What a way to end the week. A luxe, glamorous and decadent stately home wedding set in the glorious countryside.
WWW readers Mark and Carlie were married on a gorgeous September day at Lartington Hall in County Durhum. The vision was vintage glamour with a sparkling gold and blush pink colour palette. To say it was dreamy would be an understatement, it was just so romantic and pretty throughout. If you are looking for blush and gold wedding ideas, look no further folks. Lush florals nestle beside crates, logs and kraft paper stationery. Then there was the magnificent cake table with an array of cakes, with differing flavours and all decorated in iced ruffles and flowers.
The bridesmaids also followed the darling scheme, they wore Jenny Packham for Debenhams gold sequin embellished dresses and they looked stunning. Carlie’s dress was a real show stopper, she chose a Justin Alexander number with endless buttons and a bateau neckline, which she accessorised with a perfect floral headdress. Not to mention a stunning bouquet filled with roses, hydrangeas and wax flower. The gents looked so dashing in their attire too, dark navy blue suits and tan shoes all round.
Many thanks to Emily Hannah for treating us to these remarkably wonderful images.
THE PROPOSAL | Mark proposed after a romantic stroll along a moonlit beach in the Dominican Republic, he finally plucked up the courage to ask me to marry him as we sat looking at the stars. I was lost for words. I was completely surprised. I had always said that I would know when Mark would ask me to marry him as he cant keep a secret from me. Turns out he could. I didn’t suspect a thing, not even when he couldn’t eat his meal.
THE VISION | Our wedding was inspired by vintage glamour with a rustic edge. I styled pastel flowers with gold achieve the look.
THE PLANNING PROCESS | I am such an organised person and knew pretty much straight away what I wanted. I had most of the main things booked as soon as I found them. This helped me relax and concentrate on the little details that make a wedding individual and memorable.
THE VENUE | Church- It was a religious ceremony at Carlie’s local church. A place with a lot of connection to her family.
Lartington Hall – We stumbled across the relatively new wedding venue Lartington Hall online. We had been to a number of wedding venues and never got they ‘wow’ feeling that everyone describes. Lartington Hall was the final venue that we had arranged a viewing for. I knew instantly when John opened the door that it was our venue. It just took our breath away and after only a couple of minutes we were sold. The team at Lartington can’t do enough for you and will do anything to ensure hat your day runs smoothly.
THE DRESS & ACCESSORIES | My dream dress was one by Justin Alexander. A gown with all over Alencon lace also known as ‘queen of lace’ finished with a satin double bow wrapped around the waist. This gave me the classic look I was going for but also helped to give me the perfect silhouette. The lace pattern which looks like roses, one of my favourite flowers, gave it that vintage feel that I had hoped for. The circular cut ball gown shape was a new style to me teamed with a bateau neckline and cap sleeves. A must for me as strapless dresses don’t suit my fuller bust. My favourite part to the dress was the regal satin buttons which continued right to the edge of the train that seemed to flow into eternity. As a girl who loves buttons and lace you can imagine why I was in heaven with this dress.
I selected the dress to try on at first as a wild card. I wasn’t sure if I would like all over lace and style of lace on this dress completely unique to the lace on other dresses I had tried on previously.
However, I knew instantly when the final button was fastened that this was the dress for me. My mam’s face when she saw me in it confirmed my opinion too. I finally felt like a bride and I was relieved that I had found the dress I would wear to marry Mark.
I knew I didn’t want a veil as it would hide the button detail on the back of my dress so I came up with the idea of a floral crown. I love flowers and wanted something to compliment the rose patterned lace on my gown. Therefore I chose a mixture of oversized roses and wax flowers to make a statement floral crown and to match my dress. I looked at old photographs to ensure that the style of my crown still matched the vintage theme
Nikki Keenan of NK Beauty worked her magic and transformed me into a beautiful bride. She made me feel at complete ease and I trusted her enough to relax on my big day. My make up never moved not even after crying my eyes out at the speeches and everyone commented how flawless I looked.
FINDING THE DRESS | With the help of Wendy, at Bridal wish. I had been to a number of bridal shops and found nothing that I could say I felt like a bride in. So I was beginning to worry I would never find my dream dress. Bridal Wish was the 5th and final wedding dress shop I looked at. My mam and I Immediately felt at ease with Wendy. In complete contrast to other stores, she wasn’t afraid to tell me if I didn’t look good in something. I love lace but wanted something with a vintage feel. That’s when I stumbled across my dream dress with Wendy’s help..
GROOM’S ATTIRE | The groom wore a dark navy blue suit and waistcoat from Next with an antique gold tie to match the bridesmaid dresses. He also wore some gold cricket bat and ball cufflinks, a wedding present from myself. He is a huge cricket fan and player.
THE READINGS & MUSIC | For our drinks reception we hired Anita from Harping On. We were so lucky with the weather that guests could sip their beers or cocktails on the terrace and listen to the beautiful sounds of the harp. Through the meal we played piano music of modern love songs. The evening reception was brought to life by the band colour blue, an acoustic duo. The venue said they have never seen the dance floor so full.
BEAUTIFUL BRIDESMAIDS | I had five bridesmaids in total. Made up of my closest friends and family. Sally my maid of honour, Megan my niece Sophie, Yasmin and Kate.
The gorgeous girls wore dresses by No.1 Jenny Packham, one of my favourite designers. The dresses were neutral gold in colour, which enhanced the tonal gold all-over embellishment of beads and sequins. It was important for me to find dresses that all of the girls felt comfortable in but looked amazing and it was a unanimous decision from everyone with this dress. As the wedding was outside of summer the dress needed to be suitable for all weather possibilities. The three quarter sleeves, slash-neck front and v-back detail created a timeless and elegant appeal which suited my wedding perfectly.
THE FLOWERS | Wild and Wonderful were our chosen florists. They were amazing. They turned our visions into reality. The flowers looked even better than I had imagined. I wanted dusty pink, cream and mauve tones of roses and hydrangeas to compliment the glittering gold dresses. The church was decorated with gypsophila on pew ends tied with Ivory organza. Lartington was also decorated with gypsophila bouquets. We wanted each table to be decorated individually with flowers so that they didn’t look the same. I enjoyed watching everyone walking around admiring the tables.
THE CAKE | My cake was one of my favourite parts of the wedding. I wanted something different from the typical three or four tier. I spoke to Dawn at The Master Cakesmith and we came up with the idea of a cake table. 7 different cakes decorated individually and each cake a different flavour. The flowers matched my bouquet and the gold sequin cake was designed to match my bridesmaid dresses. The cakes turned out even more beautiful than I imagined. Everyone was in awe when they saw them. I didn’t want to cut them.
YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER | Our photographer was the super talented Emily, from Emily Hannah. I knew she would be perfect for our wedding and us when we met her over coffee. She was so friendly and genuine and we both felt like we had known her for years after just a few minutes. It also helped that her photos are amazing, they look so elegant and dreamy, which matched my theme perfectly.
We also chose to have a videographer. One Digital Image. Chris and Janet captured the day perfectly. I know most people aren’t sure whether to get a videographer for the wedding but I would strongly advise you do. The day goes by so quickly and you want to relive it again. The videographer captures the best bits of the day. We couldn’t believe how much we had missed when we watched the DVD back.
THE DETAILS & DÉCOR | I didn’t want the venue to be over decorated as it was already beautiful but I wanted flowers throughout the venue. As a pharmacist I love old apothecary glass jars and bottles. I wanted to incorporate this into the wedding so when the florist told me she had some, I knew this would be the basis of our centre pieces. I love twinkly lights, so candles on the table were a must, especially as nights draw in sooner in September. The candles helped to give a cosy feel. I love Kraft card so incorporated this into my wedding stationery. I used gold buttons as table confetti to match the buttons on the back of my dress. My MOH’s dad, Michael, made us a postbox for cards styled on an old postbox found in a pretty village we visited.
THE HONEYMOON | We were lucky enough to have two honeymoons, we went to Vegas for our mini moon in the October then having decided on a more relaxing honeymoon in March in Mexico. Both were amazing but unique.
MEMORABLE MOMENTS | Mark forgot the rings but luckily his mum noticed before he did or it could have been a disaster.
Proving everybody wrong. Everyone bet that I would be late for the ceremony even the vicar joked if I was more than 20 minutes late he would go home. In fact I was 5 minutes early and his first bride ahead of schedule. It was nice as I got to chat to my dad and bridesmaids outside and calm my nerves before it started.
ADVICE FOR OTHER COUPLES | Write everything down. It’s easy to buy little bits here and there but then it all adds up and you go off budget.
If you have guests which you are undecided whether to invite or not, don’t. Not to be harsh but you can get carried away and your numbers and cost increase.
Spend time with your husband. Everybody gave me that advice and it’s easy to get carried away and not spend any time. Make sure you do even just for 10 minutes.
Choose a good hair and make up artist that you trust. You can relax on the day knowing that they will make you look your best.
CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE |
Photography | Emily Hannah
Make Up | NK Beauty
Florist | Wild and Wonderful
Music | Colour Blue
Harpist | Harping On
Cake | The Master Cakesmith
Many thanks goes to Mark and Carlie for sharing their incredibly beautiful wedding here today xo Lou