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.

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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Head back over to pinterest and follow our pages!

Two Falling Stars | Wonderful Wedding Suppliers

This week on Wonderful Wedding Suppliers we hear from Two Falling Stars, so many people are opting out of the traditional hotel and church wedding it’s great to see a selection of independent celebrants on offer across the country!

 

Who are you and what do you do?

My name is Awen and I run Two Falling Stars. I am an independent celebrant and create bespoke ceremonies for weddings and handfastings, namings and family blessings and I also do funerals.  I like to work with people who want to bring individuality and a little magic to their life celebrations. I’m happy to lead a ceremony pretty much anywhere, the only limit is your imagination.

What’s your favourite part of a wedding?

Probably when I give the final blessing in the wedding ceremony, all the preparation, all the nerves have built up to that. We’ve gotten through all the formal pieces of the ceremony, and its the bit where I get to confirm they are married and wish them well. It’s always quite emotional, seeing two people look each other in the eye knowing they are married is a special moment. 

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

Go for what you want, not what everyone else thinks! This is your special day and you don’t want to look back in years to come and wish you had done something differently. Let it be a day that reflects you and your partner, not your mum or grandma! 

What keeps you passionate?

I love to celebrate life! There is always something to celebrate and in fact I think we should celebrate more moments and rites of passage than perhaps we do. 

Do you follow wedding trends?

I’m not really into trends, I love to read all the blogs and magazines and see what’s going on but I think everyone is unique.  If you want a trendy wedding have one, but if you don’t then don’t! Don’t do it just because it’s trendy, do it because it fits who you are. 

What’s next for your business?

I want to see Two Falling Stars grow and work with as many quirky and magical people as the diary and life will allow! I’m also looking to expand into wedding and events planning in the next twelve months. 

Awen has some really great advice for everyone here, if you want get in contact head over to www.twofallingstars.com. Dont forget to follow her on twitter @twofallingstars, Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest.
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Garden Games!

Summer weddings cry out for garden games, any wedding style can add a few games to keep guests entertained while photos are taken. They are always a big hit with all ages and are even more fun late at night! Here are our favs:

Make your own ring toss by spraying some bottles and adding them to a crate

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Simple hula hoops make great photos, get enough for the groomsmen to have one big photo together

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Make sure you get at least one photo of yourselves playing the games,

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Why not play giant scrabble!

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Or go with old school playground games, again get those groomsmen involved!

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We can’t do a post without incuding the classic croquet

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Make jenga your own my adding cute hearts, use forever as children get older

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Create signs for your space hoppers! Check out our signs post here

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Go adventurous and create a giant wall of water balloons to be burst by throwing something at them!

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So many more ideas, as always, over on our Pinterest page! We know more of you arrived from there so head back and click follow!