Whimsical Wonderland Weddings UK Wedding Blog 2017-05-24T13:00:34Z http://whimsicalwonderlandweddings.com/feed/atom WordPress Louise Baltruschat Hollis <![CDATA[Wednesday Wedding Wonders // 24/05/2017]]> http://whimsicalwonderlandweddings.com/?p=201958 2017-05-24T11:10:17Z 2017-05-24T13:00:34Z Bright Retro Vintage Sea Wedding http://www.larissajoice.co.uk/

Image by Larissa Joice //  Bright Retro Vintage Wedding by the Sea

 

I just want to take a moment to firstly speak about the horrific attack in Manchester this week. It’s been in my mind constantly since I heard the news on Tuesday morning and I am sure you join me in my feelings of profound sadness. My heart aches for everyone who has been affected. As a mother of two young boys, I cannot even begin to understand how the affected families are feeling right now, my heart, prayers and love go out to them all. Giving us hope though are those incredible heroes, those that have helped others in their hour of need and who are continuing to do so now too. I will be lighting a candle and taking a moment to pause and reflect this week. Love will triumph. Always.

This week has been super busy both behind the scenes and personally. We took a weekend break away with the kids which was so lovely, many fun moments and memories were made. A break that we all needed, to have some R&R and quality time together. A’s room is really taking shape, with the woodwork almost complete and the new column radiator now installed. Hopefully the carpet will go down this weekend and he will be moving back in. Talking of the weekend, I am looking forward to a sunny three day weekend with my family. No plans sometimes make for the best of times.

Thank you to everyone that applied to be our new intern writer! I will be reviewing applications this week. You still have time to pop over an application by tomorrow morning if you are interested in joining our team.

 

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Image by Rebecca Wedding Photography // Whimsical Woodland Autumn Wedding

 

WWW’s Wedding of the Week

 

A Glam Harry Potter Wedding at Hollywood Castle // Harry Potter super-fan here – sorry not sorry. I LOVE this wedding.

 

Elegant Canadian Wedding with Greenery

VIV + SIMON

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Jess & Alex

Botanical Inspired Southern Wedding

A San Francisco Elopement, A Yorkshire Village Hall Reception & A DeLorean!

Cozy Cute Florida Wedding at Bramble Tree Estate

Bohemian Meets Art Deco Wedding in the Mountains

Picturesque Garden Wedding at White Sparrow Barn

Laura & Scott

 

Pretty DIY Outdoor Village Hall Wedding https://photography34.co.uk/

Image by Photography34 // Pretty DIY & Outdoor Village Hall Wedding

 

Supplier Love News

 

WWW Supplier Love member Benjamin Pollard has just announced that his ranking with Wedisson as being in the top 30. Congratulations Benjamin from us all at WWW!

 

Working Towards Eradicating Poverty with Wedding Competitions

 


Ela Aksoy, the founder of Bochic Weddings and Events, will be volunteering for 3 months in Sierra Leone, West Africa, to help disadvantaged young people. She is fundraising to support International Citizen Service (ICS) and Y Care International in sending UK volunteers overseas to work on sustainable development projects in some of the world’s poorest communities. Their ultimate aim is to end extreme poverty and the money raised will contribute to projects that support this goal. ICS volunteers work together in small teams over three months to tackle social exclusion and poverty in some of the world’s poorest communities. Ela will be working on a range of projects that help young men and women within local communities. This could include running workshops to help young people develop skills for employment, building schools in rural areas, engaging young people in global and national issues and more.

Ela, of Bochic Weddings and Events, has collaborated with the following suppliers to offer these fantastic prizes! It’s a ‘lucky dip’ wedding competition, whereby brides and grooms can enter by donating £3 to her JustGiving page and quoting the prize they would like. Plus following the suppliers involved on Facebook and Instagram.

Nadia Meli Photography – an engagement shoot worth £700
Ananya Cards – a personalised monogram design worth £200
Doris Loves – a temporary tattoo station worth £55

 

 

Happy wedding Wednesday xo Lou

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Louise Baltruschat Hollis <![CDATA[Modern & Rustic Ivory Barn Wedding]]> http://whimsicalwonderlandweddings.com/?p=200269 2017-05-08T13:00:57Z 2017-05-24T06:00:17Z Modern Rustic Ivory Barn Wedding http://vickylamburn.com/

 

What happens when modern aesthetics meet rustic touches and a delightful ivory colour scheme? Pure magic of course!

WWW readers Illy and Robert tied the knot on the 2nd October 2016 at Southend Barns in West Sussex. Illy was more than qualified to plan the day of their dreams as she is a wedding planner (Illy Elizabeth Weddings). Her knowledge, experience and skill ensured their day was perfect, plus they already had the venue in mind and which suppliers they needed. Her stylish eye brought together the loveliest of touches in the barn. From hessian laden tables, with log slices, blooms in bottles to quizzes for the guests and pretty paper from WWW faves norma&dorothy. She also successfully incorporated Robert’s motorcycle hobby with a motorcycle themed table plan and a real vintage motorcycle for their divine portraits.

Robert’s dashing suit was from Next, which he teamed with tan shoes and an ivory tie, which coordinated with the bridesmaids. Illy meanwhile chose a romantic gown by Pronovias and selected bridal shoes by Irregular Choice, plus a sparkly handmade belt. Oh so stunning.

Victoria JK Lamburn, thank you so much for sharing these incredible photographs today.

 

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THE PROPOSAL | Central Park, New York. The proposal happened on the 21st February 2015 on a very cold winters day in NYC. It happened in Central Park as we walked to a quiet nearby bench where not only was I presented with a ring but rose petals were thrown over me!

THE VISION | The vision was to incorporate a vintage motorcycle theme into the wedding as my husband races motorcycles as his hobby. This has always been part of our lives together so was important it would fit in with our wedding. We had a motorcycle themed table plan and a real vintage motorcycle at the wedding, which was used in many of our photographs. My love of rustic themed weddings relates to the type of weddings I plan for other brides on a regular basis.

THE PLANNING PROCESS | As a wedding planner myself, the whole process was relatively calming and easy to do. I knew what venue I wanted, what suppliers were needed and this made the experience very pleasant for me overall. I wanted a completely ivory colour theme but incorporated pastel shoes for my bridesmaid to add some colour. It was important for me to keep my guests entertained throughout the whole day, so finding a really good rock band and face painter for the children was my main priority!

BUDGET | £15,000

THE VENUE | Southend Barns was always the venue we wanted. It was a shabby chic barn but modern décor which was what we wanted. We didn’t want it too rustic, but had a modern rustic element to it.

THE DRESS & ACCESSORIES | My wedding dress was Pronovias and had a handmade belt detail added by Leonie Claire Bridal in Brighton. My shoes had to be Irregular Choice and were from their bridal collection. I wanted princess shoes and that is what I got!

FINDING THE DRESS | I had in mind that I wanted a Pronovias gown for some time. It was just a case of finding a boutique that featured these dresses. I wanted a simple gown with no details on it. I managed to find Leonie Claire in Brighton, which featured the Pronovias range.

GROOM’S ATTIRE | My husband’s suit was from Next. We wanted to make sure it was a skinny fit to look smart and tailored. We were not fussed about spending too much of the budget on this, so kept costs minimal. It was a three piece navy suit and he wore tan shoes to compliment the look. His tie was ivory to match the bridesmaid dresses.

THE READINGS & MUSIC | Throughout the ceremony we played Disney music in a piano version and the song I walked up the aisle to was A Thousand Years by Christina Perri. In the evening we had a fabulous band called Permeggedon, which played 80’s rock music!

BEAUTIFUL BRIDESMAIDS | I had my sister-in-law Katy, she was a fabulous help on the day and throughout planning the wedding. My cousin Tina was my chief bridesmaid and helped keep the family dramas at bay! I also had my other cousin Leah and my wonderful younger sister Zsofia. They all looked stunning.

THE FLOWERS | As my colour theme was ivory and my favourite flowers are gerberas I really wanted to incorporate the two into my bouquets. I wanted a rustic looking bouquet so my florist added in some extra foliage, which really followed with the theme of the barn. The final bouquet was white gerberas and roses combined.

THE CAKE | The wedding cake was made by my wonderful mother-in-law Madeline. The cake topper was ordered online as we really wanted something different and elegant. We HAD to have carrot cake as this is our ultimate favourite. The bottom tier was fruit, the middle two were carrot and the top tier was a madeira sponge. As my husband has a nut allergy, the fruit cake had a white chocolate covering instead of a marzipan. Finished off with burlap and fresh flowers, this cake really made the day.

YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER | I knew what I wanted with my photographer and it was fine art wedding photography. We put the search into google and Vicky Lamburn came up. Her photos were beautiful and exactly what we wanted. It was important for the vintage motorcycle to be reflected in the photos, and having a fine art photographer really helped bring the vintage motorcycle to life. We had some beautiful shots done with the motorcycle, it was all just stunning. Vicky knew how to make us feel relaxed and best poses to get into. She really did an amazing job.

THE DETAILS & DÉCOR | All the table décor was hand made by myself. I borrowed the wooden slabs from a friend, the glass jars and bottles were created by myself. We decided on a motorcycle themed table plan, which would be designed on a step ladder. The ladder was hired by To Have & To Hire, where we also hired our beautiful drapes in our ceremony room. I had made origami cootie catchers on the table for guests to play whilst the food was being brought out, I also had fun questionnaires for people to fill out. We had beautiful fans for the ceremony room which were hand made by myself and my cousin Helen. My stationery was designed by Norma & Dorothy who offer rustic wedding stationery designs. I actually found them through etsy originally. Their work was amazing and I loved everything they had designed for our invites.

THE HONEYMOON | We dreamed of going to Mexico, so that’s where we went! Two days after the wedding we flew out to hot sunshine and amazing views. We stayed at the Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya, which was all inclusive with cocktails and food on tap. We were in bliss, the food, the culture and the people were all so amazing. For my husband’s wedding present I brought him a sky dive in Mexico, which he thoroughly enjoyed!

MEMORABLE MOMENTS | Our sausage dog Buzz was an important part of our day and myself messing up my vows was a brilliant part of the day too. Instead of saying “I take you to be my husband” I said “I take you to be my wife”. I had already had a few too many Proseccos by this point so couldn’t stop laughing on the floor!

ADVICE FOR OTHER COUPLES | Try to do an event the day after where you can speak to your guests. The day goes by so quickly that you just don’t have the time to enjoy yourself fully as you are so busy. An on-the-day coordinator can make your day stress-free but this doesn’t stop you from being super busy. Photos take up a big part of the day, so remember to relax and take some time to breathe when you do this. Also, save yourself some wedding cake in advance as all of ours went!

CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE |

Photographer | Victoria JK Lamburn

Wedding Planner & Stylist | Illy Elizabeth Weddings

Venue | Southend Barns

Stationery | norma&dorothy *WWW wedding directory members*

Décor | To Have & To Hire

Dress | Pronovias from Leonie Claire

Bridesmaid Dresses | Bohoo

Shoes | Irregular Choice

Hair Piece | Glitzy Secrets

Make up | Charlotte Louise MUA

Suit | Next

Flowers | Full Bloom

Band | Permageddon

Face Painting | Face Paint 4 U

Caterer | Field and Fork

Photo Booth | Shutterbooth

Love Sign | Monitor Music

 

How very splendid.

Thanks so much to Illy and Robert for sharing their super special wedding story with us xo Lou

 

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Louise Baltruschat Hollis <![CDATA[Creative & Fun Spring Floral Wedding]]> http://whimsicalwonderlandweddings.com/?p=200205 2017-05-08T11:20:39Z 2017-05-23T13:00:00Z Fun Spring Floral Creative Wedding https://www.binkynixon.com/

 

This lovely day really gave me tingles. It’s so simple, fun and loving. The focus wasn’t on the details but on creating a relaxed, intimate and personal day, a vision that I am sure will resonate with you gorgeous readers.

WWW readers Lucie and Matthew were married on a beautiful Spring day, the 13th March 2016 to be precise, at the stunning South Farm in Cambridgeshire. Lucie is a florist by trade and so as you can imagine the flower arrangements were very special indeed. She surprised guests by keeping them simple as she wanted to do them herself and not take on too much before the big day. I really adore her bouquet of of peach and deep red stems tied up in ribbon and the pretty bottle flowers perched upon books for the centrepieces. They kept the rest of the décor low key, just adding fairy lights to the barn along with experiences for their guests. They had a chocolate egg hunt for the kids, which must have gone down a storm and a DIY photo booth for keepsake shots.

Lucie’s stunning long sleeved, tea length gown was made by her mum and she accessorised her dress with Vivienne Westwood Lady Dragons. Perfection. Matthew was definitely bang on trend with his sharp blue suit and colour pop yellow bow tie. Amaze.

Many thanks to Sally from Binky Nixon for sharing these wonderful sun drenched images.

 

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THE PROPOSAL | Matthew surprised me with a trip to Paris and proposed in our favourite roof top bar overlooking the city at night.

THE VISION | A relaxed and intimate wedding that reflected our personalities.

THE PLANNING PROCESS | We kept the planning process relaxed with the help of the wonderful staff at South Farm and gave ourselves plenty of time to sort things out. We used Pinterest a lot for inspiration and fun creative ideas.

BUDGET | We didn’t really set a budget – we made sure we didn’t stretch ourselves but at the same time ensured we had everything we wanted. We managed to save money by being creative and doing a lot ourselves and we didn’t have a DJ, we just asked our friends and family to name a song they wanted and we put it on a playlist. We ended up with a lot of 90’s classics from our childhood!

THE VENUE | South Farm in Shingay cum Wendy, Cambridgeshire. Being a florist, I’ve been lucky enough to visit many wedding venues! Years ago Matthew came to set up a wedding at South Farm with me and we both agreed that if we were to get married, that it would be there!

THE DRESS & ACCESSORIES | My dress was handmade by my mum and my shoes were by Vivienne Westwood. I had wanted a pair of Viv’s for years and the wedding was a perfect excuse! I kept it quite simple and didn’t wear any jewellery but I did buy a leather jacket and a pair of white boots for the evening but got so caught up in the day that forgot to put them on!

FINDING THE DRESS | I always knew I wanted my mum to make my wedding dress as has such an amazing talent and thought it would be so special to have something that no one else has. I’ve never really been into traditional long wedding dresses and preferred the 60’s style of long sleeved and above the knee but couldn’t find an exact image of what I wanted so my clever mum was able to adapt several patterns to make my perfect dress!

GROOM’S ATTIRE | A traditional ‘top and tails’ wedding suit isn’t really Matthew’s style so he opted to go with an, albeit bright, normal suit. He knew he wanted his suit to be blue and after a long search on the high street he eventually found one in Marks and Spencer. It was a tailored fit from their Luxury range with a very subtle pin stripe. He wore a white shirt with cufflinks (little bicycles), brown brogues, multicoloured chequered socks and a yellow bow tie with polka dots with matching pocket square. On the recommendation of a friend he bought his bow tie from ‘Mrs Bow Tie’ online who make wonderful handmade items.

THE READINGS & MUSIC | Music plays a large part of our lives and we wanted to play the music that we love rather than the ‘typical’ wedding music. We played everything from heavy metal to hip-hop. In terms of readings, we kept the ceremony simple and chose one the registrar had provided.

BEAUTIFUL BRIDESMAIDS | I only had one bridesmaid which was my sister, Helen. I said she could wear what she wanted as I wanted her to feel comfortable and for her to be able to embrace her own style.

THE FLOWERS | As a florist, I always knew I would do the flowers myself! We surprised lots of people by keeping it simple not having many flowers at all as I didn’t want to put the pressure on myself the day before and morning of the wedding. For the table centres we sourced old apothecary bottles from various antique and second hand shops and used old books as props for them to sit on. I kept changing my mind on what colours and flowers to use, as being a florist I get to see so many beautiful flowers it was hard to choose just a few so ended up deciding a week before the wedding! So a couple of hours before walking down the aisle I was sitting on my mum’s dining room floor making buttonholes and ribboning bouquets.

THE CAKE | We had a naked cake, which tasted soooo good. My only regret of the day was that I didn’t eat enough cake! The layers were vanilla, chocolate and carrot. We used a tree stump that my dad has cut down from my family’s farm for the cake plate to give it a real rustic feel.

YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER | We met our photographer Sally at the Tie the Knot Wedding Carnival and instantly knew we wanted her to shoot our wedding. We loved her natural style of documenting the day without too many posed photos. It was important for us that our photographer fit in with the day and Sally certainly did and managed to capture so many precious moments that we may have missed ourselves. She’s also a great laugh and kept my nerves at bay whilst getting ready to walk down the aisle!

THE DETAILS & DÉCOR | As South Farm is so beautiful; it was so easy to dress as we didn’t need to do much at all! As well as the flowers we provided fairy lights to be strung from the barn rafters and candles for the table to create a romantic feel. We also made our own candy buffet and photo booth for guests to enjoy throughout the day and had a chocolate egg hunt for the children during the day.

THE HONEYMOON | For our honeymoon we took a 3 week trip to firstly Costa Rica, and then Boston and New York. Costa Rica was amazing – we saw volcanoes, the rainforest, wildlife, waterfalls and wonderful beaches. We then flew to America to visit the hustle and bustle of Boston and New York – two amazing cities.

MEMORABLE MOMENTS | The whole day was memorable so it’s hard to narrow it down but the speeches certainly were memorable. Matthew’s speech was more like a stand up routine, which included props and a booklet for everyone to follow along with. There were tears of laughter and happiness across the room. The other speeches were also very entertaining and moving.

ADVICE FOR OTHER COUPLES | Don’t sweat the small stuff! Make sure you enjoy the planning stage by trying not to put too much pressure on yourself or worrying about the tiny details! On the day, try and soak in as much as possible as it goes far too quick!

CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE |

Photographer | Sally for Binky Nixon

Wedding dress | Jacqueline (Lucie’s mum)

Brides shoes | Vivienne Westwood

Flowers & styling | Lucie Smith

Cake |  Melissa

Hair and make up | Glamour Puss Weddings

Bridesmaid Dress | ASOS

Grooms suit | Marks and Spencer

Grooms bow tie and pocket square | Mrs Bow Tie

Venue | South Farm

Guest Book | Fiona at Enchanted Touches

 

How heavenly.

Lucie and Matthew thank you both so much for sharing your darling wedding with us today xo Lou

 

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Rachel Harrison <![CDATA[Romantic Soft Pastels Barn Wedding]]> http://whimsicalwonderlandweddings.com/?p=200072 2017-05-10T12:24:53Z 2017-05-23T06:00:05Z Bride Bridal Groom Lilian West Ballgown Next Romantic Soft Pastels Barn Wedding http://www.sungblue.com/

 

Wow, do we have a dreamy romantic treat for you today! WWW readers Sheena and Luke wed on the 9th July 2016 at WWW faves Bassmead Manor Barns in Cambridgeshire. Whilst the venue speaks for itself, there are plenty of pretty details to feast your eyes on as the pair used soft pink, green and cream to create gorgeous pastel decoration, from the beautifully arranged card table to the signs created by talented friends and family. I just love the stepladder table plan and I think you’ll agree that Sheena and Luke really took the sweet table to the next level!

Of course the florals took centre stage with blousy peonies featuring in the bouquets and amazingly delicate gypsophila hearts adorning the venue, as well as simple touches of greenery.

Such a romantic wedding wouldn’t be complete with a stunning ball gown and Sheena looks incredible in her Lilian West dress. The beautiful bridesmaids wore For Her and For Him dresses in the three colours of the pastel palette chosen by Sheena and Luke and his groomsmen looked fantastic in their matching Next suits.

Thanks so much to Lauren from Sung Blue Photography for providing these dreamy images.

 

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THE PROPOSAL | New York City on 17th January 2015.

Luke had surprised me with a trip to NYC as a Xmas present. We set off on 15th January 2015 and a proposal was the last thing I thought would happen despite everyone telling me he would do it. On the day of the proposal we visited the 9/11 memorial towers, the Natural History Museum topped with a private helicopter ride where he dropped down one knee just before getting into the helicopter.

THE VISION | Soft pastel colours with a rustic/vintage/romantic theme.

THE PLANNING PROCESS | Started as soon as we got back from New York by writing the guest list. We determined exactly how many people we would like to attend the day and the evening. We then looked into budget and the generous offerings we had from our parents.

We viewed only 2 venues and didn’t want to view any more as we had completely fallen in love with the first venue we saw – Bassmead Manor Barns

We then set a date and sent out our save the dates. Then from that moment on my whole life was taken over by wedding ‘stuff’. As I was on maternity leave at the time, this enabled me to make phone calls and shop around for everything we had decided we wanted. I was determined to not have to settle for second best, so got in there quickly before dates got snapped up!

BUDGET | £30,000

THE VENUE | Bassmead Manor Barns, Staploe, Cambridgeshire – AMAZING

THE DRESS & ACCESSORIES | Lillian West Tulle Ball Gown with sweetheart neckline and a simple elbow length veil. Swarovski crystal square cut earrings and necklace (wedding present from Luke) and my bracelet was borrowed from my friend and bridesmaid, Carla.

My shoes were a very light dusty pink covered in crystals from Kurt Geiger. I wore Miss Dior perfume.

FINDING THE DRESS | My friend, Carla and I regularly have random conversations and she asked me once, before I was even engaged, what dress I would have if I was to get married. After looking for a while I found it! A Lillian West dress with beautiful lace and a tulle ball gown. So I knew exactly what dress I wanted as soon as Luke proposed, it was just a case of finding where I could buy it. I managed to find a stockist of the designer in a town not far from me. Ann’s Bridal Room in Leighton Buzzard were able to ship the sample in for me to try on – no pressure! It fitted like an absolute dream and I completely fell in love with it. I tried on around 5 others but none compared to this Lillian West dress that I had had my heart set on.

GROOM’S ATTIRE | Simple slim fit suits from Next in a gorgeous light blue.

We had a bit of a nightmare with the suits. We went to a shop in town with all the groomsmen plus dads and managed to pick a suit. The men all made sure they got their correct sizes so we could proceed with placing the order there and then. Unfortunately 8 weeks before the wedding we got a phone call from them to say they had completely run out of fabric and the fabric had been discontinued so were unable to finish our order. Devastated!! However Next came up trumps and we had to agree that the suits were even better from there and were all delivered the very next day. Perfect!

Luke wore a bow tie, which consisted of all the colours in our colour scheme. I found this on Etsy and couldn’t have been happier with my find as it matched and fitted in brilliantly. The groomsmen and page boys all wore a mixture of the colours, 3 wore pink, 3 wore green and 3 wore cream.

Oscar, our beloved family dog, wore a cream bow tie which again was a great find on Esty.

THE READINGS & MUSIC | The song I chose to walk down the aisle to was The One by Kodaline, the words were pretty true to our relationship.

My sister in law, Jess read the first reading which was called On Your Wedding Day and Luke’s mother, Jacquie, read the second one which was called I Will Be Here.

Whilst signing the register we had John Legend, All of me and The Calling, Wherever You Will Go play.

We then chose to walk out to the song Ho Hey by The Lumineers.

These songs were all sung beautifully by an amazing singer called Cara Beard. She sung for a further 2 hours at our reception and people were in awe of her, she truly was amazing. She has since signed a record deal!

Our first dance was Kiss Me by Ed Sheeran followed by a second song called Lets Stay together by Al Green as this was the second song played at Luke’s parents wedding – 36 years ago.

BEAUTIFUL BRIDESMAIDS | I had 6 beautiful bridesmaids, they consisted of family, lifelong friends and best friends. As I had 3 colours in my colour scheme I had 2 of each wearing the same colour, 2 in pink, 2 in green and 2 in cream.

Jess – My sister in law, she wore green

Carla –friend, she wore cream

Tanya – friend, she wore green

Char – friend, she wore cream

Hayley C – friend, she wore pink

Hayley A – friend, she wore pink.

I teamed them all with personalised rose gold necklaces (Etsy), a pair of rose gold earrings (Etsy) and rose gold bags (Accessorize). I also bought them all the same lipstick to wear. They managed to find themselves rose gold shoes to fit in with the theme.

THE FLOWERS | My flowers were done by a lady called Angelina Batty. They consisted of peonies, roses and green foliage (there were possibly more but im struggling to remember what they were) She made me a lovely bouquet finished with silk ribbon. The bridesmaid all had a bouquet each, the flower girls had flower balls which they hung around their wrists and the Groom, groomsmen, fathers and mothers all had beautiful personalised button holes.

Angelina made stunning flower arrangements for the register table, top table, individual tables and in 2 big bird cages that stood on pedestals. She also made 2 gypsophilia hearts and provided all the gypsohilia that were placed in jars on the chairs in the barn.

THE CAKE | My amazing cake was replicated by Trudy Scrumptious from a cake I had found on the internet. It consisted of 3 tiers with my colour scheme and vintage/rustic theme.

First tier was chocolate, second tier was white chocolate and raspberry and the third tier was lemon. It was safe to say it went down an absolute treat as there was none left over.

Trudy is an extremely talented lady with an amazing personality who I highly recommend.

YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER | Sungblue Photography, Lauren Dewar.

I was recommended Sungblue after having a complete meltdown. I had been searching for a photographer for a long time and I was receiving quotes that I thought were just totally unreasonable and didn’t include photo albums. Once speaking with Lauren, seeing her work/photos and price list we were instantly drawn to her. Not only is her photography simply stunning but she was the most reasonable we had come across, so much for your money with an amazing service.

We were offered an engagement shoot, which Luke wasn’t too keen on but was an opportunity to get used to the camera and also have some couple/family photos. The day was very windy and our youngest, Lois decided she was going to be the devil reincarnated but the photos turned out lovely. So we knew we were in for a treat on our wedding day and well the pictures speak for themselves, could not be happier with them.

THE DETAILS & DÉCOR | Bassmead Manor Barns is a venue that honestly doesn’t need much décor as it is stunning in its own right. This is what we loved about the venue but we felt we had to put our own ‘stamp’ on the place. However we couldn’t do this on our own as the timings of the wedding the day before and the start of ours meant there was absolutely no way we could have got this done. So we hired some help. A lady my mum works with, Lisa Scott and her husband have a wedding business on the side – Scott Celebrations and I could not be more grateful for how they made the place look for us.

For the Rickety Barn we had pompoms of 4 different sizes and the 3 different colours hanging from the beams. Cream petals scattered along each side of the chairs on the floor and every other chair (first chair only of each row) alternated with lace ties and jars filled with gysophilia. We had 2 hearts made from gypsophilia that were hung on the pillars.

We had decorated jam jars (done by the birdesmaids, my mum and myself) scattered around the courtyard and grass area at the front of the venue.

In the dining barn we had 33 lanterns hung on the horizontal beams towards the ceiling and more pompoms placed and hung around the room. We also had 5 flower garlands wrapped around the vertical beams.

We hired large light up LOVE letters that were placed in the corner on the dance floor – these were a great feature.

In the foyer we had a guest book table, which had a vintage typewriter, a sweet cart, a table plan ladder and bird cage gift table. These we all hired from a lovely lady called Becky Rideout and her company is called The Fabric Florist.

To add a personal touch in the seated area of the bar we had some photos printed of mine and Luke’s grandads who had sadly passed away in 2013 and 2015 with a plaque and some tea lights to remember them.

We had signs (Instagram and ‘pick a seat’) made by our very talented friend Denise Rowlett who is a graphic designer with her own company called We Can Creative Ltd. She also designed our beautiful invites.

Another close friend, Matt Bonson, handmade and painted the signage for the wedding, such as ‘Luke & Sheena’s Wedding’, ‘Ceremony’ etc.

THE HONEYMOON | We chose to go to Mauritius. It was a toss-up between here and Maldives but as you get far more for your money in Mauritius we chose to go there. We took the opportunity to just totally relax, what with both of us working full time and having 2 children, doing absolutely nothing was a welcome break for the pair of us. We did manage to get out of the hotel to take a walk with the lions, along with playing with the baby lion cubs and quad biking.

MEMORABLE MOMENTS | The most memorable moment for the pair of us was of course the ‘I Do’s’ however there was one moment in particular that will stay with us forever. At the end of the night the song Champagne Supernova was playing and all of our family and friends and created a circle around us and our 2 children. We started off by dancing as a foursome which led to us breaking off into couples. Luke had hold of our daughter, Lois, and ran around the circle asking her to high five all of our guests. Whilst I stood in the centre dancing with our son, Charlie, sobbing my heart out at the fact that we were finally husband at wife, celebrating with all our family and friends, having the best day we possibly have asked for.

ADVICE FOR OTHER COUPLES | Take a few moments to take a step back from your wedding and take it all in together!

CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE |

Photographer | Sung Blue Photography

Venue | Bassmead Manor Barns *WWW wedding directory member*

Wedding Dress | Ann’s Bridal Room

Bridesmaid Dresses | For Her and For Him

Cake | Trudy Scrumptious

Prop Hire | The Fabric Florist

LOVE Letters | Summer Lily Love Letters

Photobooth | Giggle Booth

Flowers | Angelina’s Flowers

Venue Dressing and Lace Chair Ties | Scott Celebrations

Instagram Signs/’Pick a Seat’ Sign | Denise Rowlett

Accessories | Etsy

 

Thanks ever so much Sheena and Luke for sharing your dreamy day with us. Rachel x

 

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Louise Baltruschat Hollis <![CDATA[Wedding Cake 101 // Where To Begin?]]> http://whimsicalwonderlandweddings.com/?p=201596 2017-05-18T14:46:25Z 2017-05-22T13:00:22Z Wedding Cake 101 Advice Help Lowdown Begin Ideas http://dmbaker.co.uk/

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Now we need a wedding cake…. but where do we start?

Shopping for your wedding cake can be daunting. With so many forums and platforms showcasing the latest trends and designs in wedding cakes, it can be overwhelming and confusing. Firstly, you have to figure out where, and who you purchase a wedding cake from.

Then you need to decide on what flavours you are going for, and what colour to have or design. Let’s not even get started on how many tiers it should be; should it be stacked or have pillars, and who are we serving the cake to!?

There are a million questions you could ask, and with so much choice it can become all too much at times. However, do not fret, because here is the low down on all you need to know, and how to start making some decisions on each of those elements of design.

 

Serving Size

 

First things first, decide how many of your guests will be receiving a slice of cake. If you are serving dessert on the day, then I would always advise that the cake is served as a coffee sized portion. Think of this as, a slim slice of cake that you would enjoy with a coffee.

If you are not having dessert, then a dessert sized portion (about the length of your finger) would be a perfect option to serve your guest.

If you are opting for dessert sized portions, typically your baker will suggest that you have a larger size cake.

For more on wedding cake portions click here.

 

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Flavours

 

The selection of cake sponges and fillings now available are incredible, and depending on your choice of baker, they may offer new and creative combinations that could take your cake to the next level. However, this is where you decide how inventive you would like to be with your cake flavours.

I’d suggest first considering the season that your event falls into. For a summer wedding, citrus flavours such as lemon, lime and passion fruit are always a great choice.

For the colder months, you may wish to go with richer flavours, such as a chocolate sponge, coffee or even a carrot cake.

Play around with your options, and if you are an adventurous couple, then ask your baker if they can suggest flavours that are more outside of the box, for example how about a cinnamon and fresh fig sponge with a goats cheese buttercream filling. This is a great flavour for those who have a more savoury lead palette.

 

Design

 

Cake trends are constantly changing, at current we are seeing more natural drip styled cakes coming in. Moving away from the naked cake, we now have the ‘half dressed’ cake (which features a sponge cake with an opaque style of buttercream, revealing a little flash of the sponge cake underneath)

What I always advise my clients, is to choose a design that you are happy to look back on years to come, and when you see your wedding  photos, you will still love the design of the cake you chose.

So if the new trends look great to you, but are not screaming ‘ let’s be in that iconic cake cutting photo together’ then go with the styles that you have always been drawn to.

Do not be afraid of heading back to the vintage years, and choosing something uber traditional, or heading for a more playful design that is fun and eye catching, showing off the personalities of you both as a couple. A  good baker will be able to help create a design of cake that pulls together your chosen theme.

I want something different, that is not just a tiered wedding cake…?

Many couples are now moving away from the traditional tiered wedding cake as their centre piece. There was a rise in the demand for cupcake towers a few years ago, and these still hold popular today, allowing each guest to take home an individual cake.

I have seen a rise in request for croquembouche towers (or profiterole towers as they may be known by here in the UK) , and these offer a really delicious treat designed to be pulled apart by your guest. They offer bites of pure indulgence; pastry puffs filled with delicious pastry creams.

Another option, is to go for a macaron tower, or stacks of doughnuts. Whatever your favourite treat, have them created into a tower of delights.

 

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Special Dietary Requirements

 

If you are looking for a gluten free or vegan option, many specialist bakers will be able to cater to your needs.

When it comes to gluten free sponges, I always advise to go with a flavoured cake that is stronger in flavour or more punchy.  Many rice flours used in gluten free cooking have a slight bitterness to them, so opting for a strong cocoa flavoured sponge with a kick of cinnamon, or a very zesty lemon sponge with lashings of lemon curd provide exceptional flavours, and are perfect for those catering for guests with alternative dietary requirements.

You do not have to go with a traditional sponge cake either , there is the option of choosing cheesecakes with a coconut macaron base. Or how about opting for a dessert bar instead with fruits, cheeses and mini vegan or gluten free bakes.

The main rules to stick by are; to not have your gluten free or vegan cakes, stacked with non GF or non-vegan cakes. As a wedding cake baker, we can never guarantee that upon serving the cake, the catering team at the venue, will not use the same knife to cut through every sponge.

Speak to your baker, and find out what allergies they are not covered for, i.e. many kitchens are not nut free.

If you want to cater for various dietary requirements, you can also offer GF and vegan cupcakes, and have these labelled with cute flags, so that your guests know which ones they can safely enjoy.

 

 

Wedding Cake 101 Advice Help Lowdown Begin Ideas

 

 

Budget

 

So once you have an idea of the type of design you are looking for, you then need to consider your budget. Certain elements of a cake design will increase the price of the final cake. Sugar flowers, edible gold and silver leaf, pearlised sheens and intricate piping will certainly add to the final price tag.

The average three tier fondant covered wedding cake with sugar flowers and piping starts at £490-£520 dependent on the region you live in. London bakeries can start from £600+ for a three tier design.

Pricing in the industry can be extremely confusing, and that is a post for another time. However, now we know where our budget lies, let’s talk about finding a baker to make this dream cake.

 

Finding a wedding cake maker/ designer/ baker…. what should we Google?

 

First things first, unless there is a designer that you absolutely love and you must have their cake, I would suggest searching in the region that your wedding venue is set.  You want to ensure your baker, can deliver to your wedding venue.

Check that they are insured, registered and have a certificate of hygiene. Unfortunately anyone can start up a cake business, and they can run without being insured or having the correct level of hygiene. You as the customer, unfortunately will have no financial protection if the cake is undelivered or your guests fall ill from the bake (sorry, that’s really morbid, but very true).

Your typical wedding cake baker will be listed on various wedding directories, wedding blogs, and may exhibit at local and national wedding shows. Of course a good Google search for ‘wedding cake baker and INSERT REGION HERE’ can also be a good start. Read their reviews, and testimonials, and then get an idea of where their price range is before committing to a cake tasting appointment.

Send them photos of what you have in mind, and ask them to provide a rough quote.

From here, go and meet them if you feel that they are the one for you, and let them talk you through the process of securing your order.

This is the part of your wedding that should be really fun. So go, enjoy it and eat lots of cake!

 

 

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Be prepared to be transported to the beautiful woods today, with WWW readers Paul and Jessica and their 1st October 2016 wedding. It was sublime, I mean what’s not to love about picturesque forest views, thoughtful touches and gorgeous home grown blooms?

Their vision was simple, a whimsical woodland wedding, set in High Wood Belper in Derberyshire. After a woodland proposal, it suited them down to the ground and they really made the day their own. From the romantic story walk to the ceremony, to the fun signage and individual crystal favours, I love it all. The rich Autumnal dahlias were an utter delight and looked amazing nestled in the floral arrangements. Jessica’s flower crown and bouquet in particular were splendid and really went well with her princess gown. Paul chose to wear a deep green suit and hunter wellies, the perfect attire for an outdoorsy groom.

They gave a nod to their first kiss, kitted out in fancy dress at the time, by naming the tables after the characters. It’s touches like those that make a day so very touching and memorable.

Many thanks goes to Rebecca Wedding Photography for sharing these divine shots.

 

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THE PROPOSAL | 12th December 2015 – he proposed in a wood on our local dog walk with a Welsh loves poon and a beautiful London blue topaz ring. We then carved out initials in the tree where he proposed.

THE VISION | Whimsical woodland wedding.

THE PLANNING PROCESS | We were set on the location – Paul’s Dad Guy, owns a wood in Belper in Derbyshire. We wanted to have our ceremony in the wood as we thought this was really personal and unique, we then wanted the marquee in the field next to the wood with relaxed BBQ food.

BUDGET | 10K

THE VENUE | High Wood Belper, Derberyshire.

THE DRESS & ACCESSORIES | Princess style dress, flower head dress, flower shoes and veil.

FINDING THE DRESS | I tried on so many different styles with my mum and sister. Dragged them in and out of shops searching for the perfect dress. I thought my body shape looked good in a mermaid style but I couldn’t walk in that style and felt uncomfortable. As soon as I tried on the Princess style I felt floaty, relaxed and I felt like a fairy. A dress maker wanted to design my dress for me but after going through designs with her it got a little too pricey . My sister and I drew my dream dress on a child white board with a corset back, princess style and lace around the bottom, you wouldn’t believe it but the next day I ended up finding my dream dress in a tiny shop near where I was living at the time (small business from her house). I spent £500 on my dress, I was so lucky to have found my perfect dress for such a good price, as I knew it was going to get trashed in the wood, and it really did. I had brambles and twigs and leaves and mud, it was from Brides and Maids.

GROOM’S ATTIRE | Green suit with Hunter wellies. Paul had his suit custom made for him, he left it very late to get designed but fingers crossed it was ready in time, his suit was more expensive than my dress haha!!!

THE READINGS & MUSIC | We have been together for 10 years and we used to listen to about 15 songs on repeat before falling asleep in his bed. The aisle song was a Japanese song called My Sanctuary. I never knew what the song was about but I had always said to my friends I was going to walk down the aisle to that song and it happened yey!!! I then thought I should probably look into what the lyrics mean, they were perfect for us.

I also had a song Calon Lan “A pure heart” a traditional welsh hymn, this was my nan’s favourite song and I used to sing it in school.

For our readings we had both asked our mums to choose a reading a reading and read for us. Paul’s mum chose a perfect poem. Captain Corelli’s Mandolin and Fairies. This really sums up our relationship, such perfect words.

GrandAl- Paul’s Grandad who married us, although not ordained, we thought it would be special for him to conduct the ceremony.

We had what Paul calls ‘sexy BBQ music’ for our dinner, which is kind of like ambient dance music, then in the evening it was again our favourite dance tracks.

BEAUTIFUL BRIDESMAIDS | Maid of honour-Sister – Shonna , Bridesmaids Calley, Jodi and Holly. Flower girls – Ayla, Tilly and Anna. I need to thank all of them so much for all the work they put into helping me.

THE FLOWERS | Luckily Paul’s dad is a fantastic gardener and planted 100’s of Dahlias, which is a flower that blooms beautifully in October. My Aunty and cousin used to own a florist shop, Yvonne Sparey and Sammy Sparey. Along with Sammy’s little girl Rori they all came to Guy’s (Paul’s dads) garden and gathered all the flowers with extras from a local market. She sprinkled lots of love and creativity all over the flower arranging, they were working on site for 3 days sorting them out for me, I even had a real flower headband and real flowers on my shoes. They are all amazing. I just wanted lots of colour with no theme and to look quite wild and the vision came true!!!

THE CAKE | I was going to go with a white 3 tiered cake with real flowers, but a couple of weeks before the wedding they said they couldn’t make it. We then had a tree trunk cake made by Beaurepaire and cut the cake with an axe, it was so much fun!!! And really went with the theme!! It was delicious.

YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER | The beautifully talented Rebecca Wedding Photography, I knew as soon as I saw Rebecca’s photos online she was the one, they had such a relaxed and cool feel. We met up with Rebecca and both got along with her so well she made us feel at ease and very special.

THE DETAILS & DÉCOR | Colours of the bridesmaid dresses were a dusky blue and lilac, I really thought it would look striking against the green of the woods and it was perfect. The flowers I wanted no theme just a lot of colour and my aunt and cousin gave me that. With bouquet and shoes and headband I wanted deep purples/reds.

I wanted to go wild in the woods and have a lot of tree trunks and candles and flowers dotted around the wood walk, I took my mum, sister and Paul into the woods and gave them orders (bridezilla moment), we then had to tone everything down as transferring tree trunks from one end of the wood to another was backbreaking – the moss stones (for the aisle) were even heavier – it was a mission. I then had to listen to Paul and have less sections throughout the wood walk ha!!! Our aisle looked perfect – Paul and his dad made our archway with a fallen down branch and my aunty decorated with flowers and our love spoon (welsh tradition when getting proposed too). We had our 10 year photo tree, and our love story on heart shaped chalk boards throughout the walk – very romantic and personal.

I must say that putting up the signs and the photos was hard work mainly on my sister’s shoulders – fun times!!

I wanted to bring the wood into the marquee so my mum, myself, sister and Paul went to the wood and literally dragged huge branches out of the wood to put in pots my aunty decorated with moss and oak leaves and fairy lights, looked so magical.

I am a little bit spiritual and went to Glastonbury to get everyone’s favours – these were crystal gems. I believe that they all have different meanings and purposes. My bridesmaid Calley by hand wrote all of the favour cards, which had all different meanings – whatever stone landed on the guests place setting was meant to be for them. Paul thought I was on another planet, he does not believe in magic he is on the science side. Ha! We also had welsh cakes made by my mum’s friend Penny they were delicious!

Our first kiss I was dressed up as Jasmine (from Aladdin) and Paul was Robin Hood. We named our tables after the characters in Robin Hood, which again went with the woodland theme.

THE HONEYMOON | Peak district camper van with our dog Mr Barkley and South Africa in the mountains with Safari. No rest for us, lots of hiking and many adventures.

MEMORABLE MOMENTS | Having Paul’s Grandad GrandAl marry us, he is not ordained but we wanted him to conduct the ceremony, it was such a wonderful and memorable moment. GrandAl was the perfect person to marry us.

Having my mum walk me down the aisle, very special.

Planting an oak tree in the wood just after our ceremony, the speeches were absolutely amazing especially Alan – Paul’s twin and Guy – Paul’s dad – actually amazing, all the guests were in stitches. Being with all our friends and family at the same time was pretty spectacular.

ADVICE FOR OTHER COUPLES | Make your day your own and personal for you.

CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE |

Photographer | Rebecca Wedding Photography

Dress | Brides and Maides

Cake | Beaurepaire Patisserie

 

 

Oh so wonderful. I love the tree planting and Jessica’s real flower shoes too… amaze!

Thanks so very much to Paul and Jessica for sharing their gorgeous day with us xo Lou

 

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Louise Baltruschat Hollis <![CDATA[Ethereal & Soft Fine Art Wedding Ideas]]> http://whimsicalwonderlandweddings.com/?p=201539 2017-05-18T10:27:27Z 2017-05-21T07:00:11Z Floral Flower Arch Greenery Foliage Ethereal Soft Fine Art Wedding Ideas http://lizbakerphotography.co.uk/

 

I am feeling perfectly Spring like and happy thanks to these darling fine art film images this morning. Dreamy, ethereal and gorgeously bohemian weddings ideas, all brought together by an uber talented team of wedding suppliers. The soft colour palette of silver, blush and greenery really sets the tone for the romantic details and styling. From a marble effect cake draped in florals to the modern perspex stationery and pretty bridal looks, it all worked so wonderfully.

Keep an eye out for the magnificent flower arch, the hot air balloon (yes really!) and the rustic furniture table set up. Pure heaven.

Huge thanks to Liz Baker Photography for sharing these sublime shots with us. Beth Ralph for Apple & Bramble Events tells us more;

 

“Ethereal. Sumptuous. contemporary.

These were the words that I had in mind whilst styling this shoot. Dillington House emits such an elegant atmosphere and I wanted to capture this in the styled shoot. The palette focused on pewters, blush, peach, soft lilacs, flicks of silver and lots of greenery. Foliage and greenery was such an important part of the shoot. It not only created striking forms and coverage, but tied all the elements together. The orangery has such soft light flowing through the glass that it created faint shadows on the flagstone floor and blanched hamstone walls. This was the perfect lighting for the shoot, complementing the colour palette and the supplier’s work. I wanted the furniture in the shoot to look as though it had been abandoned and that the plants had embraced the furniture as its own. The Perspex stationery and flicks of silver flowed through the shoot, creating a subtle contemporary feel.

I included some unique fun elements to the shoot. Using a vintage hot air balloon basket and disco ball. These touches weren’t out of place in such an ethereal setting. Instead it created new depths to the shoot and allowed for the supplier’s unique style to shine through. As the day progressed the natural light changed the feel and atmosphere of the shoot. By mid-afternoon the rain set in and created a muted grey backdrop for the table set up. I wanted to create a wild, bohemian table, with sumptuous fruits and flowers entwined around the gorgeous hand dyed table runner. The shoot although set up, was very organic, I wanted the wind flowing through the orangery to move the plants and the items to a natural resting place. The divine dresses allowed for beautiful movement and soft forms. The flickering of the candlelight and reflections of the sky in the glass panels of the space created a harmonious vibe very much reflected in the final images.”

 

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From florist Jacalyn: “Floral styling was guided by Liz and Beth’s soft colour palette of blush, blue grey and silver. Initially copper but silver was confirmed as the final decision for a more harmonious effect. With this years Pantone colour and a big trend for 2017- green – I wanted to explore and portray the beauty that carefully selected foliages can achieve. We are in love with our free standing structure full and blousy with rambling English foliages. Bringing the outside in can add such warmth to a room and an Instant WOW factor to a bare space. Our pewter candelabras with rose gold candles were nestled in at the base of the design for drama! Flowers were selected in season and in subtle shades of pinks, cream and apricots such as Parrot Tulips, Syringa, Magnolia and Dianthus – such an underrated flower these days – lets bring them back! To compliment our stunning Sassi Holford gowns we designed our special composite bouquet using blush Roses, Jasmine and hand dyed ribbons. A bespoke design for a unique bride.”

 

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CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE |

Photographer | Liz Baker Photography

Concept & Direction |  Liz Baker & Beth Ralph

Styling |  Beth Ralph & Jacalyn Arscott

Stationery |  Beth Ralph for Apple & Bramble Events

Florals |  Jacalyn Arscott for Cottage Flowers

Dresses & Accessories |  Sassi Holford & Sassi Holford Taunton

Rentals |  Virginia’s Vintage Hire

Venue |  Dillington House

Cakes | Baking Chick

Make-up |  Laura Le Page MUA

Hair |  Rosanne Derryman

Silks |  Plant-dyed ribbons and runner via Alison at Border Cottage Flowers

Suits |  Harrimans Menswear

Film Lab |  Exposure Film Lab

 

Oh my! Just magical.

Huge thanks to the whole team for sharing these images with us today xo Lou

 

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Abby Stiefel http://whimsicalwonderlandweddings.com/ <![CDATA[Creative Quirky Rustic Barn Wedding in Tennessee]]> http://whimsicalwonderlandweddings.com/?p=200004 2017-05-10T12:05:48Z 2017-05-20T07:00:35Z Creative Quirky Rustic Barn Wedding Tennessee http://www.alexbeephoto.com/

 

I have seen some gorgeous and unique weddings in my time, but the Tennessee wedding of WWW readers Dan and Molly is a real beauty! The lovebirds tied the knot on September 17th 2016 at The Wren’s Nest in a barn that is so stunning it will take your breath away. The couple wanted to organise a day that brought together their shared love for all things creative and fun. They began their married life together kicking up their heels with family and friends in a magnificent location – what a dream.

Molly wore a lace and tulle wedding gown with fancy new tan boots and carried an eye-catching multicoloured bouquet filled with sunflowers, peonies and succulents. Dan looked super cool in his grey pants, light grey shirt and custom-made vest. The bridesmaids wore rust-coloured dresses while the groomsmen donned dark grey pants and leather suspenders. Their little flower girl was unbelievably adorable in her white dress, flower crown and gold shoes. I love that the guests were able to enjoy mini golf, get pictures taken in a kombi photo booth, snap polaroids to add to the guestbook and dance up a storm. The newlyweds’ advice to other couples is vital to read too: “Our wedding wasn’t conventional, but we’re not conventional. We wanted tacos, so we ordered tacos. We wanted mini golf, so we got portable mini golf holes. We don’t like cake, so we had pie!” This is how a wedding day should be.

Thank you very much, Alex Bee Photo, for these fantastic photographs.

 

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THE PROPOSAL | One New Year’s Eve when we were dating, as we watched all the couples get engaged on TV during the ball drop, Dan turned to me and said he’d never ‘engage me’ on a holiday. We laughed at the time at how funny the way he said that had sounded, but I knew he really meant it when he said it. I’m pretty good about having a plan or figuring things out, it’s hard to surprise me. So when the time came last year for us to go visit my family in Minnesota for the Christmas holiday, I had no suspicions at all. After all, we were never going to get engaged on a holiday. To my complete surprise, after all the gifts had been opened on Christmas Eve, Dan walked over to the tree and told me there was one more left. I wasn’t even thinking, I just walked over to retrieve it and pass it out to whomever it was for. That’s when Dan handed me the wrapped box, pulled out my dream ring and dropped to one knee. In front of my whole family AND on a holiday, Dan asked me to marry him. It was so sweet and silly and totally us. In the wrapped gift box he had handed me was a mug that said “He put a ring on it”. After all the tears and hugs, we used that mug to announce to all our friends the good news. It was perfect.

THE VISION | Dan and I are both low key, fun loving creatives. We collect hobbies from airplane model building to leather tooling. So we knew we wanted a wedding that was a big celebration for all of our loved ones to not just attend but participate in. My dream venue, an old barn tucked in the woods just outside of Nashville, had one Saturday in the Fall available and we knew it was the perfect setting for what we wanted. We wanted our wedding vibe to be rustic, vintage, quirky and fun all wrapped together with lots of heart.

THE PLANNING PROCESS | We did the early planning on our own. I’m a wedding calligrapher so I had contacts to reach out to in the industry who were very helpful! However, hiring our day-of-planner was a game changer. We were so lucky to find Hailey of HK Weddings and Events. From the moment we met, she made it her mission to give us a carefree, handled wedding day. I like to be prepared and it’s hard to trust someone you don’t know to handle things how you’d like them handled. Let me tell you, Hailey made everything happen and happen well. She was flexible with our last minute details, when she didn’t have something she needed from us, she figured it out and it always turned out wonderfully. I was stressed out a lot towards the end of the planning before we found Hailey. I’m beyond grateful for her dedication to our big day and her general awesomeness!

BUDGET | We were aiming for about $10,000… it ended up being more like $16,000.

THE VENUE | The Wren’s Nest, Murfreesboro, Tennessee. A dream location! Every direction you looked it was beautiful!

THE DRESS & ACCESSORIES | My dress was from David’s Bridal. The wedding gave me an excuse to splurge on my dream boots. I had been eyeing Nisolo’s ‘Austin’ boots for a very long time, so when they released them in the color bone, I knew it was meant to be. They were the best wedding day shoe a girl could ask for. So comfy and so gorgeous! I wore hair pins from my grandmother (she wore them to her senior prom!) and wrapped her garter from her wedding 60 years ago around my flowers. It was very special.

FINDING THE DRESS | A close friend and I went to David’s Bridal on a random Wednesday night to just see what shapes looked good on me. The minute I put on the dress I knew I wasn’t leaving without it. I felt like I would never stop smiling. It wasn’t over done but it wasn’t overly simple. It had a paisley lace on the top and a big flow tulle type skirt. I’ve never been able to find it online or in any other store. I think it was meant to be!

GROOM’S ATTIRE | The guys all wore dark grey slacks, light grey button-up shirts with rolled sleeves and leather suspenders. Dan also wore a custom made vest that had rust, grey and brown plaid on the front and navy with goldfish polka dots on the back.

THE READINGS & MUSIC | We had the hardest time picking our music, but looking back I wouldn’t change a single song. The guys walked down to ‘Thunderstruck’ by 2Cellos. The bridesmaids walked to ‘A Dream Is A Wish Your Heart Makes’ from Cinderella and I walked down to Patty Griffin’s ‘Heavenly Day’. We had a short and sweet ceremony and everyone walked out of the ceremony to Ray LaMontagne’s ‘You Are The Best Thing’.

BEAUTIFUL BRIDESMAIDS | All of the girls wore long matching rust colored dresses. At first they all seemed nervous about my color choice but once they saw it in person they understood my vision. Leslie did the majority of the girl’s hair and makeup, including mine. She took the woodsy but classy vibe and completely translated it to my dream look. We felt like movie stars!

THE FLOWERS | The extremely talented Lauren of LMA Designs did all our flowers. During the wedding planning, it was Lauren’s written description of her dream for my bouquet that brought the realness that we were having a wedding and it was going to be amazing! She took the thrown together, random ideas I had in my head and transformed them into beautiful bouquets and boutonnières. She even made a flower crown for our flower girl. It was perfection.

THE CAKE | Dan and I don’t really like cake… but we love pie! So instead of cake we ordered a whole bunch of delicious pies from The Loving Pie Company. It was a big hit with our friends and family!

YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER | Alex was everything and more. I grew up with a photographer and have always enjoyed taking photos myself. So when the time came to pick someone who would photograph our wedding day, I was a bit of a mess. I knew what I didn’t want and I found a few that were really close but just not quite the perfect click (no pun intended!). Then someone pointed me to Alex Bee Photography. The minute her website loaded, I was in love with her style. It was just want I wanted. Alex captured real moments with real people on a day filled with so much emotion in a way I’ve never seen done before. I loved that her photos were bright and full of color. The thing that stood out to me most was how many photos she had captured of people genuinely smiling. There are so many smiles in her online portfolio! I knew I wanted that for us. We did an engagement shoot with Alex and I think leaving that shoot was the first time I could relax about the wedding planning. I knew that no matter how the day would go, we were going to be comfortable with the person who was documenting it. Oh and she also liked our idea of having tacos. :)

THE DETAILS & DÉCOR | When you get married in a place like The Wren’s Nest you really don’t need to add anything to the venue to make it beautiful. It’s a work of art itself. So we kept things simple and fun. We made glass terrariums with firefly lights inside and filled each one with a superhero or villain miniature action figure. The jars sat on top of wood tree slices on every table. We also gave out pencils with inside jokes, our wedding date and other silly foiled sayings on them to our guests. We really wanted our guests to feel like our wedding day was an extension of who we are as a couple and I think we accomplished that!

THE HONEYMOON | Dan had never been to Disneyworld. So for our honeymoon, we went down to Orlando and spent time relaxing, riding rides and experiencing Disney. We also spent a few nights at Universal. It was perfect. We’re both ready to go back as soon as we can, haha.

MEMORABLE MOMENTS | It’s hard to pick just a few but if we have to, I think the first dances were something to remember for sure. My mum organized a big group dance for all the women in my life who have been there for me, inspired me, encouraged me and loved me since I was little. Our fantastic DJ, DJ Dale Day, put on ‘Good Golly Miss Molly’ and we all just danced our hearts out. It was so special. Then it was time for Dan’s dance with his mum. It started out as ‘What a Wonderful World’ and they slow danced until the DJ mixed it into ‘Turn Down For What’. It went on like that, back and forth from slow dancing to break out dancing and it was such a hit. Everyone was cheering and laughing. Such a fun memory!

ADVICE FOR OTHER COUPLES | Our advice would be to stay true to who you are as a couple and what you like. Our wedding wasn’t conventional, but we’re not conventional. We wanted tacos, so we ordered tacos. We wanted mini golf, so we got portable mini golf holes. We don’t like cake, so we had pie! Our friends and family are still going on about how much fun they had at our wedding. Mission accomplished! :)

 

CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE |

Photographer | Alex Bee Photo

Venue | The Wren’s Nest

Wedding Planner | Hailey for HK Weddings and Events

Reception Food | The Local Taco and Loving Pie Company

Flowers | Lauren Marie Atkinson Designs

Hair & Makeup | Leslie Ellis

Mini Golf | Holes to Go

Photo Booth | The Shutter Bus

DJ | The Big Day DJ and Event Planning

 

Thank you, Dan and Molly, for letting us share your lovely nuptials and your clever and endearing ideas. The pictures of you dancing down the aisle as ‘Mr and Mrs’ had me grinning from ear to ear. Abby xx

 

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Louise Baltruschat Hollis <![CDATA[The Bride Diaries. Tor’s Dress, Transport & Custom Stamps]]> http://whimsicalwonderlandweddings.com/?p=201588 2017-05-18T12:11:31Z 2017-05-19T13:00:22Z How does time just go so quickly?!? Although hugely cliché, it’s true, time really flies! We have just five months to go before we get married!

Most ‘big things’ are done; the date, the venue and the photographer. However, at the moment, there are no guests…

 

Custom Stamps

 

We decided against save the dates as our 100+ guests are genuinely family and friends that we have regular contact with, and they all know the date. We do though, have the pressure of ensuring every guest can find accommodation… It’s time to get designing! Otherwise, it will be myself and Chris in the Great Hall of Bisham Abbey, eating and drinking enough for 100 people.

I’ve really enjoyed looking at the designs that many brides on WWW have created, some are so beautiful I could cry! The invitations really need to balance the ‘vision’ of the day and also the important logistics. I am loving the work of House of Airey, I keenly follow the posts on Facebook!

One item I have ordered is a personalised monogram stamp from Bespoke Laser UK, which I just LOVE; my students know how much I love a stamper and a sticker. I can’t help myself! We cannot wait to use it over the seal of the envelope.

 

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The Dress

 

I am very excited that I found THE dress! I never thought I’d be picky about choosing a dress and I was right. I like every single wedding dress, it’s quite ridiculous! They are just so amazing. I found it so hard to even decide on a silhouette; let alone a fabric, train, veil, lace or no lace? My indecisiveness was seriously heightened through the process, my Mum almost threatened to toss a coin as it worsened.

So, very luckily we found the wonderful Amy and Steph Miles at the White Lace and Butterflies Bridal Boutique, Great Missenden, just three miles from my house. These wonderful women are amazing, their patience is endless (as is the Prosecco!) and I can honestly say that I was desperate to buy my dress from them. When I finally tried on THE dress, I just couldn’t believe it. There is nothing that I would change about it. It had all the aspects I’d imagined and more, every look in the mirror showed something different and it really felt like me. The best advice I could give is to find something that feels as though you belong in it. Amy and Steph have amazing passion for their work, they even hand-pick a bespoke veil for each of their dresses! They are dedicated to helping their brides, I have no doubt that they are going to be a boutique of choice for many, many years to come. I feel so luckily to be one of ‘their brides’!

 

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Transport

 

Having a venue change in the course of a wedding can be a logistical nightmare, not to mention an expensive one. Our church is a twenty minute drive from our reception venue and although an easy route, we are quite constrained by time, so any wayward guests would be a bit of a problem! Therefore our knights in bus conductor uniforms have been ThisBus.com! Chris sent out so many enquires before we made the choice, it’s really important to us to weigh up and be confident in decisions. They are a local company who offered such a great deal, that we couldn’t resist booking the double decker Route Master! We can’t wait to travel with the guests, it’s going to be so much fun!

 

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So exciting times are ahead! It’s super exciting and not stressful (yet)! In the next couple of weeks I plan to have my awesome army of 6th form students in a production line; folding invites, addressing envelopes and spray painting anything I can get my hands on! We are also attending a few weddings in the next few weeks, for some very special friends and I look forward to picking up their wonderful ideas too!

 

Tor

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Louise Baltruschat Hollis <![CDATA[Beautiful & Rustic Fairy Lights Barn Wedding]]> http://whimsicalwonderlandweddings.com/?p=199679 2017-05-02T13:19:37Z 2017-05-19T06:00:45Z Beautiful Rustic Fairy Lights Barn Wedding http://whitestagweddings.com/

 

You’ve got to love a pretty as a picture day, light filled yet wonderfully rustic and all topped off with delicate lighting and a pale colour palette right? Yes! And we’ve just got that for you lovelies today, so enjoy every moment in all it’s glory.

WWW readers Emilie and Dan tied the knot on Friday 17th February 2017 at WWW faves, Supplier Love members Bassmead Manor Barns in Cambridgeshire. The venue was delightfully pretty, complete with rustic wooden beams and twinkling fairy lights aplenty. This was of course perfect for Emilie and Dan’s simple, informal and fun wedding vision. Think pastel tones, with blooms in blush pink and creams, a lace patterned cake and bridesmaids in lilac.

Emilie chose to wear a stunning off the shoulder bardot style lace gown and chose a sweet plaited hair style to compliment her dreamy veil.  Dan looked the dapper groom in blue, with tan shoes, grey waistcoat and rich red tie. What a gorgeous pair, and they look so in love too, just perfect then.

Many thanks to White Stag Wedding Photography for sharing these exquisite images with us.

 

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THE PROPOSAL | Dan and I had planned a cottage break in the Cotswolds as it’s our favourite place to escape to and chill out, and on the first evening, Dan suggested we go for a walk on Cleeve Hill – the highest point both of the Cotswolds, overlooking Cheltenham and beautiful rolling English countryside. It was the most gorgeous view and just as the sun was setting on a little secluded bench, he got down on one knee and presented me with my dream ring. The first thing I said was ‘Are you sure?’ but that was quickly followed with a big smiley yes!

THE VISION | We knew straight from the get-go that we wanted a barn setting, very simple, laid back, informal and fun. Dan has always had a thing for wood and old barns, and I have always loved fairy lights and candles – so as long as we had these elements, we were happy.

THE PLANNING PROCESS | It was fairly easy until the last 6 weeks of madness! The engagement was 18 months so we had plenty of time to tick things off the list along the way, but in the final run up there seemed to be a mountain of little tasks. We wanted to do things ourselves for the most part so pulling everything together was tricky but seeing the end result made it all so worthwhile.

BUDGET | We didn’t set a budget, but just kept a close eye on the running total – we saved money where we could and splurged where we wanted. The total was around 23-24k.

THE VENUE | We fell in love with Bassmead Manor Barns as soon as we saw it. I am half French and with family coming to visit for the wedding, I wanted a venue that was quintessentially English countryside. Everything about it was exactly what we had imagined, from the Rickety Barn with its old rustic beams and fairy lights, to the Bridge Barn with its beautiful vaulted ceiling – it was absolutely perfect.

THE DRESS & ACCESSORIES | The dress was from St. Patrick (part of the Pronovias Group), the shoes were Rainbow, my bracelet was a gift from Dan the morning of the wedding and was from Beaverbrooks and my diamond earrings are my grandma’s.

FINDING THE DRESS | I had a pretty clear vision in my mind on what style of dress I wanted but everyone told me that I wouldn’t end up wearing what I expected… I seemed to buck that trend and ended up picking exactly what I always envisioned. I found the dress in a gorgeous bridal boutique in Olney, Buckinghamshire called Belle En Blanc but it was the second store I had visited and I wasn’t prepared to cancel all my other appointments. I tried on loads of different shapes, fits, silhouettes but nothing else compared. I wanted something fitted, elegant, classic and the removable lace bolero made it all the more perfect – it gave me a look for the day and a different look for the evening!

GROOM’S ATTIRE | Dan had a very clear idea of what he wanted himself and his groomsmen to wear – and they all looked handsome. The deep navy suits were hired, the burgundy ties were from T.M.Lewin, the groomsmen’s waistcoats were Moss Bros but Dan has his waistcoat tailor-made as a little special treat. The shoes were ASOS and were an absolute bargain!

THE READINGS & MUSIC | I walked down the aisle to ‘She’ by Charles Aznavour, we left the barn to ‘First Day Of My Life’ by Bright Eyes and our first dance was ‘The Luckiest’ by Ben Folds – we absolutely love all three songs and they really added to the beautiful occasion.

We had two readings, one read by my brother and the other read by Dan’s sister – we didn’t want anything too cheesy because it’s just not very ‘us’, so we had ‘Marriage’ by Anon and ‘Union’ by Robert Fulghum.

BEAUTIFUL BRIDESMAIDS | I chose to have my sister-in-law and my close friend Stacey (whose other half was also the best man) as my bridesmaids. They wore Jenny Peckham for Debenhams dresses with bargain nude shoes from Dorothy Perkins. I initially wanted blush pink but as soon as they tried on the gorgeous grey dresses that had elements that completely matched my dress, I knew they were the ones. The looked beautiful.

THE FLOWERS | Dana Young Flowers did such a brilliant job with the flowers! My bouquet had a mix of roses, tulips, freesias, gypsophila and rosemary and the bridesmaids had gypsophila with a scattering of pale pink roses. The colour palette was very nude and neutral with the flowers on the table slightly more vivid in peach.

THE CAKE | The cake wasn’t a big deal to Dan and I – as long as it tasted good! Supplied by local bakery Gardeners, we had a simple four tiered cake with two layers of chocolate sponge, a layer of angel cake and a lemon drizzle layer too! It was so yummy!

YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER | We took our time selecting the right photographers – people look back on wedding photos for years and it was really important that we selected someone with the same vision as us. White Stag Photography captured the day beautifully – they are a lovely couple themselves and made us feel really comfortable. We are not a couple that are fans of selfies or photos of ourselves but they really brought out the best in us and captured the most gorgeous details. We can’t stop looking at them!

THE DETAILS & DÉCOR | We added so many small personal touches that made the décor and details special to us… the place names were all propped up by corks from wine that our parents and us enjoyed over the course of our engagement – mine and Dan’s corks were from the champagne we drank on the night we got engaged. I also decided to make my own confetti – I’d seen tiny hearts stamped from books on Pinterest and thought I would do it myself but rather than choosing a romantic novel to stamp from, I bought a copy of ‘50 Shades Of Grey’ from a charity shop instead. The few people that were in ‘the know’ had fun trying to find all the kinky confetti, and there were some shockers!

THE HONEYMOON | We haven’t actually had it yet! We’re off to Dubai in a month or so but we weren’t fussed on jetting off straight away and we’re so glad… we have more to look forward to! We did have a mini-moon in a lovely cottage in the Peak District after the wedding which was very much needed – lots of relaxing and napping!

MEMORABLE MOMENTS | I’m a big fan of the sitcom ‘Friends’ and before his reading, my brother surprised me with Joey’s celebrant speech from Monica and Chandler’s wedding – ‘…through this having and giving and sharing and receiving, we too can share and love, and have and receive.’ It was completely unexpected and had everyone in stitches. The registrar also called Dan ‘David’ which was definitely memorable and broke the ice!

ADVICE FOR OTHER COUPLES | Work together as a team in the build up to the big day, it’s the only way to stay sane. On the day, it’s so difficult to find time to escape together as you’ll be pulled in all directions, so every now and then just have a really long hug before you part ways again. It certainly got me through the day.

CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE |

Photographer | White Stag Wedding Photography

Videography | D.G Pictures

Venue | Bassmead Manor Barns *WWW wedding directory member*

Cake | Gardeners Bakery

Hair & Make Up | Izzy Wild

The Dress | Belle en Blanc

Flowers | Dana Young Flowers

 

Heavenly.

Emilie and Dan, I cannot thank you both enough for sharing your wedding celebrations here with us xo Lou

 

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