Whimsical Wonderland Weddings UK Wedding Blog 2017-03-23T15:45:56Z http://whimsicalwonderlandweddings.com/feed/atom WordPress Louise Baltruschat Hollis <![CDATA[Fun & Quirky 1950s Style Wedding]]> http://whimsicalwonderlandweddings.com/?p=194395 2017-03-07T13:40:23Z 2017-03-23T14:00:19Z Fun Quirky 1950s Wedding http://www.lisacarpenterphotos.com/

 

You’ve got to love a wedding style which is both fun and unique right? I am totally coveting this lovely day and the 1950s theme, with so many fun moments to boot. You really can’t go wrong with oodles of entertainment, especially when WWW faves Deckheds are behind the playlist, not to mention limbo and conga lines being formed on the dance floor. Yes.

WWW readers Johanna and Richard were hitched on the 3rd September 2016 and held their wedding party at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens. Being a wedding coordinator herself, bride Johanna had the skill set to pull off the perfect wedding day. Their focus was on fun rather than details, but they really did include some lovely touches. For example they bought and arranged all of the flowers themselves, they were a high triumph. There was also a bake off instead of a traditional wedding cake and lovely maids in prom dresses, so cute!

Johanna dreamed of a tea length dress and found hers before customising it with a colour pop blue petticoat. Richard continued the blue theme in a navy suit, red bow tie and tan shoes. Amazing.

Thanks so very much to Lisa Carpenter for sharing these wonderful shots with us.

 

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THE PROPOSAL | Ibiza, on the beach at night with a full moon! Oct 2014.

THE VISION | A fun filled, British wedding with a 50’s twist.

THE PLANNING PROCESS | I’m a wedding coordinator for a venue (The Bond Company Birmingham) and so I thought planning would be really easy. I found the logistical side really simple because it was the same as at work, but choosing things like the bridesmaids dresses and decorations was really hard. Pinterest just gives you more options so I think I planned around 4 different weddings before managing to pull the whole day together. Rich is an accountant so he had an excel spreadsheet ready to go from the start, this did help keep us on track with our spending! We were so excited to give out our invitations; we wanted to do something that people could keep and came across wedding tea towels from The Original Wedding Tea Towel Company. They were amazing, they put our rabbits in the invite!

BUDGET | £15k.

THE VENUE | Ceremony – St Margaret’s Church, Olton, Reception: The Birmingham Botanical Gardens.

THE DRESS & ACCESSORIES | True Bride dress from Your Wedding Shop, altered and customised with petticoat from Jo @ The Couture Company.

FINDING THE DRESS | I found finding the dress really difficult, because I knew that I wanted a tea length 50’s dress. This meant that the shops only really had one or 2 dresses for me to try. I ended up finding a ready made dress which I then had fitted and customised by The Couture Company. I wanted a pop of colour so added the wonderful full skirted bright blue petticoat, which was so fun to wear!

GROOM’S ATTIRE | Ted Baker blue suit from Slaters.

THE READINGS & MUSIC | A Lovely Love Story, Edward Monkton, Song Of Solomon, Verse 8 chapt 6-7. Procession: Handel’s Water Music, Alla Hornpipe, Recession – Mendelssohn’s Wedding March, Hymns: Jerusalem, Give me Joy in my heart, I Danced in the morning.

BEAUTIFUL BRIDESMAIDS | I had 7 (eek!) bridesmaids, made up of my 2 sisters, school friends and uni friends, and a flower girl (Rich’s niece). Finding the bridesmaids dresses was very tricky, as all the girls are different shapes, heights and colouring. To fit the theme, it needed to be 50’s style and we ended up with fantastic blue polka dot dresses with white or red petticoats. The vibrant blue looked fantastic next to all the green of the Botanical Gardens.

THE FLOWERS | We did the flowers ourselves with the help from my very talented mum and family! Having got a quote for flowers that we couldn’t afford, we decided to go to the flower market 3 days before the wedding at 4am and see what we could find. We came back with 2 cars full of flowers for £250! It then took 2 days to put together the flowers but the overall effect was so worth it. I had a wonderful bouquet of delphiniums, eucalyptus, and 2 different types of protea.

THE CAKE | As part of the informal feel of the day, we had a great brummy bake off and invited our guests to enter a cake. There was a wonderful collection of entries, and we had all our guests vote for their favourite and gave out prizes while the DJ was setting up.

YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER | The wonderful Lisa Carpenter. I knew I wanted Lisa before I’d chosen a venue or picked a date, we had worked together on a wedding before and I really enjoyed spending time with her. Then when I saw the photos from her wedding I knew she was for us. I think the most important thing you want from a photographer is that you get on with them; you are spending a long time with this person so you need to like them!

THE DETAILS & DÉCOR | We made the table plan from an old pallet, on which we hung photos of all our guests and their table written below. We wanted vintage china cup and saucers for the afternoon tea, so we sent my Grandma out to scour the charity shops to find them for us. She enlisted her knit n natter crew and between them all they collected all the china we needed! We decided on watering cans for the centrepieces to reflect our garden venue. We love cocktails so named our tables after our favourites. We put together buckets of fun on each of the tables, which had table jenga, bubbles, fake moustaches, and jars of sweets. The room was lovely without having to do too much, so we decided to focus our attention on the food and entertainment instead of the décor. We had a magician for the drinks reception, a trio of 50’s singers during dessert and after dinner and then a DJ for the evening. The girls really got the party started, they were fantastic and got everyone in the party mood, there was a conga line and limbo!

THE HONEYMOON | 3 week tour of the Southern States of America, through New Orleans, Memphis, Nashville and Louisville – we wanted music and bourbon!

MEMORABLE MOMENTS | The whole day was amazing, but Rich’s favourite moment was seeing me walk down the aisle, I think mine would be the locomotion conga, and trying all the different types of cake!

ADVICE FOR OTHER COUPLES | Have the day you want, think about what is most important to you about the day and focus on that. For us we wanted everyone to have a great time so we went big on entertainment and made sure we were up dancing most of the night!

CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE |

Photographer | Lisa Carpenter 

Bridesmaids Dresses |  Lindybop

Dress Customisation |  The Couture Company 

Singers |  The Candy Girls 

Magician | Owen Strickland 

DJ | Karl & Kate – Deckheds *WWW wedding directory members*

Additional Décor | Timeless Elegance

Invitations | The Original Wedding Tea Towel Company

Venue | Birmingham Botanical Gardens

 

Well that really was a brilliant party right?

Thanks so much to Johanna and Richard for sharing their utterly perfect nuptials with us xo Lou

 

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Louise Baltruschat Hollis <![CDATA[Enchanted Fairy Garden Inspired Wedding]]> http://whimsicalwonderlandweddings.com/?p=194321 2017-03-23T15:45:56Z 2017-03-23T07:00:23Z Enchanted Fairy Garden Wedding http://lunaweddings.co.uk/

 

This day is so ethereal and dreamy you’ll be transported back to childhood fairytales and summers playing in gardens in an instant. Yes it’s time for WWW readers Wendy and Nick’s wedding held on the 1st October 2016. The vision was to create a Midsummer Night’s Dream, fairy garden style wedding celebration and Pennard House in Somerset happened to be just the location for this lovely affair. There was no set colour scheme but an array of lovely tones were used, as displayed perfectly in the whimsical bridesmaid dresses and their accompanying ribbon adorned bouquets. Which, by the way, I have totally fallen for hook, line and sinker. Aren’t they stunning!

On the subject of stunning, the newly-weds looked so gorgeous in their chosen attire. Wendy chose Presea by Pronovias complete with a lace edged cathedral length veil for a really beautiful bridal look. Nick meanwhile opted for a slim fit navy blue suit and grey waistcoat teamed with tan shoes, modern yet timeless. There are so many lovely details in their day too, but I will save them for you to discover for yourself, they are a real feast for the eyes. Guests then partied the night away to a live band sourced by WWW faves Warble Entertainment, awesome!

Thanks so much to Luna Weddings for sharing these utterly divine images with us.

 

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THE PROPOSAL | Nick took me away for a surprise weekend away in early January 2015 (it was a Christmas present from him). This was quite unusual as I’m normally the one that organises everything! We collected a hire car, and got on the motorway, I still had no idea where we were going. We headed South West, and I was very worried we were headed back to Bristol where my family live. We ended up in a small village outside Bath, Stratton-on-Fosse, and a yurt like place called the Roundhouse. Very romantic, big 4 poster bed, log burner. We went for a lovely walk the next day when the proposal (I later found out)was meant to happen, but as it was pouring with rain and we got caught up in a pheasant shoot it was postponed! I was then whisked off for an afternoon at Bath spa, and then to a lovely meal at a local pub. When we got back to our yurt we took a moment to admire the beautiful stars in the very clear night sky, and amazingly we saw a shooting start. We headed towards the yurt and I could see lights on… I opened the door and it was full of candles, with a a bucket of champagne and glasses on the table. Nick dropped to his knee and proposed, with my late granny’s ring. I said yes :) He knew the ring was going to be too big and needed some work so had bought another temporary ring for me to wear and chain to wear my granny’s ring round my neck. Very, very thoughtful, it was all absolutely incredible.

THE VISION | I wanted a small wedding, maybe even to elope but Nick wanted a big one… so we landed on a medium size. Neither of us wanted anything overly formal, we wanted something quite relaxed, as outdoor as we could manage with weather permitting, and to provide as much of the alcohol as we could – that was Nick’s main criteria! I’ve always loved fairy gardens, and wanted something quite ‘woodland’, a bit Midsummer Night’s Dream. And we didn’t want to wait too long, so we decided to do it in 2016. We wanted it to be as easy for people as possible, so limiting travelling around on the day, and of course good food and music!

THE PLANNING PROCESS | We got going with the details very quickly – partly because I am quite an organised person and love to organise events, but also because we knew if wanted to do it that year we would have to get on with things very quickly. We set a budget (Which went out the window), and lived on google and pinterest. I created many pinterest boards immediately, which were so helpful in finding creative ideas and figuring out what we wanted. I began a comprehensive spreadsheet to help keep track of budget and all the many tasks we had to complete, and prioritised the most time critical jobs. We couldn’t have done it without the spreadsheet, there is just so much to think about!

THE VENUE | We lived in London but wanted the wedding to be in the Bristol area where I’m from, and we planned to move to in late Summer, so arranged to go venue hunting one Saturday in mid January very soon after we got engaged, and had one very full on day of venue visiting.

Pennard House was high on my list of favourites, and as soon as we got there we knew it was right for us. We loved that the Church was at the bottom of the garden, so we could have Church wedding but not have to travel to the reception. The big garden was full of beautiful trees and it reminded me of South Africa where I grew up, more wild garden than English Country Garden. I had lots of ideas for how we could utilise the beautiful trees, some didn’t end up happening due to weather, but some did! Harry and Georgina were incredibly lovely and welcoming from the start, and were part of the reason we didn’t want a hotel/corporate venue, but more of a personal venue, and this is what Pennard House offered. It’s a family home with the Coach house, which are converted stables, and it feels very relaxed and quite informal. We were able to decorate however we liked, and for a very small fee could provide all the alcohol we liked until the evening, which was what we wanted. It felt ‘different’, and fit the woodland feel perfectly.

THE DRESS & ACCESSORIES | Dress: Presea by Pronovias, from Allison Jayne, Clifton.

Veil: Lace trimmed cathedral veil, Allison Jayne, Clifton.

Shoes: Jenny Packham, Debenhams.

Hair accessory: Jenny Packham, Debenhams.

Jewellery: Pearl and diamond earrings, Pravins (wedding gift from the groom).

FINDING THE DRESS |  I began looking for my dress pretty quickly after discovering it can take up to 6 months for a dress to be made! I didn’t really know what I wanted, and spent a lot of time on pinterest looking for inspiration. I visited a few dress shops in London and found some lovely dresses, but not ‘the one’. It did help me to work out what I wanted, or didn’t want, and as much as I loved the big princess dresses they drowned me and I quickly ruled them out. I love satin and lace, and wanted sleeves of some kind. I arranged a day in Bristol with my mum and sister, and we visited 4 shops – very intense and bit overwhelming! I found my dream dress in one, but it was totally over budget so I sadly put it back, and went on the final shop, Allison Jayne. Here a lovely assistant listened to what I was looking for, and my budget, and picked out a number of dresses for me to try. A few dresses I tried the Pronovias Presea, and found my dress! It was satin and lace, with a beautiful illusion neckline with delicate lace sleeves. My mum wasn’t too keen, I think she wanted something ‘bigger’, but with 3 of my 4 bridesmaids with me who all loved it I decided to go for it, and bought it there and then! I had many sleepless nights after that day, worried I’d rushed into it and concerned because it looked so different online, but I’m glad now I that I trusted my instinct, and love the dress I chose.

GROOM’S ATTIRE | Nick isn’t into clothes at all, but wanted his outfit to be a surprise. So he went suit shopping with a close friend who’s very fashion conscious! They picked a lovely fitted slim fit navy blue suit from Charles Trywhitt with a dark grey waistcoat. He went for a burgundy paisley tie, and matching cream ties for the ushers. His shoes were from Loakes, and they were all picked and bought within a day!

THE READINGS & MUSIC | As we got married in a Church we needed to have one religious reading and one other. We quite quickly picked the traditional Corinthians reading, but the Old testament version, as the words are so fitting, and asked my uncle who came over for the wedding from South Africa to read it for us. For our second reading, we asked one of Nick’s best friends to pick something she liked – we knew she’d find something brilliant and she asked if we were happy for her to write something, which of course we were! She wrote an amazing poem called “We are gathered here today”, which was touching and funny and made us both cry.

We had a lovely guitarist who played music as the guests entered and during the signing of the register, and also during the drinks reception which worked really well. We chose music for the service based partly on recommendations from the priest, (no point rocking the boat and annoying him), and chose hymns we both enjoyed and knew people would know the words to! Everyone really got into Jerusalem. We picked a great band for the evening called The Jacks, who we found through the website Warble. They were absolutely brilliant, they learned our first dance for us and were very easy going, and absolutely brilliant.

BEAUTIFUL BRIDESMAIDS | I had four bridesmaids – three close friends and my sister. Unfortunately one friend moved to Australia a few months before the wedding, and although always planned to come back, in the end wasn’t able to. Fortunately another close friend of mine very graciously stepped into her dress, and as I wanted them all in different colours meant I could have the full compliment of colours, and 4 lovely girls with me on the day. They wore multi way dresses from Debenhams, I wanted them all to be comfortable and a bit individual, so was happy for them to tie their dresses in any way they liked. I wanted a colourful day, and really loved the 4 pastel colours I chose which went so beautifully with the flowers.

THE CAKE |  The cake was the inspiration for the whole wedding, and I found it on pinterest before we were even engaged! It was quite simple, but very beautiful, and had a fairytale look, gold buttercream and covered in a fresh flower garland. It was a delicious chocolate cake with chocolate ganache and was made by one of my bridesmaids who is an expert cake baker, and with the help of our wonderful wedding stylist Lauradana, it sat on a large wooden slice with moss and foliage, a beautiful and delicious woodland fairytale cake!

THE FLOWERS | We originally chose a wonderful florist who I already knew, who had a beautiful relaxed and unique style. Unfortunately due to health reasons she had to pull out, but was able to recommend to us a friend of hers with a very similar style, and luckily was available! We had a long chat with her about what we wanted, a colourful, fairly informal look, and she worked to the plans our first florist had designed. We managed to find some lovely candelabra on eBay, which we used as the centrepiece for half our tables, adorned in flowers, and for the other half we had low table centres with a hurricane lamp and candle in the centre. We also had a beautiful flower garland going up the stairs into the reception, and also lovely foliage around the arch in the Church.

YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER |  We chose Luna Weddings for our photography after several recommendations. They’re a couple who recently got married themselves. Their style is very much relaxed documentary, and they capture the magic and emotion of the day. We met them for an engagement shoot in the a forest near Exeter and had a lovely time with them, I’m not very comfortable in front of the camera and they put us at complete ease. They are a really lovely couple who are so easy to be around, and once we’d met them really looked forward to having them with us on our day. Anna spent the morning with me whilst I got ready with the girls and Nick had Mike with him and the boys and. we both felt like we had another friend in the room with us. We couldn’t be happier with the photos, we absolutely love them.

THE DETAILS & DÉCOR | We wanted to do a lot of the decoration ourselves, which was one of the reasons we chose Pennard House, which gave us free reign to decorate as we liked. However we did realise we’d given ourselves a lot to do with not a lot of time, as we only had the Friday afternoon before the wedding to decorate everything. We came across Lauradana Day at a Wedding Fayre in Bristol, owner of Wedding Creations. She is a wedding stylist, and as soon as we say her work, knew we’d found the answers to our worries about gettting everything looking the way we wanted! For a very good price she comes to the venue, creates a look-book, and uses all of her own props as well as creating anything else you’d like for no extra fee (As long as it’s not personalised and can be re-used). We wanted a woodland feel with decorations in the trees, ivy, candles and fairy lights. She put up festoon lights for us outside, created a beautiful table plan from branches with fairy lights and glass baubles, she strung photos around the booths, and hung ribbons and origami in the big tree where we had our photos. We wanted to have outdoor games and croquet which sadly the weather scuppered, but it didn’t matter. I really feel the cold, so we had a lovely box, which I filled with blankets and a sign from Lauradana, “to have and to hold in case you get cold”.  We had candles and moss on the ledges in the room for the meal, and on the tables as well as the flowers we had lollipops made by the same bridesmaid who made the cake, who has a lollipop business, and tied them with little cards we made ourselves with our names and the date!

THE HONEYMOON |  We went on honeymoon the day after the wedding, and we were very pleased to have a break and 2 weeks away after the mania. We had only moved to Bristol in August, and into our flat 2 weeks before the wedding, and had both started new jobs. So it was a very busy and quite a stressful time!. We both get quite restless so wanted to move about on our honeymoon. We started in Singapore for 2 days, which was lots of fun and involved lots of cocktails, and we continued the theme in Kuala Lumpur at the Shangri-la Hotel, exploring the city and drinking a lot of cocktails. We then went to Lombok in Indonesia for some beach relaxation, spas and more cocktails. From there we got a speedboat to Gili Meno, which was about 20 minutes away and enjoyed a few days on a desert island, which was amazing and more cocktails. From there we got another boat to Bali and spent our final few days in Ubud at the very beautiful Kayon resort. The Balinese people in particular were some of the friendliest we have ever met, and we had the most incredible time.

MEMORABLE MOMENTS |  My favourite part of the wedding was the actual ceremony. Most of the planning goes into the party and the details and the dress but the whole point of the day is to marry the person that you love and it easily our favourite and most special part of the day. The service got off to an interesting start, once my dad had walked me up the aisle he turned to sit down and got his foot caught in my veil and ripped it from my head! The congregation let out a massive gasp and Nick was clearly worried I was going to burst into tears, but I was so happy to be there and to have the day under way I didn’t care at all, and it meant I got to show off the lovely back to my dress before my lovely bridesmaid popped it back in.

ADVICE FOR OTHER COUPLES | Plan… but don’t spend forever on details, trust your instinct. You can deliberate over details for days and weeks, don’t waste your time. Secondly, accept help from friends and family, it’s a lot to do yourself! But accept it with caution, some of our most stressful moments came from waiting for things people said they would do or the end result not being what we expected. Sometimes it’s worth spending just a little bit more to pay someone to do something than to ask a friend or family member who you then then don’t feel comfortable chasing or asking for changes. Finally, enjoy it. It will hopefully be the only time you do this, and it goes in a flash. Try and enjoy every moment, don’t get too stressed, and the happier you are on the day, the happier your guests will be, and you will all have a wonderful day.

CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE |

Photographers | Luna Weddings

Venue | Pennard House

Florist | Alexandra Sylvester

Cake |  The Little Lollipop Shop

Caterers | Caroline Gent

Band | The Jacks via Warble Entertainment *WWW wedding directory members*

Hair and make up | Grace Kingsley

Stylist | Wedding Creations UK

 

Ahh so lovely!

Thanks so much to Wendy and Nick for sharing their marvellous wedding story here today xo Lou

 

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Louise Baltruschat Hollis <![CDATA[Wednesday Wedding Wonders. 22/3/2017]]> http://whimsicalwonderlandweddings.com/?p=196306 2017-03-22T12:40:21Z 2017-03-22T14:00:39Z Whimsical Greenery Nature Wedding http://lunaweddings.co.uk/

Image by Luna Weddings // Whimsical Greenery Nature Wedding

 

It’s been a busy yet brilliant week. Our new team member Rachel has been on hand behind the scenes getting to know our sponsors and industry friends, not to mention attending some very exciting events. I have been working on a brand new media pack and reviewing the real blogging bride and groom applications too, yippee. All to be revealed really soon folks!

I had a fun weekend with the boys, taking my eldest to his football match and heading to a Daffodil Festival, which was the sweetest. I may have splurged on an antique pine chest for our living room, which I have to say looks incredibly sweet in situ. I also had a little Spring wardrobe shopping trip online at some of my faves, Boden and Joules and have tried out Fat Face for the first time too. Where do you find your clothes usually? We’re still yet to book our summer holiday, I hope we find the perfect seaside spot this week.

Ready for this weeks supplier news and my very favourite weddings from the week that was? Let’s go…

 

 

WWW’s Wedding of the Week

 

East Coast Garden Wedding // Sensational blooms.

 

Classic Rustic Home Made Country Wedding http://www.jessicareeve-photography.com/

Image by Jessica Reeve // Classic & Rustic Home Made Country Wedding

 

A Moody Blue Wedding

Vintage Market Feast Wedding

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Pacific northwest mountain wedding

Kate & Tom’s Beautiful Outdoor Country Wedding

LAUREN + BEDE

A Feast of Tropical Beauty at This Greyton Wedding

Bohemian Glamping Wedding in Wales

 

Whimsical Forest Harry Potter Wedding http://heatherelizabethphotography.com/

Image by Heather Elizabeth Photography // Whimsical Forest Harry Potter Wedding

 

Waterside Catalina View Gardens Wedding

Romantic California wedding at The Colony House: Michelle + Jona

Rhianna & Robbie

A Modern Southwestern Wedding

Eclectic Silver and Burgundy Oklahoma Wedding at Skelly Lodge

Bohemian Marfa-inspired wedding

Say Hello To Our New Favorite Garden Wedding!

 

Supplier Love News

 

Win Your Wedding Band

 

WWW Supplier Love faves Warble Entertainment have a special competition running to win your wedding band! How awesome? To enter pop over here.

 

Award Winners

 

We’re thrilled to share that our brilliant wedding directory family members, Britten have won the Editors Choice Award at the UK Wedding Awards. Congratulations guys, incredible news :-)

 

Happy wedding Wednesday xo Lou

 

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Louise Baltruschat Hollis <![CDATA[Powder Blue Country Rustic Charm Wedding]]> http://whimsicalwonderlandweddings.com/?p=194251 2017-03-06T14:39:39Z 2017-03-22T07:00:24Z Powder Blue Country Rustic Charm Wedding https://photography34.co.uk/

 

Ohh, those summer days are so nearly here. Rolling countryside filled with golden fields, balmy weather and hazy light. There is certainly reason why it’s one of the most popular times of year to tie the knot, long days, warm evenings and party vibes all round.

Jennifer and Andrew chose to get married on the 15th September 2016 in a church ceremony followed by a reception at Whinstone View in North Yorkshire. They envisioned an English country wedding, filled with blooms and personal touches. Talking of the blooms, they were so very splendid and tied in perfectly with the powder blue colour palette. There was a perfectly vintage car in the same hue, along with bridesmaids in darling frocks and gents in Liberty print bow ties.

I think their day just may well be one of the prettiest ever. But there were also some truly lovely moments, confetti throws, sparkler exit, sunset portraits and the cutest little flower girls you ever did see. And I didn’t even mention yet how stunning Jennifer looked in her lace gown and dreamy veil. Enjoy every single image folks.

Thanks goes to Photography34 for providing the marvellous imagery.

 

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THE PROPOSAL | A surprise proposal on the kissing pier in Oslo.

THE VISION | English country wedding.

THE PLANNING PROCESS | We secured the venue a year in advance and the save the date cards was the first aspect to ensure we got out well in advance for guests. Especially as it was a midweek wedding we wanted to give people enough notice. I did a lot of Pinterest searching and created a mood board with wild flowers and rustic charm to theme our selections from then on!

THE VENUE | Whinstone View – Great Ayton.

THE DRESS & ACCESSORIES | Kenneth Winston gown and veil from Victoria Robson Bridal in Northallerton.

FINDING THE DRESS | Finding the right dress was so easy, as this was the first dress I tried on, and with the best service and expertise from Victoria, at her beautiful shop in Northallerton.

GROOM’S ATTIRE | We wanted an English gentleman look with Liberty print bow ties and braces. We selected these from the Bowtie Boutique featured on Etsy. Andy’s suit was Paul Smith, with Ted Baker brogues and waistcoat.

THE READINGS & MUSIC | As this was a traditional church wedding, the reading was one traditional religious reading; Corinthians read by Andy’s Mum, and a reading a I found called These Hands read by my maid of honour Jo.

BEAUTIFUL BRIDESMAIDS | My maid of honour and bridesmaid wore Debut dresses from Debenhams, adapted slightly for my very pregnant bridesmaid! The 4 flower girls also wore dresses from Debenhams, selected for the beautiful lace cap sleeves and bows. We also added an ivory sash and bow to the bridesmaids to tie us all in.

THE FLOWERS | The flowers were beautifully created by Kirsty Berridge at Minnie Bees.

THE CAKE | My very talented friend Yen made the cake and I bought the love topper from Etsy.

YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER | Our brilliant photographer came highly recommended, Tony Wilson at Photography34. He stayed all day, well into the evening, capturing everything we wanted and much much more. We couldn’t be happier with our photos.

THE DETAILS & DÉCOR | We kept things simple. Choosing to add some simple touches like the hay bales, the old family suitcases, and letting the flowers take centre stage!

THE HONEYMOON | Our honeymoon was a South African adventure! We decided to do something active and fun, spending 3 nights in Cape Town and 5 nights at the fabulous Shamwari Game Reserve, which was an unforgettable experience.

MEMORABLE MOMENTS | Having our little girl Rosie experience the day with us, was really special, running to daddy down the aisle. The church service by ‘Rev Pev’ was the talking point of the whole day, included puppets and magic, at the beautiful tiny St Oswald’s Church in Newton-Under-Roseberry. It was lovely following the service with an ice-cream on the green, provided by Ice Cycles.

ADVICE FOR OTHER COUPLES | Don’t get too stressed! Choose a theme up front and stick to it. And just try and enjoy every moment.

CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE |

Photography | Photography34

Venue | Whinstone View

Dress | Victoria Robson Bridal

Stationery | PIP Designs

Bow Tie | Bowtie Boutique

Flowers | MinnieBees

Ceremony | St Oswalds Church

Ice Cream | Ice-Cycle

 

Oh my! Just incredibly beautiful.

Jennifer and Andrew, I cannot thank you both enough for sharing your wedding story here today xo Lou

 

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Louise Baltruschat Hollis <![CDATA[Whimsical Greenery Nature Wedding]]> http://whimsicalwonderlandweddings.com/?p=194124 2017-03-06T13:36:47Z 2017-03-21T14:00:13Z Whimsical Greenery Nature Wedding http://lunaweddings.co.uk/

 

There really is nothing more magical than a wedding in the woods, lit with lanterns and filled to the brim with greenery is there? This gorgeous and can I just say, utterly stylish pair, decided to do just that and hosted a nature inspired celebration in Devon.

Carole and Craig were hitched on the 24th August 2016 at Ever After – A Dartmoor Wedding, the setting was so perfect for their laid back and bohemian vibes wedding party. Informal and intimate were their buzz words and they included many personal touches. With a love of reading, writing and music they share as a couple (real all in their proposal story), the readings and music choices were really important to them especially in their ceremony.

Greens and whites were used in the décor, with foliage used throughout to great affect and calligraphy style stationery bringing all of the elements together. Carole and the girls created the bouquets and buttonholes the day before and they looked marvellous. I have to say I really love the wooden touches in the signage and the beautiful lighting, which transformed the venue in the evening. I am always a lover of Grace Loves Lace‘s gowns and Carole’s choice of Valentina was pure perfection. Swoon.

Luna Weddings, thank you so much for sharing these divine images with us.

 

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THE PROPOSAL | To give a bit of background, I am an avid reader while Craig loves to write! So on my birthday, Craig presented me a hardback book, written by himself. At that point Craig was based in Scotland so we were having to do the ‘long distance thing’. Every time we had some time together, he would read me a couple more chapters of the ‘fairytale’ he had written. The book came to it’s culmination while we were enjoying a weekend together in Prague and ended with the Prince asking for the Princess to be his wife…of course, she said yes!

THE VISION | From the start we knew we wanted our day to be very intimate, informal and involving nature in some way. After coming across Ever After, in Devon, which is set in the most beautiful woodland, we knew we wanted this whimsical, green, woodland theme to run throughout the day.

THE PLANNING PROCESS | I must say, I think I was a very laid back bride! Once we had the main elements nailed down, I spent the year and half before the big day working on all of the little details which I was determined I would do myself. After reading many blogs on ways to ‘cut costs’ which warned of how much worked this would be, I made sure I set aside plenty of time to get things done at a leisurely pace. I also enlisted the help of my wedding party who were more than happy to pitch in whenever the stress crept in! Delegating was key.

BUDGET | We were not very organised with the budget, which I now wish we had been! I estimate it was around £21k.

THE VENUE | As soon as we came across Ever After, just outside of Tavistock, we knew this was the one! We were so certain that we booked it even before visiting. As soon as we got a chance to head across from London to check it out, our initial thoughts were confirmed, it was even more beautiful in real life. It’s the perfect spot for an intimate wedding surrounded by woodland, a quaint little river and pristinely kept gardens. Nicola, the owner, was also amazing in helping two people who really had no clue where to begin planning a wedding! Along with her husband, they have thought of everything to make your day individual and full of quirky details. I found the process a lot more personal than when we had looked at bigger venues and am so glad we chose here!

THE DRESS & ACCESSORIES | Dress – The Valentina from ‘Grace Loves Lace’. Shoes – Carvela. Earrings & Necklace – both from Kate Spade.

FINDING THE DRESS | My biggest concern when finding a wedding dress was making sure I could dance the night away comfortably! After visiting a few wedding dress boutiques I felt slightly disheartened as nothing I tried on was remotely ‘me’. I then came across ‘Grace Loves Lace’, an Australian brand known for informal, bohemian dresses at a great price point. Normally you have to order online and hope for the best but they happened to have a pop up shop in London, which I was lucky enough to secure an appointment for. There I found multiple ‘ones’! I settled on the Valentina because of the gorgeous lace overlay, daring back and flowing chiffon skirt. I now plan on shortening the length to a midi length so I can wear again

GROOM’S ATTIRE | Craig’s outfit was a lot harder to find than mine. Being Scottish, it was assumed he would don a kilt but having worn one to every formal occasion since he was 18, he decided to go against the norm!

Waistcoat – Ted Baker. Shirt – Zara. Trousers – River Island. Shoes – Paul Smith.

THE READINGS & MUSIC | We settled on one reading during the ceremony, read by my bridesmaid, Becca – a poem Craig penned for me for our first Christmas together, titled ‘Love’.

During the signing of the register, my brother, nephew and Mum performed ‘Thousand Years’ by Christina Perri.

Reception – rather than hire a band, we decided to create the ultimate party playlist. Craig spent 3 months collating our favourite tunes and mixing them. It went down brilliantly and the dance floor was never empty!

BEAUTIFUL BRIDESMAIDS | My sister was my Maid of Honour along with my two close friends as bridesmaids whom I met while studying my Dance degree. They were all amazing at supporting me whenever I needed and couldn’t have done it without them! They all wore nude dresses from Asos with back detail to reflect my dress. Shoes and accessories I left up to them!

THE FLOWERS | This was an area where I felt I could create a few elements myself. As the venue already had an abundance of foliage, I didn’t need to add much else. I worked with Deborah at Dartmoor Flowers, to create an arch of green foliage for the ceremony barn. She then also created garlands of foliage for the table centrepieces, interspersed with spray roses and gypsophila and hair pieces for the bridal party. I took charge of the bouquets and buttonholes by visiting a local wholesalers the day before the wedding and picking up different types of greenery and roses. As it was such an informal day, I loosely arranged these and tied with twine. Easy! It was a great activity to do the day before with the bridesmaids and mothers over a few glasses of prosecco.

THE CAKE | Provided by Divine Wedding Cakes. Raspberry and chocolate sponge, covered with a buttercream icing. Dartmoor flowers also provided a few sprigs to decorate this with.

YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER | Luna Weddings. The choice of a photographer was made really easy after looking through the portfolio of Anna and Mike! They seemed to always capture the most surprising, emotional moments along with the most beautiful use of lighting. They made us feel at total ease throughout the day and ended up feeling like two of the guests rather than the photographers! The finished photos were more than we could have hope for and my parents house is now adorned with endless photographs from the big day.

THE DETAILS & DÉCOR | Most of the small details were DIY from the table numbers to favours. A big focus of the day was music so the guests each received a ‘soundtrack of the day’ which included tracks used at special points throughout the day.

THE HONEYMOON | Rather than a wedding gift list, we requested that anyone wishing to provide a gift, donated money to be used on activities throughout our honeymoon. This was done through www.honeyfund.com where you can set the gift options to provide a variety of price points and activities to create your dream trip. Ours was three weeks travelling around Bali and the surrounding islands – including scuba diving with turtles, relaxing on pristine white beaches and a sunrise hike up volcano!

MEMORABLE MOMENTS | A Scottish wedding would not be complete without the finale song of ‘Loch Lomond’ by Runrig. Every guest hits the dancefloor, circling the bride and groom while loudly singing about our ‘bonnie’ homeland. This culminated with myself and my new husband being thrown in the air by the bridal party – an unforgettable end to a brilliant day!

ADVICE FOR OTHER COUPLES | This day is to celebrate YOUR love, no one else’s, so keep reminding yourself of this when the stresses of pleasing other people gets too much!

CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE |

Photographers | Luna Weddings

Venue | Ever After – A Dartmoor Wedding

Videographer | Cupcake Videos https://vimeo.com/190277601

Flowers | Dartmoor Flowers 

Cake | Divine Wedding Cakes

 

Oh such a memorable day. It looked amazing.

Thanks so much to Carole and Craig for sharing their wonderful nuptials with us here at WWW xo Lou

 

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Rachel Harrison <![CDATA[Classic & Rustic Home Made Country Wedding]]> http://whimsicalwonderlandweddings.com/?p=194063 2017-03-06T11:44:50Z 2017-03-21T07:00:48Z Classic Rustic Home Made Country Wedding http://www.jessicareeve-photography.com/

 

You’re in for a treat today with WWW readers Matthew and Charlotte’s wedding day. They chose to have their ceremony and reception at Packington Moor on Wednesday 20th July 2016 and their day was absolutely packed with beautiful personal details and plenty of funny moments. The soft pastel shades, gorgeous foliage and soft candlelight made for a relaxed and intimate atmosphere and you’re just going to love all the DIY that the pair and their families did for the day. There were so many special touches at the nuptials, from in-joke surprises for close family to the beautifully worded signs for guests.

Charlotte fell in love with a beautiful embellished gown and chose to have her hair down with a veil, while Matt cut a dapper figure in his blue suit.

Charlotte has lots of brilliant supplier recommendations and you’ve just got to see the incredible couple portraits taken in the sunny cornfields, stunning!

Thanks ever so much to Jessica Reeve for sharing these exquisite images of the day.

 

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THE PROPOSAL | What a complete and utter shock this was! We had had one of the best years that year and Christmas was just the cherry on top, so I was on cloud nine. Bear with me as there’s a bit of a back story…We had spent the evening of boxing day with matt’s family at what was his Grandma and Grandad’s house. His brother now lived there with his little family and we had been playing bop it. The Talbot’s are a very competitive lot and after a few too many drinks it all got very serious and we played until the early hours. I looked over at Matt, who had his phone in his hand, and he uttered “We won!” We had played the Irish Lottery and our numbers had come up! Matt always says he is guided by a force much greater than luck. He believes his Grandma helped us win that night. So, a few days later while I was at work, Matt headed to town to go and get our winnings. I met him in town after work and he was saying his leg really hurt (he was in a cast as he had torn a few tendons during a game of football a few weeks previously) so we headed home. Another few days passed and it was New Year’s Eve. We had been invited to a party at Matt’s brother-in-law’s parents’ house. It was nearing 12 o’clock and matt seemed to be going out for a cigarette more than usual. I didn’t really think much of it, just that I remember saying make sure you’re here with me for the countdown. He just replied don’t worry I will be. Bob, whose party it was, came round asking who wanted Champagne and he wouldn’t take no for an answer, saying well even if you don’t drink it you have to have one to toast the new year! It was getting very close now and as more people headed to the living room to see the new year in and to watch the fireworks, I went to sit on Matt’s lap. He seemed uncomfortable and said sorry its just i think my wallet is in that pocket. We all stood.. 10, 9 , 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1.. We hugged and kissed as we wished each other a happy new year. Thinking matt had hurt his leg as he crouched down i asked if he was OK, then he got on one knee and held out a beautiful ring in a red box as he asked me to marry him. I was completely blindsided. Hence my response “ Are you being serious?” He smiled and said yes.I replied of course I will! He stood and began to cry trying to tell me that he loved me. I, now very aware that the room is full of people looking at us, hugged him and told him I loved him too. After the shock had worn off it all started making sense. His leg was hurting so much that day in town because he had been there all day with his sister choosing a ring he was going to propose with. He had to keep going out for a cigarette to calm his nerves and it wasn’t his wallet in his pocket.. it was the ring! The cheesy smile that his brother and girlfriend had given me as we all shouted out the countdown as they knew what was coming.There were probably a hell of a lot more signs I had missed purely because I had been too happy to notice. Sounds corny I know but in the past I have been quite insecure and paranoid about things, so the happiness and calm I was feeling that whole year was blissful and I hadn’t wanted to think too much into anything any more, rather I bypassed them knowing I was just being silly. I had found the one, the one who would never hurt me or lie to me (other than to surprise me) and thus leading to the biggest surprise of my life and it was amazing! The money that we had won over Christmas had allowed matt to finally do what he had wanted to do for so long but not had the savings to buy the kind of ring he’d hoped to propose with. It was perfect!

THE VISION | We both knew exactly what wedding we wanted from the start. Rustic, intimate and as homemade and personal as possible. Close family and friends, something a bit different as a surprise to your guests (we had a magician) and just a whole lot of love. Perfect.

THE PLANNING PROCESS | Our plan was always to buy a house before we got married as I was still living with my parents and Matt lived with his sister, brother-in-law and nephew. We both love those summer nights spent with family, having BBQ’s and chatting until the early hours sitting out under the stars. So with that in mind we had our date, July 2016. In two and a half years we would have our dream home and our dream day. So we made lists and spent most of our spare time going to wedding fairs, looking through Pinterest and google searching rustic weddings, saving any images or ideas to a wedding folder so we knew where to find things we liked when the time came that we were able to book and buy things.

THE BUDGET | We were so lucky to have such wonderful, generous parents who each helped out with our wedding fund. We couldn’t have done it without them! We did everything we could to keep costs down and by prioritising certain aspects of the day meant we didn’t lose out on anything that was important to us. Having our wedding on a Wednesday was one of the decisions we had to make to save a considerable amount of money but to have the perfect venue for our big day.

THE VENUE | Packington Moor is a rustic, rural country barn in the most gorgeous of settings complete with cornfields, towering trees and a courtyard that is an absolute sun trap in the middle of summer – everything we dreamt of, it was perfect! Our search for local rustic barns that just had that touch of elegance was proving rather difficult but after a visit to my Grandparents’ house I was filled with hope. My Grandma had remembered a wedding they had been to at Packington Moor a few years previously and said how lovely it was. We saw the pictures online and instantly booked a viewing. We loved it from the second we set eyes on the place and it ticked all the boxes! We just knew we would be getting married there! My Grandma sadly passed away the first year we were engaged, so I was so incredibly grateful that she had had a part in choosing our venue, it just made it even more special.

THE DRESS AND ACCESSORIES | I’m not the typical girly girl who always wears dresses and loves shopping for shoes etc. so this part scared me a little. One thing was for sure, no heels! I live in trainers.. and slippers. So a new pair of converse was on the shopping list. Dusky pink to go with our wedding colours. Im fairly body conscious but my ‘princess style’ lace up dress by Sincerity was absolutely perfect! My dress, veil and headpiece all came from the amazing Alison Evans Bridalwear.

FINDING THE DRESS | I had a vague idea of what I wanted but where to begin?! I first compiled a folder of images from the internet, sharing these with Matt trying to get a sense of how he had pictured me on the day. He was far more interested than I imagined he would be, which helped in some ways but then i was even more nervous that I would be able to pick something we both thought was perfect. My Mum and I began the search just 10 minutes away from where I now lived with Matt. As we approached the shop i glanced in the window at a dress they had on display. It was beautiful, I felt hopeful for the daunting task ahead. So here we were, Alison Evans Bridalwear in Swadlincote, surrounded by gowns and accessories. The ladies were so helpful and so genuine. There was no pressure selling or fakery, no telling me I looked stunning in everything I tried on and a “That that’s the one” at any dress i showed an interest in. Instead, they were honest and using their knowledge and experience we narrowed it down to a handful of dresses. Not yet getting that ‘feeling’, I felt I needed to continue the search. Then Mum said ‘‘Didn’t you want to try on the one in the window?’’ Yes! I had forgotten. As i stepped back to take a look in the mirror, I tried to hold it back but a girly smile wanted to burst onto my face. Being the indecisive woman I am though, I thought surely I just need to see what else is out there. So my Mum and I continued the search with three more bridal shops, 20 or more dresses. But still unsure, I went for a second try on at Alison Evans. I must have tried that particular dress on about four times or more but each time I would get that silly girly feeling and i just couldn’t stop grinning! I was so excited, mum paid the deposit and on mine and Matt’s 4 year anniversary of being together, I was delighted – I had found the dress I would marry this man in.

GROOM’S ATTIRE | We knew from the moment we started looking at suits that we both loved the blue suit. There was something about it that stood out and just looked perfect in a rustic wedding environment. We found the perfect suit at Brigdens in Burton on trent. My Stepfather, Mark had mentioned it as he loves going there to spend his birthday money but we thought it may be out of our price range as the shop is filled with top designer names. The lady was lovely and it just felt like such an experience. The colour, the cut, the finishing touches were all spot on! I couldn’t wait to see my future husband, his best men, ushers and our Dads all in these suits on our wedding day.

THE READINGS AND MUSIC | We chose traditional vows to say on the day but we also wanted to personalise it a little so we came up with our own promise that we would each say to each other before saying our I dos. This was our promise..

On this day,
I give you my heart.
My promise
That i will walk with you,
Side by side,
Hand in hand,
Heart to heart,
Wherever our journey takes us.
Living, learning, laughing, loving
Together with my best friend,
My soulmate
Forever

Unknowingly when we wrote this our journey was about to take an unexpected turn as we lost Matt’s brother, who was to be one of his best men, just under a month before our big day. We put our words into actions as we got through this heartbreaking time in our lives in the way we would soon promise each other and we will think of him always and whenever we hear these words.

We chose songs that had meaning behind them but also presented a joyful, happy feeling. When Matt and Steven Bailey, his best man, worked at a karaoke bar together in Spain, they would sing a certain few songs together, one of which is one of the first songs I heard them sing together and I loved it. Calendar girl. So we played that as our guests sat in the ceremony room waiting for me to arrive, along with two others they would sing together, “Under the moon of love” and “Let there be love”. I walked down the aisle to the instrumental part of Paolo Nutini “White lies”. Whenever we would play this when choosing our songs my heart would flutter and my arms filled with goose bumps. Such a beautiful piece of music and Matt always said that’s the song he pictured me walking down the aisle to. While we signed the book we played a song by one of Matt’s favourite artists Nat King Cole, “LOVE”, who we also chose for our first dance song, “When I fall in love”. We were nervous about having to dance in front of lots of people but this was perfect to slowly sway to.

For our evening entertainment we had the band “Achoosticks” who we found on the website Entertainment Nation. I am not one for dancing in front of people, on my own in my PJ’s while cooking is a different matter. But as soon as we started playing some videos of them I just felt like dancing, they show such enthusiasm whilst performing. Even when they were all sat down doing an acoustic piece, the faces they were pulling were hilarious. They weren’t just singing, they were acting out the story with their tones and expressions. They even offer to learn your first dance, unfortunately ours wasn’t one that was on their song list and contained too many strings for them to be able to do it justice without the whole band there. You can opt for the whole band for just a few hundred pounds more but we were really stretching ourselves and we just knew we wanted them even if we had to sacrifice a little. They were fantastic! We didn’t want the night to end, but when it did, it ended perfectly with our first dance song as our last. We would definitely recommend them over and over again.

THE FLOWERS | We went into this one blind really as we had seen photos of flowers we liked, but had no idea of names of flowers, so when we had our meeting at Johnsons florists in Burton on trent we struck lucky with the nicest, most helpful guy we had come across in the wedding planning process. He took a look at the photos I had found and individually hand picked a collection that worked stunningly together! We wanted soft pinks/peaches with plenty of pastel greenery to match Matt’s cravat. He helped choose the perfect ribbon and webbing to hold my bouquet together where they attached two small frames. Inside were pictures of my Grandma who I previously mentioned and Grandad who passed away when I was 12. Matt also had one with a picture of his brother, Jon, in his jacket pocket. Johnsons also took charge of decorating the Douwe Egberts coffee jars we had saved for the table centrepieces, which they wrapped in ribbon and webbing to match my flowers and pew ends in the ceremony room. They also did a stunning job of the archway we got married in front of and a rustic natural olive leaf swag on the front of our top table. It was all stunning and we were so happy that we chose them for our wedding, they really listened to what we wanted. We put all our trust in them and we are so glad we did! They also supplied us with tree slices for our table centrepieces, and these also sat under glass jars with sand and candles in running down either side of our isle. We also rented some gorgeous lanterns with candles in to sit around our guest book/remembrance table right next to our archway.We just loved the atmosphere that the soft glow of candles created.

THE CAKE | We chose quite a simple design for our wedding cake as we wanted it to be rustic and something that just represented us. I originally contemplated making the cake myself as this is one of my hobbies that I have slowly self taught myself over the years, making and decorating novelty/occasion cakes. I decided not to in the end and as I knew it would be too stressful and I knew our local cake shop (Delicious Dishes) would do an excellent job. They exceeded expectations and really took on board what we wanted. We asked for the bottom tier to look like a real tree slice to keep with the rustic theme and to match our tree slice centrepieces. I took in a picture of one I had seen online and they recreated it perfectly! We then had a further three tiers on top of that which we kept simple with the ribbon i had on my bouquet wrapped around each tier. Our cake topper was us lying on our sofa with our puppy on the arm of the sofa with us. It perfectly portrayed us when we are at home chilling in our PJ’s and Superdry hoodies (we live in Superdry hoodies), watching films with our pooch. Bliss.

YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER | Jessica Reeve. We couldn’t recommend her enough! This lady is beyond amazing. Do not hesitate, book her if you can. I myself love photography! I am constantly taking photos of things, Much to Matt’s annoyance sometimes as he is normally the one i’m pointing my camera at. Finding the perfect photographer was top of our list. What is better than reliving the best day of your life over and over again with photos that will last forever. Jessica made us feel so at ease, she is so friendly you feel like you’ve known her for years. Not only bringing her passion for her job to the day but her energetic enthusiasm of getting that perfect shot no matter what she has to do to achieve it. Every single person at our wedding said how lovely she was and asked how we found her as she wasn’t local by far. I spent months trawling the internet, looking through portfolio after portfolio of wedding photographers. I kept thinking it was hard to know whether I liked the photographer because I liked the décor at the wedding or the venue etc. But when I found Jess, I didn’t question any of that. To receive a message to say she was available was an amazing feeling, we were so excited. She captures the looks, the feelings and the emotions of you and your guests without you even knowing she’s there. Those special moments that make your heart smile when you see them. It doesn’t even stop there, The presentation of your photos when they arrive is simply stunning. It was the best decision we made hiring Jess.

THE DETAILS & DÉCOR | From the start we always wanted to try and do all the decorations ourselves, the rustic homemade theme was definitely what we wanted. So I created everything i could from invitations to our Thank You cards. Another perk of having a mid-week wedding is that there was less likely to be a wedding at our venue the day before ours, so this enabled us to set up all of our decorations on the Tuesday. Really not something I wanted to do the morning of the wedding. It would have been impossible.

We wanted to include our love of films into the wedding and, as our first date was at the cinema, we made our invitations to represent a movie ticket which displayed the name of the film as “Our Big Day” starring Charlotte Ashley and Matthew Talbot as the bride and groom. Our R.S.V.Ps were separate Admit 1 tickets with the tick boxes attend/ unable to attend options. Our Thank You cards followed the same theme with the movie reel in the background of the invitation now being the main focus with photos of our day positioned within the gaps in the reel.

We just wanted our wedding to be full of personal touches, full of US! I started by painting MDF letters in a soft pink to create words we would display throughout the venue.

SMILE was displayed on our guest book table as we wanted people to have their photo taken under the archway and we would later put their photo next to their comment in our handmade guest book.

MR and MRS was displayed on our top table.

CHEERS TUTS was displayed on our reception drinks table, this is something i used to say as a young girl when i would have a children’s cocktail on holiday. I think i may have been slightly drunk on sugar.

CAKE obviously next to our cake :)

I also bought chalkboard signs which I wrote on with chalk pens. One was a freestanding double sided board that went at the entrance to the ceremony room saying “Choose a seat, not a side, we’re all family once the knot is tied”,  then on the reverse it said “Under the arch, where we said I do.. We’d love to have a photo of you. In our guestbook (next to your name) forever these memories will remain.”

We also put a chalkboard on our reception drinks table with a list of what drinks we had on offer, along with four photos, a then and now of matt and myself with a tipple when we were kids and present day.

Once we were married, we had a few moments saying hello to our guests then they gathered just outside the courtyard where our ushers were waiting with wicker baskets hanging around their necks ( in the style of the old ice cream salesmen at the cinema, following the theme of our invitations) filled with raffia and card cones that Mum and I had rolled and filled with dried rose petals for our confetti.

I love photos so I printed all of our favourites in a retro style polaroid print and we had these pegged up behind us on the top table under our large foil LOVE balloons. We also matched up photos of when we were children,doing similar things to each other in the pictures. A few included a photo of us both with a family pet, One where we are both on holiday having a picture taken with our siblings. It was quite hilarious when we found a photo of each of us on a pedalo, because in both photos our mums were sitting at the same place on the pedalo with their backs facing the camera and their heads turned (weirdly enough both topless) with us as kids also turning our heads to the camera.

With both of us also having lost loved ones before our big day, we displayed photos of them on our guest book table along with a poem which read “We know you would be here with us on our special day, If heaven wasn’t so far away!”

We displayed a trunk, which I bought Matt for Christmas one year, as guests walked into the venue. I also hand painted the CARDS bunting that hung on the lid, along with one that said MRS & MRS TALBOT on our head table and one that said BEST DAY EVER that we hung out in the courtyard.

Dusky coloured paper lanterns hung in various places throughout the venue, above the guest book table, above the cards and gifts trunk and hanging from the beams in the main barn where we ate and danced the night away.

Our seating plan was a large photo frame with the glass removed, which i decorated myself. Another little personal touch was that we both love watching the tv series “Friends” so instead of numbers 1-8 we had significant dates in our relationship along with polaroid frames with a picture of the relating occasion. We named them all in the style of friends episodes. For example we had table number 11 which was the date of Matt’s stag do, so the polaroid had a photo of all the lads at clay pigeon shooting with the description “The one with matts stag do” written on the frame. The seating plan frame had the iconic friends photo frame on it with “The one with the seating plan” written inside and polaroid frames with names of guests inside along with the number of the table they were sitting at.

Along with most of the males in our family Matt is a real ale drinker, so we had the venue install some ale from their Quartz brewery, My Stepdad Mark and Matt both sampled the four ales on offer, texting each other with their verdicts and coming to an agreement on which we would have on the day. So along with this I thought it would be different to have our wedding cake displayed on a beer barrel which we hired from Marstons brewery in Burton On Trent. One of Matt and Mark’s jobs the day before the wedding was to go and pick the barrel up and bring it to the venue, a couple of hours later they arrive having being “made” to sample a new beer they were releasing. “Well it would have been rude not to!” they said. Hehe.

One of our favourite touches was the retro beefeater plates we served a select few guests their main meal on for our wedding breakfast. These bizarre plates represented a memory of Matt’s childhood whereby his Grandma would serve the Grandchildren their Sunday dinner on them. They would all fight over which colour cow they wanted and this feud didn’t stop as youngsters. When both of matts Grandparents had passed away and the plates were divided between grandkids, Matt, along with his brother and sister, still couldn’t agree on which colour each of them should have. They all insisted that they had the blue cow plate when they were younger, so the original plates reside in the safe keeping of Matt’s parents’ house. We were so happy to find a set in great condition on eBay. We kept the plates at the wedding a secret so we could see all of their faces when they realised what was in front of them. It was such a heart warming moment when their faces lit up and were flooded with memories of Sunday dinner at Grandma’s house.

Next came our love of magic. We have been to see Derren Brown, Dynamo and also Penn & Teller in the years we have been together and we both knew we wanted to incorporate this interest into our wedding. I met Chris Peskett when i went with my Mum and Stepdad to a wedding fair at Packington Moor. He did a trick where he asked me to write the name of someone who i knew would be at the wedding on a post it note. He walked away from me and turned his back. With not long losing my grandma I nearly wrote her name, knowing she would be there in spirit, but with my Mum being with me I didn’t want to upset her. So I wrote Grandad. He took the piece of paper and without losing eye contact he gave me his prediction. On the piece of paper he had written “Say hello to Grandad for me”. Well Mum just burst into tears as she imagined it being Grandma passing on a message, I don’t think Chris quite knew what was happening :) We went outside and mum said “Book him, you have to book him!” I was going to anyway but that trick certainly stuck in our minds. On the day he was absolutely amazing, I desperately tried to catch him out but he was flawless! I won’t give any more away but you wont be at all disappointed if you book him for your wedding. He brings with him not only magic but his wit and charm. He is a genuinely funny guy and will no doubt bring a smile to you and your guests’ faces!

We ended the night with our sparkler send off which we presented in a glass jar along with a wooden box of lighters and a poem which read “As our big day comes to and end, a sparkler send off is what we intend. So form a tunnel, with your sparkler held high and bright. As we (Mr & Mrs Talbot) say goodnight!” I thought it was quite fitting that the table we had this display on was positioned next to a fire extinguisher :)

MEMORABLE MOMENTS | Receiving poems and gifts from each other the morning of the wedding.

The lads not knowing how to tie their cravats and having to seek advice from staff and Youtube videos.

Listening to the Mamma Mia album whilst getting ready with my mum. Which she had bought me as this had been playing in the shop whenever we went in to try my dress on :)

The feeling when you realise you are now officially husband and wife!

Feeling the weight of your naturally dried rose petal confetti as it hits you and thinking, wow, that may have been a mistake – kind of wish we’d gone for the light floaty stuff! Dad picking it out of my hair like monkeys de-fleeing each other.

The amount of times Matt cried during the day :)

Having all the people you love and care about in one place, all having a great time!

The wonderful speeches and Matt’s best man’s poem.

The realisation of the plates.

Watching our magician.. brilliant!

Running through cornfields to get ‘the shot’ and looking around at our photographer, Jessica Reeve, and she’s wearing my veil, holding my bouquet and taking our photo.

Doing the long exposure shot of us with Ami, Matt’s sister, writing the word LOVE back to front with a sparkler. Jess running around trying to find something to steady the camera on.. a traffic cone worked perfectly :) and only having four sparklers to hand. Fourth times a charm, it looked great!!

Our band playing “Time of my life” the lead singer joining us to do the dance they do in the film then Matt telling all the boys to get on one side and girls on the other. All of a sudden the song approaches that moment and I’m standing opposite Matt who’s got the biggest smile on his face, gesturing to me to run to him. I run and jump as he, with the help of all the lads, lifts me into the air. It was so funny and even better that it wasn’t at all planned but worked surprisingly well. The film was something Matt grew up watching and he said he absolutely loved that part of our day.

Running through our sparkler tunnel at the end of our night and Matt being very aware of the fire above his head which is soaked with hairspray and gel, and the big puffy dress he could so easily trip on.

Getting back to our cottage and crashing onto the sofas with a glass of bubbly. Perfect day!

Receiving our photos and reliving the whole day again but also getting to see those looks and moments you may have missed on the day of you and your guests.

ADVICE FOR OTHER COUPLES | Throughout the day, take 5 minutes with your new husband/wife to relive the moments in the day that are making your heart smile. Having your photos together is one of the best parts because you’re so relaxed and so happy and in love. Treasure those moments. Also we were always being told that the day flies by so we made a conscious effort whether we were together or not to take a step back and take it all in. Watch your guests laughing and having fun, They are all there for you two!

Get to a point before your wedding where you say what’s done is done and what isn’t won’t matter. The little touches are amazing and what make part of the day special but the day wouldn’t be there if it wasn’t for you both just wanting to declare your love and making a commitment in front of family and friends. Thats whats most important. Also, don’t dwell on things you can’t control, make the best of any situation, you only get this day once. The weather forecast for our wedding said it was going to be thundering and lightning all day with a 90% chance of rain. Then the day before the wedding it was glorious! The wedding arrived and it was as if we were abroad, they say rain is good luck on your wedding day, well we had about a minute of rain while we were eating which had all dried up by the time we were finished and out came the sun again :)

Make your wedding about you. It’s your day, no one else’s. Have the things you want and don’t follow tradition if tradition isn’t for you.

One of Matt’s regrets of the day was not turning around soon enough when I walked down the aisle. He didn’t want to turn around too soon but before he knew it i was by his side. I think I was just so eager to see him and become his wife :) His other regret was that he didn’t move the LOVE balloon out of the way for the meal. Which just meant that the air con couldn’t be directed onto us on the top table because it would have disrupted the balloons. It was a HOT day and now we think back we should have said “Sod the balloons, we need cold air!” :)

Hire Jessica Reeve as your photographer!!

 

CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE |

Photographer | Jessica Reeve

Venue | Packington Moor

Caterers | Galloping Gourmet

Florist | Johnsons Florist

Wedding Dress and hair accessories | Alison Evans bridal wear

Grooms attire | Brigdens

Hairdresser (for colouring my hair) | Hannah Edwards

Hair stylists | Lisa McGinn and Anthony Talbot

Make up artist | Rebecca Shearer

Wedding cake | Delicious Dishes

Live Band and DJ | Achoosticks via Entertainment Nation *WWW wedding directory members*

Magician | Chris Peskett

 

What a gorgeous day! Thank you so much for sharing your beautifully crafted wedding with us Charlotte and Matt. XO Rachel

 

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Louise Baltruschat Hollis <![CDATA[Eclectic & Quirky DIY Vintage Wedding]]> http://whimsicalwonderlandweddings.com/?p=193872 2017-03-01T14:25:49Z 2017-03-20T07:00:15Z Eclectic Quirky DIY Vintage Wedding https://www.georgimabee.com/

 

This is the wedding that dreams are made of. A gorgeous, eclectic mix of styles, vintage meets light-filled meets quirky meets DIY. And you know what? It totally captures the essence of this fun loving couple and their happy relationship.

WWW readers Catrin and Chris were married on the 22nd October 2016 in a church ceremony followed by a good old fashioned knees up at Barcombe Village Hall in East Sussex. It’s hard to know where to begin with their day, yes it’s that awesome. Let’s start with Catrin’s incredibly beautiful bridal look. She chose to wear a ballerina length gown by Candy Anthony, accessorised with a flower crown, veil and Rachel Simpson heels. She also added the cutest sequin jacket for a touch of sparkle. Let’s not forget Chris who looked very handsome in a sharp navy suit and floral tie.

The blooms were a triumph. Think dark burgundy and blush dahlias for the bouquets and dried hydrangeas for the reception décor. Talking of the décor, the couple spray painted dinosaurs, designed their own stationery and added a backdrop of geometric paper hearts to the top table. Amaze!

Huge thanks goes to WWW fave, Georgi Mabee for sharing these wonderful images with us.

 

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THE PROPOSAL | Over to Chris… Exactly a year before the wedding… Location, a cold hill-side watching a firework display in Lewes (if you’ve never been, it’s more than worth a visit), hipflask of whisky in hand. I knew I was planning to ask Cat (with eight wonderful years already under our belts), and had been waiting for the right moment. Sitting on the hill-side with her, emboldened by whisky, I said I wanted to be with her forever and now here we are.

THE VISION | A real DIY wedding and a really fun party was what we were after! In terms of styling, we wanted an eclectic mix of pretty vintage and clean modern aesthetics, to create something elegant but with a playful slant. More importantly, we wanted to keep ourselves and our guests feeling happy and relaxed by providing great food, drink, music and dancing in abundance.

THE PLANNING PROCESS | Catrin took the helm in the early stages, researching potential venues and suppliers and compiling waayy too many pinterest boards in order to get a clearer picture of the sort of day we were after. We made all the big decisions together, however, and there are some great perks to planning – free food tastings, for instance! We both spent a lot of time on joint projects, such as making all of our own stationery for the day (invitations, orders of service, table plan etc). In the later stages, Chris took over a lot of the organisation, such as purchasing drinks for our DIY bar and generally dealing with the financial side of planning, leaving Cat free to work on the aesthetic side of things such as styling the venue, liaising with suppliers etc – we definitely played to our own strengths and worked as a team.

BUDGET | Something around the £12, 000 mark – not quite what we ended up spending, but setting a budget helped us to think creatively and to pinpoint our priorities.

THE VENUE | Chapel – The Old Chapel Centre – Alfriston (East Sussex).

We chose this space because of the chapel’s very special atmosphere. It’s a beautiful 18th century building with some fascinating period features, including pillars made from 18th century ship masts. It’s quite small, so this helped us create the intimate, cosy atmosphere we were hoping for. Also, unusually for religious venues, they were very happy for us to bring in our own minister to give the service. This was hugely important for us, as we had asked a dear family friend (who usually ministers in South Wales) to perform the ceremony. He married Catrin’s parents 30 years ago, so this was a really special part of the day for us.

Reception – Barcombe Village Hall – Barcombe (East Sussex).

We chose this space because we knew we really wanted a village hall wedding – not too formal and with lots of freedom to create the day that we really wanted without the constraints of a hotel or other regular wedding venue. Also budget-friendly! Barcombe Village Hall was a real find – a stunning modern eco building, with incredible views and great facilities. Even better, we were able to book the services of the hall’s regular wedding facilitator (shout out to Janet – an absolute gem of a woman!) as part of the wedding package, so had the advantage of liaising with someone who was very used to the wedding world and knew how to put all of our ideas into practice. She also acted as chief event co-ordinator of the day, allowing us to relax and enjoy ourselves.

We chose to get married in Sussex as our families are quite widespread across the UK. Catrin is from West Wales and Chris is from Norfolk, so a wedding in either home turf would have resulted in dragging a lot of people a long way across the country! Sussex is where we both moved in together after Catrin finished her studies – our first home together. For this reason, it’s a special place for us and one we wanted to share with all of our guests. We actually selected our venues with the minimum of fuss – the chapel was the only religious venue we considered and the village hall was the second and final reception venue we saw. No need to over-complicate things!

THE DRESS & ACCESSORIES | The dress was purchased at Candy Anthony’s lovely Oxo Tower boutique, during their January sale. My gown was a one-off, previously used as a window display, was a perfect fit and I got it at half price! I’ve always loved old Hollywood films, and this dress really evoked Audrey Hepburn and Grace Kelly-esque elegance for me, without looking too overtly “retro”. The frothy tulle and ballerina length also allowed me to indulge my childhood fantasy of being a ballet dancer, but without all the effort of learning how to dance!!

I loved that the dress’ clean lines allowed me to really build a whole bridal outfit that felt very ‘me’, and I loved gathering all the elements together in the months between buying the dress and getting to wear it. I accessorised with beautiful (and surprisingly comfortable!) nude and metallic shoes by Rachel Simpson, a sequin jacket by Kulayan, purchased on Etsy, a simple two-tier veil purchased online and my absolute favourite item – a gorgeous velvet flower crown by Flo and Percy purchased in another sale at Leonie Clare Bridal in Brighton. I also carried a little white and gold vintage beaded bag, and wore pearl earrings, a simple necklace by SVP Jewellery, and both my own and my mum’s engagement rings.

FINDING THE DRESS | I took my Mum with me on my dress-hunting expeditions, as I knew I needed a second opinion I could really trust. As a classical singer, I end up spending more time than most in long, formal gowns. For this reason, full-length gowns felt a bit ordinary to me, and I found myself unexpectedly drawn to shorter styles – they just made me (and mum!) feel instantly bouncy and excited! Candy Anthony had a great range of shorter yet still special dresses, and finding my beautiful ballet frock in the sale felt rather serendipitous. I snapped it up in January and spent a nail-biting ten months trying to keep it safe and hidden in the spare room! Sadly, Chris glimpsed it at least three times before the big day, but still seemed surprised at how it looked on!

GROOM’S ATTIRE | Over to Chris … TM Lewin suit, shirt, tie and pocket square with Clarks shoes. Cat and I went shopping together for a suit that was sharp but didn’t feel overly formal. I wore the favourite of my extensive cheap watch collection – a little soviet number compete with a rocket. All paired with my Aylesbury duck cufflinks.

THE READINGS & MUSIC | During the ceremony we had two short Bible readings, chosen by Catrin’s great aunt, who is a nun, therefore highly qualified to make those decisions : Matthew 5:1-9 and Song of Songs 8:6-7. We also chose ‘The Present’, a poem by Michael Donaghy, which was beautifully read by Catrin’s singing teacher. Music is hugely important to us both, and we are lucky to count many professional musicians as friends, so we had beautiful organ playing, and during the signing of the register we were serenaded by an all-star choir singing Schubert’s The Lord is My Shepherd and Dream a Little Dream Of Me. Due to huge numbers of Welsh and musician guests, the congregational hymns (Jerusalem and Guide Me, O Thou Great Redeemer) were also enthusiastically sung and joyously loud!!

We also felt that music was a really important part of the reception, and a full dancefloor was a top priority, so we booked The Whiskey Wailers, led by Anna Sin. A seriously brilliant skiffle band, their core repertoire is rock-and-roll and motown, but they also do some fabulous vintage riffs on contemporary songs.

We asked our super-talented friend Izzy Rabey to sing our first dance, accompanied by the band. We went for ‘At Last’ by Etta James. A classic tune, and Izzy smashed it out of the park.

BEAUTIFUL BRIDESMAIDS | I had three bridesmaids; my friends Helen and Fiona and my now sister-in-law, Kass – all absolutely wonderful and fabulous women. I wanted them all to feel comfortable in their outfits so just set a colour scheme and general shape and they wore navy dresses of their own choosing – a mixture of Ebay, BHS and Monsoon purchases, accessorising with navy shrugs and their own shoes.

THE FLOWERS | Rachel Grimes. Wonderful, wonderful woman and so talented! I wanted wild-looking, seasonal flowers that weren’t stereotypically autumnal (i.e orange and red!!), and she understood exactly what I was after, creating a beautiful bridal bouquet of flowers in buff and delicate pink shades with pops of rich dark pink and burgundy and lots of lush foliage. She even bound it using my Welsh grandmother’s bridal headpiece – a wonderful way of having my Mamgu with me on the day. Bridesmaids held a single huge dahlia each, an inspired suggestion from Rachel, and one I loved, as the effect was very striking yet still elegant. The button-holes were also incredible and so unusual, and were loved by all the men! She also created an amazing foliage swag to decorate the chapel, which we then took with us to place on the top table at the hall.

For reception flowers, Rachel provided us with three huge buckets of flowers and foliage which would tie in with the rest of our flowers, and we arranged them ourselves.

THE CAKE | Amazing vanilla and blackcurrant tiered cake from our caterer, Jessica Haggerty at Brighton Bakes, and an equally fabulous gluten-free fruit cake made by Chris’ mum, who is a coeliac and makes fantastic cakes.

Covering all bases – Catrin hates fruitcake!!

YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER | The fabulous Georgi Mabee. Wedding pictures last forever, so we were particularly keen to get this right, and we spent a lot of time researching photographers. Georgi’s creativity and fresh, fun style jumped out at us right away, and after seeing our engagement shots we knew we’d made the perfect choice. Georgi is a true artist; a wonderful photographer who made me and my husband feel totally at ease in front of the camera, and really captured the feel of our wedding day in our pictures. Georgi’s photography is full of joy, light and – most importantly for us when we were selecting a photographer – fun. Looking through our wedding album is almost like being there all over again!

She is also the most lovely person, and a total ninja with a camera – we have no idea how she managed to capture some of the moments she did – she really managed to get everywhere!!

THE DETAILS & DÉCOR | We spent a year collecting vintage vases and Scandinavian tealights, spraying jam jars with metallic paint, and buying lots of hot pink paper pompoms! My mum made amazing foliage hoops to hang from the ceiling, and a stunning backdrop of geometric paper hearts to go behind the top table. Family members with gardens donated lots of extra foliage to the cause, and a huge amount of dried hydrangeas, some of which were made into confetti. Then we added deer and dinosaurs just to mix things up a bit!

THE HONEYMOON | A gloriously relaxing mini-moon in Cumbria after the wedding, with a maxi-moon in the planning…

MEMORABLE MOMENTS | We were absolutely amazed to find that contrary to expectations, the day wasn’t over in a flash at all – we really felt that we had plenty of time to drink it all in and be in the moment. The whole day was one big memorable moment, but if we’re being super-selective….

Feeling like we were the only people in the chapel as we said our vows.

Taking time after the ceremony to wander around Alfriston for our couple shots – such a great opportunity to let it all sink in and enjoy being newly married.

Hearing our amazingly talented friends singing and playing in the ceremony and reception.

Father of the bride’s speech – general destroyer of mascara and a tough act to follow when we got up to do ours! (Oh, also , doing a sort of joint speech was memorable in a nerve-wracking sort of way).

The pudding table. Mmmmmmmmmmmm.

Tearing up the dancefloor with MAXIMUM TWIRLING.

Guests raving about the bargainous drinks at our cost-price bar!

ADVICE FOR OTHER COUPLES | Plan the day in stages, so that you don’t end up having to do everything at the last minute – especially important for a DIY wedding. Also know that friends and family are generally delighted to help and are likely to have a wealth of resources, talents and ideas that can help make your day. We were overwhelmed by how generous everybody was to us – giving voices, artistic flair, flowers, organisational and moral support to us in abundance. It was also a great opportunity to spend more time with people we love. And make sure you have fun with it! We had a great time spraying toy dinosaurs gold, singing up a storm and dancing like maniacs – it is basically a huge party after all!

CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE |

Photographer | Georgi Mabee *WWW wedding directory member*

Dress | Candy Anthony

Bolero | Kulayan

Shoes | Isabelle by Rachel Simpson

Headpiece |  Juliet by Flo & Percy at Leonie Claire

Groom’s Suit, shirt and accessories | T.M Lewin

Groom’s Shoes | Clarks

Make-up | I had a 90 minute lesson at MAC, and did my own make-up on the day.

Hair | Langtons

Florist | Rachel Grimes

Venue | The Old Chapel Centre and Barcombe Village Hall

Décor/styling | Bride, Groom, families and friends.

Caterer | Brighton Bakes

Stationery |  Made by bride, groom and our very arty friend, Keogh Connelly.

Musicians |  Our friends Rosie, Heather, Jenny and Liz in the choir, Andrew Earis on the organ, Izzy Rabey and The Whiskey Wailers via Warble Entertainment *WWW wedding directory members*.

 

Oh so dreamy.

Catrin and Chris, thank you both SO much for sharing your exquisite nuptials with us xo Lou

 

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Louise Baltruschat Hollis <![CDATA[Chic Secret Garden Wedding Ideas]]> http://whimsicalwonderlandweddings.com/?p=195622 2017-03-16T11:45:19Z 2017-03-19T08:00:47Z Chic Secret Garden Wedding Ideas http://marysmithphotography.com/

 

How lovely was the sunshine we were blessed with this week? I hope you got to enjoy it, I just missed it, but really enjoyed flinging open the windows and feeling the warmth from the sun on my skin. So to be honest I’m feeling quite Spring like, what with the bulbs popping up, blossom gradually filling the trees and Mother’s Day and Easter just round the corner. It’s a really pretty and hope-filled time of year, so I love Spring feel wedding ideas like these for all the Spring real weddings upon us.

The ethos behind this editorial shoot was ‘Chic Secret Garden’. The team chose a barn location and filled the space with divine florals, luxe table details and stylish bridal looks, all in a green and purple colour way. I especially adore the large cascading bouquet and spectacular calligraphy backdrop to the gorgeous table-scape. There were dreamy fabrics against candlesticks, fruit and pretty glass-wear for a fresh and timeless look.

Many thanks to Mary Smith Photography for providing these lovely shots. Alexandra Rose Weddings tells us more about the shoot and her organisational role.

 

“My brief to the hand-picked wedding creatives was Chic Secret Garden, with colour palettes of asparagus green, moss green and lavender/purple hues.  I wanted to incorporate textures that you would find in the garden, such as wood carvings, elements of laced detail that you would find on iron garden furniture, rag paper, plenty of foliage, fruits and a butterfly all the way from Indonesia.  The vintage chairs used are purposely miss-matched, again incorporating dark wood, with varied green and blue cushioned fabrics.  I wanted to keep the overall look elegant and intimate and that’s why I chose the ‘Talulah’ and ‘Cora’ gowns, handmade by Ellie Lowe Wedding Dresses of Gloucestershire and a floor length embellished veil by Joyce Jackson.

We changed the look slightly throughout the day, from a Hollywood curl to a tousled, pleated up-do, finished with some bespoke millinery to finish off the look.

Little did we know that during the days leading up to our shoot, storm Doris was heading to the UK and you will see this reflecting slightly in some of the moodier bridal suite shots in addition to our model stood on top of a rock braving the strong winds.”

 

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CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE |

Photography | Mary Smith Photography

Venue | The Barn at Upcote

Artistic Wedding Planner, Stylist & Floral Designer | Alexandra Rose Weddings 

Wedding Gown | Ellie Lowe Wedding Dresses

Crockery | Classic Crockery Event Hire

Calligraphy  | Mango Tree London

Stationery & notebook | Belo Paperie

Boudoir Gown | Cocoa Couture

Millinery | The Bobby Pin

Cake | The Cake Element Bakery

Candlesticks | Vintage Gold China

Shoes & Veil | Rainbow Club

Silk | The Mulberry Moth

Hair & Make Up | Maxine Wilson Make-Up Artist

Furniture | Linda’s Vintage Hire

 

Simply wonderful.

Many thanks to the whole team above for sharing these images here at WWW today xo Lou

 

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Abby Stiefel http://whimsicalwonderlandweddings.com/ <![CDATA[Whimsical Forest Harry Potter Wedding]]> http://whimsicalwonderlandweddings.com/?p=193812 2017-03-08T11:12:49Z 2017-03-18T08:00:16Z Whimsical Forest Harry Potter Wedding http://heatherelizabethphotography.com/

 

Beginning their romance with a shared love of books (and music), Cassidy decided to stage a romantic proposal to his love Danielle in their favourite ‘reading spot’ – where she had read Harry Potter to him years before. It was only natural that they used books and stories as the inspiration for their big day, which they held at Forest House Lodge in California on the 13th of May 2016. Even the date held special significance for them and their families, as it was Danielle’s grandparents’ wedding anniversary and her late grandfather’s birthday. Their wedding was a charming and eclectic mix of vintage décor, multicoloured florals, lush greenery, stunning scenery and outstanding outfits.

The bride carefully chose her attire to match their book-lover, fairytale theme. She wore a crystal hairpiece, an off-the-shoulder lace gown with a gold belt and ballet slippers with long ribbons. Her maids wore green strapless dresses with matching ballet flats. The groom looked great in his dark blue suit, white shirt and patterned bowtie and his groomsmen shone in green shirts, beige pants, suspenders and bowties. Their outfits worked perfectly together and showed up beautifully in the photos, as you will see. At the reception, tables were named after places from their favourite tales and the bride and groom took pride of place in grand vintage chairs at a table adorned with florals, ‘Mr and Mrs’ bunting and a metallic sequinned tablecloth. It’s easy to see that the celebration was simply enchanting.

Heather Elizabeth Photography, thank you very much for sharing these lovely images with us.

 

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THE PROPOSAL | Cass and I met at college, at UC Berkeley back in 2008. On 8/8/14, six years after we met, he took me back for a date night in Berkeley and proposed on campus in our favourite reading spot, where I used to read Harry Potter out loud to him when we were going to school. He had set up twinkle lights in the trees and flameless candles around the spot ahead of time, and it was perfectly romantic!

THE VISION | I wanted to get married in the forest somewhere, I’ve always been drawn to big beautiful trees. We live in San Francisco, so I wanted something very different than a big city wedding since we are surrounded by that in normal life. As I was planning it in my mind, I sort of had a Lord of the Rings elf-princess vision for myself and for the wedding overall. But I also didn’t want it to be too formal, but more rustic with a touch of class.

THE PLANNING PROCESS | We had a very long engagement, almost two years. I’m a big planner, and rather OCD, so I used all of that time to obsess over every last detail. The guest list excel sheet I made was probably the most revised excel sheet in the history of mankind, haha. I also made not only one but three Microsoft Project files to schedule out the big day and the surrounding week/honeymoon to the last detail. I didn’t ask for or need much help with planning, but thank goodness I had helpers on the day of to get set up, it’s impossible to create your own vision by yourself even with the “perfect” plan, that’s for sure!

BUDGET |  $30,000, includes all vendors and rehearsal dinner/lodging for family on the night of the wedding. Does NOT include our attire (my dress & accessories or his tux, etc.). My dress was $2,300, accessories were probably around $500 (belt, headpiece, earrings, shoes). His suit and accessories probably came out to around $1,100.

THE VENUE | Forest House Lodge in Auburn, California. On the very outskirts of the Lake Tahoe National Forest (you pass the sign marking this right before you get to the venue). The reception site is an old renovated Ski Lodge that has been converted entirely to a wedding venue. There is a main floor with the dining room/dance hall and a separate bar room, as well as a reception area with armchairs and a fireplace. There are 27 guest rooms upstairs that were used by our closest guests the night before and after the wedding. The basement floor is giant and contains tons of games (pool, ping pong, craps and black jack tables, a Wii station) mini dancefloor with a disco ball, and the bridal salon where the girls and I got ready the morning of. The game room part can be sectioned off from the bridal salon, so that’s where the boys got ready/played around the morning of the wedding. There is also a patio on this level, where we had the rehearsal dinner outside, as well as Happy Hour on the wedding day. Strung with lights, it was beautiful!

THE DRESS & ACCESSORIES | Sarah Seven is the dress designer. So awesome. You pick the style you like at the salon and then they make it in-house for you based on your measurements. I customised mine by adding little drapey lace sleeves that I could tuck in for the dancing portion of the night. I believe the name of my dress was Cascade, link at the bottom in the credits section. It was chiffon and lace with a built-in corset to keep the ladies in, and it was soooo comfortable. I didn’t need a bra or anything with it. I had fittings in-house at the salon with their seamstress, and it was super awesome every time. Highly recommended.

I went wild on accessories since one of my colours was gold, so I wanted a lot of gold sparkly forest/nature-themed stuff on me. My favourite was my headpiece that really gave me the elven princess look I was going for. Twigs & Honey made it, and I was super in love with its golden leaves and jewels. With my dress, I also needed a belt, and I opted for an Etsy designer on this one. This was also super beautiful with an off-centre flower piece and I was really happy with my choice. Link in credits. The earrings were BHLDN, and so was my exceptionally cheap garter (funny story about that to follow later).

The shoes were special since I had my heart set on one designer in particular: ballet flats from the European designer Repetto. Unfortunately, they were sold in very limited quantities and colours in the States at the time so I ended up buying a used pair from The RealReal actually, and was so happy I did since they were already broken in and comfortable! They were my “something old”. I wanted these because I used to do ballet for many years, and wanted to have shoes in the style of a ballerina that laced up my ankles on my wedding day. The shoes didn’t come with ribbons so I added those separately to create ‘that look’ with body tape. One of my favourite photos of Heather’s many amazing photos is my maid of honor helping me lace up my shoe ribbons.

FINDING THE DRESS | I went EVERYWHERE. Haha. Seriously though. I tried dresses on first in San Diego with one of my bridesmaids who lives down there, and then I took a trip with my other three bridesmaids to Seattle so that we could go to a BHLDN shop. At the time, there were no BHLDN shops in the Bay Area at all (now there are two!) so we made a girls’ weekend out of it and had a blast. I thought I was going to find my dress at BHDLN (all of their dresses are very much my style too) and I did find one that made me look like a ballerina that I loved and even bought, but ended up returning (because you can with BHLDN!) because I didn’t feel it was unique enough in the end. After Seattle, I went to most of the shops I could find in San Francisco, having multiple shopping days with multiple shops and different groups of friends and family on each day. Finally on the third such shopping day in San Francisco, I went to Sarah Seven and found the one! I bought it that day that I first tried it on, and it wasn’t even one I picked out but one the bridal shop assistant picked out as an ‘off the wall just try it’ type of dress. Love at first sight!

GROOM’S ATTIRE | Hugo Boss suit (not tux). Dark blue but not as dark as navy, it had a sort of sheen and changed to different colours in different lights. He LOVED it, and wouldn’t let me help pick it out at all (much to my dismay, haha). He went shopping with his Dads (one of whom is a fashion designer) and they helped him pick it out. Luckily, he let me help with the accessories, so we mutually picked out a bow tie from the Tie Bar (unfortunately I can’t find it on their site anymore) that somehow had both of our wedding colors (sage green and gold) with a unique lily/vine pattern on a dark blue background. The shoes were Cole Haan; I insisted on brown since we were getting married in the woods. They were two-tone and again I can’t find the link on Cole Haan’s website anymore. His cufflinks were his grandfather’s and very special to him.

THE READINGS & MUSIC | Music is VERY important to us, we actually first got interested in each other because we mutually loved the same very obscure band that most people have never heard of, Porcupine Tree. Crazily enough, our amazing photographer Heather knows Porcupine Tree too! So cool! Obviously, we used a Porcupine Tree song as our first dance: “Lazarus”. We have attended many music festivals and countless concerts in our years together, so anyways yes music is really important to us. As such, we asked my cousin to play our processional piece live on my keyboard that I brought into the woods (haha) as we all walked down the aisle. It was George Winston’s “Longing/Love”, which is a piano piece that is special to my parents and I. Our amazing DJ Joe Kalamaras (link in credits) got the keyboard hooked up no problem and it was just beautiful walking down the aisle in the woods to an amazing view of the snow-covered Tahoe mountains to live piano. Our DJ played a song special to us for the recessional (so my cousin could enjoy the ceremony) and also did a fantastic job during the wedding as both MC and DJ. One of the most important moments of the night for me is that we got married on my Grandmother’s anniversary to my grandfather (who passed away a decade ago, and it was also his birthday too) and we asked Joe to play Fleetwood Mac’s “The Chain” as a dedication to them. My grandmother cried and it was beautiful!

OK on the readings. We didn’t have readings, but Cass’ dad Rick was our officiant and came up with the speech and service almost entirely by himself. He copied and pasted the words into a Harry Potter book, so that when he was reading at the ‘alter’ he looked like he was reading from Harry Potter! It was wonderful. Although to be honest, I can’t remember much. Cass and I mutually wrote most of our vows and read them aloud to each other.

BEAUTIFUL BRIDESMAIDS | Guess where we got the dresses? BHLDN of course! Haha. They were sage green, strapless, tea length, flowy and lovely. We bought ribbons for their belts from Joann’s fabrics. They had gold leaf hairpins to sort of match my headpiece on a smaller scale, they were super cheap from Urban Outfitters. My Maid of Honor is wearing a BHLDN lace coverup that I thought looked perfect too.

I carried on the ballet shoe ribbon theme with my bridesmaids who had shorter dresses so you could see the ankle ribbons and the ballet flats. Their shoe ribbons matched their waist ribbons. We have a picture that I insisted on taking (sorry Heather! Haha!) where we are doing First, Second, Third, Fourth and Fifth ballet positions with our feet. They all thought I was crazy, but I LOVE that picture. It’s currently my desktop background :P

THE FLOWERS | Farmgirl Flowers. They’re a local San Francisco company that were unwilling to take any guidelines, they say they work with whatever is freshest to make their bouquets and that every day is unique. They aren’t your standard wedding flower company, and as such my centrepieces were much cheaper, I really like them in their cute little brown bottles. I picked them because I love their arrangements in local places in San Francisco, and I’ve loved the bouquets I’ve received from them in the past. Unfortunately, I didn’t love my bridal bouquet, I specifically asked for a ‘wild’ look and they gave me your standard round bud bouquet. I loved my bridesmaids’ bouquets though, that was much more of the look I was going for. We actually forgot the flowers for most of our formal couple portraits, so it ended up being okay haha.

THE CAKE | Made by the venue, it was quite tasty and we asked them to make it look like logs. It was cute with our initials carved on the top imitating tree carvings. The cake toppers I simply love, woodland creatures (a bride bunny and a groom fox) again from BHLDN, of course.

YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER | Heather Elizabeth, so amazing! We loved Heather’s photos and her shooting style right away. She was SO easy to get along with, funny, and put us right at ease. Her pictures are simply stunning. We loved our engagement photos SOOOO much she wandered all around Berkeley campus with us reliving our reading Harry Potter together there and revisiting the proposal spot. She took absolutely incredible wedding photos too, we love her so much! We even found out she photographed one of my husband’s favourite band’s album covers (Opeth) which was just WAY too cool! We were so lucky with Heather.

THE DETAILS & DÉCOR | Based on our venue, I went for a sort of rustic woodsy fairy-tale theme with a touch of class and a healthy serving of book-lover decor. The main centrepieces were spray painted gold branches, flowers in brown bottles and books (sci-fi and fantasy themed, and of course Harry Potter!) and the table names were all places in our favourite books (i.e. Hogwarts, Rivendell, etc). One of my favourite little details were spray painted gold acorns, that looked like they had ‘fallen’ from the spray painted gold branches (or at least that’s what I was going for haha). I also really love twinkly lights for their fairytale ambiance, so made firefly jars with them for the tables and also had my family and helpers spend hours putting twinkly lights all over the reception room and venue. Thank god for them, I never would have gotten those all up myself. Also fortunately, our venue had just put up curtains behind the sweetheart table covered in lights, which added a really nice look in the pictures, and the gold sequined tablecloth the venue provided for the sweetheart table was adorable!

For the buffet line order, we had people do a scrabble tile unscramble, with the scrabble tiles being part of the favors (mini mason jar shot glasses). The table that unscrambled their word first (the answers were all related to whatever book their table was named after) got to be first in line for food, and whoever got theirs next came after, etc. It ended up being super fun because people got the answers way faster then we expected and were all running up to the DJ to try to give him their answer. It was chaos, but excited and funny chaos!

THE HONEYMOON | We did a mini Europe tour, starting in Budapest, spending a few nights in Vienna, then to Santorini and ending in the south of France, in Provence. It was so amazing, wish we could go back!

MEMORABLE MOMENTS | Funny garter story as previously promised: so my garter stays on through all the portraits prior to the wedding, and then as soon as my dad begins walking down me down the aisle during the actual ceremony, it takes its chance to escape my leg! It literally slides off my thigh and I have to hitch it up without anyone seeing somehow when everyone is watching me, which is of course not possible. It made for some really giggle-worthy moments between me and my dad and luckily someone caught it on video. So funny! Definitely helped calm the nerves.

As previously mentioned, my Grandmother’s shout out song Fleetwood Mac’s “The Chain” went over amazingly and was touching for my family, and the table unscramble game to get in line for dinner was awesome! I think people had a lot of fun with it and Heather caught me and Cass cracking up over watching them scramble over each other to get to our DJ. Our first dance was also awesome, as mentioned we danced to our favourite band Porcupine Tree’s “Lazarus” and we had gone to a dance instructor for lessons so we had a completely choreographed routine. Heather caught some of the best moments of Cass swirling me around!

Final favourite memory was entirely due to our super awesome DJ: he orchestrated that during the last song of the night, all the guests still dancing formed a circle around us (more like a big bear hug) and we all just sang and danced/swayed to the last song together. It was so awesome! What a memory.

ADVICE FOR OTHER COUPLES | Take a couple of pictures after the ceremony! We didn’t, against Heather’s recommendation, and I regret it. I wanted to go enjoy my party and my Happy Hour, which I was really excited for because I had created my own cocktail for happy hour but in the end, I wish we had more pictures of us with the afterglow after the ceremony. The few pictures Heather did get before we ran off were AMAZING! So we really wish we had taken the time for more.

One great thing our venue did for us was save us cake for the next morning to enjoy when we woke up. They left us a bottle of champagne and some cake slices with all the flavours of cake we had, and it was such a fun and romantic breakfast! I highly recommend having a bridesmaid or groomsmen make that happen for you on your morning after the big day.

 

CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE |

Photographer | Heather Elizabeth Photography

Venue | Forest House Lodge

Dress | Sarah Seven (Cascade)

Headpiece | Twigs & Honey

Belt | ABitofLoveWedding on Etsy

Bridesmaids Dresses | BHLDN Cordelia

DJ | Joe Kalamaras, SJ’s Disc Jockey

Flowers | Farmgirl Flowers

Cake Topper | BHLDN Woodland Creatures

 

Thank you, Danielle and Cassidy, for letting us share in your happiness. I have loved reading about and seeing your special fairytale in these amazing pictures. Congratulations to you both. Abby xx

 

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Saying thank you is always a lovely thing to do, and I am sure you will find the perfect idea for your own mum. Thoughtful gifts are always the best and there are so many awesome ideas on Etsy, but here are my very fave picks.

 

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Sentimental jewellery for everyday or special occasions is always a lovely idea, especially when personalised. Or a slouchy cool sweat top for lounging or activities will go down a storm.

 

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