Whimsical Wonderland Weddings http://whimsicalwonderlandweddings.com UK Wedding Blog Sat, 30 Aug 2014 07:30:55 +0000 en hourly 1 Beautiful & Dreamy Texas Wedding http://whimsicalwonderlandweddings.com/2014/08/beautiful-dreamy-texas-wedding.html http://whimsicalwonderlandweddings.com/2014/08/beautiful-dreamy-texas-wedding.html#comments Sat, 30 Aug 2014 07:30:55 +0000 http://whimsicalwonderlandweddings.com/?p=120575 Beautiful Dreamy Texas Wedding http://www.cassieloreephotography.com/

 

This week we are headed to the US for the Texas wedding of Joshua and Ashley who had the dreamiest most beautiful wedding day.

With a touching first look, whimsical details and super stylish attire there isn’t much not to adore about their gorgeous wedding. I am head over heels.

Thanks so much to the brilliant Cassie Loree Photography for sharing her wonderful images today.

 

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From the bride, Ashley…

“Our wedding day was the absolute best day ever! The day I had been planning for a year. Critiquing, creating, imagining, dreaming, and let’s be honest, brides, a little obsessing! From my pretty pink flowers, to my sweet bridesmaid sisters, to the overwhelming warmness I felt walking down the aisle to Josh, my day was magically perfect. A love orchestrated only by our Lord, my heart overflowed! I wanted our day to represent Josh and I well, but to also be a day that everyone could relate to and enjoy. I absolutely love lace, teacups, freshness, and anything with a touch of whimsy. I had a blast dreaming up this sweet day with my mama, she helped bring to life everything I was imagining! I look back on this day and there’s only one word that can describe it; LOVE. I was overwhelmed by the love I felt. I am so thankful for a sweet husband who is as good as they come, and the greatest friends and family that make every day sunny.”

 

CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE |

Photography | Cassie Loree Photography

Venue |  The Filter Building at White Rock Lake

Wedding Gown |  Sue Wong

Flowers |  Angie Likens

Cake | Jenny Lane Bakery

Hair & Makeup |  Jessica Canon of Sola Salons

Catering | 7 Loaves Bakery

 

Oh so beautiful. Thanks so so much for sharing guys XOXO Lou

 

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The Bride Diaries. Introducing Bride to Be Holly http://whimsicalwonderlandweddings.com/2014/08/the-bride-diaries-introducing-bride-to-be-holly.html http://whimsicalwonderlandweddings.com/2014/08/the-bride-diaries-introducing-bride-to-be-holly.html#comments Fri, 29 Aug 2014 13:00:57 +0000 http://whimsicalwonderlandweddings.com/?p=123528 Firstly a HUGE thank you to all of you that applied to be a real blogging bride/groom for WWW. It was wonderful to hear from so many of you about your wedding plans :-) I wish I had space for you all to blog for me.

This afternoon I am introducing you to the first of 4 brand new blogging brides joining the WWW family. I love the story of how Holly met Jim and the proposal…. thank you so much Holly for sharing your wedding planning journey with us. I cannot wait to read all about your plans over the coming months XOXO Lou

 

Real Bride

 

Let me start by saying this: I feel like the luckiest person in the world to have found such a perfect match as Jim. I wish you could all meet him. He really is one of the good ones. I’m sure we all feel the same way about our husbands-to-be but I do feel a little bit mean and selfish that I’ve bagsied him all to myself. Everyone should have a Jim.

I’ve been reading WWW ever since we got engaged (and probably a little bit before – sshh!), so I’m super excited to share our planning with you. Whenever I read WWW, it always makes me marvel at the wonder of what it means to get married. Each and every couple are unique and have their own style and character. It makes me realise that there are no ‘rights’ and ‘wrongs’ to getting married – as long as you have a certificate and a smile on your face at the end of the day, it’s gone perfectly.

Jim and I met about 6 ½ years ago, and although I don’t believe in love at first sight, he is the only man I’ve ever really fancied from the off. He was a tall, dark and handsome friend-of-a-friend who came in for a drink at the pub where I worked just as I was knocking off my shift. We got chatting and afterwards, when my friend asked if he could give Jim my number, I tried to play it cool and act all nonchalant… but then checked my phone as often as I could to see if he’d gotten in touch! Luckily for me, he did (I remember the text well: “Hi Holly. This is Jim, Sean’s friend. How are you?”), we went for a drink and the rest, as they say, is history.

We’ve just moved into a lovely little house in the midlands, with our cat called Mouse. Jim’s an avid volunteer for the National Trust and loves cycling to work. We’ve been known to run a marathon (or two!) together, which makes it sound like we’re quite sporty, but more often than not, you’ll actually find us slobbing out watching a good TV box set or letting our bums go numb at the theatre.

 

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Jim proposed on my favourite day of the year: Boxing Day. Every year, all my Dad’s side of the family get together to go for a walk up a set of hills near us, followed by a hot meat sandwich in the pub afterwards and some party games and a buffet at someone’s house afterwards. The Clent Hills are just such a special place for me – it’s even where my parents got engaged!   

 

Clent

 

So I’m sure you’re now thinking that Jim popped the question at the top of the hill, in the midst of our walk, in the exact spot where my parents had got engaged 27 years ago… that’s what I had thought would happen too when I found the ring when I was tidying up on Christmas Eve!  I know, I know… I shouldn’t have been snooping but I was. I had a good excuse: we had decided to make each other presents last year for Christmas (something we do quite often) and I had decided to ‘make’ the bedroom tidy, as it’s never been tidy the whole time we’ve lived together and mainly my fault. Little did I know that Jim was planning to ‘make’ me his wife. I was beside myself as I held this mystical ring box which seemed to glow. I even tried it on. I’d been hoping for a long time that Jim would pop the question, but suddenly, now that it looked like a real possibility – I felt very under prepared and overwhelmed! I rang my best friend – who guessed what had happened just by the tone of my voice when I said hello! I then had to shake off the horrible feeling this could turn into an awful Emma Thompson moment from Love Actually.

Needless to say, when a proposal didn’t happen at the top of Clent, I was devastated – had he changed his mind? We went home and I sobbed. I told Jim it’s because I didn’t have the hot meat sandwich I’d been looking forward to all week, which he thought was adorable. He knows how much I love pork. In an effort to cheer me up, he knelt down at the side of the bed and pulled out the ring box, surrounded by one hundred little origami stars that all said “You are my sunshine” on. I cried some more, nodded and we spent the rest of the night celebrating (including sharing the news with my parents and FINALLY getting to eat a hot meat sandwich!).

 

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We’ve set the date: 11 April 2015, our seven year anniversary!  We love the symbolism of a spring wedding – new life, new beginnings, full of possibility and growth.  Jim and I are both arty – he’s a fantastic illustrator and designer with lots of talent whilst I am an avid crafter who’s not as talented but likes to give things a go!  You name it, I’ve probably tried to make it including teddies out of socks, doily covered jam jars, glass-painted tealight holders… the list goes on. We really appreciate things that are made, rather than just bought off a shelf, and would like our wedding to be littered with lovely personal, crafted touches.

I was never one of those girls who had always dreamed about her ideal wedding day.  For me, I always dreamed about what it would be like to spend the rest of my life with that one special person, rather than how I’d spend just one special day.  Luckily, Jim feels the same.  Neither of us is religious, so we’re not going for a church wedding and we have a very small budget which we’re going to try and be very creative with. We have a venue and we have a photographer… but at the moment, that’s about it! Needless to say, we’re very excited to be getting married, but we’ve got an awful lot of planning to get done in the next eight months. Watch this space…!

 

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Relaxed & Rustic Handmade Village Hall Pom Pom & Letter Lights Wedding http://whimsicalwonderlandweddings.com/2014/08/relaxed-rustic-handmade-village-hall-pom-pom-letter-lights-wedding.html http://whimsicalwonderlandweddings.com/2014/08/relaxed-rustic-handmade-village-hall-pom-pom-letter-lights-wedding.html#comments Fri, 29 Aug 2014 07:00:32 +0000 http://whimsicalwonderlandweddings.com/?p=119746 Relaxed Rustic Handmade Village Hall Wedding http://www.lolarosephotography.com/

 

Today’s real wedding has an epic list of DIY projects undertaken by the couple and the end result is ruddy well marvellous.

Sophie and David were married by Sophie’s Grandfather on the 17 May 2014 in a special Church ceremony, followed by a village hall reception in Northamptonshire. It was super important to them that their wedding was personal, with their loved ones being involved throughout.

I so love the fun home-made décor, with swathes of pom poms, statement letter lights, vinyl record place settings and flowers in bottles to name a few.

Sophie had a romantic bridal look, donning a lace dress by White One by Pronovias while David wore a dashing grey three piece suit. Gorgeous.

Thanks so very much to the amazing Lola Rose Photography for providing the photographs today.

 

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THE PROPOSAL | Our parents went to university together, and we’ve been friends our whole lives, and so we both knew very early on that we couldn’t take the decision to get together lightly ­ we would have to be all in before we even started. And it wasn’t more than a year before it became a case of ‘not if, but when’.

One weekend when I had travelled to visit David in Oxford we decided it would be fun to go window shopping for a ring, but we found one we both liked within an hour of looking and the more we talked about it ‘it might be fun to look at rings this afternoon’ very quickly became ‘we should do this right now’… so we did!

I never expected to find out that this crush I’d had since I was about 6 was actually reciprocated, and it’s still a little mind boggling to me that the first ever “Mrs Sophie _____” I secretly scribbled in old notebooks so many years ago is actually my name now!

THE VISION | Neither of us are big party people, and neither of us is even slightly comfortable with being the centre of attention ­ we wanted a fun, laid back day, and that was what we got: a beautiful, personal church service and a barbeque at the village hall, followed by time for us to talk and laugh with our guests, with live entertainment provided by friends and family.

Aesthetically the vision would be best described as ‘relaxed, rustic, handmade, and a little bit pretty’ ­ design wise I would have been happy with one of about ten different weddings / colour schemes Pinterest and I planned in my head, but I’m glad this one was the vision I chose to pursue as I think it definitely suited us and the mood we wanted to encourage.
The comment we’ve heard most about the wedding is how personal it was, and really we couldn’t have had a bigger compliment. From the very personal and emotional decisions like the band my Dad has led for the last 25 years playing all the music in the church, and my grandfather marrying us, to all the personal and DIY touches in the decor ­ I decided that even if I had regrets about a dress I could have worn or a colour scheme that would have looked amazing, as long as the day was as true to US as possible, I’d be completely happy with our decisions. And I was!

THE PLANNING PROCESS |  We allowed ourselves a fairly long engagement ­ when we got engaged we were living in separate cities, and David had just finished university and hadn’t yet found work. We wanted to allow plenty of time to ensure David had settled in a job and we had a home to move in to. As far as the wedding planning went I probably could have done with a little LESS time ­ we had lots to do, and lots to DIY, but I work better with deadlines, and what took me the most time was making decisions. I think if I had less time I’d have taken less!

Planning of most elements was very much a joint effort, but David left me largely responsible for the design decisions (whilst maintaining veto powers of both practicality and taste!) and for the execution of most of our DIY projects.

Although my Mum and I ended up at each others throats a few times, she was invaluable throughout the whole planning process ­ in helping us manage the logistics, and by contributing a lot of hours to our more time consuming DIY tasks ­ thank you Mum!

THE VENUE |  We spent a long time looking for a venue in our area that we liked and that would give us the space and flexibility we needed, but came up empty. However, once we decided to put the church first, everything else came together. We both go to church (I have been at the same one for all my 22 years!), but it is not one that we could get legally married in, so we started looking at Anglican churches in the area.

My absolute ideal had always been to have my Grandad (a baptist minister) marry us, and our own church band lead the worship. St Andrews in Barnwell, is where my other grandfather (also a rev!) used to be the rector and is now buried, and it turned out the current rector, Catherine, was happy to accommodate our slightly unusual requests and let our team take over their building for the day. So I was basically lucky enough to be ‘married’ by both my grandfathers!

Finding St Andrew’s and being welcomed by the congregation their led us to discover the Village Hall, which was big enough to accommodate all our guests, a 3 minute walk from the church, a great blank canvas and a very reasonable price ­ sold!

THE DRESS & ACCESSORIES | My dress was by White One for Pronovias. Other than it I just wore some pretty green earrings from the Jinney Ring, and the same two rings I wear everyday ­ my engagement ring, and one that used to belong to my Mum.

I opted not to have a veil or hair piece, and instead had flowers in a plaited and curled updo. I went to our trusted family hairdressers, who managed to give me exactly what I wanted (even if it did take an hour longer than we’d originally bargained for!!).

FINDING THE DRESS | I tried on a LOT of dresses ­ it partly comes back to me being sensationally bad at making decisions, but also had more than a little bit to do with the fact that dress shopping was FUN, and I wasn’t in any hurry to stop! I didn’t have a ‘wow, this is the one’ moment with the dress I chose ­ thanks to an initially unflattering fit at my first fitting and the fact that the chemicals used on it brought me out in an instant rash as soon as I put it on, I was actually pretty convinced I’d made a mistake right up until my very last fitting. But I realised that aside from the allergic reaction(!), I probably would have felt the same way about any dress, having found it so hard to make a decision in the first place. And by the time I put it on on the day I was very happy with my choice (as was David!).

GROOM’S ATTIRE | David is much better at this decision making thing than I am! His sister and I took him shopping for his suit and were on our way back home with it within a few hours! We knew we wanted a suit that he could wear again, but also something a little bit special and different, and his three piece suit from Red Herring at Debenhams was perfect. We let the other gents choose their own suits (or, for the most part, wear ones they already owned) and added matching navy ties for David, his best man Ryan and our two dads to tie everyone together (not literally…).

THE READINGS & MUSIC | Three readings and eight songs… we did wonder if it would be too much, but each of them was important and I’m so glad we didn’t leave any out. The music in the church was all performed by good friends of ours ­ acoustic duo Matt Mowle (proverbial brother from another mother) and Adrienn Zsoldos, and the worship band from my family church.

Readings: Colossians 3:12­15, A Lovely Love Story ­ Edward Monkton Union ­ Robert Fulgham. Down the aisle: ‘Forever Like That’ by Ben Rector, performed live by Matt Mowle & Adrienn Zsoldos (My Dad now tears up whenever he hears it!)

Signing the register: ‘When The Right One Comes Along’ by Striking Matches, also performed live by Matt & Adri. Worship Songs / Hymns:. You Are My Vision, How Marvellous, Hosanna, Blessed Be Your Name, Hallelujah (Your Love Is Amazing), This Is Amazing Grace.

BEAUTIFUL BRIDESMAIDS | My priority was to get the girls something that was comfy, suited them, and that they would wear again. After a bit of shopping around we settled on two strapless navy dresses from True Decadence at John Lewis.

THE FLOWERS | The flowers on the tables we DIY’d the day before the wedding, with an armful of blooms from the market (and some garden trimmings and arranging assistance generously donated by our Grannies!), and we were very happy with them. But the bouquets were really my only major disappointment; we went to collect them on the morning of the wedding, only to discover that one bridesmaid’s bouquet and 3 button holes were MISSING, and almost everything was the wrong colour, despite several visits to the florist to confirm what we wanted and even point out specific flowers. Cue minor panic… after a couple of hours they’d managed to create the missing items and add in some more of the colours we’d wanted, but it’s still a sore spot for me ­ they didn’t look BAD; they just didn’t feel like MY flowers, and didn’t really fit the vision I’d had.

THE CAKE |  We requested a spread of our mums’ and grandmums’ signature cakes, which went out with the evening buffet and were quickly demolished, but didn’t have a ‘wedding cake’.

There isn’t a heading for ‘Caterers’ though, and they definitely need a shout out: Our catering was done by Ian and team from The Chequered Skipper in Ashton. We had gone to visit the Skipper as a possible venue and were really disappointed when it turned out to just not be big enough, because in every other way it was perfect. Fortunately though Ian had worked at the village hall before and was happy to provide food and staff for us there, which ended up being a great solution. Ian and his team did so much more than just providing food; from helped coordinate proceedings at the reception for us, to advising us on drinks quantities so that we could stock a bar ourselves for his staff to run ­ meaning we could have a professionally staffed
bar, but make sure our guests weren’t paying the earth for drinks. They definitely went above and beyond and were worth their weight in gold but without costing it ­ the perfect combination!

YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER |  Our photographer Kelly was amazing ­ we decided very early on that our photos were something we were willing to spend a little more on, and I’m so glad we did. Kelly was a pleasure to have with us on the day, and we are so pleased with the results!

We were also really pleased with our decision to have an engagement shoot with Kelly prior to the wedding, which gave us a chance to get to know her and get used to posing for photos, as well as giving us a great resource for all our printed materials and even some other décor.

THE DETAILS & DÉCOR |  Are you ready? Our DIY projects included, but were not limited to: All stationery design and assembly (4 piece, twine­wrapped invitations, printed envelopes, ‘thank you’ cards for tables, orders of service). 150 pom poms. 3 giant light up letters. Flowers on the tables. Hessian table runners. Photobooth (including our own web app and a mountain of props!). Light up ‘bar sign’. Table plan. 3 separate playlists (church, dinner, evening). 110 individually stamped vinyl record place names / favours.

If it sounds like a lot, it felt like a lot more, and my advice to anyone undertaking a similar amount would be to allow yourselves much more time than we did!! Everything except the stationery was done within our last 2 months(!) and the only reason we pulled it off is that we had lots of man hours generously donated by family and friends and ­ for the most part ­ a clear handle on the scope, materials and process for each project.

I hope that doesn’t sound like a moan, because I wouldn’t have had it any other way ­ I am a designer by trade and a crafter on the side and loved the chance to exercise both passions on something so exciting and personal ­ I just wish I’d given myself a bit more time!

THE HONEYMOON |An all ­inclusive week in the sun where we were not required to go anywhere or do anything was our only requirement ­ we ended up in Crete and had a wonderful, relaxing time. Any other time I think we both would have gone stir crazy stuck at one hotel for a week with nothing much to do, but we were both so exhausted that in this case it was paradise!!

MEMORABLE MOMENTS | S: I am not a crier, but the moment I got to the church doors with Dad and the band started playing we both nearly lost it; we’d been in a frantic hurry all morning and I hadn’t had two seconds to stop and think (I didn’t even get to look in the mirror and see myself in my dress until after we arrived at the reception!!), so that was the moment that all the emotions hit me at once!

Dad and David’s speeches were both perfect ­ they both made everyone laugh, and Dad made more than a few people cry (including me!). And my brother with whom I have had a slightly rocky relationship (and who up until that point had refused to have any part in the wedding at all), surprised me late in the evening by getting up on stage and performing my favourite song he even permitted me a hug afterwards!

D: Its hard to pick out a particular memorable moment of the day. The whole thing went so fast (apart from the 30 minute wait for Sophie to arrive at the church) and I was quite swept up in the momentum of things. I did have permanent smile fixed to my face from the moment I saw Sophie walking down the aisle though. I hadn’t seen the dress, hair or make-up trials at all so had no idea what she was going to look like, but she was stunning.

ADVICE FOR OTHER COUPLES |  I’m not sure we’re qualified!! Everybody says it but the day will fly by; savour every second!

We left a lot to the last minute for various reasons ­ I couldn’t make a decision / I didn’t have time / it wasn’t a task I could delegate / etc ­ and it’s not something I would recommend if you can help it!

If you get the chance, absolutely do some Marriage Prep (as we had two ministers, we did it twice!)

Surround yourself with suppliers that you have complete confidence in ­ it definitely helped me to relax and enjoy the day.

CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE |

Photography | Lola Rose Photography

Venue | St Andrew’s, Barnwell / Barnwell Village Hall

Catering | The Chequered Skipper

Music | Matt Mowle & Adrienn Zsoldos (along with other friends + fam)

Dress | White One by Pronovias from Matchmakers of Stamford

Hair | Headmasters, Peterborough

 

Wow how amazing did the village hall look?!

Thanks so so much to Sophie and David for sharing their brilliant wedding story with us XOXO Lou

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Coral Lake Garda Destination Wedding http://whimsicalwonderlandweddings.com/2014/08/coral-lake-garda-destination-wedding.html http://whimsicalwonderlandweddings.com/2014/08/coral-lake-garda-destination-wedding.html#comments Thu, 28 Aug 2014 13:00:25 +0000 http://whimsicalwonderlandweddings.com/?p=119837 Lake Garda Destination Wedding http://www.carolinepotterphoto.com/

We have a bit of an overseas theme today, with a stunning Ireland wedding this morning and this afternoon we are headed to romantic Italy.

WWW readers Kayleigh and David tied the knot on the 10th June 2014 beside the amazing scenery of Lake Garda. They kept their wedding simple focusing on the setting rather than detail. There were pretty maids in coral frocks, vibrant florals, ice cream and a fun carousel ride.

Kayleigh looked beautiful in a flowing sheer back gown, while David went for a quirky braces and bow tie look. Just be sure look out for the sunset shot at the end too.

Thanks so much to Caroline Potter Photography for sharing her lovely images with us this afternoon.

 

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THE PROPOSAL | February 2012 whilst visiting friends who we had met in Australia, which is where we had met whilst travelling. David proposed while walking along Saltburn beach with our daughter and friends. Followed by a surfing session and champagne.

THE VISION | Relaxed romantic Italian afternoon surrounded by loved ones and Gelato! I love the architecture around Lake Garda, and as a photographer myself I was keen to have a lot of great background options for our photographs. Lake Garda has that fantastic mix of lake views and quirky archways and historic buildings.

THE PLANNING PROCESS |  We hired help in the form of a wedding planner named Pamela from Romantic weddings Lake Garda. An English lady living in Italy who helped with all the legal paperwork and made all the necessary arrangements for the day.

I did all the rest myself, with some great input from my bridesmaids and family. I was so grateful that so many family and friends were able to make it to Italy to join us.

BUDGET | Under £6000

THE VENUE | Scaligeri Castle, Torri del benaco Lake garda – in the lemon groves.

Followed by a champagne lunch and Dinner at Albergo Ristorante Gardesana, Torri del benaco.

THE DRESS & ACCESSORIES |  Dress designer Linea Raffaelli. Hair comb custom made from vintage broached by Tilly Minx vintage.

Mum gave me a bracelet on the morning of the wedding, which I wore.

I had been given some earrings left to me by my late Father, which I had attached to the bouquet.

FINDING THE DRESS |  Bought from a boutique bridal store in Cardiff on a day trip with bridesmaids. It was the last store and the last dress. Was not what I had planned to choose but who knows what will suit you until you try plus having to factor in the climate I would be wearing it in. Dress arrived extremely last minute!

GROOM’S ATTIRE | Ted baker trousers and waistcoat from Selfridges in Birmingham. Shoes from Debenhams. Bow tie from online store.

THE READINGS & MUSIC | Bridal entrance – instrumental version of 1000 years. Recessional song – instrumental of the beatles, here comes the sun. First dance – norah jones – come away with me.

My great friend Blanche read “The Lovley Dinosaur” by Edward Monkton.

BEAUTIFUL BRIDESMAIDS | Becky, Lucy (and Rosa who couldn’t come for personal reasons).

We also had my daughter Martha as a flower girl, joined with Jasmine and Kristen.

THE FLOWERS | A charming local florist provided the bridal bouquet, button holes and table decorations. The colour scheme was green and coral. I had requested peonies and succulents but due to the high temperatures I was advised against peonies and instead had roses along with other flowers the florist had recommended.

THE CAKE | Traditional mille feuille (fresh fruit) Italian cake covered in fresh peaches, kiwis and blueberries. Made by a quaint local patisserie called Dolce Samy e Anna.

YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER | Was actually my art teacher from high school who is now a dear friend and fellow photographer. Caroline Potter photography.

THE DETAILS & DÉCOR |Additional flowers/ table décor provided by florist same as mentioned above. Intentionally kept to a minimum as didn’t want to detract from the scenery etc.

We provided guests with little stripy bags of rice to throw instead of confetti, as is the Italian tradition.

THE HONEYMOON | 1 night in a beautiful boutique hotel overlooking the lake called Hotel quercia belvedere.

3 days on the lake in Hotel Salo du Parc continued to explore the beautiful Lake especially the north plus some light reading around the pool.

Drove to Venice and spent 1 night and 2 days there at the hotel Pesaro palace kindly upgraded to their junior suite with champagne etc. enjoyed a night time gondola ride and took in the culture and history.

MEMORABLE MOMENTS | Being in such a beautiful place surrounded be my family and friends was incredible.

I really enjoyed us all catching the ferry to Toscolano Maderno to get gelato. Whilst here we nearly ended up with an unconscious groom due to a giant falling pine cone.

We really wanted a relaxed, fun feeling to the day, and planning in the trip together with the unexpected group merry – go round ride really helped to make it that way.

ADVICE FOR OTHER COUPLES | There isn’t always a need to fill your wedding day with things to do, entertainment etc. Give yourself time to relax and enjoy the day that you have planned, after all it is you getting married not everybody else.

I had seen so many other brides worry about all the small details but then comment that on the day they didn’t even notice the diamante wine glasses etc so I planned with this in mind and insisted I wouldn’t waste our money on things which were not significant. Plus we then had more to enjoy the honeymoon.

CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE  |

Photography | Caroline Potter Photography

Wedding Planner | Romantic Weddings Lake Garda

Dress | Linea Raffaelli 

Hair Comb | Tilly Minx vintage

Bow Tie | Gents Shop

Flowers | Fioreria Consolini Nicola

Honeymoon | Hotel Quercia Belvedere

Honeymoon | Hotel Salo du Parc

Honeymoon | Hotel Pesaro Palace

 

Oh so romantic.

Thanks so so much to Kayleigh and David for sharing their wonderful wedding with us today XOXO Lou

 

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Jeananne and Will married on a glorious summers day hosting their reception at The Red Door Country House, Ireland. They planned their wedding from London with the help of their loved ones and kept their day simple and informal. Good food and good music was their priority, a couple after my own heart.

There were striking blue skies, an amazing naked Victoria sponge cake and an outdoor first dance.

Oh and I just have to mention Jeananne’s amazing 3D flower embellished dress… amazing!

Thanks so very much to Wrapped In Plastic Photography for sharing these wonderful images today.

 

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THE PROPOSAL |  Will proposed overlooking the lake in Central Park, New York on St Patrick’s Day, March 2012.

THE VISION |  We wanted an informal and relaxed day with family, close friends, good food and good music at the heart of it.

THE PLANNING PROCESS |  We live in London, so most of our planning was done online and over the phone, and during weekends home to visit our family in Ireland.

We didn’t find the planning process too stressful at all, and our families were a great help. My parents Jim and Anne, brother Johnny and sister Marianne were brilliant, particularly in the week running up to the wedding.

The first thing we did was book our photographer, Lisa from Wrapped In Plastic Photography. Lisa was the photographer at my sister Marianne’s wedding the year before and we loved her style and how relaxed she made everyone feel.

THE VENUE | County Donegal is a beautiful place and I have many happy memories of summers spent on the beach there. We had lots of visitors coming for the wedding from London and from County Kilkenny, where Will is from, and we knew they would love it too.

The Chapel of Ease in Fahan is a tiny church my great uncle helped to build, overlooking the beautiful Lough Swilly. The reception venue, the Red Door Country House, is just a couple of minutes away with stunning views of the Swilly, gorgeous grounds and really good food.

THE DRESS & ACCESSORIES |  The dress was from Bridal Elegance in my home town of Derry. It had an asymmetric, detachable top (which came off later in the day when the temperature hit 30 degrees!) and a simple strapless dress underneath. The headpiece was from Amanda Wyatt.

FINDING THE DRESS |  I visited a few bridal shops and saw some gorgeous dresses, but I loved the unusual 3D flowers on this one.

GROOM’S ATTIRE |  Will wore a three piece suit from Ted Baker, a tie from Reiss and a gold pocket watch borrowed from my father.

THE READINGS & MUSIC |  My best friend since we were four, Paul McCarroll played piano in the chapel. He is incredibly talented and it meant a lot to me to have him playing.

After the meal, an Irish traditional band played outdoors as the sun came down. We had a great DJ called David Doherty on the decks later in the evening, and my brother Johnny, a brilliant singer, also took to the microphone for a few tunes.

BEAUTIFUL BRIDESMAIDS | My sister Marianne was my bridesmaid. She was so supportive and has great taste, so she was my go-to person for advice in the run-up to the wedding. My cousin Kitty was also a great help on the day, and Will’s cousin Dave was best man.

THE FLOWERS |  John Paul Florist in Derry – my bouquet was white hydrangeas and gypsophila, we had white hydrangeas on the chapel altar, and gypsophila in jam jars collected by my sister at the reception. We used gypsophila in an old hamper belonging to my parents for the table plan (my father Jim wrote the place names – his handwriting is a lot better than mine).

THE CAKE | Three tier Victoria sponge cake from Funky Cakes in Derry.

YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER |  Lisa Byrne from Wrapped In Plastic Photography. Lisa is an incredibly talented photographer and a wonderful person too. Her photographs are so natural and really captured the spirit of the day. She has a great, unobtrusive manner which puts everyone at ease.

We also used Cinematic Tide videographers and were really glad we did – it’s lovely to be able to relive the day, the speeches etc.

THE DETAILS & DÉCOR |  The location, scenery and the Red Door were stunning so we didn’t need to add much to it. We just added a few finishing touches – place names, table plan, mismatched photo frames for the table names.

My sister Marianne very kindly put together a box with make-up, perfume etc for the ladies and we also had a basket full of flip flops for dancing.

THE HONEYMOON | Koh Phangan and Koh Samui, Thailand.

MEMORABLE MOMENTS | Every minute of it – we were last to bed at 4am!

ADVICE FOR OTHER COUPLES |  Relax and enjoy.

CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE |

Photography | Wrapped In Plastic Photography

Videography | Cinematic Tide

Hair | Natalie McMonagle at Roco Hair

Make-up | Denise O’Boyle

Flowers | John Paul Florist

Cake | Funky Cakes

Venue | The Red Door Country House

Jewellery | Rudolf Heltzel Kilkenny

Wine | Dautermann Germany

 

How gorgeous?!

Thanks so much to Jeananne and Will for sharing their beautiful wedding story today XOXO Lou

 

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Image by Jackson & Co Photography, full wedding here.

 

Hey there lovelies :-) Did you have a lovely bank holiday weekend?

We really made the most of it, with G and I having some time off and quality little A time. We headed into Cambridge on Friday for a touch of shopping, Saturday I got my hair cut, Sunday we headed to Swiss Gardens and yesterday we cooked up a roast chicken with foraged blackberry and apple crumble. YUM. Hehe.

It’s really feeling Autumnal isn’t it? I want to go into hibernation mode, comfy cardies, fluffy socks, slippers, fires and hot chocolate. Erm, is is still August?

For now though let me share a shed load of gorgeous loved up couples to inspire you with your wedding plans :-)

 

WWW’s Wedding of the Week

 

Party Time Modern Wedding —> LOVE the retro feel.

 

Pretty Pink DIY Farmhouse Wedding http://www.shootphotography.info/

Image by Shoot Photography, full wedding here.

 

Wes Anderson-Inspired Mountain Top Wedding & Part 2

Sweet New Jersey Backyard Wedding

 

Whimsical Chic Country Wedding http://www.johastingsphotography.co.uk/

Image by Jo Hastings, full wedding here.

 

 

The Ultimate Handmade Wedding

Intimate Queensland Wedding

Intimate Boho Backyard Wedding

A Perfectly Imperfect Sailor Jerry Inspired Wedding

Brookside Equestrian Wedding

Black Rock Resort Wedding

Elegant California Ranch Wedding

Colourful Scottish Beach Wedding

 

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Be prepared for pretty overload today, this wedding is a beauty.

WWW readers Kate and Matthew married on the 24th May 2014, holding their ceremony at the Pitville Pump Rooms followed by a reception at Great Barrington Village Hall, in the stunning Cotswolds countryside.

They hoped to achieve a natural country folksy Pre-Raphaelite fee to their day, which worked so beautifully. There were seasonal blooms, hand crafted details, flower garlands and a Ceilidh band in the evening.

I am head over heels for Kate’s enchanting bridal look, with her wearing Queen Anne’s Lace by CIaire Pettibone with a romantic veil, Rachel Simpson shoes and a Jennie Baltzer headpiece. Let’s not forget those gorgeous bridesmaids and Matthew who looked dapper in a sharp blue suit.

Thanks so much to the utterly fabulous Georgi Mabee for sharing her photographs with us.

 

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THE PROPOSAL | A surprise trip to Venice for our anniversary. Matt produced the most beautiful sapphire ring over dinner and I immediately started crying! We walked back through the dark streets and found a gorgeous little bridge to sit on while we called our mums. When we got back, he’d also arranged a little engagement party with our closest local friends so we got to celebrate all over again.

THE VISION | Country, folksy and natural with Pre-Raphaelite touches and lots of flowers. I guess it’s a cliché for a reason, but we wanted something that felt personal to us, not just generic ‘wedding’.

THE PLANNING PROCESS |  I’m an ideas person and Matt is good with spreadsheets and budgets, but we were incredibly lucky to have super organised and creative friends and family who helped us to make things happen. We made the first couple of decisions and everything else seemed to follow on from there. I also religiously followed wedding blogs for ideas and inspiration to the extent that it became a pre-work ritual. Matt would make me a cup of tea and then we would both sit and look at that morning’s weddings!

BUDGET | We were conscious that we couldn’t afford not to think about money and we tried to keep costs down where we could. Our reception venue probably saved us the most as it was so much more reasonably priced than any of the hotels or official ‘wedding barns’ we saw. In the end we were still over budget, but we had a truly amazing day and it’s hard to think about where we could have cut things down without losing some of the feel of things.

THE VENUE | We had our ceremony at Pitville Pump Rooms in Cheltenham where we live. It’s an amazing honey coloured, Jane Austen style building in a gorgeous park where we’ve picnicked, walked and relaxed throughout our relationship. Then we loaded our guests onto a coach and headed out to Great Barrington Village Hall. Great Barrington is picture perfect Cotswold village territory, surrounded by fields and flowers and the hall itself is architecturally beautiful.

THE DRESS & ACCESSORIES |  My dress was Queen Anne’s Lace by CIaire Pettibone. It was lacy and flowy and made me feel like a character from a novel. I had a head piece from Jennie Baltzer for the day, and changed into a floral circlet for dancing in the evening. My granny also very kindly brought me lovely, comfortable shoes from Rachel Simpson. I rarely wear high heels and was worried about tripping over half way down the aisle but they worked really well.

FINDING THE DRESS | I knew I didn’t want a traditional strapless dress from the start, but I was less sure what I did want. Mum and I visited several shops but nothing really seemed to fit the bill. Then I saw some Claire Pettibone dresses online and fell in love! Sadly, they were way beyond our budget. Mum and I talked each other into going to Carina Baverstock in Bradford on Avon where we knew they had Claire Pettibone dresses, but we told ourselves it was just to see if the styles would even suit me. Predictably, after a couple of hours in the most beautiful wedding shop I have ever seen we had ordered Queen Anne’s Lace… by Claire Pettibone!

It actually became one of the nicest parts of the whole process because for each fitting Mum and I would make a day of it, driving down to Bradford on Avon, having afternoon tea and then trying on the dress. The ladies at Carina Baverstock were lovely and made the whole experience a joy.

GROOM’S ATTIRE |  We really struggled with this! We knew that we wanted Matt to have a suit to keep rather than just hiring one but we both ended up with ‘suit blindness’ after the first couple of shops! In fact, after a couple of grumpy ‘Well I don’t know’ – ‘Well I don’t know either!’ exchanges we decided it would be better for him to shop with one of the ushers instead of me! Luckily they did a great job and he looked extremely handsome in his TM Lewin blue three piece.

THE READINGS & MUSIC |  My degree was English literature and I wanted readings people wouldn’t necessarily have heard before. In the end we settled on three extracts from different novels – The Passion by Jeanette Winterson, Room with a View by E M Forster and Great Expectations by Charles Dickens. Our readers were all brilliant, particularly a dramatically inclined university friend, who put Laurence Olivier to shame!

We agonised over the music, but in the end I came in to an instrumental version of Everything I do, from Prince of Thieves and we exited to ‘Feeling Good’ by Muse as we are both huge fans. Just before I came in we also played an instrumental version of ‘The Final Countdown’ which made people smile.

BEAUTIFUL BRIDESMAIDS |  I was greedy with my bridesmaids but I wanted people from different parts of my lives, and all of them were and are hugely important to me. I had my sister, two of my best friends from university, one of my best friends in Cheltenham and another mutual friend who has been a bit like a fairy godmother throughout our relationship! I hope I was fairly un-bridezilla like about it all. We found a monsoon dress in shades of pink and green and brought a selection of these and the girls wore their own shrugs and shoes. Our florists made them each a flower circlet and they looked so pretty. I also had two female ushers, three flower girls and a paige boy so we were a pretty large bridal party!

THE FLOWERS |  We saw the wonderful Green and Gorgeous cutting garden online and went to visit the summer before the wedding. It’s a magical place with profusions of gorgeous flowers growing across several meadows and cats and chickens padding around, giving it a proper ‘rural idyll’ sense. They were happy to pre-arrange some of the flowers for us but also to provide us with buckets of flowers so we could do the table arrangements ourselves. I loved the fact they they were local and seasonal, and the flowers had the woodsy, romantic, country-ish feel I really wanted with sweet peas, stock, foxgloves and peonies. I adore flowers so this was one of the most important parts of the day for me, and Rachel gave us exactly the look we were after. She was incredibly knowledgeable and dedicated and I can’t recommend Green and Gorgeous enough.

THE CAKE | We had two! One traditional tiered sponge with jam and cream and flowers and fruit everywhere, and one cheese board with a variety of yummy cheeses. These were made for us by dear friends who did an amazing job!

YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER | Georgi Mabee. She was ace! Neither of us expected to enjoy being in front of the camera much, but she genuinely did put us massively at our ease. It’s also been so lovely to see all the little moments she captured for us that we might otherwise have missed. It’s so true that amazing photos become a really precious memento of your day. We also went for the second shooter option last minute and I’m so glad we did. It’s really nice for me to see how Matt’s morning went and vice versa. Georgi and Olivia were both lovely too and all of our guests commented on how friendly and professional they were. It feels like the photography is an important decision to get right and I’m so glad we did.

THE DETAILS & DÉCOR | My mum was an absolute superstar when it came to decorating the village hall which was an entirely blank (albeit beautiful) canvas when we began. We collected blue and white porcelain jugs from car boots and charity shops and saved jam jars, and used both of these for flowers and candles. We also had several ‘décor making and cake’ sessions at my mum’s house where our bridesmaids and friends came round and helped us out. This was particularly useful with invitation making, as well as for decorating the jam jars with lace and ribbon. I knew I wanted a touch of Pre-Raphaelite style so we incorporated this into our table plans, and scattered greenery that we foraged from nearby fields over the tables and windowsills. Again, my wonderful mum came to our rescue with favours, using blackberries from her garden to make home-made jam and gin. We had fun deciding who was a ‘jam’ person and who was a ‘gin’ person as we put these out!

The other thing that made a huge difference to the look of the hall was large amounts of fairy lights everywhere. When we arrived to decorate the day before with twenty or so of our wonderful friends and family, we realised we had no ladder tall enough to get the lights over the beams. However our ‘lighting team’ improvised with a complex throwing and twisting system! This was interesting when it came to getting the lights down again!

In the day time, the Chipping Norton Tea Set catered for us, with proper and delicious afternoon tea so we also had all of their lovely vintage crockery out on the tables. Some of our guests noticed early on that rather than champagne flutes out for toasts we instead had shot glasses! We love gin, so rather than going with traditional prosecco we provided bottles of sloe gin for the speeches!

In the evening we had a hog roast and live ceilidh band and caller which was fantastic and really encouraged everyone to socialise and get involved.

THE HONEYMOON | One lovely night of traditional luxury at the Ellenborough Park Hotel, followed by four nights of less traditional luxury in a gorgeous yurt on Dartmoor. This was truly idyllic as the yurt is right on the edge of the moor. We swam in the River Dart, ate in local pubs and warmed up with the yurt’s amazing wood burner, and basically just relaxed after the crazy run up to the wedding.

MEMORABLE MOMENTS | Seeing each other for the first time as I walked down the aisle, watching our guests react to the village hall, some lovely, hilarious and moving speeches, photographs in the gorgeous country lane outside the hall itself, dancing in the middle of a circle of our friends, going home on the coach with everyone happy, tipsy and singing. So, so many!

ADVICE FOR OTHER COUPLES | Don’t worry about the weather! It poured most of the day for us but it didn’t make a blind bit of difference. We had a really difficult year in the lead up to the wedding and I was worried I’d be anxious and distracted even on the day, but actually the sheer good feeling of it all meant that I didn’t think about anything other than how happy I was. Let other people help you out but remember how lucky you are to have them. We literally couldn’t have had the wedding we did without the amazing people we have around us.

CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE |

Photography | Georgi Mabee

Dress Shop | Carina Baverstock couture           

Flowers | Green and Gorgeous        

Caterers | Chipping Norton Tea set   

Ceremony Location | Pitville Pump Rooms          

Venue | Great Barrington Village Hall      

Honeymoon | Ellenborough Park                             

Honeymoon | Dartmoor Yurts     

 

Wow. There really are no words.

Thanks so so much to Kate and Matthew for sharing all about their amazing wedding day XOXO Lou

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MILK Books. Beautiful Photo Books. In The Hotseat http://whimsicalwonderlandweddings.com/2014/08/milk-books-beautiful-photo-books-in-the-hotseat.html http://whimsicalwonderlandweddings.com/2014/08/milk-books-beautiful-photo-books-in-the-hotseat.html#comments Tue, 26 Aug 2014 13:00:22 +0000 http://whimsicalwonderlandweddings.com/?p=121993 MILK Books

 

Getting a great photographer to shoot your beautiful wedding day is one of the wedding day essentials. But what to do with the images afterwards? Getting them in print is so important.

Which is why today I am thrilled to be speaking with MILK Books, who create the most gorgeous photo books for their customers. They also let me try out the process myself and I was blown away. Not only by the super simple design process and speedy shipping. But by the book itself, it is the loveliest quality, thick heavy pages in a linen covered book with a special box to keep it in perfect condition. It is heavy and feels so luxe. I am over the moon with my Double White Photo Album filled with treasured family memories :-)

Anyway, take a look for yourself…

 

 

Hi MILK Books, could you firstly tell WWW readers a little bit about you?

 

MILK Tailor Made Books was created by PQ Blackwell to enable anyone to make their own printed and digital memoirs, photo books, and albums.

PQ Blackwell is an award-winning originator of internationally bestselling books, distinguished by their editorial excellence, design, and production quality.

Long before MILK became an online photo bookmaker, it was a highly successful publishing project founded on a touring exhibition of evocative photographs that portrayed human moments of intimacy, laughter and kinship from 164 countries.

 

MILK Books

 

What do you love/dislike about your job?

 

We love helping our customers to create stunning photo books. We don’t like it when things go wrong as they sometimes can when technology meets print but we always strive to supersede our customers’ expectations and print beautiful books.

 

MILK Books

 

How did you get into the wedding industry?

 

Having spent the past decade publishing beautiful illustrated books that have inspired and touched the hearts of people around the world, we decided that new technology had reached a point where we could draw together all that experience to help people experience the wonder and delight of making their own books – a pleasure that we have been lucky enough to experience throughout our working lives. MILK Books allows newlyweds to create their own exquisite wedding album with our software, designed by them and delivered to their door.

 

MILK Photo Album 1

 

What do you aim to achieve for your clients?

 

We aim to offer our customers the ability to create their personal photo album that is beautifully designed and produced to stand the test of time, to give our customers a book that they will treasure and hand down through the generations.

“As photographers we want to capture and preserve our clients’ memories. A wedding book or album isn’t an investment in an item; it’s an investment in your existence, your memory, your story, future children, grandchildren, and every generation that follows after that. It is because of this (and if I’m honest, my desire to see my images in a MILK Book) that we’ve recently decided to offer MILK Photo Books and Albums to our clients.” Tania from Sadie & Co

MILK Photo Album

 

What style is your work?

 

 

When designing the MILK range we aimed to create classic, understated elegant photo books and albums that will age well but will also offer our customer enough variety to personalise and add their own touch.

 

Moleskine Photo Albums

 

Could you tell us some information about your packages/prices?

 

CREAM Album: Starting from US$595 / £350.27

Our CREAM Albums are printed on fine bright white silk paper with a refined satin finish. They feature lay-flat pages, premium textured endpapers and two woven ribbon markers. CREAM Albums are elegantly quarter bound in quality leather and your choice of ivory or black satin taffeta, and they arrive in a beautifully crafted robust presentation box with signature button pocket.

MILK Photo Album: Starting from US$195 / £114.79

This exquisite album is the ultimate keepsake of your special day. Printed on the finest quality acid-free white matt art paper, hand bound in linen fabric and presented in a linen presentation box, MILK Photo Albums are beautifully designed and produced to give you a book to treasure and hand down through the generations.

Moleskine Photo Album: Starting from US$150 / £88.30

The Moleskine Photo Album is perfect for an original wedding album. Available in a choice of white or black and printed on classic ivory-colored paper, your photography is showcased in an elegant photo album.

Double White Photo Album: Starting from US$195 / £114.79

The Double White Photo Album gives you a substantial book of your occasion in just a few pages. With an inset cover image in our new grid design, the Double White Photo Album is presented in a linen presentation box.

For promotional offers check out: http://weddings.milkbooks.com/

 

** Subject to change. Our prices are calculated in USD, if customers wish to pay in other currencies they may, prices will be calculated at the prevailing exchange rate on the time of checkout.

 

How can we get in touch with you?

 

Go to www.milkbooks.com to have a look at the full range of photo books and albums we have on offer. Create an account and try out our editor tool.

 

 

Thanks so so much to MILK Books for chatting with us today and for allowing me to have one of their gorgeous books :-) XOXO Lou

 

 

*This is a sponsored post.

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Pretty Pink Floral DIY Farmhouse Wedding http://whimsicalwonderlandweddings.com/2014/08/pretty-pink-floral-diy-farmhouse-wedding.html http://whimsicalwonderlandweddings.com/2014/08/pretty-pink-floral-diy-farmhouse-wedding.html#comments Tue, 26 Aug 2014 07:00:23 +0000 http://whimsicalwonderlandweddings.com/?p=119487 Pretty Pink DIY Farmhouse Wedding http://www.shootphotography.info/

 

WWW readers Anton and Carrie tied the knot on the 14th June 2014 holding their reception at Heathy Lea, Derbyshire. With a vision of a personal DIY wedding, they got crafting and creating their dream day.

There were home made1950s style bridesmaid dresses, the prettiest florals and delightful décor in the marquee.

Carrie looked beautiful in her romantic wedding gown which she wore with heart shoes and tousled hair, while Anton donned a dashing Paul Smith suit. There is just so much to adore about their day.

Thanks so very much to Shoot Photography for providing these divine images today.

 

 

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THE PROPOSAL | The proposal, is still one of my favourite ever days! Anton surprised me for my 21st birthday with a trip to New York. Unfortunately our flight was cancelled because of the snow – but luckily we got put up in a lovely hotel and flew the next day. The proposal itself was quite low key (well as low as you can get in New York!). It was my birthday and we had been shopping in the morning, we headed back to the hotel room to warm up! I went into the bathroom and came out to find Anton on one knee in the middle of the room. We both started crying before he event started the question! Of course, I said yes, and he told me that we would be heading to the Diamond District that very afternoon to buy my ring (he had proposed with his Mum’s ring) – well, the boy did good!

THE VISION | When we started talking about what kind of wedding we wanted, the first thing that we both agreed on was that we only wanted to invite our very close friends and family and make sure it was quite personal (despite this, we still ended up with around 81 guests!). We also wanted fantastic food, so we chose our favourite restaurant in Sheffield and a Jamaican buffet for the evening. I also knew that I wanted to do a lot of DIY for the wedding, to help make the day more personal and unique.

THE PLANNING PROCESS | I think I secretly started the planning process straight after the proposal, but reassured Anton that we didn’t need to rush. We officially started planning the year after our engagement, 2012, by choosing our venue (Heathy Lea in Derbyshire), and visiting our church (St Peter’s, Edensor). For the next two years our lives were filled with hessian, lace, ribbon, card, twine and pompoms (I think we both went slightly mad) – but it was worth it, as our day was truly special and personal to us!

BUDGET | We didn’t have a specific budget, only a ball park figure – and actually we managed to stick to it quite well. I think this was helped by using friends and family to assist in things like cake making and bridesmaid dress making (by my lovely Mum). Also, I really took the DIY to heart and decided that EVERYTHING should be handmade! This meant that instead of buying £20 cake toppers I would make them myself for around £2.

THE VENUE | Our reception venue, Heathy Lea, is a gorgeous little farmhouse on Chatsworth Estate in Derbyshire. One of the main reasons we chose it is because you get the whole place to yourselves for the entire weekend – a big excuse to have another party on the Sunday! But also because the owners, Clive and Christine, are bloomin’ fantastic – nothing is ever too much trouble and they do everything in their power to make your day go smoothly. The church we chose, St Peter’s, is just around the corner in Edensor village – a quaint little hamlet on the Chatsworth Estate. We had been going to the church for around 2 years before we got married there, so felt really at home and comfortable – although I was still very nervous to walk up the aisle!

THE DRESS & ACCESSORIES | My dress was an Ellis 11264 and my shoes were Vivienne Westwood. My hair comb came from a fantastic little boutique called Lou Lou Puchalka in the Corn Exchange in Leeds.

FINDING THE DRESS |  I actually bought my dress 18 months before our wedding, risky I know! I saw it in a sample sale in our local bridal shop and said to my mum ‘That’s the one’. Unfortunately, another lady was about to try it on, so I as tried to make myself look at other dresses I kept my fingers crossed that she wouldn’t choose it! And low and behold, a shop assistant brought it to my dressing room. As I put it on, I turned to my mum and said ‘Oh dear, I love it!’, and she agreed that I had found her!

GROOM’S ATTIRE | My husband (still strange saying that) loves Paul Smith. If everything he owned could be Paul Smith he would be a happy man. So obviously, there was no other choice for a suit! We looked for months for the perfect one, but couldn’t find it anywhere – until, one evening I saw the one in the House of Fraser sale. As I went to order his size the page reloaded and, ‘Out of Stock’ appeared before my eyes! I rang head office, but none were left – so I set about searching again. Luckily I came across the same suit, a little cheaper, in a boutique shop in Huddersfield! We drove up that same weekend to get it straight away! Anton’s shoes, tie and shirt were also Paul Smith – no surprises there!

THE READINGS & MUSIC | We asked my Mum and Anton’s godmother, Aunty Pat, to do readings at the church. They chose their own, but they both echoed each other and related very much to Anton and me. My mum read ‘On Marriage’ by Kahlil Gibran and Aunty Pat read a section from the bible. Anton’s sister, Tara also did a reading at the reception – it was a beautiful poem that she had adapted to fit with our relationship.

We chose a string quartet to play at the drinks reception; they were beautiful and really set the mood. For the evening, we made our own playlist – it took hours to cross fade everything but it was worth it because it was totally personal to us!

BEAUTIFUL BRIDESMAIDS | I had five bridesmaids, a lot I know – but my girls are all so special to me so I couldn’t choose between them! They were all fantastic, but my maid of honour, my cousin, Emmy, was a dream come true! She looked after everyone at the hen do, at the wedding and during the night – it’s no surprise that she’s a bloomin’ good nurse! My mum made the dresses, she’s a genius! We bought the material from Barnsley market for next to nothing, and she used an original Vogue 1950′s pattern – I made sure that her practice one fitted me perfectly!

THE FLOWERS | The flowers were from a beautiful shop called Swallows and Damsons in Sheffield. We had peonies, roses, gyp, delphiniums and hydrangeas – I wanted a kind of wild, vintage look – and that’s exactly what I got!

THE CAKE | Now, don’t think of us as greedy, but we had 8 cakes! It’s our lucky number, and people had it as dessert – that’s our excuse anyway! We asked Fancie in Sheffield to make us one of their famous Naked Cakes (3 tiered, no icing and lots of flowers), a traditional fruit cake and some macaroons and mini cupcakes – they were all delicious! Anton’s mum also got us a Jamaican Rum Cake, and me and my mum made a heart shaped Victoria Sponge. One of my bridesmaids mums made us a lemon drizzle, and the wife of one of Anton’s groomsmen made us a chocolate orange cake – happy days!

YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER |  Well, what can I say about our photographers?! They were bloomin’ fantastic. Jo and Si from Shoot Photography in Sheffield were a dream – they made us feel so comfortable, and all of our guests commented on how nice and friendly they were. We absolutely adore our photos, and feel that they really bring the joy and laughter of the day to life. I couldn’t recommend them enough!

THE DETAILS & DÉCOR |  As I have said, I went DIY crazy. I also collected many things over the two years of planning to decorate the marquee. This included tea cups and saucers, cake stands, a milk churn for umbrellas, and jam jars for candles and flowers. We had pompoms and lanterns to decorate the ceiling and sides of the marquee. I also created a photowall for guests to look at while they signed our guest poster! For the tables, we had teacups with tea lights in, hand glittered table numbers and jam jars full of sweets for favours!

THE HONEYMOON |  I was so lucky that Anton decided he wanted to plan the honeymoon as a surprise; it really took some pressure off me! Up until we reached the airport, I had no idea where we were going – I loved it! We ended up going to a gorgeous little town called Biarritz, in the South of France – somewhere I had always wanted to go! It was perfect, relaxing, great food and we saw wild horses – my one mission!

MEMORABLE MOMENTS | One of the most memorable moments for me was Anton’s speech. He couldn’t actually get through the whole thing because of all the emotions, so he took me aside later on in the evening and read the whole thing just to me – it was a very special and romantic moment that I don’t think I will ever forget!

I also remember the moment I got to take my shoes off – that was good!

ADVICE FOR OTHER COUPLES |  I know everyone says it, but the day goes very fast so enjoy it, don’t panic and smile lots! Also, make sure your day is about you, and reflects your love for one another, it isn’t about pleasing anyone else!

CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE |

Venue  | Heathy Lea

Car | Dennisson Classic Cars (we used Charlotte)

Photographers | Shoot Photography

Caterers | The Milestone

Cakes | Fancie

Flowers | Swallows and Damsons

String Quartet | Silver Strings

 

 

Wow, so many gorgeous thoughtful touches throughout. LOVE.

Thanks so much to Anton and Carrie for sharing their wedding with us XOXO Lou

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Colourful Garden Tipi Wedding With Fairy Lights & Wild Flowers http://whimsicalwonderlandweddings.com/2014/08/colourful-garden-tipi-wedding-with-fairy-lights-wild-flowers.html http://whimsicalwonderlandweddings.com/2014/08/colourful-garden-tipi-wedding-with-fairy-lights-wild-flowers.html#comments Mon, 25 Aug 2014 07:00:11 +0000 http://whimsicalwonderlandweddings.com/?p=119421 Colourful Farm Tipi Wedding http://www.jacksonandcophotography.com/

 

Nicky and Toby had one of the most colourful wedding celebrations I have clapped my eyes on back in May. They held their ceremony at Great Dunmow Maltings followed by a back garden tipi reception beside the beautiful Essex countryside.

They hand crafted and coordinated much of the wedding themselves; there was a gorgeous apple tree bar serving pretty drinks, cans filled with wild flowers and hand stamped luggage tag place names. Oh and perhaps some of the best evening lighting ever.

Nicky looked divine in her Watters gown with pretty curled hair, while Toby looked dapper in Hugo Boss. Amaze.

Thanks so much to Kent Wedding Photographer, Jackson & Co Photography for sharing these glorious images today.

 

 

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THE PROPOSAL | After meeting through snowboarding holidays at university it has been a joint love of ours. We had been together for 8 years and during a snowboarding holiday in La Plagne in Jan 2013 Toby got down on one knee at the top of the mountain. He managed to make it a complete surprise which meant there were a lot of tears involved. He also produced a full bottle of champagne at the top of the slopes which we agreed to save till we got down the mountain!!

THE VISION | We wanted a relaxed atmosphere that was personal to us. We didn’t want a package wedding so starting with having the reception at Toby’s parents’ home, it was important to keep a homey feel. We wanted the day to be colourful and fun as well as relaxed.

THE PLANNING PROCESS |  Once the venue was decided we just tried to follow a garden wedding theme and looked around for a few bits of inspiration. We went to various wedding fairs with bridesmaids and mum, although they were also just an excuse to drink lots of champagne! We looked online for inspiration and discovered wedding forums and Pinterest of course!! Overall, we had quite a relaxing time of it as we were engaged for about 16 months so didn’t start to panic until the month before. It was a very handmade wedding in terms of the décor so a lot of the prep couldn’t be done until the last few weeks when it was very much a case of all hands on deck from collecting jars, gluing buttons, hand stamping name tags, making a bar top and table numbers from old floor boards and of course a lot of ebay scouting.

THE VENUE | The ceremony was at the Great Dunmow Maltings, an old beer maltings that now acts as the Great Dunmow museum. We are lucky enough that Great Dunmow is the closest town to Toby’s parents’ home and had a place registered for civil ceremonies but the style of the venue was also perfect for our requirements. We loved the understated simple surroundings which allowed for an informal, yet quaint and intimate ceremony. The building is Grade II listed and so the old, rustic feel of the venue went on to match the style of the reception venue.

The reception was at Toby’s parents’ home. A 450 year old cottage in a small village called Little Canfield, Essex. The surrounding fields and beautiful home gave a fantastic backdrop while keeping the personal touch of having the wedding in the home Toby grew up in. His parents have recently renovated the house and so it was the perfect opportunity to celebrate the fantastic results on the house and the huge garden leant itself very well to a Tipi marquee. With such a beautiful home as the backdrop we didn’t want to lose the character with a straight forward white tent marquee so we opted for a quirkier feel of the Tipi which itself acts as a feature complimenting the surroundings.

THE DRESS & ACCESSORIES | Dress: Watters – Wtoo range “Emerson” dress bought from Emma Elizabeth Bridal in Twickenham. Veil & Hair Clip – also from Emma Elizabeth bridal. Shoes – Rainbow Club – from Emma Elizabeth bridal. Necklace – handmade by Sophie Webster. Rings – handmade by Sophie Webster.

FINDING THE DRESS | I’m lucky enough to live in Richmond, home to a lovely selection of bridal shops. I was initially worried the shops wouldn’t stock anything in my price range but was pleasantly surprised that there was plenty to choose from within budget. I only went to two shops in the area before finding the one. I’d done a lot of online research and knew I liked the style of Watters dresses which is why I booked an appointment at Emma Elizabeth. I then tried on all different shapes and styles and surprised myself with what I ended up choosing. I absolutely loved the dress though as it had a vintage style and was quite unique but still nice and simple. I had loads of lovely compliments on the day about the dress so it’s a shame I can’t wear it again!!

GROOM’S ATTIRE | Toby wore a light blue 3 piece suit from the Hugo range at Hugo Boss. Matched with a red spotted tie, brown shoes and belt all also from Hugo Boss. This was a different style to the one we set out to find but as soon as he put it on it definitely worked.

THE READINGS & MUSIC | Reading – A quote/poem from Bob Marley (Doesn’t seem to have an official title but it begins,” Only once in your life, I truly believe, you find someone who can completely turn your world around…” Full version: http://www.goodreads.com/quotes/151476-only-once-in-your-life-i-truly-believe-you-find )

Music (ceremony entrance) – Ellie Goulding version of “Hearbeats” (originally by The Knife/ Jose Gonzalez) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f8zGOTwnBNU

Music (ceremony exit) – Bruno Mars “Marry You”

Music – reception – Paul Dobie – wedding singer – He was absolutely AMAZING and apart from the fantastic photos, he’s had the most positive feedback from all of our guests as a highlight of the day. He played for the full day – a relaxed acoustic set during the drinks reception and during dinner. He also acted as an un-official master of ceremonies and then cranked it up a gear after the first dance to perform anything and everything from Nicki Minaj and rapping Black eyed peas to the Killers, Kean and various rock classics!!

BEAUTIFUL BRIDESMAIDS |  My sister and 2 school friends were lovely bridesmaids. They wore simple and classic white dresses and each had smaller versions of my bouquet of wild flowers to add colour. They were super helpful in the whole run up to the wedding as my sister did the wedding invites and table plan, my bridesmaid Steph made the cake from scratch and my London based bridesmaid Emma got all the glamorous jobs like shopping for wedding underwear, gluing buttons, hand stamping name tags and any and all other jobs. We all got to enjoy wedding fairs and dress shopping together and of course they sent me off in style with a fabulous hen do!!

THE FLOWERS |  Springfield florist, Chelmsford. Great florist we found at a local wedding fair – didn’t go into too much detail about specific flowers while booking, just asked for wild flowers in a mixture of colours and the results turned out perfectly. They did a fantastic job with arrangements in jars, tins and wooden boxes. Even the button holes were a fantastic feature as they got the styling spot on.

THE CAKE | Homemade by the wonderful bridesmaid Steph – 3 layers (One Fruit cake, one chocolate and one carrot cake).

YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER | The wonderful MJ – Jackson & Co photography. A brilliant choice and one we will always recommend to couples getting married. Such a lovely couple, both Hannah and Michael were brilliant to work with from the point of booking, the engagement shoot where they were very tolerant of my complete lack of ability to be directed and then on the day they were just perfect. We chose Jackson & Co as they position themselves as a documentary photographer which was exactly the style we were looking for as we weren’t too keen on too many posed pictures. Our guests were so complimentary towards them as they had the perfect approach of being a fly on the wall to capture impromptu moments, combined with a lovely approachable nature that made them feel like one of the guests!! The results were then absolutely spectacular, as we had a taster straight away followed by a beautiful package with the full set of photos. We can’t stop looking at them!!

THE DETAILS & DÉCOR | Apple tree bar – the Apple tree made for a beautiful feature in the garden so we decorated this with coloured lanterns (also used in the tipis), fairy lights, a bar made of 2 barrels and a top made of our old wooden floorboards, soft drinks decanters stacked on old wine boxes and pimms in jars.

Outdoor décor – we made sure the garden had lots of little touches as this was the initial impact when people entered the reception so we had jars with candles, lanterns, fairy lights, barrels, candles, etc. etc. The first thing that people saw was our wedding car – a classic white mini – parked outside the house.

Inside the Tipi – The tables were decorated with flowers in jars/tins and the name tags were made from brown luggage tags, hand stamped and with colourful buttons glued on. The table numbers were hand painted by Toby’s uncle and Toby’s aunt made outdoor floral arrangements on the steps.

It was very much a team effort so all of the family and wedding party had a part to play the day before.

THE HONEYMOON | We had a mini moon at The Scarlet Hotel in Cornwall – we go to this area of Cornwall every year and so it was a nice way to unwind from the wedding in a familiar place but we splashed out by staying at a superb hotel with amazingly friendly staff and a sea room view.

Our main honeymoon is at the end of Oct/Nov where we head off to South Africa. Nicky was actually born here but left when she was little so it is a chance to have an amazing adventure but also keeping with the personal touches of our whole wedding. We’re touring around Cape Town (sight-seeing), Franschhoek (wine tasting) & Hermanus (whale watching) and then a safari at Chitwa Chitwa in Sabi Sand Game Reserve.

MEMORABLE MOMENTS | The whole day was just so amazing, but here’s just a few:

Everything coming together so amazingly – little last touches that were made to the house made it look fab

All of our friends and family in one place, having a great time.

The speeches – both lovely and raucous.

Toby lifting Nicky on the dance floor in attempt to recreate the scene from Dirty Dancing.

The failed man tower!

ADVICE FOR OTHER COUPLES | When visiting wedding fairs have a system where you keep hold of the best cards for suppliers and your bridesmaids take the rest as you often take a card for people while just trying to be polite then can’t work out who’s who at the end of it.

Take some time for the 2 of you during the day – everyone says it but have something planned in to make sure this happens – we had a table for 2 during dinner which meant we could catch up on the day properly and enjoyed taking it all in.

CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE |

Photography | Jackson & Co Photography

Flowers | Springfield Florist

Mini Moon | Scarlet Hotel 

Wedding Singer | Paul Dobie

 

Ahhhh I love everything about this wedding day.

Thanks so so much to Nicky and Toby for sharing their story with us today XOXO Lou

 

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