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Oli & Jess’s Wedding | The Carriage Hall

Oli & Jess’s Wedding | The Carriage Hall

We are delighted to share with you the fabulous wedding of Jess & Oli who tied the knot at The Carriage Hall in Plumtree, Nottinghamshire. We love the shot of the beautiful bouquet on the Union Jack chair plus the cake and THAT DRESS!! We also love, love, love Jess’s favourite part of the day… read on and find out more!

How did Oli pop the question?
I woke up on Monday 11 April 2016 to find a sign taped to the front door telling me I wasn’t going to work – the best Monday morning ever! Oli had secretly arranged for me to be off work using the excuse of my birthday the following day and whisked me away to the Gilpin Hotel in the Lake District. Knowing I would hate any public proposal, he proposed in our lodge following a champagne afternoon tea. He followed this up with a dinner that evening and a lakeside couples’ massage the next day.

When did you get married?
We got married on 14 July 2017. We were fairly relaxed regarding the date other than we knew we wanted a summer wedding.

How did you choose your wedding venue?
We held our ceremony and reception at the Carriage Hall in Plumtree. Finding a location was more difficult than we thought it would be. We knew we wanted somewhere modern and not a converted barn! The most important thing to us was great food and we knew the Carriage Hall would deliver on this (which it did!). From start to finish we can’t fault the Carriage Hall for anything and the staff were so accommodating.

Who did you choose for your beauty team?
The dream team Ali Gunn (make-up artist) and James White (hair stylist) worked their magic and made myself, my sisters (who were my bridesmaids) and the mother of the bride, shine!

Tell us something about your dress.
I had no idea what I wanted and probably tried on 25+ dresses before I found “the one”. I wore Andraea, a Maggie Sottero dress from Nora Eve in Chesterfield. I think it was fate – I’d loved a picture of the dress in a magazine so when it was hanging at the top of the stairs in the last dress shop I went to I had to try it on!

What did Oli wear?
Oli wore a custom navy suit from Hugo Boss.

What did your bridesmaids and the groomsmen wear?
My bridesmaids wore a multiway blush pink silk/jersey dress from Coast. The ability to tie the dress to each bridesmaid came in handy. We had to buy the dresses a year in advance due to one of my bridesmaids living abroad so I didn’t have any fears it wouldn’t fit!. Our best man, usher and father of the bride all wore navy suits from M&S.

How did you get to your venue?
We hired two vintage cars from Regency Cars in Chesterfield. The drivers were great, on time and accommodating with putting the roof up and down so that we weren’t windswept.

What style did you choose for your wedding? Did you have a theme?
We didn’t have a particular theme – our main focus was to have a relaxed wedding where our guests would have fun and enjoy themselves! We decided on navy and blush pink as we wanted something understated which the entire bridal party would be happy wearing.

Who was your photographer?
Andrew Acford from A Big Neon Glitter Photography. We loved Andrew’s style of photos, attention to detail and how he managed to capture people’s emotions throughout the day. He also managed to put everyone at ease, including us during the pre-wedding shoot, and went the extra mile to make sure we had all the shots we wanted (including one which involved risking his life in the middle of a very busy and fast country road!)

Your flowers were beautiful. Who created them for you?
Flowers By Philippa provided the flowers. She managed to create exactly what we wanted without us having any ideas about flowers at all! 

Did your family get involved with any of the planning?
My mum and I created flower centrepieces using wooden boxes that my dad created. Oli’s grandma also kindly prepared some flowers in vases to use for the ceremony tables.  

Did you hand out wedding favours?
Yes – we gave out miniature bottles of port, to thank people for being “port” of our special day! 

Who made the cake?
We had a lemon cake created by the very talented Knot & Bird in West Bridgeford – delicious and it looked incredible.

You mentioned food was a really important part of your day. What did you serve your guests?
Guests had a choice of steak or lamb for the main courses, followed by a choice of lemon posset or chocolate peanut butter tart for dessert. We also had a hog roast, cheese stack with crackers and chutneys (kindly provided by Oli’s mum) and toasting marshmallows for the evening guests. We knew the Carriage Hall had a reputation for excellent wedding food and it excelled itself!

How did you entertain your guests?
Other than some garden games in the afternoon (including a giant kerplunk, croquet and cricket kit!), we simply opted for a DJ rather than a live band for the evening to get our friends on the dancefloor! Instead of a photo booth, we had a polaroid camera and my dad had made a large wooden photo frame with string running across it. We asked guests to take a photo home and to leave one on our frame using wooden pegs. Having the photo frame up on our wall is a constant reminder of what a great day we had and we look at the photos more often than we do our guest book.

Where did you spend your wedding night?
We stayed at Langar near the Hall – an absolutely beautiful 5* cottage with all the extra touches you could want on your wedding day!

What was your favourite part of the day?
The DJ played our first dance song again at the end of the night. Most of the guests had left by this point and the two of us had the dancefloor to ourselves.

Did you go on honeymoon?
Yes! We went to Rhodes for some much needed relaxation!

Finally advice do you have for other couples?
Make time for each other on your wedding day away from all your guests.

A Stapleford Park Wedding for Shade Bridal

A Stapleford Park Wedding For Shade Bridal

Grace’s Choice of Wedding Dress for her Stunning Stapleford Park Wedding. 

Our lovely bride Grace was recently married to her best friend Andrew at Stapleford Park in Leicestershijre. The choice of dress reflected the dreamy perfection of the venue. We love it here at Shade Bridal when a bride comes in and tirelessly strives for the vision of their dress. Grace knew exactly what she wanted. She found what she was looking for and her ideas of bespoke additions to the dress became our mission as well as hers.

The dress journey was shared by her three sisters and her mum, all of whom helped to create her final look. Each of them were on hand for ideas, comments and encouragement. It made the fittings we had with Grace a fun and engaging atmosphere.

Shade Bridal, Stapleford Park Wedding, Kimberley Hill Photography

Grace chose to wear bridal separates from Watters, which is a good way to achieve a design that’s just right. The skirt was in Rum Pink tulle and we made her a bespoke bow to go on the back with a veil to match. The bodice was a strapless bustier of cream and ivory, hand beaded and ribboned. And although you can’t see them she wore a pair of Christian Louboutin leopard print shoes.

Grace’s sisters were her bridesmaids of course, and they all wore dresses that Grace had found online. The flowers – a simple collection of pale yellows and creams were made especially for her by Sophie’s Flowers.

 

Shade Bridal, Stapleford Park Wedding, Kimberley Hill Photography

There was one special friend that Grace wanted at her wedding too, but her mum kept his appearance as a surprise! The very excited Bertie couldn’t believe his luck in being invited to his mum’s wedding! And there are those shoes!

Shade Bridal, Stapleford Park Wedding, Kimberley Hill Photography

Bertie appeared in a few of the official photos too.

Shade Bridal, Stapleford Park Wedding, Kimberley Hill Photography

The weather was its usual unpredictable British self, as with most weddings, there was a moment or two when the bride and groom could take a stroll in the grounds on their own, hand in hand for some photos.

Shade Bridal, Stapleford Park Wedding, Kimberley Hill Photography

The evening was a bustling party for all and Grace and her sisters took time out to have their group photo taken by Kimberley Hill Photography, and at the same time, have a bit of a rest. I wonder if Grace still has those shoes on?!

Shade Bridal, Stapleford Park Wedding, Kimberley Hill Photography

And finally there was a first dance both inside and out.

Shade Bridal, Stapleford Park Wedding, Kimberley Hill Photography

Shade Bridal, Stapleford Park Wedding, Kimberley Hill Photography

Congratulations Grace and Andrew from us all here at Shade Bridal.

Jenny Packham Collection Launch at Frances Day Bridal

Jenny Packham Collection Launch At Frances Day Bridal

The stunning Frances Day Bridal boutique in Southwell is the only stockist in the East Midlands for the sought after collections of Jenny Packham. Over the weekend (17th – 19th) Frances Day Bridal launched the Jenny Packham 2018 collection event. Alongside the gowns already stocked in the boutique, for one weekend only they had a selection of other gowns from the collection.

It was a weekend for brides to indulge in the luxury bridal label and find their perfect dress in this beautiful boutique.

Buckinghams were invited to the launch of this fabulous weekend event, and we couldn’t resist taking some pictures to share with you all.

We were pleased to see the stunning new collection by Jenny Packham but not only that the beautiful boutique Frances Day Bridal. The shop was filled with little quirks and details making it  the perfect surrounding to show off the new romantic collection full of sequin embellished bodies by Jenny Packham.

You can arrange an appointment at Frances Day Bridal to see the wonderful collection by Jenny Packham along with other stunning collections from Suzanne Neville  and Jesus Peiro

Contact Frances Day Bridal on  01636 813967 

www.francesday.co.uk

When SHOULD you buy your wedding dress?

When SHOULD You Buy Your Wedding Dress?

You just got engaged? Congratulations! The venue’s now been booked a whole 18 months in advance and you feel oh so organised – the dress is the last thing on your mind. Some brides will even put off browsing for dresses as they believe it’s too far in advance; let me tell you a little secret…You can never start looking too early. (Unless of course you are not engaged, then that might be a little strange).

Le Jardin | Ian Stuart 2018 Collection

Le Jardin | Ian Stuart 2018 Collection

‘Le Jardin!’

A celebration of nature by the world’s most inspiring artist.

 

Ian Stuart creates a style of gown that cannot be found in any other bridal wear label. His couture draping techniques, use of colour, texture, unusual appliques, tonal embroideries and stunning laces create an aesthetic that is both unconventional and undeniably beautiful.

For his 2018 collection, Ian has focused on capturing themes of nature within his designs. Weaving together beautiful butterflies, multi-coloured flowers, Japanese cherry blossom lace, scattered petals, waterfall textures and cascading roses.  This collection is a reflection of the perfect beauty found within the natural world.

Also celebrating the artistic talents of man, Ian has studied the techniques of the traditional Japanese kimono and obi, mixing fabrics and wrapping them around the body, creating a delicately textured look that is fresh, exciting and extremely flattering.  Ever inspired by his favourite era, Ian has paid particular attention to the dramatic draping of 1950’s designer Charles James and reimagined his heavenly style for the modern bride.

‘I am not tied to trends, only beauty’ is Ian’s heartfelt message; designing for that breath-taking moment when a bride is first laid eyes upon and not for the latest fashion trend.

We are certain that ‘Le Jardin’ will take your breath away, and remind you what it’s like to fall in love with a wedding dress …

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