Whimsical Wonderland Weddings http://whimsicalwonderlandweddings.com UK Wedding Blog Sat, 01 Nov 2014 08:30:36 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.2 Pastel Wedding in Italy with an Amazing Dessert Table http://whimsicalwonderlandweddings.com/2014/11/pastel-wedding-in-italy-with-an-amazing-dessert-table.html http://whimsicalwonderlandweddings.com/2014/11/pastel-wedding-in-italy-with-an-amazing-dessert-table.html#comments Sat, 01 Nov 2014 08:30:36 +0000 http://whimsicalwonderlandweddings.com/?p=125865 Pastel Dessert Table Italy Wedding http://www.lesamisphoto.com/

 

Happy international Saturday WWWers :-) I have a real treat in store for you this morning.

Irene And Marco married at Il Castello di Corbetta in Italy. Their whole day was a total dream, from the castle setting to the pastel colours and gorgeous attire. The blooms are out of this world pretty and just wait until you see the truly scrumptious dessert table. There are some amazing ideas here for you lovelies :-)

Thanks so much to Les Amis Photo for sharing their wonderful photographs today.

 

 

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Photographer |  Les Amis Photo

Reception Venue | Il Castello di Corbetta

Floral Designer | Il Profumo dei Fiori

Caterer | La Trave Banqueting

Event Planner | Princess Wedding

Invitation Designer |Princess Wedding

Submitted via Two Bright Lights

 

Stunning. Wow that has me all kinds of hungry hehe!

Thanks so much for sharing guys XOXO Lou

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The Bride Diaries. Holly Becomes Catwalk Wedding Dress Model http://whimsicalwonderlandweddings.com/2014/10/the-bride-diaries-holly-becomes-catwalk-wedding-dress-model.html http://whimsicalwonderlandweddings.com/2014/10/the-bride-diaries-holly-becomes-catwalk-wedding-dress-model.html#comments Fri, 31 Oct 2014 14:00:13 +0000 http://whimsicalwonderlandweddings.com/?p=126567 This month bride to be Holly became a wedding dress catwalk model. I loved the story of her experiences on the catwalk and how she came to find her perfect dress :-) XOXO Lou

 

The Bride Diaries

 

Since my last wedding blog, I feel like every weekend has been somehow wedding orientated. In short: I’ve been to seven (yes, SEVEN wedding fayres), made our Save the Dates and bought my wedding dress!  I’ve taken quite the U-turn from the girl who was (for a brief period) determined to wear a £12 skirt from Primark in which to get wed. Seriously.

 

The Bride Diaries

 

I’m not sure where my fear of wedding dresses came from, but until very recently, I wouldn’t even contemplate the idea of going into a bridal shop. I couldn’t imagine myself wearing a ‘normal’ wedding dress. I dismissed the idea completely. It’s not that I didn’t think wedding dresses were beautiful – I’d spend more than a normal amount of time scouring Pinterest and designer websites fawning over dresses, particularly of the Jenny Packham variety, but I just didn’t think it was for me. I couldn’t imagine myself wearing one, plus I was petrified of spending a lot of money because deep down, I knew if I tried on something that I really liked… I’d have to have it, regardless of cost. It was easier to stay away from expensive dresses, as then I couldn’t be tempted.

 

That was until August, when I came across Bea’s Bridal Boutique in Southam. They were doing a special £1 sample sale in order to raise money for charity – which of course caught my interest. I gave them a ‘like’ on Facebook and just kept them on my radar until one day, I saw they were looking for volunteers to model wedding dresses at local wedding fayres. Before giving myself much time to think about it – I messaged them to say I was interested. I figured this would be a good way to ‘break the ice’ with wedding dresses, because if I was trying them on for the purposes of helping someone out, it felt easier to do somehow. Before I knew it, I had four catwalk dates in the diary.

 

The morning of my first catwalk, I felt sick with nerves! I got up super early to try and make myself look respectable (quite the feat for me… I’m certainly not a natural when it comes to hair and makeup), and made my way there with plenty of time to spare. A few other nervous looking girls arrived and I think it’s safe to say we were all as bewildered as each other – what on earth had we agreed to? Dresses started to appear, in their hundreds it seemed, and we started trying them on to see which ones we could fit into and there wasn’t a mirror in sight. For me, that was perfect! It meant I couldn’t get caught up with what I looked like and could just see how the dresses felt and concentrate on feeling comfortable. Many women have their first experience of wedding dresses in a posh shop, perhaps with a glass of champagne and their closest females around them. Not me. My first experience was in what could be generously described as a garage, standing on a table cloth surrounded by towers of chairs that helped to provide us with a make-shift changing area. I don’t think so many people have ever seen me in my underwear – but it’s okay, I bought a posh pair of pants from Marks and Spencers especially for the occasion!

 

The Bride Diaries

 

Walking onto the catwalk for the first time was completely surreal! I couldn’t breathe (which may have had something to do with the lace-up dress I was wearing!). I didn’t know what to do with myself and must have looked like a deer in headlights. I practically ran up and down the catwalk before running into the safety of the backstage area, only to sling another dress on and get back out there! Three bridal dresses and four bridesmaids dresses later, I was a sweaty, heart-pounding, exhausted mess. No rest for the wicked though, as it was only 45 minutes until the next fashion show!

 

It got so much easier once I realised that it was okay to just stand and pose and remembered to breathe. By the end of the day – I was even starting to enjoy it! Now, a month later, I feel like a catwalk veteran with eight shows under my belt. I’m by no means a professional – I stumble a lot (I’m pretty short and wedding dresses are blooming long!) and there’s usually more tulle and netting than I know what to do with, but I’ve had an absolute ball and met some wonderful girls! We’ve laughed, we’ve panicked and we’ve dived under each other’s skirts to smooth out petticoats. I can’t quite believe it’s all over now, especially as I’ve only just managed to perfect the wedding dress ‘swish’ and my ‘get-out-of-a-dress-quick’ wriggle!

 

The Bride Diaries

 

The best thing though? Just like that, wedding dresses weren’t so scary anymore. As soon I got home from the first fayre, I had the confidence to finally make some bridal shop appointments! I booked a variety of appointments at different salons, and I’m delighted to say that during my third bridal shop visit… I found my dress. Serendipitously, at Bea’s Bridal Boutique! Gosh, do I owe the wonderful ladies that work there!

 

If you’re a bride-to-be and you’re feeling nervous about the idea of wedding dress shopping, don’t be. These dresses are designed with the pure intention of making you look and feel like a million dollars, no matter your size or shape. Honestly. Book an appointment or two and then grab your Mum, your best friend and a strapless bra and go and enjoy yourself. Or go ahead and give yourself a baptism of fire like I did and see if any local bridal shops are after volunteer models!

 

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Magical Candlelit & Crafty Outdoorsy Village Hall Wedding http://whimsicalwonderlandweddings.com/2014/10/magical-candlelit-crafty-outdoorsy-village-hall-wedding.html http://whimsicalwonderlandweddings.com/2014/10/magical-candlelit-crafty-outdoorsy-village-hall-wedding.html#comments Fri, 31 Oct 2014 08:00:50 +0000 http://whimsicalwonderlandweddings.com/?p=125660 Magical Crafty Outdoorsy Village Hall Wedding http://www.foxleyphotography.com/

 

Every now and then I get sent a wedding submission by a bride and groom and I get so very excited.

WWW readers Lewis and Melanie married on the 10th May 2014, holding their wedding reception in a quaint village hall setting. They had a budget of £5000 and homemade near enough everything, from the cake and décor, to the flowers and bridesmaid dresses. Their wedding was a real crafty labour of love. And just you wait until you see the said décor, they decorated 500 tea light filled jam jars and suspended them from the ceiling to create a magical starry sky feel. WOW.

Melanie’s vintage dress was a bargainous £20 a, her shoes were a £5 eBay find and boy did she look beautiful, while Lewis found his dapper checked suit in Next. Fabulous.

Thanks goes to the amazing Foxley Photography for sharing their imagery today.

 

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THE PROPOSAL | We’d had a conversation early in our relationship about our differing opinions of the film (500) days of summer, so to prevent us having the same ending Lewis proposed on our 500th day. Lewis threw Mel off the scent by giving her a soundtrack of our relationship (so far), but no ring. Later on that day, in a very rainy car park in hurst green, Lewis gave Mel a photo book he’d designed compiling photos and memories of our time together. By the time Mel had turned to the last page, displaying a photo of roses and a ring box, Lewis was on one knee. We then got right to it and began planning the wedding over dinner (Mel said yes of course!).

THE VISION | We wanted a very ‘English country garden’ inspired wedding, without too much pomp and ceremony. We discussed the idea of having an outdoor wedding, although we didn’t dare risk it in England (good job!), so we wanted to bring the outdoors in, and make our guests feel as though they were at a garden party. With our mutual love of all things crafty, we wanted to create most of the look ourselves.

THE PLANNING PROCESS | We hadn’t given ourselves much time, with only 8months from engagement to the big day, so most of our evenings and weekends were taken up with all things wedding, and it was pretty full on! We called upon our friends and family on a few occasions to help us with the handmade decorations, and although this was an awful lot of work, it was nice to thank so many people on the day for helping make our wedding so personal.

BUDGET | We budgeted around £5000 all in, which meant we had to write a list of priorities, cut down on the rest, and find ways of doing a lot of things ourselves.

THE VENUE | We decided from the outset that we wanted our reception at a village hall, as we wanted a blank canvass to decorate according to our theme. We struck gold with barley village hall, as it was the perfect balance between blank canvass and vintage character, complete with wooden beams and iron pillars, which really set off our theme. The village itself was very rural giving beautiful views and the perfect location for our ‘newly-wed’ photos.

THE DRESS & ACCESSORIES | The dress was a 20′s inspired vintage silk dress with lace detail, picked up in a charity shop for £20. The shoes were champagne court heels, found on eBay for £5. The birdcage bandeau veil was found on etsy coupled with a gold antique look hair-comb.

FINDING THE DRESS | In an effort to stay on budget, Mel ordered a wedding dress made to measure from China, having heard many good reports about the quality and fit. However, when the heavily sequinned, boned and structured dress came, complete with built in padded bra, it was nothing like the delicate pure lace one Mel had ordered, sending her back to square one. One of our bridesmaids offered to take Mel around the charity shops in Preston, and it was there they found the bargain dress in St Catherine’s  hospice. For anyone who is looking for a budget wedding dress around Preston, St Catherine’s charity shop has bridal basement definitely worth a look. After being altered by a friend and properly cleaned, it was absolutely perfect and many guests commented on just how ‘Mel’ it was.

GROOM’S ATTIRE | Probably the most simple part of the whole process, we started queuing outside Next at 5:30am on Boxing Day, and by 8am we were driving home with a grey check three piece suit, a white and blue dotted shirt, and tan brogues from next, as well as a wine red paisley tie from river island. It was exactly what Lewis wanted, fitting well with the theme with a fun and youthful edge. The whole outfit came to around £150

BEAUTIFUL BRIDESMAIDS | To fit with our theme Mel wanted 50′s style bridesmaids dresses all in different coloured floral patterns. To get exactly what we wanted Mel decided to make the dresses herself, with the help of her soon to be Mother-in-law. 2 of our bridesmaids volunteered to make their own with the material we’d picked, and the three flower girl dresses were made to match by a friend.

THE FLOWERS | Having worked in a florists in the past, Mel was keen to save some money and ensure she got the hand-picked unstructured look she wanted by doing the flowers herself. We did a practice run together by visiting a wholesaler in Manchester, and Mel constructed the real thing the day before. With the leftovers, we used them in tea pots and birdcages to add to the decorations in the village hall.

THE CAKE | We wanted to make the cake ourselves, although Lewis had to compromise on his traditional views due to Mel and the majority of guests not liking fruit cake, so we had a fruit cake base, topped with two carrot cake tiers, and a red velvet tier. All of this was rough iced with a simple hessian ribbon around the bottom tier. Our cake topper was one of the only things we didn’t make ourselves, finding a rustic squirrel couple on etsy. It was so hideous, but so wonderful.

YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER | Foxleys photography. We cannot recommend the Foxleys enough. Right from our first meeting with them we knew we were in good hands, as they fully understood our vision, and got excited about all the same things we did. Neither of us are particularly comfortable in front of a camera, so the engagement shoot included in the package was invaluable. It helped us to relax and feel comfortable with the Foxleys, so that on the day there were no awkward wooden poses,  and the photos we have are all full of natural emotion. We couldn’t have asked for a better way to remember our day.

THE DETAILS & DÉCOR | To give the feel of an outdoor garden party, Mel’s dad created a structure to suspend trellis’ from the ceiling over the tables, from which we hung decorated jars filled with tea lights and artificial petals. We wove fairy lights and ivy into the trellis’, so that during the day the room had a green and wooden canopy, but at night it gave the impression of a starry sky. We decorated about 500 jars in total, and the ones that weren’t hung from the ceiling we dotted around on window ledges and tables to add to the rustic homemade feel. We decided to have long tables for the sit down meal, as we thought this fit well with the garden party feel, but also it helped mix up the guests better. We made hessian runners for the tables and used peat pots filled with a small bedding plant and a sign for place settings and favours. This helped us to fill the room with flowers without cluttering the tables too much. By filling tables with old books and potted plants, it helped us to carry or theme to every corner of the room, without spending a fortune at a florist or on expensive decorations.

THE HONEYMOON | We spent the two nights after the wedding in Ashmount country house in Haworth, which was the perfect comedown after weeks of hectic planning. Then we spent a week in Marrakech.

MEMORABLE MOMENTS | Being sat in the hall during the meal, looking at everyone enjoying themselves surrounded by all the décor and little things we’d put so much time in gave us both a real sense of achievement and it was lovely just being able to soak the whole day up after all the hard work. After the speeches Mel’s friends from Australia who hadn’t been able to make the wedding sent a video across without telling her beforehand, which was the perfect end to a very emotional set of speeches. And almost everyone we have spoken to since has mentioned Mels brother’s DJing skills as he brought the house down with his dancing behind the decks!

ADVICE FOR OTHER COUPLES | Do what you want to do, make decisions that reflect your personality, so that you can spend your wedding day with people close to you and partying the way that makes you happiest! Oh, and delegate. It’s hard to do, but your friends will be more than happy to help, and as much as you want to try, it is impossible to do everything yourself.

CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE |

Photographer | Foxley Photography

 

Magic.

Thanks so much to Lewis and Melanie for sharing all about their brilliant wedding with us here at WWW XOXO Lou

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Personal & Elegant, Graphic Icons & Poems Wedding in the Dales http://whimsicalwonderlandweddings.com/2014/10/personal-elegant-graphic-icons-poems-wedding-in-the-dales.html http://whimsicalwonderlandweddings.com/2014/10/personal-elegant-graphic-icons-poems-wedding-in-the-dales.html#comments Thu, 30 Oct 2014 14:00:56 +0000 http://whimsicalwonderlandweddings.com/?p=125608 Personal Elegant Dales Wedding http://pauljosephphotography.co.uk/

WWW readers Harriet and Martin chose to marry on the 10th May 2014; hosting their reception at Utopia. It was important that their wedding was not only personal but set in the Yorkshire Dales. They had a whole weekend planned to spend as much time with their loved ones alongside some thoughtful touches. There were graphic icons representing important things about themselves and they chose a poem for each of their guests.

Even the rain and temporarily broken DJ equipment didn’t put a dampener on the celebrations, when guests grabbed the mike for impromptu karaoke. Amaze!

Harriet opted for a stunning Justin Alexander gown and romantic veil with the perfect boho hair do. Martin looked sharp in his tweed waistcoat and the maids looked lovely in lilac.

Thanks so very much to the brilliant Paul Joseph Photography for sharing these dramatic and atmospheric images today.

 

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THE PROPOSAL | Martin proposed to Harriet in the Lake District (our favourite place) in July 2013. Under the guise of a last-minute camping trip to Ullswater, Martin took Harriet to a little campsite that overlooked the lake. The next morning (a gorgeous sunny day) we went on a beautiful walk, where, after finally losing some chatty fellow hikers, he found a quite spot overlooking the lake and went down on one knee. Harriet’s response was ‘oh my god oh my god oh my god’ before finally and very happily accepting the proposal. The vintage ring was just perfect and from a lovely little shop called Fusion in Craven Court, Skipton, and Harriet loved it instantly. At this point Martin revealed that a luxury hotel was awaiting our arrival in Grasmere and we were not actually camping that night! We arrived to champagne on ice and strawberries and had an amazing afternoon and evening drinking champagne and phoning our delighted friends and family.

THE VISION | We wanted the day to really reflect our personalities, showcase the Dales (our newish home) to our guests and give our guests a relaxing and brilliant time. Plus we wanted to ensure that all our parents who had contributed so much enjoyed it too. We also wanted it to last a little longer than just the day to give us time to see all our far-flung friends and family – so we planned drinks on the Friday night, a game of football for the wedding morning and a lunch on the Sunday.

We also rented a beautiful big house called Eden on the Broughton Hall estate near our wedding reception venue so that our best men and bridesmaids could all stay on site with us. Plus it looked perfect for an after-party with a hot tub and lots of space!

THE PLANNING PROCESS | Theming the day was a great turning point in the planning – we asked our designer friend Clare to illustrate 10 different icons that were relevant to different aspects of our lives together (including a Komodo dragon from our time living in Indonesia, the Tate Modern to represent our life in London and where we had our second date and a sheep to represent our new home in the Dales). We would use the icons in our table plans and our invite – Clare did an amazing job and they were both personal and stylish.

So now we had an element that was so personal to us, but we wanted to do the same for our guests. So we decided to take on the massive but very rewarding task of choosing a poem or quote for every single one of our 97 guests. We spent many a happy evening with a glass of red wine scouring our favourite books (from Roald Dahl favourites to The Unbearable Lightness of Being), poems (including Martin’s favourite Robert Frost) and comedy (like Alan Partridge and Summer Heights High) for ideas. Eventually we had chosen one for everyone and we printed them as very personal namecards that doubled up as favours, with the name on one side and the poem on the other.

We used the colours from the icons in the bridesmaid dresses, ties, and decorations on the day too.

THE VENUE |  Wedding ceremony at The Priory Church of St Mary and St Cuthbert at Bolton Abbey in the Yorkshire Dales, reception at Utopia at the Broughton Hall estate, just outside of Skipton.

THE DRESS & ACCESSORIES | Harriet wore Justin Alexander Signature 9720, shoes by Miss Kurt Geiger, Hair vine by Lou Lou Puchalka in Leeds, Pearl bracelet, pearl drop earrings and pearl and diamond necklace.

FINDING THE DRESS | My mum and sisters spent a day coming around bridal shops with me and the dress was one of the last I tried on that day. I knew I loved it because I didn’t want to take it off – it was so comfortable and it just felt easy to wear. My family thought it ‘looked dirty’ – it must have been the sample I tried – so we went home empty-handed that day. I couldn’t stop thinking about that dress though and when I went to the Birmingham NEC wedding show to try to find a bargain I was so happy to find it there and my mum this time confirmed it did not look dirty! When I tried it on again there was no question it wasn’t the one – I loved it and people walking past the stand said I had to get it!

GROOM’S ATTIRE | Martin’s navy suit was paired with a lovely Harris Tweed navy waistcoat to reflect our country wedding and he wore brown shoes from Charles Tyrwhitt and some lovely silvery grey socks from Reiss. The ties were Charles Tyrwhitt too – we didn’t want standard ‘wedding ties’ in pink satin or something so these were just perfect, understated and stylish and looked great with the bridesmaids’ dresses. He also had a pocket watch borrowed from my stepdad, Dan.

THE READINGS & MUSIC | My sister Emily (a bridesmaid) read Roy Croft’s ‘I love you’ – this perfectly reflects how I feel about Martin and how I feel he makes me a better person just by being himself, I can’t read it without it bringing tears to my eyes! Emily read it beautifully even if she did, by accident, in the rehearsal direct it (especially the I love you bits!) with some very intense eye contact at my maid of honour’s boyfriend!

One of Martin’s ushers Dryw read ‘Scaffolding’ by Seamus Heaney – a great poem that reminds us of the strong foundations we have built over the last 7 years living in London, Indonesia and now Yorkshire.

Harriet’s mum read a lovely bible reading from the Song of Solomon.

Music – in the church the amazing organist placed Pachelbel’s Cannon in D for the bridal procession, Toccata Widor for us to walk out to which Martin loved. My grandfather loves the organ (and plays it himself) so it was important we got married in a church and with an impressive organ! We chose Be Still as one of the hymns as my grandma loves it (and Harriet does too), plus Jerusalem (Martin’s favourite) and Morning has Broken to signify the start of a new chapter now we’re married.

Canape music was a Spotify playlist created by Martin with all our favourites on. We went to great lengths to choose a DJ who was not cheesy and who would not speak over the microphone at all! We found someone perfect but there was a disaster on the night when his equipment didn’t work until 11.45!!! We had to have our first dance played on a laptop – SUCH a shame as we had spent many evenings deliberating over this and were so happy with our final choice, James Carr’s Love Attack and it would have been wonderful to hear this powerful track in all its glory. Even so, we loved it and hope that perhaps on one of our big anniversaries we may get the chance again! After this, the DJ was still trying to get his kit working but it wasn’t happening – so one of our big-voiced friends, Al, took matters into his own hands, grabbed the microphone (which worked!) and launched into his own version of Twist and Shout! The dancefloor filled up fast and our talented friends took over with memorable versions of songs from the Lion King music (my sister’s drama student boyfriend!) and Pulp’s Common People. I never thought we would have karaoke at our wedding but it really was so much fun. When the music finally kicked in at 11.45 it was even more amazing and we danced until the DJ finally had to pack up at 1.30am.

BEAUTIFUL BRIDESMAIDS  | Harriet’s best friend Ina (all the way from her home in Oslo) was the maid of honour, while her two younger sisters Sophia and Emily were the bridesmaids. They wore gorgeous romantic, floaty dresses from Coast (style called Wiggy) – all a bargain at around £30 in the sale. However, it was lucky they were as these dresses were the second lot of bridesmaid dresses I had bought – the first, stupidly, we ordered from an online Chinese company which I would not recommend at all. They were supposedly made to measure but they didn’t fit my bridesmaids at all and the company refused to refund even though the sizes were totally out – I was scammed basically ☹ But it was all good in the end as they looked stunning in their Wiggy dresses even though they are all different heights and Sophia was pregnant at the time too!

THE FLOWERS |  We got our bouquets, corsages and buttonholes from Bloemist in Skipton – but the table flowers were all done by the amazing sisters-in-law Corinne and Jo! Our house became like a florist shop the day before the wedding as they worked on their beautiful creations. They looked AMAZING and we are so grateful as it was very hard work!!

THE CAKE | I used to work at The Cooking School at Dean Clough, and one of the chef apprentices there, Charlotte (age 17) was a bit of a star baker. Her chocolate brownies were amazing so one day I asked her if she’d like to make our wedding cake. She said yes! We knew we wanted a Victoria Sponge (my favourite cake of all time) but just an extra special wedding version! Charlotte was fantastic and did this and more – we had cake upon cake with sweet buttercream and cascades of summer fruits, plus gorgeous lavender cupcakes to go with it! I hope she becomes a wedding cake specialist as she’s great, I (and all my guests) would definitely recommend her.

YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER | We chose the amazing Paul Joseph Photography and so glad we did. From our first after-work meeting with them in a Keighley pub to our love shoot in the woods, we just thought they were brilliant, lovely and professional. We are so impressed with our pictures – they’re so natural and capture the mood perfectly, plus it can’t have been easy with the torrential rain all day!!

THE DETAILS & DÉCOR | Clare’s gorgeous icon designs set the mood and then we used a similar colour palette with our hanging lanterns in lilac and white. These were put up the night before by our amazing friends and family, such a bargain yet looked stunning.

We also printed polaroid pics of us and our families through the years and hung them on string with tiny little pegs – they were great for people to look at and spot themselves! Along with the flowers and the icons on the tables, we put a little glass of Yorkshire mix, adding a colourful and edible twist!

Martin also created the other decorations – little bundles of sticks tied with raffia and decorated with moss. We spent many afternoons collecting sticks and moss in Bolton Abbey woods and the woods near us in Embsay, then Martin simply made them into bundles! It was an interesting idea that we weren’t 100% sure about but they looked great!

We also had 2 fire pits which lit despite the rain and were brilliant for keeping people warm (alongside our blanket basket!), and we had 10 bamboo lanterns which also amazingly resisted the rain to create a bit of atmosphere.

THE HONEYMOON | We’re not lie-on-the-beach people so honeymoon decisions were hard as we were always asking ‘Is this right for a honeymoon?!’. We had ideas of Japan, Malawi, Madagascar, Costa Rica – but in the end, only a month before the wedding, decided to go for Nepal. We had always wanted to go to India, but knew it wasn’t a good season in May, so found that Nepal would be a bit better.

It was amazing (despite the lady on check-in in disbelief that we were flying to Kathmandu for our honeymoon!), and we spent our 15 days exploring ancient temples, incredible cities, and trekking amongst massive snow-capped mountains, staying in cute little teahouses.

Accommodation was basic on the trek but in Kathmandu we stayed in a gorgeous hotel (Dwarika’s) that was a beautifully restored old Nepali building and was stunningly beautiful. Our trek was gorgeous – we were surrounded by snow-capped mountains and the scenery was incredible. We also saw some amazing monasteries, temples and stupas.

MEMORABLE MOMENTS | The DJ not working so all our friends grabbing the mike and singing instead (in particular Al’s Twist and Shout, Rosie’s Common People and Ollie’s Circle of Life!

Arriving at the reception venue in the back of my dad’s car and us literally not being able to get out due to the extreme downpour and flooded car park!

The speeches. They were the most adorable and sentimental set of speeches I have ever listened to – I love them all!

The service at Bolton Abbey – when we first moved here we said how amazing it would be to get married there (thinking we never could) but found it was an option! It’s one of our favourite local spots and now will always be the place we got married and it’s just beautiful.

ADVICE FOR OTHER COUPLES | Don’t stress, it’s always going to be the best day of your lives, whatever happens (almost!)

Drag out the wedding weekend as long as you can – we loved seeing people on the Friday and Sunday as on the wedding day itself it’s impossible to have a proper conversation with anyone, let alone everyone!

Do what you want – make it feel like your dream wedding, as this is your one chance! When we were considering a church wedding vs not, someone told me they regretted never walking down the aisle, so I’m glad I’ve done it (and, yes, it was amazing!).

Please the people you love (and yourself). We started off with the idea of a tent in a field, but making my grandparents happy was very important, and I knew they wouldn’t find that comfortable – so we compromised and it worked for everyone. Plus choosing little details that people close to you will love/feel involved in is really nice.

CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE |

Photoraphy | Paul Joseph Photography

Bloemist    01756 797911

Venue | Utopia

Cake | Charlotte Clayton   07821 377461

Dress | Courtyard Bridal Boutique

 

Wow, and what an amazing honeymoon!

Thanks so so much to Harriet and Martin for sharing their wedding story with us here at WWW XOXO Lou

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This morning we are getting totally chic and sophisticated with WWW readers Lisa and Iain’s wedding day, held in September of last year at Hedsor House in Buckinghamshire. They created a traditional country wedding with a modern twist.

I adore the Hydrangea blue scheme, with fluffy statement bouquets and beautiful blue dresses for the bridesmaids. There was a host of amazing wedding suppliers involved; from pretty stationery to letter lights and amazing photography with fun film shots.

Lisa looked stunning in her custom made dress which she teamed with Christian Louboutin heels and Iain donned a dashing blue Jack Bunneys suit. There was also an awesome balloon release which made for some great images.

Thanks so much to Cotton Candy Photography for providing the exquisite photographs today.

 

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THE PROPOSAL | I wanted to surprise Lisa and propose when she least expected it, therefore decided to hijack her birthday present to me. She was taking me to the Monaco Grand Prix for my 30th birthday and I decided that was the perfect time. I hadn’t decided exactly when to drop the bombshell, so spent 2 days carrying around the ring, petrified that I would either lose it or get rumbled by Lisa. Eventually I chose a restaurant on a beautiful cliff top in Eze called Chevre D’or. Nerves had stripped me of my appetite for the starter and just when I thought Lisa must know something was going on, I popped the question and in my haste threw the ring across the table at her. Lisa was so shell-shocked, she sat there for what seemed like an eternity, before finally saying YES.

THE VISION | We wanted a traditional country wedding in a grand house, but with a modern twist and lots of details for everyone to enjoy. After looking at several venues of the right style, we chose Hedsor House as it was a perfect combination of traditional old school glamour with lots of class.

THE PLANNING PROCESS |  We had a wedding planner – Aimee Dunne to help us with this. She was fantastic and really reined us in on certain things, and gave us some fantastic ideas on others. We had a lot of spreadsheets and mood boards. As soon as we had the venue booked, that dictated the style and as soon as we had the bridesmaid dressed, the main colour scheme was established. Everything else was a combination of a lot of internet research – mainly Etsy, 100layer cake, Martha Stewart etc.

BUDGET | We didn’t really have a budget as such we just worked on what we thought was reasonable to pay for each aspect e.g. flowers, invitations etc. We did do a lot of research into each of the different areas so made sure we weren’t being ripped off! The total cost for the wedding came in at about £45k (minus honeymoon).

THE VISION | Hedsor House Buckinghamshire.

THE DRESS & ACCESSORIES |  The dress and veil were designed and made by my friend, and designer – Tsemaye Binite. Shoes were Christian Louboutin and Jewellery was Tiffany. I also had an Anya Hindmarch glitter clutch.

FINDING THE DRESS | This was a long process for me as I went to every bridal shop in London and couldn’t find a dress that I loved. I found lots of dresses that I liked a lot, and lots that I liked part of, but found myself wanting to take bits from one and put them with another. In the end I asked my friend Tsemaye to make me something that was exactly what I wanted and he did just that. It was an amazing process being able to see the dress made from scratch (and a little scary at times!) and picking the fabrics etc but I’m so glad I got to do it.

GROOM’S ATTIRE | A friend had used a great little suit rental shop in Essex called Jack Bunneys’s. They have one shop, barely advertise, but are always busy and rightly so…. the suit hire prices are reasonable, the fit is slim and they are extremely helpful. They also offer all the accessories; pocket handkerchiefs, tie bars, made to measure suits, etc. My suit was made to measure in a dark blue, with an ivory waistcoat, tie and brown shoes. The groomsmen’s suits were hired and identical to mine, but they had blue waistcoats and light blue ties to coordinate with the bridesmaids.

THE READINGS & MUSIC | Our 2 close friends did readings for us that they picked themselves. These were ‘Carry your heart with’ my by EE Cummings, and ‘Union’ by Robert Fulgham.

I walked down the aisle to ‘Just the way you are’ Bruno Mars, but an acoustic version played and sung by a 2 man band. Post ceremony the same band played ‘Higher Love’ and ‘somewhere over the Rainbow’. We had a DJ in the evening playing a mix of old school and R&B. Our first dance song was ‘The you and me song’ by the Wannadies.

BEAUTIFUL BRIDESMAIDS | The bridesmaids were my sister (maid of honour) Stefannie Hurst, and close friends, Brittany Bowler, Gemma Harris and Laura Alcott. The dresses were from Amsale in hydrangea colour. The bridesmaid dresses really dictated the colour scheme for the day and because we loved the blue hydrangea colour so much we based everything else around it.

THE FLOWERS | Hot flowers and Art produced all the floral decorations for us. We wanted a colour co-ordinated scheme that was going to have a big impact as they were one of our main sources of decoration. The bridesmaid’s bouquets were plain blue hydrangeas wrapped together with brown string and my bouquet was a mix of white hydrangeas, roses and ranuculus. The aisle had posies of blue hydrangeas dotted throughout. We had 12 tables with floral centrepieces, 6 had large tall centrepieces of a mix of white, blue and green hydrangeas and roses with twigs. The other 6 had small jam jar arrangements grouped together with the same flowers to give more of a vintage look. Not having all tall or all short arrangements meant that it was easier on the eye as you walked into the room.

THE CAKE | Made by Sophie’s Chocolates. We went for tiers of dark chocolate coated in layers of dark, milk and white chocolate with raspberries on the chocolate. We are both huge chocolate fans, and wanted to serve the cake as dessert so thought this was a perfect combo as it was paired with fresh raspberries, blueberries and salted caramel ice cream.

YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER |  Cotton Candy Photography. Quite possibly the best in the business! We really liked Phil and Gem’s untraditional approach to photographs as we didn’t want anything too formal for the day. They are so friendly, approachable and flexible we barely noticed them there, but they took some amazing photographs for us.

THE DETAILS & DÉCOR | There were so many little details and decorations it is hard to capture everything.

The save the date and invitations were a particular focus for us as we wanted them to be really different. We chose a bespoke laser cut design Hummingbird cards. The save the dates were a postcard size laser cut design in hydrangea blue. The invitations were a larger version of these with all the additional bits wrapped in brown vintage string with brown vintage envelopes.

The flowers were a huge focal point for us as we really wanted them to stand out. We had a vintage bicycle outside the venue full of flowers and some gigantic helium balloons to match. We had a MR and MRS Lindsay banner outside in the gardens to add decoration as well as a vintage lemonade stand with mini milk bottles and vintage straws. This served as the seating plan as well as every luggage tag had a name on it and the name of the table that each person was sitting on, on the other side.

Red heart helium balloons were given to each of the guests, and us following the ceremony to let off as part of the main group photo. This made a fantastic picture.

Table names were names of our favourite restaurants around the world. We are both big foodies so this was really representative of who we are and what we love.

We made a personalised wedding bingo for during the dinner to make sure everyone mixed on each of the tables and a bottle of champagne was given to the winning table. Our favours were chocolate moustaches for the men and lips for the women which made some great photographs.

My little brother Olly was page boy and he carried a custom made ‘Here comes the bride’ sign down the aisle which was incredibly sweet.

Possibly my favourite decorative detail was the candy station that myself and my bridesmaid (Brittany) created. We based this on Amy Atlas designs as we loved her ideas. We couldn’t find anyone in the UK to create a great American style candy station for us so that’s why we decided to make it ourselves. Most of the candy was imported from the USA/Canada by friends in the colour scheme to match the wedding. There were also salted caramel and chocolate macaroons – my favourite thing!

My second favourite detail was the giant L&I lighting that was set up by Vowed and Amazed in the evening for us. This was recommended by Aimee and was a perfect décor to the dancefloor/lighting in the evening. We also had fireworks line the drive at the end of the evening so when we drove out of the house, they all went off which was fantastic to see.

THE HONEYMOON | An African extravaganza for just under 3 weeks. We went to Zanzibar for 1 week, followed by a safari for 4 days in Tanzania, and then spent 1 week at Fundu Lagoon on Pemba Island (one of the archipelago’s off the coast of Zanzibar).

MEMORABLE MOMENTS | Iain – The door at the end of the aisle opening and seeing Lisa for the first time. I had been pretty nervous until then (not least because she was 20 mins late!), but as soon as I saw her a sense of calm passed through my body and I really enjoyed the rest of the ceremony.

Another highlight was looking back at dance floor and seeing it packed with people and everyone was having such a good time.

Lisa – When the registrar announced us as man and wife – possibly the most surreal and exciting moment. It was so hard to take it all in but fantastic at the same time. It was great to turn around and see everyone there celebrating with us. Iain’s speech was also a particularly memorable moment for me as he wrote a poem at the end which was lovely.

ADVICE FOR OTHER COUPLES | Make sure that all the hard work is done in ADVANCE of the day, and on the day delegate EVERYTHING, either to bridesmaids, a wedding planner, family; anyone to allow you to enjoy, and most importantly, take in the best parts of the day. Also, don’t spend too much time dwelling on the details as you are the only one who appreciates them and notices when things aren’t quite so.

Enjoy the day! It’s the most overwhelming day ever, but try to enjoy it and take in as much as you can as it disappears so quickly.

CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE |

Catering | Caper and Berry

Dress |  Tsemaye Binite

Bridesmaid dresses | Amsale

Men’s suits | Jack Bunneys

Cake | Sophie’s Chocolates

Flowers | Hot Flowers and Art

Wedding planner | Aimee Dunne

Giant illuminated L&I Letters | Vowed and Amazed

Hair and Make-up | Lindsay Ann Ratcliffe 

Invitations | Hummingbird cards

DJ –Kudos Music | DJ was Arjun Desai

Photographer | Cotton Candy Photography

Photobooth |Rentabooth

Videographer | Gorgeous Film

Favours | Creightons Chocolates

 

Utterly beautiful.

Thanks so so much to Lisa and Iain for sharing their amazing wedding with us here at WWW XOXO Lou

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WWW Woodland Wedding Ideas Editorial. The Film. http://whimsicalwonderlandweddings.com/2014/10/www-woodland-wedding-ideas-editorial-the-film.html http://whimsicalwonderlandweddings.com/2014/10/www-woodland-wedding-ideas-editorial-the-film.html#comments Wed, 29 Oct 2014 13:30:00 +0000 http://whimsicalwonderlandweddings.com/?p=126548 Afternoon lovelies :-)

Those of you that have been following the WWW editorial shoot images; I hope will enjoy this little feature.

Whilst the team and I were busy putting together the shoot, we had the fantastic Jacob Davies from Carey Sheffield Boutique Productions capturing everything on beautiful film. Plus I have some sneaky behind the scenes images thanks to Carey Sheffield and her assistant Jasmine Andrews.

It’s lovely to relive this day over again, hit the full screen button and turn up the volume to enjoy to the max :-)

 

 

 

Whimsical Wonderland Weddings Woodland Shoot from Jake Davies on Vimeo.

 

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CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE |

Photography | Carey Sheffield

Photography Assistant | Jasmine Andrews

Film |Jacob Davies - Carey Sheffield Boutique Productions

Creative Direction/ Styling | The Bijou Bride

Location | Moggerhanger Park

Cakes | Delicieux Cakes

Hair Stylist and Makeup Artist | Essex Wedding Beauty

Paper Flowers | Tissue Blossoms

Tableware and Dark Chairs | Hélène Millot Furnishings

Flowers | Joanne Truby Floral Design

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

Dresses & Hairpieces | Heritage Brides

Tea Lights | Dot Com Gift Shop

 

To see the rest of the shoot see below ;

 

WWW Photoshoot. Ethereal Woodland Wedding Ideas

Pretty Natural Barefoot Bohemian Bridal Look. Real Bride Katy

Ethereal English Rose Bridal Look. Real Bride Kate

Beautiful Rustic Woodland Bridal Look

 

Thanks sooo much everyone :-) XOXO Lou

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Wednesday Wedding Wonders. 29/10/2014 http://whimsicalwonderlandweddings.com/2014/10/wednesday-wedding-wonders-29102014.html http://whimsicalwonderlandweddings.com/2014/10/wednesday-wedding-wonders-29102014.html#comments Wed, 29 Oct 2014 12:00:29 +0000 http://whimsicalwonderlandweddings.com/?p=126565 Vintage Glamour Afternoon Tea Wedding http://assassynation.co.uk/

Image by Assassynation, full wedding here.

 

Howdy. It’s half term so I have been juggling the blog with my two boys, but my wonderful mum has stepped in to look after A and keep him entertained. We head off on Friday for some much needed family time though, it’s important to find time to play too right? We have matching Halloween costumes for them at the ready hehe!

The week has been a busy one hasn’t it? Gorgeous real weddings a plenty on WWW and so many around the interwebs too. LOVE.

WWW’s Wedding of the Week

 

Two Artists Marry Atop Columbia Gorge = gorgeous.

 

Quirky Stylish Barn Wedding http://www.mikeandtom.co.uk/

Image by Mike and Tom, full wedding here.

 

 

California Wedding with Leafy Decor

Sunshine Yellow After The Winter

A Handcrafted Backyard Wedding in Sunnydale

Handmade New Zealand Wedding

Homemade Wedding at Asylum Chapel

Intimate Foggy Mountain Wedding

 

Vintage Wildflower Meadow Wedding http://annamorganphotography.co.uk/

Image by Anna Morgan, full wedding here.

 

 

Leo Carrillo Ranch Wedding

Trendy Wedding Inspired By Nature

Romantic Outdoor Wedding Amongst the Trees

Romantic Farm Wedding in Alabama

Colorful Bohemian Ranch Wedding

Real wedding: Jess + Adrian

 

Happy wedding Wednesday XOXO Lou

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Big Party London City Wedding at One Whitehall Place http://whimsicalwonderlandweddings.com/2014/10/big-party-london-city-wedding-at-one-whitehall-place.html http://whimsicalwonderlandweddings.com/2014/10/big-party-london-city-wedding-at-one-whitehall-place.html#comments Wed, 29 Oct 2014 08:00:02 +0000 http://whimsicalwonderlandweddings.com/?p=125484 Party London One Whitehall Place Wedding http://www.babbphoto.com/

 

You can’t go wrong if when planning a wedding you simply plan a big party and get married too, which is just how today’s couple approached their wedding.

Laura and Pete held their wedding day at One Whitehall Place in London on the 28th June 2014. Their priorities were the food, drink, music and dancing; the perfect combo to ensure guests had an awesome time.

With classic and chic styling there were simple touches and multicoloured flowers.

Laura looked elegant in Imari by Jenny Packham with a cathedral length veil, while Pete wore bespoke Reiss. So much style. Oh and how amazing is that Pride Parade shot? Priceless.

Thanks goes to the amazing Babb Photo for sharing her imagery today.

 

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THE PROPOSAL | Was a total surprise. Pete told me that we were going out to something festive (it was 2 weeks before Christmas) and I cynically thought it was a ruse to get me ice-skating, as he has wanted to go for ages and I have stubbornly refused. It turned out that he had booked a private capsule on the London Eye, and even then it didn’t click what was happening and my main thought was that I needed to get him a better Christmas present……. anyway he popped the question when our capsule was at the top, and the rest is history.

THE VISION | I can’t say that we had a vision as such – we wanted a big party for our family and friends and we wanted it in London, which is our home and surely the best city in the world! As many of our guests were coming over from America I guess we wanted something a bit special as well, something that showed London off.

THE PLANNING PROCESS |  In our mind, you can’t have a good party without amazing food, free-flowing booze, good music and lots of dancing. I also got quite addicted to wedding blogs, where I learned very quickly how important high quality photography is. So, we centred everything around these priorities. We also knew that we weren’t going to do everything absolutely according to the rule book, for example I didn’t have bridesmaids, the best men all wore whatever they wanted to, no first dance and no cutting of the cake (we had a baklava tower instead, just because we prefer it). Beyond that, we pretty much chose the things that we liked most along the way and didn’t worry too much about what people would think or if it all came together in a ‘theme’. We also took lots of recommendations from friends – we’ve been to a lot of weddings in the last couple of years to there was plenty of advice on offer!

BUDGET | We didn’t set one, and if I’m honest I have absolutely no idea how much we spent!

THE VENUE | We chose One Whitehall Place, London. It’s a beautiful old building on the bank of the river, with great views across London (out of interest – part of the 1st episode of the Honourable Woman was filmed there). It also has loads of political history attached to it. We were also totally won over by the delicious food and drink, and the amazing Laura Ramella who was our wedding coordinator and made the whole process seem like a breeze from beginning to end.

THE DRESS & ACCESSORIES | I bought my dress in the town I grew up in, because that was a good way of involving my Mum in the process, and the two of us went together for the initial searches. I found my dress on the second appointment, although I didn’t know it, as I had to get the opinion of a couple of friends first (I’d narrowed it down to one of 2 very similar dresses by the same designed). I went with Imari, by Jenny Packham because it made me feel so glamorous, and because there wasn’t a single bit of boning or corseting in it, meaning I could eat, drink and dance to my hearts content. I always knew that I would end up in something like Imari.

GROOM’S ATTIRE | We spent some time wandering around Saville Row, and briefly flirted with the idea of Pete wearing the suit that Daniel Craig famously wore in Casino Royale. But then a friend recommended Reiss’s made to measure service, and as he had looked awesome at his own wedding we decided to go for it. The process is really fun, you get to choose every tiny detail, right down to the colour of the thread on the buttonholes! Pete ended up in an extremely dapper slim-fit suit in a bright (ish) blue, and looked great.

THE READINGS & MUSIC | We let our friends choose the readings, and they were perfect. Pete is a trained musician so has lots of talented musicians as friends, one of whom kindly agreed to organise (and perform) all of the music for the ceremony. We went with a brass band – it was great walking down the aisle to trumpets, French horns and a trombone! In the evening we had a 10 piece big band playing Frank Sinatra type numbers – they were worth every penny.

BEAUTIFUL BRIDESMAIDS| I had my best friends little girl and my niece as flower girls – they looked gorgeous. I didn’t have any adult bridesmaids, though my friends were brilliant in supporting me in the run up to the day, and on the day itself.

THE FLOWERS | I love flowers, but really didn’t want to break the budget on this part of the day. I also wasn’t too worried about having everything perfectly coordinated. So, we ended up with a mix of professional arrangements (ceremony room, bouquets and buttonholes) and then I did the table centrepieces and a few arrangements around the venue myself. Doing some of the flowers was more work than I thought, but luckily my awesome friend Hayley helped me stuff about a million bottles with babies breath, which definitely made the time pass more quickly!

THE CAKE |  We shunned cake and went with loads of baklava instead, which we bought from a shop off Edgeware Road. It was delicious, and a lot cheaper than a cake too.

YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER | Was Laura Babb, who I found through a wedding blog. Pete and I immediately felt comfortable with Laura, and trusted that she would do a great job capturing our wedding. We love our images from the day, which brilliantly document the emotion and mood of the day. We would book her again in a second (not that we plan on getting married again!).

THE HONEYMOON | Thailand – we went the day after the wedding and had 2 nights in Bangkok followed by a week on Koh Samui. We stayed in the Banyan Tree in both places, which was complete luxury.

MEMORABLE MOMENTS | My Dad coming to collect me before the ceremony and walking down the aisle with an embarrassingly big grin on my face, and then the whole of the ceremony. Going out into the Pride Parade was also great fun and I will never forget the experience of being surrounded by so many people who had no idea who we were, but wanted to congratulate/hug/kiss us anyway!

ADVICE FOR OTHER COUPLES | Make sure you snatch some time alone as soon after the ceremony as you can – we had a few minutes immediately afterwards to really appreciate what we’d just done. Also, be a bit selfish, it’s your day and you can’t please everyone, so concentrate on pleasing yourselves.

CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE |

Photography | Babb Photo

Venue | One Whitehall Place

Dress | Jenny Packham

Suit | Reiss

Flowers | Brigitte de Wert

Make Up | Kylie McMichael

Band | The MBB Band – booked through Alive Network

Magician | Adam Keisner

 

How wonderful, such a brilliant celebration.

Thanks so much to Laura and Pete for sharing their wedding story with us XOXO Lou

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Natural Rural Seasonal Wedding with Bountiful Blooms http://whimsicalwonderlandweddings.com/2014/10/natural-rural-seasonal-wedding-with-bountiful-blooms.html http://whimsicalwonderlandweddings.com/2014/10/natural-rural-seasonal-wedding-with-bountiful-blooms.html#comments Tue, 28 Oct 2014 14:00:52 +0000 http://whimsicalwonderlandweddings.com/?p=125395 Natural Rural Seasonal Wedding http://martamayphotography.co.uk/

 

Welcome back this afternoon WWWers and a big hello to any new visitors. I have another glorious country wedding to share with you today… yippee :-)

With a vision of a relaxed and rural wedding WWW readers Alison and George married on the 17th May 2014 at Hellens Manor in Herefordshire. It was important to them that their wedding food and flowers were local and seasonal, an ethos which I really adore.

Talking of blooms, just wait until you see the florals in this wedding, the bouquets were bountiful and beautiful.

Alison wore a flirty polka dot tea length dress with pops of turquoise while George went for a dapper three piece suit. So very lovely.

Thanks so much to Marta May for sharing these gorgeous photographs this afternoon.

 

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THE PROPOSAL | Ali surprised George with a picnic outside our house on a beautiful sunny day. All was going well until the Tesco delivery turned up right in the middle! After the interruption I presented George with a watch and asked him to marry me. He said yes!!

THE VISION | A relaxed, rural atmosphere. We wanted our day to be a celebration of our love with all of our friends and family. Originally I planned to be a bit vintage but that took a back seat later on.

THE PLANNING PROCESS | We started with the big decisions, how big, where, when and what style!

The church we wanted to get married in, near my parent’s home, was the first thing we decided on. It was a gorgeous Arts and Crafts church near my parents’ home, called Brockhampton. The first time I took George to visit Brockhampton he said “this would be a lovely place to get married”, he wasn’t talking about us at the time but we remembered that when we got engaged and decided that it was just right for us. The vicar also does the services at my parent’s local church and we knew he had a great sense of humour, he really made our wedding personal to us and so special.

With that decided Ali researched venues in and around Hereford and we decided which ones we would visit. We visited village halls, stately homes and barns and decided that we wanted a barn in the countryside to reflect us and keep the atmosphere of the day as relaxed as possible. Hellens Manor really reflected us both, the history and rural setting (I work in a National Trust house and George is a ranger looking after the countryside and protecting habitats). Thankfully they still had the date we wanted available.

I came across our photographer Marta May while looking for venues and browsing wedding blogs. Her style was so relaxed and natural, just what we wanted. I booked her without delay! We were not disappointed. She was a pleasure to have there and the photos are stunning, just as we imagined!

We really wanted to have local and seasonal food and drink, Ascaris were able to offer this and their confident and friendly attitude when we met them really confirmed they were the right people for us. If there was any room for doubt the tasting session quashed it as we were served the most beautiful food, again the team inspired so much confidence. The white wine was from my parents little vineyard, the red from a family friend of Hellens Manor. My mother-in-law made the totally stunning cake (which was delicious) and also brought pasties made by the Posh Pasty Company, a family friend. George’s sister made the posh salads that went with them.

Flowers took me a little longer because again we wanted local and seasonal, I met Chloe from Bare Blooms at a vintage wedding fair. She grows her own flowers and produces really natural looking displays, just right for us.

Everything else we did ourselves, with lots of help from our friends and family.

BUDGET |  £10,000, we came in just a shade under!

THE VENUE |  Hellens Manor, lovely laid back staff and a really stunning venue.

THE DRESS & ACCESSORIES | I bought my dress on the internet, it fitted me perfectly and I had no complaints or alterations. It came from Inspiration Bridal. I gave all my measurements and it was made for me. It fitted like a glove. Accessories were vintage and family pieces.

FINDING THE DRESS | I actually bought 2 dresses! The first one my Mum hated and I already had doubts about. I decided that with that in the bag I could take a punt on the dress I’d fallen in love with online but I had thought was too much of a risk. It arrived and was perfect which was lucky!

GROOM’S ATTIRE | George and his Dad went to Moss Bros and chose the suit and then George asked me to come and check the colours suited my colour scheme and bridesmaids. We changed the colours to match my petticoat (not that he knew what I was matching!). They all looked very handsome.

THE READINGS & MUSIC | Song of Solomon 8, v.6-7 and The Future by Emma Salmon which was so very ‘us’ I cried when I read it!

I entered to Clarkes Trumpet Voluntary, we had Loves Divine all Loves Excelling, Immortal Invisible and Lord of All Hopefulness, all sung with gusto!

BEAUTIFUL BRIDESMAIDS | Jo Spary and Laney Forrey who I went to Uni with and my sister Jenny Armstrong.

THE FLOWERS | Bare Blooms. Natural, seasonal, locally grown and totally gorgeous.

THE CAKE |  Made by Val Grainger my Mother-in-law, it was a huge fruit cake, a lemon drizzle and a cherry madeira and was much complemented by all. The topper was a kept as a surprise and was a joke about our jobs. It was so lovely and made it very personal and I know it was a labour of love so thanks Val!

YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER |  Marta May. Relaxed, comfortable and natural shots, they were a joy to have at our wedding.

THE DETAILS & DÉCOR | We made all our stationery ourselves, I made half the bunting and we borrowed the rest from a village hall Laney’s sister organises weddings at. We and our friends made all the decorations.

THE HONEYMOON | We wanted something with relaxing elements but also with plenty to do. We went to Singapore for 3 days, an amazing city. Then off to Bali for a few days on the beach and a few in the interior of the island visiting temples and cycling in the stunning rice terraces. We loved having 3 very different parts all of which were very memorable. Ignore people tell you that you HAVE to spend 2 weeks on a beach, if you want to do it, but if you know you are would find that boring don’t be afraid to do something a little different!

MEMORABLE MOMENTS | It goes so fast, the only moment I remember with complete clarity was our vows but I loved the whole day. I loved having all of our family and friends there sharing it with us. Even those who’s birthdays and anniversaries it was and also the guest who had another wedding the day after, good effort guys, much appreciated!

ADVICE FOR OTHER COUPLES |  Plan well and communicate what you want with your suppliers but try not to sweat the small stuff. It will be amazing and if something gets forgotten (like we forgot the bouquet toss) don’t worry only you will know it was meant to happen anyway!

CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE |

Church |Brockhampton

Venue | Hellens Manor

Caterers | Ascaris

Pasties |Posh Pasty Co.

Photographer | Marta May

Flowers | Bare Blooms

 

Gorgeous!

Thanks so very much to Alison and George for sharing their wedding story with us today XOXO Lou

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Vintage Wildflower Meadow Quintessentially English Feel Wedding http://whimsicalwonderlandweddings.com/2014/10/vintage-wildflower-meadow-quintessentially-english-feel-wedding.html http://whimsicalwonderlandweddings.com/2014/10/vintage-wildflower-meadow-quintessentially-english-feel-wedding.html#comments Tue, 28 Oct 2014 08:00:51 +0000 http://whimsicalwonderlandweddings.com/?p=125438 Vintage Wildflower Meadow Wedding http://annamorganphotography.co.uk/

 

This wedding is quintessentially English. From groom Captain Danny; an officer in the Household Cavalry donning his amazing frock coat to the horse drawn carriage.

Laura Rose and Captain Danny tied the knot on Saturday 26 July 2014 in a Church ceremony followed by a wildflower meadow marquee country wedding. Laura Rose wore a stunning 1930s original vintage dress with vintage 1930s veil and pretty ruffled shoes. She had the most whimsy bouquet filled with foliage and blooms and pretty curled locks.

The marquee was decked out in pretty touches, with bunting, homegrown flowers and a naked sponge cake. YUM.

Thanks goes to Anna Morgan for sharing her wonderful imagery.

 

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THE PROPOSAL | On a beautiful Spring morning in 2013 riding our favourite cavalry horses, Hope & Yalu, at the top of Rotten Row nr Hyde Park Corner. Danny popped the question to which I asked ‘Are you sure?!’. He said ‘yes!’ so I said ‘yes!’. The ring fit perfectly and we cantered off in the direction of home (chased by a pug!) after swiftly drinking our glasses of champagne. The rest is history…..!

THE VISION | A simple country affair in the heart of the New Forest where I grew up. Garden & meadow flowers. Vintage touches. Jane Austen fused with Thomas Hardy and a dash of opulence, budget permitting!

THE PLANNING PROCESS | After spending 3 months brainstorming possibilities we began slowly but surely putting the framework of the day in place, sourcing local suppliers and getting friends & family involved, starting with the big stuff and finishing off with the finer details closer to the due date. Despite the horror stories one reads we were lucky to experience a total lack of setbacks along the way.

BUDGET | Probably middle of the road in the end, didn’t get anywhere near the dizzy heights of the 20K range ~ thank goodness!

THE VENUE | Ceremony took place at the picturesque St John the Baptist church in Boldre followed by a short horse & carriage ride down to a wild flower meadow where we had afternoon tea in a vintage king pole marquee.

THE DRESS & ACCESSORIES | Broke all the rules by buying my shoes first ~ spotted them in the Lanes of Brighton, it was love at first sight and they had my size (8!!) so job done! Dress was a 1930’s silk & georgette original cut on the bias ~ modified by the most amazing seamstress to morph it into more of a bridal gown. Veil, also 1930’s, discovered in an adorable vintage bridal shop in Devonshire ~ I was only looking for a vintage inspired headpiece but also came out with a veil. When I saw the horseshoe detail, how could I walk away from that?!!

FINDING THE DRESS | After a brief trawl through a list of vintage dress suppliers I stumbled across a little gem of a place in the Lanes of Brighton ~ they didn’t specialise in wedding dresses but their small collection was exquisite (a mix of vintage and vintage inspired). I was looking for a dress that fit me like a glove and gave me total freedom of movement, it was the 6th dress I tried on, just before Christmas.

GROOM’S ATTIRE | Danny, a recently commissioned officer in the Household Cavalry wore his ‘Frock Coat’ ~ a little hot under the collar (!) but looked every inch the prince charming from dawn until dusk.

THE READINGS & MUSIC |We personally selected one reading titled ‘Heart of Love’ and our vicar selected the bible reading ‘1 John 4 v 7-12’. I entered the church to ‘Arrival of the Queen of Sheba’, our registration music was Adagio (Oboe Concerto) ~ Albinoni followed by Mrs Darcy (Pride & Prejudice) ~ Marianelli Orch. Wallfisch. We left the church to ‘Toccata (from 5th Symphony)’.

BEAUTIFUL BRIDESMAIDS | Wendy & Melanie were my maids of honour (by Debenhams) followed by Sarah & Phoebe as flower girls (by Monsoon).

THE FLOWERS | The church took excellent care of the ceremonial flowers, a wonderful local florist created the bouquets & button holes and the marquee flowers were fresh from my mum’s beautiful cottage garden.

THE CAKE | A wedding gift from a friend who runs a cake making business ~ she’s a marvel! The naked look decorated with fresh flowers fit beautifully with the homemade look. Super yummy too!! Fresh raspberry butter cream followed by dark chocolate ganache & hazelnut followed by salted caramel butter cream.

YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER | The lovely Anna Morgan Photography.

THE DETAILS & DÉCOR | We tried to keep things simple to avoid hours of burning the midnight oil during the build-up ~ that said my mum did spend a fair few months decorating 90 jam jars with vintage lace, ribbon and doilies!! The trestle tables in the marquee were dusted with lavender, dried rose petals and vintage gold glitter ~ hides a multitude of sins!!!

THE HONEYMOON | Monemvasia, a town and a municipality in Laconia, Greece.

MEMORABLE MOMENTS | Where do I start?! All of it!!

ADVICE FOR OTHER COUPLES | Don’t leave it all to the last minute, start with the big stuff and work your way down to the fun, cherry on the cake stuff. It doesn’t have to cost the world, be creative and think outside the box! Personal touches go a long way.. and remember there are no rules, it’s your day! x

CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE |

Dress | Hope and Harlequin 

Flowers | Yasmin Design Florists

Veil & headpiece | Days of Grace Vintage

Cake | Flour Power

Marquee | Pole to Pole Marquees

Caterers | Rosie Lea

Photographer | Anna Morgan Photography

 

Amazing, how very pretty.

Thanks so much to Laura Rose and Captain Danny for sharing their story with us XOXO Lou

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