By Louise Baltruschat Hollis
Here we have a real wedding filled with atmosphere, love and romance. WWW readers Fern and Jordan were married on Saturday 15th September 2018 at Saint Nicolas Place in Birmingham before heading to the family home to host a tipi reception. I am transfixed by these dreamy and ethereal images by the brilliant Belle Art Photography today. What a treat! Just wait until you see the portraits in the woodland, wow. Thank you Becy for sharing them with us today.
There was a deep dark red and burgundy colour scheme, which can be seen from the velvet ribbon accessorising Fern’s beautiful lace dress to the red hue of Jordan’s handsome suit and the sensational seasonal bouquet featuring foliage galore. The tipis were decorated using items with personal meaning and come evening the tents twinkled with magical fairy lights.
A really special wedding day indeed, I think you are just going to love these relaxed nuptials today.
Jord had been planning the proposal for a while, all of our friends knew, they even helped him find a ring and no one let it slip! In January 2015, during a holiday to Iceland we visited Gullfoss, a huge waterfall on the Golden Circle. The snow was so deep as we walked down to the edge of the roaring falls and heavy snow was still falling. I started taking photographs, not wanting to forget the last day of our holiday when I turn to face Jord who has disappeared down to one knee. A very cold and wet knee but not for long! I actually jumped on him and we fell back into the snow. At the time we were poor students so we knew we wouldn’t get married for a while but we didn’t mind, the timing of the proposal was perfect.
The idea of elopement really appealed to us originally but we knew our families would have been disappointed that they couldn’t attend, so we decided to have planned time for us as a couple on the day. We drove to the ceremony together and stopped in a local wood for photos. Our wedding was simple with minimal fuss and over thinking. We just did our own thing; a mix of traditional and not so. The day was small and intimate with our closest family and friends.
I’ll be honest, I didn’t really enjoying the primary planning stages. I’ll be the first to admit I’m not a very organised person and this was by far the most organised we’ve ever had to be! You soon realise that a “simple wedding” isn’t so simple! However we utilized family and friends and once the big things were arranged we could focus on the best bits; decorations and details.
We searched the internet for a long time before finding Saint Nicolas Place. We knew what we wanted but couldn’t put it into words until we walked into The Old Grammar School. The building is full of history, dating back to the 17th century with beautiful oak beams carved with Tudor decorations, thought to ward off evil spirits.
We knew we wanted the reception to be based at my mother in law’s beautiful home so decided to hire tipis from Elite Tents. That worked wonderfully as we slept the night in our own bed and the next morning enjoyed a big breakfast with the guests who also stayed – we had people everywhere!
My dress was the first item we bought for the wedding. It happened by chance that I saw Katya Katya, the designer I’d been gooey-eyed about since the engagement, was having a sample sale. I went along as a last minute decision and bought the first dress I tried on. ‘Francesca’ was exactly what I imagined, vintage lace with sleeves!
On the day my mum gave me a necklace, pressed forget-me-nots in glass, our favourite flower.
Jord was harder to please, we shopped around for ages. As vegans finding a nice suit that wasn’t a wool blend proved to be difficult until we found King and Allen, a bespoke suit service offering vegan fabrics that had a shop up the road from where we live!
Sarah from Urban Coiffeur did my hair beautifully, she recreated all my Pinterest photos in one.
We didn’t have any readings in our ceremony but wrote our own vows. Jord’s literally blew me away.
Choosing our wedding Spotify playlist was easy, we just pulled together all of our favourites from the past 8 years. I walked down the aisle to Beach House – Take Care and we left the ceremony to Bright Eyes – First Day of My Life. We also played Bob Dylan – Wedding Song whilst we signed the register and Villagers – Everything I Am Is Yours.
Our first dance was to Sivu – Kin and Chrome to a backdrop of twinkly fairy lights.
As soon as I walked into Amy’s shop in Stourbridge (Fairleys) and saw her giant dried wreath hanging on the wall, I wanted her to be my florist. She took my ideas; “er, eucalyptus?” and ran. She also did the buttonholes complete with the tiny ceramic mushrooms I provided. I managed to dry everything so now our home smells so good and I have a wreath just like hers!
We always knew what style of photographer we wanted; dark, intimate, unposed and boy, did Becy deliver! Becy of Belle Art Photography captured the day exactly as we remember it – full of love. She was fantastic, even doing an above and beyond shop dash to get the newlyweds snacks after the ceremony, we’d been too nervous for breakfast!
So many details of the day were personal and the significance known only to those closest.
My Nan passed away in April this year, she didn’t even see my dress. As a nod to her I put the china mice she left me from my favourite childhood books; Brambly Hedge in pride of place. My Mum, a keen gardener, also provided eucalyptus from her own tree.
Jord and I both love the works of Studio Ghibli so hidden around the tipis were forest spirits.
Scattered throughout the day were tiny mushrooms. Mushrooms are a passion of Ferns’, she even has them tattooed!
A family friend from Emazing Bakes made us an amazing vegan vanilla sponge. We actually cut it and within seconds the whole top layer was gone without us trying a piece! I decorated it with thyme, thistles, seasonal fruits and more mini mushrooms.
We’ve booked a trip to Venice for early next year.
Dancing to the Levellers with the Best Man.
The Best Men’s speeches, we cried and laughed in equal measure.
Dancing to the psychedelic trance song my drunk friends played, with my mum!
To be honest all of it was amazing and went without a hitch, can we do it all over again please?
Enjoy every second, it’s over in the blink of an eye. Don’t sweat the small stuff, it really won’t matter on the day.
Gracious me, what a divine day.
Fern and Jordan, thank you both ever so much for sharing your wedding story with us xo Lou
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