After all, this shoot was going to be a piece of theatre, so the imagination was allowed to run away with itself!”
So, our girls were decked out is amazing frocks, now they needed equally spectacular hairstyles to match and thanks to Hayley at Flame Beauty, they got just that! Hayley explains: “After being presented with the brief for the shoot, research began by looking at flower fairy images of both young and old, modern and vintage to source the right look for our shoot at the Secret Garden. The result was a fresh twist on a classic look incorporating waves, braids and burnished copper to create natural but mystical bridesmaids.”
Completing the team of contributors was a dream as the suppliers embraced my vision whole-heartedly. Kimberly of Bliss Bespoke Cakes created some gilded iced biscuits, each topped with a single sugar paste hydrangea petal and a classic 3-tier cake with lace and pleated ribbon details, finished with exquisitely executed sugar paste flowers and gilded leaves. Sas of Candelabra designed a bespoke invitation, RSVP and place cards which incorporated illustrations of our key flower types. The latter graced a table styled using the venue’s vintage china, with vases of flowers in bouquets and as single stems, all upon a champagne gold sequin table cloth provided by Melissa of The Sweet Hostess.
This shoot culminated in each of their blooms coming together to form the bridal bouquet – blink and you’d miss my bridal cameo appearance (sporting a lovely mermaid-style gown from Miss Bush and gorgeous gilded shoes by Marsha Hall) as the heavens opened and rain ended play! But it was all about the girls, who modelled beautifully and were rightly the stars of the show.”
Tags: Bliss Bespoke Cakes, Bridal Shoot, Bridesmaids, Candelabra, Flame Beauty, Flowergirls, Kat Forsyth Photography, Marsha Hall, Miss Bush Bridal Wear, The Secret Garden, The Sweet Hostess, The Vintage Floral Design Company, Thumbelina Design
Just wait until you read today’s proposal story, it is really rather epic. I too am a huge Mumford and Sons fan just like Nicola and am really rather jealous of the proposal that Damian planned for her. Be sure to read about it in all it’s glory at the end of the feature.
WWW readers Damian and Nicola married on the 31st May 2014 at Chilham Village Hall in Kent. They wanted to create a relaxed village fete feel wedding day, with guests bringing along cakes, lovely home made touches and fun games.
Nicola arranged the pretty Gypsophila bouquets herself, there were also paper book hearts on the tables, bunting, pom poms, hessian table cloths and a good old tombola. Brilliant.
Thanks so much to the wonderful Rebecca Douglas for providing these images today.
Tags: Cake Table, DIY Flowers, DIY Wedding, Festoon Lighting, Fete Games, Fete Wedding, Fish & Chips, Gypsophila Bouquets, Hog Roast, Kent Wedding, Real Weddings, Rebecca Douglas Photography, Tweed Groom, Village Hall Wedding, Vintage China Wedding, White Wedding Ideas
Yes you heard it right!
Long time WWW sponsor Laura of Babb Photo has recently expanded her business to take on a new, lovely associate photographer, Alice. Alice has been working as Laura’s second shooter this year and will now be photographing her own weddings, as part of the Babb Photo team.
Babb Photo is offering one lucky couple the chance to win their wedding photography. To be in with a chance of winning a wedding photography package with Alice, your wedding needs to be taking place before June 2015.
Let’s take a look at Alice’s beautiful photography and see how to enter…
The prize includes 8 hour’s of photography on the wedding day and upward of 250 fully edited images that you can share with your friends and family. You’ll also get a complimentary engagement shoot either in Cambridge or London.
Oh how I adore a countyside wedding; set in the beautiful Wales landscape sits the sweetest Church; where Alex and Caryl chose to marry on 3rd May 2014.
Following on from their wedding ceremony Alex and Caryl headed to their marquee reception set on Caryl’s parents’ farm, which was decorated eclectically. Check out the amazing colourful bunting, floral cake and home made touches.
Thanks goes to John Wellings for sharing his wonderful photographs today.
Tags: Bohemian Wedding Ideas, Dig for Victory Bridesmaids, DIY Wedding, Farm Wedding, Jane Bouvis Wedding Dress, John Wellings Photography, Multicolour Wedding Ideas, Rachel Simpson, Real Weddings, Reiss Groom, Wales Wedding, Wedding Games, Wildflowers
Back in February I spoke about our plans for the garden, so I thought today I’d revisit our outdoor space and share with you what we have achieved.
We have discovered that we have some wonderful established plants already, with bulbs, poppies, roses, lily of the valley and wild sweet peas having bloomed to name a few. The fence dividing the garden was removed, the soil pile has gone and A got a playhouse.
We got our raised beds for our vegetable patch complete, we have runner beans, carrots, spring onions, tomatoes and potatoes all sprouting. Our lettuces never appeared and I don’t think the tomatoes are going to be successful, but it’s our first attempt so we are being patient :-)
The seeds I planted for the grow your own wedding flowers series has been hit and miss, I will be posting an update on the project soon with some pretty DIY tutorials. Plus you can see a sneak peek of our almost finished kitchen renovation. YAY.