This afternoon we are back with our regular feature ‘Advice from the Married Side,‘ real life wedding planning...
I have a wonderful wedding today courtesy of the amazing Claire Penn Photography. Claire is a regular to the Blog and I always love featuring her work. This wedding is full of pretty details and if you are a lover of pink, then this one is for you! Claire has captured the day perfectly and has created some gorgeous autumn low light portrait shots which are to die for!
The lovely couple are Nathalie and Dan who were married on 13th October 2012 at the Doubletree by Hilton in Chester. ‘We wanted something that had a neutral colour scheme so that we could do it up how we wanted. We went round loads of venues and lots had dark carpets or something else we didn’t quite like. We were also after something a bit different. The Doubletree has a fantastic converted barn, but the hotel itself is really modern. Once we saw the venue we knew we wanted it straight away. It’s absolutely gorgeous and the wedding coordinators couldn’t do enough for us. We had 60 guests and it took 8 months to plan, it went so quickly!’
How they met
We met as students at Lancaster University. Dan was in the year below and we met during his Fresher’s week, but didn’t start dating till the following year. We got married on our 6 year anniversary.
Dan drove us to the Lake District where we stayed at the gorgeous Windermere Suites in the Patterdale room. He made me wait in the car while he took some stuff up to the room (I wasn’t allowed to look). When I got to the room, there were rose petals on the bed, champagne on ice, fairy lights, lots of wrapped presents and an M&S buffet laid out! I’d just got into the room and hadn’t even taken my coat off when I turned round and Dan was on one knee. He was so nervous asking me, but absolutely adorable! We both agree that his words were beautiful… but neither of us can remember what was said. We were just so excited.
Why did you choose your photographer?
We knew we didn’t want a formal photographer, so we ruled that kind of thing out straight away. We started researching reportage style wedding photographers with a vintage feel. We came across Claire online and spent hours looking through all her gorgeous photos on the website. We loved how she captured the little moments beautifully, and all the attention to detail. Claire is easy going and really personable and we knew straight away that we’d get on with her. I think that’s something you really need to look for – a photographer that you feel comfortable around and who puts you at ease. We’re so happy that we chose Claire. She did a fab job and we have fantastic photos to prove it!
Dress – Art Couture. Shoes – Gillian by Kurt Geiger which were a pressie from Dan. Side tiara – Arianna. Earrings – Glitzy Secrets. Bracelet – Next
The suit and bridesmaids
Suits by Next. Bridesmaids by Fever London
Theme or colour scheme
Muted pinks and nudes
Bouquets of Sweet avalanche roses, memory lane roses, ivory avalanche roses, and ivory spray roses and sprigs of white hydrangea. Collections of pearl beads treaded on wires coming through the bouquet. Buttonholes if Single memory lane rose with smaller ivory spray roses on the side and delicate foliage at the back. Reception flowers, Sweet avalanche roses, memory lane roses, ivory avalanche roses, and ivory spray roses, white bouvardia, pink lissianthus and sprigs of white hydrangea.
Tealights, hurricane vases, flower boxes, birdcages, rococo frames, signs. We particularly loved our wedding stationery. I found a greetings card made by Whimsical Wishes online, made in dusky pink with cameo detail. I asked Katrina if she could design menus and bits for our table plan in the same design and what she came up with was gorgeous.
We were very proud of ourselves for making the table plan ourselves. We’d seen some online that we liked, but really loved the one we put together.
The table numbers were also a simple idea. We just printed off numbers and put them in cheap but pretty frames.
Canapés: Lobster and prawn tart with pink pepper corns and saffron. Carpaccio of beef with horseradish, rocket and cracked pepper. Olive and blush tomato bruschetta with mozzarella and basil
Starter: Goats cheese and blush tomato tart with rocket
Main: Rump of lamb with fondant potato, baby vine tomatoes black olive jus
Dessert: Sticky toffee pudding, cream
Evening reception: Fish and chip cones, Candy buffet, Ice cream cart
Oona Linnett – harpist during the ceremony . Kyle Harris wedding singer and disco. Photobooth
It felt amazing to walk into the wedding breakfast announced as Mr and Mrs Burwell. All the planning had paid off and there we were – husband and wife.
Make sure you enjoy it. At the end of the day, it only matters that you love it. And most of all – stop asking other people for advice! It makes you worry about everything and what other people will think. Screw everyone else!
Dan surprised me by hiring a vintage ice cream cart for the evening reception. It was so sweet and pink! He’d asked for one of my favourite flavours – Turkish delight.
By far, the biggest surprise is that everything turned out okay! We were so convinced that something would go wrong or not be quite right, but it really was perfect.