Hold on to your hats: this luxe Lost Orangery wedding is otherworldly. The lakeside ceremony, soft pastel colour scheme, wishing tree and breathtaking blooms add a distinctly ‘Midsummer Night’s Dream’ vibe to proceedings – further enhanced by the fact that guests used the olive chair hoops as hair garlands, which glowed in the evening sun! The pretty pale green bridesmaid dresses perfectly mirror the soft pink drapery in the dining room, which must have also had such a dreamy scent from the orange and bergamot candles given to guests as favours. With the unforgettable Italian-inspired styling by RMW recommended Hollie Freeland – plus unlimited ice cream enjoyed on the lawn after dinner – this is quite some way to start your happily ever after.
It’s more DIY florals from Alena and Nick’s Big Day for you this morning folks….and a whole lot of other lovely images courtesy of Dominic Whiten to feast your bridey eyes upon. Make sure you check out some of the evening dancing and black and white shots, they are more than a wee bit swoon-worthy.
Oh and it’s three post Tuesday…..
Capturing The Day
Choosing my photographer and videographer was perhaps the most difficult decision for me. I spent forever researching on both fronts. Photos are extremely important to me and I wanted make sure we found someone who could not only capture the day, but also turn the collected material into art. I was so lucky to have found Dominic; he is friendly, dedicated, and very talented. We had a prewedding shoot with him which made a huge difference to the day.
We also now have some very good photos of us as a couple, which are relaxed and informal. Dominic created something everyone wants to have in their picture frames!
As I have a special connection with India, we hired Purple Cherry Events, Punjabi dj and drummers (dhol players). These guys were amazing! So passionate about their work and again, extremely professional and reliable. They cover every kind of music and we spent a lot of planning the music together, before the wedding, in front of my computer and via emails. You can see some of their videos on www.thedholplayer.com . Highly recommended for any party!
We also had stunning fireworks. We never expected something so huge and impressive for the value we paid. Everyone thought we must have paid at least double, if not triple the amount of money for such a spectacular show! We even had the police arriving, – luckily our neighbour, the vicar, was with us and told them everything was under control! Andy from Fireworks International came to see me before the wedding and we planned the show in detail, he explained the different effects and I could chose and customize how the show would look. I gave him my budget and he told me what can be included and how long the show could last.
We will definitely hire these guys again, when the baby is born!
I planned, prepared and arranged all the decoration myself, and I was very happy with the results-except for my nails, which after fiddling with earth and flowers for several hours before the wedding did not look at their best (!)
The Princess Castle
Again, I thought cakes were ridiculously expensive and they only appear for a couple of minutes; I had a home made cake, a little princess castle, which looked very nice but was also very tasty. A friend of my colleague made it for us, for a fraction of the price.
The Ideal Tango
We only started to dance Argentinian tango few months before the wedding and thought we should show everyone our hidden skills. We chose the Por Una Cabeza song and choreographed and practiced our dance routine a few days before the wedding. Then on the day something went wrong with the music so we lost the steps and just improvised the whole dance, and this was much better; this is what tango is about after all, just like an ideal marriage; feeling each other, being in total symbiosis and able to predict the next step….
Making It Special
I felt my wedding was very unique. Because we didn’t involve other people and planned and prepared it together, I felt it was all us and our creation. Everything about the day was very personal and we felt safe. And I didn’t need to worry something will not look good or will go wrong, because I didn’t need to rely on others so much. We also saved a huge amount of money doing simple things ourselves or trying to find alternative resources and not going with the flow and letting the wedding business get possession of us. We for example printed and decorated our Order of Service, and the evening when we were doing this was quite special, bonding the two of us and our family in a very intimate way.
My advice is to experiment, try to do things yourself, do a lot of research before you hire and try to meet and talk to people beforehand. Some things are really easy to do and cost almost nothing (centre pieces, table decoration, buttonholes…) so have a go and try if you can do it! But certainly don’t try to save money on things you believe are really important to you.
A special mention goes to our videographers. We hired Reel Vision after a friend recommended them. As soon as I saw the wedding trailers on their website I knew this is it. Their work is worth every penny; Just have a look at some of the video trailers they produce and you will see why, this doesn’t really need any comment. They are not only extremely talented, but also incredibly diligent and professional. At the wedding we hardly noticed they were around. Despite being invisible, they managed to produce this:
We have since recommended them to few couples and will continue to do so, as I simply believe they are the best.
Photography – Dominic Whiten
Fireworks – Fireworks International
Entertainment – Purple Cherry Events
Videographer – Reel Vision
Yep, you get some lovely W-day bits, a gorgeous video and still another two AMAZING posts to go. It’s all about treating our lovelies for being the best readers in the world.
With thanks to Alena, Nick and Dominic Whiten for sharing the straight talking romance.
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