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Amazing Grace……part 2

Well Then.

I’m not entirely sure what to say.

Except that the super pretty Big Day of Lydia and Andrew literally makes me swoon……..

Prepare yourself for a fancy floral bonanza folks.

All images courtesy of Rachael Connerton

The Perfect Location

Our wedding was on 28th May 2010 at St Patricks Church, Nuthall, Nottingham, followed by our reception held at Thrumpton Hall, Nottinghamshire.

Having scoured what seemed to be the width and breadth of Nottinghamshire (with a short spontaneous ‘let’s get married in the Cotswolds’ moment) it seemed like nowhere was ticking our boxes. I really wanted to have our wedding reception in a marquee. Ever since I clapped eyes on Annie Banks-MacKenzie’s wedding in Father of the Bride when I was 8 years old, my heart was set on the big white tent with twinkly lights and a dose of the WOW factor. However, as becomes apparent when venue searching, finding a piece of land big enough to erect a marquee as well as realising that your entire budget is going to be spent on actually getting one put up (seriously!), there are pretty major limitations.

So, when I came across Thrumpton Hall with their semi permanent marquee (courtesy of Bond Marquees) I thought I’d go and take a look. And even though it was mid January and we were in the depths of miserable weather and grey skies (plus, the fact that the marquee wasn’t set up inside due to it being out of season) I could immediately visualise my ‘Father of the Bride’ dream.

The historic hall which was bursting with character is where we held the drinks reception (with fab views across the lake, complete with swans!) and then a cute lantern lined path led you to the marquee for our wedding reception. I have to admit, Andrew probably didn’t have the same ‘I have to have a marquee’ mantra as me, but he was blown away by how fabulous it looked on the day with its decking area and contemporary interiors (complete with posh ‘in built’ loos!). Plus, the hall itself which we had for a couple of hours for the drinks reception was so interesting and full of lots of hidden coves and rooms, the guests loved it! However, we were so lucky with the weather that most people spent the drinks reception outside in the rose garden which I was so pleased about.

With Thrumpton Hall, we had the perfect blend of old meets new and with fantastic service from the venue from start to finish, it was just perfect.

Sorbet Shaded Chic

I’ve never been very much into flowers but can tell you, I am now! My local florist who my mum has been to for years did my wedding flowers. A tiny little shop in my home village, Bee’s Flowers manage to do over 50 weddings per year and come highly recommended in my area. Shaun, the owner, is a real flower enthusiast and taught me all I need to know about blooms!

Having deliberated for a while, I decided to go with flowers which would match in with my colour scheme; sage green and dusky pink. My bouquet was therefore made up of pink peonies, green hydrangeas and green, vintage roses whilst the bridesmaids were the same, minus the peonies. The men’s buttonholes were the green vintage roses and although a little big (Andrew struggled with his on the morning, probably down to the nerves!) they looked fantastic.

When the flowers arrived on the morning of the wedding, I was so excited. They looked gorgeous and smelt amazing. My 5 year old flowergirl, Leila had a single peony which she didn’t let go off all day!

The centrepieces were a similar design to the bouquets and really set the room off – we bought tall glass vases from a local hardware store for a pretty cheap price and filled the vases with cute crystals from IKEA.

Birds Of Paradise

My invitation design by Bijou Woo had birds flying around and so did the rest of my stationery, therefore, I purchased lots of cute hanging birds which I placed all over – on the ladies toilet doors, marquee doors, DJ box etc! We also had boxes of matches placed on the tables with bird motifs, from Cox and Cox.

We used lettering from Posh Grafitti spelling out ‘JOY’ and ‘LOVE’ dotted around the marquee. Being a total blank canvas, we tried not to go too overboard with décor but it was important to make the venue look warm and inviting and I felt that our choice of décor did just that.

We Love Lydia’s Nana!

My nana, bless her, made lots and lots of bunting out of old fabric she had at home so we had bunting literally everywhere! All on the trees and along the decking area outside the marquee, it looked fab.

We also hired birdcages and wicker hearts from My Vintage Party – we filled the birdcages with artificial flowers in pinks and greens and placed them on the tables on the decking and at the bar. They looked fab too!.

Shooting The Film

We also had a videographer, Shoot (recommended by RMW’s very own Charlotte O’Shea). Having seen the ‘Sunshine on a rainy day’ film on here, I just knew they were fantastic. Quirky, stylish and creative, I loved their work and, once I’d met with Jo and Simon (the husband and wife team), I knew we had to have them doing our film on the day. Such lovely people and a joy to have with us on the day, I feel so lucky to have a great film to look back on in years to come and reminisce.

Um Hello? Did you see how Andrew was looking at Lydia? pure unadulterated L.O.V.E captured on camera that is.

Oh and the 3 part thing? Well I lied. It’s actually 4 parts ( and that’s an additional post this week for you too not an instead of)……we have the film. It is perfection.

So much more to share with you lovelies SO much more!!!!

Big I can’t wait until tomorrow Love

Charlotte xxx