love shoot #35: the food of love {danielle & martin}

Today’s couple, Danielle and Martin, are already a favourite of mine, they love cooking and food!  So, when planning their wedding they wanted to include their love for all things cuisine in a unique way, and I love how they did it!  Herb-themed decor displayed in personalised vintage crates, a herb-themed table plan and even tables named after their favourite herbs.  They also got their guests to don aprons and chefs hats and serve the wedding breakfast family-style!   This is one wedding that must have smelled (and tasted) great! 

The fun was all captured through the lens of the lovely David J Perkins

Over to the beautiful bride for their story:

Martin and I met on the first day of law school. We ended up sitting next to each other in class. After somewhat of a long pursuit on Martin’s part (although he tells this a bit differently to me) we went on our first date. Our jobs then took us to different ends of the country, and we took it in turns to drive over to see each other at weekends, until we finally both relocated to the Midlands!  Martin proposed in November 2009, we’d gone away for a long weekend in Le Touquet in France. The weather was horrible which I think scuppered Martin’s plan of a romantic walk on the beach but he had booked us into a really lovely restaurant, so after he’d popped the question and we’d excitedly called our parents and sisters we spent the night excitedly drinking champagne!! Brilliant!!

We chose to get married near to where we live, in the lovely town of Bridgnorth where my parents live. The reception venue was about a 30 minute drive from the Roman Catholic church in Bridgnorth. We’d looked around a few potential venues but  knew that Chillington was the reception venue for us as soon as we first saw it – even though we went to visit it on a really grim December day! It’s really stunning both inside and outside and had exactly what we were looking for in terms of being able to fit all of our guests in whilst retaining lots of character.  We’ve been to many weddings now and we both knew from the start that our main aim was for our guests to enjoy themselves and have a really good time,  so we concentrated on those elements as a priority.


We didn’t really have a theme as such. However, whilst trying to come up with table names we possibly stumbled upon a bit of a theme. Martin’s a great cook and we both really like food – which a lot of our friends would know us for! So we went for herbs as table names. That’s where we came up with the idea of having herb planter boxes with everyone’s names on slate boards as the table plan. We were keen for the wedding breakfast to be a big part of the day, so we asked the caterer to serve the main course of shoulder of pork as big joints to each be carved by one of the guests at each table. We issued all the carvers with a chef’s hat and apron. It was brilliant seeing everyone around the room really getting involved and clapping and cheering when each person had finished!

In the evening we also had a photobooth for people to use. We asked for double prints of each of the photos taken so that we could keep one in a guest book and each guest could keep a copy to take home. This went down really well with people (some people were in and out of it constantly)!!! The photos turned out brilliantly – it’s such a funny guest book and great reminder of the day. 

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

AC/DC – Shook Me All Night Long. Although it’s not typical for a rock anthem to be used as a first dance we knew we wouldn’t be able to dance to a ‘traditional’ love song! This is actually ‘our song’ and was perfect for us!

Any advice for future brides?

My advice for future brides is not to worry too much about small details. I really loved all the planning (not typical so I’ve been told), but if you don’t, I’d just concentrate on things that will mean you and your husband to be and your guests all have fun and laugh a lot on the day! In years to come I’m sure that I won’t remember every detail of our wedding such as the font used on the stationery or the colour of the napkins but I’m sure that we’ll both remember how amazingly fun the whole day was!  

Congratulations Danielle & Martin! Thank you for sharing your fun & unique day!


Dress –  ‘Millie’ by Sassi Holford. (customised) from Silk Brides

Shoes – Bepoke Big Day

Veil & Accessories – Mad Hatter from Flo &  Percy from Quello

Bridesmaids dresses – Made by the Groom’s mum

Photo Booth – Picture Blast

Stationery – DIY from Pure Invitation

Venue – Chillington Hall, Staffordshire

Coordinators – Emma & Cristine at Chillington Hall

Flowers/Decor  – Ebenezer Floral Design, Bridgnorth

Hair – George at the White Room, Bridgnorth

Makeup – Sarah Monk

Catering – Pear Tree Farm Catering

Cake – Mother of the Groom

Music – Functionality

Transport – Your White Wedding Cars


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.

I'm also a co-founder at The Brand Studio, where I design and curate beautiful photoshoots for wedding and lifestyle brands, as well as running wedding industry community the B.LOVED Hive where I support and nurture wedding pros building industry leading businesses. Yep, I definitely have the best job in the world.

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