A Jewel Coloured, School Themed Outdoor Wedding

Fun, bright and happy springs to mind when i scroll through these images.

I love this wedding, this couple have smiles planted on their faces all day long, and being teachers they injected a lot of fun and personality into their wedding decor which i love :-)

Eleanor makes a beautiful bride, and i love the silk flowers, a great alternative for an everlasting wedding bouquet :-) Anyway before i spoil it by telling you everything…. go have a peek.

Thanks so much to the amazing Herefordshire based wedding photographer, Gemma Williams Photography for sharing her work today, here is what she had to say about the day;

“Eleanor & Adam were married in August, at Wilton Castle, Ross-on-Wye, Herefordshire, and then went to nearby Orles Barn for their celebrations afterwards.  Because outdoor marriage services aren’t yet legal in the UK (boo!), Eleanor and Adam actually got married at Hereford Town Hall the day before, so extending the wedding weekend celebrations!  Wilton Castle is a beautiful setting for an outdoor blessing ceremony, and the weather was fortunately on our side, with the rain staying away all day.  There was time after the ceremony for plenty of photographs around the amazing castle ruins and gardens, before the party walked to Orles Barn amidst the sound of honking car horns!

The reception venue was decorated with bunting and lanterns, and games were played on the lawn before going into the marquee for the wedding breakfast.  As Eleanor & Adam are teachers, they had chosen a different school subject for each table and decorated it with appropriate favours for the guests to play with, ranging from English and P.E. to the Geeks and the Naughty Table!  (The top table were the Prefects of course).  Much fun and chaos ensued, and the helium balloons were even brought into the equation! It was the best idea for table decorations I have seen.  The laughter continued into the speeches, and then it was the fun of the evening disco with everyone on the dancefloor making amazing shapes (particularly some very cool air-guitaring!).

Eleanor had chosen three fabulous different and striking colours for her bridesmaids, flowers, decorations and groomsmen’s cravats, socks and buttonholes.  She had even found shoes to combine all three colours – they were fab!  All the colours tied in perfectly and added to the fun and vibrant atmosphere of their amazing wedding day.”

Names…. Eleanor Davies and Adam Perkins

Wedding Date…. 13th August 2011

The Proposal…. It wasn’t during the long walk in the sun along the river, it wasn’t during the romantic candlelit meal for two, it was during the competitive game of scrabble afterwards! He used the ring as an ‘o’ in the word ‘love’!

The Vision for the day…. Colourful, bright, happy. Everything revolved around the three colours we wanted: teal, pink and purple. I even chose my dress around how the colours would look with it!

The Planning process…. scrapbooks, magazines, swatches, trawling the internet, lots of suggestions, lots of favours, lots of suprises!

The Venue… Wedding Blessing at Wilton Castle, Ross on Wye and then afterwards at Orles Barn, Ross on Wye. Both venues were suggested by friends and family, and we loved them instantly! Wilton Castle is in ruins now, but overgrown with flowers and overlooks the river. Orles Barn is a 5* restaurant and the claim to fame is that Ellie Goulding stayed there after singing at the Royal Wedding.

The Dress + Accessories… The dress was Ramola by Madeline Gardner. I’d tried finding teal shoes and after looking at thousands that weren’t right, I was just about to give up. I then checked the Monsoon website found a fab pair– made with all three of the colours we were using in the theme. They are amazing! Other jewellery was from various high street shops. I borrowed my Mum’s pearl bracelet and opal ring. My bridesmaid Sera gave me a blue fairy which I attached to the underside of my dress.

Finding the dress…. Funnily enough, my dress wasn’t one I’d spotted before going to the shop. I had others in mind that I wanted to try, but the ladies at Lily Oliver Bridal in Hereford suggested I try on the Madeline Gardner dress. Once it was on, I LOVED IT! Lace, beading, organza, everything I wanted, and a gorgeous train to match! It fitted the venue perfectly.

Groom’s attire… He went in for a regular suit and came out with full tails! No top hats though as they wouldn’t fit on his hair! Adam’s cravat was teal, the best man’s and usher’s were bright pink and the fathers’ were purple. I also bought the men socks to tie in with the theme too!

The Readings + Music… We had three readings during the ceremony; my brother read A Lovely Love Story by Edward Monkton, my Grandfather read ‘I Love You’ by Roy Croft and our friend Ruth read ‘A Good Wedding Cake’. We gave each guest a card that told them what the readings were and also had ‘Love Poem’ by Vicki Feaver on.

Beautiful bridesmaids….. My oldest friend Sera wore hot pink, my sister Lara wore teal and Adams sister Laura were deep purple.They had plaits and flowers in their hair. Sera’s daughter Evie was our flower faerie and wore a matching flower to her Mum. Unfortunately, she was not best pleased when presented with the faerie wings, so we gave them a miss at the last minute!

The Flowers… To save money and have keepsakes for our bridal party, the bouquets and buttonholes were made by SIlkblooms.co.uk. We designed the bouquets using pink, purple and white roses, peonies and small teal lilies. All were tied with teal ribbon. The mums and Adam wore a blue rose, the celebrant (one of Adams friends!) the best man Dave and our usher Rob wore pink roses and the fathers wore a purple rose. My gave my bouquet to my grandparents who, as the couple that had been together longest, will be celebrating their diamond wedding anniversary in a few weeks.

The Cake… Neither of us are fans of fruit cake, so we decided for the up and coming cupcake! Our friend Charlotte, who makes stunning cakes for a living, made and decorated our gorgeous cupcakes in the wedding colours with flowers and butterflies on top. Some were vanilla, others were lemon so our guests could choose which colours or flavours they wanted.

Your Photographer…. The fab Gemma Williams from Hereford. She was there from the bacon butties in the morning all the way to the drunken dancing in the evening. A perfect mix of traditional photos and reportage arty style, which we love!

The Details + Decor…. Decor was simple. At Wilton Castle, the flowers and ruins provided a beautiful scene enough without having to add anything. At Orles Barn, the three bright colours stood out fantastically in the white marquee. We used balloons, bunting and a big mix of different centre pieces. I made the bunting with my Mum and sister – girlie music, champagne and lots of stitching! We had glowing lanterns in the garden as well which looked fab at night.

We decided to have a wishing tree rather than a guest book. My parents dug up a (fairly large!) tree and decorated it for me. I didn’t see the tree until the day, so it was lovely to see the decorations Mum had made! As part of our photography package, Gemma did an engagement shoot and we could choose one of those photos as a large print for guests to sign, which will be hanging up in our new house for all to see!

Adam and I are both teachers so decided that favours would be based on school. Each table was a different school subjects or groups and the favours were appropriate to that subject. For example, we had a Geeks table who had silly glasses, an Art table, who each had playdough pots and the top table were the Prefects and so we all had badges!

The Honeymoon…. We’ve just put a deposit down for a house so we didn’t book a honeymoon. We do have some very generous friends and family though, so we used their gifts to go away for a long weekend on the Devon coast. We spent each morning in the spa – the outdoor hottub overlooking the sea was our favourite bit! Thanks to our friends and fam for that!

Memorable moments… Walking through the ruins of the castle to meet my man at the top of the steps. I couldn’t stop smiling.
The speeches – all three were absolutely perfect – everyone was in stitches, nothing was awkward or too long, and there were several impromptu ones as well!

Advice for other couples… Delegate on the day. If you’re like me and organise, make and do everything yourself, just make sure that when it comes to the day itself you give tasks to other people. I didn’t do that and completely forgot to bring out the iloom balloons for the evening that I’d bought (in the three colours!) and the rubber ducks (again in the colours!) which I was going to hide around the venue in the morning. Remember that the day is about you- don’t get stressed and worried about pleasing others.

Credit where credit’s due…
Wilton Castle – http://www.wiltoncastle.eclipse.co.uk/
Orles Barn – http://www.orles-barn.co.uk/
Gemma Williams- http://www.gemmawilliamsphotography.co.uk/
Lily Oliver Bridal- http://www.lilyoliverbridal.co.uk/
Bill Child – http://www.billchildformalwear.co.uk/
Cakes by Char – Charlotte is based at The Sandwich Cellar in Hay on Wye
Silkblooms – http://www.silkblooms.co.uk/
Perkins and Strong – videographers based in Leominster

Thanks so much to Eleanor and Adam for sharing their fab wedding with us today :-) didn’t this wedding look so fun??!! ;-) xoxo


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  • LOVE the ‘geek’ table idea! haha amazing x

  • thanks guys :-) xxx

  • I love all the splashes of colour, just enough to be classy and cool. That location looks amazing as well, certainly a wedding photographers dream to have somewhere a little different to work with rather than just another hotel. Glad this one was blogged :)

  • What a great idea for a theme! And I love the colour scheme.

  • thanks guys :-) it’s so bright and beautiful isn’t it :-) xx

  • I just love the marquee colour scheme. The smartie colours with the white furniture and green carpet works brilliantly.

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