Now I know I love a photo booth and after our last post on the subject I am pretty sure nearly all of you gorgeous lot do too.
Well Sibohan and Matthew obviously did as they chose one for their Big Day in the beautiful Cotswolds as well as a ton of other unique pieces of winter inspired pretty.
All of the stunning images are courtesy of Allister Freeman.
The Snow Bus
We hired a vintage bus instead of a car because we thought sitting in the backseat would make fun pics! It turned out to be a lifesaver in the snow, ferrying our guests from the church to Matara!
We chose wintery white flowers, peacock feathers, green chillies and foliage for the bouquets, table centres and buttonholes. My bouquet had white amaryllis, feathers and eucalyptus, and the bridesmaids’ bouquets had white avalanche roses with eucalyptus. All the flowers were loosely tied with ribbon as if they had been hand-picked. Instead of a tiara I chose a fresh flower slide made with white stephanotis and eucalyptus.
Matt’s buttonhole had a peacock feather, avalanche rose, eucalyptus, chilli and stephanotis
Peacocks and Shamrocks
The venue was so elegant and stunning in its own right that we didn’t want to overpower it. So we kept decoration to a minimum and let the giant dome in the reception room take centre stage! The table centres were goldfish bowls with three amaryllis heads sitting on glass pebbles with LED lights underneath. They were surrounded by a winter wreath of chillies, peacock feathers, foliage and candles. We chose an oval top table and hung peacock feather garlands behind it. The bespoke table plan from www.tableplansforweddings.co.uk which was player names from Matt’s favourite football team, and we found round silver table holders which looked a bit like footballs!
Instead of traditional placename cards we wanted luggage style tags so that we could put the favour instructions under the guest name, attach the menu behind it and then tie both tags to a favour –an emerald green velvet pouch with chilli seeds for the guys and shamrock seeds for the girls. I had also chosen Vivienne Westwood green orb bracelets for my bridesmaids’ presents and had personalised gift tags designed for those as well.
We were really keen to find a documentary photographer who would capture the spirit of the day with beautiful, informal images and avoid too many posed shots. The minute we met Allister Freeman we knew he was the perfect person to do this. His style was so unobstrusive and his use of light and composition makes you feel like you’re on a movie set! He was a gem trudging through feet of snow all day and almost got chilblains capturing the perfect pictures!
Lights In The Sky
We didn’t want a traditional first dance so to do things a bit differently we gave everyone a sky lantern after dinner (we found eco friendly ones on www.skylanternsonline.co.uk and had an uilleann piper to play my favourite piece of Irish pipe music. It turned out to be one of the funniest events of the evening – it was so cold and snowy that the lanterns could hardly take off! Watching 80+ adults running through the snow cheering and willing on the lanterns is a sight that none of us will ever forget, it was hilarious. Our poor piper was frozen!
Back in the warmth we’d arranged for an evening buffet of hog roast to warm everyone up with a heartier version of bacon rolls to replace energy after the ceilidh! We both love live music and found a brilliant Irish band The Roving Crows who kept everyone on the floor all night.
The biggest entertainment of the night came from Groovybooth. They brought a prop box and wind machine to keep everyone amused and the pics got more interesting as the night went on! Our guests glued one set of pictures in the guest book and then kept the other. Brilliant memories!
You gotta love a wedding where everyone is clearly having such a great time especially the bride and groom.
With huge thanks to Matthew and Sibohan for sharing their special day and Allister Freeman for providing the eye candy.
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