Whimsical Wonderland Weddings UK Wedding Blog 2014-12-19T14:00:39Z http://whimsicalwonderlandweddings.com/feed/atom WordPress Lou Whimsicalwonderlandweddings <![CDATA[The Bride Diaries. Amy’s Hair, Make Up & Beauty Regime]]> http://whimsicalwonderlandweddings.com/?p=129656 2014-12-04T21:06:08Z 2014-12-19T14:00:39Z WWW resident real bride Amy is back. And this week it’s great to catch up on what she has been up to. I love her thoughts and decisions on her hair, make up and beauty regime too :-) Thanks Amy XOXO Lou

 

THE BRIDE DIARIES

 

Hello there you lovely lot ☺ I bring you this instalment of Bride Diaries from an office which feels like it’s located somewhere in the Antarctic, seriously freezin’ hell! Autumn has well and truly set in now, bust out the hot water bottles and stock up on the hot chocolate. I personally love this time of year, I think it’s probably my favourite, what with the gorgeous colours, and not having to arm yourself with deodorant every time you leave the house – for me summer = sweaty mess (yeah I went there).

As much as I enjoy the cooler months I still get the urge for some winter sun, or rather a break away from work where sunshine is massively involved, no real requirement for winter. So when Ashley suggested a little trip to Majorca for the end of October, I was very much on board! It was very lovely indeed, sometimes all you want/need is to lay in the sunshine, letting go of all of your stresses, relaxing completely. And that is exactly what we did, literally. We were at the beach every day soaking up the glorious sun (it was only 25°c so no sweaty mess over here), eating a ridiculous amount of food, and guzzling all the wine. I feel no shame for being so lazy, it was just what we needed.

 

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I’ve also been spending time with my momma, since moving out and up to Wakefield I don’t really have any quality mother/daughter time with her. We went to see the utterly fabulous Paolo Nutini when he came to Sheffield, he really was incredible that man is so talented, and ladies, oh so sexy! I don’t think I’ve ever referred to a man as being ‘sexy’, always seemed a bit naff and crude to me, but there really is no other word to adequately describe how easy on the eye Mr Paolo is. Sorry Ash!

 

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It was while watching Paolo Nutini that I remembered how much I love going to gigs, seeing my favourite bands/artists. I’ve been so caught up with planning the wedding that I haven’t really thought about doing things that aren’t directly wedding related. So when Ashley and I were laid on the beach, discussing all of our plans for the upcoming year, I ensured we made space for lots of gigs that are coming up – we booked tickets for The Black Keys, John Legend, McBusted (ok so Ash won’t be going with me to this one, but I had so much fun when I saw them earlier this year, I felt it noteworthy) and Dynamo, who’s performing in December so by the time that comes around we’ll be Mr and Mrs, which is exciting in itself!

Something I’ve been musing over recently is how I’m going to beautify myself on our wedding day. There’s a lot you need to take into account if you want to look like a bridal goddess – hair, make up, skin (you’ll want your skin to look all glowy and radiant), and nails. I think I’ve pretty much got how I’m going to have my hair sorted, I went to a little event a couple of months ago at the most fabulous bridal boutique, where they were showcasing new collections from some of their designers. While I was there I turned into an absolute magpie, and was instantly drawn towards all of the sparkles over in the accessories corner. Every single piece was exquisite in its own unique way, I only tried on the one item, because as soon as I caught a glimpse of myself in the mirror my eyes just lit up. And I tell you what I was so surprised, I really didn’t think I’d be so taken with something so glamorous, because that’s not the look I ever intended. But there I was talking to the designer, getting my order in, and discussing how best to wear it. I decided right from the beginning that I want my hair to be in loose waves, but until this point I wasn’t sure if I wanted a soft updo or left alone. There is of course still time to change my mind!

Makeup is probably what I’m most torn with, see I’m massively into makeup, the majority of my disposable income goes into buying various products to hide all the imperfections on my face. I’ve tried going bare, I really have, mum’s given me the whole speech of ‘you’re beautiful just as you are, you don’t need all that stuff’ but I just feel better when I have it on, it’s like an injection of confidence. My mum is totally right though, I don’t NEED makeup, and neither do any of you if it’s not who you are, at the end of the day on your wedding day you want to look the best version of YOU, not the overdone woman on the Illamasqua counter! So I would say I’m pretty well up on beauty products, and I obviously know how I like to do my makeup. What I’m struggling with is, do I entrust my face with someone else, to get that true pampering experience on our special day? Or do I stick with what I know and do it myself? Any advice would be much appreciated!

I’m not too worried about my skin, I’ve always had generally really good skin, the only thing is I’m super lazy. I know it’s really important to take good care of your skin, making sure you cleanse and moisturise regularly, I just can’t be bothered a lot of the time! When I get in from work on a night I’m cream crackered, it’s bad enough that I have to cook tea and maybe do some ironing. I just want to go straight to bed and collapse in the land of nod. Spending 10-15 minutes taking my makeup off properly, and then cleansing and moisturising just ruins that whole plan. That’s the thing with makeup, it’s a lot of fun to put on in the morning, but an evil nemesis at the end of the day. I also really don’t drink enough water, I would say I’m probably dehydrated 90% of the time, so I definitely need to make more effort in that department. I guess really I just need to come up with a super simple beauty regime and stick to it, do any of you guys have any useful tips, or must have products?

My nails are the easiest part, I’ve been going to the same beauty salon to have my fortnightly dose of Shellac for a couple of years now, the ladies there are fantastic I’ve built up a really good relationship with them. So I haven’t even had to think about that, the hardest part will be deciding how to have them!

I guess there’s something else that can’t really go unsaid, as it’s an issue I feel most brides encounter in the lead up to their wedding day, certainly my married friends have anyway…… I will NOT be actively seeking to lose weight. The way I see it is I am not a nutritionist nor am I a gym bunny. I like to think I eat reasonably healthily, but I’d be lying if I said that I don’t eat pizza on a Saturday night, or that I only restrict myself to one slice of cake (my main hobby is baking, it’s amazing I’m still the size that I am with the amount of butter and sugar I go through in a week). Drinking green smoothies and working out 3 hours a day just isn’t me, Ashley is marrying me because he loves me for who I am. I don’t see the point in depriving myself of all the things I love for the next 10 months in order to look different for just one day, because all I will do is look at our wedding photos and say ‘I’ll never look like that again’. Pretty depressing! Don’t get me wrong, I completely respect the decision of other brides to go down that road, all power to you sister, just pick up a Big Mac for me on your way home from the gym ☺

 

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Lou Whimsicalwonderlandweddings <![CDATA[Simple Warm & Festive Winter Wedding]]> http://whimsicalwonderlandweddings.com/?p=129474 2014-12-04T20:41:33Z 2014-12-19T08:00:57Z Simple Warm Festive Winter Wedding http://mackphotography.co.uk/

 

Christmas is my favourite time of year and today’s couple certainly thought so too.

WWW readers Stacey and Joe tied the knot on Saturday 28 December 2013, how perfect! Ekk. They envisioned a simple and warm day with plenty of food, drink and dancing.

They kept everything low key, with pretty Gypsophila blooms, soft tea lights and brown paper stationery. There was a hint of blue too, with the boys checked suits accessorised with fun ties and the bridesmaids in teal.

Stacey looked stunning her in Justin Alexander gown with sweet T Bar shoes. Romantic and festive, it doesn’t get better than that :-)

Thanks so very much to the wonderful Mack Photography for sharing such lovely photographs today.

 

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THE PROPOSAL | At Edinburgh’s Glasshouse Hotel, exactly two years before the wedding date. A BIG surprise! Joe was so nervous, he wrote a note saying “Will You Marry Me?” at the last minute. It ended up in a puddle on the roof terrace! We celebrated by having a six course meal, lots of cocktails & dancing the night away with some Polish guys we met in a nightclub :)

THE VISION | Simple, fun and warm! Joe has a huge family and, although they’ve seen their fair share of weddings, there had never been a Winter wedding. We both love the festive season so it seemed apt to plan a Christmas time wedding. A religious service followed by a hotel reception (the only place we could fit & feed our huge families!) We wanted everybody to be well-watered, well-fed and ready for a dance!

THE PLANNING PROCESS | I’m a teacher so, despite saying I was going to be relaxed and informal, I couldn’t help but organise! I definitely made the most out of the build up; with lots of shopping trips and parties. We made decisions together and didn’t have any real disagreements! We asked a friend, Ashleigh at ‘My Own Design & Events’, to dress the room for us and she did a fantastic job!

THE VENUE | St Stephens RC Church in Clydebank (our parish) & The Buchanan Arms Hotel in Drymen. The church is very grand and the aisle felt really long! The hotel is beautiful and very cosy.

THE DRESS & ACCESSORIES | Justin Alexander Tea-length Lace dress (8555)

Birdcage veil, Rachel Simpson shoes and pearl accessories from Melle Cloche on Great Western Road, Glasgow. The dress was great as it didn’t trail on the ground (it was hailing!) and was very swishy for dancing!

FINDING THE DRESS | I tried on the full length version of my dress and, although my mum fell in love, I didn’t like that I kept tripping over (I’m very clumsy!) and that I couldn’t see my shoes! Any excuse to buy amazing shoes! I loved the high neck line (my gran would have approved!) and key hole back detail.

GROOM’S ATTIRE | Joe, his best man Michael & our son, Ryan, kept their attire a secret from me. Was nice to have a surprise at the church as I wasn’t even sure which colour they had chosen! I really love the blue and red in their ties; I think it looked fresh and festive! Their brown shoes looked great next to the bridesmaid’s browns and beige accessories. They opted for suits opposed to kilts as they felt much comfier, they could wear them again and it was freezing cold!

THE READINGS & MUSIC | Our son Ryan, my sister Jaynie & my friend Amy read our religious readings for us. The organ was played by our friend Pauline, who is a fantastic church organist! She was accompanied by Daniel, on violin. We chose our favourite hymns and also the Glasgow Love Song for walking down the aisle.

BEAUTIFUL BRIDESMAIDS | Originally started with 1 & ended up with 4! My three sisters and best friend. They opted for short 50s style dresses to tie in with mine, and the teal colour was very festive and suited all their different colourings. They chose their own  shoes, fur stoles and shawls, and the mismatch effect was lovely. My little niece, Cassie, wore a lace & chiffon dress to match mine.

THE FLOWERS | We bought all our flowers from Memory Lane Florist in Lenzie. We opted for a simple white Baby’s Breath for the bridesmaids and buttonholes. I intended to get that too, but fell in love with a bouquet online which had amazing purple flowers and Scottish ferns. The florist made an even better job of mine, and I loved holding it all day! Ashleigh filled lots and lots of vintage jars and bottles with sprigs of baby’s breath and berries. We also had an illuminated baby’s breath wreath behind our table, and it looks lovely in the photos.

THE CAKE | We had a three tier, mixed sponge cake, completely covered in hundreds and thousands sprinkles. We had a Lego topper. We asked guests to bring home baking by way of a gift,  so we ended up with a lovely cake buffet! Lots of tablet, cheesecakes,  cake pops and sweeties!

YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER | Lindsey of Mack Photography photographed our wedding perfectly! From our engagement shoot to our photo booth, she captured so many funny moments and made us feel so comfortable. Even when it was hailing and muddy, Lindsey managed to get amazing photos. We travelled down the road to Balmaha in Loch Lomond to get some photos at the derelict blacksmiths there. I love the umbrella in the photos. The evening photo booth was also amazing; our family & friends really enjoyed it and the booth set-up was so different to others we have been to.

THE DETAILS & DÉCOR | We kept it simple, with vintage touches and LOTS of candles! We had little chalkboards for our table numbers and a large homemade chalkboard table plan (to represent the teacher bride!) We set up a ‘Weans Table’ for the couple of kids at the wedding; they loved the toys and activity books!  We hired a lovely vintage Jag to chauffeur us on the day. Ryan loved riding in the front! Our band were ‘Franco’, who were great! My uncle sang an acoustic version of ‘Only You’, which is a song we both love but Yazoo’s version was much too fast to dance to. It was a nice surprise for my mum to hear her brother singing our first dance song.

THE HONEYMOON | We spent Hogmanay in The Couple’s Retreat at Portavadie Marina. It was gorgeous; three nights wasn’t long enough! I’m still waiting for my sunshine honeymoon!

MEMORABLE MOMENTS | It was a memorable day! I remember laughing a lot, and particularly enjoying the ‘getting ready’ with all the girls and my mum. Was so lovely to see the reception room set up for dinner, as Ashleigh had made the room look so pretty! My niece shouted our names throughout the ceremony and then tried to steal the show during the speeches :) I’m glad we didn’t opt for a videographer!

ADVICE FOR OTHER COUPLES | It’s worth waiting for (I waited 11 years!) Enjoy the build-up and celebrations, then try to relax and enjoy the day. Make some time to be together to have a chat & a drink. And dance!!

CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE |

Room decorations | Ashleigh @ MyOwnDesignandEvents

Flowers | Memory Lane Flowers

Photographer | Mack Photography

Accessories & shoes | Melle Cloche & Rachel Simpson

Dress | Justin Alexander

Bridesmaid dresses | Gowns and Crowns

Band | Glasgow Wedding Band

Suits | Slaters

Honeymoon | Port Vadie Marina

 

Ahh I am feeling really festive now. Soooo romantic :-)

Thanks so much to Stacey and Joe for sharing their amazing day with us here XOXO Lou

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Lou Whimsicalwonderlandweddings <![CDATA[Classic Vintage Street Party DIY Wedding]]> http://whimsicalwonderlandweddings.com/?p=129379 2014-12-04T18:48:19Z 2014-12-18T14:00:56Z Classic Vintage Street Party Wedding http://www.ilovestories.co.uk/

 

This afternoon’s wedding is oh so special, full of love, personal touches and fun!

I so love an old fashioned inspired ‘do’, which is exactly what WWW readers Rosie and Sean decided to have for when they married on the 5th July 2014.

With a vision of a classic vintage street party, you can just imagine how epic their homespun reception was.  DIY blooms, floral bridesmaid frocks, a 1950s inspired dress perfect for twirling and festoon lights were just a few of my favourite parts of this wedding.

Thanks goes to I Love Stories Photography for providing these wonderful images.

 

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THE PROPOSAL | After Sean asking me to marry him on about a weekly basis for about a year before in the end we just decided together the time was right and we were going to go for it. Maybe not the most romantic, but it is how we approached the whole wedding (and marriage so far!) as a partnership and a joint venture….

THE VISION | One of the reasons I think we decided the time was right was I had thought of a place for our reception that felt totally right for us, which was the 1920s church hall around the corner from our house. It now a vibrant community centre and we walk past every day with our dog on the way to the park. We loved the idea of it been close to home in Old Trafford, the area where we love living and where so many of our friends live too.

After that the original vision in my head was classic vintage street party – long tables with white cloths and wild flowers, bunting, vintage china. It just felt completely right for the venue. Then we threw in a Neil Young covers band, lots of friends DJing… we wanted a proper party.

THE PLANNING PROCESS | We had about five months which seemed likes ages to us, but shocked quite a few of our friends and colleagues. It was a bit hectic at times to pull it all together but I think we both love a challenge. It also made us make decisions and stick to them – something I am not always great at.

THE VENUE | Once we had our reception venue we started to look at where we would actually get married. We wanted somewhere special but would fit with the reception and decided on Ordsal Hall in Salford. It’s an amazing Tudor hall with beautiful lavender gardens and the ceremonies are conducted in the main hall which is just spectacular. It was restored a few years ago and is a museum too – so the guests could look round after the ceremony and drinks were served in the kitchen which looks like a Tudor kitchen. It is also meant to be haunted by a white lady – the night after our wedding there was a ghost hunt on!

THE DRESS & ACCESSORIES | My dress was by Lou Lou Bridal from Look Darling on the Wirral- it’s very early 50s glam; tea length and a very full skirt. It has a lace overcoat which buttons down the front and a wide belt. I wore the lace overcoat for the ceremony and wedding breakfast and then took it off to reveal the satin, strapless dress at night. I loved the two different looks in one and it was so much fun to wear.

I was pretty minimal with my accessories. Rachel Simpson ivory peep toes shoes, and a short veil – both to keep with the 50s style of my dress. I didn’t wear any jewellery, just some pearl hair pins. Then I got an ivory belt with a bit of sparkle for my evening look.

The hair became a very important part of the styling of the wedding. My hair dresser Justin, who works out of Bannatynes Salon and Spa in Manchester, has been doing mine and my Bridesmaid Naomi’s hair for about 8 years. He came to my house and did our hair on the morning, he knows me and Naomi very well and created the most amazing vintage dos for us all. He made each of the bridesmaids and me a unique style, but they all fitted together perfectly.

Our make-up was done my the very talented Emmalene who finished off our vintage look. She did a brilliant trial for me, and spent loads of time with me really listening to what the style and theme of the wedding was going to be.

FINDING THE DRESS | I was pretty naive about buying a wedding dress, and left myself very little time with our five month planning time. Once I started looking into it I realised I had left myself very little leeway if I wanted to order a traditional dress. I spent a weekend visiting a few dress shops and then decided. I thought I would like and suit a vintage or 1950s dress so I didn’t do any traditional dress shops – I went to a couple of vintage suppliers and Look Darling which is a beautiful home studio on The Wirral. Elaine there sells short and tea-length vintage style dresses. I originally wanted a short (cocktail-length dress) but in the end my dress felt just perfect. I think it was the way it was two looks in one, and the belt that sealed it. It is unusual and Naomi my bridesmaid described it as having ‘bite’ – the belt gave it attitude.

And thankfully in the end I managed to sneak in just inside the 10 weeks ordering period…phew!

I did have a few dress wobbles – was it the right decision? would I still like it when it arrived? Should I have gone for the vintage 1920s style dress I saw? etc etc… I know this is partially my personality and always second guessing my decisions, but I imagine it could be even worse if you order further in advance and have longer to ponder on your choice. Anyway I am so glad I stuck with my decision because as soon as I had picked up the dress I knew it was the right choice and my original instinct was correct.

The final thing to say on my dress is it was altered by the brilliantly talented Amina at Stockport Wedding Services. She made it fit like a glove and is just generally brilliant. She also supplied my sparkly belt for the evening.

GROOM’S ATTIRE | Sean took about five times as long as me to pick his suit and accessories. After many hours of internet searching, visits to the shops, trying on hundreds of suits, he eventually went for a blue Hugo Boss two piece with a faint check. He said Paul Newman would never wear a waistcoat so neither was he – not sure if that is actually true, but that was his reasoning! His shirt, tie and pocket square were from Reiss and his shoes were tan Grenson Derby shoes which are very beautiful shoes.

THE READINGS & MUSIC | I walked down the Aisle to Into My Arms by Nick Cave, which we think is just the most romantic song. We signed the register to Sea of Love by Cat Power, In The Aeroplane Over the Sea by Neutral Milk Hotel and The Book of Love by The Magnetic Fields. We walked out to Something Changed by Pulp.

Our readings were one of the most special parts of the day. My brother James and Sean’s sister Toni gave our readings and were our witnesses. James read I Do Not Love You by Pablo Neruda, which he delivered with such emotion. Then Toni gave a reading Sean had written about us. It was inspired by something I said in a conversations about why we were looking forward to been married and our relationship … it is called Threads and is all of the invisible strands that bind us together.

BEAUTIFUL BRIDESMAIDS | I had four bridesmaids my sister Eleanor, my friend I grew up with Sarah, my best friend from my university days (and beyond) Isobel and Naomi who I have know since my Masters course and now lives round the corner from me.

They wore Vivien’s of Holloway full skirted circle dresses – two in bright pink, two in bright blue florals. They looked ace – so vintage and fun and colourful! I also had Sarah’s daughter Ella as my flower girl.

Isobel gave a speech and was the compare for the speeches and the reception – she is an amazing public speaker and it was really important to me to have a female voice present in the speeches.

Ella ended up doing an impromptu performance at the end of the speeches. She sang ‘We Danced in the Morning’ acapella, she is an amazing singer and got a standing ovation and made lots of people cry.

THE FLOWERS | The flowers ended up been an epic venture by myself and my bridesmaid Naomi. We decided to do them ourselves. I collected and decorated jam jars with the help of friends, borrowed and sourced vintage jugs from car boots and even attempted to grow my own flowers. OK so the growing was not very successful (although I had tons of sweet peas… just a month after the wedding). Instead we went to a wholesalers and for £200 got more flowers than we knew what to do with. We did our own bouquets for me and the bridesmaids which I am still very proud of, plus loads of jam jars of flowers for the tables and big arrangements in jugs for the hall. Naomi even made a flower decoration for her baby daughter’s buggy. My grandma turned up too and got involved with the flower arranging marathon. Me and Naomi loved it so much we are now doing a floristry evening class… and have since learnt we made our button holes completely incorrectly!

THE CAKE | We had a bake off, plus my Aunty Sarah made us a traditional wedding cake (which was a total surprise). Lots of friends and family brought lovely things they had made and we hired cake stands to dish them out on.

YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER | Our photographer Lynda is a friend of a friend and is relatively new to wedding photography, although has been working as a professional photographer for a long time. As soon as we spoke on the phone I knew she would get what we wanted and our style. She came and did a practice couples shot with us in the local park and around the venue. I think both me and Sean were a little nervous but she made us feel completely at ease and we loved doing the shoot. The photos she took on that day are absolutely brilliant – they completely capture us as a couple… So I knew she was going to do an excellent job with the wedding and we couldn’t have been happier with the results.

We are absolutely thrilled and so proud of the wedding photos – they are beautiful. I love loads of them but especially the shots of the ceremony. Lynda really captured the emotion of it.

Lynda also works as a documentary photographer and her experience shows – she was very subtle on the day and captured lots of unposed shots, some of which are very special such as the dancing photos. She was a pleasure to have around and was up for giving anything a go to get a great photo – such as climbing the church tower at the reception venue and shooting out of her car driving behind the wedding car!

THE DETAILS & DÉCOR | As well as the vintage china and flowers in the reception venue, we also did lots of other finishing touches – on the whole things we made ourselves or friends helped with. Sean’s sister Toni made meters and meters of bunting, Joel our Best Man is a technician and sourced all of the sounds and light equipment including lots of festoon lighting (which I had become obsessed with in the run up!). Joel and Sean made blackboards, we sourced paper cups and straws, made the name place cards …. we really got into the detail.

Sean also designed all of the wedding stationery himself, from the invitations (Neil Young themed) and thank you cards. He also designed the seating plan. We picked penguin books we like for the table names and bought the books to use on the tables. We then picked out funny or romantic quotes to use of the seating plan design.

THE HONEYMOON | We are going on a delayed big honeymoon to Malaysia and Thailand in January, so we had a short break after the wedding which in the end was incredibly special. We stayed in a yurt in the Black Mountains in Wales. It was the only guest accommodation on the farm it was located on so was very secluded and the yurt was beautiful and handmade by the family who own it. The weather was very hot that week so we swam in the stream, went for walks with our dog and sat out under the stars… it was perfect.

MEMORABLE MOMENTS | The ceremony was my favourite part of the day – it was so special and romantic and there was an amazing feeling in the hall. I had thought so much about the reception it kind of took me by surprise a bit. Aside from that just having all of our friends and families there, celebrating and dancing was amazing. I also loved travelling in the open top Lagonda with Sean after the ceremony, in beautiful sunshine with my veil flying out behind me.

ADVICE FOR OTHER COUPLES | Apart from the typical advice about making sure you take it all in because it passes so quickly I would also say it’s brilliant to hand-make things for your wedding and do it yourself as it makes it so special and personal. But I think we slightly underestimated the amount of work involved in the run up and to get the reception venue as we wanted it. So I guess my advice would be to ask for help and support as much as possible and allow enough time to also relax and rest in the run up.

CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE |

Photography | Lynda – I Love Stories Photography

Ceremony venue | Ordsall Hall 

Dress supplier | Look Darling

Dress alterations | Stockport Wedding Services 

Make Up | Emmalene

 

Wow. How fab did the Church hall look?! Gorgeous.

Thanks so so much to Rosie and Sean for sharing their amazing story, its been such a pleasure to share your day :-) XOXO Lou

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Lou Whimsicalwonderlandweddings <![CDATA[Bohemian Bare Foot Italy Destination Wedding]]> http://whimsicalwonderlandweddings.com/?p=129343 2014-12-04T14:50:03Z 2014-12-18T08:00:49Z Bohemian Italy Destination Wedding http://www.riabeth.com/

 

Lets head away to distant shores for some warmth and sunshine shall we?

Amanda and Ryan decided to tie the knot in beautiful Italy and with the help of planners My Secret Italy they created a relaxed bohemian style wedding.

Amanda had the most amazing bridal look, with her swishy gown and tousled hair topped with a pretty flower crown. Groom Ryan wore a slim fit grey suit with sunnies and the bridesmaids looked gorgeous in white dresses. Oh my! Just you wait lovelies :-)

Thanks so very much to Ria Beth for sharing these dreamy images today.

 

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THE VISION | The day was so us!! All we wanted was it to be  relaxed and fun and it was exactly that! We couldn’t have done any of it with out Julie from My Secret Italy!! She was amazing! If  I could give anyone any advice it would be that the day is about you and your partner. Its not about impressing or not upsetting family or friends. Or about having the biggest possible wedding day or how much money you can spend. For me it was about having fun, enjoying he most important and memorable day of our lives and not having any regrets. It was a dream come true!!!

THE PLANNING PROCESS |  Wanting a abroad wedding and not knowing how to plan was a worry, so I spoke to my friend who got married in Italy and they sent me to Julie at My secret Italy. As soon as I met her I fell in love! Her enthusiasm and love for her weddings and brides made me so excited about planning my dream wedding and I put complete trust in her!! Julie and her daughter Emily helped me every step of the way. Choosing venues, food, and helping me with the smallest details. She created a day more amazing than I ever could have dreamed of. 

THE VENUE | We got married in the beautiful Santa Maria di Castellabate over looking the Island of Capri. Santa Maria is a small traditional Italian town. Not touristy in the slightest we were able to get the relaxed abroad wedding vibe we wanted.

Ceremony: We got wed at the Lido Azzurro a little venue on the beach. It was such a relaxed setting which was perfect. We asked Ryan’s granddad to say a few spiritual worlds so we could keep it personal to us.

Reception: We had our wedding reception/sit down meal/great party at Cantina Belvedere. Set up on top  of old medieval  Castellabate with the most breath taking views. Because of the amazing setting there was no need to have fancy decorations. We kept it plain and simple and just enjoyed the amazing panoramic views of the coast.

THE DRESS & ACCESSORIES |  All I knew that I wanted was a relaxed fun wedding in the sun so I new a traditional wedding dress wasn’t for me. I spoke to my friend who is a dress maker about possible having my dress made. So we came up with some ideas, I showed her some pics of dresses I love. I went and picked my fabric myself with Dawns (dressmakers) guidance which meant I could choose exactly what I wanted and then she put it together. I would describe the dress as bohemian, romantic but a relaxed lace dress.

I wore a small turquoise necklace and anklet that I got from  Accessorize and got my bridesmaids small turquoise pendants and matching anklets. I wanted a colour to match Ryan’s suit on the day. ​

I went bare foot. Having a beach wedding meant that I didn’t have to wear shoes which was the best. No sore feet for me. Its important to Earth ourselves the bridesmaid always said which is exactly what we did.
 
Again sticking to the relaxed style, I had one of my bridesmaids who is a hairdresser pin up my hair in 10 mins. It was loose and tussled and twisted exactly how I were my hair on a daily basis. I loved it! very beachy, surfer but keeping it romantic.

I did my own make up on the day as I don’t like to wear to much. so I used no.7, benefit, the body shop and my fave Kate moss coral Lipstick. Having a tan I kept with the gold and bronze tones.

I didn’t want a v or any kind of hair bling as I wanted to feel like  myself on the day. So I got my wedding planner to last minute organise for the florist to make me a beautiful fresh flower head garland. Which was perfect for me and my style!

BEAUTIFUL BRIDESMAIDS | All my bridesmaids were in different style of dresses in different shades of white. All being different heights and sizes, I wanted to make sure the girls felt comfortable and wore something that expressed their own style and personality. I was so pleased with there choices, they looked like beautiful brides. I chose white because I wanted to keep the day neutral but also liked the idea of them all looking like brides which took the emphasis off me.

THE FLOWERS | Because me and the girls were all in white I added a little bit of colour in the flowers. Veronica the local florist was amazing! I sent her some pictures of the kind of flowers I like and the colours I envisioned for the day. I wanted to keep them looking slightly wild and fresh! They were exactly what I wanted. The bridesmaids had the same flowers but slightly smaller bouquets. All the groomsmen, fathers, brother and granddad wore a small peachy coloured rose for a button hole.

GROOM’S ATTIRE | It was hard work finding THE suit for Ryan. He wanted something a little different and out of the ordinary. We went into Moss and found the Ventuno 21 slim fit Pistachio suit. It was one of them, did we love or hate the suit because it was such a unusual colour so we left to think about it without it. But we couldn’t stop thinking about it so Ryan ordered it online. He loved it and until the wedding day I still wasn’t sure. But in the sunny setting on the beach it was perfect! He looked so dapper and it was a talking point. Definitely the right suit for the day!

I wanted to get ryan something he would love and always remember and really enjoy! So I asked Julie (wedding planner) if she would be able to get a classic italin fiat to surprise ryan in the square and take us on a drive to the reception venue. It was no trouble for Julie, she had a friend with the coolest classic car come beeping his horn through the square and pic us up!! Ryan loved it! And so did everyone else.

Groomsmen: They wore grey suit and white shirts of their choice. Again all being different sizes and styles they chose there own suits. We just wanted them to be comfortable  and relaxed not forgetting about the hot weather.

YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER | Ria is a good friend of mine and love her style of photography! Photography being something im interested in, i wanted someone who understood my relaxed and unconventional style to do the wedding. She sent me some of her previous wedding pics and I fell in love! So I asked her if she would photo our day! She was amazing and captured the day perfectly!! I would recommend her to all brides!!

MUSIC | Band: We both love live music so new we wanted a band but again planning in Italy we had no idea who or how so we completely trusted our wedding planner Julie to book a band. We had Maieutiké Acoustic sound band. They were amazing!  They were Italian but played English classics old and new. We all had so much fun dancing until the early hours! 3amto be exact. They made sure everyone got involved and had the best time!

Guitar and Mandolin: A very Italian touch to the day and so very special!! Julie suggested that it might be nice to have a guitar and mandolin player to entertain the guest whilst im getting ready and then meet me at the hotel and walk me down the aisle. So I agreed and they were great fun!! They even learnt a very personal song for me to walk down the aisle to. It just added a extra something Italian and special to the day! And all the guest had so much fun with them.

THE DETAILS & DÉCOR | With travelling abroad I made my table plan which made sure it would be small and easy to put in my case. I had previously made my wedding invites using dried lavender, lace and old buttons and travel tags. So I decided to stick with the theme and spent hours making more travel tags with every ones name on so I could hang  them with string at the reception venue. It was another personal touch to the day which I enjoyed doing myself.

CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE |

Photography | Ria Beth

Planning | My Secret Italy

Venue | Cantina Belvedere

Hair | Elixirstudio

 

So very special. How stunning were those bridesmaids with their gorgeous bouquets?

Thanks so much to Amanda and Ryan for sharing their wonderful story today XOXO Lou

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Lou Whimsicalwonderlandweddings <![CDATA[Gift Ideas for Beauty Junkies & Alternative Girls. Rosie and Amy’s Christmas Wish Lists.]]> http://whimsicalwonderlandweddings.com/?p=130112 2014-12-09T14:42:40Z 2014-12-17T14:00:55Z After Sunday’s wish list from Jess and Holly this afternoon we are window shopping with our two other super lovely real brides, Rosie and Amy. Both of their dream Christmas presents are so different and I just love that. Rosie has a quirky cool style for alternative girls gifts, while Amy’s list is perfect for a total beauty junkie. Plus Amy shares all about her perfect Christmas. Those treats look scrumptious! Thanks girls… Merry Christmas XOXO Lou

 

Rosie

 

Here is my Christmas ‘I would very much like’ list:

Christmas Gifts Presents 2014 Women Girls Girlfriend Fiance

I think this might come in useful for a little event happening sometime in September… Photo Album

My mum, sister and I rave about this stuff to everyone I know. It’s the most beautiful stuff this side of heaven. Moisturiser.

Hmm… One can dream… Bag.

Muddy puddles pose a definite threat when running with my iPhone in my pocket. Ipod.

Muji candles – particularly the Champagne and Elderflower.  (I don’t think they sell them online, but they sell all sorts in the shop!)

I think I think I would look better in these than I actually would… Trousers.

To be wined and dined here - http://morito.co.uk/

A little dog from the DogsTrust would be ideal, but as a long working day and a cosy flat won’t allow this, a goat will just have to do. 

 

 

Amy

 

 

So Lou wanted us to tell you all what we’re asking Santa for this year, I’m sure the other gorgeous real brides have some fantastic things they’re lusting after, me, well my list is rather superficial. It is very makeup orientated, as I’m rather obsessed with the beauty world, you will hear more about this in my next post. I also love coffee, I’m a massive coffee snob, so I’ve asked my wonderful husband to be if he would be so kind to buy me this all singing all dancing little number –

 

 

Beauty Gift Guide Womens Girls 2014 Christmas

 

Delonghi Magnifica Bean to Cup Coffee Machine – I’ll start with my most lusted after product.

Nars Virtual Domination Cheek Palette – Sticking with the blushes, Nars have released this limited edition palette that looks rather fabulous indeed.

Charlotte Tilbury Supermodel Look in a Box - Now to be honest I wouldn’t say I really needed every product in this box, but for the purpose of this post I felt it was better to use this link, instead of listing every product. Charlotte Tilbury is fast becoming the beauty world’s brand to watch, and for good reason, the quality of the products are second to none. I’m particularly lusting after the matte lipsticks and eye-shadow palette, so dreamy.

Sali Hughes Pretty Honest - This is the book written by the Guardian’s beauty editor. Everywhere I turn I see rave reviews of this book, it sounds right up my street so I’d love to receive it.

Giorgio Armani Si Eau de Parfum – This has to be my favourite fragrance of the moment, it’s so classy and sophisticated I feel like a proper grown up wearing it.

Hourglass Ambient Blush Palette - Just look at how utterly pretty it is, I can’t even take it! This brand can do no wrong, every product in their arsenal is exquisite. Not cheap by any stretch of the imagination, but I’m a firm believer in you get what you pay for.

 

Hello my name is Amy and I am a beauty junkie. My wishlist is way longer than what is acceptable to list in this post so I think I will leave it there.

 

I’m sure I’m not the only person who thinks 2014 has just flown by, seriously though, how is it Christmas already?! Thinking about how fast time seems to have gone by this year makes me realise just how soon W Day is going to creep up. I’m so unprepared!!

I love that Lou has asked us to do a Christmas feature, I’m really big on the festive season it’s such a lovely time of year, makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside (and that’s not from all the mulled wine!) For me Christmas is all about family, going to get a bit corny here, I could have 50 presents under the tree but that’s not what I really care about, I don’t get a better feeling than when I finish work for the holidays, and I’m driving home to see all the folks. Then when we’re all sat around the table, tucking into some amazing dinner that the dream team of Mum and Nan have whipped up, I look around at everyone smiling and laughing. You can’t buy the feeling that gives you.

This will be the last year me and Ash go our separate ways, which is a lovely thought in itself, I do hate not being with him Christmas Day. Although last year we tried (and failed) to have everyone round at our place. Seeing as we’d just bought our first home, we thought instead of being apart it’d be a great idea to be the hosts.

 

Christmas

 

There’s me in the kitchen cooking dinner, I know what you’re thinking ‘man those socks totally compliment what she’s wearing, where can I get me some of them’ well I’m sorry, those bad boys were gifted to me ages ago. Lucky for you lot you can’t see the utter panic in my face, as I was stressing about it all coming together ok. Long story short everything was running late, people were grumbling and I was having a minor meltdown! I put it down to lack of experience – I think at that time I’d only cooked maybe one roast dinner before, but even though I have many more dinners under my belt now, the whole ordeal has put me off for a good while!

I’m quite traditional when it comes to Christmas, so I’m very much a ‘the decorations don’t go up until 12 days before’ kind of person. I really don’t understand people who get it all out in November, surely you’re sick of the sight of tinsel and flashing lights by the time Christmas Eve rocks up? As soon as December 1st hit, the office where I work erupted with festive cheer, and I was just sat there with my head in my hands thinking you sad losers!

 

Christmas

I can’t say too much though, the first weekend of December Ashley came home with a monstrosity of a Christmas tree, and basically said “here love, sort it out”. So my hand was forced, and our decorations are up. I’d be lying if I said I didn’t get that little tinge of excitement, because I totally did, and we have since jumped well and truly on the bandwagon, mulled wine and all.

 

Christmas

 

Don’t you just love sitting by the open fire with a drink? Doesn’t matter what drink it is, the open fire instantly makes it better.

This time of year is my favourite for another reason, the baking of course! I love all the food that’s around during the holidays, the mince pies, yule logs, gingerbread (so much gingerbread), it’s all so fabulous. Washed down with a generous glass of baileys, I’m in heaven. I’ll be doing it all this year, I’ve already made my salted caramel apple turnovers, and soft ginger molasses cookies – both massive hits with family and friends. I’m even making Christmas cake for the first time, only because a guy from work lured me into a little friendly competition, it’s his signature and bet that I couldn’t top it, I of course rose to the challenge. Our little Christmas cake off will take place on the 19th, keep your fingers crossed for me!

 

Christmas

What are you hoping for under your tree? :-)

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Lou Whimsicalwonderlandweddings <![CDATA[Wednesday Wedding Wonders. 17/12/2014]]> http://whimsicalwonderlandweddings.com/?p=130942 2014-12-16T12:26:37Z 2014-12-17T12:00:04Z Crafty Colourful Farm Festival Wedding http://candidandfrankphotography.com/

Image by Candid and Frank Photography, full wedding here.

 

 

Welcome to the last Wednesday Wedding Wonders of 2014!! Can you believe it? I certainly can’t.

I am hoping to be away from the computer for a couple of weeks starting on Monday, for some much needed quality time with my family and our newest little addition W. There of course will be some gorgeous weddings featured over the holidays, do keep popping by so that you don’t miss a single love filled celebration :-)

I can’t wait to start seeing the proposals popping up on my time line already, it’s so exciting!! Here are some of my favourite weddings from the end of the year…

 

Beautiful English Indian Wedding http://www.scuffinsphotography.com/

Image by Scuffins Photography, full wedding here.

 

 

DIY Pennsylvania Warehouse Wedding

Boho Wedding At Starhill Ranch In Texas

Awesome HomeSpun, Welly Wanging, Silent Disco Wedding

Bohemian Montana Lodge Wedding

 

Glamorous 1920s Farm Wedding http://www.hayleyrosephotography.co.uk/

Image by Hayley Rose Photography, full wedding here.

 

Fun Brooklyn Winery Wedding

New York Meets Palm Springs Wedding

Chelsea and Joe’s Snowy Winter Wedding

Bright Bazaar’s Destination Wedding

Spanish-Inspired Boho Luxe Wedding

 

Happy wedding Wednesday. I’ll be back with even more in the new year XOXO Lou

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Lou Whimsicalwonderlandweddings <![CDATA[Sweet & Friendly Blue Bunting FIlled Homemade Wedding]]> http://whimsicalwonderlandweddings.com/?p=129299 2014-12-04T14:08:16Z 2014-12-17T08:00:35Z Sweet Friendly Homemade Wedding http://www.rebeccadouglas.co.uk/blog/

 

Today’s couple are the sweetest and their friendly wedding just shows off their personalities perfectly.

WWW readers Dominic and Jennifer were married on the 10th May 2014 at The Secret Garden in Kent. They hoped for a small and relaxed feel to their outdoor Spring wedding.

I love the home made touches to their wedding day, with family and friends making contributions to their décor including an abundance of pretty bunting.

There was gorgeous attire, romantic florals and a wedding dress that sounded like it was meant to be.

Thanks so much to the fabulous Rebecca Douglas for sharing her photographs today.

 

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THE PROPOSAL | Dom whisked Jenny away for a romantic weekend for her 29th birthday. It was so perfect and romantic … but he didn’t propose! When we got back home Dom arranged for us to meet and surprised Jenny with a romantic proposal where we had our first kiss. It was by Tower Bridge and after Jenny said yes lots of tourists started clapping! Dom later claimed the weekend away was a decoy to throw Jenny off the scent…

THE VISION | We really wanted a relaxed, friendly, small wedding. We invited 41 people to the day and didn’t want anything too formal. When Jenny saw the secret garden on a wedding blog (with pictures from Rebecca!) it looked so special and just what we were after. We had to take a leap of faith as we saw it just after all the storms in December and it was difficult to picture a spring outdoor wedding in the middle of winter. We definitely made the right decision though – the Secret Garden couldn’t have done more to make our day special.

THE PLANNING PROCESS | Jenny thought long and hard about the colour scheme and suggested many combinations but Dom was ambivalent about them all. Only when Jenny suggested royal blue and white did Dom seem enthusiastic… it was only later Jenny realised they were Chelsea colours – Dom’s favourite football team!!

BUDGET | The budget was £15k but we came in under at £13k :)

THE VENUE | Venue – being outside was a key factor Jenny and Dom wanted to include in their day. Many venues we saw had marquees but they were enormous and we worried they would be too big for the number of guests we had. In the end we got such a special feeling about the SG that we knew it was the perfect place for us.

THE DRESS & ACCESSORIES | Jenny wore a Signoret gown by Viva which she brought from the Wedding dress factory outlet. I knew I wanted a dress with straps and a lace up back. This was actually the dress I picked out as my ‘inspiration dress’ before going shopping and it was obviously ‘the one’ when I tried it on. I accessorised with a pearl and diamanté headdress and veil and a natural hand tied bouquet. My sister leant her diamond necklace as ‘something borrowed’ and my parents surprised me with a set of pearl earrings the day before.

FINDING THE DRESS | As the wedding was planned within 5 months Jenny went to the Wedding Dress factory outlet to buy her dress so she could take it home that day without having to have it made. Her Mum, sister and friend Rachael came along and had a great time trying on all the different styles. Jenny nearly got a cocktail length gown but her mum very vocally objected as it wasn’t ‘princess’ enough. In the end everyone agreed on the Viva Signoret gown Jenny picked, which was obviously ‘the one’ as soon as she put it on.

GROOM’S ATTIRE | One of the 3 best men, had the responsibility of handling the groomsmen’s outfit. The groomsmen, (9 in total!) wore grey tailed suits, with ivory embroidered waistcoats and royal blue cravats. They all had rose button holes and looked so handsome! Dom had a fancier button hole to help him stand out from the other groomsmen.

THE READINGS & MUSIC | We had a very personal playlist, including Jenny’s college song Take That’s ‘Never Forget’ which was played 3 times at the brides repeated requests.

Our first dance was ‘More than a Number’ by the Drifters, a song that was full of personal memories for Dom and Jenny after a funny date.

We walked back down the aisle as Man and Wife to Raiders March (Indiana Jones theme tune) – that got a smile from our guests.

BEAUTIFUL BRIDESMAIDS | Jenny’s sister was the only bridesmaid (so very outnumbered by the men in the bridal party!). Emma wore a Debenhams Debut dress in cobalt blue. This was the first wedding related thing Jenny brought and fitted Emma perfectly. She looked beautiful. It was an easy choice and the only dress Emma tried on.

THE FLOWERS | Jenny and her bridesmaid Emma had natural hand tied bouquets with seasonal flowers and lots of greenery. Dom and all his groomsmen looked very smart with rose button holes.

THE CAKE | Jenny’s Mum made our day even more personal by making our amazing 3 tier fruit wedding cake herself. It looked fantastic and tasted even better. The decoration was in keeping with the colour scheme in blue ribbon and white icing, with small bunting decorating it.

YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER | We looked at lots of photographers but Rebecca Douglas really stood out. We’d seen photos she took of another wedding at the secret garden when researching the venue and the photos were so whimsical, romantic and intimate without being overly formal that we knew she was the perfect choice.

THE DETAILS & DÉCOR | Favours – We had a sweetie table for all our guests with individual stamped sweetie bags Jenny’s mum made. The table was all decorated in blue and white.

Table plan – As it was quite a small group we mixed everyone up so that people had the chance to mingle more. Our table plans were quite simple, with 7 tables of 6 or 7 people.

Centrepieces – Beautiful flowers by Anemone Blue florist in pewter jugs. The flowers really complimented the theme in whites, greenery and purples.

Place names – Place names were quite simple, written on our wedding stationery with bunting on it.

Table names – Jenny made the table plan using a silver wire heart donated by a friend, which was spray painted silver to match. The names were simple, D O M J E N and W for Dom and Jenny Williams. Although no one seemed to be able to work this out!

Bunting – we had lots of homemade bunting in blue and white fabrics hung around the marquee. Jenny, her mum and her sister/ bridesmaid Emma spent a weekend making about 50 meters of it!

Gazebo – as we were lucky enough to get married outside (despite it being quite windy) we had flowers decorating the gazebo, again very natural in keeping with the other flowers.

Fingerprint tree – we made a fingerprint tree which guests ‘signed’ with green ink.

Alternative guest book – we didn’t want a traditional guest book as we have found that people often seem to write the same things so we made a mad lib alternative guest book for guests to complete. They had to fill in marriage advice and complete the missing words. Guests then hung them on a knitted line with silver pegs and it was good fun to read what everyone had written! some very interesting advice came out if it!

Confetti cones – Dom and Jenny spent a crafty Saturday night before their wedding making individual confetti cones from embossed wallpaper. They looked really good tucked into a wicker basket ready to be thrown.

THE HONEYMOON | Saint Lucia for 9 nights at the Rendezvous Couples Resort. Dom planned this with meticulous attention to detail. It was wonderful.

MEMORABLE MOMENTS | Jenny – I had a really long walk down the aisle through the Secret Garden’s gardens and was so nervous I giggled all the way.

Dom – when Rebecca took us aside for a walk around and couple shots it was the perfect time to spend some time away from everyone as husband and wife for the first time.

ADVICE FOR OTHER COUPLES |  Don’t sweat the small details, on the day it’ll all come together perfectly – just try and remember it all!

CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE |

Photography |  Rebecca Douglas

Officiant | Kent County Council 

Venue | The Secret Garden

Bride’s Dress | Signoret by Viva Brides

Bride’s Shoes | Boutique 
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Headpiece | Pearl and diamante from Wedding Dress Factory Outlet

Bride’s Jewellery | Pearl earrings – gift from parents, diamond necklace borrowed from sister.

Hair & Make Up |  Lisa from Blushed Beauty

Groom’s Attire | Moss Bros

Bridesmaid’s Dresses | Debut from Debenhams

Cake | Homemade by mother of the bride

Flowers | Anemone Blue Florist 

Stationery | Planet Cards

Caterers | The Secret Garden 

Harpists | Just 2 Duo

DJ | DJ2K

Decor/Prop |  All homemade by bride and Mother of the bride

 

Beautiful.

Thanks so much to Dominic and Jennifer for sharing their happy and lovely wedding today XOXO Lou

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Lou Whimsicalwonderlandweddings <![CDATA[Small Village Hall Tea Cup Filled Wedding]]> http://whimsicalwonderlandweddings.com/?p=129236 2014-12-03T13:18:01Z 2014-12-16T14:00:32Z Small Village Hall Tea Cup Wedding http://assassynation.co.uk/

 

WWW readers Amanda and Martin tied the knot on the Sunday 6th April 2014 holding their wedding at Kent Life in the prettiest village hall. They wanted to keep their wedding small in numbers but with a pretty shabby chic feel.

Cue vintage china, tea cups for the Champagne and bunting galore. I love the decadent rose flower arrangements, the bridesmaids in lace and the VW camper.

Amanda was beautiful in her Essence of Australia gown with statement necklace and custom painted shoes, while Martin wore a sharp three piece suit.

Thanks so very much to the wonderful Assassynation for sharing her images this afternoon.

 

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THE PROPOSAL | I proposed to Amanda on Christmas Day 2012. We have a family tradition of having a tin of Cadburys Roses every year for the festive period, so I hid the ring inside it. In the evening I leant over Manda with the tin in front of her and said “do you fancy a chocolate?”. I think it was the best Christmas present ever.

THE VISION | We knew we wanted a small wedding, just close friends and family and decided from the beginning that we didn’t want to have the traditional sit down meal. We love the Vintage Shabby Chic look so decided to stick to that theme with a few twists.

THE PLANNING PROCESS | We went to a local Wedding Fayre which gave us lots of ideas, things we knew we wanted and things that we hadn’t thought about. We looked through a lot of websites and magazines, and had an app on our iPad to create a virtual scrapbook to collate our ideas and see it all together.

BUDGET | We didn’t want to spend a lot of money but as the wedding drew nearer and the budget expanded we decided to not go over £10k, and we did it… just.

THE VENUE | Ulcombe Village Hall at Kent Life Museum in Maidstone, Kent. It’s a beautiful vintage building with wooden rafters inside which we had decorated with bunting! We covered the venue in tea lights and decorated it in a mix of our colours and fabrics with shabby chic accessories.

THE DRESS & ACCESSORIES | The dress is by ‘Essence’ of Australia, it’s a stunning strapless gown which Amanda fell in love with as soon as she tried it on.

Her necklace was the ‘something borrowed’ from one of her bridesmaids which she wore at her wedding. Amanda found her birdcage hair piece on Etsy by ‘lottie designs’, which was handmade after talking to the designer and deciding on colours and styles. She found her shoes in Kurt Geiger and then had them personally hand painted by the fantastic Kat of ‘Electric Heels’ who did an amazing job in capturing the wedding and style.

FINDING THE DRESS | Amanda went out with her mum and bridesmaids for a special dress shopping day in Maidstone, Kent. There are lots of bridal stores around there; some that you need to book an appointment, and others where we could just walk in. Amanda always knew she wanted a strapless dress, and she had an idea in her head that she wanted something vintage lace. After trying on many dresses at different stores they ended up in ‘Bridal gowns at Jodi’ where her bridesmaid Natalie pulled out this amazing feather looking fishtail gown with champagne lace bodice and ribbon lacing up the back. Amanda wasn’t sure if it would suit her at first but still agreed to try it on. She instantly fell in love with it as did her mum and bridesmaids. It was so stunning and different, it wasn’t what she had in her mind at all but she knew this was the one!

GROOM’S ATTIRE | Martin wore a black slim fit lounge suit with a scoop neck waistcoat and a dark red tie and pocket square from Anthony’s Formal Wear in Billericay, Essex. We absolutely loved this suit when we first saw it on their website. We looked everywhere locally for a suit like this but couldn’t find one, so we decided going the extra distance was worth it.

THE READINGS & MUSIC | We chose a couple of artists for the ceremony music, we wanted something a little different, something that would make our guests smile. So we chose selected tracks from Nouvelle Vague’s Hollywood Mon Amour album and Slow Moving Millie’s Renditions album. We both love our 80’s music and the tracks from these albums are brilliant, emotional, cover versions of memorable songs. Amanda walked down the aisle to Slow Moving Millie’s covers of ‘The Power of Love’ and we left on ‘Don’t You (Forget about me)’.

BEAUTIFUL BRIDESMAIDS | Our bridesmaids were Amanda’s best friends Natalie and Bex and Martin’s daughter Grace. They all wore matching black lace dresses which we found on the Asos website after looking absolutely everywhere. They all had matching vintage victory roll hairstyles with a burgundy rose clip and burgundy slip on shoes from Zara.

THE FLOWERS | We found a lovely florist in Rochester called Sweetpea and Olive who were amazing in getting the most beautiful black baccara roses for our bouquets and for an archway at the venue. They had no problem in coming out on a Sunday morning to set up for us and did an amazing job in providing exactly what we wanted.

THE CAKE | Our cake was a twist on the classic Black Forrest Gateau which we both love. We found an excellent cake maker, Charlotte White, author of Burlesque Baking and owner of her company, Restoration Cake. After meeting with her in a cosy little tearoom next to Carnaby Street in London (and trying her samples), we decided upon a heart shaped chocolate mud cake with cream and dark chocolate cigarillos around the edge and heaps of Morello Cherries sprinkled with red glitter on top. I cannot describe how good this looked and tasted. Everybody raved about the cake, it was so, so delicious we are still sad now that it is all gone.

YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER | We met Sassy from Assassynation at a friend’s wedding and we knew we had to have her for ours. Her photos are absolutely amazing and we couldn’t be more pleased with our stunning shots. Sassy really managed to capture some brilliant moments and has such a creative eye. She made us feel so relaxed and comfortable; she fell in love with the venue and the fantastic photo opportunities; she made it a pleasure to pose for photos. As an added bonus she brought her assistant, Craig, who was also amazing and made us laugh.

THE DETAILS & DÉCOR | Amanda arrived at Kent Life in the morning to set up the village hall where we were having the ceremony. We had lots of glass jars with tea lights in them to be placed down the aisle and outside of the venue. We also had cream lace and burgundy ribbons on each of the wooden chairs. Once everything had been set up and with the bunting (from Bluesky Bunting) on the rafters it was all looking lovely. We had a red carpet down the centre of the room which ended just before a green archway which we had decorated with deep red roses. In the wagon store we had tables set up sprinkled with burgundy rose petals and a shabby chic centre piece on each. We also hired vintage teacups and saucers (also from Bluesky Bunting) from which to drink our champagne. Amanda had decorated a birdcage for the guests to leave their cards and we had a ‘Guest Poster’ made by a company we found on Etsy, we had it made in burgundy with white hearts and our names and wedding date on, the guests were to sign a heart to leave their well wishes.

Our wedding was set to start at 4pm, so Martin arrived at 3:45pm to greet guests and stand nervously next to his Dad who was also his best man.

We hired a classic cream VW Campervan from ‘Buttercup Bus’ which was decorated in burgundy ribbon and bows which we loved and suited us and our theme so well.

After the ceremony we went into the Wagon Store next to the village hall for canapés and champagne. We quickly nipped out whilst the guests were mingling to have a few photos taken of the bridal party in some of the awesome World War 1 & 2 themed buildings and with the VW campervan.

THE HONEYMOON | We’re going to save our honeymoon for our 1st anniversary, it gives us more time to organise and save up. We’ve always wanted to go to Cancun and its summer months are from December to March, so going early April will be perfect.

MEMORABLE MOMENTS | For me (Martin) it was turning around to see Amanda in her amazing dress walk up the aisle with her Dad. We loved having our photos taken inside the old buildings with Sassy and Craig around the venue, we had the best time and was made to feel extra special. Seeing the cake for the first time too was just the best.

ADVICE FOR OTHER COUPLES | It’s a big day, your big day. Everything will come together in the end and you’ll be surprised by the amount of people that will help. So try not to stress too much.

Make sure you tell your guests if you have a guest book or make it obvious where it is. We found that lots of people just didn’t know. If you have DJ ask them to announce where and when things are.

Make sure you eat some food in the evening. You’ll be surprised how many couples don’t even get to try the food they carefully chose for everyone else. We didn’t believe it, until it was us! We were just too busy.

Life moves pretty fast, if you don’t stop and take a look around once in a while, you could miss it.

Your special day will go so quickly, make sure you and your husband/wife spend a moment together to take it all in.

CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE |

Venue | Kent Life 

Caterer | Zest Catering

Photographer | Assassynation

Car hire | Buttercup Bus 

Cake | Restoration Cake 

Bunting and teacup hire | Blue Sky Bunting

Brides of Jodi | Wedding Dresses

Hair pieces and Guest book | Etsy

All materials and décor pieces | Hobby Craft

Flowers | Sweet Pea and Olive

Suit hire | Anthony Formal Wear

DJ | Sound Waves Disco

 

Perfection.

Thanks so much to Amanda and Martin for sharing their lovely love story today XOXO Lou

 

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Lou Whimsicalwonderlandweddings <![CDATA[Beautiful English Indian Multicultural Wedding]]> http://whimsicalwonderlandweddings.com/?p=129428 2014-12-16T11:56:24Z 2014-12-16T08:00:43Z Beautiful English Indian Wedding http://www.scuffinsphotography.com/

 

The butterflies fluttering around Kamal and James at their wedding ceremony held on the 6th September 2014; must have been a magical moment.

Their wedding day reflected both of their cultural backgrounds, Kamal’s family are Punjabi Sikhs and James’ are Catholic. It made for the most personal yet beautiful celebration.

They had an English style wedding during the day before a full on Indian style party in the evening. Cue a change of outfits and a lot of dancing.

Kamal looked stunning in her two dresses, I adore her Henna adorned hands and purple bouquet, while James was dapper in a custom made suit with emerald tie.

Thanks so much to Scuffins Photography for the gorgeous imagery today.

 

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THE PROPOSAL | James: I proposed on top of a mountain in the Lake District. It’s a hill we’d wanted to climb on our first ever trip there, but didn’t manage to because Kamal hurt her foot. So when I decided to propose I planned to do it there. I managed to keep it a secret until the actual moment.

Kamal: It was pretty much the perfect spot. We both love the Lakes, and it means a lot to me as it’s somewhere that we went to on family holidays when I was young. It was perfect weather, we could see for miles and James proposed right at the top of the mountain. Amazing!

THE VISION | Kamal: Neither of us are religious, but we do come from two different religious and cultural backgrounds – my family are Punjabi Sikhs and James’ are Catholic. We wanted a wedding that reflected both of our backgrounds and that both families would relate to, so we knew from the get go that we wanted to have a more English-style wedding and then an Indian reception.

The key things for us were to have a meaningful ceremony, followed by a big party where everyone would have a fantastic time.

THE PLANNING PROCESS | Kamal: I’m pretty methodical about planning, and I’m certainly the organiser of the two of us, so I soon had a spreadsheet on the go, as well as a few Pinterest boards.

We knew the key thing was to find a venue, so that we could set the date and then everything else would hang off that. I have a really big and very close family, and James’ family is pretty big too, so one of the biggest challenges was finding a venue that would fit everybody, but we managed it eventually.

I used a combination of wedding magazines, and advice from the venue and our registrar (who was a family friend) to figure out what we needed to plan and when it should be done by.

BUDGET | Kamal: We didn’t have a budget as such, and were really lucky that my parents were able to help us with the wedding costs, but even so we didn’t want things to cost the earth. I bought one of my outfits on eBay and the other one in a sale. I also made all the decorations, and our family and friends were incredible with helping out with stuff which I’ve described a bit more below.

THE VENUE | Kamal: We wanted to get married near Chester where my parents live, as we were planning to have a couple of Indian ceremonies in the lead up to the wedding, which would be held at their house. We saw a few venues over one weekend, and Abbeywood was the first one we saw, but I think we were both pretty certain from the minute we got there that it was the right place. The glasshouse was lovely and light and airy, but there was also the café/bar area and orangery, which was great for the evening because my grandparents and older relatives could sit somewhere a bit quieter while the music was going.

And then there are the gardens, which are just absolutely amazing. We chose the venue because we knew it would be nice no matter what the weather, but we couldn’t help hoping it wouldn’t rain so that we could go outside, as the gardens are so beautiful.

THE DRESS & ACCESSORIES | Kamal: I had two dresses and two sets of accessories, which was a real treat of course! I bought the white wedding dress on eBay – it was Alfred Angelo and would have been over £1000 new, but I got a sample from a wedding dress shop via eBay and it was £250. I found a fabulous seamstress who took the dress in for me. It was obviously a bit of a punt, but I’d tried on some other dresses before I took the plunge, so I had an idea of what I wanted. The lace top was from a shop called Parampara in Southall. I wanted something with Indian embroidery, as a nod towards my background and they made it exactly to order.

In terms of accessories for the day, I had a pearl necklace and earrings, which my auntie (Ashi Marwaha) made for me as a gift from my parents. (We also paid her to make James’ wedding ring, and the bridesmaids’ gifts.) I also had a gold bracelet from my parents. One of my sister’s friends – Laura Apsit Livens – is a milliner who’s worked with Philip Treacy, and she made my hair pieces for me to match my top. My shoes were from Debenhams – super comfy and only £30!

In the evening I wore an Indian outfit called a lengha, which I bought in a sale in Southall. My jewellery was all gifts from my grandparents, and my shoes were Rachel Simpson (I needed higher shoes for the evening and these were by far the most comfortable I tried!)

GROOM’S ATTIRE |  James: I bought my suit from a place in London called Dressed to Kill. My friend Tom had bought from there before so recommended it to me (and got a free bottle of Champagne for doing so!) All the groomsmen and I went together to have fitting, where we were all plied with free beer and measured up. The suits and the accessories were all bespoke. I’ve not had a bespoke suit before, so my wedding seemed like a good excuse to get one! It was a really great process, and I found that going with my groomsmen was very helpful, as we could discuss the various elements of the outfits together and come to a consensus more easily.

THE READINGS & MUSIC | Kamal: We chose four readings, three poems and one piece of prose. We had an extract from Captain Correlli’s Mandolin, Shakespeare’s Sonnet 116, I carry your heart by E.E. Cummings and The Good-Morrow by John Donne. We chose them all because they meant something to us.

We had Pachelbel’s Canon in D when I walked in, but we really struggled to pick something to walk out to. We wanted something upbeat and happy, but which meant something to us. We finally hit upon the right thing – Queen’s You’re My Best Friend.

BEAUTIFUL BRIDESMAIDS | Kamal: The bridesmaids were my sister, my two cousins and my oldest friend. My little cousin Daisy was my flowergirl. The bridesmaid’s dresses for the day also came from eBay. I wanted something that had a slight Indian feel to it, and these dresses were just right. Daisy’s gorgeous dress was from Monsoon.
In the evening all the bridesmaids changed into saris, which we bought in Southall and Wembley.

THE FLOWERS | Kamal: A local florist called Cocoa Flower did all of the bouquets and flower arrangements. I don’t know a huge amount about flowers, but Clare was so helpful and friendly. She sent me some suggestions after we had chatted, and she’d got it spot on in terms of what I wanted. When the flowers arrived on the day I was over the moon – they were even lovelier than I had expected.

THE CAKE | Kamal: My auntie Ashi (who also made the jewellery) made our cake. It was absolutely amazing! It was a chocolate and Guinness cake with cream cheese icing, and she piped henna-style designs onto it. We didn’t know exactly what it would look like until the day, and it was even better than we’d imagined.

YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER | Kamal: We knew the photos were going to be really important to us. We had so many people there and we just knew the day would fly by and we’d want to take time to look back over it. I spent hours trawling through photographer websites without finding someone that offered everything we wanted at a price we could afford, and whose photos we really liked. I actually found Scuffins Photography through the recommendation of another photographer and immediately loved the examples that Chris had on the site. In particular, his shots of people enjoying the day and dancing in the evening just really seemed to capture the fun, and that was exactly what we wanted.

We’re absolutely over the moon with how the photos have turned out. They’re even better than we could have hoped. Chris and Helen were fantastic and really went out of the way to make the photo process as unobtrusive as possible. They got some lovely group shots and ones of us, but we both agree that some of the ones we love best are the ones of our friends and family enjoying the day. The dancing photos from the evening are brilliant!

THE DETAILS & DÉCOR | Kamal: I made all the decorations myself – so I spent a slightly worrying amount of time over the last year making hundreds of paper pom poms, which were strung up in the glasshouse. I have to admit I’m not sure I’d recommend trying to make that many, as it was very, very time consuming!! That said, we thought they looked lovely.

The table names were all locations in the Lake District, near to where James proposed. I made them up to look like postcards, using our own photos. And then I also used the designs I’d done on the table plan itself. People’s place names were pieces of slate, which my sister and I wrote on with silver Sharpies, and then we had love hearts as the favours.

I also designed a family tree which was displayed next to the cake and used an old vanity case that I got in a junk shop for people to put cards in.

We had originally wanted a photobooth, but decided that was a bit expensive. Instead we bought a Fuji Instax and lots of film on eBay and then hung an old picture frame of my granddad’s for people to pose behind. People stuck the photos into the book with washi tape and wrote messages. I wasn’t sure if it would work and people would use it, but it’s one of the best things we have from the wedding. Some of the photos in it are amazing.

THE HONEYMOON | James: we went to New York for 5 days and Bermuda for 6. We were keen to split the honeymoon into two parts – one part busy-touristy holiday, the other part lazy-beach holiday. Given that, the planning almost took care of itself – I’d always wanted to go to New York, as I’d never even left the EU and have admired NY from afar for a very long time. Following that, Bermuda was the most logical place to go, as it was near to the east coast of America but away from the Caribbean which is a hurricane hotspot around that time of year. We stayed in a hotel in Hell’s Kitchen in New York, and went self-catering in Bermuda. The honeymoon itself was incredible – we tried to be as proactive as possible in New York, exploring as much of Manhattan as possible, and eating tremendous amounts of food! We hired a scooter in Bermuda (a bold move for us!) so we could explore the island easily, and took advantage of the incredible landscape. We have some friends over there too, and seeing them was a highlight of the holiday for us. All in all, it was perfect.

MEMORABLE MOMENTS | There are so many! One thing that almost everyone we’ve spoken to has said is that they won’t forget the butterflies that fluttered around us during the ceremony (this was completely incidental!)

Seeing all our friends and family chatting at the wedding breakfast was great, as we’d deliberately mixed the tables and it was lovely to see everyone getting to know each other a bit.

The ‘milni’ ceremony that we held when everyone had changed into their Indian clothes was also brilliant. Normally this would happen at the Gurudwara before a Sikh wedding ceremony, and is a greeting of the two families.

The dancing in the evening was amazing and we were so chuffed that everyone got really into the bhangra music.

ADVICE FOR OTHER COUPLES | Make the effort to meet your suppliers, it means you’re much more comfortable and confident on the day that everything will go well.

Getting a good photographer is so worth it – the day really does go by so fast, and having beautiful photos to look back on is just fantastic.

There are some things that you can get for cheaper if you search around – like the dress. Do a bit of investigating!

Making decorations can save money, but don’t bite off more than you can chew – planning the wedding is stressful enough without giving yourself loads and loads of extra work!

A photo guest book is really worth the effort.

CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE |

Venue (and caterer for the wedding breakfast) | Abbeywood Estate

Photographer | Scuffins Photography

Videographers | Skinny Boy Weddings

Hair and make up | the amazing Rebecca Wilson (on Jodie A Smith’s team)

Flowers | Cocoa Flower

Cake and jewellery | Ashi Marwaha

Hair pieces | Laura Apsit Livens

 

Totally beautiful.

Thanks so much to Kamal and James for sharing their wonderful wedding and report with us today XOXO Lou

 

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Lou Whimsicalwonderlandweddings <![CDATA[Frances Moore. Bridal Make Up Artist.]]> http://whimsicalwonderlandweddings.com/?p=129221 2014-12-03T11:40:58Z 2014-12-15T14:00:52Z Image (Emma vintage bride) - Jacqui Marie Wedding Photography http://jacqui-marie-photography.co.uk/

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We all want to look like the best version of ourselves, which is wear make up artist extraordinaire Frances Moore comes in.

Relaxing on the morning of your wedding with a refreshing beverage, giggles with your loved ones and a professional on hand to pamper you is just the perfect start to a brilliant day.

Plus you will look and feel a million dollars once Frances Moore has worked her make up wonders. Let’s get to know Frances a little more…

 

Hi Frances, could you firstly tell WWW readers a little bit about you?

 

Hi! I’m Frances and I am a Professional Bridal Makeup Artist from the beautiful New Forest, in Hampshire. I’m a bit of a wedding geek – to the extent that I regularly play a popular wedding game app on my phone… cringe worthy I know!!

 

I have a wonderfully funny and very beardy husband called Steve, and together we live in the gorgeous Georgian town of Lymington with our daughter Elspeth of 18months – who completes our family x

 

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Image by Lauren Lilly

 

What do you love/dislike about your job?

 

There’s nothing I don’t love about my job (well maybe the tax return!) getting to talk to amazing people, and being apart of their wedding day is truly an honour – it’s a position of trust and I fully respect that.

 

I also love the quiet moments when I’m working on the Bride, listening to her thoughts and feelings makes me want to get married all over again!

 

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Image by Robbie Khan Photography

 

How did you get into the wedding industry?

 

I’ve actually had my business a couple of years now, but trained as a Makeup Artist much earlier. I started off like many wedding suppliers do, by being asked to do a few friend’s weddings here & there (I was the friend of a friend ‘who knew makeup!’) After word spread and I was getting more bookings each time, and discovering a (some say obsessive!) passion for weddings, I just said to myself  ‘I need to go for this’ so I did!

 

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What do you aim to achieve for your clients?

 

When I first talk to my clients I often hear the words ‘I don’t wear a lot of makeup’, followed by a very nervous look, as makeup can be such an intimate oddity – it can be scary allowing someone new into your personal space, and having them judge what they think works best for you.

 

I always try to make my brides feel at ease by talking through their ideas, colour themes and overall wedding style to design a look together that will make them feel confident and look stunning. I often find when I do a little bit of soft nudging the bride comes out with the most wonderful thoughts on what they want – it’s all about just having the confidence to say what you really want and I will always listen x

 

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Image by Samantha Davis Photography

 

What style is your work?

 

Makeup needs to be incredibly versatile and do a lot of things for different skin types/tastes and suitability to a particular product.

 

I personally love a pastel wedding theme, as I love to play with the soft shades to connect with the floral designs. My current favourite combination of eyeshadow’s is M.A.C’s Brule, Omega and Shroom.

 

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Image by Mia Photography

 

Could you tell us some information about your packages/prices?

 

There are two sets of prices, one for if the bride and her party would like a Makeup Trial – prices start from £35.00 and for the Wedding Day itself from £45.00

 

For a more in depth price guide please see my website – and always feel you can contact me x

 

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Image by Samantha Davis Photography

 

Do you have any tips for brides in selecting their make up?

 

Avoid anything with an SPF, including moisturiser and foundation as this will cause a nasty flashback on your photographs, making you look like a ghost. Make sure to apply waterproof eye liner, mascara, and if wearing false eyelashes, waterproof glue!

 

Experiment with your bridal look a couple of months before the wedding. Try to keep true to yourself and your tastes – your wedding day is perhaps not the best time to ‘try a new look!’ Or that shocking pink or deep red lipstick if you don’t normally wear such colours…

 

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How can we get in touch with you?

 

Email: enquiries@francesmooremua.co.uk

Website: www.francesmooremua.co.uk

Facebook: www.facebook.com/francesmooremua

Twitter: twitter.com/Francesmooremua

 

Such fantastic tips and advice. Thank you Frances. Be sure to take a trip to Frances’ site to see even more of her portfolio XOXO Lou

 

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Image by Samantha Davis Photography

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