You may be starting to sniff summer in the air, but you are going to fall head over heels for this gorgeous winter wedding. Classic winter colours are picked up in key features - from the emerald green bridesmaid dress to the bridal bouquet of eucalyptus, white roses, white and blue thistles and ferns - and create a dream-like atmosphere, illuminated by candles and crisp winter light. This truly is one to savour, so grab a coffee (or a glass of wine; it is nearly the weekend after all) and pore over this perfect day.

Inspiration Behind The Styling

Our aim was to have a fun and relaxed day surrounded by friends and family. The style of the wedding was guided by the natural beauty of RMW recommended venue, Middleton Lodge. We wanted to keep it simple and natural, with lots of candle light and open fires to create a cosy, wintery atmosphere. Brass and natural wood featured heavily, and we had lovely wooden tables and chairs with simple table decoration in the form of foliage runners, tea lights and candlesticks. Jane at Wedding and Events Floral Design - one of RMW's handpicked suppliers - provided lots of greenery, foliage and white flowers and did an amazing job in bringing our vision to life (as well as adjusting things to fit our budget).

Laura & Will

Emerald Green Bridesmaid Dress

Can there be a more wonderful winter colour than gorgeous forest green? Looking at this catalogue of captures, I think not. Laura's sister and bridesmaid, Emily, looks radiant in her long-sleeved Reformation dress, and I love how it is essentially a mirror image of the bride's gown, with its plunging neckline and covered back reversing the bateau neck and deep V-back of Laura's lovely Andrea Hawkes Auden dress. The colours of the day are beautifully brought to life by RMW recommended photographer Georgina Harrison, whose relaxed, documentary photos have such a romantic quality - and such on point colour saturation - that you can feel the sort of crisp and wintery day it must have been just by looking at them. Magical.

Advice For Brides-to-be

Try to get your main suppliers booked in early on so that you can relax knowing the key things are sorted and take your time over the smaller details. I have fond memories of Sunday afternoons spent together making playlists, putting together our invitations and making name tags for our place settings. Also accept help from friends and family. My mum made and painted signs directing people to the venue and the box for cards, which helped us stay within budget. Finally, try not to worry about what other people think. Yes, you will have to take certain people’s opinions into account, but it’s important that your day is a reflection of the two of you and it’s okay to be a bit selfish about it.

Laura & Will
One lovely little detail that you may or may not have picked up on is the wedding cake, decorated with fresh figs to represent the venue: The Fig House at Middleton Lodge. This three-tier semi-naked creation - with chocolate, lemon and carrot layers (yum!) - was made by one of Laura's family friends, and if you're lucky enough to know someone talented enough to treat you like this then it can be a great way to keep a lid on your budget whilst still having your cake - and eating it! Looking for more budgeting tips? This post is one of our readers' all-time favourite features and may help you in your money-saving mission, too.
Victoria Honan

Written by Victoria Honan

Venue: The Fig House at Middleton Lodge | Dress Designer: Andrea Hawkes | Jewellery: The Alkymi | Bridesmaid's Dresses: Reformation | Groom's Suit: Suit Supply | Groomsmen's Suits: Marks & Spencer | Rings: Laura Lee Jewellery | Hair and Make Up: Just Jennifer | Stationery: Emily Peirson Illustration | Daytime Entertainment: Manchester Strings via Warble Entertainment | Evening Entertainment: The Heist via Warble Entertainment | Bridal Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Flowers and Styling: Wedding and Events Floral Design

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