Well hello! We are back!! I took quite a lot of time off from blogging real weddings/work etc after my mum died. And whilst I love what I do I found being surrounded by all the beautiful happy smiles quite hard to face every day. Thankfully I am back now, I have a backlog of THE MOST gorgeous weddings, suppliers, advice and tips to share with you that I think you’ll love and we will start with a stunning moody, autumnal wedding in a banqueting hall inspired by Hobbiton and gin. Hello, yes please! And finally, I am blogging a fellow Phoebe!
photography | Adam Lowndes
venue | Upper House Hayfield
Bride’s dress /shoes
Shoes: Second Hand
I took all the girls in my bridal party to York for a night and booked a few appointments in different dress shops for the following day.
I tried on and endless amount of dresses and at one point I thought I was never going to find it!
All of my girls picked out a few dresses that they thought I’d like and each one was lovely but not the one.
I had left my dress till the end to try on because I really didn’t like the look of it on the hanger and was hoping I would have found a better dress before I got to that one.
However, the moment I tried it on, I knew it was right! It fit like a glove and I felt amazing in it!
I used a pearl necklace that my grandma had given me to create the details on the back of my dress.
Bride’s hair accessories/veil:
Veils are unbelievably expensive and because I wanted a cathedral length it meant that I would be looking at roughly £200+. I decided to do a little research on how veils are made and realised how easy it was. In the end my grandma and I made my veil costing a grand total of £6!
I’m a bridal hairstylist and I make a lot of hair accessories myself. I made both mine and my bridesmaids accessories.
Bride’s hair /makeup
My hair was done by my talented Sister in law who was also my bridesmaid. I did her hair for the big day and the pair of us did all of the girls in the bridal party.
Make Up: Alexandra Clare AC bridal
Pacco Robanne – Lady Million
Skirt from Rashima, body suit & shoes – Bridesmaids own
I loved our venue so much that I didn’t want to over decorate. I wanted the venue to speak for itself.
In the Great hall, we decorated the chandeliers with flowers and glass baubles which housed tea lights.
Because we had a banquet style meal, the food was used as the decoration for the tables, with any small gaps filled with seasonal fruit and vegetables.
The court yard was filled with lanterns and festoon lighting draped from wall to wall.
The seating outside was dressed with fur blankets all provided by Upper House.
Wedding favours Personalised Gin and Tonic served with the meal
Honeymoon Destination Kilimanjaro in Africa followed by Everest base camp.
Favourite Moment? I don’t have a specific moment. The whole day was so unbelievably special that I’ll never forget a second!
Tips for those in the planning process? Plan and book everything as early as possible! It then gives you plenty of time to pay the remaining balance on everything you’ve booked. There’s also nothing worse than worrying that you’ve still got lots to do, so get everything sorted as soon as you can.
Where did you find your inspiration?
I always knew I wanted to get married in Autumn, it’s my favourite season! We found our venue while out on a hike at Kinder Scout.
It fit perfectly with the image I had in my head of a beautiful venue covered with the red leaves of Autumn.
Our decorations and flowers all tied in with this theme. I chose deep reds, oranges and purples for the bouquets, button holes and Great hall flowers.
Our meal was inspired by a trip to Hobbiton in New Zealand. We had a banquet style meal with many different meats and vegetable dishes followed by 3 different wintery desserts.
Overall I wanted my wedding to be filled with new experiences for our guest.
I kept almost everything a secret, the guest didn’t even have the venues address, just the directions to the car park that they would be collected from.
For their gin and tonic favours I asked each guest to choose a flavour combination from a list without telling them what exactly they were picking.
For the food there was no pre selected 3 course meal that people chose from. Dishes were passed around the tables and everyone tried a little bit of everything.
We had 3 cakes, a chocolate and baileys, a cherry Bakewell and a gin and tonic. Again, just trying something different.
We loved our day and I wouldn’t have changed a thing. It was perfect.