Whimsical Wonderland Weddings UK Wedding Blog 2017-04-24T13:00:29Z http://whimsicalwonderlandweddings.com/feed/atom WordPress Louise Baltruschat Hollis <![CDATA[Alternative Wedding Flower Ideas]]> http://whimsicalwonderlandweddings.com/?p=198434 2017-04-18T14:02:37Z 2017-04-24T13:00:29Z Alternative Wedding Flower Ideas Dried Bouquet

Image Eliza Claire Photography // Bohemian Mermaid Wedding Ideas

 

Flowers are one of my greatest joys in life, so if you’d told me that I wouldn’t be carrying a giant bouquet of fresh blooms down the aisle at my own wedding I would have thought you were crazy! But having two weddings planned, one in Italy and one at home in Sussex 10 days later, the practicalities and costs involved made me look for an alternative. And there are many other reasons that you may find yourself considering an alternative to the norm; be it allergies, budget or the environment. Maybe you just want to break from the traditional or perhaps you just don’t care for flowers that much!

An alternative bouquet also has the advantage of being stable in its form meaning it will not droop or wilt on the day; you can order it ahead of time, giving you one less thing to worry about on your big day and you can keep it afterwards without the need for any extra preservation processes.

For whatever reason you find yourself in this position here are six fabulous alternatives to the traditional fresh flower bridal bouquet.

 

Paper Flowers

 

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Image by Jade Lou Sayers

 

Depending on your level of craftiness you could even give these a go yourself, or there are some amazing paper artists to choose from. You can have your flowers made origami style from your favourite novel or a map of where you met, which will make your bouquet extra personal and brings in an element of eco to your day. Or why not just carry one giant paper bloom for the ultimate impact!

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Succulents

 

Now succulents are technically living as oppose to faux but the wonderful thing about these beauties is that they can be incorporated into your bouquet and then be replanted after your wedding when they will happily re-root and keep growing! Succulents come in array of different shapes, sizes and colours and you could even mix them in with some fresh, dry of faux flowers to create something extra special.

 

Alternative Wedding Flower Ideas Bouquet Succulents

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Pom Poms

 

Long gone are the days of wrapping your wool round a loo roll to get your pompoms perfect, you can now get clever pom pom makers that turns this into a fairly straightforward DIY project that even the creatively challenged can manage! You could even incorporate these simple yet effective orbs into your other wedding accessories and decorations. And why not get your bridesmaids involved and have a pompom making evening!

 

Alternative Wedding Flower Ideas Pom Poms Wool

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Dried Flowers

 

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Dried flowers are known to conjure up images of dusty and faded floral displays in your grandma’s spare bedroom, which definitely need not be the case any more! Dried flowers are so versatile and can suit a variety of styles from bohemian and vintage to country garden. There is also now a huge range of preserved foliage’s and flowers that look and feel remarkably fresh but last for months or years with the correct care.  And the best thing is, and the reason why I ended up choosing them for my wedding, is that they are still the real thing!

 

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Wrist Corsages

 

The wrist corsage may be reminiscent of your school prom but they are definitely having a comeback in floral trends. These are super practical as they allow you to wear your flowers rather than carry them, leaving your hands free for hugs, dancing and prosecco. Another huge benefit is that, depending on your choice of flowers, the corsage is likely to be very budget friendly compared to a full on bouquet. You could of course use fresh flowers or a more alternative faux version incorporating any of the other suggestions listed above.

 

Alternative Wedding Flower Ideas Wrist Corsage

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Floral Hoops

 

Maybe more suited to your bridesmaids or flower girls, floral hoops are one of my favourite new trends in wedding florals. The floral hoop looks fab with foliage only bringing them bang on trend for 2017 or if made with dry or faux it can be hung up and kept as a decoration to enjoy after the wedding. The hoop itself can be made to suit a more rustic look by using a natural base like willow or grapevine or something like copper can be used for a more industrial look.

 

 

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These are just a selection of my favourite ideas but there many more alternatives out there such as felt, feathers, buttons and balloons so hopefully this post has helped you to see that there really should be something out there to suit everyone’s individuality and budget.

 

 

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Louise Baltruschat Hollis <![CDATA[Beautiful Flowery Country Marquee Wedding]]> http://whimsicalwonderlandweddings.com/?p=197380 2017-04-04T11:23:15Z 2017-04-24T06:00:15Z Beautiful Flowery Country Marquee Wedding http://www.maddiefarrisphotography.co.uk/

 

Happy Monday folks. I hope you have had a super lovely weekend. If you’re feeling the Monday blues this morning, fret no longer, this bright and beautiful country wedding will be sure to lift your spirits. Yippee.

Beth and Dan were married on the 17th September 2016 in a church service followed by a marquee reception in Beth’s parents field. The setting was out of this world, the views sublime and as a bonus the sun was shining too. It complimented their flowery theme perfectly, with wild blooms used everywhere wonderfully. The pale pink colour scheme was just so pretty, think delightful hanging lanterns, patterned bunting and sweet bridesmaid dresses.

The couple looked gorgeous too. Beth wore an open back lace gown with a long veil and a stunning twist hair do. Dan meanwhile went for a grey tweed suit and black tie, perfectly timeless and handsome.

Thanks so much to Maddie Farris Photography for sharing these sublime shots with us.

 

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THE PROPOSAL | At home! Not what I expected! I was taking my nephew to the cinema one Saturday morning then planned to go riding later that day, Dan asked me to be home for 2 but as usual time ran away with me and I ended up bursting through the door at 6pm!! There was a gorgeous bouquet on the side and a bottle of champagne and I didn’t no what was going on! Not quite how I imaged being proposed to in (in my jodhpurs and stinking of horses) but was really special and meant we could have all our friends round to celebrate with us that evening and the following day to drink the umpteen bottles of prosseco Dan had bought in!

THE VISION | We both really wanted to have the wedding as close to home as possible so we could have all our friends and family to celebrate with us! We were lucky enough to be able to have a marquee in my mum and dad’s field where we had an amazing day with the most beautiful views! I have a very crafty mum and mother in law who has some amazingly talented friends who helped us to create a beautiful country flowery theme!

THE PLANNING PROCESS | We got engaged just over a year before we got married and the time flew by! I really enjoyed planning the wedding and (think) I was a pretty laid back bride! I certainly couldn’t have done it with out Dan and my bridesmaids by my side and all our wonderful friends! Have to say a special thank you to my dad and brothers who spent hours levelling off a hilly field to accommodate a marquee!

THE VENUE | As I said above the venue was at my mum and dad house! We managed to transform what was quite a scruffy hilly field full of my brother’s plant and machinery in to a beautiful wedding venue! It was so nice to have it at home as the majority of our friends live locally so meant we could all roll home when the day was done!

THE DRESS & ACCESSORIES | The dress came from Ava Rose Hamilton in Silsden! The shop was over an hour away from home but so many people had recommended it we thought we had to go and see! There were so many dresses and the service was brilliant from choosing the dress to finally taking it home! I would definitely recommend!

THE READINGS & MUSIC | The music was really important to us as we wanted to make sure it got everyone on to the dance floor! We ended up spending a large chunk of our budget on hiring Funk Soul Family, a band from Manchester! It was definitely worth it! By day they were a modern strings 4 piece called Strings Attached who entertained our guests in the church (whilst I was running fashionably late) and again whilst we had welcome drinks in the sunshine. The evening was a 5 piece funk band who kept our guest dancing all night!

BEAUTIFUL BRIDESMAIDS | I had 5 amazing bridesmaids, my two sisters and 2 best friends. They made sure I felt special for the entire (year) leading to the wedding, organising me an amazing week long hen do with all my friends in Ibiza and just been at my beck and call whenever I needed them!

THE FLOWERS | As the wedding was at home we wanted a laid back country style so decided to have wild flowers. They were grown in a walled garden in North Yorkshire by a company called Blooming Yorkshire and were arranged in to jars by Dan’s friends and family. Family  friends also brought us loads of beautiful hydrangeas from their garden which looked stunning dotted around the marquee.

THE CAKE | We opted against having a traditional cake and instead went for one made of cheese! Our lovely friend at our local pub put it together for us and it looked fantastic! It went down brilliantly with our guests and was a gorgeous late night dance floor snack!

YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER |  Maddie did an absolutely amazing job. She was a total trooper arriving first thing in the morning and leaving late in to the evening reception! This meant she was able to capture all the best moments of the day in her natural and relaxed style.

THE HONEYMOON | We spent a few days relaxing after the wedding in Mallorca in a gorgeous boutique hotel. The main event wasn’t until February where we spent 3 weeks road tripping around the North and South Island off New Zealand.

MEMORABLE MOMENTS | We both enjoyed every moment of the day however my twin sister doing a surprise speech during the reception and the moment all my hens ran to the dance floor when the band played our favourite song from the hen do!

ADVICE FOR OTHER COUPLES |  It really is true when people say it will fly by! Make sure you take a few moments together to just take it all in!

CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE |

Photographer | Maddie Farris Photography

Make-up Artist | Daniella Marie MUA

Band | Funk Soul Family and Strings Attached

Caterers | The Travelling Pig Company

Marquee Hire | Event Equipment Hire

Ice Cream | Just Jenny’s

The Dress | Ava Rose Hamilton

The Suits | Owen Scott

 

How utterly gorgeous!

Many thanks to Beth and Dan for sharing their wedding story with us xo Lou

 

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Louise Baltruschat Hollis <![CDATA[Bohemian Styled Vow Renewal]]> http://whimsicalwonderlandweddings.com/?p=198372 2017-04-24T12:08:31Z 2017-04-23T07:00:00Z Bohemian Styled Vow Renewal https://libertypearlphotography.com/

 

So the dust has settled, you’ve been married for a couple of years or so, but you want to relive your wedding, your promises and show your soul mate how much love you have for them. The answer? A vow renewal of course!

This perfectly bohemian and romantic real vow renewal of Kat and Ross, is so dreamy. They agreed to hold their renewal amongst a styled elopement shoot. The result? Striking attire, a scrumptious waffle wedding cake and whimsical blooms. Revel in the loveliness folks, their vow renewal is so very beautiful.

Thanks so much to Liberty Pearl Photography for sending through these remarkable images.

 

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“We chose Baxter and Ted for videography for their relaxed artistic approach. They always tell such beautiful stories with their vintage style movies. 

Each wedding film is unique to reflect the couple, their story and their adventures. We combine old and new formats, digital and film. We both adore the timeless, romantic quality of super 8 film. We love the imperfections, which make it beautifully perfect. It is a wonderful contrast to the vibrant, stunning cinematic feel of our high definition cameras.

People’s love stories get under our skin and into our hearts. We love to combine our passion for storytelling with the joy of other people’s stories, capturing the romance of people in love and preserving those precious memories on film.”

 

 

VOW RENEWAL DATE | 20.01.17

THE VENUE | BoHo Cornwall, Boscean Country House, St Just, Cornwall. Our original Elopement/Wedding venue. We are both Cornish and BoHo Cornwall is the most beautiful, romantic and perfect location imaginable :)

THE DRESS & ACCESSORIES | Hair made by the florist.

Earrings – handmade silver and pearl earrings by Victoria Sewart – contemporary jewellery.

Simple Gold Bracelet – Creature by Lucy Watson.

FINDING THE DRESS | I wanted something a bit different so went to a local dress maker and chose this romantic elegant silk dress. The dress is a vintage inspired wedding gown with sweet bridal detailing. Sheer double petal sleeves, pearl button fastening and an ivory lace belt add to the softness of the colour and fabric. The vanilla colour was designed to look gentle and warm against the skin, and was inspired by the sandy beaches of Cornwall making it perfect for this elopement shoot.

I also had some beautiful lingerie which I used for getting ready shots. I loved the light, soft silk, it felt so luxurious against my skin, the lace and detailing is so romantic and delicate.

GROOM’S ATTIRE | H&M Men’s.

THE FLOWERS | We chose Beyond the Bloom because they use Cornish, seasonal, organic flowers grown by local growers at the Cornish Cutting Garden and Zennor Wild.

They always have such beautiful ideas so we gave them a brief and they created something that was just perfect!

Their inspiration was the Bloomsbury set and Arts and Crafts with a full bouquet including Artichoke leaves and Eucalyptus grown from seed and Hellebores from their woodland garden.

THE CAKE | We have followed Edible Essences work for a while, and we were so pleased when she came up with the idea for our cake.

We wanted to create an unconventional wedding cake to tie in with the venue and our Bohemian alternative styling. Rather than a cake we went for a delicious waffle stack layered with whipped double cream, berries and pomegranate decorated with white chocolate sea shells, matching bridal flowers, foliage and feathers.

We gave Jenny our brief and she created the perfect cake for us! We were so happy! and it tasted divine.

YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER | When we heard Amber would be photographing the renewal of vows we were thrilled, her work is absolutely stunning, we’ve seen her work before and we were so impressed with the beautiful and intimate images she captures.

Amber’s style of photography was an absolute joy to be a part of, she goes above and beyond to capture those perfect moments in time but in a very natural way, we felt totally at ease from the start and could really enjoy ourselves while being in the moment of our special day.

We are overjoyed with the results of Amber’s work, the pictures she’s produced far exceeded all of our expectations, and she made us look fantastic and captured so many beautiful details. Liberty Pearl Photography is a recommended photographer at BoHo Cornwall.

THE DETAILS & DÉCOR | Our style was vintage, bohemian with a rustic twist.

We wanted to capturing the elegance, tranquillity and romance of a BoHo Cornwall Elopement and a sense of this Country House by the sea, with it’s wild and magical setting on the edge of the Cornish moors

We wanted to consider the Arts and Crafts era, inspired by the House itself. The dress fits in well with this romantic look. Cornish Cutting Garden created a loose old Masters/Bloomsbury still life inspired bouquet and early 1900’s style headdress with side detail. It is Vintage and Bohemian – in keeping with Boscean Country House, which was built in 1912 in the Arts & Crafts style.

MEMORABLE MOMENTS | Kat – favourite part: Ross’s Vows.

Ross – favourite part: Kat walking down the grand staircase for the ceremony.

ADVICE FOR OTHER COUPLES | Make the day as personal as you can, and remember to pause often and take in every moment of your special day

CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE |

Venue | BoHo Cornwall

Styling | Liberty Pearl Photography & BoHo Cornwall

Photographer | Liberty Pearl Photography

Dress and Lingerie | Ailsa Munro

Beauty/Make up | Tamsyn Siddiqui

Hair Stylist | Brydie at Kelly Anza Hair Design

Stationery | Anon Design

Cake | Edible Essence

Floral Design | Cornish Cutting Garden

Wedding Rings & Pendant | Justin Duance Contemporary Jewellery

Film Maker | Baxter and Ted Films

Shoes | St Ives Bridal House // Charlotte Mills

 

Utterly beautiful. Congratulations to Kat and Ross and thanks to the whole team for sharing these dreamy photographs with us today xo Lou

 

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Abby Stiefel http://whimsicalwonderlandweddings.com/ <![CDATA[Stylish & Natural Greenery Wedding in Transylvania]]> http://whimsicalwonderlandweddings.com/?p=197315 2017-04-12T11:33:36Z 2017-04-22T07:00:27Z Natural Greenery Stylish Wedding Transylvania https://raresion.com/

 

WWW readers Andreea and Daniel exchanged vows on the 13th of August 2016 in historical Transylvania. They are the very definition of an international couple – the bride is from Romania, the groom is from Malta and their paths first crossed in Istanbul. They had a church ceremony followed by a grand marquee reception at the Apafi Manor. Their colour scheme was classic white complimented by oodles of greenery and there was an air of understated elegance in all elements of their day.

The lovebirds set out to create a “small, relaxed wedding where we could share a drink with our dearest friends and family members”. This plan worked perfectly for them. They put a unique spin on their outfits too and I am a massive fan. Andreea looked divine in a two-piece lace bridal gown made by her very own Mum (!), a floral hairpiece and embellished flats. Daniel wore a very cool ensemble inspired by “Mumford and Sons music video” fashion, which looked beyond fabulous. He went with a light blue shirt, dark grey vest, brown pants, sand coloured jacket and a patterned bowtie. The after-party location looked über stylish with hanging décor of green vines, plants and fairy lights with wooden accents. Just gorgeous.

Thank you so much to Rares Ion Photography for these brilliant images.

 

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THE PROPOSAL | If you’ve found yourself contemplating on how the smallest decisions can profoundly alter the course of your life, then our story is for you! My best friend Alexandra and I had just returned from a long four month trip in the US, when her mother asked us if we wanted to fill in for two students that had dropped out last minute of a youth exchange project entitled “Music, the International Language” that was going to be held in Turkey. We didn’t have much knowledge of music, but since the project was funded by the EU, we thought it’d be a nice experience, so we joined the Romanian team. That is how I, Andreea, from Romania, met Daniel, from Malta, in Istanbul, Turkey. Little did I know that six years after that, I would find myself back in Istanbul, being proposed to!

THE VISION | We live together in Malta (a small island in the Mediterranean with less than half million inhabitants). If you are familiar with living on a small island or any other small community, for that matter, then you know that their weddings are big! Since it is such a close-knit community, people marrying here tend to invite everyone they know, from their neighbours or work colleagues to their former schoolmates. Weddings here easily reach 300 to 500 guests and generally feel rather impersonal (to me, at least). People here also like to go a bit over the top and due to some traditionalism, you get that feeling that if you’ve seen one Maltese wedding, you’ve seen them all. We wanted none of that! We wanted a small, relaxed wedding where we could share a drink with our dearest friends and family members. We wanted our guests to come to the wedding because they cared for us, not out of some sort of obligation. That is why we decided to get married in my home country. Our idea was: small, comfortable, earthy, familiar. Nothing too formal or fancy. Just us and the most important people in our lives.

THE PLANNING PROCESS | I knew immediately that I wouldn’t be able to plan everything by myself, given that I had moved away from Romania quite a while back. I didn’t want to put any unnecessary stress on my mother either so I went on to research wedding planners. That’s how I found Andrada from the Wedding Styler. Her “no-bullshit” attitude and hands on advice helped us throughout the entire process of wedding planning. She helped us find the venue and pretty much all the suppliers we ended up booking. In fact, if I remember well, the only thing she didn’t suggest was our photographer, which we had decided on before getting in touch with her (we figured, this is the most important choice – the photos).

BUDGET | We didn’t want to spend more than €15k (we kept thinking it’s still a party, after all and we didn’t want to end up in any debt or delay the wedding too much). We thought we’ll surely exceed it but, with Andrada’s guidance, we actually kept quite close to it.

THE VENUE | After weeks of research, opinions, and countless suggestions from Andrada, we decided to go for The Apafi Manor, in Malancrav (Transylvania). Hosted in a beautifully preserved Saxon village dating back to the early years of the 14th century, this private estate was recently restored to its former glory by a heritage-preserving foundation, and seemed to tick all our boxes.

THE DRESS & ACCESSORIES | I didn’t have to think much about my dress: my mother had custom-made outfits for the most important events of my life, from family weddings, to my “coming of age” party, graduation and so on. As soon as we decided to have a wedding, I knew she had to make my dress. I wanted something a bit unconventional, something that looks relaxed but elegant at the same time. Given that I am almost 6 feet tall, I am always in search of the perfect flats for every occasion! I spent months on end looking for shoes, both online and in local stores. I kept finding simple ballet flats but nothing I loved, until one day I was randomly browsing modcloth.com and I saw the most beautiful embellished white pointed flats that just took my breath away.

GROOM’S ATTIRE | Similar to my attire idea and in tone with our wedding “concept”, Daniel did not want to wear anything too traditional: no tuxedoes, no black! He was actually envisioning himself in a kind of “Mumford-and-Sons music video” fashion. He wanted country, earthy tones; he wanted to be chic but also comfortable. We first headed to his favourite men’s tailoring shop – Bortex, a local family business that has been making men’s suits since the 60’s and, with the excellent in-store help, he quickly found his match in locally made brand Gagliardi.

THE READINGS & MUSIC | This was actually our biggest headache. We really wanted music that we liked and wanted to break away from the ever-present “wedding bands”. However, considering as well the fact that our wedding was a six-hour+ drive away from Bucharest (think instrument & musical equipment transportation and accommodation for all band members and sound staff), finding a balance between what we liked and what we could afford was not too easy. We listened and spoke to several bands or acts but we weren’t too convinced until finally, Andrada recommended Viorica Pintilie. We fell in love with her jazzy sound immediately, and given her flexibility in band size and song repertoire, we were hooked. To top it all, she also agreed to cover our first dance song choice in her unique style, which turned out beautifully. We couldn’t have made a better choice! It was also our wedding planner that recommended a DJ she had worked with before, the extremely helpful Mr Bogdan Nicolescu, who did a fantastic job at filling in between the band’s sets.

BEAUTIFUL BRIDESMAIDS | Since the wedding was so small it didn’t make sense to me to have bridesmaids, so I only had the maid-of-honour, my childhood best friend, Alexandra, the very same one I was mentioning above. Since she currently lives in Barcelona and we couldn’t really meet until the wedding day, she arranged her attire herself.

THE FLOWERS | Working with Valentina from Atelier Interesart was a delightful piece of cake! She has to be one of the warmest, most patient people I have ever met. Not to mention her creative vision, moulded solely on some pictures in our minds that we described to her, was simply impressive. Our idea concerning flowers and décor was centred on nature and we wanted everything to look as neutral as possible, so we decided to go with the white and green pattern. Valentina created the most beautiful bouquet for my maid-of-honour and I based on that and she also created the seating décor: crisp white textiles and decorations and fresh green leaves, flowers and fruit arrangements on the tables and also suspended from the tent ceiling. We absolutely adored the way everything looked and given that we didn’t get to see it before our guests, it was also the most wonderful surprise.

THE CAKE | Another headache (but this time more for our wedding planner than for us) was the cake. Our venue was somewhat “in the middle of nowhere” and didn’t have proper catering facilities (i.e. good refrigeration) so, storing a cake(!!!) to be cut somewhere close to midnight in the heat of August was nothing short of a challenge. We didn’t make things easier either – we really disliked the wedding cakes covered in icing and we really wished for a naked cake kind of look, which is even more perishable. Luckily Andrada found Ligia, a pâtissier from Sibiu that was willing to deliver the cake to us at midnight, from one-and-a-half hour drive away and in complete “naked” form (Valentina, our florist, was to decorate the cake with flowers on arrival). Ligia suggested a light white chocolate mousse with raspberries on a chocolate sponge base, which was absolutely divine, while still light and refreshing. Our guests were thrilled and the cake received countless compliments!

YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER | Ah, our photographer! I have always been a sucker for beautiful photography so even before wedding planning I was always on the lookout for photographers of all “flavours”. We browsed several photographers together but as soon as I showed Daniel Rares’ work, we both knew he was “the one”. The very first thing we chose as soon as we decided to get married. We weren’t even sure of the date yet, when we messaged Rares for a quote and availability. The rest, as they say, is history.

MEMORABLE MOMENTS | Hmmm… from the moment my father so proudly walked me down the aisle, to our first dance, to the “clash-of-cultures” sing and dance, to the best man’s lively speech or cutting the cake, there are too many memorable moments to even list…but now, looking back, it feels as though it was all a dream. The truth is, everything passes by very quickly and before you know it, your wedding day is over. If only I could have paused time to enjoy it more, or really grasp what’s happening and get to savour the moment before it’s gone. Luckily, though, our wedding video came to the rescue.

ADVICE FOR OTHER COUPLES | Unfortunately, everyone gets to this realisation only after having had their wedding, but for what it’s worth, I guess the best “wedding” advice is this: don’t stress too much about it. Nobody cares about the flowers, the props or décor, nobody cares about what you are wearing, the way your hair is done, what accessories you have on etc. These things are only important to the two of you and you’re likely the only ones that will remember them. Your guests just want to be comfortable (i.e. not sweating or freezing), have some good food and plenty of alcohol, and they’ll happily dance the night away with you. That’s it!

 

CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE |

Photography | Rares Ion

Wedding Planner | The Wedding Styler

Venue | Apafi Manor

Flowers | Atelier Interesart

Videography | Film 3221 / Tiberius Margaian

Wedding Stationery | G+M Handmade Paper

Groom’s Attire | Gagliardi

Music | Viorica Pintilie & Band and DJ Bogdan Nicolescu

Bar | Flying Cocktails

Wedding Cake | Blanchette by Ligia

Hair | Coron Beauty Centre

Rentals | Kaffka Premium

 

Thank you very much, Andreea and Daniel for sharing your celebration with us. You have shown that you cannot go wrong with a simple theme and colour palette. Your pictures will be beautifully timeless. Congratulations. Abby xx

 

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Louise Baltruschat Hollis <![CDATA[The Bride Diaries. Introducing Rebecca & Nick]]> http://whimsicalwonderlandweddings.com/?p=198360 2017-04-18T11:31:58Z 2017-04-21T13:00:16Z  

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About Me

 

Hello! I am Rebecca, a 26-year-old working in admin in London. I’m a proud Essex girl by birth (not by stereotype) but now live just outside the county, in Hertfordshire. Here I have set up home with my boyfriend Nick (fiancé, still getting used to that!), of 8 years and am happier than ever. I am a bit of a crafter, I love to bake cakes, up-cycle anything and knit chunky blankets for cold winter nights. I would love nothing more than to be doing one of these for a job one day, and I am continuously coming up with related business ideas, but have not yet found a way… one day! I’m also a bit of a nature loving hippy and am passionate about caring for the environment, the wildlife and supporting small, local businesses rather than chains. Nick and I spend many a Sunday wandering through quaint English villages and stopping at independent coffee shops, this is pretty much my perfect Sunday, along with a slice of cake!

 

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About Us

 

Nick and I met at College when we were 17 and both studying for A levels. We were the quietest and most reserved people in the year group, but happened to share quite a few classes together. We admired each other from afar, went to the same parties and nights out, and shared the same group of friends. However, me being me and Nick being Nick, nothing was ever said or done about it! Eventually Nick finally found the courage to ask me out on a date after we had known each other for just over a year. Our first date was a comedy gig, which was so much fun! Then I guess the rest as they say, is history and we have now been together for over 8 years!

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The Engagement

 

It’s been almost 6 months since we got engaged, but still thinking about it now gives me goosebumps. I love telling the story, to anyone who listens long enough!

 

It was a Friday morning in October 2016. I work in London so I was up early, doing my usual commute although I was in good spirits as my birthday was coming up so I had a few days booked off work the following week. Nick was off work that day, which is nothing unusual as he quite often works from home. I was under the impression that we were going camping for the weekend to celebrate my birthday. We decided to just keep things low key, and work was crazy busy so all I really needed was time out with Nick and some beautiful English countryside. We thought we’d have a cheap dinner at home that Friday night and there were some burgers in the freezer that we were going to make in to meatballs and have a lovely homemade meatball pasta (I’m very easily pleased!). As far as I was concerned, my perfect birthday weekend was all set!

 

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As I walked home and through the gate I realised my heather plant was on the doorstep, I thought this was weird as it usually lives next to the doorstep with a little blackboard in it. I looked more closely and the blackboard said ‘open carefully’. I opened the door and literally, the entire lounge was COVERED in Polaroid pictures of us, 8 years worth of memories hung and pinned on string over the ceiling and fireplace, on the lampshade and adorned with fairy lights. I have always loved the colours of autumn so Nick had gathered some leaves and scattered them everywhere, along with a path of rose petals.

 

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At this point, I did think it might be the moment and I had the shakes! Nick was nowhere to be seen but in scrabble letters the words ‘follow the flowers’ told me what to do. I edged through the lounge and in to the kitchen, more fairy lights, tea lights, rose petals, pictures and leaves, but still no Nick! I carried on towards the garden following the petal path and there he was suited and booted with a bunch of flowers, under the garden arch, which was covered in lights. He got down on one knee and asked me to marry him! He was so nervous but managed to get his words out, who would have thought we would be so nervous after 8 years? Of course I would say yes!! After we had calmed down, Nick revealed he hadn’t gotten the burgers out the freezer, as he had booked a table at a local fine dining restaurant and that we weren’t going camping at the weekend, instead we were flying to Gothenburg early the following morning! The weekend was amazing, not only to tick another city break off the list, but also all the secrets of about 6 months of planning kept coming out over coffee and Swedish cake!

 

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The Plan So Far

 

It took us a while to figure out where we wanted to get married. We kept an open mind and went round the classic, stately homes and barns with licenses of which there are plenty in Essex, but just left all of them feeling deflated and like it wasn’t really ‘us’ and for a price tag we couldn’t afford. We quickly realised that we were after a dry hire venue, but struggled to find one close to home. We came across the East Anglian Railway Museum in Chappel. We have been here before for their legendary beer and cider festival, which is such a good night and us to a tee. We both completely fell in love with it, the quirky-ness and vintage feel to it, along with the freedom to hire our own caterers and entertainment meant it was just the perfect venue. Nick’s grandfather was also stationmaster at Felsted railway station back in the day, and lived in the old station house for most of his life. Nick spent a lot of time with his Nan and Grandad growing up and so the fact the Museum has the same booking hall and green and yellow décor as his Nan and Grandad’s house, struck a chord for him. Our date is now booked and secured for 9th June 2018 and beyond the venue, we are envisaging a real crafty, family orientated and vintage inspired day. Here’s a link to our joint Pinterest Board so far.

 

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Why I Read WWW

 

I found WWW when searching for our wedding venue, as my searches very often resolved around unique and rustic venues, the sort that feature everyday on WWW. As I was reading through posts I could relate to almost every single couple in that I wanted our wedding to be about us. To celebrate us as a couple and what we enjoy, with the people that we love.  WWW just captures this and I love reading the other blogs of like minded brides, and find it so refreshing that there are so many couples stepping away from tradition, and using crafts and DIY to reduce the costs and put their own personalities in to their special day. The DIY section in ‘planning and ideas’ I just love and it is me all over! I love to create, make, bake and just ‘do’, so a wedding is my perfect excuse to get crafty. I would love to be able to create as much of the décor in the venue as possible, if not all of it!

 

I am incredibly thrilled to be chosen to blog for WWW. I love to write and I’m also really surprised at myself with just how excited I am to be planning our wedding, as I never, ever thought I would be! So, to be able to share this journey with fellow brides and grooms to be would is really exciting!

 

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Louise Baltruschat Hollis <![CDATA[Outdoor Woodland Autumn Banquet Wedding]]> http://whimsicalwonderlandweddings.com/?p=197229 2017-04-03T13:04:39Z 2017-04-21T06:00:41Z Outdoor Woodland Autumn Banquet Wedding http://toastofleeds.co.uk/

 

Take me to the woods now. How dreamy is the above image? Just you wait until you see the whole wedding in all it’s glory then…

Matthew and Fiona were hitched on the 24th October 2016 at WWW Supplier Love members, Camp Katur in North Yorkshire. The venue is undoubtedly magical, it’s no wonder the couple booked it for the celebrations. They held their ceremony in the open woodland, before hosting a 18th century outdoor banquet next to a camp fire. They then headed to the rustic barn for the party and guests stayed in the remarkable glamping village.

The autumn colour palette of reds and oranges worked beautifully. The bridesmaids wore long lace dresses, the blooms were in fact artificial and the décor was hand made. Bride Fiona looked so pretty in her chosen dress, a tulle and lace number by Mori Lee, which she accessorised with a cosy fur shrug. Matthew meanwhile opted for a custom made tweed suit teamed with feather bow tie and buttonhole. Amaze!

Thanks so much to Toast of Leeds for sharing these utterly brilliant images with us.

 

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THE PROPOSAL | I remember we went away for the weekend to London and Matthew said he needed to just pop off to meet a friend for an hour alone, at the time I thought it was a bit odd but thought no further about it! Matthew returned an hour later and we continued on with our day as normal. It now turns out he was going to collect the ring he had ordered through a jewellers.

So on the evening of the proposal Matthew was acting a little odd, came home from work and said lets go out for dinner to the place where we went on our first date (Chevin Lodge), not that Matthew knew it was a date, but just dinner as friends, as we have known each other since were 11 years old. In hindsight he should have clicked as we had hung out three times that week alone, about the same amount of times we had always done in the average year before this.  So we headed off to the pub, which is on top of Otley Chevin, well known for its stunning walks and long beautiful views over the rolling hills of the North Yorkshire Dales. On this particular night there was due to be a high chance of seeing shooting stars as we remember reading it in the paper.   As we got on top of the Chevin, it suddenly became very apparent, it was very foggy; heavy, thick dense fog, the sort you can only see 2 feet in front of you! As we drove down Matthew pulled into a carpark anyway, and asked me to get out, I did, at this point he proposed to me, we did have to get back in the car so I could see the ring! I won’t go into too much details, somethings are better just kept between the two of you. We continued on and went out for our meal, now as an engaged couple….

THE VISION | 18th century outdoor banquet, ceremony held in the middle of the woods. Reception held in a rustic barn. We got all of that and so much more at Camp Katur.

THE PLANNING PROCESS | Planning a wedding is so much bigger than you can possibly comprehend. Start as early as possibly, keep a file, and remember spreadsheets are your friends.

BUDGET | Proposed budget – £16,000 / Actual – £27,000.

THE VENUE | Camp Katur, Bedale, North Yorkshire.

THE DRESS & ACCESSORIES | Mori Lee by Madeline Gardner dress accessorised with gold embellished belt, tiara and fur shawl. All supplied by Ava Rose Hamilton.

FINDING THE DRESS | This was easy as my sister Helen was due to get married three months before myself and Matthew and found her dress at the amazing Ava Rose Hamilton, Silsden so this was my first port of call. The whole experience I received was fantastic, I bought the first dress I tried on, however, this was after trying on about another then, some just because they were so ridiculous…

GROOM’S ATTIRE | Tailor made 3 piece tweed suit, cream shirt, handmade peacock feather bow tie and lapel, pocket watch (gift from Fiona to Matthew).

THE READINGS & MUSIC | Captain Corelli’s Mandelin by Louis de Bernieres / Hilary T. SmithWild Awake.

Music – I walked down the aisle to Birdie, Wings.

BEAUTIFUL BRIDESMAIDS | Four bridesmaids – Helen, Charlotte, Laura, Kate all dressed in burgundy full length dresses from Confetti and Lace, Leeds, wellington boots and home made artificial flower bouquets.

THE FLOWERS | Handmade bouquets with artificial flowers made by Fiona with the goods bought from Country Baskets.

THE CAKE | Home made by my sister-in-law (to be) Laura Galvin. Brandy enriched fruit cake base with suede effect icing, second layer was Alabama chocolate fudge cake with a gold leaf icing. Topped with bride and groom chickens.

YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER | Toast of Leeds / Lawson Films – cannot recommend them enough, they are both just so unbelievably talented.

THE DETAILS & DÉCOR | Woodland creatures / Autumnal colours and features. Fire pits and hay bales / hog roast and butternut squash and feta tarts / Leg fire in open meadow after ceremony. Hand crafted love hearts with all the material bought from the silk markets of Jaipur, India.

THE HONEYMOON | Iceland – 5 days over Christmas – We decided we wanted somewhere cold, plus as I am a teacher, we can only have holiday’s in term time! So the next one after October was the Christmas break. This was the first time we had booked a package holiday as we are both used to just booking independently and backpacking our way around countries. The whole experience was pleasant, although not sure we are quite ready for package holiday’s just yet! Whilst in Iceland we were denied the chance to see the aurora borealis, even though we went out twice! We did though have the most romantic evening at the natural wonder that is ‘The Blue Lagoons’, relaxing with champagne in hot pools with the snow pouring down on us. We also went to see the white wall, otherwise known where the tectonic plates meet, and the amazing natural geezers.

The whole country is from a geography perspective is simply amazing, we were in our element for the whole trip. Having only 4 hours of daylight at this time of year, it finally gave Matthew and I, some well-deserved relaxation time together.

MEMORABLE MOMENTS | As this was a three day festival style wedding, where we had guests staying in tepees, wooden lodges and glass cabins looking up at the stars the whole experience was one big memorable moment. But, to mention a few that stand out – Matthew’s best friend Rupert carried out the ceremony and married us. He did try and marry Matthew off to my sister by saying her name ‘Helen’ instead of mine! When we kissed each other at the end of the ceremony before Rupert said so, he then completed the ceremony off after this by laughing and saying ‘You may now kiss the bride’, to which we gladly did again. The best man forgetting the rings until Matthew said two minutes before the ceremony “you have the rings, don’t you?” His response “ ermm, no, you have them don’t you?” to this point the best man Mark Boughen ran off and returned a few moments late, just in time!

The private little moments that Matthew and I had with Shelly, Toast of Leeds, Laura and Peter, Lawson Films. They made us feel so special and we just laughed all day long with them.

Irish dancing, lots of Irish dancing with all of Matthew’s family.

On the night of the wedding Matthew and I went back to our cabin after seeing all the guests off, when we got there, Helen my sister had very kindly put the fire on for us, turned out this didn’t ignite properly, so just had gas pumping out. The whole cabin had to be aired before we could get in. Matthew and I had a lovely albeit very cold 30 minutes under the stars in the woods, giggling that if we didn’t wake up after a day like today it wouldn’t be such a bad thing to go out on!

ADVICE FOR OTHER COUPLES | If you push yourself to plan it, then the day will run itself. Keep stuff between you and your partner, people can be quite opinionated of what you’re doing, even if they mean it in the nicest way. Remember your wedding isn’t to everybody’s taste, but it does need to be yours. If you love it, in the end they will too.

CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE |

Photography |  Toast of Leeds

Videographer | Lawson Films 

Venue | Camp Katur *WWW wedding directory members*

Cake | Little Bear Bakehouse 

Dress |  Ava Rose Hamilton

Suits | Jennis and Warmann Tailor Made Suits, Tottenham, London

Band | Switch lee@hireaband.co.uk

Rings | Rox, Leeds (Amen is amazing, for the finding you the perfect ring)

Hair and makeup |  Aimee Long

 

 

How very magical.

Matthew and Fiona, I cannot thank you enough for sharing your special nuptials with us here today xo Lou

 

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Louise Baltruschat Hollis <![CDATA[Sweet & Quirky Yellow Antique Wedding]]> http://whimsicalwonderlandweddings.com/?p=197164 2017-04-03T12:13:38Z 2017-04-20T13:00:38Z Sweet Quirky Yellow Antique Wedding https://www.redonblonde.com/

 

This wedding is so packed full of personality it will leave you feeling super inspired, I guarantee. This lovely couple made their wedding all about them and their relationship together. Let’s find out more shall we?

WWW readers Lee and Michelle were married on the 3rd September 2016 at The West Mill in Derbyshire. With a surname like Honey, there was no way they couldn’t inject some references into their wedding was there? Think sweet honey favours, a honey themed seating plan and a yellow colour palette. Talking of the colour choices, the floral arrangements were inspired. The meadow feel natural blooms featured yellow and purple stems, which looked ever so gorgeous. Michelle’s bouquet in particular was a triumph and I adore the ribbons, no wonder she dried and kept it as a memento. They also included their love of old things, with antique and DIY elements throughout.

With a background in fashion, there was no way Lee was going to settle for a run of the mill suit. He was suited and booted in Hugo Boss with a blue suit and black accessories. Michelle meanwhile looked stunning in her short frock by House of Mooshki, with long lace sleeves and colour pop heels to complete her look. Aren’t they so cool?

Thanks so much to Red on Blonde for sharing these spectacular images.

 

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THE PROPOSAL | On the 27th October 2014, Lee proposed to me to, the day before my 28th birthday. He blind folded me, and told me we were off out for a birthday surprise. We drove around for nearly an hour (still blind folded) – it later turns out we had only gone half a mile down the road, but he drove across two counties in the process so I wouldn’t work out where we were! He took me to a place called Trent Lock, where we spend a lot of our time, and proposed to me on a beautifully fairy lit bridge (which I am terrified of). He told me that I never had to be scared of bridges again, as we would always be together… awwww! Little did I know a few weeks later that our good friend Matt Selby, a photographer, had captured the whole thing, and we now also have amazing photographs to remember the really special day!

THE VISION | We always wanted to let the venue do the talking. We know the wedding day should be about us, and it was… but the reason we chose the venue was because it just reflected us and our characters…. so we tried to keep it minimal and stylish, but in keeping with the heritage (with sewing machines as centrepieces etc). We love all things old, recycled, up cycled, home made and DIY and we wanted this to shine through. As our surname was HONEY we thought it would be rude not to incorporate that somehow… and as you will see it did pop up from time to time during the day. By keeping it simple, we could make sure the main focus of the day was on the real inspiration for it all…. each other!

THE PLANNING PROCESS | As soon as we got engaged I went straight out and bought myself a Wedding Planning Journal…. which to this day, still has nothing in it! Ha! I instead came up with a spreadsheet (working with data everyday, this only felt natural). This is probably a terrible thing to say, but we did pretty much wing it! There were lots of paper lists flying around and we took a lot of inspiration from Pinterest. However we are both pretty creative so just took everything in our stride.

BUDGET |  £20,000 (including every last little thing).

THE VENUE | We first visited The West Mill in the early November 2014, when it was pretty much as it had been for the last 40 years. Andrew met us on the day and it was absolutely freezing, and Lee was on crutches with a broken foot at the time, but that didn’t stop us exploring all four floors…… As soon as we walked in to the dusty floored, damp, cold, broken windowed old mill, we knew this it was EXACTLY where we wanted to get married. We would have got married in the state it was if we could…. it was just epic. We love renovation ourselves, and turning something old in to something beautiful, and this is exactly what The West Mill was going to be. We came back in the snow a few weeks later to confirm everything, and visited again many times during the renovation to see all the amazing changes. The West Mill has many amazing advantages as a wedding venue, but for us it was all about its history, its journey, the story it tells and its passionate owners.

THE DRESS & ACCESSORIES | I wore a House of Mooshki dress, which I purchased from the lovely ladies at Carla’s Brides in Nottingham. I wore yellow vintage Clarks shoes (£10!), which I bought before the dress. As a gift Lee got me something AMAZING custom made Converse trainers, as he knows I am a bit of a wimp when it comes to heels! They were designed by my very talented cousin. They were covered in Bees (that Honey theme again!) and the date of our wedding! I changed in to them just before the first dance so I could party hard all night.

FINDING THE DRESS | I knew I always wanted a shorter dress, and looked for ages after getting engaged to try and find something I liked… House of Mooshki was the perfect choice with 10’s of designs that were vintage in appearance. I also wanted sleeves, but didn’t really like any I tried on with sleeves. For me, the great thing about Mooshki is that they custom make every dress and they can change anything! I chose the Sarah dress, but had a lower neckline and chose to have it with long lace sleeves, rather than the standard cap sleeve. It was only the second dress I tried on! I absolutely loved my dress!!!

GROOM’S ATTIRE | Lee wore an amazing suit from Hugo Boss. Having worked in high end fashion for the past 10 years, he wanted something really different and really special. A plain navy or grey suit, just wasn’t going to cut it!

THE READINGS & MUSIC | The main thing we didn’t want to lose sight of at our wedding, was the real meaning behind it, and the real reason we were there. We decided to write our own vows, to compliment the traditional ones. We hadn’t read these to each other beforehand, so that made it really special. We kept them sincere, apart from a subtle joke, that we miraculously both included in different ways, which really made us both smile even more. As we’ve already said music plays a big part in our lives, so we spent ages choosing our ceremony music, eventually settling with Ben Howard ‘Old Pine’ to walk down the aisle to and as a nod to our love of all things 80’s, we walked back down the aisle to The Power Love by Huey Lewis & The News. My brother then came up with an epic playlist for the rest of the day! We are very lucky in the fact that Lee’s sister just so happens to be an Opera singer so she, along with her piano teacher, sang some beautiful songs as our guests were arriving, which sounded incredible with the amazing acoustics in The West Mill.

In the evening – well this was certainly an eye opener for some our guests. We believe that music is a lot of what brought us together (along with MSN) and its always featured massively in our lives. So it had to reflected on our wedding day! Now we like a lot of alternative / heavy metal music, and trying to find a DJ willing to accommodate this, probably isn’t easy. However luckily for us, my brother and his wife share the same tastes, and had done something similar at their wedding a few years ago…we naturally enlisted the same very talented DJ’s, Ryan & Rich from Need a DJ. We gave them pretty much our whole playlist, with an hour of our ‘special’ music thrown in there. It was wild and it was crazy, and our friends loved it, and our family… well they watched from the sidelines… but this was exactly us, and wouldn’t have had it any other way.

BEAUTIFUL BRIDESMAIDS | I had two very beautiful bridesmaids and a lovely little flower girl. My maid of honour was my best friend Karla, who I met at school 18 years ago! My other lovely bridesmaid was Laura who was my Sister-in-Law (my brother’s wife). They were the most chilled, relaxed and helpful bridesmaids ever. I would like to think I was also a pretty chilled bride ;-). They also organised an amazing hen do for me. Naomi was my flower girl (Karla’s daughter) who had her own little flower wand, and made everyone smile on the day. My bridesmaids wore beautiful Jenny Packham dresses, in a pale lemon, which complimented the other colours on the day!

THE FLOWERS | Oh wow the flowers!!! Probably my most loved detail of the whole day. I absolutely LOVE flowers, my house is always filled with them… weird obsessive over here. I didn’t want ‘typical wedding flowers’ and a typical bouquet. Just after we got engaged one of my colleagues got married and when I saw her flowers… I was like “I WANT THEM”. That’s when I found Helen at The Flower Mill. Her flowers are unique and stunning. I wanted something wild and fragrant as well as being colourful but subtle. We told Helen a few of our ideas, and she created us an amazing design palette. We ended up with window boxes, vintage jars with flowers, arrangements on our sewing machines, hanging foliage, simple baby’s breath bouquets for the bridesmaids and a matching little magic wand for my flower girl. My bouquet was simply beautiful. Wild and colourful. Helen did a sterling job. My mum dried my bouquet after the wedding and it now takes pride of place in our dining room!

THE CAKE | Being a cake maker and decorator for many years, doing loads of wedding cakes and birthday cakes… I thought I deserved a day off! I lost count the amount of time I was asked… “are you making your own cake”. Obviously I couldn’t resist and still made lemon drizzle cake for our cake buffet! Yes CAKE BUFFET! The job fell to my lovely Mum. I didn’t want a traditional wedding cake with icing (I was sick of making them!) so I went with a lovely naked cake, which was complimented with extra fresh flowers provided by Helen. Just perfect. We then had the cake and sweet buffet, as anyone who knew us, was expecting a lot of cake at our wedding, and we didn’t want to disappoint.

YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER | Now this was a tough one. As we aren’t really in to traditional photography (there is a theme here), as well Lee being really in to his fashion photography, along with having photographers in the family, we knew this would probably be our most challenging find. However luckily, I stumbled upon Red on Blonde Photography really quickly, and we both just loved there stuff instantly. Un posed, documentary, natural shots, in beautiful lights, which emphasize the epic surroundings and backdrops. They were genuinely perfect. Oh and just happened to be the most lovely people ever too. They are a couple who have recently just got married, so they’ve been there done that! Having two photographers was really important to us, as I think you often miss out on the groom and his groomsmen getting ready…. we 100% wanted those moments captured, and we are so glad that we did! They even made us a slide-show video with all our favourite photos, which we literally cant top watching! They made us laugh, and cry.. they really do have the best job in the world!

THE DETAILS & DÉCOR | DIY was pretty much the entire theme of the wedding! Other than the clothing and flowers, everything else we either raided car boots for, built, handmade or asked friends to help with. Lee is very handy, and I am very creative, so we thought why not do it all ourselves (some nights at midnight covered in stamp ink and glue….. I did have second thoughts). We made all of our stationery, from invites to table name cards. We filled jars with buttons, wrapped cotton around endless bobbins, up cycled pallets, made chalkboards, hand stamped 200 sweet bags, attached 400 polaroid to crates with string and Lee even built a giant Jenga for our guests to enjoy. I baked cakes the day before the wedding, my Sister-In-law made us an amazing honey pot table plan, and my Mum was lumbered with the wedding cake and making 86 jars of honey for our favours! A great team effort! We feel so proud of everything we achieved!

THE HONEYMOON | For our honeymoon we decided to go to Sorrento in Italy. We had done Italy a few times, but on a much lower budget. We were very used to budget city breaks (cheap accommodation, saving our money for food and drink). We didn’t want to fly too far as I am terrified of flying, so a 2 hour flight felt manageable, without too much stress. We wanted to go all out and full luxury. So we opted for a 5 star, all inclusive spa hotel in the mountains over looking the Amalfi coast. We felt like royalty the whole time, and saw some amazing sites. It’s such a beautiful, romantic place… I would recommend it to anyone!

MEMORABLE MOMENTS | Just seeing all of our friends and family happy and all together!

ADVICE FOR OTHER COUPLES | Enjoy and embrace everything. And if you can and are able, get involved, and do of much of it yourself as you can do – you really will reap the rewards. And don’t forget to enjoy the planning part! Accept that everything won’t be ‘perfect’ as no one else will even notice. And finally… never lose sight of what the day is actually all about.. you and your love!

CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE |

Photographer | Red on Blonde

Flowers | The Flower Mill (Helen Foster)

DJ | Need a DJ

 

How very wonderful?!

Lee and Michelle, thank you both so very much for sharing your wedding story with us, such a joy xo Lou

 

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Louise Baltruschat Hollis <![CDATA[Colourful Country Farm Marquee Wedding]]> http://whimsicalwonderlandweddings.com/?p=197092 2017-04-03T10:38:02Z 2017-04-20T06:00:31Z Colourful Country Farm Marquee Wedding http://www.hannahmilesphotography.com/

 

A DIY delight for you lovelies this morning. Think country farm location, a colourful traditional pole tent marquee and so many belly laughs.

Yes it’s WWW readers Jess and Rhodri’s wedding held on the 10th September 2016 at a sweet tin church followed by a reception at their farm in Wales. Their day was all hand crafted, from the lovely hand stitched dress Jess made for herself, to the delicious cake and the rustic décor. I just adore the vintage feel to Jess’ gown and Rhodri donned a sharp tweed navy suit with hand made silk tie. Then there were the bridesmaids in pale pink beaded frocks, which complimented the pretty pink and purple florals to a T.

Mismatched crockery was nestled besides DIY bunting and a ribbon adorned ceiling in the stripy marquee. Outside there was live music, a hog roast and a love shack, what a fabulously entertaining atmosphere.

Huge thanks to Hannah Miles Photography for sharing these joy filled shots with us.

 

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THE PROPOSAL | Out of the blue, on the sofa eating fish and chips watching rubbish telly with a bottle of wine, with none other than a copper pipe as my ring!! Which I still have and love!

THE VISION | Farmhouse fayre.

THE PLANNING PROCESS | Planned by me over the course of the year, using pinterest and wedding blogs as inspiration as well as my own ideas. I had a little black book (well yellow actually) that became my bible!

BUDGET | Approx 10k.

THE VENUE | We were married in a small tin church and then had the party in a traditional style marquee at our farm on the Cardigan bay coastline.

THE DRESS & ACCESSORIES | I made and designed my own dress with the help from my very talented mum. I got my raspberry pink shoes from Office, hair piece was a vintage necklace and earrings were grey pearls from my mother in law. My dress had a lot of beading on it so I went easy on the extra glitz.

FINDING THE DRESS | Well I guess for me it was more about the material which I got from a great shop in Cardiff on city road Butterfly fabrics.

GROOM’S ATTIRE | Navy blue flecked tweed 3 piece suit. Hand made silk tie from my dad and shoes from Asos. Suit was from Clive’s Menswear in Aberystwyth. Mark the manager there is excellent and provides a great service.

THE READINGS & MUSIC | Dr Zuess – Oh the places you’ll go (re mastered a bit by my Master of Ceremonies Don my brother in law).

Us Two – A.A Milne.

Calon Lan at Church.

Sgarmes – choir – a bit like Glee.

Aberystwyth male voice choir.

Spotify playlist in the evening.

BEAUTIFUL BRIDESMAIDS | Dresses were from Asos – at time newly launched wedding range. Excellent quality and price. Shoes were the girls own. Earrings from Accesorize and hair bands from Not On The High Street. Best mate – Lowri. Sister – Anna. Sister in law – Tara.

THE FLOWERS | Expressions Florist – Julie Amies-Carter. Very farm-yardy with lots of wild flowers.

THE CAKE | By my cake maker extraordinaire sister in law Hayley Severs. Naked cake 3 tiers with bottom a lemon cake with and Italian lemon meringue centre, middle was a dark chocolate cake, and top tier a vanilla sponge with home made raspberry jam, decorated with fresh flowers.

YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER | My gorgeous and very very talented friend Hannah Miles.

THE DETAILS & DÉCOR | Where do I start!!! I bought all the plates, cutlery and wine glasses myself having trawled vintage shops and fayres!! I made the napkins from Ikea tea towels.

Ribbon canopy in marquee – bought ribbon strung up from ribbonroom.com. Fairy lights from Ikea.

Small T Nant bottles from my work.

Place cards – I made small sheep, one black and one white facing each other out of wool from the farm and lots of glue gunning!

Vases for flowers I collected from around the house that we already had and arranged table decorations ourselves. Milk churns from an antique sale.

Bunting – I recycled my mother in laws old curtains.

Mural – made by myself and older sister Harriet, helped by various family members to paint it all.

THE HONEYMOON | We spent 3 nights in Portmeirion straight after the wedding but have since been to Australia and New Zealand for a month for our proper one.

MEMORABLE MOMENTS | My cousin Jason jumping through the burning heart we made….! Total nutter but show stopper!

Going to the church on vintage Massey Fergusdon tractors.

ADVICE FOR OTHER COUPLES | Take 5 minutes for yourselves together, enjoy it! Ask for help from family – they love being involved.

CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE |

Photography | Hannah Miles Photography

Wine and spirits | Fine Wines Direct UK and Stone Vine and Sun

Tent | Fedwen Tentage

Chairs and bar glassware | Toptable

Lights | Ikea

Beer | Ystwyth Ales

Plates | Craft and various antique centres

Choirs | Sgarmes and Cor Meibion Aberystwyth

Flowers | Expressions Florist

Suit | Clive’s Menswear

Hog Roast | Sgubor Teile

Evening paella | Double D Paella Fellas

Cava | Ultracomida

 

Just so perfect.

Many thanks to Jess and Rhodri for sharing their splendid nuptials with us here at WWW xo Lou

 

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Louise Baltruschat Hollis <![CDATA[Wednesday Wedding Wonders // 19/04/2017]]> http://whimsicalwonderlandweddings.com/?p=198354 2017-04-18T10:37:43Z 2017-04-19T13:00:46Z Low Key Pastel Seaside Wedding http://holliecarlinphotography.com/

Image by Hollie Carlin Photography // Low Key Pastel Seaside Wedding

 

Well, I hope you had a ruddy lovely Easter weekend? We certainly enjoyed ourselves. G worked the whole weekend but I was off with the kids and we filled our days with Easter crafts, egg hunts, spending time with family, meals out and a cinema trip (finally saw Beauty and the Beast). I am feeling refreshed and ready for the week ahead and the count down until the next fun event, my birthday. We don’t have any solid plans at the moment but I think G will take me out for the day. Yay. I have also been busy buying cute bits for the boys rooms, a new bed for A, paint to up-cycle furniture, cool bedding and accessories. I also re-hemmed A’s old hand made curtains for W’s room, I am so pleased we can use them again. I really want to go all out and make their room’s a real exciting place for them to play and sleep. Now we need to go on a hunt for carpet and furniture to up-cycle. I refuse to spend crazy money on new furniture when perfectly beautiful solid wood pieces can be transformed with a little TLC.

It’s going to be another jammed packed week here at WWW, with real weddings aplenty, another new WWW blogging bride to introduce and some inspirational articles. Shall we take a look at my fave posts of the week?

 

WWW’s Wedding of the Week

 

Eclectic Boho Wedding with Charming Rustic Touches // Boho beautiful.

 

Quirky Springtime Easter Wedding https://www.katejacksonphotography.co.uk/

Image by Kate Jackson //  Quirky Springtime Easter Wedding

 

Romantic Party Wedding at Prospect House

Greenery-Filled Santa Barbara Beach + Barn Wedding

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Siobhan & Andrew

Succulent Inspired San Luis Obispo Wedding at The Casitas Estate

The Ultimate Rustic Chic Homestead Wedding

Rockabilly Meets Mexican Fiesta Wedding

 

Gold Sparkle Pink Glamour Wedding https://emilyhannah.com/

Image by Emily Hannah // Gold Sparkle & Pink Glamour Wedding

 

The Bride Wore Lavender in this Colorful Kiev Wedding

Artistically Natural Union/Pine Wedding in Portland

LAUREN + MICHAEL

A Dark & Moody Wedding Like You’ve Never Seen

Bohemian wedding in Lake Como, Italy

Happy wedding Wednesday xo Lou

 

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Louise Baltruschat Hollis <![CDATA[Whimsical Summery Lilac Wedding]]> http://whimsicalwonderlandweddings.com/?p=197027 2017-04-03T09:41:11Z 2017-04-19T06:00:27Z Whimsical Summery Lilac Wedding http://eleanorjaneweddings.co.uk/

 

A stylish wedding to bring a smile to your face this morning, courtesy of WWW readers Lucy and Rhys, who tied the knot on the 4th June 2016 at Monmouth Stonemill in Wales. They envisioned their celebration as whimsical with fun and relaxed vibes. Sounds pretty epic right? Well it certainly was. There were so many lovely touches, from a resplendent naked cake with lashings of jam and cream, to hanging lilac lanterns and stunning dried florals throughout. They kept the décor in the marquee simple, yet it was so fresh and pretty too.

Their attire was just perfect. With Lucy choosing to wear D1962 by Essense of Australia with a floaty veil and gypsophila in her hair. Rhys chose a bow tie and braces combo for himself and his fave boys, while the bridesmaids rocked their long purple frocks. How gorgeous did they all look folks?

Thanks so much to Eleanor Jane Photography for sharing these wonderful photographs today.

 

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THE PROPOSAL | We were on holiday in Sicily, and it was towards the end of our trip. I was completely taken by surprise – I always thought I would guess if Rhys was planning to propose on holiday, thinking he would be nervous going through airport security with the ring, and would be trying to keep me away from his bag. Neither was true. On one of our final evenings, he suggested we set an early alarm to go and watch the sunrise at the local beach, and that is when he did it! It turned out that I had been carrying the ring the whole week, as he had put it in his Ray-Ban case and into my handbag, which explained why he wasn’t concerned going through airport security!

THE VISION | We wanted a day that was fun and relaxed, with amazing food! When researching different ideas on Pinterest, the term that most popped up alongside the images I was pinning was ‘whimsical’, so I guess that was the vision from the very start.

THE PLANNING PROCESS | I loved the entire planning process, which included multiple Pinterest boards, lists and spreadsheets! We had eleven months from our engagement to wedding day, and I think that really focused our thinking as we had no time to second guess our decisions. We already had our hearts set on Monmouth Stonemill as our reception venue after staying at the onsite cottages a couple of times, but had no idea if they had dates available, or even if it would be within our budget. We were thrilled to book this beautiful venue, and it fitted perfectly with the theme we had in mind.

BUDGET | £17,000. We had a good idea early on of how much we would be able to spend, and we really stuck by our original budget, cutting costs on certain things in order to make sure we didn’t overspend.

THE VENUE | Monmouth Stonemill, in Monmouthshire.

THE DRESS & ACCESSORIES | My dress style was D1962 by Essense of Australia. The veil was purchased through Etsy from loveyoubridedesign. My diamond necklace was a wedding gift from Rhys, and I also wore diamond earrings, which were a wedding gift from my parents. My shoes were from Jenny Packham, and I chose silver ones so that I could wear them again.

FINDING THE DRESS | I only visited two stores, and purchased my dress on the first visit to Laura May Bridal in Cardiff. I went shopping with my mum, aunty and mother-in-law and knew which dress to buy as it was the only one to have all three of them in tears!

GROOM’S ATTIRE | We purchased the suits from Next – it was going to be a similar cost to hire, so this felt like the obvious option as it meant everyone could keep their suit to wear again. We knew the laid back braces and bow tie look would fit more with the theme of the wedding than traditional tailcoats would, and were so pleased with the overall look when everything was put together.

THE READINGS & MUSIC | We had a string quartet playing in the church, and had Pachelbel’s Canon in D Major as the processional music, and Howard Shore’s Concerning Hobbits as the recessional music.

THE FLOWERS | One of the ways we cut costs was going down the dried flower route. The bouquets, buttonholes, flower girl wand and cake topper were all ordered from the Artisan Dried Flower Company, and then we just ordered lots of dried lavender to decorate the venue. The only fresh flowers used were two large bunches of gypsophila (which cost £20 in total), which we used as part of the table centrepieces and also in my hair. The flowers were the thing I was most nervous about, as everyone I told about the dried flowers looked a little puzzled, but have since said they really loved the look.

THE CAKE | As soon as we got engaged, we knew immediately that we wanted to use Jess at Baked On Green Street for our wedding cake. A local artisan baker, literally everything she makes looks and tastes amazing! We loved the idea of a naked wedding cake, and she was so helpful in chatting through all the options with us, even provided the log for the cake to sit on.

YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER | Eleanor Jane Photography. We loved everything about Eleanor’s style of photography, and are absolutely thrilled with all the photos we have of the day. We love the way she captured the details of the day so beautifully, and the amazing package of goodies we received a couple of months later with our wedding album.

Special mention also goes to our videographer Craig from Tudor Films, who produced the most beautiful wedding video for us. We have had endless messages since it was shared on social media from other brides-to-be asking who we used. A wedding video wasn’t high on our list of wedding priorities, but a few people said we’d regret not having it filmed, and we’re so glad that we did now!

THE DETAILS & DÉCOR | All of our wedding stationery – from the invitations, order of service, and table plan – was brilliantly designed by Katie Jones Design, who even created a wedding logo for us, and pantone colour matched the font colour to a swatch of the bridesmaid dresses… she is brilliant! Our decoration of the marquee was quite simple, with lots of paper lanterns hanging from the ceiling, bunches of dried lavender, and lots of candles, lanterns and logs.

THE HONEYMOON | We had done an East Coast USA road trip in 2011, and had always said we’d love to do a West Coast trip, so our honeymoon seemed the perfect opportunity to make the trip. We travelled from San Diego to San Francisco, taking in LA, Monterey and Yosemite en route.

MEMORABLE MOMENTS | In the lead up to the wedding, we had a fantastic day at Rose Wood jewellery’s studio in West Wales making our own wedding rings – this was such a great experience, and we’d definitely recommend.

ADVICE FOR OTHER COUPLES | Just try to relax and enjoy the whole process.

CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE |

Photography | Eleanor Jane Photography

Venue | Monmouth Stonemill

Dress | Laura May Bridal

Flowers | Artisan Dried Flower Company

Cake | Baked On Green Street @bakedongreenstreet (Facebook/Instagram)

Film | Tudor Films

Stationery | Katie Jones Design (katiejonesdesign@gmail.com)

Rings | Rose Wood Jewellery

 

Ahhh just gorgeous, such a happy pair and what a honeymoon they had too.

Many thanks to Lucy and Rhys for sharing their wonderful story with us today xo Lou

 

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