Whimsical Wonderland Weddings UK Wedding Blog 2017-12-17T08:00:16Z http://whimsicalwonderlandweddings.com/feed/atom WordPress Louise Baltruschat Hollis <![CDATA[Moody Ethereal Winter Woodland Wedding Ideas]]> http://whimsicalwonderlandweddings.com/?p=219989 2017-12-14T13:21:31Z 2017-12-17T08:00:16Z Moody Ethereal Winter Woodland Wedding Ideas http://belleartphotography.co.uk/

Well we certainly are in for a treat today with these romantic, atmospheric and edgy wedding ideas. Really rather perfect for Whimsical Wonderland Weddings then folks!

A winter wonderland in the woodland with a moody ethereal vibe. Think stylish brides with flawless hair and make up, wild dramatic florals, divine stationery, swoon worthy dresses and perfect accessories. All in all it’s a triumph, thanks to a team of super creative suppliers.

Huge thanks to Belle Art Photography for sharing these utterly enchanting images with us.

“The brief for the shoot was a kind of moody, ethereal winter woodland shoot. I worked with Lynne from Vintage at Number 18 bridal who always has the most beautifully unusual vintage dresses and it was her that found the venue. Lynne is great because she trusts me to just run away with ideas for a shoot and loves my slightly quirky style. We worked around the venue really, West Hall is a scout campsite, which also enables complete DIY weddings in their own woodlands. The whole place is slightly creepy, which we just exaggerated with black smoke and the model running through it as if she were lost. I contacted What Katy Did Next for her gorgeous headpieces because I thought they would fit in so well with our theme.”

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Muscari Events; “Colour palette – dark lush greens, deep reds, purples and black. Bridal flowers – Each girl held something different, which included a large loose relaxed bouquet, fern spray painted black, and a floral twig wreath, which went perfect with the woodland back drop. To add a whimsical element I decorated black birdcages with florals and foliage and suspended them with black velvet ribbon from trees. Table was adorned with dark florals and foliage including black roses and orchids, grapes and figs and copper candlesticks and tea lights to finish it off.”

 

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CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE |

Photographer | Belle Art Photography

Models | Coral Patrick, Rhiannon Patrick and Megan Farr

Dresses | Vintage at Number 18

Florist & Stylist | Muscari Events

Makeup | Megan Farr

Headpieces | What Katy Did Next

Stationery | Neat Creative

 

How absolutely gorgeous!

Thanks so much to the whole team for sharing these whimsical wedding images with us xo Lou

 

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Valentina Ring http://whimsicalwonderlandweddings.com <![CDATA[Festive Glamour Christmas New Years Eve Wedding]]> http://whimsicalwonderlandweddings.com/?p=218691 2017-12-05T13:10:07Z 2017-12-16T08:00:45Z Winter Bride Fur Coat Groom Navy Suit Sequin Blush Bouquet | Festive Glamour Christmas New Years Eve Wedding http://www.stevendrayimages.com/

We’re finally in that wonderful time of year when all-over sparkles and sequins take over wardrobes, houses, and weddings – and we love it! Luke and Laura’s stunning New Years’ Eve wedding in Mount Pleasant, Pennsylvania, has it all; a long sleeved Pnina Tornai ball gown, a stylish décor combination of modern acrylics and fabulous sequins, and a balloon drop to welcome all the guests to 2017!

The bridesmaids sparkled the night away in some drop-dead-gorgeous champagne dresses, perfectly in harmony with the festive accents lighting up the tables and venue. Speaking of which, we love the uniquely rustic but elegant atmosphere at Bell’s Banquets, a remodelled one-hundred-year-old barn with French crystal chandeliers and original wooden features. The myriad details of Luke and Laura’s rustic glam wedding reflected this atmosphere perfectly, all the way from the champagne, blush and pale pink flowers of the bridal bouquet, to the long table garlands embellished with gold succulents and antlers, to the beautiful contrast between wood, perspex, and metallics amidst the tablescape. We absolutely adore the idea of starting your married life together while ringing in the New Year with all the friends and family you love, and this stunning couple couldn’t have done it more stylishly.

So sit back, pour yourself some bubbles, and enjoy the gorgeous snaps by Steven Dray Images in the gallery below!

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THE PROPOSAL | Occurred at our house in our kitchen in front of the bride’s parents and groom’s son, the night before leaving for St.John.

THE VISION | Rustic glam.

THE PLANNING PROCESS | Laura and Luke celebrated their bells banquet wedding while guests rang in the new year and danced the night away in this elegant yet rustic venue! Many couples may wonder if a new years wedding is right for them, seems like looking at the photos of Laura and Luke’s beautiful day the answer is a resounding ‘yes!’ Think about it, guests will likely be in the mood to celebrate and dance all night long, what could be better than ringing in the new year, starting your new married life together and being with all the friends and family you love?

THE VENUE | St. Vincent Basilica Parish (ceremony), Bell’s Banquets (reception).

THE DRESS & ACCESSORIES | Pnina Tornai (dress), Pantyhose (Wolford) Jimmy Choo (shoes) fur coat and earrings borrowed from mother-in-law.

FINDING THE DRESS | Weekend trip to Kleinfelds in New York city. Included in the trip was my mother, aunt, and future mother in law.  I was looking for a classy/elegant winter dress with lace sleeves.  Kleinfelds was the first bridal store I went to and ended up finding my dress and veil that same day.

GROOM’S ATTIRE | Commonwealth Proper (tux), Salvatore Ferragamo (shoes and cuff links), Cartier (watch).

THE READINGS & MUSIC | First reading genesis 2:18-24, second reading romans 8:31b-35, 37-39 processional: jesu, joy of man’s desiring, bridal entrance: canon d, responsorial psalm: all the ends of the earth, gospel acclamation: first noel, communion: gift of finest wheat, recessional: trumpet voluntary.

BEAUTIFUL BRIDESMAIDS | Margaret (maid of honor), Brooke, Lori, Janet, Jessica, Jennifer, Ava (flower girl), Sophie (flower girl).

THE FLOWERS | Provided by Floral Fountain, bride bouquet: hand held bouquet of champagne, blush and pale pink flowers that consisted of large and garden spray roses, freesia, stephanotis, ranunculus, silver brunia, dusty miller and succulents with assorted foliage.  Stems were wrapped in antique gold sequin wrap. Round guest table flowers were assorted foliage consisting of cedar, seeded eucalyptus, boxwood, ruskus, frasier fir, curly willow, gold succulents and flowers.  Long guest tables were 12 foot garlands with gold succulents, antlers, curly willows, embellished with roses, alstroemeria and other flowers.

THE CAKE | Provided by Bella Christie and Lil Z’s Sweet Boutique 4 tier round semi-naked almond cake with gold leaf and fresh flowers.

YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER |  Steven Dray Images

THE HONEYMOON | 2 weeks touring Italy, including stops in Florence, La Spezia (Cinque Terre), Bologna, Taormina.

MEMORABLE MOMENTS | The father of the bride’s toast, the balloon drop at midnight.

CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE |

Photography | Steven Dray Images

Stationery |  Loree Mayer Design

Wedding design and event planner | Alexis Allen

Chairs, tables, chargers | All Occasions Party Rental

Tablecloths and napkins | Mosaic

Hanging monogram-clear circle and wood “l” | Jenn and Jules Design 

Bride and bridesmaids hair and make up | Hannah Conrad

Music | Bachelor Boys Band

Balloon Drop | Balloonatics

Rentals | Marbella Event Rental

Flowers | Floral Fountain

 

What a gorgeous wedding, and amazing New Years’ Eve party all in one! Thanks so much for sharing with us, Luke and Laura! Val Xx

 

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Louise Baltruschat Hollis <![CDATA[Celestial Feast Party Wedding Ideas]]> http://whimsicalwonderlandweddings.com/?p=219928 2017-12-15T10:37:19Z 2017-12-15T14:00:52Z Celestial Feast Party Wedding Ideas http://www.threeflowersphotography.co.uk/

We’re embracing the party season this afternoon, just perfect for a Friday me thinks. I mean how many of you are about to head off to enjoy your work Christmas do, are in the midst of planning your Christmas Eve drinks or New Years Eve celebrations? It ties in perfectly with those of you hoping to have a cracking evening affair at your wedding too.

This editorial shoot totally captures the spirit of a fun get together and glamorous cool party times. Think a feast to end all feasts, an uber cool couple, divine styling and sweet treats to name a few. Florals feature heavily, including the epic hoop backdrop above, not to mention a selection of refreshing cocktails. All the ingredients for the best party that’s for sure.

Many thanks to Three Flowers Photography for the brilliant shots and to stylists Starry Eyed Weddings for sharing this shoot with us today.

 

“For this shoot, we collaborated with caterer, Linda Hamilton of Gather & Feast to recreate one of the most important parts of a wedding, the atmospheric evening wedding feast. We believe food is such an important part of your wedding and Linda creates the most amazing sharing platters and homespun dishes that fit in so well with our couples’ relaxed, sociable receptions.

Our shoot went so well that our models were genuinely enjoying themselves, and of course, we all enjoyed Linda’s food! The buzz we created was captured beautifully by the talented Charlotte of Three Flowers Photography, having worked together previously we knew she would be excited about our vision and bring it fully to life.

Instead of a photo booth we used our ‘Moongate’ foliage hoop that our bride and groom had fun posing in front of with their pet dog. Who doesn’t love a pet at a wedding? Then we created a small dance floor area with hanging tassel shades that section off an area in a large dry hire venue like the Railway Barn.

For foliage and flowers we concentrated our efforts on hanging installations above the tables, in this case, an old wooden gate! For such a large venue this is an easier and more cost effective way to add drama to your styling and leaves plenty of room on your tables for sharing platters.

The barn is one of our favourite venues as its so versatile, we love transforming it and it offers so much space as well as being in the middle of a vineyard!”

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CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE |

Photography | Three Flowers Photography

Styling & Flowers | Starry Eyed Weddings

Venue | The Railway Barn at New Hall Vineyard

Caterer | Gather & Feast by Linda Hamilton Catering

Wedding cake | French Made

Wedding dress | Vintage Trousseau

Men’s suits | Anthony Formal Wear

Hair & make up |  Laura & Haleigh Maskall Hair Makeup

Bridal accessories | Tilly Thomas Lux

Models | Katygmg  _chrisj0nes

Guests outfits | Ella Pop Shop

Furniture | Anthology Vintage Hire

​Crockery | CMA Hire

Stationery | A Peculiar Dream with On Point Design + Print

 

Well that has truly got me in the festive party mood. And so many awesome wedding party ideas too.

Thanks so much to the whole team above for sharing these amazing images with us today xo Lou

 

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Louise Baltruschat Hollis <![CDATA[Pastels & Gold Pretty Summer Barn Wedding]]> http://whimsicalwonderlandweddings.com/?p=218294 2017-11-28T14:08:12Z 2017-12-15T07:00:05Z Pastels Gold Pretty Summer Barn Wedding http://summerlilystudio.com/

Fields of gold and long summer days. Pure heaven. It feels like a distant memory already doesn’t it? Well let me remind you with this simply gorgeous wedding celebration today. Summer wedding couples, you will fall hook line and sinker for this dreamy affair, why? Let me share all.

WWW readers Katie and Ian were married on the 1st July 2017 at Blake Hall in Essex. The venue was perfect for their rustic vision, with it’s two barns just awaiting pastel and gold decoration from this super stylish pair. Think fresh pretty blooms, pink and green mason jars, a buttercream cake and a pimp your Prosecco station. Oh yes!

We haven’t even touched on the beautiful photographs by Summer Lily Studio yet, thanks to Terri for sharing these today. Not to mention the sublime outfits. I mean just look at that dress, hearts for eyes. We’re so stocked that Supplier Love faves Alive Network and Vintage Booth were on hand to supply the band and photo booth, it must have been one heck of a party.

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THE PROPOSAL | Whilst on holiday in Iceland, we went for a walk along a picturesque black sand beach in Vik, where Ian then got down on one knee with the most beautiful ring. In order to keep the ring hidden throughout the holiday, Ian had buried it in a pair of his socks… and the socks even made it along to the proposal itself! To remember the moment, Ian wore the same pair of socks on our wedding day.

THE VISION | I was keen on a rustic theme to match the barn venue and pastel colours to fit a summer wedding, with a hint of gold. We were also keen to find a way to incorporate our love of travelling together into the day.

THE PLANNING PROCESS | Anyone that knows me, knows that I am super organised and a bit of perfectionist. We created a wedding spreadsheet pretty quickly, which ended up with about twenty different tabs including cost monitoring, guest list, seating plan and an action list to name a few!

The first step was to find the venue, which we did just over a year before the wedding. I then booked all the suppliers shortly after, which left plenty of time to focus on the detail of the day. I was keen to make a lot of the decorations ourselves, so I had many wedding workshop weekends at my Nan’s.

I pulled together a detailed timetable for the day, which I shared with the venue and the wedding party ahead of our big day. This helped me feel more relaxed on the day itself knowing everyone knew where they were supposed to be and when.

THE VENUE | As part of my vision, I was set on a barn venue where we could have both the ceremony and reception at the same place. We looked at lots of venues but none of them quite ticked all the boxes; however as soon as we got to Blake Hall we knew it was the one. I loved that there were two separate barns (one for the ceremony and one for the reception) and it had everything we were looking for, including a cottage for the night before, some accommodation on site and beautiful locations for photos. I think what I loved most of all were the beautiful barns. All the staff at the venue were brilliant and ensured our day ran smoothly, as well as putting up with my constant questions prior to the wedding (and my insanely detailed timetable)!

THE DRESS & ACCESSORIES | I loved the style of the Christine Dando dresses and they weren’t like any I had seen before. I fell in love with the lace detail on both the back of dress and on the incredible train. The designer and seamstress were lovely and made me a bespoke veil with a lace trim to match the train. It was also surprisingly comfortable!

Due to the detail on the dress I wanted to keep my jewellery quite simple. I love pearls so I wore some delicate pearl drop earrings and a similar style bracelet, which matched the pearl buttons on the back of the dress. I love the style of Manolo Blahnik shoes and managed to find some Jenny Packham shoes with a similar embellished pointed toe.

FINDING THE DRESS | I went wedding dress shopping with my best friend and sister. I thought I had a certain style in mind, but once I started trying them on it all changed. I tried on as many different styles of dresses as I could and narrowed it down quite quickly to a particular style. Even though I went to three different dress shops and tried on multiple dresses, I still went back to try my dress several times to make sure I was happy before paying the deposit.

GROOM’S ATTIRE | We found Ian’s suit at Suit Supply and had it tailored to fit him perfectly. Neither of us was keen on a full morning suit so we went with a tailored dark grey suit, with a matching waistcoat and ivory tie. Ian wore the Bulova watch I had bought him for his 30th birthday and I got some solid silver cufflinks engraved with our initials.

We hired slightly lighter grey slim fit suits from Debenhams for the ushers, with mint ties to match the bridesmaid dresses. They all looked very dapper!

THE READINGS & MUSIC | I really struggled to choose the readings! We found a sweet poem called “My Personal Penguin” by Sandra Boynton that my friend read for us. I then decided to write a poem about us for the other reading as a surprise, which Ian’s sister read.

We had an acoustic guitarist for the ceremony and reception drinks after. I walked down the aisle to Moon River. We then had Yellow and Your Song for the signing of the register and we walked out to Brown Eyed Girl.

We had a band in the evening, the Kickstarters. Our first dance was Ho Hey by the Lumineers. We really wanted everyone up dancing and the band did a brilliant job at making sure that happened!

BEAUTIFUL BRIDESMAIDS | I had four bridesmaids. My three best friends (who I met at school, university and work) and my elder sister. They organised a wonderful hen do and were a great support on the big day. We were very lucky that the venue had a cottage we could stay in the night before and get ready in on the morning of the wedding; it was lovely to have a nice girly night in before the wedding.

I was very set on mint colour bridesmaid dresses and managed to find the perfect dresses from Asos, which had a lovely sequin detail on the top half of the dresses. The bridesmaids looked absolutely stunning!

THE FLOWERS | I love roses and peonies and wanted soft pink and cream coloured flowers to create a pastel colour scheme. We also used Eucalyptus as it looked lovely alongside the mint bridesmaid dresses. We had wooden slice centrepieces, with three jars on every table that were collected by our families, and were decorated with hessian and lace. We also had rose petals scattered down the aisle. Our florist, Rhona, did an incredible job and the flowers looked just perfect.

For the confetti, I bought some freeze dried light pink rose petals. I then filled small brown bags with the confetti that we had stamped with our name and the wedding date.

THE CAKE | To fit in with the rustic style, I really wanted something very simple. I came across the semi naked style cake on Pinterest and loved the idea of using the real flowers to decorate the cake and a tree trunk as a cake stand to match the table settings. The cake had three tiers of chocolate orange, carrot and Victoria sponge and all three tasted incredible!

YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER | My sister is a wedding photographer and recommended Summer Lily Studio Photography. I loved Terri’s natural style and the beautiful lighting of her pictures. We met Terri before the wedding and instantly felt totally at ease. Neither of us are particularly good at posing, however Terri was amazing at capturing the natural moments of the day and provided us with so many beautiful photos. We have received so many lovely comments from our guests about what a brilliant job Terri did.

YOUR FILM | We debated whether or not to get a videographer but we are so glad we did. It’s so incredible to be able to relive the day, particularly as it goes by so quickly and there’s so much you miss! It’s also amazing being able to share the wedding with those who were unable to make it on the day. James of Inline Film did an incredible job with the video and we’re absolutely thrilled with the final product.

THE DETAILS & DÉCOR | The barn venue and rustic theme helped frame all the other details of the day. I was really keen to make lots of the decorations ourselves and with the help of my family, in particular my amazing Nan, we managed it.

I really wanted to incorporate our love of travelling into the day. I found this lovely rustic world map to use as a table plan. Each table was then a country we had visited together. We used small gold pins to mark each country and then brown luggage tags for the seating plan, these were then linked with string.

We made rustic invites on brown craft card, which had lace around the middle and a small brown label tag tied around the lace. As we loved these so much, we adopted a very similar style for our table decorations. We had small brown label tags tied with brown string around the napkins as name tags and small brown match boxes with little mints inside, labelled with a small brown tag saying “Mint to be”.

I can’t resist my sweets so I was really keen to have a sweetie table. I found some traditional sweet shop jars and filled them with our favourite sweets. We then had small brown bags that we had stamped like the confetti bags. We then decorated the table with small brown hearts that we had cut out from the name tags.

We collected some large jars and put in some LED lights, which we then put around the barn. They looked beautiful alongside the fairy lights on the beams.

I found a lovely small brown basket to put the cards in, which fitted in well with the rest of the theme. I’ve been to a few weddings where there have been flipflops and they always go down well. So I bought a large brown hamper basket to match the card basket and filled them with flipflops.

We had “Pimp my prosecco” for the reception drinks, which went down really well. The venue provided raspberries, mint, lime, elderflower cordial, peach puree and crème de cassis to help spice up the prosecco.

We went to a wedding a couple of years ago where they had a fabulous vintage photo booth, where we actually got one of my favourite pictures of the two of us, so we decided to book the same one! It’s a great way to get some funny pictures in the evening once the photographer and videographer have left.

The venue also let us bring along our own beer, for which we had to pay a small corkage fee. Ian booked a beer brewing day at his favourite brewery, Hook Norton, in advance of the wedding. We named the beer Something Brew and it went down very well. The beer is also being made into a seasonal beer by Hook Norton next year.

As Ian was staying away from the venue the night before, he booked a car for the weekend in order to make a stylish entrance. Ian booked a Caterham 7 car, not a traditional wedding choice, but one of his favourite cars owing to his love of motor racing.

THE HONEYMOON | As I organised the wedding, Ian took control of the honeymoon. We always have very active holidays and our honeymoon was no exception! We travelled across the West Coast of Canada (visiting Vancouver, Whistler, Jasper and Banff) and also went on a week-long cruise around Alaska; we then ended with a few days in Toronto to see Niagara Falls. Thanks to the amazing generosity of our friends and family, we were able to do lots of incredible activities and had a fabulous time.

MEMORABLE MOMENTS | Soooo many!

The ceremony itself; it was very emotional but we loved that there were lots of funny moments too.

The incredible speeches that had everyone laughing.

We loved that the dancefloor was full all night long thanks to our amazing band. I loved our first dance and my impromptu dance with my lovely Grandad. For the last song, the band played “Don’t look back in anger” by Oasis and all our guests formed a massive circle around us while we danced in the middle. It was an amazing end to the day.

ADVICE FOR OTHER COUPLES | It’s a massive cliché but it is actually true that the wedding day flies by! I couldn’t believe quite how quickly it went, so make sure you make the most of every moment. Also… book suppliers early to avoid missing out on the best ones… we had all our fabulous suppliers booked around a year before the wedding!

CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE |

Photography | Summer Lily Studio

Venue | Blake Hall

Bridal gown designer + boutique | Christine Dando + Confetti & Lace

Bride’s shoes | Jenny Packham, Debenhams

Groom’s attire | Suit Supply

Bridesmaid dresses | Asos

Hair & MUA | Sian Sayer – Make up by Sian

Florist | B’looms

Cake | Cake Cuisine

Videographer | Inline Film

Music (day) | Paul Martin Wedding Guitarist

Music (evening) | Kickstarters, Alive Network *WWW wedding directory members*

Photo booth | Vintage Booth *WWW wedding directory members*

 

Ahh how perfect! I love everything about this special day.

Huge thanks goes to Katie and Ian for sharing their story with us xo Lou

 

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Kristy and Karl tied the knot in absolute style at Pentre Mawr Country House on 2nd August 2017. Think sequinned bridesmaids, gorgeous outdoors inside greenery, a bit of a band theme and all the light up signs and glamour to go with. Their wedding was a positive extravaganza, three days of festivities complete with plenty of delicious food and drinks of course! I’m a huge fan of extending celebrations where possible and this sounds like the most fantastic few days.

This couple did everything their own way and made sure the whole celebration reflected them as a couple. I love how they really went to town with the theme of ‘The Youngs’ and this was a thread that ran through the whole wedding day. Don’t you think that the combination of the glitz and glamour with the green outdoor setting works just perfectly? And how about that cake?!

Kristy and Karl added even more glamour to proceedings with their fabulous outfits. Kristy plumped for a fairly traditional shaped dress with a sweetheart neckline but had bardot style sleeves added, amazing! Meanwhile, mod at heart Karl looks ever so sharp in his Ted Baker suit.

Photographer Jade Maguire has captured the atmosphere just perfectly. Thank you so much for sharing these brilliant images with us Jade.

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THE PROPOSAL | 29.07.15 – Walking along the beach after dinner on our first night on holiday in Greece. He got down on one knee and I cried.

THE VISION | We wanted a wedding that was essentially one big party and so we knew from the start we weren’t going to invite children, and that we wanted the wedding would take place over a few days with the options for guests to stay the night before and night of the wedding. Music is a big part of our lives and our relationship so it was important that was a feature, as well as amazing food and plenty of booze! In terms of the “look” I wanted to maximise getting married outside in the Welsh countryside by having a natural, woodland, rustic look throughout in terms of flowers, but I also wanted a glam element, this evolved into a hybrid of rustic meets glam and foliage meets rose gold and lots of sequins!

THE PLANNING PROCESS | When we got engaged we knew we wanted to set a date in the summer of 2017. We were due to have our baby in Jan 2016 and decided to book the venue asap to secure the date and then have a planning hiatus to focus on the pregnancy and our newborn.

We decided early on we would get married near my home in North Wales, and we knew we wanted something a bit different. We aren’t religious so didn’t want a church and wanted the ceremony and reception in the same place to avoid travelling and the option of guests staying over to really extend it. We booked a number of venues for Oct half term of 2015, and Pentre Mawr was the second one we visited. We knew instantly we loved it and checked out one more before cancelling the rest and booking that week for August 2017. We also gave our notice and paid our registry fees.

We then did very little in terms of planning until summer 2016 when our little boy was 6 months and we were a year away from the wedding. We spent the summer booking suppliers such as caterer/bar, photographer and the band, and sent our Save the Dates out. Over the next few months we started looking a details such as the choir, florist and cake maker. I began the search for my dress in January and we sent the invites out then as well (themed as tickets complete with ticket stub. We started searching for the bridesmaid dresses in February but this took months. We had our hen and stag dos in April and then from May – August it was quite intense in terms of planning the details as we did a lot of the decor ourselves so finding rose gold charger plates, an aisle runner, making the table numbers etc, and essentially getting the vision together. In the weeks leading up the focus was on the music playlists, the seating plan and finalising details with suppliers.

BUDGET | Started at around £15-20k all in inc. honeymoon and dress. Ended up costing closer to £30k.

THE VENUE | Pentre Mawr Country House, Denbigh. A 16th century Manor House where you get married in The Secret Garden, have photos overlooking the Welsh Countryside, dance the night away in their huge Barn and stay in African themed safari lodges complete with their very own hot tub! Bre and Graham really do make their home your home for the wedding. They do two weddings a week as they do not want to to be a wedding factory so we were able to start setting up on the Monday (wedding on the Wednesday) and Karl and I stayed a third night for free so didn’t leave until the Friday. Their motto is “So long as it’s legal”!

THE DRESS & ACCESSORIES | I chose a simple, plain ivory but classic, timeless ballgown with a train, and I had a seamstress add a bardot/off the shoulder neckline. I paired it with a cathedral length plain veil, pearl necklace and earrings and rose gold glitter Betsey Johnson heels. I wanted a classic but glam look so had a classic up do and vampy make up complete with rose gold glitter eyeshadow and plum lips.

FINDING THE DRESS | Started looking in January 2017 – booked approximately six boutiques over one weekend. My dress was about the fourth dress I tried on at the second boutique (about the 12th in total). Tried a few more on to be sure, but I knew I had the one. Cancelled all the other appointments and went back and paid the deposit that day.

GROOM’S ATTIRE | My husband is a mod at heart and so wore a slim fitting, midnight blue Ted Baker suit with a waistcoat and a light blue paisley tie. No top hats and tails here. The Groomsmen were in matching suits but had pink paisley ties. They all wore Pretty Green paisley socks.

THE READINGS & MUSIC | There were no readings but we wrote our own ceremony and vows. It was informal, laid back, and told the story of us. We had a barbershop choir called The Clwyd Clippers sing as guests arrived and then we paid for them to buy the rights to two Courteeners songs (a Manchester indie band). I walked down the aisle to them singing “Last of the Ladies” and we walked back up the aisle as a married couple to “Take Over the World”. Whilst signing the register we had The Specials “Too Much Too Young” playing simply for the line “You’re married with a son when you should be having fun with me!”.

BEAUTIFUL BRIDESMAIDS | My three bridesmaids (cousin, sister-in-law and my sister (Maid of Honour) were in a mix and match rose gold sequin cocktail dresses. They were all from different places (Quiz, Jenny Packham, Goddiva) and were chosen by the girls. They had their hair and make up done professionally but had complete choice over how they wanted them.

THE FLOWERS | The majority of the flowers were simple gypsophilia with a huge amount of foliage everywhere to give  “outside-inside” feel and continue the theme of getting married outside in summer. My bouquet  was a rustic, cascading bouquet of wildflowers.

THE CAKE | The cake was designed by Vicki Smith known as The Cake Artist from Incredible Edibles. It was a  Woodland theme three tier cake decorated in the style of dark logs, surrounded by berries and leaves on a bed of moss. People couldn’t believe it was actually cake! The cake was served as the dessert and so we had three decadent flavours of lemon meringue fluff with lemon curd, strawberry champagne and popping candy, and tropical rum pina colada. The cake was served as a platter so every guest was able to try each flavour.

YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER | Jade Maguire. We wanted a documentary photographer who would really capture the day, rather than dozens of formal shots. We chose a minimal number of family and couple shots so that Jade and the second photographer were able to take action shots and capture the emotions.

THE DETAILS & DÉCOR | The wedding party were invited to stay the night before at Pentre Mawr. We all met for a fizz reception followed by an amazing five course meal and drinks into the night. The next morning the guests had breakfast together (although some had bacon butties in bed because of some sore heads!). The groom got ready with his groomsmen and I was in the bridal cottage getting ready with my bridesmaids and the mothers. Other guests began arriving around 2:30pm for a 3pm ceremony and were greeted by The Clwyd Clippers singing songs in a barbershop style. The ceremony marquee was located outside in The Secret Garden so didn’t need that much decoration – we added trailing foliage and cream lace ties to the chairs and a huge cream aisle runner decorated with rose gold leaves. We embraced the white and green and kept it simple. Straight after the ceremony we did the confetti walk and then stayed in The Secret Garden for prosecco whilst the Clippers continued singing and we had some photos. After the group photo (which Jade took from the roof!) Karl and I went off on our “just married” golf buggy with a glass of fizz to spend some time together whilst guests moved to the Wedding Breakfast marquee.

The Wedding Breakfast marquee was a blank canvas. The florist add swathes of trailing foliage all around, the centre pieces were foliage and birch in tall ivy vases to give it the woodland feel and we hired chiavari chairs to complement the rustic look. The glamour came from rose gold sequin table runners and rose gold charger plates. The table numbers were old 6″ vinyls which we had personalised with the details of our wedding and each table was named after one of our favourite bands. The seating plan was presented as a festival/gig format with The Youngs (us) as the main event and all the other tables were the supporting acts. We had everyone from Oasis to Paul Weller. We chose to have a Sweetheart table instead of a top table because we wanted the wedding party to be able to sit with partners and friends.  The idea of us being the main event was a theme throughout and we had ‘The Youngs’ signage in various places – a hanging banner across our sweetheart table, as our cake topper and the piece de resistance – a 25ft sign which lit up which was a surprise for our guests and only revealed once we went into the Barn to do our first dance. My dad made this completely from scratch and his only brief was “I want our name in lights like we are a band”. Some of the detail that made our wedding unique to us was the food, booze and music. We had a “sharing” theme when it came to the food – the starter was a Mediterranean medley sharing platter, we had “table chefs” who we had secretly decided as a surprise who’s ‘job’ it was to carve all the meat we served (chicken wrapped in bacon, beef topside and salmon) complete with a chefs hat, and the sharing platter of wedding cake as described earlier. The caterers (who also did the bar), Dinners by Design were perfect for us as we got to completely design our own, unique menu.

The music we chose throughout the day covered all of our favourite bands from the 60s onwards – there was no cheese, or love song agenda – we played everything from The Smiths to Pulp to Florence and the Machine, in fact our entrance song was Kasabian and our first dance was to The Maccabees – Toothpaste Kisses (and we had dance lessons and learned a routine!). We had a band for the evening music, an amazing indie band who are a band in their own right called The Leathernecks who kept with indie theme entertaining the guests with Arctic Monkeys, Kings of Leon etc. We then finished the night with a DJ who was under strict instructions to play no cheese although we had another secret – a half hour “rave” playing dance classics from the 90s onwards and had glowsticks for everyone to wear whilst they were raving.

Other details included providing flip flops for guests once their feet got a tired, a “cheese and port” station for when they got peckish late in the evening, and marshmallows for toasting and blankets by the firepits outside. Finally the booze. Guests were greeted with fizz and had wine on the tables but it was actually really important to us we “thanked” our guests for the effort they went to to come to our wedding (3 day wedding, mid week, no kids…!) and so we had an open bar. We didn’t tell guests, they were just told it was on the bride and grooms tab. It was definitely worth it.

THE HONEYMOON | We went to Mauritius for two weeks the week after the wedding and stayed in the 5* Sugar Beach in Flic en Flac. It was a luxurious, indulgent two weeks of eating and drinking like kings, sunbathing, relaxing and with some sightseeing. We went on a boat trip and swam with wild dolphins, went VIP at the national Horse Racing event and hired a car for three days to travel the island seeing main sights such as the dormant volcano, a tea plantation, waterfalls, rum tasting and went hiking and quad biking. We had a hashtag #TheYoungsHoneymoon and kept everyone up to date!

MEMORABLE MOMENTS | Our first kiss as husband and wife, guests laughing and crying at the speeches, me joining the band on stage and singing When The Sun Goes Down, everyone hugging and singing Don’t Look Back in Anger at the end of the night

ADVICE FOR OTHER COUPLES | Stick to your guns – if you don’t want to invite children don’t be persuaded otherwise, just accept not everyone will be able to come. Decide your priorities early on and accept you will have to compromise. We knew venue, food, booze and music were the most important, so compromised on things like favours, expensive invites etc. Do what makes you happy but don’t forget about your guests some will go to a lot of effort and expense to be there and you want them to enjoy themselves – we made sure the food and music was “us” whilst thinking about our guests and everyone felt involved and catered for. We also invited plus ones. We decided that most people want to attend a wedding with someone and will probably enjoy themselves more if they do so partners were invited, and where the person didn’t have a partner we gave them the option of bringing a friend. We kept it intimate though – 70 guests for the whole day (no evening guests).

CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE |

Photographer | Jade Maguire

Cake | The Cake Artist

Music | The Leathernecks  and The Clwyd Clippers

Florist | Inflorescence

Caterers and bar | Dinner By Design

Venue | Pentre Mawr Country House

Dress | Wedding Belles Bridal

Honeymoon | Sugar Beach Resort

 

Thanks so much to the Youngs for sharing your glittery, leafy and generally fabulous wedding three day-er with us! Rachel x

 

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Louise Baltruschat Hollis <![CDATA[Rustic Red Spring Barn Wedding]]> http://whimsicalwonderlandweddings.com/?p=218363 2017-11-28T13:39:07Z 2017-12-14T07:00:25Z Red Rustic Spring Barn Wedding http://www.jennymacare.com/

I really love how cosy this Spring wedding feels, it’s red colour palette and woodsy aesthetics really works so well with the barn setting too. Then come evening the festoon lights transformed the grounds into an outdoor wonderland, just perfect for romantic images with WWW fave and Supplier Love member Jenny Macare.

Joe and Ellie were hitched on the 1st May 2017 at Shustoke Farm Barns in Warwickshire. A relaxed, fun vibe was order of the day and that’s exactly what they achieved. Adults and children were all catered for with brilliant food, drink and live music from Alive Network’s The Sparks. Decoration was kept simple, with wooden signage, multicolour blooms and a semi naked cake.

The bridesmaids dresses in a rich red hue looked perfect against Ellie’s elegant Sassi Holford gown. While Joe and the boys were suited and booted in blue suits and grey check waistcoats. All in all a really beautiful celebration that I think will really give you so many wedding ideas.

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THE PROPOSAL | We went away to a log cabin for my birthday in March 2016 with some friends. Over the weekend we went on bike rides, we did Go Ape, archery and then a night time walk to see deer. Unfortunately, the deer had been unsettled that day so we didn’t manage to see any but the guide advised us to come back the following morning at sunrise for another chance to see them. Joe woke me up really early the following morning to go for this walk. Knowing that Joe would have loved the opportunity to see these deer I didn’t question it, despite the late night drinking prosecco in the hot tub! We went for our walk and were lucky enough to see deer along with a beautiful sunrise. It was at that moment Joe got down on one knee and popped the question.

THE VISION | We both wanted the theme of our wedding to be rustic with a relaxed vibe so everyone would also be relaxed, have fun. We wanted the day to cater for all; adults and children, with great music, food and drink.

THE PLANNING PROCESS | We had 14 months to plan our wedding, which was exactly the right amount of time. We got the biggies booked first, so the venue, registrar, our suppliers and the dress, of course. The bridesmaids, mom and me had a planning meeting, which mostly entailed drinking too much prosecco and planning ideas for the hen, but it was great fun to get the girls together to talk ideas and themes. The remainder of the planning was a bit more adhoc and towards the end we had friends and family helping to make wedding signs, place names and decorations galore! It was great fun to get everyone involved.

BUDGET | We were conscious of getting the right balance with our budget but towards the end we were so excited about making it a day to remember that we ended up spending more than we had planned. That said, it was an amazing day and I wouldn’t have changed a thing!

THE VENUE | Finding our venue was one of the easiest things for us. We knew that we wanted a barn that was relatively close to home that also met our theme. We were lucky that the first venue we went to see did just that! The only thing we were concerned about was not having accommodation at the venue but there was gorgeous accommodation that we stayed in just two miles away from the venue.

We loved the quality of the venue, the owners had done an amazing job. The main room was lit with fairy lights and candles and it was just stunning, it certainly didn’t feel like a typical barn. The garden area had a number of olive trees and seating area for guests to mingle and fire pits for the evening when it got cold. We also bought marshmallows for toasting in the evening. We also loved the bar area, balcony and the glass wall to the rotisserie where guests would be able to see, and smell, their food cooking.

It met all of our expectations and more.

THE DRESS & ACCESSORIES | I tried on all styles of dresses and the one I went for was different to what I had in mind. The dress was the ‘wild card’ choice of the incredibly talented mother and daughter owners, Denise and Becky at Silk Brides near Lichfield. It was a gorgeous A line Sassi Holford dress with a sweetheart neckline. I had a Pronovias diamond belt and a gorgeous veil with Swarovski crystals.

I also had Swarvoski pearl and diamond necklace and bracelet to match with my headpiece.

I wore Ted Baker heels, they were perfect but most definitely not comfortable! By the end of the night I had changed into my converse.

FINDING THE DRESS | Finding the dress was really easy for me. My mom and one of my bridesmaids came with me to Silk Brides. It was the first shop I went to and Denise and Becky were exceptional. It was such a lovely experience and they had a fantastic range of dresses with all styles and catered for all budgets. I tried all styles on but the one I ended up with was not what I had in mind when I first started looking. I knew I wanted something that I felt like a real bride wearing and I also did want anything that was too fussy, I wanted to be wearing the dress – not the dress wearing me! As soon as I tried it on I fell in love with it and it was an easy decision.

GROOM’S ATTIRE | Joe hired his and the groomsmens outfits from Peter Posh. They wore a blue suit with a chequered waistcoat with ties to match the bridemaids dresses. Joe also wore brown Ted Baker brogues with an Armani watch with a brown strap and metal grey face.

THE READINGS & MUSIC | We had three readings on the day: A Lovely Love Story by Edward Monkton that was read by my brother, Alex. The meaning of marriage read by Joe’s dad, Andy and finally, Dr Zeuss, Oh the places you will go read by our good friend, Sophie.

The entrance music was ‘You’re my best friend’ by Stevie Ann and the recession song was ‘Adventure of a Lifetime’ by Coldplay.

BEAUTIFUL BRIDESMAIDS | The bridesmaids all wore a raspberry coloured dress from Wed2B. They were a fab colour, great quality and really reasonable. We were tight on time ordering these dresses and they arrived within 5 days! They also wore a floral court heel from Dune to match their dresses an infinity pearl bracelet from Notonthehighstreet.

THE FLOWERS | Carrie Lucas Flowers was our florist. Carrie was amazing, I gave her an idea of the theme of our wedding and also that I wanted a bouquet that looked like it was picked from a meadow with wild flowers that were all different colours. How she took this vague brief and turned this around I will never know, but she did a fantastic job. Carrie also did gypsophila bouquets for the bridesmaids and a stunning floral border across the balcony in the venue. We had smaller bunches of flowers for the tables mixed with the gypsophila.

THE CAKE | Joe’s cousin, Beth, did our cake. We wanted a naked wedding cake decorated with real flowers. We also had three different flavours, lemon, coffee and Victoria sponge. Beth did a fantastic job as she had to decorate it at the venue in the morning due to us having real flowers. After she did the cake she came and did my makeup and then had to get herself ready as she was a day guest!

YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER | We didn’t know what style of photographer we wanted until we met Jenny Macare. We didn’t get this sorted until later in our wedding planning. My mom and I had been to a wedding fayre and the Motorcycle Museum near to Solihul and saw Jenny Macare at her stand with her sister. Jenny’s stand caught our eye because her work was creative but Jenny was really modest and non-imposing, unlike some of the stalls we had visited. Instantly we jelled with Jenny, and as me and mom were chatting with her we both came away from the fayre with Jenny in our minds and I couldn’t wait for Joe to meet her.

We organised a coffee with Jenny, Joe and myself a few weeks later and Joe warmed to her straight away too. Not only is she great at what she does, she is passionate and also so friendly. Jenny has a real skill at making you feel at ease and this was demonstrated at our pre wedding shoot at our local park. We were delighted with the photos and this made us even more excited for her to be a part of our day.

On our wedding day we had so many guests comment on how impressed they were professionalism and friendly nature throughout the day. Jenny stayed later than she needed to in order to capture a particular photo Joe wanted with his groomsmen that he had seen on Pinterest.

When we got our wedding photos we were so made up. Jenny presented them is a lovely box with the highlights printed out and a USB be a video of these highlights. All of the photos (including the highlights) were also on the USB. We also had a link to an online webpage to save any photos we wanted to share on social media. With this she also had written us a lovely card, which was a really special touch.

We would highly recommend her to any couple looking to get married.

We also had a videographer on the day, Keiran Fuller, from Fuller Productions. Keiran was, again, fantastic at capturing the key highlights of our day. It was great to be able to relive key moments of our day and see the emotions of our guests and to see the fun everyone had. We loved the trailer video and watching the speeches back had us all laughing again.

THE DETAILS & DÉCOR | We were really lucky with the venue that it had so much character it didn’t need much decorating. We bought and made a lot of our own decorations. We also used a lot of ornaments and finishing touches from my mom and these went perfectly in the entrance to our venue.

For our favours we made a donation to Cancer Research and also we bought our guests a little packet of Forget Me Not seeds.

THE HONEYMOON | We wanted to go on an adventure for our honeymoon and we chose to go on a two week road trip to Canada. We flew into Calgary, drove through the Rockies and then travelled down to Kelowna, Vancouver, Victoria and Whistler.

MEMORABLE MOMENTS | Our first dance was our most memorable moment as we had spent 6 weeks learning a routine. Joe would admit himself that doesn’t really like dancing so this was a hugely proud moment for us both.

ADVICE FOR OTHER COUPLES | Make sure you do everything that you both want to do. You will have all of the most important people share your special day with you, so you will not stop smiling all day, for us, that is what was most important. Things wont always go to plan and for us there were several occasions where it didn’t, but these issues have now become our memories and we laugh about them. We also have some great stories to tell too! Its important to not lose focus of what you are both doing and the reason as to why! Make sure you enjoy every single step of your journey as it goes so so quickly!!

CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE |

Photographer | Jenny Macare *WWW wedding directory member*

Flowers | Carrie Lucas Flowers

Venue | Shustoke Farm Barns

The dress & veil | Silk Brides

Videographer | Fuller Productions

Suit | Peter Posh

Band | The Sparks @ Alive Network *WWW wedding directory member*

 

How very lovely, thanks so much to Jenny too for sharing these images with us.

Joe and Ellie, thanks so very much for sharing all about your darling day xo Lou

 

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Louise Baltruschat Hollis <![CDATA[Wednesday Wedding Wonders. 13/12/17]]> http://whimsicalwonderlandweddings.com/?p=219913 2017-12-13T12:05:11Z 2017-12-13T14:00:42Z Chic Country Cotswolds Barn Wedding http://annabphotography.co.uk/

Image by Anna B Photography // Chic Country Cotswolds Barn Wedding

 

It’s the second to last Wednesday Wedding Wonders of 2017, can you believe how quickly it’s gone this year? It’s been a busy week what with the advent Christmas competition held over on our Instagram feed the past 7 days. Thanks to all of those that entered, congratulations to our winners and many thanks to our brilliant suppliers that donated prizes.

We had a wonderfully festive weekend of visiting Father Christmas, who actually came down the chimney, which was really magical. We had a spot of last minute Christmas shopping to complete, putting up our Christmas tree, then a proper snow day on Sunday complete with warming grub, snowman building, sledging and roaring fires. The boys were in their element!

 

WWW’s Wedding of the Week

 

Elegant snowy Christmas wedding in Salzburg, Austria // Perfectly festive.

 

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Image by Georgia Rachael Photography // Vintage & Retro Inspired Pastel Wedding

 

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EMILY & DYLAN’S KANGAROO VALLEY WEDDING

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Unique Personal Natural Wedding Style https://photo.shuttergoclick.com/

Image by Shutter Go Click Photography // Unique Personal & Natural Wedding with Style

 

DIY backyard summer wedding in Athens, Greece

Delightfully Handmade Normandy Wedding at Chateau le Mont Epinguet

Boho Pennsylvania Wedding with Lace and Neutrals

This Handmade Strongwater Wedding is Chock Full of Personality

LIBBY & SETH’S NEW ZEALAND HIGH COUNTRY WEDDING

A Las Vegas Neon Museum Wedding Full of Quirk, Color, and Charm

This Rustic Chic Arizona Wedding is Love at First Sight

CHRISTEN + ROB

Adorable Miami Wedding With Succulents and Sugar

 

 

Happy wedding Wednesday xo Lou

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Louise Baltruschat Hollis <![CDATA[Chic Country Cotswolds Barn Wedding]]> http://whimsicalwonderlandweddings.com/?p=218229 2017-11-27T14:15:51Z 2017-12-13T07:00:45Z Chic Country Cotswolds Barn Wedding http://annabphotography.co.uk/

Take a moment to enjoy that header image, it’s filled with love, joy and beautiful blooms, not to mention buckets of style. A perfect moment captured beautifully by Anna B Photography and the whole day was an utter dream. I am loving these images by Anna, the sparklers in the evening and all the little details too, thank you so much Anna for sharing them with us today.

Camilla and Chris were hitched on the 16th September 2017 and decided upon the Cotswolds as the perfect setting for their celebrations. After a church ceremony the pair and their loved ones headed to the magical Cripps Barn in Gloucestershire for their chic country day with a relaxed feel. For them the focus was on creating a party atmosphere featuring brilliant food, drink and a live band. All the ingredients for a successful bash then. I also love their chosen outfits, Camilla chose a Halfpenny London gown and Chris a Hugo Boss suit. Didn’t they look just gorgeous?

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THE PROPOSAL | I have grown up spending all my summers in Dartmouth, South Devon. I am completely in love with it there and drag Chris down at every possible opportunity! We were spending the week in Dartmouth with family when Chris proposed whilst the two of us were out for a walk. I obviously hadn’t been too subtle, as the ring was exactly what I would have chosen myself…. He must listen more than I give him credit for!

THE VISION | I am unashamedly one of those women who has imagined her wedding day since I was a child. Obviously (and thankfully) my tastes have changed somewhat over the years but the one constant has always been that it needed to be in the Cotswolds. My Great Aunt had a cottage in Coln St Aldwyns near Bibury, which she left to my Dad and his two brothers, so I have grown up spending time there and absolutely love it. Luckily, Chris feels the same, so all we needed to do was find a venue in that area.

We didn’t really have a theme in mind for the day, we knew we wanted a Church, it was important for us that the ceremony felt traditional and was the more formal part of the day. For the reception both of us felt strongly that we wanted it to feel very relaxed and to just have a really good party with great food, lots of drink and band that would get everyone up and dancing.

THE PLANNING PROCESS | We loved planning our wedding. It really was the best year! From meeting with suppliers to choosing flowers and menus, there was not one aspect of it that we didn’t enjoy. We honestly didn’t find the planning process stressful at all and I really think the amazing suppliers as well as Cripps Barn were to thank for that. We also didn’t get too hung up on the details.

THE VENUE | Cripps Barn, what can I say, Cripps Barn was everything! It was the first and only venue we visited. It is the most stunning barn, set in rural surroundings with high ceilings, flagstone floors and huge fireplace. It is filled with charm and character; you could almost get away with no decorations at all.

Added to that the staff are the absolute dream, they have it all down to such a fine art, which made planning a breeze! The food is out of this world too, that was another huge tick for us as we are both massive foodies. As soon as we saw that you could have whole BBQ’d lamb we were sold! The food is all served on big platters, which really added to the informal feel that we wanted to create. Booking Cripps Barn was absolutely the best decision we could have made!

THE DRESS & ACCESSORIES | Halfpenny London.

FINDING THE DRESS | I had visited a couple of boutiques before Halfpenny London but I was still no closer to finding ‘the one’. As soon as I set foot through the door at Halfpenny I knew that was where I would find it. The difficulty was just picking one! I managed to narrow it down to two very different dresses but eventually settled on the more ‘princessy’ of the two. Ultimately it’s the one that made me feel the most like a bride, I loved how the skirt moved and the hand beaded bodice was exquisite.

The whole Halfpenny team are fantastic and I would highly recommend visiting, especially if you are looking for something a little different, you get the whole shop to yourself and you are spoilt for choice with stunning dresses. A lot of their pieces are separates, which gives you the chance to really play around with different looks and create something that feels like it was made for you!

GROOM’S ATTIRE | Chris is very particular about what he wears so I knew this was the one part of the day I was not going to have a say in! He went for a blue Hugo Boss suit and shoes from Crockett and Jones. His tie was Liberty print and was hand made by CatkinJane who we found through Etsy. She also made ties for the best man and ushers.

Chris’s best man gave him a pocket watch, which he also wore on the day.

THE READINGS & MUSIC | We had a string quartet for the church, I walked down the aisle to Pachelbel’s Canon and we exited to Mendelssohn’s Wedding March. For the evening entertainment we booked Motown Gold who were fantastic! They even had my Dad up dancing… although I still haven’t decided if that was a good thing!

BEAUTIFUL BRIDESMAIDS | I had three bridesmaids, all old school friends. We had gone out shopping once, as well as making a few ASOS orders but were all struggling to find anything that excited us and that everyone liked. It didn’t help that I had no particular colour or style in mind so couldn’t give them much direction! In the end I came across the brand ‘Rewritten’, a new start up that creates mix and match separates in a selection of different colours. We visited their studio in North London to try a few bits and everyone left happy. All three of the girls went for a different style that best suited them. Really loved all their dresses!

THE FLOWERS | We found Beth Cox through Cripps Barn and she was completely wonderful! We knew we wanted loads of greenery with cream and white flowers. We wanted everything to look natural and not too put together. Beth’s flowers blew me away, they’re the one thing that kept making me cry! Cripps Barn is the most stunning venue but Beth’s flowers took it to another level. She created the most incredible hanging baskets that were suspended from the beams in the main barn as well as a beautiful floral archway at the church… I could go on and on about her flowers. If you are having your wedding at Cripps Barn you NEED Beth in your life!

THE CAKE | My mum made our cake! She’s always said she would want to do it and it made it all the more special that she had. It looked amazing and tasted even better… even if I did only end up with a small slice the day after! Luckily Cripps Barn saved us a wedge but that didn’t last too long either!

YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER | Anna B. Anna had photographed Chris’s sisters wedding a couple of years ago, we loved their photographs so booking her was a bit of a no brainer. We are so happy we did! The photos are just beautiful and perfectly capture our day. I can’t stop looking at them!

Anna really took the time to get to know us, we met for a drink the November before the wedding and again for a trial shoot the month before. Both Chris and I are a bit awkward in front of the camera so this helped massively. Anna is also just the loveliest person to have around, (so important when you are going to spend the majority of your day with someone!) it was such a pleasure having her share our day!

THE DETAILS & DÉCOR | We kept it simple with the flowers as the main focal point. We also had some amazing signage created by Ellie from ‘Ginger is the new black’. Ellie also created our save the dates, invitations and all of the stationery for the day.

THE HONEYMOON | We are off to South Africa and the Seychelles next May, which we had as our wedding gift list.

MEMORABLE MOMENTS | All of it! Everyone outside by the fire-pits in the evening with sparklers was special though…. And of course actually saying I do!

ADVICE FOR OTHER COUPLES | Don’t sweat the small stuff, just enjoy it and trust that your suppliers have everything in hand. After all, they are the experts and if they’re good at what they do they will get your vision.

CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE |

Photographer | Anna B Photography

Venue | Cripps Barn

Florist | Beth Cox

Hair | Sheena

Make Up | Emily Tarrant

Dress | Halfpenny London

Stationery | Ginger Is The New Black

Bridesmaids | Rewritten

Band | Motown Gold *WWW wedding directory member*

 

Wow, lovely.

Thanks so much to Camilla and Chris for sharing their gorgeous celebration with us xo Lou

 

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Louise Baltruschat Hollis <![CDATA[Vintage & Retro Inspired Pastel Wedding]]> http://whimsicalwonderlandweddings.com/?p=218165 2017-11-27T13:13:32Z 2017-12-12T14:00:09Z Vintage Retro Inspired Pastel Wedding https://www.georgiarachael.com/

Vintage and retro inspired weddings always make my heart pound that little bit faster. Old fashioned romance, timeless attire and sweet decorations, this wedding has it all.

Alice and Jake were married on the 24th June 2017 at Ivy House Country Hotel in Suffolk. They used the two venues at the location, with a ceremony in the barn and the reception in the hall. This worked perfectly with the vibe of their day and the home made décor really looked gorgeous in situ. The hand made items don’t end with the decorations though. Alice’s mum is a seamstress and made not only her dreamy blush gown, but the bridesmaids dresses, bow ties and the table runners too. WOW!

There is really so much to love here today, for me though it just has to be the loved up beautiful portraits of the couple by Georgia Rachael Photography. Swoon! Thanks so much for sharing them with us Georgia.

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THE PROPOSAL | Jake took me to Paris as a surprise birthday trip for my 22nd birthday. We spent the day in Disneyland then on the way home we went to look at the Eiffel tower lit up at night, this is when Jake proposed.

THE VISION | I love the 50’s/60’s style music and décor so we decided to have a handmade vintage style theme for our wedding.

THE PLANNING PROCESS | We spent two years planning but most of the key things we booked straight away. We only looked at two venues but loved the first one straight away. It wasn’t a difficult process as we took our time as got things when we saw them.

THE VENUE | Ivy House Country Hotel, Oulton Broad. We picked Ivy House because it has beautiful gardens and two lovely venues, which we used. We got married in the crooked barn and then had our reception in Ivy Hall. We had around 55 guests in the day and up to 120 in the evening.

THE DRESS & ACCESSORIES | My beautiful mum is a seamstress so I was lucky enough to have her make my dress. I designed it and she followed my picture. We wanted to give it a vintage feel with some beautiful lace and delicate cap sleeves. I didn’t want a white dress so I opted for a champagne/blush colour, which I loved! My accessories were made by Sparkily Ever After. A small company I found on Facebook who were very happy to help and made my beautiful crystal accessories.

GROOM’S ATTIRE | My mum made the boys their bow ties in grey to match the bridesmaids. Jake picked his suit it was grey tweed and fitted the theme perfectly. The suits were hired from Parkers Formalwear in Lowestoft.

THE READINGS & MUSIC | “He’s not perfect. You aren’t either, and the two of you will never be perfect. But if he can make you laugh at least once, causes you to think twice, and if he admits to being human and making mistakes, hold onto him and give him the most you can. He isn’t going to quote poetry, he’s not thinking about you every moment, but he will give you a part of him that he knows you could break. Don’t hurt him, don’t change him, and don’t expect for more than he can give. Don’t analyze. Smile when he makes you happy, yell when he makes you mad, and miss him when he’s not there. Love hard when there is love to be had. Because perfect guys don’t exist, but there’s always one guy that is perfect for you.” My mum did this reading.

We created a playlist of our favourite 50’s/60’s music for our ceremony and reception.

BEAUTIFUL BRIDESMAIDS | I had my two close friend’s Kim and Stephanie and two little bridesmaid my goddaughters Sophia and Daisy-Belle. The older girls wore beautiful knee length grey vintage dresses made by my mum and the younger girls wore ivory dresses with a grey sash also made by my mum.

THE FLOWERS | Irene’s House of Flowers provided our bouquets and buttonholes. We chose pale pinks and creams with soft grey foliage for my bouquet and my bridesmaids had all cream flowers in theirs.

THE CAKE | We were very lucky to have our cake made for us as a wedding present. I designed the cake, which was fun, I chose to have a simple but elegant design with a pale colour to each layer.

YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER | Georgia Rachael. Georgia was amazing she was there from start to finish and listened to everything we wanted. She was patient and made us all feel very comfortable. We are thrilled with our wedding photos which capture every part of our incredible day.

THE DETAILS & DÉCOR | I made a fair bit myself, including signs and bunting and my mum made table runners and other decorations. We then hired some pieces from Best Wishes Special Occasions who also did our centre pieces, which were beautiful jugs of flowers in our colour scheme. They were great at creating exactly what we asked for and helping make our day run smoothly.

THE HONEYMOON | We had an incredible honeymoon travelling across America. We started in San Fransisco then drove to Los Angeles and finally drove to Las Vegas. Our honeymoon was organised by Donna Bidwell Travel Counsellor.

MEMORABLE MOMENTS | Walking down the aisle and seeing all our favourite people in one room was definitely a highlight of the day. Also the speeches were amazing and made me very emotional!

ADVICE FOR OTHER COUPLES | Don’t sweat the small stuff, you soon realise on the day that little details really weren’t as important as you thought! The best thing is having the perfect group of friends and family around you and marrying the love of your life.

CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE |

Photography | Georgia Rachael Photography

Venue | Ivy House Country Hotel

Jewellery | Sparkily Ever After Jewellery

Hire | Best Wishes Special Occasions

Suit | Parkers

Flowers | Irene’s House of Flowers

Honeymoon | Donna Bidwell Travel Counsellor

Hair | Laura Klyne Hairdresser – Hair by Lawrence

Nails | Bellablue Nails

 

How perfect!

Alice and Jake, thank you both ever so much for sharing your splendid story with us xo Lou

 

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Rachel Harrison <![CDATA[Multicoloured & Hand Made Fun Outdoor Wedding]]> http://whimsicalwonderlandweddings.com/?p=217964 2017-11-30T10:56:32Z 2017-12-12T07:00:52Z Multicoloured Hand Made Fun Outdoor Wedding https://www.sharrongibson.co.uk/

WWW readers Claire and Nico wed in the grounds of their local village pavilion on the 24th June 2017. Our pair didn’t want to spend too much money or have a day that was too formal and didn’t feel like it suited them. I’m a fan of their laid back style and it sounds like the planning was a labour of love, a real jar collecting, bunting making, crafting team effort. A word of warning to master bakers though, making your own wedding cake is not for the faint hearted! In this case, Claire’s efforts turned out simply stunningly.

Claire was delighted to find that ASOS has a wedding dress collection and I think her gown looks simply fabulous. Isn’t her bouquet made from painstakingly collected brooches so special? Nico kept things simple and stylish with a three piece navy suit from Next.

Everything else about their day was so colourful, it’s always a joy to see real weddings that don’t follow a strict colour scheme and there’s something so festive about the results. Claire and Nico were lucky enough to be able to hold their ceremony outside but Claire does have some wise words for others planning al fresco nuptials!

Claire and Nico actually came across their photographer, Sharron Gibson, on WWW! Thanks ever so much Sharron for sharing these wonderful colourful images of such a personal day.

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THE PROPOSAL | We were travelling in Ghana for two weeks and were staying at a lovely little lodge by a lake for a few nights. The first morning we woke early and decided to go for a quick swim before breakfast. We were admiring the view across the lake when Nico got down on one knee…

THE VISION | Relaxed, colourful, homemade and fun, with a French twist!

THE PLANNING PROCESS | From the start we were keen to keep our wedding day informal and to make or collect what we could ourselves. We also tried to reuse materials where we could and use local suppliers. We wanted the day to be personal and not excessive. We also planned as much as possible around our guests having fun, being well fed and making sure there was plenty to drink!

BUDGET | Around £7,500.

THE VENUE | We knew we didn’t want a wedding venue as such, in order to keep the day more relaxed and informal. We chose the village pavilion round the corner from my parent’s house (very convenient for all the setting up!), which offered plenty of space and flexibility to make the day our own. The venue’s volunteers were unbelievably helpful and accommodating the whole way through.

THE DRESS & ACCESSORIES | My dress was from ASOS and I wore an additional underskirt for a bit more volume. I kept the accessories very simple – my favourite pair of earrings and a simple bracelet borrowed from my mum.

FINDING THE DRESS | I didn’t fancy traditional wedding dress shopping and so started searching online to see what I could find. I was looking for a shorter length dress and something that I could sit on the grass in and dance in. I had no idea ASOS did wedding dresses and was amazed to find that they had just what I was looking for.

GROOM’S ATTIRE | A simple but lovely dark blue three piece suit from Next.

THE READINGS & MUSIC | We asked my dad to lead our ceremony for us which we wrote ourselves. My sister read a beautiful extract from Anne Morrow Lindbergh’s ‘Gift from the sea’ and Nico’s uncle read ‘On marriage’ by Khalil Gibran. We chose Tom Odell ‘Grow old with me’ as we arrived and Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros ‘Home’ for the end of the ceremony.

Instead of a first dance we sang a first song, The Moldy Peaches ‘Anyone else but you’. We wrote the lyrics ourselves for a couple of cheeky verses for fun!

From the outset we both knew we wanted to have live music for the evening entertainment. Nico’s band from university reunited to play a few songs, followed by our friend’s band. During the day and for the rest of the night we put on a playlist that we had both compiled with all our favourite tunes.

THE FLOWERS | We found an amazing local florist who supply beautiful seasonal DIY flowers. We collected them a couple of days before the wedding and my mum, her friend and I arranged them all into jars and a couple of milk pails. Some of our guests commented on how they looked like a summer meadow. My mum picked a mixture of wildflowers the day before to put in jars on shepherd hooks for the ceremony. She also potted up tubs with brightly coloured garden flowers which we used to decorate outside the marquee.

I made my bouquet from around 50 brooches. My mum and I got so much enjoyment from scouring charity shops and receiving donations from kind family members. It was pretty labour intensive putting it all together but I absolutely loved the end result.

THE CAKE | The cake was made by myself and my mum. We opted for a rustic butter cream tiered cake decorated with some beautiful roses and a cute little heart bunting topper. Each layer was a different flavour – carrot, lemon and chocolate. I’d made a few of my friend’s wedding cakes so was keen to have a go at making mine. In hindsight I probably should have taken up the offer of a friend for this as I must admit it does add a lot of pressure to the timings of things when making your own!

YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER | The wonderful Sharron Gibson. I came across her on WWW and instantly loved her natural, artistic, documentary style of photography. We love how her photos truly capture the colour and the happy, relaxed atmosphere of our day. And lots of fabulous facial expressions! It was quite an emotional experience looking through the photos the first time and reliving the day. We especially loved finding out what was going on throughout the day when we were preoccupied elsewhere!

THE DETAILS & DÉCOR | My mum and I started off with making over 100m of bunting mostly from cuttings of old fabric. We then just got more creative as we went along! Other details (mostly handmade) included vibrant paper pom-poms, rag bunting, decorated jars for flowers and candles, tablecloths and runners, a pallet back-drop, colourful ribbons and fairy lights in the trees, dried rose petals and paper cones for confetti, and pallet order of the day and welcome signs. Everything was made by us and our wonderful family. The overall look was very colourful and eclectic. Thankfully it all worked and came together on the day. The venue took two days to assemble and would never have been possible without the help of our amazing family and friends.

We had an outdoor ceremony in a pretty sheltered corner of the field and then a drinks and nibbles reception at the pavilion. Our main meal was buffet style and we didn’t bother with a starter or a table plan. Instead our guests just sat where they wanted and mingled which worked out perfectly (we just put out a few extra chairs). We had ice cream and homemade brownies for dessert, served up by a couple of our very lovely and willing guests! For the evening we hired Vive la Crêpe to serve tasty sweet and savoury crepes. The weather was perfect for people milling around and chatting outside while eating crepes and it was a wonderful party atmosphere. We also had a fire pit and put out marshmallows for people to toast late into the evening.

Throughout the day our guests had heaps of fun playing ball games and boules in the field. Indoors we had table tennis and a pool table. We had a bucket list map for guests to suggest places to go/things to do to add to our bucket list. To keep the kids occupied we had a table with activity booklets and lots of colouring as well as a face painter for a couple of hours which went down a treat! The venue also allowed for camping in the field overnight which was a real bonus.

THE HONEYMOON | Just after the wedding we had a relaxing two day mini-moon with a wood-fired hot tub. A couple of months later we went to the Alps for our honeymoon for a week of walking, fresh air and beautiful scenery which was just perfect.

MEMORABLE MOMENTS | Setting up with family and friends in the lead up, feeling overwhelmingly emotional and then everyone cheering us as we arrived together for the ceremony, the amazing speeches, Nico playing with his band, seeing our guests enjoying themselves and having fun!

ADVICE FOR OTHER COUPLES | Try to have fun with the preparations and creativities. Do things your own way, the more personal the better. Have a go at writing your own vows, it’s worth it. And have wet weather alternatives – we really wanted an outdoor ceremony but had an indoor contingency plan in case it tipped it down (luckily we didn’t need it but better to be safe than sorry!).

CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE |

Photography | Sharron Gibson Photographer

Dress | ASOS

Groom’s Suit | Next

Flowers | Swan Cottage Flowers

Food | Anderson Catering

Crepes | Vive La Crêpe

Marquee | Be Upstanding

 

Wow, what fun it all looks! Thank you ever so much Claire and Nico for sharing your wonderful, creative and colourful big day with us. Rachel x

 

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