Dreamy wedding alert. Yes it’s time for a super beautiful summer celebration, which was oh so romantic.
WWW readers Laura and Dan got hitched on the 3rd June 2016 at Elmore Court in Gloucestershire. The vision came about after Laura discovered a tie in a beautiful Liberty print fabric, which she then designed and styled the wedding around. It just goes to show that wedding inspiration can be found in the most unique of places. Coral was the key tone and it worked beautifully on their bright sun shining wedding day. Think modern style table décor, bold graphics and a bold cake design. WOW.
The florals were simply epic, the pink Peonies, Dahias and Roses looked so amazing all tied into bountiful bouquets for the girls. The bridesmaids donned long peachy dresses, while Laura chose a strapless belted tulle gown. Didn’t’ they look so very pretty?
Thanks goes to the brilliant LJM Photography for sharing these amazing shots.
THE PROPOSAL | Dan proposed on Watergate Bay in Cornwall, which is our favourite beach, but not without some diversions by me. Dan had packed the ring in a picnic basket with the plan to propose to me that evening when we arrived at the beach. On route to Watergate Bay we decided to stop in Padstow. I went to go and get a ticket for the car and on my return Dan was fumbling with the picnic basket as all the food and ring had fallen out (I didn’t see the ring but was very confused as to why he was so stressed). That evening we arrived at Watergate Bay to find the tide was in so weren’t able to go onto the beach, he had the ring on him again. We had Breakfast at Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen the next morning which overlooks the beach and he planned to go for a walk and then propose, which I scuppered as I wanted to go to St. Ives for the day and insisted on leaving immediately to avoid the traffic (he had to keep the ring in his pocket for the whole day). On our final day there we made it on to the beach where he tried several times but I put many obstacles in the way before he eventually proposed to me beside a clear blue lagoon on the beach. It was absolutely perfect.
THE VISION | I came across a tie which is handmade by a lady in Yorkshire called Catkin Jane. She specialises in using Liberty material. I saw the tie, checked with Dan if he liked it and purchased it. The whole wedding was then designed around the pattern on the tie and pocket square.
THE PLANNING PROCESS | We got engaged in 2014 and decided to not get married until 2016 as I was training to be a teacher and Dan was the following year, but we wanted to book somewhere in preparation. We looked at venues in Wales and Gloucestershire and found Elmore Court on a google search. Elmore at the time was relatively new to the wedding scene but when we met Leesa, one of the managers, she gave us a tour and told us about the history of the venue, we knew it was the place for us. Team E at Elmore are second to none! The amount of support and guidance they provided us was absolutely amazing. We have seen the planning process that our friends have been through and I believe that none of them received the support and service we did. From day one we were made to feel like part of their family and they made the whole process and wedding day a very special time for us. Chloe and Rachel, the events managers, were absolutely amazing. They ensured the day ran like clockwork and any request we had they ensured it was met. All our guests commented on the exceptional service and said they had never eaten food at a wedding quite like it. Once we had booked the venue I contacted LJ of LJM Photography and ensured we booked her. The rest of our suppliers are recommended by Elmore and when we met them we knew why. They were very professional and provide such high quality services! For us the planning process was really laid back as we had two years to plan. I thoroughly enjoyed the experience and look back fondly on that time.
THE VENUE | Elmore Court, Gloucestershire.
THE DRESS & ACCESSORIES | Dress & Veil: High Society, Cowbridge, South Wales.
Earrings & Hair Clip: Glitzy Secrets.
Necklace: Lido from John Lewis.
Liberty Clutch Bag: Catkin Jane.
Shoes: Vivienne Westwood.
FINDING THE DRESS | I went to several shops and actually found the dress in Shop 3 on day one. I had a feeling that it was the dress, as it was unusual and just felt right. But I wanted to wait as I had appointments in two independent shops and wanted to check there first. I went to High Society last and tried on a few dresses but luckily they had THE DRESS in stock there also. When I put it on the second time it just confirmed my feelings.
GROOM’S ATTIRE | Ted Baker Lounge Lizard Navy suit from Moss Bros. Catkin Jane Tie and Pocket Square made from Liberty Tana Lawn Susanna material, Ted Baker Tan Shoes, Cufflinks designed by Laura and made by Maria Allen Boutique.
THE READINGS & MUSIC | The first reading was read by three of my best friends from school, it was Colour of my Love by David Foster and Arthur Janov. This was chosen as I am an art teacher and the words were very relevant. The second reading was actually chosen by the reader Sian (Dan’s cousin). She chose Marriage by Coulson Macleod. I walked down the aisle to Yellow by Coldplay and we exited to Paradise by Coldplay. Our first dance was Toothpaste Kisses by the Maccabees, we chose this song as we love the lyrics and it was one that we listened to regularly when we first met.
BEAUTIFUL BRIDESMAIDS | My bridesmaids represented each part of my life, my sister Emily (family), Jenna (one of my best friends from secondary school) and Sarah (we met in art college and then lived together through University). The bridesmaids wore stunning Eden, Coral Chiffon Dresses from our local bridal shop, The Bridal Box in Pontyclun, South Wales, and finished off with Miss KG silver shoes. Each bridesmaid also had a coin purse in the liberty material which was also made by Catkin Jane.
THE FLOWERS | The flowers were just absolutely breath taking. We decided to meet with Maria at Sorori Flower Design after reading recommendations on our venues website and she was also recommended by our cake maker! Maria is very creative and I just showed her a couple of images that I had collated from Pinterest to give her an idea of what I wanted. She stunned us with the most fragrant bouquets I have ever smelt and biggest peonies I have ever seen. Maria captured my vision and I cannot recommend her enough! She also provided us with a beautiful garland which dressed an ironwork bannister outside the venue.
THE CAKE | All I could say was WOW! Jennie at Curtis and Co. is just amazing. When Dan and I originally went to meet Jennie I was set on a naked cake. There was no other option as far as I was concerned. I then walked in to Jennie’s studio and my mind was changed, she had a display of absolutely beautifully decorated cakes and I knew that if we were going to have a cake from Curtis & Co. it would be a shame to have a naked cake. We decided to have a three tier cake consisting of Victoria sandwich and lemon drizzle with the middle tier decorated with the pattern from Dan’s tie. Jennie hand painted it and it was an absolute masterpiece.
YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER | Lisa- Jane Meates (LJM Photography) was actually someone I had worked with before. LJ volunteered to do some fashion shots for the Boutique charity shop I used to manage. She accompanied us on a campaign throughout Cardiff and as soon as I knew I was getting married there was no other person that I would want photographing our big day.
THE DETAILS & DÉCOR | I had a very clear idea early on of the design that I wanted for our wedding. I knew that I wanted the colours in the groom’s tie to be the theme but I hadn’t anticipated me using the actual design throughout. It initially started with our stationery, which I designed with my bridesmaid Sarah. Sarah and I studied Graphic Design at university together and in an afternoon had come up with the invites, place names etc. and this was the start of the whole theme.
When I visited the florist I showed her an example of material and an image and had made the decision that I wanted simple displays that were low enough for guests to be able to see each other across the table. I also wanted the flowers and the table number to be sat in a three for balance. The simple displays and clean lines of the design work sat perfectly within the venue. When we had first visited Elmore Court, there had been a flower garland on the iron work and this is something we knew we wanted. It looked absolutely stunning with giant peonies!! We also decided that we wanted something on the fireplace within our venue and opted for paper flowers rather than real ones, I found Things by Laura on the internet and fell in love with her work. I sent her an example of the material and matched up the colours that were on the invites. She created absolutely beautiful flowers which were later used in the reception venue after the ceremony. I absolutely loved the reception venue and wanted to ensure my vision complimented the room rather than over powering it.
I love typography and spray painted some letters from Oliver Bonas and designed bride and groom signs to match our invites, which I then laser cut in school and also sprayed to match our letters. As well as the table décor I also made a ribbon backdrop for a selfie station, themed bunting for our suitcase which held cards, designed and made signage to welcome guests and encourage them to sign the guest book, and to toast marshmallows at the firepit, using copper leaf and chalk pens. I wanted the firepit area to feel like guests were still part of the wedding so I decided that I wanted to hang paper pom poms from the trees outside, this is where Lauren Grey came in and she did an amazing job hanging the pom poms. Lauren was an amazing help as I hired her to put finish touches together in the venue that I was unable to do in the morning. Her expertise on the venue is second to none and she was always on hand to answer my questions.
At the firepit we had marshmallows for toasting and blankets which I tied with ribbon, with a small label matching our pattern that said ‘cwtch up’ (Welsh for ‘cuddle up’). The firepit was a complete success in the evening and everyone made their way there at some point. The area was lit with trios of fairy lights in jar which were upcycled Douwe Egberts coffee jars. I also used these inside during the evening reception. The table numbers were replaced with fairylights in a coffee jar, to make them look less like coffee jars I applied copper leaf to the top of the jars which worked really well.
Everything fell into place and I was amazed at the way the room looked. I am a very visual person but did not expect in a million years that everything would fall into place so perfectly. We also had lawn games which were amazing for the children present at the wedding and the adults thoroughly enjoyed it too. We also hired a unique sweet stand from Stuart at Every Event Hire which were glass balls hanging on a wooden stall. Everyone loved this and there was absolutely nothing left by the end of the night!
THE HONEYMOON | We are not going on honeymoon this year as we are teachers, we were unable to go straight away and I am a bridesmaid for one of my friends during the holidays. We are instead going on a trip of a lifetime next year exploring Australia and Fiji for 4 weeks over the summer! We cannot wait and we get to drag the whole experience out over a year!
MEMORABLE MOMENTS | We had several memorable moments, but I think the part that stands out the most is just after the ceremony. While the guests were being ushered out of the ceremony we had 5 minutes together in the morning room, just the two of us with a glass of Prosecco. This was amazing as we had time to actually talk to each other and reflect on the events that had just passed. This was followed by us being announced on the balcony where we were greeted by all our family and friends (not to mention the hand full of confetti I had thrown directly in my mouth from our rather excited page boys.)
ADVICE FOR OTHER COUPLES | Plan and work together. Dan and I worked as a team on the wedding. Even though I didn’t let him have much say on the design of the wedding, as I had a very specific vision, he was super organised when it came to collating peoples’ addresses, managing payments and ensuring we were aware of important dates. This took a lot of stress off me and meant I could focus on the creative side.
CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE |
Photographer | LJM Photography
Dress | High Society, Cowbridge
Bridesmaid Dresses | Bridal Box, Pontyclun
Hair and Make up | Emily Elizabeth
Accessories | Glitzy Secrets
Grooms Suit | Moss Bros
Grooms tie and other accessories | Catkin Jane
Grooms cufflinks | Maria Allen Boutique
Paper flowers | Things by Laura
Flowers | Maria at Sorori Design Florist
Stylist | Lauren Grey
Cake | Jennie at Curtis and Co.
Videographer | Offbeat Films
Sweets Display and Lawn Games | Every Event Hire
Venue | Elmore Court, Gloucestershire
Disco & Love Sign | Oxygen Discos
What a way to end the week. Glorious from beginning to end.
Thanks so much to Laura and Dan for sharing their wedding with us here today xo Lou