Whimsical Wonderland Weddings UK Wedding Blog 2014-10-22T13:00:38Z http://whimsicalwonderlandweddings.com/feed/atom WordPress Lou Whimsicalwonderlandweddings <![CDATA[Wednesday Wedding Wonders. 22/10/2014]]> http://whimsicalwonderlandweddings.com/?p=126219 2014-10-22T10:55:28Z 2014-10-22T13:00:38Z Multicolour Homemade Wedding http://www.photographybyvicki.co.uk/blog/

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.

 

 

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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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Lou Whimsicalwonderlandweddings <![CDATA[Stylish & Rustic Sun Drenched Homemade Barn Wedding]]> http://whimsicalwonderlandweddings.com/?p=124929 2014-10-07T12:29:18Z 2014-10-22T07:00:31Z Stylish Rustic Barn Wedding http://www.lolarosephotography.com/

 

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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Lou Whimsicalwonderlandweddings <![CDATA[Crafty Colourful Country Outdoorsy Marquee Wedding]]> http://whimsicalwonderlandweddings.com/?p=124979 2014-10-07T11:20:26Z 2014-10-21T13:00:25Z Crafty Colourful Country Wedding http://matildarosephotography.com/

 

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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Lou Whimsicalwonderlandweddings <![CDATA[Beautiful Blue Skies Cornwall Elopement]]> http://whimsicalwonderlandweddings.com/?p=124808 2014-10-07T10:32:39Z 2014-10-21T07:00:14Z Cornwall Elopement http://www.debsivelja.com/

 

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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Lou Whimsicalwonderlandweddings <![CDATA[Beautiful Rustic Woodland Bridal Look. WWW Editorial.]]> http://whimsicalwonderlandweddings.com/?p=124449 2014-10-16T15:02:28Z 2014-10-20T13:00:27Z 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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Lou Whimsicalwonderlandweddings <![CDATA[Multicolour Unforgettable Homemade Wedding]]> http://whimsicalwonderlandweddings.com/?p=124758 2014-10-06T13:38:49Z 2014-10-20T07:00:55Z 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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Lou Whimsicalwonderlandweddings <![CDATA[Baby W’s Crafty Rainbow Nursery]]> http://whimsicalwonderlandweddings.com/?p=126173 2014-10-16T14:45:33Z 2014-10-19T07:30:31Z Rainbow Crafty Nursery

 

I think this may be the first room of our renovated home I have shown you. Quite fitting that I am sharing finally as it’s a year since we started overhauling our little house.

Baby W’s nursery was a real labour of love for me. Our little rainbow baby just had to have a rainbow multicoloured room, to which I wanted to add some home made pieces.

We knew we were expecting a boy, but I wanted a mismatched colourful feel instead of going pure blue. He even has a touch of pink in there hehe :-) W is 6 weeks old already and I only just got around to taking snaps. He won’t be using his nursery for a few months yet, but he already seems memorised by his surroundings when we go in there.

The nursery furniture used to be A’s and the white walls and grey carpets were put in place a year ago now. So we had the perfect blank canvas to begin with. I had already started my rainbow crochet blanket, which became the inspiration for the rest of the room. I hope you like it…

 

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I am over the moon out how the nursery worked out. And how amazing is the pom pom mobile my sister made for W? I need a proper place for it, but doesn’t it look fab?! Thanks sis ;-)

 

Furniture | Mamas & Papas

Bumper | The White Company

Crochet Blanket | Home made

Pom Pom Mobile | Hand made

Pom Pom Garland | Hand made

Teddies | Gifts

Two Large Prints | Eef Lillemor

Frames | Ikea

Curtains | Mamas & Papas

Rainbow Print | Freya Art & Design

Storage Trays | Ikea (Labels home made)

Rabbit & Toadstool Lights | Dotcomgiftshop

Book | Gift

Spotty Storage Bag | H&M

Changing Mat | This Modern Life

Lampshade | John Lewis

Bunting | Gift

 

I hope buba W makes some great memories in his little space. Are you planning a nursery? I’d love to hear your ideas :-) XOXO Lou

 

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Lou Whimsicalwonderlandweddings <![CDATA[Indie Barefoot Farm Wedding in Illinois]]> http://whimsicalwonderlandweddings.com/?p=124677 2014-10-06T11:35:28Z 2014-10-18T07:30:10Z Indie Barefoot Farm Wedding http://jackandhannah.com/

 

International Saturday’s just don’t get better than this.

A barefoot bride, one super beautiful farm setting and a family inspired homely day.

Jessica and Derick wanted an individual day with their personality stamped all over their wedding. There were gorgeous florals, stylish attire and big smiles all round. LOVE.

Thanks so very much to the supremely talented Jack & Hannah Film & Photography for sharing their images today.

 

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FROM BRIDE JESSICA |

“My advice for soon-to-be brides would be to simply…. be you. Derick and I planned our wedding based upon our desire to simply embrace who we are individually and as a couple. From the music (all my favorite Simon & Garfunkel tunes) to the food and decorations, were all things that expressed who we are as a couple. We wanted to invite people into our relationship by expressing it as best as we could through the entirety of our wedding. Another ambition of mine while planning my wedding, was to create an environment that made every guest feel as though they were all apart of one large family! Little details such as having wine bottles on the tables (so people could pour from the same bottle in a way they would at a family meal), mixed seating, and the casual food helped create that type of feel. It is easy to get caught up in your wedding wanting to please everyone, but I found the best way to do that was to be myself, and the rest came naturally.”


CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE |

Photographers | Jack & Hannah Film & Photography

Venue | Shallowbrook Farm in Bradford, IL 

Flowers | all of my favorite things flower shop

Tent (lights and all) | AAA

Food | Famous Daves 

 

 

Oh so beautiful.

Thanks so so much for sharing today guys XOXO Lou

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Lou Whimsicalwonderlandweddings <![CDATA[The Bride Diaries. Kirsty’s Pastel Homemade Walled Garden Wedding Part 2]]> http://whimsicalwonderlandweddings.com/?p=124620 2014-10-03T11:49:31Z 2014-10-17T13:00:31Z Pastel Homemade Walled Garden Wedding http://www.suekwiatkowska.com/

 

It’s the perfect way to bring in the weekend – WWW real bride Kirsty’s wedding reception. YAY.

Kirsty and Steve created a wedding full of personality and love. From the tin flower arrangements created by Kirsty to the James Bond details and lawn games; every single detail was super thoughtful. There were happy memories created in the gardens, scrummy ice cream and stylish stationery. All so perfect. And Kirsty’s advice for other couples is spot on.

Thanks so much again to Sue Kwiatkowska for providing the images today.

 

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THE FLOWERS | I had originally planned on doing all the flowers myself but once we saw our venue had a beautiful arch, I knew I couldn’t do it justice! So we had the lovely India Burrill who designed the arch, my bouquet, the bridesmaid’ and buttonholes. I couldn’t have been happier, I loved the flowers so much I barely put my bouquet down and never ended up throwing it as I didn’t want to damage it. It know takes pride of place dried in our living room!

I wanted to do some of the flowers myself as I’ve always enjoyed flower arranging and ended up doing all the table flowers in vintage tins we collected from car boots. It was so nice as on the evening prior to the wedding, practically all the women in my family rallied in the big dining room of the mansion we were staying in to help create the centrepieces I had practised so many times and I wads so pleased with them! Thank you ladies ☺

 

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THE DETAILS & DÉCOR | Along with the James Bond themes seating plan and table packs, we had some garden games to play, a photo corner with props, a tombola for our favours featuring my dad’s homemade lemon vodka!

 

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THE HONEYMOON | We went to Cuba for our honeymoon, 6nights in Havana and 8 nights in Varadero. It was perfect for us as we’re love a mixture of finding about a country’s culture as well as having a relaxing time and it was an amazing place to visit!

 

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YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER | Sue Kwiatkowska was amazing, we couldn’t have wished for a better photographer. We loved her style of photography and she was really competitive. She was so easy to get on and put us both at ease, everyone at the wedding loved her!

 

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THE CAKE | A family friend who owns a patisserie and outside catering business with my mum (and also my boss!) made our amazing cake. I showed her a few ideas of what we liked on pinterest and she came up with something amazing with coconut cake, Victoria sponge, red velvet & raspberry and farmhouse fruit which was scrummy too. Steve’s sister is a dab hand at sugarcraft so she made our personalised woodland animals at a picnic cake topper!

 

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MEMORABLE MOMENTS | Our favourite moment was after we had couple photos in the evening outside the venue, walking back through the oak door seeing all our friends and family playing games, chatting and queuing up for the ice cream bicycle for probably the second time! ☺

 

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GROOM’S ATTIRE | Steve didn’t want to wear tails but still wanted to be traditional, so opted for a navy Edwardian suit with a lilac waistcoat and tie to match one of the bridesmaid dresses, looking very dapper!

 

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ADVICE FOR OTHER COUPLES |  Enjoy the planning process rather than getting stressed about it because it is only one day in your who life and it’s your married life that is most important, not the wedding day!

 

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CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE |

Photographer | Sue Kwiatkowska

Dress | Proposals, Chichester

Flowers | India Burrill & Something Special Wholesale

Hair & Make-up | Grace Benson

 

WOW.

Thank you so so much Kirsty and Steve for sharing your wedding story with us here at WWW. And a HUGE thank you to Kirsty for blogging for us, I will miss hearing all about your plans. It’s been so wonderful following your wedding XOXO Lou

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It’s time to share today the wedding of resident WWW real bride Kirsty. We have followed Kirsty’s planning journey for a whole year and now I am over the moon to share her beautiful wedding day :-)

Kirsty and Steve tied the knot on the 7th June 2014 at The Walled Garden, Cowdray. They envisioned a personal wedding day; with a focus on their marriage, picking meaningful readings and music.

The bridesmaids looked so beautiful in mismatched pastel frocks and Kirsty looked amazing! She donned a Lou Lou Bridal tea length dress with lace appliqué double layered veil and Jenny Packham for Debenhams heels. I am so excited to share their reception with you this afternoon. Ekk.

Thanks so very much to the amazing Sue Kwiatkowska for sharing her photographs with us today.

 

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THE PROPOSAL | Steve proposed to me in Amsterdam whilst we were on our way to Anne Frank’s house January 2013! It was really quiet about and were walking over a snowy bridge, we were a bit lost so I got the map out to have a look where we were and then looked up and Steve was on his knee asking if I’ll marry him! I was so shocked I just started laughing leaving him hanging waiting for me to say yes. We celebrated in this strange pub drinking cider at 10:30am, defiantly not something we’ll forget!

 

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THE DRESS & ACCESSORIES | I got my dress from a wedding boutique in Chichester, only the second shop I went in! I had a pretty clear idea about what I wanted but wanted to try some longer dresses to make sure it definitely was. My dress was a tea length Lou Lou dress and I had a lace appliqué double layered veil, I felt so happy and comfortable in it all day. I bought my shoes before my dress from Jenny Packham at Debenhams, I saw them early on in the planning and knew they were just perfect and not too high!

I made a lace hair piece to go in my hair using some appliqué I got on holiday in Malta and attaching it to a plain ivory hairband but wrapping brown ribbon around it so it wouldn’t show. Grace Benson did an amazing job with my hair and make-up, I felt so happy as I still looked like me, just better!

 

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THE VISION | We wanted to encompass both of our personalities into the wedding as Steve was really keen to help out and I didn’t want to look back and see nothing of ‘him’ in the wedding. I like the rustic, vintage and handmade and Steve likes James Bond! We managed to combine both ideas by using vintage James Bond film postcards for our seating plan and Steve came up with the idea of having some James Bond ‘kits’ for everyone to play with at the tables. After choosing our walled garden venue all the other ideas we had with a handmade and vintage feel just fell into place.

 

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THE PLANNING PROCESS | We didn’t find the planning process too stressful even with me starting my own business at the same time! We had around 18 months and got most things booked in the first few months so it was just down to me to use the remaining months to make as much as possible! It never felt too overwhelming as I loved having an excuse to buy old tins from the car boot and make random thing! It’s great as I have been able to use what I created and learnt for the wedding in my new business venue offering handmade wedding workshops and prop hire (www.makedoandtrend.co.uk) so I haven’t had the ‘post-wedding blues’.

 

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BEAUTIFUL BRIDESMAIDS | I had two chief bridesmaids, who are my twin cousins but we’re more like sisters, and Steve’s sisters as my bridesmaids. I’ve had a vision for as long as I can remember that my bridesmaids one day would be in different coloured dresses and as they were up for it too! We had the colours pink, lilac, mink and a bluey lilac colour  and I had them made in China and was so impressed with them.  They all looked stunning and were so amazing in the build up and on the day itself!

 

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THE VENUE | We got married at The Walled Garden, Cowdray and were so lucky with the weather as there was a spectacular thunderstorm in the morning which cleared by the time I made it to the venue. I had no back-up plan for all the things we had planned in the garden!

 

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THE READINGS & MUSIC | I walked down the aisle with my dad and bridesmaids to ‘Sweet Disposition’, a song Steve and I both love and even to this day makes me tear up when I hear it on the radio!

One of my chief bridesmaids started off with the reading ‘On Your Wedding Day’ which was a lovely start to the ceremony and our married lives together. After we exchanged vows, our friends (we met at their wedding!) read ‘Marriage Is…’ which was good guidance for us newlyweds.

Finally, Steve’s friend read ‘Maybe’ which was a really humbling reading about our future life together and not just about the wedding day. We never wanted the start of our marriage to be all about the wedding so we really thought about the readings that meant a lot to us.

 

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CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE |

 

Photographer | Sue Kwiatkowska

Dress | Proposals, Chichester

Flowers | India Burrill & Something Special Wholesale

Hair & Make-up | Grace Benson

 

Gorgeous. Tune in at 2pm for Kirsty and Steve’s brilliant reception XOXO Lou

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