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!
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.
What was your proposal like?
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.
Did you pick up any tips during the planning stage?
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!
What was searching for your perfect wedding dress like?
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 again!
How did you choose the ‘THE ONE’?
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.
What was your most favourite part of your dress?
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.
What accessories did you go for?
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.
Who did your Wedding hair and makeup?
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.
How did you decide on your look?
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.
How would you describe the styling of your wedding?
Very relaxed. Lots of colours, lots of flowers and greenery, a little bit boho! FUN!
Where did you get your wedding inspiration from?
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.
Any small details that you would like to mention?
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!
Did you follow any traditions?
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.
What music did you have during the ceremony?
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!
What about your first dance song?
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!
What was your most memorable moment of the day?
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!
Do you have any tips for brides to be, for wedding planning?
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.
“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
Stephanie was the epitome of a classic, traditional and timeless bride. She and Robert were married at St Susannahs Church in Horsley Woodhouse. Then their reception was at The Farmhouse at Mackworth. For their traditional wedding, Stephanie chose to wear our stunning Gracie Rose with the added loveliness of a lace jacket with sleeves, pockets, a super long train and a delicate lace edge veil for her beautiful spring wedding. Small personal touches such as tulips for her flowers, the tea and biscuit station and creating their own decorations, therefor making their day even more special to them and their guests.
Read on to discover Stephanie and Roberts wedding journey and the personal details they created for their special day.
What was the proposal like?
“My husband proposed in the comfort of our own home but it was an unbelievably special proposal. I came home to a rose on the door with one of my favourite songs playing. I walked into our hallway where the cabinet I’d wanted for ages was sat. The cabinet consisted of eleven draws each with a numbered luggage label. Each one was filled with a handwritten note and some special tokens. In the last one was the ring and the message asking me to marry Rob, when I turned around Rob was there! I couldn’t stop crying. “
searching for your perfect wedding dress like?
I knew in my head what I’d always wanted and after seeing other people’s experiences and dresses from Lizzie, I wanted an Elizabeth Malcolm dress and experience. Searching for my perfect dress was easy – as soon as I walked through Lizzie’s door, she was ready to help me make my perfect dress a reality.
did you choose the ‘THE ONE’?
I knew the style of dress I wanted and I knew which one of Lizzie’s dresses was my dream style – ‘Gracie-Rose’. As soon as I put it on I knew it was the dress for me. I wanted a traditional dress but still, one that was unique to me. Lizzie helped me create my dress just that by adding all those extra parts to ‘Gracie-Rose’ that I wanted. A lace jacket and sleeves, the train, pockets, buttons all the way down the back and a huge veil. Lizzie was incredible at listening to all my ideas and incorporating these into making the perfect dress. Each appointment was such an incredible experience.
Seeing your dress develop in front of your eyes and receiving the all-important wedding day advice from Lizzie was priceless. Lizzie always made me and my Mum feel so welcome and she was with us every step of the way. She was even integral to the wedding morning, which flowed so well.
What was your absolute most favourite part of your dress?
There were too many parts of my dress that I loved to pick a favourite. I loved my lace jacket that was added to the top of my dress. It was always my dream to have lace sleeves and it just gave the detail to my dress that I wanted. I was so pleased with my pockets that Lizzie added to my dress to carry those all-important tissues that I was going to need. When I showed my pockets to my husband in the service he was so impressed! I also adored the embroidered name and date that Lizzie added inside my dress along with my ‘something blue’ ribbon and a piece of my mum’s wedding dress.
What accessories did you go for to make your look complete?
I had a beautiful
diamond belt around my waist which tied in a bow at the back. I purposely went
for a high neck-line dress to avoid having to pick a necklace. I went with a
pearl and diamond bracelet and a matching hair grip with pearl earrings.
Who did your hair and makeup?
My local beautician, Caroline from Vanity Hair in Kilburn, did my make-up. I wanted someone who knew me well and could give me that all-important bridal look but still keep me as natural as possible, I don’t wear much make-up in my everyday life. I also went with my regular hairdresser, Kelly from Blend in Derby. She has been my hairdresser for many years and knows my hair inside out. She was incredible at making a plan with me to make sure my hair was the right length and colour to what I wanted for the big day.
you decide on your look?
Everything seemed to fall into place with how I looked. I had a basic idea in my head of what I wanted. When I shared these ideas with the professionals around me, they then guided me to help make these ideas possible and to make sure everything worked with what I wanted.
you describe the styling of your wedding?
Our wedding was traditional
but with a rustic theme. I wanted a traditional feel to our wedding day but
with our own personality thrown in. We went for the wooden and hessian look with
all our own decorations mixed in and I loved how much we did ourselves. We made
a lot of our own decorations and I loved seeing it all come together on the
you get your wedding inspiration from?
A lot of our inspiration
came from things we had seen online. We would find an idea and then see how we
could incorporate this into our big day.
details that you would like to mention?
I love revisiting all the memories from our wedding, especially our guest book and photo-booth book that our guests could write in. But I am really looking forward to opening our first-anniversary jar. We asked our guests to write us a message on a luggage label and put them in a jar for us to open on our anniversary. We had a first anniversary and a tenth-anniversary jar. The tenth is hidden away but our first is on show ready to open on our anniversary.
Did you follow any wedding traditions?
Our wedding was very traditional. A church wedding with a fancy wedding car to take us to our venue. Groomsmen in tails, a three-tiered cake and formal seating on the top table. One tradition that we did follow which didn’t bother me at the time but I am now so glad we did was the line-up into our wedding breakfast. I thought it was old fashioned and unnecessary, but my venue encouraged us that it is a nice idea to give people chance to take in the seating plan and get settle and that it gives us a chance to see everyone. Without that line-up, I don’t think I would have spoken to all our guests on such a busy day. I had some lovely, unforgettable moments with my friends and family during the line-up.
did you have during the ceremony?
In the church, we had the traditional wedding march into the ceremony and ‘Arrival of the Queen of Sheba’ on the way out. I had ‘Jerusalem’ as it is one of my hymns that I have always loved. While signing the register we had ‘You Were Meant For Me’ from Singin in the Rain because of my love of musicals and ‘All I Want Is You’ by Barry Louis Polisar. While eating our wedding breakfast, we used a playlist Rob and I had made. We tried to include as many of our guests’ own wedding songs to catch their attention and bring back brilliant memories for them.
your first dance song?
We had Steve Tyrell’s
version of ‘The Way You Look Tonight’ from ‘Father of the Bride’. The song
means so much to me and we both loved the lyrics.
your most memorable moment of the day?
My most memorable moment of the day has got to be the evening reception. The whole day is special and full of special moments. I loved having the car ride to the reception where Rob and I had a few moments together and a chance to breathe. However, the evening was just exceptional and Rob and I talk about it so often. From the atmosphere of everyone dancing to our incredible Rock n’ Roll band, ‘The Buddies’. Even the brilliant cheesy disco after was great and everyone gave it their all. Anyone not dancing was eating great food and enjoying the photo booth. We ended in a huge circle with Rob and I in the middle dancing to The Beatles’ ‘All You Need Is Love’. I loved how we let ourselves go at night and really did dance the night away.
Do you have any tips for brides to be for wedding planning?
A lot of my tips came from other peoples experiences and a lot from the companies we’d chosen to work with. Make sure you have what you want and not what anyone else wants. Only invite the people you want there and don’t let others persuade you. Soak in every minute of your day and enjoy every minute of the planning and build-up. This was the best advice given to me and it was perfect in the end.
Likewise, make lists, lists, lists. I had so many lists and it helped so much seeing things getting crossed off, but also making sure everything gets done. Lists also help your spouse to be, as they don’t always know what’s going on in your head. Also, during the planning, when everything gets on top of you and you just want the wedding to come, just remember that it’s going to be amazing. It will be the best day of your life and, when it’s done, you really are going to want to do it all over again.
Over this past month, the effect of the COVID-19 virus has been immense. We at Elizabeth Malcolm, are here to try and shine a light for all brides out in wedding land. We are sharing our top tips for feeling positive though this tricky and difficult time. As well as some ideas on how to handle your wedding postponement.
Firstly I want to say a massive hello to you and give you all a virtual cuddle. What a horrible and scary time for us and my heart goes out to you if you are having to rearrange your special day. As most of you have been planning for about 2 years, just even thinking about postponing your wedding, never mind actually doing this is extremely overwhelming and stressful.
With this in mind, I have come up with a few top tips for you so you can start to feel positive about postponing your wedding day. Also, there are some tasks you can be doing to try and lift your spirits and get you wedding-ready again!
Try Not To Panic, Your Wedding Is Postponed Not Cancelled
I know that is so easy to say and not that easy to put into practice, but just breathe… Your wedding has been postponed, not cancelled. You are still getting married to your favourite ever person and your best people will still be around you. It just may not happen on the day you were expecting. Guests will absolutely understand, and if they don’t then why are they even invited! Can you actually imagine after all this has ended, and we are allowed to gather and party again, just how happy everyone will be to celebrate with you and shower you with love and affection? The party will be epic!
Do Those Jobs You Wanted To Do But Were Running Out Of Time For.
Because of your postponement, now you have got the time to finish those handmade signs you wanted to paint. To creative photo booth backdrop that you couldn’t get your head around. Or even those pesky personalised favours you have been trying to create. Take back some control, be proactive and get some tasks done. You will feel so much better for it!
This article from Brides gives great tips on DIY wedding decorations that can give a personalised feel to the day!
Do Your Research
For those of you that are still in the planning stage. There is no reason why you can’t continue on with that. If you have access to a computer get emailing those suppliers you have been looking into to find out more information about them. They will be more than happy to hear from you. Trust me.
Get all your research together in a coherent file. And maybe go through everything you have collected. This will actually help you greatly in the long run as you are refreshing your ideas in your mind and can filter out elements you actually don’t want. Therefore resulting in you being a lot more prepared with cohesive ideas when life goes back to some normality. You can then resume wedding planning on the right foot.
Build Your Wedding Website
Wedding websites are a fantastic source of information for your guests and if you enjoy creating one you could really go to town with it. You could list hotels in the area, taxi companies, make an itinerary of the day, or days. The possibilities are endless here!
You could start online dance lessons! Now this one excites me so much! Learn a few moves to dazzle your guests with. Please don’t try the dirty dancing lift, we really do not need more people in AandE.
Be In Contact With Your Suppliers.
It is so so important that you have a good, trustworthy relationship with your wedding suppliers. Most will have already contacted you with their plan if your wedding is in the near future. If your wedding is more than 8 weeks away, don’t worry they will be contacting you.
I want you to know that as a supplier myself, our goal is to always have your back no matter what. We don’t want you to worry about anything concerning the service we are providing and the main objective is that you have the most amazing day! We love our jobs and who we get to meet, and actually by the end, many customers become friends through this process.
My fellow industry friends have been shaken to the core with what is happening at the moment to our beloved industry. Most are self-employed. Have spent years building their amazing businesses up from nothing and now have the very real threat of it being taken away. Please spare a thought for them at this horrendous time. Show your support for them any way you can. They are working tirelessly to still provide you with excellent service through these difficult few weeks.
Practice Self-care, Eat Well, Drink Lots Of Water
I think this one goes out to us all at this point. Again, very easy to say, but as I have been reaching for the biscuit and sweetie tin this past week, I have noticed a massive change in my skin! It’s red and puffy, I’m getting spots along my jawline and I am actually feeling quite sluggish in myself. I know this is partly stress related but I can help the situation by not eating an entire share bag of starburst at 11 am.
That’s not to say I think we should all cut out the yummy stuff completely! This is a horrible time and if I want to eat a biscuit I will! But maybe the nine after it isn’t such a good idea…
Take some time for you. Have a bath, read a book, get outside and go for a walk (whilst adhering to the social distancing rules). I am actually thankful that this is happening in spring. It is a lovely time of the year, full of new growth and new life. If it’s a nice day sit out in your garden, put down your phone and just be.
I’m not trying to be boring or preach at you with this one. But I truly believe in being kind to ourselves and one another. I understand how frustrating and upsetting this is. There is so much uncertainty and decisions are being taken out of our hands at a fast pace. But we are all in this together, we are all facing the same uncertain times. It is important to recognise how our actions and words can affect each other. Your family and friends. Those key workers, (which includes shop workers, the teachers, the caregivers, transportation workers, those superhumans fighting every day in our NHS) and many more people who are trying to do their jobs the best they can. Give them a smile, a clap, a show of support.
And lastly, be kind to yourself. If you need to have a cry, do. If you need to go for a walk without your other half, do. It’s okay to feel upset, it’s okay to feel overwhelmed. It’s how we deal with it after that counts.
“Lizzie is quite simply amazing! She is friendly, patient and understanding as well as being incredibly talented! She worked too hard to make my vision come to life and designed me the most beautiful bespoke dress which was unlike anything I’d tried on. Lizzie cake to dress me on the morning of my wedding as well to make sure everything was perfect. Such an incredible service. The whole experience of seeing my ideas coming to life was really special.”
Every year since opening Elizabeth Malcolm we have entered The Wedding Industry Awards. These awards are basically the OSCARS of the wedding industry, set up to recognise excellent wedding suppliers. And if you are planning your wedding their website is a very useful tool to find very amazing suppliers too!
The reason that we only enter The Wedding Industry Awards is that they are the only regional and national client voted awards in the wedding industry, and above all the feedback we receive from our customers and judges is vital to us for keeping our standards at the highest possible level.
Every year we have entered the awards we have amazingly become a Regional Finalist. Last year however was slightly different. Last year we actually won the regional award and then went on to achieve the Highly Commended award at the Nationals. So this year I decided that we definitely needed to come back and defend our title!
We are just so ecstatic to have won the Regionals again and have been floating around in a bubble ever since. It is such an honour to be involved in every single one of our bride’s weddings and we are so thankful for them having taken their time to vote for us. The next stage is the London Regional Finals in January. Keep your fingers crossed for us!
One of our showstoppers, full of romance and femininity. The fully corseted inner bodice creates an amazing shape, nipping in your waist and giving you support. The off-the-shoulder neckline is so romantic and the wonderful layers of the skirt are full of movement. Created from silk dupion, delicate French lace and silk chiffon, it is easy to see why this number is so romantic!
An elegant and beautifully soft fishtail silhouette. This gown has one of the most stunning french laces, cleverly cut out so that the pattern flows beautifully up the dress. The beauty of this dress is in the details; the lace, a delicate and simple satin sash and the lovely little covered buttons.
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