From police tape around the wedding cake to the softly sparkling lights and Nicola’s stunning vintage lace wedding dress, I adore every detail of this gorgeous Vaulty Manor wedding. If you’re considering or planning a Christmas wedding then you’ll find some gorgeous ideas here with Nicola and Tim’s wedding report and the beautiful images from Tracy Morter Photography to inspire you.
I love a Christmas wedding – somehow all the love and friendship along with twinkly lights and little red accessories and details turn the coldest time of the year into a warm and welcoming occasion. My parents chose December for their wedding, and I can definitely see why it’s such a popular time of year to get hitched.
Anyway – I know you’ll enjoy today’s real wedding on the blog so grab a cuppa and scroll down to see all the images. Thanks to Nicola and Tim for sharing, and to the very lovely Tracy Morter Photography for submitting another gorgeous wedding to the blog!
Oh! And I warn you, if you click through to read the text from Tim and Nicola’s wedding reading, you will cry. I did! Claire xxx
Nothing good gets away! Nicola and Tim’s Essex wedding blog
Vaulty Manor, Essex www.vaultymanor.co.uk
Tracy Morter www.tracymorter.com
How would you describe your wedding style?
A little about the wedding ceremony:
The ceremony was held at Vaulty Manor; I walked down the aisle to a song called ‘Marry Me’ by Train and we had one reading by the bride’s brother, David. Tim and I chose to have additional vows added to the ceremony to recite to each other, however, we had completely forgotten about it until the registrar had announced it!!
Which readings did you choose?
A read of a letter called ‘Nothing Good Gets Away’ http://www.lettersofnote.com/2012/01/nothing-good-gets-away.html
Tell us a little about your wedding venue styling and details:
We tried to create a nice cosy feeling in our venue, and tried to make it feel as Christmassy as possible by adding subtle little details around the venue. We served mulled wine to our guests for the reception drinks and added mince pies to the table to go with the after dinner coffee.
We added holly leaves (picked from the bride’s grandparents garden) to the cake and the guest book table, hooked candy canes over the guests’ wine glasses and included Christmas crackers to the tables as well as the favour boxes. The favour boxes were presented like little Christmas presents and included a chocolate reindeer and a Cancer Research pin badge.
Our florist decorated an 8ft Christmas tree for us on the morning and we chose candelabras for our centrepieces to add a nice candle glow over dinner.
To add a little fun to the evening, we bought a bunch of novelty Christmas hats for the guests to wear while having their pictures taken for our guest book. Definitely a fun idea after a couple of drinks
My favourite ‘finishing touch’ was our cake topper, made by Artlocke Designs. The cake topper was made to look exactly like us on the day and also includes little details that meant something to us. We had our cat included on the design and had police tape wrapped around us as the groom is a detective. It was, by far, one of my favourite items!
Invitations and reception stationery:
All stationery was made and printed by Wedding Invitation Boutique. We chose the ‘Santa Baby’ range to fit in with our Christmas theme. http://www.weddinginvitationboutique.co.uk/
Wedding music and entertainment:
During the reception drinks and dinner, we made a playlist of jazz and Christmas music to play. We played songs by Diana Krall, Harry Connick Jr, Ella Fitzgerald and similar artists. For the evening party, we hired a soul singer called Irie J. http://www.iriej.com/
What did you wear?
My dress was a Mori Lee design and was a vintage looking dress with a lace design. To make the dress unique, I picked a detailed beaded belt to add around the waist. My shoes were Jimmy Choo and I finished my look with delicate pearl jewellery and pearl hair pins.
The groom wore a suit from Moss Bros, in the Sandford style.
Memorable wedding day moments:
- The father of the bride, Groom and best man speeches. All very, very funny!
- Our first dance, Let’s Stay Together by Al Green, sung by Irie J.
Wedding day advice:
Make sure you take a moment to sit back and take in what’s going on around you. The day goes by so fast that it’s easy to miss the little things.
Recommended wedding suppliers:
Singer: Irie J http://www.iriej.com/
Stationery: Wedding Invitation Boutique http://www.weddinginvitationboutique.co.uk/
Photographer: Tracy Morter http://www.tracymorter.com/
Florist: TJ Designs http://www.tjdesignerstudio.co.uk/
Light Curtain: Starlight Dance floors: http://www.starlightdancefloors.co.uk/
Bride and Bridesmaid Dresses: Bridal Boutique, Southend http://www.bridal-boutique.co.uk/
Cake Topper: Artlocke Designs http://www.artlockedesigns.co.uk/