Whimsical Wonderland Weddings UK Wedding Blog 2016-12-04T08:00:12Z http://whimsicalwonderlandweddings.com/feed/atom WordPress Louise Baltruschat Hollis <![CDATA[Rustic Industrial Warehouse Wedding Ideas]]> http://whimsicalwonderlandweddings.com/?p=186201 2016-12-02T08:38:55Z 2016-12-04T08:00:12Z Rustic Industrial Warehouse Wedding Ideas http://www.timdunk.com/

 

I do love a warehouse wedding venue, the space, atmosphere and light is always pretty magnificent. So I can see why this team of talented wedding suppliers today chose to host a styled shoot at Studio 24 in Leeds. It gave the perfect industrial backdrop to their rustic and foliage filled inspirational editorial. The Eddison lighting in particular was very dramatic and is perfect for evening or winter weddings to provide a serious style statement. Then there was the geometric greenery inspired cake that really makes impact along with the heavily embellished gowns teamed with stylish hair and make up. I love it all.

Thanks so much to Tim Dunk Photography for sharing these remarkable images. Tabby Kerwin at Mode for…Events tells us more;

 

“Rustic Industrial? is it a thing? Well it is now!

When a trendy industrial vibe warehouse gets a touch of nature added with florals and greenery, you suddenly create an amazing look for weddings that incorporates something for everyone with industrial edge and a soft, rustic finish.

The vision of photographer Tim Dunk was clear and his style vision was realised by Donna of Ambience Venue Styling Halifax & Bradford with her use of seeded eucalyptus, Ruscus, Ferns and Norma Jean Roses. Candles and the soft, atmospheric lighting from Typical Type’s Eddison Lighting gave a truly remarkable canvas.

Leeds based The Bridal Emporium has the most stunning bridal gowns and Claire chose to showcase a range of dresses from designer Eliza Jane Howell which added a glamorous touch to the shoot. The three beautiful models Charlotte, Abi and Leyla gave the gowns both a serious and fun, relaxed look. With soft hair styles from Hannah of Verve Design Ilkley and a decadent make-up look from Annabel Bailey Make-up.

The style shoot was further reflected in the table styling from Ambience Venue Styling, complemented with stationery from Donut Press with a relaxed calligraphy and printed fern style.
The shoot was completed with the addition of another fabulous cake from Sweet Sugar Sixpence which incorporated stark whites, florals, greenery and geometric shapes.”

 

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CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE |

Photography | Tim Dunk Photography

Gowns | Eliza Jane Howell

Venue | Studio 24, Leeds

Styling | Ambience Venue Styling

Bridal Gowns | The Bridal Emporium

Lighting | Typical Type

Make-up | Annabel Bailey Make-up

Hair | Verve Design Ilkley

Cake | Sweet Sugar Sixpence

Stationery | Donut Press

Coordination, Management and PR | Mode for…Events

Models | Charlotte Brown, Leilah-Anais Agori, Abi Knight

 

How very gorgeous.

Thanks so much to the whole team for sharing these images today xo Lou

 

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Abby Stiefel http://whimsicalwonderlandweddings.com/ <![CDATA[Outdoor Spring Vineyard Wedding in Tennessee]]> http://whimsicalwonderlandweddings.com/?p=184683 2016-11-22T11:58:15Z 2016-12-03T08:00:30Z Outdoor Spring Vineyard Wedding Tennessee http://www.juicebeatsphotography.com/

 

This morning we are taking a peek at Tabitha and John’s gorgeous vineyard wedding, which occurred on May 28th 2016 at Spout Spring Estates, Tennessee. Not only were the happy couple the beaming stars of the show, but so was their beautiful daughter, Rose, who wore a little floral headband and made quite an adorable entrance to the event in a floral-decorated cart.

The ceremony was held under a grand leafy tree, decked out with hanging décor – white flowing fabric, a chandelier and metal lanterns filled with fresh florals. The day was tied together with a soft purple colour palette, which appeared in the flowers, the ties, bridesmaids’ dresses (in different shades), the amazing crafted art which held the wedding rings and the table settings at the reception.

I love that guests received bottled beer made by the couple as favours and the awesome sparkler exit at the end of the night. There was a shared tequila shot in honour of Tabitha’s father, which totally tugged at my heart strings. Lastly, that black and white photo of Tabitha kissing baby Rose and the sunset shots of the bride and groom frolicking in the vineyards were just perfection.

Thank you so much, Juicebeats Photography, for sharing these lovely images with us at WWW.

 

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FROM THE PHOTOGRAPHER | A gorgeous mountain view, a beautiful ceremony beneath a tree, and a sweet family (oh, and fire, did we mention fire?) made John and Tabitha’s vineyard wedding so special and memorable. A hidden gem in Blaine, Tennessee, Spout Spring Estates Vineyard was the setting for the couple’s ceremony and reception. The venue includes a beautiful stone pathway leading to a huge covered porch surrounding a log cabin and wine shop, but it is the natural scenery – rows of grapes, lush greenery, and a mountain backdrop – that truly took our breath away.

We loved John’s reaction to seeing Tabitha during their first look, as the two hugged, kissed, danced, and cried together. Their precious daughter, Rose, was looking on from the balcony where we snapped some shots as well through the cast-iron railing. (Speaking of cute kids…did you see their ring bearer?) This cutie was a huge part of their day, being escorted in a wagon during the ceremony and dancing with Mom and Dad at the reception, but some truly sweet moments occurred prior to the ceremony when Tabitha helped dress Rose, just as her Mom did for her earlier in the day.

A monogrammed pillow, rustic mailbox, and their favours – beer that they personally brewed and bottled – added special touches to the décor and we loved the elegant pops of purple in many of the details to tie everything together. John and Tabitha were all about sharing their joy with their guests, and they provided entertainment in the form of a fire dancer and essentially a huge torch for their guests to set afire. They even shared a tequila shot to honour Tabitha’s father, which was a profoundly sentimental moment for all involved. We took John and Tabitha out into the vineyard during sunset to have some time alone, and these couple’s photos are some of our favorites. We strolled through the rows of grapes with them and captured some special moments as John escorted Tabitha back to their guests through the green field. We were happy to shoot this vineyard wedding and we feel so blessed to have shared in this couple’s joy. Congratulations to John and Tabitha, again!

 

CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE |

Photographer | Juicebeats Photography

Hair Stylist | Bangs and Blush

Dress Store | David’s Bridal

Equipment Rentals | Event Rentals by Rothchild

Floral Designer |  Flowers by Sarah

Tuxedo and Men’s Attire | Men’s Wearhouse

Caterer | Rothchild Catering

Hair Stylist |  Salon Zeal

Event Venue | Spout Spring Estates

Submitted via Two Bright Lights

 

Tabitha and John, your sweet celebration was a joy to look at. It’s obvious your wedding day was personal, romantic and picturesque. Thank you so much for sharing it with us all. Abby xx

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Naomi Neoh 2017 Eden Wedding Bridal Dress Collection

 

Friday fashion time lovelies. I have the some of the prettiest gowns on the block for your viewing this afternoon courtesy of Naomi Neoh and their 2017 Eden collection. Photographed amongst divine florals this lovely collection would work so perfectly for Spring brides in particular, with delicate fabrics and flowing lines. The Poppy Skirt really caught my eye with it’s appliqué tulle, it’s so unique and very special indeed. Then there is the super swishy Gwen with darling lace bodice that can be accessorised with a matching jacket for long lace sleeve goodness.  It looks like bridal separates are here to stay, yay. Brides, you are going to adore these dresses. Enjoy.

 

2017 EDEN COLLECTION

 

INTRODUCING a new philosophy of bridal dress.

For 2017 Naomi Neoh has created a collection of bridal layers.
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Louise Baltruschat Hollis <![CDATA[Mismatched Stylish London Pub Wedding]]> http://whimsicalwonderlandweddings.com/?p=184622 2016-11-16T18:50:49Z 2016-12-02T07:00:46Z Mismatched London Pub Wedding http://www.olliverphotography.com/

 

We’re getting all chic in the city today with a really rather lovely London pub wedding.

WWW readers Elodie and Bart tied the knot on the 22nd July 2016 at Stoke Newington Town Hall followed by a reception at The Londesborough. It was important to them that their celebrations were informal and personal. They decided against a colour scheme and went mismatched, complete with pastel bridesmaid dresses and hessian bunting. The lovely fresh blooms were arranged by Elodie and her mum, there were wine boxes turned into cards, cork place names and wine bottles table names too.

Elodie wore the most divine gown with layers of tulle and cap sleeves, teamed with Jimmy Choos. Bart was suited and booted in a blue Paul Smith suit accessorised with a pink tie. So much style.

Thanks so much to Olliver Photography for sharing these sublime shots today.

 

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THE PROPOSAL | Bart bought a beautiful late 1920s antique ring (he knew it was the one as it looked so much like a pair of my grandmother’s earrings I wear often and love dearly). Feeling very smug after finally finding the ring it only dawned on him as he rode the train home that he now had to actually propose! He got really flustered and came home in a bit of a flap. It was just an ordinary Wednesday night, there was me (not looking my best) cooking dinner and Bart came in looking a bit shifty. He started saying things like ‘you know how much I love you right…’ I asked him if he was ok, a bit worried that something was wrong! Before I knew it he was down on one knee telling me how much he wanted to spend the rest of his life with me. My first response (a bit shrill probably) was ‘you’re doing this now?!’ He pulled out the beautiful ring and told me things you can probably only say at home if you are a reserved man (which Bart certainly is). It was really emotional, there were tears from both of us, and standing in the middle of our kitchen I’d never been happier. We of course abandoned dinner, got spruced up and went out for a lovely meal. We kept the news just for us two that night, it was perfect.

THE VISION | Bart is Dutch and they have very casual weddings, so I knew anything too formal would seem foreign to him. When we were at one of our favourite Sunday pubs he just looked round and said I wonder if they do weddings here. We enquired and the Londesborough immediately became our reception venue. I then build the rest of the wedding around this. Stoke Newington Town Hall being a 1930s building was perfect for the ceremony and only a 5 minute walk from the pub. The Londesborough has a mismatched, fun vibe so I went with simple lace and hessian bunting. I then used this same material to decorate jars for the flowers. I wanted the flowers to feel summery and fun and not be too formal. Therefore I wanted to create a wild meadow effect with the lots of jars down the middle of the dining tables and went for pinks, purples with dashes of white and yellow. Then, being in a pub, I used wine boxes for guest’s cards, corks to make the place settings and wine bottles to make the table names. Each table name was one of favourite pubs in the local area.

THE PLANNING PROCESS | I like to be organised so created a google doc to record my budget, and also a to-do list with rough time lines. I had a year and ½ to plan which was great as I could leave it for a few weeks when it seemed like it was getting a bit much. It meant I never got too stressed as I always had plenty of time.

BUDGET | We started by thinking we would be around 20K. We came out at about 22K, so we were quite pleased really. We spent quite a bit on our outfits (the dress, suit, shoes…). We also added a video which hadn’t been in the original plan. This doesn’t include the honeymoon(s).

THE VENUE | The Londesborough was so organised and helpful; it made planning the day a breeze. They had the perfect combination of relaxed fun, but the white table clothes and seating plan made the day feel a little more English. And what’s more English than a pub really ☺.

THE DRESS & ACCESSORIES | The dress came from Blackburn Bridal and I can’t sing their praises enough. My seamstress was a miracle worker and the dress fit like a glove. I knew I wanted backless and I love all the lace detail, the capped sleeves and the beautiful buttons down the back. It was just perfect for me. I wore Jimmy Choo’s, had a 1920s vintage bag, wore my grandmother’s earrings that match the engagement ring so well, and borrowed a diamond bracelet from my Mum.

FINDING THE DRESS | I knew I wanted a French designer dress, as my Mum is French. I started by thinking I wanted a boho styled dress. When I tried them on they drowned me, and it quickly became apparent that I needed a figure hugging dress unless I wanted to look like a 12 year old boy (I don’t have many curves sadly). Blackburn Bridal has such a great selection of dresses and my Mum and I both knew when we found ‘the one’, and it was made by a French designer ☺.

GROOM’S ATTIRE | Bart wore a blue Paul Smith 3 piece suite, Cheaney dark brown shoes with a pink Hermes tie. He quite simply looked amazing!

THE READINGS & MUSIC | For the reading my cousin Sophie read The Invitation by Oriah. Its underlying thought is that by being true to yourself you are then able to really give yourself to another. I’ve never read anything else that so clearly and beautiful describes what love and marriage should be. I walked down the aisles to ‘Here Comes The Sun’ by The Beatles. It’s a song that means a lot to my Dad and I, and it’s uplifting and fun, which is how we wanted the ceremony to feel.

BEAUTIFUL BRIDESMAIDS | The bridesmaids could wear whatever they wanted and stuck to a pastel colour base. They all felt and looked beautiful (rather than all having to wear the same dress which I think is actually a bit mean). You could tell they felt great all day having chosen something that really suited and represented them.

THE FLOWERS | I bought all the flowers wholesale and then made all the bouquets with my Mum the day before.

THE CAKE | I wanted a naked cake as it also feels more informal. Clare at the Little Bear Cakery made the most beautiful and delicious cake! It was perfect and sat on top of a wine box to continue the theme.

YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER | Christian Olliver was just perfect. I first met up with Annie (and 2 of their beautiful daughters) to discuss the overall feel and theme of the day. Christian had already shot a wedding at the Londesborough and knew the area well. We also had an engagement shoot which was so needed and I wasn’t comfortable in front of the camera at all. Annie and Christian have been the most amazing team and we have loved having them be a part of our day.

We also have an 8mm silent film video (I can’t wait to see it). We stole Cine 8 and the wonderful Andy from a friend’s wedding last year which was so beautiful. We loved the old feel, wibbly lines and using real film element. Bart does special effects in film so he will also have all the raw footage so he can also create something from it.

THE HONEYMOON | We went for a mini-moon straight after the wedding to Rome. We loved re-visiting Italy so much we changed our honeymoon plans (originally a road trip through the South of the US) and decided to go to Sicily and the surrounding little islands there. We leave in September and can’t wait!

MEMORABLE MOMENTS | My Dad seeing me in my dress. Walking down the aisles with my Dad to ‘Here Comes The Sun’. Bart tearing up when I entered the room. Seeing all my friends and family in one room. The ceremony, it totally blew me away! The speeches were all AMAZING (we were really lucky to know so many great public speakers). Interestingly the English went with funny, poking fun speeches, and the Dutch went for heartfelt more emotional speeches. Great balance!

ADVICE FOR OTHER COUPLES | Take time to enjoy all of it! The planning, talking about it with your other half, your friends and family, and of course the day itself. It really does go by too quickly!

Make the day about the two of you. Tell people (in the nicest way) to back off if you need to. Just remind them it’s your day, because it really is!

You won’t get to spend as much time with your guests as you would like, but make sure you take a moment with your other half to just say, yeah, we did it! ☺

CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE |

Photographer | Olliver Photography

Invitations | Hand pressed by the lovely Julia at Wolf & Ink

Cake |  Clare at The Little Bear Cakery

Flowers | Bought them wholesale and created all the bouquets myself with my Mum. Also decorated all the jars ourselves for the flowers.

Dress | Blackburn Bridal

Band | Blue Juice played an acoustic set during the ceremony and big set at the wedding. They were great!!

Bunting | Emma Bunting

 

Just fabulous.

Elodie and Bart, I cannot thank you enough for sharing your gorgeous nuptials here today xo Lou

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Louise Baltruschat Hollis <![CDATA[Rustic & Quirky DIY Secret Garden Wedding]]> http://whimsicalwonderlandweddings.com/?p=184566 2016-11-16T13:55:10Z 2016-12-01T14:00:40Z Rustic Secret Garden Wedding http://helenrussellphotography.co.uk/

 

I do love a DIY wedding where loved ones come together to craft the perfect day for the happy couple. It just seems like the loveliest way to begin a marriage to me and creates such a personal celebration.

WWW readers Kirsty and Jack chose to marry on the 24th April 2016 at Moxhull Hall in the Midlands. They chose the venue after falling for it’s secret garden and chose to tie the knot outside. Next came the fresh and fun colour scheme, with details made in mint and pink, they really came to life. One of the biggest tasks was undertaken by bride Kirsty who made all of those fab fabric bouquets, it really helped them to achieve their £11, 000 budget too.

The bridesmaids looked amazing in their vibrant long flowing dresses and complimented Kirsty’s stunning lace gown just so. The whole bridal party looked utterly gorgeous.

Thanks so much to Helen Russell for sharing these sensational images today.

 

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THE PROPOSAL | Jack proposed to me the morning of my birthday 2nd February 2012.

We were staying in a family run hotel in the middle of Chester. He gave me my birthday presents to open and after I had opened them he said there is one more you need to find, I found it hiding in a secret pocket of my rucksack, it was wrapped in around 6 layers of different paper. I opened the little box inside to find the engagement pandora charm, which is when he said will you marry me. I started to fill up and said yes and kissed him before I fully cried.

He then told me he wanted me to design my engagement ring so his step dad could make it for me. As I had always wanted something different with black diamonds.

The day I received my ring he got down on one knee and said will you marry me and placed it on my finger, I loved it straight away it is perfect.

THE VISION | Our vision to start with was to have a English tea party wedding in a converted barn, until we visited our wedding venue Moxhull Hall which is located in Sutton Coldfield, the drive into the hotel grounds just feels so romantic and magical you fall in love with the place before you walk into the hotel. The hotel is a beautiful red brick Victorian mansion set in 8 acres of stunning gardens. The hotel has been refurbished with contemporary décor throughout.

Moxhull have a secret garden which I fell in love with and said this is where I want to get married. So then our vision changed into having a rustic secret garden wedding.

THE PLANNING PROCESS | I’m very much a do it myself person, so I knew I wanted to make my own bouquet and my bridesmaids, this was also a way of keeping out budget down.

I’m a Pinterest addict, I love to search for new ideas and unusual ones, my planning started with making a Pinterest board, this is when I realised I was going to do almost everything for my wedding. Myself my mum, sister and a close family friend often had little get togethers to discuss what needed to be done and the things they needed to do. Jack bought me a organiser so I could jot everything down as he knows I like to make lists upon lists.

BUDGET | We had said we wanted to keep it to no more than £10,000 and we came in around £11,000 with our honeymoon.

THE VENUE | Moxhull Hall , in Sutton Coldfield.

THE DRESS & ACCESSORIES | My dress I fell in love with at the NEC wedding show, where I had taken along my school friend, Jack and his mom. I had tried on around 7 dresses all completely different as I wasn’t sure what I still wanted. I came across two dresses both by Ronald Joyce one was a sweet heart neck with flowing net and lace, and I the second was my dress beautiful lace and net dress with lots of sparkle, which I wouldn’t of thought I would have gone for until I tried it on and loved it. I sent Jack off shopping with my friend so I could show his mom before I bought it and we all loved it. I couldn’t wait to get back home and book in with the wedding dress shop to take my mum and show her. Luckily she liked it too. My dress is called Robyn.

On the day I wore a beautiful Swarovski bracket as my something borrowed from a close family friend.

My shoes where my something blue, they are Irregular Choice shoes called Washington.

My hair comb was from Debenhams.

GROOM’S ATTIRE | My groom wore a skinny navy textured suit from Next. And a pair of Grenson tan brogues. The groomsmen all wore navy suits from Dapper Dans suit hire.

All the men wore different superhero cufflinks with Jack wearing Lego wolverine cufflinks I had bought him. He also wore his wedding watch by Christopher ward.

THE READINGS & MUSIC | Our vows – Jack’s to Kirsty – ‘As this ring has no end, neither shall my love for you. I choose you to be my wife/husband this day and forevermore’.

Kirsty’s to Jack – ‘I pledge to you my love and trust. I promise to be ever honest and faithful to you and to share all that I am with you. You are my best friend and I will always be…’

Music – guests entrance. One Direction little things, Lifehouse you and me,  Lady Antebellum just a kiss, Bruno Mars marry me.

Bridesmaid entrance. Hold on I’m coming. By Sam & Dave.

Brides entrance. Signed sealed delivered I’m yours by Stevie Wonder, Paloma Faith – crazy love.

BEAUTIFUL BRIDESMAIDS | I wanted my chief bridesmaid to be a different colour from my other girls. They all wore a Grecian style dress two in dusky pink and one is mint. My flower girl wore a dusky pink dress from Monsoon. I bought them little flower crowns from eBay for around £2 each.

THE FLOWERS | I started by choosing the colours I wanted and by following Pinterest tutorials on how to make fabric flowers. I brought wire and beads from hobby craft and found old metal buttons at vintage craft fairs.

I made the men’s button holes first making a cream flower with beads in the centre and two feathers behind and using keys I had brought from the NEC craft show for the stem of the flower.

I then moved on to make my 3 bridesmaid bouquets using a plastic cone from Hobby Craft as the base, which I was able to bundle my flowers up and place through the centre to make a bunch of flowers I used the metal buttons and beads in the centre of the flowers. Once I had the flowers how I wanted them I used green gardens sticky tape to secure them all together the used half of a fabric coat hanger to make the handle by slotting the wires inside and using hot glue gun to secure it.  I sewed pearl beads all the way around the bouquets to finish them off.

I did the same to make my bouquet but instead of the pearl beads going all the way round I made them into a cascading effect and used chain in this way to and added little photo frames with 3 family members that couldn’t be with us.

THE CAKE | Our beautiful cake was made by a very talented friend called Terri, she doesn’t make cakes for a living just as a hobby but has been making us delicious cakes for a while now. We knew we wanted naked wedding cake as Jack doesn’t like icing and neither of us like fruit cake, plus it fitted in with our rustic theme. We spent two hours with Terri deciding on what flowers we wanted and how many layers of the cake we wanted. She made each icing flower from scratch just look how perfect they are and beautiful.

YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER | We found our photographer online when I searched for quirky wedding photos. Helen Russell is from Sunderland and even though it was 4 hour drive from us we really wanted Helen to be our photographer, we had looked at a lot of photographers but none seemed to have the natural look Helen had got with her photos. I was so excited to see our photos but nervous too as during our photos it had rained so I was worried she wouldn’t have got all the shots, but as soon as I saw them I cried they were all perfect and had that natural look that I wanted along with the quirkiness I like.

THE DETAILS & DÉCOR | Along with family and friends we had collected different sized jars to be our vases on our tables I decorated them with lace and hessian and added a bow to the front with little metal charms. Jack’s dad got our flowers for us for on our table, which myself, mum, sister and close family friend put them all together the night before the wedding in the hotel room at our venue, I had never seen so many flowers.

Our flower jars sat on top of tree trunk slabs which Jack’s dad had gotten for us and me and my dad sanded them down and treated them with a wood varnish.

I had made and cut out our place cards which were little birds sat on top of the wine glasses.

Our table plan I created with a wooden create I had bought from Sainsburys and used one of the spare flower crowns I had brought to hang the seating plan from.

Our guest book me and Jack made together using a frame we brought from Ikea and mount board from hobby craft I cut out heart shapes in different colour paper, for our guests to sign.

Where we held our ceremony we had paper pom poms hanging, which me and my sister made the morning of my wedding.

We also had big glass jars brought from Sainsburys, which I decorated with lace and ribbon with candles in.

The venue didn’t permit confetti and we fancied something rather different. As children we had played with foam aeroplanes so we decided to make these up and put them on our guests chairs to throw over us as we walked back down the aisle together.

THE HONEYMOON | We stayed at a beautiful 5* hotel in Protaras in Cyprus called the sun rise pearl.

We had a junior suit with a swim up pool to our room. We felt very spoilt as on the day we arrived we was greeted with a bottle of champagne a bunch of white roses, a big bowl of fruit and a lovely letter from the hotel.

We had perfect weather throughout our weeks stay and met some lovely people. Shame we had to come back home.

MEMORABLE MOMENTS | For me my most memorable moment was when our wedding planner brought my dad up to fetch me. My moms friend started to cry as he entered and saw me which started him off crying, I told them to stop it before I started and ruined my make up. This was a lovely moment spent with close family before I was walked down to marry my best friend.

Jack’s most memorable moment was turning around and seeing his beautiful wife to be walking down the aisle, as cheesy as it sounds it felt as time had slowed down. In that one moment of a head turn I knew the sleepless nights, arguments, balancing the budget and not making enough time for each other over the past months had all been worth it. And for a wedding sceptic groom to be it was all worth it, in the end anyway!

ADVICE FOR OTHER COUPLES | Our advice for anyone planning a wedding would be to do what you want not what others want. Don’t feel like you have to  adhere to convention for the sake of it, nor bend to the will of family, after all it is your big day!

Research as many venues as you can, but be sensible and always keep your budget in mind. The venue we visited before Moxhull Hall was a beautiful converted barn but the price seemed extortionate for what it was.  Plan and prioritise as things have a habit of creeping up with you.

As daunting as it sounds and as much as you’d like to sweep the receipts under the carpet, create a spreadsheet to track spending. It can be surprising how a brief trip to Hobbycraft can spiral into an expensive day out. Also ask friends and family for advice and support it can be surprising who can call in a favour from a florist, or cake maker. But importantly don’t feel obliged to take up any offers out of politeness. We found picking up bits and bobs along the way helped curb the spending, places like, Matalan, supermarkets, department stores after Christmas and sale events can be surprisingly good. And probably most importantly Ikea it’s surprising what gems can be found when you’re looking through your wedding perspective eyes.

Also Pinterest and Facebook wedding groups such as rock n roll bride can bring up some handy suggestions, if not just for inspiration or where there is discount to be had.

CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE |

Photography | Helen Russell

Wedding Cake | Terri Lynch

Hair | Sam Henderson

Wedding rings | Tiny – Regalia Jewellery

Dresses | The Bridal Rooms Halesowen

Men’s suits | Dapper Dans

Men’s shoes | Grenson

Bridal shoes | Irregular Choice

 

Ahhh, amazing. I so love that aeroplane confetti alternative too, so FUN.

Thanks so very much to Kirsty and Jack for sharing their super special story here today xo Lou

 

 

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Louise Baltruschat Hollis <![CDATA[Soft Springtime Countryside Wedding]]> http://whimsicalwonderlandweddings.com/?p=184511 2016-11-15T14:43:12Z 2016-12-01T07:00:04Z Soft Springtime Countryside Wedding http://www.claudiarosecarter.co.uk/

 

I love the simplicity of this real wedding feature, it’s just so very lovely. Let me share all.

WWW readers Amy and Matthew chose to marry on the 28th May 2016 at Stratton Court Barn in Oxfordshire. They planned a springtime wedding with a touch of tradition and a soft feel. There were blush pink tones throughout their choices, which were just so lovely. Watercolour stationery, long bridesmaids dresses and peonies all in pretty shades of pink.

Amy looked so elegant in her chosen gown, ‘Elizabeth’, by Ronald Joyce and it looked stunning on her. Matthew and the boys donned grey wool suits with blush ties and tan shoes for a modern yet classic style choice. Love in the countryside, ahhh just gorgeous.

Thanks so much to Claudia Rose Carter for sharing these dreamy photographs with us.

 

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THE PROPOSAL | New York, 14th February 2015 (my birthday). We took a cab to Central Park in the evening (I had no idea what we were doing at this point), and were quickly whisked off into the park on a beautiful horse and carriage. It was dark, the park was covered in a snowy white blanket, and another flurry had also just begun, when the horse stopped for some water. It was at this point that before I knew it, Matt was on his knee and asking me to marry him!

THE VISION | Our vision was for a spring-time (semi)traditional countryside wedding, with a soft rustic feel, and a relaxed evening reception. We wanted it to capture both our personalities, in every way possible.

THE PLANNING PROCESS | This took around 14-15 months. We had a spreadsheet to monitor our costs, and I had a little notebook that I kept in my bag, which I’d run through most days, and tick things off once they were done. Each week we’d aim to arrange/book/order something different, so we didn’t have too much going on at once, which really helped. The last couple of months were a little more hectic, but I think that’s always inevitable!

THE VENUE | We got married in a beautiful village church, and had our reception at Stratton Court Barn. We knew we wanted a rustic barn setting, and this just fit the bill perfectly for us. They were extremely relaxed and let you arrange your own suppliers for everything (aside from the bar), which is something we were also looking for, as we didn’t want to be tied in to using a specific supplier. It’s surrounded by fields, and the owners actually live a beautiful house right beside the barn, which makes it feel very intimate, perfect for our number of guests. They completely renovated the barn a couple of years ago, so whilst it still feels very rustic, it looks a lot cleaner and fresher than some of the others we’d viewed.

THE DRESS & ACCESSORIES | I wore the ‘Elizabeth’, by Ronald Joyce. I’m not really an ‘accessories’ kinda gal, so I kept it simple with a pair of dainty Pandora earrings, and nude Dune heels. My hair was in a half up/half down style, so I had a small hair accessory where it was clipped into place.

FINDING THE DRESS | I actually found the dress at the first boutique I visited. I tried on an array of different shapes, but fell in love with the Elizabeth instantly. With the lace detail, open back, the stunning train, and the champagne satin underneath the ivory lace, I just felt it was really ‘me’, and that it would fit with our feel of the day perfectly.

GROOM’S ATTIRE | Matt wore a grey mottled wool suit from Reiss, with brown Ted Baker shoes and a blush tie, to match the bridesmaids. The groomsmen’s suits were all from Next. Our page boy wore a grey suit from Marks and Spencer.

THE READINGS & MUSIC | My aunt did a bible reading, and Matt’s sister did a non-biblical reading which she had put together herself; this one was a lovely surprise, as we’d not seen it at all before the wedding. I walked down the aisle with my dad to Pachelbel Canon in D, and the Wedding March played for our recession (alongside the church bells!).

BEAUTIFUL BRIDESMAIDS | We had three bridesmaids and two flower girls. The bridesmaids wore blush maxi dresses from Debenhams, and they all chose their own shoes. The flower girls dresses were from Monsoon.

THE FLOWERS | My lovely mum actually did all of our flowers for us. I knew I wanted blush peonies to feature in my bouquet, tied with brown twine for that rustic appeal, but aside from that, I just wanted lots of greenery. As well as my bouquet, she did the button-holes, pew ends, a flower arrangement for the altar, and two floral crowns for the flower girls.

THE CAKE | We both agreed we wanted to keep this quite simple, something that would tie in with the barn theme nicely, hence settling on the smooth white buttercream covered cake. I made the topper myself and left it at the barn for them to assemble upon delivery. We were more interested in the actual flavours of the cake itself, and went for a different one on each tier. We had white chocolate and passionfruit, pina colada and cherry bakewell.

YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER | The amazing Claudia Rose Carter. As soon as I stumbled upon her website I instantly fell in love. We were looking for someone that would capture the moments, rather than have us pose for photos every five minutes. Claudia does exactly that; she was so un-intrusive, fitted in like one of our guests (many people thought she was!), and our photos tell the story of our day beautifully.

THE DETAILS & DÉCOR | To fit in with our rustic theme, we put together a smore’s bar outside for the evening, complete with a firepit and lots of hay bales for guests to sit on. We had plenty of candles, fairy lights wrapped around the beams and lots of little touches that we’d mostly put together ourselves. We set everything up the previous day, with the help of some of our family and friends, which made the wedding day itself feel much more personal. A friend of Matt’s is an acoustic guitarist, and we were lucky enough to have him perform some of our favourite songs in the background, both outside before the wedding breakfast, and during the breakfast itself.

THE HONEYMOON | Koh Samui, Thailand. We wanted somewhere that had more to offer than just sandy white beaches, a place that had a completely different culture for us to experience. Thailand seemed to have the best of both, and turns out, it was a pretty perfect choice. It’s a beautiful island, and we had a honeymoon that we will treasure forever.

MEMORABLE MOMENTS | There are so many memorable moments for me, but if I had to pick one, it would be the journey from the church to the reception venue. We left the church in our 1936 Rolls Royce, and as it was such a beautiful day, that we were lucky enough to have the soft top down. We drove away from the church leaving all our guests behind us cheering and waving, and I felt like the happiest girl in the world. It’s a feeling I simply can’t put into words, but that ten minute drive in the sunshine with my new husband by my side, and a glass of champagne in hand, is ten minutes of our day that I will never forget.

ADVICE FOR OTHER COUPLES | The one thing I will say is go with your gut feeling, and that’s with regards to every aspect of wedding planning, from choosing your bridesmaids, to making sure you are one hundred and ten percent happy with the look and feel of your dress, after any alterations. Aside from that, just try and enjoy the planning and lead up to your big day, as it will soon be over and you will miss it dearly (no matter how stressful it may be at the time!).

CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE |

Photography | Claudia Rose Carter

Cake | Two Little Cats

Wedding cars | Regency Carriages

Caterers | Lemon Zest

Venue | Stratton Court Barn

Hair | Hair Host

Make up | Harriet Franklin

 

 

Oh so splendid.

Amy and Matthew, thank you both so much for sharing your super special wedding here at WWW xo Lou

 

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Louise Baltruschat Hollis <![CDATA[Wednesday Wedding Wonders. 30/11/2016]]> http://whimsicalwonderlandweddings.com/?p=185865 2016-11-29T17:07:11Z 2016-11-30T14:00:23Z Enchanted Woodland Boho Wedding http://www.richardsavage.co.uk/

Image by Richard Savage Photography // Enchanted Woodland Boho Wedding

 

Why hello there lovely readers. Are you gearing up for Christmas? You may have seen a little gift guide on Friday to get you in the spirit and of course give you a few ideas too. I had a rare few hours off yesterday to hit the shops with G, which was really lovely. Not many presents were bought but I’ve made a start and we have some more ideas in the bag. I may have eyed up a Jo Malone scent for my own wish list though, oops. It’s been pretty hectic at home with our living room currently resembling a building site. Our builder has been busy transforming the fireplace ready for a new stove and new radiators are going in today. Stay tuned on Instagram and my personal account for a sneaky peek! I think our renovation by Christmas deadline is doing to be pushed back, but hey ho, we’ll get there in the new year instead. I’m hoping for a relaxing and festive weekend with the boys, of course around the obiligatory party and football schedule. Plus we are actually heading into town with some friends, yippee.

Back to weddings and what a gorgeous week it’s been. I have had the pleasure of featuring some very splendid wedding stories, pop over to the real wedding section to see them in all their glory. Here is my top list of weddings from the week that was…

 

WWW’s Wedding of the Week

 

Forest wedding in Portland for $12K / Forest heaven.

 

Bespoke Rustic Homespun Wedding http://lisahowardphotography.co.uk/

Image by Lisa Howard // Bespoke & Rustic Homespun Wedding

 

Moody, Boho Chic Autumn Wedding

They Pulled off the Perfect Eclectic, Boho-Inspired Day

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KAT + MICHAEL

Charming and Fun-filled Rural Village Wedding

Colourful, Retro East Yorkshire Wedding

SHELBY + STEVE

30 Bridesmaids + Groomsmen for a Brunch Style Wedding!

Holly & Mike

 

Teal Gold Barn Wedding http://www.mr-and-mrs-wedding-photography.co.uk/

Image by Mr & Mrs Boutique Wedding Photography // Quirky Teal & Gold Barn Wedding

 

Patti and Thomas’s wedding at WinMock at Kinderton

You’ll Fall For This Romantic Estate Wedding

Rustic + Bohemian California Wedding in a Greenhouse

The Wedding That Trended on Twitter

Modern elegant wedding in DTLA

Intimate + Artistic Wedding in Tivoli

 

Supplier News

 

WWW Supplier Love members The Wedding Shop have just announced they are set to join the brand new The Wedding Gallery…

 

THE WORLD’S FIRST LUXURY WEDDING RETAIL, PLANNING AND INSPIRATION DESTINATION OPENING IN LONDON

 

The Wedding Gallery, promises to be a relaxed and welcoming environment where visitors can browse an unrivalled, exclusive and evolving collection of wedding products and services under the guidance of industry experts. Visitors will leave feeling inspired, informed, focused and more confident about the type of wedding they can achieve.

The 20,000sq. ft. venue has been designed over two floors by celebrated New York architect Christian Lahoude, former Lead Store Designer at Gucci and Design Director at Tiffany & Co as well as founder of a New York based firm of architects responsible for designing boutiques for the likes of Jimmy Choo and Alexander Wang. Christian said of the launch “I am delighted to be working on this exciting new concept. I will be creating an environment that allows brides and grooms to indulge themselves in the planning of one of the biggest days of their lives. Too many brides run around their home cities or towns from one shop to another in a state of stress seeking their ideal components. The Wedding Gallery is designed to take away this pressure.”

The Wedding Gallery will be an end-to-end wedding planning experience, curated by leading industry experts where brides and grooms will be guided through the wedding planning process and have exclusive access to the collections of up to 200 brands. Open throughout the year and seven days a week.

 

 

Happy wedding Wednesday xo Lou

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Louise Baltruschat Hollis <![CDATA[Fun Multicoloured Party Wedding]]> http://whimsicalwonderlandweddings.com/?p=184451 2016-11-16T11:23:12Z 2016-11-30T07:00:48Z Fun Multicoloured Party Wedding http://www.pauljosephphotography.co.uk/

 

Let me introduce you to the most fun, happy and bright wedding ever today. This wedding will be sure to bring a spring to your step and a smile to your face.

Ian and Morena got hitched on the 31st July 2016 and held their reception at The White Hart pub in Manchester. They envisioned a big, multicoloured kids party complete with great tunes, food and drink. It looked amazing. There were joyous blooms, rainbow coloured bridesmaid dresses, sparklers and giant balloons to name a few. Everyone had a blast with the live band and games entertaining all.

Morena wore the loveliest polka dot dress by Oh My Honey, which she teamed with colour pop red pumps and wavy hair. Ian donned a vivid blue suit and red tie with a huge sunflower buttonhole for a pop of colour. This has really got me in the party mood.

Paul Joseph Photography, thank you so much for sharing these wonderful images with us.

 

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THE VISION | A big, multicoloured kid’s party, but with Pimms, indie/ceilidh music and quality food instead of lemonade, the Okey Cokey and sausage rolls.

THE PLANNING PROCESS | We had 18 months to plan our wedding and tried to keep on top of everything, doing things bit by bit. If you nick enough ideas from other people’s weddings/parties/blogs and have lots of lovely helpful people around it shouldn’t get too stressful.

THE VENUE | The White Hart in Lydgate – awesome food, oak beams, massive dance floor for ceilidhing and beautiful views over the hills.

THE DRESS & ACCESSORIES | Polka dot, knee length, 50s style dress, tailor made by Oh My Honey.

FINDING THE DRESS | Morena told her friend Pom at work the type of thing she was after. The next day Pom came in and gave her the Oh My Honey catalogue. Sorted.

GROOM’S ATTIRE | How to wear a tweed suit in summer without breaking a sweat? Luckily Ian found a happy middle ground at Marc Darcy London (confusingly located in Manchester)! Plus rainbow ties for the groomsmen to fit the theme (red for Ian and the dads to tie football allegiances into the day).

THE READINGS & MUSIC | Entrance music: Neutral Milk Hotel – In the Aeroplane Over The Sea.

Ceremony signings music: SFA – Hello Sunshine, Regina Spektor – Us, Flaming Lips – Do You Realise.

Exit music: Sigur Ros – Inni.

Reading: Charles Darwin: Notes on Marriage.

Ceilidh music by Triple Scotch Ceilidh Band.

BEAUTIFUL BRIDESMAIDS | Sophie, Monique, Claire and Fran wore multicoloured dresses also made by Oh My Honey.

THE FLOWERS | Creative Floristry from Holmfirth aced our request for a range of bright coloured flowers.

THE CAKE |  Inspired by Ian’s Eric Carle style stationery, Morena, her mum and the bridesmaids made and decorated the cake.

YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER | Paul and Kelly from Paul Joseph Photography – lovely, helpful and funny people who added a lot to our day. Big love!

THE DETAILS & DÉCOR | Rainbow bunting made by Ian’s mum, jars of Lego and table quizzes to entertain the guests, giant colourful balloons, old family photos, table football and outdoor games. All set up by iCatching events.

MEMORABLE MOMENTS | There’s too many to pick any individual ones; how could there not be when you’re spending a day with all your favourite people?!

ADVICE FOR OTHER COUPLES | Keep on top of things and have loads of fun planning the day but then when it comes to it, go with the flow; not everything will go exactly to plan but who cares when you’re enjoying the day so much!

CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE |

Photography | Paul Joseph Photography

Venue | The White Hart

Printing | DK Printing

Flowers | Creative Floristry

Set Up | iCatching events

Band | Triple Scotch

Balloons | Balloon Boutique

Dress | Oh My Honey

Suit | Marc Darcy

 

Ahhh so gorgeous.

Thanks so much to Ian and Morena for sharing their super fun wedding with us xo Lou

 

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Louise Baltruschat Hollis <![CDATA[Country Cornish Pastel Beach Wedding]]> http://whimsicalwonderlandweddings.com/?p=184298 2016-11-14T13:18:40Z 2016-11-29T14:00:23Z Country Cornish Pastel Beach Wedding http://www.slr-weddingphotography.co.uk/

 

It feels like Spring was so long ago now, which is why I am loving these beach side images today. We’re in Cornwall with WWW readers Amy and Sam and their two pooches Ziggy and Coco. The lovely couple were married on the 28th May 2016 in a church ceremony followed by a marquee reception on a farm. The vision was simple; a county wedding with Cornish touches. Perfect.

There were pastel colours throughout, oodles of fresh blooms, tea cups, bunting and so many wonderful DIY decorations. The whole wedding was crafted by their nearest and dearest, which gave such a loving feel to their day. Amy’s lace gown was custom made and she chose a garter by WWW faves,  The Wedding Garter Co. to complete her look along with a lace edged veil. Sam meanwhile donned a navy suit, bow tie and tan shoes, which looked very sharp. Let’s not forget those stunning bridesmaids too who wore pastel coloured Ghost dresses, oh the style.

Thanks so much to SLR Photography for sharing these extremely happy images with us.

 

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THE PROPOSAL | My birthday in New York. He proposed at the top of the Rockefeller Centre. We went really early in the morning to avoid any queues and we actually pretty much had it to ourselves. The sky was gorgeous – it was perfect!

THE VISION | A country wedding with Cornish touches. We wanted the day to reflect us; to be all about what we love, having fun and of course our dogs! We knew we wanted a relaxed, fun day with as few formalities as possible. Most of our guests would be traveling a long way to Cornwall so we wanted their weekend to be well worth the trip. The vision for the décor was pastel colours, bunting and lots and lots of flowers!

THE PLANNING PROCESS | Planning our wedding was a lot of fun. Pinterest was my best friend for 18 months. We wanted to make the day as personal as possible, so we tried to make as much as we could ourselves. I spent many hours reading magazines, blogs and researching online to get ideas. We were very lucky to have so many fabulous friends and family who were willing to help and make all the extra touches possible. We kept lots of lists and spreadsheets, which were a huge help.

THE VENUE | St Mawnan Church, Mawnan Smith, and then to a family friend’s private farm near the Helford River in Cornwall. The reception was in a marquee surrounded by the gorgeous Cornish countryside; we knew it would be perfect for a rural wedding, the surroundings were beautiful and we loved having the freedom to do whatever we wanted with the space. We also loved the fact we could create such a unique wedding this way. We were only a few miles from the beach so we were lucky to be able to get some stunning shots by the sea.

THE DRESS & ACCESSORIES | My dress was a bespoke piece by the amazing Emma Victoria Payne. It was made with an exquisite chantilly lace and I had a matching veil. My wedding shoes were by Rachel Simpson and jewellery was a wedding gift from Sam. Garter was from The Wedding Garter Co. I wanted to keep everything quite simple so I had fresh flowers in my hair.

FINDING THE DRESS | I certainly had a vision of what I wanted my dress to look like. I started off being very open minded and tried on lots of different styles which confirmed to me that I really did want lace; something elegant and classic. This is much harder to find than you might think. I visited around 10 shops and hadn’t really got close to saying yes to any. I was then recommended Emma Victoria Payne, her style was perfect! The whole experience was wonderful and her shop is beautiful! Emma’s knowledge and advice was amazing, I couldn’t have been happier with the end result.

GROOM’S ATTIRE | A three-piece navy suit from Slaters. Made to measure shirt and shoes from Charles Tyrwhitt and the bow ties were by Beau Bows.

THE READINGS & MUSIC | Bride’s entrance – The Wedding March. Exit music –Signed, Sealed, Delivered by Stevie Wonder (this was one of my favourite moments – dancing down the aisle to Stevie Wonder). Readings: Corinthians Chapter 13 read by my Maid of Honour. Union by Robert Fulgham read by Sam’s Father. We had a fabulous band in the evening that kept the guests dancing all night!

BEAUTIFUL BRIDESMAIDS | My best friend Holly was my Maid of Honour, my bridesmaids were my two sisters Rosie and Katie and my lovely school friend Cleo. They all wore the Salma dress by Ghost. They each had a different colour, Sky Light, Boudoir Pink, Dusty Green and Oyster. They all looked absolutely stunning, and got so many compliments on the day. Their pearl earrings were by Sophie Cunliffe and they had Gypsophila in their hair. Our dogs also joined in on the fun, Ziggy was dressed with a bow tie and Coco had a flower garland. They looked adorable and came to the Church, which was so special.

THE FLOWERS | This was such an exciting part of the wedding for me – I love flowers! In my bouquet I had peonies, David Austin roses, astrantia, gypsophila, pink and white astilbe and sweet peas. The roses and the sweet peas made it smell amazing! The buttonholes had a little succulent, astrantia and rosemary and the corsages were very similar with a little rose added. A lot of the flowers came from Clowance, which included stocks, sweet peas, astrantia, nigella and ammi but a lot came from wild hedgerows. I wanted to create a natural effect, which looked like someone had run through a wild meadow and scooped up a bunch. All of the flowers were arranged by friends – they were called the ‘flower girls’. They spent days collecting, cutting, preparing and arranging the flowers. We had flowers everywhere! They arranged the fabulous milk churns, jam jars, ammi ball, heart wreaths and watering cans. We also had 100 shepherds crooks with jam jars that lined the entrance to the marquee; they were filled with wild flowers and looked fantastic. The ladies did an amazing job and everything turned out even better than I could have ever dreamed.

THE CAKE | Wow wow wow, what can I say! The cake blew us all away! It was literally a work of art! It was made by the super talented Emily Hankins and comprised of a tower of 120 edible tea cups. They were all hand painted by Emily and took around 3 weeks of constant work to make. Emily is so talented; her eye for detail is impeccable, each tea cup was beautiful and looked far too lovely to eat. In fact, it wasn’t until we cut the cake that the guests realised they were edible, they couldn’t believe it. The cakes tasted amazing; the surprise jam in the middle was delicious! It was certainly the talk of the wedding – and for months and months after.

YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER | The incredibly fun Shannon (SLR Photography). It was such a pleasure to have Shannon photograph our day, she made us feel so relaxed and captured our day perfectly. She even got on the roof at one point to get a group shot, this was one of my highlights!

THE DETAILS & DÉCOR | Our vision was a country wedding with lots of personal touches which I think we managed to achieve. How lucky were we when so many friends, villagers and family willingly helped along the way! We had Grannies and my Maid of Honour making 1.5km of bunting (yes really!), we had a team of confetti growers and jam jar decorators. I collected 300 jam jars and myself, Holly and Cleo spent an evening decorating them with hessian and lace bought from eBay. Other handmade bits included the name cards, these were personalised tea bags hung from a china tea cup each guest had on their table. The seating plan was a step ladder from eBay decorated with jam jars and a heart wreath. We had two vintage bikes covered in flowers, one was used to direct guests into the venue. We had signs everywhere as the farm was in the middle of nowhere, these were made by handy man Mike and painted by my Sister who also created the order of the day. A friend crafted the wooden logs for the centrepieces; they looked so pretty with the jam jars. Other details included hanging lanterns, these were bought from The Hanging Lantern Company. We were so pleased with them, they really created that wow factor when you walked into the marquee. We also hired vintage crockery from the Creative Crockery Company, it looked so lovely with the Afternoon Tea. We had welcome drinks in ‘help yourself’ dispensers and an ice-cream trike, which fitted in so well with the vintage theme. The ice-cream was delicious! In the evening we had Cornish Pasties in personalised bags, which went down a treat. Flip flops for tired feet also proved popular, as well as selfie sticks. One of our favourite finds was our wedding car – a VW split screen Campervan. He was decorated with bunting and flowers and looked a million dollars! One of my favourite moments was driving down the Cornish lanes in our camper, beeping at everyone we drove past.

THE HONEYMOON | We had a minimoon in Cornwall directly after the wedding and we are off to the Maldives in October.

MEMORABLE MOMENTS | We have so many happy memories there are too many to mention.

Sam’s face when I walked down the aisle.

Our Labradors all dressed up at the Church.

Driving down the Cornish lanes in the Campervan.

Photos on the beach with our bridal party.

The amazing smell from the stocks and sweet peas when we walked into the marquee. Now every time I smell these flowers it reminds me of our wedding day.

The fantastic speeches.

Dancing to ‘Isn’t she lovely’ by Stevie Wonder but the band had changed the words to ‘Amy’s so lovely’.

Seeing everything come together – all our little ideas had really come to life.

But mostly, having all our friends and family together in one place, seeing them having so much fun and dancing the night away!

ADVICE FOR OTHER COUPLES | I read there are three things you shouldn’t skimp on when it comes to a wedding… food, band and photographer. We made a conscious effort to do this and I think it really paid off. Get friends and family involved – without their help our wedding wouldn’t have been half as good! It also made the wedding week so much fun because we had all our favourite people around us. Above all, try to take in and savour every moment as it really does fly by!

CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE |

Photography | SLR Photography

Venue | Unique Home Stays

Dress | Emma Victoria Payne

Cake | Emily Hankins

Shoes | Rachel Simpson Shoes

Garter | The Wedding Garter Co. *WWW wedding directory member*

Marquee | Arena Group

Caterers | Beetham Food

Crockery | The Creative Crockery Company

Florist | Flowers by Clowance

Hair | Capella Cornwall

Make up | Make Up Artist Cornwall

Bridesmaid Dresses | Ghost

VW Hire | O Connors Campers

Bow ties | Beau Bows

Band | The Heat Music (you can find them on Facebook)

Ice Cream Trike | Cornish Ice Trike

Cheese Cake | West Country Cheese

Hanging Lanterns | The Hanging Lantern Company

 

Ekkk so pretty.

Amy and Sam, thank you both so much for sharing your gorgeous nuptials here with us at WWW xo Lou

 

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Louise Baltruschat Hollis <![CDATA[Quirky Teal & Gold Barn Wedding]]> http://whimsicalwonderlandweddings.com/?p=184236 2016-11-14T11:37:18Z 2016-11-29T07:00:39Z Teal Gold Barn Wedding http://www.mr-and-mrs-wedding-photography.co.uk/

 

I really love the unusual colour palette today’s couple chose. Inspired by the beautiful peacocks at their venue they opted for a teal and gold scheme, which was just so pretty.

Karen and Richard were married on the 25th June 2016 at the whimsical Preston Court in Kent. I love the barn with it’s vintage organ and carousel, which  delighted guests and influenced the décor too. The flowers were oh so striking and the use of succulents were just marvellous against the blush pink peonies. Karen’s bouquet complimented her sweet frock to a T. She found her perfect dress for jiving with her husband at Candy Anthony, which she accessoried with a birdcage veil and teal petticoat. The bridesmaids also wore petticoats underneath their off the shoulder dresses while the boys went for classic blue suits and gold ties. So very lovely. Enjoy these smiling happy images and the wonderful decorations crafted by the couple lovelies.

Thanks so much to Mr & Mrs Boutique Wedding Photography for sharing these gorgeous shots.

 

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THE PROPOSAL | Richard proposed to me on holiday in Dubrovnik in Croatia.

THE VISION | Ideally we both wanted to have the ceremony and reception all in one place, somewhere that had a relaxed atmosphere like a barn and linked with outside. We even considered getting married at a venue in a tree house! I love the colour teal and we decided early on that we would use this as the colour theme matched with champagne gold, inspired by the peacocks at the venue that we eventually chose. We planned to design the invites and make the decorations ourselves and to work with and support small creative businesses where possible.

THE PLANNING PROCESS | We spent a lot of time researching venue options on the Internet. I did a search for barn venues and came across Preston Court, we loved the look of it and after visiting in person we knew straight away that we wanted to get married there. Once we had the venue booked we really left the majority of the planning until after the busy festive season and planned the rest of the wedding in 6 months!

THE VENUE | Preston Court, a 17th century Kentish barn set in the Kent countryside near Canterbury. The venue has beautiful grounds with the backdrop of a Georgian House set amongst farmland and gardens with a lake featuring Juliana’s island, and a large open courtyard with barns, a showman’s wagon and a Victorian carousel.

THE DRESS & ACCESSORIES | The dress was an ivory sweetheart neck tea length dress from Candy Anthony with an ivory cap sleeve Nottingham lace overlay and teal petticoat. I had a specific type of birdcage veil in mind and came across Percy Handmade in Australia who make lace headpieces and were happy to customise a piece and post it on. I wore a very thin belt with a bow at the front made out of a lovely delicately knitted metallic ribbon that I found in MacCulloch and Wallis’ haberdashery, which I hand sewed and made with my Mum. For the evening of the wedding I swapped the belt for a thin teal ribbon with a bow by Candy Anthony and wore a sparkly fern comb in my hair. I wore ivory satin peep toe heels with a metallic shimmer trim by Rainbow Club. Hair and make‐up was by Bridal Beauty.

FINDING THE DRESS | We love jive dancing and the music from that era so I had a 50’s style tea dance dress in mind from the outset. I looked at lots of different styles for inspiration on the Internet and was drawn to dresses with boat necks, sweetheart necklines and ones that were slightly off the shoulder, in the end I went for one that combined all three! I booked an appointment at Candy Anthony and had a consultation with one of the assistant designers about the type of dress and colour theme I had in mind, after a few more questions and measurements a teal petticoat was produced along with an armful of garments for me to try on. Candy Anthony make vintage style dresses with mix and match overlays, petticoats and a variety of accessory options to choose from to customise your preferred look; I loved the first combination straight away! I visited a few other wedding dress shops but kept thinking of the teal petticoat and ended up buying literally the first dress I tried on!

GROOM’S ATTIRE | Richard went for the ‘Tailor Me’ suit option at Moss Bros. as it gave him the opportunity to choose his preferred style, material and details. He went for a fitted three-­piece blue suit and separately chose a shirt by Paul Smith, which had extra decorative detail with a floral folded back double cuff. For the Father of the Bride and Page Boys we hired blue ‘Lounge Lizard’ suits by Ted Baker from Moss Bros. which matched the fabric of the Groom’s suit. The Best Men and Ushers mostly had their own blue suits already, which they wore. Some of the Groomsmen added a waistcoat and one of the ushers decided to buy a new suit as he’d already been planning to invest in a blue one. We got matching slim champagne gold ties and pocket squares for all of the Groom’s party and traditional ties in the same colour for our Dads. We considered tan shoes for all of the Groomsmen but went for black in the end as most already had their own smart pair that they could wear, Richard wore a pair by John White.

THE READINGS & MUSIC | We had two readings. The first reading was read by my Maid of Honour, a beautiful quote taken from the book ‘Wild Awake’ by Hilary T. Smith with the analogy of “People are like cities…”. The second reading was read by one of the Best Men, describing ‘The Key to Love’ by Anon. For the music we picked out quite a few acoustic guitar versions of songs we both liked along with other recorded tracks. We walked back up the aisle to ‘All You Need is Love’ by The Beatles. One of the Bridesmaids is a musician ‘Magpahi’ and sang a couple of folk songs for us before the meal. Our first dance was a Jive track ‘Buona Sera’ by Louis Prima. In the evening we had a live band ‘The Mixtape’ who we booked after really enjoying hearing them play at our friends wedding a few years before.

BEAUTIFUL BRIDESMAIDS | The Bridesmaids wore teal boat neck 50’s style dresses by Dolly and Dotty, with champagne gold petticoats by Hand Made Petticoats on Etsy. The bridesmaids wore sparkly peacock feather combs in their hair and metallic champagne gold shoes by M&S. The ivory tulle Flower Girl dresses with champagne gold sash and bow were custom made by Beryl Couture. The Flower Girls wore sparkly silver flower bun pins in their hair and pale pink ballet shoes and carried small willow trug baskets filled with natural petal confetti. Hair and make-up was by Bridal Beauty.

THE FLOWERS | The colours of the flowers were inspired by the beautiful vintage Dutch dance hall organ at Preston Court, using muted tones of blush pink, cream and the silver blue/green of eucalyptus with accents of gold. We instantly loved the style of ‘Bohotanical’ on visiting their website which we found via a list of local suppliers that the venue regularly worked with. I love Pinterest and created a moodboard to share with the florist the type of flowers and foliage we liked and the style we had in mind for buttonholes, the bouquet and table centres. We love the striking geometric shapes of succulents and were keen for them to be incorporated in the flowers, with one used for the Groom’s buttonhole and a larger one in my bouquet. We collected different sized jam jars for the table centre pieces and decorated them with tied gold ribbon and cord. The bridesmaids carried simple bouquets of Gypsophila that were made by the Mother of the Bride.

THE CAKE | We went for a rustic tiered naked wedding cake to fit in with the feel of the barn, it was decorated with summer berries, including some Kentish strawberries from the county we got married in. Each tier was a different flavoured Vegan sponge cake made by Croft and Green and was displayed on a rustic log slice. The teal and gold fabric bunting cake topper was handmade by the Bride.

THE CARS | The Bride and Father of the Bride travelled in a Vintage 1973 VW Karmann Cabriolet Beetle and the Bridesmaids and Flower Girls travelled in a 1965 Splitscreen Campervan from VW Brides.

YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER | Once we set the date we already knew exactly who we‘d love to take our wedding photos and checked immediately if our extremely talented photographer friend Craig was available, much to our delight he was! The photography is taken by Mr & Mrs Boutique Wedding Photography & Video. We love his relaxed, natural style of photography and how he beautifully and artistically captures the details that reflect the atmosphere of an occasion.

THE DETAILS & DÉCOR | The colour theme we chose was teal and champagne gold, taking inspiration from the peacocks at Preston Court. With the décor and lighting at the venue already being quite striking we decided to make decorations that complimented the muted colours of the Vintage Organ. I bought a large ball of natural twine for less than £2 which I used to make all of the rustic bunting for the barn, to string the seating for the table plan and to tie the bows around the bags of sweets for each of the guests and still had some left over! The bunting was made out of a champagne gold paper tablecloth and rolls of metallic gold and brown wrapping paper which I cut into diamond shapes then folded and stuck together. I also used a lot of gold spray paint, spraying pegs for the table plan and table number stands and to decorate basic wooden letters for our initials and to spell out our married name. We tried to incorporate the essence and feel of the Carousel by using a similar fairground font for the place names and table numbers. Other simple but effective handmade items used on the day were confetti cones made out of paper doilies that we recruited my parents to make!

THE HONEYMOON | We headed to Sicily in Italy as we love the Mediterranean and wanted to head somewhere sunny that didn’t take too long to travel to, where we could relax after the busy build up to the wedding.

MEMORABLE MOMENTS | There are so many memorable moments but what I found very emotional was seeing all of the guests properly for the first time when they came up to photograph us after the signing of the register, it was like a photo montage of all of the people we love from the different parts of our lives. We also had great fun spinning around on the Victorian carousel with the wedding party. I really enjoyed seeing all of our friends and family laughing and regressing back to their childhood on the carousel, it reminded me of a scene from Mary Poppins!

ADVICE FOR OTHER COUPLES | In the lead up to the wedding ensure you put some time aside each week to spend quality time with each other. We really enjoyed going to a Jive dancing class together once a week in the run up to the wedding. Plan as much as you can in advance and share a detailed running order with the venue and Groomsmen to help everything run as smoothly as possible. On the day there are bound to be surprises and not everything may go to plan but you’ll love it anyway, go with the day as it unfolds and savour every moment!

CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE |

Photographer | Mr & Mrs Boutique Wedding Photography and Video

Venue | Preston Court

Wedding Dress | Candy Anthony

Bridal Shoes | Rainbow Club

Birdcage Veil | Percy Handmade

Bridal Belt Ribbon | Mac Culloch & Wallis

Grooms Suit & Hired Suits | Moss Bros. 

Grooms Shoes | John White

Bridesmaid Dresses | Dolly and Dotty

Petticoats | Hand Made Petticoats

Flower Girl Dresses | Beryl Couture

Hair & Makeup | Bridal Beauty by Emma Smisson

Flowers  | Bohotanical

Cake | Croft & Green the Bespoke Cake Co

Cars | VW Brides

Caterers | Pumpkin Bespoke Caterers

Band | The Mixtape

Jive Lessons | Maddy’s Jiving School

 

How very dreamy.

Karen and Richard, thank you both so much for sharing your lovely wedding with us here today xo Lou

 

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