Whimsical Wonderland Weddings UK Wedding Blog 2017-08-16T06:00:08Z http://whimsicalwonderlandweddings.com/feed/atom WordPress Rachel Harrison <![CDATA[Pretty & Relaxed Lavender Filled Country Wedding]]> http://whimsicalwonderlandweddings.com/?p=207250 2017-07-27T09:39:30Z 2017-08-16T06:00:08Z Pretty Relaxed Lavender Country Wedding http://www.lydiastampsphotography.com/

 

WWW readers Charlotte and Jamie wed in a church ceremony followed by a beautiful reception at Bury Court Barn in Surrey. Their day was filled with all sorts of gorgeous greenery and I can only begin to imagine how delightfully the scent of lavender filled the air. I just can’t get enough of all the potted arrangements, I love that guests could take these home too instead of cut flowers going to waste.

Charlotte set her heart on her Paloma Blanca gown after seeing it in a magazine and was determined to get it. As you can see, her perseverance certainly paid off, she looks just gorgeous. I adore bridesmaids in separates and I just can’t get enough of the these lovely ladies in their Coast prom style skirts, which they teamed with Topshop vests.

With nearly half of the guests making the trip to Surrey from Canada, an English country garden wedding was in order. Think pastel blooms, luggage tags, upturned wooden crates and the most gorgeous antique-look world map table plan. The tiered cheese ‘cake’ is just the sweetest and what English garden wedding would be complete without bunting?

Thank you ever so much Lydia Stamps Photography for sharing these wonderful images with WWW.

 

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THE PROPOSAL | Aspen, Colorado (USA). We were living in Toronto, Canada at the time and in December 2013 Jamie surprised Charlotte with a weekend trip away skiing (something we had always loved doing together). Charlotte had no idea where we were going until we got to the airport check-in desk…at which point she had to put on her best British accent so that we could still check in our baggage (we are always running late!). The actual proposal was fairly comical as Jamie only realised after he was down on one knee that the ring was still in his bag…

THE VISION | Until we got engaged we’d never really thought about what our wedding day might be like. We didn’t really have a theme as such but if I had to describe our vision it would be an English countryside wedding with a very relaxed and informal feel surrounded by family and friends. We had ~40% of our wedding guests over from Canada, and so thought a very typically British wedding would be a lot of fun for them!

THE VENUE | St. Mary’s Church, Bentley, Hampshire.

The Barn at Bury Court, Bentley, Hampshire.

THE DRESS & ACCESSORIES | Paloma Blanca 4105 Chantilly Lace Wedding Dress. All lace dress with keyhole back detail. Ribbon and brooch embellishment at waist – which I made a bit more simple with just a ribbon. Fit and flare skirt with couture hem. Sweep Train. Colour: Champagne. Accessories: a silver water lily bangle with a pearl from my 21st birthday. Earrings that had been passed down from Jamie’s family

FINDING THE DRESS | I didn’t know what I wanted initially but quickly narrowed it down to something with straps, lace, and an interesting back! In the first shop I went to (Mirror Mirror in London) I tried on a beautiful Paloma Blanca dress, but it was outside my budget. When I found the designer was actually based in Toronto, where we were living when we got engaged, I decided that it was the right dress for me and bought it second hand!

GROOM’S ATTIRE | Navy blue suit from Suit Supply. White shirt, light blue tie, brown shoes.

THE READINGS & MUSIC | We had three readings: 1) From the old testament, Song of Solomon 2:10-13; 8:6-7 (read by one of Jamie’s friends from university), 2) ‘The Promise’ by Eileen Rafter (read by two of Charlotte’s school friends) 3) ‘The Key to Love’ (read by Charlotte’s godmother). In the church we had hymns (Give me joy in my heart, Jerusalem and One more step along the world I go) and Charlotte’s cousin sang Moon River. The entrance music was Pachelbel, Canon in D and the recessional music was Hornpipe from Water Music, Handel

BEAUTIFUL BRIDESMAIDS | Caz Higgins, Becky Green, Kate Campbell, Caz Barnes. They wore ice blue prom style skirts from Coast, with white vest tops from Topshop

THE FLOWERS | Sue Vaughan is a local florist who we found on Facebook and made the beautiful buttonholes and bouquets for us, which we gave her free rein on, deciding she knew a lot more about flowers than we did! For the table decorations, we bought pots of sunflowers, lavender, and herbs from a huge flower market in Battersea, London, which we wrapped in hessian and twine and gave to our guests to take home at the end of the night.

THE CAKE | We went for a cheese tower instead of a cake, as Charlotte’s mum kindly made homemade evening cakes and treats.

YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER | Lydia Stamps – absolutely amazing photos and wonderful to work with!

THE DETAILS & DÉCOR | With some help from a friend we made our own wedding stationery in PowerPoint, and a hand drawn map. We used a lot of vintage maps and brown luggage tags to decorate the venue with, to celebrate our love of travel and the fact people were celebrating with us from all over the world. We also made some hand painted wooden signs, using old wood from a reclamation yard.

THE HONEYMOON | We went for a week to Tuscany and Umbria (Italy) and mainly relaxed, and ate and drank a lot.

MEMORABLE MOMENTS | Despite our church wedding, Jamie is actually Jewish and his friends and family decided to embrace the Jewish chair dancing tradition, throwing us both up into the air. Other memorable moments included a friend ripping his trousers on the dance floor, and walking down a muddy but beautiful footpath between the church and the reception venue.

ADVICE FOR OTHER COUPLES | Have fun, don’t get stressed, and compromise. It is a special day so make sure you take the time to enjoy it!

CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE |

Photography | Lydia Stamps Photography

Venue | Bury Court Barn

Dress | Paloma Blanca

Groom’s Suit | Suit Supply

Accommodation | Anchor Inn at Lower Froyle

Catering | Jacaranda Catering

Music | Zu Zu Men

Flowers | Sue Vaughan (highly recommended!)

Guitar during drinks reception | Guy Valarino

Cheese cake | The Cheese Hamlet

 

Thank you so much Charlotte and Jamie for sharing your very special day with us here at WWW. Rachel x

 

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Louise Baltruschat Hollis <![CDATA[Wedding Styling Ideas. Little Details Big Impact]]> http://whimsicalwonderlandweddings.com/?p=208850 2017-08-03T08:38:42Z 2017-08-15T06:00:09Z Wedding Styling Ideas Details Decor Planning Advice

The Pre-Wedding Shopping List – Putting the finishing touches to your wedding décor

 

Hello again, everyone! Amazingly it’s August already, so one thing I am busy with right now is (yes) my favourite bit of planning a wedding: The shopping. This part is all about scouring shops and the internet to find all the little finishing touches for your wedding décor, and for me, those details are some of the most important. Ask any chef and they’ll tell you, “it’s all about the presentation”, and that’s something that I think holds true for weddings too. The idea is for you to enchant your guests and really absorb them in the atmosphere of your day.

As much as I absolutely love this part, I know from working with brides and grooms that this stage is often the one they find the most terrifying, so today I’m writing about what to shop for or organise in the last few months to add those beautiful little styling details and finishing touches to your wedding décor.

When I’m styling a wedding, I always focus on a few really key details to make the wedding unique, and with the power of Etsy and other creative websites at your fingertips it’s pretty easy and relatively inexpensive to add completely bespoke and beautiful little details to your wedding design.

 

The Photography

 

I asked the lovely Dyanna LaMora to provide the photos for this post because she’s one of those photographers who really knows how to make the most of all those special little details. For me, the best wedding photos always capture the emotions and relationships of the day, but they also capture the atmosphere and the details in a way that reminds you of how it felt to actually be there. So one thing I always recommend in the last few months before a wedding is to make sure you think about the detail and décor photography.

Everyone thinks about which photos they want of their friends and family, but very few remember to think about anything else. My advice is to add in little accessories for the photographer when you’re shopping, send on copies of your invitation suite, schedule time for your photographer at the venue before guests arrive and make sure your photographer has a list of your favourite elements of the wedding design so you can be sure to capture memories of those beautiful little details.

 

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The Stationery

 

This year, table décor for me has been all about the stationery. There are just endless options right now for delicious handmade and creative stationery elements that actually become the table décor. Clean calligraphy is really popular right now, but the fun part is really in the choice of materials; from luxurious, ultra-thick card stocks, to elegant hand-torn paper, vellum, and custom printed linens. It’s such an obvious suggestion, but really Pinterest is amazing for stationery ideas. When thinking about where to invest time and money in your wedding detailing, I’d ditch the favours, chair sashes and tea lights for a bit of paper-luxury on the big day.

 

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The Ring

 

So much effort and expense goes into choosing the perfect engagement and wedding rings, but hardly anyone ever remembers to think about how they’re presented on the day. One of my favourite additions to any wedding is a pretty ring case or box which always makes for a really memorable photo. I’m a huge fan of the pretty velvet ring boxes available from The Mrs Box and La Petit Box and there’s also a fantastic selection of creative ideas on Etsy for glass boxes and vintage options which work well with practically every wedding design and style.

 

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Mix it up

 

One thing that adds something special to wedding décor is mixing styles together. If you’ve gone rustic in your décor, try and add in some really ornate accessories. I love shiny brass candlesticks mixed with natural woods and greenery or geometric, modern touches mixed in with luxury vintage. Getting this right can be tricky, but if you hang around for a few hours on Instagram or Pinterest you’ll pick up some great pointers on how to get this right and it really can make all the difference.

 

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Signage

 

A little bit of creative signage adds so much to the impact for guests as well as being functional. I love adding signage to practically everything from the bar to the entrance. If you’re deciding what to choose, we’ve said goodbye to chalkboards, light up letters and rustic signage in favour of custom printed linens, aged wood and oversized hand calligraphy on giant spools of paper, which make for an incredible backdrop for your ceremony or cake.

 

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Accessorise Your Accessories

 

Once you’ve pulled together the little decorative items for the wedding, spend a little time thinking about how you’re going to actually present those. A beautiful cake or dessert bar is totally wasted on an ugly backdrop or ill-fitting table so think about hiring in or buying what you need to present what you have in the perfect way. Don’t feel like you need to decorate everything, just focus on a few key areas and that’s what people will remember. One thing I always do is to put together a box of accessories and decorative extras from candles to fruit or bud vases so I have that little extra something on the day if I need it.

 

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Hang It

 

2017 has been the year of the hanging décor, with suspended florals and decorations dominating every blog and magazine. I’m not usually a slave to fashion (I can’t say goodbye to rose gold just yet) but this is one trend I am right behind. Bringing in a hanging element to the wedding décor can create a massive impact with minimal effort and expense so it’s one of the best ways to make a feature of an element of the wedding you’re really proud of. There’s so many options right now for how to do it, from hanging flowers to hoops of greenery or string lights and this type of feature always makes a fantastic backdrop for photos.

 

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Pimp Your Flowers

 

Picking the flowers themselves is often half the battle with floral presentation on the wedding day, and it’s often the little details that make all the difference. Speak to the florist about how you want the bouquet tied, and what with and add on extra flowers and greenery to your order to use in presentation throughout the venue just in case. Right now, florals are loose and organic and one of the things on my shopping list for every wedding is hand dyed silk floral ribbon, which I think is one of the prettiest and most popular trends of the past few years. Easily available online, this pretty ribbon and fabric is also fantastic for flat lay and detail photography as well as accessorising place settings; so for me, it’s a must-have.

 

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I really hope this has given you a few good ideas for how to put the all-important finishing touches to your wedding décor, but as a wedding planner and stylist who’s been to more weddings than I can count; I can hand-on-heart say that the best weddings are always the ones that are really warm and personal. That’s not something that’s determined by how much money you spend or how expert your styling skills are but it is definitely about the love that you put into creating it; so enjoy every minute of the shopping and flex those creative muscles!

 

Love Sara xx

 

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A huge thanks to Dyanna LaMora for providing the photography for this article.

 

*This is the second in the wedding planning feature series from Whimsical Wonderland Weddings expert contributor and wedding planner Sara J at Love Street Weddings*

 

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Louise Baltruschat Hollis <![CDATA[Woodland Inspired Lavender Spring Country Wedding]]> http://whimsicalwonderlandweddings.com/?p=207489 2017-07-24T16:31:47Z 2017-08-14T06:00:13Z Woodland Lavender Spring Country Wedding http://www.carlablainphotography.co.uk/

 

When the week starts like this, you just know it’s going to be a great one folks!

WWW readers Harriet and Matthew were married in the Spring at Pencoed House Estate in South Wales and the whole affair was captured oh so beautifully by Carla Blain Photography. Bride Harriet is a wedding photographer herself, so knew exactly the type of day she wanted to celebrate their union. Boy oh boy was it stylish and of course totally on trend! There was an ethereal woodland feel to their day, with a real atmosphere of bringing the outdoors in. One of my very fave elements has to be the flowers of course! Just wait until you see the floral arrangements, especially the floral arch backdrop to their ceremony.

Live music was a high priority for the pair and they had an live guitarist during the ceremony and a rocking band to pack out the dance floor come evening. The tunes sound so meaningful and personal too. Matthew was handed full reins for the honeymoon, which was nothing short of spectacular. What a treat! These two really stole my heart, their dreamy woodland portraits, the utterly elegant attire and so many details to fall for.

 

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THE PROPOSAL | Matt surprised me on Christmas Day 2015 with a planned trip to New York, a place we had always dreamt of going. On our first night there, March 5th 2016 we were queuing to watch The Knicks play in Maddison square gardens. Needless to say there was strict security going in, pat downs and electric scanners. Matt starts to fidget in the queue and suggests we go for a walk as we’re super early for the game. We had already been walking for hours at this point so I was dreaming of a large soda and my seat! But I agreed and we went back outside and down the road to the New York Postal Office Building. Stood on the steps of this incredible building, I was stood admiring the view in the big city when Matt goes down on one knee holding the ring of my dreams! I’ll always remember the words he spoke to me, and through a few tears from both of us I said yes! We went back inside to the game and needless to say I couldn’t concentrate and wouldn’t be able to tell you who won!!

THE VISION/PLANNING PROCESS | Being a wedding photographer I have seen my fair share of weddings and venues so I have known for a fairly long time what I could imagine my own day to be like. The week after we returned from New York, we went to view a venue close to where we live in Pencoed, South Wales. It is a venue I had never visited before and as soon as we walked in, we knew it was perfect for us. Pencoed House Estate ticked all of our boxes, a hidden gem in the middle of the South Wales countryside. Surrounded by woodland and beautiful grounds, it was important to me to bring this vision indoors. This is where our woodland theme came to life. My favourite colour and flower is lavender so we decided to centre the colours around this. The venue itself is so visually stunning that it needed little effort from us to make it stand out. Spring is my favourite season so March the following year seemed perfect. A year to plan seemed plenty! The staff at Pencoed House were incredible from start to finish, we felt like we were the only bride and groom to have ever got married there. We are so grateful how easy they made it. I am very lucky that my husband Matt encourages my creativity, so he happily left the whole planning and visionary process to me. He had his say on the big decisions and I always checked certain things so he could say what he liked and didn’t. This made planning super easy. Everyone always jokes that the guy has no involvement, but for us it worked!

THE DRESS |  I was dreading the finding of the dress process. Anyone who knows me, knows how difficult it is more me to shop for a dress on a night out, let alone for a wedding dress! I had a few recommendations of a local bridal store in Cardiff, Timeless Elegance. As a body conscious bride, I told the assistant I imagined myself in sleeves and something to flatter my lower half. My dress was the 4th I tried on and I fell in love. It’s originally designed as a sleeveless sweetheart neckline with layered tulle skirt and lace detailing on the bust. Then delicate gems and stones around the waist. But the assistant found a lace bolero jacket that fit my criteria to cover my arms. Worn back to front, this gave the finished look I had hoped for. Matt mentioned afterwards that the dress had the perfect balance of contemporary and traditional with the tulle and lace and I completely agree.

I then matched to it a lace veil and a delicate headpiece to match the stones around the waist. I’m not big on jewellery so a simple set of diamond earrings finished the look. My shoes were my ‘something blue’ (and purple and pink) They were from Ted Baker’s spring range last year and completely non traditional. Everyone commented on how different they were and unexpected to see beneath my dress! And a massive bonus is I get to wear them again!

GROOMS ATTIRE | Matt’s suit was a three piece tailored navy blue suit from Marks & Spencer’s, a special edition designed by Alfred Brown. It was the official suit for the England Football Team (but we don’t mention this part as we’re Welsh). I searched high and low for the perfect tie and hanky to compliment the grooms suit and theme, and found the perfect liberty print ‘wildflowers’ on Etsy. For the rest of the groomsmen, we hired three piece navy blue suits from Dyfed Menswear, Cardiff. The dads had pale pink ties and hanky and the best men and usher had lavender to match the bridesmaid dress.

THE READINGS & MUSIC | We struggled to find a reading that meant something and wasn’t just picked for the sake of it. After weeks of searching, I found ‘ A Lovely Love Story’ by Edward Monkton. The cutest little animated story about two dinosaurs and their relationship. It was perfect, non traditional but such a sweet story to tell. It actually comes as a little book with drawings so we now have it as a keepsake to look back at in years to come.

I had dreamt of a live guitarist during the ceremony. We hired an old school friend of mine who is now a professional artist/performer. Tom Sutch, he oozes so much talent, it’s unbelievable. As a massive Ed fan, We had him play Ed Sheeran’s Photograph as I walked in. The words and the meaning were fitting for us. The sounds of Tom’s voice and the first few chords had me crying in the porch! He then played James Arthur, ‘Say You Won’t Let Go’ and Lady Antebellum ‘Golden’ as we signed the register. And then played the full version of Photograph again as we walked out. Tom then stayed to play to our guests in the bar and outdoor marquee before we sat down for food.

We hired a live band ‘The Velveteens’ for the evening reception and it was one of the best decisions we made. It was touch and go with our budget whether we would have this, but decided as it was our wedding day, it would be worth it. If you are in the South Wales area, look these guys up! They had a constant stream of people busting their moves on the dance floor with live covers of every genre but also controlled the DJ aspect. So many people commented that the live music throughout the day really set the the tone and we are so pleased we made those decisions.

BEAUTIFUL BRIDESMAIDS | I wanted a simple bridal party so chose Matt’s sister in law who is also my friend as Maid of Honour. Matt’s brother, her husband was best man so was quite fitting and we also had our little 2 year old niece as a flower girl. The bridesmaid dress and groomsmen ties were from For Her & For Him, an online site I found through Facebook! I was apprehensive at first from ordering online but they have a huge spectrum of colours but you send off your measurements and they make it custom for you. The colour was an exact match to the theme and meant the boys ties could be the same colour too. I would definitely recommend it as they have so many styles, you can really make sure you get what you imagine to flatter and fit all kinds of shapes. The flower girl dress was from Etsy.

THE FLOWERS | Our florist was an absolute dream, the flowers brought the whole day together. I was my own flower goals!

Lola’s company Walnut & Willow is based in South Wales and I found her online where she advertised alternative ideas. We had a consultation where I gave my woodland vision, I also mentioned I wanted a wooden archway, indoors at the end of the aisle. Nothing phased Lola, and when I arrived at the venue, I could not believe the woodland dream she had created for us. We had jars of lavender on the end of each row of chairs, and jars and jars of wildflowers in the windows and on the tables. We built the wooden archway ourselves and Lola created the most magnificent faux garlands to cover it with a simple light bulb string hanging down.

My bouquet was as if it had been picked straight out of the most beautiful cottage garden but still in keeping with our colours. This has since been dried and I’m super lucky as I can keep it in my dressing room. Lola also created our centrepieces with more wildflowers, log pieces and giant bunches of lavender. If I could advise everyone to use dried flowers, do it!! They are just as visually stunning, plus you can keep them for such a long time after! We now have jars of it placed around the house as décor but also as the perfect reminder of our day. It’s takes a lot of trust to pull the wedding day together, you can’t see everything you imagine until the day itself. You are putting your vision in someone else’s hands. Lola fitted that bill perfectly and knew even better then I did of what we wanted.

THE CAKE | I love cake. Cake was a high priority on my list!! I had daydreamed about or wedding cake, and I still am! There is a lady local to us called Janine Lee from Llantwit Major who has made family cakes for us for some years. She has the most incredible attention to detail so it was no question that we wanted her to make our wedding cake. We had a consultation and I said how we loved the ‘naked’ style cake that was becoming so popular. It wasn’t fussy, it had the traditional Victoria sponge, which is our favourite and would look incredible with berries and random flowers in our venue. We didn’t want to cut it on the day as had a family gathering the next day where we could serve it. So Janine also made an individual cupcake for each of our guests with a sprig of lavender on top. The cake was everything I wanted and more, the detail was just out of this world. Janine had spent two hours setting the cake up in the venue, three huge tiers with each one laden with iced berries and sprigs of flowers throughout. And it tasted INCREDIBLE. There was plenty to go around our families the next day and we had our last pieces on the megabus to Heathrow Airport for our honeymoon!

THE HONEYMOON | As I had taken over the planning for the wedding, it only seemed fair that Matt could plan the honeymoon. I knew where we were going but didn’t know what we would be doing or what hotels we would be in. I was very apprehensive about this! But boy did good. We had a three week road trip in California, and it’s safe to say, it was the best.trip.ever. We started in LA, headed into Malibu, Santa Barbara, Santa Cruz, Monterey, San Fransisco, flew to Vegas, Palm Springs and ended with a few days in Malibu to see some family. We made so many amazing memories, and had the time of our lives. We are planning on heading out there beginning of next year again. As he proved himself, I think Matt can plan all of our trips from now on!

MEMORABLE MOMENTS | The most memorable moment of the day for me, was lying in bed in our hotel room at 3 in the morning, (wheeeey) just talking! It was the first moment we had to just sit and reflect and catch up. From how my morning went compared to his, what we both enjoyed, how we felt. It was a really special time to reflect upon the day and everything leading up to it.

ADVICE FOR OTHER COUPLES | It’s difficult to give advice to couples as everyone is so different. Don’t settle for the first price or item you see, research it and research it again. eBay and Etsy were firm friends throughout my wedding planning, and we didn’t pay over the odds for anything. On the other hand, spend more money in the areas that mean most to you. For me, it was the photography and for Matt, the entertainment.

The results speak for themselves. And just enjoy it! There will be so many people to get around, make sure you spend time with those closest to you first, take time to have a drink with your friends at bar and make memories. It’s easy for it to feel like your hosting and worrying about everyone but the stress isn’t worth it. Your fun comes first!

Carla Blain, our photographer was a diamond from start to finish. As a photographer myself, this aspect scared me the most. Every detail had been prepped and planned with the photographs in mind and I needed someone to do this justice. After weeks of searching, I gave up and then just like that, Carla’s sponsored Facebook post appeared! I am a firm believer that social media is a godsend for wedding planning. Pinterest/Instagram and Facebook searches took over my life for a short period of time. Carla knew exactly what I had in mind and it really shows in our photos, I couldn’t have asked for anyone better to spend all day with. She hasn’t just captured ‘photographs’, but she has captured me and Matt and how we are as a couple. We’ll be forever grateful to her.

Everyone says they wish they could do their wedding day all over again. We really wouldn’t as it was perfect the first time and would not change a thing about it.

CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE |

So many people have their own contribution to how our day turned out, to name a few;

Photography | Carla Blain Photography

Make Up | Charlotte Joy Makeup

Hair | The Hair Studio

Cake | Janine Lee of Sugar & Lace

Venue | Pencoed House Estate and all of the staff

Musician | Tom Sutch Music

Band | The Velveteens Band

Lighting | Written In Lights

Suits | Dyfed Menswear

Flowers | Lola of Walnut & Willow

Photo Booth | Colin of Monkey Digital Media

 

Absolutely amazing.

Harriet and Matthew, thanks so much for sharing your nuptials with us and Carla, many thanks for these gorgeous images xo Lou

 

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Petra Acred http://whimsicalwonderlandweddings.com/ <![CDATA[Romantic Desert Elopement Ideas]]> http://whimsicalwonderlandweddings.com/?p=207586 2017-08-03T15:26:15Z 2017-08-12T07:00:38Z Bride Groom Kiss Romantic Desert Elopement Ideas http://beginningandendphoto.com/

 

Atmospheric, desert chic is the inspiration behind today’s editorial – transporting the ever-popular outdoor wedding to the rugged and wild landscape of Lost Dutchman State Park, Arizona.

What this shoot really captures is how the soft, delicate details for an intimate elopement can embrace, reflect and contrast the wild surroundings to breath-taking effect.  Beautifully captured by Beginning and End Photography, read on to find out more…

 

“In the shadow of the Superstition Mountains, where tales of lost treasure abound, one can become lost in the vast expanse of the desert. In its vastness it remains a magical place, perfect for the couple desiring an intimate wedding at Lost Dutchman. The setting Arizona sun and a rare overcast day set the mood for this intimate styled elopement. Handcrafted invitations provide a personalized touch to any day, giving guests a preview of what’s to come. Soft greys and glimmers of gold compliment the looming mountain afar, while simple green and white florals glow in the candlelight. Bride, Alyssa, pops against the desert tones in a stunningly soft and feminine gown that flows in the breeze. Groom, Spencer, carries the muted tones throughout the scene with a perfectly fitted grey suit. To top it off, petite macaroons add a splash of color while a soft white cake provides a delicious slice of sweet.”

 

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CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE |

Photographer | Beginning and End Photography

DIY or Handmade Goods Designer | A Ribbon’s Nest

Flowers + Styling | Bloom + Blueprint

Tuxedo and Mens Attire| Celebrity Tux & Tail

Other Location| Lost Dutchman State Park

Calligrapher | Shotgunning For Love Letters

Bakery | Sift Bakehouse

Make up Artist | The Beauty Bar

Rentals | The Confetti Studio

Dress Store| Uptown Bridal & Boutique

Coordination/Styling | Ryann Lindsey Photography

Submitted via Two Bright Lights

 

Many thanks to this talented team for sharing their vision with us.  Petra x

 

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Louise Baltruschat Hollis <![CDATA[Blush Pink Wedding Flower Ideas]]> http://whimsicalwonderlandweddings.com/?p=208817 2017-08-08T13:17:39Z 2017-08-11T06:00:52Z There is an absolutely fab choice of flowers in the summer months; and if you are a summer couple you really will be spoilt for choice!  Although, sometimes couples can get overwhelmed with the choice available; not only with the quantity and variety of flowers but with the choice of colours also.  Colour has such a huge impact on the overall feel of a wedding. Colour is emotional and has such strong connotations, so it is really important to begin with understanding the feel and atmosphere that you as a couple are looking to create and then build a colour palette with this in mind; and of course your florist can help you with deciding on the flower colours.

Colour inspiration is everywhere.  From nature to interiors to catwalk fashion which often feeds through into the wedding world.  As a general rule the colours chosen for a wedding are generally dictated by the choice of bridesmaids’ dresses – and what is available to buy online or in the shops. The colour palette should complement the venue; it should also add to the beauty of the space rather than fight for attention.  If your wedding reception is being held in a marquee or a warehouse, this is an ideal backdrop for a bolder colour palette; the good thing about blush pinks is that a pastel colour can suit almost any style venue from modern to vintage.

 

Dreamy Blush Weddings

 

A BLUSH pink wedding theme is one of the most popular colour schemes in 2017; brides and grooms adore it, because blush is romantic, feminine and can match with any themed wedding; bohemian, modern or even rustic.  Blush pink wedding gowns are also big news in recent months, particularly dresses with flower embroidery!  This style of wedding dress is completely romantic and is a perfect choice for a feminine bride who wants to embrace the pink colour palette.

 

Blush Pink Wedding Flowers Bouquets

Image Credits 1. White Stag Wedding Photography via Beautiful & Rustic Fairy Lights Barn Wedding 2. Katherine Ashdown via Romantic Summer Country Blush Wedding 3. Crofts & Kowalczyk Photography via Opulent & Romantic Metallics City Library Wedding 4. James Powell Photography via Home Made Blush Country Festival Wedding

 

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So the flowers!  Where does one begin in choosing all the amazing pretty pink flowers there are?  Well, the first step is to visit your wedding florist who can show you examples of their wedding work with hopefully examples of pink floral designs with mixes of complementary colours to enhance; and talk through the different colour palettes that can be used for a pink wedding.  Pink peonies ‘Sarah Bernhardt’ or ‘Sweet Avalanche’ roses are a must-have when it comes to the wedding flowers, depending of course when you’re getting married, peonies are seasonal and are available around March/April up to early-mid July.

 

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Astilbe

 

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Other flowers worth considering are the upright, soft, feathery and romantic astilbe (also known as False Goats Beard) – available between June and November – of which there are a couple of good varieties of pinks available ‘Erika’ and the more blush pink ‘Europa’.

 

David Austin Roses

 

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Another very popular choice with brides are the fabulous David Austin roses; the popular blush/light pink varieties include ‘Kiera’ and ‘Rosalind’.  The really great thing about these roses is they look very similar to peonies with their frilly petals, so for brides getting married outside the peony season they are the perfect choice!  The incredible scent is worth the price of these more expensive than usual roses, as commercial roses tend not to be fragrant.  Sometimes, if budget does not allow for these throughout the entire wedding, I suggest using them just in the bridal bouquet and a groom buttonhole to match, then using less expensive blush roses within the rest of the arrangements to match in.

 

Hydrangeas

 

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Image Lucy G Photography via Fine Art Boho Luxe Garden Wedding Ideas

 

Great for large scale arrangements such as pedestals, as pew ends or even just for a cluster to be held by the bridesmaids are; hydrangeas – there are some great classic pinks available, most popular are ‘Verena’, ‘Lolly Pop’ and ‘Vendetta’ classical.  There is another variety if you prefer a mix of pink and green, which is called; ‘Magical Revolution’ which is more green than pink however.  The downside to these flowers is they need a lot of water; spraying liberally with water onto the petals helps to keep them hydrated as they drink through their petals.  Also cutting the bottom of the stems into a ‘V’ will enable them to drink more water whilst conditioning them.  If you want these to be made into bouquets, ask your florist to supply vases or big jam jars filled with water so once the photos are completed they can be popped into water – and displayed near the cake or card table as an additional decoration.

 

Unusual Flowers

 

Other really lovely pink tone flowers include ‘Mentha’ (very muted pink – almost grey tones), ‘Pink Piano’ and ‘Bombastic’ spray roses, ‘Rose Pink’ lisianthus or ‘Hot Lips’ which is a mix of white and pink and ‘Magic Peach’ which is a pastel peach with pinky tones however, germini (a smaller version of the gerbera) appropriately named ‘Bridal Kimsey’ and the sweetly scented pale pink sweet peas of which the commercially grown last longer than garden specimens (because of the way they’re treated), other pink summer flowers include Phlox ‘Bright Eyes’ and ‘Rose’ wax flowers.  Year round calla lilies have a dusty rose shade called ‘Aurora’ ideal for the classic bride.

 

Rose Pink Lisianthus

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Spray Roses

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Germini

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Sweet Peas

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White Phlox

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Image by Ally M Photography via Floral Rustic Country Barn Wedding

 

Wax Flower

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Calla Lilies

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Pink can be made more sophisticated with adding burgundy or deep red flowers and foliage.

 

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Blush & Green

 

Or it can be made more vibrant and classic with lime green flowers such as Viburnham Opulus ‘Guelder Rose’ or the fluffy green and white ‘Dill’.

 

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Image by White Stag Weddings Photography via Fresh Country Pink & Green Wedding with Tweed Bow Ties

 

Pink in general is such a diverse colour and there are so many things you can do to create a pretty pink wedding theme, I could talk about this colour scheme and the flowers available forever .. above is just a small selection of ideas!

 

*This is the second in the flower feature series from Whimsical Wonderland Weddings expert contributor and florist extraordinare Flowers by Suzanne Randell*

 

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Louise Baltruschat Hollis <![CDATA[Rustic Farm Barn DIY Wedding]]> http://whimsicalwonderlandweddings.com/?p=207374 2017-08-10T14:59:38Z 2017-08-10T06:00:16Z Rustic Farm Barn DIY Wedding http://www.kazooieloki.co.uk/

 

This darling day has a touch of magic, thanks to it’s stunning venue and super gorgeous bride and groom. I have a feeling you are really going to adore this set of images by Kazooieloki Photography today too. Pure class!

WWW readers Jenny and Tamlin tied the knot on the 17th June 2017 at Deepdale Farm. The setting was really very remarkable, beautiful countryside surroundings and a barn to end all barns. The doors open wide to flood in the light and the ceilings seem to go on for miles. It must have been so atmospheric during their ceremony, which was led by Jenny’s sister and Tamlin’s grandfather. They also had a hand fasting against their beautifully fabric adorned archway. Picture perfect.

I am also not sure if you’ll believe me when I tell you that they kept to a tight budget of £5500 for the whole affair. Isn’t that just remarkable? Considering the ever so stylish outfits, ample blooms and gorgeous décor. Amazing! Enjoy this wedding in full lovely readers…

 

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THE PROPOSAL | 02.06.17 in the Canadian Rockies after canoeing across a lake.

THE VISION | Rustic, relaxed, outdoors wedding.

THE PLANNING PROCESS | Planning the wedding was fairly easy, as soon as you have sorted your venue you will easily think of a theme and then be able to start to buy and make decorations.

BUDGET | In the end it was about £5500 but we were trying to keep it to £5000.

THE VENUE | Deepdale Farm, Keldholme.

THE DRESS & ACCESSORIES | Sophia Tolli.

FINDING THE DRESS | Try lots of local shops and if you are tight on budget, think about buying second hand dresses, which is what I did – Wedding Belles & Beaus, York.

GROOM’S ATTIRE | Rented from Moss Bros.

THE READINGS & MUSIC | I carry your heart – E. E. Cummings, various passages and quotes from Rumi and Kahlil Gibran.

BEAUTIFUL BRIDESMAIDS | My sister and my two best friends and former roommates!

THE FLOWERS | A local florist – Busy Liz’s Floral Design in Keldholme. We wanted lilac and peach colours to match the groomsmen.

THE CAKE | A family friend make the cake for us. It was just a simple lemon sponge cake with butter icing and then added extra details like a cake topper and some ivy.

YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER | Kazooieloki – Richard and Christine.

THE DETAILS & DÉCOR | A lot of it we made ourselves and had some long evenings painting signs, making a guest book, writing our own place cards and ordering second hand wedding supplies from former brides.

THE HONEYMOON | Still in planning and we are still saving for our trip! Hopefully three weeks travelling around Malaysia, Borneo and Singapore.

MEMORABLE MOMENTS | The ceremony was led by my sister and Tamlin’s grandfather so was completely personal to us, which made it really special. Letting off lanterns at night. Having a great time on the dance floor!

ADVICE FOR OTHER COUPLES | Don’t worry too much about traditions, if it won’t add anything extra to your day then you shouldn’t do it! Also if you are thinking of ways to keep costs down, consider a picnic style meal instead of a formal sit down meal. Ask family and friends to help make decorations such as bunting, which is a great way of decorating a venue cheaply. Buy lots of fairy lights! Only spend money on the things that are really important to you and then you can save in other places.

CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE |

Photography | Kazooieloki Photography

Venue | Deepdale Farm

Dress | Sophia Tolli via Wedding Belles & Beaus

 

Wow wee! What a celebration.

Jenny and Tamlin thank you so much for sharing your wedding story, and thanks to Kazooieloki Photography for sending us these wonderful images xo Lou

 

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Louise Baltruschat Hollis <![CDATA[Wednesday Wedding Wonders. 9/08/17]]> http://whimsicalwonderlandweddings.com/?p=209334 2017-08-08T12:33:56Z 2017-08-09T13:00:58Z Colourful Hand Made Rustic Barn Flower Filled Wedding http://www.threeflowersphotography.co.uk/

Image by Three Flowers Photography // Colourful Hand Made Rustic Barn Flower Filled Wedding

 

It’s official, I am now on my summer holiday! I will be out of the office in (fingers crossed, but not looking like it according the Met Office) sunny Dorset right about now ( depending on traffic of course), until I am back home on Thursday 17th August. We still have some really beautiful features hitting the blog over the next week, but I am going to try my best to stay away from my email inbox for a proper break with my family. I really appreciate your patience with us until I am back.

Also please do feel free to hit me up with fun things to do in the area – we’re staying near Bridport and I just bought a family National Trust membership to ensure we have loads of places we can go. I hope we can head over to Portland, the spot beneath the lighthouse where we got engaged 10 years ago almost to the day! We haven’t been back since, I wonder if G can get me to the top of the lighthouse this time. Plus of course enjoy the beach at West Bay and maybe even venture to River Cottage. Ekk I am so excited!

While we’re away our builder is starting on our latest project. The pink bathroom is officially no more (but it may make a little reappearance in the new one), we have bare walls and the first electrical fix has been done. I really hope they manage to progress well so we miss a lot of the chaos while we’re out of the way. It has been interesting cramming into our downstairs shower room with potty training under-way too.

 

WWW’s Wedding of the Week

 

Summer Lovin’ Wedding, Complete With a Ferris Wheel! // This wedding looks like such fun!

 

Summer Festival Country Estate Wedding http://kerryannduffy.com/

Image by Kerry Ann Duffy // Summer Festival Country Estate Wedding

 

This Mountain Springs Lodge Wedding is Inspired by the African Safari Where the Couple Met

MEL + SIMON

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Kate & Mark

Indie-Inspired + Floral-Filled Wedding at Private Ranch in Ojai, California

Eclectic DIY North Carolina Wedding at Watershed Cabins Resort

Industrial Space Meets Enchanted Forest Wedding

 

Urban Industrial Chic Warehouse Wedding http://sashaweddings.co.uk/

Image by Sasha Weddings // Urban Industrial Chic Warehouse Wedding

 

SJ + ALEX

City Celebration in the Heart of Cape Town

Brittany & Peter’s Gorgeous Glasshaus Wedding

High School Sweethearts Tie the Knot With Garden Romance

Handcrafted Wedding with a Doily Hoop Ceremony Backdrop

Colour + Joy A Homemade Gown For A Countryside Garden Party Wedding

This San Miguel De Allende Wedding Will Sweep You Away with Romance + Adventure

 

 

Happy wedding Wednesday xo Lou

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Rachel Harrison <![CDATA[Unplugged Weddings. The Lowdown.]]> http://whimsicalwonderlandweddings.com/?p=208034 2017-08-02T11:41:57Z 2017-08-09T06:00:23Z Unplugged Wedding Planning Ideas Help Advice http://www.taylorparkerphotography.com/

Image Taylor Parker Photography via Bohemian & Whimsical Garden Wedding in North Carolina

 

What is an unplugged wedding?

 

We all love seeing the myriad of pictures from weddings on social media, allowing us to relive a really special day or feel like we were there if we couldn’t attend, but as more and more and people are snapping away on smart phones and tablets, some couples are asking their loved ones to put away the devices and enjoy the moment rather than concentrating on getting the perfect image.

 

Why have an unplugged wedding?

 

If you’re a likely to be a bit overwhelmed during the ceremony, looking out to a see of guests snapping away might feel like a bit too much. Even if you’re not, surely seeing the faces of your loved ones is better than lots of screens! So many of the wonderful couples who share the story of their wedding day on WWW say that you really don’t believe how fast the day goes by. The “I dos” are surely a moment to savour, and feeling like your guests are all with you can only be a good thing right? Most people just have an unplugged ceremony but of course you could ask your guests to refrain from taking photos all day if you wish.

How do we make an unplugged ceremony happen?

 

There are a number of great ways to let your guests know that you want them to put their cameras away and be truly present.

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Some couples ask whoever is leading their ceremony, whether his is a registrar, vicar or celebrant to make an announcement at the beginning of proceedings asking people to put away their devices and enjoy the moment. They might like to say something along the lines of;

 

“X and X would love you to be completely present during the ceremony and have therefore asked that you leave the photography to the professionals and put away all cameras and mobiles.”

Or

 

“The ceremony is going to begin shortly. X and X would much rather see your joyful faces than a sea of screens and therefore ask that you wait until after the ceremony to take pictures.”

 

Unplugged Wedding Planning Ideas Help Advice http://margheritacalatiphotography.com/

Image Margherita Calati Photography via Botanical Copper & Greenery Lake Como Wedding

 

Alternatively, you might like to put your wishes in print, either with the order of service or on a sign. This lovely message on guests’ seats is clear but friendly.

 

Unplugged Wedding Planning Ideas Help Advice http://epiclovestory.co.uk/

Image Epic Love Story via Fresh Relaxed & Romantic Pink & Green Pub Wedding

 

“Welcome!! Family & friends to our unplugged ceremony! We invite you to be truly present with us at this special time. Please turn off your mobile phones and put away your cameras during the ceremony. We have hired an amazing photographer who we trust to capture how the moment looks – we want you to capture how it feels with your hearts – without the distraction of technology – Thank you!”

 

Unplugged Wedding Planning Ideas Help Advice http://esmemai.com/

Image Esme Mai via Bohemian Festival Tipi Wedding

 

“As we tie the knot, please be our guest, the photographer here will handle the rest, these moments go fast, as I’m sure you well know, so put your phones & cameras down, as we’ve hired a pro!”

 

Maybe you’re happy for guests to take photos but you want to be the first to share the pics of your happiest day on social media, in which case you could also let everyone know with a sign.

 

Unplugged Wedding Planning Ideas Help Advice http://aniaames.co.uk/

Image Ania Ames via Simple Rustic & Cosy Winter Wedding

 

“A polite request. Please refrain from posting of our special day on social media until we have. Thank you!”

 

Of course, unfortunately, it is possible that some of your guests may not be totally on board with not being able to take their own snaps of your nuptials, but there are ways of making everyone feel a bit more comfortable with your decision.

Do make sure you speak to your photographer in advance about making their images available to your guests after the big day (it’s worth checking your contract for details first depending on the package you’ve booked), if you let your nearest and dearest know that they will have access to your professional shots, they will feel better about not being able to capture the ceremony themselves.

You also might like to think about setting up a posed shot at the end of the ceremony and allowing photos only at this point, lots of couples do this just after the signing of the register.

If you’re having an unplugged ceremony only, it might also be worth reminding guests that they have the rest of the day to take pictures and in fact, you might want to positively encourage amateur photographers who can capture bits of the reception, especially if your photographer isn’t going to be there into the early hours. What wedding would be the same without those blurry dance floor shots after all!

Whatever you choose to do, don’t forget that it’s your day and most people will be happy to follow your wishes. The other advantage of being the happy couple is that you can break your own rules and take a ceremony selfie if that’s what you want!

 

Unplugged Wedding Planning Ideas Help Advice https://karibellamy.com/

Image Kari Bellamy via English Rose Great British Countryside Floral Filled Wedding

 

Getting Social

 

For some couples, however, it’s the more the merrier when it comes to photos. Some people simply want to see every moment happening in every corner of their wedding and there a few different great ways to see all of the images created by your guests. Gone are the days when you would need to ask them to get an extra set of prints done at the chemist!

There is a wealth of photo sharing apps that you can download and get your guests to add images to on or after the day, some do cost a bit of money though. If you want a simple and free option, Instagram is great way to collect pictures together. All you need to do is come up with an appropriate hashtag like #smithwedding or #alexandjesstietheknot, ask your guests to use the hashtag when they post their pictures to Instagram and they will all be collected together in one place. You might even want to create a sign which lets everyone know which hashtag to use.

 

Unplugged Wedding Planning Ideas Help Advice http://katherineashdown.co.uk/

Image Katherine Ashdown via Pretty Meets Relaxed Countryside Wedding

 

If you want people to take pictures all in one place, a photo booth could be the way forward for you. Whether you hire in the professionals like one of our fabulous sponsors or just set up an area yourself, you can really run wild with creating a fun set up for you and your guests. You might like to choose a backdrop and props,  which are relevant to you as a couple, or deck the corner out with a theme.

 

Unplugged Wedding Planning Ideas Help Advice http://eleanorjaneweddings.co.uk/

Image Eleanor Jane Weddings via Chilled Country Boho White & Green Wedding

Unplugged Wedding Planning Ideas Help Advice http://happilyevercaptured.com/

Image Happily Ever Captured via Pretty Quirky & Pastel Wedding

Unplugged Wedding Planning Ideas Help Advice http://katherineashdown.co.uk/

Image Katherine Ashdown via Pretty Meets Relaxed Countryside Wedding

 

Are you planning an unplugged ceremony? Have you already successfully pulled one off? How did you let your family and friends know? Or are you hoping that your loved ones will take loads of pictures? I’d love to hear all about it. Rachel x

 

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Louise Baltruschat Hollis <![CDATA[Crafty & Fun Budget Friendly Wedding]]> http://whimsicalwonderlandweddings.com/?p=207311 2017-07-24T15:02:53Z 2017-08-08T13:00:23Z Crafty Fun Budget Friendly Wedding https://www.pearbearphotography.com/

 

I really love how this gorgeous pair approached their wedding planning; from the heart of their relationship and the things that mean the most to them. They wanted to achieve their wedding as cheaply as possible and looked into alternative ideas and suggestions for their day.

WWW readers Jennifer and Reuben were hitched on the 3rd June 2017 – their 9 year anniversary. They chose the stunning Ilam Hall Youth Hostel in Derbyshire, a place both local and personal to the couple. Jennifer had been on a Brownie camp there and Reuben a childhood holiday, so it must have been super lovely to head back to the venue to get wed. It was also just perfect for their laid back DIY vision, the couple really crafted up a storm alongside their loved ones. Think ribbon curtain backdrops, pom poms for days and painted jars for flowers. It was a delight!

Let’s not forget just how gorgeous they both looked. Jennifer chose a flowing high neckline gown and a divine up do, while Reuben donned a sharp suit and floral tie. The rose and thistle bouquet also stole my heart, so pretty!

These sensational images by Pear & Bear Photography gave me all the feels. Thanks so much Anna.

 

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THE PROPOSAL | For our 5 year anniversary we went to buy a ring together and I fell in love with a £50 second hand ring. Unfortunately it broke whilst we were travelling. Reuben secretly got it fixed and used it as a placeholder ring to propose with. I decided to keep it because that will always be our ring. He proposed during sunset at the Sea Organ in Zadar, Croatia. He asked me to tell him a story about us, and then interrupted with the ending: ‘…and then Reuben asked Jenny to marry him’ as he got down on one knee.

THE VISION | We wanted the wedding to be laid back and fun with a festival feel. I especially wanted to create lots of crafty decorations and use as many local suppliers as possible.

THE PLANNING PROCESS | So so many google sheets.

BUDGET | As cheap as possible! We spent a lot of time looking around and managed to get the usual big expenses cheaply. My dress, Ru’s suit, my engagement ring and the bridesmaid dress totalled just £410.

THE VENUE | Ilam Hall Youth Hostel, Derbyshire. We wanted something quirky, laid back and fun. I discovered that a few Youth Hotels have wedding licenses and Ilam Hall sprung to mind. I grew up in Leek nearby and had been on a Brownie Guide holiday when I was little.

At around the same time Reuben’s Auntie reminded Reuben of his ‘scary’ holiday he went on with her when he was about the same age, and suggested that he look into it as a venue. Unfortunately the date had already been enquired about… by me! We visited together and fell in love with it instantly. The outside grounds were stunning and the inside was like a blank canvas ready to be filled with DIY decorations. We had the entire youth hostel from Friday afternoon to Sunday morning and did a pub quiz on the Friday night – it was lots of fun!

THE DRESS & ACCESSORIES | The dress was from a supplier in my local town, Leek, called Joan Brown Vintage Bridal. They specialise in bespoke vintage inspired bridal wear and accessories. My headpiece was from Princess Mimi on Etsy and my sparkly heels were from Pink by Paradox.

FINDING THE DRESS | I wanted something casual so that I could still have fun on the big day and walk around the grounds. I fell in love with the dress as soon as I put it on.

GROOM’S ATTIRE | Shirt and Blue Donegal three-piece suit from the sale at Moss Bros. Cufflinks from Etsy and Chapman and Moore Shoes from TKMaxx.

THE READINGS & MUSIC |  Music at the ceremony was all live instrumentation from family and friends. We walked in to our friend Ben playing a cover of Sunday Smile by Beirut using looped violin.

During the ceremony Reuben’s mum and her partner played an accordion and guitar duo of Norwegian Wood by the Beatles. Later they played on the grass whilst we drank Pimms.

My mum’s reading was all about her little girl growing up and getting married, it had everyone, including me in tears.

BEAUTIFUL BRIDESMAIDS | I asked my younger cousin Maisie to be my bridesmaid, and my friends Matt and Tom to be my ‘Deluxe Bridesmaids in trousers’.

THE FLOWERS | My bouquets, buttonholes and the lavender were from Blossoms in Leek and Lucy did an amazing job of making my ideas come to life. Reuben’s step mum Jane made the glass jars on the seats down the aisle with painted and sanded mason jars, and filled them with flowers from a local supermarket.

THE CAKE | We aren’t sweet tooths so we got a cheese wedding cake from a local cheese shop. We are “savoury-tooths”! We cut the cake holding either side of cheese wire. We decorated the cake with fruit, map flowers, scrabble letters, a tree slice and I painted the mini bride and groom cake toppers from wooden pegs.

YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER | The amazing Anna Dunleavy at Pear & Bear Photography. We especially enjoyed exploring the grounds for our couple portraits.

THE DETAILS & DÉCOR | We wanted the wedding to be laid back and fun with lots of crafty decorations. We’d been collecting glass jars, corks and tin cans for the last year to make various handmade decorations and I sewed 40m of bunting with the countless fabrics I’ve collected over the years.

My Nanna and Reuben’s Auntie grew and collected lots of herbs, small plants and flowers for us and I arranged them in hand painted tin cans around the venue. There was 100 of them (it’s a good thing we eat so many chopped tomatoes and beans!) I hid them all around the venue in all of the nooks and crannies the old stately home had to offer. The guests then got to choose one to take home with lollypop sticks that are also being used for table numbers.

The table plan was made out of an old frame that we saved from Reuben’s mum’s fire (it was in the log pile!). Then I used some of the fabric from the bunting to make the name cards. My dad found the bike on eBay and the step ladder in my Nanna’s garage and my dad spray-painted them to bring them back to life and added the baskets from Wilko.

There’s a travel theme throughout with map flowers, map cones for the confetti and a light up globe we found in a charity shop. Instead of a guest book I collected old postcards that people wrote and put in the postbox.

THE HONEYMOON |  We re-visited our travelling days and stayed on three islands in South Thailand and then went to Bangkok.

MEMORABLE MOMENTS | Reuben had a surprise when the registrar accidentally got his name wrong and called him ‘Reubens’, which was met with a fit of giggles.

ADVICE FOR OTHER COUPLES | Don’t stress about the little things, enjoy planning your big day and don’t be afraid to ask for help.

CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE |

Photography | Pear & Bear Photography

Dress | Joan Brown Vintage

Hair and Make Up | Jane Bridal Beauty

Cheese Wedding Cake | Hartington Cheese Shop 

DJ | The Hi Life

Dress Alterations | Victoria Anthony

 

How heavenly?!

Jennifer and Reuben, thank you both for sharing your divine day with us xo Lou

 

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Louise Baltruschat Hollis <![CDATA[Charming & Natural Countryside Tipi Wedding]]> http://whimsicalwonderlandweddings.com/?p=207187 2017-07-24T15:03:09Z 2017-08-08T06:00:44Z Charming Natural Countryside Tipi Wedding http://www.pauljosephphotography.co.uk/

 

We are deep in the Yorkshire countryside today courtesy of WWW readers Matthew and Lorna and their wonderfully beautiful wedding day set on the 5th August 2016. It’s coming up to a year since their wedding and their guests are still talking about it! It’s no wonder with it’s two marvellous venues, majestic tipi reception, stunning rolling views and incredible live music performances. Not to mention the fun and games supplied for guests to play outside, the delicious cuisine on offer and a masterpiece naked cake tower. Wow.

The vision was to create a wedding which was natural and with a focus on their loved ones. I am sure you’ll agree that they nailed in to a T. Especially when you see just how brilliantly their day was captured by Paul Joseph Photography, those sun drenched shots left me with goosebumps. The tipi was decorated so perfectly, with rustic wooden touches and incredibly magical festoon lighting, which come evening was a sight for sore eyes.

A gorgeous couple, in the most beautiful attire, just so in love. This is a real treat.

 

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THE PROPOSAL | 24th December 2015 (Christmas Eve) we were staying at the Crab and Lobster Crab Manor hotel in Thirsk. It was our second stay there and was becoming somewhat of a tradition. We sat down to a lovely dinner, it was a cosy, romantic setting. We had finished our main course and I went to the ladies. When I returned I picked up my napkin from the table and there was a box underneath. At first I thought it was just going to be a lovely surprise Christmas present but when I opened it there was a beautiful ring in it. I was speechless, Matthew then said “what I’m trying to say is will you marry me?” Of course I said yes. Best Christmas present ever!!

THE VISION | As we live next to the moor we wanted a very countryside wedding.

We wanted things as natural as possible and simple, with the focus being on family and the day itself.

THE PLANNING PROCESS | And so it started! I made a scrap book full of ideas! We chose the caterer (GFS Exquisite Wedding and Special Event Caterers from Broughton, near Skipton) and then the day was set. I was my own wedding planner because I knew exactly what I wanted. I started looking at venues to get married in and although a little further away than I wanted I went to look at Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal in Ripon. I thought I’d go to just tick it off the list but I fell in love and booked it. We had our hearts set on teepees after spending that Christmas visiting a local tepee company’s event in Ilkley and fell in love with the rustic feel of them.

With the teepees then booked we found the perfect location in Bolton Abbey that over looked the valley and Bolton Abbey steam train station. It was all starting to come together! I went to various wholesalers and slowly started making wedding décor and favours with the help from my bridesmaids, our lounge became my workshop in the months leading up to it. In the mean time we suited and booted all the grooms men and bridesmaids and I started wedding dress shopping.

We went to various wedding fairs in the next few months and that’s where I fell in love with the Event Music Company, there was no compromise here, I was going to walk down the aisle to them playing! I called in a few favours from various people for the finishing touches like my fabulous cousin who owns Pippa Design to help me create a beautiful archway to walk through. It was really starting to feel real now!

THE VENUE | We had the ceremony at Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal. We were married in the beautiful great chamber in Fountains Hall and then had drinks and canapés in the stunning Elizabethan tea garden (the door into the garden was featured in The Secret Garden, my favourite childhood film).

We then had photos in and around the old Abbey. It was fabulous!!

We then made our way to Bolton Abbey. We had our teepees set up in a field just beyond the post office looking over the valley and steam train railway line. It was beautiful and felt like we were the only ones there.

THE DRESS & ACCESSORIES | My wonderful dress was from Ava Rose Hamilton in Silsden. It had pearls on the bodice and a beautiful layered net shirt with silk edging. I felt like a princess!! I had a hair piece in that was simple and elegant made of silver leaves and little pearls (also from Ava Rose Hamilton) I had a long veil that matched the net of my dress with a silk edging.

I had a bracelet made by the Matty Tree in Burley in Wharfedale that was personalised for my dad as he sadly passed away. A little piece of him was walking down the aisle with me.

FINDING THE DRESS | So this part was the hardest for me! I tried so many on from so many different places and ended up buying one then changing it!! I had my mum and sister in law and bridesmaids help me find the right one eventually!! We did cut it a little close. I wanted a dress I could run in and play in with the children and not feel restricted in. I thought I wanted a simple plain dress but then I tried on “the” dress and it was completely the opposite. The ladies at Ava Rose Hamilton were fab and made the whole process fun and special.

GROOM’S ATTIRE | Matthew has an idea of grey, which worked well. He got his suit from Eric Spencer’s of Ilkley. He went for a light grey waist coat that had a navy check through it and long grey tails with a grey and blue checked tie and pocket handkerchief to complete the look. The groomsmen were in matching, while the page boys had navy shorts and grey waist coats and purple ties.

THE READINGS & MUSIC | We had two readings, one from the groom’s mother and one from the bride’s mother. They both chose a reading that they thought would suit, mainly about love, life and family.

We had the Event Music Company provide the music for the whole wedding. They started off as a three piece called trio Vivo, which included a violin, cello and piano. They played while the guest arrived then they played Pachelbel Canon as I came in the room. They played Wherever You Will Go while we signed the register and then Take That’s Greatest Day as we were leaving.

They then turned into a duo at the tepees with a piano and cello playing for guests arriving and played throughout the afternoon. They played all sorts and was lovely to listen too while chatting and greeting guests. In the evening we had Chris Hilton’s Little Big Band playing, which again were supplied by Event Music. The played up to date music and classics. They got everyone onto the dance floor enjoying themselves and even managed to get us in a boys v girls dance off by the end of the night! Great fun!!

BEAUTIFUL BRIDESMAIDS | We had five adult bridesmaids with dresses from FHFH (For Her and For Him). I chose different colours to complement their skin tones and different styles to suit their shapes. We had dark purple, pale purple, violet, grey and a nude colour. I wanted them all to be different to go with their different personalities as well. The flower girls were in white dresses that were a similar style to mine. Lace at the bottom and netting at the top. They were from Light in the Box.

THE FLOWERS | We used a local florist in Ilkley called The Green Room who were amazing! They listened to exactly what I wanted and created some beautiful pieces. They even managed to source me some sweet peas as they reminded me of my dad. The flowers were whites, purples and pale pinks with some green foliage. The young bridesmaids and page boys had baby’s breath as their flowers.

THE CAKE | We used Patisserie Viennoise in Otley for our cake. I wanted a naked wedding cake to keep in with the theme of the wedding and it was perfect! We had one tier of the cake that was a Victoria sponge, a chocolate sponge in the middle and another Victoria sponge on top. We had flowers scattered on it that matched my bouquet and white chocolate hearts dotted around it. On the top we had little bunting that said Mr and Mrs Rutter.

YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER | Our photographers were Paul Joseph Photography. We chatted to Paul and Kelly before the day to understand how it would all work and what we wanted. It was brilliant having to photographers as we got so many amazing pictures and would highly recommend them to anyone. We hardly knew they were there snapping and when they were taking more formal pictures it just felt like they were two more friends that were attending so we had a great time and I think that shows on the photos.

They captured the wedding brilliantly and I love looking at my pictures.

THE DETAILS & DÉCOR | We used the lovely Typical Type for some of the décor. They provided us with a giant L & M and some festoon lighting that looked magical. The rest of the décor was made by myself and family members. My brother made me some fab sign posts saying Lorna and Matthew’s wedding, my cousin made a beautiful archway out of foliage and my sister in law made some giant straw rabbits in their best wedding attire!

The favours we made we little silver buckets wrapped in twine with a hessian pouch that contained a compost disc and some British Heart Fountain seeds for people to grow at home. We had a horse box for our photo booth, it was decked out with fairy lights, hay bales and props and a Polaroid camera. When people had taken a few pics they stuck one in our guest book and wrote something lovely next to it. We had giant jenga, bowels, nerf guns and noughts and crosses so people just sat out and played. The table names were also linked to props! Each table had a bag hanging on a chair, i.e. hats, shades, bling, deelyboppers, moustaches, funny faces, air guitar, microphones etc.… and one guest on every table had an envelope. In this was instructions… the person with the envelope had to make all guests on the table wear the props when they saw fit throughout the meal. It was very funny to watch!

THE HONEYMOON | The honeymoon started off by us traveling to Venice! It was a perfect choice filled with culture and experiences. We stayed in the Hilton Molino Stucky. It was lovely with a brilliant sky bar and roof top pool. The weather was beautiful and we got to see some amazing things. From Venice we had a quick pit stop in Barcelona then on to Mallorca. We stated in Gran Melia de Mar. It was a beautiful hotel, with beautiful food and views. We were able to completely switch off after what had been a very few crazy and busy months.

MEMORABLE MOMENTS | Ha! There was a few!! Obviously the whole day was memorable but one bit that I still laugh about was when we were on our way and one of my bridesmaids who I was traveling with got a phone call. It was the groom…. He had forgot the rings!!! We made a quick U turn and went back for them! After arriving well over half an hour late, we all piled out and was getting into position. Someone was getting our rings ready to tie onto the cushion when they opened the box my ring was in and it flew out down the back of a huge old radiator!!! Panic set in again for the second time as everyone was trying to get it back out. It ended with a very old antique carpet being pulled up and then finally we were back on track! The rest of the day ran like a dream, it was amazing seeing everyone’s faces and reactions when they saw the tepees, all the hard work had paid off! It was so relaxed with adults and children all playing giant jenga, bowls, and nerf gun shoot out and in hay bale forts. It was perfect!!!

ADVICE FOR OTHER COUPLES | Relax! What will be will be! And remember the importance of why you’re doing it! The most memorable thing for me was seeing everyone so happy, young and old! Everyone came together, everyone enjoying each other’s company. People are still talking about ours a year on and saying what a fabulous day they had. That really made it for me.

CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE |

Photography | Paul Joseph Photography

Music | The Event Music Company

Catering | GFS Caterers

Archway | Pippa Designs

Flowers | The Green Room

Dress | Ava Rose Hamilton

Suit | Eric Spencer

Hire | Typical Type

Bridesmaids | For Her and For Him via Light in the Box

Cake | Patisserie Viennoise

Ceremony Venue | Fountains Abbey

Reception Venue | Bolton Abbey

Tipi | Teepee Tent Hire

 

I just love how family friendly their day was, the little ones are adorable!

Matthew and Lorna thank you both so much for sharing your wedding story and Paul Joseph Photography many thanks for sharing these wonderful images xo Lou

 

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