As Christmas is nearly upon us and most of the country is knee-deep in snow (!), I felt that December’s design board should have a cheery festive feel. Now whilst red is one of the most popular colours for winter weddings, many brides want to break from tradition and are looking for something a little more unusual. One of my personal favourites for an alternative Christmas colour schemes is the delicious combination of deep purple and emerald green – rich, warm and definitely in keeping with the festive season.
I imagine this wedding to take place in a beautiful stately home, with roaring open fires keeping everyone snug and scented candles providing delicate fragrances of cinnamon, spiced apple and mulled wine. The decor is a key component of this design, so I would use huge Christmas trees as focal pieces in hallways, and swathes of pine garlanding to decorate staircases and mantelpieces.
It’s important to keep guests warm at this time of year, so rather than the traditional champagne and canapés I’d serve warm mulled wine and mini mince pies for the post-ceremony reception, whilst carol singers entertain guests with favourite Christmas tunes. I love the idea of writing guests’ names onto baubles and hanging them on the Christmas tree in place of a table plan, and leaving brightly wrapped presents underneath in place of favours.
For the wedding breakfast I’d serve a traditional Christmas dinner, complete with individual flaming plum puddings, and after guests have danced the night away to a swing band would round the day off with a spectacular firework display and a mug of warm hot chocolate.
Merry Christmas everyone – see you in the New Year!
Bride and groom: Lisa Devlin via Love My Dress
Pine decoration, Christmas tree and log fire: Flickr here, here and here
Shoes: The Knot
Wedding gown: Pronovias
Purple bow: Spirit of Christmas Fair
Cupcakes: Martha Stewart
Bridesmaid dress: Dessy
Thanks to Helen Carter, for this wonderful December Wedding Inspiration Board – be sure to check out the other wedding inspiration boards that Helen has done for LMW in the past and let us know your thoughts on the choice of colours…..
Thanks to Britt and Liz from Flourish & Green for sending me these photos from a recent wedding – The bride is actually a friend of mine’s sister and I recommended Britt, seeing as she did a fab job at my own wedding a couple of years ago. She uses local and seasonal flowers and foliage – the arrangements below look so crisp and fresh!What a wonderful mix of fresh, seasonal flowers for this summer wedding at Pembridge Lodge, in Richmond Park – Hydrangeas, Delphiniums, Stocks, garden roses call Walzertrum, Peonies, Oreganum, Flowering Mint, Alchemilla, Lisianthus, Beech foliage for the big pedestals and Ivy for the other foliage. Love Peonies… so wanted them at my own wedding but got the seasons a bit confused as they are definitely not the flower of choice in the winter. Still I was very happy with my roses and berries!* What did you really love about doing this wedding?
We loved taking the bride and her mother for a market visit and although her dream was to have sweet peas, they were just going over, which we stressed to her and in the end we had to use mostly peonies and roses – she welled up with delight when she saw it – just a lovely moment to remember. Another lovely bit was seeing them after the wedding when although trying to hide away looking very grubby and tired we got huge hugs and kisses from Dawn (mother of the bride) who couldn’t have been lovelier!The Mother of the bride sent a glowing testimonial and here are just a few of her words…
The Church flowers and arrangements at Pembroke Lodge were absolutely perfect. You understood exactly the look that Kate wanted and got it completely right. All those words breath taking, stunning, magnificient seem too predictable so really I’m at a loss as to how to express our appreciation. We loved everything.
Wow well clearly only a good word to say about Britt and Liz from Flourish & Green and I have to say that I had the same experience with them at my wedding. I’ve featured their work on LMW before, summer wedding flowers from a wedding at High Road House in Chiswick, do have a little look at the post – flowers in the little jam jar vases make cute table arrangements.
I got send a whole load of gorgeous photos from Tino & Pip, who are one of my favourite UK wedding photographers. There were so many lovely piccies that I thought I would display them all – an inspiration overload because everyone loves looking at the details.
* The Vintage set for those of you going for a vintage feel
* I love all the reds in this collage – we had 3 red double decker buses at our wedding and the guests all said that was one of their favourite bits. It was so much fun drinking champagne, catching up with friends and not needing to worry about getting to the venue!
* The Purples – I recently featured a wedding where the colour theme was purple – so pretty and the bridesmaids (and flowers) were beautiful. I think purple goes really well with all the cream and white at a wedding.
* And last of all the butterflies – who doesn’t love Butterflies? This is such a lovely touch for a summer wedding.
Thanks to Tino & Pip for sharing these gorgeous pics with us all on LMW. I hope to feature lots more of their photography, both on here and Little Miss Baby (they do baby and children portraits too). Do make sure that you check out their website, TinoandPip for more beautiful photography.
Have you got a particular theme for your wedding? Which of these collages do you really love? Its great to hear your feedback.