a traditional ivory wedding in Nottinghamshire | uk wedding blog

facebook-profile-picture By Phoebe

Good morning!! I hope you have had a wonderful Christmas and are busy relaxing. If you are freshly engaged then congratulations! I hope we can be of some help whilst planning your day, your honeymoon and well, your life! If pretty ivory, a love of chocolate and and all things traditional floats your boat then this wedding is for you. Jade and Chris wanted a timeless, elegant wedding and they definitely achieved that. Ivory roses, delicate lace and smart groomsmen were the order for the day, which took place in Nottinghamshire.

photography | Martin Makowski

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SweetP Design Wedding Stationery (by Paula) – Paula did a fantastic job from our wedding invitations right through to our order of service, name places, menu cards, table numbers and table plan

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Bride’s hair: Bride’s sister Leila

Makeup: Ruby Red-Nails and Beauty

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Church wedding at: St Leonard’s Church Wollaton, Nottingham

Reception: The Old Vicarage Boutique Hotel in Southwell


The Old Vicarage is a beautiful and modern venue with a ‘Shabby Chic’ feel to it. The staff were amazing in ensuring everything was planned and ready for the big day and the food was absolutely spectacular! The venue was exclusively ours from the night before the wedding and it was the perfect size for the number of guests that we had.

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Martin Makowski Photography


We must had looked at over 10 photographers in the area, however as soon as we saw Martins work we knew he had to be the one to photograph our wedding and we were absolutely over the moon when we he confirmed he was available for our wedding. Chris and I love natural photography and Martin’s style as a documentary photographer was exactly what we were looking for. Martin is such a great guy and was a true asset to our day, capturing every special moment. We couldn’t have wished for a better photographer and such amazing photographs.

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Peter Posh


Navy Tails with navy ties for the groomsmen and an ivory tie for the groom. Brown shoes

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Bridal Suite-West Bridgford Nottingham


A beautiful classic ivory lace gown sitting off the shoulder with lace arms, buttons down the back of the dress and a train. As soon as a saw a picture of this dress I knew it was the one. This was the first dress I tried on and after trying several dresses, this confirmed my decision on the first dress.

Bride’s shoes: Rainbow Club


Ivory block heel shoe – extremely comfortable!

Bride’s hair accessories: Lottie Loves Vintage


My hairpiece was handmade by Lottie using  Swarovski Pearls & Crystals to match my earrings

veil: Lace Veil from the Bridal Suite

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Zinc Florist


At the church we had gypsophila tied to each pew end with a pretty pedestal consisting of hydrangeas. The bride’s bouquet was created with 3 different types of creams roses and gypsophila with gypsophila for the bridesmaids and groomsmen. At the venue we had gypsophila rings for each candelabra on the tables and little jars with roses and gypsophila along with the pedestal arrangement on a vase.

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The first time that Chris and I met was whilst working for Thorntons chocolates. Sitting through various meetings together (and me creating more work for Chris!) we felt that special spark and our relationship blossomed from there.

After two and a half wonderful years, Chris whisked me off for a surprise trip to Paris. Whilst roaming around and visiting all the main attractions, we found ourselves at the Trocadero Gardens. It was a really sunny day, around 25 degrees, and we decided to perch near a lovely little pond with the Eiffel Tower in the distant background. Unbeknown to me, Chris had secretly planned the perfect moment to ask the question…..and of course I said yes! We spent the rest of the afternoon sunbathing on the gardens with full view of the Eiffel Tower. The area was buzzing with people having picnics and champagne on the grass and in the background there was an acoustic guitar artist sat nearby singing ‘I’m Yours by Jason Mraz’. We both knew this had to be the song for our first dance!

Before we knew it we had found the perfect venue with 6 months to plan the big day!

We had always dreamed of a traditional and classic wedding. We were married at a beautiful church in our local parish and, after been scattered with confetti, we then travelled over to Southwell in a stunning white Bentley S1 sipping champagne. My ivory wedding dress was a traditional lace style sitting slightly off the shoulder with lace arms and a classic train. We opted for neutral flowers, such as gypsophila and cream roses, and introduced navy for the bridesmaid dresses, gents’ tails and splashes of navy throughout the venue. After a beautiful church service, fantastic wedding breakfast and the traditional nerve-racking speeches, we then danced the evening away with a brilliant band called The One Step.

Our love for chocolate brought us together and our journey so far has been full of happiness, laughter and great memories. This really was the best day of our lives and it’s great to look back through all of the amazing photos and re-live all the special moments that were captured. We are now looking forward to many more happy moments as Mr & Mrs Brook!

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Iced & Spliced


We opted for something slightly different for the cake. The cake was a four tier bare cake with two tiers of lemon and two tiers of strawberry. The cake was then decorated with strawberries, blackberries, blueberries, cream roses and gypsophila. We also had a navy ‘Mr & Mrs Brook’ cake topper from not on the high-street.

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Two weeks on Meeru Island in the Maldives

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Nick Keen and The One Step Band


Nick Keen played acoustic guitar during our drinks reception. The One Step Band (including Nick Keen) played 3 sets of 40 minutes throughout the evening. They really are fantastic and picked the right music to get our guests up and dancing!

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The advice would be to cherish every single moment in the lead up to the wedding and on the day. Planning a wedding can be a busy and chaotic time and on the day time goes so quickly, so make sure you take time out together on the day to take it all in!

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