Craft and colour lovers, you are going to adore this fun and quirky wedding this fine Friday. I was in my element when I clapped eyes of the colour popping pink and blue colour scheme and mega watt smiles.
WWW readers Kate and Elliot were hitched on the 4th June 2016 at The Letchworth Centre for Healthy Living in Hertfordshire. They wanted to create an informal, relaxed day with great cuisine for their guests. The venue was the perfect blank canvas for their DIY projects, which included oodles of cute pom poms and bunting. WWW fave Fleur de Lace was on hand to handle the decorations and also supplied the fantastic ribbon backdrop.
There were vibrant pink peonies in the bouquets, jar drinks, ice cream and scrummy cakes to name a few. Kate’s short flirty frock was by LouLou Bridal and she looked perfect in it teamed with pale blue heels. Elliot meanwhile was suited and booted in Next; with a navy suit and turquoise tie. Gorgeous!
Thanks so much to the brilliant Alice at Babb Photo for providing the amazing images.
THE PROPOSAL | Rather unromantic, unfortunately! We had discussed getting married for ages and then after 2 and a half years, decided we wanted to take the plunge. Originally I wasn’t even going to have a ring but after everyone asked to see it… I had to get one! So I chose my own – and I don’t think Elliot would have chosen topaz so I’m glad I did.
THE VISION | We knew from the start we wanted it to be informal – we are not traditionalists! – and relaxed; just a lovely day with our friends and family. A big part of what we wanted was some amazing food so the whole day ended up being arranged round that!
THE PLANNING PROCESS | We spent about a year and a half planning everything, which was a great amount of time to have, especially as we DIYed so much! We didn’t rush anything, which helped us feel happy with all the decisions we made.
THE VENUE | It took us a while to find the right venue as we were keen to have the wedding in the Peak District (as we had spent a lot of time walking there together) but couldn’t find anything that was exactly what we wanted. My mum realised the venue she does Pilates in – the Letchworth Centre for Healthy Living in Hertfordshire – did weddings and suggested it to us as it was a really relaxed venue that we would be able to do what we liked with. We went to see it on a cold, grey January day and even then could immediately tell it would be exactly what we wanted – enormous outside space, lovely wood floors and big white walls; a great blank canvas. Plus, we got to have Rebecca from Enchanted Garden Events help us with everything throughout the planning process and on the day. She was amazing, and helped us shape our day to be exactly what we wanted.
THE DRESS & ACCESSORIES | My incredible, unusual dress was by LouLou Bridal, my heeled shoes were by Hush Puppies (from Schuh) and my flat shoes (necessary!) were from Debenhams. My earrings were from Accessorize. I had fresh flowers in my hair.
FINDING THE DRESS | I went shopping with my maid of honour in London and she took me to a great vintage shop where I realised I loved the short, a-line style dresses. We researched that type of dress and found a shop near Sheffield (now closed unfortunately) that stocked LouLou Bridal dresses. The actual dress wasn’t at all what I was thinking of wearing but I picked it up off the hanger because it was so beautiful, I had to try it on, and I loved it! We bought the sample dress in the shop’s closing down sale so we got it for a very good price as well!
GROOM’S ATTIRE | Elliot’s suit, shirt, tie and shoes were all from Next. We let the groomsmen wear their own navy blue suits but bought matching ties for them all.
THE READINGS & MUSIC | I walked down the aisle to Hard to Concentrate by the Red Hot Chili Peppers (my favourite band when I was younger, and a band I had seen with my dad so it was special to us), and we walked out to Happy Together by The Turtles. Elliot’s dad read a beautiful poem called Love by Roy Croft, and my cousin, who was officiating, read Union by Robert Fulgham. My friend Hannah sang Fly Me To The Moon by Frank Sinatra.
The band in the evening was called Black & Gold and we had found them online. They were absolutely fantastic and kept everyone dancing til late!
BEAUTIFUL BRIDESMAIDS | It wasn’t hard to choose my bridesmaids! My maid of honour was my best friend Katie who I have known since I was 6 weeks old! My other bridesmaids were my cousin Lucy and the two French girls I nannied for a few years ago! Katie and Lucy wore dresses from ASOS and Zoé and Juliette wore dresses from Naf Naf, a French brand. My other cousin’s little girl was the flower girl and she wore a dress from Ted Baker.
THE FLOWERS | The bouquets and corsages were all from Town & Garden in Hitchin but the rest of the flowers – in buckets and vases – were chosen and arranged by my amazing mother and her friends the day before the wedding!
THE CAKE | We had two cakes! One by Vanilla Cloud Cakes – a naked 3 layered cake (Victoria sponge, chocolate and lemon) with flowers and fruit all over it, and the other one by Elliot’s mum who made an incredible fruit cake decorated in amazing icing figures and depictions of us and our hobbies – the crowning glory being the Peak District complete with stone wall and sheep!
YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER | Our amazing photographer was Alice from Babb Photo. She was absolutely fantastic and such a positive, lovely person to be around (we all felt like we’d made a friend!). She was completely unobtrusive and made Elliot and I feel so comfortable during the portraits sessions. As you can see, she captured the colours and sense of the day so well! We loved her.
THE DETAILS & DÉCOR | We spent a lot of time thinking about the decor because we DIYed most of it! My mum roped basically everyone who came to our house in the 6 months before the wedding into making a pom pom (even my dad joined in!) and she spent hours making incredible bunting. My colour scheme initially was ‘very bright’ but I narrowed that down to pinks and blues and metallics, which I absolutely love and which worked really well in the photos. I also put photos up around the venue of me and Elliot when we were younger.
We had an amazing decorator in the form of Alice from Fleur de Lace who not only put up all our home made things and made them look fantastic, but also provided a beautiful ribbon backdrop for the ceremony and photo booth, a wooden sign with some of the locations our guests had come from on it, some amazing garden games and a lovely blackboard with the running order of the day on it.
THE HONEYMOON | After the wedding, we went away for a week to the Lake District to relax, but the main event was a trip to America in September, which we had asked for money towards instead of the traditional gifts. Our friends and family were amazingly generous and that meant we could travel all round California, plus the Grand Canyon and Las Vegas! It was the trip of a lifetime!
MEMORABLE MOMENTS | My cousin taking inspiration from Dumbledore for the ceremony, everyone panicking about the rings and me turning up with them!, my dad’s incredibly sweet, funny speech, Juliette sprinting towards the ice cream van, Elliot forgetting to call me his wife during the speech, dancing the evening away with all our friends to an incredible band, plus some excellent break dancing by some of the kids!
ADVICE FOR OTHER COUPLES | Make sure that on the day you delegate someone else to be in charge of everything, so you don’t have to think about any of it! If you have planned it properly and stuck to what you want from the day, you will have the best time. Also, make some time to just be alone together.
CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE |
Dress | LouLou Bridal
Flowers | Town & Garden
Cake | Vanilla Cloud Cakes
Ice Cream Van | Ice Baby
Pizza | Ruffwood Pizza
Band | Black & Gold
What a super fun celebration.
Kate and Elliot, thank you both so much for brightening up my Friday, such a beautiful wedding story xo Lou