Whimsical Wonderland Weddings http://whimsicalwonderlandweddings.com UK Wedding Blog Fri, 21 Nov 2014 14:00:05 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.3 A Sweet Peggy Porschen Parlour & Park Picnic Engagement http://whimsicalwonderlandweddings.com/2014/11/a-sweet-peggy-porschen-parlour-park-picnic-engagement.html http://whimsicalwonderlandweddings.com/2014/11/a-sweet-peggy-porschen-parlour-park-picnic-engagement.html#comments Fri, 21 Nov 2014 14:00:05 +0000 http://whimsicalwonderlandweddings.com/?p=127405 Peggy Porschen & Park Picnic Engagement http://www.sofiaplana.com/

 

Charing and Pony reside in Hong Kong and decided to head to London for their sweet engagement session.

They popped by the uber pretty Peggy Porschen Parlour for tea and cake, followed by a park picnic and row on the lake. So simple, so romantic. Perfect.

Thanks so much to Sofia Plana for sharing her lovely images today.

 

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“We meet 10 years ago, we were colleagues (in the first company upon graduation) and friends, 2 years later we started our love story and it’s the 8th anniversary.”

 

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How did he propose?

 

“In a restaurant of Four Season Hotel. He presented a engagement ring and flower to her silently in a Romantic manner. After 10mins, he succeeded.  ; )”

 

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“We both love travelling so when Pony ( groom ) was send for work to London, we decided to stay a few more days and do our engagement session there.

We wanted something English but we didn’t wanted something very touristic, and our photographer, Sofia Plana, helped us find the perfect location for the photo session.

We loved experimenting the city like locals.

We searched for photographers in London but it wasn’t until Sofia’s reply from first email that we knew we’ve found the one.  She shows so much passion in photography and helped us plan everything from Hong Kong. We had a great time.”

 

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“Our wedding day is scheduled on Hyatt Hotel Hong Kong in June 2015.”

 

 

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Gorgeous.

Thanks so much for sharing guys XOXO Lou

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Fun Camping Country Outdoor Wedding with Homegrown Flowers http://whimsicalwonderlandweddings.com/2014/11/fun-camping-country-outdoor-wedding-with-homegrown-flowers.html http://whimsicalwonderlandweddings.com/2014/11/fun-camping-country-outdoor-wedding-with-homegrown-flowers.html#comments Fri, 21 Nov 2014 08:00:02 +0000 http://whimsicalwonderlandweddings.com/?p=127351 Fun Camping Country Outdoor Wedding http://www.frecklephotography.co.uk/

 

There is nothing better than a free spirited happy wedding day, which is exactly what we have on WWW today.

WWW readers Tammy and Martin planned their outdoor nuptials for the 26th July 2014 at Godwick Great Barn and Hall in Norfolk. They envisioned a fun and informal day which included camping, space hoppers and live music.

They were blessed with the most gorgeous sunshine which made for lovely portraits, gardener Martin grew the majority of the fun florals and there was an epic naked sponge cake.

Thanks goes to the wonderful Freckle Photography for providing the imagery.

 

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THE PROPOSAL | Martin proposed in the last hour of my 20’s, meaning that I felt doubly adult but much more excited when I woke up the next morning! We had been staying on the north Norfolk coast and had spent the evening having a good laugh at the ridiculously pretentious food we were served, including a ‘deconstructed banoffee pie’ which turned out to be some biscuit, next to some banana, next to some toffee.

THE VISION | Our main aim was to keep things fun and informal, the idea of a starchy wedding seemed a bit ridiculous to both of us. We also wanted the freedom to create the kind of day we wanted without lots of restrictions and without feeling like ‘wedding tax’ had been added to everything. Our initial ideas of a party with some vows became a lot more structured when we started to think about the logistics of organising 150 people, although the day still felt super-relaxed. It was important that the wedding seemed like ours, and wasn’t too generic. We are also lucky enough to have lots of conveniently talented friends and family, who couldn’t really refuse when we asked them to do everything from designing the invitations to making the wedding cake!

THE PLANNING PROCESS | People have asked me if I miss having a wedding to plan – I have laughed in their faces! We have a ten tab spreadsheet left to tell the tale. My overriding memory of the planning process is a 15 month long slog towards the finish line, although there were of course some fun bits like viewing the venues and trying on enormous princess dresses just because I could! I can remember thinking ‘People that enjoy this must have some kind of problem’, although now I realise that the process of planning a wedding is something that’s important to go through, if you can be bothered to do this then you definitely want to spend your lives together!

BUDGET | More than we would have liked, but not as bad as it could have been.

THE VENUE | Godwick was the perfect place for the kind of wedding we had in mind; a stunning barn and countryside location, with the freedom to do things our own way. The owner and event managers encouraged us to be creative, and we felt like they actually wanted to help us rather than bleed us dry! We loved the fact that our guests could camp right next to the barn, after staying up sitting round the firepits (and building a giant haybale igloo), and the tractor and sheep helped sway us as well.

THE DRESS & ACCESSORIES | The dress was by Jason Jennings, shoes from Irregular Choice, freshwater pearl jewellery from all over the place.

FINDING THE DRESS |  Finding the dress was actually one of the easiest and most unexpected parts of the whole wedding process. My friends were visiting about a month after we got engaged, and demanded that we go dress shopping (mainly for the free bubbles & to see me in silly Jordan dresses). In the second shop we went into my dress was hanging up next to the door, I instantly loved it, the girls told me to buy it then and there, and then I found out it was half price. Job done!

GROOM’S ATTIRE | I can safely say that it took Martin at least 50x longer to find exactly the right size and shade of blue gingham check than it did to find my wedding dress. His suit was from French Connection.

THE READINGS & MUSIC | The readings were as difficult to find as the dress was easy; we wanted to find something personal to us, without being too nauseating. After many hours of scouring the internet, our bookshelves and music collections we went for:

The Worst Journey in the World by Apsley Cherry-Garrard (Martin’s adaptation)

Notes on marriage by Charles Darwin

Vow by Clare Shaw

We wrote our vows ourselves and included important things such as remembering to make each other cups of tea and having adventures together.

Our friend Megan played me down the aisle with ‘All I want is you’ by Barry Louis Polisar.

BEAUTIFUL BRIDESMAIDS | The lovely Kelly and Becky wore bargain Warehouse dresses bought in the boxing day sale, and Martins niece Cushla’s dress was from BHS.

THE FLOWERS | Martin is a gardener at a National Trust property, he grew the majority of the flowers on his own wedding plot, then pinched the rest from around the garden! This added an element of excitement as we had no idea what we would end up with. The flowers were arranged by his incredible sister Rachel.

THE CAKE | The naked cake was made by our good friend Hannah Doncaster, manager of Macarons & More, Norwich. My grandfather provided one of his enormous selection of swords to cut it with… it was a tough choice between the five foot broadsword or a samurai!

YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER | The incredibly talented Emma Latham of Freckle Photography, a very good friend of mine who as well as doing utterly amazing things with light also managed to make Martin look like he was enjoying the couples portraits!

THE DETAILS & DÉCOR | We had some personal touches like a photo display of family weddings through the ages, we made up cards for our guests to fill in instead of a book, and our favours were party bags with love hearts, bubbles and fake moustaches. I made bunting out of some crocheted doilies I bought from ebay. The beautiful barn didn’t need much decoration apart from fairy lights, and we didn’t have a colour scheme.

THE HONEYMOON | A chilled week in the Peak District recovering from the wedding, and planning honeymoon #2 in Sri Lanka!

MEMORABLE MOMENTS | Receiving a signed David Attenborough book from Martin on the morning of the wedding.

The speeches – all were excellent, funny and heartfelt, with a best man’s powerpoint presentation of some of Martins greatest wardrobe malfunctions.

Watching poor Emma desperately trying to keep up with the tractor and running through piles of sheep poo, with massive cameras swinging all over the place, trying to get the perfect shot! What a professional…

Martin and I didn’t have a first dance, but we did have a massive dance-off to Super Freak by Rick James.

One of our wedding guests seeing the family resemblance and asking Martins brother if he was his dad!

My 80 year old grandmother dancing until 1am, and then making it to the pub for lunchtime the next day.

Indoor and outdoor sets from the excellent He Hews, and mates pitching in to DJ later on.

ADVICE FOR OTHER COUPLES | Don’t worry too much about making everything look 100% perfect, nobody will notice! Make sure there is enough food and booze, and you can’t go too far wrong.

CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE |

Photography | Emma Latham – Freckle Photography 

Venue & Accomodation | Godwick Great Barn & Hall 

Catering & Bar | Hatter Events 

Hair & Make-up | Amanda Steed 

Cake | Hannah Doncaster @ Macarons & More 

Flowers | Felbrigg Hall 

Décor/Prop Hire | Cupsa Daisy Vintage

Alterations | The Frock Spot

Invites | Hardy Lynch: lynchgeorge0570@gmail.com

Acoustic Music | Megan Parry

Band |The He Hews 

 

Now that is one wedding I would have loved to have been at :-)

Thanks so much for sharing your day with us Tammy and Martin XOXO Lou

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Pretty Map Filled Church & Barn Wedding http://whimsicalwonderlandweddings.com/2014/11/pretty-map-filled-church-barn-wedding.html http://whimsicalwonderlandweddings.com/2014/11/pretty-map-filled-church-barn-wedding.html#comments Thu, 20 Nov 2014 14:00:14 +0000 http://whimsicalwonderlandweddings.com/?p=127313 Pretty Map Barn Wedding http://francescasecolonovophotography.com/

 

Jon and Sarah were married on the 26th July 2014 at their family church followed by a rustic barn reception. They hoped for a day which was modest and in perspective, with a touch of creativity.

They chose the loveliest details all surrounding their map theme, had bridesmaids looking beautiful in pink dresses and delightful wild feel blooms.

Sarah wore lace and her hair in the most perfect waves while Jon opted for a sharp suit with pink tie.

Thanks goes to the brilliant Francesca Secolonovo for sharing her photographs with us this afternoon.

 

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THE PROPOSAL | We had travelled out to a small Italian village in the mountains for a friend’s wedding. We had such a great time celebrating their day and after a Mamma Mia-esque weekend, we snuck off to the local watering hole… not pub, more like a blue lagoon for a swim! Mid-way through a blissful morning of practising ever-worsening diving technique into the crystal clear water, Jon popped the question! The story goes that after I’d said ‘yes!’, Jon turned and did a perfect ’10’ dive.

THE VISION | We were so excited to be getting married, particularly as our faith in Jesus is one of the main reasons we’d decided we wanted to commit to each other for life. So, our plans for the day were modest, to keep the day in perspective, but with a bit of creative flair here and there! We didn’t want a mainstream kitsch/Kath Kidston wedding but something with a bit of nostalgia.

THE PLANNING PROCESS | We had a year to plan and I did most of the planning as I was a student at the time and Jon worked full time. We got the big things ticked off early on (venue, catering etc.), the smaller things (favours, ties etc.) a few months before the day.

BUDGET | £8k max! So mini, but totally possible. Again, we wanted to keep the day in perspective… but we also wanted a good honeymoon!

THE VENUE | The church was a no-brainer as multiple generations of my family had been married there, and we knew the church were as bothered about Jesus as we were!

Believe or not, we’d prayed for a barn venue, but initially everything we were looking at was far beyond our budget. Then, some months down the line, still with no reception venue sorted, my Aunty rang us and said ‘what about the community hall down the road?’ It turned out to be a barn, a beautiful barn too. God is good.

THE DRESS & ACCESSORIES | Again, mini budget but I am a picky customer! I knew exactly what cut of dress I wanted based on my favourite LBD. When I saw this one on the hanger I suspected that it would fit right, and it did. Plus it came from a beautiful boutique in my hometown, Nottingham.

GROOM’S ATTIRE | Jon just wanted a really slick blue suit. He wasn’t fussed about a morning suit; he wanted one he could wear again. We found a really nice blue suit on a chance browse at Moss Bros in Covent Garden.

THE READINGS & MUSIC | Jon grew up in a church in Croydon and it has a wealth of world-class musicians, who happen to be really dear friends, so it was a natural choice to ask the worship band that we did. They raised the roof of the church.

BEAUTIFUL BRIDESMAIDS |  My sister was a must-have maid of honour. She is such a good egg, my best friend and seriously beautiful! Two of my closest and most loyal friends, also seriously beautiful, were obvious bridesmaid material and a family friend, who is like a sister, was also seriously beautiful, so I asked her too.

On a serious note, I chose these girls to honour and thank them for who they are and everything they have inputted into my life.

THE FLOWERS | Gah, the flowers are what made me cry the morning of the wedding. There was a wild flower theme, loose and soft with a pastel colour base and flecks of accent colours. They were so much more beautiful and aesthetically pleasing than I could have hoped for. Blakes of Bookham did such a great job. Would recommend them to anyone!

THE CAKE |  My dearest Aunty Sarah offered to do our cake as a present the moment she heard we were engaged. What a wonderful gift it was (as well as a total surprise)! Unbeknown to us, Aunty Sarah had spoken with Jon’s parents to get some cake-spiration, and we were blown away on the day by a Indian and African themed, three tier, delicious wedding complete with a family of baby tigers. CUTE! (p.s. Jon has travelled to Africa much, and I was born in India).

YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER | What a babe – Francesca was another surprise answer to prayer! We had applied for one of her competitions, as we really liked her online portfolio. Thankfully, she got in touch and the rest is history. Her shots were just brilliant, capturing of all the fun and reverence of the day, as well as being technically very good. Worth her weight in gold!

THE DETAILS & DÉCOR | We both like maps, so it seemed natural to put maps just about everywhere…

THE HONEYMOON | Croatia. Five star hotel. Beachfront. Did nothing for a week but we desperately needed it. No matter how hard you try, weddings are stressful and tiring and knowing you have a detox week to look forward to, is a dream.

MEMORABLE MOMENTS | Our getaway car was such a special thing. My GodF.O.B. and GodM.O.B. (ha, aka godfather and mother), Carl and Alison, had promised some years ago that when I got married they would drive me to the wedding in their 1950 Series 1 Landrover. After a great effort, expense and about nine hours on the road from Nottingham to Epsom, the Landy made it to Epsom and we drove off from the wedding in open top style.

ADVICE FOR OTHER COUPLES |  Your wedding day is important and it is such a great day, however, do not neglect the fact you’re committing your life to someone. Prepare for that as much as the wedding.

We also found it helpful to remember a simple rule – people over preferences, where we tried to uphold our relationships with each other, families, friends, over the nitty gritty detail of the wedding. People are just more important and hopefully last longer than just one day.

CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE |

Photography | Francesca Secolonovo

Catering |Scotts of Carshalton 

Flowers | Blakes of Bookham 

Bride’s dress | Little White Dress Derby

Bridesmaid’s dresses | Dorothy Perkins

Groom’s suit | Moss Bros

Band | Avenue Sound 

 

Super gorgeous!

Thanks so so much to Jon and Sarah for sharing their wedding with us XOXO Lou

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Those of you planning your wedding abroad are in the right place this morning :-)

Wayne and Karen decided to head to beautiful Italy for their wedding celebrations on the 17th May 2014; choosing a gorgeous beach side setting for their romantic nuptials. Their whole day was dreamy, from the fresh white blooms to the utterly wonderful attire and fireworks. Amazing.

Thanks so much to the fabulous Andrea Ellison for sharing her photographs with us today.

 

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THE PROPOSAL, VISION & PLANNING | Wayne and I didn’t have a traditional engagement….. we woke up one Saturday morning and after talking about getting married we decided it was a good day to go shopping for an engagement ring! We’ve always been quite a laid back couple  but we seem to know when something just feels right. That day I found the perfect ring, a vintage ring of a ruby surrounded by diamonds, so after a few champagne cocktails to celebrate and some tipsy discussions on wedding venues we headed to the travel agents to pick up brochures on destination weddings. I sat for hours trawling through brochures but nothing felt right – so I’m looked on-line. I can’t remember exactly how I stumbled across My Secret Italy, but when I did, I knew I’d found our dream wedding location, I showed Wayne and he was happy so I emailed Julie, her prompt response and a phone call soon after got the wheels in motion. We knew we wouldn’t be able to visit Italy before our wedding, so we looked at lots of photographs from Julie’s previous weddings to decide on our style of wedding and the venues for our ceremony and reception.

THE VENUE | We choose to get married in Santa Maria de Catallabate, we got married at the breath taking Torre Perrotti then had our party at The Lido, both venues really suited our laid back style.

THE DRESS & ACCESSORIES |  I was amazed at how easily I found my dress, my sister and I went into Shrewsbury (our local town) for the day. I think I was a slightly frustrating bride as I didn’t know what I wanted, but I knew what I didn’t want!! Amazingly that was the day I found my beautiful Ronald Joyce dress, in a little shop called Severn Brides. The lace vintage style fitted in perfectly with my engagement ring. A few days later I took my mum to see it and I just knew it was ‘the one’. I had my hair band from the same shop, an alternative to a tiara. My shoes were from ebay, a bargain, very bling and I was a little worried they didn’t quite go with my dress but I LOVED them so was keeping them!

GROOM’S ATTIRE |  Wayne was convinced that since he didn’t get a say in my outfit that I didn’t get a say in his….. I was confident this was never going to be the case! One day whilst we were Christmas shopping I suggested going into the suit shop, whilst Wayne looked around I spoke to an assistant and described what I felt Wayne wanted!! And that day we bought his suit, a dark grey Ted Baker suit. We decided that all the groomsmen would wear their own suits and we ensured they all had the same ties and hankies – in keeping with our laid back style.

THE READINGS & MUSIC |  The music was easy for us to sort out as we had a traditional Italian Guitar and Mandolin playing, it couldn’t have been more fitting for our day. For the readings we choose 2 poems, one about love and one about  marriage. We also wrote our own vows for that personal touch.

BEAUTIFUL BRIDESMAIDS | And that they were. My sister and my brother’s girlfriend were bridesmaid, I kept it simple with people I was really close to, their dresses were in platinum by Dessy. My niece was a flower girl in white.

THE FLOWERS |  I wanted to keep the flowers simple yet effective and I couldn’t have been happier, my flowers were a simple bouquet of roses with vintage lace around the stems, the bridesmaids held gypsophila bouquets, the same flowers were used for the groomsmen button holes.

THE CAKE | We chose not to have a cake, our desert was my favourite…. Tiramisu

YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER |  We researched several photographers and knew as soon as we stumbled across Andrea Ellison that she was who we wanted and the fact that she had been to Santa Maria before to shot weddings just made it even more perfect. Andrea was an amazing photographer who worked so hard and produced the most amazing shots for us. She stayed in Italy for a long weekend, and took photos each day. Everyone felt so at ease with Andrea and everyone is so jealous of our photographs.

THE DETAILS & DÉCOR | We wanted a romantic, soft, vintage edge and everything was just perfect. Hearts and flowers in white decorated our venue with quirky Italian touches.

THE HONEYMOON |  We stayed in Santa Maria after our wedding as we just fell in love with its rustic charm, we also can’t wait to go back. It is a magical place.

MEMORABLE MOMENTS | Where do we start, from having our family and friends around us, not just for our wedding day but for our wedding week. The torrential rain on the morning of our wedding which cleared up to reveal the most amazing blue skies and sunshine. Walking out onto the roof terrace of the amazing Torre Perrotti and setting eyes on each other for the first time, walking through the town as husband and wife being congratulated by all the locals. Wedding photographs in the palace, which has never been allowed before. Watching the sun set over Capri. Fireworks. Partying until the early hours , not only with our guests but with Julie, Andrea and then band. When the party finally ended, Wayne and I sat on a wall on the edge of the beach outside our hotel, reflecting on our amazing wedding day. Moments which will stay with us forever.

ADVICE FOR OTHER COUPLES | Its a stressful time but try to stayed as laid back as you can be, on the day you won’t care if there are touches that aren’t perfect. Remember why you are getting married and keep focused on each other.

CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE |

Planning | My Secret Italy

Photography | Andrea Ellison

 

Simply stunning.

Thanks so much to Wayne and Karen for sharing their super wedding story with us XOXO Lou

 

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DIY Tutorial. How to Make Botanical Pebble Pressed Flower & Leaf Favour Place Names http://whimsicalwonderlandweddings.com/2014/11/diy-tutorial-how-to-make-botanical-pebble-pressed-flower-leaf-favour-place-names.html http://whimsicalwonderlandweddings.com/2014/11/diy-tutorial-how-to-make-botanical-pebble-pressed-flower-leaf-favour-place-names.html#comments Wed, 19 Nov 2014 14:00:51 +0000 http://whimsicalwonderlandweddings.com/?p=127223 DIY Tutorial How To Pebble Stone Dried Flower Leaf Botanical Favours Place Names

Image by Carey Sheffield

 

To recreate the table look from the WWW Photoshoot – Ethereal Woodland Wedding Ideas yourself, I am here to share with you how I created the botanical pebble favour place names today.

A super simple technique, which will also be fun to make in a large batch. Whether you want to use them as décor, favours or place names they will work really well on your wedding tables.

I chose a muted coloured stone and picked the cow parsley and leaves from the garden, so it can be really cost effective too.

 

What You Need

 

Flower Press

Leaves/Flowers

Pebbles/Stones

PVA Glue

 

DIY Tutorial How To Pebble Stone Dried Flower Leaf Botanical Favours Place Names

 

Collect your leaves and flowers and place into the flower press. Follow the instructions included.

If you haven’t got a flower press try using heavy books with paper either side of the flowers.

 

DIY Tutorial How To Pebble Stone Pressed Flower Leaf Botanical Favours Place Names

 

Leave them for a couple of weeks, mine were only pressed for a couple of days. And they still turned out great :-)

 

DIY Tutorial How To Pebble Stone Pressed Flower Leaf Botanical Favours Place Names

 

Undo your press and check out the results.

 

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Place your chosen flowers and leaves onto the stones.

 

DIY Tutorial How To Pebble Stone Pressed Flower Leaf Botanical Favours Place Names

 

Coat with a good layer of PVA glue.

 

DIY Tutorial How To Pebble Stone Dried Flower Leaf Botanical Favours Place Names DIY Tutorial How To Pebble Stone Dried Flower Leaf Botanical Favours Place Names

 

And viola…

You could also try adding place names with a chalk pen. Why not mix things up with different coloured blooms or stones too?

Happy Crafting XOXO Lou

 

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Images by Carey Sheffield

Flower Press | Dot Com Gift Shop

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Wednesday Wedding Wonders. 19/11/2014 http://whimsicalwonderlandweddings.com/2014/11/wednesday-wedding-wonders-19112014.html http://whimsicalwonderlandweddings.com/2014/11/wednesday-wedding-wonders-19112014.html#comments Wed, 19 Nov 2014 12:00:50 +0000 http://whimsicalwonderlandweddings.com/?p=128325 Fun Crafty Country Farm Wedding http://karibellamy.com/

Image by Kari Bellamy, full wedding here.

 

 

Hello WWWers. I hope I find you happy and well this Wednesday.

The wedding season quietens down now, but I have so many beautiful weddings from the summer to share with you. Those planning your 2015 weddings are in for a real treat in the next few weeks and into the new year. I also really hope you have enjoyed the wedding DIY tutorials of late, there are still a few to come so stay tuned :-)

A quick reminder that you can still enter to Win a Luxury Wedding Garter from The Wedding Garter Co. Be quick sharp as the contest closes next week.

And finally I’d so love to win an award for WWW. I don’t usually ask but I’d love to win the wedding category at the National Blog Awards. If you think WWW deserves to win you can vote right here. Thank you :-)

Now let’s get you settled down for a little lunchtime break, grab a hot beverage and find some happy tunes. Ready? Lets go…

WWW’s Wedding of the Week

Arnold & Katrien’s Vintage Farm Wedding –> So dreamy!!

 

Homemade Intimate Barn Wedding http://jamesmelia.com/

Image by James Melia Photographers, full wedding here.

 

 

 

Fall-Inspired Springtime Wedding

Unpretentious & Family-Focused DIY Wedding in Anglesey

Canadian Farmer’s Market-Inspired Wedding

 

 

Stylish Relaxed Hertfordshire Wedding http://www.mikiphotography.info/

Image by Miki Photography, full wedding here.

 

Ali & Tom

Bohemian Aspen Elopement

Flower-filled Berkley Wedding

Casual St. Helena Farm-to-Table Wedding

 

Happy wedding Wednesday XOXO Lou

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Location as they say is everything and what a stunning setting this lovely couple chose for their nuptials.

WWW readers Philippa and Lee chose to marry on the 19th July 2014 at Royal Solent Yacht Club on the Isle of Wight. They hoped to achieve a simple classic vintage affair which worked wonderfully.

They had sweet book themed décor throughout complete with clocks and cameras. The blooms were a delight and the bridesmaids pretty in pink.

Philippa looked beautiful in her 1950s inspired frock by Forget Me Not Designs while Lee looked dapper in his dinner suit. Wow.

Thanks so very much to the amazing Jason Mark Harris Photography for sharing his photographs with us.

 

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THE PROPOSAL | No proposal (sorry not very romantic) we just decided together to get married.

THE VISION |  Simple Classic Vintage.

THE PLANNING PROCESS |  I used wedding blogs and magazines to help me with budgets and for inspiration. Ultimately I wanted to do as much as I could myself, as I wanted the wedding to have my own personal stamp on it. My sister is getting married next month so we swapped a lot of tips.

BUDGET |  12k (probably not a budget wedding!) we spent 14k.

THE VENUE |  Royal Solent Yacht Club Yarmouth Isle of Wight – we chose the venue as its right on the water and I grew up on the Isle of Wight. Its one of the most beautiful places in England.

THE DRESS & ACCESSORIES |  The best bit was the lace on top came off so the dress could be strapless in the evening!

Our Wedding rings were from Addy’s Vintage on Etsy. Mine is from 1920s two rows of single pave set old diamonds, its very unique.

My mum let me wear my grandmothers diamond bracelet from 1930’s, which complemented my theme and my wedding ring.

Vintage style pearl earrings & hair comb from Etsy.

Shoes were from Rachel Simpson peep toe 50’s style heels. They were super comfortable. I was dreading the satin covered wedding shoes that most places seem to offer so was so please when I found this site.

FINDING THE DRESS |  I wanted a 50’s style dress, very simple.

I went to Forget Me Not Designs on the Isle of Wight tried on a few dresses and picked the bits I liked to make the perfect dress. Great service and the dress are made for you, in England and it doesn’t break the bank!

GROOM’S ATTIRE | Navy Vintage Dinner 3 piece suit from Topman, bow tie & pocket square. Simple white rose bud buttonhole.

THE READINGS & MUSIC | We spent a long time choosing readings and music as this is Lee’s area of expertise. We chose an excerpt from The Amber Spyglass by Philip Pullman, Lee bought me a copy of the books one Christmas and a love letter from Leo Tolstoy To Valeria Arsenev.

Lee wanted me to walk into Mysteries of Love – Julee Cruise, the theme music from the film Blue Velvet.

For exit music we chose One Day Like This – Elbow this song is so uplifting and reminds us of going to Glastonbury.

BEAUTIFUL BRIDESMAIDS | 4 Bridesmaids, Claire Sixsmith (my sister) Amy Corcoran, Lucy Whittemore and Hannah Byers. All in Topshop dresses in simple nude. They were so much help.

THE FLOWERS |  Simple country garden bouquet – with seasonal summer flowers and herbs (it smelt amazing, but made Lee sneeze! Bridesmaids had simple Gysoph. All From Flower Garden.

THE CAKE | M&S – Romantic Pearl Cake – each Layer was different. We kept it simple and just put pink roses on top of the cake.

YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER | Jason Mark Harris, we chose him because he took natural unposed shots

THE DETAILS & DÉCOR | I wanted to incorporate things that would mean something to our guests and us, so I chose a books and writing theme also as Lee loves reading.

I got my invites made by Stephanie at Elinor Rose. I asked her to print table numbers, menus and a table plan as well.

We used wooden vintage scrabble tiles as name places, these were also favours which we thought were much more personal that chocolates or sweets.

Table numbers and table plan was stuck to books on the table.

The local floral arts society filled teacups and vintage vases with ‘seasonal country flowers’. They also made rosemary hearts and lavender bunches to go under bell jars on books.

We also had vintage items on the table like old cameras, clocks and a typewriter all from ebay.

THE HONEYMOON | We plan to go to India early next year.

MEMORABLE MOMENTS | The whole day went so fast…

My favourite part of the wedding was the speeches especially my fathers and my husbands, they had put so much thought into them.

My husband’s most memorable moment was the nervous excitement he felt just before he saw me.

ADVICE FOR OTHER COUPLES |  People told us we HAD to do things for our wedding, like a 1st dance or the bride not allowed to make a speech… We didn’t want a traditional wedding so we didn’t do them and it really made the day ours!

CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE |

Photography | Jason Mark Harris Photography

Dress | Forget Me Not Designs

Rings | Addy

Hair clip | Angel Bridal Shop

Earrings | Luxe Deluxe

Invites & other stationery | Elinor Rose

Teacups, cameras, typewriter and clocks | eBay

Bell Jars & Cake | Marks and Spencer

Shoes | Rachel Simpson Shoes

Suit | Topman

Bridesmaid Dresses | Topshop

Flowers | Flower Garden IOW

 

Amaze!

Thanks so very much to Philippa and Lee for sharing their wedding story with us here at WWW XOXO Lou

 

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So this afternoon’s wedding includes Lego, graphics and converse, which are three of my favourite things. Sounds great right?

Jess and Ryan tied the knot on the 19th July 2014 and decided on a homely marquee wedding reception. They wanted a real DIY affair, with graphic designer Jess designing the fun stationery, flowers arranged by loved ones and home-made bunting.

I adore the yellow and grey colour scheme, Jess’ lace gown teamed with converse and the VW camper.

Thanks so very much to the brilliant Gemma Lawrence for sharing these photographs.

 

 

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THE PROPOSAL | December 2011 – which included the response of ‘what the +*$? are you doing!!!’ – the same day that we got the keys to our very first house together!

THE VISION | Relaxed, fun, lots of laughter, vintage, homely… just generally a beautiful day for all to share. Very much gave the day our own stamp with many elements we created or made ourselves, being a graphic designer gave me an advantage. The invites, the table numbers, the table plan, table centres, the flowers and hundreds of metres of bunting were created ourselves. It was a very DIY wedding.

THE PLANNING PROCESS | Amazing, loved every minute of it.

THE VENUE |  We married at St Johns Church Danbury, followed by a marquee reception in my Mum and Dads garden. Was very personal, beautiful and simply perfect.

THE DRESS & ACCESSORIES |  Beautiful vintage ivory St Patrick dress from Adore Bridal, Chelmsford. Lace with lots of layers creating the vintage look I wanted. Along with some grey converse (I’m a massive converse fan and they were my something old!) and yellow laces to finish off the look!!! Super comfy…

GROOM’S ATTIRE | Moss Bros – Grey wedding suit with yellow accessories and some very unique lego cufflinks (a massive lego fan!) and Mr Awesome socks added a finishing touch!

THE READINGS & MUSIC | Hymns – One more step along the way I go and Lord of all Hopefulness.

First Dance – Jack Johnson – Better Together.

BEAUTIFUL BRIDESMAIDS |  The adults dresses made to fit and carried on the colour scheme they were grey and yellow and designed by ourselves to create a vintage tea party look. The little ones were Jenny Packham dresses embroidered with silver and grey beads, again these were very vintage in style and quite unusual to find little peoples dresses in grey! They all looked so beautiful.

THE FLOWERS | All done by close family members/friends, it was a proper team effort! Thank you flower ladies!!!

THE CAKE | Marks and Spencer’s plain cakes and decorated ourselves with a magic Lego touch!

YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER |  Gemma Lawrence – super cool, super relaxed, super duper!

THE DETAILS & DÉCOR |  Bunting, bunting and more bunting! Lots of personal touches with photos, messages, favours, memories. We particularly wanted to remember those who are no longer with us and had their photos out with a lit candle.

THE HONEYMOON | New York! Simply amazing!

MEMORABLE MOMENTS |  So many to recall that made it the best day of our lives. To see all our family and friends having as much fun and laughter as we did.

ADVICE FOR OTHER COUPLES |  The day goes so quickly, there are parts we don’t even remember. You have to try and stop and almost take a polaroid in your mind to capture the moments that you’ll never forget. And most importantly just enjoy every minute of it!

CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE |

Photography | Gemma Lawrence Photography

 

Utterly lovely.

Thanks so very much to Jess and Ryan for sharing their nuptials with us today XOXO Lou

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Laura and James were married on the 2nd August 2014, hosting their reception in a pub garden in Hertfordshire. Their marquee was decked out in the prettiest green and pink details, with lanterns and travel inspired stationery too.

I adore the muted green glam bridesmaid frocks against the fluffy pink bouquets and the big smiles all day long.

Laura was so very elegant in her flowing JLM Couture gown with long veil while groom James wore a blue Next suit. Gorgeous.

Thanks so very much to Zoetrope Photography for providing the lovely imagery today.

 

 

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THE PROPOSAL | We were away travelling for 6 months in South East Asia and South America, James proposed at the end of the trip when we were in Brazil, we treating ourselves to a more luxury accommodation compared to the hostels we were staying at for the rest of our trip and he popped the question after sunset on our balcony. We got my engagement ring when we were at home which was so special as I could use my Gran’s diamond in the design.

THE VISION | We had a slight theme towards travelling as our table name cards were all the countries we went to on our 6 months away, we made these in to postcards with pictures we had taken in each country. The table plan was a map, with airmail postcards with the country and people’s names on. We wanted it to be really relaxed garden party like feel.

THE PLANNING PROCESS |  We took a year to plan, it was quite an easy decision on location of the wedding as we are both from St Albans and still live there. I have always loved St Peters church building and always walked past it as a child going into town as my parents live very close to it. James also really liked the history of the church. Deciding on the reception venue was a lot more difficult as we wanted something that we could make our own, but also not too far from the church. This is quite difficult in St Albans as there are not many options to choose from and after a lot of looking we found the Holly Bush pub. This was perfect as it had the relaxed feel we were after, and had a beautiful garden, we could hire it exclusively which we knew would be more personal and make our guests feel at home. It had the added bonus of being a pub with lots of nice beers which we knew our guests would appreciate. The planning process was a lot more relaxed once this was sorted as the pub have a selected company for the marquee and caterer as well.

THE VENUE | St Peters Church, St Albans. The Holly Bush pub, Potters Crouch. Steve and Vanessa, who run the pub were very helpful and were always very quick to respond when I had any questions.

THE DRESS & ACCESSORIES | Dress: JLM couture – Tara Keeley. Earrings and necklace: Liberty in Love. Headband: Rosie Willet Designs. Shoes: Jimmy Choo. Rings: Temprell.

FINDING THE DRESS |  The dress I chose was actually the last one I tried on after trying about 4 different places the dress room in Hertford had the one I loved most and Kirsty the owner of the shop was so lovely and very helpful.

GROOM’S ATTIRE |  Suit: Next. Shirt: Custom made by Cad and the Dandy. Tie: Armani. Shoes: Reiss.

THE READINGS & MUSIC |   Readings (both on a travelling theme): Song of Solomon, Chapter 2 verses: 10-13 & Chapter 8 verses 6-7 and Ithaka by C.P. Cavafy.

Music at the church was very traditional; we had a choir and a violin to accompany the organ.

‘Ava Maria’ was sung by the choir which a favourite hymn of mine and ‘Perpetuum Mobile – Penguin Cafe Orchestra’ to exit to which is both mine and James’ favourite piece of traditional music and very happy.

We have a very talented friend Barney Muller who played some acoustic guitar for us as everyone was in the garden having reception drinks and eating canapés. James organised all the music for the reception, he has always enjoyed djing and really enjoyed doing all the different playlists for the day. We had a mixture of jazz and Charleston type music for the sit down meal. Then a more varied selection for after including a house music half hour with laser lighting to really set it off. Our first dance was: Gorillaz – “On Melancholy Hill” (BBC Radio 1 – Live Lounge).

BEAUTIFUL BRIDESMAIDS |  Bridesmaid dresses: Ghost. Hair slide: Debenhams. Necklace: Liberty in Love.

THE FLOWERS | Done by a very talented friend Gill Cooper who also happened to be my boss at work, we had a lot of fun going to flower markets and picking the perfect flowers. I knew I wanted hydrangeas and roses so then there was lots of scanning of pinterest and Gill modelled the flowers on the pictures I gave her.

THE CAKE | Also done by two talented school friends of mine Lauren & Sam the cake was a very tasty vanilla madeira cake and they even made the rose petals from sugar themselves too.

YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER |  Zoe and Richard from Zoetrope Photography who are a husband and wife wonder team, who made us and our guests feel very comfortable and documented our day perfectly.

THE DETAILS & DÉCOR |  Once we had chosen the bridesmaid dresses it was easier to choose a colour theme for the wedding. We went for a green and pink theme that ran through everything including the lanterns which we decided to hang ourselves in the marquee (along with lots of family to help) the lanterns were from ‘the hanging lantern company’, Natalie from the company was so helpful and answered my panic last minute questions very quickly and gave me lots of ideas.

Decided to do little bottles of limoncello as favours, so we bought the little bottles ourselves and filled them up, these also doubled up as our place names.

My sister did the amazing designs for the label place names, the post cards for the table plan and she also designed our invitations and order of service all with the same colour and pattern theme running through it.

We choose to have a bbq for our sit-down meal which went with our relaxed theme, but instead of going up to get your food the caterers came with trays to the table and we had bowls of sides that you could share on the table, this was a really nice touch and meant everyone could be served at the same time. The caterers were amazing an did over and above what we asked them to do, our guests also loved the canapé’s

We also had a Mojito bar from 6-8pm in the garden of the pub, which added something a bit different.

THE HONEYMOON | We are off on Safari in Kenya and to the beach in Zanzibar next week!!

MEMORABLE MOMENTS | Jager bombs starting at 4pm!!

ADVICE FOR OTHER COUPLES |  Don’t be afraid to delegate jobs to your nearest and dearest, they will love being a part of your day.

CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE |

Photography | Zoetrope photography

Venue | The Holly bush pub

Catering | Kingfisher caterers

Engagement and wedding rings | Temprell 

Lighting and audio | Mosaic FX

Lanterns | Hanging Lanterns

 

So so pretty.

Thanks so much to Laura and James for sharing their gorgeous wedding story with us here XOXO Lou

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Snap Photography Festival. 13th – 17th April 2015, Fforest, Wales. http://whimsicalwonderlandweddings.com/2014/11/snap-photography-festival-13th-17th-april-2015-fforest-wales.html http://whimsicalwonderlandweddings.com/2014/11/snap-photography-festival-13th-17th-april-2015-fforest-wales.html#comments Mon, 17 Nov 2014 14:00:29 +0000 http://whimsicalwonderlandweddings.com/?p=126651 Kerry & Jon-Paul // © Andria Lindquist 2014

Image by Andria Lindquist

 

This one is for my wonderful photography colleagues :-)

The amazing Laura Babb (Snap Photography Festival‘s founder) decided the UK was missing an opportunity for a brilliant event in it’s calender;

 

“I attended Photo Field Trip in the US earlier this year and found it hugely inspiring. It was as far away from a corporate conference as you can get, with all of the teachers hanging out with the attendees, camp fires, parties and a completely unique, shared experience.  I knew I had to bring something similar to the UK.  As well as all of the amazing workshops and activities we’re planning, we’ll be having an epic closing party where campers can let off some steam before the start of the new wedding season”. 

 

And so the Snap Photography Festival was born. The event is being held from the 13th – 17th April 2015 at Fforest, Wales, complete with a stellar line up.

 

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“A world class line up is announced as part of Snap, the UK’s first ever photography festival aimed at wedding and lifestyle photographers
. The launch of www.snapphotofestival.com showcases the first ever festival of this kind in the UK.  Held at the beautiful Fforest resort, in West Wales, the festival will run to the same format as a music festival but is designed as an immersive learning and creative development experience for more than 100 photographers from all over the world.  Some of the world’s most inspiring wedding photographers will be teaching alongside the UK’s finest home grown talent, as well as photographers outside of the wedding genre.”

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Image by Sam Hurd

 

To celebrate the launch of the website Snap Photography Festival has a number of offers and incentives available.

The first is an early bird discount combined with a donation to charity on behalf of the ticket purchaser:  http://www.snapphotofestival.com/blog/2014/10/19/the-early-bird-catches-the-worm

They also have 6 opportunities to attend the festival on a free or discounted basis:  http://www.snapphotofestival.com/blog/2014/10/15/snap-needs-you



 

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Image by Conor MacNeill

 

Wow, a great learning experience alongside campfires, glamping and parties? Brilliant.

Thanks so much to Laura Babb for sharing all about the Snap Photography Festival with us XOXO Lou

 

 

 

We are keen to hear from organisations who may wish to partner with us.  A range of sponsorship opportunities are available so please get in touch for a media pack.

 

Speakers – Andria Lindquist, Alan Law, Andy Gaines, Cathy Haynes, Conor MacNeill, Dylan and Sara, Emma Case and Pete Smyth, India Hobson, Karl Grupe, Lomo Kev, Marianne Taylor, Paula O’Hara and Sam Hurd

 

www.snapphotofestival.com
www.facebook.com/snapphotofestival

 

Laura Babb
 Director – 
snaphotofestival@gmail.com

Alexandra Merri
 Logistics Manager – 
snapfestlogistics@gmail.com

 

 

*Babb Photo is a Whimsical Wonderland Weddings sponsor.

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