November 6th, 2018 | Aislinn Thompson
A spur-of-the-moment, last-minute decision saw today’s real wedding couple Rosie and Michael heading out into the glorious 25ᵒC sunshine for their emotional humanist wedding at The Woodman Inn. With staff working hard to set up the pretty scene for their vow exchange with only an hour to spare before the guests arrived, it just shows how, no matter how much you plan your celebration beforehand, sometimes going with the flow on the day can yield even more spectacular and memorable results.
We love the little creative displays throughout the wedding, such as the outdoor drinks bar with its vintage crate and tower of lemons and limes, and the giant love letters perched on a wall and accented with frothy greenery. The floral backdrop to the top table at the wedding breakfast is a gorgeous touch and has been designed like a photo frame to perfectly surround the bride and groom in colour – forwarding-thinking when it comes to the photographs of the speeches.
As often happens, Rosie ended up choosing a wedding gown in a style she really didn’t expect to go for – and she looks absolutely stunning in it. As Rosie advises, go to your dress appointments with an open mind and be prepared to try on lots of different styles, as you never know which gown you’ll fall in love with until you slip it on and experience ‘the moment’! Tell us more, Rosie…
With images by Rebecca Parsons Photography.
rosie says: We got engaged at home. We’d both finished work for the Christmas break and when I came home Mike was suspiciously quiet! He took me into the living room and I spotted a new present under the tree and assumed it was an early gift. But then he told me to close my eyes and, when I opened them, he was down on one knee. It still didn’t dawn on me what was happening, as the box in his hand was bigger than a ring box. He then opened the box and took out another box, and I was still convinced it was going to be earrings … and then there was the ring. I was so surprised because we had talked about getting married a few months before, as Mike got offered a job in the USA; however, this fell through, so I didn’t think it would happen so soon!
Our wedding date was 5th May 2018. We were so lucky with the weather; it was 25ᵒC and we ended up getting married outside. We held both our ceremony and reception at The Woodman Inn, Thunderbridge. The venue, setting and staff were all amazing and made us both feel very excited. We opted to have a humanist wedding. Neither of us are religious but we have both been to weddings done by a registrar, and we just felt we wanted something more personal. We met our celebrant Val Turner twice before the wedding so she could get to know us, which was a lovely touch. We had two or three drafts of the ceremony, so we were completely happy with it and knew what to expect on the day.
A humanist ceremony is not legally recognised in the UK, so you can hold them anywhere. I was getting ready on the morning of the wedding and the events team (Jordan and Hannah) came to the room and asked if we wanted to do it outside (it was clear blue sky and 25ᵒC). So, I said yes, if Mike was happy. This was all an hour before our guests were arriving. They did everything, and it was a complete surprise for me when I walked out, as I had no idea what it looked like – but it was amazing and really made the day so special.
We would absolutely recommend the Woodman Inn to other couples. Jordan and Hannah were great in the run-up to the wedding, showing us round and answering the many questions we asked! Then, on the day, the whole team was fantastic. They did all the rearranging for our outdoor ceremony and made the gardens look amazing. They really looked after us and our guests from start to finish.
As a theme, we went with a fairly rustic/woodland style to tie in with the venue. As you can see from the photos, we had amazing flowers which formed most of the decoration and which tied in with the season as well as the venue. I also made my own bunting, which we ended up using to form an aisle for the ceremony. I am so glad I made my own, as I have kept most of it and gifted lots to friends and family.
For the colour scheme, we went with pastel colours – blue, pink and purple. These colours are my favourites and I thought they went well with the time of year we got married.
July 3rd, 2018 | Alexis Forsyth
Getting your Tuesday off to a glamorous start, we’re venturing to Selby in North Yorkshire, for a stunning bridal shoot in a venue that’s played host to everything from a textile factory and ballroom to a roller disco and even a nightclub.
Say hello to bespoke wedding planner Louise from Your Fabulous Wedding, who took her inspiration for the shoot from Instagram; from a black and white image of a table runner, to be precise! She crafted an entire shoot around this simple photograph and brought onboard a myriad of top local suppliers.
We just love the end result, which effortlessly blends the industrial backdrop of River Mills Ballroom with subtle accents of high-octane glamour and frivolity (look out for the inflatable flamingo), not to mention one of our favourite colours – hot pink.
The styling is gorgeous, with pretty floral arrangements and foliage strikingly offset by decorative elements, such as hexagon-shaped signage, shimmering gold hearts and contemporary stationery. If you’re looking to put a stylish and eye-poppingly beautiful twist on your big day, then call off the search, as all the inspo you need is right here!
louise says: The inspiration for the shoot started from an Instagram image of a black and white table runner! I was thinking of planning a glamorous shoot and the black and white stripes fuelled my inspiration for it. I knew I needed to enhance the black and white with additional colours and the hot pink and gold tones lent the right amount of glamour to the design.
I found the location – River Mills Ballroom – while searching for a suitable venue for the shoot. I loved the exposed brick and the character of the building and felt that this would be an ideal backdrop for the colours I was building into the shoot. The industrial feel of the venue contrasted beautifully with the glamour of the styling.
I was keen to use hexagons in the design and we incorporated these within the table décor, the cake – supplied by Where the Ribbon Ends – and the wooden décor items from Blue Sky Events. These were all designed in a glam style within the colour scheme. The David Austin roses supplied by Wild Flowers were the perfect shade of pink and looked stunning in the bride’s bouquet, as well as the table decorations. We paired them with lots of foliage to add texture to the design. Gray Starling Design, Extra Special Touch and Bramble Sky were all instrumental in achieving this look.
The model wore two different dresses from the Katya Katya range at Dotty Bridal. I wanted to incorporate some subtle colour within the dress and the coloured slips on these gowns were the perfect way to achieve this. We also opted for a glamorous style for the hair and makeup, by Carys Catherine, to complement the dress. We added a beautiful hair comb from The Bobby Pin and earrings to complete the look, with the beautiful jewellery supplied by Star Box Wedding Jewellery.
July 2nd, 2018 | Alexis Forsyth
If you’re in love with the idea of tying the knot in a rustic barn, then today’s real wedding will be giving you all kinds of butterflies. Say hello to newlyweds Emma and Marc, who tied the knot during the Easter break at the sublime Owen House in Cheshire.
Floating candles, fairy lights and lanterns all help to set the romantic ambience, complemented by fabulous arrangements of pink, cream and green flowers that really embody the au naturale setting. It’s enchanting beyond words and everything we could hope from a classic barn wedding.
There are plenty of other fabulous highlights to look out for, too, including a prosecco cart, heart shaped fudge pieces as favours and – breaking with convention – the bride ditching heels for a pair of Converse! We think you’re going to be Pinterest-happy with this one, ladies!
With images by Sarah Beth Photo.
emma says: After being together for seven years, Marc decided to pop the question while we were on holiday in New York. We had enjoyed a short walk around Central Park with friends in the morning and then, whilst walking near a bridge, Marc asked to take a selfie with me. Looking in his bag for the ring, he then passed me the ring box to which I asked “what is this?” and he went down on one knee and popped the question.
We did not have a set date in mind but knew we wanted either a spring or summer wedding. I’m a teacher so with Easter being a two-week holiday, this was the ideal time for us.
After visiting a number of venues and knowing that we wanted a barn wedding, Owen House was the perfect choice. When visiting the venue for the first time, it was not dressed and was rather plain, but even from this we could see the potential it had, and we fell in love with it. The ceremony room is ideal, with fairy lights along one side of the room and rustic benches, windows and doors. It was the perfect barn venue for us.
We thought we knew what we wanted, but this changed over the course of planning the wedding. When we finally made a decision, we went for a rustic but modern theme. The rustic being the barn and some of the decorations and the modern being the dresses and the rose gold theme that ran throughout the favours and décor.
From trying on a range of bridesmaid dresses from dusty pink to creams, it seemed apparent that our colour scheme was going to be natural. My maids of honour and bridesmaids were originally going to wear dusty pink, but after visiting Dotty Bridal, and trying on their multi-way dresses in a sample colour mink, the girls and myself fell in love with the colour and decided to go with this shade. In addition to this, when I met with the florist, she had some flowers displayed in her house called ‘quick sand’. This was my favourite colour and I fell in love with it and it worked perfectly with the theme and the other pinks, whites and greens used throughout the day.
When visiting Dotty Bridal, I just knew this was where I would buy my dress from. My mum and my maids of honour came with me for each session to try on the different dresses and as soon as I walked out with my dress on, they burst into tears and I knew then that was the dress for me. The whole dress experience was fantastic. The alterations were also done at Dotty Bridal by a local seamstress, who made it fit perfectly to my shape.
I have never worn heels in my life (being so tall), so I wasn’t going to start on my wedding day and risk falling down the aisle! I decided to wear a pair of Converse from Schuh which were super comfy all day!
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