Whimsical Wonderland Weddings UK Wedding Blog 2016-08-26T06:00:26Z http://whimsicalwonderlandweddings.com/feed/atom WordPress Louise Baltruschat Hollis <![CDATA[Quirky Colourful Music Inspired City Wedding]]> http://whimsicalwonderlandweddings.com/?p=176127 2016-08-09T14:48:20Z 2016-08-26T06:00:26Z Quirky Music City Wedding http://www.mariannechua.com/

 

I love the industrial feel to this wedding today thanks to the quirky metalworks venue in London. Not to mention the array of colours, fun moments and smiles aplenty.

Dan and Sam were married on the 16th April 2016 at Stoke Newington Town Hall followed by a relaxed reception at Islington Metalworks. Music was the focus with meaningful songs used during the ceremony, vinyl invitations, song table names and a live band to get the party well and truly started.

Sam chose the beautifully beaded ‘Beckett’ by Sottero and Midgley to say I do in and she looked stunning. I especially adore her coral peony bouquet which was a real show-stopper. The maids wore grey Coast frocks while Dan wore the same hue suit.

Thanks so very much to Marianna Chua for sharing these wonderful images with us.

 

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THE PROPOSAL | Dan proposed. It was a Saturday night and we were off to a local Greek restaurant with 20 friends to celebrate my 30th birthday. We were sat in the restaurant and one of my friends saw our 18 month old son come into the restaurant with my mum, who was babysitting. I instantly thought something was wrong, but then the music changed from some tacky Greek music, to mine and Dan’s song. I still hadn’t clocked that anything was going on and then realised that Dan had left the table. At this point, he followed our son into the restaurant. Dan got down on one knee and opened the ring box. The initial idea was that our son gave me a card saying, “Will you marry Daddy?” but I didn’t take it, thinking it was a birthday card!

The proposal came as a complete surprise. So much so, I asked if he was joking!

Dan said he had wanted the proposal to be a complete surprise and knew that I would never expect him to do it in front of all of our friends, in a small local restaurant. His plan succeeded and caught me totally off guard! Perfect!

THE VISION | We wanted city wedding, with our closest family and friends during the day and a big party to celebrate in the evening.

We love music so knew that music had play a massive part in our day!

THE PLANNING PROCESS | We got engaged in the October so only had 6 months before the wedding. Luckily, we agreed on exactly what we wanted and everything seemed to work perfectly without any hiccups, so it was great fun planning it all!

THE VENUE | We had our wedding ceremony at Stoke Newington Town Hall. It was lovely inside and perfect for what we wanted; a relaxed and intimate ceremony.

For our wedding reception; after researching some London venues, arranged to go and look at the Islington Metal Works near Angel. We went to view the venue one afternoon, with the idea that we would then go and look at some more venues but we didn’t end up going to visit any more, as we fell in love with Islington Metal Works straight away. It fitted perfectly for our music theme, we could decorate it how we wanted it, but ultimately it was such an unusual and quirky venue. All of our guests commented on how fantastic the place was and we certainly weren’t disappointed!

THE DRESS & ACCESSORIES | My dress was a beaded Sottero and Midgley dress called Beckett.

My shoes were from Rainbow Club.

My hair was done by my usual hairdresser, Sophie Bryan and my make up was done by Amanda Scruby. I absolutely loved both my hair and make up!

All jewellery were things that Dan had bought for me in the past.

FINDING THE DRESS | I found my dress on the first trip! I wanted to try on as many as possible and was very open minded. After trying on quite a few, my sister picked out a dress. Before the dress was done up I knew I loved it, and when I saw it in the full length mirror, I cried. I knew this was the dress I would be wearing, but went away for an hour or so to think about it and went back to try it on again that afternoon and ordered it.

GROOM’S ATTIRE | Dan wore a grey suit and tie, white shirt and black shoes from TM Lewin. He wore customised silver cufflinks – a gift from me.

THE READINGS & MUSIC | Every song throughout our ceremony was a song that is special to us.

We had speeches after dinner from the Father of the Bride, Dan and his two best men. I had written a poem about Dan and I as a surprise, which I asked Dan’s sister to read for us. My sister had then made a video about Dan and I. The speeches were so funny but emotional and had everybody in tears.

We had spent ages creating playlists that reflected our love of music to play throughout dinner and into the evening. For the party we had live music from a band called Co-Jones. They were absolutely brilliant. They had everybody up on the dance floor all night.

BEAUTIFUL BRIDESMAIDS | My three beautiful bridesmaids (sister, cousin and best friend) wore dresses from Coast. In some lights they looked grey, in some they looked blue and in some they looked green. They all looked gorgeous!

THE FLOWERS | The flowers were beautiful and went really well with the bridesmaid colours. The bridesmaids and I had bouquets with avalanche roses, peonies and tulips with silver foliage.

THE CAKE | We didn’t have a wedding cake, but had a cheese table instead and my sister and friend made some lovely cupcakes.

YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER | Our photographer, Marianne, was just amazing! She was like one of our guests, fitted in perfectly and we didn’t even know she was there. It was exactly what we wanted. She was so helpful throughout the morning, running flowers between us and the men. We couldn’t be happier with our photos. They tell the exact story of our day.

THE DETAILS & DÉCOR | Our music theme ran throughout the wedding. We had made vinyl invitations and our table names were named after our favourite band’s songs.

The beauty of the Islington Metal Works is that they take care of all of the décor for you. They asked about our theme and what we would like and had endless options to make our wedding unique. We chose to have the place decorated colourfully, and had vinyl hanging from the ceiling to continue our music theme.

THE HONEYMOON | We had a ‘mini-moon’ to Venice, just the two of us and have a ‘family-moon’ booked with our son.

MEMORABLE MOMENTS | Every second was memorable. We couldn’t choose!

ADVICE FOR OTHER COUPLES | Be selfish – do exactly what you want to do for your day!

CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE |

Photographer | Marianna Chua

Venue | Islington Metalworks

Make up | Amanda Scruby

Hair stylist |  Sophie Bryan – SB hairdressing on Facebook

Band | Co-Jones

Flowers | Sadie Rose

 

Oh such fun.

Thanks so much to Dan and Sam for sharing their amazing nuptials with us xo Lou

 

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Louise Baltruschat Hollis <![CDATA[Modern Mint Gold & Grey City Wedding]]> http://whimsicalwonderlandweddings.com/?p=176072 2016-08-09T12:16:31Z 2016-08-25T13:00:49Z Modern Mint Gold Grey City Wedding http://www.studiocano.co.uk/

 

Hands up who misses the blossom already? Me. Isn’t that darling image above next to the Magnolia just beautiful? This bride and groom held their Spring nuptials in a theatre in the city and it was a cracking day all round.

WWW readers Julia and Carwyn tied the knot on the 16th April 2016 at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff. It was important to them that their wedding had a modern feel, that they planned it all together (including the dress shopping) and that they used local suppliers. One really lovely touch was the bilingual ceremony where they said their vows in Welsh and English.

The colour scheme they picked was super gorgeous, think mint, gold, grey and copper tones used in an array of fun décor and details. There were stylish paper goods, pom poms, a chevron cake and sequin table runners to name a few. They both looked stunning in their bespoke outfits and and stylish accessories. LOVE.

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THE PROPOSAL | We were celebrating 5 years together at the Crazy Bear in Stadhampton. Once we were back in our room after enjoying a fabulous tasting menu, Carwyn got down on one knee… It was private and perfect and very us! I love my Clogau Welsh rose gold and gold ‘lovespoon’ engagement ring – unusual but very me!

THE VISION | We used mint green, gold, copper and grey (colours that we both love). We tried to make the day as personal as possible with Carwyn designing a lot of the elements of the day!

We tried to create a ‘welsh’ wedding, from using local businesses to having a bilingual ceremony. We wanted to keep the wedding intimate with around 50 guests and aimed to create a relaxed, modern day, which celebrated love, family and friendship!

THE PLANNING PROCESS | When planning the wedding we tried not to worry about what was traditional, only what was right for us as a couple. My favourite example of this was having both my mum and dad walk me down the aisle/stage.

I know some husbands-to-be don’t get over involved with wedding planning – Carwyn was the opposite. We planned the whole day as a team and believe the day we created was very representative of who we are as a couple.

We started planning the wedding about 16 months before. After booking a lot of the main suppliers early on, we were very relaxed about the whole planning process (both of us are very organised when we want to be!) We used blogs and the Internet to research local suppliers – we went to a wedding fair and hated it!

THE VENUE | We chose the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in the centre of Cardiff and about 15 minutes from where we live. After visiting the venue, we were instantly convinced! The building is absolutely stunning with a modern feel that suited our wedding perfectly.

You can get married in a number of the rooms in the college, but when they showed us the Richard Burton Theatre, we knew this was the venue for us! I love theatre and being the first couple to get married in the theatre made it even more special. This also meant we had a blank canvas to work with!

Good food is really important to us, and the venue was perfect as they allowed us to design our own menu. They were also great at letting us create every aspect of the day – not at all a ‘package’ wedding! The events and catering team we worked with at the venue were outstanding and worked so hard to pull off our vision!

THE DRESS & ACCESSORIES | Dress and Veil – ‘Mair’ by Helen Rhiannon from Rachel Burgess Bridal Boutique in Penarth.

Floral Head Piece – Bespoke by With Love From Bobbin.

Shoes – Dune.

My earrings and necklace were from Fossil and my bracelet from Ted Baker. I wore a Clogau heart ring on my right hand that was a wedding present from Carwyn.

FINDING THE DRESS | Finding the dress was one of my favourite parts of planning. Initially I was very apprehensive about the prospect of trying endless ill-fitting sample dresses on in countless bridal shops with over-pushy assistants. Then by chance I decided to visit the Rachel Burgess Bridal Boutique in Penarth.

What Rachel does is so special, supporting local Welsh designers and encouraging brides to represent who they are on their wedding day. Supporting local business is very important to me and to have my dress handmade by a very talented Welsh designer (Helen Rhiannon) made the whole experience so personal.

Carwyn actually came with me to pick the dress. It would have felt very odd to pick the most important dress of my life without him by my side. When I tried ‘Mair’ on and saw the look on Carwyn’s face, I knew it was ‘the dress’. When I then turned up to my first fitting to find the dress fitted perfectly (Rachel’s perfect measuring skills!) and needed no alterations I knew it was fate!

The dress was a dream to wear on the day. So easy to put on, stayed perfect all day and more comfortable to wear than I ever thought a wedding dress could be! I loved every visit to the boutique and would recommend Rachel and her boutique to anyone – even if you have to travel to get there!

I had my mind set on a shoulder length layered veil with ribbon edging. On my second visit to the boutique, Rachel pulled the exact veil out to go with the dress without me even describing it! I wanted something to go in my hair as I thought I would take the veil out for the evening (I didn’t – I went home at 1am still wearing it!) but struggled to find anything ready made. Ashley from With Love From Bobbin was brilliant, creating the perfect silk floral piece to sit in front of and complement the veil.

GROOM’S ATTIRE | It became a bit of a joke that we spent longer picking Carwyn’s suit than we did my dress! On Rachel’s (from the boutique) recommendation, we visited Hawkes in one of the arcades in Cardiff. Carwyn had a 3 piece bespoke suit made in 100% cashmere which was unbelievably soft! The whole experience was fabulous and Carwyn looked amazing!

His tie and pocket square was from Mrs Bow Tie. We also chose two complementary pocket square designs, one for my family and one for the groomsmen. We paired them with mint green spotted ties and asked the men to wear their own grey suits so that everyone was able to wear a suit they liked and felt comfortable in! Carwyn also made felt grey flowers that were worn as buttonholes.

THE READINGS & MUSIC | We decided on a bilingual (Welsh and English) Ceremony as Carwyn and his family are first language Welsh speakers. In the main, Carwyn said his vows in Welsh and I said mine in English. A lot of guests commented how much they enjoyed the bilingual aspect of the ceremony, even those who don’t speak Welsh!

To follow on from this, Carwyn’s sister read a lovely Welsh poem ‘Mi Gerddaf Gyda Thi’ and my older brother read Shakespeare’s Sonnet 116 ‘Let me not to the marriage of true minds’. The second seemed particularly fitting since we were on stage in a theatre.

We had a string quartet who entertained our guests before I arrived. I’m reliably informed that the ‘Theme to Jurassic Park’ was a particular highlight! We had a selection of modern music played by the quartet throughout the ceremony and walked off the stage and through the theatre as the new Mr and Mrs Jones to ‘Happy’.

We also had a harpist for the drinks reception and a jazz pianist for the wedding breakfast. It was important to me that the day was filled with live music and to be able to use students from the college was an added bonus!

BEAUTIFUL BRIDESMAIDS | The bridesmaid dresses were a bargain find by my Maid of Honour, Laura in Roman Originals (not a shop I would ever usually go into!) The mint coloured shoes were from Debenhams. I then asked the girls to accessorise with their own jewellery as all 3 girls are so different! They all looked beautiful!

I also had a super cute page boy, Aled (Laura’s son) and a gorgeous flower girl, Zoe. We gifted Aled a cuddly dinosaur and Zoe a bride-bear on the day which they loved.

I loved getting ready with the girls on the morning of the wedding. I decided not to have the photographer or videographer in the hotel so we could 100% relax and enjoy the morning. Kellie from Henderson and Co is my usual hairdresser and she did a fabulous job of all of our hair. Emily Porter did my make up which after two trials (I changed my mind completely!) was perfect. Both girls were chilled and calm and the perfect people to have around the morning of the wedding!

THE FLOWERS | My very clever bridesmaid Carys arranged all the flowers. We ordered them online from Triangle Nursery and then she spent the days before the wedding in my kitchen making them look beautiful. Spending this time together in the run up to the wedding was such a special (and funny) time!

My bouquet was all white/ivory flowers and used gorgeous Peonies and Garden Roses which smelt fantastic! Carys used some of the cut off material from my dress around my flowers and finished them with the same daisy trim as my dress. Zoe, my flower girl had a smaller version of my flowers with smaller Roses and the girls had white bridal Carnations with gold sequins wrapped around them. We also used Ranunculus, lots of Gypsophila and Eucalyptus greenery.

THE CAKE | Our cake was by another local business, Little Cake Cupboard. Rachel did a fabulous job of creating a cake that visually matched with all the other aspects of the day and more importantly tasted fantastic! The top tier was a raspberry and white chocolate which we saved and enjoyed the next day whilst looking through all our cards and guestbook messages.

YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER | Jorge is a friend of ours and a very talented photographer. We were thrilled when he agreed to photograph our wedding.

It was really important to us that it was clear from the photos that we were married in a theatre. We didn’t want the photos to try to hide or mask this! I love the photos of me and the bridal party entering through backstage – I had the option of going through a corridor instead but wanted the authentic ‘backstage’ feel!

Initially I wasn’t bothered about going into the park for photos but I’m so glad we did as these are some of my favourite photos. Seeing the guests enjoying the drinks reception behind us was such a special moment of the day.

We also hired Aurora Wedding Films, Cardiff based videographers to capture our day. Richard was so discreet and we are so happy to have our big day captured to look back on.

THE DETAILS & DÉCOR | We didn’t go for a traditional seating plan. We sat our guests in an ‘U’ shape which felt a lot more inclusive and intimate for our small numbers. It was lovely to see guests interacting which each other (and us!) from across the room. We also didn’t do a traditional ‘top table’, instead opting for a ‘family table’ where we sat with our immediate family.

Carwyn designed all the stationery. He also designed a J+C monogram which we had gold foiled on pretty much everything including the napkins and the teabags!

We had an extra long gold sequin runner made (notonthehighstreet.com) and used smaller versions on the guest book and card table. We sprayed a card box gold and displayed black and white photos of family weddings next to it. Instead of a guestbook we made guestbook cards with 3 different headings on for our guests to fill in. Carwyn also made dozens of grey and white pompoms which were hung from the bridge.

The copper bottomed and gold rimmed vases were both from H&M. Carys did an amazing job of filling them all with lovely white spring flowers. In-between the flowers we used succulents (which pre-wedding my dad looked after for us!) We also bought ‘J & C’ copper letters from Oliver Bonas which sat on the ‘family table’. We hired giant light up ‘J & C’ letters from a local company, Written in Lights. They looked amazing as the sun went down in the evening.

We hired gold cutlery from Classic Crockery Event Hire. The venue were amazing and let us completely design our own menu. We chose ‘Wedding Pie and Mash’ followed by ‘His and Hers Dessert’ where Carwyn chose his favourite, salted caramel tart and I had chocolate cake! We also created individual bento style buffet boxes for the evening which went down a storm!

My older brother was our master of ceremonies and kept the day running smoothly. He also did a speech that was equally as touching as it was funny – and completely not what everyone expected! Carwyn also said a few words and a very emotional toast to his late Dad. As my friends and family expected I did the main speech which I thoroughly enjoyed!

For the evening we replaced the long tables with small round tables as we wanted our guests to mingle and feel relaxed! We hired a 5-piece swing band, The Paper Moon Band and had our first dance to ‘Let There Be Love’. Laurie Beth, one of my bridesmaids put together a playlist for whilst we had evening food.

THE HONEYMOON | We spent a few days after the wedding in Vienna. We’ve now booked to go to Japan for our main Honeymoon in October!

MEMORABLE MOMENTS | I think one of the most memorable moments was looking around and seeing all the people we love and care about in one room smiling and laughing.

My favourite moment was waiting on the side of the stage with my mum and dad waiting to make our entrance and then seeing Carwyn’s face as I walked towards him. The ceremony itself was so exciting! We both grinned through the whole thing!

Having a few moments together before we made our entrance on the bridge for the wedding breakfast was very special.

We stayed for the weekend in a lovely boutique hotel, Cathedral 73 with a lot of our nearest and dearest. It was so special making an entire weekend of the wedding, from food and drinks the night before to a very tired Sunday Lunch the day after!

ADVICE FOR OTHER COUPLES | Don’t worry about what is in fashion or what other people have done. Concentrate on creating a day that represents who you are as a couple. Everyone gave me the advice that the day would go so quick – which it did! However, we took time throughout the day to spend 5 minutes alone taking it all in which was so important.

Enjoy every minute of planning the wedding. We loved getting together with our nearest and dearest for wine tastings, flower trials and ‘planning’ nights! Choosing your suppliers is so important. Do your research and choose people who you feel ‘get’ your wedding. I’d also say try not to worry. I got a bit of a reputation as a ‘laid back bride’ and this just meant I enjoyed every second of the day!

CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE |

Venue | Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama

Photographer | Jorge Lizalde

Videographer | Aurora Wedding Films

Dress and Veil | ‘Mair’ by Helen Rhiannon from Rachel Burgess Bridal Boutique

Headpiece | Bespoke made by With Love From Bobbin

Groom Suit | Bespoke from Hawkes

Groom’s Tie and Pocket Squares | Mrs Bow Tie

Light up Letters | Written in Lights

Gold Cutlery | Classic Crockery Event Hire

Printing | Inka Colour Print

Flowers | Arranged by Carys Williams, ordered from Triangle Nursery

Cake | Little Cake Cupboard

Hair | Kellie from Henderson and Co

Make up | Emily Porter

String Quartet/Harpist/Jazz Pianist | RWCMD Hire a Performer

Evening Entertainment | The Paper Moon Band

Hotel & Car | Cathedral 73

 

 

Wasn’t that just so special?

Julia and Carwyn, thank you both so much for sharing your divine wedding with us today xo Lou

 

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Louise Baltruschat Hollis <![CDATA[Rustic White Tipi Farm Wedding]]> http://whimsicalwonderlandweddings.com/?p=176004 2016-08-09T11:10:34Z 2016-08-25T06:00:07Z Rustic Tipi Farm Wedding http://aniaames.co.uk/

 

How happy are this pair? These two certainly get the award for most movie like romantic proposal (I’ll keep it a surprise for the report below) and groom Julian had a vision of his bride’s dress straight away. Oh how right he was.

Georgina and Julian were married on the 1st August 2015 following a registry office ceremony the day before. They had a really personal ceremony conducted by a friend in a unused Church in the grounds of Furtho Manor Farm in Buckinghamshire. They then proceeded to hold their reception there too in a beautiful tipi, which are always just so magical. Alongside their nearest and dearest they DIY’d much of the fun décor and details including the stationery, cake and rustic signs.

Julian told Georgina he’d love to see her in a short frock and low and behold that was just the style she fell for, didn’t she look a beauty? The gents looked really dapper in their chinos, braces, and ties while the bridesmaids wore white. So very gorgeous.

Ania Ames, thank you so much for sharing these delightful photographs with us.

 

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THE PROPOSAL | Julian proposed to me over the speaker on our flight to Australia to visit my sister. He got the air hostess to call out my seat number and call me up to the front of the plane then proposed. Although very romantic, it was 2 hours into a 16 hour flight so after a few champagnes and lots of congratulations it was very strange sitting watching separate films for the rest of the flight. I had to wait until our stopover in Hong Kong to call everyone and tell them.

He was very nervous and worried I would find or see the ring when we went through customs that he went to a different counter but I was so excited about the trip that I didn’t notice. We got a congratulations from the pilot and all of the airhostesses but unfortunately the flight was full so no upgrade.

THE VISION | Julian is a plumber so no a big fan of very formal occasions so we wanted to keep it as relaxed as possible. We wanted to have as much outdoor space a possible (risky in the UK).

While we were in Australia we researched different ideas and found tipis which we fell in love with. Unfortunately this restricted the venue as we needed a big outdoor space but wanted to do everything else ourselves.

We finally found Furtho Manor Farm, they had a barn where they hosted weddings normally but were happy to hire the land out to us and give us the freedom to so pretty much what we wanted. There was also a lovely (but unused) church on in the grounds. It was the perfect setting with the lake and lots of wildlife.

From there we kept a vintage theme throughout the planning and did all of the extra bits, decorating etc. ourselves.

The only problems was the church was not licensed to hold weddings. So to also keep it informal, we decided to get married with just family at the registry office the day before. This allowed us to have the type of ceremony at the church in the grounds that we wanted. A very close friend officiated the ceremony and we had readings, poems and words from close friends and family. We read our own vows and made promises to each other. The church has no electricity so although we had music all of the decoration was candles and flowers.

We wanted the rest of the day to be relaxed and informal so we went out to the tipis and had arrival beers and pimms and kind of let the rest of the day flow how it naturally went.

THE PLANNING PROCESS | We were both really involved in the planning, as we did most of it ourselves it did take a lot of planning. My brother in law did the table centres, my sister made the wedding cakes in the tea cups, Julian made all of the signage and I made all of the name places, table plans and extras. On the Friday all of the bridesmaids and ushers helped set everything up. It was a lovely sunny day so we just took our time with a few beers that was also a great day.

We had about 18 months to save and plan everything so we both really enjoyed putting all the personal touches together to make it our own.

Having the tipi setting and the field meant we could pretty much do what we wanted.

The ushers and groom camped the night before and I stayed at a holiday villa down the road. A lot of our guests also camped the night of the wedding in an adjacent field so as you can imagine the party went on into the early hours.

BUDGET | We spent approximately £15k in the end but a lot of that budget went on the cost of the tipis.

THE VENUE | Furtho Manor Farm

THE DRESS & ACCESSORIES | My dress was from Windsor Brides in Windsor. It was an off the shoulder detailed short dress. As we were practically in a field I didn’t want a long dress and Julian has always said he would love to see me in a short wedding dress. When I was looking I would never have chosen a short dress but I tried one on to see and fell in love with it.

I also wore some pearl earrings given to me by a very close friend and Vivian Westwood red jelly shoes which were so comfortable I kept them on all day and night.

FINDING THE DRESS | I went looking with my mum and older sister and we had 2 days. I must admit got a bit disheartened in the first few shops, they all seemed very similar and nothing stood out as ‘the one’. Julian has made me promise I would at least try a short dress on but I was convinced that wasn’t what I wanted.

On the second day and the 2nd to last shop my mum saw a short dress and I had tried it on and fell in love with it. Just to be sure I went to the last appointment and typically found another really unusual backless long dress that I also loved……. so we went for a glass of wine to discuss. I was nervous about picking a short dress and if I could pull it off but in the end it went so well with the setting I’m really glad I did. And Julian was so amazed when I walked down the aisle the first thing he said was I can’t believe you chose a short dress.

GROOM’S ATTIRE | Julian definitely didn’t want to wear a suit as he is not a particularly formal person. So he opted for cream chinos, braces and a bow tie, which he learnt to tie via you tube the night before the wedding! He also had a tweed waist coat to set him out from the ushers. He said he felt comfortable all day and not to hot as it was August.

THE READINGS & MUSIC | My sister read a poem we found at my grandads house after he died called the ‘art of marriage’, my grandma and grandad were married for over 50 years. My grandad was going to deliver a prayer but unfortunately he died before the wedding so my auntie Margaret stepped in a delivered a prayer for us. And our friend and wife of the best man also read us a lovely poem.

Our close friend Jake officiated the ceremony and added his own humour and advice for our future.

I walked down the aisle to an acoustic version of Panama’s ‘so into you’ and we walked out of the church to their upbeat version of the same song.

BEAUTIFUL BRIDESMAIDS | I had 7 adult bridesmaids and Julian’s god daughter. A friend of a friend made the dresses as I couldn’t find anything I liked and wanted them in the same colour as me.

THE FLOWERS | The flowers were quite wild, keeping in theme with the rest of the decoration flowers with thistles and white roses as well.

THE CAKE | We didn’t have a traditional cake, myself and my sister collected tea cups and saucers from second hand shops throughout the planning and with the help of a friend Ruth she made melt in the middle chocolate cakes in the cups and decorated them with mint leaves and strawberries. A pretty big task to make 100 of them.

YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER | Ania Ames Photography

Could not have asked for a better photographer she really managed to capture our personalities and the wedding vision. I was over the moon when she sent the photos over.

THE DETAILS & DÉCOR | Décor was very vintage tea party some things really matched but it all worked together. Lots of while flowers and rustic extras.

The arrival drinks were served in jam jars which I collected and decorated with personalised labels. The boys got a choice of bottled beers from barrels filled with Ice.

Another friend make us giant G & J Sign’s that lit up at night and we hung lanterns in the trees. We also had fire touches for added light in the evening.

THE HONEYMOON | Koh Pi Pi in Thailand.

MEMORABLE MOMENTS | The whole day was amazing and just how we pictured it to be. But saying out vows in the church in front of our friends and family was amazing.

Also all three of the speeches were great personal and funny.

It was also nice because of the amount of setting up needed it felt like the wedding went on for 3 days.

ADVICE FOR OTHER COUPLES | Doing it yourself gives you a different and personalised wedding but make sure you have enough time and helpers as it takes a lot of planning. You forget the little things that all add up like salt and pepper etc who will introduce the speeches things you take for granted that a hotel or venue would do.

It’s also not cheaper doing it all yourself but it does allow you to spend the money on what you want rather than picking a option from a set list.

CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE |

Photographer | Ania Ames Photography

Venue | Furtho Manor Farm

Tipi | Stunning Tents – from arranging the tents to setting them up everyone we dealt with were fantastic

The band we used were a local band called donut and they were great. Got everyone up and dancing and evolved everyone.

 

So very magical, I love this celebration.

Thanks so very much to Georgina and Julian for sharing their wedding story with us xo Lou

 

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Louise Baltruschat Hollis <![CDATA[Wednesday Wedding Wonders. 24/08/2016]]> http://whimsicalwonderlandweddings.com/?p=177245 2016-08-23T15:10:21Z 2016-08-24T13:00:38Z Romantic Country Tipi Wedding http://jodiecoolingphotography.com/

Image by Jodie Cooling Photography // Romantic & Rustic Country Tipi Wedding

 

Just as I was getting all cosy and autumnal we get a mini heat wave. So away go the jumpers, blankets and candles and out come the pom pom shorts again. Hehe you just have to love the UK weather don’t you? The nights really are drawing in now and I love the Autumn, the promise of so much to look forward to. Both of my boy’s birthdays, who are turning 2 and 7 next month and then the festivities of the season begin. Beautiful light, rich orange hues and our wedding anniversary! Ekk. We are still awaiting a move date and are crossing fingers and toes that we get to exchange soon I hate this pinnacle of house moving. I have to say my stress levels have been fairly high with it all, so I’ve taken a step back to focus on other things instead. Rather than interior hunting on Pinterest for example, oops!

I am gearing up for the bank holiday weekend by preparing some additional posts this week, so it’s been busy in the office. I can’t wait for you to see what is awaiting you in the real weddings section this month, it’s set to be oh so pretty.

 

WWW’s Wedding of the Week

 

ALEISHA + ROLLY // Location love.

 

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An Opera House Wedding All About Old World Glamour

Bohemian California Garden Wedding

Nikki & Sam’s Sweet Butterland Wedding

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Feminine, vintage Pantone-inspired wedding at the Carondelet House in Los Angeles

Fruit-Inspired Backyard Weddin

Megan and Andrew’s wedding at the Santa Barbara Historical Museum

BIANCA + LUKE

 

Boho Beer Festival Wedding http://www.emilysteve.com/

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Bella and Tom’s English Private Estate Wedding

Elegant Hilltop Tennessee Wedding

A Nature Inspired Scottish Wedding

Relaxed Farm Wedding in Virginia

Playful + Colorful Austin, Texas Wedding

Romantic Redwoods Wedding

 

Happy wedding Wednesday xo Lou

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Louise Baltruschat Hollis <![CDATA[City Chic White & Glitter Gold Wedding]]> http://whimsicalwonderlandweddings.com/?p=175952 2016-08-08T14:06:37Z 2016-08-24T06:00:08Z Chic City White Gold Wedding http://www.francessales.co.uk/

 

We’re headed to the capital today for this city chic affair in beaut white and glitter gold tones.

Leila and Henry plumped for a winter wedding and tied the knot on the 6th February 2016 at Islington Town Hall, followed by a reception at Westminster Boating Base in London. Their vision was simple; a fun relaxed wedding with a party to celebrate.

There really isn’t much not to love about their nuptials. There were seasonal fresh blooms throughout, calligraphy stationery and a simple butter cream cake which sounded scrumptious. The bridesmaids wore gold sequin frocks which worked so well against Leila’s short frock by Fur Coat No Knickers. Being a jewellery designer Leila (Leila Swift) of course designed those rings and all of her own jewellery, so very special.

Frances Sales, thank you so much for sharing these exquisite images with us. WOW.

 

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THE PROPOSAL | We got engaged on a mini break to Berlin last February (2015). I had no idea at all Henry was going to propose, so was very surprised and happy when he did! As I’m a jewellery designer I knew it would be very hard for Henry to buy a ring, but he got it just perfect and bought a vintage gold ring with three diamonds.

THE VISION | Neither of us wanted a wedding that was too traditional and we really didn’t want it to be stressful to plan. So from the beginning we both said we would aim to have a fun, relaxed wedding, and just think of it as a big party to celebrate with all our favourite people. We quite quickly decided on a winter wedding, we thought it would take the stress out of watching the weather forecast as we knew it would almost definitely rain and be cold!

THE PLANNING PROCESS | As soon as we got back from Berlin we started looking at venues, we wanted to start straight away so we had plenty of time. The great thing about a winter wedding and being off-season was nearly all the suppliers we liked were available, so it wasn’t too tricky to find amazing people to help us create our perfect wedding.

As we have lots of creative and talented friends we wanted to involve as many of them as possible, so knew we had lots of favours to ask! Luckily everyone was really keen to help, so this made the wedding much more personal and even more special for us.

THE VENUE | We both knew we wanted a London wedding. I grew up here so it meant a lot to me for it to be in the city, and although Henry grew up in beautiful Suffolk, we both agreed that a winter wedding in the countryside was probably a bad idea!

After visiting a few options we chose Islington Town Hall for the ceremony. The round council chamber room was just so stunning, it was a clear winner. My sister also got married there a few years ago so it was nice to have the ceremony in the same place.

Henry’s family are very into sailing and he grew up spending a lot of time on the water. As we’d picked London as a location, we thought it would be nice to have the reception by the river. We were so excited when we found Westminster Boating Base, and almost instantly knew it was the perfect venue for us. In the centre of London in Pimlico and also a sailing charity right on the rivers edge. The staff were so kind and helpful and nothing was too much trouble, they made us feel really relaxed and reassured that it would all run smoothly. As it was February the sun set at about 4pm, so the twinkly lights all along the river were so beautiful and made it very atmospheric.

THE DRESS & ACCESSORIES | I was very nervous about dress shopping, but as soon as I walked into Fur Coat No Knickers I knew my dress would have to be from there! Emma, Laura and Grace were just so lovely, and made the whole process really fun. I tried on so many dresses (and drank a lot of bucks fizz!) and very nearly went for a gold one, but after a few weeks of pondering the B52 had totally won me over. I knew I wanted a short dress as wet London pavements and a long white dress seemed like a disaster waiting to happen!

I absolutely loved wearing my dress, I just wish I could wear it again!

As I’m a jeweller I made all my wedding jewellery, which is a great perk of the job. I had huge pearl and gold earrings to go with my gold engagement ring. I then made our wedding rings, which was a really nice thing to be able to do. I make lots of wedding rings for other couples, so to be making ours was so lovely.

GROOM’S ATTIRE | Henry knew he wanted a blue suit, and we both thought it would be nice if he could have one made to measure. He went to Gresham Blake in Shoreditch as we’d been recommended them by some friends. They were great and really helpful, and had so many fabrics and styles to choose from.

Henry’s (and the ushers) ties and pocket squares were from a designer called Kate Temple. As an independent designer myself we wanted to use as many small businesses as we could, so were very happy to find Kate and her lovely ties.

THE READINGS & MUSIC | We picked two readings for the ceremony. Henry’s sister read an extract from Winnie the Pooh, and an old friend of mine read Joyce Grenfell ‘Ordinary Morning’.

We have a very talented friend Andrew who’s a guitarist, who re-wrote a version of ‘These are a few of my favourite things’ for me to walk down the aisle to. It was such a special part of the day for both of us and to have him playing just made it amazing.

Andrew also put together the most incredible Motown band for the evening of the reception. We really wanted music that everyone would know and get everyone up dancing. It worked perfectly, all generations were on the dance floor all night!

BEAUTIFUL BRIDESMAIDS | I had two bridesmaids, my sister Maia and my best friend Lizzie, and a tiny flower girl, my niece Betty. Having the three of them with me made me much less nervous about the whole day. I was so pleased I’d asked both of them, I couldn’t have asked for more supportive and lovely bridesmaids to have by my side. As we had a Motown band, we decided to go for a gold theme and Maia and Lizzie both wore gold sequin shift dresses. None of us wanted them to be too bridesmaidy!

THE FLOWERS | After a bit of research I found Rebecca at Ivy, Pip and Rose. We met up and straight away I knew she understood the kind of flowers that would work with our relaxed city theme. Together we decided to stick with mainly white and green with a few touches of blush. I was worried that February would be a bad time for flowers, but Rebecca reassured me that it was actually quite a good time of year. We had freesia button holes for Henry and the ushers, gypsophila bridesmaids bouquets, and my bouquet was made up from anemones, ranunculus and freesias. Rebecca did a lovely job of decorating the venue with eucalyptus, gypsophila, anemones and ranunculus. We hadn’t seen the venue on the day before we walked in with all our guests, so we were so pleased when we saw the beautiful displays Rebecca had created.

THE CAKE | Our friend Rachel is training to be pastry chef and is just starting her own business. As soon as we got engaged she offered to make the cake as our wedding present! We were so touched and of course said yes. As this was going to be her first wedding cake we left the design and flavour completely up to her, we didn’t want to put any pressure on her and completely trusted that she would create something amazing. And we weren’t wrong! Rachel made us the most delicious lemon and white chocolate one tiered block cake covered in white buttercream icing and decorated in flowers. It looked and tasted incredible!

We topped the cake off with a personalised gold glitter cake topper from Pea Green Boat.

YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER | As we wanted an informal day, we knew we had to find a photographer to match that feeling. I saw Frances’s photos on a blog and knew that she would be perfect. After meeting her for a cup of tea, we signed on the dotted line. We both felt really relieved after finding her, she made us feel so much more relaxed and comfortable having our photos taken, as we both started off very nervous and awkward! As well as taking the slightly more posed pictures she also captured lovely moments that we missed on the day and will treasure forever. It was lovely that she got the photos to us so quickly as well, by the time we got back from our honeymoon they were waiting on our doormat.

We decided to have a video of our wedding made as well, so we could truly capture the feeling of the day. Dale is a friend of a friend so we 100% trusted him and just left it up to him. All the videos he’s made before are so beautiful, we knew he would make something lovely for us. We got the trailer video while we were on our honeymoon and sat on the beach watching it over and over again all day! He’s done a brilliant job, and not only was it nice to send the video to all the guests that could make it, but also to be able to show it to the the people that couldn’t come.

THE HONEYMOON | I have lots of family in Australia who couldn’t make it to the wedding, so we wanted to go out and see all of them for a second mini party. We decided to split our honeymoon in two. Firstly we spent two weeks in Borneo seeing wild orangutans, drinking cocktails and relaxing on the beach, it was heaven! And then we flew on to Melbourne to spend two lovely weeks with my family. It was an amazing honeymoon, and one of the big plus sides of getting married in winter is you can go to the Southern hemisphere for some sunshine!

MEMORABLE MOMENTS | We both agreed the ceremony was our favourite part of the whole day, although it was the most nerve wracking bit! The moment I saw Henry waiting at the front of the room surrounded by all our family and friends was really special and a moment I won’t ever forget.

ADVICE FOR OTHER COUPLES | Some things won’t go exactly to plan, but you’ll be the only one that will notice so don’t worry about the tiny details too much.

A friend said to me before the wedding to make sure that you have a few minutes just the two of you at the reception to take it all in, I’m so pleased she said this as otherwise the day just goes so fast and before you know it it’s the last song!

CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE |

Photographer | Frances Sales

Venue | Westminster Boating Base

Bus | London Bus hire

Videographer | Dale Adams Weddings

Cake | Rae Hippolyte

Cake topper | Pea Green Boat 

Flowers | Ivy Pip and Rose 

Dress | Fur Coat No Knickers 

Suit | Gresham Blake 

Ties | Kate Temple 

Invitations | Paper Shop 

Rings | Leila Swift 

 

Spectacular.

Thanks so very much to Leila and Henry for sharing their really wonderful wedding story xo Lou

 

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Louise Baltruschat Hollis <![CDATA[Star Wars Cinema Wedding]]> http://whimsicalwonderlandweddings.com/?p=175845 2016-08-08T13:07:10Z 2016-08-23T13:00:08Z Star Wars Wedding http://www.robfarrellphotography.uk/

 

Star Wars fans, this one is for you.

WWW readers Lyndsey and James were married on the 19th March 2016 at The Electric Cinema followed by a reception at Fazeley Studios in Birmingham. Their wedding was alternative through and through and it was important to them that the celebrations were far from boring. With a fun Star Wars theme, bride Lyndsey surprised groom James with a bridal party dressed as Storm Troopers and Chewie and a light saber exit to the ceremony. It didn’t stop there, with an R2D2 cake, comic book paper flower buttonholes, Star Wars music and brilliant posters too . It looked as though the guests had an utter blast.

Lyndsey wore a stunning sequin adorned dress she bought from House of Fraser teamed with you guessed it, Star Wars nail art and a fur shrug was her late Grandmas. Didn’t she look stunning? Enjoy this folks, it’s a really memorable day.

Thanks to Rob Farrell for providing these sensational photographs with us.

 

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THE PROPOSAL | 21nd June 2015 (summer solstice).

THE VISION | On our 2nd date, James said that if he ever got married, he’d like a Star Wars wedding. I was horrified….. I never wanted to get married! (The star wars bit didn’t scare me at all). So after overcoming my fear of marriage (because I’d obviously found the right man) then I insisted the wedding had to be fun, light-hearted and NOT AT ALL STUFFY OR TRADITIONAL.

THE PLANNING PROCESS | Errrr, leave everything to the last minute and then panic. Then delegate as much as possible. I had a lot to plan secretly behind the scenes, that James didn’t know about. I had secret meetings with my friend Jon, aka Chewbacca, and we rehearsed the bridal procession in my kitchen with my little boy, aka (K)obi-Wan, while James was at work.

BUDGET | Cheaper than you think! A brilliant Mum with her glue gun, friends and favours, and leaving it to last minute meant we negotiated some great deals.

THE VENUE | The Electric Cinema, Station Street, Birmingham then onto Fazeley Studios, Digbeth. Sam, the operations manager at the cinema was a total dude, and so helpful. Abbi, the events manager at Fazeley, was brilliant, and was so reassuring when we were in a panic.

THE DRESS & ACCESSORIES | The dress was from House of Fraser, Adrianna Papple design. The fur shrug was my late Grandmas, that she wore when she got married in the 40’s! The headband and matching belt were from Primark. Dr Martens boots and Adidas customised Star Wars shelltoes ordered online. I have great contacts and one of my besties is a beautician. She really enjoyed painting my nails with the Star Wars characters, which completed the look.

FINDING THE DRESS | I was terrified of going to a bridal shop. The thought of a white meringue dress scared the poop out of me. In fact, the thought of any white wedding dress scared me. I did find a lovely bridal shop and a very lovely dress for £2250, but it was still white and I couldn’t justify the money. Instead, I ordered 10 dresses from various shops online, tried them all on in the comfort of my own home and simply sent back the ones I didn’t like.

GROOM’S ATTIRE | Again, left until the last minute, so a quick trip to the Hugo Boss shop in Cheshire Oaks retail outlet sorted him out.

THE READINGS & MUSIC | Obviously Star Wars music was a must. I walked into the main opening titles, and we walked out to the Star Wars Ceremony room music. We didn’t want to bore our guests with readings, however, our Registrar was such a dude…. during my interview he gave me a piece of paper and asked me if I wanted him to read it to James….. titled “Size Doesn’t Matter”. It was so nice that he’d done that for us of his own accord. The Registrar really did make our ceremony so much fun. The reading was, of course, a quote from Yoda, and the Registrar even put on his best impression of Yoda while he read it.

BEAUTIFUL BRIDESMAIDS | No way was I having traditional bridesmaids in boring traditional matching dresses. Some of my best mates are men so my idea of having Storm Troopers and Chewie worked perfectly, although 1 storm trooper was female, and she rocked!

THE FLOWERS | Boring wedding bouquet….. I don’t think so. I loved the idea of comic book paper flowers, which we got made by a friend for the buttonholes for the guys. I was going to have a light saber with paper comic flowers, but decided that I’d be restricted by having to hold something all day.

THE CAKE | Wow what a cake. R2D2! My bestie made the cake for us. We decided to have the most decadent chocolate sponge for the top layer, a fruit cake for the middle, and the bottom layer was made up of our favourite, treacle and Bakewell tarts. The top layer was so heavy she had to use two cake stands and tape it on. Luckily the R2D2 design meant she should disguise the stands with R2’s legs.

YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER | The one and only Rob Farrell. His website caught our attention straight away. After a meeting with him, we knew that he “got us” and as he had photographed at both the cinema and Fazeley before, we knew he would be perfect.

THE DETAILS & DÉCOR | All the décor at Fazeley was organised, purchased and ‘blinged’ by my wonderful Mum; cheap vases covered in ribbon and sparkles from the local market. She did a wonderful Star Wars sweets table and even got a life size cardboard cut out of C3PO and R2D2 from eBay.

The Star Wars wedding posters were done by another friend, who happens to run a graphic design business from home. She was amazing, and she also made sure the files could be shown on the big screen at the cinema as our backdrop for the ceremony.

We had a montage of clips from the old Star wars films playing on the big screen while we signed the register. We hired a wonderful string quartet who played at our drinks reception at Fazeley, they even played Star Wars theme and the Cantina band for us. For the evening entertainment we hired a local soul band, they were amazing and the dance floor was packed.

Wedding favours were charity pins from our chosen charities, Cancer Research UK and The Retired Greyhound Trust. We have two retired greyhounds who we would have loved to dress up in ATAT costumes, but they are a bit old for all the excitement now.

THE HONEYMOON | A secluded lodge on the hillside, just outside Dumfries and Galloway, with a hot tub. We were buzzing so much from the wedding that we couldn’t sleep for most of the week.

MEMORABLE MOMENTS | We had some resistance from family when we mentioned we wanted a Star Wars wedding at a cinema – they didn’t understand our vision. So I organised the Storm Troopers, Chewie and my little boy to wear his Jedi cloak as a surprise for everyone, including James. This meant he couldn’t get in trouble for it. I’m told that his face was a picture when Storm Troopers walked down the aisle as he was expecting to see me. Then followed by a 6’7 Chewbacca, his mind was blown. I didn’t get to see his face though, as I was last to enter. I was escorted by my Dad, who wore a black Emperors cloak and held a red light saber.

I’d also arranged a light saber send off, and a few little helpers gave light sabers to the guests in secret, while we were signing the register, so James didn’t . When James and I walked down the aisle after the ceremony, we walked under a archway of red and blue light sabers. Was truly a memorable moment.

I wish I had been around while the guests were gathering too, as we hadn’t told anyone that it was Star Wars theme. I can imagine there was some very shocked faces.

ADVICE FOR OTHER COUPLES | Do what you want, don’t listen to or be pressured by family or friends to have the same boring wedding like they did. We converted our family, and they have all agreed it was the most fantastic day ever. It was about us, our love for each other, and no one else.

CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE |

Photographer | Rob Farrell

Natalie did my make-up and Star Wars nails | Violet Sky Beauty, Bridgnorth

Posters | Natalie Roberts Design natrobertsdesign@gmail.com

Soul Band | Junction 2

String Quartet | Nero String Quartet

Venue | The Electric Cinema

Venue | Fazeley Studios

Favours | Cancer Research UK  and Retired Greyhound Trust

 

 

How brilliant?

Thanks so much to Lyndsey and James for sharing their super fun wedding with us xo Lou

 

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Louise Baltruschat Hollis <![CDATA[Vintage Cornflower Blue Travel Wedding]]> http://whimsicalwonderlandweddings.com/?p=175784 2016-08-23T09:27:06Z 2016-08-23T06:00:54Z Vintage Cornflower Blue Wedding http://eleanorjaneweddings.co.uk/

 

There are many things I adore about this sweet cornflower blue wedding today, let me explain why.

Bee and Nick were married on the 12th September 2015 at Mangreen Country House in Norfolk, a property where Bee’s gran and great uncle bought and raised their families in. Isn’t that so special? It doesn’t end there because Bee’s parents held their reception there and Bee wore a stunning dress her mum made for her own wedding back in the 70s. The loveliest and most touching reasons behind a venue choice ever.

The colour scheme was chosen due to their engagement at ‘Little Corn’ whilst travelling and they injected a travel theme into the styling too. With a budget of £5000 they hand crafted much of their day and it looked truly wonderful.

Thanks so much to Eleanor Jane for sharing these gorgeous shots today.

 

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THE PROPOSAL | In 2013 we decided to quit our rat race life in London, and travel around Latin America for 6 months. We blogged about the highs, lows, long bus rides and near death experiences with creepy crawlies here. Nick proposed in our fourth month on the road, by which point it had become clear that the experience would ‘make’ not ‘break’ us (even when we got food poisoning at the same time in Peru, sharing one toilet!) We were on a Nicaraguan ex-pirate island in the middle of the Caribbean Sea called Little Corn, and had just eaten a slap up meal and had a few rather large cocktails. Nick asked me on a secluded beach, watching the stars. Due to being totally secluded (no wifi!) we didn’t tell our friends and family for over 24 hours, which was actually quite fun as we could celebrate in secret.

THE VISION | As our Latin American travelling was a huge part of our relationship, we wanted to tie this into the wedding. There was a lot of vintage maps, polaroid’s from far flung locations, compasses and the like. As we got engaged on Little Corn, cornflower blue was the closest we had to a colour scheme. The main vision though was just to create a relaxed atmosphere as neither of us wanted anything that felt at all stuffy!

THE PLANNING PROCESS | We had 18 months to plan the wedding so could take our time, keep it cheap and doing lots of calling in favours from our talented crafty pals.

BUDGET | Less than £5,ooo

THE VENUE | Mangreen Country House in Norwich, Norfolk. This is a super special place to me and my family; it’s a property that my gran and great uncle bought and raised their families in. My gran has since moved to a converted hayloft in the grounds and I’ve grown up spending all my school holidays there amongst the corn flowers and wild flowers, it’s truly idyllic. As my gran is the grand old age of 96 we wanted to take the wedding to her – to make sure she could be there (and she did, she partied until 11pm at which point she took herself home… to watch Match of the Day!)

THE DRESS & ACCESSORIES | I didn’t want to have the whole ‘picking the dress’ experience or cost, so I decided to wear my mums wedding dress, which she handmade for her big day in 1972. It meant a lot that so much love had gone into every stitch, and it really added to the day. I was extremely privileged to have it altered by Val Hoyle – the Costumer Designer for Emmerdale! That sentence brings me so much Yorkshire pride. My parents also had their reception at Mangreen, so it was the second showing for the dress their – over 40 years later. In terms of accessories I had two pairs of handmade shoes from Etsy, a veil and a razzle dazzle twinkly hair clip that my hairdresser provided on the day.

GROOM’S ATTIRE | Nick wore a midnight blue suit from Moss Bros.

THE READINGS & MUSIC | I walked down the aisle to “Slow Life” by Grizzly Bear and the wedding party partied out to “Hooked on a Feeling” by Blue Swede. There were three readings –

Nicks’ mum Sue Horton read The Owl & The Pussycat.

Our best friend Craig Heathcote read A Lovely Love Story by Edward Monkton.

My older siblings MJ and Jess read Nuptials by John Agard.

BEAUTIFUL BRIDESMAIDS | The ultimate rowdy squad! Maid of Honour: Lol Palmer (who had everyone in floods of tears, then roaring with laughter, during her speech) Bridesmaids: Becca Taylor, Kerry Murphy and Kate Fleming. They are all friends that have supported me though thick and thin from childhood, teens and twenties, I’d be lost without them! My cousin Fiona Pouchard was meant to also be a bridesmaid but was slightly busy giving birth to our god-daughter when the wedding came round!

THE FLOWERS | Hydrangeas, blue roses and various other blue bits and bobs from Elizabeths.

Table flowers were sourced on the morning of the wedding from the reduced bargain buckets at Tesco and beautified by Creative Director Craig Heathcote and Master of Ceremonies Cindy Sharman!

THE CAKE | Lady Bakewell-Park whipped up a beautiful pastel rainbow cake and plethora of melty middle cupcakes.

YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER | Eleanor Jane who is a good friend of mine so I was confident she could capture day and ease our camera shyness. I love her reportage style, capturing magic moments between guests that we totally missed in the blur of the day. She couldn’t have done a better job, and was such a delight to have around on the day – the photographs never felt stressful and didn’t take up too much time either.

THE DETAILS & DÉCOR | Craig Heathcote was the Creative Director (he only agreed to do the job if he got that official title!!) and he really did pull off a spectacular feat. He had a tiny budget, but used it so wisely – investing in the most fairylights you’ve ever seen and various vintage items to create our map/travel inspired reception. He also provided lanterns for the late night party goers to take out and explore the orchard with.

FOOD & DRINK | There was a ‘Yorkshire Afternoon Tea” (scones with all the trimmings plus scotch eggs, pork pies and of course, Yorkshire Tea), then the evening food was a burrito food truck. Arriba! We had a ‘bring a bottle’ open bar, but made sure we provided plenty of wine and Flor de Cana rum to get things going. Oh and a good few kegs of Camden Town Brewery beer.

THE HONEYMOON | We haven’t had our Honeymoon yet, as the travel bug bit again and we moved to Los Angeles less than a week after getting married! A perma-honeymoon… We are going to take one though, we’re heading to Charleston in South Carolina and road tripping around the south in September. Just in time for our anniversary.

MEMORABLE MOMENTS | It’s impossible to chose just one. It was just a perfect mixture of laughter, dancing, feelings and sunshine. It really was the best day of both of our lives.

ADVICE FOR OTHER COUPLES | Don’t stress about the weather. It rained solidly all week before the wedding, and we were woken up to the clattering of pouring rain on the skylight of our hotel! Amazingly, the sun came out and by the afternoon it was unrecognisable. Typical British shenanigans! Don’t give in to last minute pressure to over spend. It felt like we spent more in the last week than they entire 18 months due to panic buying! Our wedding was still super cheap and cheerful though, it’s the people who make it – not the stuff.

CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE |

Photography | Eleanor Jane

Venue | Mangreen Country House

Flowers | Elizabeths

Cake | Lady Bakewell-Park

Hair |  Michela Olivieri

Invitation | Matt Mear

Wedding Band | Phil Horton & Tim Barker

Afternoon Tea |  William and Naomi Duffield @ Mangreen Country House

Burrito Van |  KK Catering

 

 

I love the nods to Bee’s name, that tattoo, those shoes and hello ring envy right now.

Thanks so much to Bee and Nick for sharing their lovely wedding story with us xo Lou

 

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Louise Baltruschat Hollis <![CDATA[Creative & Relaxed Wedding Photographer. Miki Photography]]> http://whimsicalwonderlandweddings.com/?p=177034 2016-08-22T10:41:02Z 2016-08-22T13:00:15Z Miki Photography Wedding Photography Photographer UK Creative Relaxed

 

Award winning wedding photographer Miki Photography has always been a fave here on WWW, with emotive, dramatic and really rather stunning imagery. His couples rave about his work and you will see why when you browse through these amazing shots.

Miki Photography is growing and welcoming new associate Derbyshire Wedding Photographer Ash Davenport to the team. Great news for you as it means even more chance of securing your wedding date with Miki Photography and ensuring the wedding album of your dreams becomes reality.

 

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Such joy filled and memorable moments. WOW.

Get in touch with Mick and Ash to secure your wedding date quick sharp xo Lou

 

 

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Louise Baltruschat Hollis <![CDATA[Whimsical Bright Village Hall Fete Wedding]]> http://whimsicalwonderlandweddings.com/?p=175640 2016-07-26T14:10:26Z 2016-08-22T06:00:20Z Whimsical Bright Village Hall Wedding http://www.beckyryanphotography.co.uk/

 

Who doesn’t love a good old village fete? There is something so comforting about the traditions and local community all coming together. So I think a village fete theme lends itself just perfectly to a wedding, just as today’s couple did too.

Katie and Tim tied the knot on the 28th May 2016 at the village church and also held a baptism for their daughter at the same time. They then headed to Normanton-on Soar Village Hall in Nottinghamshire for their fun and colourful reception. Orange Tree Weddings coordinated their day perfectly, with swags and drapes creating a cosy atmosphere, fun and games outside and quirky props all round.

The blooms were something else and Katie’s bouquet was just so swoon-worthy in burgundy and peach. Hearts for eyes. She chose Maggie Sottero‘s Ettia with its heavy bead work and plunging back. You are going to love this folks.

Thanks so much to Becky Ryan Photography for sharing these wow factor photographs with us.

 

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THE PROPOSAL | 21st February 2014. Whilst it was snowing at an Italian Ski Resort. We had gone for a walk in the snow and it was too cold for Tim to get on one knee!

Although it was a surprise, I thought something was a little out of sorts. Tim had been quite stressed on the journey down there. He had planned to propose on route, by Lake Lovere, but the heavy snow, a mix up with the car rental and the rush hour traffic in Milan resulted in him needing to change his plans

THE VISION | Summer Fete with vintage décor and bright colours. We decided that we didn’t want a set colour theme but the men wore burgundy ties and our bouquets were a mixture of ivory, peach and burgundy with lots of green foliage. We wanted an informal and fun day that was something a bit different. We gambled a bit with the weather!

THE PLANNING PROCESS | We set a date in the Summer of 2014 and booked venues, etc. We planned most other things this year. We booked Orange Tree Weddings and Jules was fantastic at planning our reception.

THE VENUE | St Anne’s Church Sutton Bonington for the ceremony and Normanton-on-Soar Village Hall for the reception. Tim grew up in Sutton Bonington and his parents still live in the village. We decided on St Anne’s as it is a beautiful church. The vicar also agreed to baptise our daughter, Edie, during the ceremony.

The village hall provided a blank canvas for our reception – which is just what we wanted. The outdoor space was what really sold it to us. We knew that we wanted outdoor games and the large field was perfect. There is also a small children’s park which was ideal for our younger guests. We wanted the day to be informal and relaxed – the hall was perfect for this.

THE DRESS & ACCESSORIES | I’ve always felt more comfortable in jeans and a pair of converse and I’ve never been one to wear formal or glamorous dresses. I tried lots of styles on but I knew that I wanted something different that I didn’t walk or stand awkwardly in. I knew that I wanted something with a small sleeve and although I had originally thought I’d like a tea dress, I decided on a full length dress as I needed to wear flat shoes.

The low v-shaped back was beautiful, revealing just enough. I have always liked beading and if I could travel back to any one era, it would be the 1920s. The dress ticked all of those boxes! It had a 1920s feel to it and I loved the champagne/ivory colour and beading. It was also super comfy! I hadn’t felt the same in any other dress.

Shoes – I didn’t want to be taller than Tim on the day so I’d decided early on that I’d wear flats. I also decided that I had to wear flats I wanted to treat myself to some I’d love to wear again. I got some blush Melissa shoes by Vivian Westwood, with a metallic heart. They were perfect and I couldn’t wait to wear them again after the wedding!

Hair piece – I decided that I didn’t want to wear a veil as I loved the detail at the back of my dress and I didn’t want anything covering it. Keeping with the 1920s style, I’d seen a few photos on Pinterest of brides wearing hair drapes. I found a woman on Etsy who makes hair accessories by hand and was able to make a bespoke piece in time for my hair trial.

I was so excited when the box arrived and I wasn’t disappointed. The hair piece was beautiful-the vintage feel worked perfectly with my dress. The company is Tallulah Loves Trinkets and she is very talented!

Hair and Make-up – was by Yvonne at Summers at Eleven, Ruddington and Jo Lale Independent Make-up. Both are very talented at what they do and put me at ease that morning.

FINDING THE DRESS | The staff at Beautiful Brides in Nottingham were lovely. The assistant, Hannah, who I met during my initial appointment was really friendly and put me at ease (in an environment/situation where I thought I would feel awkward).

I tried several dresses on that morning before visiting other bridal shops. I hadn’t actually seen my wedding dress and I returned to the shop at closing to second view another one that I’d liked. Although they were closing, the lady allowed me to go upstairs to look at the other dress again. Once I was in the shop, I immediately noticed ‘my dress’, and said to my mum, “Why didn’t I try this one on this morning?”.

I tried the Ettia dress on and immediately fell in love with it.

GROOM’S ATTIRE | A navy checked suit from Reiss, white shirt from TM Lewin, burgundy tie from John Lewis and brown brogues from Ted Baker. We asked the ushers and my brother, who gave me away, to wear navy suits of their own choice. The ushers and best man wore the same tie as Tim and my brother wore a burgundy polka dot bow tie from Mrs Bow Tie (great website!).

THE READINGS & MUSIC | We had three readings during the ceremony (it was a bit longer with a baptism in the middle). We had 1 Corinthians 13 as our first reading followed by a non-religious poem by Shel Silverstein called ‘Ations.’ I added a few additional verses about Tim and I, to give it a personal touch.

Our final reading was during Edie’s baptism and it was ‘Forever’ by Emma Dodd (a children’s book). It’s a lovely book about a mother polar bear looking after her baby. We chose Edie’s godmother to read it.

We had three hymns during the service.

We decided we wanted a band for our evening reception and found a Manchester band called ‘After Party’ via Warble Entertainment. They were amazing! They had the guests begging them to play more songs at the end of the night. They played a real mix of music ranging from 60s to current. The lead singer, Aaron was great at communicating and they created a really good atmosphere.

We chose ‘Come and Get your Love’ by Redbone as our first dance – we wanted something a bit different.

BEAUTIFUL BRIDESMAIDS | My younger sister, Alana, was the only adult bridesmaid. We had our 8 year old niece, Elise, as bridesmaid and Edie, our 3 year old daughter, as flower girl.

Alana wore a peach pleated midi skirt from ASOS and an ivory lace top from Zara (shoes from Topshop).

The younger girls both wore ivory dresses from Next with embellishment around the neck. They also wore rose gold/tan sandals from Next. I wanted all three bridesmaids to wear something that they would be able to keep and wear again. They all carried smaller versions of my bouquet, gradually getting smaller with Edie’s being the smallest

THE FLOWERS | Roses, hypericum, alstroemeria, lisianthus, and lots of foliage. I knew that I wanted a loose, hand tied bouquet with lots of foliage. We’d met with Sally from Phoenix Flowers, in Ruddington, and she knew exactly what I was thinking. She suggested the flowers that would work and she also included berries to add the burgundy colour. We used the same flowers to decorate our wedding cake.

The flowers in church were arranged by a friend of Tim’s father. She did an amazing job too and the church looked beautiful, in particular the font in which Edie was baptised!

Orange Tree Weddings filled jam jars with flowers of similar colours at the reception.

THE CAKE | One of our friends/Tim’s work colleagues, Theresa Lacey, kindly offered to make it for us.

We decided that we wanted a relaxed and rustic look and met with Theresa to talk through ideas. She agreed to make us a ‘naked cake of three tiers, each tier a different flavour. She then decorated the cake with berries and flowers – she even arranged with the florist to collect the surplus flowers from our bouquets so that everything tied together.

The whole thing looked amazing. I loved the fact that each tier was a different flavour – Madeira, chocolate brownie and lemon drizzle. I’d also found Sylvanian Families figures to place on top of the cake, as our daughter loves playing with them. There was a bride, groom and small bridesmaid to represent Edie.

YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER | We knew that we wanted an alternative photographer – neither of us like posing for photos and we didn’t want lots of posed shots and waiting around on the day. We wanted someone to blend in and really capture the day (moments we wouldn’t necessarily see or remember).

I searched the internet and looked at a few. Once I came across Becky’s website I knew she was the one we wanted! Luckily she had availability and we have never looked back! She is AMAZING!

Becky felt like a friend and guest on the day, and her photos are beautiful. She is a very talented lady!

THE DETAILS & DÉCOR | Orange Tree Weddings styled and catered our reception, They used their vintage fabrics, lighting, personalised chalkboards, furniture and props to create a quirky summer fete.

We added personal touches like photos of Edie and our ‘Selfie’ table plan.

We also made the fete games for outside and OT arranged them on the day e.g. tin can alley, coconut shy, ball in a bucket. Hoopla was decorated with photos of Tim’s favourite Nottingham Forest players.

OT also decorated outside with vintage furniture, bunting, chalkboards and our very own BBQ and ice cream tent! The centre pieces were jam jars filled with flowers and chalkboards (our tables were named as place that are significant to us). We stamped guests’ names onto brown luggage tags to use as place settings (each tag had a raffle ticket attached for our raffle- alternative to favours).

During the speeches, Tim organised a raffle. Prizes included cinema tickets, 20-20 cricket tickets and a tin of beans!

FOOD | OT Weddings catered and provided the bar/drinks for the day. We decided on a BBQ with lots of salads for our day time guests. Dessert was a visit to our ice cream tent after the speeches.

In the evening we had pulled pork rolls and margarita pizza slices.

OT had a cocktail list of cocktails we had chosen beforehand… the Sailor Jerry Mojitos were amazing!

On arrival, guests had cocktails/Pimms and bags of popcorn or retro sweets.

THE HONEYMOON | We spent a couple of days in the Lake District but the three of us will be going to Ibiza in the summer.

MEMORABLE MOMENTS | Seeing each other in church!

Travelling with our guests to the reception on our vintage Barton bus.

The East Midlands/North-West dance-off, organised by our very cool band, After Party.

ADVICE FOR OTHER COUPLES | Try not to become too stressed in the build up – all of those little details you worry over seem insignificant on the day. Spend time with each other, the day goes far too quickly!

CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE |

Photographer | Becky Ryan Photography

Ceremony venue | St Anne’s Church, Sutton Bonington

Reception venue | Normanton-on Soar Village Hall

Bride’s dress | Beautiful Brides, Nottingham (Maggie Sottero, ‘Ettia’)

Shoes | Vivian Westwood

Hair piece | Tallulah Loves Trinkets

Earrings | Next

Bracelet | The Tokenhouse, Nottingham

Clutch bag | Accessorize

Canvas ‘bride’ bag | Paperchase

Groom’s suit | Reiss

Tie | John Lewis

Shoes | Ted Baker

Bridesmaids’ dresses | ASOS, Zara, Topshop, Next

Wedding rings | Ernest Jones

Wedding cake | Handmade by a friend

Flowers | Phoenix Flowers, Ruddington

Band | After Party, Manchester (booked via Warble Entertainment) *WWW wedding directory members*

Wedding Planner | Orange Tree Weddings

Make up | Jo Lale Independent Make-up

Hair | Summer at Eleven

Gifts for bridesmaids | personalised mugs from notonthehighstreet.com (Sophia Victoria Joy)

Hotel where we stayed/guests stayed | Radisson Blu, East Midlands

Brother’s bow tie | Mrs Bow Tie

The groomsmen all wore brightly coloured socks | Ted Baker

 

Oh my, so beautiful.

Katie and Tim, thank you both so much for sharing your colourful happy wedding celebration with us xo Lou

 

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Colour popping wedding ideas to brighten up your day, no need thank me though. All credit goes to the brilliant team of wedding suppliers who curated these awesome shots. The idea behind the shoot was to inspire same sex bi-racial couples, complete with an industrial boho feel and rainbow colours.

These ideas really pack a punch, I adore the confetti, bright stationery, fun garlands and that epic flower backdrop. The brides looked so stunning in their flowing bang-on-trend gowns and floral crowns with statement make up looks. Plus the styling and pretty blooms were arranged by Supplier Love WWW fave Fleur De Lace. You’re really going to enjoy these images today folks.

Thanks so much to ELS Photography for sharing these brilliant photographs with us.

 

“Back in February I was approached by Shoshy who runs Shoshy Cadoodle (and who created the gorgeous stationery for the shoot) as she felt (being in a same sex bi-racial marriage herself) that the industry was very hetrosexual and white and she wanted to create a shoot that would not only raise awareness to this but would also inspire other same sex bi-racial couples. 

Shoshy said she “identified with my colourful, quirky style” and told me that my “open attitude and adventurous streak! came across very powerfully” in my work (her words not mine! ha ;) and so wanted to collaborate with me by putting a shoot together that celebrated a bi-racial, same sex couple.

When seeking out other creatives to collaborate with, we were searching for more than just talent and originality. The other suppliers’ values needed to align with what any LGBT couple would be looking for… to be treated equally, with respect and with total, unquestionable support. 

Emma Barnes, maker and designer behind Wild Fawn Jewellery, an ethical London-based brand, was one of the first suppliers to jump on board. Emma, (who also happens to be in a same-sex relationship) said she “was really excited about the project’s core focus on diversity and allowing more people to feel truly represented, rather than left out of things and made to feel that they’re somehow different or less valid.”

La Poesie was another obvious choice for the creative team, making dresses that are all about celebrating the inner confidence and the individuality of the women who wear them.

Injecting even more fun and personality into the shoot, came in the form of Puptart’s sparkly rainbow bag; Fleur DeLace’s meticulous styling; Chic’n’Cheerful’s flower crowns/alter backdrop; Emma Page’s dreamy cake and Kim’s bold, striking make up design.

The shoot was so much fun and The Asylum is such a beautiful venue and the perfect canvas to celebrate diversity, inclusion and above all, love.”

 

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CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE |

Photographer | ELS Photography

Cake Topper | Miss Cake

Stationery | Shoshy Cadoodle

Make Up | Kim Eva May

Veil | Sash and Veil

Models | Lucy Scarfe and Leila Naruo

Rainbow Bag | Pup Tart

Jewellery (Nose Ring, Ring, Necklaces | Wild Fawn Jewellery

Flowers and Styling | Fleur De Lace *WWW wedding directory member*

Flower Crowns | Chic n Cheerful

Flower Wall | The Flower Folders

Dresses | La Poesie

Cake | Emma Page Cakes

Venue | Asylum

 

WOW so fantastic! Thanks so much to the whole team for sharing the results on WWW xo Lou

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