So I asked Lizzie and Paul if they could describe their wedding in 10 words or fewer… and their response was simply, “wow, this is hard”!… which made me smile. Their wedding is lovely, beautifully styled and full of gorgeous moments – there are too many to count.
Today’s incredibly beautiful bride and gorgeous groom were married in Derbyshire in August. They chose Callow Hall as their reception venue, and I’m thrilled to be able to feature their day on the English Wedding Blog.
Images are by lovely Simon Dewey Photography, who describes their day as “a treat. A lovely couple. A gorgeous dress. Traditional scottish attire. And some georgous light and landscape to capture it all in. Lizzie and Paul had exlusive use of the hall and grounds, a drinks reception in the secret garden, followed by a meal and dancing the night away with their guests in the marquee overlooking the Derbyshire landscape. It was a truly special occasion.”
You can discover more from Simon here:
The English Wedding Blog interview: Lizzie and Paul
Your wedding photographer’s website:
Were you pleased with your wedding photographer?
We were VERY pleased. Honestly we could not have asked for a better photographer! He caught the day perfectly.
St Albans Church, Chaddesden, Derby & Callow Hall, Ashbourne, Derbyshire
Saturday 8th August 2015
Can you describe your wedding in a single sentence?
Wow this is hard –
What was your reaction to seeing your wedding photos for the first time?
Tears, lots of happy tears (from Lizzie). We felt like we were reliving the day all over again.
Your wedding style and theme:
Classic and romantic
Any happy tears on the day?
Yes – Paul had arranged for flowers to be delivered on the morning on the wedding. His short ‘Paul-like’ note on the card made me crack. I had been holding it together until then. Paul says he doesn’t cry but I’m sure I spotted a few tears when he opened the card I sent him and when I walked down the aisle.
How did the two of you meet?
We were both on holiday in Egypt. Paul lived in Glasgow and Lizzie lived in Derby so after spending a week together we really didn’t know if we would see each other again. Leaving each other was hard but made us realise how much that short time had meant. We met up again 3 weeks later and the rest is history.
How long did you spend planning your wedding?
When Paul proposed in August 2014 we both knew we didn’t want to wait too long before we got married. We met on the 8th August 2009 and when we looked at dates and saw that the 8th August fell on a Saturday in 2015 we knew we had to get married on that date. Wedding planning started straight away and a year and one week after the proposal we got married.
Best bit of budget advice?
Use as many family and friend contacts as you can.
Wedding invitations and on the day stationery:
Wedding invitations were made by Imagine Invites. They were great – very professional and flexible with their ideas.
Did you fall in love with your wedding dress?
Yes but I found it hard to commit to buying it (as I always do when shopping). I went in looking for a very simple, strapless, figure-hugging dress but ended up falling for something completely different. It was totally out of my usual comfort zone but I LOVED it!
Wedding dress designer and bridal boutique:
Sottero & Midgley from Brides & Gowns in Derby
Glitz and sparkle: the bride’s accessories:
My hair piece and jewellery were handmade by Hermione Harbutt and my shoes were designed by me and made by Shoes of Prey. I wanted something very simple and elegant and struggled to find anything in the shops. It meant I could personalise the shoes with our wedding date on the inside.
The groom wore:
A Silver Highlander kilt from Kilts 4 U in Glasgow.
Beautiful bridesmaids: what did your best girls wear?
The all wore coral dresses with lace detail but my Maid of Honour had a slightly different dress. Maid of Honour wore Watters and my bridesmaids wore Ebony Rose.
Hair and make-up – did you DIY or hire a professional?
My sister-in-law is a hair dresser so did our hair. Our make-up was done professionally too by a make-up artist called Kate Richards who was recommended to me by one of my bridesmaids.
One of our friends is a florist so offered to do our wedding flowers. She had some great ideas and managed to bring together the classic English rose and the Scottish thistle.
What do you remember most about the wedding ceremony?
Standing up on the altar in front of all of our friends and family to prove our love for one another.
Lizzie’s grandad read a beautiful poem about knowing the one you are with is for life. Brought a tear to many people’s eyes.
General styling – did your venue need much decoration?
The venue was beautiful so just flowers, a few candles and the view were enough decoration.
The wedding cake: traditional or quirky?
We had a traditional 5 tier cake.
We thought this was very important. At the ceremony and the drinks reception we had an acoustic singing duet that sang a mix of love songs. In the evening we had a magician who moved around the guests and an amazing band call The Fortunes. The dance floor was not empty all night – they were great!
On the day tips and advice:
Just relax and enjoy it. We did!
What’s the best thing about being married?
It hasn’t made us feel any different about each other but it is nice to show others how we feel by having the same name and wearing our wedding rings proudly.
Quick supplier list for other brides and grooms:
Venue – Callow Hall http://www.callowhall.co.uk/
Dresses – Brides and Gowns http://www.bridesandgowns.co.uk/
Kilt – Kilts 4 U http://kilts-4-u.com/
Shoes – Shoes of Prey https://www.shoesofprey.com/
Accessories – Hermione Harbutt http://www.hermioneharbutt.com/
Photographer – Simon Dewey http://www.simondewey.co.uk/
Car – Wedding Classics Derby http://www.weddingclassics.net/