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Emily and Lee Packington Moor 69

It is hump day in the middle of what is supposed to be the most depressing week of the year. I must say that being surrounded by weddings, the happiest of days, means that I rarely feel blue. It is such a lovely position to be in, looking at peoples happy memories every day. Today is no different, and this wedding has been beautifully captured by the fantastic Matt Bowen. Matt always comes up with great group shots, something that can be quite a challenge for photographers. I am also 90% sure the groom, Lee, is actually Gerard Butler.

Photography by The Retreat Wedding Photography

Emily and Lee Packington Moor 01 Emily and Lee Packington Moor 02 Emily and Lee Packington Moor 03 Emily and Lee Packington Moor 04 Emily and Lee Packington Moor 05 Emily and Lee Packington Moor 06 The Venue

Packington Moor Farm, Lichfield

Emily and Lee Packington Moor 07 Emily and Lee Packington Moor 08 The BrideDress by Justin Alexander; shoes were a (comfortable) bargain from BHS

Bride accessories/veil: no veil, but I wore vintage jewellery. My “something old” was a cameo ring I inherited from my paternal grandmother; my “something borrowed” was a pear of opal & silver earrings from my maternal grandmother; and I also wore a silver brooch which I bought from an antique shop on my hen do, in Bath

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Groomsmen’s oufits: also hired from Christopher Scotney, Leicester

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Emily and Lee Packington Moor 26 Emily and Lee Packington Moor 27 Emily and Lee Packington Moor 28 Emily and Lee Packington Moor 29 Emily and Lee Packington Moor 30 The FlowersWild Orchid, Mansfield, Notts

Emily and Lee Packington Moor 31 Emily and Lee Packington Moor 32 Emily and Lee Packington Moor 33 Emily and Lee Packington Moor 34 Emily and Lee Packington Moor 35 Emily and Lee Packington Moor 36 The BridesmaidsThe dresses were from Monsoon, and they each bought their own nude shoes. The florist created the pretty hair pieces

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Emily and Lee Packington Moor 75 Emily and Lee Packington Moor 76 Emily and Lee Packington Moor 77 The StationeryLilylou & You. Fantastic service.

Emily and Lee Packington Moor 78 Emily and Lee Packington Moor 79 The DecorThe venue is so beautiful that we didn’t need much. I loved the exposed brickwork and beams, and the outside space. With accessories I suppose we stuck to a rustic theme, with quite soft colours throughout.

Emily and Lee Packington Moor 80 Emily and Lee Packington Moor 81 The FoodAll by Packington Moor and Galloping Gourmet, their catering team. Again, all was delicious and worth every penny. They take great pride in their service.

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Emily and Lee Packington Moor 92 The CakeA last minute order from Brucciani, a high street baker in Leicester. We ordered it 3 weeks before the wedding, and it turned out really well. Our original supplier had let us down (by ceasing all contact the month before..), even though we had met her at a wedding fayre and confirmed our choices.

Emily and Lee Packington Moor 93 Emily and Lee Packington Moor 94 Emily and Lee Packington Moor 95 The EntertainmentAcoustic Rascals, a band we found on the Live Network website. They were brilliant, got everyone dancing, and after their live set they performed a DJ set too.

Emily and Lee Packington Moor 96AdviceConfirm and pay for the things you care most about first, because things will creep up on you (including extra costs!). Luckily, the cake wasn’t a priority for me so I wasn’t particularly stressed when it fell through. And make sure you like and trust the team managing your venue – good service is so worth paying for to make your day feel perfect. I was completely in a bubble!

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