These zingy fresh images today really lifted my spirits.
WWW readers Laura and Mitchell tied the knot on the 5th September 2015 at Normanton Church Museum followed by a reception at Normanton Park Hotel in Leicestershire. They wanted to create a wedding which was relaxed and romantic, cue the stunning pastel colours and sparkly touches. Many of the details were hand-crafted by Laura and Mitchell, including the stationery, table numbers and paper flowers.
I so love the lush florals, delicate pale blue iced cake, the Justin Alexander gown and the sparkler exit too. Stunning.
Thanks so much to Georgi Mabee Photography for sharing these dreamy photographs.
THE PROPOSAL | Mitchell proposed in Ibiza on a cliff top overlooking the magical Es Vedra, the best surprise of my life!
THE VISION | We wanted something relaxed in a romantic countryside setting with a pretty vintage feel, and a few sparkly details thrown in!
THE PLANNING PROCESS | We got engaged over 2 years before our date so we had a while to plan, which was lovely as we had time to enjoy it.
I love pastel colours and metallics so the colour scheme was one of the first decisions we made. I set up a wedding board on Pinterest and starting collecting bits and bobs straight away. Once we had decided on our venue the planning seemed to all fall into place. We decided on having a ‘sweetheart’ table instead of the traditional top table at our reception; this worked out really well and helped to keep the relaxed feel on the day.
BUDGET | We didn’t really have a fixed budget as such.
THE VENUE | Although we looked at lots of venues to begin with nothing seemed to jump out at us at first. Then one afternoon we went for a bike ride around Rutland Water and there was a wedding taking place at the Church Museum, we knew instantly that we wanted to get married there. The church is such a unique venue and we chose Normanton Park Hotel, just a short walk away, for our reception. The reception venue was really flexible and in a great location. It was also handy that the majority of our guests could stay the night too.
THE DRESS & ACCESSORIES | A beaded sheer back Justin Alexander Signature Collection design. The shoes were from Monsoon Bridal Collection; satin with a lace overlay and lovely ditsy floral print inside. Headpiece was a 1920’s inspired bejewelled headband by Halo & Co. I borrowed my earrings from a close friend for my ‘something borrowed’.
FINDING THE DRESS | I tried on a number of dresses in various shops but finally found ‘the one’ at the Courtyard Bridal Boutique in Kettering. They were so friendly and helpful and made the whole process stress free. I also purchased my jewellery and bridesmaids shoes from there.
GROOM’S ATTIRE | Mitchell wore a navy blue Ted Baker suit with brown brogues. He loved his bright coral skinny tie with lovebird print, and it really stood out on the photos. The groomsmen had duck egg plain skinny ties and I made the pocket squares from some vintage floral fabric.
THE READINGS & MUSIC | We kept the readings simple, choosing a short reading for the ceremony read by my brother David. We had an amazingly talented classical guitarist called Steve Bean. He played a mixture of contemporary and classical pieces throughout the ceremony and during the reception. For our evening reception we hired ‘The Manytones’ a soul band with stunning lead singer Kayleigh O’Neill.
BEAUTIFUL BRIDESMAIDS | Our four gorgeous bridesmaids wore duck egg floor length chiffon dresses, with jewelled waistbands. I hired Elizabeth Clare for our hair and make up, with the bridesmaids having matching up dos.
THE FLOWERS | Our flowers were by a lovely lady called Marion Aitken from Bluebell Floristry. We sat down a year ahead and went through our vision, which Marion understood from the start. Our flowers included: ‘Miss Piggy’ coral roses, cream hydrangeas and blush carnations. We used rose bowls and tall embossed glass vases for the tables, which I sprayed silver to give a mercury glass look.
THE CAKE | This was a 4 tier: chocolate, angel and fruit cake from Gardeners Bakery in Northampton. Decorated with lace detailing and peach flowers. We also had some gluten free cupcakes, which tasted amazing! These were decorated with peach icing and sugar flowers too.
YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER | Georgi Mabee. We fell in love with her relaxed style straight away and couldn’t be happier with the final results. So many people have commented on how lovely our photos are. It was really good to have an engagement shoot too; which helped us get over our camera shyness!
THE DETAILS & DÉCOR | I designed and made all the stationery, including tag style save the dates and postcard invites sent in laser-cut envelopes.
We had order of service cards in church, with a brief history of the Church Museum and some bubbles for after the ceremony, as we weren’t allowed confetti because of the Rutland nature reserve.
For the table numbers I painted paper mache numbers and decorated them with lace, embellishments and silver leaf. For our sweetheart table we did the same but with Mr & Mrs letters, we then had the flowers arranged in between.
I sourced a variety of doilies, blush glass candlesticks and mercury glass vases to decorate the venue. I also handmade a number of other decorative items including: paper flowers displayed inside glass bell jars, love quote prints displayed in frames and a few strings of paper bunting.
Place names were displayed on miniature easels that we painted to match our colour scheme and for favours we opted for rose vodka with customised labels.
In the evening we had sparklers. I managed to find matches with white tips and then customised with ‘The Perfect Match’ boxes.
THE HONEYMOON | A fabulous honeymoon in Cape Verde staying at the Melia Dunas resort.
MEMORABLE MOMENTS | Apart from the ceremony itself and becoming husband and wife, the best thing about the day was seeing all our friends and family enjoying the day. In the evening we had the most amazing sunset and the sparkler arch at night was just magical. We love looking back at the photos and re-living the day!
ADVICE FOR OTHER COUPLES | Plan as much in advance as possible as the weeks before the wedding can get a little hectic. Use sites such as pre-loved and gumtree, as you can get some good quality bargains. Relax and enjoy the day as it flies by!
CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE |
Photography | Georgi Mabee Photography
Dress | Courtyard Bridal Boutique
Flowers | Marion Aitken, Bluebell Floristry
Venue | Normanton Church Museum
Venue | Normanton Park Hotel
Guitarist | Steve Bean Classical Guitarist
Hair and Make up | Liz Clarke, Elizabeth Clare
Tie | Mrs Bow Tie
Laura and Mitchell, thank you both so much for sharing your super special nuptials with us xo Lou