Ditte, from First Light Wedding Photography talks me through this gorgeous Scottish wedding that she photographed last summer. Lovely photos of the bride’s wedding dress from Pronovias and shoes by Emmy (- one of my favourite designers. In fact I wanted Emmy shoes for my wedding but I couldn’t quite stretch to that budget so I had to make do with a pair from Kurt Geiger!) “The wedding took place on 31st July in Scotland near Duns, Berwickshire on Belita’s aunt and uncle’s farm. From the first time we met Belita and Richard we loved their closeness and the way they just make each other complete. They had such a vivid idea of how they wanted their wedding day to look. They had chosen a Midsummer Nights’ Dream theme to their day with lots of gorgeous touches. The attention to detail really blew us away!”
The flowers were by a family friend, Fiona, from Northumberland. I think that they are absolutely wonderful – she doesn’t have a company name (or website) so unfortunately I am not able to say anything more than I’m very impressed Fiona!
This has to be one of my favourite photos from their weddings….
Place names were luggage tags, attached to napkins with silk string. Each name was beautifully written in calligraphy by a friend of the family.
Rather than displaying a table plan, the couple had hung up little envelopes with guests’ names on them that also showed which table guests were seated at. The envelopes also served as favours, as inside each one was a lottery slip for that night’s lottery – Love that idea!
Flowers on the tables were displayed in old teapots, collected at flea markets by the couple.
Belita, the bride said, “Meeting Ditte and Chris was an unexpected bonus of getting married! We couldn’t have asked for two more pleasant, professional or talented people to photograph our wedding; they listened to exactly what we wanted, were on top of everything (including all the things we hadn’t thought of) and were faultless on the day. We will treasure the beautiful photos they took of our wedding for our whole lives.”
A big thanks to Ditte for sending me this gorgeous wedding to feature on my wedding blog and congratulations to Belita & Rich on a wonderful day. Do be sure to check out First Light Wedding Photography for more information on this fab scottish photography duo…..
has been a busy week. I’ve still not caught up on my blogging (story of my life) and I’m getting so many fabulous submissions through that I’m not sure how to keep on top of everything – maybe a little round up of what has caught my fancy this week will do the trick!
* I have been working on a Belita & Rich’s wedding that was sent to me by Ditte from First Light Wedding Photography and is absolutely gorgeous – should have that up on the blog before the end of the weekend but here is a sneaky peek at the bride looking absolutely stunning in her dress.
* I have been listening to Classic FM ‘ The Wedding Collection’ – you might think a bit wierd to be listening to wedding songs when you’re already married but it includes my favourite ‘Jesu, Joy of Mans Desiring’ that we had during the signing of our register (do listen to it if you don’t know it).
I don’t normally blog about music as I know readers like to look at pretty pictures but for me the music at our wedding was one of the most important parts, so if you’re in need of a bit of inspiration in the music department its definitely worth a listen.
* I’ve been planning when to go to the Designer Wedding Show in Battersea as I really enjoyed it last time and there were lots of amazing wedding suppliers exhibiting. It is definitely one of my preferred shows and I am hoping to pop along with a friend that has just got engaged. Last time I was there I discovered twobirds bridesmaid and later chose one of their gorgeous dresses to wear to my best friend’s wedding when I was a bridesmaid in May (thats me on the right)
I also discovered lovely little suppliers like the lovely Paperbird design with their origami wedding stationery that I blogged about previously.
Sometimes I get sent stuff and I just have to post it straight away (I’ve got a long list of submissions but this one managed to jump the queue – must be because its my husband’s birthday this weekend and I’ve got present buying on my mind!).
Modo Creative have come up with this cute gift idea ..which can be personalised with a message of your choice
or as a pressie for your other half….given that its traditional to give paper for 1st wedding anniversary this surely fits the bill!…..“They were inspired by old fashioned tickets, the colours are all based on raffle tickets and we liked the vintage twist on a modern and affordable wedding gift. Because they are bespoke, not only is your print unique but thoughtful and lovely too!”
Available in 3 colours they cost £18 unframed with archival mount or £38 if you want it framed. These are the work of ModoCreative, a design team of graphic designer and photographer, and are available to buy here from NotontheHighStreet. What do you think? Are you feeling the love too?
Thanks to Emma from Oscar and Rose Photography for sharing these gorgeous photos that she took recently at a vintage tea party wedding. Lots of vintage inspiration here …..“I met Elizabeth, the bride, 3 WEEKS before her wedding. She had a very fixed idea in her head of what sort of wedding she was having and couldn’t find any photographers she felt would be in sync with her style. Then she saw a shoot I had done with one of her friends’ children and got in touch. We clicked within minutes of meeting and remain very good friends to this day – so much so, she’s going to be assisting me at a wedding in June.”
Stunning photos – love the suitcase with the Lexicon letters, the organ knobs (is that how you describe them!?) and the birdcages fill to the brim with gorgeous flowers all arranged by the bride! Emma’s (the photographer) website is here at Oscar and Rose and here is a link to the Oscar and Rose blog. If you want still more inspiration then click here for everything vintage on LMW.
Isn;t this just fabulous? Its the wedding cake of sculptor/cake designer Louise Hill, from Love To Cake, that she created for her very own wedding. Louise’s background is in special make up and creature FX – making blood and guts for film and TV (including creating the body parts for BBC’s Holby city!). She now uses her skills to make cake sculptures and has won awards doing so!… check these out…. wouldn’t you just love one for your wedding? “The sheep was for my own wedding last August! He is a Welsh spotting show sheep, I am Welsh so we thought it appropriate. I made him using vanilla sponge with vanilla buttercream and chocolate for the details. I do not use fondant on my cakes, only sponge buttercream and chocolate.” “The sea turtle is my signature cake. He won me Gold at the Cake show 2009″“This hedge cake was made for a wedding last year. I love to make cakes that no one has seen before. Simple ideas become exciting when made in cake.”“Billy Bragg was made for a fan. Billy Bragg himself then featured it on his website which was fantastic!”
Louise lives in Stoke Newington and will deliver to Greater London (or further if persuaded). I think these cakes are just something else. Do check out her website for more info, Love To Cake.
A belated Happy New Year to all you lovely LMW readers! It’s great to be back and I’m delighted to share another of my design concepts with you. I’ve known for a few weeks that I wanted January’s design board to be a white winter wonderland with plenty of sparkle, inspired by frost-laden trees, fluttering snowflakes and glistening icicles. However, I didn’t want the monochromatic colour scheme to feel all chic and uber-modern, so I’ve added a vintage twist for something a little different.
For me this is most definitely a city wedding that would take place somewhere upmarket and sophisticated, such as the stunning mirrored ballroom reception at Claridges in London. It’s all about natural, understated elegance and seamlessly blending the old with the new. The use of silver and sparkle in this design is really important both in punctuating the backdrop of white and incorporating a wintry feel – mercury glass votives on tables, decadent chandeliers, crystal wine goblets and soft lighting all help to create an air of seasonal vintage chic.
I love the idea of using large spheres of white gypsophila (baby’s breath) to decorate the dining tables. Not only do they make for wonderfully simple and classic focal pieces, they also look like giant snowballs and so perfectly complement the winter feel of the design! Subtle decorative touches are also important in adding to the styling of this wedding – occasional smatterings of cut glassware and vintage perfume bottles dotted on windowsills, perhaps a silk shawl draped casually over a welcoming comfy armchair, and a collection of old books left lazily open on a coffee table.
The atmosphere of this wedding should be a delicate balance of traditional formality and luxurious relaxation, with an overall easygoing feel to the proceedings. I’d hire a fabulous cocktail pianist for the drinks reception, and for the evening would have waitresses serving French martinis on silver platters whilst a swing band plays classic jazz tunes from the ‘20s and ‘30s.
I hope this design has given you plenty of inspiration – let me know what you think!