Thursday, March 30, 2017
Image © Sam Gibson Photography
Wow, wow, wow! Oh how we love everything about this wedding! Gab and Cory planned their spectacular aircraft hangar wedding at Bromesberrow Place in Gloucestershire in just five months.
It’s not very often you see a wedding with bridesmaids in emerald green, but it’s so pretty, fresh and gorgeous that we are pretty sure you are going to want to, erm, copy this style!
Everything about this wedding is fun; the colours, the decor, the bridal party style, the entertainment and, most importantly, the couple. That’s why we love this wedding so much – Gab and Cory really put their hearts, souls and personalities into making their wedding so fabulous.
Huge thanks to the very talented Tom Leishman of Picture My Love for sharing the amazing pictures from this wedding…
Full of Memories
“Our wedding theme was ‘anything goes’. Any colour was welcome, and the more flowers, ribbon, and bottles, the better!
“We knew we wanted our wedding to be at Bromesberrow Place. We spent a lot of time there in the first year or two of our relationship because my mum and I lived in part of the manor, where my Mum worked. The grounds and gardens are so meaningful and full of memories for us.
“We loved the vibe of the aircraft hangar and that it was a blank canvas for us to create a colourful world of our own. We wanted a giant picnic with everyone we love, with no guest limitation, unlimited food and drinks and dancing and happiness! Our day was spontaneous and controlled by a megaphone, used to herd the large crowd of guests to each location!”
A Very Emotional Ceremony
“The ceremony was one of our highlights. The tiny country church was overflowing with people. Even though it was a traditional church service we didn’t want it to be boring or awkward, so there was plenty of lively singing and clapping.
“I think the most memorable moment has to be when I walked down the aisle. Walking in with my dad laughing and crying, to see my soon-to-be husband also crying, was a moment I will never forget. It was a very emotional ceremony; Cory was crying through every second of it!”
Ice Cream on the Lawn
“After the ceremony everyone gathered and ate ice cream on the front lawn. A small moat separated the lawn from the field behind us. As we sat in a row with our groomsmen we looked behind us to see a row of cows right in the middle of our line, as if they were imitating us.
“Our whole wedding felt like a DIY project. Our close friends and family got hands-on and helped us make it our own; we were proud of the result. We spent the week running up to the wedding setting up the aircraft hangar. It’s usually just a big, dirty warehouse, full of mud and oil, some farming machinery and a small aeroplane, so we had our work cut out.
“Cory’s mum spent every evening after our engagement knitting bunting and creating all sorts of crafty decorations that we streamed and hung around the massive building. We bought hundreds of multi-coloured streamers online and hung these over the seating area. Then we had hanging pom-poms, umbrellas, lanterns and festoon lights above the dance floor. We used hessian to cover up some of the walls, and fake ivy and greenery to fill areas. All our friends saved their glass bottles and jars before the wedding, which we filled with flowers and placed on the tables and around the room.
“My mum found a local wholesalers and arranged all the flowers, along with her good friend Jaqui. They slaved away through the night to make 13 bouquets and flowers crowns, 14 buttonholes, massive pieces in old milk churns and hundreds of flower-filled bottles and jars.
Everyone Got Very Involved
“The best thing about planning our wedding was that it brought all our friends and family closer than ever. We spent so many weekends making crafty bits together, and planning our surprise dance! Everyone got very involved!
“It was the first project that Cory and I had to work on together, but also that we had the freedom make it what we wanted it to be. Although it pushed us to the limit with stress, we ended up stronger and closer and felt like we could accomplish anything!
“Planning a wedding is such a great challenge before a marriage. Surely if you can survive that, you can make it!”
Images © Tom Leishman of Picture My Love
Ceremony Venue: Bromesberrow Church
Reception Venue: Bromesberrow Place and Aircraft Hangar, Gloucestershire
Bride’s Dress: Taffeta and Lace
Bridesmaid Dresses: ASOS
Groom’s Attire: Moss Bros
Bride’s Shoes: ASOS
Bride’s Hair: Stuart Holmes
Pizzas: Little Britaly
Ice Cream Van: TreatsUK
Rentals: Bisley Leisure Hire
Wednesday, March 29, 2017
Image © Eclection Photography
Is it your turn to walk down the aisle, and not only wow your guests, but your husband to-be? There are a brand-new array of emerging wedding trends, including wedding hairstyles, for 2017. Bespoke wedding headpiece design house, Rosie Willett Designs, shares the very best 2017 wedding hair trends to help make your hairstyle and accessories decision easier.
Boho-inspired weddings have been popular for many years now, and 2017 seems to be no exception. And why should it? The opportunity to wear a crown (albeit one made out of flowers) is irresistible and, of course, mega-stylish!
Your wedding is an opportunity to be a princess for the day, and floral hair vines are the perfect accessory for a princess. Think pearls and crystals with soft waves, and don’t be scared to give your hair some added volume to make it bounce.
Braid It Up
If you have decided on a pin-up for your wedding day then it should definitely include a braid or two. While braids are simple to do, they add a healthy dose of drama to your effortlessly stylish look. They are perfect for achieving a day to night look.
Try adding a tiara or headband to add some extra glamour. You could even entwine a hair vine into the braids, adding subtle sparkle to your updo hairstyle.
For those of you who have chosen a heavily embellished or embroidered wedding dress, you might want to finish off your look with a simple hairstyle. Leave the wowing to your dress and pair it up with a simple twist or a flowing style.
Style with simple hair accessories such as wedding hair combs, which add a little sparkle that won’t distract your guests away from your dress.
Although I have picked just three of 2017’s wedding hair trends, but there are so many possibilities within each one. I’ve whittled down the trends for you; now it’s over to you to choose your dream bridal hairstyle.
Sponsored post by Rosie of Rosie Willett Designs
Tuesday, March 28, 2017
Image © Squashed Apple
Freedom have been in the business of organising fabulous hen parties for over 20 years. Mike, the MD of Freedom since 1996, has identified various hen party options that have taken their inspiration from TV shows…
We’re a nation of TV lovers – fact! We knew it was possible to take a TOWIE tour; actually it’s on our ‘to do’ list. But it got us thinking about the other TV inspired hen parties available.
TOWIE – Essex and Marbella (Marbs)
Let’s start with TOWIE as we’ve already mentioned it, and Essex is home to Freedom. Essex has jumped up the popular UK Hen Weekend Locations leader board, and we believe that’s thanks to the blinged-up, bejazzled cast of this addictive TV show. Shop, drink and of course party where the TOWIE cast do… cameras ready.
No carbs before Marbs has become a mantra now for any hens considering taking their hen weekend abroad. Join the jet set for a hen weekend of champagne spraying beach parties, catamaran booze cruises and clubbing til dawn.
Made in Chelsea – London
London just cemented its top spot by luring in the TV lovers with the chance of a Made in Chelsea hen party tour.
Fans of the show cannot resist an opportunity to see up-close the chic and exclusive world of the Chelsea, Prada bag carrying, Jimmy Choo shoe wearing, high society; to see where they hang out, dine and drink and follow in the footsteps of the rich, famous and elite residents of SW3.
Geordie Shore – Newcastle
Now we’re not for one moment suggesting that all our Newcastle hen weekends copy the antics of the cast from this outrageous reality TV show. However, what the show does relay is that Newcastle can party, and does party, every day of the week.
Howay the lasses, it’s a reet party toon. From the 2-4-1 drinks down the Bigg Market to the sophisticated cocktail bars and restaurants of the Quayside, it’s diversity that Newcastle has in abundance.
Great British Bake Off – Pizza Making and Chocolate Workshop
Ah, Mary Berry, the nation’s favourite granny. GBBO is what makes Wednesday nights for most of us; I wonder what night channel 4 will air it?
We’re a nation of food lovers – foodies that’s us. So, it’s no surprise that your hen party activities could reflect that, and Pizza Making (hmmm not quite the Show Stopper) and a Chocolate Workshop (should qualify as the Technical Bake) are proving popular hen party choices.
Ninja Warrior – Bournemouth Goofy Games
Now you hens may not be sporting abs of steel, guns of iron or quads of titanium; let’s face it, most of us don’t. However, that doesn’t prevent you from competing in sort of, kinda like, nearly there, Ninja Warrior challenges.
Hen Party Goofy Games is a classic ‘does what it says on the tin’ activity. You play competitive games that are totally goofy.
It’s a Knockout – 70’s Game Show Classic
A golden oldie. Most hens won’t remember TV presenter Stuart Hall repeatedly getting the giggles as he tried to commentate on the hilarious games that the contestants had to compete in.
Now you can try it for yourself, wearing some of the original huge costumes and battling your way over inflatables as part of our Nottingham hen weekend activities.
But where to next? Hope it’s not The Hunger Games! Motorised mayhen Top Gear style would be fun, with Off Road Buggies, Quad Bikes and Blindfold 4×4.
Sponsored post by Freedom
Monday, March 27, 2017
Image © Nisha Haq Photography
Wedding food has changed so much over the last few years. Of course, the traditional wedding breakfast will always play a big part, but if you are having a more relaxed wedding and are not going for the traditional sit down meal, then there are plenty of amazing ideas for really cool food to wow your wedding guests. Today we have some amazing inspirational ideas for a different type of wedding catering. We are not talking about hog roasts, barbecues or buffets, oh no… something much more delightful. We are talking about the incredible wedding grazing station.
Grazing stations are a fairly new concept for UK weddings but are already a really hot trend. Rather than having a sit down meal and food served directly to your guests, the grazing station is all about your guests helping themselves to delectable treats. This is a great way to cater for guests if you are looking to create a wonderful relaxed wedding.
The amazingly talented team behind this wedding grazing station inspiration shoot not only created the most delicious looking treats, but each ‘station’ is styled too. They feature sweet treats including individual desserts, a cool ice cream bar, the most splendid doughnut wall, and a fabulous savoury table with cheeses, breads and canapés.
The styling of each station is so pretty (just look at the flowers) and is very fitting with each type of food. Having a grazing station (or even stations) that offers yummy treats and is beautifully created will not only wow your guests but will be a real visual centrepiece too.
Just how darn cool are these wedding grazing station ideas…
“I originally approached Kalm Kitchen at the beginning of last year to ask if they fancied collaborating. Jen (the creative director from Kalm Kitchen) and I are totally on the same wavelength. We get all giddy when we get together to discuss creative ideas involving flowers and food. It’s our guilty pleasure!
“Marianne’s photography is just gorgeous and so creative, so we wanted her to capture the grazing stations in all their glory.
“The plan was to create four different wedding grazing station themes to reflect the different seasons. We wanted to experiment with colours, textures and new designs (from the flowers, food and photography perspective), creating new inspiration for potential clients.”
“I love texture and organic natural surroundings, so that’s where the spring/summer tree idea came from. I wanted to create something big and ‘wow’ in the middle of the table; a real focal statement point! The spring flowers growing up from the table creates a natural, magical talking point amongst guests, and complemented the delicate and colourful desserts by Kalm Kitchen.”
Ice Cream Bar
“The ice cream bar and doughnut wall station were Kalm Kitchen’s idea, I just gave my opinion on colours and texture. I thought it would be nice to keep the scientific, clinical look of the ice cream bar by using just clean glass and white flowers.”
“To me doughnuts scream colour and ‘hundreds and thousands’ sprinkles. I thought it would be fun to use really blowsy, soft flowers with pops or bright colour to create impact.”
“The final table was all about autumnal, raw, earthy organic textures (much like the style of food). The inspiration came from the forest floor, including pieces of bark and twigs, pine cones, feathers, and autumnal colours. Brass candlesticks created a slightly more glamorous feel, as well as adding warmth to the colour palette.”
Images © Marianne Taylor Photography
Food: Kalm Kitchen