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Amanda & Gareth

I absolutely adore this classic spring wedding with peaches and cream colour scheme. It’s just so yummy I couldn’t wait to dive right in!

As fate would have it Woodhill Hall country wedding venue had one remaining date left in 2015 and Amanda & Gareth booked it without hesitation. It’s certainly easy to see why they fell in love with it when it offers a light and airy orangery, stunning landscaped gardens AND beautiful tipi to host their celebration. They dressed it to perfection with hanging paper lanterns and the cutest DIY bunting adorned with buttons all cleverly crafted by Amanda’s best girls on her do.

Gareth chose his own Ted Baker suit & peach tie which matched the grey Bridesmaids gowns perfectly and Amanda surprised herself by falling in love with an embellished lace fishtail gown by Ronald Joyce. All of which look absolutely fabulous!

All the love and amazing details have been captured perfectly by our talented Love Lust List member Sarah-Jane Ethan Photography. It’s the perfect spring wedding to start a Monday morning….

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The Citrus Shades Of Spring….Part 2

If you are for any reason feeling a little emotional or weepy right now then look. away. from. the. blog.

Some of the portraits and speeches shots of Nic and James are completely moving, in the tear-jerkingly-so sense. I suggest a box of kleenex or those fancy tissues containing moisturising ingredients that aim to prevent a look that may rival Rudolph.

These images are the perfect combination of late afternoon Spring sunshine, laughter and love…

Enjoy you gorgeous lot.

A Hint Of Vintage

We chose Eliza Claire after being excited about seeing her online portfolio of vintage style photography. When we met her we all got on well and I knew that we would easily be able to relax in front of the camera with her. The engagement shoot helped us to get to know her and get used to the camera and we have some fantastic shots of our favourite London haunts.

Eliza is great fun to work with and you really feel like she is a part of the day rather than an outsider.

Favourite Flavours

We chose James’ mum Christine to create our wedding cake as she has created some amazing cakes during James childhood including an infamous Rugby scrum birthday cake, so we knew we were in good hands. The cake had four tiers in the end, the base a well preserved fruit cake. We chose lemon drizzle to tie in with our lemon yellow theme and carrot cake which is our favourite type of cake.

Christine also made us a small top tier of fruit especially for us to keep. It looked amazing and she had managed to decorate it with beautiful yellow spray roses from Ruby & Grace.

Not Your Average Entertainment

For entertainment we chose Dave Hudgins at Not your Average DJ. We chose Dave because didn’t want the standard wedding music fair of ‘Come on Eileen’. We wanted a Motown selection that weaved into some of our favourite funky house tunes.

Our first dance was Sway by Dean Martin I really didn’t want to have the school disco scenario where you are stumbling around in circles, plus James can actually dance which helps a lot. We had ballroom dancing lessons at Pineapple Studios with Michael Litke who is an excellent teacher, and practiced our bespoke routine of Rumba, Foxtrot and Cha Cha Cha everyday for two weeks before the wedding. We chose the song because it fitted so well with the style of dancing we had been learning and allowed us to inject some personality with the funky intro.

DIY Favours

We really wanted to tie in the favours with our colour scheme and have something hand made, they also doubled up as place names. We decided on lemon and apple flavoured bonbons from Mrs Kibbles in St Christopher’s Place. We filled 64 hexagonal glass jars and finished the look off with green and white gingham tied with yellow ribbon, and individually designed place names.

St George’s Day

We decided to have a kissing booth created to create a fun vibe and focal point for photographs, we also wanted to help the Japanese Red Cross as we were due to honeymoon in Japan before the Tsunami hit the area. The kissing booth was designed and built by James’ brother in-law Nick, who did a great job in bringing our vision to life in the St Georges theme.

Choosing A Colour Scheme That’s You

I think choosing yellow & green as a colour scheme looked really striking and I wanted it to be different from the usual girly pinks you see at weddings, it allows you to strike the male/female balance. It tied in really well with the venue colours and also springtime! I think that it’s worth making the effort with the small details, as they make everything so interesting to put together and leaves the lasting impact.

A Special Day

It was such a special day and I was amazed by how well everything came together in the end, there is a lot of stress in the build up and all I would say is try and relax and enjoy every minute of it as it all happens so quickly.

It also helps if you find a great venue and Stoke Place and the staff were incredible at making our day go so smoothly and making people feel at ease, I don’t think anyone wanted to leave.

Sound Advice

Write lists, lots of lists!

My bridesmaid charlotte bought me ‘Your pocket wedding planner’ book, which I found invaluable to help plan our big day. It has checklists all the way through helping you to ensure every little detail is covered.

Photography – Eliza Claire

Venue – Stoke Place

Florist – Ruby and Grace

Entertainment – Dave at Not Your Average DJ

We don’t feature the “throwing the bouquet” images often and that’s a shame, like my crush on anything with a sprinkle of confetti this moment is a truly great one (if you can bear to part with your blooms of course!)

Let me know if you are considering a citrus palette for W-day 😉

Big Someone Hand Me A Tissue Love

Charlotte xxx