This stylish shoot from Tenerife wedding planner Priscilla Salazar is just gorgeous. I love the rich colour palette and the combination of textures. Dried hydrangeas, lots of foliage and feathers show that you don’t aways need an abundance of fresh blooms to create a striking impression.
The incredible venue is full of gorgeous architectural details too, crumbling lichen covered walls, concrete floors and winding stairways just calling out for their photograph to be taken. The whole effect is beautiful and is the perfect slice of escapism for your lunchtime viewing pleasure…
I hope you are ready for elegance and sophistication this Monday morning. Carla and Ryan’s gorgeous wedding has more than a touch of class about it.
The flowers in particular are unbelievably dreamy. Carla scoured Pinterest to gather floral inspiration and chose spray roses, lisianthus, amaranthus, gypsophila, wax flowers, asters, dahlias and eucalyptus.
Combined with elegant long white candles, silver candelabras and hanging crystals; the effect is exactly what Carla wanted – romantic and cosy. I’m sure she’ll be inspiring future Brides via Pinterest herself.
There is some serious cute factor in this wedding too, with Carla and Ryan’s two little boys acting as page boys in mini Zara suits. So adorable.
Wedding Research Junkie
Carla The Bride: From the day my husband proposed to me, I brought every single wedding magazine off the shelf. I’ve always wanted to get married but I never imagined what it would be like, so I spent the next two years researching everything wedding!
When I first started looking at venues, I was looking in Dorset where we were living, and also looking in London because there was a chance we was moving back! We then decided to get married in Dorset no matter what, mainly because we grew very close to our priest who was going to marry us, so it would of made the day even more special.
I looked at loads of venues, and I was VERY fussy, something was always wrong, normally the interior design! I eventually found Chewton Glen, we fell in love with the venue, it was beautiful. The wedding coordinator Dahlia Hill there was amazing! She made sure everything was totally in place and nothing was impossible, she wanted to make sure we had the wedding of our dreams, and would go out of her way to help us. I called her the fairy godmother.
I Knew What I Wanted
I knew I wanted my hair to be up so you could see all of my dress, and my make up to be quite natural with just a little bit of colour. I got lots of inspiration from pinterest, blogs & wedding mags.
After a few trials with different people I eventually found my hairdresser via my photographers Facebook page, and my make-up artist was recommend by my wedding coordinator at Chewton Glen.
Next Step New York
I was sooooo excited about finding my dress, I went to a few local Shops in Bournemouth and found lots of lovely dresses, but not “the one”. I fell in love with the designer Enzoani so me and my mother-in-law went to the Enzoani designer day at The Wedding Shop in Essex to try on dresses from the new collection.
I had a list of 13 dresses I wanted to try on and once I got through them all I realised none of them really suited me. While I was trying on the dresses there was a gorgeous Pronovias dress called Dietrich just hanging randomly in the background on a dress rail. My mother-in-law told me to try it on and I was thinking the same thing – because it kept catching my eye.
As soon as I put it on I knew it was “the one”, it had a lovely feather detail on the front and a diamond brooch and beautiful lace! It was perfect. I didn’t have any tears, just pure relief, because I think my next step was New York! I loved telling everyone my dress had feathers on it, but wouldn’t tell anyone where, they always looked a bit worried!
Simple But Stunning Accessories
I bought a gorgeous veil the same time I bought my dress, but three weeks before the wedding I saw a bride on a blog wearing a gorgeous veil called Jackie’O from the shop Mirror Mirror. So I called the shop and brought the veil on impulse and I’m so glad I did, as it was perfect.
My shoes…..I loved my shoes!!! They are called Vita by Jimmy Choo, the heels were 5.7 inches and I didn’t take them off until the wedding was over. They were so comfortable. I didn’t want to wear to much jewellery because my dress had a lot going on with the lace, feathers and diamond brooch, I just wore some lovely diamond pear drop earrings.
A Very Stylish Wedding Party
My older bridesmaids wore gorgeous Ghost dresses calked Gabriella. Originally I bought all of the dresses from the on-line sale in the same colour, but then they called to say they only had two available. So I kept the two I had and then got two in lilac – it actually worked out great.
My two junior bridesmaids wore lovely white skater dresses from Miss Selfridge with matching lace white gloves, my little flower girl wore a lovely white dress bought from Boots.com. My two little boys (page boys) wore Zara. The Groom and Groomsmen had their Navy suits custom made from Moss Bros, and Ryan had our names and wedding date sewed to the inside of his jacket.
Romantic And Cosy
I didn’t really start out with a colour scheme but because the Lake Suite in Chewton Glen was lilac and my bridesmaids dresses ended up being lilac, it sort of ended up being my colour scheme.
The main thing for me was everything tied in – so I wanted the flowers in the reception room to match the décor of the room and I wanted my bridesmaids to compliment each other. I wanted the reception room to feel romantic and cosy, lit by candle light and a few up lighters so it felt more warm and intimate.
My bouquet was inspired by a picture I saw on Pinterest, it was gorgeous. The flower design consisted of hydrangea, mixed large headed and spray roses, freesia, and dahlia, as well as a hint of foliage with the lush lace handle.
The bridesmaids bouquet was white hydrangeas with a bit of lilac gypsophila. My church decoration had gypsophila tied with white tulle at the pew ends, and at the front of the church we had two large vases with a ball of gypsophila and tea lights around the bottom.
My reception flowers were wrapped around a lovely table candelabra. The flowers used were spray roses, roses, lissianthus, amaranthus as the feature flowers, then filling in around this was gypsophila, wax flowers, asters, dahlias and eucalyptus sprayed gold, and lovely crystals hanging down. My florist was amazing, she was so patient and helped me narrow down my choice, I had a very long Pinterest board for blooms but I was so happy with the choices we made.
A Family Ceremony
We had our rehearsal the day before and I think that was when it finally hit us. Up until then it was all about flowers, dresses, shoes etc, but at that moment the nerves and excitement really kicked in, and the fear I was going to mess up the vows was my new worry! On the day I was so laid back, a couple of things did go wrong – including that I was getting over a stomach bug and I got poked in the eye with the mascara wand on the morning of wedding so had a red weeping eye all day! People thought I was very emotional!
But I really didn’t care, all I could do was laugh! And all that mattered to me was marrying the love of my life, so walking down the aisle and the whole ceremony was perfect. It was even more special that our little boys got to witness us getting married and came and sat with us during the ceremony.
I found our DJ through a wedding blog, on their website they have a couple demos you could listen to and I found myself loving every song and having a little dance in my living room – so I knew I found the right DJ.
Our first dance was Sweetest Love by Robin Thicke, I used to listen to his album all the time! But my husband is more into hip hop. When we did try and pick a song together the hip hop kept coming on, so I just went with the song I liked, with his blessing of course! Halfway through our first dance we got our Mums up and both had a little dance with them to so it was really lovely.
A Proper Sunday Roast
The food was gorgeous at our wedding. All our guests enjoyed champagne and canapés on the terrace overlooking the stunning grounds. After the drinks reception we sat down to a 3 course meal and after everyone kept saying they were totally stuffed!
The first course was thai fish cakes, since we got married on a Sunday I thought I’ll keep it simple with a Sunday roast as the main, for desserts we served a trio of desserts – chocolate brownie with ice cream, strawberry pavlova & apple tarte tatin.
Later on in the evening we served bacon baps, chips, mini burgers, cheese toasties and wedding cake. LOTS of food :-).
I loved our wedding invites, they were designed by Emily & Jo. The day invites were grey with silver letter press and the evening were white with grey writing. Chewton Glen provided all the stationery at the venue, including a white post box for the cards. We also had a Photobooth set up in the evening, I think it’s great to capture the fun side of a wedding.
Don’t Lose Sight
The only bit of advice I can say is don’t lose sight of what the day is really about. If things go wrong with the decoration or if the weather’s not right etc don’t let it effect you. All that matters is the the person you’re about to marry. So enjoy and celebrate your day as much as you can.
When you look back in years to come, none of the material things will matter, but your partner will.
Hannah’s Benjamin Roberts gown looks absolutely divine on her – and like her lovely new husband Dom, I would also encourage her to wear figure hugging outfits more often! In fact, if I was her, I’d just wear my lacy fishtail bridal gown EVERY DAY.
I’d also wear my AMAZING J Crew statement necklace, oh and definitely my Jimmy Choo’s too.
And, as if you needed any more encouragement to overdose on Etsy – the stationery, décor, buttonholes and favours all come from Hannah’s Etsy store – The Lanes Lifestyle.
Keeping It Local
Hannah The Bride: Being a home bird a local wedding was always part of our plan, I’d forever dreamt of getting married at the church in the village I grew up in so this decision was easy! Dom met up with our guests before the ceremony for a beer at our local pub, a stones throw from the church. The reception was at Prestwold Hall, a stunning stately home in the Leicestershire countryside and a perfect backdrop for our big day.
Figure Hugging Surprise
As is the case for most brides, I braced myself for a long, painstaking search for the perfect dress. Surprisingly I fell in love with the second dress I tried on, an ivory lace fishtail dress from designer Benjamin Roberts at Bradgate Brides wedding boutique.
Dom always moans that I never wear anything to show off my curves so I thought I’d surprise him in this figure hugging frock!
Messy Up Do
With a statement dress and jewellery I needed to keep hair and make up simple – the less is more approach. I went for a simple messy up do with fresh ivory peonies. I scoured Pinterest for hours looking for inspiration and then let my hair dresser – Helen @ Salon 57 work her magic on creating the look.
A talented family friend did our make up which again I kept simple with blush tones from Chanel and Mac.
On the day I got as many compliments about my necklace as I did my dress! I stumbled across my J Crew necklace whilst in New York as soon as I saw it I knew it was the one. It’s true what they say… you fall in love when you least expect it!
My little brother gave me a Tiffany locket the night before the wedding which I wore as a bracelet on the day… What a sweetheart!
Teamed with a pair of killer Jimmy Choo heels my look was complete.
Boy In Blue
Dom wore a navy suit which was tailor made by Moss Bros Bespoke with tan brogues from Bertie at John Lewis and a navy spotted tie from Next – he even had the date of our wedding embroidered inside his suit jacket.
I made the rustic looking feather and pussy willow button holes which are available to buy from Etsy shop The Lanes Lifestyle.
I bought them both beautiful rose gold bracelets from Orelia. They do gorgeous jewellery at really great prices – perfect if you have lots of bridesmaids!
Our flower girl Naimh wore a vintage inspired dress from Monsoon and the page boy and groomsmen all wore navy three piece suits with tan brogues, all from Next.
Our Own Wedding Showcase
We created a simple, English country look with a vintage glam twist. We spent months hunting at antique fairs for vintage suitcases, antique typewriters, old books and kilner jars to perfect to the look.
I run an online wedding decoration and stationery boutique The Lanes Lifestyle so I was extremely excited to showcase our products at our own wedding!! The table runners, complimenting chair sashes and bunting were all made from hessian and vintage lace.
Our scented candles in jam jars as favours for the ladies and lottery tickets in vintage envelopes for the men went down treat.
Simple But Vintage Inspired
Dom’s cousin is a talented florist so we were delighted when she offered to do our flowers. I went for a vintage inspired but simple look with Gypsophila hand ties with blush coloured trailing ribbon for the bridesmaids and also for the pew ends in the church, it was so effective.
My bouquet had huge ivory hydrangeas with cream and blush peonies and again the trailing blush ribbon softened the look.
The tables had a mixture of twisted willow and ivory hydrangeas in tall vases and kilner jars with hydrangeas, gypsophila and peonies, the room smelt amazing!
A Traditional Ceremony
We had a traditional ceremony in the church I could see from my bedroom window, it was perfect. My little brother gave me away and did a great job of pulling me together before walking down the aisle, as soon as I saw Dom at the front my nerves just melted away. We had a family friend read a poem called Wedded Bliss by Clouson Macleod.
We added our own personal touches… We arrived in a vintage camper van from VW days – I could hardly ignore Dom’s one request for the day!
We also hired Manor House Music’s string duo they played a mixture of classical and popular music throughout the service – they really were fantastic and I’m so glad we booked them.
The house and grounds at Prestwold were exclusively ours for the day. The sun shone, the cocktails flowed and our faces ached from smiling and laughing – what more could you ask for. Our wedding co ordinator Sarah Hitchcock was brilliant, nothing was too much trouble.
We hired Shine, a Leicestershire band at night. They were fantastic and had everyone up dancing to their mix of indie and mowtown. We chose a more upbeat first dance – temper trap ‘sweet disposition’ as we don’t really do soppy!
The food was just incredible. Head chef Marcus Lockwood put together an amazing menu that had us drooling to moment the canapés were served. On arrival we sipped on gin and elderflower cocktails with lavender and hip hip hurray striped straws (available from The Lanes Lifestyle and we went for bottles of corona to tempt the boys.
Neither of us are fans of fruit cake and have a slight obsession with Krispy Kreme donuts. So it made perfect sense to have two huge donut towers for our guests to fill their face on. We saved so much money by doing this and had guests fighting to to the front to get their favourite flavour! We had a small top tier that we decorated with hessian and lace and a ‘just married’ bunting cake topper.
The Lanes Lifestyle
I chose my favourite design from The Lanes Lifestyle collection for the invites. I also created RSVP postcards which we loved receiving back through the post in the run up to the wedding!
The feather luggage tag name cards again from the lanes looked stunning on the tables. Our menus and table numbers were written in chalk on old books covered in blackboard paint.
I’m forever forgetting confetti at other people’s wedding so our usher gave out confetti made from vintage books in brown paper bags.
Maintain The Buzz
Make time for each other – we had thirty minutes after dinner when Matt took us of for some photos of just us two, it gave us a little time with each other which was perfect. We looked back at the house with all of our closest friends and family enjoying themselves, it’s a moment I will never forget.
Have fun!!! We made a deal with each other that at 9pm we would stop mingling, hit the dance floor and dance the night away.
Maintain the buzz – there was a thirty minute drive between the church and the venue and we wanted our guests to stay on a high…so we did a CD for each car with songs that reminded us of fun times with family and friends that were at the wedding. We introduced each song and they loved it.
We had a bit of fun with out guest book by providing guests with a book and Polaroid camera – they took their own picture, stuck it in the book and wrote their message. It worked brilliantly and it created a second album of funny photos.
Treasure For A Lifetime
Matt Parry our photographer was the first thing we booked after we got engaged and it was the best money we spent throughout the whole day! We hate posing for pictures and his relaxed, reportage style combined with the fact that Matt is such a genuinely nice guy out us at ease and provided us with pictures that we will treasure for a lifetime!
Welcome to part 2 – I guess that means we have about 50 moments left to get through this morning so lets jump straight back in…
A friend of my aunt’s baked our cake – two tiers of chocolate. I sourced ribbon from VV Rouloux in London that matched the colours of the wedding and posted it to her. I didn’t get to taste any (how did that happen?!) But I am told it was a fabulous chocolate cake – it certainly looked fantastic. Planet Flowers provided some bright pink hydrangeas to decorate.
As our service was in a garden, we chose Apollo String Quartet, in which a friend from school is the cellist. It was fantastic to have a personal connection and they were outstanding on the day, particularly as the weather was erratic and they (and their precious instruments) were outside. They are very talented musicians with an extensive repertoire, and apparently a sideline in groom psychology as Dan has commented often on how they helped him get through the 30 minutes I kept him waiting. At night we had The Elliot Murray band, another personal connection through my mum. They were outstanding – a great selection of music and the dancefloor was filled from start to finish.
I Want To Rock Your Gypsy Soul
This was a bit last minute. Dan and I love music, but don’t have a particular song. We went for Van Morrison’s “Into The Mystic” for the first dance, which is a gorgeous and chilled song. We are not great dancers, and in the end there was an element of body popping to entertain the crowd as we panicked at the attention towards the end of the song. The fact that the song is quite short was a blessing!
Pick Up A Penguin
For each guest we chose a Penguin recycled classic. We picked them with each guest in mind and had a special bookplate put inside to commemorate the day. Our stationers supplied the bookplates in the same style as the invitations. A lot of our guests have told us how touched they were to receive a specially chosen book, and we have warned them that we’ve kept a record and there will be a book quiz at some point! For the children, we set up plant pots in the wedding colours (an Ikea find!) filled with small games and toys to keep them occupied but also give them a wee treat. I remember witnessing one child whack her sister across the head with the bat-and-ball set we included, so apologies to both the sister and the parents!
We had the fantastic assistance of 88 Events, who we brought in at the last minute but who couldn’t have been more helpful and lovely to work with and despite having only a month or so to help us with the wedding. They hung white paper lanterns throughout the barn, and arranged beautiful chairs, napkins and hurricane lamps. Sheila at 88 Events was incredible at knowing, within minutes of meeting us, what we’d like – and she was spot on. Her team were fantastic on the day, and we really felt we were in a safe pare of hands. We made the table numbers ourselves out of papier-mache numbers from Hobbycraft, painted in bright pink to match the décor. My dad made stands for them – he’s a bit of a DIY legend. Our stationers supplied the menus for each guest, however I uncovered a secret love of DIY crafts and spent the two weeks before the wedding hand-making stamped place settings and orders of service. I ordered wooden stamps from Paper Source, a fantastic US-based stationary and crafts store that I used to haunt when I lived in San Francisco.
Choosing Every Element
The best thing about our wedding was the ability to choose absolutely every element of it ourselves, with no restrictions. Our venue came as an empty shell, and we had the opportunity to work with some extremely talented wedding suppliers who could not have been more inventive, stylish and helpful. Our caterers, 88 Appetite Direct, were awesome and we’ve had many comments about the quality of the food. From tuna sashimi and haggis canapés, an excellent wine list and fantastic team of people on the ground who provided cheery, seamless service on the day.