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Ellie & Nathan : a handcrafted Lancashire wedding

I have a definite soft spot for today’s wedding.

First and foremost it’s a wedding (you probably guessed that I love those!) and it’s also a wedding with lots of cute details (yup, bloggers love details).

BUT, it also happens to be shot by good friend of mine David Scholes and took place in the church I was christened in!

I hope you enjoy these pictures, and the romantic proposal story, as much as I did…

The meeting

We met at a house party during our second year at uni. With the help of Facebook we arranged to go on loads of brilliant dates, our first was to play crazy golf. It was such a great time for us to get to know each other and five months later we were a couple.

The proposal

Nathan proposed on the first day of our five month backpacking trip at the end of 2011. We had just arrived in Hanoi, Vietnam, and were suffering with jet lag and culture shock. We were recovering in our hotel room when he presented me with a handmade book which he had written and illustrated himself. It was the story of our relationship with a photo of my beautiful engagement ring and the words ‘Will you marry me?’ at the back. He had left the ring in the UK to ensure its safety but had made me a temporary ring out of thread which I wore until it snapped! It was such a unique way to propose and a great start to our trip. And I will always have the book as a reminder.

Being out of the UK gave us five months of thinking time, we couldn’t actually book anything until we were home and the long journeys gave us plenty of time to talk about what we both wanted. This time also gave us a chance to list our priorities and what we wanted for the day, we wanted it to be full of personal touches and really fun for our guests.

The wedding

My dress was from Amelia’s Bridal in Clitheroe. They were amazing, so helpful and friendly. I knew my dress was the one as soon as I saw it. I had six bridesmaids who all have their own style so I asked each of them to buy a knee length navy dresses of any style. My maid of honour had a full length one. We made raspberry coloured shrugs and they had simple Gypsophelia Posies.

Ellie and Nathan : a Lancashire wedding
Ellie and Nathan : a Lancashire wedding
Ellie and Nathan : a Lancashire wedding
Ellie and Nathan : a Lancashire wedding

On our return to the UK we booked the venues: St. Peter’s Church in Salesbury and a village hall which was close by. We chose a village hall so that we could completely transform it and make it our own. I had read wedding blogs and magazines where I picked up ideas for decorations.

Ellie and Nathan : a Lancashire wedding
Ellie and Nathan : a Lancashire wedding
Ellie and Nathan : a Lancashire wedding
Ellie and Nathan : a Lancashire wedding
Ellie and Nathan : a Lancashire wedding
Ellie and Nathan : a Lancashire wedding
Ellie and Nathan : a Lancashire wedding
Ellie and Nathan : a Lancashire wedding
Ellie and Nathan : a Lancashire wedding
Ellie and Nathan : a Lancashire wedding
Ellie and Nathan : a Lancashire wedding
Ellie and Nathan : a Lancashire wedding

I love sewing and knew I wanted to make bunting for the wedding. As we were travelling I picked up material for this which was much cheaper and meant that the bunting was extra special. We also bulk bought fairy lights which we used all over the hall.

As well as the bunting we had huge tissue paper pom poms which I loved and were so easy to make. We also had had jam jars as candle holders, painted tin cans as vases, hanging hearts in the windows, childhood photos pegged onto string, a tree from my Dad’s garden with photos of our parents’ and grandparents’ weddings and beer bottles to hold our table name flags.

Instead of a traditional guest book we had Mad Libs for our guests to fill in, we planted sunflowers and used the seeds as favours, we had disposable cameras to go with an ‘I spy’ game and the place names were luggage tags with hand stamped names on Cath Kidston labels.

Ellie and Nathan : a Lancashire wedding
Ellie and Nathan : a Lancashire wedding
Ellie and Nathan : a Lancashire wedding
Ellie and Nathan : a Lancashire wedding
Ellie and Nathan : a Lancashire wedding
Ellie and Nathan : a Lancashire wedding

We used lots of local suppliers and loads of friends helped out; singing during the signing of the register, a family friend drove a vintage bus for our guests to get from the church to the hall, another friend made sweets for our Pick & Mix table and another made cupcakes. We had a barn dance in the evening, my old History teacher was even in the band!

Ellie and Nathan : a Lancashire wedding
Ellie and Nathan : a Lancashire wedding

The photographer

We both love photos so it was really important to us to have a good photographer. David was amazing, it was like having a friend taking the photos and we were over the moon with the results. He also set up a photo booth which we made props for and the pictures of our friends and family with moustaches and comedy glasses are priceless!

Ellie and Nathan : a Lancashire wedding
Ellie and Nathan : a Lancashire wedding

The best bits

Ellie: “It’s so hard to pick a best bit of the day, getting ready at home was so exciting, walking into the church and seeing all of our friends and family waiting, Nathan’s Dad reading a poem he had written for us, our exit music not working so we walked out to cheers and clapping from our guests, the speeches, the barn dance, being surprised with an arch of sparklers for us to walk under at the end. I think if I really had to pick one moment it would be seeing Nathan waiting at the alter and making a life long commitment to my best friend. That is what it’s all about after all!”

Nathan: “Everything that Ellie said, but also, the drive to the church with the boys was a mixture of excitement and, ‘What the FLIP?!’, seeing Ellie for the first time in the church and the dancing. Surprisingly, giving the speech was great despite my fear of public speaking.”

Ellie and Nathan : a Lancashire wedding

Debs

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Alternative altar : DIY scalloped backdrop

I think it’s about time to revisit the alternative altar posts, it’s been almost two years since the last one (which actually terrifies me a little – where is the time going?!)

This one is an insanely simple crafty creation made by pinkshirtsandcarwrecks for Hearten magazine, shot by Jeff Loves Jessica and detailed in this tutorial on Ruffled (that’s a lot of links!)

It would not only make an excellent alternative altar but also a beautiful backdrop for a sweet table or even your photo booth. Three ideas in one = awesome!

Scandinavian inspired scalloped backdrop wedding inspiration
Scandinavian inspired scalloped backdrop wedding inspiration

Debs

Shades of blue : wedding dessert table

I do love a well designed dessert table, and today’s not only looks delicious but it’s bang on trend with the whole ombre effect. The sweet treats were created by Gimme Some Sugar from a Principal Planner design and shows that less can definitely be more when arranging a dessert table…

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Ombre-dessert-table
Ombre-dessert-table
Ombre-dessert-table
Ombre-dessert-table

Awesome image credit: Monique Simone via Sweet Tooth & Principal Planner

Just change the colour to match your wedding or you could even go for a rainbow effect with this one. It’s definitely DIYable. The main difficulty being the three tiered cake. If you’re not a baker just drop the tier to one and have the ombre effect going around the cake rather than up it; I promise it will still be an amazing table!

Debs

Wedding shoot inspired by summer travels

Ooo I do love a bit of beautiful wedding inspiration. I also love travel (despite needing to do way more of it), and the sun (something I’ll definitely miss when I return to England). Therefore, this gorgeous summer-travel inspired shoot is pretty much perfection to me…

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Summer-Travel-Wedding-Party-Inspiration
Summer-Travel-Wedding-Party-Inspiration
Summer-Travel-Wedding-Party-Inspiration
Summer-Travel-Wedding-Party-Inspiration
Summer-Travel-Wedding-Party-Inspiration
Summer-Travel-Wedding-Party-Inspiration

Awesome images: Erin Johnson Photography via Inspired By This

I love the flower adorned bike, the globes as centrepieces, the mini suitcases crammed with cupcakes and the sweet suitcase shot at the end. And I love there’s loads more where these pics came from :)

Debs

Wedding desert : Posh krispie cakes

A couple of weeks ago I showed you a stunning wedding with a three tiered krispie cake. Krispie cakes certainly aren’t what you think of when dreaming up fancy food for your wedding. But, if you love them and want them at your wedding why not give this idea a go…

Fancy-chocolate-krispie-cakes
Fancy-chocolate-krispie-cakes

Awesome images: Mirror Mirror

Topped with a swirl of mousse, chocolate shapes and glittered with gold dust makes these krispie cakes no longer just cakes for kids. For more details head to Mirror Mirror. Right, I have to stop looking at these now because I’m way too tempted to make, and then devour, a batch :/

Debs

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