An Elegant, Pretty + Relaxed Wedding ~ Louise + Rob

Louise and Rob were married back in May in a pretty, fun and relaxed wedding day. A beautiful flowing gown, rustic bouquets,  elegant paper and an amazing guest book were order of the day. And the photography is simply dreamy, those shots by the tower are oh so magical.

Thanks so much to the fabulousMidlands based wedding photographer, Anna Clarke Photography for sharing her beautiful images today, here is what she had to say about the day;

“Lou and Rob got married in May at the gorgeous Dormy House in Gloucestershire.

They are the loveliest people you could hope to meet. They are so happy, kind, fun and so are all of their fab friends and family. We love them so much we are moving into their house, no really, we are!! But that’s a story for another day!

Their wedding was fabulous. We had a chance to escape to the nearby Broadway Tower in the afternoon and we got some amazing shots. We were even allowed to go up to the top of the tower, you can get away with anything if you’re in a wedding dress!! I might start wearing mine out and about and see what I can get away with! Hee hee! It’s also a good opportunity to say that if you can allow your wedding photographer that extra half an hour and indulge them in their creative ideas, you won’t regret it. Couples often say it’s good to take some time out together from a hectic day too.”

 

 

Names…. Louise  and Rob

Wedding Date…. Friday 6th May 2011

The Proposal…. Surprise picnic with champagne on a bright and breezy July afternoon at a local country park.  Rob had the ring made for me and although I wouldn’t stand up so he could propose on one knee – I did say yes straight away!  We then texted/phoned our friends to tell them and went to see our parents afterwards – it was very exciting!

The Vision for the day…. A relaxed, fun day with good food and great music with all our close family and friends there to help celebrate.

The Planning process…. We agreed the day Rob proposed that we wanted to get married the following May as the weather is generally lovely at that time of year so we had to get moving with the planning. The most difficult part was finding the right venue which took numerous visits to many venues but we knew when we’d found the right place.  Other than that it was pretty stress free, we were determined that we wouldn’t get worried or stressed about it as the planning should be enjoyable too.  We bought a few magazines which gave us ideas and checklists of when to do things. However it really helped having great people around us…friends and family were great and the hotel put us in contact with a local stationers and florist and we went with recommendations on the dress shop, photographer, bands, DJ’s etc.

Budget…. Blew our original budget (although I think we underestimated on everything!)!  Around £15/16K

The Venue… Dormy House near Broadway – amazing renovated farm house in the Costwold.

The Dress + Accessories….. Essence of Australia dress bought from Sposa Bridal in Brinklow along with my shoes and head piece.  They are lovely there!

Finding the dress…. Sposa was recommended to me by friends.  Both Mum’s came along as well as my bridesmaid.  Had great fun trying on all sorts of dresses in different styles but we soon narrowed it down to one – it was sure sign when my mum starting crying!  However, I didn’t want to jump straight in so I went to 3 other shops to try on other dresses – just because you only get to do it once! – but bought the original dress that I fell in love with.  It was also a bonus that it had been reduced to half price…

Groom’s attire… Hired from Moss Boss.

The Readings + Music…. Our musician friend played a medley of songs on his acoustic guitar whilst our guests arrived, he played ‘Here comes the sun’ as I walked down the aisle and ‘All you need is love’ as we walked out.  I asked my brother to a reading for us and left it to him to decide what he’d like to do…he read The Archipelago of Kisses by Jefferey McDaniels but slightly adapted it.

Beautiful bridesmaids….. One of my best friends, Matti and her daughter Abbie, our god daughter.  Abbie’s dress was from Sposa and Matti’s from Debenhams.

The Flowers… We used Jane who’s the florist for Dormy House.  We really liked her style when we visited the hotel so went with her.  She was fantastic and suggested all sorts.  All we knew we wanted was spring flowers in different shades of plum/purple (colour of our invitations and our bridesmaid dress), creams and foliage.  We put our trust in her, as she knows what she’s doing, to choose what was suitable.  She also made a lovely flower wand for Abbie!

The Cake… The cake was made locally by a acquaintance of our mum’s

Your Photographer…. The wonderful Anna Clarke!  She and Simon, her husband, were amazing!  Bonkers box

The Details + Decor…. The band was called the Texan Peacocks who were recommended by friends at work.  They’ve played locally for years and played classic covers that got the dance floor packed.  The DJ was from LRS productions in Coventry.

The Honeymoon…. The mini moon was in the Lake District and the main honeymoon that we had to wait 6 months after the wedding for was in Nepal and Goa.  A perfect mix of adventure, culture and 5 star luxury.

Memorable moments… Seeing the bride for the first time walking down the aisle with the biggest grin on her face.

Advice for other couples… Go with the flow and don’t worry if not everything goes to plan on the day…just enjoy it.

Credit where credit’s due…
Venue – Dormy House Hotel, Broadway http://dormyhouse.co.uk/
Dress – Essence of Australia. Sposa Bridalwear, Brinklow http://www.sposabridalwear.co.uk/index.htm
Bridesmaids dresses – Sposa Bridalwear for Abbie’s and Debenhams for Matti’s
Shoes – Sposa
Head piece – Sposa
Flowers – Jane Hamilton-Smith (florist at Dormy House House), Stratford-upon-Avon, 01789 721922
Table decorations – Dormy House provided
Invites/stationery/printed stuff – Paper Treats http://www.papertreats.co.uk/
Mens suits and any accessories (shoes, ties etc etc) – Suits hired through Moss Boss (Rob’s shoes from Jones the Bootmaker)
Your make up artist – Charlotte Carey http://www.makeupbycharlotte.com/
Your hair dresser/stylist – Rebecca Haines http://www.themakeuplounge.co.uk/
Cake maker – The lady we used has left the business we booked it through and don’t have her contact details
Cake Topper – Westernsuper models http://www.westonsuper-models.co.uk/
Band – Texan Peacocks http://www.texanpeacocks.co.uk/
DJ – LRS productions 02476 714523

Thanks so much to Louise and Rob for sharing their beautiful day with us today, do leave them some comment love below :-) xoxo

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