Thursday, December 29, 2016

Picture of the Day – Suzi Photography

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Bride and groom touching heads in a field - Picture by Suzi Photography

Image © Suzi Photography

Website: www.suzi-photography.com

Blog: www.suzi-photography.com/blog

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A ‘Fizz on the Field’ West Stoke Farm Wedding

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Congratulations if you have just got engaged during the festive season; exciting times ahead! If you are looking for weddings full of ideas to, ‘ahem’, copy, then you are going to love this fabulous West Stoke Farm wedding. Everything in this wedding is fun; from the camper van and hand-draw map invitations, to the ‘fizz on the field’ with all the guests wearing top hats and tails… and we don’t me the traditional version!

Philip and Hannah created the most amazing wedding. We hope you enjoy browsing through the fab pictures, taken by Honeydew Moments.

Wedding guest on space hopper

A Wedding We’d Like to Go To

“We had a brilliant wedding day. We didn’t want to get sucked into having a day full of the ‘right’ stuff, so instead we decided to have the wedding we’d most like to go to. It took a lot of hard work and effort, but it was so much fun. We haven’t laughed (or cried) that much in years!

Invitation to West Stoke Farm wedding

Map wedding invitation

Wedding dress hanging in window

Blue bridal shoes

Earrings

Silver bridal clutch bag

Birdcage veil

Bracelet

Everything DIY

“We made everything ourselves, from the wedding invitations, to the tails, to the place names. We used a lot of brown paper and card, red and white string, textured paper and rubber stamps. The invitations were little maps a friend had drawn sealed with wax in mini brown paper envelopes. It was great fun making everything exactly the way we wanted, and it had a lovely rustic feel to it.”

Sheet music confetti

Flower basket

Bride looking at herself in mirror

Bridesmaid fastening bride's dress

Bride smiling Bridal updo with flowers

A Serious Affair

“I arrived at the church in our beloved T25 camper van. Our church service was fairly formal because we wanted the actual marriage bit to be a serious affair. Actor friends did readings, and our sister-in-law sang throughout the signing of the register, making it even more special.”

Guests putting ribbons on wedding camper van

Bride and bridesmaids blue shoes

Twyford church

Twyfold 1878

Wedding order of service

Bride wearing birdcage veil

Groom waiting in church for bride

Bride and groom smiling at altar

Bride and groomr eading in church

Newly married bride and groom leaving church

Bride and groom at door of church

Bride and groom with bridesmaids

Bride and groom with groomsmen

Bride and groom outside church

Wedding confetti shot outside Twyford church

Fizz on the Field

“We managed to keep the West Stoke Farm wedding celebrations a secret from nearly everyone attending. Everyone was therefore quite surprised to find themselves split into teams to compete in “Fizz on the Field” wearing Top Hats and Tails. It was so much fun, and everyone loosened up and got involved!

Bride and groom holding hands in front of wall

Bride and groom kissing

Bride and groom smiling together

Groom's brown shoes

Bride and groom walking barefoot down path

Fizz on the Field sign

Welcome sign at West Stoke Farm wedding

“We served home-made canapĂ©s in picnic baskets on the field as everyone competed in the games. Each team had a basket full of little brown boxes of home-made treats, napkins, bubbles, and blankets to sit on.

“The main meal was a Hog Roast followed by home-made summer puddings in little jars. Throughout the night we had a room full of French cheese, hams, sausages etc that people could help themselves to. We also had a self-service bar area with locally brewed beer, little snack bags, and wine in ice buckets.”

Wheelbarrow full of booze

Picnic basket

Wedding guests wearing tails

Picnic food boxes

Coloured top hat

Brilliant Friends

“The barn looked lovely thanks to our brilliant team of friends and family who spent the day before setting up in the rain. A family friend did our beautiful flowers, the speeches had everyone in tears, and the band were brilliant.

Wedding tables in barn at West Stoke Farm wedding

Family photos on barn wall

Childhood photos of bride and groom

Wedding guest book chalkboard sign

Stay kissable mints

Wedding dance floor rules

Booze chalkboard sign

Wine

Tankards

Basket or bar snacks

Lemonade sign

Thank you card

Bride tag

“The cheese cake also looked fantastic. We drove to France in the camper van and bought the wheels of cheese, along with all the table wine and fizz. One of our friends made the brilliant giraffe cake toppers, and another spent the wedding morning sewing together redcurrants and collecting ivy to decorate the cake.

Cheese stack wedding cake

Team leader envelope

Wedding guest reading game rules

Welly wanging game at West Stoke Farm wedding

Space hopper race at West Stoke Farm wedding

Wedding guest on space hopper

Bouquet catching game at West Stoke Farm wedding

Bouquet catching game at West Stoke Farm wedding

Hugging

Fancy dress race at West Stoke Farm wedding

“Our West Stoke Farm wedding was such a fun day with so many great friends from all over the world. We just couldn’t stop grinning.”

Friends with arms around each other

Trophies for wedding games

People in fancy dress drinking

Bride and groom in field at West Stoke Farm wedding

Groom kissing bride on the shoulder

Bride and groom laughing together in field

Images © Honeydew Moments

Wedding Dress: Suzanne Neville

Shoes: Rachel Simpson

Suits: River Island

Bridesmaid Dresses: Monsoon

Flowers: Arranged by a family friend using lots of gypsophila

Cake: DIY cheese stack cake

Catering: Home-made canapés on the field, hog roast main meal with home-made summer puddings, and evening food of French cheese, hams, sausages etc,

Stationery: DIY, with map invitations drawn by a friend of the couple

Transport: Couple’s T25 camper van

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Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Picture of the Day – Cassie Leedham Photography

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Smiling bride with bouquet looking out of window - Picture by Cassie Leedham Photography

Image © Cassie Leedham Photography

Website: photography.cassieleedham.com

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Past Couples Return to The Duke of Cornwall Hotel

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In September another chapter in the history of The Duke of Cornwall Hotel was written. Past couples who’d married at the Duke were invited back to share their stories. Dressed in their finest and armed with wedding albums, they walked the red carpet up the grand staircase to the Hayward Room, ready for an afternoon of reminiscing.

Past couples who have married at The Duke of Cornwall Hotel

The atmosphere was incredible. The room quickly filled with laughter, talk of days-gone-by, and discussions about how much fashion and the hotel had changed.

Toby Lowe captured the event, recreating some incredible shots. Freelance writer and journalist, Laura Joint, took the time to sit with couples to find out more about their big days. So, grab a cup of tea and join us for a story or two…

Floating Hats, ‘Bespoke’ Dockyard Confetti, and a Mad Dash to the Hospital

Colin and Jill May tied the knot on 17th January, 1959

Colin and Jill May at The Duke of Cornwall Couples Event

“We married in a Nissen Hut because, after the war, that’s where the register office was in Plymouth,” said Colin, who served in the Royal Navy.

“It was blowing a gale that day and we’d decided to start our honeymoon with a night at the Edgcumbe Arms. We got on the Cremyll Ferry and Jill’s hat, the one she’d worn at the wedding and the reception, flew off and headed off down the river. The boatman managed to hook it out but it was obviously ruined. It was very funny and I burst out laughing … but the marriage nearly ended there and then!”

No such worries … 57 years later and Colin and Jill are still happily married and living in Plymouth.

Michael and Christine Eascott, and John and Carole Eascott

Michael and Christine, and John and Carole Eascott at The Duke of Cornwall Couples Event

Brothers Michael (retired fireman) and John (retired police officer) both held their receptions at the Duke, in 1966 and 1969. Christine brought their reception invoice to the event.

“There were 49 people and we had a roast dinner, wedding cake, flowers and a 3-piece band. The bill came to £92 pounds, eight shillings and sixpence!”

Carole recalled that after her wedding, they went straight up to the hospital to visit one of her friends who should have been a bridesmaid but missed it because she needed an emergency thyroid operation.

“I went into the hospital with my wedding dress on!”

John, meanwhile, has a different memory…

“Argyle won that day. We got on the train to go to London, where we were starting our honeymoon. The supporters were on the train, together with a load of toilet roll which they used to throw in those days!”

Anthony and Marion Banbury married in 1965

Tony and Marion Banbury at The Duke of Cornwall Couples Event

Last year Anthony and Marion celebrated their 50th anniversary. Marion worked at Devonport Dockyard at the time, which was great when it came to having ready-made confetti.

“I worked on the punch card machines to calculate the men’s wages, and these tiny pieces of paper would drop into the bin. We’d save them up for whenever anyone got married to use as confetti.”

Mike and Val Hutchinson married in March 1968, despite her parents’ reservations about the match

Mike and Val Hutchinson at The Duke of Cornwall Couples Event

“I was 16 when I met Mike and he was 18. We got engaged when I turned 18 but my parents wanted me to wait until I was 21 before we got married. In fact, they weren’t happy with me getting married at all; they said that we were too young and it wouldn’t last. I was 20 when we married…  and here we are, 48 years later!”

An Amazing Coincidence

There was an amazing coincidence when two of the couples got chatting and it emerged that they’d both tried to book the same wedding day!

Looking at wedding picture at The Duke of Cornwall Couples Event

Leila Nottage, from the Duke of Cornwall, explained…

“One couple wanted to get married on the bride’s birthday, but when they rang the hotel they were told the date was already booked. They therefore had to re-arrange for the week before. This couple ended up sitting on a table with the couple who took their wedding date! What are the chances of that?!”

A Big Part of the Hotel’s History

“It was such a lovely afternoon,” said Leila. “We have a unique history here and our wedding couples and their stories are a big part of that.”

You can find out more about The Duke of Cornwall Hotel at thedukeofcornwall.co.uk.

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Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Picture of the Day – Rares Pulbere

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Bride and groom sitting on cliff edge at night - Picture by Rares Pulbere

Image © Rares Pulbere

Website: www.rares-pulbere.com

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Treats Allowed Sweet Treats and Wedding Favours

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Giving wedding favours to your guests as a thank you for spending the day with you has been a tradition for a long time. However, a current trend is to provide a sweet treat table for your guests to help themselves to, rather than providing wedding favours. Treats Allowed offers the most exquisite array of luxury sweet treats and chocolates, as well as cakes and biscuits. Their luxury range of unforgettable chocolate is handmade in the UK.

Treats Allowed Sweet Table

We sampled some of the items they offer and they blew us away. Not only did they look incredible, they all tasted amazing. And the fudge… Wow! You MUST try the fudge!

Their treats are perfect for creating a really special sweet treat or dessert table at your wedding. Imagine the look on your guests’ faces when they see the delights!

Treats Allowed Pick 'n' Mix

Treats Allowed Bespoke Service

Treats Allowed provides a bespoke service unique to each wedding, and they will work with you to ensure every detail is just perfect. They pride themselves on creating an ambience wedding guests will remember.

If you do decide to follow the wedding favour tradition, Treats Allowed have the best sweets treats to put a smile on your guests’ faces. They also offer beautiful wedding favour boxes to present them in.

Treats Allowed Wedding Favour

Personalised Packaging

Treats Allowed’s products not only taste delicious, you can have them personalised with your own uniquely designed packaging too. Their cutting edge printing equipment ensures striking results.

Treats Allowed caters for the most intimate to the most extravagant wedding; no task is too big or small. Whatever theme or colour, they have a wide variety of decorations and can coordinate your treats.

Treats Allowed Dessert Table

So, if you’re thinking of having a sweet treat table at your wedding or would like to give your guests special favours, check out Treats Allowed. You can find out more about their range of products and services at www.treatsallowed.com.

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Thursday, December 22, 2016

Picture of the Day – Samuel Docker Photography

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Bride kissing groom on cheek as they stand in field as sun goes down - Picture by Samuel Docker Photography

Image © Samuel Docker Photography

Website: samueldocker.co.uk

Blog: samueldocker.co.uk/blog

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A Snow White Wedding Shoot

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Mirror, mirror on the wall… who’s planning their wedding?! We are so excited to share this Snow White wedding shoot with you.

Disney films have been used as inspiration for wedding styling for a while now. The amazing creative team behind this styled shoot have incorporated cute ‘Snow White’ details, including the cottage in the woods, apples and, of course, the mirror.

Bride looking in mirror

The styling is perfect for a winter wedding, and the use of fur textures, deep reds, purples, dark greens and gold, portrays a look of luxury elegance.

Big thanks go to Living Radiant Photography for sharing this fantastic Snow White inspired wedding shoot.

Classy Yet Rustic Styling

“The inspiration for our shoot was a Snow White wedding. It would be a winter wedding with an intimate reception in the woods, and classy yet rustic styling.

“We used a colour palette of Merlot and gold with accents of blush pink and dark green. This worked well with the natural setting. Details such as monograms, fur textures and stunning furniture pieces enhanced the theme, and the cottage, deer figurines, and apples added key Snow White details.”

Snow White wedding stationery

Snow White wedding invitation

Brooch and wedding stationery

Wedding bouquet on red chair

Teacup on small table

Close-up of winter wedding bouquet

Wedding treats cart

Toffee apples

Stand of vintage teacups

Vintage teacup

Bottle of Champagne and glasses Glasses of Champagne

Red macaroons

Small pot of flowers

White wedding cake with birds and berry detail Bird detail on wedding cake

Wedding table outside

Snow White wedding table styling

Row of plates on wedding table

Merlot red place setting styling

Winter wedding place setting Natural winter brooch

Merlot and gold styled wedding table

Gold candles on wedding table

Flowers on books wedding table centrepiece Deer ornament on Snow White wedding table

Bride sitting on chair in woods

Bride sitting holding bouquet

Groom's winter buttonhole

Groom's attire

Groom standing behind bride

Bride standing next to red chair

Bride with red lipstick smiling Bridal updo

Bride sitting in birdcage swing chair

Bride sitting in birdcage swing chair Winter bridal bouquet

Bride holding apple

Bride and groom standing at end of wedding table

Bride and groom sitting raising toast

Winter wedding cake with red ribbon

Winter foliage wedding cake decoration

Bride wearing shrug standing next to of wedding cake

Bride and groom toasting in front of wedding cake

Bride with fur shrug and bouquet smiling

Table and chair in woods

Snow White wedding table decorations

Bride standing behind chair

Bride standing in front of fireplace

Winter wedding decor on mantelpiece

Bride sitting in birdcage swing chair by fire Bride sitting in birdcage swing chair looking down

Snow White bride taking bite of apple

Images © Living Radiant Photography

Planning and Styling: Rose Gold Events and Styling and Living Radiant Photography

Shoot Location: The Elkridge Furnace Inn, Maryland, USA

Wedding Dress: The Bridal Boutique

Groom’s Attire: Capital Custom Clothiers

Hair and Make-Up: Something Blu Beauty

Stationery: Allison Barnhill Designs

Flowers: Mimoza Design

Wedding Cake: SugarBakers Cakes

Sweets: Flavor Cupcakery and Truly Scrumptious Candy and Dessert Bars

Linens: Gala Cloths

Laser Engraver: Lighthouse Lazer

Furniture Rentals: Barnes Handcrafted Farmhouse Tables and White Glove Rentals

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