Botanical Industrial Wedding with Eclectic Bohemian Decor

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I am so in love with today’s real wedding feature, why? Well let me fill you guys in. WWW followers Scott and Faye were married on the 7th July 2018 at Halifax Minster and held their industrial wedding reception at The Artworks in Halifax, Yorkshire. Their day was a fusion of industrial and botanical wedding styles, which worked so beautifully in their art gallery venue of choice. They decked out the space in eclectic and bohemian beautiful wedding décor; think rugs, tie dye fabric backdrops, macramé and peacock chairs to name just a very few.

One of the main elements to their botanical theme was of course the flower arrangements. They decided upon greenery throughout, which looked incredible by the way. Ferns and tropical leaves were used in the bouquets, buttonholes and the statement archway. To add a botanical touch to their photographs they headed to a botanical house for some portraits and beautifully designed greenery adorned stationery added another dimension to the scheme. Do keep your eyes peeled for the dreamy bridal cape, epic smoke bombs and a wonderful confetti moment.

Scott and Faye explained to me that they “challenged convention and reinvented traditions to create a wedding that captured our spirit, style and soul.” It’s an ethos that really sums what we are passionate about here at Whimsical Wonderland Weddings. I could wax lyrical about their wedding all day long, but instead let me leave you with these incredible images by Caitlin & Jones, which we are so thankful to be sharing.

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The Proposal

Scott and I had been together for almost five years.  In that time we’d built a home together, in Halifax, with our two cats Teddy and Pippa. You could say we were pretty settled and happily building our lives together. We always knew we’d get married and, as we celebrated the weddings of many of our friends over the years, I guess somewhere down the line we figured it would be our turn when the time was right.

The proposal itself was pretty special. In the summer of 2017 we decided to take a mini tour of America for our holiday; visiting New York, Chicago and Miami. An epic trip in its own right, it got a whole lot better when it was revealed Scott had been doing a little extra prep to make it one we’ll never forget.

After a stressful run up to our holiday, when the ring almost didn’t turn up (little to my knowledge), we had a mega time exploring New York and catching up with friends in Brooklyn. Our main leg of the holiday was Miami, but wanted to check out Chicago en route and we’re glad we did as we were absolutely blown away by the city (we’d certainly recommend to anyone thinking about going).

We’d heard great reviews of Miami, too, and took advice from friends who had also been, so stayed overlooking the South beach, near the famous Ocean Drive. For the first few days, the sun drenched art deco views we were expecting were replaced with dull and stormy skies as there’d been a hurricane further down the coast – just what Scott needed after the near miss before we left England.

Thankfully, the sun appeared after a few days and we loved taking strolls along the beach, lounging in cabanas and feasting on tacos on Espanola Way (our favourite part of the town). Scott wanted to make the proposal extra special and so took him a few nights to pluck up the courage, after calling my Dad to ask for my hand (nice touch).

It was on Espanola Way Scott finally decided to pop the question, in our favourite Cuban bar. It was so intimate and lovely and I couldn’t quite believe what he was asking me, so naturally asked him if it was a joke about five times before finally saying ‘YES’. The ring was perfect, an art deco inspired design (perfectly fitting the architecture that surrounded us) with a trio of emerald cut diamonds in the centre. I couldn’t believe Scott had put so much thought into it, and I felt like the luckiest girl in the world. And, still do.

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The Vision

The vision we had for our wedding was eclectic, relaxed and botanical. We knew we wanted a local wedding with a church ceremony, but when it came to finding a reception venue that matched our vision it became apparent that dedicated wedding reception venues and hotels just didn’t match the vision we had for the day.

We’ve both travelled in our time. In fact, we met just a few weeks after I returned from teaching in Thailand late 2012. Earlier that year Scott had returned from 18 months of travelling around South America and living in Argentina, so we wanted the wedding to reflect our experiences in warmer climes, which is where we got our botanical influences.

Although we had a traditional church wedding, that’s where convention stopped. As with all newlyweds, we wanted our wedding to reflect our love and marriage as much as possible, but we also knew we wanted a big party, so needed a blank canvas to make our own. This is where the laid back aspect came from – we didn’t want our guests to follow a rigid format and we hope that was reflected on the day with the relaxed experience we aimed for.

Like most brides, I took to Instagram to compile a mood board, which ensured Scott and I agreed on the look and feel of the wedding. Of course WWW helped inspire us, among other cool wedding blogs and magazines, which were great visual aids for us to cement the style we wanted to go for. We both have our own unique styles and so wanted this to shine through on the day, not only with our attire but with the whole styling. We paid special attention to details like favours that represented our cats and Mexican tiles as place settings, which hinted towards Scott’s Espanola Way proposal. This is something we think added an eclectic yet personal touch.

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Beauty

Bride and bridesmaid hair was styled by Kate Hamilton. I wanted something simple and timeless for my bridesmaids that suited everyone. As most of my flock had shoulder length hair I went for a classic side parting with a soft wave. The look was completed with a statement slide, gifted to my flock on the morning of the wedding, which added a glamorous element to the look.

The inspiration for my hair was my absolute style icon, Sienna Miller. I wanted loose bohemian waves but with a bridal twist. I often wear my hair down, so wanted to stay true to my own personal style while elevating my look. Kate worked with me to ensure I incorporated my hair vine/ head piece, while making sure it didn’t look too heavily styled. The result was great and I certainly felt like a bride on the day.

I chose Jamiee Horne as the MUA for myself and my five bridesmaids. She has painted the faces of a number of my friends for their weddings and special occasions, so I knew I could trust her for my wedding too.

I wanted something that accentuated my eyes and incorporated my signature flick. I don’t usually wear heavy make-up so wanted something that was natural while making me look that little bit extra special. We went for a dewy complexion with cool metallic on the eye.

My flock had similar looks, but with a more copper tone. I gifted the gang with a mini mac lipstick each in the colours of twig and mehr, on the morning of the wedding, which popped nicely against the subtle tones of their dresses.

Both did a great job creating an effortless look on the day.

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The Planning Process

When we began thinking about planning the wedding, we knew that we wanted to get married sooner rather than waiting up to three years to tie the knot. So we set the date quite soon after we returned from our special trip, which meant we had about eight months to plan the entire wedding – no pressure (!).

Using the trusty mood board I developed, we were able to keep focused on the suppliers that were right for us and the type of wedding day we envisioned.  My friends like to remind me that I’m very organised, which certainly helped us along the way throughout the planning process, especially since we took on all the styling and sourcing ourselves.

Instagram was such a great tool for us to source local wedding specialists. It’s where we found our furniture suppliers All Things Borrowed, who provided us with the most amazing vintage tables and miss-matched vintage chairs. I spotted our awesome photographers Caitlin and Jones from the image sharing platform too – we were so happy when we learned how local they were to us! Also, our beautiful leafy botanicals were created by Gabriella Brook, who we found on Instagram and is very local to us in Halifax, too.

Items like the Peacock Chairs were sourced from ebay and gumtree and I got the rugs in the January sales from Wayfair, which were a steal. We both love a bargain, so loved traipsing through charity shops, antiques stores and carboots for unique pieces that would match our vision.

My parents were awesome at spotting wine and spirit deals, which was great as we hosted a free bar for our guests, as well as a gin bar for the reception. We also transformed my old bedroom into the ‘wedding room’ at the family home, which was getting fuller and fuller with candelabras, lanterns and dresses in the weeks before the wedding.

The best part about planning the wedding was knowing that everything we were doing in preparation was exactly what we wanted. There was no compromise in style and we had control of our own wedding destiny all the way throughout our journey, which is something we thought was very important to us.

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The Venue

We chose the Halifax Minster (formerly Parish church) as it is where my parents got married and where I was christened. That was the only thing I was certain about when we started planning the wedding and I’m glad I stuck to my guns as it was absolutely beautiful. Hilary, our vicar, was great and put us instantly at ease when we met him while making our plans.

We wanted the reception somewhere close to the Minster, so our guests didn’t have too far to travel. And, as easy as that sounds, the selection process certainly wasn’t. Considering our vision and the history of Halifax, originally a Yorkshire Mill town, we thought it would be fitting to add an industrial twist to our eclectic and botanical dream. Can’t be that difficult, surely!

We’d looked at a number of nearby ‘non-venues’, the phrase we coined them as they weren’t actively being used as wedding reception venues but we could see their potential, but didn’t have much luck cementing somewhere we both loved. We wanted to host a free bar for our guests and so, this ruled out many other event spaces in the area.

The venue we found was actually the first we looked at, although it took us a while before we realised it was meant to be. As previously mentioned, we were slightly underwhelmed with other spaces we saw, but being set in an old cotton mill down a quintessentially cobbled northern street, the Artworks was perfect for us.

It’s now an Art Gallery and studio and they’ve done a great job of re-engineering the space while upholding all the original quirky features like the ceiling beams, exposed brickwork and wrought iron pillars. It certainly provided us with the canvas to express our individual style – which completely paid off on the day.

The team at the artworks were really helpful and supportive with our plans and were always happy to discuss our ideas and invited us to the gallery a number of times so we could walk through the plans with them.

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The Readings & Music

As we were declaring our vows in a traditional ceremony, we didn’t want to deviate too much from the classic wedding hymns and arrangements typically played. I walked down the aisle to Pachelbel – Canon In D Major, which was really calming and made me feel almost ethereal as I excitedly glided towards Scott.

Scott’s mum and my Godmother did a great job at doing a reading each. Scott chose a bible reading for Freda, which perfectly encapsulated the feel for the day. The reading, John chapter 2 (verses 1-11), is famously about Jesus turning water into wine and serving it at a wedding in Cana of Galilee. We thought it was apt for our vision and was performed perfectly by Freda.

My Godmother, Auntie Sue (how I’ve always referred to her) read an Extract from ‘Doctor Zhivago’ by Boris Pasternak. It’s about a couple in love, a love that was so pure and free that everything around them willed them to love more. We thought it was a lovely way to represent our unity and it meant even more that ‘Auntie Sue’ read it for us.

Throughout the service the hymns we chose were Lord of the Dance and Sing Hosanna; hymns we knew our guests could sing along with. We also decided to have a choir sing among our guests, which helped fill the vast minster with harmonious melodies throughout. While we signed the register, the choir sang a few hymns, which sounded beautiful.

The multi-sensory experience of the choir, the midday sun beaming through the jewel toned stained glass windows and the feeling of sheer happiness and love among the two of us and our guests, is something we will hold fondly in our memories for a lifetime.

We exited the church to something less traditional, Hall & Oates ‘You make my Dreams’ a total guilty pleasure of ours and a close contender for our first dance song! If spirits weren’t already lifted, they certainly were once that was played. We practically skipped out of the church with smiles as bright of the sun we soon walked into.

First dance – It took us a while to choose a song for our first dance. We knew we wanted a classic, with soul, but couldn’t decide on something we equally loved. It was great fun choosing songs and practising how our first dance might be – it was actually after a night out together we came to choose ‘I wanna be your lover’ by Prince.

It was absolutely perfect. We both love Prince and always play his music when enjoying a date night or celebrating with friends; we also got the opportunity to see him one of the last times he toured the UK, so it seemed only right.

Scott’s main hobby is DJing and regularly gigs with his friend locally. Of course, that meant expectations for music on the day were already high.

We compiled a playlist for the reception, which was played until the first dance. We wanted both a band and a DJ to play at the reception; after all we had planned for a big party! We had an awesome funk and soul band play, 16 Days. Who kicked off their set after the first dance. They were absolutely outstanding and had everyone up on the dancefloor, dancing to classic grooves.

After, we had Andy Buchan DJ. Scott has previously DJ’d with Andy, who has recently warmed up for Groove Armada – if he’s good enough for Groove Armada; he’s good enough for us. He kept the party going with a phenomenal set which, of course, we had a little input with.

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Bridesmaids

All bridesmaids’ dresses were sourced from Asos, but made by a number of brands ranging from Asos’ own brand, Warehouse, Hope & Ivy and New Look.

Because my flock all have such different looks and styles, I wanted this to shine through on the day. I chose a neutral palette to complement my dress, yet match the season and stand out against the greenery in our bouquets.

We also had two confetti queens; Scott’s niece and my cousin. They had the very important job of handing out the confetti and ensuring all our guests were prepped for the big confetti moment. They wore simple cotton dresses from La Redoutte and I found the perfect pumps from Gap, which were glittery, gold and embroidered with cat faces. The perfect nod to Teddy and Pippa.

The bridesmaids looked absolutely stunning! We have such beautiful friends and family.

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Groomsmen

Like our bridesmaids, we wanted the groomsmen to wear suits that they were comfortable in and could wear again, so we were happy for them to source their own for the day. We ensured they stood out as groomsmen (and father of the bride) by providing them with matching blue floral Ted Baker ties that had a similar look to Scott’s.

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Your Outfits & Accessories

Faye – I always knew I wanted something simple. I’m only 5’2”, so anything with a huge skirt or excessive tulle was out of bounds for me. I love the silhouette of sheath dresses and there’s something I find so effortless and cool about backless dresses.

Like our venue search, my wedding dress hunt took a similar form. I actually got my dress from the first place I visited, with my Mum. It’s the same place one of my closest friends got her dress from, the Bridal Gown in Otley, which was hosting a sample sale. Unsure whether there’d be anything that would match my style, I approached my first dress hunt with an open mind and it paid off.

The dress I found is by Mikaella Bridal (1911) and was the exact shape I had in mind. I had the sweetheart neckline altered into a subtle ‘v’ to suit my style and give the dress a more modern look. On the day I was certainly glad for the low back, having been fortunate to have such glorious summer weather; it kept me nice and cool and fitted in with the relaxed setting.

With our wedding ceremony taking place in the Minster, however, I felt I needed something that helped give a more reserved look to match the traditional setting. After trying on a number of veils it was apparent that, unfortunately, I don’t suit them and needed an alternative.

I’d been swooning over bridal capes for a while, even before I tried on a gown, so decided that I would commission a custom piece to match my dress. My maid of honour is the genius behind Kindling Bridal and she helped create the absolute cape of dreams. The pearls, the silk, the shape – it is hands-down the best thing I have ever worn and I will be forever grateful I enlisted Kerri’s expertise to create such magic.

It was the perfect addition for the church and I felt like a totally modern bride when I was wearing it.

My gold wedding shoes were from Steve Madden and perfectly satisfied my love for platforms; they gave me that extra height boost on the day too!  I found some statement Elizabeth Cole earrings to match the gold tones of my shoes and the pearls complimented the embellishments on my cape and straps of my dress. The finishing touch was the Howling Moon headpiece I had entwined in my hair – I was conscious that with the cape and my earrings I only needed subtle accessories and the headdress gave my hair a bridal look.

Scott- Scott always knew he wanted a Paul Smith suit for the wedding and was adamant he wanted to wear something that was completely different from the office greys and blues that he is used to wearing for work.

We searched online to get an idea of the colour and shape of suit he might like and soon established unconventional colours appealed. After looking at a number of colours with Scott, we wanted the final choice to be a surprise, so he selected the suit he liked a few months prior to the wedding.

A number of weeks before the wedding, he had to let slip his choice so we could buy complimentary ties for the groomsmen and father of the bride. I was so happy he chose something so bold and unique, he looked awesome and his Vivienne Westwood shirt and silver/ blue Paul Smith tie made a great ensemble.

The pocket square was from Ted Baker and pulled the colours of the suit and tie together perfectly. The tone combination with the miss-matched bridesmaid dresses was totally a happy coincidence, which we couldn’t have coordinated more perfectly if we tried.

Scott’s wedding shoes were also Paul Smith in an aubergine colour, which looked great against the dusky pink of his trousers. They were definitely the icing on the cake.

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Your Photographer

We felt very strongly that photographs were an important element to our wedding, after all they’re the vehicles for our memories and will last us for years to come. Instagram is such a good platform to find wedding photographers; it’s like a magazine full of visual treats just waiting to be discovered.

It’s one of the key tools I used to search for our photographer(s) and it certainly paid off. Caitlin & Jones’ Instagram profile is breath taking and the many weddings they’ve shot seemed to match the kind of style we were looking for.

We had a good idea of what we didn’t want; posed, forced pictures. We wanted the day to be captured from the eyes of our friends and family which, from looking at Caitlin & Jones’ portfolio, they seemed to do so effortlessly.

After a little research online and after talking to them, it was refreshing to learn that they’re based in Halifax – the location of our wedding and most of our suppliers. It became apparent that locality was important to us and this, combined with their photographic talents, meant that Caitlin & Jones were the team for us.

We first met in person on our pre-wedding shoot. Neither Scott nor I are naturals in front of the camera, but they (Nathan and Eleanor) instantly put us at ease once they started snapping away. After the first five minutes in their presence we felt relaxed and the results of the shoot were outstanding.

On the day we hardly noticed Nathan and Alice (Alice was a second shot for Nathan in Eleanor’s absence), they captured some beautiful details of the day and those shots in the botanical house were what we could have only ever dreamed of – absolute stuff of dreams, right there. Nathan and Alice had a real challenge on their hands as it was one of the hottest days of the year, we were in an effective greenhouse that was over 40° and the sun outside was so bright – but they kept their cool, remaining totally professional and un-phased.

From the pictures in the church to those of the speeches, (C&J) completely captured the essence of the day – we’re so happy with the results!

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The Flowers

Wow. The flowers! Gabriella matched our brief absolutely perfectly. From our first consultation at her florist shop ‘Heavenly Harvests’, she completely got the vision.

We didn’t just want any greenery that could be found on a woodland stroll, we wanted tropical palms and balmy leafs to adorn both the venue and bouquets. And, as we had such an eclectic mix of colours dressing the venue, we wanted to keep the colour scheme as green and understated as possible.

That said, once we saw what Gabriella was capable of we couldn’t stop. After first requesting a few leaves in demijohns to decorate our tables and, of course, the buttonholes and bouquets, we soon added to that hanging hoops and an archway to add a little something extra to the venue itself.

On the day we were so glad we’d added those few extras as they were the finishing touches necessary to give the venue that special, almost editorial, look.

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The Details & Décor

Most of the details and décor were designed, created and sourced by us. We hired the Artworks gallery for three days over our wedding weekend, so had the entire space the day before, for us to decorate and transform into our wedding reception venue. We had a great team of family and friends around us who all helped decorate and add finishing touches. We couldn’t have done it without our wedding squad, who absolutely nailed the décor.

I made the table runners made from some curtains, to match the backdrop in our reception space and the additional plants, lanterns, rugs and furniture were the result of our hoarding and bargain hunting over the last few months before our wedding.

In the January sales we managed to get our hands on a lot of fairy lights that my parents hung from the beams of the entire venue space, they gave the space an intimate feel and had a great effect once day transitioned to night.

We wanted the gallery to feel like a stylish destination, separated into spaces guests would explore throughout the day. It’s naturally sectioned into two, which was a great starting point and decided one section was for dining and drinking, with the other for lounging and dancing. We created extra ‘areas’ by draping fabric and using the beautiful archway supplied by Gabriella for a stylish effect.

One of Scott’s best men and his dad helped to design and build the bar, which spanned the width of the ‘restaurant’ and we sourced local IPA and lager to serve and cool down our guests. A thoughtful touch to the bar was our emblem at the front, which Scott had printed on vinyl as a special surprise that he revealed the day before.

The emblem was designed by my sister, along with all of our other stationery. She studied advertising at University and is also a very talented artist, so we couldn’t think of anyone better to create our invites.  She exceeded our expectations with the designs and completely captured the style of the day with hand drawn botanicals offering an authentic look. We had them printed on organic paper, with gold foiling on the save the dates and invites, to tie in with the gold accessories we incorporated within the décor.

The gold accents created by the candelabras, geometric terrariums, lanterns and mirrors added to our eclectic vision and contrasted well with the botanicals and personalised patterned name tiles that also adorned the tables. In keeping with the our hand made efforts, I also designed the welcome and cake table signs, as well as the seating plan, all of which were repurposed gold-framed mirrors – which we propped on easels kindly loaned to us by the venue.

Throughout the reception we had numerous macramé hangings that added a bohemian feel. Our beautiful backdrop tapestry was handmade by Scott’s very talented mum, who even sourced wooden branches from the nearby woods to hang it from. It looked awesome on the day and it has taken pride of place in our home as a lasting memento of the wedding.

In keeping with the handpicked and handmade theme, we made gold cat keyring favours for each of our guests as an ode to our cats, who (of course) couldn’t be at the wedding.  We also personalised the Mexican tiles ourselves.
Other little details of the day were the confetti cones made from maps, to represent our love for travel and the pictures of us both hung from LED peg lights above the cake table (we bought the cabinet for £15 and my parents upcycled!).

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The Cake

We were certain we didn’t want a cake. The days of posed photos of the bride and groom cutting into their dry fruitcake, seem to be somewhat an outdated tradition and one that neither of us were passionate about ensuring it lived another generation of wedding albums.

However, as our plans progressed and wedding conversations became daily discussions, we had a change of heart. We still didn’t want to dedicate a huge chunk of our budget to something we didn’t see an important element of our wedding day, but had somehow been convinced to get a token gesture, at least.

So we got six cakes. Naturally! We found a bakery online (@spongecakesltd) that allowed us to choose a number of flavoured cakes for a steal, at just £100! The perfect solution to satisfy those who seemed bitterly disappointed at our mere suggestion of a cake-less wedding.

My Aunty Sue baked us an extra Victoria sponge that was a little smaller than the others, to create a two tier ‘wedding’ cake, which tasted delicious.

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The Honeymoon

We went to Hawaii for our honeymoon, stopping off in Santa Monica and San Diego respectively after arriving in and before leaving the US. We left the UK two days after our wedding, which was perfect as it gave us enough time to clear down the venue (not what I thought we would have been doing the day after our wedding), catch up with family and friends and relax.

We didn’t realise we’d be so worn out once we got to Santa Monica and spent most of the time taking early morning strolls on Venice beach and exploring the town. The mix between emotional exhaustion and jet lag meant that we didn’t get to see much of LA – however we did get to squeeze in a celebrity tour in Hollywood. When in Rome…

Waikiki was our next stop, which was a great destination for us to celebrate our newlywed status. We stayed right on the port and managed to hunt down a Tikki bar which we liked to frequent. We spent a day at the Koko Crater then went to Hanauma Bay National Reserve, Waikiki which was a real gem – one of our honeymoon highlights.

Maui was our next stop and after experiencing more of a city vibe in Waikiki we were excited to experience the tropics of a more remote and laid-back island. Tropical and remote was certainly what we got! We stayed in an air bnb near Hana drive, which was situated next to a botanical Garden. It seemed very in keeping with the whole vibe of our wedding and was a lovely setting for us to reminisce our special day.

Maui was by far our favourite part of the trip and when we weren’t out exploring the island and the delicious Poke bowls, we were chilling in our own home from home somewhere up the Haleakalā volcano overlooking the distant shoreline below. It was idyllic and one of our favourite days was when we took a snorkelling trip to a remote cove and spotted sea turtles and whales.

It really was a once in a lifetime trip and we are so glad we were able to leave with such magical memories.

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Memorable Moments

Although we both have different accounts of the day, many of our most memorable moments are the same. The first time we both saw each other, as I was walking down the aisle, was such a special moment for each of us. I was so nervous just before I took my first steps down the aisle, but seeing Scott smiling at me instantly made me forget about everything else.

The whole time we were in the church; the choir, our friends and family and the actual ceremony itself – each element was so special to us. One of our favourite church moments was the first kiss, after we’d signed the register, with Hall & Oates as our sound track we stood in front of everyone and embraced. It was wonderful.

We had our wedding pictures at a different venue to the church and reception space, so had the chance to spend some quality time with each other in the VW camper on the way to the shoot. Taking this time, just the two of us together, gave us a sense of calm and sheer happiness that only we could relate to.

The location of our wedding photos was conveniently in the local park, near our home. It was important to us that we captured a few pictures near our house, as it’s where we’ve built our life together so far; it also gave us chance to freshen up before we went back to our guests. After all, it was one of the hottest days of summer!

We couldn’t wait to see the venue after Gabriella had worked her magic. We thought we’d done a pretty good job of setting everything up the day previous, but when we entered the reception space we were absolutely blown away. The archway, the demijohns and those hanging hoops! We were astounded by the result and so were our guests.

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Advice For Other Couples

We would advise other couples to stick to their guns when hunting for a venue or sourcing special pieces; don’t compromise on something that doesn’t feel you. There are so many unique spaces out there that just need to be discovered, don’t settle for something ordinary when you have a vision that is bursting out of the box.

Even though packages are cost-effective, we found that what was on offer would mean we’d have to compromise our own spirit, style and soul – a cost we were not willing to pay.

We’d also advise any couples embarking on their wedding journey to start sourcing items as soon as they’ve agreed on their theme/ vibe/ vision. If you have the space or family members that do, starting a stock pile of décor will certainly take the stress away from the final days before the wedding.

And, of course, live by your wedding spreadsheet, lists, timelines and mood boards – trust us – they’re life savers and a great sanity check when wedding fever takes hold!

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Credit Where Credit Is Due

Make Up
Jamiee Horne MUA

Hair
Hair by Kate Hamilton

Headwear
Howling Moon

Dress
Mikaella Bridal (1911)

Bridal Salon
The Bridal Gown – ceased

Suit & Shoes
Paul Smith 

Seamstress
Megan Hadley Bespoke Dress Maker

Bar Construction
Colonnade Exhibitions

Cake
Sponge

Wow! What a brilliant celebration and I have to also just mention how much I adore the super stylish outfit choices. You can also find out why we love smoke bomb wedding photographs if you loved the smoke bomb portraits as much as I did.

Scott and Faye, thank you both ever so much for sharing with us your absolutely amazing wedding day xo Lou

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