Whimsical Wonderland Weddings http://whimsicalwonderlandweddings.com UK Wedding Blog Thu, 02 Oct 2014 13:00:02 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.2 Funfair Farm DIY Red & White Wedding http://whimsicalwonderlandweddings.com/2014/10/funfair-farm-diy-red-white-wedding.html http://whimsicalwonderlandweddings.com/2014/10/funfair-farm-diy-red-white-wedding.html#comments Thu, 02 Oct 2014 13:00:02 +0000 http://whimsicalwonderlandweddings.com/?p=122906 Funfair Farm DIY Wedding http://www.kathrynedwardsphotography.com/

 

Ready for a totally fun and exciting wedding? Well here goes…

Kelly and Ben were married on the 3rd May 2014, holding their reception at Fen Farm. They were inspired by their first date and decided on a funfair theme for their wedding, which was all kinds of epic.

With a red and white colour scheme they had a carousel, popcorn bar, letter lights and quirky home made décor. Ekkk!

Kelly looked beautiful in her gorgeous Romantica of Devon gown, Ben donned a statement bow tie and the girls were pretty in red dresses. I wish I were a guest at this wedding.

Thanks so much to the brilliant Kathryn Edwards for sharing her photographs today.

 

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THE PROPOSAL | Ben recreated the cinema date when he asked me to be his girlfriend back in 2008. He transformed a small hall into a cinema with black drapes, a huge screen, spotlights in the ceiling and of course, popcorn. He fooled me into thinking we were stopping by to help move some tables before going for a meal. To my surprise, he’d invited our best friends to this mini cinema and we watched the same film we watched about five and a half years ago – Son of Ranbow. At the end of the film, he brought me in front of the screen and he proposed.

THE VISION | Following Ben’s creative proposal, we decided to recreate our first date at the funfair, but with a more vintage touch. We wanted the day to be as relaxed and informal as possible for everyone and most importantly, for us all to have lots of fun.

THE PLANNING PROCESS |  We’re both very creative and practical people  (Ben is especially, as he works for a production company for live events) and so we knew we wanted to do a DIY wedding. As soon as we had the vision for a vintage funfair wedding, we seemed to know the style and atmosphere we wanted. We went for traditional funfair colours of red and white and once we had that chosen, the rest seemed to be a really natural process based on that – pinterest also helped to start with. We wanted to get married on the same day that Ben had asked me to be his girlfriend six years ago, so we had a fairly short engagement of only six months. Despite this, Ben and I were really keen to make the whole planning process really exciting and fun, with the least amount of stress and stubbornness – and it turns out, it really is possible!

BUDGET |  We wanted to set ourselves a fairly modest budget and we managed to do most of it all around the £10,000 mark including the church, venue, three-course meal, hog roast, a carousel and all our decoration and other bits!

THE VENUE | We found a newly advertised venue called Fen Farm in our hometown of Lincoln. It’s a working farm with a building for any party. We really wanted a venue with outside space for a carousel and we love the countryside; having cows and crops in the fields around the venue and being able to see Lincoln cathedral in the distant were unique selling points that we couldn’t resist. It was great value for money and the venue had beautiful and modern on-site accommodation to host some of our wedding party.

THE DRESS & ACCESSORIES | My dress was an elegant and understated Romantica of Devon dress with a delicate lace jacket for the wedding ceremony . I got it from Pretty Panache in Lincoln. A really nostalgic touch was having the seamstress put the lace edging of my Mum’s own wedding veil onto my new one from Pretty Panache.

FINDING THE DRESS | I left the dress finding till quite late in the day but because I’m not fussy and I like to keep it simple, I found it a very enjoyable experience! As soon as I put it on, it felt right, and it happened to be my birthday that day! It had a long trail that I fell in love with and I altered the empire band for a pearl and lace detail to make it more unique.

GROOM’S ATTIRE | Ben hired a charcoal grey full suit and waistcoat from Perfection tailors in Lincoln. The most important choice was the designer black and white stripy bow tie from Mrs Bow Tie. And he really wanted braces and stripy socks too.

THE READINGS & MUSIC | We chose to have a traditional church wedding at the church I (Kelly) was christened in but we were more familiar with modern worship songs. For a nice mix between traditional and modern, we asked two good friends to play guitar and violin for the worship and the music for signing the register. For the reception, we had a lovely duet called Dan and Jess (Warble Entertainment) and they also sang (and especially rehearsed) for our first dance Jack Johnson’s Better Together.

BEAUTIFUL BRIDESMAIDS | My bridesmaids are my best friends from Loughborough University. We chose simple but classic red dresses from Lipsy, and they looked absolutely stunning! They all looked like they’d walked out of a Special K advert.

THE FLOWERS | Following the red and white theme, we chose red and white roses mixed with wild flowers for the bouquets, the corsages and the table decorations, and all the grooms men had white roses for their buttonholes. Local florist, Julia, provided these from In Bloom.

THE CAKE | Another good friend has a cake making business, P.S Cakes, and she worked with us to design our cake. We had two tiers of Victoria sponge and the top tier of fruitcake with white icing, red and white bunting and a big red ribbon. We had our cake toppers personally created from an eBay seller.

YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER |  Getting the photographer right was really important to us. If you’re going to spend a lot of time and effort creating your DIY dream wedding, you need someone to capture it properly. Kathryn Edwards from Nottingham is a fantastic photographer, she’s really friendly and her style is really relaxed and natural so she really documented the day and captured all the fun of the funfair with her stunning photographs!

THE DETAILS & DÉCOR | Obviously the carousel was the main attraction but we put a lot of effort into creating the decoration around it. With old wooden crates, Ben made a Popcorn Stall, a Candyfloss Stall and a Kissing Booth. We created a themed totem poll, as well as our very own metallic fairground lights of the letters B&K. Against the backdrop of Fen Farm’s fields, hay bales and cows really created the perfect countryside fairground. I haven’t even mentioned inside but Ben and Peachy Events Services provided loads of help with a star cloth backdrop, a small stage, a dance floor, speakers and lighting for inside and outside the venue. The tables were all named after traditional fairground rides and we provided delicious home made vanilla fudge favours for everyone. For even more fun, we had red and white balloons, photo frames and silly props around all the tables.

THE HONEYMOON | We wanted a week away with some sun and relaxation, good food, wine and culture. We booked a week away in a spa hotel in Lake Garda, Italy. It was lovely and quiet after the buzz of the wedding weekend, beautifully picturesque to try out our new camera and sunny enough to get a tan. It was just what we needed, we even managed to fit in a visit to a theme park for a bit more excitement – we’re both theme park fans!

MEMORABLE MOMENTS | There were so many for us all but if we really had to slim it down it would have to be at the reception. We had a fantastic band and DJ and so many people were on the dance floor. When the last ride on the carousel was announced over the mic, the door of the venue which was opened up wide allowed this flood of people to race towards the carousel and get on for the last ride! Ben picked me up over his shoulders and carried me to the galloping horses where together we spun round and round with all our closest friends as others watched and waved as they waited for their last go. It was really emotional and very special.

ADVICE FOR OTHER COUPLES |  Have a vision for your wedding day and keep coming back to what is most important to you for your wedding day. A lot of people will want to be involved, and that’s really kind, but make sure you don’t lose sight of what you wanted for the whole day. I also think keeping it simpler is often more effective and creative than doing too much! P.S We had a beautiful first dance by our fab musicians, but we hadn’t really practised dancing for a whole song in front of everybody! Thankfully we pulled the awkwardness off, but seriously, do think about it!

CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE |

Venue and Accommodation | Fen Farm

Sound and Lighting | Peachy Events Services

Cake | P.S Cakes

Photographer | Kathryn Edwards

Wedding Video filmed and produced | Emma Baggott – Our wedding video link – www.vimeo.com/95585841

Carousel | Rides 4 Hire

Car | Classic Wedding Cars Lincoln

Dress and Veil | Pretty Panache

Groomsmen Suits | Perfection Bridal and Menswear

Designer Bow Ties | Mrs Bow Tie

Hair Stylist | Decadence Hair Design

External Catering | R. Wisby Butchers 01673 858968

Flowers | In Bloom

Cake Topper | Tracy Davies

 

Wow wee. What a fun day.

Thanks so so much to Kelly and Ben for sharing their wedding story with us XOXO Lou

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Michelle and Craig tied the knot on the 26th April 2014, holding their marquee reception at Coverwood Lakes, Surrey. They wanted a vintage, romantic and rustic feel to their wedding day.

I just love Michelle’s bridal look, with a Justin Alexander dress, Jimmy Choo heels and a statement Flo & Percy head piece. There were pretty blooms, rustic DIY décor and a fab naked sponge cake. YUM.

Thanks so very much to Richard Jones for providing these lovely images today.

 

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THE PROPOSAL | Easter 2012, I was whisked away for a weekend to Les Gets in the French Alps for a short weekend break and to get a few more days of amazing skiing under our belts. Having been together for 10 years, I had not expected a proposal AT ALL. We drove all the way from Surrey to Les Gets in 10 hours and then had 2 hours sleep in our hotel and hit the slopes. Half way through the first day, Craig stopped half way down a slope and said he wanted to take a photo. It was freezing so I did find it a bit strange that he wanted to stop. He told me to take off my skis – at which point I have to admit, I did kick up a bit of a fuss as any skier will know, this is not easy on fresh powder on the side of a steep slope!!! I’m glad I did though as Craig then got down on one knee and asked me to marry him. I couldn’t believe it. It was the most romantic thing. He pulled out a beautiful ring and a bottle of champagne that he’d been skiing with all morning!! Nobody else around us and just the two of us enjoying some bubbles on the side of a mountain in France. I was over the moon!! ☺

THE VISION | Vintage, romantic, rustic, and filled with family and friends.

THE PLANNING PROCESS | A 2 year engagement gave us plenty of time to plan. We started with an engagement party which actually gave quite a good insight into dealing with suppliers, deliveries, ebay (!), guests lists and venues. We listed out the BIG things (venue, photographer, caterer) and started with these things first. Without rushing, we slowly crossed things off our (ever growing) list. Lists, lists, lists and spreadsheets is the way to go.

BUDGET | £15K

THE VENUE | St Margarets Church, Chipstead followed by a reception at Coverwood Lakes, Peaslake, Dorking.

THE DRESS & ACCESSORIES | Justin Alexander dress, Flo and Percy Headpiece and Jimmy Choo shoes.

FINDING THE DRESS |  Dress shopping was not particularly what I was looking forward to. I am not someone who enjoys shopping or being the centre of attention and having to try lots of things on. We went to a few shops to get an idea of styles I liked etc, and then I made an appointment at Leonie Clarie in Brighton on a recommendation from a friend. They made me feel amazing and the treatment given to me and my bridesmaids, mum and Craig’s mum was brilliant. We had the whole shop to ourselves and complete free range (none of the usual “you can only choose 3 to try on”). Champagne and no time pressures made the whole experience wonderful and it was no surprise that this was where I found my dress. They also have a seamstress who is willing to completely personalise the dresses for you. I had two more fittings with her and changed quite a bit from the original dress. They also helped me find my headpiece which I’d seen online. They ordered this for me and offered me a discount. Totally recommend Leonie Claire!

GROOM’S ATTIRE  |  Craig had a suit made for him at Gresham Blake in Brighton. You can chose the fabric from millions of samples, have personalised lining and stitching. It’s a suit that he’ll definitely get the use out of and really enjoyed the process of having a suit made to measure rather than hired or highstreet.

THE READINGS & MUSIC | Readings: Union by Robert Fulghum, Captain Corelli’s Mandolin’ by Louis de Bernieres, 1 Corinthians 13. Hymns: Love Devine, Dear Lord and Father of Mankind, Guide me O Thou Great Redeemer. Recessional: You and Me Always and Forever, by the Wannadies.

BEAUTIFUL BRIDESMAIDS | We had the bridesmaid dresses made at “Maid to Measure” in London. I thoroughly recommend them as we were able to choose different styles for each bridesmaid. If you have bridesmaids of different shapes and sizes, this is perfect, as not all high street dresses will fit each person the same. I chose the colour I wanted and the girls could do the rest!! It was a great experience with lots of trips up to London for fittings and trying on sessions! ☺ They also have a sister company called “The Groomsmen” which were able to do matching pocket squares and ties in the same fabric and colour as the bridesmaid dresses.

THE FLOWERS | Boutique Blooms

THE CAKE |  Baked By Becca (contact details on request)

YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER |  Richard Jones

THE DETAILS & DÉCOR |  Most of the decorations were made or purchased by us, but I did hire additional vintage items from Classic Crockery. We also hired a vintage bus to take guests from the church to the venue via Southcoast Motor Services Limited And a string quartet to play during our drinks reception.

THE HONEYMOON |  We stayed at Coco Bodu Hithi and we booked via Turquoise holidays. I would recommend them as I was able to discuss budget and hotel ideas with them directly and they have experience of each of the hotels they feature and therefore were able to guide me to the perfect room choice and style of hotel to suit our needs. Very personal and they helped us even when we wanted to change our flights by a day to fly earlier. Also much cheaper than your typical mainstream honeymoon companies!

MEMORABLE MOMENTS | Our venue was absolutely stunning and I loved seeing it filled with all our family and friends. The string quartet and vintage bus were things we decided to add on in the last few weeks before the wedding and really did make the difference. We kept the numbers to 70 which meant we were able to speak to every single guest and spend quality moments with them, either on the dance floor or at the bar which Craig had made himself. By doing a lot of the decorating and planning ourselves we were able to keep the cost down. I now have a lot of selling to do on ebay but it was worthwhile. I felt like we were able to put personal touches to our wedding and we could be part of the planning process from start to finish. I didn’t want the day to end and I want to do it all again next year!

ADVICE FOR OTHER COUPLES |  Take your time with the planning and don’t rush into decision. Keep an eye on wedding blogs and make a scrap book of all your ideas. Before buying anything, always check on ebay – there are most likely going to be other brides who are selling similar items from their own weddings!! Enjoy the planning process. We found delegating quite stressful but as long as you have people around you that your trust, it will be fine! People wont want to let you down!! We chose suppliers that we felt understood our vision. Don’t be afraid to get loads of quotes and meet with them all personally. We met with about 4 florists and 5 photographers before we made our choice.  More importantly, take some time with your husband during the day to just reflect and look at what you’ve achieved. We had a 45 minute drive in our wedding car from the church to the reception which was amazing. We just reminisced over the church service, the guests that were there, and looked forward to our reception ahead.  The day will fly by so try to capture each part of the day in its entirety.

CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE |

Photography | Richard Jones

Venue |  Coverwood Lakes

Bridesmaid Dresses | Maids to Measure

Flowers | Boutique Blooms

Vintage Hire | Classic Crockery

Cake | Baked By Becca

String Quartet | Reflections Strings

Make Up | Blu Make up –   Laura

Band | The Weekend via Warble Entertainment

Honeymoon | Turquoise Holidays

 

Oh so pretty.

Thanks so so much to Michelle and Craig for sharing their gorgeous wedding with us XOXO Lou

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Sarah and Mike married on the 26th April 2014 at Ufton Court in Berkshire. With a vision of a relaxed and rustic barn wedding they set out to plan their perfect day.

Sarah is a seamstress and used many of her contacts to get involved in their day but more importantly she designed and made her own beautiful lace gown. She accessorised her dress with Chez Bec jewellery and the prettiest Rachel Simpson peach shoes.

There was a bright and bold coral colour scheme which involved an abundance of peonies, DIY décor and pretty maids. Ahh so lovely.

Thanks so very much to the brilliant Hayley Savage Photography for sharing her wonderful images today.

 

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THE PROPOSAL | Mike proposed to me on a picnic in Windsor on the ‘Long walk’ between the castle and the copper horse statue. He has never been keen on picnics and prefers to go to a pub or restaurant for lunch. When he asked me to take the day off and made the suggestion that we go to Windsor for a picnic I did have a sneaky suspicion and was keeping everything crossed that it might happen that day and it did! I was so excited and couldn’t wait to tell everyone. We had been together 7 and a half years so it was about time too!

THE VISION | I really wanted to get married in a barn and loved the idea of something quite relaxed and rustic with a live band for the evening. We wanted the wedding to have personal touches and give our guests a day to remember.

THE PLANNING PROCESS | We got the venue booked first alongside booking registrars for the civil ceremony and everything followed from there. Prioritising what was important to us like the food for the day and making sure everyone we wanted to come saved the date before we could get the invites out. Writing lists and more lists of things that we needed to do which seamed never ending! But we got there in the end and our guests were impressed and appreciated all the effort and detail we included.

BUDGET | I think we spent about £18,000.

THE VENUE | We got married in the Tithe Barn at Ufton Court in Reading. The stunning Tudor Manor House is built in picturesque grounds and has a beautiful driveway lined with oak trees leading up to it. Mike had been there as a child on a school trip and remembered they had a barn on the site. It was the first venue we looked at and I fell in love with it straight away. They run the site as an educational charity providing activities for children which was part of the appeal because you know the profit they make is going to a good cause.

We chose Patricia who owns ‘Catering for Special Occasions’ to do our food. She had come highly recommended by friends and family who had been to weddings that she had catered for. Patricia was lovely and took all the stress out of planning a menu and provided everything that was needed to serve the food and drink and did the bar for the evening also. We had pate to start, chicken and dauphinoise potatoes with a lemon and tarragon sauce for main and choice of chocolate and salted caramel tart or baked cheesecake for pudding. In the evening we had sausage baps and a cheese board. The food was all as yummy as the tasting we had done with Patricia earlier, she was very flexible to do what we wanted. It really is a big part of the day and without the excellent efforts from Patricia and her team the day wouldn’t have been such a success.

THE DRESS & ACCESSORIES |  As a professional seamstress I wanted to make my own wedding dress. I have made wedding dresses before and have been running my own sewing business for the last 2 years but I hadn’t yet had the opportunity to show my family and friends exactly what I do.

I chose some gorgeous Rachel Simpson shoes called Mimosa in pale peach. My jewellery was from Chez Bec on Not on the Highstreet. As my something borrowed my bridesmaid Hayley lent me a beautiful Links of London bracelet and my something blue was a garter my Mum had bought me.

Sarah Thorne of Thorne Brides did my hair and make-up. We did the trial on the morning of my hen do. We got along so well and I was really impressed with how flawless my skin looked. I knew I didn’t have anything to worry about on the wedding day and could trust Sarah to do a brilliant job.

FINDING THE DRESS | I wanted to make a lace wedding dress and searched high and low for the right fabric. Eventually I came across a lace makers in France called Sophie Hallette which produced some of the lace that was used to make Kate Middleton’s Wedding dress. They make stunning lace patterns that are used by all the big designers. I loved the silhouette of Pippa Middleton’s dress so I designed and made a silk bias gown with a lace overlay and key hole back with capped sleeves. To break up the lace I made a silk sash to go round my waist with a bit of bling I bought from a haberdashery in London.

GROOM’S ATTIRE | Mike decided to get his wedding suit and the best men’s suits made in Hong Kong on a return trip from Australia. We were only there a couple of nights and they got fitted on the last day. It was all a bit hectic. Mike had 2 best men, Terry was with us but his brother David was in Australia so we just got 2 suits made the same size as the best men were of a similar build. They chose a lovely deep blue/indigo cashmere wool mix. For the rest of the groomsmen we asked if they could all wear dark blue suits of their own, with ties and buttonholes that all matched. Mike’s shoes were from Jones bootmaker and the ties were from Debenhams.

THE READINGS & MUSIC | Our friend Kelly read ‘If you can always be as close’ by Larry S. Chengges and our friend Mark read a piece from a song called ‘It only takes a moment’ from the film Hello Dolly. Mike loves the Rolling Stones and we both liked the introduction of ‘You can’t always get what you want’ for the bridesmaids and I to walk down the aisle to so Mike downloaded a backing track from the internet to mix an acoustic version on a loop. To walk back down the aisle as Mr and Mrs Wild we got Mike’s brother David to mix a load of songs with Wild in the lyrics. It was mainly ‘Wild Thing’ by the Troggs and ‘Take a walk on the wild side’ by Lou Reed. For our first dance we had Snow Patrol ‘Chasing Cars’ that our band played for us. The band were called Millennium Bug and played a range of rock and pop songs from all the eras.

BEAUTIFUL BRIDESMAIDS | I had 5 bridesmaids, Mike’s sister Rebecca, Jess who’s like a sister to me and 3 of my closest friends that I met at Uni, Stacey, Taryn and Hayley. It was quite a challenge to find a dress they would all like. I picked coral for the main colour of the wedding and ended up finding the perfect dress in Monsoon. Their shoes were from Roland Cartier at Dune. I had my two nieces as flower girls and they had coral lace dresses from Tesco which I made cream satin sashes to go round the waist with bows at the back and a little netted underskirt to puff the dresses out more.

THE FLOWERS | Emma Curtis at A&M Florists did my flowers. She was recommended by the venue and some of my customers. She did an amazing job and really listened to what I wanted and helped make suggestions on what else to add. I chose coral peonies, vuvuzela roses, ivory wax flower, ammi (dill), pale green lisianthus, ivory roses and dusty miller for the bouquets and had peach/coral ranunculus for the button holes and in the bouquets. Emma had beautiful twisted iron stands that we used for the table centres and put posies of mini peach gerbera and gypsophelia with silver eucalyptus on top.

THE CAKE | I met Sandie and Julie from Village Cakes through Sandie’s daughter Shelley who was a customer of mine the previous year. We had two deep tiers for our wedding cake. The bottom tier was a truly scrumptious chocolate mud cake and the top tier was an equally yummy traditional fruit cake with marzipan. I had seen the stunning wedding cake they had made for Shelley and had kept their contact details as I knew I wanted them to make ours. They were such a great find. I wanted the cake to reflect all the elements of the day with the themes of coral and lace. I loved the beautiful coral peonies (that matched my bouquet) they made from icing to decorate the cake. I made the cake topper with a kit from ‘togetherforever’ on Etsy.

YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER | I met Hayley at uni when she was studying photography and I was doing Fashion. Conveniently she became a professional wedding photographer and had already done the wedding photos for two of my close friends (my bridesmaids Stacey and Taryn) I was so pleased she could fit our wedding in. I love her style, creative touch and attention to detail. I knew she would do an amazing job. I convinced Mike that we should do the engagement shoot Hayley offers as it’s a chance to get used to the camera and makes it quicker on the wedding day because you know how to stand and pose naturally etc. Hayley made everyone feel relaxed and at ease which showed in the magnificent natural shots she captured of the day.

THE DETAILS & DÉCOR | I chose Coral as the main colour for the wedding then decided on Mint Green and Yellow as accent colours. Fabrics of lace to give a vintage feel and hessian for the rustic theme. The Barn was beautiful enough and already had fairy lights and ivy which decorated the beams and surrounding walls. The only thing I wanted to do was inject the wedding colours into the venue which we did with bunting and then I had a session with some friends and family making tissue paper pom poms which we then hung from the centre chandeliers and the beams in the entrance area.

We made our table plan using a beautiful old gold vintage frame and hung ribbons in the chosen colours vertically down to which we stuck the names of our guests printed on white card and cut with a lace die cutter top and bottom. Rather than straight table runners as the tables were round I bought some really cheap coral lace from Fabric Land and cut it into large circles to put under the flower stands.

Instead of having confetti thrown as we came out of the Barn we chose to do bubbles. I stole this idea from a customer who did this for their wedding as I thought it’d look great in the photos and last longer than the confetti.

For the favours I thought that little pots of jam would suit the rustic venue and be fun to make. It was something I could do way in advance and my friend Marsha is an expert so we made a day of it one weekend. When I researched what jam I could make I came across rhubarb and ginger and realised it would make the perfect colour too, coral! to match the wedding colours ( yes a little obsessed with the colour theme! I think every Bride to be is guilty of this!)

THE HONEYMOON | We decided to go to Tenerife for our honeymoon and had been recommended a luxury 5 star resort by some friends. We wanted a holiday where we could completely chill out by the pool and unwind. It was an exquisite resort with the biggest fresh water infinity pool in Europe. There were loads of different areas for adults only but going at the beginning of May we didn’t see many children around anyway. They had 7 restaurants to chose from and most were included in the package we paid full board for. We treated ourselves to massages in the outdoor bali huts that were built over the swimming pool. We also ventured out for the day to a water park which was so much fun, I felt like a kid again going on all the rides!

MEMORABLE MOMENTS | I stayed in the Forbury hotel in Reading the night before with two of my bridesmaids. The morning of the wedding Mike had a gorgeous bouquet of flowers delivered to the hotel and had bought me a beautiful dress to wear on our honeymoon, he’d written a card too which made me very emotional and excited as I couldn’t wait to become Mrs Wild and for him to see me in the dress I’d made.

I was overwhelmed and close to crying coming down the aisle and walked so fast dragging my Dad with me that he managed to clip the side of a hurricane vase that was lining the aisle with a lit candle in it! The vase smashed and the candle knocked over nearly starting a fire! I was so shocked at first then found it hilarious which stopped me from crying. I even turned around to start help clear it up but I saw Julia our wedding co-ordinator come to the rescue!

The day went so fast and I wish I could do it all over again. The live band in the evening were brilliant and I don’t think I saw the dance floor empty all night.

ADVICE FOR OTHER COUPLES | Communication is key, people can’t read your mind so be very clear on what you want. I found visual aids like Pinterest very useful for both inspiration and explaining to people what I was after with regards to hair, make-up, flowers, invites etc. Be clear what each of your suppliers are supplying/including for the price, does that price include VAT?

Lastly the day is supposed to be a celebration of your marriage so have fun and enjoy it, anything that goes wrong just adds to the story of the day!

CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE |

Photographer | Hayley Savage Photography  

2nd Photographer | Maddie Waters Photography

Wedding dress | Made and designed by the bride Sarah Moores – missmoores@hotmail.com

Cake | Village Cakes contact Sandie and Julie – julie1clayton@hotmail.co.uk tel/mob: – 07940451629 Sandie – ryanshelbsh@yahoo.co.uk tel/mob: – 07798830557

Caterers | Patricia at Catering for special occasions

Flowers | A&M Florists – Emma Curtis

Hair and Make-up | Sarah Thorne

Venue | Ufton Court

Bridesmaid dresses | Monsoon

Bridesmaid shoes | Roland Cartier at Dune, Debenhams

Band | Millennium Bug

Jewellery | necklace and earrings Chez Bec

Bride’s shoes  | Rachel Simpson

Groom’s shoes | Jones Boot Maker

 

Utterly beautiful.

Thanks so so much to Sarah and Mike for sharing their wonderful wedding story with us XOXO Lou

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Daniel and Gabrielle tied the knot on the 10th May 2014 at Hedsor House in Buckinghamshire. They wanted their wedding to be classic and elegant. There was a white colour palette with navy and gold opulent touches throughout. Their décor choices were inspired by Gabrielle’s vintage engagement ring, which set the tone perfectly.

Gabrielle wore the exquisite Gracie by Suzanne Neville teamed with Christian Louboutin heels and looked totally beautiful. Such a wonderful wedding day.

Thanks so much to Jay Rowden for providing the amazing imagery.

 

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THE PROPOSAL |  Christmas Day 2012. I (Gabi) am a massive Bradley Cooper fan so Dan got a 2013 Bradley Cooper calendar and pretended it had been autographed. When I looked at what ‘Bradley’ had written it actually said   “P.s, Marry Dan!” after his signature ☺

THE VISION | In terms of style, we envisaged a classic, elegant and simple day. The main thing for us was that everyone had a good time, we wanted a party. It was all about the food, alcohol and music!

THE PLANNING PROCESS | …..was stressful – there is no point sugar coating it ! Unfortunately for Dan, I know what I don’t like yet often struggle to meet the ideas in my head. I know what I like and that’s that! I was told shortly after our engagement to get a wedding planner but I wanted all the details and creativity to come from Dan and I, not someone who does the same thing week in, week out for a living. You often find people’s weddings look the same too – this wasn’t an option for us !! In some odd way too, I felt like I would be cheating if I didn’t do it all myself but I now know that’s because I am bit of a control freak !!…. something I learnt about myself during the planning process haha! The hardest part of planning is your imagination – it can run wild with you and take your budget with it !!

THE VENUE | Hedsor House, Taplow, Buckinghamshire.

THE DRESS & ACCESSORIES | Dress: Gracie by Suzanne Neville. Shoes: Christian Louboutin. ‘Gillian Million London’ bespoke hair accessory and cuff.

Gillian and team were just so wonderful to work with. I loved visiting the ‘treasure trove’ of a shop in Teddington and certainly came up with excuses to pop in! I changed my mind a few times but Gillian just went with it every time and created the most beautiful hair comb and cuff from Marcesite brooches and pearls – just stunning !! Gillian also created a fascinator for my mother – again, she nailed the brief creating the most exquisite head accessory and the whole process was pain free and lots of fun.

Makeup – mum and I had our make up done by Elisa Drummond. My mum was worried about having too much makeup on and not looking natural. Being 65, she thought no one could make her look and feel wonderful (although she is beautiful anyway!) …. then Elisa did a trial and made mum look 10 years younger !! My make-up was very classic and understated yet I felt a million dollars! Elisa knew exactly what to do with my skin type and tone and really advised me on how to get the best from my features. I still use the tips that she gave me and will always be grateful to have shared the morning of my wedding with such a talented and lovely young lady. She made such a big impact by doing such beautiful make-up yet you hardly knew she was there… that’s a professional for you! All the bridesmaids were pestering Elisa for tips and help with their final touch ups and Elisa never once appeared to be bothered or lack enthusiasm to help and share her knowledge. Not only is Elisa a great make-up artist she genuinely knows her stuff and I will continue to rave about the service she offers to anyone that will listen!! Although I certainly don’t plan to get married again, I will definitely use Elisa for the next big event!

FINDING THE DRESS |  I found my dress quite early on in the search but I only tried it on as a favour to the shop assistant initially. She said it would look “amazing” on my frame and would I just try it on for her as she was desperate to see me in it!!

Terrified that I might find another dress that I preferred I was left petrified at ever committing to one dress!!How would I ever know that it was ‘the one’ !!? Looking back it was easy really and actually it’s the same way that you know your Fiancé is ‘the one’. I couldn’t imagine myself in any other dress and it just ‘worked’. Gracie was made for me!! I didn’t stop thinking about it… It had to be ‘the one’.

GROOM’S ATTIRE | Dan wore navy tails which he hired in the end. The sizing was pretty perfect and Dan isn’t sentimental about anything that he wears so I was happy for him to do what he was comfortable with. My only stipulation was that he and all the groomsmen had to wear double-breasted waistcoats. He looked gorgeous on the day ! The groomsmen all wore different waistcoats and shirts and it really worked, giving a very traditional feel to their attire.

THE READINGS & MUSIC | We had a catholic service so lots going on! Bridal Entrance: Pachelbel – Canon in D. Hymns : Morning Has Broken, All Things Bright And Beautiful, Lord Of The Dance. Readings: Book Of Genesis 1:26 – 28.31, Gospel of Mark 10:6-9, First Letter Of St Paul to the Corinthians 12:31 – 13:8. Poem – The Art Of Marriage by Wilfred A Peterson.

BEAUTIFUL BRIDESMAIDS | Olivia Shepherd (Flower Girl), Daniella Trapani, Victoria Carroll , Gemma Williamson, Amanda Luke. All wore the same navy Dessy Dress. (Olivia’s was matched in colour and material and then cut to the knee). I also made the bow on her back much bigger. The girls wore navy Hobbs heals and Olivia wore navy ballet pumps; they all looked just perfect. The four older girls are quite different in their styles and comfort zones so they chose their own hairstyles which was important to me as I knew then that they would all be comfortable. Rachel Payne did a cracking job on their hair to ensure they all looked great yet had a style completely complimentary of their face and style – I had four very happy, beautiful bridesmaids and Olivia made the most gorgeous flower girl with a fab hair style too.

THE FLOWERS | My brief to the florist was white and elegant! We did spend a lot of money on flowers to be honest but it was worth it in our opinion. We had lots of large roses, lilies, peonies etc. My bouquet was Singapore orchids as they are very light and floaty. I had a trailing bouquet as my dress was organza and quite large so I couldn’t hold anything ‘heavy’ looking or solid. The girls carried full balls of roses and the men had matching button holes. Dan’s button hole matched my bouquet as well as fitting in with the boys.

THE CAKE | We wanted the cake to look like a piece of art rather than your average wedding cake. I am a huge fan of Maggie Austin from the USA so we had to find someone willing to take on the challenge to create something totally from scratch and from a vision I had created in my mind with a Maggie Austin feel. Hester from Sweet Tiers Cakes met the brief perfectly and was just a pleasure to work with. She allowed us to talk endlessly on what we were trying to achieve and guided us every step of the way. Our colours for the wedding were navy with an accent colour of antique gold. Dan came up with the idea of graduating the gold up from the base of the cake which Hester did without hesitation, only feeling happy when she had created the perfect shade and the perfect finish as she knew we hate shinny over the top things!

YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER | Our videographer is a close friend so he recommended a few photographers and from the list provided there was one clear choice – Jay Rowden. We needed the professionals to work well together and they did just that and more. Not being one who finds it easy to let others manage my projects, I was initially concerned to be totally honest but I knew I had to let these guys get on and do their jobs and the finished items would be perfect… which they were!

Jay wanted to achieve the best for us was so obvious from the very start. His friendliness and communication before the wedding was second to none and by the time the wedding came and went we felt quite sad that we didn’t have another event in our lives for him to capture. All natural shots, capturing individual characters and things that we would have missed forever – Jay not only captured Dan and I on the most special day of our lives, he also provided us with the most beautiful story that we missed with that blink of an eyelid that all couples do on their wedding day. The presentation box that Jay provided the USB stick in is so professional, quirky and cool – I guess that sums him up really !!

Our Videographer was Ben Marlow (KissingGate Films). No words can describe the video of our wedding other than it looking like a full on professional movie! Ben and Kate were a delight to have present at the wedding – we didn’t really know they were there which is part of their secret!. Always extremely polite and friendly to everyone, we cannot thank them enough for capturing our day so professionally and beautifully. When you know you have a true genius in the room you just have to let them get on with it… so we did.

THE DETAILS & DÉCOR | There was nothing over the top about our wedding. We wanted it to whisper “classical elegance” and for the small details to speak volumes. My engagement ring belonged to my Italian great, great grandmother. It is marcasite 20 / 30’s style so this provided a little inspiration throughout the detailing.

Caterer: We used Melissa Webb who was recommended by Hedsor House as part of a preferred vendor list. The minute we met Melissa she stood out massively from the competition. She is so friendly and helpful and really does create the most wonderful food. Even months on, people still comment on how good the canapés and meal were. Melissa guided us on what would work and what not and we really felt like we could trust her to provide something extraordinary…… she certainly didn’t let us down. Melissa provides as much or as little of a service that is required – this is why we really liked her. I ended up having conversations about all sorts of aspects of the wedding and she never once made me feel as though she was too busy for me or appeared to be disinterested. Her staff on the day were extremely professional and friendly and could not do enough for our guests. We also had a Front of House Manager that Melissa provided (Trudy) who was absolutely lovely – just what a bride needs on the morning of her wedding, she was calm, very supportive and just a pleasure to be around and completely nailed the logistics of the day. Although not employed by Hedsor, she also made a massive difference the day before the wedding which really put my mind at ease. Its not easy when you hire a venue and have to do all the work yourself – Melissa Webb and team were key to the success of the day and definitely made my life easier the day before too. We won’t hesitate to use her again for an external event.

Table centre pieces – we had a mixture of high and low which I think is very important. Gold candelabras with a ring of white flowers and white candles were our high option although antique gold items were really hard to locate. We wanted the low table centre pieces to stay in keeping with the rest of the wedding which was turning out to be a little vintage inspired in places to match my marcasite engagement ring. I sourced old gold vanity mirrors from the USA on EBay and put mixed sized chunky white candles and a mixture of old gold and dark pewter coloured ornate tea lights on them as if they were trays. We burnt the candles to give them a used look and the tea lights had a mixture of white flowers in them, mainly roses, greenery and peonies which looked beautiful! Each mirror was slightly different in shape and size which added to the vintage nod.

We wanted to keep things quite classic so had table numbers rather than names. The numbers ended up being one of my favourite items from the whole wedding! I had freestanding 3D wooden numbers made which my dad then painted. He even had a specific shade of paint created to match the navy menu cards. We also had the letters T, O and P made for the top table which worked really well. The low table centre pieces were a complete gamble, I didn’t see it all together until the day but it paid off as they looked great. I knew it would work but I had to trust myself!! I also had a cream carpet laid because I didn’t like the carpet in the main hall!

Stationery: This was done by a family friend as a very generous wedding gift. Kate Noble runs a beautiful design and print agency called Penn & Ink. Kate and I worked closely on all stationery which had to of course be understated yet gorgeous!! The key was going with a very thick card for the invites, from which we had lots and lots of amazing feedback. Simple yet elegant with a beautiful monogram of our initials that Kate had created.  I hated the idea of a monogram initially but we ended up with a very classic and elegant design which we had debossed (special form of printing) into the top of a card to create the invite. Kate was very patient with me as I often changed my mind on finer details !!

We had individual menus and doubled them up as name place settings with our monogram debossed at the top. Again, the detail was there but very subtle. It looked as though we had our own stationery set in the end ! The individual menus were an added cost of course (on very thick card to match the invites) but I knew they would look great on the gold beaded charger plates and also added some colour to the tables in addition to the wooden numbers. Last minute,  we used personalised sticks of rock as favours (originally we were going to have them on a form of sweetie table). They matched the navy pantone of the table numbers and menus and had the date through the middle.

Entertainment: We had the most remarkable magician / deceptionist called Sav who kept our guests guessing and bemused for hours during the drinks reception whilst we were having our photos taken.

The band were great – this is something else that people still comment on months later. ‘Excite’ offer a mixture of vocalists and instruments according to your needs. We definitely wanted the standard in addition to a saxophonist. We also wanted a male and female vocalist. We ended up with 2 free members of the band and they rocked all night long !! We cannot recommend them enough.

Cars: We wanted traditional cars so went for a matching pair from the 20’s / 30’s era.

Accessories: As the day drew nearer it was obvious there were going to be showers! At the 11th hour we hired 12 ivory golf umbrellas – good job because we really needed them when we came out of the church because it was absolutely pouring!! They made for great photo accessories and the ushers used them to escort people from their cars to the reception so although stressful last minute planning – it was worth it !

THE HONEYMOON | We went to Curacao, one of the Dutch Antilles Islands. Dan organised the whole honeymoon as a surprise. One of the ushers delivered my favourite Champaign and a beautiful print out of the resort on the morning of the wedding… It was a complete surprise ! We flew first class all the way and the whole experience was magical. We stayed in the most amazing resort called Baoase – we cannot recommend this place enough! The staff are second to no other 5* resort and the scenery is just beautiful. Beach Butlers are there to help you with anything you may need during the day along with many other members of staff who literally cannot do enough for you! They are exceptionally polite and friendly, always happy to recommend food and wine. One evening the chief made me a pizza even though it wasn’t on the menu as he knew it was my favourite !! Although this place is shear luxury and it wasn’t cheap – the staff are completely down to earth and just so friendly. We felt at home from the minute we arrived when we were met by the General Manager. Our beach view suite was spacious yet cosy with a private Jacuzzi and sun loungers on the decking. Just heaven!! We will most certainly be going back !

MEMORABLE MOMENTS | We had so many wonderful moments but a funny one was when Dan’s finger had swollen in the church so his ring didn’t fit!!

ADVICE FOR OTHER COUPLES | Be prepared to do all the planning if you hire a ‘blank canvas’ venue. Hedsor House is wonderful however we literally had to book all the basics which you just wouldn’t have to do at a hotel. Caterer, dance floor, lighting, furniture etc. Key is to use very good suppliers.

Negotiate! There is margin in everything and do not take first costs back as gospel. I negotiated on most things and saved quite a lot of money doing so. I got my £350 veil for free !!

You wont keep everyone happy so make sure that you both are at least!

Take 10 minutes to step back and take everything in… the day will fly by!

Accept that things wont go completely to plan on the day and just enjoy it. It’s taken a lot of time and stress to get there so just relax and have a good time!

Make sure you get a video !!

CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE |

Make-Up | Elisa Drummond

Cake | Sweet Tiers

Stationery | Penn & Ink  

Hair | Rachel Payne – 07989 516104

Flowers | Richard Elder Floral Design

Caterer | Melissa Webb

Photographer | Jay Rowden

Videographer | Kissing Gate Films

Bridal accessories | Gillian Million

Production (dance floor, lights and PA system) | Class Act

Carpet | Tops Marquee Hire  (Paul Trapani)

Band | Excite

Magician | ‘The Deceptionist’

Cars | Christophers Classic and Vintage Wedding Car Hire

Wedding Rings and gifts | Coo Jewellers, Hatton Garden

Additional Furniture (Bar, Cocktail Tables and stools) | Great Hire    

 

Oh so beautiful.

Thanks so so much to Daniel and Gabrielle for sharing their wedding day with us here at WWW XOXO Lou

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Outdoorsy & Rustic Homemade Blush Farm Wedding http://whimsicalwonderlandweddings.com/2014/09/outdoorsy-rustic-homemade-blush-farm-wedding.html http://whimsicalwonderlandweddings.com/2014/09/outdoorsy-rustic-homemade-blush-farm-wedding.html#comments Tue, 30 Sep 2014 07:00:14 +0000 http://whimsicalwonderlandweddings.com/?p=122696 Outdoorsy Rustic Farm Wedding http://www.photoinspiration.co.uk/

WWW readers Kev and Lou were married on the  7th June 2014, choosing the beautiful setting of Huntstile Organic Farm, Somerset as their venue.

They envisioned an outdoorsy rustic countryside wedding, with hay bales and wellies. Sounds perfect right?

Lou donned a pretty lace gown with whimsy flower crown, Kev wore a three piece suit with Transformer brooch and the bridesmaids were super pretty in blush frocks. I adore the blooms, rustic DIY décor and letter lights.

Thanks so very much to Iva Carruthers for sharing her lovely images today.

 

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THE PROPOSAL | The proposal came out of the blue on Christmas Eve 2012. I had always warned Kev that if he ever felt the need to propose that he’d better not make it some grand, cheesy gesture in public and that I’d be just as happy if he just popped it into conversation during our weekly shop! So he waited until Christmas eve and we were eating our toast for breakfast and the next thing I know he’s on the floor (me thinking he’s been dropping crumbs!!) and suddenly he pulls out a ring box from his pocket and proposes with a beautiful 18ct gold solitaire! The ring belonged to his late mum who sadly passed away 5 years ago. Needless to say it didn’t take me long to say yes!

THE VISION | We wanted the day to reflect us as a couple and neither of us felt that a Grand Country house wedding would be right so I started researching alternative options and Farm Weddings. Living in the gorgeous Somerset countryside we wanted to create a really relaxed and out-doorsy type of wedding with no formal colour scheme and lots of rustic details, hay bales and wellies!

THE PLANNING PROCESS | I became addicted to wedding blogs the minute we became engaged and I stumbled across WWW, and then spent the next year and a half religiously checking in every day. Being a ‘Costing’s Analyst’, one of the first things I did was to create an all singing all dancing budget spreadsheet which we tried our hardest to stick to although did creep up along the way!

We gave ourselves a year and a half in order to save as much money as possible. This had positives and negatives…. on the positive we had loads of time to plan and as I did so much of the DIY myself it gave me enough time to get everything done without a last minute dash at the end which save a lot of stress. On the negative, it also meant that by the time the wedding came around our ideas had evolved and change several times!

BUDGET |  We managed to save a fair amount in the time we had, and my mum and dad were fab in helping us out and loaning us the rest! Our budget did escalate slightly but we did our best to keep costs under control and hunt out the best deals!

THE VENUE |  I stumbled across Huntstile Organic Farm when searching for Farm Venues in Somerset and the minute I saw the website I knew it was a perfect fit for me and Kev. We drew up a short list and visited about 3 or 4 different venues. Which I think is important to do as every venue has slightly different packages and has different costs involved.

Accommodation at the venue was also important to us as we wanted to create a whole wedding weekend (why not make it last as long as possible!) and have all of our lovely friends and family around us to celebrate

We first saw Huntstile on a cold February day, but even then the farmhouse was so beautiful and Lizzie and John were so friendly and relaxed that I could tell it would be the most amazing venue. Getting married outside was another of the selling points, as Huntstile has a Stone Circle on top of a hill with the most amazing views of the Mendips, reached by a Tractor and trailer ride! Although not a legal ceremony, we could arrange a blessing there.

It took us a long time to decide how to work the legal side of the marriage. We toyed with the idea of having a registry office ceremony the day before or sneaking off with just parents. However in the end we decided that all of our close family and friends would like to see both ceremonies. And we made sure that our hand fasting blessing ceremony was different enough, so we did both in one day! Lizzie recommended Fran, a local celebrant who actually built the stone circle for his own wedding. Fran was so lovely and helped us tailor the ceremony exactly how we wanted it.

THE DRESS & ACCESSORIES | I wore a chiffon dress by White Rose with a Charlie Brear lace jacket and sash. I wore the jacket back to front and had the buttons moved to the back as I preferred the lower V neckline and the high lace back, so my dress really was a one off!

My shoes were from the New Look sale (bargains!) and I wore a Rainbow club vintage headpiece for the registry office and a flower crown made by the florist to the blessing ceremony!

My necklace was my something old and borrowed from Kev’s mum, so it felt like we had a piece of her with us all day.

FINDING THE DRESS |  My one slight regret from finding the dress is that I should have tried more on! I felt guilty for making my mum, sister and best friend sit there while I waltzed around like a princess! My advice would be to make sure you try at least one of each style on before you rule out, even if you think you know what you want!

I started my search on the high street and thought I had found the perfect dress from Phase Eight in the sale for £200…. amazing! However niggling doubts started to set in about the high neckline, whether it was ‘Bridal’ enough, and something in me made me keep looking. So I started searching bridal boutiques.

I was recommended Perfect day by a friend, and the girls were so helpful in helping me find the right dress. My dream dress would have been a Jenny Packham lace floaty number, however my budget and my hips wouldn’t of allowed for that! Julia from Perfect day picked out a fairly plain chiffon strapless dress which I wasn’t very enthusiastic about trying on (I was adamant I didn’t want a strapless dress!), however the minute she suggested to add the Charlie Brear lace jacket and blush sash, I was transformed into a beautiful lacey vintage princess!

In the months between ordering the dress and it arriving I did have slight doubts, which I think is natural. However as soon as the dress arrived and I tried it on, they soon vanished! (Have faith in your decision making skills girls!!)

GROOM’S ATTIRE | Kev wore a Grey 3 piece suit, hired from Austin Reed. He settled on that as I over-ruled him on the Duck Dynasty Camo Suit idea!! I wanted his outfit to be as much of a surprise to me as my outfit would be to him, so I let him choose the boys outfits and I managed not to ask too many questions!

THE READINGS & MUSIC | The music for our day was so important to us, as we both big music lovers. Our tastes are quite different but luckily they kind of meet in the middle so we managed to find some we both agreed on. I walked down the aisle to ‘Everlong’ acoustic version, my all-time favourite song. And our first dance was to ‘Make it witchu’ a Queens of the Stone Age song, another of our favourite bands.

One of my first wedding finds was ‘Til There was Uke’. Stacey and Lucy, who I spotted at a vintage wedding fair in Bristol playing gorgeous covers on the Ukulele. One of my most favourite memories from the day was listening to the girls play us down the aisle of our woodland blessing to ‘Islands in the Sun’ by Weezer and ‘Get Lucky’ by Pharrell.

Our readings were ‘The One’ read by our good friend Simon at the registry office and ‘This Day I Married my Best Friend’ read at our blessing by our friend Christian. We felt these readings really echoed how we felt without being too soppy or traditional

BEAUTIFUL BRIDESMAIDS | My sister Nic and best friend Emma were my blushing bridesmaids and had to endure 18 months of wedding ‘chit chat’ and my late night dilemmas about timings and décor! (Sorry about that girls!)

Their dresses were from Mango, and we ordered on the off chance after seeing them in a magazine. They were perfect and floaty and ethereal and the blush colour perfectly complimented my dress and sash.

THE FLOWERS | Lisa from Dotty Daisy’s was so amazing. We clicked straight away and she got exactly the sort of wedding we wanted. We had milk churns of flowers outside the marquee which looked just picked from a meadow, and my bouquet and flower crown echoed this but with some lovely ice-creamy coloured peonies and roses to tie in with our dresses. Lisa also decorated the lovely willow archway at the stone circle to create a beautiful entrance and focal point.

THE CAKE | My clever bridesmaid Emma makes novelty cakes and volunteered to make our wedding cake. We went for a tiered naked Victoria sponge decorated with flowers and fruit. Topped with a homemade Bride and Groom cake topper (Kev as Optimus Prime). The cake was the most amazing cake ever and way more beautiful than we could have imagined. We were completely blown away by it and had so many comments about it!

YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER | My lovely work friend Iva is a very talented photographer who does a lot of weddings in her spare time. We were so pleased to have Iva as our photographer, she put us completely at ease as neither of us particularly enjoys having our pictures taken. We wanted our photos to be relaxed and informal and tell the story of our day, not posed and awkward. Iva captured so many beautiful moments that we will both treasure forever.

THE DETAILS & DÉCOR |  OK, here goes..! I have always been a little bit crafty and so couldn’t wait to get stuck in to our wedding decorations! A lot of the details from our day were handmade. From the 120m of bunting made along with my mum and dad (dads a demon on the sewing machine!) to the tissue pom-poms, and hessian table runners.

I found an old vintage suitcase from eBay and re-lined it with Laura Ashley fabric to create our vintage table plan. The ‘Table plan’ and ‘Cards’ garland were from a fab website called ‘A little bit rustic’ and were made to measure.

I collected various crochet lace mats and runners for the table centrepieces and lace trims to decorate jam jars. I found charity shops and flea markets the best place to pick up a bargain!

We decided that we wanted a slightly different guest book, so we bought an instant camera and collected loads of fancy dress bits and made a photo-booth guest book. I made a large picture frame from lengths of dado rail cut to size and screwed together and sprayed gold, my finest piece of DIY ever!! For the guest book I bought a plain scrap book from Paperchase and brightened it up with some cut out scrabble letters and fabric.

Place cards were made from kraft luggage tags with lace washi tape and stamped names, which tied in perfectly with our Kraft invites

I found the metal jugs from eBay for our table centrepieces

I made chalkboard signs so people didn’t get lost down the country lanes

We had great fun making the Limoncello favours! Definitely a great idea, and they went down well (a little too well) with the guests!

I also set my dad the project of making giant K & L illuminated letters, which I had seen online but were expensive to hire. So we cut them out of MDF and drilled tiny holes around the outside so that we could push through a set of LED fairy lights. I’m so pleased with the outcome and they looked fab in the party room!

I made a crepe paper streamer curtain for our cake table backdrop. I just attached the streamers to a dowelling rod and cut them to length, it was so easy and the effect was great to liven up the plain marquee.

Kev has a slight obsession with Transformers and no wedding of his would be complete without featuring an Optimus Prime or two, so I decided to surprise him and his best man/ushers with handmade Transformer brooches to wear during the day.

We hired a vintage Ice Cream bicycle to serve Ice cream to our guests during the afternoon which was an absolute hit, although me and Kev are completely gutted neither of us got around to having one!!

I need to mention the fab job that Flo from Charlie Scribble did on our invites. I found Flo on the internet and loved the hand-drawn whimsical style to her work. She hand-drew an illustration of the Farm for our invites and even incorporated our pet chickens in the background! I then bundled up the finished goods in twine with a personalised luggage tag label before posting them. We were so pleased with the outcome!

THE HONEYMOON | We had a night in a luxury spa hotel the night after the wedding which we both needed to relax and unwind as we were so tired and emotional after the wedding. Our main honeymoon is in December and we are having a 3 week tour and beach holiday to Vietnam and Cambodia, a real once in a lifetime trip. We decided to wait for our honeymoon partly due to the climate in South East Asia, but also partly so that we had something to look forward to after the wedding. There was such a build up to the big day that it was so nice to be around afterwards to bask in the aftermath for a bit!

MEMORABLE MOMENTS | I had no nerves at all but standing outside the room listening to the start of my entrance song did make my stomach do a quick little flip, but the minute I spotted Kev I completely relaxed and the smile didn’t leave my face all day

ADVICE FOR OTHER COUPLES |  Everything will fall into place! I was really surprised at how little I had to do on the actual day, everything was taken care of already by the fab team at Huntstile and friends and family, so we really could just relax and let the good times roll!

CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE |

Venue | Huntstile Organic Farm

Dress | White Rose/Charlie Brear from Perfect Day

Flowers | Dotty Daisys

Photographer | Iva Carruthers

Band | Til There was Uke

Celebrant | Fran Bunce

Invites | Charlie Scribble

Ice Cream Trike | Café Bon Bon

 

How wonderful, oh I do love a WWW reader wedding :-))

Thank you so so much Kev and Lou for sharing your wedding story with us XOXO Lou

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WWW readers Jen and Tommy chose to marry on the 10th May 2014 at Errol Park, Perthshire. They envisioned a personal, relaxed, homemade and fun wedding day. Sounds perfect to me :-)

There were oodles of pretty origami cranes, colourful confetti, beautiful flower arrangements, a cake bake off and pie and mash meal. YUM. Oh and I love “Team Wedding”; be sure to read all in the report.

Jen looked super beautiful in her swishy Flossy & Dossy dress which she teamed with Irregular Choice shoes, while Tommy looked dashing in a three piece suit with pocket watch. So much style.

Thanks so very much to the marvellous Christopher Currie Photography for sharing their imagery.

 

 

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THE PROPOSAL | Tommy surprised me with a trip to the Therme in Vals, Switzerland, a place we visited and both fell in love with while studying architecture at university. Despite having talked about engagement rings, I didn’t suspect a thing – I was just overwhelmed by the excitement of a surprise holiday! The actual proposal was on our final night in the outdoor pool of the spa, surrounded by snow covered mountains and stars. It was during the silent bathing after midnight, so after showing me the ring, all I could do was nod my head in acceptance – there may have been a slight squeal of excitement too!

THE VISION |  We knew from the outset that we didn’t want anything overly traditional or formal. We wanted the day to be quite personal to the both of us, and as plans progressed, we realised that meant that we wanted it to be fairly relaxed, with lots of handmade elements, and most importantly, lots of fun!

THE PLANNING PROCESS |  We spent what seemed like forever looking for our venue. We wanted somewhere where we could do our own thing, and that was a wee bit different. Initially, we were inspired by our favourite festival – End of the Road – and we’d looked at hiring a tipi and finding some woodland to set it up. Unfortunately, the costs were a bit over budget, so we continued on our hunt, looking at a few barn and stable venues around Scotland. All were too small or too big, but they did help us decide what we wanted – somewhere fairly rustic, with plenty of outdoor space, just on the off chance that we got a sunny day!  After 7 months, when we were close to settling for somewhere less than ideal, we stumbled across the relatively unknown Errol Park in Perthshire through a forum post, and after a visit, we knew we had a winner. We set the date, and then done very little for the next year! We had thankfully discovered the Glasgow Wedding Collective, which made our planning fairly easy. Through the GWC we found our photographer and dj, both of whom we booked right after confirming a date, and we later found my dressmaker, hair stylist and florist.

THE VENUE | When we first visited Errol Park, we instantly fell in love with the buildings and surroundings. Jamie, the owner, showed us around the stables and house, then left us to our own devices to explore the gardens. We were smitten. It was everything we wanted – a rustic converted stable block, amazing gardens and views, a grand house (as a rainy day back up/accommodation), and the loveliest owners who were happy for us to do whatever we wanted… We couldn’t believe our luck!

We had access to the venue the week before the big day to set up, and we stayed in the house the night before the wedding with a few close friends – it was the perfect way to relax and look forward to the excitement of the next day.

We had hoped to have an outdoor ceremony on the lawns, with dinner and reception being held in the stables, however weather uncertainty (it was supposed to rain heavily all day), meant that we held the ceremony in the house, which was the best possible Plan-B anyone could wish for. We were able to head outdoors afterwards for drinks and canapés, and handily the sun came out just in time for photographs. We had our dinner in the 1st floor of the stable block, and then headed downstairs to dance the night away.

In the end, it was quite nice to have the ceremony in the house, as it made each part of the day feel slightly different. It also meant that our guests got to explore a bit more of the venue, and almost everyone commented on how amazing it was – we had definitely found something special!

As much as we loved Errol Park itself, it wouldn’t have been quite the same if it hadn’t been for the owner (Jamie) and event manager (‘the other’ Jamie). They couldn’t have been more helpful, and seemed as excited by everything as we were. Their relaxed attitude and friendly demeanour meant that we felt completely at home, and even before the big day arrived, they both felt like good friends.

THE DRESS & ACCESSORIES | My dress was handmade by Flossy and Dossy in Glasgow. My shoes were by Irregular Choice, and my hairpiece was by Jon Richard. My birdcage veil was simply some netting from a local fabric shop – my hair stylist (Gillian of Pin Up Hair) worked her magic on it in the morning!

FINDING THE DRESS | I knew that I wanted my dress to be fun and ‘twirly’, as that’s what I’d normally look for in a dress – I didn’t want something that I felt uncomfortable or restricted in. I found Wendy at Flossy and Dossy through the Glasgow Wedding Collective, and she immediately understood what I was looking for. Specialising in hand made vintage style dresses, we chatted through the design and after a few fittings, I had my dress – exactly as I imagined! It was great to see the full process, from sketches, to lace samples and mock ups, to the final product, and although I can imagine how it can be daunting to not know exactly how it will look from the beginning, I had complete trust in Wendy, so was never concerned. Oddly, my dress was one of the few things I didn’t worry about!

GROOM’S ATTIRE | Tommy wore a navy, 3 piece suite from Charles Tyrwhitt. Finding the right style of suit proved rather difficult, and it took many months of hunting in Glasgow and Edinburgh before we found what we were looking for – it was definitely worth it though! The tie hunt followed, and Tommy now has quite an eclectic selection, from bold 70’s prints to polka dots. The plain green tie ended up being the winner, and worked perfectly with the bright flowers on the day.

THE READINGS & MUSIC | During the ceremony we had 2 readings, a passage from In Praise Of Love by Alain Badiou, and an excerpt from the Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams.   The latter had most of our guests, as well as our friend Kelly who was reading it, in tears – emotions were clearly ruining high!

Music means a lot to us, and we initially looked at hiring a band to play in the evening. We soon realised that no band would be able to play all our favourite songs, so quickly changed our mind and looked at DJ’s. We discovered the Pin Up Nights through the Glasgow Wedding Collective, and I’m so glad we did – they clearly knew how to keep people on the dance floor, so much so that we skipped the ceilidh section we’d had planned – everyone was enjoying themselves too much!

Our first dance was Micah P. Hinson’s We Won’t Have To Be Lonesome, and we finished with Bon Jovi’s Livin’ On a Prayer.

BEAUTIFUL BRIDESMAIDS | We didn’t have a traditional bridal party. Rather than have bridesmaids, a best man and ushers, we had ‘Team Wedding’, made up of our best (and most trusted!) friends. Everyone helped us out one way or another, from being witnesses, to doing readings and speeches, to making sure everyone was in the right place at the right time. The majority of Team Wedding also stayed with us in the house afterwards, and it was great to wake up the next day and have breakfast with our closest friends. Even although some were a little worse for wear, being served breakfast in the amazingly grand dining room of Errol Park soon sorted everyone out!

THE FLOWERS | We had originally thought we could do the flowers ourselves, and early in our engagement, began collecting jars for use as vases (and candle holders, and anything else we could possibly think of!). As the big day drew closer, we realised that we’d have quite a lot to do in the weeks before, and quickly decided that hiring a florist would make life much easier! We got in touch with Lisa at Sparrow and Rose, again discovered through the Glasgow Wedding Collective, and despite our very vague requirements (bright and a bit wild), and our request that she used the hundreds of jars that we’d collected, she managed to give us exactly what we were looking for, and they looked better than we could ever have dreamed – Lisa clearly knew us better than we knew ourselves! As well as my bouquet, Tommy’s buttonhole and the table flowers, we also had buttonholes and corsages for the Team Wedding guys and girls.

THE CAKE |  We didn’t have a traditional wedding cake. ‘Cutting the cake’ didn’t really mean anything to us as traditions go, but we DO love cake, so decided to incorporate it in a different way – we invited all out guests to enter in the Great Wedding Bake Off, and we were overwhelmed with the response!   We had collected cake stands form charity shops and ebay, but had no idea how many cakes would be entered – we would only find out on the day. We could have had 90 or none, and it had the potential for disaster, but thanks to our lovely (and very generous!) family and friends, as well as Team Wedding and the caterers who helped collect and arrange the cake table on the morning, it couldn’t have been more of a success.

We nipped upstairs to judge the cakes with our photographers before dinner, and prizes and rosettes were handed out during the speeches to 3 runners up and the overall winner. The winning cake (an amazing 3 tiered number by Tommy’s niece Hollie) was also crowned the ‘wedding cake’ with some mini Just Married bunting. Everyone then got to tuck into them after dinner, and again during the evening buffet, and again in the morning – we even took some away on our honeymoon – none went to waste!

YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER | We both love photography, and alongside the venue, it was high on our priority list. We fell in love with Christopher Currie’s work at a Glasgow Wedding Collective Fair, and after a quick chat with them, we knew they were the ones for us! We booked them, and a few months before the wedding, got in touch for our Engagement Shoot (which can be found here ). The fact that Chris and Gillian were happy to clamber over walls and under fences to get into an abandoned factory with us only confirmed that we’d made the right choice, and by the end of the shoot, we were completely comfortable having our photograph taken (something we both typically avoid!), and they both felt like long lost friends.   On the day itself they were both stars. When they weren’t helping us out with little things (the boys might not have managed their buttonholes without Gillian!) or doing our posed shoots, they were almost invisible – they captured some amazing shots when we didn’t even realise they were in the vicinity! Their relaxed style and friendly approach was exactly what we wanted – most of our guests presumed they were our friends, and as they left at night, it truly felt like they were. We were both rather sad to see them go!

THE DETAILS & DÉCOR | Where to begin!? We wanted as much DIY as possible, both to make the day more personal, and to keep the budget down.

We made our own save the dates and invites which were in keeping with the ‘rustic’ feel of the day -brown kraft postcards with a black silhouette of the stable tower amongst the trees, all tied together with brown twine.

We hand stamped everyone’s name tag for the table settings, and loved the fact that a few folk decided to wear their tags for the rest of the evening! We spent a long time deciding on 14 table names… In the end, we discovered that Mr Benn (the kids tv show, loved by Tommy) had 14 episodes, and the decision was made!

We knew we wanted some sort of decoration upstairs in the stables – it’s an amazing curved space, but has quite low ceilings, so we looked at something we could hang over the tables. Inspired again by the End of The Road festival, we set about making colourful origami cranes. We ended up with 300, most of which were tied on fishing line above tables, the rest were dotted around downstairs. We loved that people took the loose ones away with them at night, and that lots of other people asked for the hanging ones – they now hang in quite a few homes!

We originally thought about making napkins for everyone using recycled fabric that we’d collected, however after attempting a few, it was clear that my lack of sewing skills made it quite an ambitious task. Instead, the fabric became bunting which we used to decorate the stables with. We did managed to make a reasonable amount of them on our own, but as other things took over, Tommy’s mum stepped in and saved the day by making more and finishing them off.

Food wise, we were again inspired by one out favourite EOTR festival meals – pie and mash. Nothing tastes better after a few drinks, so we thought it would be ideal! We found the Wee Pie Company who specialise in artisan wild game pies, and who happen to be based 2 minutes from the venue. We soon found a catering company based on Perthshire who were happy to use the Wee Pie Company pies (despite being a fantastic butchers themselves!), and took it from there. Gourlay Catering were fantastic on the run up to and during the day itself, and couldn’t have been more helpful, despite our constantly changing numbers and last minute requests.

THE HONEYMOON | We hope to go to Japan on our honeymoon next year, but as that still requires a bit of saving, we opted for somewhere closer to home for the week after the wedding. After a hectic few weeks, we were torn between heading somewhere that we could be waited on hand and foot, or somewhere that had no one for miles around… We opted for the latter, and headed to a log cabin in the woods in Diabaig, a small town on the west coast of Scotland. It was perfect!

MEMORABLE MOMENTS | The whole day was so fantastic, so it’s unbelievably difficult to pick just a few moments. If I had to pick, it would probably be….

Walking down the stairs for the ceremony to see all our friends and family in standing at the bottom, and a clearly emotional Tommy on the landing.

Stealing a few moments alone after the ceremony, and then heading out onto the lawns to see everyone ready for the confetti throw, which was an unbelievable amount of fun!

Clambering through the woods in my dress for some photographs, avoiding nettles and making sure I didn’t fall over! I couldn’t stop laughing, and love the shots Chris and Gillian got as we wandered around.

The last dance. Everyone jumping around us and singing their hearts out to one of my favourite songs was quite something!

ADVICE FOR OTHER COUPLES | Our main piece of advice would be to do your own thing. If a tradition didn’t mean anything to us, we left it out, or altered it to suit. We knew we didn’t want to pick a best man or chief bridesmaid, as we have lots friends who mean a lot to us, so we made sure they all got to play a big part in our day, which meant more to us (and them I presume!) than a title on the day. We had no traditional wedding cake, and pie & mash might not be your standard wedding dinner, but our alternative choices made the day more personal to us, and we had nothing but great comments from our guests about it afterwards, despite there being a few raised eyebrows when we first mentioned our plans!

On the day, just enjoy yourself. We had worried about so many things on the run up – the weather, the bake-off, the guests catching buses, but in the end, it was all out with our control, so we didn’t give any of it a second thought on the day. There were a few hiccups, but none were major, no one else noticed, and we just carried on having fun!

CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE |

Venue | Errol Park, Perthshire.

Photographer | Christopher Currie, Glasgow.

Dress | Flossy & Dossy, Glasgow.

Hair | Pin Up Hair, Glasgow.

Flowers | Sparrow & Rose, Glasgow.

DJ | Pin Up Nights, Glasgow.

Caterer | Gourlay, Perthshire.

Bar | A&D Bar Services, Perthshire.

 

Just wonderful.

Thanks so so much to Jen an Tommy for sharing their gorgeous wedding story with us today XOXO Lou

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Floral Filled Elegant Spring London Wedding http://whimsicalwonderlandweddings.com/2014/09/floral-filled-elegant-spring-london-wedding.html http://whimsicalwonderlandweddings.com/2014/09/floral-filled-elegant-spring-london-wedding.html#comments Mon, 29 Sep 2014 07:00:20 +0000 http://whimsicalwonderlandweddings.com/?p=122632 Floral Elegant London Wedding http://www.georgimabee.com/

 

Flowers are just one of my favourite elements of a wedding and this wedding is filled with them.

WWW readers Nicola and Matthew married on the 19 April 2014 hosting their reception at the Garden Museum, London. They wanted an elegant and relaxed wedding which was inspired by the botanical location.

There were pressed flowers in the table plan, edible flower lolly favours and super beautiful bouquets of Peonies and Spring blooms.

I just adore Nicola’s stunning Claire Pettibone ‘Sky Between Branches’ gown which she wore with her hair loose and wavy. The bridesmaids looked super gorgeous in shades of blue, while Matthew went for a Charcoal Hugo Boss suit. Oh so stylish.

Thanks so very much to the supremely talented Georgi Mabee for sharing her imagery today.

 

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THE PROPOSAL | Ice Skating, Lake Louise, Canada 27 December 2012, he skated on one knee at twilight and I said yes!

THE VISION | Drawing from the inspiration of the reception, The Garden Museum London, we hoped to create a botanically inspired over-arching theme with a relaxed but elegant feel.

THE PLANNING PROCESS | We started with the venue and wanted somewhere in London as Matt’s family would be flying over from Canada and we wanted somewhere central and easy to get to. We gave our selves plenty of time to save up and book vendors in advance and left the details to materialise over the year ahead.

THE VENUE | Ceremony: Marriott Country Hall, London. Reception: The Garden Museum, London.

THE DRESS & ACCESSORIES | Designer Claire Pettibone name of dress: ‘Sky Between Branches’, simple diamond 1920’s style diamond studs in a flower form. A simple sheer veil worn during the ceremony.

FINDING THE DRESS | My mother and I visited Elle Sanderson in Beaconsfield as they stocked Claire Pettibone dresses. I loved the relaxed fit of this designers dresses and the beautiful botanical details and interesting cuts and eventually decided upon the one I chose.

GROOM’S ATTIRE | Charcoal Hugo Boss three piece Suite with mint green skinny tie.

THE READINGS & MUSIC | Entrance of the Bride: somewhere over the rainbow by IZ. Reading 1: A Birthday by Christina Rossetti. Reading 2: Excerpt from “A Song for Hiawatha”.

BEAUTIFUL BRIDESMAIDS | Each wore different high street dresses in a spectrum of sky blue and mint green with nude coloured shoes.

THE FLOWERS | Jam Jar Flowers, London. We wanted the flowers to be blousy, wild colourful and with hints of light blue flowers. Using the inspiration from my dress my bouquet incorporated a large white lily and open and closed peonies. We were incredibly lucky that the garden museum had a temporary exhibition of wild and exotic flowers which were hung from the ceiling creating a wild flower meadow above the guests heads, it was stunning.

THE CAKE | M&S bought with ceramic embracing polar bears and cascading flowers down the tiers.

YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER | Georgi Mabee, beautiful documentary style photographs.

THE DETAILS & DECOR | Table Plan: wild pressed flowers. Favours: clear lightly coloured lollies with edible pressed flowers inside resting in a miniature milk bottle filled with mini eggs (it was Easter weekend). Centre Pieces: a large Pickle Jar of Wild Flowers on top of a mirrored disc.

THE HONEYMOON | Three Weeks in Sri Lanka, beaches, elephants, curry, rainforests, tea plantation…heaven!

MEMORABLE MOMENTS | The fire alarms were set off due to the ovens in the venue, when the fire brigade were called during the main course I thought the only way of rectifying the situation was to have my photo taken with the Firemen. It made for a fantastic photo opportunity.

When my dad and I met in the hotel room before we walked down the aisle Big Ben chimed that it was four o’clock which was a wonderful reminder that we needed to make our way to the ceremony.

ADVICE FOR OTHER COUPLES | Write your speeches well before the day, we didn’t do this and wished we had.

CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE |

Photography | Georgi Mabee

Flowers | Jam Jar Flowers

Dress Shop | Elle Sanderson

Venue | Garden Museum

 

 

How pretty?! Oh those blooms are gorgeous.

Thanks so much to Nicola and Matthew for sharing their wonderful wedding with us today XOXO Lou

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Colourful & Chic Outdoor Spring Texas Wedding http://whimsicalwonderlandweddings.com/2014/09/colourful-chic-outdoor-spring-texas-wedding.html http://whimsicalwonderlandweddings.com/2014/09/colourful-chic-outdoor-spring-texas-wedding.html#comments Sat, 27 Sep 2014 07:30:39 +0000 http://whimsicalwonderlandweddings.com/?p=123071 Colourful Chic Outdoor Spring Texas Wedding http://www.coryryan.com/

 

Wildflowers, sunshine and love in Texas today.

Jackie and Sean had a dreamy Spring outdoor wedding; there were multicoloured blooms, stylish attire and pretty maids in blue. Oh so gorgeous.

Thanks so much to Cory Ryan Photography for sharing their lovely images today, here is what they had to say about the wedding;

“Jackie & Sean have always loved the outdoors, so their Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center wedding the perfect way to integrate the beauty of nature with their special day! Planned to perfection by Pearl Events, Jackie & Sean’s chic outdoor spring wedding was aptly wildflower themed, complete with wildflower favors and the gorgeous surroundings you see below! I just loved the way the bright cobalt blue popped against the multi-colored Verbena Floral Design, and the romantic string lights over the courtyard reception. We took the couple to the top of the castle tower right at dusk for a few extra favorite photos, and wrapped up the reception with a whimsical bubble exit.”

 

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CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE |

Photographer |  Cory Ryan Photography

Cake Designer | Blue Note Bakery

Caterer | Crave Catering Austin

DJ | Greenbelt DJ Productions

Reception Venue |  Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

Cinema and Video | Nostalgia Film

Event Planner | Pearl Events Austin

Hair Stylist | Rae Cosmetics

Invitation Designer | The Inviting Pear

Floral Designer: | Verbena Floral Design

Submitted via Two Bright Lights

 

Utterly beautiful.

Thanks so so much for sharing guys XOXO Lou

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Midsummer Night’s Dream Inspired Dinner Party Wedding http://whimsicalwonderlandweddings.com/2014/09/midsummer-nights-dream-inspired-dinner-party-wedding.html http://whimsicalwonderlandweddings.com/2014/09/midsummer-nights-dream-inspired-dinner-party-wedding.html#comments Fri, 26 Sep 2014 07:00:32 +0000 http://whimsicalwonderlandweddings.com/?p=122433 Dinner Party Midsummer Night’s Dream Wedding http://www.gemmawilliamsphotography.co.uk/

 

It’s Friday!! YAY. And to finish the week on a high I have a super pretty wedding to share with you all.

Laura and James chose to marry on Saturday 3rd May 2014 at Dewsall Court, Herefordshire. They had a vision of a relaxed dinner party with a Midsummer Night’s Dream feel.

There were the most gorgeous floral displays and bridal bouquet, thoughtful crafty touches and candelabras.

Laura looked beautiful in her romantic dress with flowers in her hair, while James was dapper in a custom Cad and the Dandy suit. So very charming.

Thanks so much to the fabulous Gemma Williams for sharing her images with us today.

 

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THE PROPOSAL | We got engaged on the 7th of December 2013 and I’m sure everyone says the same but James proposal to me was the most perfect I could ever have imagined and he says he not a romantic. We had booked a weekend away at The Pig in Brockenhurst as a pre- Christmas treat for ourselves on the first weekend in December. We were coming from different directions that day and I arrived at the hotel in plenty of time, but by 8pm James still had not arrived. I was getting a little concerned as to his whereabouts but he eventually turned up rather flustered and we were in such a rush to get to dinner I forgot to ask why he was late. That night we had a fabulous dinner with friends and then Saturday we had the day to ourselves. It was a lovely crisp winter day and after a very leisurely breakfast at The Pig, we wrapped up warm and set off on a long walk into the New Forest. We had a great walk and a long one as we got lost a few times and by about 15.30 the sun was starting to set and there was chill in the air and I was ready to go to the pub! James seemed unusually uninterested in my desire to grab a pint of local ale, and instead persuaded me to stay a little longer in the forest. There was a lovely golden light in the trees and he stood behind me and put his arms around me as we watched the sun go down. I do remember thinking he was being a bit odd and his heart was beating really fast and I did wonder if he was ok.. Then suddenly he pulled away and turned me round and before I knew what was going on, he was down on one knee and he said in a very serious voice, “ Laura, will you marry me?” I was in such complete and utter shock; the first words that came out of my mouth were ones of disbelief I had to ask him to repeat himself three times, poor guy. James and I had been together for 5 years by this point and whilst I always hoped and believed it would happen one day, I couldn’t quite believe it when it did. To prove he was indeed serious, he then pulled a little black box out of his pocket and handed it to me. Inside was a beautiful fake diamond solitaire which he explained was a holding ring until we were able to choose something more suitable together. I was so delighted and still speechless so James had to point out that I had not actually said yes and he was still on his knees in the cold damp slightly muddy earth, so I quickly accepted, and he put the ring on my finger and I think we floated to the pub to warm up, I felt like I was on a magic carpet..

As we walked to the pub, James explained how he had planned the engagement and all the effort he went to with the holding ring, which made it all the more special for me. He explained the reason he was late on the Friday night were a mixture of disasters of the rings he had ordered not turning up or being the wrong size , rushing out to buy a new one and trying very hard to escape the shops without the excellent salesman trying to persuade him to buy a real diamond. He had made quite some effort with posh paper and fountain pen, writing a letter to my Dad to ask for my hand in marriage, but had not managed to actually get it to my Dad in time for various reasons so ended up trekking across London to the city to see him on the Friday afternoon. Dad read out some of this lovely letter on our wedding day and it is something I will treasure always. I was so pleased that James took the decision for us to choose the engagement ring together because we had such a wonderful time finding it and about 10 lunches and several glasses of Champagne later, we found an an original 1920’s ring in the Burlington Arcade in Piccadilly which I totally fell in love with. Proposing with a fake was utterly brilliant as it took the pressure off buying a ring too quickly but it was so wonderful to have something to wear straight away. I will always treasure that ring nearly as much as the real one.

THE VISION | Our vision for the day developed over time and became a slightly less bohemian version of “A Midsummer night’s dream. We knew we wanted it to be a relaxed dinner party with a festival feel to it and we wanted to be able to invite all of our close family and friends.

THE PLANNING PROCESS |  We didn’t have a lot of time to plan as we only had 10 weeks! There was no real reason to get married so quickly, but it was one of the few dates that Dewsall Court was free and we absolutely loved it so our choice was made. It was quite an achievement really because James was working away so we only saw each other at weekends and we were spending time trying to find a new flat , trying to find the real deal engagement ring and there did not seem to be a lot of time to plan a wedding. I had not realised quite how creative I was until we started planning the wedding but it was such a fun time and Sadie our wedding planner from Dewsall Court was an angel and really helped us pull all of our ideas together.

BUDGET | We were lucky that we didn’t really have a budget, but we did bargain for everything (including my engagement ring and our wedding rings) and almost everyone gave us a discount. We also got a lot of things for free, so don’t be afraid to ask.

THE VENUE | We feel so lucky and blessed to have found Dewsall Court which we fell in love with the minute we arrived. We wanted an exclusive use venue, we wanted to bring our own wine we wanted “real food” and lots of it which ruled out lots of options. we also wanted accommodation on site for at least close family and friends and Dewsall answered all of these for us and even better it came with Sadie who helped us plan from start to finish and was an utter delight and thought of everything both in the planning process and on the day.

Dewsall Court was special for so many reasons, but I think primarily because it is first and foremost a family home which has been redecorated to the highest standard, so you feel utterly relaxed and at home, whilst at the same time feeling like you are in a boutique hotel. It’s a magical mix of indulgence and retro cool and the staff are all so very helpful and friendly, I cannot rate it highly enough.

We were also so lucky with the weather which meant we could make the most of the stunning grounds gorgeous gardens, a swing, a treehouse and hay bales and fire pits and rugs in the evening, it was like an adults playground!

THE INVITES | James and I went camping to Stratford on the last warm weekend in September 2013 before we got engaged and we managed to get last minute tickets to As you like it , which was one of the best Shakespeare productions we have ever seen (and we have seen a few!). It had a wonderful festival feel which reminded us of Glastonbury and it almost certainly influenced the way we planned our wedding day . After the production I found some glorious postcards of different plays and sonnets which had been made with the original letterpress with the most wonderful pictures.

Sometime later when we were thinking of themes for our wedding day, I said to James I wanted to use the postcards we had bought on our wonderful trip, but I could think how to make it work . My amazing friend Karen managed to turn the postcards into invites with beautiful matching envelopes. they looking spectacular, they were very cheap and unique to us which we loved.

THE DRESS & ACCESSORIES | I bought my lovely dress from Tantrums & Tiaras in Putney which was perfect on so many levels, firstly it was a 5 minute walk from my house so really handy for dress fittings and alterations. Also the lady Elaine, was the only woman who gave me every confidence she could make my dress in the time frame and assured me there was nothing to panic about. She made me feel relaxed and in control and it was such a good feeling compared to so many other shop assistants who were aghast that I wanted a wedding dress in 5 weeks’ time. I realised early on there was no way I could get a dress made to measure in time, but I loved the sample dress, it just needed some alterations.

So we had to let out the back a bit which was easy enough with some panels, then we added beautiful lace covered buttons all the way down the back. I was quite conscious about not showing too much cleavage so we sewed in a panel of lace around the top of the bust which really made the dress and softened it giving a more romantic look. The biggest change we made was changing the organza on the skirt for a new one, and it looked so beautiful like new when it was all done. I was also a bit conscious about my arms showing and Elaine has an old sample of an organza jacket which suited the dress perfectly and gave it a bit of a grace Kelly look . She also had another old sample of a fake fur cape which I instantly fell in love with and I thought it would have been perfect if the weather was cold. Elaine boned the back of the cape for me making quite a dramatic look for the evening, I felt a bit like something out of Dr Zhivago, but it was so much fun. It was completely over the top but I loved it and it the whole thing cost a third of the starting price of most bespoke dresses, so I felt really chuffed.

I am massive fan of keeping things local wherever possible and I’m very lucky in Putney to have a jeweller Mounir very near the wedding dress shop. I had bought some vintage look earrings and matching necklace in gold with an unusual green amethyst and it was prefect.

I did not want to spend a fortune on shoes, but I did have a real thing about wearing blue shoes under my dress. I searched high and low but could not find anything I liked. In the end I decided to take the plunge and went on a wonderful day trip with my elder sister Katie to Manalo Blahnik in Chelsea. Much to my surprise it was actually a lovely relaxed experience and we had a great time in there but sadly or maybe luckily for me, the shoes just did not suit my feet.

In the end I came across a sale of Filippa Scott shoes on line and I bought some very classic ivory 50s style peep toe shoes which were a bargain at £40 and very comfortable. They got totally trashed on the day so I am very glad now that I did not spend £650 on the blue Manalo’s .

FINDING THE DRESS |  I think I may have tried on nearly 100 dresses, no joke. I already had a fairly strong idea about what I wanted, but having been lucky enough to be bridesmaid for 8 of my friends I knew that you have to push boundaries with wedding dresses and step out of your comfort zone so that’s what I did. I started off with a budget of £600 which I soon found out was a bit unrealistic, but actually it is possible to get not too far off that number. I was very lucky to have my younger sister Jane and two of my best friends Karen and Shelley with me for most of my dress trying on sessions and they were all very honest and helpful, but we didn’t find one they all liked. Eventually when they saw me in THE dress they all cried (well one of them got goose bumps) so I knew that was the one.

GROOM’S ATTIRE | I was really keen for James to have a suit made for the day, I decided if I was spending lots of money on a dress then he should do the same, especially as he would no doubt wear his more than I. I was really keen for him to get a suit from Saville Row as James is as English as they come, but Saville row is crazily expensive. My Dad did a bit of research and came across Cad and the Dandy which is Saville row but at a fraction of the price and really great fun. It was a pleasure going there and meeting the team and James felt really good about his outfit. We also bought his tie from the Cad and I persuaded him to buy some red braces which looked fabulous. His shoes were from round the corner at Church’s in a lovely chocolate brown colour which went really well with his suit. The last item and perhaps the most difficult was the shirt which he ended up splashing out on at Turnbal & Assor, James outfit must have been about 3 times the price of mine, but he looked divine and I was so happy for him and we had so much fun choosing everything.. we only got his shirt the day before the wedding, so it was cutting it a little fine!!

THE READINGS & MUSIC | We were dead set on having as much live music as possible in the day and especially for the ceremony so we felt really pleased when we found Nieve on Alive Network. We wanted upbeat jazzy music for the ceremony and something that would really make us both smile. We chose Nat King Cole’s “let there be love” for the music when I was walking down the aisle which was just perfect for us and I was skipping down the pathway with my Dad and my sisters singing along, it was brilliant. We chose “dream a little dream” for the leaving music which fitted our mood perfectly as we floated out of the barn and up to the house to sign the register.. It worked out really well and saved us quite a bit of money to have Neive all day and her band joined in the evening. We stayed with jazzy stuff in the day and then the band (The Blakes) rocked the stage in the evening and it was nonstop dancing all night, everyone loved it.

I have always been a big fan of poetry and have read poems at many friends weddings, but strangely when it came to my own I did not know what to choose. In the end it was James who chose the reading which is actually a song from the 1960s by Wanda Jackson called “little things mean a lot”. We asked my elder sister Katie to read for us and we were so pleased she accepted as with most things in our wedding, it was very last minute as we only chose the reading a week before the wedding.

Send me a kiss from across the room

Say I look nice when I’m not

Touch my hair as you pass my chair

Little things mean a lot

Give me your arm as we cross the street

Call me at six on the dot

A line a day when you’re far away

Little things mean a lot

Give me a hand when I’ve lost the way

Give me your shoulder to cry on

Whether the day is bright or grey

Give me your heart to rely on

Send me the warmth of a secret smile

To show me you haven’t forgot

For now and forever, that’s always and ever

Little things mean a lot

We also wrote our own vows, which seemed a little crazy given how tight we were with time, but I am so pleased we did as it meant so much to us and we have put them in a frame so we don’t forget what we promised each other!

BEAUTIFUL BRIDESMAIDS | I was adamant for quite some time that I did not want any bridesmaids as we wanted to keep the focus on the two of us and I didn’t know who to choose; I had been lucky enough to be bridesmaid to so many of my close friends as well as family. However, as with many things that evolved, the more I thought about it, the more I realised that I actually could not get married without both my sisters at my side. So with only two weeks to go before the wedding I asked Katie and Jane if they would do me the honour and I’m so so pleased they said yes. I did not want them to wear matching dresses as it didn’t feel right, but their outfits complimented each other really well and showed off both of their personalities beautifully and they both looked absolutely gorgeous. They really looked after me on the day and it was a special moment with them that I will remember always.

THE FLOWERS | Finding the florist we wanted was a lot more difficult than we thought. We had two requests that we were not prepared to budge on, one was that the flowers had to be English spring flowers and the other was that forget-me-nots had to play a role, and both things turned out to be quite tricky. In the end I looked on the web at Mr & Mrs Unique and we found Tammy. We didn’t want fussy stylised arrangements and we didn’t want anything to be matching. We opted for a soft romantic whimsical feel and were quite relaxed about the flowers we had so some of it was a surprise on the day. We saved money by having all the flowers delivered in buckets the day before and we arranged the flowers ourselves which saved us lots of money and it was a really good fun thing to do and we were very lucky to have a team of friends and family to help. We also decorated the roof of the barn with greenery and cherry blossom which was a bit pricey, but it looked brilliant and blended in perfectly with our Shakespeare themed, candlelit feast.

THE CAKE |  A lot of people will say that a wedding is not complete without a cake and I was surprised how many people were shocked by our decision not to have one, but James and I had always said no cake. We just didn’t feel comfortable with the cutting the cake moment and decided to spend the money on food and wine instead. It was the right decision for us as with a 5 course wedding feast and a wine to match each course we did not think there would be room for a cake and we were right!

YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER | Gemma was a godsend and we felt so lucky she accepted to photograph our wedding, especially as it was her own wedding anniversary. Gemma knows Dewsall Court intimately which really helped when setting up all the shots and she was such a pleasure to have around on the day, so much so, we sometimes forgot she was there which was perfect as it made us really relaxed. She has created some beautiful intimate moments of our wedding day, what a star!

THE DETAILS & DÉCOR | Dewsall Court is a wonderful blank canvas which we could have not done a thing and it would still have been amazing in all its natural beauty, but I found that as the weeks went by I really enjoyed being creative. I was also very lucky to be able to borrow various props from people which really set the mood for the day and we also tried to think creatively about things we had that we could use without spending any more money.

We borrowed a chalk board from James mum and we put this at the bottom of the driveway to welcome everyone as they arrived. We borrowed 12 gorgeous candelabras from a friend which really set the scene and really made our Medieval style feast come alive as it got dark. I had borrowed loads of ivory lanterns from work and we placed them down the pathway between the house and the barn and we hung them all in the trees which looked lovely at dusk.

We made a few displays as an entrance to the Wainhouse barn which were a variety of wine boxes I had been saving for years. We asked Tammy to make a lovely soft flower arrangement to float over the top box and then decorated the others with candles and lanterns and some pretty olive oil cans and tins I had saved over the years, it was a bit random but it looked great.

For my hen party we had a craft day and decorated jam jars for the flowers on the wedding day. I bought offcuts of antique lace, rolls of twine, ivory and powder blue ribbon, a rotary date stamp and some brown luggage tags and we all created different things. There were 15 of us and made 60 jars of various shapes and sizes in a few hours, aided by some bubbles and scrummy food. We used the jam jars to create pew ends on the chairs in the barn and also to put all the buckets of flowers in so there were what looked like hundreds of individual posies everywhere.

WE created our own photo booth for the evening by buying a poloroid camera and we used a wine box as a dressing up box which we filled with silly outfits and props. We started the photo wall ourselves and people added to it through the evening, we have some brilliant pictures and it was very cheap and lots of fun.

For the table names, we used the invites so each table was the name of a different Shakespeare play. For the place names I had the idea to use stencil which I found on Amazon in old English and we then bevelled out some wine corks to hold them. The stencilling was a bit time consuming but again we had loads of help on the hen party and we asked a local restaurant to collect corks for us.

We printed out a menu for each table and I wrote a different saying about forget-me-nots on the luggage tags which we attached to each one. I know it seems crazy but I enjoyed looking up all the old legends and meanings of the flowers it and thank goodness there were only 10 tables!

James has the idea to seal each of the 10 menus with red wax which looked massively authentic and his best men organised for us whilst we getting ready.

We got a really good deal on our desert wine which came in really cute 20cl bottles so we decided to make a feature of them and offered them to our guests to take home. My friend Lara made some signs out of the ends of all the wine boxes for the favour table, guests book and the photo booth, its all looked really cool and it didn’t cost a penny.

THE HONEYMOON | In the rush of trying to get the wedding organised on time and what with James being away with work, we did not actually get around to organising the honeymoon. That may seem a little nuts, but it was actually quite an adventure not knowing where we were going. After the last of our guests left Dewsall on the Monday we headed off Dylan Thomas country in Aberaeron and stayed at a lovely small hotel on the coast called The Harbour Master. We spent this day here trying to make a plan for the rest of our week as we knew we wanted self-catering as we wanted some space and we also had a boot full of wine and champagne (!) but we also wanted a bit of luxury. After lots of searching and a bit too much driving around we finally found The Grove in Narberth. This was utterly perfect for us as we stayed in one of the cottages (Christmas Cottage) with a lovely wood burner, a little garden and a kitchen so we had loads of space. But it was also only a few minutes walk to the hotel where the food and staff are first class and it was utter luxury so we had the best of both worlds.

MEMORABLE MOMENTS |  My sisters struggling to get me into my dress and I was swaying and singing, looking out the window watching all our guests arrive listening to Neive singing Eta James ,”At Last” and it was such a wonderful feeling I wish I could bottle it.

Getting ready in the same room as my sister, my brother Alex and my nephew Kendal. Kendal jumping on the bed, my brother dancing around the room, the music on full blast and all or us having a great laugh

My first view of the wainhouse seeing all our crazy ideas some together and all the work our friends did on our behalf, it was magical.

Seeing James for the first time. We decided to have a moment to ourselves before we got married and I’m so glad we did. We had both written each other cards and it was a really special, intimate moment on our own before we said our vows in front of everyone else.

ADVICE FOR OTHER COUPLES |  Make it your day and do it your way. Don’t get wrapped up in what people say you should do or convention, just concentrate on you both being absolutely 100% comfortable with everything you choose to do or not do. Your wedding should reflect you as a couple and it should be fun, not stressful! Enjoy every minute of the preparations as well as the day itself. Delegate as much as possible and take time for yourselves. When I look back on our day I’m so pleased that even with all the mishaps and some difficult issues we had to deal with on the day, I didn’t let anything dull my shine!

CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE |

Videographer |  Leanne Dodds Blooming Lovely Films

Photographer | Gemma Williams

Flowers | Tammy Wild Bunch

Invites | Louisa Hare

Jewellery | Mounir

Engagement ring | Susannah Lovis

Wedding bands | Jade Jewellers

Music | The Blakes

Shoes | Filippa Scott

Dress including bolero and fur | Tantrums and Tiaras

Groom suit and tie and braces | Cad and the Dandy

Groom Shirt | Turnbull and Dasser

Shoes | Church Footwear

Craft accessories | Gypsy Lace & Wedding in a Tea Cup

Rotary stamp and place names | Cox and Cox

Candles | Prices Candles

Food | A2 Zest

Ideas | Mr and Mrs Unique

Honeymoon | Harbour Master

Honeymoon | The Grove

 

So very romantic.

Thanks so much to Laura and James for sharing their beautiful story with us today XOXO Lou

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WWW readers Hollie and Mark married on the 18th August 2013 holding their reception at The Villa, Lancashire. They wanted a relaxed, fun wedding with a touch of Hollywood glamour.

There were so many lovely moments, from Hollie’s school class visiting the Church to a surprise flash dance and glow stick packed dance floor in the evening.

Hollie looked super glam in her Justin Alexander dress and Lily Bella veil while Mark donned traditional tails. Oh and look out for the super pretty pink Astilbe bouquet, gorgeous!

Thanks goes to the marvellous Paul Joseph Photography for sharing these images today.

 

 

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THE PROPOSAL |  It was nearing the end of the School term in December 2011 and in the midst of running around like a maniac getting my class ready for their roles in the Christmas Nativity, I received a letter from Santa telling me that as I had been especially good this year, I was being taken away on a surprise weekend! The letter also told me what to pack and what to expect in terms of activities! Like an excited little girl, I did what I was told and rushed straight home after the end of term to find out more about our adventure! As we got into the car Mark gave me what appeared to be a “ring” shaped box and I remember my heart beating so fast I thought it was going to explode. As I nervously opened the gift box it revealed that our destination was no other than Center Parcs. This might seem a strange destination to some but, having spent most of our relationship at Center Parcs it held a very special place in my heart and I couldn’t wait to arrive and begin our Christmas holidays.

Shortly after our arrival at Center Parcs, Mark and I headed out for dinner and then took a starlight stroll along the lake. When we arrived at our lodge I remember feeling totally exhausted and wanted nothing more than a candlelit bath and a cosy night in by the log fire. As Mark is such a romantic he filled the whole lodge with candles and rose petals and we spent the evening chatting about our future. I remember Mark being intent that we had a glass of champagne and after hours of persuasion, I finally agreed! It was at this moment when I turned around to look for Mark that I found him patiently waiting on one knee, holding a small perfect size silver box in his hand at which point he asked the question every girl dreams of hearing. Despite Mark and I being together for 9 years at this point, I can honestly say I have never felt so nervous, excited and overwhelmed in all of my life. The whole proposal and venue choice was extremely personal, intimate and a truly magical moment that I will cherish forever.

THE VISION |  Mark and I did not have a theme for our wedding however, it was extremely important to us that our wedding day was centered around fun, love and laughter. We wanted our wedding day to be relaxed, and have an understated 50’s elegance with a twist of Hollywood glamour.

THE PLANNING PROCESS | From the moment we were engaged everything was focussed upon planning the big day. We made sure that we looked at a variety of venues and kept a spreadsheet of every potential cost so that we could gather up an idea of the overall expense. We also wanted to involve as much as our family and friends as possible as they are full of many hidden talents and we wanted our special day to have lots of personal touches.

Like many couples we wanted to secure our venue and Church first so everything was focussed upon this. Once we were happy with our choice of venue we then began looking at photographers, cars, rings, and bridesmaid dresses etc and to be honest everything just fell naturally into place. Giving ourselves just over 18months, being organised, relaxed and having a clear sense of direction meant that we the planning process was relatively calm and straightforward.

THE VENUE |  Mark and I knew what we wanted and only looked at venues where we knew exclusivity was available, the use of outdoor grounds and a reputation for good food (as we are both massive foodies ). After looking at a few venues, we instantly fell in LOVE with our visit to The Villa at Wrea Green and despite the venue undergoing extensive building renovations and being told that the potential room that would hold our wedding breakfast/evening reception would not be fully complete until May 2013 we were immediately smitten with the picturesque grounds, the plans, the traditional feel of an “old English pub” and the breath-taking marquee.

THE DRESS & ACCESSORIES | Justin Alexander tulle tea length dress with Venice lace and beading on the bodice. The dress also had a silk dupioni sash that clinched in at the waist. Fitting with my dress I wore an ivory birdcage veil. As my dress was tea length and being 5ft11” tall, finding the perfect shoe was majorly important. In the end I wore Perfect Flo ivory lace vintage wedding shoes during the day and white sparkly converse at night! I accessorised my dress with jewellery I borrowed from my Nanna and a beautiful ivory lace umbrella that my Mum had on her wedding day which is now 30 years old.

FINDING THE DRESS |  Finding my dream dress was harder than I ever expected. I have always been extremely clear on my sense of style and my outlook on fashion but this decision haunted me for months. I originally wanted a fishtail dress but, unfortunately when I put this style of dress on I did not get the “wow” factor as I felt too willowy so I went back to the drawing board and tried on every possible style of dress in a variety of materials which in hindsight was the best possible thing I could do. I was eventually persuaded by my Mum and Mother-in-law to try a tea-length dress at I Do Bridal in Cockermouth and the moment I put it on I felt fun, flirty and unique. I knew this was “the dress” in which I could dance the night away.

GROOM’S ATTIRE | Mark found it extremely difficult when finding his outfit but in the end decided to go for a three piece light grey suit with tails, a white shirt and Ivory tie which he got from Groom Hire. He teamed this with a pair of burgundy and black brogues from Topman, a silver waistcoat chain and a pocket watch he received from his brother on the morning of the wedding.

THE READINGS & MUSIC | We had the ceremony at my Nanna’s church in St Annes. It is a very grand church with a huge aisle that made me feel extra special when walking down it. We had two readings read by Mark’s Father, Tom and his cousin Clare. The readings were Song of Solomon and I love you by Roy Croft. I walked down the aisle to Canon in D by J. Pachelbel and we exited the Church to the Wedding March by F. Mendelssohn. Being a primary school teacher I was very clear on our hymns and we chose Lord of the Dance, Bind us Together and Give me Joy in my Heart.

BEAUTIFUL BRIDESMAIDS | Well we had quite a few of those. Six adult bridesmaids, one flower girl and a page boy! I had my three childhood best friends Gemma, Emma and Sherryl (we have been inseparable since we were 4) and my cousins Annie, Lucy and Ellie. Our flower girl was my gorgeous god-daughter Evie and our page boy was my gorgeous godson Lennon.

As I had quite a lot of bridesmaids I chose a nude 50’s style dress that had the most beautiful cowl back to match my tea length wedding dress from Dessy. The girls matched this with metallic sparkly shoes from Next and pearl jewellery from Debenhams. All of the bridesmaids had their hair up in a 1940’s style roll which looked beautiful with their dresses. Evie wore an ivory flower girl dress from Debenhams and jewelled Converse and Lennon wore a mini-version of Mark’s suit with a nude bow-tie and a pair of grey Vans.

THE FLOWERS | We asked our friend, Maria to do our flowers and she literally blew us away with their beauty. They were simple yet extremely elegant. Our bridesmaids and groomsmen had button holes and bouquets of Gypsophilia and my bouquet and Mark’s button hole was the most gorgeous pink Astilbe. Our table decorations were silver candelabras with a wreath of vintage Roses, Hydrangeas, green foliage and Gypsophilia. We also collected a variety of glass jars and bottles in all different shapes and sizes. Mark’s Auntie Pauline decorated them with ribbon and lace and complemented them with some beautiful floral arrangements of Sweet Peas and Hydrangeas. They were scattered around our venue.

THE CAKE | Our wedding cake was made by Mark’s Auntie’s sister, Nettie. She is so incredibly talented and she has the patience of a saint. We decided to go for a very simple ivory two tier sponge wedding cake with lace detailing.

YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER | Choosing our photographers was initially very difficult. We met with a couple of people and explored their websites but most of their work seemed very repetitive and traditional. We were determined to have something a little bit quirky and wanted to push our natural boundaries. We also wanted someone who was creative with a unique sense of style. We found Paul Joseph Photography on Facebook and we instantly knew they were the ones for us! Paul and Kelly were literally like a breath of fresh air. Their attention to detail and creativity are second to none and they really do go that extra mile. They are so relaxed, professional and have a clear vision! Their natural quirkiness blew us away and shooting our photographs always felt like we were hanging out with two friends! On the day they managed to capture all of the magical moments in an unobtrusive way. I loved all of the natural shots from the day – the photos of the bridal and groom preparations are some of my favourite shots! When we first saw our photos it was like reliving our wedding day all over again. We are sooo overwhelmed with our pictures and we would recommend them to anyone!

THE DETAILS & DÉCOR | I really loved planning all the little details of the wedding, they were an important part of our day and we wanted to keep things simple and personal. We tried to enlist the help of as many family members as possible!

Guest Book – I had actually spotted The Fingerprint Tree on Facebook and loved their designs. We didn’t want a traditional tree and so decided upon a caricature of ourselves holding a handful of balloons. The balloons were made up of our friends and families fingerprints and they signed the outside of the caricature with words of marital wisdom!

Stationery – To me invitations are really important because they set the tone for the wedding and give people that first glimpse of what your wedding will be like.  So in keeping with our vision, we didn’t really want the traditional invite, we wanted something quirky and after seeing my friend, Leanne’s designs I knew that she would be just the person do it. Leanne created us a bespoke design that introduced all of our wedding party by a photograph and their nickname! We thought that all of our wedding guest would then automatically feel like they knew someone when they arrived at our wedding! When I received the initial proof back I remember just thinking ‘wow’ Leanne really had managed to capture our vision and style in the invite. Not only did we love them, but everyone else did too – we had so many lovely comments about them! As we loved our stationery so much we ended up ordering our, menus, table plan, place cards and signs for the Church all of which were equally as amazing as the invites.

Favours – One of my best friends and bridesmaid, Emma made our favours. She made retro sweetie cones in a variety of pastel colours in keeping with our wedding colours. They went down a treat with our wedding guests.

Chair Covers/Bows - Our chair covers and bows were supplied by Alexander Jones in St Annes. We decided on pastel pink and lace bows which complimented the room at The Villa beautifully.

Mark and his family decorated the venue in the morning and I had every confidence in them. They made sure the room looked amazing and their attention to detail was perfect. Mark’s Auntie Pauline hung hearts and ribbon along the entrance to the room and the walkway was lit by huge lanterns and candles. Mark’s Auntie also placed an assortment of jars and bottles in different shapes and sizes filled with flowers all around the venue. Mark’s cousin, Jonathan also hung the most beautiful crystal chandeliers from the ceiling of the venue which added to the touch of Hollywood glamour.

Table Plan – we bought a white vintage mirror and added our beautiful stationery made by Leanne. Our table names were significant moments and dates in our relationship including the day we got engaged, the hours we spent planning our wedding, the number of days we had lived together, the number of pet names we have for each other and so on… Our wedding guests loved the personal information they were told and vowed to use this as ammunition against us in the future!

Candy Buffet – Mark’s mum and myself collected so many jars and sweets during the build up to the wedding and my Godmother, Maureen made some beautiful retro cupcakes. My cousin, Louise also made some gorgeous bunting which read “Love is Sweet”. They all fitted perfectly together and made the cutest retro candy buffet.

Flip-Flops – As I knew all of my family and friends would dance the night away, Mark’s mum and I collected a variety of flip-flops in all different colours and sizes for our wedding guests. It allowed all of the fashionistas to change their footwear, be comfortable and most importantly continue dancing!

Cars – In keeping with our relaxed and fun theme we opted for a Rolls Royce Silver Cloud and a VW camper van called “Mary” as our transport from Broughton Wedding Cars. Lisa and Gary were amazing and the service we received from them was perfect and really made our day.

Music – Mark and I knew that live music during our wedding was a must. We had the truly amazing Afrika Fuentes playing during our wedding breakfast and The Deadbeats Band playing during our evening reception. The both created the perfect atmosphere for our wedding and had everyone singing and dancing. In the evening the dance floor was NEVER empty and to this day our friends and family talk about how the dance floor was always rocking!

We didn’t really have a first dance as Mark and I were adamant we didn’t want one however, we did ask The Deadbeats Band to learn and play “I will wait” by Mumford and Sons and me and Mark were busting some serious moves to the song!

THE HONEYMOON | Mark and I went to Mauritus for our honeymoon. We booked through Hayes and Jarvis and stayed at the Martim Resort for 12 magical days. The hotel staff and service were faultless and we literally had the time of our lives. We had the opportunity to explore the island, complete water sports on the sea and unwind in the Spa. We also had unlimited amounts of scrumptious food and drink. It was everything we could ever want!

MEMORABLE MOMENTS | Waking up to blue skies and gorgeous sunshine after being terrified it would rain like the day before. Getting ready in the morning with all of my bridesmaids and parents and feeling as if I was in a dream. Having 20minutes alone with my Dad in our wedding car and talking about childhood memories and the future. Arriving at Church and being welcomed by some of the children in my class wearing their school uniforms! Walking down the aisle with my Dad and seeing Mark for the very first time. Having our wedding pictures taken on South Pier in Blackpool and being surrounded by tourists! Performing a surprise flashdance to “Proud Mary” with 30+ of my amazing friends and family during our wedding breakfast. Spending the whole evening on the dance floor and rocking it out to Coldplay in my converse.

ADVICE FOR OTHER COUPLES | Give yourselves plenty of time for organising your magical day and make sure you obtain as many quotes as possible. Don’t over think or stress yourself out about every minor detail as on the day you just won’t care! Don’t be persuaded by other people’s opinions – go with your heart.

CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE |

Wedding Dress | Justin Alexander at Ido Bridal in Cockermouth

Birdcage Veil | Lily Bella

Bridesmaid Dresses | Dessy at The Bridal Boutique by Dream Capture

Suits | Groom hire

Venue | The Villa, Wrea Green

Photography | Paul Joseph Photography

Flowers | were made by my friend Maria

Cake | made by Mark’s Auntie Nettie.

Rings | made by my cousin Lyndsey at Brown and Newirth

Wedding Cars | Broughton Wedding Cars

Band | The Deadbeats

Hair | Simone Whiteside at Colour Lounge

Make up | myself

 

 

Such a brilliant, fun filled wedding day.

Thanks so much to Hollie and Mark for sharing their gorgeous wedding with us XOXO Lou

 

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