Now here’s a couple that know how to have a good time. Who says you can’t lark around, have fun and enjoy your wedding day to the max? This delightfully quirky wedding is filled with fun moments and oodles of style to boot.
Daryl and Sophie were married on the 3rd September 2016 at Dunwood Hall in Staffordshire. They wanted a celebration that was ‘old school’ with a gorgeous venue and great food and drink. Focus was on the experience for all rather than décor or details. But saying that it all looked so very lovely! The florals really were amazing, I love the whimsy organic style bouquets especially, which were filled with feathers and hydrangeas. Wow.
Then there were the outfits. I’m not sure I’ve ever seen a more stylish pair. Sophie chose to wear a Sarah Willard Couture gown and I adore it’s dotty lace back. She teamed her look with heels and a birdcage veil. Daryl opted for a Next blue suit, pink shoes and a bow tie from Mrs Bow Tie. All in all, pretty ruddy amazing then?
Thanks so very much to Bridgwood Wedding Photography for providing these joy filled snaps.
THE PROPOSAL | On the 21st January 2015 it was a very grey day, at Lake Bala, Wales. Beautiful.
THE VISION | An old school English wedding, with a church, gorgeous venue, great food and a few drinks.
THE PLANNING PROCESS | Very relaxed, we managed to secure a lot of things very early on i.e. venue and photographer. This meant that we had more time to work out the smaller details as we went along.
THE VENUE | Dunwood Hall in Longsdon. The only one we visited, we immediately fell in love with the feel of the place and loved that this was someone’s family home, it really gave a personal touch. Delphine was a delight and we would highly recommend.
THE DRESS & ACCESSORIES | The dress was from Sarah Willard Couture in Eccleshall, my hair piece (which included my Grandma’s wedding ring, who passed away before the big day) and veil were also Sarah Willard. The shoes were Ted Baker. My jewellery was a collection of gifts that I’d had from my parents and Daryl and the necklace that I wore (backwards so that it fell down my back) in the evening had a collection of charms on that I had picked up from friends and family.
FINDING THE DRESS | The dress was from Sarah Willard Couture in Eccleshall and was the first place I visited. I immediately fell in love with the simplicity of the dress, but stressed that I couldn’t have found my dress in the first place I looked. I was wrong! I visited a few other places but found nothing that suited what I was looking for. I loved how Sarah was happy to take on any ideas and was flowing with ideas herself with what we could do.
GROOM’S ATTIRE | Daryl wore a light blue/grey suit from Next. Pink velvet bow tie from Mrs Bow Tie. A paisley print Pretty Green Shirt and pink suede brogues from ASOS.
THE READINGS & MUSIC | In the church we had 1 Corinthians 13 Love is Patient… and we also had the poem The One by Cheryl J. Berkley.
We had the traditional Wedding March when walking down the aisle and when we left the church. When we signed the register we had the Lumineers ‘Ho Hey’ and our first dance was to Noel Gallagher ‘If I Had a Gun’.
BEAUTIFUL BRIDESMAIDS | We had my friends from school that I have known for years, Natalie and Zosia and Daryl’s niece, Lily, was our flower girl.
THE FLOWERS | Were one of my favourite things! I could not have dreamed more beautiful flowers! I had an idea of what I wanted and Jo from The Mulberry Tree knew exactly what I was after. Jo did the bouquet, the bridesmaids posies and headbands and the basket for the flower girl. Jo also did the centrepieces for the venue, (made with old charity shop china and very old books borrowed from Grandad) and a gorgeous wreath for around the wedding cake as we wanted a very simple cake. Jo also made gorgeous hearts for in the church on the pews and two big displays at the front of the church.
THE CAKE | The cake was from Amerton Cakes at Amerton Farm, we wanted something very simple and they have some beautiful ideas. We opted for a sponge three tiered cake with three different flavours which were; vanilla, strawberry and champagne and salted caramel. They even made a bride and groom for the top out of icing that looked like us.
YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER | Steve Bridgwood from Bridgwood Wedding Photography was our first choice, his unique, relaxed and natural pictures really appealed to our style and we didn’t want anything that was too posed, or your stereotypical wedding picture. His ideas are amazing and we felt comfortable with him straight away.
THE DETAILS & DÉCOR | We didn’t feel like we needed to do much in terms of decoration as Dunwood Hall is so beautiful it comes with it’s own decoration! All of our invites, Orders of Service and table plan were handmade by Daryl’s sister, Rhian.
THE HONEYMOON | Two gorgeous weeks in Santorini. We stayed in Kamari and visited all the little towns on the island, it was very relaxed and was just what we needed after such a big day.
MEMORABLE MOMENTS | The rain! We had awful weather all morning but it cleared up fantastically just after the wedding breakfast and we were able to do our speeches outside, which was really what we wanted.
The whole day was just perfect for the two of us and we would do the exact same if we were to do it again.
ADVICE FOR OTHER COUPLES | Don’t stress the small stuff, on the day you will be so excited about getting married none of it should matter!
You don’t need a top table, we had a sweetheart table for just the two of us, which gave us some guaranteed time together and meant that we could really enjoy our yummy food! You can’t control the weather!!!
CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE |
Photography | Bridgwood Wedding Photography
Venue | Dunwood Hall
Dress | Sarah Willard Couture
Flowers | The Mulberry Tree
Cake | Amerton Cakes
Car | Princess Wedding Cars
Church | St Chad’s Church in Longsdon
So very special.
Many thanks to Daryl and Sophie for sharing their utterly beautiful wedding here with us xo Lou