WEDDINGS

real wedding: spring blossom wedding {vicky & stuart}

With the joys of Spring upon us (ahem!) it’s only right to start sharing some beautiful seasonal weddings with you.

Vicky and Stuart’s wedding is a true celebration of springtime, from the blossom-filled venue to the perfect pastel colour palette of pink, green and white.  The  bridemaids wore gorgeous fuschia pink cocktail dresses and carried the prettiest posies of spring flowers, the aisle and reception tables decorated with coordinating petals with green and white lanterns and strings of lighting overhead created a beautiful feature of the barn’s roof.  Even Vicky’s stunning ruffled dress reminds me of the beautiful texture of blossom trees, branches heaving with pretty petals.  Their day was elegant, yet relaxed and fun, with a barbecue cooked in front of their guests in the afternoon followed by their favourite treat, pasties, for the evening guests!  I love the idea of a more informal meal, a great way for you and your guests to mingle a bit more, and of course the chance to incorporate some of your favourite food!  Source Images were on hand to capture their day in their clean, minimal yet so pretty style.

Over to the gorgeous bride ~

Stu and I met at work in January 2007…on my very first day and I was given a desk opposite him, which has become a bit of a running joke amongst our friends…whilst most people “look for” love, I just went with what was two metres in front of me! We started as friends, then had a secret romance for 6 months as we weren’t sure if we were allowed to date at work, then told everyone who turned out to be delighted!  We were together for 4 years and were in the process of buying a house together. The day before we were moving, we went out to dinner at a lovely local pub as we had packed up our kitchen. At the end of the meal as we were heading back to the car when Stu proposed with a stunning ring. He made a lovely speech about buying a house being the next chapter and how he wanted us to get married and start it all properly.

I initially went dress shopping with my Mom to find out what did or didn’t look nice and get an idea of what suited me. I tried on about 20 dresses and came out completely confused as instead of narrowing my search, I realised that a lot of different styles looked nice and felt further from choosing one than ever.  I then found a dress online which I wanted to try but the only shop with a sample was an hour away (Bridal Boutique in Warwick). I drove up there, but the dress didn’t suit me and just as I was leaving, disheartened, the assistant asked me what I was looking for. My answer was “something different” and she pulled out the Maggie Sottero “Madelyn” sample for me to try. It was end of line so couldn’t be ordered, but I tried it on and it fitted like a glove and made my sister cry, so I bought it there and then! I love how fun and different my dress is, I really felt like me, but a bridal version! The layers of tulle look like feathers from a distance and the corset really flattered my shape.

We had people coming to celebrate with us from all over the UK so decided to choose a venue fairly close to us and we fell in love with Dodmoor House at first sight. It was bright, spacious and modern but with a real rustic charm. To top it off, they allow couple to have their own suppliers so we had the flexibility to choose a caterer who could do a BBQ and have a pasty van come in the evening instead of a traditional buffet. They also had no corkage fee, which helped us save money and had dedicated staff so we felt like everything was completely in control.

At the beginning I bought tons of magazines but I think I overwhelmed myself with options so stopped buying them. As we started to decide how we wanted our day to look, I started reading Wedding Ideas mag every month, I loved seeing the real brides section!  Our theme was relaxed “spring time”. We knew getting married in March would mean probable rain, but we wanted to make it about us, and we went with a BBQ regardless as its our favourite food (luckily it was glorious sunshine)! We went with cherry blossom (and white, green and pink colours) as a theme to feel more spring like and bring the outside into the venue. We didn’t want to get hung up on matching exact pantones in everything we did, so just chose nature’s March palette!

A very talented family friend made our lovely wedding cake and we were fortunate enough that some of Stu’s work friends designed our stationary for us. Everyone was so happy to help out but we had gone for a quite laid back approach to wedding planning and there were very few last minute stresses.  Our favourite personal touch of the day was choosing to not have a guest book, but instead buy a “party poster”, which featured cartoons holding signs. We put this up in a frame with lots of felt tips and everyone coloured in a character and wrote us a message. Now we don’t just have a book of guest-love living in a box, unread, but a framed, colourful piece of art which now hangs by our front door! We notice something new every time we pass it!

In the theme of staying true to ourselves, Stu decided against a formal morning suit. He wanted a tailored, slim fit suit and chose his grey 3 piece to hire. The only guidance I gave him was to get a white cravat, but he ignored me and went with green! It looked lovely though!

What was your first dance, and how did you choose the song?

We really struggled as we have never had a “song”, and realised a lot of our favourite song didn’t actually have wedding-friendly lyrics! We chose Take That’s “Rule the World” as we both liked it when we came out and I was having a “Stardust” phase! We chose a choreographed dance after practising slow dancing in our living room and cringing the entire time (it seemed to start as a two step and end as a grind)! Rather than an embarrassing shuffle, Stu suggested we learn a proper dance, taught by a professional, so we did. We kept it a secret so it was a surprise for everyone. It went well, though the dress was bigger than we expected, the space was smaller than we expected, and my groom was drunker than we expected so it wasn’t quite as smooth as it was when we practised in the kitchen!

Do you have any advice for couples currently planning their wedding?

Stay true to yourselves as a couple and plan a day based on how you want to feel, not just what you want it to look like. I wanted everyone to have a fun time, so we made sure there was a relaxed atmosphere with lots of food and drink and laughter.

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Suppliers

Photographer ~ Source Images

Dress ~ Maggie Sottero from Bridal Boutique, Warwick

Shoes ~ Miss KG

Accessories ~ Debenhams

Bridesmaids Dresses ~ Marks and Spencer

Venue ~ Dodmoor House, Northamptonshire

Flowers ~ Manic Botanic

Hair ~ Emma Drake

Catering ~ Harts Food & Events (main), Phat Pasty Company (evening)

Music ~ Stunrunner found at Wedding Music Company

Louise

After a decade-long career in corporate interior design, I took a giant leap of faith, left the security of an office job, and founded B.LOVED in 2011 as a platform for romantic and beautiful wedding inspiration. Thanks to a whole lot of creativity, hard work and passion, my gamble paid off and B.LOVED became one of the leading wedding blogs in the UK.

You’ll also find me working as an Editorial Stylist, where I design and curate beautiful photoshoots for wedding and lifestyle brands, as well as contributing as a founding member of bridal inspiration hub Aisle Society, and running wedding industry community the B.LOVED Hive from our super pretty base in London. Yep, I definitely have the best job in the world.

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