September 6th, 2018 | Aislinn Thompson
Longing to get married outdoors, today’s couple, Emily and Tom fell in love with the beautiful gardens at Ringwood Hall Hotel – an exquisite 19th century manor house in Derbyshire.
Tying the knot on 21st June, in what is otherwise known as the Summer Solstice – the couple were inspired by one of our favourite plays, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and incorporated a variety of magical elements within their big day. Look out for plenty of handcrafted wooden decorations, wild flowers and an all-natural colour palette, creating a captivating setting fit for any fairy king or queen.
Making their day truly unique and personal – the couple made their own centrepieces, table plan and welcome sign, with family and friends adding their own touches too, from capturing photos from the day to performing songs throughout their picture perfect ceremony in the bandstand. Here’s Emily to tell us all the fabulous details…
With images by Laura Taylor.
emily says: We got engaged on 1st May 2016 in Paris. After four-and-a-half years together we took a trip to Paris and as we were sitting in the park looking up at the Eiffel Tower, Tom got down on one knee and asked me to marry him! We had two years to plan the wedding, which I think was a nice amount of time to save some pennies and plan everything without stressing out.
Our wedding date was 21st June 2018, which is the Summer Solstice, or Midsummer’s Day. Traditionally, it is meant to be good luck to get married on this date, and we were hoping for good weather – which we got!
Our venue was Ringwood Hall Hotel in Chesterfield. It has always been my dream to get married outside (a bit risky for UK weather, I know!) so we hunted the area for venues where you can legally get married outside. When we first saw Ringwood Hall we knew it was the perfect location because the gardens are gorgeous and the bandstand area, which is used for outdoor weddings, is just lovely.
With it being Midsummer’s Day, we built on that theme and were inspired by A Midsummer’s Night Dream. We had natural elements – neutral colours, bits and bobs made out of wood, and the main emphasis was on the flowers which were country style/wild flowers in all different colours.
I am an artist so I was very creatively involved, and my husband likes woodwork, so together we made most of the decorations ourselves. We found a big old tree which was being chopped down, so Tom cut a slice and I painted a welcome sign on it. I hand-painted our seating plan, which was a tree with the seating plan cards hanging from the branches. All the invitations, menus, signs etc were made by me, and Tom made our table centrepieces out of pallet wood, which then had jars of flowers on top. It all came together perfectly.
My dress was a fairy-tale tulle dress by Viva Bride from Wed2B. I was absolutely in love with it. I chose the dress because it matched the natural, fairy-tale theme perfectly – the million layers of tulle made it quite floaty. It had very thin straps, which I was glad of, as it was a hot day and I don’t think I could have managed in a dress with sleeves or any more coverage around the top. The gown also had a delicate lace embroidery detail all over the bodice and a bit of sparkle, which was great for dancing at the reception!
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