I really love the unique theme that this gorgeous couple chose for their beautiful wedding celebrations. They opted for a hunter woodland inspired day with a touch of glamour. Oh yes.
Helen and Andrew were married on the 3rd October 2015 at Wimberry Hill Garden Centre in Derbyshire. There was a really cosy autumnal feel and I fell hook line and sinker for their extremely dreamy portraits by the lake. Helen looked incredible in her lace open back gown with vintage style hair and dramatic make up. Andrew meanwhile chose a grey suit, check shirt and bow tie for a dapper yet stylish ensemble.
Let’s move on to the spectacular rustic décor. Helen is a florist and knew exactly what she wanted for her blooms, pretty hydrangeas and roses. These worked really well with the wooden details, antlers, pine cones, feathers and the show stopping cake. I love it all.
Thanks so much to Kerry Diamond for sharing these sublime shots with us.
THE PROPOSAL | Christmas morning 2012 but he was more interested in the Wii u console he just got :) and left me till last.
THE VISION | Well I went through so many ideas, purple and sage was my original colour theme I even bought a Cadbury purple bridesmaid dress for my sister which she picked but ended up not wearing, then we went on to art deco, vintage, shabby chic, vintage glam then we finally came up with hunter woodland.
THE PLANNING PROCESS | Well there was 3 years of it and hours of making decorations and fake cake making (so many lists). We first looked for a venue as I had my heart set on a barn conversion but no luck, they were all too far away so a friend of my mum mentioned the venue at the garden centre in Glossop. Then came the dress, I went to all the shops and tried on everything even a big one (not my cup of tea). Next were my girls as my maid of honour (little sister) Fiona was super fussy, that took the longest, we tried every colour and style and then I found them on a web site. We went to a few wedding fairs to get some ideas for wedding invitations but none were suitable for my theme, they where all to glittery. I knew my aunty was doing my wedding cake, we spent many a hour designing and making it as it wasn’t edible, we made it in advance. Most of my decorations I made myself or bought off eBay.
THE VENUE | My venue was at the venue at Wimberry Hill Garden Centre, Glossop. It was a marquee style potting shed/ greenhouse conversion, outside looked like the shed in a quirky way but the inside full on white draped marquee topped with two chandeliers and a double bar, shiny new dance floor and a stage.
THE DRESS & ACCESSORIES | My dress was perfection, after trying every dress in the Tameside area and a dress from the web I finally found my dress in Freedman’s Stockport, which was pretty scary as I drew my dream dress when I was 16 and it was near enough the same. It was the one, fate if you would call it, it had everything. Mermaid style, lace, diamonds, pearls, key hole back, it was something that you see models in in the magazines. Top that with a vintage Norwegian blue fox fur and a vintage broach, satin pearl t-bar heels, veil and a very sparkly pearly head dress. Was the perfect dress for the perfect day .
FINDING THE DRESS | Finding my dress was the easy part I did know what I wanted as I already designed my dress when I was 16 but I did go in the shops with an open mind as my mum told me try everything, you might be surprised. Well that’s what I did, tried everything, big ones, plain ones, a lines even a cat suit one (wasn’t that bad), then we went to Freedman’s in Stockport and I walked up to the first dress that caught my eye and even down to the buttons down the back I knew it was the one, 3 sizes too big but the one.
GROOM’S ATTIRE | After failing to get him in a kilt and saying no to tartan or tweed, we took a quick trip to Slaters in Manchester where he found a slate grey slightly tartan 3 piece suit. But he didn’t want a black or white shirt so he went for a black and white checked top as he does bit of a friend joke, he owns over ten checked shirts most of which I have bought and a black dickibow with new brown and tweed shoes from Next.
THE READINGS & MUSIC | We didn’t have any readings per say but our old headteacher Mr Parker who married us did read a poem called A Lovely Love Story which is about two dinosaurs falling in love.
BEAUTIFUL BRIDESMAIDS | Well my beautiful bridesmaids after my sister ( maid of honour ) refusing to wear any of the accessories she picked for herself and my two other bridesmaids we got there in the end, she got her own way and didn’t wear the beautiful hairpiece. My bridesmaids dresses where hand made floor length light grey chiffon with a stunning sequin top and back, that was the plan anyway when it came to the alteration day only one could get in hers, properly my fault ordering online different sizes and all. So a quick trip to TK Maxx and I was sorted luckily my sister got in hers so wasn’t that bad and my other girls dresses where in beautiful dark grey floor length dresses with a bit of bling on the top, and my mini bridesmaid wore a knee length all white lace dress with a grey sash for a dash of colour, all dresses where topped off with sequin Converse in grey.
THE FLOWERS | As a florist myself I knew exactly what I wanted, all white and cream hydrangeas, roses and cabbage roses in a hand tied style and a smaller hand tied with roses and silver brunia for my bridesmaids, rose buttonhole with pheasant feathers for the groom.
THE CAKE | All hand made by my lovely aunty none of it edible all 6 tiers of it. All of the different tiers had individual hand made sugar paste flowers, berries, deers and lace. Some of the flowers included of roses, carnations, peonies and a few made up ones. At the base of the cake I made a flat wreath of pheasant feathers which took two days to make and a lot of hot glue gun burns.
YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER | My photographer was Kerry Diamond, I went on her website and fell in love with the style of her photography, it was beautiful, soft and natural and she captures every little emotion.
THE DETAILS & DÉCOR | My décor was hunter woodland, most things I collected myself throughout the year so I know I’d love all my decorations. I also made a few thing myself to keep the cost down. My dad made me a log post box which was perfect, I made all my napkin rings with twine just for those little touches. As our décor was hunter woodland and not just woodland I thought it would be fitting to have some deer skulls and antlers, I got a bit carried away with that and ended up with 6 of the things along with furs and an abutment of pheasant feathers. As for the woodland part, no wood is without pine cones, which I wasn’t short of. I had 6 with tall vases full of them with white hydrangeas and curly willow sitting on a log ring with mini wooded hearts scattered across the table. On the top table I had a small antler centrepiece with roses, green and trailing ivy, small bottles with moss with eggs and acorns in them, wooden lanterns and pine cones . Keeping with the deer and wood theme, all of my guests had hand made name place blocks made by the lovely Sadie Fay, all the men had antlers and the ladies had feathers and flowers. She also made me and my husbands with a doe for me and a stag for him with Mr and Mrs on them. Every little touch was perfectly placed even all the stuff I made. Kirstie did a fantastic job getting my ideas down and bringing them to life I couldn’t have done better myself.
THE HONEYMOON | Well we went on a buddymoon with our two best friends to Gran Canaria in a lovely hotel stones throw to the beach.
MEMORABLE MOMENTS | When the band got Andy (husband) Joe (best man) and my dad on stage to sing Bon Jovi Livin On A Prayer.
ADVICE FOR OTHER COUPLES | Make it your day and know one else’s.
CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE |
Photography | Kerry Diamond, for the best photographer in the world.
Stationery & Blocks | Sadie Fay
Hair & Make Up | Karis Best Hair and Make Up ( love her )
Personalised glasses | Amanda Thomson
Just so wonderful.
Thanks so very much to Helen and Andrew for sharing their wedding story here at WWW xo Lou