Rustic Elegance in Red, White & Blue – 4th of July Wedding Inspiration

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In celebration of the holiday today, I have a special inspiration board for you. In a patriotic, and seasonal, colour palette of red, white and blue, some rustic yet elegant Summer wedding inspiration just perfect for the 4th of July!

4th of July Wedding Inspiration Board

Rustic Elegant Independence Day Wedding Inspiration Board

Bride & Bridesmaids – Justin Demutiis via Glamour & Grace // Engagement Ring – Marissa Lambert Photography via Wedding Sparrow // 4th of July Dessert Table – Shauna Veasey Photography via The Perfect Palette // Naked Red Velvet Wedding Cake – Gigi Mamma Cakes, Photography by Michelle March via SMP // Floral Wedding Centerpiece –  Art with Nature, Photography by Michael Radford Photography via Grey Likes Weddings // Wedding Invitation Suite – Carolyn Jane Designs, Photography by Jessica Scott Photography via SMP // Groom & Groomsmen – Nancy Ray Photography via SMP

Whilst I have been loving unusual and alternative color palettes of late (like this elegant black & white theme for a barn wedding) there can only be one trio of colours for an Independence Day wedding! As well as being patriotic, red, white and blue is a bold, bright and fun choice for a Summer wedding. But done right, it can also be elegant, and completely charming when layered with a few rustic details.

To retain an elegant look, keep the colours rich and dark, and layer luxurious fabrics like velvet and chiffon on top of the more casual linens and wood. Choose floor length gowns for your gals, and 3 piece suits for the groomsmen – also great for Summer because jackets can be removed and a formal look maintained with the vests!

Florals of course should be seasonal and splashes of pink could be added for a yet more romantic look. For a hot Summer’s day I love the idea of a lighter wedding cake, without the traditional heavy icing, whilst making it red velvet will give it a little wow. And what could be more in keeping with the season than topping it with handfuls of fresh berries??

A romantic take on a 4th of July wedding, don’t you think? If you’re planning an Independence Day wedding then you might also want to take a look at this chic take on a holiday wedding, and this retro Summer wedding inspiration in the same vibrant, and patriotic, color palette. Or if its early days in your wedding planning process and you want to see more wedding colours and inspiration boards perfect for Summer look no further because you will find lots in CVB’s archives! Like this chic garden wedding inspiration in yellow & grey, and  elegant affair in the softest shades of blush, or this understated beauty in on trend neutrals. Oh and this ethereal beach wedding color palette is one of my all time favourites! And you won’t want to miss these 10 gorgeous Summer wedding colour ideas.

Amy

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Karolina & Martyn

Karolina and Martyn married at a beautiful wedding venue in Lithuania, with Karolina wearing a stunning St Patrick gown and Martyn sporting a sharp bespoke burgundy suit. They both look utterly gorgeous and make such a striking couple, especially against the gorgeous backdrops of Nida – a pretty resort town with sea on one side and forest on the other. Which obviously made for some dreamy portrait shots, and these two are so hot, their photographs look like a piece of editorial!

Images come from the amazing Motiejus, who captured the day beautifully and tells us he loved photographing an intimate wedding, as he could really delve deep into the emotions of the day. That’s certainly clear in the resulting images, which are simply beautiful and full of joy.

I’ve shot the wedding of Karolina & Martyn in a wonderful location in their home country Lithuania – Nida. Nida, it’s very unusual place. It’s a small resort town with approximately 1500 residents located on the Curonian Spit between the Curonian Lagoon and the Baltic Sea. From a photography point of view – it’s an absolute dream where you have Sea on one side, loads of forest, dunes, abandoned airport and a lagoon on the other side. If you ever end up travelling to Baltic countries – this is a place not to be missed for sure. The wedding itself was a small and intimate with only 50 closest people and that allowed me to really integrate and feel the atmosphere and focus on people and emotions while documenting it. The biggest challenges while shooting were dealing with constantly changing lighting.

Another thing to mention was locations during the portrait session. Even being a small town travelling from different locations was quite a challenge in order to make sure we stick with a timetable. We have spent no more than 5-10 min in each place and really needed to be quick and efficient. Luckily, I have worked with the couple before so we knew exactly what we are doing. Last thing worth mentioning is our crazy idea to hire a white horse. Apparently (as you can see in one of the images) he wasn’t a calmest one and really made us scared. Luckily, we got out of it alive and it was definitely worth the efforts. As for the rest day itself, it was a definitely magical and very emotional day to capture and I’ve stayed dancing with the couple until early morning hours.














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Wednesday Wedding Wonders. 04/07/2018

Devon Garden Wedding Tipi Freckle Photography

Image by Freckle Photography // Individual Garden Tipi Wedding at Home

Well it’s still pretty balmy and you know what I am fully embracing the heat wave this year. I have to say though that our poor lawn is really parched, we’re watering our veggies and flowers, but can’t justify the grass too! It’s also football fever in our house at the moment and I am mixing it up with my nightly Love Island fix. BUT tonight, This Is Us, enough said. If you haven’t watched series one, do it, you won’t regret it, it’s my fave program ever I think. We spent some of the weekend painting our kitchen again, although we managed a bike ride, picnic, trip to a playground and a long country walk. So to be honest it was pretty well lovely. Regarding the kitchen we’re on the home straight now, the cabinets and tiles are painted. We just have the walls to finish, grout pen tidying, worktops to fit and handles to purchase. I’ve also had a potential idea to build a seat for our corner wall to maximise space, but I think more research is required.

Did you see our huge announcement this week? We’ve collaborated with Mrs Bow Tie to launch a collection of groom’s accessories. So excited! You can view and purchase the collection here.

So onto the week that was and it was a very special one at that.

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WWW faves Rewritten have just launched their new range of clutch bags online and we love them.

Available in three colours – soft blue, rose pink and white. Each pouch is crafted from vegan leather and is fully lined with a zip compartment inside and zip fastening. Each bag has gold lettering saying ‘PROSECCO MADE ME DO IT’ and they are the perfect size at 25cm by 19cm, priced at £29. Aren’t they just the perfect bridesmaid gift?

The pink and blue go with their Bluebell and Oyster dresses and match most of the other colours in their collection too. They are currently selling on their website www.wearerewritten.com and shipping in the UK and internationally. Gorgeous!

Happy wedding Wednesday xo Lou

Sarah and Iain’s magical Mitton Hall wedding, with Rachel Joyce Photography

Good morning beautiful! I hope you’re having the loveliest day – and enjoying a little sunshine still! Aren’t we lucky… it’s already been such an amazing summer and we’re still in the first week of July! And of course, this means we’re blogging beautiful weddings full of sunshine for you. Beautiful bride Sarah and her gorgeous groom Iain were married at Mitton Hall in the Ribble Valley. Their day is elegant and contemporary, with stunning blooms and delicious details. What do you think of the sweet pink chair sashes instead of covers? The chairs themselves are refreshingly pretty, I think 🙂 Images are by our lovely friend and English Wedding Directory member Rachel Joyce Photography.

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We wanted to reflect the venue – at Mitton, we love the beautiful, cozy hall with all the wooden beams, and the amazingly light conservatory that looks out on to a gorgeous green backdrop. We wanted to create create a rustic, vintage feel, but keep it chic and modern. I loved my flowers! I had a mixture of different colourful flowers, including my favourite flowers peonies, hand tied with brown string. Julie from Hedgehogg florist arranged them for us – she was brilliant, I couldn’t recommend her highly enough.

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Wedding photographer’s website:

https://www.racheljoycephotography.co.uk/

Rachel takes beautiful, vibrant photographs filled with so much joy and emotion. We loved Rachel’s documentary style – the smiles, laughs, glances – she manages to capture very special moments that might otherwise go unnoticed.

We couldn’t have been happier with Rachel. From start to finish, she was wonderful – she understood exactly what we wanted and went above and beyond to give us advice on everything wedding-related! On the day itself, Rachel talked about our day and the photographs as a story, which I absolutely loved – the idea that every moment was part of a story with all our closest family and friends. She managed to capture so many brilliant photos – we absolutely love them.

When we first saw our wedding photos they made us laugh and cry at the same time!

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Wedding venue:

Mitton Hall, Whalley

Wedding month:

July

Can you describe your wedding in fewer than 10 words?

The best day of our lives

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

Mostly recommendations and my faithful friend Google

What’s your top tip for saving money?

Make your own stationary!

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

The band – they got everyone dancing!

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

We bought templates for the full suite of wedding stationary from Etsy, and wrote the wording and did the printing ourselves. We thought it was a nice personal touch, plus it saved us a bit of money!

Did you fall in love with your wedding dress?

Yes!

Wedding dress designer and bridal boutique:

Bridal boutique: Ava Rose Hamilton
Designer: Stella York

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

I had ivory jewelled Jenny Packham shoes which I spotted originally on one of Rachel’s wedding photography blogs!

And what did the groom wear?

A navy Ted Baker suit with a tweed waistcoat

Beautiful bridesmaids: what did your best girls wear?

Beautiful, long light pink dresses

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

Hired professionals. Dee Hargreaves did our makeup and Donna Highton did our hair – they were both amazing.

General styling – did your venue need much decoration?

We had white drapes and fairy lights, with petals and candles down the aisle.

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

Yes! We added personal touches to our stationary and favours.

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

We went for a white chocolate ganache 3-tiered cake and added strawberries.

Entertainment: any musical recommendations, surprises or treats?

Our soul and motown band, The Soultones, were fantastic, even better than we expected, and got everyone up dancing all night. We also had a photobooth which was great fun.

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

Be kind to each other, laugh together, say thank you for the little things and don’t sweat the small stuff!

What’s the best thing about being married?

Getting to hang out with my best friend for the rest of my life is pretty great.

Favourite supplier web links for other brides and grooms:

Venue: Mitton Hall (https://www.mittonhallhotel.co.uk/)
Flowers: Hedgehogg florist (https://www.facebook.com/flowershopcolne)
Photographer: Rachel Joyce Photography (rachel@racheljoycephotography.co.uk)
Makeup: Dee Hargreaves (https://www.deehargreaves.co.uk/)
Band: The Soultones (https://www.manytonesmusic.co.uk/)
Decorations: Creative Cover Hire (www.creativecoverhire.co.uk)
Photobooth: Booth Xperia (http://boothxperia.co.uk/)

Sophie & Sarah’s beautiful Lower Barns wedding

Lower Barns is so much more than just a wedding venue to us. It’s a place like nothing I’ve seen anywhere before and as soon as we saw it we both knew it was everything we wanted our special day to be. A perfect reflection of us so, I’ll start by telling you a bit about us (and Daisy dog)……

 

 

 

 

Much to my shock and surprise we got engaged on 2nd December last year at Mentmore Falconry in Long Marston when Flynn the barn owl delivered the most beautiful engagement ring.

 

I don’t quite know how Sarah managed to keep it a secret, she’d been driving around with it in the boot of her car for months!

 

It was the most fantastic day and experience having our close friends with us, meeting all the birds and of course Flynn flying to me with the ring.

 

 

She also surprised me with a night in a 5 star luxury hotel, which as it turned out, wasn’t at all welcoming to same sex couples and made us feel very uncomfortable and we ended up staying in our room all night. So……..we started searching for a gay friendly venue ABROAD!!!

 

We just wanted to be treated like any other couple on their engagement. So you can imagine the place we wanted to get married had to be accepting and make us feel welcome. Anyone who knows my wife knows she always has to have things done right. A few weeks passed and we had decided Hawaii was the place, then by chance it seemed we came across the Lower Barns site, I still don’t know how.

 

We spoke with Janie via email at first as you never know what response you are going to get when people find out you are gay. After talking for days by email we eventually spoke on the phone. Everything just went so smoothly, the booking, what we wanted on the day, the accommodation for all our friends, It was all just so easy we thought we better go and see where we are getting married ! When we went to take a look we both knew it was just meant to be, it felt like we were visiting family. Everyone including Daisy dog was welcome.

 

 

I’d describe Lower Barns as bursting with colour even on the most dreary of British days. Our Venezuelan friends were delighted and said that it was ‘just like home.’ I’m sure they took photos of absolutely everything!

 

Janie and Mike have made the place their life’s work and it really does show, they have thought of everything ! It’s dog friendly, it caters for disabled clients and even includes a separate suite that has a upstairs that caters for carers if needed. They have thought of everything. They will always have a special place in our hearts. Nothing was too much trouble on the day, it was really just like our home from home. Looking back there’s nothing that I would change. I’m sure we’ll be back to relive a day that I never wanted to end.

 

 

 

A special thanks to Hair by EmmaC, Juliet at Cornish Farm Flowers and Suzi Winter Makeup Artist

 

 

 

 

 

 

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A 1970’s Vintage Gown For An Intimate And Personal York City Wedding

July 4, 2018Hello you lovely lot! And how are we all doing today? Today’s couple are a creative pair working in the fashion and media industry, and it’s clear from their wedding photos that they have a true eye for style. Keeping their day personal, and featuring everything they love about their hometown and each other, it’s […]

glamping with love. a diy wedding at woodthorpe hall – linsey & tom

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A DIY Wedding at Woodthorpe Hall (c) Alex Abbott (15)

Today’s DIY wedding on the edge of the stunning Peak District is a step-by-step lesson in how to plan and execute that sought-after tipi-style wedding with gusto.

With no overall theme or colour scheme in sight – the couple, Linsey and Tom, show us what it really means to personalise all those finer details. We’re talking flowers, decorations, tables runner, the wedding cake and even the confetti cones, with family and friends all contributing in their own special way. And we just adore the picture-perfect results (and think you will, too…).

Serving up pie and mash, pizzas, Aperol spritz and gins galore, with a Caribbean steel band, toasted marshmallows, sparklers and a silent disco to boot, this wedding was more akin to one big outdoors party. Surely, the best kind of wedding celebration there can be?

With images by Alex Abbott Photography.

A DIY Wedding at Woodthorpe Hall (c) Alex Abbott (16)

linsey says: Tom’s mum and step-dad have a place in Nice, so we tend to go out once a year to relax and get some sunshine! In 2015 we were there for a week, and a couple of days in we had planned to go to Monaco for the day. We ended up getting off the bus a couple of stops early and it turned out that Tom had hired a boat for the day as a surprise (he had secretly done a course to get a powerboat license earlier in the year). We went out on the boat and about 20 minutes later we stopped – we were way out in the bay in front of Nice and Tom was pointing out that we could see the place where we stay, and when I turned around he was on one knee!

A DIY Wedding at Woodthorpe Hall (c) Alex Abbott (38)

We chose the 9th September for our wedding. We wanted a couple of years between getting engaged and married so that we could enjoy being engaged and so that wedding preparations could be as enjoyable and stress-free as possible.

We got married at St Michael and All Angels’ Church in Hathersage. We love the Peak District – both of us grew up nearby so have spent a lot of time there. We knew from day one we wanted to get married there. Most of our friends and family are close by too which was definitely a big factor.

A DIY Wedding at Woodthorpe Hall (c) Alex Abbott (12)

We began the venue hunt for our reception by looking for barns in the Peak District and places where we could put some sort of marquee. In the meantime, my mum had come across a venue called Woodthorpe Hall – a private 17th century country house set in 2.5 acres of gardens on the edge of the Peak District. Mum had kindly booked us a viewing as she knew it was somewhere we might love. Within minutes of being there we knew it was where we wanted to hold our reception. They only do seven or eight weddings a year and we were the last wedding of 2017 for them!

The gardens at Woodthorpe provided the perfect location for us to put a marquee / tipi and would allow us to spend a lot of the day outdoors. I want to say it was also the perfect blank canvas for us to really make the day our own, but that plays down how stunning the gardens and setting of this venue are! One of the most appealing things for us (apart from the setting) was that we weren’t restricted and could put glamping tents and motorhomes in one of the fields next door, so our guests could stay over if they wanted to.

A DIY Wedding at Woodthorpe Hall (c) Alex Abbott (40)

We initially fancied a sperry tent but after visiting a tipi open day we fell in love with the idea of having a tipi wedding! The indoor fire pits, wooden tables, and general rustic feel really appealed to us – as did the fact that they could withstand whatever the British weather might throw our way!

We didn’t really have a theme, we wanted the day to be relaxed, enjoyable, not too formal, and to reflect our personalities. Our main aim from the beginning was for our family and friends to be able to let their hair down and have a really good time – we knew that if they were having fun, we would be able to properly relax and enjoy it with them!

We didn’t have a colour scheme, although I am superstitious and so didn’t want any red and white together (which Tom was more than happy to go with due to footballing reasons!).

A DIY Wedding at Woodthorpe Hall (c) Alex Abbott (54)

I chose a Maggie Sottero dress from Nora Eve in Chesterfield. As with the venue, this wedding dress shop was a find by my wonderful mum (she really missed her calling as a wedding planner)! I had no particular style in mind, just something quite simple and comfortable (and not too expensive). The dress I ended up wearing was one of the first I tried on, and I loved it from the beginning (as did mum, and one of my bridesmaids, who also came along).

A DIY Wedding at Woodthorpe Hall (c) Alex Abbott (1)

We didn’t want anything overly formal for Tom or the groomsmen, and quite fancied more of a tweed look, but they seemed to be very expensive! Nora Eve had just opened up a menswear store Grays Menswear, and they had great selection. Tom ended up picking a blue tweed suit with a knitted bow-tie. We could buy the trousers, waistcoat and jacket separately, so Tom, my dad, Tom’s dad, and my granddad wore the whole lot, but the groomsmen just wore trousers and a waistcoat without the jacket.

A DIY Wedding at Woodthorpe Hall (c) Alex Abbott (7)

The bridesmaids wore Maya dresses which were ordered from ASOS. We were able to get them in short or long, which I was keen to do so that the girls could choose which they’d prefer. We also managed to find some lightweight scarves that pretty much matched the dresses, so the girls could wear these if it was chilly.

My hairdresser, Emily, did mine and my bridesmaids’ hair. Emily was fab – it was like she was part of the bridal party. One of my closest friends, Chloe, did my makeup.

A DIY Wedding at Woodthorpe Hall (c) Alex Abbott (18)

My dad has always been into cars and he’s had a stunning white 1972 MG Roadster for a number of years now. I have always known I would want dad to drive me in it if I got married, so it was an honour for me to be able to ask him to do this and there’s no other way I would have wanted to arrive at church – this part of the day was a real highlight for me! After the ceremony we were driven by Paul (one of the close family friends) to Woodthorpe Hall in his 1967 Morris 1000 convertible to a soundtrack put together by Paul especially for the day – it was absolutely perfect.

A DIY Wedding at Woodthorpe Hall (c) Alex Abbott (25)

Our photographer was Alex Abbott, based in Leeds. We were keen to document the day without us having to spend too much time away from our friends and family (and the food and drink!). We loved Alex’s documentary style, and his preference to keep group and posed photos to a minimum.

We chose to arm a number of our guests with GoPros and asked them each to film a certain part of the day – this gave us some brilliant and hilarious footage which Tom is currently editing into a home-made video!

A DIY Wedding at Woodthorpe Hall (c) Alex Abbott (20)

Me and my mum did the bouquets – they were a mixture of florist-bought peach coloured roses, various types of eucalyptus, thistles, greenery from the garden, and flowers grown by Tom’s dad and my mum’s friend Lyn. We absolutely loved creating the bouquets ourselves – I wasn’t fussed on a specific look, just something simple and not too structured. My mum’s close friend Elaine kindly did our buttonholes for us, which we loved! We also had corsages for the bridesmaids and ladies in the family from Valerie of Dore. Tom’s mum did our flowers for the church, which looked beautiful.

Where to start with the reception decorations!? It was pretty much all DIY and so many people played a part: we had wooden frames made by my dad to hang in the trees as a photo booth area; my dad made two easels and about eight blackboards for various signs (which were painted by my mum and written on by one of our incredibly talented bridesmaids); and 100s of jars of all shapes and sizes were collected by loads of people. Tom’s mum made all the table runners and decorated each napkin with twine and rosemary; Tom’s step-mum and step-sister decorated all the gin jars with personalised tags and twine; Tom’s step-mum and one of my bridesmaids made the origami elephants; my mum and Elaine made all the white tissue pom poms; and two of my bridesmaids helped me paint and label the arrow location sign which Tom made, scrub the Hendo’s bottles and re-label them with the personalised labels. They also made the confetti cones, with the help of Tom’s step-mum and step-sister.

We made our table plan with various sheets of wrapping paper, brown tags and twine. We also printed photos from our parents’ and grandparents’ wedding days which were hung behind the top table.

Around the rest of the tipi we hung loads of photos of family and friends. We also had sparklers, blankets in case it was cold, marshmallows for the fire pits, lanterns from our house scattered around the tipi, and tiki flame torches around the garden outside the tipi. Woodthorpe Hall decked the gardens out with fairy lights and lanterns, which looked so lovely in the evening!

A DIY Wedding at Woodthorpe Hall (c) Alex Abbott (28)

As for flowers, Tom’s dad and my mum’s friend Lyn both have allotments and were kind enough to grow a huge number of flowers for us for the venue – they were so colourful and looked really great in the tipi and spread around the gardens. Tom’s dad provided a huge number of beautiful dahlias, along with sweet peas, and Lyn provided at least 12 buckets of various homegrown flowers.

The tipis went up on the Wednesday before the wedding, so we were able to have three brilliant days up at Woodthorpe Hall before the big day, which we very much class as part of the wedding – family, friends, and Dick and Sue (who run Woodthorpe Hall) couldn’t do enough for us and between everyone we turned the blank canvas of the tipis into a venue that was even better than we could have ever hoped for!

A DIY Wedding at Woodthorpe Hall (c) Alex Abbott (34)

We gave personalised Henderson’s Relish bottles as wedding favours. Tom is from Sheffield, and so has Hendo’s on everything, and we both live here now so there was no other option for us really! Plus, it was the perfect excuse to have pie for the meal!

We had a semi-naked wedding cake decorated with real edible flowers, made by my very talented mum – it was really beautiful, and tasted as good as it looked.

A DIY Wedding at Woodthorpe Hall (c) Alex Abbott (33)

Jo’s Pantry were our caterers. They provided canapés during reception drinks, and for the meal we had meat and potato pie with mash, veg and plenty of gravy. Pudding was cheesecake. We wanted lots of good, hearty food and that’s exactly what we got – all of it was absolutely delicious and the clean plates spoke for themselves!

In the evening Sunshine Pizza Oven did a fantastic job keeping everyone’s energy up for dancing by serving delicious pizzas from their wood fired oven. They even added a special hendo’s pizza to their menu just for us!

For drinks, at the reception we had an Italian fizz (brought back from Italy by Tom’s dad), Aperol spritz, a variety of local beers, and some beers from further afield that we took a liking to on our holidays. For the meal, we settled on a Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand and a Montepulciano from Italy.

In the evening we had a gin bar, run by Woodthorpe Hall – Dick and Sue’s son impressed our guests with their in-depth knowledge of every gin! It was a really lovely surprise for us (and our guests) – we have kept the tasting notes so that we can re-create the drinks. We also supplied the usual drinks for the evening bar, and Woodthorpe Hall provided a barrel of their home-brewed cider.

A DIY Wedding at Woodthorpe Hall (c) Alex Abbott (39)

In terms of entertainment, one of our best friends, Gareth, sang The Prayer during the church ceremony. This was a huge highlight for us, the song is beautiful – it was quite an emotional few minutes, and one we hope to never forget. We then had a Caribbean steel band at the drinks reception who were incredible – they brought the sunshine and blue skies with them and created such a wonderful atmosphere.

In the evening we had a DJ – Paul of Spirits High, followed by a silent disco which went on until the early hours of Sunday morning – our guests loved it. I would highly recommend it to anyone toying with the idea or considering a venue with an early music cut-off!

We hired glamping tents so our guests could stay overnight. The venue also set up a campfire for us in the camping field, which was a perfect way to end the day. On the Sunday morning my dad and uncle Steve cooked bacon and sausage sandwiches on the barbecues for everyone.

A memorable part of the day for us was the Woodthorpe trolley fire – when it dropped dark, Dick and Sue got a fire going in a shopping trolley, it is a tradition for the venue, and really was a talking point for the guests!

One of my best friends supplied glow bands for the evening which were so much fun – seeing family and friends of all ages with glow band halos and necklaces was a very memorable sight.

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I would recommend the venue in a heartbeat! At times it felt quite daunting to have to source each part of the wedding separately and to get to grips with how it would all come together, but Dick and Sue at Woodthorpe Hall really helped with the whole process.

It is really difficult to pick our favourite part – we loved every minute of the day. If we were pushed, we’d probably say the ceremony and the drinks reception. Our vicar, Jude, led a beautiful and personalised service, one of Tom’s best men led the prayers, we had a few readings which were read so well, and as mentioned earlier one of our best friends stunned us all with his amazing and powerful version of the The Prayer. To then be able to completely relax during the drinks reception with all of our friends and family in the sunshine, to the sound of the steel band was unforgettable for us.

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After the wedding we went to Singapore to watch the Grand Prix – Tom has wanted to go to that race for ages and the timing of it seemed too perfect to not go! Somehow, my mum managed to get us into the garage with Williams – this really was a once in a lifetime experience! The original idea was to go away in January (to give us time to save after the wedding), so we stuck that plan out and headed off to Alaska in January to go dog sledding – it was an incredible trip and we would recommend it to anyone who doesn’t mind a bit of cold weather (down to -40) in a heartbeat!

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We have three top tips for other Brides Up North. Try and take a few moments throughout the day to take in what is going on – it goes by so quickly but this definitely helped to stop it from being a blur when we look back on the best day of our lives! Don’t worry about the weather – you can’t control it so try not to waste time stressing about it. Think about how to keep the day interesting and enjoyable for your guests. For us, we knew that if we could see our family and friends enjoying themselves then this would make the day even more perfect!

In the run up to the wedding, I spent a lot of time looking at the ‘real weddings’ section on Brides Up North – it was so helpful to get tips from other brides and to get a feel for the types of things that we wanted to incorporate into our wedding day.

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