tis (nearly!) the season: winter wedding tips from dine

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The Mansion at Roundhay Park

Though the cold weather can be a turn off for some couples, winter actually has a lot to offer brides and grooms-to-be.

With celebrations by candlelight, those tying the knot during the colder months of the year can piece together a warming and luxurious big day, complete with hearty food, fine tipples, opulent décor and elegant attire.

So as the temperatures drop, and the nights draw in, we’re in the mood for some comforting winter wedding inspiration, with all the necessary elements covered for an atmospheric big day that gives a sophisticated nod to the season.

And here to provide such details is Matt Jones, managing director of award-winning catering and hospitality company Dine, which caters for more than 200 weddings each year – making him well-versed in seasonal celebrations…

venue

Mark Newton Wedding Photography

Matt says: As any expert or newlywed couple will know, venue hire can often be one of the most expensive aspects of a wedding. However, if you’re looking to cut the costs while still getting married at your dream venue, winter can be the perfect season. With less demand in winter, venues may offer off-season rates, made even cheaper if you go for a mid-week rather than weekend wedding. Winter may also offer greater availability for both venue and other suppliers meaning you may be more likely to book your dream venue than another more popular season.

With its large windows looking out across the beautiful Roundhay Park, Dine’s venue The Mansion offers the perfect indoor setting for your winter wedding. The Greek Palladian style, Grade II listed building offers several ceremony and reception rooms of varying sizes enabling you to hold your wedding ceremony and breakfast in the same building. Whichever room you choose, they are guaranteed to remain warm and toasty throughout your day whilst affording you some great views.

As the bride and bridesmaids can get ready in The Mansion before having both the ceremony and reception in this stunning building, there is no worry of arriving windswept or snowed on. Situated in the rolling 700 acres of Roundhay Park, The Mansion also offers the opportunity for magical winter wonderland photography.

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Dine's festive plum and date pudding

No matter the season, food and drink is one aspect that can make or break a wedding. The coming of winter means warming and hearty food that will leave a smile on the faces of your guests.

When guests arrive at your venue why not greet them with mulled wine or warming sloe gin? Guests will be grateful for this warm welcome to your wedding and it will leave them in a good mood for the ceremony and reception. If your guests include children try serving fun coffees and teas or luxurious hot chocolate for a family friendly alternative.

Whether you’re going for a festive theme or not, the food served at your wedding should be comforting and sustaining. After standing outside having photographs taken, your guests will very much appreciate comfort food that will bring them back up to temperature.

Although it is always a clever idea to offer a choice of food to satisfy all tastes, traditional British food is often a fantastic choice when it comes to your meal. Potted Whitby crab, Yorkshire Blue and leek terrine, and slow cooked pig’s cheek will whet your guest’s appetites for the hearty main course and dessert to follow.

Dine posh fish ‘n’ chips, rack of lamb with an English mustard and thyme crust, and roasted fillet of venison will keep your guests warm and happy.

Dessert can be the perfect course to incorporate fun festive treats into your wedding breakfast. Mince pies, miniature gingerbread houses and Christmas pudding can all play starring roles and bring together everything that makes winter such a special season.

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When guests arrive greet them with warming winter cocktails

Whatever theme you’re dreaming of, winter offers the chance to embrace opulence, luxury and a wider colour palette. Whether you’re looking for inspiration from snow and frosts or leaning more towards incorporating festive touches into your wedding, there are many ways you can theme your day around the season.

Soft pastels, ivory and nude pink help to bring the winter scenery indoors and conjure up images of a snow-covered winter wonderland. Adding touches of glitter can hint at sparkling frost and snow and tie in with luxurious metallic, such as gold.

Alternatively, if you’re looking to embrace the season, why not incorporate rich reds, teals and purples to warm up the room. Small festive touches such as holly wreaths as table centre pieces, mistletoe to decorate wedding favours or a traditionally decorated Christmas tree perhaps with pegs for guests to express their good wishes to the happy couple, can add that extra sparkle without going overboard.

Different textures and innovative lighting are another wonderful way that you can introduce the season into your wedding without overpowering your guests. Candles and fairy lights both create warmth in your venue while also adding a romantic glow to your day, especially when the sun starts to set. Wool blankets, velvet cushions and faux fur shrugs also give your guests the option of wrapping themselves up while adding ambience to the room.

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Mark Newton Wedding Photography (2)

Although fewer flowers may be in bloom during winter, this doesn’t mean that you must compromise on your perfect bouquet. There’s a huge choice of luxuriant green foliage from flowing ivy to laurel, sprigs of berried holly or rosemary to spikes of eucalyptus. Foliage adds a lush factor to your arrangements and can be cost-efficient too.

While most flowers can be imported so seasonality is not the be all and end all in your choice, some flowers such as peonies can still be difficult to source during winter yet there are a wide range of in season alternatives. Ranunculi and David Austin roses are both flowers which offer that traditional country garden feel if that’s what you are after.

Couples who are trying to keep costs down should also look to year-round flowers such as roses, lisianthus, veronica, alstroemeria and gypsophilia as they will be much cheaper for a florist to source. But don’t worry about lower costs meaning fewer pretty flowers; all of these blooms are stunning and work well with the jewel-like tones that are popular winter colour schemes.

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There's a huge choice of luxuriant green foliage that will add a lush factor to your arrangements

Many brides and grooms get cold feet just thinking about a wedding in winter. Yet as the British weather is unpredictable all year round, the pros of winter vastly outweigh the cons and if planned right a winter wedding can be just, if not more, magical than other seasons.

A great way to avoid the issue of transport, especially if the weather has taken a turn, is to have a marquee wedding at home. Today’s well-equipped marquees can make the perfect option for a winter wedding and come in a range of styles. Make sure to choose one that is fully enclosed, with heaters and carpet and you and your guests will remain warm and cosy all day.

Photography can also be majorly affected by the weather. With the night’s drawing in much earlier during winter make sure to adjust your photo schedule, taking photographs before your ceremony can avoid any lighting issues. Quirky umbrellas can make great photograph props while protecting you from the elements. Make sure to have some on standby just in case the weather isn’t quite as good as you’d hoped.

Just remember however that a good wedding supplier should be prepared for anything. Here at Dine we will always include weather in our planning to make sure that whatever is thrown at you, your big day will still be exactly what you dreamed of.

Established in 1998, Dine caters for more than 100 corporate events and 200 weddings each year as well as providing exclusive private dining.

The company provides event services for organisations ranging from English Heritage and the National Trust to the owners of some of the UK’s most notable private houses.

For more information about Dine visit www.dine.co.uk.

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Our Top 10 Wedding Photos Of October

With Samhuinn being celebrated here in Scotland tonight, marking the end of harvest and start of winter, we’re looking forward to embracing the darker nights and all that the season brings. But we couldn’t close the door on October without first looking back at some of our highlights this month. We hope you enjoyed them as much as we did!

1. May Wan & Danny’s traditional Chinese wedding

Filled with fun and games, plus traditions including the tea ceremony, May Wan & Danny’s colourful Glasgow celebration made us smile lots. So much so, in fact, that we’ve snuck in two photos from their wedding (see main image also!).

(Photographer: The Gibsons)

2. Marion & James’s Scottish island elopement

Marion and James battled intermittent rain and high seas and travelled by speed boat to a secluded beach for their wedding. And the bride’s choice of footwear? Wellies of course. We loved everything about this wedding.

(Photographer: Soraya Photography)

3. Beth & Frederick’s historic house wedding

Beth and Frederick tied the knot in the oldest inhabited house in Scotland. And the story behind the pearls Beth wore, which are a family heirloom, had us all hooked…

“Each girl on my mother’s side gets to wear Mary Queen of Scots’ pearls on her wedding day. The story goes my ancestor helped her, so she gave the pearls as a thank you in return.”

(Photographer: Ena May Photography)

4. Rona & David’s intimate garden party

Rona & David’s wedding took DIY to a whole new level. Not only did they create their own stationery and do their own flowers, but they even made their own venue.

We all fell hard for Rona’s floral dress and lace-up wellies. And as for these Lego buttonholes – so much to love!

(Photographer: Natalie Martin, Story of Love)

5. Rebecca & Dougie’s summer zoo wedding

A private garden in the grounds of a zoo was the perfect location for Rebecca and Dougie to tie the knot. We loved the story behind how they met – at Edinburgh University Trampoline Club!

And talk about dress goals!

(Photographer: Ryan White Photography)

6. Angela & Matthew’s Scottish castle elopement

What started as honeymoon planning turned into an intimate Scottish wedding for two. Angela and Matthew’s fairytale elopement gave us all the feels! Rain or shine, all that mattered was that they got to marry each other…

(Photographer: Chic Photo)

7. May Wan & Danny’s Scottish seaside wedding

As well as their Chinese celebration, we also loved getting to share May Wan and Danny’s elegant Scottish wedding this month. They picked their seaside venue after Danny proposed in the garden there, and filled their day with personal, DIY touches.

There are so many gorgeous photos from their day, but this one perfectly sums up that bare feet on the beach feeling.

(Photographer: The Gibsons)

8. Jillian & Luciano’s Scottish Italian celebration

Inspired by romance with a Scottish/Italian twist, 
Jillian and Luciano
 brought together everyone they love to start the next chapter in their lives. The look they are exchanging in this photo perfectly sums up that just married feeling!

(Photographer: Mirrorbox Photography)

9. Rosanna & John’s outdoor ceremony

After a few whiskies on a Friday night, Rosanna’s parents agreed to having her and John’s wedding at the family home. From start to finish, their day was brimming with personal touches and a whole lot of love.

And when Rosanna’s niece sang ‘True Colours’ during the ceremony there was not a dry eye!

(Photographer: Vivienne Elizabeth Photography)

10. Samantha & Michael’s country house wedding

With its soft and romantic vibe, Samantha and Michael’s wedding was all about classical elegance. And as for their sunset photos – absolutely breathtaking!

(Photographer: First Light Photo)

It was so hard choosing just 10 photos to share this month! October you were pretty amazing. But just wait until you see what November is going to bring… Christina x

Emily & Luke

Emily & Luke by Matt Ethan Photography

One of the biggest and most beautiful trends for this year has been hanging florals – where single stems are hung upside down and grouped together to create the most gorgeous arrangements. Make sure you have a good look inside Emily and Luke’s tipi as their hanging floral display is simply beautiful, all candy shades and lovely textures.

Ever the gent, Luke surprised Emily on the morning of the wedding with a pair of Manolo Blahnik flat sandals – because whatever shoes you’re wearing – whether heels or flats – they need to be special on your wedding day. Lots of the couples suppliers are some of our very favourites who you’ll find over on our supplier directory, The Love Lust List. Enjoy gorgeous ones, it’s such a pretty day, showcasing some excellent North East wedding talent…

Our Wedding

Emily The Bride: Luke and I planned our wedding from Dubai. Despite spending our days surrounded by desert glitz and glam, we knew that we wanted to get married near my home in the North East of England, and that we wanted something fun with a relaxed boho feel.

The Venue

Brinkburn was the first venue I viewed and I knew within moments that everywhere else on the list would have a very hard time beating it in my heart! The venue is exclusively yours for three nights, which allowed us to host a lunch for friends the day after the wedding. The opportunity to get married in the Priory and then skip straight over to the gorgeous tipi (via some of the loveliest flower beds!) was too good to pass up. The tipi and the white room (which served as a bar and ‘chill out’ area where we set up a sweets table and photobooth) were beautiful blank canvases which we could dress in the natural style we wanted. The excellent team that made planning a wedding from abroad so smooth were the icing on the cake.

The Photography

Matt couldn’t have been a better fit for Luke and I. Posing for photographs is my worst nightmare, and I was really keen to find someone that could focus on the candid shots throughout the day rather than the dramatic or formal ones. Matt is honestly a ninja – I look at some of the photographs now and realise he must have been right there at key moments – but I truly did not notice him once all day, he just blends in and makes the whole process completely organic.

The Ceremony

The ceremony is the element of the day that sticks out most in my memory. The Priory is an awesome (in the truest sense of the word) space and getting married there felt like something from a fairy tale. Walking down the aisle to see all our family and friends that had made so much effort – a large majority of them travelled from abroad and out of town – was incredible. Bumping into the man of my dreams at the end of the aisle wasn’t too bad either. Our friend Dave read ‘A lovely love story’ by Edward Monkton. The second I first read it I knew it was for us and only Dave could do it justice. It’s simple and heartfelt without being gushing or over the top.

The Bride

I was slightly apprehensive about finding ‘the one’ (dress obviously, Luke was an easy pick); however, Honey at Marrime Bridal made the whole process an absolute joy. I really looked forward to our appointments and it was wonderful quality time with my Mum that I will cherish forever. My dress was based on the Alan Hannah ‘Venus’ design and was customised to my own specifications. I’m glad I didn’t overcomplicate the dress selection process – one trusted confidante, one excellent boutique and a focused selection to try on (I probably sampled 9 dresses in total) made the whole process very enjoyable.

I’m not a high heels type of girl and I made much fuss in the run up to the wedding about my high street flips flops costing a fraction of Luke’s wedding shoes. In the end though, Luke (in conjunction with one of my more fashion forward bridesmaids) surprised me on the wedding morning with a stunning pair of Manolo Blahnik flat sandals, which I have already worn on many subsequent occasions.

The Flowers

I LOVE flowers. I chose to get married in May as Spring seasonal blooms are my favourite – this might have been a lot of pressure for a florist but Christine got my vision instantly! I wanted a very rustic ‘un-done’ look for the bouquet and table centres – no ‘colour scheme’ per se – but something creating the overall feel that we might have just picked the flowers from the fields surrounding Brinkburn. The hanging flowers were my idea for the big ‘wow’ in the tipi and I honestly could not get over how well they turned out on the day. (I snuck in early in the morning to say hi to Christine as they were setting the hanging flowers up and I think that was the first moment it dawned on me that I was actually getting married!)

The Food

In keeping with the relaxed and boho feel we opted not to have a formal three course meal. Luke took charge of the menu and we had a ‘theatre style’ hog roast carved and served at the tables with a selection of salads and other sides, followed by apple crumble (which I am still dreaming about…!) The big ornate white cake didn’t feel like us – once we ruled that out there was only man to make our (cake) dreams come true: primary school favourite, Colin the Caterpillar Cake.

The Decor & Styling

We used balloons from The Giant Balloon Company in soft pastels in the tipi to give it a fun vintage feel. Stationery was all DIY. We used kraft paper and ink pads to create our own bits and pieces (date nights were cancelled in favour of ‘tying string through orders of service’ evenings for several months!)

The Entertainment

Picking a band from overseas was one of the most challenging aspects of distance planning. I was extremely nervous but it was totally misplaced – Switch were superb and the dance floor was full for the entire night. They played music catering to everyone. One of my favourite moments of the day was my Grandad dancing along.

The Wedding Party

I took inspiration from Olivia Palermo’s wedding dress for my five bridesmaids opting for the beaded ‘Millie’ jumper from Jenny Yoo in a mixture of pink and cream, paired with a dusty pink tulle skirt from ASOS. The girls picked their own shoes to keep an informal and un-done feel.

Luke got excited about buying a new suit before we even had a date set and he always knew he wanted Paul Smith. His shoes and the groomsmens’ pocket squares were also all Paul Smith. The Groomsmens’ suits were from Next (a special shout out to Best Man 2 Simon, who, despite very clear instructions including a serial number, managed to pick up a completely different one to the rest of the guys.)

The Beauty

I found Victoria right here on RMW and Sam I found on Facebook. I couldn’t have been happier with the way we all looked, and they both really joined in with the fun as we got ready in the morning.

Advice

Buy a jazzy notebook and carry it everywhere – inspiration strikes at the weirdest moments.

To the extent it’s not your thing, don’t feel constrained by protocol or tradition, everyone will have their idea of what a wedding should look like, but it’s about you and the people you share your life with – for us that meant lots of food and lots of gin!

Finally, enjoy it – the planning and the day – it’s a magical time and I cannot express how jealous I am of all the brides and grooms to be who have it all yet to come!














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A Real Halloween Bride Horror Story: Rafaella’s Ruin

A Real Halloween Bride Horror Story: Rafaella's RuinRafaella stood in front of the full-length mirror. She was resplendent in white, her stunning wedding dress making full use of her natural beauty. She stood out like a beacon against the gold and brown swirls of the newly-pasted wallpaper behind her. She was going to be the most beautiful bride of 1971, no doubt about it. Rafaella was to marry her one true love, Alister, at the weekend. “He’s the luckiest guy on earth,” she giggled to herself, proud of the woman she had become as she gazed into her own smiling eyes. Almost at once, a cloud descended across those glittering pupils, a cloud of uncertainty, insecurity. A blanket of fear. Sure, she was going to turn all heads on her big day, but what about on her fifth anniversary? How about after 10 years? Would they even last until their silver wedding? What if her good looks drifted from her? She could do nothing about that. Would the fact that she was SO stunning on her wedding day make Alister think that this was the pinnacle of their time together, that the attraction would only wane in the future?

The Pick Of The Best Wedding Dresses For The Effortlessly Cool Bride

You are most certainly a leader, and are definitely not a follower. Whilst your friends at school struggled to find their ‘fashion identity’ a teenager, you knew exactly how to dress. Your girlfriends say that you walk into the room, all eyes on you. You are just one of those lucky women who know how to look cool without trying. In other words, you are most definitely an effortlessly cool bride. This blog post is dedicated to you…. I have found some seriously stylish dresses that no effortlessly cool bride will be able to resist.

For those of you who think getting married doesn’t = effortlessly cool bride, think again. In fact, women who think like this make me feel very upset. In recent years, the bridal world has moved on tremendously and there are some seriously stylish wedding dresses out there for you to choose from.

At the moment, I am particularly taken by the Daughters of Simone’s new collection, The Dawn Of A New Age. 

Everything about this collection is perfect for the effortlessly cool bride. The model is so ‘very of the moment’ and so are the outfits. Even the names are cool. There are the funky Zsa Zsa shorts, and the GAGA sixties mod style dress.

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The Daughters of Simone’s new collection is perfect for the effortlessly cool bride.

More dresses for the effortlessly cool bride

I am totally obsessed with this sculptural bow train mini pantsuit by Viktor&Rolf. How effortlessly cool is it? The off the shoulder neckline wraps around the back and turns into a generous signature Viktor&Rolf bow.

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Simply perfect for the effortlessly cool bride.

Who says you have to wear a wedding dress if you are an effortlessly cool bride? How about this Rosie Assoulin jumpsuit, which you can buy online at NET-A-PORTER. It is part of their exclusive bridal edit and is seriously stylish.

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An effortlessly cool bride can’t resist a jumpsuit.

I really like the feel of Cortana’s Esparta top and skirt which is from their 2018 collection. The look features a short structured bustier that is adjusted with a corset style closure in the back. The skirt, which is high waisted, is lined in silk.

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Does this look appeal to you?

French based designer Rime Arodaky knows all about creating wedding dresses for the effortlessly cool bride. The Joss dress, which is part of her 2018 collection, was almost made for arriving at your ceremony on the back of a bike.

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I love the feel of Joss by Rime Arodaky.

 

 

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Exquisite Relaxed & Rustic Barn Wedding

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I love how Jade and Rick involved their 2 year old son Noah into their wedding celebrations. As a mum of two little boys myself, it was also super important to me to include them both in our wedding. In fact I wrote about planning a wedding when you have children and if you are a wedding planning parent yourself, I’d recommend you take a gander. Little Noah got ready with his dad, walked back down the aisle as a family and he danced the night away, so sweet!

WWW readers Jade and Rick were wed on the 2nd June 2017 and set their heart upon Rivington Hall Barn in Lancashire for their wedding party. What a choice it was, high beamed vaulted ceiling dripping with fairy lights and all. They added rustic styling and gorgeous blooms to really make the space their own, they absolutely nailed it! I also have to say that the bridal party all looked so exquisite in their chosen attire. Jade’s Stella York gown was all dreamy lace and long train, Rick and the boys looked dapper in three piece suits and the bridesmaids wore navy frocks. Stunning.

I love the portraits here today by the wonderful Emilie May Photography, especially those at golden hour. Swoon. Thanks for sharing them with us Emilie.

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THE PROPOSAL | Me and Rick met 6 years ago through a mutual friend. He proposed on the 1st June 2014 whilst on holiday in Lanzarote. Rick had been secretly planning the proposal for a while and somehow managed to sneak the ring into his hand luggage, through security at the airport and hid it inside his clothing for 4 days on holiday before he proposed. I was very impressed as literally had no idea! The proposal was on the beach at sunset and was absolutely perfect and completely unexpected. We waited until we got home to announce it to our family and friends.

THE VISION | To fit in with the venue the theme was rustic summer vintage! I wanted it to be pretty, relaxed, intimate and fun.

THE PLANNING PROCESS | It took 3 years on and off to plan, as we found out I was expecting 3 weeks after getting engaged so the wedding was pushed back from 2016 to 2017 so that our son Noah could be part of the day and enjoy it with us. We booked the venue quite early on in the process (as it gets booked really far in advance) and then the majority of other suppliers we booked a year to 6 months in advance, I was quite relaxed about the whole thing and didn’t want to book suppliers too far in advance and then change my mind. I had several Pinterest boards, which were great for inspiration. I also followed quite a few local suppliers on twitter to get more ideas. I did the majority of the planning and occasionally showed Rick a few pictures to see what he thought! I made the favours and stationery myself, which was time consuming but I really enjoyed it and luckily I managed to get pretty much everything done a few weeks before the wedding, which meant the week before was relatively stress free and relaxed.

Our son Noah (who is 2 and a half) was a massive part of our day. Noah was with Rick on the morning of the wedding and went to church with the rest of the groomsmen. He was extremely well behaved during the ceremony but decided he wanted to join us at the altar after we had exchanged vows and actually walked back down the aisle with us after we had been pronounced husband and wife, which was lovely. He sat at the top table throughout speeches and wedding breakfast and had a great time, he danced for hours in the evening and enjoyed helping himself to the evening buffet and left over favours!

BUDGET | £20,000 and luckily we came in just under it.

THE VENUE | Choosing the venue was easy, Rivington Hall Barn is a local venue, which we have visited many times previously for events and parties, as soon as we visited on their wedding open evening we put our name down and secured a date!

There is no other venue like it, and the two wedding planners Anna and Rachel were so helpful and patient answering my endless questions in the last couple of months

The ceremony was at our local church, Christ Church Heaton in Bolton. The Church is really special to us and is also where our son Noah was christened.

We really wanted to have a relaxed and fun day, and decided to forget about the small stuff and focus on the two things which are most important to us, good food and good music! The food at Rivington was amazing, having previously eaten there before we knew whatever we chose would be delicious. A particular guest highlight was the afternoon tea and fizz upon arrival, which everyone loved and I’m still getting comments on it now nearly 4 months later!

THE DRESS & ACCESSORIES | After a few months of searching and trying on a lot of dresses, I finally found my Stella York dress at Ava Rose Hamilton in Colne, the boutique is amazing, so many beautiful dresses and Denise had an endless amount of patience with me and made it such an enjoyable experience. The dress was absolutely stunning, with intricate back detail and a fabulous cathedral length lace train. After much debate, I decided to wear a single tier cathedral length silk tulle veil, which finished the look perfectly. I didn’t wear any other accessories in my hair as I wanted to keep the look simple.

My shoes were from Jenny Packham, which were an absolute bargain in the sale, having had my eye on them for 6 months prior! I wore Pandora earrings, which were given to me my by my sisters as my ‘something new’ I also wore a brooch inside my dress which belonged to my Nan who sadly passed away in July 2016.

Hair and makeup for all the bridal party was by Nala and Knot who were recommended by a mutual friend. Natalie and Laura really are the loveliest girls ever. I already knew what I wanted and they did an amazing job creating my look from pictures I had saved on my phone, they made the wedding morning really special and it wouldn’t have been the same without them.

FINDING THE DRESS | I started looking for a dress about 15 months before the wedding, I had absolutely no idea what I wanted, which made the process more stressful than I was anticipated and I ended up visiting quite a few shops and I must have tried on at least 20 (if not more) before I decided on ‘the one’, which I ordered in in May 2016.

GROOM’S ATTIRE | The men’s suits were all from Slaters Menswear in Manchester, with shirts from TM Lewin. Rick doesn’t wear a suit for work and lives in sportswear so didn’t really know what he wanted, after a few unsuccessful trips his groomsmen finally managed to help find something for him which fit the bill! Rick also wore shoes from Ted Baker. Our Son Noah who acted as page boy wore an outfit from Zara.

THE READINGS & MUSIC | Since watching ‘Father of the Bride’ when I was a child I knew I wanted to walk down the aisle to ‘Canon in D’ by Pachelbel, which was played by the Church’s organist, and we left the church to ‘Crown Imperial’ by William Walton, which was chosen by my dad. We had two readings, my bridesmaid Maria did a bible reading and Rick’s sister Joanne read ‘Union’ by Robert Fulgham, I read a lot of readings before choosing this one and thought the words in this were really special.

We hired a local pianist, Ken Robson who played during the drinks reception and wedding breakfast. In the evening we had a brilliant Manchester based band called Twisted Tubes who regularly play at gigs across the City Centre, they are fabulous and if you haven’t already seen them play then you really should!

BEAUTIFUL BRIDESMAIDS | I had 4 bridesmaids, my two sisters who acted as joint maids of honour as the three of us are really close, and two good friends of mine, Maria and Jodie. I didn’t get the bridesmaid dresses until 3 months before the wedding and they ended up being an absolute bargain in the ASOS Sale. They all wore matching rose gold sandals, which were also from ASOS and silver stud earrings from Oliver Bonas, which were a gift from me. Our 3 month old niece Robyn acted as our flower girl who wore a lovely little dress from Next.
THE FLOWERS | I was introduced to Kerry and Wild Flowers in Standish, by our venue dresser Emma. I didn’t really know what I wanted other than something very rustic with lots of foliage and Kerry was great at our first meeting showing me lots of ideas and piecing together different flowers which would look good together. I absolutely loved my bouquet it was stunning! Kerry also decorated the church and created a lovely archway from foliage, which we also used on the top table at our reception.

THE CAKE | We always knew we wanted a naked cake covered in masses of fresh fruit to fit in with the rustic theme, I was introduced to Kerry Armstrong from The Jam Jar through a mutual friend, Kerry was amazing and the cake was absolutely delicious there was hardly a crumb left at the end of the night! Each tier was a different fruity flavour.

YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER | Emilie May Photography. Emilie is so lovely and was actually the second photographer I booked, I had booked one already and had been having second thoughts when I saw some photo’s Emilie had taken at another wedding at Rivington and loved her relaxed style. Emilie was brilliant on the day and let us dictate how much time we wanted to spend having pictures taken, and even came to the rescue with a much needed hair pin half way through the day!

THE DETAILS & DÉCOR | I decided quite early on in the planning process that I didn’t want the hassle of decorating the venue myself, after doing some research I came across Emma from Love and Lace, a wedding décor and prop styling business based in Lancashire. Upon my first meeting with Emma I knew I had made the right choice, she understood what we were looking for and did an amazing job, the venue looked more beautiful than we could’ve ever imagined. We were in constant contact over a year putting together ideas, which was really good fun. Emma created a Pinterest board, which we would both pin ideas to and then discuss but quite often we would pin the same things which really reassured me that Emma knew what look wanted to achieve.
I made all the menus, place settings and favours and a good friend of mine designed the ‘order of the day’ chalkboard.

THE HONEYMOON | We have been lucky enough to have two, straight after the wedding we headed to Spain with Noah for a week of sun, and a few weeks ago we managed to get away on our own to Barcelona for a few days, which was great. Neither of us had been before and we really enjoyed it.

MEMORABLE MOMENTS | Walking down the aisle, I wasn’t nervous at all and really enjoyed seeing everybody, I also really enjoyed the ceremony and Noah decided to join us at the altar after we had exchanged our vows which was a really special moment. Rick’s speech was also great, he left it until the last minute but managed to pull it off as everyone was in stitches. The highlight of the day was definitely a performance my sisters had written and put together, which included a dance routine, it was absolutely brilliant, they had me crying with laughter!

ADVICE FOR OTHER COUPLES | I would say decide your budget at the beginning and stick to it, know exactly how much you want to spend to create your desired look and theme and shop around for prices from different suppliers. If things are costing more than you expect then ask yourself whether you actually need it and whether it will make a difference on the day. Make sure you take up offers of help from bridesmaids, friends and family to take the pressure off you in the days leading up to the big day. Also do what makes you happy, everyone has opinions on what you should and shouldn’t do, who you should invite etc but it’s your day and don’t forget that.

CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE |

Photography | Emilie May Photography

Camper van | ‘I do’ Campers

Cake | The Jam Jar

Hair and make up | Nala and Knot

Dress | Ava Rose Hamilton

Venue Dresser | Love and Lace

Florist | Wild Flowers

Venue | Rivington Hall Barn

Band | Twisted Tubes

Piano Player | Ken Robson

Bridesmaid Dresses & Shoes | Asos

Groom and Groomsmen’s suits | Slaters

Page Boy | Zara

 

So magical.

Jade and Rick, thank you both ever so much for sharing your splendid wedding story with us xo Lou

 

Back from the Big Smoke

Hey lovelies,

Just a quick check-in to let you know I’m back from the Big Smoke and once I’m unpacked and caught up with eleventy billion emails I will be straight onto posting loads of wedding pretty for you.

 

I’ve had an amazing October, having attended a whole of fabulous events at Pengenna Manor, Westpoint, Powderham Castle and Exeter Castle. It’s been wonderful to catch up with loads of Pasties & Petticoats Wedding Collective members (all incredible suppliers – check them out), as well as meeting lots of new suppliers and of course brides and grooms.

 

I always love hearing how couples are getting on with their wedding plans and given that most of my time my work involves me just sitting at my trusty laptop, I adore the opportunity to get out and about to meet you all (Exeter Castle peeps – I’ll be in touch soon about drawing a winner from my competition!).

 

If you haven’t had a chance to have a look around Pasties & Petticoats do have a peep – there’s loads more than just the blog posts – the planning section is a great place to start.

 

Finally, if you haven’t signed up to our VIP list yet, head over and do that now – you get our free WEDGUIDE when you sign up, and every now and then I’ll pop some exclusive content or special offers your way 🙂

 

 

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Ethical Wedding Dress Production With Sanyukta Shrestha

Hello you lovelies, and welcome to a feature that’s going to be eye-opening, interesting and inspiring in equal measure. A little while ago, we featured the brilliant Sanyukta Shrestha here on our beloved wedding blog, and in that feature, we mentioned Sanyukta’s commitment to ethical wedding dress production. Well, it interested and intrigued so many of […]

Sarah and Iain’s intimate family wedding at Penton Park, with Lemontree Photography

I stumbled across this gorgeous Hampshire wedding on the blog of Lemontree Photography – and totally loved everything about it. Sarah and Iain are gorgeous – their day is so perfectly charming I had to get in touch with Az at Lemontree and ask if we could share their images with you today. Lucky for me, he said yes, and Sarah and Iain have been lovely in sharing some of the details of their planning with you too!

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We just wanted a relaxed atmosphere where people could be at ease. One of the reasons that we chose Penton Park was because it offered guests the chance to dance, stay at the bar, play snooker, have a go at some garden games or just relax in the sitting room or the swing seat in the grounds.

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Wedding photographer’s website:

Lemontree-Photography.co.uk

We researched online and loved Az’s pictures. We were extremely pleased with his work. What attracted us to Az’s pictures was the relaxed feel: there were very few staged shots. He has an amazing ability to capture people just having a good time. Az put us at ease on the day and was lovely to have at our wedding!

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Az has captured the relaxed feel of our day perfectly and we were very pleased that the photographs were exactly what we wanted and had anticipated from seeing his previous work.

Lemontree-Photography.co.uk
Instagram.com/lemontreeweddingphotography
Facebook.com/LemontreePhotography

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Wedding month:

August

Can you describe your wedding in fewer than 10 words?

Relaxed and perfect

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

The caterers, make up artist, garden games supplier and DJ were recommended by the venue (they were all superb). A family friend is a florist so organised my flowers.

What’s your top tip for saving money?

Prioritise things that you actually need or are really important to you. People won’t remember the colour of your chair covers, the pattern on the invite or what type of bag our favours came in.

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

Garden games were an integral part to the day.
Everyone raved about the food.

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

We ordered some from joeby design on amazon and made the rest ourselves.

Did you fall in love with your wedding dress?

I didn’t enjoy the experience of trying on dresses and felt pressure to find “the one”. After browsing online I found one that I liked and the fact that I could return it if I did not like it appealed. I liked my wedding dress but had found others that I liked and looked good. For me, it was not hugely important to me and I found the pressure of being told that “you will just know” quite stressful.

Wedding dress designer and bridal boutique:

Ordered online from phase eight at Debenhams.

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

Shoes were from new look.

And what did the groom wear?

Suit from Moss Bros

Beautiful bridesmaids: what did your best girls wear?

No bridesmaids

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

Hair was a family friend who has cut my hair forever.
Make up was done by Frances Moore who was at the Penton wedding fayre.

Describe your wedding flowers. Who arranged them for you? (florist details would be lovely please)

Hannah Rose flowers based in Abbotts Ann near Andover.
They were simple white and pale pink.

General styling – did your venue need much decoration?

No decoration required Penton Park is stunning!

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

Parts of the invite (directions, RSVP etc)
Favours
Confetti cones with natural confetti
It was enjoyable to make some things for the wedding but knowing that the big things were being sorted by our suppliers.

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

My Mum made the cake. She used to make many wedding/christening cakes but stopped a while ago but always said she would make mine. We had a fruit cake.

Entertainment: any musical recommendations, surprises or treats?

We had a DJ organised by Penton.

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

Don’t get hung up on the details. Marrying the person you love is the most important thing about your day. No need to stress the little things!

What’s the best thing about being married?

Sharing your life with the person you love.

Favourite supplier web links for other brides and grooms:

http://www.pentonpark.co.uk/
https://www.lemontree-photography.co.uk/
http://www.hannahroseflowers.com/
http://www.smallpiececatering.co.uk/
http://www.wessex-events.co.uk/ (garden games)
http://www.francesmooremua.co.uk/

Cool, Colourful + Edgy Festival Wedding Inspiration- Styled by Kent Wedding Suppliers…

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Photography by Epic Love Story

Cool Festival Wedding Inspiration…

Morning folks, I hope you are all well this frosty Tuesday morning. The clocks have gone back and even though the dark nights have rolled in, I can’t help but I adore this time of year… for me it means big baggy jumpers, new coats and bobble hats at the ready!

For those needing some Summer festival wedding inspiration, I have a cool, colourful and edgy bridal shoot to share with you; perfect for all your Summer festival brides-to-be. Set in the perfect orchard in the countryside, a team of local Kent wedding suppliers got their creative heads together to produce a stylish shoot centred around epic bridal separates, stylish groom style and some quirky and unique wedding details.

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Cara Whyte, designer at Story of My Dress Bridal Wear explains…

I love how striking this modern, stylish bride is rocking the latest bridal trends against the back drop of the luscious green countryside. Showing you do not need to compromise on your style and bridal look, on trend & edgy also works for an outdoor, festival style wedding.

Both the top & skirt are from our own collection of bridal separates and dresses we launched this year, priced from £249-1200.  The low back lace top with button detail works so well with our polka dot tulle

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