A relaxed and pretty “Made in The Midlands” themed wedding | uk wedding blog

facebook-profile-picture By Phoebe

Good morning all! Totally back on track with weddings and blogging in general now. I love it when a couple makes their day unique to them, Alex and Sam embraced their love of their home counties and had Midlands themed wedding (to be honest, it educated me on how much The Midlands has offered to the UK!). I just love the idea of passing the Cadbury every day. Hope you enjoy!

photography | Paper Angel Photography 

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H​ouse of Mooshki ‘Dara’, from The Dressing Rooms, Halesowen

Bride’​s ​hair accessories/veil: T​hree flowers from Bride and Bloom

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(The brilliant) Bride and Bloom. Flowers at the church (St. John the Baptist, Whitbourne, Herefordshire) we put together by their own flower ladies, one of which used to chid mind Sam when he was a little boy!

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Hair: Dave, from The Chop Shop, Worcester. Make­up: own.

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Dresses: Phase Eight
Own shoes and accessories

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Blue tweed three piece suit and tie: Walker Slater

Cuff­links ­ Sterling silver pair giving to Sam by his parents for his 21st birthday.

Colourful socks: M&S

Groomsmen’​s​outfits/accessories – Hire from 1860 at Greenwoods, Worcester. Colourful socks: M&S

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It’s really hard to chose a favourite moment, as the whole day was completely incredible! Although a memory that always makes me smile is getting to the end of the aisle, and Sam saying that I looked beautiful! I’d completely forgotten that he didn’t know what my dress looked like!

Sam really enjoyed having all of our friends and family in one place.

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As the creative in the relationship, Sam dedicated numerous evenings designing our stationery using Photoshop. The Save the Date looked like a cover of a Penguin Book. The invite and RSVP were based on our map theme, with the OS map of the local area forming the background image. We used Moo.com for printing the Save the Dates and invites, and then spent several evenings printing off, hole punching and tying 60 Orders of Service!

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Both Sam and I were born and grew up in the Midlands. It’s now the place we’ve chosen to make our home, having bought our first house together in Bromsgrove. Because of this, our theme was ‘Made in the Midlands’.

Where we could, we tried to make our wedding as local as possible, with The Tablot at Knightwick partly chosen because of its attitude to local and seasonal food (but also because of it’s beautiful setting, and relaxed atmosphere). Our flowers came mostly from Bride and Bloom, a local florist, who uses locally grown and seasonal flowers. We also had other flowers grown by the mother of the groom from her garden about three miles from the venue. The confetti came from Shropshire Petals. Our car, a Morris Minor, was built in Oxford (which is practically midlands), and our favours were Cadbury chocolate bars; Alex passes the Cadbury factory each day on the way to work.

We are both big fans of maps; our tables were named after Midlands Counties, with the table plan formed of a map of the UK, with strings and pins connecting the table to the corresponding county.

With regards to decor, we wanted to keep everything relaxed; more like a big family party then a formal wedding. A friend of the brides mum made bunting which was used to decorate the room and the outside area. The table flowers were arranged in jam jars and big coffee jars wrapped with raffia (with the head table also sporting a marmite jar!).

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Cadbury chocolate bars

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Food and drink all supplied by The Talbot. We chose three starters and four main dishes which guests selected as part of their RSVP. We also selected four different puddings. We had a pudding table which guests could get up and pick their own, rather than being served. This made the lunch feel much more relaxed, and meant that guests could mingle more easily!

In the evening, we had pork rolls, with stuffing and apple sauce, (falafel for the veggies) with roast vegetables.

We had Pimms and Fruit Punch on arrival, with nibbles in bowls dotted around the venue. Then prosecco for speeches, and red and white wine on the table for the meal. The bar was available at The Talbot for other drinks throughout the day and evening.

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Ceilidh Band ­-  The Organ Grinders

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Thailand ­ Bangkok and Koh Samui, and then Dubai for two days on the way home.

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Have the wedding you both want. Although we perhaps had to compromise on a couple of elements, the majority of the day was what Sam and I wanted, and because of that, it was the best day ever. Have the speeches before the breakfast if you want, wear gothic pirate outfits if you want; it’s your wedding, it’s your big day, so make sure the two of you are happy.

Spend money on things you really want; don’t get caught in the mindset that you have to spend a lot of money on everything. I brought my shoes from Dorothy Perkins, because it wasn’t a detail that mattered a great deal. For us, our priority was finding a great photographer and serving amazing food, so that’s where we spent a bit more.

Where did you find your inspiration?

Lots of trawling through Pintrest, and also through Wedding Ideas magazine.

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