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.
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!
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!
What was your proposal like?
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.
What was searching for your perfect wedding dress like?
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.
How did you choose the ‘THE ONE’?
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.
What was your most favorite part of your dress?
My underskirt!! My dress was made for twirling and as an added extra I had yellow added into my underskirt. It was amazing!
What accessories did you go for?
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.
How would you describe the styling of your wedding?
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.
Where did you get your wedding inspiration from?
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.
Did you follow any traditions?
Church wedding. Something old, something new, something borrowed something blue
What music did you have during the ceremony?
Entrance of the bridal party to Canon in D, Pachelbel Hymns: 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
What about your first dance song?
The one – Kodaline
What was your most memorable moment of your wedding day?
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.
Did you pick up any tips during the wedding planning stage?
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.