Something different, but still cute

It’s been a wonderful few months filled with some out of the ordinary maps and requests. Amongst many wonderful ideas were a Cute Path version of a table plan, a wedding map inside the fascinating Eden Project biomes and a table plan full of pubs…

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Ciao Bella! Margherita Missoni’s Wedding

85_4297066I know its an old one, but I’ve just gotta blog about Margherita Missoni’s wedding, which took place back in June 2012 in the small town of Brunello, Italy.

Every picture that I can find depicts the same really laid back, chilled out boho feel wedding party. Everybody is constantly smiling.

Margherita designed the dress herself, which was made by the tailor’s who had known her growing up (she also had close counselling from close friend Giambattista Valli.) The dress is cool and gypsy, and made from flower-embellished Missoni silk with voluminous organza sleeves and was totally in keeping with the relaxed feel to the day. Her hair was braided which kept her veil in place, which was swapped for a daisy-chain headpiece for the evening (as well as a blush pink version of her dress) and flat silver gladiator sandals. I know, it all sounds a bit odd doesn’t it? But look how well she pulls it off. All so natural, and not at all over ‘done’, which is why I love it so much.

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For me the whole Missoni ethos is mismatched chic, colour clashing, highly patterned prints, very laid back, and generally has an extremely cool feel…which has been completely encapsulated in Margherita Missoni and Eugenio Amos’ day. Even the bridesmaids wore clashing print maxi dresses in various colours and ex French Vogue Editor Carine Roitfeld dressed up as a gysgy! So clearly this was the order of the day.

The reception looks truly amazing, and if the day ever comes (!) I will definitely be taking a few pointers from the styling here. Guests were entertained by a gypsy band, acrobats and a fortune teller and ate Moroccan style around low tables with Missoni floor cushions (of course) so luxe!

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The cake was a heart shaped pastry covered in berries, the food was a ‘tuck in’ style with big bowls and servers on each table and the table fabrics and crockery were all Missoni. I’d like everyday of my life to be like that.

My favourite wedding to date.

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Real Life Wedding, Heidi and Ian

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Love the laid back coolness of this seaside inspired wedding at the Royal Pavilion on Southend Pier, Southend-On-Sea. Heidi and Ian had a fun Pirate theme incorporating loads of brilliant ideas! Including whimsical bucket and spades, ‘Just Married’ rock and personal sea creatures for the guests’ favours, a seagull guarding the cakes, Pirate centre pieces, and their very own wedding train which transported the guests to the end of the pier! (Think this is the first time I’ve seen a real life wedding train!) And what’s more, before boarding the train, each guest was handed an ice cream by Southend’s finest ice cream people – Rossi, what an absolute treat! Check out these brilliant photos of the day where everyone looks so happy and relaxed, and read on for more details from the bride herself…

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Names – Heidi Kendrick & Ian Livermore

Wedding Date – 31st May 2014

The Vision for The Day – To celebrate our wedding day at the seaside with our family and mates.  This morphed into a wedding day at the seaside with a soupcon of piratehood.

The Planning Process – We wanted the Best Party Ever.  This involved adding elements of every idea we ever had about what a Best Party would involve…as we are quite old, there were lots of them!

We had plenty of time to sort out who would be in charge of what, which gave me complete control of the playlists and Ian the opportunity to go all Pirate on the table decorations.  Some of our first “non-negotiables” were that we didn’t want a day-into-night wedding (we did the whole thing from 12 noon til 5, which gave everyone their evening back…we went to see a band in the evening along with some of the guests who were staying over), and that we didn’t want an official photographer.

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Budget & Venue – £10,000 all in (came in under budget!). Venue was the very beautiful Royal Pavilion, Southend Pier, Southend-on-Sea, Essex.  We had our own wedding train to take everyone down to the end of the pier, and Southend’s finest ice cream, Rossi’s, handed out to guests as they boarded the train.  The table decorations evolved organically after a visit to Hobbycraft, whose pirate ship centrepieces Ian had to have.

The Dress and Accessories – Dress: Phase Eight.  Shoes: Irregular Choice.  Necklace and earrings from Pilgrim, bracelet was my “something borrowed” from my happily married mate Angela.

Grooms & Bridesmaids attire – the rapidly shrinking Ian (who lost 3 stone from first fitting to wedding day) wore a very handsome grey suit with an embroidered waistcoat which arrived after breakfast on the morning of the wedding, along with a variety of hats.  His daughter Lauren was the stunning bridesmaid in a Monsoon dress.

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The Readings – “The Two of Us” by the Mr T Experience (it’s a song, but worked better as a reading), read by Jen with confidence and spirit on her first major event in maternity gear.

Music and First Dance – Ian’s a ska fan and I love indie music, so we did our own playlists on an Ipod, which worked beautifully.  We had “How High” by the Charlatans going up the aisle, and although we didn’t have a lot of room for dancing, had a bit of a sway to “This Head I Hold” by Electric Guest.  Epic.

The Food – As the pier is not the best place for fire in general, we had a local caterer, Affinity, who is used to working at the end of the pier.  We had posh canapes during cocktail hour, and went back to tradition for the main meal with a variety of small bowl meals, which included sausage and mash.  The food was delicious, and the small bowl option meant that everyone could try everything instead of having to choose.

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The Flowers – We got the flowers from Southend Council’s nursery which were beyond gorgeous.

The Cake – We had a variety of little sweet things from M&S, including macaroons, mini cupcakes and brownie triangles.  Not a single bite left at the end!

Your Photographer – As we both had a horror of spending half the day posing and still looking like freaks, one of Ian’s mates did the honours and got some fabulous pictures of everyone being random…which of course was what we wanted.

The Details and Décor – A combination of seaside and pirateness – bunting, sea shells, a white and blue colour scheme, and a seagull guarding the cake stand, with a few heart shaped balloons thrown in.  All the guests got a bucket and spade set, “just married” rock, Love Hearts, and their own sea creature.   Our master stroke was having Mr Pinchy the lobster hold our wedding rings til they were needed.

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The Honeymoon – As we have both just started up new businesses, we are looking forward to spending Christmas in Fuerteventura.  If our honeymoon-ness has worn off by then, we can at least be arguing in the sun!

Memorable Moments – The noise level was truly remarkable with plenty of laughter – we especially loved getting our two lots of friends and family together and seeing them get along so well.

Advice for other couples –  Chill and share!  We had a mega time bouncing ideas off each other, and loved that our guests knew who had put what ideas into the mix.  Bring your personalities into it. When you’re in the planning stages, think about what worked and what didn’t in other weddings you’ve been to.  Ask your married friends what the best bits of their big day were.   When you’re setting up your budget, sort out what your priorities are and spend up there, cutting back a bit elsewhere.  Wedding websites and Amazon will be your best friends when it comes to looking for those little special touches.  And please remember that everyone’s there to share your joy, not to find fault.  And if you do have potential guests like that, do you really want them there?  It’s your day.  Own it.  Wish you a wonderful wedding!

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Thanks so much for all of this great information on your day Heidi, plus this excellent advice – ‘chill and share’ seems like perfect advice to me! We love the idea of the ‘small bowls’ for the meal, the reading sounds epic and the Charlatan’s song is one of my faves! Good luck to both of you and have an amazing honeymoon in the sun!

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Cocktail Friday! Pomegranate Daiquiris!

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Ingredients:

  • 840ml pomegranate juice
  • 360ml plain or raspberry-flavoured light rum
  • 240ml cassis or cranberry liqueur
  • 79ml fresh lime juice
  • Ice cubes
  • Pomegranate seeds, frozen green grapes or kiwi slices for garnish

Method:

  • Combine the pomegranate juice, rum, cassis and lime juice in a large pitcher. Cover and refrigerate until cold, at least 4 hours or up to 1 week ahead.
  • In a blender, combine 1 1/2 cups of the juice mixture ad 1 cup of ice cubes. Blend until slushy. Pour into large martini or wine glasses; garnish as desired. repeat with remaining juice.

 

What to wear to a Summer Wedding

With the pick up in the weather and bank holidays galore, May is when you might just start thinking about the possibility of attending a wedding in the sun. While the date of a ‘summer’ wedding is no guarantee, with a bit of luck and global warming on your side; you may just end up with an absolute scorcher on the day you attend a wedding. This should be great: glorious sunshine, friends, love, food. But what if you were thinking of a boots and cashmere scenario?  Here are some options to keep you looking chic and staying cool while enjoying some summertime nuptials.

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Reformation also have some amazing dresses, seriously I want them ALL.

https://thereformation.com/stories/wedding

Happy Shopping!

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Real Life Wedding, Jenny and Stuart

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A blissful, beautiful, sunny affair to share with you this morning. Enough to forget about the terrible rain that has descended today! Jen and Stuart got married in Ibiza, such a fantastic location and you can see all their family and friends basking in the sunshine looking so happy. Their day had definite holiday vibes and the beautiful scenery provided the perfect backdrop for some very romantic wedding shoots, taken by the super talented Ana from Ana Lui Photography.  http://www.analuiphotography.com.  Ah looks like a fantastic day, lets have a look at the loveliness…

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Names: Jenny and Stuart

Wedding date: 19th September 2013

The vision for the day: We wanted to use bright colours which would look nice in the sunshine and also wanted the day to have a relaxed fun vibe to allow everyone to enjoy the day.

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The planning process: We both knew pretty soon after our engagement that we wanted to go abroad to get married as we wanted to make a real holiday of our wedding. Ibiza was an easy choice as it is a special place for both of us and we have shared great times there.  After doing a bit of research we found a catering/wedding planning company called eat-ibiza who had so many great reviews. They offer a complimentary wedding planning service and Vickki, the organiser was absolutely fantastic throughout. She has so much experience she made us feel relaxed about the whole process, which I can imagine can be pretty stressful when you’re planning a wedding in a different country! We also used Ibiza Ceremonies who helped us organise everything to do with the church including an English speaking priest. We also planned a pool party at our villa for the day following the wedding which we organised ourselves.

Budget: We had a budget from the start and managed to stick to it (roughly!) It is easy to get carried away with every aspect so we felt it helped to record everything in a spreadsheet, which we updated on a regular basis.

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The venue: Es Cubells church then Elixir shore club, Ibiza. We wanted a relatively small church to allow our ceremony to feel intimate and Es Cubells was perfect, it also has the most stunning views over the ocean from the back of the church. Elixir was also exactly what we were looking for as it has stunning views, minimal chic décor and a great open area looking out to Es Vedra rock.

The dress and accessories: A customised Suzanne Neville dress from Eleganza Spoza in Glasgow, fresh flowers for hair, Vivienne Westwood shoes, vintage style gold jewellery including my Grandmother’s locket which my Mum also wore on her wedding day.

Grooms attire: Hugo Boss suit, white shirt, tan coloured belt and brogues and a tartan tie from Charles Tyrwhitt.

The readings: Poem called ‘These Hands’ read by my Uncle during the ceremony. We both love the poem and felt it was really appropriate.

Beautiful bridesmaids: My friend Pauline wore a dress by JLM in ‘candy apple’ with gold accessories.

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Music and first dance: Sam and Johnny (wedding ceremonies Ibiza) not only helped us organise everything for the church but provided the music for the ceremony too (piano and voice). Picking the music was fun and we were able to choose music and hymns which meant something to us both which included the Beatles ‘Here comes the Sun.’ We wanted to pick music that fitted in with the vibe of Ibiza so had a Spanish guitarist playing during our drinks reception and then Hed Kandi for the party at night which included DJ Ben Santiago, the Lovely Laura on the saxophone and an extremely cool and talented bongo player. They were fantastic and kept the dance floor full all night with classic dance hits. Our first dance was Chaka Khan, ‘Aint Nobody’.

The food: Tapas sharing platters to start, then a choice of fillet steak medallions with rosemary-rioja jus or local or local fish en papiotte with hand crushed tomato salsa verde for mains then a buffet dessert table for dessert. Eat-ibiza are known for their great food and they didn’t disappoint as all the food was delicious, in fact it was the best steak we’ve ever had!

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The flowers: I chose various wild flowers in bright pretty colours for our bouquets and white roses for the men’s button holes which were organised by eat-Ibiza.

The cake: We decided on a dessert buffet table rather than a large wedding cake, Vickki from eat-Ibiza is a talented pastry chef and all her desserts were absolutely delicious.

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Your photographer: Our photographer was the talented and lovely Ana Lui. I came across her website when I was browsing online and also noticed she had won photographer of the year on the white-ibiza website. We absolutely loved her style of photography so it was an easy decision and she didn’t disappoint as she captured our day beautifully.

The details and decor: We chose wild bright coloured flowers for the tables, lots of small candles dotted around the room and silk hanging lanterns which looked beautiful when the sun went down. Our tables were named after our favourite places in Ibiza, including space nightclub!

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The honeymoon: We both wanted to go away and have a bit of an adventure so we chose 3 weeks in South America in Brazil, Argentina and Peru with the highlight being our visit to Machu Picchu.

Memorable moments: Seeing Stuart for the first time when I walked down the isle and having all our friends and family dance the night away. To be honest, the whole day was so special that everything was memorable, from getting ready in the morning to getting the bus home at 2am-everything was perfect.

Advice for other couples: Planning a wedding can be stressful so try and keep it fun and don’t get too stressed with minor details..just enjoy it. We found that wine can be your best friend, and when there are major decisions to be made, sometimes taking time out and having a glass of wine can ease rising stress levels!!!

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Credits: Wedding planning and catering: Eat-Ibiza www.eat-ibiza.com

Photographer and videography: Ana Lui www.analuiphotography.com

Church organisation: Samantha and Johnny www.weddingceremoniesibiza.com

Cute maps stationary: www.cutemaps.co.uk

Wedding dress: Eleganza Sposa, Glasgow: www.eleganza.co.uk

Makeup was done by Carolina Svensson at Smack Ibiza: www.smackibiza.com She was fantastic and took her time to make sure we achieved the exact look I wanted.

Real Life Wedding, Oonagh and Craig

I have an absolutely stunning wedding to share with you today, filled with personal touches, delicious details and a bride and groom that look ridiculously happy throughout! Oonagh and Craig got married in the July of this year in a beautiful ceremony in the Lady Chapel of St. Alban Cathedral near to where they live. A perfect romantic touch is that now when they hear the cathedral bells ringing they are reminded of their wedding day.

The bride and groom look so happy and excited; and this must have been contagious as every guest seems to be having a blast! The occasion has been captured naturally and beautiful by Hannah Mia (of Hannah Mia Photography www.hannamia.com) letting the charm of the day really shine through.

The magic of this wedding seems to be in the incredible attention to detail; from a mixed bouquet incorporating thistles and shamrocks to reflect Scottish ad Irish heritage, to an exciting array of music and a delicious barbecue, this day looked fantastic and the Divine Comedy as a first dance song: perfection.

I also loved the idea of their table plan, each one named after a different type of gin! Definitely something I can appreciate, I urge you to join in, grab a G&T and take a look at this incredible day.

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Names: Craig & Oonagh McGill

Wedding Date: 5th July 2013

The vision for the day: We wanted our wedding to be elegant, but relaxed. We wanted our family and friends to enjoy fabulous food and great music, in a beautiful setting.

The Planning Process: We booked the Cathedral and the reception venue about 8 months before the big day…you wouldn’t believe how difficult it was to book both on the same day, even that far in advance! We really got going with organizing invitations, caterers, musicians and all the other details in the 4-6 months leading up to the wedding.

9_4869784 The Venue: The ceremony was held at the Cathedral and Abbey Church of St. Alban, St. Albans. We had a marquee reception in a beautiful orchard setting nearby.

The Dress and Accessories: My dress and veil came were from Angelica Bridal in Islington. It was the first shop I went into and I decided on the dress there and then! My shoes were from Rachel Simpson … I would recommend her shoes to any bride. I must’ve tried 20 pairs of shoes before I found mine. They were beautifully made and were incredibly comfortable, even after hours of dancing!

Grooms Attire:Bespoke 3 piece suit from Mathieson and Brooke Tailors (M&BT), Harpenden – the suit was beautifully made and the service was wonderful.

 

 

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Beautiful Bridesmaids: They were stunning and the best bridesmaids a girl could ask for! They were Emir (my sister) and Christine (Christine and her husband Andy were bridesmaid and groomsman – they are the mutual friends who first introduced Craig and I).

Music and First Dance: Music was really important to us so we had two bands on the day. We were very lucky to have a beautiful, sunny day for our wedding. We had a champagne reception on the lawn accompanied by an acoustic folk band. In the evening our band played two sets of crowd-pleasing soul and rock n’ Roll from 1960s to current – the dance floor was full all night! Our first dance was ‘Songs of Love’ by ‘The Divine Comedy’ (which some people might recognize as the theme music from Father Ted!) – We both love THE Divine Comedy and this song was an easy choice for us.

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The Food: The food was such an important element of the day for us – we wanted it to be fantastic and our caterers didn’t let us down! Everything was barbecued and presented by rolling service to the tables with fresh, brightly coloured salads and warm, home-baked breads. The menu included monkfish, fillet steak, chicken, lamb, and some tasty vegetarian treats for our less carnivorous guests. We served strawberries and cream for pudding, which was perfect for a hot, summer’s day.

The flowers: We wanted the flowers to fit with the country garden setting so we opted for bright, seasonal blooms. We mixed peonies (my favourite) with thistles (to reflect Craig’s Scottish heritage) and shamrock (as I’m from Ireland) together with lots of wild flowers. Two very talented ladies (Craig’s mum, Heather and her friend Marion) created the table centre-pieces for the marquee and the ladies of St. Alban’s Abbey flower guild provided the arrangements for the Cathedral.

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The cake: We absolutely loved our wedding cake, which was made for us by Craig’s lovely friend Chrissie Smetham. We had three different tiers comprising lemon sponge, vanilla with fresh raspberries and a cherry-bakewell top layer. The cake was decorated with fresh flowers to match our theme and the final piece was a work of art …almost too good to eat (although we managed a piece or two, and it was delicious!).

Your Photographer: We were also thrilled with our photographer, Hannah Mia, whose documentary style of wedding photography really captured the atmosphere of the day. We didn’t have many posed photos, just natural shots of our family and friends relaxing and enjoying the celebrations.

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The Details and Décor: We put a lot of work into the details and décor ourselves but the finishing touches were provided by Cute Maps who designed our table plans, table numbers and Menus and also by The Dream Wedding Company who helped with the table decorations, bunting, and the flowers for the cake. The same company provided the bouquets and buttonholes…each one was original and unique.

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The Honeymoon: We spent a wonderful week in a very sunny Cornwall. We were so lucky with the weather and spent most days on the beach.

Memorable Moments: Our favourite part was the ceremony itself – the setting, The Lady Chapel in St Alban’s Cathedral was perfect. Walking down the aisle after the service to the sound of the cathedral bells was very special to us. We live very near the cathedral so we are fortunate to hear the bells every day, which is a lovely reminder of our wedding day.

One of the funniest moments was when I threw my bouquet. My friend Sara came out of nowhere to successfully make the catch, momentarily forgetting that she is already happily married! A good natured wrestle ensued and most of the girls caught the bouquet for at least a moment.

Finally, my favourite part of any wedding is the speeches and on the day my Uncle Johnny (who gave me away), Craig’s brother David (Best man) and of course Craig himself more than rose to occasion. We roared with laughter and most people shed a happy tear or two.

Advice for other couples: When your big day arrives, try to relax and enjoy every moment! It’s true what they say…the day passes so quickly you won’t believe it. It was most definitely the best day of our lives!

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Credits

Photographer: Hannah Mia
Caterer: Hanson’s, Watford
Flowers and Décor: The Dream Wedding Company, St Albans
Music: John & Caroline Hoare and The Hound Dogs http://www.thehounddogs.co.uk/
Dress: Angelica Bridal, Islington
Shoes: Rachel Simpson http://www.rachelsimpsonshoes.co.uk/
Groom’s Attire: Mathieson & Brooke Tailors – http://www.mandbt.co.uk/ The Cake: ‘There’s always cake’ available at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Theres-Always-Cake/165015856955923?ref=profile

Real Life Wedding, Hugh and Adele

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Welcome to our first ever featured wedding! An exciting occasion indeed and we had to get a very special wedding to kick off.

Hugh and Adele got married in July this year in Old Wardour Castle, yes a CASTLE, in Tisbury Wiltshire. This gorgeous English heritage site with lush grounds and stunning views provided the perfect setting for their wedding. It’s so lovely to see their friends and family enjoying themselves and relaxing in such a stunning environment.

The reception took place at Hugh’s family farm; giving the whole day a perfect laid back theme complete with hay bales and a beautiful pop-up marquee. The family farm was also the basis of their fantastic Table Plan, each field representing a different table. Cute Maps were very excited when we heard this idea, and really think the finished product looked tremendous. Take a peek at the images below and let us know what you think!

Their vision for the day completely shone through ‘Nice and relaxed with plenty of food and drink!’; the smiles on every ones face speak for themselves. Also, have to mention, their food sounded delicious! Mediterranean (amazing) and served on platters, literally the best form food can come in, in my opinion. The day was captured beautifully by Lisa Dawn photography (www.lisadawn.co.uk) and looks absolutely stunning. And of course the Cute Map table plan sets everything off beautifully.

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Names:Hugh and Adele

Wedding Date:20th July, 2013

The vision for the day:Nice and relaxed with plenty of food and drink!

The Planning Process:Lengthy….we got engaged in December 2011, so gave ourselves plenty of time to plan just what we wanted and ensure that all the suppliers that we wanted to use were available .

The Venue:Ceremony at Old Wardour Castle, Tisbury, Wiltshire and reception at Hugh’s family farm, East Stour, Dorset

The Dress and Accessories:Augusta Jones Dress, veil and headpiece all from Clifton Brides, Bristol and Rainbow Club shoes dyed pastel blue, diamond earrings a family heirloom

Grooms Attire:Grey three piece suit from Marc Wallace, Round collar white cotton shirt from Marc Wallace, navy/pink stripe tie from T.M. Lewin, white linen pocket square and Loake brogue shoes

Beautiful Bridesmaids:Coast dresses in vintage pink and nude shoes from M&S

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Music and First Dance: DJ and first dance was to Finley Quaye – Even After All

The Food: Mediterranean-style sharing platters from Thyme After Time in Hazelbury Bryan near where we live – we wanted a really sociable atmosphere, so we decided to have individual sharing platters for each table, which worked really well. All homemade and Dorset sourced. We also had a hog roast in the evening to soak up some of the alcohol!

The flowers: Bridal bouquet tied with vintage lace and broach. Bridesmaid’s bouquets were sweet peas tied with vintage pink velvet ribbon with a mother of pearl button. We wanted lots of colour and fragrance to the bouquets whilst all being very natural. Remainder of the flower arrangements at the castle and farm were colourful mixed garden flowers.

Your Photographer: Lisa and Scott at Lisa Dawn Photography (www.lisadawn.co.uk) – these were the first people we booked for our wedding and did such an amazing job. Don’t let anyone talk you out of a decent photographer for your big day!

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The Details and Décor: We had a marquee in a field on the farm, so didn’t want to go over the top on decorations and tried to keep it simplistic and in-keeping with the farm environment. The same applied to the castle as it is such a naturally beautiful place, we actually had to do very little extra decorating.

Memorable Moments: Walking down the field together and looking back at the marquee with everyone having such a great time – it’s always a great occasion when all your friends and family can come together like that and have such a fun time.

Advice for other couples: It’s never too early to book the suppliers for your wedding, the sooner you start the process the better to make sure you get the right people on board without compromising, we wouldn’t have changed the people we worked with for the world. Grooms, if the wedding is in summer, wear a really good cotton shirt….priceless to avoid sweat patches! As long as there is enough food, drink and music, no-ones cares what the weather is like. Never underestimate how important your bridesmaids and ushers/best man are – they are absolute lifesavers and we couldn’t have done it without them

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Credits:

Everyone at Cute Maps – the table plan was exactly what we were looking for and Sheree’s vision, design and prompt service made the process so easy,

Berin Made stationary – invites and table stationary,

Thyme after Time catering, Dorset,

Lisa Dawn Photography, Dorset,

Oakleaf Marquees, Dorset,

The team at Old Wardour Castle,

Bright Blooms, Shaftesbury, Dorset,

Shaftesbury Flower Club, Dorset,

Mr DJ, Dorset,

Hugh’s parents for preparing the farm!