Whimsical Wonderland Weddings http://whimsicalwonderlandweddings.com UK Wedding Blog Mon, 20 Oct 2014 13:00:27 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.2 Beautiful Rustic Woodland Bridal Look. WWW Editorial. http://whimsicalwonderlandweddings.com/2014/10/beautiful-rustic-woodland-bridal-look-www-editorial.html http://whimsicalwonderlandweddings.com/2014/10/beautiful-rustic-woodland-bridal-look-www-editorial.html#comments Mon, 20 Oct 2014 13:00:27 +0000 http://whimsicalwonderlandweddings.com/?p=124449 Beautiful Rustic Woodland Bridal Bride http://www.careysheffield.com/

 

It’s the final set of images from the WWW editorial for you this afternoon. I am so proud of this creative shoot that came together with some incredible wedding suppliers.

The last instalment focuses on model Kirsty. Kirsty had three looks on the day, all encompassing a beautiful rustic dreamy feel.

First up Kirsty wore Cecile by La Poesie with chic lace cropped top, had a beautiful plaited hair style by Lisa Alger at Essex Wedding Beauty and a natural bouquet by Joanne Truby Floral Design

 

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Lisa Alger at Essex Wedding Beauty told me how she created Kirsty’s first look;

“For Kirsty’s first look I created an intricate plait by incorporating a few different braiding techniques and combining them together. We then added lots of foliage to the plait to stay in keeping with the theme.

I used shades of pink for Kirsty’s first makeup look, using the new Urban Decay Naked 3 palette and ‘Pale Mauve’ lipstick by Bobbi Brown.”

 

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Kirsty then changed in to the beautiful Ida by Maria Senvo and Lisa Alger at Essex Wedding Beauty changed up the hair and make up;

“For the second look I curled Kirsty’s hair with an inch and half wand, in different directions for a relaxed boho style. I then twisted the front section up to create a halfup hairstyle and again, added lots of foliage and flowers to the hair, using bobby pins to secure.

I changed Kirsty’s makeup to more golden colours and used ‘Nectar’ lipstick, again by Bobbi Brown, which is a huge favourite with my brides.”

 

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And finally Kirsty popped back on Cecile by La Poesie but with the with full length lace overlay. We also had a little fun with dried leaf confetti which I collected and dried myself. Gorgeous…

 

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CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE |

Photography | Carey Sheffield

Photography Assistant | Jasmine Andrews

Film | Jacob Davies - Carey Sheffield Boutique Productions

Creative Direction/ Styling | The Bijou Bride

Location | Moggerhanger Park

Cakes | Delicieux Cakes

Hair Stylist and Makeup Artist | Essex Wedding Beauty

Paper Flowers | Tissue Blossoms

Tableware and Dark Chairs | Hélène Millot Furnishings

Flowers | Joanne Truby Floral Design

Models | WWW real bride Kate, WWW real bride Katy, Kirsty-Anne Tritton

Dresses & Hairpieces | Heritage Brides

Tea Lights | Dot Com Gift Shop

Dresses | La Poesie & Maria Senvo

 

Ahh and that made for the last instalment in the series of posts from the shoot. There are DIY tutorials and a behind the scenes film still to come though, so stay tuned :-) Thanks again to all those above that made this shoot happen, it was a pleasure working with you all XOXO Lou

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Multicolour Unforgettable Homemade Wedding http://whimsicalwonderlandweddings.com/2014/10/multicolour-unforgettable-homemade-wedding.html http://whimsicalwonderlandweddings.com/2014/10/multicolour-unforgettable-homemade-wedding.html#comments Mon, 20 Oct 2014 07:00:55 +0000 http://whimsicalwonderlandweddings.com/?p=124758 Multicolour Homemade Wedding http://www.photographybyvicki.co.uk/blog/

 

Any wedding which has a bride and groom dancing in Lego heads has automatic cool status in my eyes. YES.

WWW readers Sarah and Andrew tied the knot on the 7th June 2014 at Nettlestead Place in Kent. They envisioned a colourful, relaxed and unforgettable wedding day. I soo love the colourful theme, complete with rainbow cake, statement bold bunting and vibrant lush blooms.

Sarah looked effortlessly beautiful in Priscilla by Ronald Joyce, with flowers in her pretty up do and blue shoes to complete her look. Andrew donned a Next suit while the girls looked pretty in Ted Baker. So much fun.

Thanks goes to the marvellous Photography by Vicki for providing these images today.

 

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THE PROPOSAL | By the frozen lake and bandstand in Vondelpark, Amsterdam (with a very numb face – it was about 
-5°C!).

THE VISION | A colourful and relaxed day, that nobody would forget.

THE VENUE | Nettlestead Place, Maidstone, Kent. Both hailing from Essex, we were initially looking for a suitable local venue to hold our ceremony and reception, however, nothing ticked all of the boxes. So we started looking slightly further out. We stumbled across Nettlestead (in Kent) purely by chance, and knew immediately that it was the place for us. The combination of the Medieval looking Undercroft, stunning gardens, and outstanding views from the hilltop marquee blew us away, and was unlike anywhere else we’d seen – so the decision was more or less made for us!

THE DRESS & ACCESSORIES | Dress – Ronald Joyce – Priscilla
, Necklace – Alex Monroe, Cosy lovebirds 
Bracelet – Linda Friedrich Jewelry, Golden branches cuff bracelet
, Shoes – Hobbs Arianne court (kingfisher blue).

FINDING THE DRESS | Finding the dress was a relatively simple affair, as I think I visited a total of 3 shops before finding ‘the one’. Strangely, I had a very specific idea of what I wanted… and ended up getting something completely different!

There were subsequent problems that arose after finding the dress – chasing the whereabouts of my dress for 12 months as the bridal shop hadn’t a clue what was going on; arriving to my ‘final’ fitting, only to find out none of my alterations had been made, due to the seamstress leaving 2 months earlier, and having to have my final fitting 7 days before my wedding. All of which marred my memories of my dress somewhat.

GROOM’S ATTIRE | Grooms suit – Next blue 3-piece tailored, Shoes – J by Jasper Conran – Debenhams, Ties – Tie Planet – Skinny golden yellow, Peanut tie pin from Etsy.

THE READINGS & MUSIC | Guests arriving – The greatest video game music v 1 & 2 (selected songs), Bride entrance – Count on me (Bruno Mars violin cover by Katei), Close to ceremony – Best day of my Life – American Authors.

Readings – Extract from The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks
 “I love you. I am who I am because of you. You are every reason, every hope, and every dream I’ve ever had, and no matter what happens to us in the future, every day we are together is the greatest day of my life. I will always be yours. ”

Extract from Captain Corelli’s Mandolin by Louis de Bernieres 
”Love is a temporary madness, it erupts like volcanoes and then subsides.
 
And when it subsides you have to make a decision. 

You have to work out whether your roots have so entwined together that it is inconceivable that you should ever part. 

Because this is what love is.
[…]
 Love itself is what is left over when being in love has burned away, and this is both an art and a fortunate accident.

May your roots grow towards each other underground, and when all the pretty blossoms fall from your branches, you find out that you are one tree, and not two.”

BEAUTIFUL BRIDESMAIDS | My bridesmaids were two of my best friends, that I have known since secondary school. I chose dresses (Ted Baker Gojji maxi dress) that they would feel comfortable in on the day, but would have some practical value after the wedding. These were one of the very first purchases we actually made toward the wedding, so keeping them a secret for the next 17 months was a real struggle!

THE FLOWERS | We decided that we wanted a somewhat wild and bright touch to the flowers, including pinks blues and yellows, to compliment the day. Sunflowers are my favourite, so I knew they had to make an appearance in the bouquet. Our wonderful florist also introduced us to the santini flower, which looks like a mini sunflower, which was perfect for the boutonnières.

We really valued our florists experience and input, and therefore gave her more or less free reign on the flowers.  As a result, we had a beautiful mix of different types, including; Irises, peonies, sunflowers, dahlias, matricaria, veronica, and crespedia.

THE CAKE | This was kindly made by our Best Man’s mother. We wanted a cake that pulled together the main theme of our day; quite understated but with a colourful surprise! We opted for a plain, rustic looking cake (white butter cream icing with a few colourful sprinkles ) with a vibrant rainbow centre (vanilla sponge with chocolate filling), to give people an unexpected surprise as it was cut.

YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER | Photography by Vicki. We chose Vicki as we were blown away by her wedding portfolio. She really knows how to capture the natural feel to the day, make you feel entirely at ease in both the engagement shoot and big day, and conveys the whole experience in a vivid and colourful set of photos.

THE DETAILS & DECOR | 72m of bespoke multicoloured bunting, Tea lights nestled in edible rainbow sprinkles, Handmade cake toppers and cake bunting (made by bride), Personalised CD wedding favours, Personalised table numbers, with us against backgrounds of all of the places we have visited, A rainbow crepe paper curtain behind the top table and Photobooth.

THE HONEYMOON | Minimoon at the Alta Vista Honeymoon Suites in Firostefani (Santorini), with a fly/drive of New Hampshire (USA) to follow in October.

MEMORABLE MOMENTS | The fuse box melting soon after the first dance… and the first dance itself. The crazy rugby scramble for the bouquet. Dancing into the night in the Lego heads. Running around in the farmers field with no shoes on, as we had our sunset photos taken.

ADVICE FOR OTHER COUPLES | Marry your best friend :)

I cannot overstate the importance of trying a range of wedding dress styles on. As these are not the sort of dresses you would ever normally wear, you really have no idea what would suit best until you’re standing there in it, swishing about.

The personal aspect to wedding planning trumps the amount of money you put into the day. As long as it reflects you and your partner, then the atmosphere will be much more relaxed and your guests will get caught up in it all.

CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE |

Photography | Photography by Vicki

Dress | Ronald Joyce (Priscilla)

Shoes | Hobbs

Hair and Make Up | Helen Shearcroft

Catering | Relish

Venue | Nettlestead place

Florist | The Flowersmith

Bunting | Heathers bunting

Photobooth | Boothstar

Marquee | Cavendish marquees

 

Amazing!!

Thanks so so much to Sarah and Andrew for sharing their gorgeous wedding with us here at WWW XOXO Lou

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Baby W’s Crafty Rainbow Nursery http://whimsicalwonderlandweddings.com/2014/10/baby-ws-crafty-rainbow-nursery.html http://whimsicalwonderlandweddings.com/2014/10/baby-ws-crafty-rainbow-nursery.html#comments Sun, 19 Oct 2014 07:30:31 +0000 http://whimsicalwonderlandweddings.com/?p=126173 Rainbow Crafty Nursery

 

I think this may be the first room of our renovated home I have shown you. Quite fitting that I am sharing finally as it’s a year since we started overhauling our little house.

Baby W’s nursery was a real labour of love for me. Our little rainbow baby just had to have a rainbow multicoloured room, to which I wanted to add some home made pieces.

We knew we were expecting a boy, but I wanted a mismatched colourful feel instead of going pure blue. He even has a touch of pink in there hehe :-) W is 6 weeks old already and I only just got around to taking snaps. He won’t be using his nursery for a few months yet, but he already seems memorised by his surroundings when we go in there.

The nursery furniture used to be A’s and the white walls and grey carpets were put in place a year ago now. So we had the perfect blank canvas to begin with. I had already started my rainbow crochet blanket, which became the inspiration for the rest of the room. I hope you like it…

 

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I am over the moon out how the nursery worked out. And how amazing is the pom pom mobile my sister made for W? I need a proper place for it, but doesn’t it look fab?! Thanks sis ;-)

 

Furniture | Mamas & Papas

Bumper | The White Company

Crochet Blanket | Home made

Pom Pom Mobile | Hand made

Pom Pom Garland | Hand made

Teddies | Gifts

Two Large Prints | Eef Lillemor

Frames | Ikea

Curtains | Mamas & Papas

Rainbow Print | Freya Art & Design

Storage Trays | Ikea (Labels home made)

Rabbit & Toadstool Lights | Dotcomgiftshop

Book | Gift

Spotty Storage Bag | H&M

Changing Mat | This Modern Life

Lampshade | John Lewis

Bunting | Gift

 

I hope buba W makes some great memories in his little space. Are you planning a nursery? I’d love to hear your ideas :-) XOXO Lou

 

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Indie Barefoot Farm Wedding in Illinois http://whimsicalwonderlandweddings.com/2014/10/indie-barefoot-farm-wedding-in-illinois.html http://whimsicalwonderlandweddings.com/2014/10/indie-barefoot-farm-wedding-in-illinois.html#comments Sat, 18 Oct 2014 07:30:10 +0000 http://whimsicalwonderlandweddings.com/?p=124677 Indie Barefoot Farm Wedding http://jackandhannah.com/

 

International Saturday’s just don’t get better than this.

A barefoot bride, one super beautiful farm setting and a family inspired homely day.

Jessica and Derick wanted an individual day with their personality stamped all over their wedding. There were gorgeous florals, stylish attire and big smiles all round. LOVE.

Thanks so very much to the supremely talented Jack & Hannah Film & Photography for sharing their images today.

 

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FROM BRIDE JESSICA |

“My advice for soon-to-be brides would be to simply…. be you. Derick and I planned our wedding based upon our desire to simply embrace who we are individually and as a couple. From the music (all my favorite Simon & Garfunkel tunes) to the food and decorations, were all things that expressed who we are as a couple. We wanted to invite people into our relationship by expressing it as best as we could through the entirety of our wedding. Another ambition of mine while planning my wedding, was to create an environment that made every guest feel as though they were all apart of one large family! Little details such as having wine bottles on the tables (so people could pour from the same bottle in a way they would at a family meal), mixed seating, and the casual food helped create that type of feel. It is easy to get caught up in your wedding wanting to please everyone, but I found the best way to do that was to be myself, and the rest came naturally.”


CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE |

Photographers | Jack & Hannah Film & Photography

Venue | Shallowbrook Farm in Bradford, IL 

Flowers | all of my favorite things flower shop

Tent (lights and all) | AAA

Food | Famous Daves 

 

 

Oh so beautiful.

Thanks so so much for sharing today guys XOXO Lou

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The Bride Diaries. Kirsty’s Pastel Homemade Walled Garden Wedding Part 2 http://whimsicalwonderlandweddings.com/2014/10/the-bride-diaries-kirstys-pastel-homemade-walled-garden-wedding-part-2.html http://whimsicalwonderlandweddings.com/2014/10/the-bride-diaries-kirstys-pastel-homemade-walled-garden-wedding-part-2.html#comments Fri, 17 Oct 2014 13:00:31 +0000 http://whimsicalwonderlandweddings.com/?p=124620 Pastel Homemade Walled Garden Wedding http://www.suekwiatkowska.com/

 

It’s the perfect way to bring in the weekend – WWW real bride Kirsty’s wedding reception. YAY.

Kirsty and Steve created a wedding full of personality and love. From the tin flower arrangements created by Kirsty to the James Bond details and lawn games; every single detail was super thoughtful. There were happy memories created in the gardens, scrummy ice cream and stylish stationery. All so perfect. And Kirsty’s advice for other couples is spot on.

Thanks so much again to Sue Kwiatkowska for providing the images today.

 

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THE FLOWERS | I had originally planned on doing all the flowers myself but once we saw our venue had a beautiful arch, I knew I couldn’t do it justice! So we had the lovely India Burrill who designed the arch, my bouquet, the bridesmaid’ and buttonholes. I couldn’t have been happier, I loved the flowers so much I barely put my bouquet down and never ended up throwing it as I didn’t want to damage it. It know takes pride of place dried in our living room!

I wanted to do some of the flowers myself as I’ve always enjoyed flower arranging and ended up doing all the table flowers in vintage tins we collected from car boots. It was so nice as on the evening prior to the wedding, practically all the women in my family rallied in the big dining room of the mansion we were staying in to help create the centrepieces I had practised so many times and I wads so pleased with them! Thank you ladies ☺

 

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THE DETAILS & DÉCOR | Along with the James Bond themes seating plan and table packs, we had some garden games to play, a photo corner with props, a tombola for our favours featuring my dad’s homemade lemon vodka!

 

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THE HONEYMOON | We went to Cuba for our honeymoon, 6nights in Havana and 8 nights in Varadero. It was perfect for us as we’re love a mixture of finding about a country’s culture as well as having a relaxing time and it was an amazing place to visit!

 

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YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER | Sue Kwiatkowska was amazing, we couldn’t have wished for a better photographer. We loved her style of photography and she was really competitive. She was so easy to get on and put us both at ease, everyone at the wedding loved her!

 

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THE CAKE | A family friend who owns a patisserie and outside catering business with my mum (and also my boss!) made our amazing cake. I showed her a few ideas of what we liked on pinterest and she came up with something amazing with coconut cake, Victoria sponge, red velvet & raspberry and farmhouse fruit which was scrummy too. Steve’s sister is a dab hand at sugarcraft so she made our personalised woodland animals at a picnic cake topper!

 

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MEMORABLE MOMENTS | Our favourite moment was after we had couple photos in the evening outside the venue, walking back through the oak door seeing all our friends and family playing games, chatting and queuing up for the ice cream bicycle for probably the second time! ☺

 

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GROOM’S ATTIRE | Steve didn’t want to wear tails but still wanted to be traditional, so opted for a navy Edwardian suit with a lilac waistcoat and tie to match one of the bridesmaid dresses, looking very dapper!

 

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ADVICE FOR OTHER COUPLES |  Enjoy the planning process rather than getting stressed about it because it is only one day in your who life and it’s your married life that is most important, not the wedding day!

 

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CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE |

Photographer | Sue Kwiatkowska

Dress | Proposals, Chichester

Flowers | India Burrill & Something Special Wholesale

Hair & Make-up | Grace Benson

 

WOW.

Thank you so so much Kirsty and Steve for sharing your wedding story with us here at WWW. And a HUGE thank you to Kirsty for blogging for us, I will miss hearing all about your plans. It’s been so wonderful following your wedding XOXO Lou

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It’s time to share today the wedding of resident WWW real bride Kirsty. We have followed Kirsty’s planning journey for a whole year and now I am over the moon to share her beautiful wedding day :-)

Kirsty and Steve tied the knot on the 7th June 2014 at The Walled Garden, Cowdray. They envisioned a personal wedding day; with a focus on their marriage, picking meaningful readings and music.

The bridesmaids looked so beautiful in mismatched pastel frocks and Kirsty looked amazing! She donned a Lou Lou Bridal tea length dress with lace appliqué double layered veil and Jenny Packham for Debenhams heels. I am so excited to share their reception with you this afternoon. Ekk.

Thanks so very much to the amazing Sue Kwiatkowska for sharing her photographs with us today.

 

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THE PROPOSAL | Steve proposed to me in Amsterdam whilst we were on our way to Anne Frank’s house January 2013! It was really quiet about and were walking over a snowy bridge, we were a bit lost so I got the map out to have a look where we were and then looked up and Steve was on his knee asking if I’ll marry him! I was so shocked I just started laughing leaving him hanging waiting for me to say yes. We celebrated in this strange pub drinking cider at 10:30am, defiantly not something we’ll forget!

 

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THE DRESS & ACCESSORIES | I got my dress from a wedding boutique in Chichester, only the second shop I went in! I had a pretty clear idea about what I wanted but wanted to try some longer dresses to make sure it definitely was. My dress was a tea length Lou Lou dress and I had a lace appliqué double layered veil, I felt so happy and comfortable in it all day. I bought my shoes before my dress from Jenny Packham at Debenhams, I saw them early on in the planning and knew they were just perfect and not too high!

I made a lace hair piece to go in my hair using some appliqué I got on holiday in Malta and attaching it to a plain ivory hairband but wrapping brown ribbon around it so it wouldn’t show. Grace Benson did an amazing job with my hair and make-up, I felt so happy as I still looked like me, just better!

 

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THE VISION | We wanted to encompass both of our personalities into the wedding as Steve was really keen to help out and I didn’t want to look back and see nothing of ‘him’ in the wedding. I like the rustic, vintage and handmade and Steve likes James Bond! We managed to combine both ideas by using vintage James Bond film postcards for our seating plan and Steve came up with the idea of having some James Bond ‘kits’ for everyone to play with at the tables. After choosing our walled garden venue all the other ideas we had with a handmade and vintage feel just fell into place.

 

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THE PLANNING PROCESS | We didn’t find the planning process too stressful even with me starting my own business at the same time! We had around 18 months and got most things booked in the first few months so it was just down to me to use the remaining months to make as much as possible! It never felt too overwhelming as I loved having an excuse to buy old tins from the car boot and make random thing! It’s great as I have been able to use what I created and learnt for the wedding in my new business venue offering handmade wedding workshops and prop hire (www.makedoandtrend.co.uk) so I haven’t had the ‘post-wedding blues’.

 

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BEAUTIFUL BRIDESMAIDS | I had two chief bridesmaids, who are my twin cousins but we’re more like sisters, and Steve’s sisters as my bridesmaids. I’ve had a vision for as long as I can remember that my bridesmaids one day would be in different coloured dresses and as they were up for it too! We had the colours pink, lilac, mink and a bluey lilac colour  and I had them made in China and was so impressed with them.  They all looked stunning and were so amazing in the build up and on the day itself!

 

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THE VENUE | We got married at The Walled Garden, Cowdray and were so lucky with the weather as there was a spectacular thunderstorm in the morning which cleared by the time I made it to the venue. I had no back-up plan for all the things we had planned in the garden!

 

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THE READINGS & MUSIC | I walked down the aisle with my dad and bridesmaids to ‘Sweet Disposition’, a song Steve and I both love and even to this day makes me tear up when I hear it on the radio!

One of my chief bridesmaids started off with the reading ‘On Your Wedding Day’ which was a lovely start to the ceremony and our married lives together. After we exchanged vows, our friends (we met at their wedding!) read ‘Marriage Is…’ which was good guidance for us newlyweds.

Finally, Steve’s friend read ‘Maybe’ which was a really humbling reading about our future life together and not just about the wedding day. We never wanted the start of our marriage to be all about the wedding so we really thought about the readings that meant a lot to us.

 

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CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE |

 

Photographer | Sue Kwiatkowska

Dress | Proposals, Chichester

Flowers | India Burrill & Something Special Wholesale

Hair & Make-up | Grace Benson

 

Gorgeous. Tune in at 2pm for Kirsty and Steve’s brilliant reception XOXO Lou

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Afternoon WWWers, I hope you are having a wonderful day thus far :-)

Oliver and Eve were married in the 31st May 2014 in a pretty village setting in Somerset. They held their marquee reception at Olly’s family home in the beautiful gardens, perfect for a countryside camping affair.

Their wedding was super personal with many homemade touches and input from their loved ones. There were pretty blooms, stylish boys in bow ties and the cutest knitted cake topper.

Eve looked stunning in her Romantica of Devon gown, fabulous blue shoes and chic plaited high bun. WOW.

Thanks so much to Che Birch Hayes Photography for providing the lovely imagery today.

 

 

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THE PROPOSAL | Olly took me back to Sidmouth beach where we both fell in love with one-another.  He took me on a walk through the botanical gardens there and then out over-looking the beach where he got down on one knee. I was really surprised and just burst into tears. Once I was over the shock I managed to say YES. We went back to a hotel he had booked and spent the evening in a private spa with champagne and a hot tub and later that night enjoyed some more champagne under the moonlight on the beach.

THE VISION | I knew I didn’t want your typical venue. I wanted something more personal and be able to put my own creative touch into the day. Rustic country wedding was the root we went down. The most important points to us were that the atmosphere was fun and we could have a great celebration.

I wanted a marquee wedding and Olly’s family home was the perfect venue. They had lots of space and it’s in the Somerset countryside. The field meant we wouldn’t have to end the music at a certain time and people could camp and more importantly party all night.

There were lots of bits I wanted to incorporate like a photo booth and a wishing tree. The marquee meant we would have a big enough space to have everything in one room. This was important to us as we didn’t want everyone splitting off into their own groups of friends we wanted everyone celebrating together and making a great atmosphere which is exactly what happened.

THE PLANNING PROCESS | Once we had decided on the venue and theme the planning seemed to never end.

My bridesmaid’s aunty had a local marquee business we used, they were so helpful and everything I asked they sorted for me. I wanted festoon lighting to hang in the marquee with paper lanterns hanging. The marquee company sorted the lighting and I supplied the lanterns which turned out to look superb.

We had to book the toilets, generator, caterer, hire cutlery and bar all separately. This was quite a task. Olly was great at helping which was handy for me. I loved the thought of doing all the decorating and aesthetic bits but the booking of all these bits wasn’t what I signed up for.

We wanted a hog roast as our main meal and we had cheese ‘grazing platter’ in the evening. Both favourites of Olly and I. We found a great local caterer who could do everything we asked for. They also own a little vintage style tea room where we went to meet them. I knew they would be perfect after the pictures she showed me and especially after the spinach and ricotta pie we tasted. They also sorted the bar staff as we decided to do our own bar. We bought some of the drink over a few months prior and then we ordered the rest in the day before. Having a free bar was great but I was worried we would run out of alcohol, however we managed fine although we did get through enough for a small army. Once we had sorted all the main bits I could concentrate on the décor and how I wanted it to look.

I work as a knitwear designer and knew I wanted to incorporate this in the day somehow. I knitted my own wedding bunting which I hung in the marquee and the pots on the tables had patterned knit I made tied around them. It was a nice personal touch without being too over the top, it was even complimented by the caterer offering me some money to knit some stuff for her daughter’s wedding which was nice to know. Obviously I spent a lot of time on Pinterest and wedding blogs. Looking up different ideas and what I liked.

THE VENUE | Olly’s family home seemed liked a great place to hold the reception. They have two big fields next to the home he grew up in and this was the perfect place for a marquee. We both grew up in the same town so it was nice to go back to our roots on this special day. The marriage took place in the village church 5 minutes down the road. It’s a real rustic church which was a perfect setting for the theme, it was small yet big enough to fill with our friends and family to enhance the atmosphere.

THE DRESS & ACCESSORIES | Dress by Romantica of Devon, head piece by Halo, borrowed from my now sister in-law. Veil also borrowed from my sister. Shoes from Zara online – I knew I wanted pale blue shoes for my something blue so went on the hunt for the perfect pair. I bought jewelled shoe clips on eBay to add to them. I did all my own wedding dress alternations with help from my mum and grandma.

FINDING THE DRESS |  The worst ever shopping experience. I love shopping and have always wanted to shop for my wedding dress but I had a budget of 1k and everywhere I went the dresses were too big and way too long. I didn’t want to go to a boutique and end up falling in love with a dress way over my budget. I  found it hard to see what it would look like in my size and the thought of spending all that money before you had even tried it was hard for me. I had gone to lots of shops and ended up with Romantica dress which was the last dress I tried. I ended up ordering another on eBay second hand as I was unsure when the dress turned up if it was what I wanted. I got everyone round to show them the dresses and they all loved the Romantica dress. So that’s the one I went with. After a few alterations I felt much better in it.

GROOM’S ATTIRE | The grooms all wore their own suits, apart from Olly and the best man. They had the same blue Ted Baker suit. We bought the grooms men all the same bowties, pocket squares, bracers and socks to wear.

THE READINGS & MUSIC | We had a string quartet in the church. It’s one of the things I really wanted. I came into Canon in d by Pachelbel. Hyms – All Things Bright and Beautiful and One More Step Along the World I Go. Reading Corinthians 13 by one of the ushers.

At the venue we had a DJ and cover band called SixMachine. The band played our first dance for us, an acoustic version of Let the Sunshine by Labrinth

BEAUTIFUL BRIDESMAIDS | I had 3 bridesmaids my sister and two friends who I have known since I can remember. They wore mint green long dresses with beaded tops from New Look. I had bought other dresses but my sister had lost weight and two weeks before the wedding was not happy with the dress. I had a mad dash and found the dresses, they came and all the girls looked great in them.

THE FLOWERS | Bridesmaids had gypsophila bouquets bound with blue wool same as the button holes. The men also had a heart shape button sewn on theirs; the bridesmaids had blue ribbon bows that hung down. My bouquet was a mix of roses and peonies in white and soft pink with silver leaves. I had a long silver sequin bow which hang down from the bouquet. The flowers on the table I did myself with the help of some great friends. I bought lots of different vases and ordered a mix or country flowers. We randomly placed them down the length of the long tables. I was fortunate enough that my mum-in-law helps the ladies in the church with flower arranging and so put in a little bit of extra time and effort for our very own wedding.

THE CAKE | I ended up ordering the cake from M&S. They had great reviews and very reasonably priced. The cake looked great and tasted scrumptious, I just added some flowers and knitted a heart bunting cake topper to add to it.

YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER |  I had been looking for photographs and didn’t know where to start. I knew I didn’t want anything too formal. Being ordered around all day to get a photo here and there was not my idea of fun. My mum had been on a work course and met Che Birch-Hayes. She told me to look at his website and see what I thought. He was exactly what we were looking for a relaxed style and he would stay throughout the day capturing all the moments. On the day Che came with his assistant Becky and they were both amazing and respected what I wanted and didn’t force me to have anything I didn’t want. He also made us a video montage of the day with the music from our first dance. It made me cry the first time I watched it. It captures the day perfectly.

THE DETAILS & DÉCOR | It was the extra bits that made it for me. The paper lanterns that lined the marquee and knitted bunting and cake topper were all so personal. I had chocolate lips and moustaches for the favours.

I also had photos of Olly and I with the guests printed on Polaroid style photos as name cards for the tables. I have always loved Polaroid’s. They reminded me of my granny and granddad as they always used their Polaroid and I have so many great memories from this. The name cards also doubled up as wedding wishes instead of a guest book. I got everyone to write a note or draw a picture on the back and peg them to a wishing tree which was lit up in the corner of the marquee. It was great to sit down and read them all after the wedding, and it also meant everyone who came wrote something that we could enjoy.

I also had my dad make me up a photo booth frame in the shape of a polaroid picture. It was a DIY photo booth, we had a fancy dress box and people snapped away on their phones and cameras. He also made me lots of wooden signs for directions. Which I got stencilled and spray painted by my brother.

THE HONEYMOON | Santorini, the Greek Island. We went for 10 days and had our own veranda where they brought us breakfast every morning. Beautiful and luxury, just what we wanted.

MEMORABLE MOMENTS | The vicar forgetting our second hymn in the church, and we sang it at the end of the service. Our first dance sang by the band so personal to us. And looking back at a marquee full of people enjoying themselves, thinking that I must be the most sober person here.

ADVICE FOR OTHER COUPLES | Make sure you enjoy the day and don’t worry about the things you didn’t finish or forgot because nobody else will notice.

No one filmed our first dance, I wished they had as it was live by the band and never played by them before, I can never hear that rendition again and would have loved to have watched it back. So my advice would be think of things you might forget like speeches and get someone to film it for you even just on their phone.

If you want an easy life go to a venue where they sort all of it for you.

CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE |

Caterer | Daisy Cottage Catering

Photography | Che Birch Hayes Photography

 

Utterly gorgeous. Thanks so much to Oliver and Eve for sharing their love story with us today XOXO Lou

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A fresh, bright and modern wedding set in a cobbled street characterful town. Perfect.

Stacy and Leyton were married on the 28th June 2014 at The George in Rye. They hoped for a light, elegant and girlie wedding, which turned out to be a really rather fabulous celebration.

There were beautiful blooms of Hydrangeas and Peonies, love letter lights and vibrant bridesmaid dresses. I so love the ombre wedding cake and there was even a town crier announcing their marriage in the town!

Stacy wore a romantic Pronovias gown with sparkle Kate Spade heels and Leyton donned a House of Fraser blue jacket, dark trousers and stylish brogues. LOVE.

Thanks so much to Anna Pumer for sharing her wonderful imagery with us this morning.

 

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THE PROPOSAL | Leyton and I have been together for 7 years. It was Christmas day 2012 our first actual Christmas together and alone we just moved into our apartment in west London. My family are all over the world I have a sister in Canada my mother in NZ. I normally fly at Christmas, so this was a really big deal to be alone and together at Christmas. On the day Leyton was acting a little odd… nervous in fact he asked me to sit down and don’t say anything (I’m massively chatty) then he got on one knee… and told me he couldn’t imagine his life without me… I cried said YES and spent most of the day on Skype…

THE VISION | We had a summer wedding… so I wanted bright, light, elegant and girlie. We have been fortunate to have attended some amazing weddings and the ones we enjoyed the most are the ones with the personal touch where you had a real sense of the bride and groom… so we knew what was important to us. We wanted our guests to know that we had thought about them. The rest didn’t come together until we found our venue.

BUDGET | Our budget was 15-20k we went a little over.

THE PLANNING PROCESS | We made a list of what needed to be done in what time frame with the help of my wonderful girl friends who had previously been married – Adi and Emma. Also we had an essential list of things we need and things we like but may not afford!!

THE VENUE | We fell in LOVE with the George in Rye, you see I really hadn’t had a clue where to start… I looked at barns, city pubs I was desperate to be wowed… and I was struggling to find it. Also I felt a lot of pressure to book well in advance.

Then was reading a blog I came across the George we booked an appointment and went to see it one weekend.. we massively enjoyed the drive down to Sussex and Rye town oozes quaint British charm at its best – its cobbled streets and antique shops didn’t disappoint – the town is steeped in history and grace. Once inside the George it’s beautiful and the ball room is incredible. When people say you know when you found the place they are not wrong.

THE DRESS & ACCESSORIES | Alcanar by Pronovias bought from Bridal Rogue Gallery London, finding the dress was lots of fun I always thought I would go for a short 50s dress but once I had this dress on I really didn’t want to take it off. Shoes – Kate spade (my something blue).

GROOM’S ATTIRE | My handsome groom wore all from House of Fraser.

THE READINGS & MUSIC | Our readings were – Weddings by anonymous, Maybe by anonymous.

Music – My groom plays in a wedding band called Empire Sound they were simply fantastic and had everyone up dancing and unknown to me even learnt some of our special songs and his own too.

BEAUTIFUL BRIDESMAIDS |  Adeline my friend since we were 18, my constant source of information and inspiration and sheer thoughtfulness. Asking Adi was a no brainier she is rather beautiful inside and out. My talented sister Dawn who flew over from Canada she never said no who kept me sane and calm who I simply adore and my two beautiful nieces Caroline and Katherine who were a joy to have on the day. And my girlfriends Rachel, Jess( mega delish) and lovely Emma who’s incredible support I would have been lost with out.

THE FLOWERS | We chose summer flowers I love Peonies and Hydrangeas, I wanted a real country fresh feel on the day.

YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER | We simply fell on our feet with Anna our photographer, I happened to come across her on a friend’s Facebook page and then on a blog the same day! It had to be fate. She has a really laid back style with a fun creative edge. And meeting her was a bit like meeting an old friend – she puts you at ease instantly. Throughout the day you really wouldn’t know she’s there – in a good way!

THE CAKE | Oh our cake.. I really searched for this cake I really wanted an ombré cake with butter cream icing it was more than what I asked for it was beautiful.

THE DETAILS & DÉCOR | The ball room in the George is stunning and didn’t need much how ever in order to make it personal we added pictures on the mantles, we made our own prop box and photo line, the books were all old classic penguin books, badges as name placements – we really found it was the little things that made all the difference. We invented our own cocktails had a harpist and a candy floss maker.

ADVICE FOR OTHER COUPLES | Our advice for other couples would be… book your service early in the day as the day goes so fast work it out for as long as you can and remember no one knows if things are not on time or if things haven’t worked out to plan except you and your groom so take a deep breath and enjoy.

CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE |

Photographer | Anna Pumer

Shoes | Kate Spade

Dress | Bridal Rogue Gallery

Flowers | Cafe De Fleurs

Cake | Angel Food Bakery

Venue | The George in Rye

Lights | Glow Love Lights

Candy floss and post box hire | Sweet Dreams Candy Cart

Band | Function Wedding Band

Make up | Samantha Davis

Hair | Up Doo

 

Such a happy and fun day.

Thanks so much to Stacy and Leyton for sharing their wonderful story with us today XOXO Lou

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Image by Lisa Dawn Photography, full wedding here.

 

 

Wednesday Wedding Wonders is BACK. Woo :-)

It’s fab catching up with my favourite blogs again. It’s been a busy time, with many gorgeous weddings which I have had the utter pleasure of sharing with you and the results of the WWW editorial which the team and myself worked so hard on being published.  There is still much to come, with the final bridal look being aired next week, DIY video and image tutorials and a behind the scenes film. Eekkk. Plus a plethora of eclectic weddings just waiting for you lovelies behind the scenes.

I love this time of year, the change in the air, beautiful Autumnal days turning into seasonal events to be excited by. Halloween, Firework Night and of course the festive season. And with that brings a whole new feel to the wedding world. But for now, we can still enjoy those sunny happy warm days aplenty…

 

WWW’s Wedding of the Week

 

Southwestern-Inspired Ojai Ranch Wedding –> what a location!

 

Ethereal English Rose Bridal Bride http://www.careysheffield.com/

Image by Carey Sheffield, full shoot here.

 

 

20′s-Inspired Carondelet House Wedding

Colorado Springs Summer Camp Wedding

Red And Teal Wedding With Playful Details

DIY Vintage Romance and a Homemade Wedding Dress

Late Summer Midwest wedding

 

Eclectic London Pub Wedding http://storyandcolour.co.uk/

Image by Story & Colour, full wedding here.

 

Jessica and Arthur’s International Love Story

Texas Wedding with New Orleans Flair

Boho San Diego Wedding

Homespun woodland wedding

Handmade Garden Wedding

Farm-to-Table Ranch Wedding

 

 

Wow what a week.

Happy wedding Wednesday XOXO Lou

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Did you ever see happier newly-weds? No I thought not ;-)

Richard and Michelle tied the knot on the 24th May 2014, holding their reception in the most beautiful barn. They hoped to achieve an English country rustic wedding which they certainly did.

They decorated the barn oh so wonderfully, with some fab DIY touches. I just love all of the crates, flowers and fairy lights. The bride and groom looked utterly sophisticated, with Michelle in lace and Richard in blue.

Thanks so very much to the fabulous Sophie Duckworth for sharing her photographs today.

 

 

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THE PROPOSAL | Richard proposed on Christmas day 2012 at Michelle’s Dads house. Michelle thought she had received the new sofa she had been after for a while but Richard surprised her with another present (the real present). Richard had carefully put together a handmade picture book of their lives, from their first picture together to a picture of him getting her Dads permission. With the last picture Richard asked Michelle to marry him with her family with her.

THE VISION | We wanted an English county wedding that fit with the amazing barn we were using. We wanted it to be country, rustic but with some of our character incorporated.

THE PLANNING PROCESS | We started planning on Boxing Day after the proposal! We knew the theme we wanted but had to find a venue to match. We had already discussed wanting a church wedding and wanted to use the church where Michelle’s parents were married. After choosing the venue and church we then looked for a photographer and videographer. We knew we wanted the barn and outside to be full of decorations that were personal to use so we started buying the little bits and pieces.

BUDGET | We gave ourselves a budget of 15k.

THE VENUE | The venue was on a friends Uncles farm and we fell in love with it as soon as we saw it. It was a blank canvas and allowed us the room to be creative and add our personal touches which other venues would not.

THE DRESS & ACCESSORIES | The dress was purchased from Proposals in Crawley.

FINDING THE DRESS|  Michelle visited a few wedding dress shops before falling for her chosen dress, though she did have a few tears when placing the deposit (no more wedding dress shopping!)

GROOM’S ATTIRE | Our theme was always going to include a royal blue suit, many hire places did not have this colour so we purchased the suit from Next, which ended up being so perfect we brought them all for the groom party as well!

BEAUTIFUL BRIDESMAIDS |The bridesmaids were Maria (chief bridesmaid and sister to Michelle), Samantha (Richard sister) Tammy (childhood friend) Rachel (school friend).

THE FLOWERS | The beautiful flowers supplied by Willows in Reigate, Surrey.

THE CAKE | The amazing cake was made by a friend.

YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER | Sophie Duckworth photography. I loved how relaxed Sophie was and how she didn’t push and prod us into poses. Richard and I were so happy she didn’t make us stand around for ages like some photographers, it was just so relaxed, letting us enjoy the whole day as well as getting great photos. The photos are just amazing and we love ‘em!

THE DETAILS & DÉCOR |We used a company to dress the chairs and cover the carpet on the main stage. The main décor and details were added by us.

We collected Jams jars, circled with lace and string to put the flowers in on the tables, we arranged the flowers ourselves.

Richard built lots wooden crates to stamp our initials and date on, they were used to plant flowers inside and out which we arranged and planted ourselves. These were used at the church and for our centre pieces.

The lighting was mainly added by battery powered fairy lights, we strung several across the length of the barn to add a starry canopy, and fairy lights were used so not to take the natural look away from the barn.

The back drop at the head table was made from ribbon tied to a piece of sting suspended at head level. The colours transcended from dark yellow to pale yellow.

We used made our own bars outside buy purchasing barrels and sourcing some plain wood from local suppliers. We added hessian to the bars to hide the pumps and give it a more country feel.

The marquee and gazebo used were our own, and added outside to allow more space in the barn itself. The gazebo was used for welcome drinks and the marquee was used as the bar (and shelter for when it rained!)

The wood on the tables once again was sourced from local suppliers where Richard had to climb a mountain of wood to find suitable planks! Then cut into size!

We made our own bar sign by buying some MDF cutting the letters out and drilling holes for the fairy lights to fit.

The small bits and pieces such as candles, lanterns, bottles etc were purchased slowly over the planning period.

THE HONEYMOON | Mexico! We stayed at the Secrets Maroma Beach Resort, beautiful and relaxing!

MEMORABLE MOMENTS | After the church we decided to have some alone time and headed home for a picture in the garden and with the cats!

When we arrived at the venue the rain was pouring down, all of our guests were huddled under the marquee, but all we heard was laughter, after getting a loud cheer we joined them! Half an hour later the sun came out and everyone ran outside! The sun then decided to stay and was beautiful!

ADVICE FOR OTHER COUPLES | Work with the venue you have, high light the features of the venue, we wanted an English country wedding but this would not have worked as well at a hotel venue.

Try and do the decorations yourself if you have the time, it feels more personal and you will get more of your character coming through.

Spread the costs by buying things weekly.

The more organised and planned you are the less last minute things you will have to buy or do heading towards the day! You want to remember and enjoy the day so the less stress the better!

CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE |

Videographer | Gorgeous Film

Photographer | Sophie Duckworth

Caterers | The Plough Leigh

Flowers | Willows in Reigate, Surrey

 

 

Wow that barn looked amazing and that cake!

Thanks so so much to Richard and Michelle for sharing their beautiful wedding with us here at WWW XOXO Lou

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