Whimsical Wonderland Weddings UK Wedding Blog 2017-02-20T07:00:04Z http://whimsicalwonderlandweddings.com/feed/atom WordPress Louise Baltruschat Hollis <![CDATA[Rustic Bohemian DIY Barn Wedding]]> http://whimsicalwonderlandweddings.com/?p=191394 2017-02-01T13:51:52Z 2017-02-20T07:00:04Z Rustic Bohemian DIY Barn Wedding http://lovethatsmilephotography.com/

 

I really love this homely, rustic and perfectly bohemian wedding for so many reasons. It is filled with joy and emotion, not to mention some wonderful hand crafted touches.

Aimee and Jude were married on a gorgeous summers day and held their reception in a local barn. The barn was truly authentic, and didn’t quite stretch to holding all of their guests, so they also hired a marquee. It gave their day a wonderfully outdoorsy feel and the setting was just perfect. Relaxed vibes were evident throughout, from the picnic hamper food to the fun and games and the hog roast in the evening. It looked as though everyone had a whale of a time.

Aimee looked so stunning in her strapless lace gown by Essence of Australia, which she teamed with a divine flower crown to complete her look. Jude chose to wear a navy Ted Baker suit, white tie and tan shoes. The rest of the bridal party wore different neutral tones accesssorised with glorious wild style florals.

Thanks so much to Love That Smile Photography for sharing these lovely images.

 

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THE PROPOSAL | So… Jude is the biggest wind up merchant going. So I had just reached his house on our usual Wednesday evenings together and he said in a serious voice… we need to talk let’s go for a walk… I thought oh no what’s up? So we wandered into the woods (me thinking he needed to tell me something terrible had happened). When all of a sudden I saw this glow and flickering in the centre of the woods. I knew instantly he was about to propose. I kept saying Judeee… Judeee what are you doing? As I got closer to the glow, I could see candles lighting a path and a canopy of fairy lights in the centre of a cut out fern tree.

Underneath sat a small table with a giant bunch of my favourite white roses along with champagne and blueberries… yes blueberries (my fave) … He turned to me and proposed!! Smiles…

THE VISION | An outdoor chilled vibe. Very raw and bohemian.

THE PLANNING PROCESS | We had 6 months of madness. We got engaged in February and married that August. PINTEREST… A bride’s bible. I loved to make things as I came from an arty background I loved creating. And of course, lots of family and friends to help.

BUDGET | We wanted to keep cost as low as possible so I made as much as I could and self sourced many of the elements for the day both families along with ourselves kindly contributed.

THE VENUE | Originally we loved the idea of a field and picnic style – but with the delightful English weather we didn’t want to risk it. Then a tipi tent came to mind – however budget didn’t allow. 
We had some friends who locally had a thatch barn on their family farm. PERFECT!! We called in a favour and for us it was an empty canvas. It was so authentic, however it only seated around 70 so on the yard outside we hired a marquee and attached it to the barn … hey presto more space :). We also had our own table, which I think was awesome – it gave us time to enjoy our meal together.

THE DRESS & ACCESSORIES | I wasn’t sure what accessories to have, I ended up buying some very simple gold plated diamond look jewellery from Accessorize. I knew I wanted a flower crown but right till the last minute I didn’t know whether I was going to be brave enough to have the full crown or just half so I had two halves made so I could decide last minute. I thought I didn’t want a veil until I wore my mothers plain ivory cathedral veil …:) Shoes were gold with a sparkle from Next.

FINDING THE DRESS | Again after many pins on Pinterest I knew I wanted lace. My mother and I booked a few appointments in the neighbouring towns and after visiting 3 bridal shops nothing jumped out to me. We then visited ‘The Wedding Shop’ in Colchester. Again I tried on a handful of dresses and nearly decided on one. But part of me just wasn’t sure. Then the assistant had an eureka moment and said … “I’ve got just the one”… and she did!! 
A gorgeous Essence of Australia simple lace strapless dress with a subtle dropped waist line with intricate lace and delicate dots, and my favourite…. buttons lining the back straight to the floor. It also had a champagne undertone, which really made the lace stand out.

GROOM’S ATTIRE | Jude really suited blue as he has blond hair and blue eyes. So he found a lovely bright navy Ted Baker suit with a slight sheen to it. He found it at Freeport Braintree in a Moss Bros outlet. Bonus!! Ushers blazers from Moss Bros and chinos from Next.

THE READINGS & MUSIC | We had a bible based talk as we are both Jehovah’s Witnesses and relaxed background music throughout the day with a playlist for dancing later on we set up a sound system in the balcony in the barn.

BEAUTIFUL BRIDESMAIDS | I had 4 bridesmaids, my two close friends, my cousin and my little 3 year old sister. (Cutest bridesmaid ever – totally bias!!) I sourced my bridesmaid dresses online – originally I wanted blue as it was my preferred colour, then I realised it just didn’t compliment my champagne dress, so opted for pinky/champagne bridesmaid dresses which blended well with my dress. I found them on the prom section from River Island. My little sisters bridesmaid dress was from Monsoon.

THE FLOWERS | I LOVE flowers so this was a important decision. I love wild looking bouquets. So opted for champagne roses with wild flowers. Loved them so much!! Sourced from Cherry Picked Flowers Finchingfield, Essex.

THE CAKE | Very kindly a family friend made out lovely naked wedding cake! Was gorgeous.

YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER | Magdalena from ‘Love That Smile Photography’!! She was incredible! I searched high and low for a natural bohemian photographer… and it was hard as it was at such short notice! We were so lucky to find her. We had an engagement shoot beforehand, which I highly recommend – gets you prepped for the day. We love our pics <3

THE DETAILS & DÉCOR | As said earlier we had a blank canvas. There were long wooden tables already at the barn, so we added hanging muslin to accentuate the barns eves and fairy lights hidden within to add that romantic glow. I made most of the decorations myself, many a bottle I soaked in my mums bath … she was very happy about that :P I then used a white glass pen and hand drew boho patterns on each bottle.
 The wild flowers we sourced from a field and grew a few in our gardens. The wooden centre pieces were very kindly cut by my grandfather.

The plates, knives and forks were eco bamboo from Little Cherry. My father has a camper van so that fitted so well especially as it was a vintage cream! Luckily with my arty background I created our invites and table plan using old crates and small printed cards. Food wise we had a hog roast and ploughman’s style food. Along with ice cream and brownies for desert. And the obligatory sweets table. My dad sourced some vintage looking beers and the ushers attempted to make their own beer naming it ‘broody judy’ :)

THE HONEYMOON | Mini moon, we spent a week at a local cottage and then a month later we went to Mauritius for a couple of weeks. Stunning!!

MEMORABLE MOMENTS | The vows, our woodland photos and the first dance!

ADVICE FOR OTHER COUPLES | Enjoy it, do what makes you happy and highly recommend a quick private shoot with just you and your husband as the day goes by so fast.

CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE |

Photographer | Love That Smile Photography

Dress | Essence of Australia from The Wedding Shop Colchester

Flowers | Cherry Picked Flowers

Plates and Cutlery | Little Cherry

Stationery | Aimee Willow Designs

Accessories | Accessorize

Bridesmaid Dresses | River Island

Camper Van | Cream Camper Weddings

 

Simply gorgeous.

Huge thanks to Aimee and Jude for sharing their lovely wedding story today xo Lou

 

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Louise Baltruschat Hollis <![CDATA[Colourful Vintage Comic Book Wedding Ideas]]> http://whimsicalwonderlandweddings.com/?p=192781 2017-02-16T11:40:41Z 2017-02-19T08:00:51Z Colourful Vintage Comic Book Wedding Ideas http://www.hayleypettitphotography.com/

 

When a team of super creative wedding suppliers come together to create unique wedding ideas, the results can be really very magical. I fell hook line and sinker for these colourful comic book inspirational images today.

WWW faves Fleur De Lace and Totally Pinnable were both contributors, as was my own wedding cake baker MinkieMoo Bakery. Did I mention that Alice at Fleur De Lace also worked on my wedding reception? Then you can totally see why these fun and quirky images are perfect for WWW this fine Sunday. Think gorgeous backdrops, vintage attire and bold florals all round.

Many thanks to Hayley Pettit Photography for sharing these stunning images with us.

 

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Alice, Fleur De Lace;

“Where did the inspiration come from? Vintage comic books (picked up from the local vintage market). As you dip through the pages of the Bangs, Pows and Bops you see love stories, boys sweeping girls off their feet, happily ever after and a whole load of colour.

Colour is key to creating this look.  A handful of primary and base colours were the palette that we spread throughout the styling.  When creating a relaxed outdoor wedding like this, you don’t need to be perfect, the shades of red don’t need to be perfectly matched with the bridesmaid dress and lipstick.  Red is red and your guests won’t see the difference.

Keeping the theme throughout the wedding décor can be tricky, finding a happy medium of themed elements and not going over the top is something to bear in mind.  Saying that, seriously themed weddings will keep your guests talking for years to come.

Creating a pinwheel backdrop is really effective and not too difficult.  You can learn to make pinwheels from numerous blogs and pages online and attach them to a wall, arch or stand.  Ribbons and streamers are eye catching elements to creating this look.  At Fleur de Lace Ribbons are one of our key decorating materials, They can be tied onto hooks, doorways, anywhere to add a pop of colour.  Paper streamers are a great alternative too, but break very easily so not the most reliable in our glorious British weather!”

 

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Sarah Maylin Flowers;

“Flowers are a wedding day essential and I love being involved in the whole process from the initial meeting bouncing ideas around , to selecting the flowers and most importantly the big day. Collaborating with Alice for the shoot was fantastic – in essence she is like my dream bride – clear on style and what they want to convey but willing to leave the details in my hands. For the comic inspired shoot I wanted the flowers to be compact and punchy but added a soft touch to each piece to reflect the outdoor setting – a feather in the brides bouquet and grass in the buttonhole also bearing this in mind for the table pieces. I enjoyed adding the superman head to the buttonhole (yes it is from a Pez sweet!) and made steamers from gift cards as well as covering some jars with comic themed wrapping paper.”

 

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CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE |

Photography | Hayley Pettit Photography

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

Hair & Make Up | Dollie Mixtures

Flowers | Sarah Maylin Flowers

Wedding Favours  | Made You Smile Chocolate Factory

Cake | MinkieMoo Bakery

Groom’s attire – trilby & braces | Jolly Brown

Bowtie | Badger Designs

Cufflinks |  Bombus

Dress | Honeypie Boutique

Pimms Bar | Spinney Cottage Flowers

Tipi | The Natural Tent Company

Glasses | Retro Peepers

Stationery | I Met Him On a Sunday

Confetti | Totally Pinnable *WWW wedding directory member*

Venue | The Letchworth Centre For Healthy Living

 

So much fun!

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

 

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Abby Stiefel http://whimsicalwonderlandweddings.com/ <![CDATA[Snowy Winter Wonderland Anniversary Shoot]]> http://whimsicalwonderlandweddings.com/?p=191292 2017-02-09T10:27:08Z 2017-02-18T08:00:59Z Snowy Winter Wonderland Anniversary Shoot http://ryannlindseyphotography.com/

 

Mix a blanket of perfect white snow, some sky-high trees, two people madly in love and a gorgeous intimate anniversary celebration and the result is pictures that could come straight from a storybook. Vanessa and Wil held their dreamy winter-time party at a private residence in Arizona with their closest friends.

This couple have the most adorable story – they met when they were 11 and Wil was immediately smitten. Though Vanessa wasn’t quite on the same page, Wil waited patiently until five years ago when the pair realised they were meant to be together. They got married in March 2015 and their relationship as best friends and spouses continues to grow and grow.

The lovebirds wanted to make their anniversary special and I think it’s safe to say they achieved that. What a location to hold a dinner party! The colour palette of blue, grey and white was sublime, especially with the fresh florals and greenery. The wooden table with its soft fabric, blue wine goblets, flowers and patterned plates looks so cosy and inviting. I am in love with the cake too – a white and blue gemstone-looking masterpiece.

Thank you, Ryann Lindsey Wedding Photography, for sharing these wondrous images with us.

 

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FROM THE PHOTOGRAPHER | Dusty blue with grey accents created a soft but romantic feeling for an anniversary session in a Winter Wonderland. Vanessa and Wil wanted to do something special for their anniversary. An intimate setting in the snow was the perfect fit for a small celebration with them and a few of their closest friends.

Vanessa wrote, “I met Wil Franklin Gilliland when we were 11. He was the boy that chased me around the playground and wrote me love notes on pieces of scratch paper. If you told me then that he was my future husband, I’d say, “You’re crazy”. Over the years, he became one of my best friends. He asked me to prom in high school and I shot him down (whoops). But, something changed five summers ago, when I realised that he was ‘The One’ all along. He never stopped pursuing me and genuinely loving me. We dated for three years, knowing that we would get married when we graduated college.

Sunday morning of May 4, 2014 I woke up to a knock on my door… Wil sent his friends to bring me a coffee, rose and a video of my best friend telling me “today’s the day” and she’d be over to help me get ready. It was the sweetest morning and ended at Papago Park where I met Wil. He said the most amazing things and then got down on one knee and asked me to be his wife. Our wedding was the best day of my life, literally. March 14, 2015 will forever be marked on our hearts. It was my dream come true for the ceremony, reception and our friends and family witnessing our vows. The best journey began as I took that walk with my dad down that aisle.

Marriage is truly incredible, such a gift that we get to walk out as best friends, husband and wife. ‘Incredible’ doesn’t mean easy, doesn’t mean perfect, doesn’t mean fairytale. It means being yourself daily, it means unforgettable real times. It means realisations, growth in every way, grace upon grace, big adjustments, selfless love, and strengthening each other in weaknesses. It’s been two years of our souls being well and hearts fuller than ever. What’s our favourite part of marriage? So far, it’s been discovering triumphs and trials through adventures that have allowed us to grow together and learn even more about each other. The daily life of living together is pretty great too; the fact that we get to share everything together and that we always know we are on the same team.”

 

CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE |

Photographer | Ryann Lindsey Photography

Top | Bella Lily Bridal

Skirt | House of Flynn

Cinema and Video | Cass and Co Films

Design and Decor | Confetti Studio

Invitation Designer | Lola Lee Invitations

Bakery | Sift Bakehouse

Makeup Artist | The Beauty Bar

Floral Designer | The Wildflower AZ

Envelopes | Flourish Handlettering

Ring Box | The Mrs Box

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Happy anniversary, Vanessa and Wil. I hope you enjoyed your beautiful day together and I’m sure that you will spend many more blissful years together. You have definitely inspired me for future anniversary dates… Abby xx

 

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Louise Baltruschat Hollis <![CDATA[The Bride Diaries. Ashley’s Dress & Videographer]]> http://whimsicalwonderlandweddings.com/?p=192834 2017-02-16T12:08:26Z 2017-02-17T14:00:49Z Ashley is here with her first blog of 2017 today. She has been super busy, not only finding her dress and accessories, but booking in her hairdresser too. Now that’s productive! I also love Ashley’s decision to book a videographer for their day, a really brilliant choice you won’t regret Ashley xo Lou

WWW Real Bride Diaries UK Wedding Blog

 

Hello, and happy new year WWW readers! I’ve had a super busy few months recently, we have bought our first house, renovated it and moved all in time for Christmas. All the while our wedding planning has been quietly ticking along in the background. I’m really excited for 2017, and all of the amazing things it will bring. Also, I am incredibly excited to be able to say “I’m getting married this year!!”.

The most exciting news I have to share with you all is that I went on my first, and only dress shopping trip! I went with my mum and two of my lovely bridesmaids. We booked an appointment with Kate Walker at Kate Walker Bridal in Honiton a couple of months in advance as her Saturday appointments book up fast. I had the most amazing time, Kate was so lovely and sweet and really really knows her stuff! Her little shop carries not only her own range of dresses but also a selected few other designers, and Kate expertly guided me through all of the different styles. I eventually settled on the very first dress I tried on (after trying on one dress of every style!), and I am so in love with it I wish I could wear it every day! I won’t share any more details about the dress as obviously it’s all top secret at the moment, but it is positively dreamy!

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My one piece of advice on dress shopping is to not expect it to be like you see on television. I didn’t cry, my mum didn’t cry, my maids didn’t cry! Everyone is different and reacts in different ways, it doesn’t mean the dress is any less perfect! I also bought something that I never thought I would have, it’s so different to what I thought would suit me – keeping an open mind is key!

A couple of weeks after buying my dress I went back to see Kate Walker for her accessories event. Although I did already have my shoes, I came away having ordered a veil which is just perfect for the dress, as well as a hair vine. Purchasing those two items spurred me on a little bit to get my hairdresser booked in. I have booked the girls from my local salon that do my hair regularly to come down to the venue. They are such sweet girls and I know they’ll do a fab job. It also makes my life so much easier when it comes to having my trail as I can just pop down the road!

We have also been discussing for a while whether or not to book a videographer. I absolutely loved the idea of having one, however budget considerations were making us hold off on booking one. After much discussion and hearing other couples who were already married say how glad they were to have had one, we decided to take the plunge and book one. I fell in love with the work of McGill Sister Films when we saw them at the first wedding fair we ever went to last February, so after checking out a few other videographers just to be sure, we booked them! I am so excited to have a film to look back on after the wedding. In all of the excitement of the day I know that I won’t get to see every moment, every facial expression, every minute. I hope a video will help me see some of the bits I miss on the day.

Our next couple of things to think about in the coming weeks and months are William’s shoes and suit, as well as our invites! We now have 9 months to go and things are definitely starting to feel a bit more real- eek!

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Louise Baltruschat Hollis <![CDATA[Colourful Crafty & Relaxed Watercolour Wedding]]> http://whimsicalwonderlandweddings.com/?p=191209 2017-01-31T14:23:01Z 2017-02-17T07:00:51Z Colourful Crafty Relaxed Watercolour Wedding https://suesliquephotography.com/

 

I am a huge craft lover, as I know many of you are lovely readers. I have to make a confession though, I have had absolutely no time to dedicate to my crafty passions since my second little boy made an appearance and you know what? I do really miss it so. But I get to enjoy the DIY delights created by many of you through real wedding features such as this one today. This wedding has such energy, much colour and a lot of love. Perfect for Whimsical Wonderland Wedding then right?

WWW readers Gillian and Nic were hitched on the 25th June 2016 at Killearn Village Hall, Stirling in Scotland. After an unusual proposal, but still so very special nonetheless, they began planning 4 years later. The result? A super personal, hand made wedding in a delightful setting and all on a budget of £8000. The lovely touches and décor will really inspire you, from the fun festoons, to the custom CD favours and pastel watercolour stationery. It was all so divine. The pastel florals really stole my heart, daisies featured heavily alongside roses and billy balls, cute!

Gillian’s gown sure was a show stopper. She fell for Amelie by Love Marley and customised it to create a dreamy lilac skirt, how beautiful? The maids wore vibrant emerald frocks, while Nic and the boys chose teal suits for a unique yet vintage style look. Aren’t they so stylish?

Thanks so much to Sue Slique Photography for sharing these incredible photographs today.

 

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THE PROPOSAL | The proposal was a bit of an odd one…

I had been looking at Facebook one weekend and spotted a competition for an engagement photo shoot. To enter all you had to do was ‘like’ the photographer’s page, so I did. Part of me had a sneaking suspicion that no-one actually wins these things and they’re just a ploy to get page traffic but, as it turns out, some of them are real and I won. I had always fancied getting some decent photos of us taken so I thought it could be fun, even if it wasn’t a real ‘engagement’ shoot. Over the weeks prior to the photo shoot, Nic got really anxious about lying to the photographer and kept making me “rehearse our story”. He even made us create an elaborate proposal story, a list of venues we had considered and who our wedding party would be, in case the photographer asked. The panic was all too much for him and the night before the shoot, Nic came into the living room and said ‘right, I can’t take all this lying, let’s just get engaged!’ and thrust a ring box into my hand.

As it turns out, Nic had been carrying the ring around regularly, waiting for a good time to ask, but had always felt it was never quite special enough.

The best part is, the photo shoot was called off because of bad weather and we didn’t mange to re-book it for a few months. So by that point we had told all our friends and family that we were engaged and the photo shoot felt a bit more ‘real’.

THE VISION | We both wanted a colourful, relaxed day where everyone could enjoy themselves and not get bogged down in the etiquette and tradition that comes along with weddings. There wasn’t a ‘theme’ as such but one of our favourite days out together is to trawl through all the West End charity shops in Glasgow – I like looking for jewellery and picture frames and Nic loves flicking through all the vinyl and looking at the glasswear. So we decided to use that as a starting point and every time we went to a charity shop we looked for things we could use as centre pieces or display frames. I’m an art teacher and quite a crafty person in general so I was keen to design and make a lot of decorations and favours myself – we collected around 60 glass bottles and painted them all different colours for centre pieces.

THE PLANNING PROCESS | We got engaged in 2011 but it took us a good while to get round to it between buying our house and both changing careers, a wedding wasn’t at the top of the list.

In September 2015, we decided it was now or never. It occurred to us that the ideal financial situation we had been waiting for may never come around and that we should just go for it. We were actually driving home from a festival and passed by this nice little village hall and decided to pop in to the café. We decided it would be a lovely venue and decided to meet with the wedding coordinator and book it for the next summer.

Once the venue was booked, I made a ‘to do’ list that very quickly ended up enormous. Everything from place setting cards to wedding dress.

We started by hand making A LOT of invites and then just took one thing at a time.

We went to a few wedding fairs for ideas and to chat to people. They were loads of fun and a good way to enjoy the planning process because you get little freebies and the stall holders make you feel quite pampered. I spoke to a few suppliers for quotes and some were horrified when I told them our wedding was in June, a mere 8 months away – there were phrases uttered like ‘JUNE? Well you’ll be hard pushed to find ANYONE who’s still available for a June wedding’… That did make me panic a bit but everything sorted itself out as we went along. We are also really lucky that we have loads of friends that we could use as suppliers so that made some decision-making much easier.

BUDGET | We wanted around 100 people but on a pretty tight budget. We originally aimed to spend no more than £6000 but things totted up quickly and we ended up nearer £8000. My Mum and Dad helped us out with a lot of the costs and my Dad in particular said he knew we were being careful with the money and encouraged us to make sure we got what we wanted, even if that meant spending a little more than we had planned.

We kept costs down by making a lot of the things ourselves and, rather than having a wedding planner as such, our wedding party came to the venue with us the night before to get everything set up. We didn’t bother with a fancy car – everything was just in the one venue anyway! My friend Alison made our gorgeous cake for us. Before I became an art teacher, I was a professional jeweller so I made the rings too which meant we could get exactly what we wanted and didn’t have to worry about cost.

THE VENUE | I had been in Killearn before, years before the Village Hall had been turned into a café and wedding venue. I knew it was a nice little village and I had seen it pop up online when searching for Scottish venues. We were actually at a music festival nearby in Stirlingshire and when we were headed home I noticed the sign for Killearn and decided to turn off. When we went in, we knew it was perfect for us. You can see for miles across the fields to Ben Lomond. The main hall itself was bright, airy and most importantly, a blank canvas. They also have huge, tall windows and the wedding coordinator said we could get married in the window, looking out to the hills. It was ideal.

THE DRESS & ACCESSORIES | I wore the ‘Amelie’ dress by Love Marley. It had a gorgeous, intricate lace bodice and floor length tulle skirt. My accessories were inexpensive but the perfect colours. They were from Silk Purse Sow’s Ear, an Etsy seller based in Edinburgh. They were milky pink opal stones in antique brass settings. My friend Mhairi did my hair and make-up for me.

FINDING THE DRESS | ‘The’ dress was actually the first one I tried on! I had gone to the boutique, Ribbons & Lace in Kilwinning because I’d heard they stocked lots of lovely 1950’s tea length dresses and that was exactly what I planned to wear. I wanted to make the most of the experience – my aunt, bridesmaid and mum had come along too – so I took a few different styles into the dressing room just for the sake of trying them on. The first one I put on was the Love Marley dress by Watters – tulle, lace bodice, floor length, it was everything I didn’t want, but it just felt right. And it was in the sale so it was a third of the price of anything else I tried on.

I wanted a touch of colour in the dress so I decided to get it customized. I found Michelle Shek Alterations online. She came to the house to look at the dress and talk me through what she would do and she put layers of lavender tulle over the skirt and it turned out beautifully, just as I wanted.

GROOM’S ATTIRE | Nic and all of his groomsmen wore teal suits from Slater’s. They had a nice, vintage look to them with brown buttons. As a wedding gift, I bought Nic a wooden watch that I knew he would like and it went perfectly with the suit buttons. He wore a cream shirt with a burnt umber tie.

THE READINGS & MUSIC | My Uncle Stewart and his wife Julie are folk musicians and they agreed to play me down the aisle. I gave Julie and old Ossian tune – Fisherrow/ Noose and the Gillies and told her that I loved it. They played it on guitar and mandolin for us and it sounded just perfect. We had a humanist ceremony so we had the opportunity to involve lots of friends. During the ceremony, there was a ring blessing. The rings were tied to a helium balloon and were passed around all of the guests for them to put their good wishes on them. We also had a few lovely readings from friends and relatives. One of the readings were words taken from a Bob Marley song ‘He’s not perfect’. We changed the wording to say ‘They’re not perfect’ and it was a lovely sentiment.

BEAUTIFUL BRIDESMAIDS | I had three bridesmaids and a ‘bridesman’ My friends Sarah and Mhairi, my cousin Stephanie and my best friend Martyn. Martyn wore a suit matching the groomsmen and the girls wore a green, flared dress from ASOS – the dresses were great for dancing, they moved like 1950’s circle skirts. My cousin’s little girl, Jessie Lou was my flower girl and she wore a lovely Monsoon dress with flowers on it that matched the bouquets perfectly.

THE FLOWERS | Jan Rooney at LaceBuds did our flowers. Jan and I went to art school together and I knew she did beautiful, creative arrangements so she was my first port of call. We told her we would like loads of daisies – they’re my favourite flower, so simple. She got us loads of daisies of different sizes and made me a beautiful bouquet with lots of colourful blooms slotted in here and there.

THE CAKE | We had a big, two tiered cake made by my friend Alison. The top was carrot cake and the bottom layer was red velvet with a coconut cream filling. All iced in a thick layer of buttercream frosting of mixed colours so that it looked like a painting! Loads of guests commented on how delicious it was and it looked AMAZING.

YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER | Olesja of Sue Slique photography was fantastic. Her photos online looked exactly the style we wanted – relaxed and creative. We met with her to discuss our ideas and then she did an engagement photo shoot with us as a ‘get to know you’. She’s a bit mad and made us laugh which was ideal since we are not great at posing for photos. It also meant we knew exactly what to expect on the day and we could be confident that she would put the guests at ease too. We were so thrilled with the photos when we got the final copies.

THE DETAILS & DÉCOR | The invites were made to look like watercolour paintings and we made most of the décor to match including the seating chart, bunting and place setting cards.

We had collected loads of glass bottles of different dimensions to use for the flowers in the main centrepieces. We had also collected some old books from charity shops and folded heart-shaped indents into them to put the table numbers in. The book folding was a lengthy process but we got there eventually.

I had been to other weddings where people had photos of the bride and groom throughout the years – we thought that was a nice idea so I got loads of little polaroid style photos of us printed and we strung them up in the bar area. Everyone loves looking at old photos and thought it was a fun way to keep people entertained.

Board games were left out in the bar area. Nic and I love having board games nights with friends and we wanted to make sure people could enjoy themselves if they didn’t fancy dancing. Our friend Grant also made us big wooden lawn games to put out in the garden which were great fun.

A proper photobooth was proving to be out of our budget so we bought a Fujifilm instant camera, a cheap set of photobooth props and a little sketchbook to use as a guestbook. I still love looking through the book, it’s a great memento to have!

We made all the favours ourselves – we made ‘mix tape’ CDs with lots of our favourite songs then put stickers on them to make them look like vinyl records. We even made sleeves for them to make them look more authentic (finding a well functioning circle cutter was one of the greatest ordeals of the whole wedding!). Nic’s a real music lover and he’s a record collector so he was excited to make a playlist that everyone would listen to on the car ride home on the Sunday. We also made little bags of jelly beans for people to snack on and badges with watercolour paintings on them – we were so pleased to see loads of people wearing them on the dancefloor later.

THE HONEYMOON | We packed up the van and set off around the highlands and islands of Scotland for three weeks. There were a few disasters – the van broke down on the second day, up a hill in the most remote place imaginable. But after that minor set back we saw some of the most beautiful places. We went on walks, went for pub lunches, played board games and laughed non stop.

MEMORABLE MOMENTS | Being showered in confetti while holding my new husbands arm and hearing all of our nearest and dearest whoop and cheer.

Hearing each other’s vows was really special as well – we both got quite emotional!

ADVICE FOR OTHER COUPLES | Don’t feel like you have to spend a horrendous fortune on your wedding. There’s so much going on and the day goes so quickly, some of the things you spent a lot of money on, you don’t even think twice about! I didn’t miss having a wedding car for example. Think about what’s important to you as a couple and prioritise those. We set aside a big chunk of our budget for photography – it’s the only thing that lets you keep the day forever. Plus, once you have those big important things booked like the venue, food, photographer, you can relax and enjoy the planning!

CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE |

Photography | Sue Slique Photography

Venue | Killearn Village Hall

Caterers | Three Sisters Bake

Dress | Ribbons & Lace Bridal Boutique

Customisation | Michelle Shek

Jewellery | Silk Purse Sow’s Ear

Bridal Shoes | ASOS

Bridesmaids dresses | ASOS

Flowers | Lace Buds

Cake | Blossom Sweet Cakes by Alison Johnstone

Suits  | Slater’s Menswear

Music | Tapper Harvie Band

Humanist Celebrant | Jane Bechtel

 

Oh my, how stunning!

Gillian and Nic, thanks so very much for sharing your delightful wedding with us here at WWW xo Lou

 

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Louise Baltruschat Hollis <![CDATA[DIY Daffodil Spring Topiary Table Centrepiece]]> http://whimsicalwonderlandweddings.com/?p=191579 2017-02-06T09:46:40Z 2017-02-16T14:00:05Z DIY Daffodil Spring Topiary Table Centrepiece www.binkynixon.com

Photography | Binky Nixon Photography

 

 

The best thing about February has to be the promise of Spring and the gorgeous Spring bulbs and florals that await. If you’re planning Spring nuptials and are looking for DIY ideas, then look no further than this super sweet daffodil topiary centrepiece. So simple and also long lasting, perfect as wedding gifts or even as a part of your Easter dinner table if you haven’t got a wedding to plan this Spring.

‘Early Hours’ – cockney rhyming slang for flowers – the London based studio for innovative and magical floral designs.  Her show-stopping creations have made Lizzie Powell (owner of Early Hours London Ltd) the go-to florist for some of London’s most stylish destinations and couples.  We’re thrilled to have her share a special Spring wedding flower tutorial with us today.

 

Ingredients

 

50 x daffodils

Cellotape

Selection of coloured ribbon

Pins

Jam jar/small vase

Fine gravel/ sand

 

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Step One

 

Start by making the topiary shape by placing the daffodil stems together and parallel next to each other. Start in the centre and work around in a circle to create a nice dome shape, while holding the stem just below the flower heads.

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Step Two

 

Once the dome is complete use cellotape to bind the stems together at the base of the flower heads. This helps keep the lovely dome shape.

 

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Step Three

 

Cover the cellotape with decorative ribbons. Start at the top underneath the flower heads and work downwards to the middle of the stem. Use pins to secure.

 

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Step Four

 

Cut the stems down so that they are all level then stand the topiary in centre of the jam jar.

 

 

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Step Five

 

While holding the topiary pour the gravel or sand into the jar, which will hold and secure the flowers in place.

 

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Step Six

 

Top up with water to keep the flowers fresh and lovely.

 

 

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CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE |

Photography | Binky Nixon Photography

Words & DIY | Early Hours Ltd

 

How delightful. This certainly has me in the Spring mood. Thanks so much for sharing your lovely DIY with us today Early Hours Ltd xo Lou

 

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Louise Baltruschat Hollis <![CDATA[Fun Home Made Countryside Village Wedding]]> http://whimsicalwonderlandweddings.com/?p=191111 2017-01-31T12:25:45Z 2017-02-16T07:00:56Z Fun Home Made Countryside Village Wedding http://willfullerphotography.com/

 

I am a country girl through and through. In fact I’ve only ever lived in villages, so when I saw the delightful village wedding celebrations of Emily and Jack I was smitten.

WWW readers Emily and Jack were married on the 21st September 2016 at All Saints’ Church in Lapley followed by a reception at Pendrell Hall in Staffordshire. Their day was all about their love for one another, their family and friends and the things that brought them together. They met playing in the Band of the Welsh Guards and they injected musical influences into their wedding. Their cake table included their instruments, an original side drum and a vintage saxophone, a really lovely touch indeed. The music choices were also a priority for the couple and they asked talented friends to play for them too.

There are some gorgeous touches, one of my fave has to be the peachy, blush florals throughout. Emily’s rose and dahlia bouquet was an utter triumph, and it looked gorgeous with her romantic lace gown. Jack chose to wear a brown tweed suit for a timeless yet vintage vibe.

Thanks so much to Will Fuller for sharing these divine images with us.

 

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THE PROPOSAL | We had booked a little holiday to Copenhagen for October 2015, Jack had booked a beautiful white castle hotel called Kokkedal Slot as a surprise birthday treat for our first night. After a ride around the grounds and along the coastal path on some bikes (which is our favourite hobby together) he asked me to marry him. He had booked a beautiful dinner for the evening in the castle’s restaurant and a spa morning for the following day.

THE VISION | Jack and I had one thing we definitely agreed on, that was our day was going to be about family, friends and fun. It was really important for us to be surrounded by those who had given us so much support when we first started dating. We wanted a day that felt relaxed, a representation of everything that has brought us together and the things we will enjoy in our life together.

THE PLANNING PROCESS | Something that was really important to me was getting married in the village church I grew up in, I was really happy that Jack knew how much this meant to me and it was never a problem. After that was agreed, we initially looked at a village hall nearby for the wedding breakfast and party, however, after much deliberation, I wasn’t entirely sure how I was going to piece it all together as we live in London not Staffordshire. I found a little venue called Pendrell Hall, no corkage, no extra costs, 15 minutes drive away – so we set off for a visit… it was idyllic. Having a team at a venue to make sure everything is thought of really helps, which meant I had time to make a lot of the features/stationery/accessories myself.

BUDGET | Budgets are important and as the build up to your wedding day approaches the worst thing to worry about would be money. We set a limit of £10,000 for absolutely everything, if I couldn’t afford it, I didn’t have it – simple. We tried to remain focused on things that we were going to have to pay for after the wedding to curb that desire! I wrote a predicted costings sheet to start with and then every time I paid for something I put in my actual cost. Jack was really helpful with double and triple checking all our sums to make sure we were always on track.

THE VENUE | The venue was styled perfectly to our taste and is adorned with arts and crafts features (which is, just by chance, my absolute favourite period from art history). The building is so elegant and suited our day perfectly as it wasn’t to big, so our modest guest party of 50 didn’t get lost in the hall. Our caterers were all predetermined through choosing Pendrell Hall, Jenkinsons (the caterers) made everything so so easy and were incredibly accommodating. We knew what food we wanted, our favourite meal to cook together – Chicken, stuffed with haggis, wrapped in pancetta and dauphinoise potatoes – it was delicious I should add! All of our guests were complimenting us on the choice – a nice feeling that all that money spent on food was worth it.

THE DRESS & ACCESSORIES | I didn’t go into wedding dress shopping with too many preconceived ideas, I knew I needed to find something where I felt myself – so I guess that was my only criteria. I had my heart set on a pair of Rachel Simpson shoes, I adore her designs, so that was a given really and something to splash out on (you get to wear shoes again!) Mum even had a sixpence to put on the sole of my shoes. I love delicate details and I make hair vines, so I hand crafted mine myself. I took great delight in searching for all the original materials, pearls, hand worked mother of pearl flowers and little blue crystals in my design. I also made my veil, I wanted a simple cascading cathedral veil, it was easier to do it myself. My earrings were from the Buckingham Palace shop, I am originally a saxophonist from the Band of the Welsh Guards (as is my husband) so having a little piece of the Queen’s collection was a nice accessory to have. I borrowed a little white flower ring from my sister, which I had bought her about 10 years ago when I was at Edinburgh University. My something old was my grandmother’s handkerchief, which I did end up using!

FINDING THE DRESS | I started looking for my dress on my first trip home Christmas 2015, I organised a day with my mum to go round looking at dress shops and upon entering the third shop in Shrewsbury they had a few dresses in the sale rail. I didn’t really expect to find anything on sale but one of the assistants suggested I tried on a dress, on first take it didn’t really appeal to me but I tried it on anyway, it fitted almost perfectly. Even before I looked at it in the mirror it felt really comfortable to wear, when I saw how it looked I just knew it would be the perfect dress to marry Jack in, simple, elegant and modest. I loved the vintage detail on the sleeves and the lace. Wedding World in Shrewsbury were so good, they didn’t let me walk away with the dress until they had made a little repair in the lace, other than that it was perfect.

GROOM’S ATTIRE |  Jack had his eye on a simple brown donegal tweed suit with a waistcoat, I’m biased because he always looks so smart to me, but he looked especially smart on our wedding day.

THE READINGS & MUSIC | Music is a huge part of our lives as we met in the Band of the Welsh Guards. Our friend Alex kindly agreed to play the organ for our hymns, processional and recessional music, along with a very dear friend, Ralph, who played the trumpet, both were brilliant and having them play our music was just so special. The readings included “Love” by Erich Fried, and the classic “love is kind” from 1 Corinthians. We both felt the importance of celebrating the idea of love and how it manifests itself in our life together.

BEAUTIFUL BRIDESMAIDS | Choosing my maids wasn’t a dilemma. My sister, Felicity, my best friend (of all time), Lauren, Sarah my bestie from Uni and Kate my bestie in the Army. All of the girls are chilled and really lovely people so finding dresses for them was a doddle! I found a little dress on asos, it just fitted the bill so I went with it quite early on in the planning. I made parchment flower hair slides for their hair, I didn’t want anything too dazzling, just simple and pretty. Having them with me as bridesmaids was so incredibly meaningful, they definitely kept me calm on the morning when I almost cried making buttonholes (don’t craft on the morning of your wedding!).

Something not keeping me calm were our little flower girls, Alisa and Cora (both our nieces). Cora refused to wear her dress on the morning… but we all found it quite amusing, my sister-in-law got her in the dress! Their dresses were from BHS (before it closed), my aunt knitted their boleros, which I just absolutely LOVE! And their shoes, a find of my sister-in-laws from Next. I chose to contrast a bit with blush pink as it complemented my sash for the wedding dress and other colours in the scheme.

THE FLOWERS | I don’t know where to start with my florist Kiki and Zaza, from the beginning Ruth (the owner) was AMAZING! She gave us two consultations where she came round and went over all the little details we’d thought about for the wedding so she could create the perfect flower arrangements for our day. She took into consideration the feel of day, the colours I had chosen, I even found out she went to visit our venue to make sure her creations were going to fit properly. Put simply, if you want someone to make as much effort on your flowers as you will for your wedding, Ruth is your lady. She works independently in Lapley, because she doesn’t manage a shop she focuses completely on the jobs she takes on… working from a cute old stables attached to her house.

What she made for our day was simply spectacular, I’m sure you’ll agree from the photos. It was important to me to give out the flowers after the wedding so that family and friends could enjoy them after the event. Because she uses really fresh flowers from Holland my family said they were still going strong after 1 1/2 weeks! I didn’t anticipate this, but being given my wedding bouquet on the morning was probably one of the most exciting parts of the morning. It made my dress look 1000 times better, and made me feel every inch a bride. The compliments on the flowers were countless… oh, and my wedding bouquet is drying out perfectly in the loft right now!

THE CAKE | I’m very lucky to have a food technology teacher as a mother. Making the cake (probably since my birth) has been a predetermined factor of my wedding. She made an amazing job, and it was delicious. She also made Battenberg cakes for the non-fruit cake lovers out there (one of Jack’s favourites too). We wanted a nod to the Welsh Guards Band that had brought us together, so we choose the cake to become that vessel. Jack is a percussionist so we used an original side drum from the band to put the cake on, and I am a saxophonist so I used a vintage saxophone on the table. The decoration uses symbols of the British Isles, the red Lancashire rose (for Jack, Lancashire being his place of origin) and thistles for me (my family being from Scotland originally). If you look carefully you can see the symbols on the art work of the drum. On top I painted two little people wearing the ceremonial uniforms of the Foot Guard’s Bands – that’s me and Jack.

YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER | Will Fuller was our photographer, he was an absolute dream to be around and to be photographed by. Jack and I aren’t particularly posy people (until we’ve had a drink and were joking around with friends). We had an engagement shoot with him, and loved his work then. Throughout the planning process he was always timely, organised and good at communicating with us. We just wanted him to document the day through his beautiful photography and capture all the moments we were missing. Needless to say he completely filled his brief. Even during our little collection of photos both Jack and I felt really relaxed and comfortable having our picture taken.

The photos definitely speak for themselves, he really is an artist and I would recommend him to everyone for their wedding.

THE DETAILS & DÉCOR | We wanted our day to be a refection of us as a couple and the families we come from joining together. I filled lots of frames with pictures of us to place around the venue, doing the things we love. The table names all the places of memorable trips we’ve shared together, I found vintage postcards of the places on zazzle.

To represent my family, we got married is Staffordshire and the wedding favours were little bags of Scottish tablet (homemade to mum’s recipe) tied up with tartan ribbon.

To represent Jack’s family we used trophies, won by his granddad, which Ruth filled with flowers for centrepieces and his other granddad’s old suitcase for the cards.

I made a lot of the details myself, I painted signs for the venue and the place setting cards were all handmade. To keep the children entertained I put together a few lawn games, it made a nice focal point so that the children had something to do and weren’t getting bored.

THE HONEYMOON | After the wedding Jack and I only wanted a small getaway. He jokingly said we should go to Ockotberfest in Munich, which, after a bit of consideration looked like a quite a fun idea and something we had both always wanted to go to. So, we booked a really really nice hotel and had an absolutely fantastic time, we bought laderhosen and dirndl on the first day and did a bit of sightseeing. Going around the festival just felt like we were extending the party. Everybody is quite surprised when I tell them what we did, but I’m so glad we went, it’s something a bit different and what could be better then having some fun together after all that build up.

MEMORABLE MOMENTS | Having Lauren put my shoes on me before we left the house, it was really emotional as it’s something no one would ever do for you as an adult.

We didn’t have a best man speech so my sister and sister-in-law took over that speech, they made a video of Jack and mine’s childhood haunts and hobbies and places we go together as a couple, it was a such a beautiful (and funny) part of the day, we loved what they did.

ADVICE FOR OTHER COUPLES | Just enjoy your day, make decisions that make you both happy as a couple, because when it’s all over it’ll mean the most to you both. Unexpected things happen in those few days before, but just go with it and remember why you are doing all this… because you love each other and are both looking forward to all those years ahead.

CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE |

Photographer | Will Fuller

Wedding dress | Wedding World, Shrewsbury

Wedding Shoes | Rachel Simpson

Engagement and Wedding Rings | Midas Touch, The Lanes, Brighton

Hair accessories | Handmade by me

Bridesmaid dresses | Asos

Groom’s suit | Martin David, Shrewsbury

Groom’s shoes | Barkers

Flowers | Kiki and Zaza, Midlands

Venue | Pendrell Hall

Caterers | Jenkinsons

Church | All Saints’, Lapley

 

How idyllic.

Emily and Jack, thank you both so much for sharing your lovely wedding story with us xo Lou

 

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Louise Baltruschat Hollis <![CDATA[Wednesday Wedding Wonders. 15/02/2017]]> http://whimsicalwonderlandweddings.com/?p=192522 2017-02-14T15:38:21Z 2017-02-15T14:00:04Z Magical Fairy Lit Autumn Barn Wedding http://whitestagweddings.com/

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Did you enjoy Valentine’s day yesterday? G and I didn’t plan anything, but we did treat each other to a couple of bits. I was spoilt with some Liz Earle goodies, while G received wellies and a flask for outdoorsy expeditions and gardening (did I mention we have a 200+ft garden, which needs tending to really rather pronto). We did manage a day out with just the two of us on Sunday though, which was so needed, how much so I didn’t realise. It was strange wandering around Bluewater shopping centre with no pram or children to run around after. It was lovely. It’s half term madness here, so no DIY updates this week. We need to get cracking though as the flooring is set to be laid in two weekends time eekk.

WWW London rep and intern Rachel has been super busy attending events for the blog in the capital. She has recently been along to The Wedding Gallery showcase, the Debenhams Bridal Breakfast with Savannah Miller, a special reception at The Lanesborough Hotel, The Boutique Bridal Cooperative hen party launch, Fitzrovia Chapel and the Mr & Mrs Smith Hotel Awards. You may have seen some snaps on Instagram Stories, keep your eyes peeled for more glamorous and exciting event photos coming soon too. YAY.

 

WWW’s Wedding of the Week

 

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Happy wedding Wednesday xo Lou

 

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Louise Baltruschat Hollis <![CDATA[Rural Handfasting Village Hall Wedding]]> http://whimsicalwonderlandweddings.com/?p=191051 2017-01-30T14:20:25Z 2017-02-15T07:00:25Z Rural Handfasting Village Hall Wedding http://www.annapumerphotography.com/

 

I love the creativity, passion and personalty infused in today’s real wedding feature.

WWW readers Bex and Pippa were married on the 20th August 2016 at the Brighton Council Chamber followed by a reception and handfasting ceremony at Iford Village Hall in East Sussex. They envisioned a DIY, rural, natural wedding and all on a £9000 budget. They pooled all of their nearest and dearest talents, alongside their own, to craft up a storm. The lovely blooms were purchased at Covent Garden flower market and arranged lovingly into pretty displays in the hall, Bex’s friend baked scrummy cup cakes and the decorations were either made or borrowed. One of my favourite touches has to be the papercut birds, a wonderful nod to their engagement story.

Bex chose to wear a delicate Phase Eight sequin dress and Biba feather cape. Pippa meanwhile chose an elegant Ghost gown teamed with Roland Cartier sandals, they both looked utterly gorgeous. There were some really memorable moments, for instance, portraits in a pond and a Bollywood first dance. Amaze.

Thanks so much to WWW fave Anna Pumer for sharing these epic photographs.

 

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THE PROPOSAL | It took me 3 days to propose to Bex. Not out of nerves, but because of the way I’d planned to do it: I’d made a paper cutting of the words ‘Will you marry me?’ which I thought I’d surprise her with by hanging on a tree while we were walking in the Scottish Highlands. Naturally, it being Scotland, and autumn, it took 3 days (and 3 fells) of scanning for breaks in the heavy wet cloud/horizontal rain for the weather to be just-about-possibly-good-enough for me to dare to get the flimsy thing out of my backpack and hang it without the moisture curling it up instantly. Eventually I was forced to seize the moment (with only 100% mid-grey cloud cover – as good as it gets), there was no tree to be found and Bex was in a grump because it was our final walk before returning back to Brighton. However, there, by a waterfall on the way up to a hidden valley, her mood evaporated and, thankfully, she said ‘yes’.

THE VISION | DIY, rural, handfasting, natural, festival… Bex is from South Africa so we also wanted to bring SA into the day.

THE PLANNING PROCESS | Long! We had 20 months and you’d think that’d mean that everything was sorted by the time it came round, right? Er… maybe not! What was great though is that we’d sorted out the reception venue pretty early on. We ditched wedding barn plans quickly as they were too pricey (and some too polished) so really it was a case of finding the prettiest village hall in the area. We planned to marry in Lewes as it was nearer to the village hall we found but unfortunately the Lewes registry office was undergoing renovation so we ended up going for Brighton – the upshot of this was that the Council Chamber had just gained a wedding license and could fit in double the amount of guests we expected, meaning that all our day guests would now be able to attend the ceremony – bonus!

BUDGET | Somewhere between £8K and £9K.

THE VENUE | Brighton Town Hall Council Chamber was a wonderful place to get married. They were very accommodating of unusual requests (e.g. we asked our wedding rings to be ‘warmed’, passed round the guests, before being exchanged) and the registrar, Gloria, who led the ceremony was just brilliant.

Iford Village Hall was, quite simply, lovely. It is Arts & Crafts, a style which Bex and I love, and has an adjoining paddock, which worked well for having a small drinks marquee and for our handfasting. A total bonus was that we also had access to the little woodland next to it for our couple shots.

THE DRESS & ACCESSORIES | Bex wore a Phase Eight sequin dress, with a Biba feather cape for the handfasting and Rainbow Club shoes; I wore an altered Ghost dress with Roland Cartier sandals.

FINDING THE DRESS | As we didn’t want our dresses to clash, we decided that it’d be best if one of us knew what the other was wearing. Bex was super quick at finding her dress, but I, with hers in mind, took way longer to decide. I ended up having the dress I bought significantly altered by my mum’s dressmaker friend, Pam; we changed the neck line and the back, used my grandmother’s lace to add capped sleeves and also added a few sequins to tie it in with Bex’s dress. Bex and I were both really happy with how we looked on the day – helped massively by Susie, our lovely hair and makeup lady.

THE READINGS & MUSIC | My brother and sister-in-law played piano beautifully in the ceremony: Beethoven’s Piano Sonata No. 8 in C Minor ‘Pathetique’; ‘Clair de Lune’ by Debussy; and Einaudi’s ‘I giorni’. For readings, we chose ‘As I Walked Out One Evening’ by W.H. Auden and ‘Touched by an Angel’ by Maya Angelou – both made us a bit teary!

BEAUTIFUL BRIDESMAIDS | Bex’s sister was both bridesmaid and best woman; then we had 3 awesome friends to make it to 4. They wore blue/green dresses we found in Vacant, a little independent shop in Brighton, and then all hunted down red, vintage-style shoes to finish the outfit. It was not all plain sailing however: 2 of the bridesmaids became pregnant after the dresses were bought so whether they were going to fit into those dresses on the day was uncertain, plus very late in the day we discovered that another of the dresses had developed a weird stain around the collar. All turned out fine – one maternity dress was worn and all wore red floral corsages to cover up any staining. They looked fantastic!

THE FLOWERS | Bex and her sister got up at ridiculous-o’clock the day before the wedding, drove to Covent Garden flower market and returned to the village hall with an abundance of flowers. For Bex, who is a gardener, the experience at Covent Garden was like being a kid in a candy store – she really enjoyed being her own client for once and getting to buy masses of her favourite flowers! They then, with the help of the bridesmaids, arranged all the flowers into beautiful centrepieces for the tables. We had potted succulents (Echeveira varieties) and jars of Astrantia, ornamental Cow Parsley, Veronica, white Asters, Drumstick Alliums, Sarcococca foliage and pink Gypsophila. And urns of Smokebush foliage and Cow Parsley. In addition, Gunns Florist made gorgeous bouquets and buttonholes with Gypsophila white, Eryngium, Salvia nemerosa ‘Caradonna’, Astrantia major and Eucalyptus.

THE CAKE | Bex’s friend Andrea made carrot and chocolate cupcakes for us as a wedding gift. They were absolutely delicious and went down a storm.

YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER | Anna Pumer. What can we say? We found her on the internet but everyone assumed she was a good friend (we wish she was!) That’s just how well she fitted in with our wedding. And she was everywhere! I don’t think we quite realised until the photos came in but she literally snapped everybody at our wedding – it was amazing! Plus, she caught such special moments (sunlit rain drops falling off trees over us into a pond… wow) And there was definitely a whole lot of hilarious moments snapped! If you are reading this and haven’t yet booked your photographer, book Anna. And trust her. You won’t regret it!

THE DETAILS & DÉCOR | We made a lot of the decorations or borrowed them; really, the only buying involved the festoon lights. The papercut birds, although envisaged by me, were actually created 3 days before the wedding by Bex’s sister. I was finishing a masters and job hunting at the time, plus organising the move, so time had sort of run out despite my best intentions. Emma stepped in and the birds looked amazing, even more so when their shadows appeared. About the books – initially I had planned to make a book art centrepiece for each table, featuring our favourite stories, but again, time ran out, so we ended up with 6 semi-finished ones peppered round the hall. About the bunting – I made one set and the rest we borrowed from friends. For favours, we gave to a South African charity, Wheat, providing education and training for women.

Food – our wonderful friends and family made a whole array of yummy finger food for the afternoon reception. This was handed round by my three teenage cousins and orchestrated by two friends, Rebecca & Rebecca, who worked tirelessly behind the scenes. Now Now Food Company provided delicious South African beef stew and butternut curry from their food van. It was a great surprise for the guests and Bex was only too happy to show them that South Africans eat more than just braii meat. Pudding was cupcake. My parents kindly supplied the accompanying wine and cava, and our friend Freddie gave us a whole load of craft beer. Glasses and other crockery were supplied by Speedwell Catering. The evening food came from Waitrose, but there were so many left over canapés that most of it didn’t get eaten – we were living off wheels of cheese for weeks after! We had the most amazing MC ever, Bex’s great friend Tony, and 3 speech-makers: my Dad, Emma and my brother – they did brilliant jobs, even using a projector, and had us all in stitches.

We had a handfasting ceremony outside in the evening, to which we’d invited more guests. It was such a special part of the day and we were lucky that the rain held off for it. We’d written the ceremony, so it very much had our hearts in it; it was led by Rowen, a close friend of Bex’s, and our hands were bound by eight more wonderful friends. The ceremony was accompanied by more music – my brother on the keyboard again and our talented friend Trish on the violin – and some hearty singing from the audience too.

Bex created the Spotify playlist for the dancing – from 60s to 80s to rap to house to dubstep, we couldn’t get enough of it. We borrowed some lights and a smoke machine from friends and family and, as it turned out, the hall had some great lights too – it was awesome!

We asked four friends/cousins to film the whole event. We bought one camcorder, which each filmer used for a section of the day before handing it over to the next person. It was so lovely, a couple of months later, to sit back and relive the day – all the moments we remembered and all those we’d forgotten or hadn’t seen. And the dance moves… oh the dance moves!

THE HONEYMOON | We kinda had a pre-honeymoon – a trip to South Africa to see Bex’s friends and family. This was just as well, as, as misfortune would have it, we had to move the week after the wedding so there was zero chance for a break! We were delighted to receive Canopy & Stars vouchers from the bridesmaids as a wedding gift, which we’ll be spending in Provence next summer.

MEMORABLE MOMENTS | The weather – in an otherwise completely sun drenched and dry summer, the heavens opened 48 hours before the wedding and continued on/off until the day after. It added quite a bit of drama but also a lot of hilarity.

The ceremonies – until you are in front of all your friends and family as they witness you and the one you love tie the knot, despite any misgivings they might have had about two women marrying, you just have no idea how amazing it will feel.

The chaos – turning heads as we randomly had to walk through the massive lobby of a Jury’s Inn to find our taxi that had been stuck on the seafront and barely being able to push the revolving doors round due to the force of the wind outside!

The faces – surprising our guests with a Bollywood first dance. Classic!

The dance floor – don’t think we’ve ever danced so hard; I don’t think we ever will again. It was epic!

ADVICE FOR OTHER COUPLES | Do it your way. As soon as the word ‘wedding’ is mentioned, people have expectations as to how it should be. Would they have the same expectations if it was a birthday party? No, they’d just be happy to be there. Don’t bend over backwards to appease guests – they’re all adults and can take care of themselves. Besides, you’ll never please everybody and will end up getting hurt yourself. Be considerate but remember that this is your one shot at your wedding day, so stay true to yourselves.

Don’t buy your bridesmaids dresses a year early!

If your food is coming from different sources, delegate one person to oversee it all on the day. It’d make things smoother.

Get friends/family to film your day – moments are precious, memories fade. Still photography is obviously wonderful, and far more romantic and softer than a home movie, but the latter immortalises the people you love – the way they move, laugh and dance. Get that camera rolling!

And, finally… make sure all taxi bookings are for the correct day!

CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE |

*Photography | Anna Pumer WWW wedding directory member*

Ceremony | Brighton Council Chamber

Venue | Iford Village Hall

Food | Now Now, Speedwell Catering

Hair & Make Up | Susie Hair & Makeup

Alterations | Pamela Marshall 

Bouquets & Buttonholes | Gunns Florists

Bridesmaids Dresses | Vacant

Dress | Ghost

 

What a wonderful day.

Bex and Pippa, I cannot thank you enough for sharing your lovely wedding here today xo Lou

 

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Louise Baltruschat Hollis <![CDATA[Minimalist City Meets 1970s East London Pub Wedding]]> http://whimsicalwonderlandweddings.com/?p=190938 2017-01-30T13:12:09Z 2017-02-14T14:00:12Z Minimalist City 1970s East London Pub Wedding http://www.curiousrosephotography.com/

 

We’re continuing the romance this afternoon with a chic and really rather splendid affair in the city.

James and Charlie were married on the 1st October 2016 at Stoke Newington Town Hall followed by a good old knees up at The Londesborough Pub in London. They envisioned a minimalist city wedding with 1970s touches, and the day turned out so beautifully. Informal, relaxed and fun vibes were key, with personal music choices and unique readings at their ceremony. Their DJ also put together what sounded like an amazing set list to ensure the party was in full swing all evening.

Charlie chose her boho meets free spirited short frock by Indie Bride and accessorised her look with a short veil by AM Faulkner and block heels. Didn’t she look amazing? James was suited and booted the week before in Ted Baker complete with a Mrs Bow Tie floral tie, very dashing.

Thanks goes to Curious Rose Photography for sharing these sensational shots today.

 

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THE PROPOSAL | We’d been together for two and a half years, had some drunken, and then increasingly sober, conversations about getting married…we chose and bought my ring together without telling anyone, then panicked about how people would react to the lack of ‘proposal’! On holiday in Wales, we went for a walk with the ring, and on top of a hill we snapped a couple of selfies, then we texted our families and waited for the phone calls to come in! My dad’s first words were “but you can’t be engaged, James hasn’t asked my permission!”

THE VISION | Informal, fun, relaxed, and within our modest (decent thanks to generous parents, but very modest in terms of weddings!) budget. Neither of us is religious, and it was important to us that the ceremony was modern and religion-free. Aesthetically… somewhere between minimalist city wedding meets 1970’s East London pub wedding… sounds slightly bizarre but we knew exactly what we wanted.

THE PLANNING PROCESS | After quickly deciding that we wanted to do it in London, we researched and decided on the venues together. Naturally being a bit of a control freak, I sorted most of the rest of it, but James had input on everything.

As with all UK weddings, the only thing we couldn’t plan was the weather! A couple of days before, the forecast was looking extremely grim, with heavy rain forecast for the duration of our wedding, almost to the hour! We decided that our original plan of having everyone walk together between the town hall and the pub (less than half a mile) was too risky, as we didn’t want guests with soggy feet. Somehow, James managed to find an available vintage routemaster bus, and we surprised our guests with it waiting to pick us up outside the town hall. It was a big hit, and they even threw in a couple of circles around the block for free! So we didn’t feel too bad that despite the forecast, by the time we came out of the town hall, the sun had made an appearance!

THE VENUE | London has some beautiful town halls, and the art-deco style Stoke Newington Town Hall was perfect for us. The building itself is lovely both outside and in, and we really like the villagey feel of Stoke Newington. We found The Londesborough, a pub around the corner from the town hall, on a wedding blog. We loved the proximity to the town hall and the fact that it was all on one level, and had outside space. The staff were absolutely brilliant, and took care of everything, answering all our questions in the run up to the wedding, arranging a wine tasting evening for us to select wines, and setting up all the decorations on the day.

THE DRESS & ACCESSORIES | The Gabriele dress from Indie Bride.

The Fiona veil in ivory from AM Faulkner.

Jaygo shoes in blush from Dune.

FINDING THE DRESS | I knew I wanted something short and white, initially searching the high street and The Outnet. I found Indie Bride on Instagram, and instantly loved their 70s style Gabriele dress… especially the sleeves! My mum came with me to their showroom to try it on, which is a gorgeous and slightly spooky attic inside a church in Brixton. My veil was from the talented AM Faulkner, a London-based milliner – who I also found on Instagram.

GROOM’S ATTIRE | In typical relaxed James style, he picked up his entire outfit about a week before the wedding. His dark blue suit was Ted Baker, his floral tie was from Mrs Bow Tie, and he wore Paul Smith brogues, which were literally delivered on the morning of the wedding!

THE READINGS & MUSIC | For the ceremony we wanted songs which meant a lot to us, but which kept the mood light! I walked down the aisle to ‘Glass in the Park’ by Alex Turner, from one of our favourite films ‘Submarine’. We signed the register to songs by Bob Dylan and This is the Kit, and we exited to ‘Something in the air’ by Thunderclap Newman. Our siblings did readings that we had picked – my brother Josh read the lyrics to Baz Luhrmann’s ‘Wear Sunscreen’, and James’ sister Aleesha read Hovis Presley’s poem ‘I rely on you’.

James’ friend Lewis DJ’d in the evening, playing an awesome mix of glam rock, indie disco circa 2006, and 90s pop tunes! Our first dance was Starman by David Bowie…we are both huge Bowie fans.

BEAUTIFUL BRIDESMAIDS | My 15 year old cousin Grace made a beautiful bridesmaid, wearing a pale pink swing dress from ASOS. We wanted to keep our wedding party small, and I couldn’t choose just one or two of my girlfriends, so instead of having grown up bridesmaids my best friends Hannah and Vicky acted as Best Women and gave a hilarious speech at dinner! We all got ready together at The Ace Hotel in Shoreditch, breakfasting on pancakes in their restaurant Hoi Polloi, then we were joined by make-up artist Nohelia to get us wedding-ready. James got ready with his Best Man Luke and a few best pals at the Montcalm Hotel nearby.

THE FLOWERS | The wonderful Rachael at Grace & Thorn did our flowers. She captured what we wanted perfectly – sugary shades of pale pinks, lilacs and pale blues but nothing too ‘formed’ – we loved the wild, natural look that Grace & Thorn are great at. Getting married in a town hall meant we didn’t need to worry about separate ceremony flowers, which helped with our budget for the bouquets and buttonholes, and for the pub. We had mismatched glass, copper and concrete jars on the tables, and a big arrangement at the entrance.

THE CAKE | I LOVE cake. Spending loads of money on a giant cake was something that made me disproportionately happy. We had a two-tier cake from Hackney’s Violet – a chocolate devil’s food cake sponge, with salted caramel swiss buttercream icing, topped with natural flowers. I massively over estimated how much we would need and there was loads left over at the end of the night. It ended up travelling back to North Wales with my family where my dad and uncle gave it a good home!

YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER | A colleague of James’ recommended the wonderful Laura @ Curious Rose Photography. We met up with her a couple of times before the big day and she did a little practice session with us to help us loosen up… neither of us are naturals in front of the camera! She was amazing on the day, and her informal, natural style suited us perfectly.

THE DETAILS & DÉCOR | The backdrop of the pub was awesome anyway – they have lots of vintage music posters up on the walls, and fairy lights on the ceiling. They provided chairs, tables, crockery, cutlery, white table linen… so we only had to think about the fun bits! We kept our decorations soft and simple to add a bit of romance. Big white balloons with white tassel tails from Bubblegum Balloons sat atop the tables. Favours were small white paper bags filled with pastel coloured pick and mix, and secured with pale pink monogrammed stickers. I bought 3D cardboard tables numbers and a postbox from Hobbycraft and painted them all copper. I made a big collage of pictures of us both growing up which the pub hung up. James’ design skills came in very handy for designing and typesetting the order of the days, name cards and table plan, which he got printed at a local printers.

THE HONEYMOON | We spent a week in Dubrovnik, Croatia, at the amazing hotel Villa Dubrovnik. We explored the old town, swam in the sea, drank cocktails at the hotel’s rooftop bar, and used their lovely spa!

MEMORABLE MOMENTS | The whole day was wonderful… it might sound like a cliché, but there are so few occasions in life when you have all your nearest and dearest together in one room! Although the moment where James jumped on his friend Russell’s shoulders, splitting Russell’s trousers completely open, was pretty hard to beat.

ADVICE FOR OTHER COUPLES | Don’t stress about divorced parents, or certain people not getting on. Make sure the day is exactly what you both want, and your families will surprise you by all getting along together and having a great time!

CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE |

Photography | Curious Rose Photography

Ceremony | Stoke Newington Town Hall

Venue | The Londesborough Pub

Bridal Prep | Ace Hotel

Transport | Time Bus

Flowers | Grace & Thorn

Make up artist | Nohelia Reyes

Cake | Violet

Balloons | Bubblegum Balloons

Confetti | Shropshire Petals

Dress | Indie Bride

Veil | AM Faulkner

Tie | Mrs Bow Tie

 

Just so special.

Thanks so much to James and Charlie for sharing their gorgeous wedding celebrations with us xo Lou

 

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