Spring Wedding – Coastal & Creative

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The bride painted her own incredible seating plan and table names and hand-stamped all the name places (which can be ordered).

Handmade bunting and spring flowers decorate the marquee.

Photographs from Jim Pascoe Photography and for any questions regarding Name Place orders please contact us for Caroline’s details.

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Post Church Ice Lollies | Wedding Ideas & Inspiration

We’ve had a lot of questions about ideas of what to serve guests following the church service; if a homemade drink or glass of bubbles isn’t for you but you want to offer something here are some delicious recipes for summer ice lollies. For a lolly with a kick see our Champagne Ice Lolly recipe here. You could personalise the sticks and transport the lollies easily to the church in a cool box! For the two recipes below see two great blogs KatesCreativeSpace (fruit juice lollies) and DeliciouslyElla (dairy free).

Wedding Lollies

Rustic Country Wedding

We’re delighted that this incredibly beautiful wedding is gracing Butterflies & Bells. It has a wonderful sense of creativity and romance as a traditional style wedding without the formal boundaries. All food and drink was sourced locally from the New Forest and the stunning yet informal flowers are from Pippa Stoddart at Tussey Mussey Flowers; we love the milk bottles and jam jars they’re arranged in. Look out for the table tags, the Hen-made cakes, the swing and the horses. Beautiful photography by Tori Hancock; dress by Ellie Lowe and horses from Mouland Belgians.
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Winter Weddings | Ways to keep warm

Winter Wedding Ideas

Blankets for your guests, mince pies, candles by the dozen, mulled cider…just some of the wonderfully romantic and creative ways to add something special (and warm to your winter wedding).

Mulled Cider is a lovely, warming post church drink that won’t cause a threat to the bride’s dress like Mulled Wine does! See a very simple and delicious recipe below.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ingredients

3½pts/2L dry cider or fresh apple juice
2 apples studded with cloves
4-6 cinnamon sticks
5-6 allspice berries
zest of 1 orange
dark rum (optional)
slices of apple for garnish

Preparation method

Combine all ingredients in a large saucepan and simmer gently for 30 minutes – do not boil.
Transfer to a heatproof bowl and ladle into glass mugs or paper cups. Garnish with apple slices to serve.
This serves 8-10

Candles

If you are looking to buy lots of small pillar candles, Ikea are selling a 4 pack for £1.75 with a burn time of 15 hours.

Cold Hands Warm hearts photo: www.weddingpartyapp.com
Mulled Cider photo: www.mydaily.co.uk
Mulled Cider Recipe: www.bbc.co.uk/food

Christmas Weddings | Magical Touches

Christmas weddings

1. Beautifully cut star paper lanterns from £5….hung from a ceiling would look magical. From Etsy

2. Wine glass or wine bottle christmas tree tags by Sophia Victoria Joy

3. We LOVE these knitted candle cosies from Henry’s Future

4. Crackers! A fun, interactive and icebreaking touch to your table – we love these designs by Nancy & Betty Studio

Conker name places and autumnal flowers

THINGS THAT INSPIRED US THIS WEEK….

Autumn wedding

1. Conkers

Tied to a luggage tag for an autumnal name place

2. Autumnal flowers

Dahlias and alstromeria in vibrant maroons, yellows and oranges

3. Decorative Letters

To spell out a message, LOVE, or your names (and handy boxes to use after the wedding). Buy here

4. Gorgeous Lanterns

For a cosy glow from Nkuku

Swedish Fire Torches

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Swedish Fire Torches (or Swedish Candles) are designed in a way that can bring warmth, light and decoration to a party.

A path of them leading up to a marquee or a gathering of them outside, they create a cosy place to huddle on a cool English evening.

Buy them here or browse the internet on how to make your own.

Sloe Gin Wedding Favours

Sloe Gin Wedding Favours

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The sloes are out and those with a winter wedding on the horizon might be searching for some interesting ideas for your wedding favours. Well, if you have at least 2 months to go, then get picking and shaking and treat your guests to a delicious bottle of homemade sloe gin.

Use this simple and quick recipe below or for a more detailed and intricate brew then have a read of Sipsmith’s suggestions here.

Sloe Gin Recipe

Ingredients

  • 450g/1lb sloes
  • 225g/8oz caster sugar
  • 1 litre/1¾ pint gin (USE GOOD GIN!)

Preparation method

  1. Prick the tough skin of the sloes all over with a clean needle and put in a large sterilised jar.
  2. Pour in the sugar and the gin, seal tightly and shake well.
  3. Store in a cool, dark cupboard and shake every other day for a week. Then shake once a week for at least two months.
  4. Strain the sloe gin through muslin into a sterilised bottle.

A country wedding with colour

Another beautiful wedding photographed by Marcus Dodridge, at Bignor Park.

Think English country garden with Indian block prints.

We love the turquoise Kew Garden Flower pots with white hydrangeas and the gorgeous bridesmaid dresses.

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10 original Wedding Favour ideas

Wedding favours are the perfect excuse for your creativity and personal stamp on your wedding to shine through. They can be homemade, inexpensive and part of the decoration.  We have seen so many amazing ideas we’ve created a Wedding Favour Pinterest page. In fact there are so many imaginative and wonderful ideas out there that perhaps the good old fashioned Sugared Almonds would actually be a novel idea?

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Mini champagne bottles (instead of a glass refill) to toast the speeches

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Packets of seeds for guests to take home and grow their own flowers/produce from your wedding

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A homemade jar of jam/chutney/honey

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Tubes/jars/bundles of loose tea

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Lavender cushions for the ladies

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Homemade sloe gin

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Cotton stitched handkerchiefs to catch the tears of joy

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A macaroon or other delicious sweet to have with your coffee

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A drink… (alcoholic or not)

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A collection of songs from the wedding

Wedding favours cd

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Photos (via Pinterest) from
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6. Salcombe beach 7. Sunflowers in Seville 8. BridalIntoxication 9. Sarah Blackwell 
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Wedding Ideas & Inspiration | Summer Wedding on the Beach

Fun, quirky and full of love! At this beach wedding, on the shores of the Salcombe Estuary, guests danced the night away with the sand in their toes. No detail was left unthought of with guests leaving messages on an old fashioned type writer, picking your seat out of a hat and a self set-up photo booth (more on that another time).

Click here to see the full photos and absorb their wonderful touches. Guests left the next day after a day on the beach with a homemade bottle of sloe gin (with hand waxed lids and written labels).

Wedding Ideas & Inspiration | Long Wedding Tables

You have may stumbled across this new page of ours already, you may not have  – Long Table Decoration – gives you ideas, thoughts and tips on Long Tables at your wedding.

Long wedding tables are becoming really popular at weddings as they are really sociable and there are so many beautiful ways in which to dress them; at one end of the scale you can look at Hessian runners offsetting a rustic chic setting, at the other you can achieve a sense of grandeur and opulence.

Images taken from my Pinterest board.

Wedding Inspiration | Rural Vintage

A beautiful wedding set deep in the Devon countryside depicting rural chic, vintage, blush, greens, greys, lace, pearls, peonies, sweet peas, vintage cut glass, candlelight, sparklers…enjoy perusing the photos of our real wedding Rural Vintage.

Local suppliers included:
Music from Band – Up 4 Grabs
Beautiful catering from – Dartmoor Kitchen
Flowers from – Jenniflower

Wedding Ideas & Inspiration | Wedding Car Decoration

A couple of people have recently asked about decoration for their wedding car. Flowers, ribbons, shaving foam and tin cans all make for a decorative getaway but what about a Just Married sign? Not On The High Street have some lovely ones, but this is a favourite; and it can be transferred to the marquee/venue and home for a little while!

It is shipped from America but only works out at about £25; otherwise take inspiration and make one yourself!

Shell Name Places

You can have a lot of fun creating unique touches at your wedding. I’ve always loved scallop shells and most commonly see their shape used in pieces of jewellery. Inspired by a piece of work by designer Thomas Messel I decided that they would make a real feature of our tables as Name Places in a gold finish.

1. Obtain the shells – speak nicely to a fish monger who will most likely give you his discarded scallop shells, if not you shouldn’t have to pay him much to cover your numbers.

2. Clean the shells – if necessary run the shells through the dishwasher to clean them.

3. Spray paint the shells – we chose gold for a wintery, opulent setting however you could choose any colour available in spray paint. A white, pale grey or turquoise would look beautiful at a spring/summer wedding.

4. Write the names – we wanted to write the names directly onto the shells so had to choose a liquid pen that was squeezable over the ridges of the shell and left a slightly raised and textured finish (bought from an art shop).

Wedding Ideas & Inspiration | Real Wedding Faery Chapel

One of the most beautiful and dramatic settings we have featured yet – an intimate wedding in a tumble down chapel in the Lake District (so special it has been referred to by romantic poet William Wordsworth). Photographer Phil Barber has captured the moody skies and organic grandeur of the wedding perfectly.

Click through to the Faery Chapel wedding to admire all of these sensational photos.

Setting: Lake District, tumble down Faery Chapel, organic grandeur, the lakes, moody skies, ivy, green and white
Where: Faery Chapel in a family home, the Lake District
Photography: Barber Photography
Food: Bakerwood
Music: Groove City who played a lawn accoustic set during the reception, piano accompaniment over supper and then provided after dinner dancing
Special Memories: Lake view ceremony, tumble down chapel, torrential morning rain, glass roof marquee, RAF helicopter flyby, intimate gathering, breast-feeding bride!

Inspiration on London South Bank

You never know when you may stumble across something or somewhere that ignites a little inspiration in you for your wedding. Take a photo or write down names and add to a notebook so you don’t forget those things that inspire you along the way…

This shot was taken at London South Bank Wonderground and boasts a fun collection of pretty lights and lanterns.