What a treat we have in-store for you today and it’s just the perfect way to begin the week too. WWW readers Jack and Kirsty were married on the 1st June 2018 at Stubton Hall in Nottinghamshire. They had a boho luxe vision for their day and oh my did they pull it all off in total and utter style. Their wedding was captured so beautifully by Darina Stoda Photography and we are just so thankful to be sharing these stunning images.
The focus of their vision was on the florals. Bold, colourful and bountiful coral flowers were chosen to be adorned everywhere. I do love to see a coral charm peony too, they really are so blousy, plus I adore that they used the flower in their stationery to give a hint of their wedding styling to their guests ahead of the celebrations. All of the other décor was kept really simple and chic, with touches of rose gold and fun elements like the confetti station and the amazing DIY hoop table plan.
Do keep your eyes peeled for incredible attire all round, a show-stopping cake table, an appearance by Poppy the Labrador, a delicious sushi station and a sparkler send off. Oh and I just have to mention how brilliant it was that Kirsty and her bridesmaids did yoga in the morning, it sounds so relaxing.
It was a lovely intimate proposal at home. It was a normal Wednesday night after work so it was a big shock. I got home and walked in to the kitchen with some shopping and Jack just randomly got down on one knee and said how much he loved me and asked me to marry him. He proposed with the most amazing Heidi Gibson ring. All I kept saying was “but it’s Wednesday!?” I was so shocked. We got changed and went for an amazing meal at World Service to celebrate.
We wanted something relaxed and a big party with all our friends and family. We’d thought about going abroad but we wanted everyone to be there so decided to have a big wedding near home. I’d always liked the boho themed weddings but Jack wanted more of a black tie vibe, so we met in the middle and went for a boho-luxe theme. One of the most important elements of our wedding was the flowers. We relied on the flowers to bring everything together so we kept everything quite simple so the flowers were the focus of everything. The invitations had beautiful watercolour peonies, roses and foliage to give guests a glimpse of what to expect on the day. We ran the same illustrations through to the order of service, menus, signage and even tissues and cocktail stirrers. Because of the bright flowers, the bridesmaids were in a soft heather grey, we had pale grey table runners on the crisp white linen, subtle glass candle sticks with grey candles, clear and blush pink glass ware and a simple yet beautiful cake decorated with the flowers. There was a hint of rose gold in places, for example gold drips on the cake, a gold frame surrounding the cake/treat table and gold charger plates on the top table.
The Planning Process
We started with how many guests we’d like to invite so that we knew what venues we could look at. We didn’t want venue size to restrict our guest list. After that we only looked at one venue, Stubton Hall, and we were sold straight away. We went with a June wedding as we love summer and was hoping for sunshine, which we luckily got! And I was able to have my favourite flower, peonies, so we were both happy. The styling and invites were what were next for me, as a designer I already had a vision and it was all based around colourful flowers. Everything else just fell into place. I found my dress pretty quickly, knew how I wanted my hair, the bridesmaids dresses weren’t as stressful to find as I thought it would be. We booked entertainment and chose the food and drink we wanted with the venue so everything ran smoothly.
We were lucky enough to be able to have our fur baby at our wedding. She arrived just after we got married and was bought in by Michelle from Hurleys Wedding Day Dogs. She looked after Poppy our 4 year old chocolate Labrador for the day and brought her for just over an hour whilst we had pictures.
We are big sushi fans so wanted to incorporate this into our day somehow. We were lucky enough to find Hiroko from Japanese Ideas who is the sweetest lady you will ever meet. She was so helpful and organised it was great. We decided to have a sushi station instead of canapés at our reception drinks. We also served our guests beer and prosecco on the terrace at the reception drinks. We did a “bubble bar” on a trolley so people could add things to their prosecco such as cassis, elderflower, shimmer, flavoured candy floss and fruit. This trolley had previously been a “confetti pick’n’mix” trolley just after the ceremony and then it was a “midnight cookies” trolley at midnight to satisfy the munchies with homemade cookies baked by Jack’s mum, Jill.
Our wedding rings were from Aspire Jewellery who I met at a wedding fair. Kevin was absolutely amazing! He came to our house with so many ring samples and we chose and ordered there and then. He took my engagement ring to be cleaned and then hand delivered both before the big day. The service was so good.
Generally the planning was fine. I felt like we kept things simple and organised, a spreadsheet and a separate bank account was a must. The week before the wedding is the most stressful as everyone needs confirmation and information but apart from that it all went smoothly.
We had a budget for everything and kept to it pretty well.
Stubton Hall is a 19th century country house set on the Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire border. It’s beautiful tall ceilings, elegant rooms and beautiful grounds sold it to us straight away. It has the perfect balance of old and new, filled with beautiful antiques but large bright white spaces to bring to life and create your own style. With 25 bedrooms to accommodate our nearest and dearest, it was the perfect choice for us.
My friend Lara (Make up by Lara) did my make-up. She did it very natural as I don’t wear too much make up and I wanted to look like I normally do. My friend Danielle (Porters The Little Salon) did my hair. I had a big loose plait and wore my mums headdress that she wore on her wedding day, it matched my dress perfectly.
Your Outfits & Accessories
My dress was from Maggie Sottero and her name was Jovanna. A tulle A-line V-neck gown with embellished and embroidered bodice in blush pink. It seemed to tick all the boxes. The crisscross embellished detail on the bodice is what was really special to me. I seemed to have been attracted to everything with a cross hatch pattern. It wasn’t until my mum gave me the headdress that she wore on her wedding day that it all came together, it matched my dress literally perfectly. Jack surprised me a pair of Jimmy Choo’s just after we got engaged (before I’d even got the dress) so it was nice to go and try on dresses with my wedding shoes.
The Readings & Music
We had 3 readings. Jack’s uncle Steve did one called “He never leaves the seat up”. Our friend Lianne read one called “Friendship”. Our friend Charlotte did the last one called “On our Wedding Day”.
I walked down the aisle to the beginning of Old Pine by Ben Howard. During signing the register we listened to Post Malone – Congratulations, The Stone Roses – Waterfall and Oasis – Live forever. And we walked out to The Kooks – Naive.
Our first dance song was to Stevie Wonder – Knocks me off my feet. It’s just a song we both love. Jack plays it quite a lot so it’s something that reminds me of him. We had lots of options and always came back to that song.
We had an amazing young singer at the drinks reception. We saw David Kaho busking in Nottingham City Centre and thought he’d be great at our wedding. In the evening we had Stubton Hall’s recommended DJ, Diverse entertainment and Picture Blast photobooth so guests could dress up, take pictures and leave messages in our guestbook.
Sophie from Confetti Cakery made our delicious cake. It was a two tier, bottom tier was Chocolate mud with salted caramel buttercream and sauce covered in white sugar paste and top tier was naked toffee with sticky toffee buttercream and sauce with rose gold drips. We had a treat table instead of favours and had a sign to say “Do us a favour and choose your own”. Sophie made us macarons, mini-meringues and heart shaped shortbread.
The Details & Décor
I did the majority myself with the help from my mum, dad, mother in law and bridesmaids. I hired candlesticks, table runners, chair sashes and my welcome area from Save the Date Stylist, who were amazing. I did a lot of shopping in charity shops for glass vases and gold frames for signage. I got things from Ebay like my trolley which I used for a confetti trolley, bubbly bar and midnight cookies. I got acrylic holders from Amazon to hold the acrylic table numbers and other bits of signage. The table numbers were pieces of square perspex with white vinyls on. Each person had a menu on their place setting with a mini wooden personalised peg holding a small piece of wax flower. The table plan was my favourite. I’d had this idea in my head for ages and was so fun (but time consuming) to do the day before the wedding.
We hired light up letters from Ray of Light Letters.
Jack wore a blue tux jacket with black tux trousers (from Suit Supply). He chose a bow tie (from Hugo Boss) that near enough matched my dress which was perfect. The two best men had grey bow ties and the three groomsmen had black and all wore black tuxes too.
I had 5 bridesmaids and they all wore pale grey floaty dresses from ChiChi. I was going for a boho luxe theme so wanted them to look natural but with a bit of glam. Esme (my maid of honour) and I made eucalyptus flower crowns the night before the wedding and they wore their hair down with soft waves. I bought them personalised clutch bags so they had somewhere to put their stuff at the wedding. I bought them small gold earrings from Accessorize and a gold personalised bracelet from Etsy, they had a pink stone in and a small gold tag with their initial engraved.
Rebecca from Floraldeco did our flowers. She was amazing. We relied on the flowers to bring everything together so we kept everything quite simple so the flowers were the focus of everything. The hand-tied bouquets created in a very relaxed, contemporary style in a wild, natural floral style with lots of trailing eucalyptus populus tendrils to the sides. Flowers included coral peonies and romantic Antik roses, David Austin style pink garden roses, ranunculus, interspersed with delicate floral material. They were tied with long champagne silk ribbons. All 6 bouquets were the same but with the brides a little bigger. We used these same flowers on the tables as our centrepieces. The buttonholes were blush/white spray roses. We had soft ruscus trail and two peonies on the end of every other aisle chair and then these moved to the top table at the wedding breakfast. Rebecca also did the flowers on our cake and corner floral decorations for the frame around the cake.
We were lucky enough to have the amazing Darina Stoda. She was recommended to us by Confetti Cakery and as soon as we saw her work we were in love. We met her before booking and she was so relaxed and friendly we knew she’d be the perfect person to be with us on our special day. She included a pre wedding shoot too so we could get used to being in front of the camera which was great! She captured so many special moments and everyone’s feelings and energy. The quality of the pictures, the candid style, the tone, the presentation box the pictures and USB came in, everything was perfect and more than we could of ever hoped for.
We had Jeremy Wong from One Wedding to film our day. He was amazing, he provided us with a trailer, highlights, long film and even the full ceremony and speeches. It was so important for us to be able to watch it after the wedding as we knew it would be a whirlwind. It was nice to see things that we didn’t get to see on the day and seeing everyone having so much fun was amazing.
We went away straight after the wedding to Lake Como for a week. We had a car and travelled around quite a bit. Jack’s friend was kind enough to organise an amazing villa for us which was right on the lake, it was beautiful.
In September we then went to Las Vegas for 3 days as Jack’s cousin was getting married and then drove to Los Angeles and stayed there for a week. This trip was organised by Viva Vacations who were absolutely amazing.
Walking down the aisle with my Dad has got to be my favourite moment, and then stood at the alter with Jack making our vows. It felt so special and just knowing everyone was there with us was amazing. Having time on our own together in the side room right after we’d got married was a lovely moment too.
Advice For Other Couples
My main piece of advice is to just plan ahead and be organised. Don’t try and do too much. Keep the week before the wedding free to prep so the day before is nice and chilled. Also use suppliers that you know or who are recommended to you.
I did yoga the morning of my wedding. I was worried I’d be nervous and not know what to do with myself so me and the bridesmaids did some light yoga with the lovely Becca from Reprana. She tailored it so it was nice and relaxing. It was a perfect way to start the day.
One thing I struggled to find or didn’t know what to do with was my bouquet. It seemed such a shame to let it die so I dried it out and have preserved the flowers in a box frame. I have now set up a business @lveframe so I can start doing this for other brides.
Credit Where Credit Is Due
Darina Stoda Photography
One Wedding (Jeremy Wong)
The Confetti Cakery
Save The Date Event Stylist
Hurleys Wedding Day Dogs
Light Up Letters
Ray Of Light Letters
How utterly wonderful.
Jack and Kirsty, thank you both ever so much for sharing your very special wedding story with us xo Lou