In Wisteria Heaven

Wisteria by Hannah Duffy

I’m yet to find a single person who doesn’t have a soft spot for wisteria, they don’t use the term #wisteriahysteria for any old reason you know – there’s method in the madness. Scientists have actually proven that wisteria is so beautiful it’s addictive to share it Instagram…or something like that 😉

Photography Hannah Duffy has captured our combined love for this stunning trailing bloom to perfection in this shoot from The Hotel Felix in Cambridge. Keeping all the other details very simple and in muted tones lets the grandeur of the venue shine through. And if you love the Naomi Neoh dress, we shared Naomi’s latest collection earlier this week, so do check it out. After you’ve lost yourself in the wisteria of course.

Hannah the Photographer & Stylist: With intimate weddings in mind, this fresh and modern take on a central city wedding took place in Cambridge. The Hotel Felix is a magnificent Victorian Villa, surrounded by spacious gardens and the most dreamy wisteria adorns the exterior! With a select team of suppliers, the shoot is designed to inspire couples who are looking to create a chic, stunning wedding with a few carefully chosen, simple elements.

Flowers played a big part of the design of the day. Flowers adorned the neck of the hotel’s Felix statue as a beautiful way of welcoming guests to the wedding at the entrance to the hotel. For the tablescape we introduced delicate bud vases that held single flower types which allows each flower variety to really sing. Together with the Duchess and Butler tableware, it creates a striking tablescape. A single stem of lily of the valley from the florist’s own garden adorned each place setting.

The cake is from Two Little Cat’s new Bare & Bold line of cakes. Jenni from TLC worked together with Clare Jones Floral design to incorporate some of the florals into the cake. Beautiful and delicious!

The bride wore Erin & Ebony from Naomi Neoh, layering a chantilly lace dress over a corseted underdress for a romantic look and our groom wore a suit from Hackett.











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A Stunning Vintage Hollywood Glamour Wedding In Hertfordshire

I am delighted to share with you the stunning vintage Hollywood glamour wedding of Hannah and Louis at The Grove in Hertfordshire. Although the couple only met four years ago, I love the fact that their family history goes way back. ‘Our grandparents have been friends since they were 16 and our parents knew each other from school,’ says Hannah.

The couple dated for three years before getting engaged at the London restaurant Bob Bob Ricard. ‘Louis had arranged for my parents to be there after the proposal,’ explains Hannah. ‘We all enjoyed a bottle of Champagne and lots of tears. I was so nervous that I ended up smashing my glass all over the dinner table.’

Hannah found her dress for her Hollywood Glamour wedding at Mia Sposa in Cockfosters. It was ‘Marigold’ by Maggie Sottero. Hannah wore a custom made headpiece by Botias (Boe Wright) which complemented her dress perfectly. ‘I felt like a real princess in the dress,’ says Hannah. ‘It was the vision I had as a child.’

When asked to describe the look of her wedding, Hannah says it was ‘vintage Hollywood glamour.’ The couple’s colour theme was gold with lots of candles and white hydrangeas. Their florist was Laura Kuy who created a stunning floral arch for them.

Hannah discovered her make-up artist Ellie Dutton via Instagram. ‘She is SUPER talented,’ says Hannah. ‘My hair stylist who made me feel super Hollywood glamorous was Boe Wright. She also made me my custom hair piece. My make up was gold with a big eyeliner wing and lots of golden highlight.’

A big highlight for Hannah during the ceremony was her rescue dog Luna, who was also their ring bearer. She ran down the aisle to give the couple their rings and sat patiently watching them get married.

Hannah and Louis’s Hollywood glamour wedding was photographed by Hayley Bray Photography. ‘They did my sister’s wedding the year before and they kept me so relaxed on the day,’ says Hannah.

I am sure you will enjoy taking a look at some of the photographs from their gorgeous wedding below.

If you would like to see more weddings at The Grove, click here to see Claartje and Christian’s wedding, photographed by Gill Flett.

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A gorgeous photograph of Hannah and Louis.

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The couple’s Hollywood glamour wedding took place at The Grove in Hertfordshire.

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Doesn’t Hannah look incredible here?

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Hannah’s make up was ideal for her Hollywood glamour wedding.

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Hannah’s mum helping do up her Maggie Sottero wedding dress.

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A stunningly dramatic photograph of Hannah.

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A gorgeous floral arch by Laura Kuy Flowers.

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Hannah on the arm of her father about to get married.

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The ceremony room, ready for Hannah, Louis, their family and friends.

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Candles played a part in creating the ambience at Hannah and Louis’s Hollywood glamour wedding.

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Hannah on the arm of her father, seeing Louis for the first time.

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Hand in hand, about to get married.

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Hannah’s gorgeous dog Luna!

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Hannah was clearly delighted to see Luna.

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Hannah and her glamorous bridesmaids.

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The newly married couple entering their wedding reception.

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Hannah and Louis’s elegant wedding reception.

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The glamorous top table.

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The couple lifted on chairs by family and friends.

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Hannah and Louis cutting their wedding cake.

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Camilla and Richard’s stunning South Stoke Farm wedding, with Jason Williams Photography

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The details and styling of Camilla and Richard’s day are just so perfect – this is wedding blog gold with so much inspiration for you lovely lot… and a day simmering with romance and love which just melts my wedding blogger heart every time I see it! Our bride and groom are breathtakingly gorgeous, and their day has to be one of the loveliest I’ve seen all year. I hope you love it too!

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Wedding photographer’s website:

http://jasonwilliamsphotography.com/

We came across through Jason through a friend who highly recommended him, we took a look at his website and loved his style so quickly booked him.

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From the moment we met Jason we felt at ease and were excited for him to shoot our wedding day. He was so enthusiastic and passionate about photography and we felt like he too was genuinely really excited for our wedding. He was just amazing on the day too, he made us feel so comfortable in front of the camera and his enthusiasm just shone through. He had some brilliant ideas and his quick thinking meant we got some really unique shots. Several of our guests and family members commented how much they liked Jason and good they thought he was, especially with the children. He just fit in with everyone really well which meant that he got some really good natural action shots.

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We were blown away by the photos once we received them, it was very emotional to look through them for the first time as he absolutely caught the essence of the day and they really did tell our wedding day story perfectly.

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Flora Nora did our buttonholes, flowers for my hair, maid of honours hair, flower girl garland and bridal bouquets. The theme was meadow flowers and English garden flowers so I had a mix of chamomile daisies, stocks, cornflowers, roses, peonies etc.

My mother did the flower arches around the barn door/ church door, decoration on the tables (chamomile daisies draping from the candelebras), flowers in the church (pew ends and flower displays using large vintage milk urns she had sourced- she added some sunflowers in for colour which looked amazing). My sister decorated the hanging candelabras in the church and barn by using greenery she had foraged locally. I have a very artistic family!

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Wedding venue:

We were very lucky with our wedding venue as it is not a commercialised wedding venue and we came about it purely by word of mouth and my parents passing it on a walk. As soon as we saw the listed barn- a former working granary we knew it was for us. We loved the simplicity of the barn and knew that little decoration would be needed to bring it alive. The quintessentially English setting suited us perfectly as we are both countryside lovers and I (bride) was raised in the West Sussex countryside.

Wedding month:

May

Can you describe your wedding in fewer than 10 words?

It was a beautiful traditional country wedding

Your wedding style or theme:

We wanted it to be a traditional country wedding- so we used my stepfather’s classic car and had tin cans on the back. We welcomed family children and having all the different generations added to the family/ relaxed vibe.

Where did you find your suppliers? (Blogs, magazines, recommendations?)

Our wedding caterer was my sisters school friend – Bear Claw Catering and I had been following her blogs online and loved her style of cooking. We used a local butcher who did the spit roast lamb so that we would have locally sourced meat. The bridal bouquets/ hair flowers and pinholes were by my favourite florist ‘Flora Nora’ in Arundel. My mother did the flower arches and all other flower decorations.

What’s your top tip for saving money?

Try and make stuff yourself or borrow where you can. For example we made our rustic bar out of two old wooden ale barrels which we borrowed for free from the local brewery we brought our ale from.

… and which elements of your wedding are you glad you spent more on?

I am glad we spent money on the food as that is really important to us and we wanted our friends and family to enjoy the meal.

Where did you buy or source your wedding stationery – or was making it a labour of love?

We pretty much made everything ourselves, we particularly enjoyed making the wedding favours which were little brown boxes with truffles in them, the boxes had ribbons round them and little buttons.

Did you fall in love with your wedding dress?

Yes absolutely, I tried on 50 and started to despair but when I found the right one I cried as I could imagine walking down the aisle to my husband and feeling amazing in it.

Wedding dress designer and bridal boutique:

It was from White leaf bridal in Brighton

Tell us about your accessories: jewellery, shoes and anything else!

I had natural flowers in my hair that matched my bouquet- the theme was meadow flowers so I had chamomile daisies and cornflowers- my flower girl and maid of hour had the same. My flower girl had a flower garland that matched.

And what did the groom wear?

The groom, being tall, as was his best man and the brother of the bride decided to go for tails. Although a simple country wedding he wanted to be at his smartest for the day.

Beautiful bridesmaids: what did your best girls wear?

I only had a maid of honour – although I had a large selection of bridesmaids to have I wanted the emphasis to be on me and my husband. My maid of honour wore a two bird dress which was perfect as she was heavily pregnant and my flower girl wore a traditional bridesmaid dress with lace details on the arms like my dress- her sash I had made to match the colour of the grooms tie/ page boys bow tie.

Hair and make-up – did you DIY or hire a professional?

I had a professional do both. I had a charlotte tilbury make-up artist do my makeup which was very fitting as charlotte tilbury is an English artist and her style is very ‘English rose’. I had my hair done by a stylist as I love up styles and wanted something special.

General styling – did your venue need much decoration?

No, the church was medieval and had no electricity so the candebras with candles were a lovely feature and just needed a bit of greenery. The white washed walls in the church were so simple and understated so all the church needed was some foliage as it was oozing with character anyway. The barn had such beautiful beams and charm it also didn’t need much so we wanted to keep it as natural as possible. At night when looking in through the candle lit windows from outside is was spectacular.

Crafts and makes – tell us about any homemade elements of your wedding… did you enjoy them?

Homemade wedding favours- mentioned above, homemade bar- mentioned above, homemade sloe gin bottles we had as an option at the bar, my brother made the homemade sign saying ‘ good times’ ‘ceremony’ to direct people, I used a wooden vintage ladder of my mums as our seating plan, we also used some wooden pegs and string to hang peoples hats on.

The wedding cake: what kind of cake did you choose and why?

My sister in law made our cake as she makes all the family cakes and it just special to have her do our wedding cake. We chose traditional 3 tier royal icing and decorated it with fresh edible flowers to match the floral theme. We were using it as desert so we had a chocolate layer, red velvet for dramatic effect as its red and a Victoria sponge with raspberry jam.

Entertainment: any musical recommendations, surprises or treats?

We had a band called ‘Gold beat’ who are three young males with a swing/ jazz vibe. They sing lots of contemporary songs but with an edge. They were amazing!!

Words of wisdom: share your best piece of advice for other couples:

Don’t worry about anything on the day, your vows are the most important bit.

What’s the best thing about being married?

Knowing that you are weathering the storm of life together oh and being able to say ‘my husband…my wife’ ha!

Favourite supplier web links for other brides and grooms:

Bear claw catering https://www.bearclawcatering.co.uk/

 

Elegant Provence Destination Wedding

Katerina and Edward, from Russia and France, married in the beautiful Provence region of France from whence Edward hails. Katerina, a wedding planner herself, organised her day with her company So Special Events– and what an amazing job she did. The couple chose Provence for its easily predictable climate, magnificent scenery and fabulous food and wine. We adore Katerina’s beautifully elegant dress, as well as the light in these images captured so well by Polina Shefter

DESTINATION DECISION

“I fell in love with Provence as soon as I saw it through the window of the train Paris-Arles. It’s the home region of Edward and when he proposed me, we immediately knew we would get married in Provence. Easily predictable climate, magnificent landscapes, beautiful nature and great food and wine- what else do you need for a perfect wedding? With my fiancé we decided that we didn’t want a traditional wedding, but rather a three-day party where the closest friends and family members could enjoy the region. That’s why we decided to rent a traditional Provencal villa (we call it a “mas” here) where we could stay for three days.

PLANNING

To be honest, Provence is not a region where providers are service-oriented, unless you have a very large budget for your event. They are often old school, don’t have social network profiles, respond slowly to emails and are generally very “tranquille” (cool). It took me a while to find young professionals whose vision would correspond to mine. You can’t imagine the time I have spent looking for a fleurist before I have found Faustine from Fleur Design by Faustine! I always wanted the wedding to reflect our personalities and it actually worked out really well. We had an elegant and sophisticated official celebration with a vow exchange ceremony officiated by our close friend, and a very cool Sunday after-party with barbecue, swimming pool and cold rosé.

DETAILS OF THE DAY

I chose pastel colours for decoration, like white, ivory, nude pink and peachy orange. Intense green and elegant gold added a little classy touch and made the ambiance more sophisticated. Some of decoration elements were offered by my fleurist, but as I am a huge décor fan, I have been shopping whole year long to find pieces that would compliment existent decoration. As we are a bilingual couple (my husband is French and I’m Russian), it was essential for us to have a multilingual ceremony. In order to make sure that everyone understood what was going on, I asked my friend to be a translator and to interprete our parents’ speeches, as well as our vows. It worked out very well, besides having a special time dedicated only to speeches was a guarantee that no one is going to miss anything. It also allowed our bridesmaids, groomsmen, friends and family to enjoy the dinner without being worried about the upcoming speech (even if they love us, I can understand it’s stressful to speak in front of 70 people some of whom you hardly know). 

The last thing I would like to tell couples that are planning their wedding in Provence, is that it might easily get very, very hot in the afternoon. We were lucky and cautious at the same time. First of all, we planned the ceremony in the late afternoon (at about 6.30pm), in order to avoid the intense heat of a Provincial sun. We knew that we couldn’t provide any shade, so we told all the guests to bring sunglasses, hats or fans, whatever that would make them feel more comfortable. We also served ice cold refreshments right before the ceremony.  In addition to that, we were helped by mistral (strong and fresh wind typical in Provence) that made the air much fresher. It had its drawbacks however, because no decoration stayed in place. Luckily we had an experienced local catering manager who found a solution; otherwise it would have been a disaster!” 

Photography: Polina Shefter | Planning & Decoration: So Special Events | Flowers: Fleurs Design by Faustine | Catering: La Vallergue Traiteur  | Makeup & Hair: Yulia Paliakova | Venue: Mas de MauleonSaveSave

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love library. a romantic & relaxed wedding at the belle epoque – jenna & ollie

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Hold onto your hats, guys and get ready for a slice of complete and utter gorgeousness: Jenna and Ollie’s big day at the stunningly quirky Bellle Epoque in Knutsford has everything you need to get through to the weekend. There are flowers galore, a sublime earthy palette of woodland green and rich amethyst and the most beautiful lace dress courtesy of Louise Selbey – the sweetest combination of classic and edgy cool. All the superlatives and all the italics.

As if I couldn’t be more envious, Jenna and Ollie met in a LIBRARY (be still my beating heart) and love to travel, travel, travel, so there’s no surprise that books, maps and beautiful calligraphy feature heavily. If you’re a details gal, you’re in for a treat.

The couple say they fell in love with Knutsford’s charm and The Belle Epoque’s character as soon as they walked in, and sampling their sumptuous menu sealed the deal. We can totally see what they mean – these natural shots from Ginger and Lime Photography of the couple hiding in doorways, the bride posing in her sunnies and the party spilling out onto the street have got our hearts pumping, too.

With images by: Ginger and Lime Photography.

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jenna says: Ollie and I got engaged on Boxing Day in December 2015 outside my Mum’s house in Selsey, West Sussex. He’d planned to pop the question down by the beach after a walk, but I’d insisted on going the shorter way back though the village. It was perfect anyway!

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We got married on July 8th 2017. We knew we wanted a summer wedding as we really wanted some outside space and I’m much more of a fair weather person!

We had our ceremony and reception at The Belle Epoque. We fell in love with Knutsford, the building’s character and its outside terrace. Food was a big part of it, too: The Belle Epoque’s menu was right up our street, plus it offered the flexibility that we wanted.

In terms of a theme, books and travel featured heavily in our wedding. Books because Ollie and I met in the library, and travel because for three years we were back and forth most weekends between Chester and Surrey. We also have some amazing memories from our holidays and liked the idea of featuring those.

Our colours were green and purple because they complimented The Belle Epoque’s quirky interior and it allowed us to work with the foliage and flowers that we liked best.

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My wedding dress was by Louise Selby based in Kew. One of my best friends from school, Sophie Heaven, is a talented embroiderer who made us a really special hand-embroidered ‘Cards’ sign for our card basket. She’d previously worked with Louise and told me about her sample sale. I was astonished that my Mum and I actually agreed on my choice! It was such a gorgeous mix of classic and modern, is made from the most beautiful lace and I just felt super comfortable in it.

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Ollie wore a blue two-piece suit from Moss Bros with a grey DKNY waist coast. It took more shopping for his outfit than it did for mine!

The groomsmen wore matching blue trousers and blue waistcoats from Moss Bros. My bridesmaids wore amazing twist and wrap dresses from Isabella Bridal. We can’t recommend them enough: they’re so comfortable and flattering, great quality and they come in one size which was perfect as my bridesmaids were travelling from all over including, err, Indonesia!

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I stayed at the Rose and Crown next door to The Belle Epoque the night before so I travelled to the ceremony on foot. The new owners couldn’t do enough for me and it was the perfect place to get ready and relax. Pamela at Cartman and Masons hairdressers in Knutsford was fantastic, too; all she needed was a little description of what I’d like and she created it!

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Our photographer was Ginger and Lime Photography by Sylvia Csoma. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Sylvia. She put us – a horribly camera-shy pair! – totally at ease. The guests absolutely loved her and our photos are everything we hoped for.

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I carried a mix of rosemary, lavender, eucalyptus, veronica, wax flower, lisianthus and a few other flowers chosen by our florists Diddibox Flowers. They took my vision and created something even better! They’re so good at what they do and I’m so glad I put my trust in them.

Some of the decorations were The Belle Epoque’s own; it really is a venue where you don’t have to do much to it if you don’t want to. My mum put a lot of effort and love into some personal decorations, even creating vases wrapped in book style paper that told the story of mine and Ollie’s relationship, which was such a special touch. My bridesmaid Astrid from Indonesia also spent a few late nights working her magic on the table plan and ceremony place cards; thank goodness for her calligraphy skills!

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Our favours were personalised engraved pencils and favour bags by Pink Biscuits via notonthehighstreet.com. They contained chocolates and paper to write messages for us. Guests posted the messages in a bottle for us to open on one of three chosen anniversary years.

One of my bridesmaids, Rosa Johnson, who runs Whoop Tea Do in St Albans, made our cake. It was simply divine! We had three fruit, Jamaican Ginger and Death by Chocolate layers with sugar mice on top (I love mice!) as well as sugar roses and books cascading down the side. She’s so talented! She also created a bespoke quiz that we put on the tables. It featured questions about elements of the day, from naming the artists whose songs played in the wedding ceremony to general knowledge on the countries that we’ve visited. It was great fun seeing our guests get so into it.

We had Pimm’s and canapes at the drinks reception followed by beef and a glazed lemon tart at the wedding breakfast and a BBQ in the evening. A description can’t really do the food justice – frankly, you have to try it to believe it. The Belle Epoque make even the most everyday food a discovery.

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Michael Mulholland did a live set throughout the drinks reception as guests entered in the evening; he sang the song for our first dance (I Won’t Give Up by Jason Mraz) and then DJd in the evening. We chose Michael as he was the complete package and was perfect for the relaxed vibe that we wanted. He’s an absolute environment enhancer and a real professional.

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I gave my friends that did readings a personalised bookmark, my bridesmaids little gifts with a letter that said why they are so special to me, my mum and mother-in-law corsages and Ollie a little book filled with reasons why I love him. It was important for Ollie and I to express to our guests how much we appreciated them being there for us and we hope that we managed to do that.

We absolutely loved our custom paper buttonholes by RachelEmmaStudio on Etsy. We went for dried lavender and green paper leaves with Harry Potter book pages as the rose. It’s such a lovely keepsake of the day.

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I’ve already recommended The Belle Epoque to anybody who’ll listen! So many of our guests said how brilliant the staff were; they catered for our every need and more. The little touches, like holding back some canapes for us on the top table as they knew we’d be too busy greeting our guests to enjoy them, were wonderful. Faultless and inspiring!

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My favourite memory from the day? That’s such a hard question! When I was younger I never thought I wanted to get married and I certainly didn’t really believe it would be the best day of my life – but it genuinely was. To have so many of our friends and family there was phenomenal. Seeing Ollie waiting at the end of that aisle is a feeling I’ll never forget.

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We shared our honeymoon with eighteen of Ollie’s family members at Bristowe Hill in the Lakes. They gave us the honeymoon suite and arranged a hot tub for the patio with stunning views of Cat Bells – a fell that defeated me in my teens when I was more afraid of heights. We climbed it on the trip which was a great accomplishment!

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In our planning, it really helped having two words to recall and guide us, ours being ‘relaxed’ and ‘romantic’. Nearer the time I kept telling myself that the only thing that really mattered was that we ended up married – if anything went ‘wrong’, it would just be a story to tell. It couldn’t have gone more smoothly, though; even the weather was kind!

I’d also suggest checking out Brides Up North’s Real Weddings, particularly in the early stages. Having not thought too much about weddings until Ollie proposed, I found it all a bit daunting at first, but it’s to helpful to get an idea of how others do things in order to work out what’s really important to you.

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The Eclectic, Vintage Inspired Wedding of Kate + Dan with Chinese details…

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Eclectic, Vintage Wedding in Cheltenham…

Kate + Dan’s vintage inspired, laughter filled wedding day features not only one, but two Mr & Mrs Unique suppliers; the incredible Sassy from Assassynation and Suzie from Kushi Cars, our favourite Indian ambassador car. When you know both these lovely ladies are involved.. it’s gonna be a great wedding!

The wedding took place at The Queen Hotel in Cheltenham and the bride and groom made sure to include Chinese details to their special day… a nod towards Kate’s roots.

Kate + Dan…

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Tell us how you met and got engaged…

We met approximately 25 years ago – we have know each other for a lot longer, but it was New Years Eve and we both suddenly seemed to take notice of each other! We got engaged in Hawaii about 17 years ago whilst Dan was studying for his Social Work degree at Uni.

How would you describe your wedding theme…

Relaxed, eclectic, vintage, nod to chinese roots.

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What were your main hopes for the day…

That all our guests had an amazing party, and to celebrate our love for each other that has definetly stood the test of time! Also that our two daughters now have some amazing memories to cherish of their folks day!

Was your favourite part of the day…

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Kirsty & David

Kirsty & David by Emma Maddocks

Kirsty and David held their rustic Autumnal dream of a wedding at the amazing Barmbyfield Barns, with gorgeous exposed brick, rough white washed walls and enough wooden beams to hang a plethora of fairy lights from, it has the perfect blank canvas for the kind of vibe they wanted to create. Their engagement story is super cute, so make sure you read that, along with Kirsty’s account of how they planned their big day. When you’re doing everything yourselves, there is a lot to consider and her words of wisdom are very helpful.

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Our Story

Kirsty The Bride: David and I got engaged back in July 2015. We were on a summer holiday with friends in the south of France, and David surprised me with an early evening walk, just the two of us, before we headed back to the farm house where we were all staying for a BBQ feast. He didn’t actually ask me to marry him and he wasn’t on one knee at the time, but instead he slipped the engagement ring in to the chilled champagne flutes he’d secretly packed in his rucksack and it was him who answered ‘yes’ when I asked the question ‘is this you asking..!?’ The friends we were holidaying with were all in on the plan, and on returning to the house we were met with a surprise engagement party complete with cake, banners, music and everyone in their formal party wear. It was perfect.

The Venue

We began planning the wedding as soon as we returned home from our holiday, so all in all it was about 15 months in the making. It was all a little overwhelming at first, although we had an idea of how we wanted the wedding day to look, we soon found that options were limitless and that sometimes there can be too much of a good thing when you’re looking for different and new ideas. We decided from the get go that we wanted something a little less traditional, and that felt real and true to us and who were are as a couple. We started to research venues that were open to the idea of a little DIY to personalise the space. We also knew we wanted rustic and something a little rough and ready.

After a couple of months of searching we came across Barmbyfield Barns after I emailed an old university friend and ask the location of his wedding after seeing some of their pictures. The barns are located in Pocklington, just outside of York and as it was only about a 90 minute drive from our home in Sheffield we decided to go take a look.

We loved the barns from the very beginning. It’s a beautiful space that has a good balance of modern and comfortable features, whilst still feeling quite raw and rustic. We booked the barns for November – the only 2016 date they had left and although it was a little later in the year than we’d initially wanted, I was excited at the idea of a darker, cooler winter wedding.

The Bride

I’d already spotted my dream dress before David and I really even started planning the wedding. A T-length Ellis Bridal gown with long lace sleeves and an open back. I saw it on a wedding blog and hunted it down immediately, in fact I think it was the first thing I purchased.

I had a little wobble later on, after having months and months to admire other dresses, but in the end I stuck with my gut and went with my first choice. The dress was beautiful. I felt special but still like me, and because it was short I was able to dance the night away with complete ease! My shoes were Jimmy Choo, bought as a surprise gift from my bridesmaids. I was so taken aback when they presented me with them, I think all 4 of us cried!

I also wore my Nan’s necklace, gold with a blue stone for my something borrowed, old and blue and a new and Marc Jacobs Daisy perfume as my fragrance- David had previously bought me a bottle as an anniversary gift.

My hair was curled at a salon local to the beautiful cottage where I stayed the night before the wedding and I had my make up done my a lovely and very talented makeup artist that I found and trialled in Sheffield. Hannah was great and travelled all the way up to the venue on Saturday morning, she did my makeup and my mums and 2 of the bridesmaids before heading back down to Sheffield to see more clients, she’s an absolute super woman!

The Groom

David, the best man and his Dad and brother all wore brown tweed 3 piece suits from Next with brown shoes and burgundy ties to match the bridesmaid dresses and each of them had a reconditioned silver pocket watch that had been David’s granddads. I also bought different brightly coloured socks for all of them to wear, together with a group of David’s university friends which looked great in photographs later on. David also wore a Jimmy Choo fragrance that I’d bought him as part of a little ‘memories’ box that he opened on the morning of the wedding.

The Décor

Once the venue was booked it was a lot easier to visualise the different aspects of the day. We knew we wanted rustic and dark with lots of greenery and pinecones and the ideas all grew from there. We did everything ourselves, from the wedding stationery to the table runners, wedding favours and all of the venue décor. I also made a curtain from cut up strips of different fabrics that we used as a backdrop in the ceremony after seeing something similar online. The favours we different for guys and girls. The guys got a shot of whisky (David’s favourite tipple) and the girls all got a hand chosen Christmas/interior decoration – I adore trinkets so they were very fitting.

For the table décor we decided on something simple with a natural feel that really captured the time of year. We used a mixture of pinecones, moss and eucalyptus to create table runners and then placed pillar candles and empty gin bottles with dinner candles in them along the tables. We scattered left over moss around the venue and had lit pillar candles on almost every surface. We added some low hanging festoon lights, succulents and lots of gold glitter to the foliage to create a forest-like feel that worked really well against the raw brick walls of the barn.

Gin became a bit of a theme throughout the wedding- as well as empty bottles becoming dinner candle holders and having each table named after a different gin, we also served a welcome drink of mulled sloe gin to warm up our guests in the fresh November air. We also had dedicated cocktails at the bar; Kirsty’s Kiss and David’s Dream. Both were just personalised versions of classic cocktails (Tom Collins and Whisky Sour) but it was good to have a personal touch and everyone was excited to try them.

The Flowers

To fit with the rest of the wedding, I knew I wanted lots of foliage and wild flowers, put together in a very rustic and natural way. I found Louise of Number 27 on Rock My Wedding. I was blown away by her talent and after an initial conversation I knew I’d made the right choice. Louise is so lovely, she listened to what I described and sent across ideas and samples. My mum and I went to meet her at her home and she picked fresh flowers from the garden to show us what she had in mind- it was perfect. I had a large, wild bouquet and flower crown with lots of eucalyptus and some quicksand roses and ranunculus in beautiful shades of burgundy. Louise also added some ligustrum berries, pampas grass and Japanese anemone to create the wintery and wild feel and finished it off with some honeysuckle and jasmine before hand tying it with dyed silk ribbon – it was perfect! Louise did such an amazing job. For each of the three bridesmaids Louise created a smaller arrangement. We also had individual button holes for David, the best man and his brother and Dad and corsages for my Mum, David’s mum and also his sister and grandma, all slightly different.

The Wedding Party

When it came to bridesmaid outfits I was quite relaxed. I was happy for the girls to wear whatever they felt comfortable in, providing the colours fit loosely with the boys suits and the other colours we were using in the wedding. I was also happy for the outfits to all be different, and not even necessarily dresses, but the girls decided they wanted to be dressed the same and to all wear floor length dresses.

We went on a ‘bridesmaid dress shopping trip’ not long after the planning had started, but we quickly found that even on the high street, finding a dress to suit three different body shapes is hard work!
After a few failed attempts, we settled on a multi-way fishtail dress by TFNC in burgundy to match the flowers, and also the boy’s ties and ordered them through ASOS online. Our flower girls, our nieces Melah-Rose and Nyah-Rae wore white dresses from Next with faux flower crowns and beautiful burgundy shoes also from Next to tie in with the colour scheme.

The Ceremony

For the ceremony the music was really important to us. We wanted to set the mood and used candles and low lit festoon lights to create a wintery, haunting feel. I walked down the aisle to Ella Henderson I’m Yours, a song that has always made me think of David and our relationship. My bridesmaids walked down before me and flower girl Melah-Rose walked down scattering gold flecks and glitter. I didn’t have anyone walk me down the aisle or ‘give me away’. I’m quite an independent person and it felt really fitting to make that journey on my own.

We had a civil ceremony at the barns and after we were married we walked out of the room to Electric Light Orchestra, Mr Blue Sky – it was David’s choice! But it actually worked really well and he was very pleased with it!

The Entertainment

After the ceremony David and I greeted our guests as they came through to the reception room and grabbed a welcome drink. For entertainment whilst we were out having our photographs taken, we placed packs of trivia cards on each table. We collected them over the year whilst we were planning so we had a bit of a mixture of music, sports and general knowledge related packs, they were great for getting everyone talking!

We also had a sweet table, which went down a hit with both children and adults! And a photo guest book with an instant Polaroid camera and some masks and other props for people to use. I wasn’t sure about the guest book at first – people are so used to taking selfies on their phones these days that getting to grips with a Polaroid can be a little fiddly and even more difficult after a few glasses of fizz! But my sister Emma was great, she went around to everyone and made sure she got a snap of them, and then stuck it in the guest book ready for an accompanying message. It was so much fun looking back through the book afterwards, it’s got some great memories in there and a few things that we’d missed in the excitement of the day, so great to capture on film!

We had our first dance to George Ezra Grow Old with Me, it’s quite an upbeat song as we hadn’t practiced we ended up spinning and dancing around a little bit – which was great and really reflected the relaxed and fun feel of the day. After the first dance the band kicked in. We’d seen The Hypertones at another friend’s wedding the year before and we remembered how we’d not left the dance floor all night! They were great, they played a couple of sets and gave guests a chance to grab drinks form the bar in-between. The dance floor was packed all night and I know everyone enjoyed it.

Later on in the evening, David and I stepped out to have a few final photographs holding sparklers that I had stashed away – we thought it would look great in the winter evening light. When we got outside there were a few guests around so they joined in too- the photographs are great and everyone enjoyed it!

The Food

David was the one who first found our caterers, Annika’s Apron after I tasked him with finding someone in the area who could deliver the rustic sharing food we wanted in the way we’d been imagining. Aniika and Mark were an absolute dream, and were so friendly and accommodating from the start it was like having friends do our food for us!

We wanted food that reflected us and our tastes, and something that we knew we’d enjoy and be excited to eat. We very rarely go out for a three course meal, we’re much more comfortable at our local gastro pub or street food festival eating simple and delicious food that we can share and enjoy together in a relaxed atmosphere.

For our wedding meal we kept this in mind as we described to Annika and Mark the kind of food we like and how we wanted our guests to feel when eating at the wedding. We decided on an Italian vibe, with gorgeous antipasti boards bursting with colour and served with fresh crispy breads followed by stone-baked pizza, homemade hummus and lots of olives. The star of the show had to be the giant prawns soaked in garlic butter – they were the size of golf balls!

For dessert we took inspiration from my favourite baking show -The Great British Bake Off. All guests were invited to take part and bring something along for others to try. It was a great idea and it meant there was a huge choice. The table looked incredible filled with all of the different tasty treats and it was a great talking point! We announced the winners just after the speeches and presented them with a trophy, hand stamped by the best man with ‘BBO winner 19/11/16’.

Annika is so talented she also whipped up our wedding cake – a three tier naked sponge cake in three flavours – elderflower, lemon, and Victoria sponge, lovingly decorated with delicate flowers.

We thought a lot about the evening food when we were planning the day. At previous weddings we’ve been to as guests, both David and I almost never ate anything in the evening. We were always too busy dancing and socialising and the main wedding breakfast is always so magnificent that we rarely felt hungry.

With that in mind, we decided on a giant cheeseboard for our evening food. We’re huge cheese lovers so the thought of homemade chutneys, warm crispy breads and lots of fruit to accompany felt perfect – though I don’t think either of us managed to sample of the cheese on the day!

The Photography

We actually won our photography with Emma Maddocks Photography through a competition. I was so stunned when we got the email saying we’d been chosen, we couldn’t believe it! We’d looked at Emma’s stuff and had really fallen in love with the style in which she captured the important moments. We met with her near her base in Manchester to have a chat through what we’d hoped to get from the photographs and Emma got it absolutely perfect on the day. It was again like having a friend there doing photographs, she was so friendly and down to earth, and I think her lovely relaxed personality really helped everyone to feel at ease around her. Emma also brought a second shooter with her, which was great and meant that there were lots of additional moments captured over at the house where David and his family and the best man were getting ready.

We decided we didn’t want an awful lot of photographs – mainly because we wanted to spend time with our guests! But we gave a list to Emma a couple of months before the big day listing what we did want and the different combinations of friends and family. The list was Emma’s suggestion and it made everything run a lot smoother. We didn’t have that many traditional photographs; instead we opted for more candid snaps that really did capture the feel of the day.

One of my favourites has to be the picture of David and all of his old university friends. It’s become a bit of a tradition at their weddings to get a unique snap of all of the boys together and the one we have is absolutely perfect! There are so many other shots I love, so much so that the house it already full of prints! Emma did an amazing job and really did blow us away with her lovely accommodating service, professionalism and high quality images.

The Videography

Because we’d ‘won’ Emma’s services, we decided that we could afford to splash out on a videographer. It was quite last minute (- about 5 months before the wedding but everything is booked so far in advance!) and I was struggling to find someone who’s previous work we’d liked so when my bridesmaid Naomi mentioned that she know a videographer in Birmingham we jumped at the chance to look at her stuff.

We instantly fell in love with Libby and the way she approached the whole process of working with us. She’s so down to earth and humble; she really made us feel completely relaxed around her. She filmed everything with such complete ease that at times we didn’t even know she was there and when she sent through the first draft of our highlight video she had both David and I in tears!

The video is by far one of my absolutely favourite things that we have to remember our day, we went back and forth deciding if it would be worth it but it really was- the memories captured are incredible and we really can’t thank Libby enough.

The Transport

I’ve never really been keen traditional wedding cars and when we were thinking about transport I really struggled to find anything I liked. I’ve always adored Land Rovers and so when one of my closest friends Chris suggested that he might be able to get hold of one to transport me to the venue, and that he would drive me, it was just perfect. Chris got the car road worthy and clean and brought it all the way from Sheffield, it was so special and really meant the world that he was able to drive me to my wedding.

The DIY

We did almost all of the décor ourselves. I designed and printed the wedding stationery and we put together the favours with hand stamped tags and hand wrote all of the signs. Our good friend Emma made the beautiful name settings for us and best man Sean did a lot of the woodwork as well as creating the most beautiful 6 foot tall light-up wooden heart that we got married in front of. It’s something we saw just after we were engaged on another blog and we’d mentioned how pretty it was. Ever the amazing friends that they are Emma and Sean then secretly went about making a replica – it was so stunning that after the ceremony was over we moved it in to the main room and placed it by the dance floor so that it could continue to be admired.

I also put together the sweet table and the photo book area, and made up activity packs for each of the 16 children who attended the day. I also spent months buying and then drying out rose petals to make the confetti and made a bunting banner with the words ‘The Baylis Bake Off’ to hand above the dessert table.

The bake-off was another amazing highlight. I spent time with my mum searching in local charity shops to get together all of the plates and vintage cake stands and jugs for the cream, and we borrowed some beautiful silver dessert folks from friends. It was great to know that everyone had made an effort to get involved and it was SO much fun trying all of the truly delicious creations!

Just after the speeches Nicola, David’s sister surprised me with an album her and her mum had both been working on. It contained photographs of David right from when he was a baby all the way up to when we met and beyond, and on the front of the leather case the words David, My Husband had been inscribed. I was so touched and it’s something that I will always treasure.

Advice

I read wedding blogs daily and became almost obsessed with trawling through Pinterest looking for new and unique ideas. David got frustrated at times, as every time we decided on something I seemed to find another alternative idea online – there’s so much choice and variety now when it comes to planning a wedding!

I’d definitely advise getting a videographer, it’s something I can’t imagine us without now that we have all of those memories to cherish forever! – I still watch the video almost weekly!

Stick to your guns! Standard advice from most people who have planned a wedding but it is really important.

We had fantastic friends and family around us who were all as excited as we were to see our vision come together, so we didn’t have to worry but there were some issues with the venue.

You work with so many vendors when planning a wedding and it’s important to communicate clearly and ensure that both parties are happy with arrangements. Unfortunately whilst in the planning stages, the venue were a lot less open to our suggestions than they’d implied and we ended up having to take a few extra trips up there to negotiate some of the details which we could have done without.
In the end though, the day was perfect and nothing would have ever been able to ruin it for us. We stuck to our guns and got exactly what we’d dreamed of.

Ask for help – everyone always says this but it’s easier said than done when you’re planning the most special day of your life and you’re a bit of a perfectionist like me! But honestly let people help, everything they create and have an influence in becomes even more special and sentimental because of that very fact.

I think I would also advise anyone that when planning a wedding, not to sweat the small stuff! I was so, so worried about the smaller details during the planning phase. I’d have nightmares and wake up in the middle of the night thinking about name settings, favours and how many more pillar candles I needed to buy. Everyone around me kept on telling me not to worry and to ‘enjoy’ the planning, but I just couldn’t relax.

Looking back, all of the worry was for nothing. I know you can’t help it when you’re in that moment but I promise you, on the day, no matter how much a perfectionist you are or how important you think it is to stick to timings with a minute’s precision – you will not worry, and it will not matter. All of it fades away and all that you focus on it spending time with your new husband, enjoying the day with those you love the most and soaking up memories that will last forever.













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A 50’s Inspired Boatneck Gown For an Elegant Spring Wedding

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