March Competition!

Calling all Bride-to-be’s, Groom-to-be’s, Bridesmaids, heck even Groomsmen! You need to enter our March competition!

You could win this amazing set of Busy B Bride to B wedding planner books!

It’s so easy! All you need to do is enter your details by following the link below and you’re in!

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BONUS

Everyone who signs up this month will receive a wedding planner checklist sent directly to your email! What more could you want!

Can’t wait for the competition? Pick the items up here:

Good Luck!

Competition closes on 31st March, winner to be chosen at random and announced on 5th March, please ensure email address is correct and confirmation email accepted to be entered. All who enter will be subscribed to our mailing list which you can unsubscribe at any time.

Ever After Events | Wonderful Wedding Suppliers

Today we hear from Ever After Events! We, as wedding planners ourselves, know how important it is to find the right planner. We would also strongly recommend, if you can afford a planner, book one! You gain experience, advice and contacts that are invaluable in the planning process and ultimately can save you money in the long run! Let’s kick off as usual with some photos…

Who are you and what do you do?

Ever After is founded by a sisterly duo, with a passion for transforming weddings and events alike. Specialising in bespoke services to create celebrations that excite, we pride ourselves on delivering beautiful styling, stunning floral design and hand-picked finishing touches to make your day truly unique. 

What’s your favourite part of a wedding?

Our favourite part of a wedding is the little moments before the main event. We visit the bride to deliver the bridal party bouquets and the atmosphere is contagious with a wonderful combination of nerves, happiness and curiosity. We love meeting family members who gaze admirably at their loved ones and the friends whom share the excitement as their best friend is about to embark on their biggest adventure yet. 

What’s the best bit of advice you can give to couples in the planning process?

Our best advice is to engage with wedding suppliers that you like. Personality is important, particularly when planning your special day, so recruit people that understand you, your wishes and your woes. It’ll make the whole planning experience more enjoyable and you’ll feel much more relaxed on the day. 

What keeps you passionate?

We love meeting new couples and sharing new ideas – it’s these nuggets of loveliness that inspire us. Combine this with receiving wonderful feedback, it’s hard not to love what we do! 

Do you like to keep up with trends?

We love seeing new trends emerge and how they evolve over time. Our favourite trend at the moment is the geometric style, with floral filled terrariums and lots of greenery. This trend looks gorgeous by day, but by night, candlelight dances off the angled glass shapes and creates another level of magic. 

What’s next for your business?

We’re hoping to offer an internship programme to give people with a passion for parties the opportunity to work with us and progress their own personal and professional development.  

How do we book/use your services?

Simply contact us via our website and we’d be delighted to welcome you to our creative studio for a complimentary consultation and a glass of champagne of course! 
Contact details:
Location: Denham, Buckinghamshire
Make sure you head over to their website, you will not be disappointed!
Have you chosen to hire a wedding planner or are you thinking about it? Comment below with your reasons and thoughts…

Want to be on a Bridal TV show?

LTW has teamed with Angel Eye Media and TLC to hunt for plus sized brides!

The show features larger-than-life partners in fashion Jo Cooke and Alison Law who transform plus size brides-to-be with a VIP experience that finds the wedding dress of their dreams.

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Filmed at Jo and Alison’s boutique in Essex Curves & Couture, a paradise for brides above size 16, each episode sees TLC’s ‘bridal fairy godmothers’ come to the rescue of three brides-in-need. From confident and fabulous to shy and nervous, Jo and Alison work their magic with each of the fuller-figured brides to help them feel amazing on the inside and look incredible on the outside.

Inspired by their own miserable experience shopping for their plus-size wedding dresses on the high-street, the duo put their heart, soul and considerable personalities into finding the perfect bridal gowns. Emotional, intimate and uplifting, the series captures the highs and lows of the brides-to-be on their journey up to the big day that will transform their lives forever.Inspired by their own miserable experience shopping for their plus-size wedding dresses on the high-street, the duo put their heart, soul and considerable personalities into finding the perfect bridal gowns. Emotional, intimate and uplifting, the series captures the highs and lows of the brides-to-be on their journey up to the big day that will transform their lives forever.

At the end of each transformation, the brides try on their dress for the very first time in a big reveal for their closest friends and family as they see their dreams of looking and feeling beautiful on their wedding day come true.

Why not watch the clip here:

Want to find out more? Get in contact with angel media using brides@angeleye.co.uk, make sure you let them know you heard about it through LTW!

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A Winter Wonderland Wedding | Real Wedding

Today we welcome our very first real bride! Elaine and her husband, Martin, chose to get married on Christmas Eve! Filled with super pretty winter white details, lashing of candles and some super pretty lights I am sure you will agree it looks truly victorian! Elaine tells us all about choosing a dress as a plus sized bride, her reason for not having flowers and choosing hot chocolate!

The Bride:

My wedding dress was purchased at ‘The Wedding Collection’, I was very nervous of going shopping for my wedding dress: being a plus-sized bride and not having time to order a dress I was conscious that my choices were going to be limited and kept putting of going to look for a dress. I had a certain style of dress in mind and felt sure I would have to make major compromises. Needless to say, the experience was amazing. We were greeted by friendly staff and I quietly informed her of the size I needed expecting to be shown a just a few dresses.  However, she led us through the shop and signalled three full rails of dresses that I could choose from, amazing! Sat right in the centre of one of the rails was a dress in exactly the colour that I wanted, I was ecstatic! 

With my wedding having a winter wonderland theme, I decided to forego flowers and have a broach and diamante bouquet for myself and my flower girls. I also bought matching pins for both the mother of the bride and mother of the groom.  For accessories, we wore matching snowflake hair pins, with a beautiful, sparkling tiara for myself! 

The Groom and Groomsmen:

As we had a very small, intimate wedding, Martin chose not to have a best man, with my three sons (Matthew, 25, Joseph, 24 and Luke, 14) as groomsmen.

Martin wanted to wear grey top and tails on our special day. Each of the men wore a grey top hat and tails, grey trousers with grey silk waistcoats with white shirts.  To be slightly different, Martin wore a grey tartan wool waistcoat and cane.  Their look was finished off with dusky pink cravats and handkerchiefs.  

The Bridesmaids:

I had two bridesmaids: Martin’s nieces Ellie (10) and Nia (9), and what beautiful princesses they were! They wore ivory princess-style dresses with beautiful fur jackets to keep them warm, and snowflakes hair pins to match their crystal bouquets.

The Service:

The service was in the beautiful gardens of Elsham Hall Gardens and Country Park in Brigg, North Lincolnshire. We received special permission from the North Lincolnshire registrars to have our ceremony outdoors at 5pm even though it was winter!

The ceremony took place under a stunning tree entwined with fairy lights in the gardens.  To set the scene, there were hay bales for the guests to sit on and we provided soft blankets to keep them warm! Five organza-draped arches with fairy lights and lots of lanterns lined the walkway, leading to the incredible lit-up tree. As it was outside in the cold we chose to have a snow machine to add to the wintry effect. There were lanterns at the end of each row of hay bales, with hundreds of logs, candles, jars of gypsophila and greenery, with white glitzy reindeer nestled among. The displays were scattered with faux snow at the base of the tree where we were to say our vows, it looked truly magical.

I honestly cannot say which part of the service was my favourite, it was all so special! My two eldest boys did an emotional reading, I had written my own vows and my mother-in-law did a brilliant reading too.    

The Reception:

The reception was held in The Barn at Elsham Hall after the service. Whilst our photographer Calvin Taylor Lee of One Click Photography got started on our photographs our guests were served hot chocolate and marshmallows to warm up with. They had the option of adding Bailey’s to their hot chocolate, or even a hazelnut syrup that made it taste just like Forrero Rocher! After the photographs we were seated for our wedding breakfast supplied by a good friend of mine Chris of Your Chef. Our guests had the choice of my favourite Hunter’s chicken with plenty of cheese, bacon and barbeque sauce or Martin’s favourite hearty steak pie with mushy peas! There was a selection of chips, roast potatoes and roasted root vegetables to go with it. For dessert we chose to offer either a sumptuous chocolate fudge cake with cream or a zingy lemon cheesecake, with cheese and crackers for those who didn’t fancy something sweet. With our wedding being on Christmas Eve we didn’t want an elaborate three course meal. We were very aware that everyone would be having a roast dinner the next day, and we wanted a more informal occasion – I’m pleased to say that our choice was very well received!

We chose a banquet-style table with very elaborate centrepieces of bare trees suspended from the 30ft high barn beams. We decorated them with hanging crystal garlands, various sizes of glass candlesticks, a variety of logs, candles, lanterns and sprayed snowy greenery, reindeers, and approximately forty jars of gypsophila. We added a fireplace and mantel mirror to the end wall of the barn, surrounded by trees with hanging crystals, snow covered greenery, glass candlesticks, baskets of pines cones, candles, lanterns and fairy lights. 

We chose not to have a wedding cake – we had a tower of my favourite chocolate, Ferrero Rocher instead. It took over 400 Ferrero Rocher to fill our stand! The table was decorated with ruffled tablecloths and hundreds of fairy lights for a snowfall effect: it looked amazing!

Our first dance was to Cascada’s ‘Every Time we Touch’. The song takes us back to when we first met. We had a moment to ourselves on the dance floor, then invited our guests join us.

The Honeymoon:

Because we were hosting all the family for Christmas we didn’t go away on honeymoon. We’ve not got one booked yet, but we’re hoping to continue the snowy theme and go to Iceland to see the northern lights and swim in the Blue Lagoon.

Favourite Moment:

The whole thing! We married at 5pm, ate at 6pm and had a few extra evening guests at 7.30pm – carriages arrived at 10pm to take our guests home to wait for Santa. It was perfect in every single way. 

Your Advice:

It’s your wedding, make sure that you do it your way!

The Suppliers

Rob Grimes Photography | Wonderful Wedding Suppliers

Today on Wonderful Wedding Suppliers we have the incredibly talented Rob Grimes, I am sure you will agree his photos are stunning! Best yet? Rob will travel anywhere in the world if required!

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Who are you and what do you do?

I am Rob a Wedding Photographer living between Nottingham, UK and Frankfurt, Germany. I photograph people in love – all over the world. I also shoot weddings with my partner Alisha who lives in Germany and we love to travel around Europe capturing people in love.

What’s your favourite part of a wedding?

Each part of the day has its own uniqueness, each brings its own joy, love and thats all I care about.. capturing the love of two people on their wedding day is my favourite part.

What’s the best bit of advice you can give to couples in the planning process?

Remember this is your day, I see so many weddings where people try to please their guests instead of themselves.. and also you only get one chance on your wedding day, you book a photographer to capture those moments, so down waste time and listen to your photographer and make time for photos. They are your record of the day forever and for future generations to look back on. So don’t waste time.

Do you like to keep up with trends? What’s your biggest trend to watch currently?

Each wedding is unique, each wedding is planned and thought about with their own style/trend.. So no matter what, I follow my couples ideas.. as for trends in photography, well things come and go as we learn.. I like to watch and learn and try new ideas in order to help my couples have a timeless collection of images to look back on.

What’s next for your business?

In the next two years I am slowly moving to be with my partner, Alisha. and small family in Germany. We are planning and creating a joint business in wedding photography between us to capture the love of marriage, explore and be happy across Europe and beyond.

How do we book/use your services?

You can head to the website to enquire, you can email me on rob@robgrimesphotograpy.co.uk or call 07896 808054 to chat about your future wedding.

You can head over to Rob’s Partner, Alisha’s website here.
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TREND ALERT: Drip Cake

Drip cakes have made it big over the last 2 years, now they are starting in infiltrate the wedding industry… already starting to fill our Pinterest pages they will be around for another couple of years yet.

Gold is the biggest trend, team with rose gold cutlery, read about that here. Add your wedding flowers to be the top to take it from cake to wedding cake

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Gold comes in so many different shades, go light with a white cake to keep it simple.

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Switch it up by adding a white drip to a gold cake!

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Change the traditional tiered cake with pink ombre and super light gold drips, add bright flowers for colour.

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Go really pink with pink everything, add macarons with gold leafing to keep the gold theme.

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Paint the cake with your wedding colours like this one

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Here is the cake of dreams…

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Even a rustic wedding can have a drip cake, team with a semi-naked cake to keep everything on trend

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Add a cake topper, see our favs here

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