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Shelley and Richard’s traditional, pretty-in-pink wedding at Hothorpe Hall, with White Stag Wedding Photography

A unique wedding doesn’t have to be full of out-there ideas or unusual vintage collectibles: on the day what makes a wedding unique is the people you share it with. Shelley and Richard chose to have a traditional wedding with pretty pink styling touches at one of Leicestershire’s loveliest venues: Hothorpe Hall.

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Shelley looks amazing – she’s such a beautiful bride. She told me she fell in love with her wedding dress, despite thinking she’d go for a totally different style… and she looks like it was made for her, doesn’t she?

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The details of the day are simple and traditional: flowers are romantic and girly with lots of delicate pinks, and were provided by a local florist in Dunchurch village. There are some sweet and pretty ideas here, and those of you researching classic wedding styles will find inspiration for your big day – as well as some great tips and advice from Shelley and Richard at the end of the blog post.

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Images are by lovely Catherine and Andy from White Stag Wedding Photography in Kent. Find out more about them here:

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The English Wedding Blog interview: Shelley & Richard

Your wedding photographer’s website:

www.WhiteStagWeddings.com

Were you pleased with your wedding photographer?

Very!

Wedding venue:

All Saints Church, Stretton on Dunsmore and then Hothorpe Hall, Leicestershire

Wedding date:

28/3/15

Can you describe your wedding in a single sentence?

Relaxed and exactly what we dreamed of!

What was your reaction to seeing your wedding photos for the first time?

Absolutely thrilled. So natural and beautiful.

Your wedding style and theme:

Rustic / pretty in pink. We had Bermuda beaches as our table names as Richard proposed on Shelly Bay beach in Bermuda.

How long did you spend planning your wedding?

Eighteen months

Best bit of budget advice?

Ebay!

Wedding invitations and on the day stationery:

Wedding invites were handmade by myself and my Mum and a friend. Inserts were designed by me and printed by www.Printed.com.

Did you fall in love with your wedding dress?

Yes! I never thought I would go for that style but once I tried it on, I knew!

Wedding dress designer and bridal boutique:

Opulence – The Wedding Gallery, Coventry

Glitz and sparkle: the bride’s accessories:

Ivory & Co tiara, earrings and bracelet. Bourne Bridal Collection shoes with Swarovski crystals

The groom wore:

Navy tails with grey striped trousers – ivory cravat and waistcoat – Nigel James Tailors (Coventry)

Beautiful bridesmaids: what did your best girls wear?

Navy one shoulder chiffon full length dresses for my two bridesmaids

Hair and make-up – did you DIY or hire a professional?

Hair by a family friend, make up was Airbrush by Gemma Clarke (Coventry) – www.gemmaclarkemua.co.uk

Wedding flowers:

Pink and ivory roses by Anne Marie’s Florist – Dunchurch village

General styling – did your venue need much decoration?

We dressed the tables and hired pink uplighters for the evening but it was stunning anyway, so didn’t need much.

The wedding cake: traditional or quirky?

Traditional! White icing, 3 tiers with sugar roses: fruit, lemon and vanilla. Our cake was from Kathy’s Cupcakes & More (Coventry)

Entertainment:

William May swing singer, Gigglebooth

On the day tips and advice:

Relax, take everything in, it goes too fast. And find a toilet-buddy! (I had dress issues!)

What’s the best thing about being married?

Commitment for life.

Quick supplier list for other brides and grooms:

Kathy’s Cupcakes & More – amazing cakes and favours (cake pops) https://www.facebook.com/kathyscupcakeskesandmore

Gemma Clarke MUA – http://www.gemmaclarkemua.co.uk/
https://www.facebook.com/gemmaclarkemua

William May – http://www.williammayswingsinger.co.uk/
Bookings through Alive Entertainment

Cream Entertainments – pink uplighters http://cream-entertainments.com/

Hothorpe Hall http://www.hothorpe.co.uk/

Anne Marie’s Florist http://annemarieflorist.co.uk/

White Stag Wedding Photography http://www.whitestagweddings.com/

Blue Ridge videographers (Coventry) http://www.blueridge-weddings.com/

Claire Gould

Claire spends her days writing - either in beautiful calligraphy or online. She lives on the edge of the English Lake District only minutes away from the beach, where she loves to escape and unwind. Claire's calligraphy can be found at www.byMoonandTide.com. Claire launched the English Wedding Blog in November 2009 - it's been a top 10 UK wedding blog ever since, with a regional focus we hope you LOVE.

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