Morning all! How was your weekend?? I hope it was positively festive? I will be uploading a recipe for candy cane marshmallows today or tomorrow (there’s a pic on my insta at the mo). Tree is up, house is fully decorated. Still have presents to buy, will be uploading a little gift guide this week too.
Anywho, on to Ashleigh and Richard’s amazing wedding! There’s cats, unicorns, gorgeous florals and tweed. I mean, I am in heaven.
I found the dress that I wanted on pinterest and emailed quite a few bridal shops to ask if they knew who it was made by, nobody had ever seen it before so I decided to get it made by a local bespoke dress maker called Jess who owns She Shea.
My shoes were Vivienne Westwood Melissa
Bride’s hair accessories/veil – My headpiece was made by Rocks for Frocks, which makes bespoke headpieces, and my veil was my nan’s from her wedding in the ’50s.
My hair was done by Jess from Saints Hairdressing (Aigburth Road, Liverpool) and my make up was done by Phoenix Mount.
Chanel Mademoiselle, this was a wedding day gift from Rich.
Watch was a wedding day gift from myself, also from Asos and his cufflinks were a gift from his mum. Rich had a waistcoat to make him stand out from groomsmen
Groomsmen’s outfits/accessories: Groomsmen’s suits were also from Topman and shoes Asos. Cufflinks were a wedding day gift from us which we ordered from Etsy
I wanted a pastel and glitter gold colour scheme so they each had gold glittery shoes and a different colour dress for each. All dresses were from Asos, shoes were New Look and floral hairband Topshop.
My favourite moment was after the ceremony, walking through the gardens to get drinks and a chance to say hello to all the guests. We had ‘Me and You’ playing by Barry Louis Polisar, the sun was shining and everyone was really happy!
My mother in law made bridesmaid’s bouquets and button holes and she and her sister did the book floral fillers. I planted potted plants into the teapots for the table decorations. I bought the flowers for the bouquets from a local flower market and the flowers for the books were from supermarkets.
My bouquet was made by Annetta (a florist in Woolton Village, Liverpool)
We had a few quirky songs playing whilst having drinks at ness gardens so we decided to make CDs with important songs from the wedding. We got a batch of blank CDs and bought all the music from iTunes and got the cd sleeves printed from the same printers we got to do the table names. It ended up being about £40 for about 100 favours!
The theme was mainly pastel and gold. We had a chalkboard sign which Rich painted which was the ‘rules of the dance floor’. My bridesmaids and I made a flower curtain which went behind the top table. My mum and Rich’s auntie made ALOT of bunting! Our table names were years from the year we were born up until the year we met. Each one had a photograph of us from that year. The top table was 2008 and one picture of us together.A graphic designer friend put them together for us and we had them printed at a local printers. I didn’t have a specific colour that I stuck with though.
I made the wedding cake myself, I have a celebration cake business called Belle Bakery. Various family members each made a cake to put on cake stands and we had gold glittered doughnuts on a afternoon tea stand as well
Our invitations were designed by Arbee Cards. They had a bride and groom which I drew on the front and she did a floral border with ‘this is what happily every after looks like’ on a banner.
At Ness Gardens, we paid a corkage fee to provide ginger beer or cloudy lemonade, we took about 8 bottles the day before along with 100 jam jars that we had been saving all year and I put gold glittery ribbons around each jar and bought paper flowery straws which I got from Ebay.
Our wedding was a late ceremony at 4pm so guests didn’t eat until 6.30, we didn’t put on a evening buffet as daytime guests had already eaten quite late and evening guests didn’t arrive until 8pm, so the cake table was there for people to nibble on in the evening.
Dj was Best Entertainment. Rich’s cousin Dan did a 35-minute acoustic set after the meal before the dj started, while all our evening guests were arriving. He wrote a song for us as a surprise and played it as his last song of the set.
We had a couple of days on a mini moon to the lake district – and did a couple of little day trips. We went on a horse ride around windermere and went to the zoo!
Don’t obsess over the small things. If something isn’t going to plan, only you know it was a plan so the guests won’t miss it!
Where did you find your inspiration? I was obsessed with pinterest, wedding blogs and instagram. I didn’t want a traditional wedding with standard decorations that people expect and pinterest is really good for quirky, creative ideas.