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built to last. a contemporary wedding at the pumping house, nottinghamshire – katie & oliver

June 5th, 2018 | Aislinn Thompson

A Contemporary Wedding at The Pumping House (c) James Morgan (62)

Today’s real wedding couple, Katie and Oliver, wed three years to the day after their first ever conversation, a romantic detail that shows just how much thought they put into the planning of their big day. Our favourite detail is the inspired cake – on the face of it a traditional and elegant four-tiered wedding cake but, when spun 180ᵒ, a brilliantly creative concoction featuring some of their favourite things, including a bouncy Tigger!

Another delicious detail is the Krispy Kreme doughnut wall – lip-smackingly good sugary treats to sweeten up the guests presented in a clever and contemporary way. Then, to work off some of those calories, a table football and a nine-hole mini golf course kept the guests entertained before the pizza oven on wheels rocked up. We love the fact that Katie and Oliver pulled on the chef’s gloves (blue, handily, to match their colour scheme!) and cooked up their own pizza – their first meal prepared together as a married couple.

As a special addition to their day, Katie and Oliver had Katie’s grandparents’ lucky horseshoe – symbolising 60 years’ of happily married life – present at the top table and it’s clear from the smiles on their glowing faces that this, too, is a marriage built to last.

With images by James Morgan.

A Contemporary Wedding at The Pumping House (c) James Morgan (38)

katie says: We got engaged in Lincoln on our two-year anniversary – 6th August 2017. We were going to a hotel at the top of Steep Hill that we’ve stayed at before and Oliver insisted on carrying the suitcase rather than taking it in turns. He also insisted on unpacking while I had a drink on the little terrace outside. He came outside with two glasses of champagne and got down on one knee (I felt bad for being suspicious that he wouldn’t let me pack earlier that day!). He took me to Marco Pierre White’s restaurant afterwards for dinner and cocktails, where everyone was lovely and made a huge fuss.

A Contemporary Wedding at The Pumping House (c) James Morgan (64)

We got married on 31st March 2018, three years to the day after we first spoke. We needed a date that was in the school holidays (life of a teacher!) and it seemed fate that the venue we wanted had that date available.

Our venue was The Pumping House in Ollerton, Nottinghamshire – we had our ceremony and reception there. We went to look round and, once we’d set foot inside, it was the only choice. It was modern but not clinical and had heaps of character but wasn’t trying too hard. It was unlike anything we’d ever seen before. We would completely recommend the venue – Joanne, Amie and the team are so personable and lovely that we felt really looked after in the run-up to and on the day. It is genuinely one of the most unique venues we’d ever seen and everyone who was part of our wedding commented on its originality. Although it is a large space, it feels cosy with all the individual rooms and little spaces that make it up, and the accommodation they have that is exclusive to those booking the venue completely blew our guests away.

A Contemporary Wedding at The Pumping House (c) James Morgan (79)

We didn’t choose a specific theme but we wanted it to be very ‘us’. Neither of us are that traditional and we wanted to make sure we had a great time and that there was something for all of our guests. It also reflected the things we have done since we met, which was unintentional but nice!

Colour-wise, we chose different shades of blue for the bridesmaid/bridesmen and groomsmen and, for the venue, we kept things fairly neutral with lots of copper, greenery and simple white flowers, as we wanted the venue to speak for itself.

A Contemporary Wedding at The Pumping House (c) James Morgan (58)

When it came to my dress, I chose the first one in the first shop we went to. I went with my mum to Mirage Couture in Kiveton, where Lindsey and Janice were lovely. I only picked one dress to try on and it fitted perfectly – I then tried on two more just to double check but kept going back to the first. It was by Callista Bride (Monet style) and I loved the fact that it was comfortable and flattering but still traditional and timeless – I didn’t want to look back at the photos in 20 years’ time and think it looked dated.

My maid of honour, my mum and I had our hair and makeup done at Ego in Worksop. They were fantastic and opened up early to accommodate us. Lizzie, who did my make-up, was great at giving tips to keeping it fresh all day and Heather made sure that my hair was polished but that I still looked like myself and it wasn’t over the top, which was important to me.

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handmade with love: a pretty wedding in nottinghamshire – steph & matt

April 11th, 2018 | Aislinn Thompson

A Pretty Wedding in Nottinghamshire (c) Sorin Careba (25)

There aren’t many couples who can say they tied the knot in the very place they first met! But today’s couple Steph and Matt did just that. Having initially met at a job interview in the Bradgate Suite of Ye Olde Bell Hotel six years previous, they came together in the very same room with friends and family to celebrate their marriage last summer. How romantic to have come full circle!

The theme of their pretty wedding – handmade with love – delivered delightful, intricate paper flowers painstakingly crafted by the bride’s mother, a tear- and laughter-inducing handwritten speech by the groom’s seven-year-old son, and decorations the couple searched high and low for to ensure their day was perfect.

In her Eddy K princess gown, bride Steph looks nothing short of stunning – we love the sweetheart neckline and the elegant lace detailing gives us all the romance feels.

With images by Sorin Careba Photography.

A Pretty Wedding in Nottinghamshire (c) Sorin Careba (29)

steph says: Matt proposed at our home on 22nd November 2014. We had quite a long engagement looking back, but it seemed to fly by. I came home from work and I’d had a bad day so I wasn’t in the best of moods; Matt had gone to a lot of effort making a lovely three-course meal and I was ranting and moaning all night. He opened an expensive bottle of wine we had brought back from Rome earlier that year and we were saving it for a special occasion. I moaned at him for opening it, not knowing we would be celebrating that night. Needless to say, I felt awful afterwards and I stopped moaning as soon as he got down on one knee!

A Pretty Wedding in Nottinghamshire (c) Sorin Careba (33)

We got married on 29th July 2017. We wanted a Saturday in summer and our venue was free, so it seemed perfect. Our ceremony was held at St John the Baptist Church in East Markham, Nottinghamshire. It’s the church where my parents and grandparents got married, so it was important for me to get married there and carry on the tradition.

Our reception was held at Ye Olde Bell Hotel, Barnby Moor, Nottinghamshire. The Bradgate Suite, where our wedding breakfast and evening reception was hosted, was the very same place Matt and I met! We both used to work at the hotel and we crossed paths in a very awkward job interview in the Bradgate Suite. Matt was the bar manager and I was interviewing for a part-time bar job. Little did we know we would be in the same spot six years later celebrating our wedding!

A Pretty Wedding in Nottinghamshire (c) Sorin Careba (42)

We didn’t have a particular theme when we started planning. If anything, the theme ended up being ‘handmade with love’. My mum spent the six months leading up to the wedding making everything from scratch, including paper flowers with our names and wedding date on and paper flower place names. We searched high and low for all the room decorations and now it’s all boxed up collecting dust in my parents’ spare room!

Matt has a son from a previous relationship, so it was important to both of us that he had a part in the wedding. He was only seven at the time but said he wanted to tell some jokes and do a speech at the reception. We didn’t know he would end up stealing the show. There was not a dry eye in the house when he made his speech and he couldn’t finish because he got too emotional. It was a very special moment for both of us and I still have his handwritten speech in my wedding memory box.

For our colour scheme, we chose peach/blush. It was a nice summery colour scheme and caught my eye on lots of Pinterest posts.

A Pretty Wedding in Nottinghamshire (c) Sorin Careba (30)

When it came to dress shopping, I ended up deciding on an Eddy K princess-style gown with lots of lace and a sweetheart neckline. It wasn’t what I imagined I would fall in love with, but I am so glad I picked my dress. It complemented my figure and looked beautiful. I was at the National Wedding Show at Event City in Manchester, when I first saw the dress. I went to try it on at Cheshire Bridal Wear in Altrincham, the next day and fell in love. I got my belt online from Bridal Adornments.

Matt and his groomsmen wore suits that we purchased from Grays Menswear in Chesterfield. We hired the waistcoats. My bridesmaid dresses were from ASOS; they were in the sale and were an absolute bargain at £30 each!

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beauty & the wilderness: an enchanting styled shoot at hazel gap barn, nottinghamshire

October 31st, 2017 | Rachel Parry

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Adding some wedding styling with pizzazz to your Tuesday afternoon, we’re delighted to be sharing this incredibly beautiful styled shoot on our pages today.

Taking place at stunning new Nottinghamshire wedding venue, Hazel Gap Barn, located on the picturesque Welbeck Estate, we fell for this gorgeous set of images as soon as they landed in our inbox (and we think you will adore them too!)

Masterminded by super stylist What Katy Does, and captured by talented photographer Andrew Acford of A Big Neon Glitter Photography, this shoot provides first class inspiration for those of you planning rustic big days with boho edge.

With a little help from fellow skilful suppliers, Kate and Andrew pieced together their ‘bohemian wilderness’ vision perfectly, covering all elements; from décor to dress, setting to stems.

So, join us in this sublime location as we find out more about the team that made the magic happen…

With images by A Big Neon Glitter Photography.

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andrew says: The inspiration behind the shoot was the beauty and wilderness found in the Welbeck Estate itself since Kate of What Katy Does, took her studio there earlier this year, she has been captured by its history and the enigmatic stories that it holds, its natural beauty and its amazing landscape.

Combining her love for organic, handmade and natural styling with my energy and artistic flare, we decided on a theme of ‘bohemian wilderness’ for this styled shoot, which showcases our work. The aim was to create images that captured the Proustian-like memories of the Estate, in all its splendour and wild beauty, with modern styling and clean lines. We were assisted in achieving our vision with the help of some lovely local suppliers and crafts people.

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Kate loves working with seasonal, available and abundant hedgerow flowers and foliage, creating willow work and using natural materials to create her work. The newly constructed Hazel Gap Barn on the Welbeck Estate, provided the perfect backdrop to showcase her talents.

Hazel Gap is the latest high-profile wedding venue to open its doors in Nottinghamshire, and fitted all our needs perfectly with a never-ending choice of shooting locations all with a different feel; from the stunning ceremony room to the black barns, the gardens and woods beyond.

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In terms of my shooting style, I love to take a less traditional approach, whether it’s a styled shoot or real weddings. Opting for natural light and a narrow depth of field wherever possible, I embrace the cinematic, the quirky and the unusual and think nothing of using props, such as the gold deer skull featured in the shoot.

The inspiration behind the styling was the abundance of nature, wilderness and the inspiring woodland that surrounds the Welbeck Estate. As always Kate used home grown, and seasonal foliage and flowers, coupled with handmade willow and bespoke stationery, and textiles to create a relaxed, natural and unique settings.

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In true bohemian style, our model was bare foot. The dress she wore was by Raimon Bundo, from the 2017 Collection, which was kindly supplied by Frances Day Bridal. A long, sleeveless, floor-length gown with a high neckline. The dress looked sensational on our model, who is actually one of my brides for 2018. A simple A-line look but with tonnes of movement in the material coupled with a beautiful lace vest made it the perfect choice for the shoot.

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blooming romance. justin alexander for an elegant wedding at swancar farm – lucy & scott

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.

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auburn beauty: a dreamy styled shoot at norwood park

August 22nd, 2016 | Rachel Parry


We all know that Monday afternoon can be a hard slog and so we’re sharing something super beautiful with you on the blog right now to banish those post-weekend blues.

This gorgeous styled wedding shoot was inspired solely by the star of the show, model Felicity, with her auburn hair and porcelain skin being the catalyst for all the wonderful styling.

Captured at the elegant Norwood Park in Southwell, Nottinghamshire, we love the fanciful hairstyling, natural makeup, textured dresses and whimsical blooms that bring the whole dreamy look together.

To explain more about the details and experts involved, we’re handing over the blog to hairstylist Alison Jenner who organised the pretty…

With images by Jess Petrie.


alison says: Felicity, our stunning natural redhead model, was the inspiration for this gorgeous shoot. Having known Felicity since she was a child, I have watched her grow into such a naturally beautiful young lady, and so she was the starting point and everything else followed.

Our setting for the shoot was Norwood Park, a stunning Georgian house set in 100 acres of land within my home town of Southwell. We were kindly given free reign of the whole venue. Owned by the Starky family for many years, Georgie and Henry are doing an amazing job of taking the beautiful house forward. They have lots of fabulous events planned, but most importantly, are putting the venue on the wedding world map with its great reputation and their continued success.


With the photography being taken care of by Jess Petrie, I just knew the feel of the images captured would be natural, yet dreamy, and very feminine. Her attention to detail is like no other yet she works in such a relaxed and calm way – you can’t help wanting the day not to end.


When it came to styling Felicity’s hair, I wanted to create a more untamed feel with the use of the floral crown. There were a number of different styles, starting with a slightly dressed look that had volume and movement. Plaits are still so on trend so we switched to quickly create a totally different look. Finally I created a more vintage look, which was soft yet structured, to complement, but not outshine, the Eliza Jane Howell dress.

Cristina Lazzarotto, a talented makeup artist I have known for years, provided show stopping makeup. Ranging from a gorgeous natural look building to a stronger yet still dreamy finish. The idea being that more doesn’t have to mean too much.


Having described the venue and style of model to Lisa and Victoria of Cicily Bridal, a stunning chic bridal boutique based in Ashby-de-la-Zouch, they instantly knew the look we needed. A dreamy Naomi Neoh gown was provided to add some drama and effect, and a stunning Eliza Jane Howell gown was also picked out for a more edgy, sleek and timeless feel. A couple of beautiful veils were also featured to create different looks.

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pretty in pink. an elegant wedding at rossington hall – amanda & howard

September 7th, 2015 | Rachel Parry

An elegant wedding at Rossington Hall (c) Shakespeare Photography (34)

Today’s oh so pretty real wedding caught my eye for two reasons: a familiar face and a famous face. I was in 6th Form (all those years ago) with beautiful bride Amanda and the lively vicar is none other than Reverend Kate Bottley, who stars in addictive reality TV show, Gogglebox.

It looks like I’ve now reached that age where there is almost a constant stream of people I know getting hitched (though I’m yet to even make it into the engaged club *le sigh*).

I loved Amanda’s wedding as soon as I set eyes on it due to the great choice of venues, her stunning off-the-shoulder dress, pretty blooms, polished wedding party and lovely colour scheme. Everything is simple but effective for an elegant wedding with a touch of glamour, just as Amanda wanted.

With images by Shakespeare Photography.

An elegant wedding at Rossington Hall (c) Shakespeare Photography (6)

amanda says: Our engagement was a complete surprise to me. Howard took me on a date to the Gherkin in London as he was working there at the time. You can only go up to the viewing deck if you are working there so it was completely empty. We were looking at the view of Tower Bridge and the next thing he was on one knee. He proposed with a candy rock giant ring and I thought he was joking at first! Then he produced a beautiful sapphire and diamond ring. I said “yes” of course and then we went upstairs to the bar which has a 360 degree view of London and had champagne. Afterwards we went for a gorgeous meal on a rooftop restaurant in the Bank area of London.

An elegant wedding at Rossington Hall (c) Shakespeare Photography (24)

We got married on 23rd May 2015. We chose the date as we wanted to get married in May and wanted to get married on a Saturday. That Saturday was also a bank holiday weekend which made it perfect for our travelling guests.

We got married at St Mary and St Martin Church in Blyth, Nottinghamshire. We chose to get married there because I was born in Rotherham and grew up in Worksop. I have always liked Blyth as it is a pretty old market town and the church there is very special as it is almost 1,000 years old. The church has a rich history with both Old Catholic and more recent protestant sections and has architecture that reflects this interesting history. The vicar there is the Rev Kate Bottley and she is fabulous and made the process so much more fun.

We had our wedding reception at Rossington Hall which is just over the border into South Yorkshire. We fell in love with Rossington Hall as it had the right combination of period grandeur, excellent food and friendly, approachable staff. The venue is perfect for weddings. It was an old boarding school and had run into dereliction so a local man bought it and painstakingly restored to its original Victorian glory.

An elegant wedding at Rossington Hall (c) Shakespeare Photography (31)

I just wanted the whole day to be simple and elegant with a touch of glamour. Everything was ivory and pale blush pink apart from the men’s suits which were navy blue. We chose this colour scheme as we wanted everything to be elegant and understated.

I chose a long chiffon dress from Sincerity Bridal. I got it from a shop called Wedding Frox in Cranleigh, near where I live. I fell in love with it on the hanger as it was so simple; it had no embellishment on it at all which was what I wanted. When I tried on the dress I was certain it was the one as I loved the shape and the way it made me feel.

An elegant wedding at Rossington Hall (c) Shakespeare Photography (32)

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