As we rapidly head towards Spring, we can’t help but feel excited for summery days. BUT I know so many of you will be looking for wedding planning ideas for your winter weddings, which is exactly what we have for you here today.
Kate and Tom described their day as “Rustic, local, homemade and FUN!“. And you know what? It doesn’t really get much better than that does it? The 23rd December 2017 was their wedding date; it was the same date as their first official date in 2011 and they also had a festive proposal. So the Christmas season was just perfect for their personal celebrations. Twinkly lights were used in abundance to create a magical, cosy atmosphere, alongside many DIY decorations. The greenery blooms and natural colour scheme ensured a rustic theme, which oozes style and sophistication. Not to mention super beautiful outfits, for both our bride and groom and their wedding party. Wow! A real personality packed, happy and loved up day.
Huge thanks goes to the wonderful Kazooieloki Photography, we are loving these images today.
THE PROPOSAL | A Christmas Day dog walk in 2016 through the Lincolnshire countryside at a scenic spot, in a muddy field, near the Humber Bridge.
THE VISION | A twinkly, local and rustic winter wonderland full of our favourite people.
THE PLANNING PROCESS | Due to being together since 2012, we moved swiftly and got on with wedding planning immediately after the proposal and decided to get married within the year… just! We both love Christmas time so it was an obvious choice plus all of our lovely friends and family would be around to share it with us. Also the 23rd December 2011 was our first official date so it couldn’t have been any other date really. Tom chose the band (he’s a guitarist in his own wedding band so it needed to be the right choice, which is was! Excellent choice, Tom) and Kate chose pretty much everything else with help from Tom, of course. We were so fortunate to get our first choice with everything; photographers, caterers, church, venue, flowers etc. so the whole day, as cliché as it sounds, was perfect. We didn’t want a typical winter wedding with a garish red colour scheme so went for a more natural colour scheme with colder greys, whites and thistle blues.
BUDGET | £10,000
THE VENUE | St. Mary’s Church Barton-Upon-Humber
The Assembly Rooms Barton-Upon-Humber
THE DRESS & ACCESSORIES | Sincerity fit and flare ivory dress from Brides and Grooms of Lincolnshire. Customised with cap sleeves for a winter feel. Earrings were Vivienne Westwood (a wedding gift to myself as I’ve always wanted a pair) and silver block heel shoes were from Nine West.
FINDING THE DRESS | The first shop I went to and the third dress I tried on. Weirdly, it’s the same place my mum got her wedding dress from.
GROOM’S ATTIRE | M & S suit and Loake designer shoes.
THE READINGS & MUSIC | Readings: Time Travellers poem and Corinthians verse about love.
Music: Entry of the Bride to acoustic ukulele singing to ‘Can’t help falling in love’ from Tom’s friend Neil.
Music while signing the register: acoustic singing from Mel and Dan, our friends.
Music when leaving church: ‘You’re my best friend’ cover by Mel and Dan.
BEAUTIFUL BRIDESMAIDS | Emily, Liv, Alice and Laura. Dresses from Debenhams and shoes from Dorothy Perkins.
THE FLOWERS | The Flower Garden, Barton-Upon-Humber. Natural and rustic winter foliage.
THE CAKE | A rustic silver birch effect three-tier masterpiece. Flavours: lemon buttercream, traditional raspberry sponge and Nutella chocolate mud cake.
YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER | Kazooieloki
THE DETAILS & DÉCOR | A DIY family effort! 100m of beautiful handmade bunting by the Mother of the Groom (Jane), fresh balcony garland made by Auntie Val, rustic individual jam jar table decorations and photo hoops made by the bride and bridesmaids, personalised tongue in cheek name cards written by the groom, chalk boards designed by our close and very arty friend Mel, lovingly designed wedding stationery by our Best Man Mike, who is (luckily for us) a professional designer and art-worker, rustic log slice cake stand made by the Father of the Groom (the most practical man we know) and Christmas tree lovingly sourced and decorated by the Father of the Bride and bride’s brother.
THE HONEYMOON | A romantic Christmas minimoon to Bruges between Christmas and New Year and a West Coast of America adventure in Summer 2018 during our 6 week holiday (we’re both teachers!).
MEMORABLE MOMENTS | The hilariously long and never ending Once in Royal David’s City hymn during the church ceremony with six, yes ALL SIX verses, the impromptu Fairytale of New York sing-a-long during the main course of our wedding breakfast, the heartfelt and tear jerking speeches, the Bride getting on stage to sing Teenage Dirtbag with her Groom’s band (this isn’t the first time – it’s her favourite song and his poor, long suffering band mates encourage her up every time) and finally dancing the night away to the incredible Tzars, our wedding band from Hull. They are the best covers band we have ever seen!
ADVICE FOR OTHER COUPLES | Tom says, “Let the bride do everything.” Kate obviously agrees but thinks it was a team effort. We couldn’t have produced the perfect day without the help and support of our friends and family. We can both honestly say that we loved having a blank canvas venue to transform into our very own perfect venue and wouldn’t have done anything differently. Oh, and you don’t have to spend a fortune. Spend in the right areas (dress, food, entertainment) and it’ll be great!
CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE |
Photographers | Kazooieloki Photography
Venue | Assembly Rooms Barton
Caterers | Cooks – [email protected]
Band | The Tzars
Cake | Polka-Dotty Cakes
Car | Select Wedding Cars
Hair | Xandrias Hair
Make up | Natalie Kate
Chair covers | Be-Dazzled
Ahh so gorgeous! Kate and Tom, thank you both so much for sharing your special wedding story with us xo Lou