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An Al-Fresco Engagement.

Al-Fresco

All of this sunshine is doing amazing things to people. Everyone is just so sun kissed and smiley! And it means people can do fabulous things like todays outdoor flowers-and-sunshine-filled engagement shoot.

Lee from Glampit managed to organise this fabulous shoot behind fiancé Christina’s back. Pretending that he was just providing the tent for the shoot, the sneaky little so and so, when they actually arrived to deliver it, it only went and turned out he was proposing to Christina! Their family and friends all arrived later for a massive party.

There is going to be some serious pinning of this and I can guarantee we’ll all be trying to recreate a colourful al-fresco feast after work tonight. Assuming of course that the monsoon has subsided! I’m sure with all of this gorgeous weather there’s already been lots of outdoor eating, but seriously – this takes things to a whole new level of amazingness. (As did this, for anyone who missed our gorgeous editorial!)

There are lots of stunning flowers in this shoot, so I’ll hand you over to Sarah from Leafy Couture, to talk you through all of the details. The images come from Holly at Belle and Beau Photography. Both lovely ladies are members of our Love Lust list, so it was always going to be inspirational! Enjoy!

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Sarah at Leafy Couture: We were super excited to be asked to work on this special shoot. We had studied the Pinterest boards created by the groom -to- be and worked with Charlotte from Eden and Eve to choose a colour scheme and style that would complement.

The florals and props we provided were classic English summer style but with a hint of Moroccan flavour inspired by the fabulous bell tents and props from Glampit.

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The flowers we used included Sarah Bernhardt pale pink peonies, hot and pale pink stocks both chosen for scent and a romantic English feel. These were used with camomile, tiny daisy’s to add to the whimsical feel, but also we were in a stunning field location so it was a nod to that too. We added a bit of vibrancy with exotic Gloriosa Lilys. We also included alchemilla mollis, hot orange spray roses and used a moss wrapped container to tie in the location.

We also used a moss covered lampshade tied with hot pink and orange ribbons to add a bit of height and texture to the scene, bringing the inside out and a bit of up-cycling!

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For the ultimate romantic feel we added a floral heart and a carpet of flowers to guide the couple to the table set up in the bell tent. The tablescape was set with a stunning moss covered arrangement and gold votives filled with blooms.

We also added place settings using our gold gilt heart shaped trays with a peony and gloriosa lily tied with ribbon.
We also were asked by Charlotte to create a floral corsage for the stunning horse owned by the bride, a first for us!

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Lee The Groom: The inspiration all came from Pinterest. I’ve used this site for ideas on how to style our tents for ages and love some of the images that show al fresco dining. I wanted chandeliers, lanterns, and flowers using our stables as the location.

I’ve never really seen much in regards to engagements from the UK, everything seems to be coming from the US, making us English guys look bad! This was a great excuse to invite all our friends and family and use it as a surprise engagement party following the proposal!

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Christina The Bride: I was completely surprised and had no idea Lee was going to propose to me. He had gone to so much effort and everything looked amazing. He had told me we were just going to drop off some items for a shoot that Charlotte was organising, and to have a look and the next thing, he was down on one knee.

All of our friends and family turned up throughout the evening and already knew Lee was proposing so we went straight into an engagement party and spent the night in one of our bell tents. It was amazing!

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Styling – Eden and Eve
Flowers – Leafy Couture
Catering – Eat Me Drink Me
Luxury Tents – Glampit
Photographer – Belle and Beau

What an ingenious way to propose!! I love that the images show the actual ‘yes’ moment – what a gorgeous thing to have captured forever. Massive congratulations to Lee and Christina!

What a great idea to secretly invite all of their friends and family for the engagement party straight after the proposal! Where better for all of that adrenaline to go than into a massive celebration?

I very much want to go glamping now. Wherever you are, I hope the storms have passed and that the sun has once again got his hat on!

Lots of love,
Fern x

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RMW Rates – Leafy Couture

Leafy Couture

We are really pleased to welcome Leafy Couture to The Love Lust List. The Rock My Wedding directory with a difference.

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You can find Leafy Couture in our Yorkshire and Humberside Florists category.

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  • Leafy Couture

    www.leafycouture.co.uk
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    About Us

    Leafy Couture create gorgeous floral arrangements for weddings, whether it’s 5ft flower balls hanging from a marquee or jam jars of seasonal blooms. Stylish and sleek or outrageous and modern, we are here to make your day even more special. We have a huge range of vases and props to hire to make your wedding beautiful.

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Seeing Is Believing……Part 1

I have been looking forward to this wedding ever since we featured Emily and Pete’s beautiful engagement shoot some months back.

Sometimes you can look at a set of images and you just believe , believe in the fairytale, believe in the magic, believe in the happy ever after. And when photographer Dominique Bader’s submission email landed in my inbox I sure as hell believed in it all.

This is without a shadow of a doubt one of the most beautiful affairs to have ever graced these pages, but for me – as you know, it’s never been just about the aesthetics… it’s about capturing a real life love story.

Emily and Pete were married at Leeds Town Hall with a reception in the family garden…. And this folks is a real life love story.

Enjoy.

Undone Pretty

Louise Lunn did my, my sister, Alex, and my mum’s make up. I met Louise when I was a bridesmaid at my friend’s wedding in December 2011 where she did our make-up. I had a trial a few months before the wedding and she was brilliant – knew exactly what I wanted and what I would suit, and had the most amazing make up box I have ever seen! Louise also worked with a local hairdresser, Jenny, who did my sisters and mum’s hair. I don’t like my hair to be too ‘done’ so I decided to do it myself, but Jenny helped me with the hairpiece as it was a bit tricky to pin in! They were lovely friendly ladies and made us feel very pampered and beautiful.

California Dreamy

I definitely didn’t want a veil but wanted something for my hair. In the run-up to the wedding I looked around at lots of beautiful wedding blogs to get ideas. I came across an American blog which featured a bride wearing the most beautiful headpiece made from Doloris Petunia on Etsy. I love Etsy and had previously looked for accessorize on here as I love handmade stuff but had never come across anything like this. I contacted Courtney of Doloris Petunia, sending her pictures of the dress, and telling her about the style of the wedding, and she designed and made a custom piece, posting it all the way from California!

Pure Joy

My dress was Jenny Packham Joy from Poppy Bridal Shop in Darlington. I really didn’t enjoy wedding dress shopping, I knew I didn’t want anything too big and structured, or without straps (which I found quite limiting!). Just something pretty and relaxed, beautiful but understated. A lot of the shops I went to, the dresses were quite traditional, strapless bodice-type things with like a thousand buttons. These just looked ridiculous on me! Not only were they huge (the look not helped by the bulldog clips the dress ladies use to pin me into them) but they were just not me.

I had seen a few Jenny Packham dresses in other shops prior to visiting Poppy and they had stood out due to them being a totally different type of dress. It wasn’t until I saw Joy though that I thought wow – I need to try this on! I loved it! I loved the colour: platinum, not the usual white, I loved the fact that it was simple in style but massively detailed at the same time, and the vintage 1920s feel. It was the first time, after trying on, what feels like, a million other dresses, this felt right. Clearly being mine, as well as my mum’s favourite, and my friend Alexis saying ‘it is very you’ – the dress was sold!

The Perfect Nude

I rarely wear heels so was always planning on wearing flat sandals. However, because the dress design meant that it was not possible to cut the dress to make it short enough for flats. So I had to go for a little heel. I actually initially looked around for gold wedges as I thought these would be more comfortable. I bought so many different pairs, none of them quite right: either the wrong colour or they just looked too chunky for the dress. It was only about a week before the wedding that I found the nicest nude-colour shoes in Aldo. The worked perfectly and I managed to wear them all day (with the help of Scholl Party Feet!)

Hand Picked And Wild

We went to a vintage wedding fair in Harrogate back in October 2010, were we met Sarah from Leafy Couture. She was so lovely and again, knew exactly the style were thinking about. I don’t know much about flowers and didn’t have any specific types in mind, we just knew we didn’t want anything too structured and matching. Our brief, when we met up, was pretty much this: ‘we just would like it to look colourful and wild, as if they have just been picked out of a field’. I also showed Sarah and the girls my dress and told her what colour bridesmaid dress we had and left them to it.

The months before the wedding we saved our jars, scrubbing away at the labels, and borrowing my friend’s dishwasher until we had enough of various sizes for the table flowers, which we delivered to Otley where Leafy Couture are based.

I never worried about the flowers, I was truly confident the Leafy Couture team would do a great job, and the totally did. The marquee looked amazing and my bouquet was so beautiful.

A Unique Style

We had strictly no colour theme and no matching! Although, there were at some points in the planning/creating process I did start to panic about the randomness and if it was going to look too crazy! The colours of the wedding just ended up being the colours of the fabrics that I liked the best and used in the decorations.

As far as the bridal party goes, the only thing we matched were the men’s M&S ties – and this was just to highlight them as the wedding party really. The best men, Dave and Si, both have such unique styles and look great as they are so we just said for them to wear what they wanted; I especially loved Simon’s elbow patches! Our dad’s just wore their own grey suits to tie in with Pete.

My sister’s bridesmaid dress – well, this is another story all together! I randomly popped into Coast when I was in town one lunch break and saw this dress. I thought it was lovely, the colour was beautiful and the sparkly bits would go nice with my dress. There was a size 8 and size 16 left in the sale. With my sister, being very petite, I decided to buy the size 8 thinking we could take it in if needed and if she liked it. I emailed her a picture of the dress and she really liked it. However, little to my knowledge then, she was pregnant and waiting for a few weeks to give us the good news, worrying now about the dress I had just bought not fitting! Long story short, after finding a larger size in a different store, Alex’s baby still grew bigger than we though and the even bigger dress got too tight! But, all was fine as we managed to find material that matched and a seamstress added an extra panel in the back. I think there was more worry over the bridesmaid dress than there was my own, but she looked gorgeous.

The Cool Cowboy

Pete bought his suit from H&M, and only got his shirt about a week before the wedding after buying and ruling our various other floral shirts. I love the way Pete dresses; his style is a bit different to the norm and, as a lover of country music sees himself as a bit of a cowboy. His wardrobe consists of hundreds of checked shirts, which is why, even though we were after a floral shirt (as it’s a bit more wedding-ey than checked) they all looked a bit weird until he found this one from Paul Smith which looks great especially with his braces.

Pete, although he likes the clothes he wears, never really puts a lot of effort into how he looks, but manages to pull it off every time! He looked so brilliant on the wedding day, really cool and smart in his suit and, best of all, he still looked like him.

Brides Gown – Jenny Packham at Poppy Bridal Shop

Brides Shoes – Aldo

Brides Headpiece – Doloris Petunia

Make-Up – Louise Lunn

Grooms Suit – H&M

Blooms – Leafy Couture

Maids Dress – Coast

Photographer – Dominique Bader

*Charlotte does a little dance*…. Are we all in love with the fashion right now?

Yes?!

Well just you wait until you see the reception.

It’s ruddy A.mazing I tell you.

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Charlotte xxx

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