Photography Sarita White Photography
Venue Blackbrook House
Derbyshire wedding venue, Tissington Hall is an absolute beauty of a venue. Striking the perfect balance between historical grandeur and relaxed contemporary sophistication. We are so excited to bring you their new wedding reception location.
This exclusive use wedding venue can host both marquee weddings up to 150 guests and now, with the Carriage House, intimate celebrations for up to 60 friends and family. The most perfect space for your micro wedding, with no compromises in look or feel.
The Carriage House has been simply styled to enhance its fine original features and high ceilings. Decorated in neutral tones, it gives you endless scope to work with your florist and photographer to create the special atmosphere you have always dreamed of for your wedding day.
With its restored clock tower and extensive views of the village of Tissington, the estate and gardens. It is a truly magical location to celebrate your wedding. At the Carriage House, you will be able to prepare for your day in our spacious bridal rooms that have been created on the top floor of the venue. These give you ample space to relax and be pampered with your bridesmaids and family.
I was extremely privileged to have been invited to be part of this shoot. Tissington is one of my favourite venues and it has such a wonderful creative team behind it.
We assembled a great team of experienced wedding industry professionals who pulled out all the stops. The venue stylist and florist even dressed the space twice to demonstrate just how beautiful and versatile The Carriage House can be. The first set up was soft, romantic and reminiscent of a fairy tale and the second was a complete contrast. Simplistic with cool modern hues of grey and foliage.
Venue Tissington Hall
Photography Chris Smith Photography
Dresses, Blossom and Gracie Rose
Suits Jon Paul Menswear
Hair & Makeup Alison Jenner
Flowers Passion Flowers
Venue Lighting Bliss Wedding DJ
With thanks to David Walker for venue styling
Happy Monday everyone! I hope you are all well and able to do a little wedding planning through this tricky time.
We are delighted to bring you an amazing selection of Boho wedding goodness for you to swoon over.
We popped over to the beautiful Exclusive Use Wedding Venue, Heathy Lea. Situated in the middle of Derbyshire’s spectacular Peak District, for a last-minute photoshoot after their wonderful venue showcase weekend. I don’t know why, the last-minute ones always turn out so well, but this one was a real gem.
We had two fabulous Tipi setups by Prestige Events. A ceremony space on the front lawn, and the reception tipi down by the river.
The dresses we chose for this shoot was Blossom with the Ophelia lace long sleeved top. Perfect for those boho vibes and field twirling. Our Peony gown with the Rosie embroidered tulle was the second dress chosen for the reception look. With the delicate pink embroidered roses complementing the pink shades in the second bridal bouquet created by Meadows and Mulberry Weddings and the fabulous neon sign!
Big big thanks have to go to Gray Shepherd Events for provided the bar and keeping the cups of tea flowing and Celebrate Catering’s Pizza truck. Yes, they were DELICIOUS.
So sit back and take a little gander through the glorious pampas grass, macrame and pizza, and maybe get a little boho wedding inspiration for our own wedding day.
Venue, Heathy Lea
Hair and make up, Catherine at Gracie Belle
Photography Danni Turnbull Photography
Tipi, Prestige Events
Flowers, Meadows and Mulberry Weddings
Bar, Gray Shepherd Events
Catering, Celebrate Catering
Cake, The Pantry Door
Styling, Perfect Day Stylists
Neon Sign, Inspired Hire
Bell Tent The Hideout Company
Good Morning! I hope you are all well and excited about what we are about to show you? Some of you may have already seen this stunning shoot as it was featured on Save The Date, but we have added a few more glorious images. So sit back, have a cup of tea to hand, and be transported into a beautiful wilderness elopement story.
Our Wilderness Elopement styled photoshoot was inspired by the dramatic effects Covid-19 has had on weddings in 2020.
Elopements and smaller intimate weddings are quite possibly going to be on the rise as strict restrictions continue to be in place for the foreseeable future. Because of this, an amazing group of wedding suppliers got together in a Derbyshire field to demonstrate just how beautiful and romantic an Elopement wedding could be. We wanted to demonstrate that just because its an elopement, or smaller wedding, doesn’t make your day any less special. You are still marrying the love of your life and that is the most wonderful and joyful commitment you can make. Love will always win!
The style inspiration for this shoot was also born out of COVID-19. The longing to get lost in nature after months of being in lockdown, and what a better place to get lost in than the Peak District. We wanted to reflect the beauty of nature and the nations newfound appreciation for the countryside. From the beautiful blooms locally grown in Derbyshire to the stunning organic design on the picnic napkins. We wanted to create a relaxed yet beautiful mood that was intimate, romantic and full of happiness.
The wonderful Nadia at Nadia Di Tullio, Ashbourne, Derbyshire created the most stunning wild bouquet and flower crown, full to the brim of texture and the colours of summer. They smelt utterly divine.
Heathy Lea as a wedding venue is utterly stunning. Backing on to the beautiful Chatsworth park, there are so many stunning locations for your wedding images. However, teaming that with the raw beauty of the Peak District and we just have major wedding goals right there!
I met Chris Smith a few years ago. He was the wedding photographer to one of our brides and I have wanted to work with him ever since. With a wonderful eye for light, Chris can really get the most stunning, stylish images. We have previously worked together on another styled Tipi shoot and he was really excited when I pitched the idea to him.
Photographer Chris Smith
Venue Heathy Lea
Flowers Nadia Di Tullio
Hair Sarah McCarthy
Accessories Love 2 Sparkle
Dress Elizabeth Malcolm
Cake The Pink Cake Box
Napkin Extra Special Touch
Model Millie McCarthy and Ryan Hunt
What an absolute delight to re-live Julie and Guy’s special elopement wedding at Hazel Gap Barn. When Julie contacted me asking me what I thought about the dress she was wearing with her wedding shoes. “Do you think this is okay for a secret wedding?” immediately I knew that this secret wedding was hers, and there was absolutely no way Julie was walking down any aisle in anything other than her wedding dress!
Because of the COVID-19 restrictions and the wedding postponements the boutique was closed and work on our frocks was paused, therefor Julies dress was still in the toile stage. Not one to shy away from a challenge I suggested that Julie should come on the re opening day on the 4th of July and stay for the whole day, and I would fit the dress to her then and there!
I few changes (and late nights later) I was able to deliver Julies dress the day before the wedding and was astonished at how cool and calm both Julie and Guy were. Julie had made their wedding cake and was creating her flowers. I was blown away with how perfect and romantic this was for them.
Grab a cup of tea and have a read through of not only Julies experience of planning, postponing and having an elopement wedding, but Guys too!
Julie: Stressful. It was more of a discussion and agreement after an argument, over two years ago. Although Guy will tell you I proposed to him via WhatsApp out of the blue one day.
We decided to get a ring I already owned modified and the wait to get the ring back was unbearable. The jeweller injured her hand so work was slow. We were going to Scotland to visit my family and was promised the ring would be ready, but it wasn’t and was getting closer to the day we were leaving. I was upset we wouldn’t have the ring to share the good news with my family. The night before we left, Guy came home from work with Lainey (my stepdaughter) and I was sat at the dining room table talking to Lainey, asking about her day. When I looked around, Guy was on one knee with the ring and a huge smile. “Will you marry me?” “YES!” I was so shocked and so happy. He said he had an elaborate plan to take me to the bandstand at Queens Park, Chesterfield, in the morning and do it then but when he picked the ring up from the jewellers’ everyone was so excited for him and gushing over how beautiful the ring was he couldn’t contain it so had to do it as soon as he got home.
It was perfect, just the three of us. All my worry and stress vanished instantly. I’m glad Guy still managed to surprise me with a proposal even though we’d agreed to it months before and already called ourselves engaged.
Guy: The proposal was unconventional, much like the two of us. Due to Julie’s job, we’re apart from each other often and much of our relationship is powered by Whatsapp messaging and video calls. I remember being stood in the living room and during a conversation with Julie, she just dropped out the question so casually that she had to reinforce to me that she was being serious. I accepted without hesitation and so our story began.
Julie: From a previous horrendous experience, I was dreading wedding dress shopping and didn’t go into any stores. I didn’t want to squeeze into too small dresses that would only accentuate my insecurities or be told that I couldn’t have the type of dress I was looking for. I looked online for inspiration for a long, long time and I found a gorgeous dress that was way out of price range. I would have also have had to go to a roadshow in London to try it. That’s when I thought maybe I could get a similar dress made and after contacting a few dressmakers that said no, I phoned Lizzie who gave me a super positive impression from the get-go.
Guy: From my point of view, Julie had found a dress design which she fell in love with and while we were sat eating in a Red’s True BBQ restaurant somewhere she told me exactly how much the dress would cost. I nearly fell off my chair at that point and we had to have a serious discussion about how we were going to compromise on the dress. Julie was adamant that she wanted *THAT* *DRESS* and we seriously considered having to view it at a roadshow in London or even having to travel to Israel to meet the designer.
Julie had the brainwave of contacting some dressmakers to see if they could design and make a dress very similar to the one she’d seen. No one really filled her with confidence and to start with it seemed a little fruitless. Happening upon Lizzie was undoubtedly fateful and instantly we knew we’d made the right choice!
Julie: I knew I wanted an A-line (to hide my big hips) with long sleeves (to hide my big arms) and originally was looking at blush coloured dresses but found a super sparkly champagne dress that I didn’t even compare to any others.
Going to meet Lizzie for the first time and looking at fabrics to put together my dress, put me at ease and filled me with confidence that Lizzie would make me look and feel pretty in anything. Over the course of our appointments, the dress design changed for the better, different lace and even no sleeves! Lizzie constantly reminded me that my dress is for me, that although we had inspiration from a model in a photograph, it was my dress.
Lizzie is outstanding at making women feel good about themselves. At not comparing bodies to other bodies, and for doing all that she possibly can do to make your vision come to life.
Guy: Julie and Lizzie worked together basing their original concept on the dress which Julie had found. There was talk of modifying the design to make it unique and perfect for Julie. By the time all fittings had been done and the big day arrived, I’d been told that the final dress barely resembled the original concept but that it was truly bespoke and exactly to Julie’s wants.
I wore my normal jewellery, including the Skin and Bone bangle and ring Guy had got me for my 30th birthday a few months before, and the necklace Guy got me when we first got together in 2017. I’ve only taken it off once and that was while I was going for surgery. I wore a hair vine, carried my Dad’s handkerchief that I’d cross-stitched the date onto and a silver sixpence in my shoe that was gifted to me by my Grandad Hunter. My bouquet had two small photo frames with pictures of each of my grandparents on their wedding days.
Julie: Almost our whole wedding was planned. We had pretty much organised it all two years prior. We were just about to send out the invitations, almost the last thing to do. We kept trying to keep positive that our wedding was going to go ahead in its entirety so held off for as long as possible to postpone. We couldn’t risk our family and friends health and safety and knew that many of our guests would decline because of the ever increasing situation.
Guy: It wasn’t really a thing for us back at the beginning. We’d done everything (somehow) quite sometime before the COVID-19 outbreak so we were absolutely mortified when we realised that the virus wasn’t going to go away. However, we faced up to reality and found a new date for May 2021, coincidentally falling on the exact date we first viewed our venue! It was a huge disappointment to us that we had to postpone, but because of the severity of the situation, we knew we had to put the safety and health of our guests first. It felt like unfinished business though…
Julie: As upset as we were that we’d had to postpone to make sure our friends and family could celebrate with us, we knew the whole point of a wedding was our commitment to each other. I’d posed the option of Guy and I marrying in an intimate setting which Guy thought long and hard about.
When the announcement was made that small weddings could go ahead again, I first got in touch with the registrars to see if we could do a registry office wedding and was told that our notice of intent was linked to the venue and there was not enough time to get a new notice of intent for a new venue. I got in touch with Hazel Gap Barn to ask if it was possible for us to go ahead with the wedding and they were more than accommodating and excited to host our secret wedding.
It would be the first wedding they’d hold since COVID-19 started. Everything aligned to make sure we could get married on our original date and even after postponing it still felt like our date. I’m glad we got married just the two of us on our date because our love and being together is what matters. Much more than a big party. Although we’re just as excited for that too. It was fate.
Guy: After we had realised that there was a huge chance that we weren’t going to keep our original date, Julie suggested that maybe we could get married quietly. I was the one who had insisted that I wanted everyone at our wedding and so I pushed back on this idea for a while. I kept a small portion of my mind open, even though I had huge reservations about the quiet wedding and how that would go across with my family, some of which are quite traditional in their thinking.
It was when we visited my grandparents after the first relaxing of the lockdown rules and my grandmother suggested that we might go and get married quietly, I started to see the situation differently. One of my colleagues said the same thing as my grandmother and my thinking shifted even more towards how a secret, quiet wedding might go. It started to make sense to me and very much became a serious option.
Julie: Ridiculously excited! I wanted to tell EVERYONE! It was nice having this little secret between us though. Something to share just together. I told everyone I could, people that aren’t directly linked to our families or social circle, like my masseuse and hairdresser, Guy’s barber, and the jewellers.
The weekend before the wedding I started having serious doubts about whether we were doing the right thing. I knew getting married was right, but was it wrong to exclude our loved ones? Guy helped me rationale that my family wouldn’t have been able to travel down, there wouldn’t have been anywhere for them to stay, my Dad wouldn’t have been able to walk me down the aisle, that we were still having the ceremony and reception for everyone in May. If we had had our family there, things would have been stifled and awkward, having to socially distance from everyone when all we want to do is hug and kiss them. It wouldn’t have been an enjoyable day.
Guy: Honestly, I was quite anxious. It seemed naughty and like we were the architects of some grand conspiracy, but that anxiety and worry very quickly gave way to excitement. As the registrars and the venue were only just starting to get to grips with how weddings would proceed and with the short notice, we were still unsure a week before the wedding whether it would actually be possible.
I made the bouquet and buttonhole myself from flowers I ordered from Bloom and Wild. Our actual florist, Frond and Bloom, offered me some advice and will do the flowers for the sequel wedding in May.
Julie: It was really nice. We had a nice lie-in, and I made bacon sandwiches to have breakfast in bed and we just took it really easy, stress free. We were extremely relaxed like it was just another day, but with this excitement buzzing about the atmosphere. We were giddy and laughed all morning, all day.
When Lizzie arrived Guy was banished downstairs. He’d set his clothes out the night before in the most adorable little trail, that’s when the nervousness started creeping in. It was real then. I could have burst. There was a ridiculous amount of energy coming from us. There was a sadness that my sister wasn’t the one helping me into my wedding dress, that Lainey wasn’t there doing final twirl tests in her sparkly flower girl dress and beaming that she was wearing high heels and that Guy wasn’t with his brother and best friends getting ready and swigging whisky from the personalised hip flask I’d gifted him. But there was a happiness that today I would finally marry my person, that we’d waited so long for something so good to happen. It felt naughty but it felt oh so right. I’m surprised I managed to keep breathing. I wanted to squeal with excitement. I wanted to tell everyone. I wanted everyone to be sharing in our happiness but I also love that we selfishly kept it all just for us. Focussed solely on the two of us, because that’s what the day was all about, the two of us.
Guy: It was almost surreal. We had an incredibly relaxed morning, lovely long lie-in and bacon sandwiches in bed. We had some phenomenal excitement building up as every minute and hour ticked by. Lizzie arriving made everything super-real for me and I was quickly confined to downstairs to allow the bridal party space and privacy to do all the preparations, giving me the opportunity to still be surprised and dazzled by the beauty of my bride in her dress.
Julie: He gasped. His eyes lit up and his jaw dropped! He had the biggest smile. He was speechless. It made me feel like the most beautiful, luckiest girl in the whole world.
Guy: Time stopped. She looked so heavenly in her dress, positively bridal and absolutely glowing with happiness. My mouth fell open and I was unable to find words for a good minute or two. She was the perfect bride.
Julie: Yes! Very. Even though it was just the two of us and three witnesses. I was a mixture of so many emotions I didn’t know what way was up. So excited and nervous all at once that I even messed up saying my own name!
Guy: The ceremony was really intimate. With just a few of us there, it was a really special moment. It was quiet, peaceful and the room was filled with expectation and excitement as I was stood in front of the registrar, fidgeting and babbling nervously. As the music started, my eyes were transfixed on the door to the bridal room waiting to get my first glimpse of my soon-to-be wife. Without guests in the room, my whole view was one of my bride looking absolutely perfect, walking through an aisle of candles. Any remnants of worry dissolving instantly, I was left with an absolute sense of euphoria and filled with love. I’ve never felt anything like how I felt at that time and the image of Julie walking towards me will be one of my dearest memories.
Julie: Still in our wedding attire we went to Tesco to collect a food shop for our mini-moon to Sherwood Forest Center Parcs. I didn’t want to take my dress off at all, I just wanted to swish and spin in it all day. I wanted to show it off to everyone and bring joy to other people that good things were beginning to happen again during such a hard and troubling time. Two little girls cycled passed us as we got out of the car at our villa and gushed and shouted how beautiful I was and happy wedding day. We spent the rest of the day and night in the hot tub calling each other Mr and Mrs Wall, grinning away and giggling every time we said husband or wife, drinking cocktails.
Guy: HA! This bit is one of my favorite parts of our wedding story. We had a couple of glasses of champagne and just calmed ourselves a little before we headed off to do what every newly wedded couple does… went to collect our shopping from Tesco in our wedding finery. The guy who came to greet us was blown away at the fact we had been married less than an hour and was highly amused at the crazy newlywed couple whose car he was dumping shopping bags into. Shopping loaded, we headed off to Center Parcs at Sherwood Forest, but not before we found a pub to toast the event, again taking pretty much everyone by surprise and revelling in the congratulations coming from strangers. Center Parcs was a similar affair with almost everyone in the reservations hut coming to wish us well and offer their congratulations. It was so special and I couldn’t have asked for more.
Julie: The day was perfect for us. We’re not the most conventional couple, deciding to buy a house together on our second date, me moving to Chesterfield after our third, Guy coming to Lizzie’s with me to help design my wedding dress. So a secret wedding, or minimony, was right up our street and we’re looking forward to partying with everyone we love next May when things will be safe. We finally feel complete. Nothing exceptional has changed to our circumstances but we feel whole, like our wedding rings were the only missing part.
Guy: I’m a strong believer in fate and serendipity. There are countless things we could have changed about the day, inviting selected family members or friends, telling people we were getting married beforehand or even not deciding to get married at all. But everything about that day, for us was perfect. It was kooky, unusual and totally non-traditional. I couldn’t have wished for a more beautiful day.
Julie: All of it! Hearing the music start, seeing Guy at the end of the aisle, putting our rings on each other, Guy dip kissing me, walking back up the aisle as husband and wife. I couldn’t pick one moment from the whole day. From realising it didn’t matter Guy’s suit trousers didn’t fit the Friday before, that my hair wouldn’t be perfect, from going to bed knowing we were waking up together on our wedding day, the road being closed and us having to detour, to us laughing all week at us riding a tandem bike and competitively shooting crossbows. It was all exactly how things were meant to be, the way the stars and spirits wanted it to be. I couldn’t pick one moment.
Guy: My favourite part is undoubtedly seeing Julie walking down the aisle. Everything about that moment filled me with love and happiness and it’s a memory I will treasure forever.
I ran up the aisle to Gin Wigmore – I Will Love You. It’s got beautiful lyrics that mean a lot to us. The song didn’t even get to the first chorus! I was so excited, I just wanted to get married to Guy.
Julie: We intended to keep it secret. We weren’t going to tell anyone until the wedding in May but realised that ten months is a really long time to keep it secret and that we’d rather tell people on our own terms than people find out accidentally.
We told as many people as we could on our mini-moon, even bagged a free Starbucks, and a whole bunch of strangers sheer elatedness for us psyched us up into telling our family and friends. We didn’t want to hide something we were so proud of. After getting home from our mini-moon, four nights later, and taking a few hours to settle, we video called my parents and just dropped the bomb. Phoned my Grandad Hunter, then went to Guy’s brother’s and told his parents and family.
Guy: After our break at Center Parcs we headed home, already having done a U-turn on my desire to keep the marriage quiet until May. I wanted to keep it a surprise until our so-called sequel wedding but after the big day and the break at Center Parcs, we couldn’t hide our excitement and we wanted to tell the whole world. So off we popped to my parents to spring the news on them, Julie having to video call hers in Edinburgh.
Julie: It turns out it would have been the worst kept secret in history as our parents and friends all had the same reaction, “I knew it!” They’re all extremely happy for us. Everyone has been understanding and thinks it’s very romantic that we got married on our original date and can’t wait to party with us in May. Guy’s Nan had the absolute best reaction, she has been very strict with isolation and lockdown rules so when we went to see her and tell her, her eyes went so wide “You haven’t!? You’ve got married!? Did you really!? Balls to Corona!” and gave us both the biggest hug.
Guy: Everyone was over the moon and so happy for us. Some even said they knew that we were going to do it. We’re known for being quite spontaneous and I think people knew how much the wedding meant to us.
Julie: It’s hard. It’s difficult. It’s like you’re grieving but, you will get through this. Everyone will understand any decisions you make. Hopefully postponing your wedding was as simple and straightforward as when we did ours. All our vendors were available for our new wedding date and it was a straight swap. If it’s not though, then your wedding isn’t ruined, it just wasn’t meant to be that way and you’ll find new vendors that will make your postponed wedding date the most perfect day it possibly can be. Keep calm and know that it doesn’t matter where you are, or who you’re with, or what you’re wearing (although pretty dresses definitely make you feel good), all that matters is the love you share with your partner and the commitment you’re willing to make to spend the rest of your lives together.
Guy: Yes. Consider a quiet pre-wedding. It’s such an intimate and personal event and it takes a lot of the pressure and anxiety out of the equation. There’s almost no downside as your guests will still get to celebrate your wedding with you when your sequel arrives, yet you get to share the actual act of exchanging vows and rings with the one you love without any of the nerves or worry!
Julie: Do it! Find a place that you both love and do it! All that matters is you and your partner and not anyone else’s opinions. The wedding is for you two, not for anyone else, so do exactly what you want. Even running away to somewhere remote (or thirty minutes away) and getting strangers to be your witnesses. Anyone that wants to voice a negative opinion isn’t worth your time, they’re not worth crying over, and they especially can’t take your day and your love away from you.
Guy: Try not to overthink too much about the possibility of people being disappointed or feeling excluded by your decision to have your wedding privately. If you’re having your sequel wedding with everyone there, they still get the whole wedding experience and really, that’s the bit that everyone wants to be there for. I took some convincing to go for the concept but honestly speaking, now I wouldn’t have had it any other way.
Venue Hazel Gap Barn
A beautiful, quintessentially English, Derbyshire wedding venue. Throw in an amazing Tipi company and a swing and we have the most incredible setting for a wedding, at Heathy Lea.
Set in the breathtaking Derbyshire Peak District, on the Chatsworth Estate. Heathy Lea is known for being a luxury bed and breakfast, as well as offering gorgeous self-catering cottages. But that is not all, Heathy Lea is also a unique wedding venue. Offering couples exclusive weekend use for your special occasion.
With the stunning Peak District quite literary on the doorstep, there is no limit to the beauty of this venue. The garden’s summerhouse is fully licensed for marriages, so you could say your I Dos outside looking at that amazing view. However, if you’d prefer a church service, there is St Peters in Edensor and St Anne’s Baslow. Heathy Lea can then be used to hold your wedding reception in either a marquee or Tipi.
I first met Chris Smith a few years ago when he photographed a wedding that I had created the Bridal dress for and thought his work was wonderful. I was so excited to be asked to work with him again, and he did not disappoint as I am sure you will agree.
We started this shoot at 7 pm in the evening so we could make the most of that beautiful evening light and it was simply stunning.
The fabulous frock we chose for this shoot was our Bronte design. A gorgeous, relaxed yet elegant dress, created from beautiful layers of silk chiffon, and french corded lace. Perfect for this tipi setting.
So grab a cuppa and relax, as your in for a treat!
Location, Heathy Lea
Photographer Chris Smith
Tipi Prestige Events UK
We were absolutely delighted to have receive an email with Sarah and James’ relaxed, at home wedding album. And we could not wait to share this magical day with you.
Sarah chose a bespoke version of our 1950’s inspired, tea length, Olivia dress. With lots of luscious layers of tulle for her skirt, a yellow flower and a few layers of yellow tulle in the underskirt. This dress certainly had Sarah’s individuality all over it.
Their day was full of relaxed fun where guests played connect 4, ate from Street Food vans and an Ice Cream Bike and danced the night away!
Not at all like the movies!
We were on holiday in Portugal travelling round in a campervan and had stopped in Cascais for a couple of nights. We had just worked out that we had a day’s gap between giving back the campervan and our hotel booking. After deciding it was James’ fault, I wouldn’t let him take us for a nice meal anymore because we now needed to pay for a hotel. I wasn’t expecting there to be a reason he wanted such a nice meal!
After dinner in an Irish bar (which was not what he had in mind) he took us to the port to see the sunset. Even then I hadn’t realised something was happening so when James proposed my first reaction was “Are you really doing this”?!
Not quite what he had in mind, but he got the “Yes” he was hoping for once I caught up.
Initially, terrifying! I’m not at all girly so suddenly being thrown into a world where everyone knows the name of fabrics and necklines was scary. My mum took me to see Lizzie and the first time we walked in to book an appointment I didn’t even touch the dresses. I did a lot of “Pintrest”ing and went to a couple of shops, but my dress turned out to be 99% the design Lizzie drew after our first appointment.
Go with your gut!
Lizzie’s design took my favourite parts of her dresses and made it “me”. I also really liked the atmosphere in Lizzies shop. It wasn’t pushy sales and I didn’t have to know the names of every material or neckline under the sun (thank god!!)
You will be in your dress all day it needs to be something you are happy and comfortable in – both because it “you” and because it fits you. Trying on the different styles, there were some that felt alien and others I started to relax in.
My underskirt!! My dress was made for twirling and as an added extra I had yellow added into my underskirt. It was amazing!
James bought my jewellery as my wedding present. It was from Clogau in their Past Present Future collection and matched my wedding ring which was made by Lou Lou Jewellery. I also had a tiny pin that belonged to my grandad which went in the flower on my dress. My shoes were from Rainbow Club – genuinely a pair of all-day heels.
Village fete/ Summer party. We wanted it to be a day everyone would enjoy no matter their age and something everyone could feel comfortable at even while we were doing the formal bits like family photography.
James had worked on bars at weddings in the past and really liked the Tipi weddings he had been to. We went to a couple of open days and spent a lot of time looking at supplier photos online to see what parts we liked.
Church wedding. Something old, something new, something borrowed something blue
Entrance of the bridal party to Canon in D, Pachelbel
One More Step Along the World I Go
Lord of All Hopefulness
Exit of the wedding party to Jesu, Joy of Mans Desiring, J S Bach
The one – Kodaline
During the ceremony, the vicar asks the congregation to be seated. Well… James also went and sat down, with the best man! Leaving me stood at the front of church and the whole church laughing. It’s ok, it only took a moment for him to realise, but it’s certainly something we will laugh about for years to come.
Actually do the things you talk about! We were very laid back with planning. Once we had the Church and venue sorted, we took a back seat for a little longer than we should have. When people say things get booked a year in advance they really do! Lizzie kept me on track at our fittings with a few helpful reminders.
Remember, you are planning “your” day to celebrate your marriage and the rest of your lives. It may be hard but try to choose the things that you will enjoy.
When you pick up cards or see websites you like – write it down an write down why you liked it. By the end of planning you will have a million notes and business cards and trying to remember which one you wanted… easier said than done.
Who was your:
Photographer Bethany Howarth Photography
Venue All Saint’s Church, Mugginton and then we were very lucky to have the reception at home in a tipi.
Caterer Saffron Catering provided out afternoon tea with copious amounts of chocolate brownies. The Derbyshire Ice cream bike, well…. they did ice cream for the guests while we did the family photographs Kerb Bears did our evening food from their funky street food van (which people still talk about now!). Our bar was done by Shoulder of Mutton, Osmaston.
Hair and Make Up Amazing Grace Hair and Make-up Artistry
Shoes Rainbow Club. We had the same shoes for our bridesmaids but had theirs dyed in a yellow to match my underskirt.
Flowers Polka Dot
Any finishing touches We used a lot of ribbon to decorate inside the tipi. We also had matching flowers made for the bridesmaid dresses by Lizzie, which as a great touch to link things together.
For Charlotte and Zaks relaxed walled garden wedding, colour, music and plentiful celebrations were the order of the day.
It was October, the sun was beaming and The Walled Garden at Beeston Fields was a hub of activity when Lizzie arrived to dress Charlotte in her bespoke wedding dress. Charlotte’s wedding dress was based around our Bea design. To make it perfect for Charlotte we created a fuller skirt and sleeves so she would feel more relaxed, and hand appliqued all the intricate lacework on the bodice, sleeves and hem, to reflect her love of embroidery.
The Walled Garden at Beeston Fileds was the perfect venue for Charlotte and Zaks relaxed wedding vision. The stunning English garden setting with the victorian architecture created a beautiful backdrop for their wedding images. The whole day was stunning, full of emotions and love for a wonderful couple.
Every year we visit York for a few days for my birthday. On this particular birthday
I was woken at 7am to homemade mimosas! And my presents to unwrap. One of the
gifts he’d bought me was a polaroid printer which allows you to print photos from your
phone. Before we went away he’d taken a photo of himself holding up a sign saying ‘Will
you marry me?’ which he then printed from his phone once I had unwrapped the printer!
It was absolutely perfect and one of my most treasured memories.
Try and be flexible, if you can. Flexibility saves disappointment! Of course, we all
have certain elements of our dream wedding that we know are non-negotiable. But if you
can be flexible with others it saves so much stress as there is usually a way around most
wedding-crises that crop up!
Lizzie ensures that every step of the wedding dress process is calm and stress-
free, but most importantly enjoyable! Sitting in her beautiful boutique with my mum,
having a cup of tea and trying on beautiful wedding dresses, slowly building my own
dream dress, is one of my favourite parts of wedding planning. I wish I could do It all
I’m sure Lizzie will agree – I was not the easiest bride to dress!! Lots of girls know exactly what they are looking for when they begin wedding dress shopping, whereas I had no idea. I knew what kind of thing I liked, and more strongly than that what I didn’t like! But I found it very hard imagining those elements altogether. Because of this and because I can be so indecisive I knew I would never have that ‘the one’ moment when trying on a dress. But this is why I knew Elizabeth Malcolm was the perfect place because the dresses are tailored so perfectly to each bride. Lizzie was so patient and helped me work out which elements of each of her dresses I wanted to incorporate into my own, and even let me make changes along the way! But it meant that once it all came together, my dress was undoubtedly the one for me.
The beautiful embroidery. Once I’d settled on the style and fit I wanted for my dress, I knew there was still something missing, but wasn’t sure what. I wear a lot of clothing with embroidered flowers so Lizzie suggested we incorporate this and it was perfect! We had lace flowers and embroidery creeping across the chest and down the sleeves, as well as coming up from the hem of the skirt. It tied the whole thing together so brilliantly and made it even more ME.
I bought a matching necklace and bracelet set in a leafy design which wonderfully matched the style of the neckline of my dress. I then had lovely pearl earrings that belonged to my mum, and an absolutely beautiful hairpiece with flowers and leaves and pearls, tying everything together.
I was lucky enough to have my hair done by Vicky Rodgers who is my friend first and hairdresser second! Vicky and her colleague Rachael did my hair as well as my bridesmaids and my Mum, and did a brilliant job on all of us.
I think when it all came together; my overall look was very reminiscent of ‘me’ –
which is what I wanted for our wedding day. A day that encapsulated us as a couple and our personalities and styles.
Very relaxed. Lots of colours, lots of flowers and greenery, a little bit boho! FUN!
Here, there and everywhere. I knew I didn’t want a ‘theme’ to our wedding, but I did know that I wanted it to feel relaxed. Therefore I was able to include anything and everything that we loved! I took lots of inspiration from online and some magazines, as well as lots of wedding fairs. Especially those at our venue, The Walled Garden at Beeston Fields. This meant we had a bit of everything at our wedding – a magician, an ice cream van, sparklers, temporary tattoos! You name it. But all these different aspects meant it was tailored perfectly to us and our characters.
For our guest book, we had a polaroid camera to allow guests to leave a photo of themselves alongside their message which was a really nice touch. I love bees so we had ‘seed bombs’ in the shape of bees which when planted will grow wildflowers! And my husband has lots of tattoos so we put hundreds of temporary tattoos on the tables which went down very well with all the guests!
We always knew our wedding wouldn’t be very traditional. We had all the usual things like being walked down the aisle by my Dad, the traditional speeches etc. but we didn’t get married in a church, we didn’t do the welcome line-up, my husband had 4 best men! We weren’t concerned with tradition and instead simply went with what felt right to us. Chilled and relaxed.
We are big music fans and so getting this part right was important to us. We went with beautiful songs that either meant a lot to us or we felt fitted the occasion well. While guests were arriving and taking their seats we had The One by Kodaline and In Case You Didn’t Know by Brett Young. Me and my bridesmaids walked down the aisle to Bless The Broken Road by Rascal Flatts – the loveliest song. While we signed the registers we had Can’t see Straight by Jamie Lawson, She’s Everything by Brad Paisley and Whatever It Is by Zac Brown Band. Finally, we walked back down the aisle as Husband and Wife to Love Someone by Brett Eldredge. One or two of our guests commented on the music afterwards and asked if we’d picked it all ourselves as they fit so nicely together – so mission achieved!
Our first dance song was Spin Me Around by Patent Pending. This is a song we’ve always loved by a band we’ve seen live many times. The lyrics are wonderful and make it the perfect first dance song. But to make it even more special we had a version recorded for us by our friend’s band Waking Vegas. The best wedding band ever!
I can’t decide! Getting ready to walk down the aisle with my Dad, seeing my husband for the first time, looking around during the speeches and seeing everyone we loved in one place, right at the end after an evening of dancing and being so happy and content. There is too many to choose from!
Lists, lists, lists! Keeping everything in your head can make it seem so overwhelming as there is obviously so much planning that goes into your big day. Write everything down, split it into sections – “to pay” “to buy” “to finalise” etc and start ticking stuff off. Seeing it broken down into smaller sections makes it seem much less daunting.
Photographer: Ian Dearman Media
Venue: The Walled Garden at Beeston Fields
Caterer: The Walled Garden at Beeston Fields
Bridesmaid dresses: Asos!
Hair: Vicky Rodgers
Makeup: Amy at The Pout Parlour
Videographer: Ian Dearman Media
Cake: My Aunty did our cake for us!
Shoes: Dune London
“Lizzie could not have done anymore to put me at ease from day 1. She is kind, funny and patient, whilst being very creative and talented. She knew the style that would suit my figure, how to make it bespoke to my likes and made what seemed a daunting process to me, so easy and enjoyable.”- Helen
“Lizzie has a unique way of putting you at ease! Nothing is too much trouble to try, even if it means spending hours trying on all the dresses she has designed. Lizzie always went the extra mile to ensure our dresses were exactly what we wanted, even coming to the venue to on the day to make sure the dresses were perfect! Lizzie is ace!!!”-Lucy
The venue, The West Mill
Flowers, Twisted Willow
Photography, Becky Ryan
“I cannot express enough how incredibly wonderful my whole experience was with Elizabeth Malcolm! Lizzie is the most welcoming and comforting person to have with you throughout your wedding journey. Not only does she design your dream dress with such passion and intricacy, but she also helps put you at ease with any/all other wedding worries. When you walk through her door, you are her number one priority. Her dresses are unique and no request is too much for your dream dress! Simply perfect!”
If you would like to find out more about Stephanies and Roberts wedding details. Have a read of our blog post.
Images were taken by a family friend. The venue was St Susannahs Church in Horsley Woodhouse and Reception was at The Farmhouse at Mackworth. The flowers were created by Polka Dot Florist. Make-up was by Caroline from Vanity Hair in Kilburn, Kelly from Blend in Derby did Stephanies Hair. Suit hire was from Brigdans Derby