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February 1st, 2017 | Rachel Parry

An Elegant Wedding at Swancar Farm (c) Lucy & Scott (31)

Today’s real wedding is the type that we would quite like to have been a guest at, for everyone pictured looks to be having the best time ever.

Marrying at Swancar Farm in Nottinghamshire, Lucy and Scott planned a romantic big day, complete with an elegant blush, grey and silver colour scheme, and carefully chosen blooms and décor.

From the ‘I dos’ to the dance moves, emotions run high with love, laughter and joy etched on the faces of the stunning bride, groom and their guests.

With images by Brides Up North Sponsor Miki Photography

An Elegant Wedding at Swancar Farm (c) Lucy & Scott (18)

lucy says: We got engaged in Paris. Scott had booked to take me for a surprise weekend away for my birthday. We were walking along the River Seine and he told me to have a look at the boats – when I turned back round, he was holding a ring box and asked me to marry him.

Our wedding date was 1st July 2016. We knew we wanted a Friday in July or August and this was the only one the venue had left, so we snapped it up!

An Elegant Wedding at Swancar Farm (c) Lucy & Scott (40)

We got married at Swancar Farm, in Trowell, Nottinghamshire. We went to see four venues altogether and we chose this Swancar because we both loved it and could totally imagine ourselves getting married there. It’s such a beautiful venue.

We had a romantic, elegant and floral theme. We just wanted it to look wow, and it certainly exceeded all expectations.

Our colour scheme was blush, grey and silver. I chose it because I love those colours and thought they fit well with the theme.

An Elegant Wedding at Swancar Farm (c) Lucy & Scott (28)

I chose a Justin Alexander dress from La Belle Boutique, after trying on quite a few designs. I wanted a strapless, fishtail dress that was simple but still glam. I chose my dress because out of all the designs I tried on, it was the only one I could imagine I could get married in and that Scott would like too.

Scott had a suit made by Timothy James Henderson. It was a bespoke three-piece grey suit. He wore it with a white shirt and blush tie and pocket square.

The bridesmaids wore long, blush dresses with lace and bead detail and the flower girls wore ivory dresses, with blush flower detailing, and little rose gold shoes.

An Elegant Wedding at Swancar Farm (c) Lucy & Scott (44)

Our photographer was Ash Davenport of Miki Photography. We would 100% recommend him, as he did a fantastic job and we’re so pleased with the photos! He blended into the day so well and we hardly knew he was there.

We also had our day filmed by a videographer called Lara Elliott, who was brilliant! She was lovely and our wedding highlights video was better than we ever imagined.

An Elegant Wedding at Swancar Farm (c) Lucy & Scott (13)

All the wedding flowers were provided by Zoe at Zinc Floral Design, and were a mixture of peonies, roses, astilbe and lovely foliage

Our centrepieces were candelabras with flower balls around them and we had a long and low arrangement for the top table. We also had two large flower balls for the floor-standing candelabras.

We also had some pieces, including the wooden signs and our drop top guestbook, made by The Old Potting Shed at Sudbury.

An Elegant Wedding at Swancar Farm (c) Lucy & Scott (10)

As favours we gave scratch cards, which were inside the name places with a penny attached to scratch them.

Our wedding cake was made by Amy at the Melbourne Cakery. It was a four-tier cake and each tier was a different flavour: white chocolate and raspberry, lemon, Victoria sponge and cherry and Amaretto. It was decorated blush, silver and white with a blush peony on the top.

An Elegant Wedding at Swancar Farm (c) Lucy & Scott (17)

As another sweet treat for our guests, we also had ice creams served by Derbyshire Ice Cream Bike.

For the wedding breakfast, we gave guests a choice of starters which were creamy mushrooms or chicken parfait, and then a choice of mains which were steak and chips or chicken with dauphinoise potatoes and vegetables. Dessert was sticky toffee pudding with cream.

An Elegant Wedding at Swancar Farm (c) Lucy & Scott (22)

Entertainment-wise, we had an acoustic duo called These Your Children, who played through the reception drinks and for some of the wedding breakfast. They were absolutely amazing and everyone got up to dance in-between the starter and main course! We then had a DJ at night from GC Events, who also provided the starlit dance floor and the fairy lights, which were hanging from the wooden beams in the oak hall. The service we received was brilliant and Ash from GC Events was so helpful!

An Elegant Wedding at Swancar Farm (c) Lucy & Scott (32)

Following our wedding, we would definitely recommend Swancar Farm to other couples. The place is beautiful and the staff are so helpful and cannot do enough for you.

An Elegant Wedding at Swancar Farm (c) Lucy & Scott (29)

An Elegant Wedding at Swancar Farm (c) Lucy & Scott (50)

Looking back, I think our favourite part of the day was everyone dancing to the band in-between courses. It made the atmosphere brilliant and all our guests joined in.

An Elegant Wedding at Swancar Farm (c) Lucy & Scott (56)

For our honeymoon, me, Scott and our daughter Lola, went to Viva Zafiro Hotel in Alcudia, Majorca. It was fantastic for children but also still luxurious for us.

An Elegant Wedding at Swancar Farm (c) Lucy & Scott (62)

My top tip to other Brides Up North would be – don’t stress about the little things, enjoy the build-up and the day, as it’s gone in the blink of an eye.

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Rachel Parry
Rachel joined the Brides Up North editorial team as Features Editor in February 2015. Rachel draws on her news reporting background, experience in features, bridal & lifestyle editing for previous regional titles and time spent working for Yorkshire’s most successful PR agencies. Yet to tie the knot herself, Rachel's own wedding looks set to be very, very pretty...

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