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roses & gold. enzoani for a sophisticated wedding in oldham – philippa & kallum

August 25th, 2017 | Alexis Forsyth

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Instantly falling in love with their venue, today’s couple Philippa and Kallum, swapped their original idea of tying the knot abroad for the beautiful Saddleworth Hotel. And we’re glad they did, as their wedding features so much gorgeousness, with dramatic images set against moody skies and captivating woodland.

With lots of rose gold and shimmer, and a punchy hot pink accent throughout their colour scheme, this glamorous yet understated wedding is beautifully complemented by cherry blossom trees, pretty rose petals and peonies galore.

Throw in a spectacular fireworks display, photobooth fun, disposable cameras and even a magician, and you’ve got one wonderfully entertaining and memorable line-up for their special day, as Philippa now reveals…

With images by Kate McCarthy Photography

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philippa says: We got engaged in Sri Lanka in December 2016. I had been looking at what trips we could do whilst we were there and found on Instagram all these beautiful photos of people at the top of a mountain called Adams Peak. You’re so high you are above the clouds and it just looked magical, so obviously I made Kallum do it. After a full day trip from our hotel to our accommodation at the bottom of Adams Peak we had to wake up at 2am to get to the top of the mountain to watch the sun rise. After a 3ish hour hike up the mountain we got there way too early and didn’t realise how cold it would be so we just sat there cuddling for an hour to try keep warm; waiting for this once in a lifetime sunrise to happen.

When the sunrise finally came up, it was like nothing we had ever seen before – you really did feel like you were in the heavens. It was quite busy at the top of the mountain now with tourists so Kallum pulled me to one side to take some photos of us without anyone else being around. We walked down a few steps to a secluded spot looking over the mountains and rolling clouds and all of a sudden Kallum got down on one knee and pulled out the biggest diamond I have ever seen in my life and asked me to marry him! It was so surreal, it was the most wonderful and overwhelming surprise of my life. It wasn’t until after we got back down the mountain Kallum told me how stressed he had been (as we got engaged nearly a week into our holiday) keeping it a secret and trying not to lose the ring as we climbed the mountain!

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We got married on 10th June 2017. The only reason we chose this is my mum found the wedding venue and this is the only date they had available in the summer. We always said we wouldn’t want a long engagement so we thought, why not?

We tied the knot at The Saddleworth Hotel, in Oldham. We always thought about getting married abroad or outside somewhere more rustic but when we viewed the venue, it was so glamorous we just instantly fell in love with it.

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We didn’t have a specific theme, we just wanted everything to feel super sophisticated and glamorous to match with the venue. The tables were covered in gold sequin cloth, which made it feel so luxurious.

Colour-scheme-wise, I’m obsessed with anything rose gold, glittery or shiny which was reflected in the table décor. I was going to have the bridesmaids in a sequin rose gold dress, which looked amazing, but then they tried on a bright lipstick pink dress and they just looked so incredible we had to add that into the day too, so we added the bright pink to the flowers and the groomsmen’s socks.

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I wore a beautiful Enzoani backless wedding dress from Scarlett Poppy, in Pudsey. In my mind, I always wanted a very fitted wedding dress that was quite figure hugging and backless. It was the first wedding dress I tried on and nothing else compared to it.

Miley Gardner did my makeup and she was amazing – I felt so lucky to have found her! The makeup she did on the bridesmaids and myself was beautiful and lasted all day long. As for our hair, my amazing friend Vicki did mine and also the bridesmaids’ hairstyles and made everyone look so flawless for the day.

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petal perfectionists: introducing paragon floral design

July 27th, 2016 | Rachel Parry

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As flowers are one of our very favourite wedding topics, we’re super excited to be introducing you to a fabulous new Premium Sponsor of ours today – the talented Paragon Floral Design.

Based in a wonderfully creative workshop in Oldham, there isn’t much that its experienced florist owners, Lisa Holroyd and Kate Whelan, don’t know about beautiful buds and blooms. Having worked together for more than a decade, the skillful ladies say they share a “geeky passion” for both the wedding industry and floral design, which you can see reflected in their stunning work.

Keen to create arrangements that are as individual as their clients, Lisa and Kate take their inspiration from a wide variety of sources and love showing how flowers can really bring the wow-factor to a wedding.

For more details on what they offer and the way that they work, we’ll hand you over to the lovely Kate…

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Can you tell us how did Paragon Floral Design come to fruition?

kate says: Paragon Floral Design came about after Lisa Holroyd and I had worked together in various places for about ten years, both in the UK and abroad. We both share a geeky passion for the industry and design in general. After running a chain of shops and an event studio in Bermuda we decided it was time to come home and do it all for ourselves. It’s been slowly coming together since we arrived back in the UK in 2013 and we have been busy with all the preparation, branding, wedding fairs and promotional gubbins since then! In amongst that Lisa had her second child and I gained a teaching degree (we do like to keep busy!) The website went live back in November and we are really pleased to have bookings coming in already. Lisa and I have the same work ethic, which is nice to have in a ‘work wife’. We are perfectionists so we know how important it is to ‘get it right’ on the big day.

What do you enjoy about working in the world of weddings? 

It might sound cliché but every day is different; one day you can be cleaning vases and the next you have a massive delivery of beautiful flowers to condition and sort out. Then the next week you might be in the office and in meetings all day discussing new jobs. We love the concepts, that every couple has a different view of their big day and it’s fun to get all those images together and create something new and unique. You meet so many different people; it’s an all-go industry!

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What is your favorite part of your job? 

For me it’s actually a moment you get on the big jobs, where the flowers are in, tables set, lighting is on and being tested and the music is playing. Just before we leave you get to see it perfectly intact, like the guests will see it just before the party. The calm before the storm sort of thing. I love that – it’s a bit emotional and makes me really proud.

For Lisa it’s the brainstorming with the couples, the making and setting up of an event too. There is a very unique feeling you get when you know you have been a part of helping clients create a beautiful memory. We basically love it all!

How would you describe the style of flowers that you create and where do you get your inspiration from?

Everywhere. We especially love texture and detail – creating new shapes, something a bit quirky but still elegant. We love architecture, nature, fashion and learning new craft techniques. We bounce ideas off each other too, that’s cool when you can say “hey what do you think about this?” and then it suddenly takes a new direction and becomes something awesome you never thought of. We like to spend time just creating, so we can show couples fresh ideas.

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What process will a couple go through if they pick you to supply their wedding flowers?

In the first instance couples can email or call directly if they like. Alternatively, we have a contact form on our website that they can fill in. We always respond within 24 hours and we will send out a wedding welcome letter with some basic info on it about us and how we work. It includes some basic price ranges too so that you can have a stab at a budget to work on. From there we usually have a phone call to get an idea of your vision and then set up a meeting to discuss the bits and bobs. If you are happy to pick us then we take a 25% deposit and you are booked in! We’ll then send you your mood board and you have a full-itemized invoice. Six weeks before the wedding the balance is due and up till a few weeks before we can make little tweaks as those extra guests accept, or you forgot about Aunty Marjorie who needs a corsage!

We collect all the info we need from you to deliver the bridal bouquets, set up the florals and then collect anything that requires doing so after the wedding so that on the day, there is nothing to worry about. Lisa and I are on every job we do. We make the flowers and set up, so all you need to do is be there to enjoy it.

Where do you advise brides to source inspiration from for their flowers?,

Every wedding is different. Pinterest is great and it’s a good source but many images are lit/ have filters added so that the colours you see are not really like that. Take into consideration your fashion sense and the colours you like to wear and how you’ve decorated your home? Sometimes you don’t think about that stuff but it really says a lot about who you are every day and we can use that to design something just for you. Take into consideration the venue and your wedding dress too. The style of the venue and the shape of your dress can dictate the feeling and style of floral designs. You don’t just need to show us images of flowers either, perhaps there is some art you like? A photo you love? We can use all that too!

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