Whimsical Wonderland Weddings http://whimsicalwonderlandweddings.com UK Wedding Blog Fri, 24 Oct 2014 13:00:37 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.2 The Bride Diaries. Introducing Bride to Be Jess http://whimsicalwonderlandweddings.com/2014/10/the-bride-diaries-introducing-bride-to-be-jess.html http://whimsicalwonderlandweddings.com/2014/10/the-bride-diaries-introducing-bride-to-be-jess.html#comments Fri, 24 Oct 2014 13:00:37 +0000 http://whimsicalwonderlandweddings.com/?p=124512 It’s F-f-f-friday!! Yippee. Before you head out of the office for a weekend of fun plans, I have our last blogging real bride to introduce to you :-)

Bride to be Jess is set to marry her beau Robbie in June and has a stonker of a day planned. I am so excited to hear her diary entries as the months go by. Be sure to read on to hear their love story and wedding theme… XOXO Lou

 

Real Bride

 

WWW readers what an absolute pleasure to have been selected by the lovely Louise to discuss my wedding plans, ideas, disasters and all! I can’t wait! My grammar is far from good (apologies in advance!) but ideas are literally bursting, so I look forward to sharing with you on the journey to the big day, 13th June 2015 (10 months and counting)

 

About me and the Groom to be, in November I will have known Robbie for 12 years! (See classic prom picture) We live in London, I work for a well known yellow department store on Oxford Street, doing visual displays in and around the store, generally making things pretty and sparkly. Robbie works for some well-known booze brands, selling cocktails to the masses in and around central London. If anything from my monthly updates I can promise ever changing decorating ideas and many a cocktail concoction! Perfect combination!

 

Real Bride

 

I hate mushy romance, but need to accept in telling you how we met that we probably sound like the quintessential Joey and Dawson, right off the creek! We met on the dance floor of the Halloween school disco, ‘time stopped and the crowds parted as we locked eyes’ – not quite! Robbie was dared to ‘pull’ a young unsuspecting girl from the year below and that lucky lady was me! Fast-forward to December 2013, Robbie nervously walking me round our childhood country park trying desperately to find the lake where we’d had many heartbreaking teenage moments. When we finally got to the lake and shook off the unsuspecting dog walker, he dropped to one knee right in mud. You’ll see from pictures; Rob’s utter fear, as this picture was pre-asking and then said muddy knee. Not a hint of cringe, just some mud and a bobby-dazzler of a ring!

 

Down on one knee

 

Plans for the big day, our main aim is for one big party, to celebrate with all our friends and family – with NO stress. I don’t know if I will ever be able to put a theme to the big day, but floral country fete with a splash of disco ball is probably my best description for now! If there is anything I’ve learnt from many an installation is that it all comes together on they – just make sure you have some bunting! Some teasers for now and things that are certain are we have the amazingly-fabulous Anna Clarke capturing the big day! And the A-team of tipis Sami’s tipis setting the scene for the main event.

 

When we set the big day, it felt a million miles away and I was willing for the day to hurry along – but now time is soon flying by and I don’t know about any of you other 2015 brides, but its proving a popular time!!

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I just love a wedding where the bride and groom focus on their guests experience. WWW readers Lisa and Louis, who married on the 9th August 2014 at The House Meadow, had a wedding filled with fun and games. They took a fete/sports day feel to the max with welly wanging, space hopper jousting, hula hooping, an egg and spoon race, cake bake off and tug of war. Brilliant.

They also love picnics and served a picnic style meal, which looked scrumptious. Their homemade décor was primarily inspired by Pride and Predjudice and they even headed to the Jane Austen museum on their honeymoon.

Lisa was simply radiant in her Ellis gown, perfectly wavy hair, Irregular Choice shoes and sweet veil. Oh so lovely.

Thanks goes to the wonderful Daffodil Waves for providing the imagery today.

 

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THE PROPOSAL | We went out with my Mum and Dad for my Mums birthday meal at a lovely Italian restaurant that I love. Louis had been acting strangely all day and I thought it was really odd how many beers he was ordering and how shifty he got when I asked the waiter to hang up his coat (he was hiding the ring in his pocket!) Louis took so long to pluck up courage to ask we got to the end of the meal and we were nearly getting ready to go home. Suddenly, he got on one knee and I thought he had dropped something until I realised that he had a ring in his hand! After giggling hysterically I eventually said yes and Louis could get up off the floor!

THE VISION | We wanted a traditional countryside wedding, with a kind of afternoon tea/fete kind of feel. I didn’t want any particular theme or colour scheme but just wanted it to have a rustic handmade feel. I really wanted to be outside and the setting was very important to us. We wanted our wedding to reflect our love of picnics and being outside and also have a playful feel by including lots of games to play outside – a little like a school sports day. I love making things so I wanted to make as much as possible so the wedding had a really personal feel.

THE PLANNING PROCESS | We bought a wedding planner book and worked through the list of suppliers that we needed to get. We were very lucky that we chose the House Meadow as our wedding reception venue as Clare who runs the House Meadow was able to suggest lots of local suppliers that she knew were excellent. This made the planning much easier. We also had a list of things that needed to be made and my Mum even made a wedding clipboard to hold all the lists on!!

BUDGET | We worked on a budget of around £20,000.

THE VENUE | The wedding ceremony was held at Boxley Church and the reception venue was held at the House Meadow. We were very lucky that both venues are beautiful.

THE DRESS & ACCESSORIES |  My dress has a beaded bodice that tapers in at the waist and then froths out from just below the waist with lots of net. On the net of the skirt there is lots of lace detail that matches the bodice. I love the net straps of the dress that also include the lace detailing. The best bit of my dress is the back, which has buttons leading from the bodice all the way down to the bottom of the long train. My dress is made by Ellis and cost £1,800. I initially wanted a short, 50’s style wedding dress but as soon as I put my dress on I loved how it made me feel like a princess, just like I had imagined I would look when I was a little girl. I wore a hair clip spray from Debenhams, a diamond cross that my mum bought me for my birthday and earrings from Butler and Wilson. I also wore my Nan’s ring which was my something old. I didn’t want too much jewellery as I thought that the dress was dramatic enough! My shoes were blue with big blue bows on the front with white flowers in the middle. These were from Irregular Choice, whose shoes I absolutely love as they are so kooky!

FINDING THE DRESS | I found my dress in the first dress shop that I went in. I was extremely nervous about trying on dresses as I didn’t know how I would pick the one perfect dress. I shouldn’t have worried as it was great fun picking dresses to try with my mum and being dressed up! I loved how my dress made me feel like a princess and the way as soon as I put it on I could swish around, it felt so comfortable and I could imagine being a real bride!

GROOM’S ATTIRE |  Louis wore a grey, light weight suit with a pale blue waistcoat, and a white cravat which he rented from Abigails Bridal Wear in Headcorn.

THE READINGS & MUSIC | My Bridesmaid did a bible reading and Louis read a poem called “These I promise you”.

BEAUTIFUL BRIDESMAIDS | I had one bridesmaid Tasha, who has been my best friend from since we were at school. Tasha wore a simple dusky pink dress from Coast. I also had two usherettes who are also extremely good friends.

THE FLOWERS |  I wanted a natural bouquet, as if the flowers had been picked from the garden. I also wanted a range of colours. I had a bit of Myrtle which my Mum had grown in the garden for me, which she bought on a family holiday in the Isle of Wight before I was even engaged. She always said that one day when I got married I would have it in my bouquet! All of the the table flowers were hand picked by us, our caterer let us pick the flowers from her garden! We then arranged them in home decorated jam jars.

THE CAKE | I designed my cake with a lovely lady called Linda who has a company called Cake Mountain. I wanted a really quirky cake to go with our country style wedding so choose to have three wonky layers decorated with bunting, lace and buttons with a tea pot on the top. The cake had two layers of carrot cake (my favourite) and one layer of lemon cake (Louis favourite).

YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER | We were incredibly lucky to ask Nicola from Daffodil Waves to take our photographs for us. I met Nicola at an open day at our venue and her warmth and enthusiasm shined though. Her photographs are exquisite and I was never in any doubt that the photos that she took would be beautiful. It was also really fun watching as Nicola posted about other weddings she had photographed on social media and emailing her about the things we were up to in preparation for our wedding.

THE DETAILS & DÉCOR |  We made nearly all of our decorations. My Mum made the bunting that went around the marquee and Allie my usherette made the pom poms that we hung from the posts. Me and my Mum made cotton reel table name holders and my Mum also sewed hoops to decorate the centre of the table – all stamped with Pride and Predjudice themed stamps. The napkins were wrapped in pages from Pride and Predjudice that we had inked to look old.

Our favours were handmade paper tea cups filled with wither home made lavender bags for the girls and chocolate moustache lollipops for the boys. (We bought the lollipops from my favourite chocolate shop in the Isle of Wight that we visit every year.) The table plan was also home made, using a piece of foam board, covered in hessian and then decorated with paper flowers and lace. The tables were then set out on brown paper tags.

Across one side of the marquee we hung a washing line with photos of Louis and I growing up with our family and friends and I decorated wooden pegs with paper butterflies and flowers to make that look pretty. In one corner of the marquee we had a hay bale, which we stood decorated frames with pictures of our families in. I decorated cheep wooden frames by painting them and then cutting out bunting to go across the top. We also decorated a garden trug with bunting to hold our cards.

We had lots of games for people to play, welly wanging, space hopper jousting, hula hooping, egg and spoon race and tug of war. The photos that we got of everyone having fun are great. We also asked all of our guests to bring a home made cake and throughout the evening guests voted for their favourite cake. In the middle of the evening the winner was announced and they got a prize! Then we ate all the cakes!!

THE HONEYMOON | We had a weeks break in Bath, going to lots of tea rooms and doing lots of sightseeing. It went with the Pride and Prejudice theme as Jane Austen lived in Bath for a little while and we even visited the Jane Austen museum.

MEMORABLE MOMENTS | There are so many memorable moments but I think walking up the aisle, playing games on the field and having our photos taken in the beautiful surroundings.

ADVICE FOR OTHER COUPLES | Borrow lots of ideas and use pinterest, its great. And also book suppliers early so that you can get people who really understand what you want.

CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE |

The Venue | The House Meadow

Caterers | Home Guur’own

Photography | Daffodil Waves

Suit | Abigail Bride

Florist | Sweet William Florist

Car | Simply Stunning Cars

 

 

Such a fun and pretty day.

Thanks so much to Lisa and Louis for sharing their wedding with us XOXO Lou

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A good afternoon to you :-) I am over the moon to be back today sharing another loved up happy couple.

James and Sam were married on Easter Sunday; 20th April 2014 at their family church followed by a reception at Cubley Hall, Sheffield. They hoped for a relaxed and personal wedding day. Their wedding was a real team effort, with family and friends all contributing their talents; from Sam’s amazing homemade dress to the home baked cakes and crafty liberty print ties.

I so love the utterly delicious style throughout this wedding, complete with stunning attire, Sam’s amazing beehive hair style and the sweet touches.

Thanks so much to Mike and Tom for sharing their incredible photographs today.

 

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THE PROPOSAL | James took me away to Windermere in the Lake District in September 2014 to the hotel we celebrated our 5 year anniversary. James then proceeded to get down on one knee (with a slight resemble to someone falling off his chair), he then popped with question while holding the most beautiful turquoise Tiffany box.

THE VISION | We wanted our wedding day to be as relaxed as possible with all our family and friends around us; we also wanted the day to reflect our personalities and everything we both love.

THE PLANNING PROCESS |  Right from day one we knew what style of wedding we wanted, so decisions were easily and quickly made. We booked all the big things like venue and church first and then started again with other smaller things with 6 months to go….

We had just over a year to plan everything from sending our Save the dates out, we had an army of friends and family helping us create our perfect day, from our wedding car, to all the stationery and decorations, to home baked cakes, to the flower decorations, to homemade ties and pocket squares…. This helped in the way that we didn’t get stressed out, planning our wedding was enjoyable and fun.

BUDGET |  We decided that our wedding wasn’t going to be a huge affair right from day one as we both decided we wanted to enjoy an amazing honeymoon together so a large part of our budget went on that. We made wise decisions and spend money where it was needed, creating a lot of things ourselves and knowing the right people helped us save where necessary…. this meant we could splash out on our honeymoon!

THE VENUE | We knew straight away that we wanted to go down the traditional route and get married in Silkstone church where I was christened 26 years ago and where my Grandparents were married 53 years ago. For the venue we went local, in fact that local it was a mile up the road! This meant that all our friends and older members of our family (including my 100 year old Great Nana) could attend. We had always known we wanted somewhere that fitted in with our style and the Barn and Cubley Hall was always going to be the perfect place.

We were very lucky in the fact that we knew all the staff at Cubley Hall and Sandra the wedding co-ordinator was absolutely brilliant and accommodated our every request! James is a chef so our wedding food was VERY important to us, we went down to non-traditional route and had steak and ale pie and peas and fish and chips, followed by a cake table full of yummy desserts, which were all homemade by our friends and family.

THE DRESS & ACCESSORIES |  My dress was handmade by a friend who works for Paul Smith. I love the fact that my wedding dress was made just for me by someone who knows my styles and it was exactly how I wanted it with so many personal touches which I LOVED.

My Gran gave me the top half of her wedding dress (my something old) which was mainly lace, Susie created a heart out of the lace which was stitched onto my train with our wedding date embroidered in blue thread at the side, my Mum had done some investigation work and got James to find my good luck gold cat my Nannan gave me when I was 7, which was then placed in a pocket within the liner with the words stamped “for a little bit of luck”…. as you can imagine tears fell as started as soon as I saw this!

I work for a lingerie supplier and my colleague at work kindly offered to make my wedding lingerie, which was lovely and very personal which I will keep forever… And for my shoes I wore Vivienne Westwood which were pale pink to match the bridesmaids complete with a huge blue bow for my “something blue”.

FINDING THE DRESS |  I knew I never wanted a ‘typical wedding dress’ and having been talked into going to local wedding dress shops to try on numerous different dresses with my Mum and Sister, it was confirmed that a shop bought dress wouldn’t be for me. I then thought I could possibly go down the route of getting my dress made and I then thought back to my Maid of honours wedding dress which was made for her by her talented friend Susie, a few text messages later she had agreed to meet up to discuss making my wedding dress…. which I then went armed with a scrap book filled with sketches, pictures and numerous website links.

I knew what style of dress I wanted and with being short I felt I knew what would suit my body shape, therefore I knew I wanted a tulle waist band, and a tulle skirt and I also wanted a swishing train but at the same time I wanted to show of my shoes (poor Susie must have dreaded this). But with a few more sketches and inspirational pictures and armed with some measurements… a toile was made, fabrics were ordered and were on the road to success!!!

GROOM’S ATTIRE | James always knew that he wanted to buy a suit as appose to renting one, this worked out well as we have a few more weddings this year so we decided to invest in a good 3 piece that would last that he can keep wearing. We headed straight to Ted Baker and got his entire outfit from there (apart from his Paul Smith socks), he likes to refer to being dressed in “Ted to Toe” on his wedding day. My amazing and talented maid of honour made James’ tie and the Best man, Ushers and the Dads matching ties and pocket squires using Lliberty fabric complete with initial and date tags!

THE READINGS & MUSIC | From day one we knew we had to include our favourite song which is Mr Brightside by The Killers somewhere and stumbled across a piano version on YouTube and decided that this was the song I would walk down the aisle to, in the service we had traditional hymns that everyone could sing along to.

We had a singer called Jake Woodhams for when we were eating our meal, this set a brilliant atmosphere in the Barn and everyone loved him, he also sung when our evening guests were arriving.

In the church my cousin Abby kindly read a reading which was ‘On your wedding day’.

BEAUTIFUL BRIDESMAIDS |  My best friend Carly who I have know since I was 3 was maid of honour and my Sister and friend Hannah were bridesmaids and they all wore floor length one shoulder dresses from H&M. We wanted them in soft muted tones and bought the dresses on a whim when out shopping one day, luckily they loved them and they fitted perfectly.

THE FLOWERS | Floral Magic in Stocksbridge made my bouquet, the bridesmaids posies and all our button holes. After just one discussion they knew exactly what I wanted and created it perfectly.

For our table decorations I went to the local market on the morning the day before the wedding with my Maid of honour, my Mum and my Mother in law and bought roses, gypsophila, peonies and ranunculus which were placed in jam jars, vases and decorative bottles.

THE CAKE |  My Cousin has her own Wedding Cake business called Sweet Additions based in Sheffield, she is fantastic and so very talented and made our cake exactly as we wanted and we LOVED it, we had 3 tiers in 3 different delicious flavours.

My Sister in law bought our cake topper which included James’ chef whites and even Florence, our cat. Above this was a little bunting that my Maid of Honour made for us.

YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER | Mike & Tom did our wedding photography, having stumbled across them online and looking through there online portfolio we absolutely loved their approach to capturing a wedding. We contacted them straight away which they immediately replied saying they were available (it as meant to be)!

We knew we didn’t want traditional photo’s (well we had a few to keep family members happy), but we wanted natural photo’s that really showed off the emotions and atmosphere of the day and they definitely succeeded.

Our friends are getting married on the 1st August and Mike & Tom are shooting there wedding so it will be nice to see them again.

THE DETAILS & DÉCOR | We were very lucky that the Barn is already decorated so lovely with ornaments and lots of fairy lights, so we kept our decorations very minimal.

We made all of the flower decorations our self with lots of help from family and friends; I set out from day one making all our stationery and loved every minute of it. My Stepdad had the job of making envelopes out of wallpaper samples and he’s now a professional in making pom pom’s which where used for the backs of the chairs.

My Mum makes some pretty tasty Sloe Gin so we took advantage of that for our wedding favours. She set on making 30 bottles which were transferred into miniature glass bottles with corks complete with little tags, we made confetti using lavender and dried flowers out of my Nana’s garden.

My friend Jordan did a fantastic job doing my wedding make up, she knew exactly what I wanted and I felt great through out the day, we even had a touch up session before the night do!

THE HONEYMOON |  James was in charge of booking the honeymoon and he decided to make it a holiday of a lifetime, resulting in 3 weeks travelling in Thailand visiting Phuket, Bangkok and Chiang Mai with a 3 night stay in Dubai on the way… AMAZING.

MEMORABLE MOMENTS |  Everyone said to me to make sure James and I had sometime to ourselves, we hadn’t planned to do this as the day was so jam packed but we somehow stumbled across just us two in the Barn when it had been decorated before our guests arrived, it was then when James just said…”you wanna get a drink?” We then sat there with a glass of champagne and a bottle of Corona and had 20 minutes just me and him reflecting on the day, I would highly recommend this.

Seeing my Dad’s face when I walked into the room, it will stay with me forever (and I could cry thinking about it now)…. Also seeing James at the end of the aisle who was a nervous and emotional wreck, even after downing a bottle of rescue remedy. And I will never forgot the excitement of all our guests as the DJ played Mr Brightside and me and James were lifted up by our Ushers, this was brill to see everyone dancing and having a ball.

ADVICE FOR OTHER COUPLES | Spend at least 10 minutes just the two of you to absorb the day and every detail in it… keep calm and enjoy everything as you only get this day once!
If you can arrange to go on honeymoon within the next few days after the wedding, I think it was the best thing ever as the excitement just kept on coming.

CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE |

Photographers | Mike and Tom

Wedding cake | My cousins business – Sweet Additions

Wedding make-up | Jordan Naylor Makeup 

Flowers | Floral Magic

Venue | Cubley Hall, Penistone, Sheffield

 

Oh what a day.

Thanks so so much to James and Sam for sharing their wonderful wedding with us today XOXO Lou

 

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Non Traditional Informal BBQ Beach Wedding http://whimsicalwonderlandweddings.com/2014/10/non-traditional-informal-bbq-beach-wedding.html http://whimsicalwonderlandweddings.com/2014/10/non-traditional-informal-bbq-beach-wedding.html#comments Thu, 23 Oct 2014 07:00:58 +0000 http://whimsicalwonderlandweddings.com/?p=124856 Informal Beach Wedding http://www.juliaandyou.com/

 

 

Tanya and Jamie chose to marry on the 1st November 2013 at the stunning Tunnels Beaches in Devon. They wanted an informal wedding with a BBQ, which was all about spending time with their loved ones.

They scrapped the planned speeches, favours and table plan, giving their guests a really relaxed atmosphere. Music was really important to them, with a personal play list and friends and family performing at the reception.

They also incorporated many personal and meaningful touches too, including a karaoke evening on the Saturday evening.

Tanya donned a gorgeous Paloma Blanca gown with Ivory & Co accessories and a fur shurg, while Jamie looked dapper in a Next three piece suit. Amazing.

Thanks so much to the wonderful Julia and You for sharing her imagery today.

 

 

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THE PROPOSAL | As a creative person I wanted to do something a little different, something Tanya would remember for ever. Also Dylan our son is a very important part of our lives, he had to be part of the plan. Easter seemed a perfect time so I created an Easter egg hunt in Tanya’s dad’s house. Each clue was carefully thought of which would enable Dylan and Tanya to go to different parts of the house, collecting eggs and having fun. This proceeded to the garden and finally down to a quiet, quaint beach (Wiseman’s Bridge, Wales) where the last clue was buried in a tin egg in the sand, where the ring was hidden. Her face was a picture as she expected chocolate eggs to fall out and the ring box dropped in the sand instead.  I love doing special things for her and Dylan and hopefully this was a memory that they will never forget.

THE VISION | As we both had an idea of an informal beach wedding with a BBQ Tunnels Beaches ticked every box as a venue. It was the closest we could get to a destination wedding without going abroad. We wanted our day to be about us and spending time with friends and family. We wanted to laugh and dance and enjoy a relaxed day and we did exactly that and were not phased by any of the mishaps we encountered along the way. Every person there on the day we wanted to be there and although it wasn’t traditional in any sense (there were no planned speeches, no table plans, no favours etc) it worked perfectly.

THE PLANNING PROCESS | We both spent a lot of time coming up with the cool things we liked which were not traditional.  A lot of the planning process centred on incorporating our quirky ideas into the day without trying to cram in too much. Examples of this were retro sweets in pick n mix bags and old fashioned crisps which were handed out in a wicker basket by our Bridesmaid instead of canapés. Tanya’s Nephew handed out Plan of the day cards designed and printed by Jamie. We had a memory book but also a Polaroid Pogo printer which instantly printed pictures of each couple which they stuck in the book and wrote a message next to. We decided against the typical family group shots and wanted a more natural feel but we did create our own ‘Love’ art shot (made out of people) on the beach with some of our guests. Inspired by tunnels style we designed personalised art prints called “ 40 things I love about …..”, and both of us did a list of 40 things we loved about each other. These were hung in the venue for all our guests to read. We decided to use minimal table decorations. These were simple glass jars with tea lights and pebbles which were collected from our drive. We also designed and made all of our wedding nick knacks which included scrabble coasters and funny hand outs titled ‘ 20 things we messed up when organising a wedding’. Our invite was a postcard designed by Jamie using the iconic wicker heart from Tunnels website and the Plan of the day had the Logo from the Neighbours CD single which was the song Tanya walked down the ‘Aisle’ to. We also arranged a meal Damien Hirst’s restaurant on the Saturday we had an overwhelming response and the majority of our wedding guests attended. As a contrast we also planned a Karaoke evening at a local pub for the Saturday evening. We thoroughly enjoyed this as we got to reminisce with our guests and drag out the celebrations. Everyone enjoyed making a full weekend of it.

BUDGET |  Jamie decided the initial budget was £5000 which was greeted with a huge smile from Tanya (knowing this would be virtually impossible). We soon realised that even the most basic wedding without all of the frills and usual traditions can soon add up. Even with the philosophy of the day being about us rather than a big showy wedding we still managed to double the budget. However people were surprised that we managed to create the day we did for the money we spent with the venue alone being so spectacular.

THE VENUE | After doing lots and lots of research we found a place that seemed far too good to be true. It was Tunnels Beaches in Ilfracombe, Devon some 206 miles from where we live. As soon as we arrived at the venue we were speechless. It was breath-taking and the most magical, wonderful place we could have dreamed of for our wedding; the sea, the rocks, the tunnels, the style, the food offered. It really was/is amazing. The staff are super helpful and went out of their way to make sure everything ran smoothly, lots of friendly smiles and people working so hard behind the scenes to ensure things ran smoothly. Jobs got done without us even noticing until after (emptying water out of the fire pit by hand so we could toast marshmallows and they went that extra mile in every possible sense! We are not easily pleased but we can honestly not praise this place and the staff enough. We managed to hold our ceremony outdoors (despite it being November) but the staff would have quickly set things up inside at the last minute should they have needed to. We opted for the BBQ and everyone commented on how wonderful the food was.

Accommodation; We stayed at the Tides (owned by the venue) this was a 5 bedroom 3 storey self-catering  Grand Designs villa perched on a cliff Top overlooking the sea. We stayed with

THE DRESS & ACCESSORIES |  The dress came from a beautiful bridal boutique in Ashby de la Zouch called Cicily Bridal. The amazing girls in the shop helped me find my perfect dress it was exactly what I imagined. It was the Paloma Blanca (4206) Silk Dupioni and Alençon Lace Wedding Dress. Lace empire bodice with keyhole back and covered buttons over zipper to hem with a Sweep Train. Simple but elegant and my husband was blown away. I also got my accessories from Cicily Bridal (Ivory & Co) which I wasn’t planning but they were a perfect complement to the dress. I was extremely nervous about any seamstress taking a pair of scissors to my dress however I couldn’t have been happier with the alterations made by Zoe Evans of Iris Bartholomew Couture.  I used an old paid of Dune shoes I already owned which match perfectly and got a fur shrug for the chilly evening.

GROOM’S ATTIRE | Jamie wore a slim fitting navy ‘Next’ suit, with contrasting fabric pink tie and handkerchief. Our son Dylan and Andy the best man also had matching attire.

THE READINGS & MUSIC | Wow probably the hardest and most time consuming job during the planning process. As the venue had a great audio set up we decided to create different playlists on our ipod. Both Tanya and I went through 10,000 songs and carefully selected which songs were suitable for the day and night. Making sure they weren’t too loud or too fast or slow or too old or modern we wanted a complete mixture which flowed and of course we needed everyone dancing. It was quite a challenge but the finished playlist is a great mix of genres and artists to cover every moment.  Looking back most people don’t even notice the background music.

Guests assembling to Heartbeats by Jose Gonzales, and The Guide by Bourne. Tanya walking down the ‘aisle’ to Suddenly by Angry Anderson (Charlene and Scott wedding song from Neighbours). Signing register to Rock and Rolls mine by the Tulips (wedding song from Home and Away). Exited to The Greatest Day by Take That.

We wanted to incorporate our guests as part of the day as much as possible so we asked three of our guests to perform live sets. Tanya’s friend Mary sang ‘O Del Mio Dolce Ardour by Gluck (Suprano) and completely wowed our audience and Tanya who had never heard her sing before. Then Jamie’s cousin’s Irish partner did an acoustic set to get the guests started and finally Jamie’s two sisters got the party swinging with a range of pop songs. It was fantastic having our guests as part of the entertainment and we loved this personal touch. We did our first dance to Glenn Medeiros ‘Nothings Gonna Change my love for you’ and this was followed by ‘I got a feeling’ by the Black Eyed Peas and then an array of upbeat songs to keep the dancing going from our evening playlist.

BEAUTIFUL BRIDESMAIDS |  I have so many friends I couldn’t choose between them all and so most of them had a role to play within our special day. My god daughter Molly wore a pretty dress and helped hand out retro sweets and crisps as well as keeping the younger children entertained. Luckily for me my close friend Sheelagh Powell is a professional makeup artist and did my makeup on the day using airbrush techniques and eye lash extensions.  She also did my hair and did an amazing job. My other close friend arranged two hen doos (one in Cannes and Monaco and the other at Bistro Live, Leicester) and helped with all the coordinating for the after wedding parties and was a real great help to us with the planning having gotten married herself the year before.

THE FLOWERS |   These were easy, Tanya had an idea of a simple, natural tossed bouquet, tied together. She decided on white roses, snowdrops and gypsophila. We also had a matching bouquet in a cream shabby chic flower vase. The bouquet turned up with none of the flowers she had asked for but this didn’t matter as it was just another thing talk about.

THE CAKE | We both decided on a novelty cake. As we were inspired with some of the bespoke art work within the Tunnel’s venue and Jamie a graphic design teacher, text had to be incorporated. We toyed with a sandcastle cake, a Liquorice allsorts cake, giant chocolate bar cake. We settled on a scrabble board cake and used it to welcome our guests.

YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER | Choosing our photographer was very difficult as we knew we wanted arty reportage style and didn’t want traditional posed shots. When we came across the work of Julia West on Facebook (through a friend of a friend) the choice was simple she was amazing. The problem was however the fact that she lived the other side of the country and she was double our initial budget. Her fantastic photographs matched our brief and the style we were going for but most importantly her photographs were sharp, with fab editing which captured the moments like no other photographer we’d looked at. After a few text messages we had an instant rapport. I was desperate for her to be part of our day and Both Jamie and myself agreed to tweak the budget and Julia managed to stay with a family member not far from the venue. She was great with the guests and with our son and our pictures really captured every part of our day. She was fab!

THE HONEYMOON | We decided to go to Singapore and Bali (during April following the wedding) and took our little boy Dylan with us. Two nights at the fantastic ‘Marina bay sands’ Singapore, and 6 nights in Bali staying at Alila Ubud and Alila Ulawatu. This combination of city and relaxation was perfect. Swimming in the infinity pool on the top of Marina bay sands was breathtaking and probably one of the coolest but weirdest experiences. Travelling and seeing  Bali was a real eye opener and staying both in the jungle with monkeys as our closet neighbours and then at Alila Villas in Ulawatu was like stuff that dreams are made of. This cool contemporary hotel combines the delights of traditional Balinese architecture and eco-friendly design in a jaw-dropping setting. Panoramic views over the Indian Ocean complement architecturally striking pool villas, each with serene, minimalist interiors, seductive outdoor living spaces, private pools and personal butlers on tap to cater for every need including running us a bath, going shopping to buy arm bands for our son and blowing up his inflatable boat.

MEMORABLE MOMENTS | The moment I saw Tanya coming through the tunnel, walking down the aisle took my breathe away.

I was getting ready and looked out of the window of our amazing villa which overlooked the ocean. I saw at that moment Jamie and Dylan walking towards the venue holding hands. They both looked gorgeous and I cried with my friend with happiness as I saw my boys together. I was so proud watching my fiance (who is also my friend) soon to be my husband.

During the evening we toasted marsh mellows around the fire pit underneath the night sky. Lighted our red heart shaped sky lantern and watched it rise into the sky. Our talented guests entertained our audience with a mix of music and we took a moment to watch the sun set.

ADVICE FOR OTHER COUPLES | Those things you meticulously plan and spend hours procrastinating over, your guests will never notice. Just enjoy the day with those special people you have chosen to enjoy it with because it will go so fast, you’ll never want it to end. Our only regret is not having a wedding videographer , even if your budget is maxed a video of your day lets you relive your day over and over again. It is so hard to savour every moment and it goes by so fast. It’s hard to take in every second when it goes by goes quick. Also it’s your day. Do what you want to do. Don’t get pushed into trying to keep everyone happy it is not possible to please everyone so at least have and do what you want. The people who matter will support you with your decisions.

CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE |

Photography |  Julia and You

Venue | Tunnels Beaches

Dress Shop | Cicily Bridal

Dress Alterations | Iris Bartholomew Couture

Make Up | Sheelagh Powell 

 

So many wonderful ideas. Love.

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

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Image by Photography by Vicki, full wedding here.

 

I hope you lovelies have had a wonderful start to the week. The sun is shining while I am writing this morning which feels just wonderful and hopefully the sun is shining where you are too.

It’s been a super busy week, with our 2 boys to look after, a house to run, what feels like a 101 to dos plus we brought a new car phew hehe. But it’s been fab and I am looking forward to the weekend with them already :) I have had some gorgeous wedding submissions this week too, which I am so very excited to share with you all.

Let’s take a look at the weddings featured this week which I just couldn’t take my eyes off of…

 

 

WWW’s Wedding of the Week

 

Anderson Canyon Wedding –> Love this bride’s style.

 

 

Bright Light Peach Wedding Pastel Bridesmaids http://www.annapumerphotography.com/

Image by Anna Pumer, full wedding here.

 

Intimate Weekday Wedding

Quirky Cool Cornish Wedding

Woodland California wedding

Winterbourne Inn Wedding

Colourful Day-After Wedding Party

 

Stylish Rustic Barn Wedding Silver Shoes Bride http://www.lolarosephotography.com/

Image by Lola Rose Photography, full wedding here.

 

Quirky and Glamorous London Wedding

I Should Be So Lucky

Shenandoah Valley Wedding

Old Fashioned Family Wedding

North Carolina mountain wedding

DIY Playful Garden Wedding

 

 

Happy wedding Wednesday XOXO Lou

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The lighting in today’s wedding is just divine, from the sun drenched portraits to the candles and fairy lights in the evening.

Clare and Rob were married on the 8th June 2014 at Gate Street Barn in Surrey. Fluffy blooms made up the beautiful bouquets, there was a super scrumptious looking cake plus a genius biscuit bar.

There was an abundance of style, with Clare wearing a stunning Johanna Hehir dress with flowers in her hair, the bridesmaids donned pale grey and Rob had a custom made suit by A Suit That Fits. Oh my.

Thanks so very much to Lola Rose Photography for providing the gorgeous imagery.

 

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THE PROPOSAL | Rob proposed on holiday in Rome. We where sitting in a tiny piazza eating ice cream.

THE VISION | Our initial vision for the day was to create a fun and relaxed wedding day that our guests would hopefully enjoy as much as we hoped we would. We knew we wanted to design and make the stationery and other elements to be used in the big day. We also knew early on we wanted a barn as the venue as this would allow us to be creative and form the basis of our informal, relaxed, fun day.

THE PLANNING PROCESS |  We planned our wedding over 18 months. We started the planning by choosing our top two priorities, for me it was the venue and Rob the food. We then decided that as we had 18 months to plan that we would focus our attention to roughly one supplier a month, which allowed us to research each element carefully and be confident we had made the right choices.

THE VENUE | We saw lots of barns. Gate Street Barn was the first venue we saw and by far the best! We loved Gate Street Barn for its wooden beams, outside grassy areas, field of cows (the cows proved to be very entertaining for the young children at our wedding) and how it was set out of the way down country lanes, which made it feel really private. It was the perfect venue for our fun, relaxed and homemade wedding.

THE DRESS & ACCESSORIES |  My dress was by Johanna Hehir, and looked vintage in style with lots of lovely lace. I had simple and small earrings, which I found in Accessorize. And I wore flowers in my hair, which matched the flowers in my bouquet.

FINDING THE DRESS |  I found finding the dress quite hard. I did not have a set idea of what I wanted and I found it hard to choose something which I knew I would still want to wear in 10 months time. I ended up going to a lot of boutiques across London and trying on range of different style dresses. I choose my Johanna Hehir dress as it felt elegant and beautiful, and I loved the lace!

GROOM’S ATTIRE | Rob got a custom made suit from A Suit That Fits in London. He chose a navy blue fabric to be used for the suit jacket, waistcoat and trousers, which he then paired with brown brogues. Rob, the ushers, father of the bride and father of the groom all wore the same matching red and white polka dot ties and bright red socks! The ushers wore navy suits that were bought from Next.

THE READINGS & MUSIC | We decided we wanted our music to match the informal feel we wanted for the wedding, and be a relaxed, happy and fun mix. Our pre ceremony music included L.O.V.E by Nat King Cole, I walked down the aisle to the Feather theme from Forest Gump and to sign the registrar we had an instrumental version of Elton John’s Your Song. To walk back down the aisle we had How Sweet It is to be Loved by You by Marvin Gaye. We really wanted this song to be fun, and get everyone in a happy and excited mood for the rest of the day.

BEAUTIFUL BRIDESMAIDS | My four bridesmaids wore pale grey dresses by No.1 Jenny Packham at Debenhams. They were the perfect match for my dress, having a vintage feel with their lace tops and nice, floaty skirts for the warm day. The bridesmaids had their hair half up and half down with white gypsophila.

THE FLOWERS |  I knew I wanted the flowers to look really natural, like they had been gathered up from the surroundings, and for the colours be a mixture of light pastel shades so they looked pretty and beautiful without being formal. I also knew I wanted to use jars for the flowers on the tables, and together with our families and friends we spent ages collecting and washing loads of jam jars in the build up to the wedding! We then decorated the jars with lace, brown string and white ribbon, and clustered them together on green and white coloured doilies down the centre of the long banquet tables. We felt their homemade and rustic feel complemented the barn and the vision we had.

THE CAKE | Rob’s auntie made the cake. It was perfect and tasted amazing! Again, to match the informal and relaxed feel for the day we decided to have a naked cake. It was three layers of sponge, filled with flavored buttercream and decorated with fruit and mint leaves.

YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER |  We knew choosing the photographer was a massive decision. We loved Kelly Green at Lola Rose the moment we saw her photos. She takes stunning, really natural and relaxed photos. Everyone in her photographs looked like they here having so much fun, which was exactly what we wanted! Kelly worked so hard on the day, was so energetic and so enthusiastic.

THE DETAIL & DÉCOR |  We had white broderie anglais fabric bunting, which hung across the main barn. We then decorated the smaller Phesantry barn with old photographs of our parents and grandparents. This allowed us to include important people in our lives who could not be there. We also had a biscuit bar in this smaller barn too; large jars filled with custard creams, bourbons and NICE biscuits, so people could snack between meals and during the evening party. We also accessorised the Phesantry with white painted letters R, & and C and provided red stripy straws for the drinks.

THE HONEYMOON | Singapore and Bali. We wanted a mix of sightseeing in Singapore, and exploring and relaxing in Bali.

MEMORABLE MOMENTS | Getting ready with my bridesmaids in the morning, it was really lovely quality time we had together, chatting and talking. Dancing in the evening with our guests, it was so great to see our guests having fun and enjoying themselves. The last dance of the evening, our guests danced in circle around Rob and I, and it was lovely!

ADVICE FOR OTHER COUPLES |  Enjoy the day, it really does go so quickly!

CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE |

Venue | Gate Street Barn

Photographer | Lola Rose photography

Dress | Johanna Hehir at Grace of Westcott

Grooms suit | A Suit That Fits

Caterers | Kalm kitchen

Drink | Taurus Wines

Flowers | Jodie at Boutique Blooms

 

Ekkk so gorgeous!

Thanks so much to Clare and Rob for sharing their delightful wedding day with us XOXO Lou

 

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WWW readers Hazel and Phil tied the knot on the 5th July 2014 at The Stone Mill in Monmouthshire. With a vision of a relaxed wedding with an outdoorsy feel they opted for a marquee reception. They homemade much of their wedding themselves, complete with multicoloured crafty touches, such as the pom poms and origami.

The bouquets were lush and beautiful, the bridesmaids donned blue frocks and the boys looked dashing in sharp suits. Hazel is a natural beauty and wore Edith by Charlotte Balbier with her hair loose, a long veil and Rachel Simpson shoes. Gorgeous.

Thanks so much to Matilda Rose Photography for sharing her wonderful photography with us.

 

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THE PROPOSAL |  We went on a 40 mile cycle and camping trip to Monknash in South Wales on one of the hottest days in July last year. Phil’s plan was to propose that day on the beach after we arrived but I couldn’t be persuaded to move anywhere. So the next day we headed down to the beach & Phil proposed there on a lovely sunny day. I really enjoyed the cycle trip home looking at my new shiny ring!

THE VISION | We wanted a relaxed wedding with an outdoor feel but also we picked a venue which wouldn’t rely on the weather to make it a success. We didn’t want the ceremony to be too formal so the venue we chose allowed us to fit in quite a few guests while not feeling too big.

THE PLANNING PROCESS |  After we got engaged we started planning the wedding straight away so we had a year to organise it. We tried to get the big things sorted early on but we still got busy with all the small details in the last few weeks.

BUDGET |  We tried to make as much as we could ourselves but spent money on the big things that we thought were important to make the day a success.

THE VENUE |  We searched South Wales looking at venues & really enjoyed visiting lots of nice hotels. Then finally we arrived at the Stonemill which ticked all the boxes with excellent food, beautiful views and accommodation on site. The marquee for the reception was perfect for us to use as a blank canvass to decorate ourselves.  Michelle was fantastic at running the show, never intrusive, but super friendly, helpful – we always felt in good hands and she was great at keeping us calm! All the staff were excellent too.

THE DRESS & ACCESSORIES | My dress was Edith by Charlotte Balbier, I brought it at Hannah Emily Bridal which is where I also got my necklace which had a crystal at the back to show off the open back of the dress. My shoes were from Rachel Simpson, I brought shoes which I can hopefully wear again so I didn’t mind spending a bit of money on them. I got a long veil, which was beautiful and excellent value.

FINDING THE DRESS | After a long week at work, dress shopping became my new favourite thing to do so I was quite reluctant to choose my dress. I always knew that I wanted a lace dress so eventually after trying on every lace dress I could find, I went back to the first shop & made a decision. It was quite different from what I would normally choose but I loved it.

GROOM’S ATTIRE |  Phil got his suit from Next, some of the other groomsmen also got dark blue suits although we didn’t aim to have matching suits. We chose a tie for the best men and the ushers which was similar to the gunmetal colour of the bridesmaid dresses & then Phil went for a yellow/orange knitted tie which matched the theme colours.

THE READINGS & MUSIC |  We chose not to have any readings. I walked into the ceremony to Florence & the Machine – Dog days are over (instrumental version!). We left the ceremony to Phil’s favourite band El Ten Eleven – the sycophants are coming!

BEAUTIFUL BRIDESMAIDS |  I had five bridesmaids, three that I grew up with and two that I met at University. We chose a multiway dress in gunmetal so that each bridesmaid could choose how to wear the dress. We had our make-up & hair done by Anna Cooper who did such an amazing job of making us look our best while still allowing us to look natural.

THE FLOWERS |  We wanted flowers which were quite unstructured and contained the colours we had chosen for the décor, but we were happy to be guided by the florist, as we liked her style. I wanted the bridesmaid’s bouquets to be similar to mine & they were great – all a little bit different which was perfect.  The button holes were really different too we had a craspedia as the flower. We decided to do our own table decorations so we went to the flower market in Cardiff the day before the wedding & then our family helped us to arrange them. We really liked gypsophila so we made sure there was plenty of that involved!

THE CAKE |  Our bridesmaid Stella organised our cake and my friends brought it for us as a wedding present. It was done by Alexandra Bakes, it was beautifully made and combined the bunting and the lace theme that we had used throughout the other decorations. The bride & groom on the top was made with a wooden peg by another of our talented bridesmaids – Kay.

YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER | Matilda Rose Photography did our amazing photos. Matilda arrived early on the day to take lots of great photos of us all getting ready. She managed to capture all the calm before the storm including all the decorations, my dress and our flowers. Matilda then took some very natural photos of us and our guests which captured the fun of the day perfectly. She was a great companion on the day and was amazing at getting the best out of us and everyone she photographed. Looking back at the photos she seemed to have got everywhere and was great to see what everyone was up to!

THE DETAILS & DÉCOR | We tried to make as much of the decorations as we could, first off we made 500 foot of bunting. We decided to go for various different colours & patterns for the bunting to give it a more relaxed, less organised feel. Our friends helped us to make huge paper pom poms in blue, grey and yellow which we hung from the ceiling. That looked great and really added colour to the marquee. Phil’s sister was a massive help with all the decorations & made lots of beautifully coloured origami cranes which we hung from the flowers on the table & also along some of the walls. We also hired fairly lights for inside and outside to add to the look of the marquee in the evening.

We made a photo collage of all the guests at the wedding & propped that up against a hay bale. That seemed to go down well & added as talking point for guests. We found an old Georgian picture frame from a second hand shop which we used for the table plan which I loved! Our friend made a brilliant sign using a blackboard to welcome people to the wedding. We made mugs using pictures from our hen and stag do to give as gifts to people involved in helping us with the wedding.

Three of our expert baking friends made macaroons in our theme colours for our favours and each person had a selection in some vintage style paper bags. Phil is a designer so he made all our wedding stationery including the invitations, table plan, table names & menus.

THE HONEYMOON | We went to Sicily for two weeks, first of all we went to an Aeolian island called Salina which was very quiet & chilled, then we went to the busier resort on the mainland called Taormina & finished for the last four nights in the capital city, Palermo.

MEMORABLE MOMENTS |  The speeches were brilliantly written & delivered. We have kept a copy of the speeches to read which still make me laugh!

ADVICE FOR OTHER COUPLES | The advice we would give is to involve family & friends in the planning process when you can, it makes it more fun & you discover all sorts of hidden talents!

CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE |

Photography |Matilda Rose Photography 

Flowers | Forbes Field

Hair & Make-up | Anna Cooper, Hair and Makeup Artist, 07931 587 365

Cake: | Alexandra Baked

Dress | Hannah Emily Bridal

Veil | LOVE YOU BRIDE

Bridesmaids Dress | Marks and Spencer

Venue | The Stone Mill

Shoes | Rachel Simpson

Rings | Jewellery Studio

Fairy lights | Choco Falls Bristol

 

So very lovely. I just adore all of those personal crafty touches.

Thanks so much to Hazel and Phil for sharing their gorgeous wedding with us XOXO Lou

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This morning we are going all simple and beautiful. This wedding is all about the love and the bride and groom.

WWW readers Tom and Lauren married on the 10th June 2014 at Boho Cornwall in St Just. They wanted a wedding which was intimate, romantic and stress free, which they planned in just 6 weeks.

Blessed with sunshine, the turquoise sea made for the perfect backdrop to their portraits. Lauren looked so very gorgeous in an Alice + Olivia dress with flowers in her hair and clutched the perfect wild bouquet of blooms. Tom was smart-casual cool in Ted Baker shorts and shirt, which suited the location to a tee.

Thanks so very much to the fabulous Debs Ivelja for sharing her exquisite imagery.

 

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THE PROPOSAL | We got engaged in Naxos in Greece.  We went back to the same place we shared our 1st holiday together 5 years before.  Tom proposed in the sea on a deserted sandy beach.

THE VISION | We wanted an intimate, romantic and stress-free day which is exactly what we got.

THE PLANNING PROCESS |  We booked the date 6 weeks before and found the planning relatively easy.  It was really nice to plan the wedding with it being so soon.

THE VENUE | Boho Cornwall in St Just who provide extremely special elopements.

THE DRESS & ACCESSORIES |  The designer was Alice + Olivia.  It wasn’t a traditional wedding dress and bought it from Harrods.  My shoes were Ted Baker.  My earrings were my ‘something borrowed’ from my mum.  My necklace was my Great Great Grandmaothers, which had been passed down to each female on their wedding day.

FINDING THE DRESS | I went to a couple of bridal shops and tried on some beautiful wedding dresses.  However it didn’t suit the vision of what I wanted which is when I went to Selfridges and Harrods.  The dress I bought from Harrods was perfect for me and I can certainly wear it again as it isn’t a wedding dress.

GROOM’S ATTIRE | Ted Baker shorts and shirt, and Timberland shoes.

THE MUSIC | We didn’t have any readings.  Below is the music:

Walking in – Warm Love (Van Morrison), Signing the register – Valentine Moon (Sam Brown), Sitting on the dock of the bay (Ottis Redding), Walking out – Loves Serenade (The Waifs).

THE FLOWERS | The flowers were created by Clare Webb from the Cornish Cutting Garden.  She produced a beautiful wild Cornish flower bouquet and provided the flowers for my hair.

YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER |  Our photographer was Debs Ivelja captured our day through the photographs she took.  She was fantastic and made us feel at complete ease.  We are absolutely delighted with the photographs we now have.

Catering |We had a private chef – Darren Broom from The Wild Larder – come and cook for us in our retreat which was superb.

THE HONEYMOON | We are looking to go on a safari in Botswana and then to Mauritius.

MEMORABLE MOMENTS | We had 2 hours between the photographer leaving and the chef arriving.  We sat on the lawn outside in the sunshine and shared a bottle of champagne chatting and reflecting on the fact we just got married.

Walking out on the beach at Sennen Cove was breath-taking with the turquoise water…. we felt so lucky we had the perfect weather and location.
The ceremony felt so special and intimate.

ADVICE FOR OTHER COUPLES |  We are 2 very sociable people but wanted the day to be about us and not overshadowed by drama or worry.  Eloping for us was the perfect foundation for our marriage and suited the romantic vision we had for our day.

CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE |

The venue | Boho Cornwall

The flowers | The Cutting Garden Company

The photographer | Debs Ivelja

The chef | The Wild Larder 

Oh my. The perfect wedding in my eyes.

Thanks so much to Tom and Lauren for sharing their love story with us today XOXO Lou

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Beautiful Rustic Woodland Bridal Look. WWW Editorial. http://whimsicalwonderlandweddings.com/2014/10/beautiful-rustic-woodland-bridal-look-www-editorial.html http://whimsicalwonderlandweddings.com/2014/10/beautiful-rustic-woodland-bridal-look-www-editorial.html#comments Mon, 20 Oct 2014 13:00:27 +0000 http://whimsicalwonderlandweddings.com/?p=124449 Beautiful Rustic Woodland Bridal Bride http://www.careysheffield.com/

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

 

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CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE |

Photography | Carey Sheffield

Photography Assistant | Jasmine Andrews

Film | Jacob Davies - Carey Sheffield Boutique Productions

Creative Direction/ Styling | The Bijou Bride

Location | Moggerhanger Park

Cakes | Delicieux Cakes

Hair Stylist and Makeup Artist | Essex Wedding Beauty

Paper Flowers | Tissue Blossoms

Tableware and Dark Chairs | Hélène Millot Furnishings

Flowers | Joanne Truby Floral Design

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

Dresses & Hairpieces | Heritage Brides

Tea Lights | Dot Com Gift Shop

Dresses | La Poesie & Maria Senvo

 

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ADVICE FOR OTHER COUPLES | Marry your best friend :)

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

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

CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE |

Photography | Photography by Vicki

Dress | Ronald Joyce (Priscilla)

Shoes | Hobbs

Hair and Make Up | Helen Shearcroft

Catering | Relish

Venue | Nettlestead place

Florist | The Flowersmith

Bunting | Heathers bunting

Photobooth | Boothstar

Marquee | Cavendish marquees

 

Amazing!!

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

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