17

May

2021

James and Jemma’s Glitter Bar and Origami Laid Back Warwickshire Wedding by Kristian Leven Photography

Happy Monday everyone and happy 17th May! For those of you not in the UK you may not get why we are so excited about today, but today is the next stage of things opening back up here in England. I am so excited for all the things we can now do. We have restaurants booked to eat inside, playcentres booked, the cinema, swimming – I cannot wait!!! So many wonderful things to look forward to over the next few weeks! We are a very excited household! It also means that weddings are slowly but surely opening back up too, which is fabulous news! So let’s get cracking with today’s wedding and I am starting off the week in style with the gorgeous laid back wedding of Jemma and James. This wonderful couple planned a super personal day with lots of handmade projects, from the glitter bar, to the flowers to the 150 origami favours. What a wonderful relaxed day full of wonderful smiles and touching speeches. Big thanks to Kristian Leven for the lovely photos.

A fairy tale coming true marrying my best friend. A whirlwind of emotions which flew by in a blur of glitter, flowers and magic (literally and metaphorically!)

James and Jemma's Glitter Bar and Origami Laid Back Warwickshire Wedding by Kristian Leven Photography James and Jemma's Glitter Bar and Origami Laid Back Warwickshire Wedding by Kristian Leven Photography

Jemma and James were married on 11th August 2018 at Stoneleigh meadow, Stoneleigh, Warwickshire (directly behind James’ mum and dad’s garden!) ‘It was almost staring us in the face. After viewing a few commercial venues, we realised they didn’t really feel special enough and were quite prescriptive regarding food and drink choices. We knew we wanted the ceremony in Stoneleigh church and then it dawned on us that there was a stunning riverside location just next door. We managed to pull some strings and as far as we know we’re the only people to have had a wedding in the meadow! Due to our large families and lots of friends with children, it was ~150 in the end, but the great thing about the location and Tents4Elements was how flexible we could be. Harry was so helpful in working out the best configurations to fit everyone in, right up to the last minute.As soon as we had the location secured it was pretty full-on for the best part of a year to plan.’

James and Jemma's Glitter Bar and Origami Laid Back Warwickshire Wedding by Kristian Leven Photography James and Jemma's Glitter Bar and Origami Laid Back Warwickshire Wedding by Kristian Leven Photography

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14

May

2021

Madison and Ben’s Outdoor Bohemian Wedding in Florida by Paisley Sunshine Photography

Happy Friday everyone and how are you all? How has your week been? Mine has been sllllllloooow! Not sure why but I sure am glad it’s the weekend even if it is forecast for rain! I’m sure I speak for everyone else in the UK when I say that Monday can’t come soon enough! 17th May, when we can go in people’s houses again, eat indoors, go to playcentres, the cinema and other wonderful places that we have all missed SO MUCH!! So let’s all be thankful that life will start to look a bit more ‘normal!’ Anyway, on with the last wedding of the week and it’s the turn of Madison and Ben were married on 1st February 2020 in Lutz, Florida. This wedding is rather special as the groom is the photographer’s brother! How cute is that! The whole day is super personal and is filled with some super stylish details and decor. Big thanks to Paisley Sunshine Photography for sharing this glorious day with us.

Madison and Ben's Outdoor Bohemian Wedding in Florida by Paisley Sunshine Photography Madison and Ben's Outdoor Bohemian Wedding in Florida by Paisley Sunshine Photography Madison and Ben's Outdoor Bohemian Wedding in Florida by Paisley Sunshine Photography Madison and Ben's Outdoor Bohemian Wedding in Florida by Paisley Sunshine Photography

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13

May

2021

Advice From the Married Side – Real Brides Advice From Their Wedding Day

This afternoon we are back with our regular feature ‘Advice from the Married Side,‘ real life wedding planning advice from all the lovely brides and grooms I have featured on the blog.

I get to feature so many amazing real weddings here on the blog and with each wedding I ask the couple to share with us their wedding planning knowledge and experiences. This post is a super useful collection of wedding wisdom from those who have just got married, to help you on your own wedding planning journey. I hope there will be something amongst these experiences that help you. Happy Planning!

Advice From the Married Side – Real Brides Advice From Their Wedding Day

Photo by Ufniak Photography  – full wedding here

General Advice 

  • Do not wait for better times to get married, do not be overwhelmed by fears and anxieties by covid, if you know that your partner is the right one then “catch the moment” and get married!
  • To prepare a wedding is like getting a second job but all the effort is worth it.
  • I had two dresses, one to change into after the ceremony as my main dress was huge, and I was so glad of having something slinkier so I could dance properly with everyone.
  • Give someone your phone and ask them to take some pictures, it feels very weird when you wake up the next day and have no photos of the day on there
  • Always remember the reason you are getting married and the love you have for one another as, even if all your other plans have to change, that is one thing that won’t!
  • We wanted to make the most of having all our friends and family together, so the evening before the wedding we had our guests over to our accommodation for a barbecue. It was a brilliant way to enjoy some additional time with everybody in a more relaxed setting. There aren’t many opportunities to have your nearest and dearest all in the same place, so make the most of it if you can!
  • The only disappointment that I had at our wedding was that no one signed our wedding book. I even borrowed an instant print camera, got some photo props and had a specific table with our book asking people to take pictures and put them in the book with a comment. No one did it, literally no one. People did take pictures but hardly anyone left them for us. If it’s something important to you I would recommend you make signing the book part of the event such as sending it around after dinner. We left people to their own devices and it just didn’t work for us.
  • Make sure everyone has a drink and a full stomach as early as possible! Then do what you want to do and not what should be done at a wedding
Advice From the Married Side – Real Brides Advice From Their Wedding Day

Photo by Babb Photos – full wedding here

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13

May

2021

‘The Outdoors Meets Glitz and Glamour’ Tipi Wedding Inspiration

Happy Thursday everyone. I hope you are all doing well. Just one more day and it’s the weekend, thank goodness! It’s a busy day here on the blog, this afternoon I am sharing some wedding planning advice with you so keep an eye out for that. This morning it is all about outdoor tipi weddings and some amazing wedding inspiration in the form of this styled shoot. The shoot took place in October 2020 at Heathy Lea B&B in Bakewell, Derbyshire with Prestige Events UK Tipi. The purpose of the shoot was to show what could be done with a blank canvas, and the wonderful team decided to go for a Glitz and Glamour theme. It came complete with neon lighting, mobile bar, pizza, amazing flowers, macrame and some beautiful decor. Fly on the Wall Photography was there to capture the day and worked with an amazing team of suppliers to bring the whole shoot together.

A relaxed but elegant boho vibe filled with beautiful flowers and surrounded by countryside.  An outdoor brides dream.

'The Outdoors Meets Glitz and Glamour' Tipi Wedding Inspiration 'The Outdoors Meets Glitz and Glamour' Tipi Wedding Inspiration 'The Outdoors Meets Glitz and Glamour' Tipi Wedding Inspiration

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12

May

2021

Louise and Oliver’s Intimate Autumn Woodland Wedding in Leicestershire by Lucy Long

Covid has had a massive effect on everyone, the wedding industry in particular has taken a real beating. So many weddings have had to be cancelled or postponed, with so many being pushed back from last year to this year or next. However, in between the massive restrictions, the different Tiers and the number of rules and regulations, some people actually managed to get married and what gorgeous days they had. Louise and Oliver are one of those couples who were lucky enough to tie the knot last October. They may have had to cancel their band and most of their guests but they still had a brilliant day, made even more special by the intimate nature of the day. Big thanks to Lucy Long for the delightful photos.

A very intimate wedding with only close family members which was amazing. The perfect day which was worth the wait- just passed in such a blur!

Louise and Oliver's Intimate Autumn Woodland Wedding in Leicestershire by Lucy Long Louise and Oliver's Intimate Autumn Woodland Wedding in Leicestershire by Lucy Long

Louise and Oliver were married on 10th October 2020 at The Woodlands at Hothorpe Hall, Theddingworth  in Leicestershire. ‘Initially our wedding was due to go ahead in June and The Woodlands has the most stunning outside space. It was also the perfect size for the amount of guests we had originally invited before we had to reduce our numbers to 13 due to covid. It took almost 2 years to plan, with changes due to the pandemic. Having to rearrange suppliers for the new date and then having to cancel some of them.’

Louise and Oliver's Intimate Autumn Woodland Wedding in Leicestershire by Lucy Long Louise and Oliver's Intimate Autumn Woodland Wedding in Leicestershire by Lucy Long

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