Whimsical Wonderland Weddings UK Wedding Blog 2017-10-20T13:00:00Z http://whimsicalwonderlandweddings.com/feed/atom WordPress Louise Baltruschat Hollis <![CDATA[The Bride Diaries. Tor’s Engagement Shoot]]> http://whimsicalwonderlandweddings.com/?p=214567 2017-10-17T11:04:32Z 2017-10-20T13:00:00Z Well….this week has been rather eventful! We were lucky enough to receive our engagement photos from the proper awesome Harry Michael Photography. The shots truly are brilliant and I can honestly say that I have never met anyone with as much enthusiasm for their work, than Harry! His army style, commando rolls in the fields, as he tried to get the best shot were rather spectacular!

It was definitely worth the 4am wake-up call! In order to catch the best light and ensure we had empty streets we had a sunrise shoot, around Marlow. It’s a place that we just love and our reception venue is just across the river. Harry was awesome and we felt so comfortable as we took the shots. He said we were naturals; but I bet his says that to all the couples he shoots!

We love our photos and it was such a good practice for the real thing!
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In addition to this excitement, we also attended our separate stag and hen parties. I know for certain that I had one of the best weekends of my life! Chris went to Brighton his university town and came home with 20 plus bruises after paintballing! I meanwhile, went to Bath and stayed in the most gorgeous house (Bodhi House) with my nearest and dearest. We had a popstar themed party on the Friday, followed by a Shakira dance class and then dinner and dancing at ‘Opa’, a Greek restaurant in the centre of the city. It was amazing! It’s always difficult to bring together people from different parts of your life, but I have to say that my lovely Mum did an amazing job. Its helps that she’s basically a more fun and organised version of me, so it went without a hitch!

We now have less than a moth until the big day and all of the final preparations are in full swing! We cannot wait!

Tor xxx

 

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Louise Baltruschat Hollis <![CDATA[Stylish Festival Feel Tipi Wedding]]> http://whimsicalwonderlandweddings.com/?p=213175 2017-10-03T14:13:11Z 2017-10-20T06:00:37Z Stylish Festival Tipi Wedding http://sashaweddings.co.uk/

Today, let me start with the dress. When it comes to wedding planning, the outfits are one of the key elements of searching and planning for. Am I right or am I right? Sometimes it takes one dress or suit and you’ve found the one. But sometimes it can take a little longer. Bride Meaghan tried on around eighty frocks until she found hers. In the end she took her groom Kristian along for the shopping trip and they both loved the lacy number she plumped for. I adore that they went shopping together and bucked tradition, it’s all about those little moments isn’t it after all? Lee Petra Grebenau‘s Liv was the one and didn’t it look stunning on her?

WWW readers Meaghan and Kristian tied the knot on the 5th July 2017 at Knighton House in Dorset. They actually changed their original wedding plans when they came across the venue, that’s how perfect it was. Being a school means that it’s only a venue in the holidays and I think that makes it all the more special. The gardens and grounds were perfect for their festival feel celebration complete with tipis and smoke bomb portraits with Sasha Weddings.

Fun, frolics, laughter and dancing, this wedding has it all.

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THE PROPOSAL | Kristian and I were travelling in Sapa Vietnam when he proposed to me. We were staying in a hill tribe village in the mountains the night before he proposed and somehow he managed to sneak off and telephone my dad, mum, twin sister and my older sister for permission to marry me. Were a very close family and he didn’t want to leave anyone out!
The proposal was the day after in an empty restaurant with a beautiful view of the mountains. It felt really special having the moment just the two of us away from home.

THE VISION | We both really wanted a laid-back day without any formalities. We wanted all our guests to feel like the day was about all of us celebrating together and to achieve this we wanted to be really involved in seeing everyone and sharing the moment on the day. It was important to me that I was relaxed on the day and didn’t spend my time running around stressing about anything that wasn’t perfect. So I totally let go of the worry the night before, had some drinks on the day and enjoyed every minute.

To help us achieve our vision and stick to what we wanted we ruled out having a top table pretty early on and positioned ourselves in the middle of the room. We created a quiz for each table based on their table name and included questions that related to our special memory of that place to make it more interactive, and gave a prize/ round of shots for the winning table! We also celebrated Kristian’s brother Mark’s birthday on the day and got everyone involved in singing him happy birthday.

I didn’t have a set idea on what I wanted the day to visually look like straight away but this developed as we went along. I chose things that I loved the look of without stressing too much about everything having to tie in and match.

THE PLANNING PROCESS | We first started planning our wedding when we got back from a travelling trip and we decided we wanted a really low key laid back wedding, we were starting to plan a registry office wedding with a reception at a Thai restaurant and party in a bar after.

However! these plans changed quickly when my parents moved to the village of Durweston in Blandford (Dorset) and they came across Knighton House school.

I am painfully indecisive at times so the decision making didn’t come easy! But when we walked around Knighton House for the first time it felt right. It is a very calm place and I could see myself dancing around the garden without my shoes on the evening of my wedding day so I was sold!

THE VENUE | Knighton House School in Durweston, Dorset. The venue is a beautiful Georgian house that is a boarding school during term time but you can hire it out for weddings and events during the holidays. It is surrounded by gorgeous gardens and Dorset countryside with a lovely long tree-lined driveway that leads you up to the house.

There are several areas that are registered for you to marry around the property and they are really accommodating to your requests.

We loved the period features and unpretentiousness of the venue. It is very versatile and gave us the option of creating the wedding we wanted. We could pick the caterer, supply our own alcohol and choose whichever band we wanted, which gave us the freedom to make choices personal to us.

They also have an amazing wedding planner called Lucy Hinks who was incredibly helpful during the planning stages and on the day.

THE DRESS & ACCESSORIES | Lee Petra Grebenau – Liv Dress. From Morgan Davies Bridal in Islington. I am actually selling my dress.

Earrings –  Scintillare CZ Drop earrings from Liberty in Love.

Shoes – Jenny Packham.

FINDING THE DRESS | My indecisiveness came into its own when hunting for a dress! I tried on… a lot. Maybe 80… ish. I wanted to find something unique that I hadn’t seen before but I was struggling to fall in love with any. I had recently moved to Leeds and all of my family and friends live in Dorset so I was often trying on dresses alone. I told Kristian how I was feeling and he took me to London for the day and we shopped for the dress together. We both fell in love with the dress I picked straight away and I loved sharing that experience with him. He got shouted at by a few people for being there! But it felt right for us.

GROOM’S ATTIRE | Kristian had his suit made by Michelsberg Tailors in Leeds. We hand picked the colour of the suit, the lining, pearl buttons and 70’s lapels! We took inspiration from Tom Ford style suits.

THE READINGS & MUSIC | We wanted music playing for the duration of the day so we handpicked songs that meant something to us and would also create the perfect backdrop initially and get people dancing between the band sets.
This was a long process but was definitely worth it as it also gave us the opportunity to include songs that we have shared memories of with friends and family.

We love dance music so we picked a band that did live dance covers and they made the day for us. They had loads of energy and everyone was raving by the end of the night!

Some of our favourite songs that they covered were; Everything But The Girl – Missing, Robert Miles – Children and Darude – Sandstorm. But our highlight was when they covered Insomnia by Faithless.

Readings were by my brother in law Ben, my great Uncle Chris and my best friend Lucy. Ben read the Wear Sunscreen speech by Mary Schmich, Lucy read words she had written herself and Chris read an Apache wedding blessing.

BEAUTIFUL BRIDESMAIDS | I had my twin sister and my older sister as my bridesmaids, which I loved because we are all so supportive of each other. We like the same things, which helped but also they were the most low maintenance laid back bridesmaids I could have asked for!

Their dresses are from Ghost, I managed to find them in the sale for half price from the Ghost store and Debenhams. They were the last two I could get hold of and happened to be in the correct sizes. I saw that as a sign that they were the ones to go for!
I knew I wanted something classic and elegant for the bridesmaids and added the flower head crowns (made by the florist) to add a bohemian twist.

THE FLOWERS | I got the flowers from Bright Blooms in Shaftesbury. We had eucalyptus cinera, white peonies, blue cornflowers, memory rose, white eustoma, and blue delphiniums.

THE CAKE | We didn’t actually have an official cake, we did get some big cakes from Pamphill Farm Shop near Wimborne for the evening, which were delicious if that counts!

YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER | Sasha Weddings. I am not keen on having my photo taken and knew it would make me feel uncomfortable to have to pose for photos on the day. I find natural shots of people more interesting and think they tell a better story of the day to look back on. Sasha listened to what we wanted and I love the photos she has created for us.
I had seen colour bomb photos in a bridal magazine and thought they looked amazing. So, we bought some smoke bombs online and experimented with them on the day! We had loads of fun and were both really happy with the result.

THE DETAILS & DÉCOR | My colour palette was eucalyptus green, copper, blush/ nude and white.
Table decorations: copper lanterns with fine copper wire fairly lights inside and gypsophila (my mum came up with this combination and it looked really beautiful and unique on the day). We wrapped eucalyptus around the lanterns to add width/ colour and depth to the table and had copper wine coolers to tie in with the wire lights. We completed the tables with table names with map backgrounds (found on notonthehightstreet) and favours, which were personalised packets of forget me not seeds.

We had a wall of fairly lights in the main room.

Giant balloons in ivory and blush.

Instead of a guest book we asked all of our guests to fill out a bucket list with activities/ adventures for us to complete, we’ve made some head way on this already!

We decorated a tree in the gardens with photos that we had printed online via photobox (polaroid style), and had a chalk board drawn that said “our family tree”.

We hired a tipi with a festoon walkway, which we used for an aisle, and opted for the fire pit inside it to toast big American marshmallows. We also had a chalk board sign made to sit next to the fire pit saying “let’s get toasted!”

Wooden benches for extra seating in the garden with Hendricks gin bottles as decoration in the centre filled with flowers.

A blush pink hand painted M & K sign.

We dressed the fireplaces with eucalyptus cinera, green ruscus and eucalyptus parvifolia.

The table plan was a canvas of a blush colour abstract map that we pinned luggage tags to. Each table was a place that Kristian and I share our favourite memories in.

Oil lit lanterns lining the driveway.

Festival flags opposite the tipi.

THE HONEYMOON | We went to Vegas for four nights and we let our hair down! After months of stress we loved having fun together. We stayed at the Bellagio and went to pool parties, nightclubbing, casinos and went to a show call Absinthe, which was amazing.

We then travelled to a wellness retreat in Maui and on to Oahu in Hawaii. The night before Kristian proposed to me in Vietnam we met an American couple who we clicked with straight away, they happened to be on their honeymoon at the time and we said we would share ours with them too. We all stuck to our promise and met them for part of our trip in Hawaii!

MEMORABLE MOMENTS | The speeches. Kristian’s best man Jason was nervous before his speech but was brilliant. Kristian and my dad are great at public speaking and they also nailed it. They were heartfelt, not too long and made everyone laugh.
Kristian’s most memorable moment was me reading my handwritten vows to him and saying I do way too early by mistake!
Seeing family and friends that we hadn’t seen for a long time.

ADVICE FOR OTHER COUPLES | Enjoy it. Get access to your venue as early as you can before the day to set up, it will take you longer than you think. It can be overwhelming in the run up to the wedding, support each other and take a moment on the day to look on at something you have created together with pride.

CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE |

Photography | Sasha Weddings

Band | Tritts and the Numbers

Catering company | Sorrels

Flowers | Bright Blooms

Venue | Knighton House

Tipi | Coastal Tents

Bar | Southern Mobile Bar Hire

Dress | Morgan Davies Bridal

Festival Flags | Event Flag Hire

 

Just divine.

Thanks so much to Meaghan and Kristian and their photographer Sasha for sharing their beautiful wedding and imagery here at Whimsical Wonderland Weddings xo Lou

 

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Rachel Harrison <![CDATA[Why We Love Smoke Bomb Wedding Photographs]]> http://whimsicalwonderlandweddings.com/?p=213399 2017-10-06T11:03:20Z 2017-10-19T13:00:34Z Smoke Bomb Wedding Portraits Images Photographs http://www.kerrydiamondphotography.com/

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This year has seen some awesome trends, but one we can’t get enough of is smoke bombs in photographs. Available in lots of different shades, they’re a great way to add atmosphere to your portraits and get some brilliantly colourful images.

 

Safety First

 

Talk to your photographer about sourcing the smoke bombs and make sure you think about safety – they’re only suitable for outdoors and, depending on the type you use, you may need to wear gloves to protect your hands from the heat. The smoke can irritate your eyes and throat so be careful where you’re holding them. If it’s a really windy day, it might not be possible to use a smoke bomb and if it’s a hot dry day, it’s particularly important to make sure you pour water over it afterwards

Once lit, the smoke bomb only lasts 45-90 seconds so your photographer will need to set up the shot and you will need to be ready! If you’re planning a group shot, this may take a little bit of coordination.

On to the fun part, here’s a round up of our favourite smoke bomb portraits from 2017.

 

Hold Billowing Colour

 

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Image Cassandra Lane via Quirky Colourful Pastel Country Fair Wedding 

 

Go big, go bold and go wild with colour like these couples. Holding the smoke bomb aloft creates a powerful statement and is also a lot of fun! Whether you do it during your couple’s portraits or get other guests involved, it’s sure to be a great experience and leave you with some fantastic images. Just make sure you hold it as near to the base as possible to avoid burning your hand and hold well away from that beautiful white dress, the colour in the smoke bomb can stain!

Whether you match the colour to your theme or contrast with all the colours of the rainbow, there is a wide variety of shades to choose from.

 

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White Haze

 

For an even more ethereal effect, white smoke bombs are just perfect. From a smoky haze to just the suggestion of a faint mist, you can create such an atmospheric portrait.

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Just brilliant! We can’t wait to see more smoke bomb portraits coming our way! Rachel x

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Louise Baltruschat Hollis <![CDATA[Twinkling Rustic DIY Barn Wedding]]> http://whimsicalwonderlandweddings.com/?p=213110 2017-10-20T08:56:14Z 2017-10-19T06:00:26Z Twinkling Rustic DIY Barn Wedding https://www.harperscottphoto.com/

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WWW readers Christine and John were hitched on Saturday 5th August 2017 at The Cow Shed in Scotland. It’s evident from the divine photographs by Harper Scott Photo just how much these two love one another. Take the ceremony for instance, they said I do against a gorgeous hanging greenery backdrop; with laughter, tears and all the emotions in-between.

They then headed to the stone barn with a ceiling draped in fabric, for the party. Trays of food were brought to tables by guests, a live band ensured the dance floor was full and crafty touches were scattered throughout. Such fun! I haven’t even mentioned yet just how stylish the bride and groom looked together with their wedding party, so stunning.

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THE PROPOSAL  | We were on our way up from Newcastle, where we live, to Edinburgh on Easter weekend 2016, as we were flying from Edinburgh airport the next day to go on a family skiing holiday. Both John and I are fairly keen runners, and I was keen to stop on our way up and do a run in the country somewhere. John suggested we stop at Kielder Forrest and find a trail somewhere, which I thought would be great.

We were about a minute into our run when John stopped in front of me and got down on one knee! We were in the middle of the Forrest with a stream flowing below us. John said some beautiful words which I can’t quite remember now because it’s all a blur!

After I said yes, and got over the shock a little, we decided to keep going on the trail for a little bit (but just walking – couldn’t quite manage to concentrate on a run after that!), and just around the corner was a beautiful waterfall, John was gutted he hadn’t waited and proposed there, so he did it all again…! He said afterwards that he wasn’t sure where he was going to propose, and thought about waiting until we got up the Alps somewhere whilst skiing, but he couldn’t risk having airport security finding the ring and it all being ruined, so did it beforehand. He’s always been worried it wasn’t in the ‘right’ place, but I absolutely loved how and where he did it.

THE VISION | We knew from the beginning that we would love to have the wedding in Scotland, as it’s where we met (Glasgow University), and where John’s family live now (St Andrews), and I’ve always loved Scotland so much. We decided to try and find a venue as close to St Andrews as possible, as at the time John’s gran was elderly and quite frail, and wouldn’t have been able to travel very far. After a few internet searches we came across The Cow Shed, which was being developed and didn’t actually have their first wedding until about six months after we booked it.

I always loved the idea of a barn wedding, with loads of fairy lights and rustic features everywhere, something a bit different to a stately home feel, which neither of us wanted. The Cow Shed hit the nail on the head, and we decided to book it pretty fast, after only seeing one other venue. The fact it was so new was a slight worry, but we really loved the idea that by the time our wedding came around, not too many people would have been there. It was also a DIY venue, so we could bring in whichever suppliers we wanted, and do everything exactly as we had in our heads.

The Cow Shed were brilliant for this, they just let us get on with it, but were always on hand to help make suggestions if we needed and had great links with suppliers.
The rustic barn theme ran through everything we did from there on, but perhaps more sub-consciously than anything else! Although there was a lot of planning and Pinterest pinning involved on my part, by the end of everything, it seemed a little as if we fluked everything and it all came together so much better than we had hoped!

THE PLANNING PROCESS  | I felt like the planning process was fairly relaxed, as we had about fifteen months to get everything together once we’d booked the venue. We managed to do little bits at a time, which meant nothing was terribly overwhelming. We tried to get the ‘big’ things booked up early, as you just don’t realise how fast caterers, bands, florists, photographers etc get booked up! Then we did all the smaller things, like prop hire, table plan etc just as and when we had time.

I was constantly looking on Pinterest for inspiration and always had a vague idea of things in my head, though John did start to panic a little a few months out, as I don’t think he realised quite what my vision was and that I had it all planned in my head!

The caterers (Wild Rover Food) were one aspect which we did book fairly early on, we found them as a recommended supplier via The Cow Shed website (this whole list was a god send to us, saved Google searching a lot!), and immediately loved the look of them via their Facebook page. We then contacted them and got such a good vibe from them via their great correspondence and example menus they sent through. One thing that attracted us to them was the fact that most all produce was locally sourced, and food was cooked fresh on site on the day and the day before. They also served food ‘family-style’, rather than individual plates, and one person from each table had to be ‘waiter’, bringing the tray of food to the table for everyone, we loved the element of theatre and interactivity! Their menus were something that we could discuss with them, and not fixed at all. We only met up with them face to face once, and didn’t even try a sample menu beforehand! But this was one of the outstanding features of the day, and everyone commented on how amazing the food was.

It was all the little details which were so much fun to bring together. I started collecting jars and heart decorations and various pieces quite early on, and loaned as much like that as I could from family and friends. We then sourced other things from a new props company called The Little White Cow (again, suggested by The Cow Shed), and the florist supplied various other things, like the wooden blocks that made up the centrepieces.

To be honest, all of the little jars and hanging hearts, I only vaguely knew what I was going to do with, it all came together on the day amazingly well! The same could be said of our whole layout of the venue. Although I had even tried to sketch out a scale diagram of the room, and where the tables would go / band / dance floor etc, it still was a bit of a mystery as to how it would all turn out on the day! We did have a few conversations with the Cow Shed to make sure everything would fit, and took on suggestions from them as to layout, and constantly examined photos from the previous weddings they had on Facebook, as they came up, to see what other couples had done…but you just never know! We couldn’t get up to visit often (and only saw the venue twice in person before our day came), so just had to cross our fingers – but it all came together amazingly.

BUDGET | Haven’t fully counted it up, but around £15,000 in total.

THE VENUE | The Cow Shed, Crail.

THE DRESS & ACCESSORIES | Dress: Viva Bride, Wed2B Gateshead
Shoes: Dune
Hair piece: Etsy, handmade by ‘PreciousPetalsCrafts’
Necklace: Estella Bartlett

FINDING THE DRESS | This was probably the most stressful of the whole process. I went to a few dress shops about ten months before the wedding to try some things on, and looked at numerous websites and Pinterest photos, I can’t even count! But I was determined not to spend a lot on a dress, at the time I thought more than about £800 to spend on a dress you were going to wear for one day was extortionate. I had my heart set on a dress I’d found online, but when I rang the shop that carried it, they told me it was about £2500, so I couldn’t even bring myself to try it on!

I therefore went to a shop called Wed2B, which carries dresses that you just take home on the day, which makes it all a lot cheaper. They didn’t have perhaps as many styles as other shops, but they did keep getting new things in every few weeks. When I tried my dress on, I absolutely loved it and was definitely swayed by the price (£500)! I had to make a snap decision, as they couldn’t hold the dress in my size, and they weren’t returnable, so I just went for it.

Afterwards, I really struggled with that decision. I kept looking at other dresses online, which made me think I hadn’t found THE dress… just a nice dress. But I was definitely worried about price, so I didn’t end up doing anything about it.

I did love the dress on the day… but if I’m being completely honest, it wasn’t my absolute dream dress. It’s probably the only thing I’d change if I was really pushed. It had the full skirt I was after, and the train (which was a must!), but I ideally wanted something a bit more ‘boho’ and flowy…though whether that dress actually exists, I have no idea! I guess that’s the reality and practicality of budgeting coming into play.

GROOM’S ATTIRE | Own kilt.

THE READINGS & MUSIC  | The Promise by Eileen Rafter
He’s Not Perfect by Bob Marley
Extract from Captain Corelli’s Mandolin by Louis de Berniers

BEAUTIFUL BRIDESMAIDS  | Gillian, Emily and Laura.

THE FLOWERS  | The Country Garden Company

THE CAKE  | Homemade by my big sister, Gillian, she put hours of work into it, and it was delicious!

YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER | Harper Scott Photo

THE DETAILS & DÉCOR  | We used The Little White Cow for different props such as the Chesterfield Sofa (for my granny mostly, you cannae put your granny on a hay bale after all!), the hay bales, ladder, LOVE letters and chalkboards. They also hung our colourful lanterns from the barnquee ceiling, as we had to have someone professional do that. They did an amazing job!

Our florist was amazing. I literally just gave her a budget I wanted to stick to and an idea of what I wanted, and she did the rest! I absolutely loved our foliage hanging as a backdrop to the ceremony. We were going to do foliage actually stuck to the wall, but the florist had been to the Cow Shed a few weeks beforehand and tried that for a photoshoot, and didn’t work terribly well as it didn’t stick as well as it should have. So she came up with the hanging foliage instead, which looked spectacular. This doubled into the backdrop of our photobooth we had in the evening.

A lot of credit has to go to our friends and family who helped put everything together on the day before. I have a few friends with such a good eye for décor and utilised them fully! My friend Sarah was the one who thought of using sprigs of hay to lay on the plates, so she plucked it from the fields at the Cow Shed, and it just became a last minute detail! It really brought everything together.

I knew I wanted the tables to be quite rustic, but simple, so just chose glass jars with a small bouquet of flowers, which the florist put together, and some jars and tea lights on the wooden blocks. As well as the look, I actually needed it to be simple for the practical reason that we were having trays and big plates of food served, so needed the middle of the tables to have room to set this.

The lighting was a huge thing for me. I thought it would really bring everything together and create a lovely atmosphere, so brought in a lighting company to hang fairy lights from the barnquee ceiling and festoon lights outside in the courtyard. We were slightly worried this was going to be a waste during the daylight, and not be able to see them, but you absolutely could, and because our day was overcast during a lot of it, they worked even better. Our photographer, Carole-Ann, fully utilised them in her photos, which I loved!

THE HONEYMOON  | This was John’s big moment, we decided early on that it would be really fun if he booked it all as a surprise for me. I was absolutely up for this, as meant one less job for me, and I love surprises and I absolutely trusted John as he has always managed to find brilliant hotels and little spots to go to.

In the end, I found out at Edinburgh airport, just before we checked in, that we were going to Miami, the Florida Keys and St Lucia! Absolutely perfect, we had a bit of sightseeing time, but also relaxing time by the pool and at the beach where we could just chill out. I always wanted to go to the Caribbean and John absolutely fulfilled that dream! He completely threw me off the scent quite a few times in the lead up, but absolutely pulled it off.

MEMORABLE MOMENTS | The whole day was amazing, it’s really hard to pick out just a few moments. But so was the lead up and afterwards. I really wanted it to feel like a weekend wedding, rather than just a day, so having friends and family get together even on the Thursday before, then do help decorate on the Friday, wedding on Saturday, and another get together buffet lunch at John’s parent’s house on the Sunday made it such a memorable occasion. Stopped us feeling too deflated after the wedding as well, as we just carried the party on!

The walk down the aisle was so special, as my brother played guitar to one of our favourite songs by Mumford & Sons. It actually started bucketing it down just as I arrived, but made for a really atmospheric ceremony as the rain hit the barn roof and big glass windows. We got married by a local registrar, and she did such an amazing job (again, something which wasn’t particularly planned by us!) she hit just the right note of serious and funny, we’re not hugely sentimental people, so the fact that we were laughing quite a bit was perfect.

The food was also such a memorable part of the day, there were so many compliments from everyone and if my dress wasn’t so tight I would have kept eating a lot more!

We also couldn’t have been happier with our photos, Carole-Ann captured some amazing lighting and they are so different from other wedding photos I’ve seen.

Finally, I think the band have to have a mention. We found them online and didn’t get to see them live beforehand, but just a few videos online. But they were spectacular. They didn’t have a ‘set’ set list, but instead said they just adapt their songs as to what the vibe of the crowd is like. They learnt our first dance song at request (a Zac Brown Band/Van Morrison mix), and we rocked out to Purple Rain, Rhianna, The Killers, and so many more. There was such a good atmosphere on the dance floor, everyone was just in their element. Even my dad danced for a good hour or so and it takes a lot to get my dad up dancing!

ADVICE FOR OTHER COUPLES | Try not to stress too much! I know it’s easier said than done.

Big tip is to give yourself enough time to enjoy the planning process, do little bits at a time.

Also, don’t give yourself too much choice. With a DIY wedding where you’re choosing everything down to the tables and chairs, just try to look at a few things and make decisions. This is where The Cow Shed’s recommended supplier list came in so
handy.

Delegate on the day! That is what groomsmen and bridesmaids are there for, to help things go smoothly so you don’t have to. Ours were amazing, I did give them a little ‘order of play’ for the day, and one or two jobs each, and can’t thank them enough for making it all run so well.

CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE |

Photographer | Carole-Ann from Harper Scott Photo

Hair + MUA | Sophie Alexis Make Up

Lighting | Wedding Lighting Hire Scotland

Band | Goldstar

Catering | Wild Rover Food

Photobooth | Odd Box Photobooth

Car | John’s uncle’s car

Prop Hire | The Little White Cow

Venue | The Cow Shed

Flowers | The Country Garden Company

Dress | Wed2B

 

So magical.

Christine and John, thank you so much for sharing your amazing celebrations with us. Thanks also to Carole-Ann for sending us these sensational images xo Lou

 

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Louise Baltruschat Hollis <![CDATA[Wednesday Wedding Wonders. 18/10/17]]> http://whimsicalwonderlandweddings.com/?p=214582 2017-10-17T11:33:32Z 2017-10-18T13:00:23Z Whimsical Modern Rustic Barn Wedding http://photomagician.co.uk/

Image Radek Makar // Whimsical & Modern Rustic Barn Wedding

Firstly, let me send a big fat apology your way for missing last week’s Wednesday Wedding Wonders. I was super poorly, as we were struck down one by one with the dreaded stomach flu last week and I just had to have as much R&R as possible. But I am back and raring to go this week (I won’t mention the blasted cold I now have) and we have a bumper edition to make up for it. We had a great time at our friends wedding a couple of weeks back, it was lovely to have some quality time together and let our hair down. I do love a boogie on the dancefloor especially. Oh the romance.

On the house front, we are all moved into our bedroom, the walk in wardrobe is installed and other than some odds and ends we have finished the building project. Hurrah. I can’t tell you how much we love our new rooms, I will promise to do a full tour over on Instagram stories soon, honest! Rachel went to the Coast bridesmaids preview last week, which you may have spotted on Instagram. She has some really exciting events coming up over the season too.

Anyway, let me hand you over to the weddings that made my heart sing this week…

 

WWW’s Wedding of the Week

 

Backyard Wedding at Home with a Banner Backdrop

 

Eclectic Kitsch Retro Fete Wedding http://www.belleartphotography.com/

Image Belle Art Photography  // Eclectic & Kitsch Retro Fete Wedding

 

COURTNEY + KIERAN

Boho beach wedding in Greece

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Modern Baltimore Mill House Wedding

This Mt. Hood Elopement Has a Deliciously Beautiful Wine Color Palette

A Dash of Whimsy: An Eclectic Summer Forest Wedding in Ireland

Hannah & Robert

Poetic Perfectly Describes This Napa Valley Wedding at Brasswood Estate

 

Modern Rose Gold Barn Wedding https://www.paulfullerkentphotography.com/

Image Paul Fuller Kent Photography // Modern Rose Gold Barn Wedding

 

Mid-Century Modern Meets Texas: One Seriously Cool Wedding with Vibrant Pops

Colorful DIY South African Wedding at Lunikhy Game Farm

Fun, Down To Earth Wedding at Lace on Timber

The Bride Rocked a Fiery Red Dress for this Vibrant LA Wedding

Romantic fall Washington winery wedding

PAULA + BRANDON

 

Supplier Love News

 

The Wedding Shop App

 

Launching on 29th September 2017 on iOS devices, the new The Wedding Shop App gives couples the chance to manage and build their dream gift lists whilst on the move and away from their computer screens. Plus, a handy new integrated barcode scanner will allow them to add gifts to their list when out and about!
Set to become the essential App for The Wedding Shop couple to manage their ‘wed-min,’ Brides and Grooms will be able to use the tool to register a new list, see their balance, view inspirational lists, create their own website link, order notification cards and personalise their cash fund. Plus, they can receive alerts when a guest purchases a gift. (This can be turned off if they want to keep it a secret!)

 

The Wedding Shop App

 

Happy wedding Wednesday xo Lou

 

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Louise Baltruschat Hollis <![CDATA[Enchanting Ancient Forest Wedding]]> http://whimsicalwonderlandweddings.com/?p=213043 2017-10-03T11:44:46Z 2017-10-18T06:00:14Z Enchanting Ancient Forest Wedding http://donnamurrayphotography.com/

There is magic in the air this morning thanks to this enchanting woodland wedding held at Ballogie Estate in Aberdeenshire, Scotland. Emma and Gordon spend a lot of time in the forest and so their wish was to say I do beneath the canopy of trees, surrounded by their very fave people. Isn’t that just wonderful? They set the date of all the sevens, the 7th July 2017 and got stuck into planning whilst travelling in South America. There was a nod to their travels during the day too, with the surprise arrival of Alpacas in bow ties.

Emma was the epitome of boho elegance in her chosen gown, the stunning Papillion by Claire Pettibone, with it’s botanical inspired back detail, it was just perfect for the occasion. Her maids looked stunning by her side in cool yet luxe long crochet dresses. The gents all donned kilts in vibrant green which tied all of their styles together just so. As did the flowers in fact, which were created using oodles of greenery and pale peonies. Swoon.

We cannot thank Donna Murray Photography enough for sharing these dreamy images in the forest with us.

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THE PROPOSAL | In Rome, after an amazing food tour, we headed to Villa Borghese, a geographically shaped park, we stumbled upon a beautiful little lake right in the middle of the park. Gordon suggested we hire out the paddle boat. Once aboard, he rowed to the middle and then popped the question. It was amazing! There were other boats that started cheering for us.

THE VISION | We spend a lot of time time in the forest, so our ceremony definitely had to been in the woods and I really wanted to find ancient woodland to be precise. I wasn’t sure if I was bit mad planning to have our outdoor ceremony in the North of Scotland, where we live. The weather is so unpredictable and I really didn’t want my guests to be cold and wet.

Saying that, nothing is more beautiful to me than being in the forest and so, taking the risk on, our search for our ceremony spot began. I imagined that our reception venue would not be too grand but rather simple and elegant amidst a beautiful outdoor area.

THE PLANNING PROCESS | We got engaged in October and in December we left to go travelling in South America for three months. The wedding date was set for July, giving us a little more than eight months to plan everything.

Before we left Scotland, we had to secure the really big ticket items such  as the venue, the dress, the Humanist and the caterers. Whilst we were travelling we made time to plan our wedding. It was mostly ideal planning from a beach or in the mountains, but the poor wifi did slow the process down. Whilst travelling we secured the band, created and sent out our  save the dates (via Paperless Post) designed a wedding website, put together a menu and planned the look of our wedding (lots of Pinterest boards!).

BUDGET | Our parents were very generous and with our contributions combined we had a budget of £30,000.

THE VENUE | Ballogie Estate, Aboyne, Aberdeenshire. A very close family friend manages the Ballogie Estate land and told me about the venue. It was Ballogies first year of holding weddings there and when I went to go and see the house, it was pretty much a shell, renovations would not be ready until March 2017. The marquee was not there either. However, Ballogie Estate boasts many beautiful acres of ancient woodland. The Ballogie team were so willing to make my vision real that we decided to  go ahead and book the venue. It was a great decision.

THE DRESS & ACCESSORIES | My dress is Claire Pettibone, Papillion. My shoes were Irregular Choice Ban Joe. My necklace was from Rox, a Diamond Tension Set Pendant.

FINDING THE DRESS | I found it in the forth wedding dress shop. My mum and I were in the middle range shop, with the top range downstairs, where the bathroom was. My mum visited the toilet and then convinced me to come down and have a look at these dresses. The handmade detail on the back of the dress had me at first sight. Unfortunately, it was way out of my budget at £5,000 but I was determined to get my hands on it somehow.

We left and went out for dinner with my Dad. By the time we had finished our meal, we had found someone selling the dress second hand in my size. Amazingly, the lady, Helena, selling the dress, who lived in England, was going to be in Wales, only a five minute drive from my parents house at Christmas time, where I was too, just before I went travelling. I tried the dress on the morning that Gordon and I left for the airport. Helena and her husband brought round a bottle of champagne and popped it open, at 10am in the morning. Her dress had a story and we talked about how I was taking that story forward.

GROOM’S ATTIRE | The men all rented their outfits from McCcalls Aberdeen. Gordon went with the Irish Pride Kilt.

THE READINGS & MUSIC | Our friend Andy from Atmosphere Sound and Lighting played some of our favourite laid back tunes for the guests upon arrival. Just before the bridal procession began we blasted our Just Cant Wait to Be King (Lion King) as my surname was to become King. I remember coming out the car and hearing our guest laughing and cheering to this. The bridesmaids came down to Here Comes the Sun, The Beatles and I walked down the aisle to Dream A Little Dream of Me, Mamas and Papas. Our band, The Woohoo Band, played a surprise song during the signing of the register, All you Need is Love, The Beetles. And leaving the ceremony, we had Nina Simones, Feeling Good.

BEAUTIFUL BRIDESMAIDS | My bridesmaids were Carlene, my sister in law, Sarah, my god-sister, and Sophie my best friend. I had my little three year old niece Kaiha as a flower girl along with my lovely younger cousins Anya and Mace.

THE FLOWERS | Flower Vogue styled by Carlene, who is a friend of ours. She was incredible through the whole process.

THE CAKE | Adam Steel, a very close friend made the cake, he just makes cakes as a hobby but I think he should go full time! It was gorgeous!

YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER | Donna Murray. Donna was amazing, she took time out before the wedding to come and see our spot, and on the day she was so chilled out, which made me feel relaxed too. Best of all, we love our photos!

THE DETAILS & DÉCOR | I made the centrepieces, heart hanging decorations and the table plan myself. We found the Alpacas (a nod to our recent trip to South America) from Velvet Hall Alpacas.

THE HONEYMOON | We went to Berlin for a short city break, we have lots of friends that live there and we needed some chill out time. I think we will head to a hot beach pretty soon.

MEMORABLE MOMENTS | It was raining really heavily throughout the morning, so much so that Ballogie Team and I made the decision to set up in the marquee as well as in the forest. Despite the gloomy forecast, the clouds cleared and the sun even popped its head out, just before the ceremony. It stayed that way until 4:30, when the guests entered the marquee for the meal. We got to get married under our special tree! It is known as the Queen of Firs, being one of the largest in Europe.

The Alpacas were a complete surprise to our friends and family, they were adorable in their little tux ties!
ADVICE FOR OTHER COUPLES | Make sure you sneak away for 15 minutes with your partner to have some alone time!

CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE |

Photography | Donna Murray Photography

Caterers | Country Flavours of Alford

Venue | Ballogie Estate

Alpacas | Velvet Hall Alpacas

DJ | Atmosphere Sound and Lighting

Flowers | Flower Vogue

 

Well wasn’t that just so special? I love it all.

Thanks so very much to Emma and Gordon for sharing their incredible wedding story with us xo Lou

 

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Rachel Harrison <![CDATA[Rustic Barn Red & Gold Glam Wedding]]> http://whimsicalwonderlandweddings.com/?p=212908 2017-10-05T13:42:17Z 2017-10-17T13:00:22Z Rustic Barn Red Gold Glam Wedding https://garethnewsteadphotography.com/

What a fabulous treat we have in store today with WWW readers Amy and Nathan’s warm, sparkling and glamour filled barn wedding. Our pair wed on the 20th July 2017 at Donington Park Farm House. Together with her wonderful florist, Amy created such a magical atmosphere with fairy lights, moss and the most glorious florals you ever did see.

There are just so many wonderful details to take in here, from the floral hoops and the bell jar roses, to the moss runner and the heaving cake table. Pinterest fingers at the ready! One of my favourite touches is the mossy table plan board and Amy was a woman with a plan, making sure all the nooks and crannies of the venue were filled with gorgeous details.

Amy’s Sottero and Midgley gown fits in with the glamorous décor just perfectly and I think you’ll agree the chaps all look rather dapper in their Marc Darcy suits. I do so love Chi Chi London’s bold bridesmaids dresses and don’t the youngest bridesmaids look just gorgeous in their Monsoon numbers?

Thanks ever so much to Gareth Newstead for capturing the incredible atmosphere so beautifully and sharing these images with us.

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THE PROPOSAL | Nathan proposed after 4 years together while holidaying in Barcelona in beautiful Park Guel. I was actually in a bad mood at the time after being forced to walk up the hill in 36 degree heat but I soon cheered up! No one knew what was happening apart from us, it was really special.

THE VISION | I wanted the wedding to be super relaxed and have a party vibe. My dream was for it to be a day to remember for everybody and to only have our closest family and friends there. I wanted the day to be full of personal touches and to reflect our personalities – nothing too ‘flash’! I wanted the décor to be rustic yet romantic with quirky touches. I’m all about food so this was a big deal breaker in the wedding, I didn’t want a sit down meal as mass catering for three courses is often disappointing but with Donington Park Farmhouse there was an option for a barbecue as the main course, which was right up our street and went with the informal atmosphere we wanted to create.

THE PLANNING PROCESS | Naturally I had a wedding pinterest board two years prior to Nathan popping the question. So I already had a good idea of what I wanted! Unfortunately a month after booking the venue my Mum passed away so planning went onto the back burner for a few months. I originally wanted to do absolutely everything myself but I didn’t have the energy for a while so my amazing florist and venue dresser helped ☺. After Christmas I managed to get myself into gear and spent hours browsing wedding blogs and mentally walking around the venue thinking of bits and pieces to go in all the nooks and crannies! Along with creating x 10,000 lists.

BUDGET | We managed to save a lot of money with the venue and suppliers due to the Wedding being on a Thursday, and with suppliers who weren’t offering mid-week discounts already I was a bit cheeky and requested bits for free. I’d definitely recommend a mid-week wedding if you’re booking the wedding late or would like to save money. You tend to find that you only get guests who want to be there coming to the day as well – which is quite heart-warming.

THE VENUE | It’s impossible not to be impressed by Donington Park Farmhouse. As soon as you walk into the barn, it’s got a really special atmosphere and is traditional yet has modern touches like the industrial lighting hanging from the ceilings, it really had the WOW factor. The rooms are adorned with twinkling fairy lights and rustic detail and even if you weren’t to decorate the venue for your wedding it wouldn’t look bare. It was the first venue we viewed and we booked it straight away, I strongly believe if you see something and love it then what else are you looking for? You could look forever always trying to find something that bit better. What I really liked about it was that you had the venue exclusively to you and your wedding guests, the accommodation of 17 rooms was spread across three different buildings so it felt like a little wedding village! We had the ceremony and evening party in the main barn and the Wedding Breakfast in the Pig Sties, each table was set it its own walled Pig Sty so it was really different. We also had a lovely separate bar with picnic tables and a courtyard to use which was fab as it was such a sunny day!

THE DRESS & ACCESSORIES | The dress was ‘Natalia’ by Sottero and Midgley from La Belle Boutique in Nottinghamshire. The shoes were Irregular Choice from Schuh.

FINDING THE DRESS | Hate to say it but I didn’t enjoy the ‘finding the dress’ experience! I hate being centre of attention, don’t like looking at myself in the mirror and I’m naturally not very enthusiastic.. all in all a disastrous combination – Being centre of attention all day and being stared at for a reaction by various staff members and my bridesmaids and sisters. I think the ‘Finding the Dress’ experience is often really romanticized and it doesn’t always work out like that, equally there isn’t anything wrong if you don’t feel like that! My brief was a long sleeved dress, nothing fitted and loose. I ended up with a fitted, corseted, strapless trumpet gown – which a member of staff asked me to try on and I loved it! I was a little bit conscious that I was too big to wear it but I found with the loose dresses I actually looked bigger and while I wanted sleeves to cover my arms it was actually highlighting them even more!

GROOM’S ATTIRE | The Grooms suits were all from the Marc Darcy website, they were navy blue tweed with a nude trim which matched the Bridesmaid dresses perfectly. The burgundy bow ties and socks were from eBay and complimented the rich colours in the flower bouquets. The Gingham shirts were from House of Fraser and went with the ‘Rustic Theme’. The brown brogues that the Groomsmen wore were from Moss Bros.

THE READINGS & MUSIC | I walked down the aisle to the rather original Christina Perri ‘A Thousand Years’ – I know everyone has this but I think it’s just beautiful. We then had a reading read by my sisters dedicated to my Mum, inspired by something I found on Pinterest but amended by my sisters – it finished with ‘and now we say our vows of love today in memory of you’ which was a really nice fitting touch. After the vows were made Nathan’s sister Sarah read out an excerpt from the childrens book ‘I like you’ by Sandol Stoddard. We signed the register to The Beach Boys – Gold Only Knows and Father John Misty – Chateau Lobby and walked back down the aisle to The Cure – Just Like Heaven.

BEAUTIFUL BRIDESMAIDS | I had my three best friends as my bridesmaids and I couldn’t have done it without them on the day and leading up to the wedding. They looked absolutely beautiful in Chi Chi London dresses with shoes and hair accessories from ASOS. One of my bridesmaids Sophie tore some ligaments in her knee a few months before the wedding so had to wear flats but I think it worked really well! So many people complimented the bridesmaid dresses on the day – so I felt really happy. The two flower girls were my nieces Lilly and Daisy, they are just so cute! They wore dresses from Monsoon and glitter shoes from Next.

THE FLOWERS | Where do I start with the amazing florist we used?? Laura at Avant Garden in Belper was absolutely amazing, she seemed to know what I wanted straight away without me having to explain. I found her on Instagram and loved the unusual way she put things together and all the ideas she had. The tables were decorated with real moss table runners with floral cloches and dahlia petals, a custom back drop behind the top table with copper foliage hoops and flower sprays. The table plan we had was an antique looking frame on an easel with real moss as the back drop, it was stunning. The bouquets were all stunning as were the floral garlands for the girls, we had compliments on them all day.

THE CAKE | The cake table was made by Louisa Bella’s Cake Company, which is actually my sister’s company so I got the full works! We had a three tier semi-naked red velvet cake with cheesecake buttercream and a gold tier centre, a sequin single tier carrot and orange cake with a handmade sugar magnolia, miniature pistachio, rose water and white chocolate drip cakes and blueberry cake pops with edible flowers and gold glitter, with handmade meringue kisses scattered around the table. Gorgeous!

YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER | Our photographer was Gareth Newstead. We actually viewed the venue after seeing one of his wedding blogs! After meeting him we loved his relaxed style, we were very nervous as we aren’t a couple that love a photo op’ but Gareth reassured us we wouldn’t have to do anything we didn’t want to do. He blended in so well with the wedding he felt like one of our friends which is why I think he managed to get so many natural shots of everyone. I laughed and cried looking through the photos for the first time, we said to him the most important part of the day was capturing the feel of the wedding and the relaxed atmosphere and he certainly did that in bucket loads.

THE DETAILS & DÉCOR | The venue was full of fairy lights but I had to add extra! I bought copper wire fairy lights from eBay and put them everywhere! On the tables in the bar I bought jars with fairy lights in to add a bit of atmosphere and dotted them around. We had hessian bows on all the chairs to go with the barn/rustic theme. A big highlight was the beer pong table we bought with a rule board for ‘Bride & Groom Beer Pong’ and blue cups for the grooms side and gold cups for the brides side – we even had personalised ping pong balls. My bridesmaid Michelle painted us some amazing signs to use on the day, the order of service was an old pallet painted black with white chalk pen as the writing. We hired a ladder from Avant Garden to do a little display for my Mum complete with photos and fairy lights with a hessian and lace runner – I had quite a few little photos displays about to add a personal touch. The favours were all different succulent plants, that I had wrapped in pieces of hessian and tied with a bit of string, they also served as place holders with a mini chalkboard pick with each guests names on – they went really well with the moss on the tables.

THE HONEYMOON | We went to Staithes in a harbourfront cottage for a Mini-Moon straight after the wedding and to Khao Lak in Thailand two weeks after the wedding staying in a beach front Bungalow, it was beautiful and we had the best time.

MEMORABLE MOMENTS | I think walking up the aisle was such a memorable moment for me, it’s something you dream of from being a little girl and I just couldn’t stop smiling. Another memorable things was all the dancing at the end, we created our own play list going through the ages 80’s / 90’s etc. and for the last hour we had ‘Amy Vs Nathan’ so a track I had chosen followed by a track Nathan had chosen and people had to cheer for which they liked the most, this really got the atmosphere going and was so funny! Paul Ace our wedding singer was there all day and is also worth a mention – he was absolutely brilliant – everyone loved him. There’s too many memorable moments to mention, the Mexican wave before dinner was served, the incredibly touching speech from my husband and the sing along to Paul Ace ‘That’s Amore’ after the meal – we couldn’t begin to list them!

ADVICE FOR OTHER COUPLES | Do what YOU want, they’ll be so many family members and friends who try and influence what you do along the way, and try and push outdated traditions on to you, or make you invite people just because you should. But at the end of the day you’re always going to upset someone so it isn’t worth worrying about, the most important thing is having a day that’s all about you both and having no regrets. Once you’ve achieved this – on the day take a moment and look round the room at all the people who matter to you having a wonderful day enjoying everything you have put together, it’s the best feeling knowing you trusted your instincts and everything is exactly the way you both wanted it!

CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE |

Photography |  Gareth Newstead Photography

Venue |  Donington Park Farmhouse

Florist and Props | Avant Garden Weddings

Dress |  Sottero & Midgley from La Belle Boutique

Shoes | Irregular Choice

Make Up | Maxine Holland at Black Cactus Salon

Hair | Hair by Charlotte Leigh

Suits |  Marc Darcy

Adult Bridesmaids |  Chi Chi London

Young Bridesmaids | Monsoon

Singer | Paul Ace

Wedding Stationery |  Rocket Monkey Design

Light up Letters | Distinct Event Solutions

 

What a marvellously warm and sparkly day! Thank you so much Amy and Nathan for sharing it with us. Rachel x

 

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Louise Baltruschat Hollis <![CDATA[Outdoorsy & Welcoming Colourful Tipi Wedding]]> http://whimsicalwonderlandweddings.com/?p=212980 2017-10-02T12:18:44Z 2017-10-17T06:00:16Z Outdoorsy Welcoming Colourful Tipi Wedding http://www.sallytphoto.com/

I think this wedding is the perfect combination of rustic outdoorsy meets cosy and welcoming vibes. All with a pop of DIY multi coloured goodness thanks to the labour of love by the couple and their talented loved ones.

How lucky were Tamsyn and Neil to be able to get hitched at Tamsyn’s parents house? The setting was out of this world; woodland for divine portraits with Sally T Photography and gardens with a view for the tipi and outdoor humanist ceremony. It all worked out just perfectly on a wonderful summers day. The dogs (and honoury bridesmaids) loved the occasion and even had collars made by Tamsyn. Tamsyn also made Neil’s dashing waistcoat and kilt, teamed with a fun bow tie for a super cool look. Tamsyn meanwhile plumped for a short and swishy frock with a fabulous bow detail. Homegrown flowers, pom poms and illustrations all adorned the tipi perfectly too.

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THE VISION |  Most importantly we wanted it relaxed and fairly informal surrounded by greenery! It was important to us for everyone to feel welcome and cosy. Inspiration came from our love of the outdoors and we wanted it as colourful and bright as possible.

THE PLANNING PROCESS | We liked the idea of a marquee to be able to get married wherever we liked, but once we came across the tipis, we were completely set on having one and didn’t even visit any alternative venues. The inside provides the perfect base to decorate however you like and really put your personal stamp on it. We had joked about getting married at my parents house for a few years, as it is the perfect setting with a view, and where Tamsyn grew up. Luckily enough the landlord next to my parents house agreed to let us use the land for the day and it all fell into place.

THE VENUE | A Highland Tipi at Cranhill Steading, Aberdeen (Tamsyn’s parents house!).

THE DRESS & ACCESSORIES | My dress was by Naomi Neoh. Again, as soon as I tried it on, I loved it and it made sense to have a shorter dress for the venue… and to show of my shoes! I designed my shoes through Shoes of Prey and they were definitely the part of my outfit I was most excited about!

FINDING THE DRESS | I just wanted a dress that I felt comfortable in and had a bit of swish!

GROOM’S ATTIRE | I made Neil’s kilt and waistcoat. Neil had wanted something a little different to the regular, so we went for the flamingo print waistcoat back. We loved how it looked in the photos!

THE READINGS & MUSIC | Our music was just a very long play list made up of multiple family members music that took hours (last minute) to create. We worked together with our Humanist celebrant to find suitable readings. We’re not a super mushy couple so we focused on friendship, respect and life adventures!

BEAUTIFUL BRIDESMAIDS | They all wore dresses from Karen Millen, randomly found as a bargain in a sale!  I made them feather hair clips for their hair.

The dog bridesmaids wore collars by Bramble and Friends (shameless self promotion!). Neil’s flamingo waistcoat and kilt was also made by myself.  I think I almost loved his outfit more than mine!

THE FLOWERS | Tamsyn’s amazing mum grew all the flowers in the garden and freshly picked the bouquets on the day!

THE CAKE | Our cake made by our super talented friend Sarah as a wedding gift (as well as the chocolate truffle favours!). It was made of three layers/flavours; red velvet, dulce du leche and vanilla. We enjoyed having cake for breakfast in bed the next morning, it was incredible.

YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER | We loved Sally’s relaxed approach and were exactly what we had been hoping for. The photos are absolutely gorgeous!

THE DETAILS & DÉCOR | We didn’t get bogged down by a specific ‘theme’, we just wanted as much colour injected into the tipi as possible. The flowers took about a year of my mums hard work to produce just from her garden. Absolutely loved the result, and they made the tipi smell great. The dried flowers are still going strong decorating our house! I loved adding quirky details like the little parrots and origami cranes. Must give a special mention to my friend Jodie of Everlongart. Her prints were used as table settings and I love how they added to the rainbow! We had fun allocating guests to different animals to suit their personalities too!

MEMORABLE MOMENTS | Looking back at the amount of input and time given by our nearest and dearest is just amazing and overwhelming! A DIY wedding requires so much thought and organisation and there’s no way we could have done it without the help of many. My dad spent two months before the day regularly mowing the field in preparation for the tipi, my mum spent countless days organising decorations and gardening as well as making 50 fruit pies for pudding. Our dear friend Sarah made the most gorgeous and delicious cake in her spare time! Another amazing friend Olivia managed to do the entire bridal party make up as well as her own and I have to say we did look our best! The day itself is such a blur and goes by in a flash. What a wonderful feeling to see everyone you love in the space of a few hours! Stefan Boylan provided a very welcome breather in proceedings with his impromptu magic show, we literally had no idea that was going to happen! It was fantastic!

ADVICE FOR OTHER COUPLES | If anything doesn’t go to plan, it really doesn’t matter! Quite a few things that were planned for the day didn’t happen or didn’t go as smoothly as hoped, but you really don’t care on the day, everything is a happy blur.

CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE |

Photography | Sally T Photography

Florist | Tamsyn’s Mum!

Dress | Naomi Neoh (second hand)

Make up | Olivia

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Magician | Stefan Boylan

Caterer | Fresh Mex


Table Themes | Jodie, Everlongart

 

Such fun! It looked as though everyone had such a joy filled day.

Thanks so much to Tamsyn and Neil for sharing their story and to Sally for sharing these wonderful photographs xo Lou

 

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Louise Baltruschat Hollis <![CDATA[Choosing The Most Perfect Diamond Engagement Ring with Blue Nile]]> http://whimsicalwonderlandweddings.com/?p=214031 2017-10-16T09:02:22Z 2017-10-16T13:00:17Z

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Louise Baltruschat Hollis <![CDATA[Modern Rose Gold Barn Wedding]]> http://whimsicalwonderlandweddings.com/?p=212666 2017-09-26T12:22:24Z 2017-10-16T06:00:44Z Modern Rose Gold Barn Wedding https://www.paulfullerkentphotography.com/

Welcome to another glorious autumnal morning and a brand new week here at Whimsical Wonderland Weddings. We have so much loveliness in store for you folks this week, you’re going to feel truly spoilt. For a real treat today, we have WWW readers Nadia and Kenny’s delightful wedding day, held on the 13th May 2017 at Cripps Barn in the picturesque Cotswolds.

The pair’s vision revolved around atmosphere rather than a theme, and a relaxed, loving and warm day was at the forefront of their plans. They really wanted to inject their Caribbean and Scottish roots into the day too, which is always a lovely sentiment. Now, it goes without saying that their day was utterly stylish too. I am sure you’ve already spotted Nadia’s dreamy dip hem gown, modern and so on trend, it looked sensational on her. Kenny and the boys went for traditional kilts with a contemporary twist and the maids donned Ted Baker dresses.

The flowers were one of the stand out styling elements in my eyes. Particularly Nadia’s Peony laden peach and blue bouquet, which just looked heavenly, I bet it smelt wonderful too. The rose gold cake from M&S no less, really made a bold and elegant statement.

There is so much love in these divine images by Paul Fuller Kent Photography, not to mention happy moments and treasured memories. Thanks for sharing them with us Paul.

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THE PROPOSAL | Kenny proposed at our flat on Good Friday morning with a huge bouquet of flowers and champagne, I was still in my Pyjamas thinking we were spending Easter with his family. He then whisked me off to a surprise weekend in Paris we stayed at L’Hotel, favourite haunt of Oscar Wilde and had a fancy dinner at their Michelin starred restaurant. When we got back to London on Easter Sunday he’d arranged for both of our families to meet us at the Soho Hotel for champagne to celebrate. It was wonderful. He’d designed the ring with my sister, I’m not a fan of diamonds and had never really cared about an engagement ring, it’s a gorgeous art deco style ring with a pale blue sapphire very, delicate, intricate and very personal.

THE VISION | We both just wanted a relaxed weekend in the Cotwolds with our loved ones, good food, good wine and good music bringing in hints of my Caribbean background and Kenny’s Scottish heritage. We didn’t want anything too stuffy or formal.

THE PLANNING PROCESS | We’ve both had a busy couple of years at work and had both also moved jobs so planning sort of fell into those quick moments in between life, it meant we were very decisive and didn’t overly worry about things. We also planned regularly throughout the year so there wasn’t ever a time when the wedding was overwhelming or unmanageable, just a lot of little tasks to tick off. I think getting the venue ASAP is key – it’s crazy how quickly places book up and it really shapes the feel of the rest of the wedding. We were adamant that we wanted a Saturday wedding; we wanted to cause as little stress for our guests as possible so we made sure there were travel and accommodation options to suit all budgets and no one had to sacrifice their holiday time to come to celebrate. We had people travelling from all over the world to be there so the little we could do to make that easier the better.

THE VENUE | Cripps Barn, Bibury.

THE DRESS & ACCESSORIES | Karen Willis Holmes -DYG “Design Your Gown”.

Ted Baker Peech Shoes in light blue.

FINDING THE DRESS | I went to Angelica Bridal in Angel with my sister, a beautiful small boutique with a wonderful selection of dresses and great staff. I tried on a few gowns but quickly liked the idea of picking both the top and bottom of the gown to make my own individual dream dress. My sister and I used to LOVE watching the Sound of Music growing up so the long train at the back is inspired by Maria’s in the film. I have quite classic taste and like things to be quite simple so I liked to classic yet modern look of the dress.

GROOM’S ATTIRE | Kenny knew he wanted to wear a Kilt for his wedding but preferred the low key elegant style of a modern kilt rather than the more traditional ones. He went to McGregor McDuff in Glasgow with his best man, Chris and his dad, Billy and they helped him pick out everything from the jacket colours to the buttons and tartan. I have to say I think they enjoyed the Celtic game and beers afterwards more than the tartan swatches!

THE READINGS & MUSIC | We didn’t want anything too cliché or stuffy, we also wanted to hit the right tone of serious but not too sombre. We played David Bowie “Sound & Vision” and Talking Heads “This Must Be The Place” as guests walked in, which are two of Kenny’s favourite songs. I walked down the aisle to Massenet “Thais” Meditation, which I used to play on the violin growing up so it meant a lot to me and my parents. We played Debussy “Clair de Lune” for the signing of the register and walked out to “The Power of Love” by Huey Lewis & The News, from my favourite film Back to the Future. We had a steel band for the reception and then a soul band in the evening to get everyone up and dancing.

BEAUTIFUL BRIDESMAIDS | Two of my elder bridesmaids wore Ted Baker dresses, which worked with the pale pink hints in the flowers and cake. One of my younger bridesmaids prefers trousers so she opted to wear a smart dark blue three piece suit from River Island which tied in well with the Groom’s colours and my youngest bridesmaid wore a rose gold dress from Chi Chi London.

THE FLOWERS | We live near a gorgeous florist, Scarlet & Violet in Kensal Green, when Kenny proposed he bought me a huge bouquet from them (he also dropped a bottle of champagne all over their floor in the process!) so we knew we wanted them to do our flowers. Knowing that far in advance meant we could meet with Vic a year from our wedding and see what would be in season and get an idea for what we wanted. My favourite flowers are peonies, which were luckily in season, and Kenny liked the blues of thistles and sweet pea. We didn’t want the wedding to be too “pink” so went for a mix of pastel pinks, peach, blue and lots of greens. S&V have a very natural “undone” feel about them and Vic is amazing at working out your individual styles, I found out a week before the wedding they also did Kate Moss’s wedding so we’re in good company!

THE CAKE | We went for a Marks & Spencer rose gold cake it was chocolate on the inside and surrounded with white chocolate hoops, it was so much cheaper than others we had been quoted and tasted incredible, given we were travelling quite a distance from our home it was great that we could pick this up from a local store on the day and know it was going to be a quality product. The rose gold tied in well with the pastels of our flowers and our florist gave us some trailing jasmine and David Austen roses to tie it all in.

YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER | Paul Fuller was our photographer and we just knew from the moment we met him we trusted him. Going through the planning process it’s clear that to some people you’re just another wedding and to others they know that this is one of the most important milestones in your life and it’s so special, Paul was that second type of person. He drove from Kent to London just to meet us in person to discuss our wedding and ideas. During the wedding day I hardly saw him and then when we looked at the photos he’d caught all of these incredible moments and it’s that blending in and observing that just creates such wonderful photos and memories.

THE DETAILS & DÉCOR | Pinterest was my friend in planning the wedding. It’s remarkable how much you can save without having to be particularly creative. We bought a white decorative mirror from Wilkos and some white chalk pens and created our decorative table plan, I loved the reflections of guests as they went up to the mirror to find their seats. Each table was named after a film, e.g we sat at “Fantastic Mr Fox” as Kenny’s surname is Fox, and our University friends sat at Robin Hood as we met at Nottingham University etc. we found some great alternative film posters on the internet and framed them for the centrepieces.

We had personalised chocolates from Morse Toad as our favours as well as wooden place names from VM Bespoke, which tied in with the rustic feel of the barn. We decided against a photo booth and bought an instant polaroid instead so that people could take pictures for the guest book. I found some great palm print cushions, which added a hint of tropical design to the outside deck and we had my favourite rum and Kenny’s favourite whiskey at the bar for all our guests to try!

THE HONEYMOON | We’re going to Bali for three weeks to have a bit of relaxing beach time as well as enjoying some hiking, surfing and white water rafting.

MEMORABLE MOMENTS | Far too many to count but once we were married we walked up the aisle we waited in a little room for five minutes whilst everyone filed out before making our confetti entrance. It was a really magical having that time together to take in that we had just gotten married! It’s amazing how little of each other you actually see during the day because you’re surrounded by EVERYONE you know. I’m so pleased we had that.

ADVICE FOR OTHER COUPLES | Be clever with your budget. Some things are worth spending that little extra on and they really make a difference, others no one really cares about. I didn’t care about a fancy car to get me the ten minute journey from the hotel to the venue, I did care about having cloth napkins rather than paper. It’s your wedding so make sure you do what you want, we didn’t want a first dance so we didn’t have one. We wanted a bouncy castle, so we got one, make it yours!

CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE |

Photographer | Paul Fuller Kent Photography

Dress | Karen Willis Holmes

Kilt | Macgregor and Macduff

Flowers | Scarlet and Violet

Cake |  Marks and Spencer

Name place cards | VM Bespoke

Favours | Morse Toad

Venue | Cripps Barn

Music (Steel Pans) | Half Past Three Steel Band

Music (Soul Band) | Soul Collective

 

Just exquisite.

Nadia and Kenny, thank you both so very much for sharing your incredible wedding celebrations with us xo Lou

 

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