Whimsical Colourful & Fun Wedding Filled with Peony Florals

Coniston Hotel Wedding Hayley Baxter Photography

WWWers, you are just going to love this super fun and very colourful wedding today. The perfect antidote to hump day, not to mention a bucket load of inspirational styling and décor ideas. Yippee!

Nick and Natalie are with us to share their real wedding story, a beautiful day held on the 23rd June 2018 at The Coniston Hotel in Yorkshire. Their vision was for a relaxed and fun wedding, and they included all the colours, not to mention some really cool decorations. The reception room was decked out in giant helium tassel balloons and ribbon chair backs. Plus the top table had a stunning greenery and tea light backdrop. Guests must have been blown away.

One of the other stand out elements has to be their wedding flowers. Choosing the peony as their must have bloom, they were used in the bouquets and arrangements to great effect. So very pretty! Keep your eyes peeled for stylish attire (hello stunning dress with pockets), a cheese stack wedding cake and flawless hair and make up too.

Hayley Baxter Photography, thank you so very much for sharing your divine images of their wedding with us today.

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The Proposal

At the Grand Canyon watching the sunset we stopped off on our way to Scottsdale AZ at a magical little place called Yavapai Lodge located on the south rim, known for its incredible sunrises and sunsets.

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The Vision

A summer party with family and friends.

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The Planning Process

The planning took 18 months, understanding what we wanted to create took the longest to decide, we have attended so many beautiful weddings and events that we were pulling inspiration from a lot of different sources.

We visited a lot of wedding venues it was really great to see the different styles to identify what we wanted from our venue; when we visited Consiton Hotel we knew immediately that was the one.

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Budget

£25,000

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Your Outfits & Accessories

The dress was Martina Liana Bridal it was a very classical clean dress which was exactly the opposite of what I initially thought I wanted. My original vision was to have something fitted with a little lace and a very beautiful fishtail, when I came to try these sorts of styles on, I soon realised that look was not for me.

Ava Rose Hamilton, where I bought the dress from only by chance held out the Martina Liana dress out to me and said they thought I might like it and to try it on. As soon as I put on that dress, I felt immediately comfortable, the back was elegant, and the double strap added a nice feature without it being fussy, the train was incredibly long and beautiful and the biggest selling point, the dress had fabulous pockets perfect for swishing on the dance floor.

The suit was from Ted Baker, Nick had already decided he wanted a mixture of patterns and something that suited the country venue, in the end he selected a navy suit jacket and trousers with a green and grey waistcoat.

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Beauty

Hair by Charlene from Rafters Hair and Beauty in Keighley.

Make up by Sam Collins.

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The Venue

The Coniston Hotel in Skipton

As soon as we walked in to the hotel on a very cold rainy winters day, we knew this was what we had been looking for. The hotel had a lovely cosy country feel, with a nice mix of modern and traditional features. We could imagine where our guests would congregate throughout the day, and it was be a good place for some of our longer travelling guests to stay and relax. The recent addition of the spa was a great advantage and something both we and our guests would enjoy the morning after the wedding.

Our wedding itself was held at St Peters Church, a stunning little church on the edge of the estate, we met with the vicar and some of the congregation and immediately felt welcome.

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The Readings & Music

Arrival of the bride – Canon in D by Johann Pachelbel

First Hymn – Jerusalem

Poem – Boats by Raymond

Reading – Colossians 3 v 12 -17

Second Hymn – All things bright and beautiful

Signing of the Registers – Air on a G String by Johaan Sebastian Bach

Third Hymn – Lord of the Dance

Recession of the Bride and Groom – Spring by Vivaldi

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Your Photographer

We choose Hayley Baxter Photography to take the snaps of our wedding, we loved her relaxed informal style and when we looked at the images from previous weddings, they were like nothing we had seen from another photographer.

Hayley managed to capture truly magical moments for us; it is so important to have a photographer that not only makes you feel relaxed and at ease but also that takes those WOW shots too.

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The Flowers

Our florist was Walter and Blossom, she was incredible and one of the things we reflect on most about our day. At our initial meeting we discussed pretty country garden arrangements with lots of colour, we decided we wanted a raw style more than something perfectly arranged but we knew we wanted peonies to feature in the arrangements. What Sophie from Walter and Blossom produced was better than we could have ever imagined all the displays were all beautifully different.

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The Details & Décor

We confirmed 2 suppliers Scarlett Envy and Creative Events.

Creative Events produced the ribbons on the chairs in the Banister Suite and the backdrop to the top table.

Scarlett Envy sourced and installed our giant bright balloons and pom poms.

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The Cake

We decided on a selection of cheeses to form our cake and these were sourced from Czerwicks in Brighouse.

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Bridesmaids

Mint Green maxi style dresses from the Tie the Knot collection by Ted Baker.

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The Honeymoon

Bali in March 2019

Ubud to stay at the Hanging Gardens in the forest, and then Gili Aire to relax by the beach.

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Memorable Moments

Seeing all our favourite people in one place was an incredible feeling; secondary to that was when we saw the flowers and the photo preview for the first time.

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Advice For Other Couples

Create a wedding that reflects you, remember to have fun and enjoy it.

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Credit Where Credit Is Due

Nick and Natalie, thank you ever so much for sharing your bright and beautiful nuptials with us. What an honour! xo Lou

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