White Gallery 2018 – Floral Details, Lace and Sophisticated Lines

White Gallery 2018 – Floral Details, Lace and Sophisticated Lines

I recently travelled down to London to visit the bridal expo White Gallery,to get a sneak peek of the upcoming bridal trends.

White Gallery is a huge international bridal wear industry trade event, it showcases the upcoming collections of some of the best UK and international bridal designers. Bridal boutiques from all over the UK and Europe attend the event in order to choose which designers to stock in boutique and to choose the dresses. For the first year the event was held at the huge exhibition venue ExCel London.

I was joined on the day by talented and ever so lovely Danielle Smith Photography. Danielle is a creative documentary wedding photographer who covers the whole of the UK and abroad. She loves to capture the real moments of a wedding day-telling stories of love. Simple, beautiful, authentic stories. Her images at White Gallery show her gorgeous fine art style.

Here are some of what I think were the very best bits of White Gallery this year. Huge thanks again to Danielle of Danielle Smith Photography for these beautiful images;

NAOMI NEOH
Naomi Neoh White Gallery 2018

Naomi Neoh is known for her beautifully romantic, flowing silk gowns with delicate detailing and clasically elegant line and the 2018 collection did not disappoint. Perfect for the bride looking for something whimsical and fine art.

“For 2018 The Celestial Collection is inspired by the wilderness of the heavens, the natural beauty of the sky, and the freedom of the universe beyond the Earth’s atmosphere.”

Naomi Neoh White Gallery 2018
Naomi Neoh White Gallery 2018
Naomi Neoh White Gallery 2018
Naomi Neoh White Gallery 2018
Naomi Neoh White Gallery 2018
ZETTERBERG COUTURE
Zetterberg Couture

I first came across Zetterberg Couture at White Gallery last year and shortly afterwards we previewed on Adored Bride their beautiful jewellery range Lily and Rose.

Again this year Swedish designer Therese Zetterberg of Zetterberg Couture was showcasing an utterly gorgeous collection of French lace, embroidered and embellished details, stunning eclectic textiles and soft tailored lines.  I am a huge fan of this collection.

Zetterberg Couture
Zetterberg Couture
Zetterberg Couture
Zetterberg Couture
DAVID FIELDEN SPOSA
Savannah Miller at White GALLERY 2017

David Fielden ‘s White Gallery stand was beautiful. A hugely diverse collection of modern fabrics and embellishments with delicate lines and tailored cuts. If you were after something a little different, you would do well to look at these fashion forward styles.

David Fielden Sposa White Gallery 2018
David Fielden Sposa White Gallery 2018
David Fielden Sposa White Gallery 2018
CHARLIE BREAR

It was so lovely to stop and chat with Charlie of Charlie Brear, we spoke about dresses and the bridal industry of course but also a little about our children (like me, she’s also a mum to multiplies who also happen to have Christmas time birthdays, the pain is real folks!) Anyway I digress, but what a lovely woman she is and her dresses are incredible, gorgeously made, versatile and stunningly beautiful. All brides to be should be checking out this epic collection. I particularly loved the concept of Day for Night, where the designs can be changed up for different looks for the day.

Charlie Brear at White Gallery 2018
RUTH MILLIAM COUTURE
Ruth Milliam Couture at White Gallery 2018

I think this delicate grey blue chiffon, tulle and pretty flower gown by Ruth Milliam was possibly my favourite at this years White Gallery. Unbeliveably feminine, alluring and the layers are just to die for.  Breathtaking.

Ruth Milliam Couture at White Gallery 2018
Ruth Milliam Couture at White Gallery 2018
Ruth Milliam Couture at White Gallery 2018

See more at www.ruthmilliam.com/

BOWEN DRYDEN

 

Bowen Dryden at White Gallery 2018

Sharon Bowen Dryden is renowned for designing distinctive, innovative bridal collections as well as creating bespoke bridal gowns for individual clients. Coming through in her collections is the delicate floral embellishments and cutout lace detailing, beautiful lines and exquisite fabrics.

 

Bowen Dryden at White Gallery 2018

See more at www.bowendryden.co.uk

KATYA KATYA SHEHURINA
KATYA KATYA SHEHURINA at White Gallery 2018

The Katya Katya Shehurina collection was as always just full of delicate beautiful dresses. The dresses are made with the finest of materials, modern and vintage inspired French laces, Italian Silks and handmade embellished detailing, all made under the watchful eye of designer Katya Shehurina in her Riga studio in Latvia

KATYA KATYA SHEHURINA at White Gallery 2018
KATYA KATYA SHEHURINA at White Gallery 2018

See more at www.shehurina.com

HAZAAR LONDON
Hazaar White Gallery 2018

I loved the collection on show at Hazaar, really playful, girly and different with separates and so much choice for brides to change up their look on the day.

Hazaar White Gallery 2018
SAVIN LONDON

 

Savin London at White Closet 2018

Savin London showcased their latest collection at White Gallery and this was just one of the showstopping dresses, the detailing is amazing and the train just went on forever! Savin pride themselves on being;

A quintessentially British luxury bridal label, Savin London perfectly blends timeless elegance, craftsmanship and exquisite design that reflect the desires of modern brides.

 

Savin London at White Closet 2018

See more at www.savinlondon.com

RACHEL SIMPSON
Rachel Simpson at White Gallery 2018

Oh how I love these shoes, Rachel Simpson creates the most beautiful designs and I’ve featured them in many real weddings on Adored Bride. Renowned for their comfort as well as beauty, Rachel Simpson shoes are a popular choice with brides and its no surprise. I always have a soft spot for the classic mimosa design, but there are so many to choose from.

Rachel Simpson at White Gallery 2018
THEIA
THEIA at White Gallery

Theia just exudes that cool New York City vibe, very cool and edgy, gorgeous silhouettes and sophisticated lines. Beautifully detailed and made with care. If you enjoyed these, take a look at this shoot featured on Adored Bride with Theia gowns.

THEIA at White Gallery
THEIA at White Gallery

See more at www.theiacouture.com

HARRIET WILDE
Harriert WIlde at White Gallery 2018

Danielle and I lurked around the Harriet Wilde stand (both big fans of pretty shoes!), looking for a moment to have a chat and take some images. Easier said than done as the team were unsurprisingly very busy with clients, but we hovered about and eventually were rewarded with these glimpses.

We spoke with lovely shoe designer Ruth Shaw of Harriet Wilde who named the brand after her great grandmother. Ruth is celebrating 10 years of Harriet Wilde in 2018, a business that has thrived on the personal approach that runs through the company. Her designs are stunning and very distinctively Harriet Wilde, and are the simply perfect finishing touch.

Harriert WIlde at White Gallery 2018
Harriert WIlde at White Gallery 2018
Harriert WIlde at White Gallery 2018
Harriert WIlde at White Gallery 2018
ELIZA JANE HOWELL
Eliza Jane Howell at White Gallery 2018

The Eliza Jane Howell dresses are unique, distinctive and quite unlike anything else. Designer Gill Harvey named Eliza Jane Howell after her grandmother, who was also a fashion designer. Eliza Jane Howell’s gown are simply works of art, totally scene stealing, intricate and breathtaking, the beading, the fabrics, the feathers they way they drape, utterly beautiful.

Eliza Jane Howell at White Gallery 2018
Eliza Jane Howell at White Gallery 2018
Eliza Jane Howell at White Gallery 2018
Eliza Jane Howell at White Gallery 2018
Eliza Jane Howell at White Gallery 2018
CHARLOTTE MILLS
Charlotte Mills at White Gallery 2018

The things I love most (where to start!) about Charlotte Mills shoes is that they are fun, fashion forward and beautiful quality. Perfect if you are looking for shoes that make a statement and you got to love a bit of sparkle, right?

Charlotte Mills at White Gallery 2018
ANNY LIN
Anny Lin Bridal at White Gallery 2018
Anny Lin’s stand was full of beautiful romantic and pretty styles. Anny is the second generation of designer in her family and has a growing following. Inspired by the tradition, her styles weaves together modern and classic designs.
Anny Lin Bridal at White Gallery 2018
Anny Lin Bridal at White Gallery 2018
CYMBELINE
Cymbeline at White Gallery 2018

Cymbeline, the well known French Bridal house has been creating stunning, romantic and elegant dresses for 40 years and have some of the most beautiful gowns. They are a real mix of traditional styling with a little twist. Using exquisite french laces, tulle, silks and embroidered details.

Cymbeline at White Gallery 2018
Cymbeline at White Gallery 2018

See more at www.cymbeline.com

OLVI’S
Alan Hannah at White Gallery

Olvi’s showcased their white loft collection at White Gallery this year and this pretty low back eyelash lace number with pretty embellished floral details was my favourite of theirs;

All our designs breath a sense of modern antiquity with elegant fabrics such as chiffon, silk, tulle and Venetian lace: laser-cut, beaded and with a variety of trim designs.

Alan Hannah at White Gallery

See more  at  https://olvis-lace.com/

Such a brilliant day at White Gallery, I cannot wait now to see these gorgeous dresses in some real weddings. Thanks again to Danielle Smith Photography  for these beautiful images and for her lovely company on the day,

with love

| Photography – Danielle Smith Photography | Event – White Gallery 2018 | Venue – ExCel London, London |

Cool Industrial Sheffield Wedding by Alexandra Cavaye Photography

Cool Industrial Sheffield Wedding by Alexandra Cavaye Photography

When I first saw these images of Scott and Karolina’s beautiful Sheffield Wedding captured by Alexandra Cavaye Photography, I knew I just had to feature it on Adored Bride. Scott and Karolina were married on September 2nd 2017 after getting engaged in the Dolomite Mountains of Italy. They chose a relaxed day surrounded with friends and family and some pretty cool little kids. (particularly love the little girl rocking the Dame Edna glasses and the little boy offering his lolly to the barstaff!)

I am a huge fan of city weddings, the urban environment offers some brilliant settings for photography and there are some pretty cool and edgy venues and suppliers in Sheffield at the moment. Scott and Karolina chose a relaxed vibe to their Sheffield wedding day, traveling to their ceremony together, walking up the aisle together and generally looking pretty amazing throughout.

They were married at Sheffield Town Hall which is an unbelievable building, so historic and grand with celebrations continuing at The Holt Cafe and Ottos Restaurant. Karolina looked stunning in a dress by Ghost, something about it has a slight seventies feel to me, it suited her perfectly. Beautiful flowing dress with cute lace detailing. Scott looked similarly dapper in his suit from Saville Row. Karolina’s hair and make up, a very beautiful and natural look were created by  Capelli Hair Salon and Sarah Gray MUA The Make Up Studio. With stunning flowers by Moss and Clover.

I really do love Alexandra Cavaye’s photography, it has an authentic and slightly raw quality to it that just exudes natural flair and conveys the moments of the day and the framing of the images is just perfect. I cannot get enough if the amazing images with the street scene backdrops. You absolutely should check out more of Alex’s work after you have enjoyed this gorgeous Sheffield Wedding;|

Congratulations to Karolina and Scott thank you for sharing your day with us and big thanks also to Alexandra Cavaye for these gorgeous images,

with love

Photographer –  Alexandra Cavaye Photography | Venue – The Holt Cafe and Ottos Restaurant | Bridal Designer – Ghost Fashion | Hair – Capelli Hair Salon | Make Up – Sarah Gray MUA The Make Up Studio | Groom’s Suit – Saville Row | Cake – Steel City Cakes | Floristry – Moss and Clover | Entertainment – Andy Schmidt |

 

 

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Sophisticated Italian Wedding Inspiration in Cape Town Diner

Sophisticated Italian Wedding Inspiration in Cape Town Diner

Today’s beautiful images brings a little Italian passion to the blog, a sophisticated styled inspiration shoot captured in an stunning diner in Cape Town, South Africa.

Photographer Susan du Toit brought the vision to life. Her appreciation and love of capturing emotion delivered a shoot that resonates with our inner craving for passion, love and all the good things in life! This is a shoot that couples can easily re-create and put her own stamp on.

I love the elegance of this shoot and the simple good things in life it represents. Let me hand you over to Susan to tell you more;

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Italian wedding inspiration
Italian wedding inspiration
Italian wedding inspiration
Italian wedding inspiration
The Location

Italian influences in culture are synonymous with passion, fashion, style, great food & romance. Our stunning venue Tiger’s Milk created a perfect backdrop for this passionate shoot with an Italian influence. It is all about giving into the things that inspires your love and makes you feel happy and alive.

Italian wedding inspiration
Italian wedding inspiration
Italian wedding inspiration
Italian wedding inspiration
Italian Inspiration

The only thing more seductive than fresh Italian pasta and having gelato for lunch, would be a romantic white dress, a handsome groom and a bit of Italian romance.

The shoot was inspired by a favourite quote;

“They say a good love is one that sits you down, gives you a drink of water, and pats you on top of the head. But I say a good love is one that casts you into the wind, sets you ablaze, makes you burn through the skies and ignite the night like a phoenix; the kind that cuts you loose like a wildfire and you can’t stop running simply because you keep on burning everything that you touch! I say that’s a good love; one that burns and flies, and you run with it!” – C. Joy Bell.

Italian wedding inspiration
Italian wedding inspiration
Italian wedding inspiration
Italian wedding inspiration
Italian wedding inspiration
The Flowers

What is love without ‘un mazzolino di fiori’ – A bouquet of flowers? Keeping with the relaxed yet passionate Italian style, Wedding and Event Collection took inspiration from their direct surroundings – the garden. “Using cherry plum and wild olive branches as a base we created a messy – “I just threw this together” – bouquet.”

Fluffy pink peonies, pink garden roses, orange tulips and purple snapdragons were also incorporated. For the brides’ hair, a Succession Leucospermum and her shoes decorated with Eryngium & Kalanchoe.

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Italian wedding inspiration
Italian wedding inspiration
Italian wedding inspiration
Italian wedding inspiration
Italian wedding inspiration
The Dress

Bride Listelle wore an incredibly sexy backless custom design dress by Lubellos Bridal, next to Kurt’s Italian tailored blue suit, they were the perfect pairing.

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Italian wedding inspiration
Italian wedding inspiration
Italian wedding inspiration
Italian wedding inspiration
Italian wedding inspiration
Hair and Make-Up

Listelle’s subtle but sexy Italian style was created by Minette Bridal Make Up with hair by Studio S Hair Styling.

Italian wedding inspiration
Italian wedding inspiration
Italian wedding inspiration
Italian wedding inspiration
The Decor

A great shoot usually comprises of variety, so various bright and soft colours were paired, light blues and natural greens and browns with fiery orange, pink and purple. Keeping the focus on the couple the shoot deems to inspire romance and connection, with the subtle decor of the surrounding allowing this to shine through.

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Italian wedding inspiration
Italian wedding inspiration
Italian wedding inspiration
Italian wedding inspiration

Thank you so much to Susan Du Toit Photography and this wonderful team of creatives for sharing these stunning images with us today. I am inspired and dreaming of Italian romance, as well as a bit of antipasti and a glass of Limoncello for lunch!

with love

Photography – Susan Du Toit | Venue – Tiger’s Milk | Dress – Lubellos Bridal | Flowers – Wedding and Event Collection | Makeup – Minette Bridal Makeup | Hair – Studio S Hairstyling | Models – Listelle Visser and Kurt Couto |

Beautifully Homespun and Rustic Wedding at Village Hall

Beautifully Homespun and Rustic Wedding at Village Hall

I’ve such a gorgeous wedding for you today, lovely Victoria and Jonathan had a beautiful church ceremony followed by a rustic wedding reception in the prettiest village hall in June last year. These gorgeous images by Rachel Joyce Photography show just how much total joy there was on the day. Victoria and Jonathan look so happy! Victoria is so pretty in her Enzoani gown, I adore the beaded overlay, total elegance.

Their families and friends were very involved in their rustic wedding day with lots of homespun details, it has created a truly authentic, genuine vibe. A heartwarming display of the love that surrounds them. The couple put a huge amount of thought into lovely details that have meaning to them. From the decor (test tube flower displays as the groom is a scientist), to the food that celebrates the brides heritage, the stationery that celebrates their different travels, places they have lived and their wedding bands from the two locations where their love grew.

Let me hand you to bride Victoria to tell you more;

THE LOVE STORY

We both met at Secondary school, where we were in the same social circle, but not really close friends. It was only until we went to separate colleges but kept bumping into each other at parties and get togethers that we realised that we both wanted to be more than friends! So at one party, with my hatred for banana shots and Jonathan’s lost contact lense, was the time for our love to blossom!!
What we thought was going to be a summer romance before University ended up being a ‘we’ll just see how things go’ and 10 years later we’re still doing that!!

vw camper van at rustic wedding
wedding bunting
THE PROPOSAL

With a quest to be eternal students, and a few career changes along the way, we felt finally settled in our London life. Jonathan therefore decided we needed to take the next step to cementing our lives together. So he set out on his hunt for the ring, keeping it all to himself apart from telling my Dad about his plans. One early Saturday Morning, underestimating the body clock of a nurse, he snook off to shave (knowing I would know something is up if he was shaving on a Saturday). He got down on one knee and popped the question along side a champagne breakfast and some hysterical surprise face times to close family letting them know. He had the day planned with a trip up the Shard for cocktails and celebrations followed by dinner at borough Market, and the rest is history!

VENUE

Perfect for a rustic wedding vibe the couple chose their village hall for the reception;

As we both grew up in the area we both knew we wanted to get married in Mellor church. However we really struggled to find a venue which was close and created a relaxed atmosphere which we could put our own touch on. When the village hall was suggested it just seems perfect as we could do pretty much anything we wanted and it was a short stroll down the hill from the church!

 

CEREMONY

My dad had great privilege in walking his only daughter down the aisle and to be there for me to step into the next chapter as a married lady.

WEDDING RINGS

Jonathan got a platinum band from the same shop he bought the engagement ring from in Hatton Gardens in London.
My wedding ring is a platinum band with baguette cut diamonds inset in a curved design to fit with my engagement ring. This was handmade by Christopher Evans at a jewelers in Poynton. It was really important for us to have a little piece of Manchester (where we met/got married) and London (where we live/got engaged).  We both got both of our rings engraved with the date of the wedding on the inside of the band.

rustic wedding
PHOTOGRAPHY – RACHEL JOYCE PHOTOGRAPHY

Where do we start! From the beginning Rachel put us both at ease and it felt like a friend was with us on the day! She has a true talent for capturing the day as it happens, without you even realising. We wanted a photographer who captured the emotion of the moments and the little things which you don’t even realise are happening on the day. Her personal touches and warm approach made us both feel really supported on the day and we are both so pleased with the photos.

RUSTIC WEDDING INSPIRATION

Planning the wedding in our local Church and choosing for more of a low key setting in the village hall, has meant we’ve been able to choose all the things we love as a couple. It’s been all hands on deck with the lead up to the wedding, with many a crafternoons! But what has made it so much fun, is spending time as a couple working out what is important to us! In the end we decided that once the ceremony is complete and we’re man and wife…the rest is just a big party!
We wanted to have a relaxed theme to the day which celebrated all the people and things we love. From a gin bar to climbing ladders to hand test tube chandeliers (Husband’s a scientist). We wanted it all to have a personal touch and comments from guests were that it was one of the most personal and happy weddings they’ve ever been to.

Overall: Relaxed, personal and a big celebration with all the people we love!

DRESS

I didn’t really know what kind of dress I wanted but I wasn’t a big fan of lace. The simplicity with the elegant beading sold it for me. I also really liked the fit of the dress and it felt like me.

SHOES

Victoria wore Dune shoes, Breann style which were nude suede high heels with beaded buckle detail.

ACCESSORIES

Victoria wore a floor length ivory veil made by The Wedding Dress Shop where she found her beautiful dress too;

I wore a preserved flowers head comb by Folkey Dokey in my hair, the designer lives locally to where I grew up and I just loved having flowers in my hair without the worry of them wilting.
My husband bought me some diamond earrings as my something new as I had my ears pierced for the wedding. My grandma’s wedding ring which my grandad had inscribed when they got married. As well as two broaches which I attached to my bouquet as my something old/blue (1 belonged to my great Auntie who no longer is with us and the second from my Grandma who was there on the day).

PERFUME

Victoria chose Jo Malone-Tudor Rose and Oud.
Myself and Jonathan went scent shopping as a treat before the wedding where we both helped choose each others perfume/cologne. I loved the floral notes of this scent which felt in keeping with the time of year. Now whenever I wear that perfume or Jonathan wears his it instantly takes us back to our day!

BRIDESMAIDS

The girls lovely grey shift dresses were the Shanie dress from Coast, with pretty shoes from Dune called Dolley, they were Jewel trim peep toe-nude colour shoes.

HAIR AND MAKE-UP

Victoria and her bridesmaids chose Amanda Jones Makeup and Hair for the morning of the big day;

I wanted to just look the best me without looking too ‘done up’. We went for a dewy natural look with the makeup. With the hair I knew I wanted it up to show off the beading of the dress and otherwise I would mess around with it! We went for a natural curly up do which was amazing, it lasted all day without any issues!
The bridesmaids went for similar but with plaits incorporated and sprigs of gypsophila in their hair.

GROOMS ATTIRE

Jonathan wore a Charles Tyrwhitt charcoal textured slim fit suit, with shoes from Russell and Bromley. His cufflinks, gold initial plates, were a Christening present from his Grandparents. His tie was DKNY and Victoria bought him a vintage gold bean for good luck to wear on his pocket watch as well as a Paul Smith pocket square. He wore a pocket watch, chain and sovereign which was his Grandpa’s.

BEST MEN
The Best man wore a suit from Marks and Spencer with a tie from DKNY.

TRANSPORT

My cousin’s VW camper van which him and his partner had decorated especially! My cousin Danny is like a brother to me (only child) and it was really special to have him my part of the morning celebrations and for him to drive me, my mum and dad to the church.

FLOWERS

The couple chose Jenni Fleur’s of Marple Bridge to create the florals for the day.

We chose wild, in season flowers which had lots of greenery and herbs mixed in with peonies. In the Church all the flowers were arranged by the Groom’s mum and the church helpers.

VENUE STYLING

We wanted an informal relaxed environment where we could have all the things we love in a place which is really special to us. It also meant we could make things to decorate the hall to make it personal to us. All the decorations were either made by us such as the ‘dingly dangley’s’ which we cut and threaded onto string to hang from the entrance ceiling as well as chandeliers for flowers to be displayed around the venue and from the ceiling in the hall.

The father of the bride made the signposts himself for outside the hall! As well as both fathers of the bride and groom making barrels of beer. Any aunties, and grandparents drying petals for confetti! It was a full family and friends hands on deck over the 6 months leading to the wedding.

RUSTIC WEDDING CAKE

The cake was a white chocolate and raspberry sponge, lemon and Victoria sponge cake. All covered with vanilla icing. it was created by ‘Icing on the Cake’ in Marple.

The mothers of the bride and groom also made and decorated a fruit cake together.

CATERING

The couple chose Travelling Gourmet-Caters for the wedding breakfast;

They did a great job at making delicious food. We’re both big cooks and wanted to incorporate our favorite things. My family are polish so it was important to have a nod to my heritage. We therefore did a mezze board which had a polish influence for starters/canapes. It was great to see people dig in and get involved rather than formal canapes. Followed by lamb shoulder with seasonal veg and salads and dips. We allocated carvers all around the tables which made for great entertainment! It was one of our highlights seeing all these little chef hats mixed in on the two big tables sharing food like family.

We did the alcohol ourselves and made a pimp my prosecco and pimp my gin bar which was very popular. We also had a Polish toast called stolat and a Yorkshire toast to have a nod to both mine and Jonathan’s roots.

STATIONERY AND FAVOURS

We all made the stationery by hand sewing and printing and stamping with a bottle of wine!
The table plan was a play on our names and living in London which we made and had printed of the order of the day being similar to a tube stop. We home made rhubarb and ginger gin and decanted into little bottles for everyone to have on the day!

HONEYMOON

I used to live in Barcelona so the day after the wedding we both jet off to stay in Barcelona for a week which was fab!
We then stayed in St Lucia Royalton Diamond Club for two weeks in November for the honeymoon. It was just magical!

FIRST DANCE

Elbow-One day like this. Although quite cheesy it holds a special place for us both and with Elbow being from Manchester it just felt right. We didn’t practice the first dance and it was just literally us in the moment with each other.  

FAVOURITE MOMENTS

The first dance was truly magical-at the end of the song all our guests we’re on the dancefloor in a big circle surrounding us in the middle. All the love, smiles and energy from them all was just magic!
We also had a little moment just the two of us with a bottle of champagne after the ceremony and meal where we went for some pictures with the photographer. Jonathan had hidden a bottle of champagne for us to enjoy and just taking a moment after the photos just the two of us was super special we were both just giddy with excitement!

ADVICE FOR OTHERS

Think about the things which mean the most to you as a couple. Just take your time and think about little things which will have a big impact with little stress. One of our favorite things was thinking about what we loved as a couple and how we could add this to the wedding! People around you, love helping so when help is offered, take it! Don’t sweat the small things just remember to enjoy the moment!

Thank you so much to Victoria and Jonanthan for sharing their lovely rustic wedding day with us and to Rachel Joyce Photography for these truly beautifully authentic images,

love

Photography – Rachel Joyce Photography | Venue – Mellor Village Hall | Bridal Designer – Enzoani | Bridal Boutique – The Wedding Dress Shop | Bride’s Flower Hair Comb – Folkey Dokey | Bridesmaids Dresses – Coast | Brides and Bridesmaids Shoes – Dune | Hair and MUA – Amanda Jones Makeup |Grooms Attire – Charles Tyrwhitt | Wedding Rings – Hatton Gardens and Christopher Evans | Flowers – Jenni Fleurs, Marple Bridge | Catering – Travelling Gourmet-Caters | Cake – Icing on the Cake, Marple | Lighting – Peter Lockwood-Lights |Entertainment – The The Mojomatics Band |

Rustic, Indie and Colourful Wedding in the Welsh April Sunshine

Rustic, Indie and Colourful Wedding in the Welsh April Sunshine

I adore this wedding, it is such a beautiful, bright and colourful wedding. Claire and Huw were married in Wales on the 8th April last year, happy First Anniversary you two for yesterday! I love the indie vibe to their day, the bold spring colours throughout and the music that played a big part in the celebrations.

These gorgeous colourful wedding images have been captured by very lovely Jess Yarwood Photography, she has a really fabulous natural story telling quality to her images. I love the way the day unfolds through the photographs from getting ready right through to the party at the end.

Also incredibly lovely is Huw’s proposal to Claire;

The Proposal

We met on a night out through friends. For our engagement Huw took me on a weekend to Edinburgh. He’d booked us a table at our favourite restaurant ‘The Kitchin’ by Tom Kitchin. All of the staff at the restaurant knew that Huw was going to propose!

Before going to Edinburgh Huw had created a photo album full of photographs of our years together. On the last page it said ‘will you marry me?’ Huw had sent the photo album to the restaurant in advance. The staff at The Kitchen brought the photo album out as if it was the dessert menu, I didn’t have a clue what was going on!!

I looked through the photo album, got to the last page and said ‘yes’. Huw had the ring in his jacket pocket! The staff at the restaurant were on hand to bring over champagne to celebrate!! We had a great weekend.

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Rustic, Colourful Wedding Inspiration

For the day itself we wanted a rustic, natural style. We really just wanted the day to be a fun and colourful wedding celebration!

The Dress

As soon I walked into Dolly Blue Bridal and met Adele I knew it was the place for me as it was such a relaxed and fun place . The shop is absolutely stunning and the dresses even more so.

I eventually decided on my dress due to my sisters reaction when I put it on. Although it was my favourite, as I wanted a plain dress with minimum sparkle, when she saw it she gasped and said ‘that’s the one!!’.

We opted for fresh flowers fairly last minute as hair accessories. So it was a surprise on the day what they would look like. I then found a bright blue pair of heels from Asos.

Bridesmaids

The Bridesmaids dresses were for Asos with gorgeous fresh flowers flowers in their hair.

Hair and Make-Up

Head Office Hair Studios did our hairstyles. We all wanted individual styles and Vicky created these perfectly. I like to think we were pretty easy going so we just let Vicky do her thing.

Made Up by Harriet Morris did our make up and Harriet was just fantastic. We wanted to look like ourselves but better and she achieved that perfectly.

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Photography

The couple chose talented photographer Jess Yarwood to capture their day, you must check out her work if you are looking for your own wedding photographer. Claire and Huw were so happy the chose Jess for their colourful wedding day as she captured it perfectly;

Jess came recommended to us and we liked her laid back, informal style of photographs.

Groom’s Attire

Huw looked really smart in his bespoke suit and colourful wedding tie that fitted the vibe of the day perfectly. His suit, shirt and Tie were all from Richard Smith Bespoke in Manchester. His shoes were from Barker Shoes.

Best Man’s Attire

The best man’s attire was from Pretty Green.

Wedding Ceremony and Venue

Claire walked down the aisle with her dad Paul. The couple had selected ‘It’s about time’ by Jamie Cullum for the service.

We were married at Minera Church. It is our local church in a beautiful setting. We the had our wedding breakfast and Evening Reception at Plas Isaf Country Barn and Gardens.

 

Wedding Rings

We wanted something simple and chose rings from Powells the Jewellers. Huw also bought my engagement ring from here. It is a vintage, diamond engagement ring.

Wedding Wheels

Claire and Huw had some awesome wheels for the day including their VW Camper and 2 Jaguar Mk2 cars as well.

Flowers

The gorgeous colourful wedding flowers were by Vivid Floral Design;

We wanted a rustic theme and basically asked the florist to create bouquets that looked as if it had just been picked up from a field.

The Cake

Our cake was from  NV Cakes . It wasn’t a traditional wedding cake. We had a naked cake with buttercream. The bottom tier was chocolate sponge with baileys buttercream. The middle tier was vanilla sponge and white chocolate buttercream and the top tier was chocolate orange sponge and orange buttercream. It was divine!!!

Stationery and Favours

We created the table plans ourselves in a crate full of herbs.

We also had favours. All guests had a miniature drink and mixer. They ranges from gin & tonic, Vodka, whiskey etc. All top table guests had their personal favourite drink. The children had a ‘goody bag’ to keep them entertained.

Entertainment

Music was a big part of Huw and Claire’s day and they had some fantastic entertainment for their guests; their friends band Blue Genes and the Snowdonia String Quartet in the day and at the church and then in the evening the amazing Marblehead Johnson, (A Bluetones reference..I LOVE the Bluetones) an indie covers band.

Honeymoon

Huw and Claire has a mini-moon to Edinburgh;

We then honeymooned in New York and Sorrento, Italy. It was amazing.

Favourite Moment

It was all fantastic! Our friends, Blue Genes wrote us a song to be performed in the church called ‘you make love look easy’. It was so thoughtful and personal and it’s not everyday someone writes a song just for you! The Best Men’s speech was great too!!

First Dance

Claire and Huw chose ‘Baby I’m Yours’ by the Arctic Monkeys as their first dance;

When we first heard it in 2006 we said that if we ever got married that would be our ‘first dance’.

Advice from the Couple

Relax! Don’t let it stress you out! Don’t aim for perfection as it doesn’t exist, just enjoy everything as it comes. Enjoy preparing your special day!

Congratulations to Claire and Huw and I hope your first anniversary celebrations this weekend were amazing. Thanks for sharing your beautiful welsh wedding day with us and every happiness for your future.

Massive thanks to wonderful Jess of Jess Yarwood Photography for these amazing images of the day too,

with love

Photographer – Jess Yarwood | Venue – Plas Isaf |  Bridal Boutique – Dolly Blue Bridal | Brides Shoes – ASOS | Bridesmaids Dresses – ASOS | Hair – Head Office Hair Studios | Make Up – Made Up by Harriet Morris | Groom’s Suit – Richard Smith Bespoke | Groom’s Shoes – Barkers Shoes | Groomsmen’s Suits – Pretty Green | Cake – NV Cakes | Flowers – Vivid Floral Design | Wedding Rings – Powells the Jewellers | Daytime Entertainment – Blue Genes Trio | String Quartet – Snowdonia String Quartet | Evening Entertainment – Marblehead Johnson | Transport – Classic Wedding Cars Cheshire and Grace Space Pace | Honeymoon – New York and Sorrento, Italy |

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