I’ve been waiting so long for a cold snap. I pictured myself blogging all wrapped up and toasty, with glistening icicles outside and this winter berries wedding inspiration shoot on my screen, next to a mug of steaming hot chocolate…
Well there’s no snow outside (yet). I give up!!! But it’s chilly. It’s been frosty… and the sparkles on the pavement in the morning say it’s time to blog this lovely wedding inspiration shoot!
Two posts – all about the shoot today, and an inspiration board to share with you tomorrow. If you’re having a winter wedding, think of sparkly frost and crystals, red berries all shiny and light with a little snow on top… a little bit of white (fake) fur, and plenty of gorgeous sparkle. Hannah Webster (of Lifeline Photography) and friends are here to show you how!
Wedding Inspiration: winter berries – the details
The shoot was photographed by Hannah from Lifeline Photography. “The more weddings I shoot, the more I fall in love with the little hand crafted details that make things feel so personal.
Back when my sister got hitched a few years ago, we spent hours making the invitations, jewellery, table decorations and favours. They looked amazing, my sister’s designs were incredible, but more importantly, the process of making them will stay with me forever. Thinking about the time and love that we poured into turning my sister’s ideas into reality never fails to make me smile. The blisters, however, I am happy to forget.
Anyway, after a summer of shooting weddings where one or two cute little crafty details made all the difference, I thought it would be worth putting together a wedding inspiration shoot highlighting some simple DIY ideas that could easily be incorporated into almost any style of wedding to add a lovely personal touch without breaking the bank. Because, let’s face it, pretty details usually come with a not so pretty price tag. But with a little bit of imagination and ideally help from your friends, you can easily add stylish finishing touches and end up with the same proud feeling that I have when I think back to my sister’s big day.
Much as I’d love to be able to say that I am a crafting queen, it’s sadly not the case. I do try though. I made a boutonniere using berries, twigs and feathers from my mum’s potpourri bowl (seriously) tied together with some gingham ribbon (I love a bit of gingham ribbon, me); I sewed some simple red & white bunting using an old halloween costume that I figured I’d never need again (Red Riding Hood really didn’t suit my personality); and I made berry topped cupcakes and ribbon tied candy jars to pretty up the sweet table…but whilst I can follow through on a few good ideas, I’m not so great when it comes to putting them all together. So I called in some local creatives to help me out. And a mighty talented lot they turned out to be, too.
My good friend Sara of Monty Manatee Designs is a Cornish artist living here in Nottingham who designs quirky, colourful wedding stationery. She put pen to paper and came up with a cute design based on our winter berry theme and our gorgeous venue in my home village, Thrumpton Hall. She also talked two of her lovely friends into modeling for us. Susie and Tom aren’t even a couple – but they were so sweet together on the day. I couldn’t have asked for a nicer pair to work with and Susie looked absolutely gorgeous in the frocks we were loaned by Grace Couture, West Bridgford’s friendliest bridal boutique. I was desperate to try one on for myself, but sadly we didn’t have time. Ahem.
We borrowed a decadent chocolate cake from yumminess designer Danielle Gotheridge of Your Unique Day based in Nottingham’s trendy Hockley Village, hand crafted jewellery and headpieces came from the little bundle of cuteness that is Melissa of Pearls For Lily, Kelly B sculpted Susie’s locks and Laura Harrison made her up to perfection.
Wedding inspiration shoot – winter berries: the bride and groom
And then there was Chloe. Lovely Chloe Addlington of Adore By Chloe is a wedding stylist and a hand-crafter extraordinaire. She worked her magic on our various props, made flowers for the tables and bouquet out of cupcake cases (and posted a tutorial here: http://www.adorebychloe.co.uk/adoreblog/category/topics/diy-projects/) and made the whole thing look absolutely beautiful. I seriously couldn’t have done it without her.
And if any brides out there need some inspiration for personalising their wedding, ways of adding cheap and cheerful DIY elements that make the day all about you and not just about the wedding industry, I highly recommend you take a peek at her site. She is utterly fab at what she does…from suggesting little additions that compliment your theme to hand crafting items herself for you – because, let’s face it, we don’t all have the time or indeed the talent for such things *points at self*.
- Styling & DIY elements: Chloe at Adore By Chloe – www.adorebychloe.co.uk
- Stationery & Fingerprint Tree : Sara Bodinar at Monty Manatee – www.montymanatee.co.uk
- Cake: Danielle Gotheridge at Your Unique Day – www.youruniqueday.com
- Frocks & veils: Grace Couture in West Bridgford, Notts – www.gracecouture.co.uk
- Jewellery & headpieces: Melissa at Pearls For Lily – www.pearlsforlily.com
- Hair: Kelly at KB Wedding Hair Specialist – www.kbweddinghairspecialist.co.uk
- Make-up: Laura Harrison – www.lauraharrisonmakeup.co.uk
- Venue: Thrumpton Hall on the banks of the River Trent in Nottinghamshire – www.thrumptonhall.com
… there’s an inspiration board coming up tomorrow for all you creative brides and grooms who are itching to get your hands inside the pot pourri jars and rip up your red riding hood costumes. Don’t miss it – on English Wedding blog in the morning!