I love today’s real wedding blog – the peonies, the lens flare, the castle… the details are simple but the overall look is so elegant and beautiful. And Lulworth Castle is fabulous… the interior is perfectly imperfect and would lend itself to a modern, almost urban wedding style as gracefully as it does to today’s wonderfully feminine & romantic theme…
“The wedding flowers were pink peonies, gypsophilia, all very pretty and pink! We went for tall table arrangements at the castle as it helped to draw the eye upwards into the beautiful building. Our florist was Christine Browne of Floral Arts in Weymouth, she knows the castle inside out so knew what would work. Pink peonies were really my only request and although we discussed it all, we left it to her to do a great job for us. Trust them – they know what works!”
The venue was amazing without anything at all in it and we didn’t want to take anything away from the fact we were in a castle! We kept it simple with hundreds of tea lights and fairy lights scattered everywhere. We also had some glow love lights www.glowlovelights.com – which looked amazing next to the bar and leading up some stairs.
Intro & images: Jodie Cooling Photography
“This venue was incredible. It had so much to offer. Normally when you think of a castle as a photographer you get excited by its grandeur and the surrounding countryside but tend to be a little off put by the lack of light as they are so often traditionally dressed in dark decor. However, Lulworth is the polar opposite. As well as offering the stunning surroundings, amazing views and splendid status it also offers LIGHT, glorious LIGHT.
The castle unluckily caught fire back in the 70’s, demolishing pretty much everything inside. The current family have restored the shell and left the inside with no ceilings allowing 3 floors worth of beautiful light to come flooding in. This has to be one of my favourite venues!
“The whole day was perfect. Being a guest at the wedding as well as the photographer allowed me to be a huge part of every small bit of the day. The venue was unbelievable. Tori was so beautiful and excited by everything that was going on.
Their family and friends were some of the nicest, most welcoming people I have ever met. New friendships were forged. The weather was seriously on our side offering some of the prettiest natural light I have ever photographed in, it was close enough to say it was a photographer’s dream setting. I also had the pleasure of working alongside some really talented videographers, Irene & Sam from Irene Pierra Films who were so genuinely lovely and clearly hugely talented. It was so refreshing to work alongside people with the same end vision. The squeals of delight I usually make to myself were completely echoed by Irene’s.
Discover more from Jodie here:
The English Wedding Blog interview: Tori and Carl
Wedding photographer’s website:
How did you choose your photographer?
I have been lucky enough to have had Jodie as a friend for many years. I have always loved all the work she has done so when it came to organising our wedding there was no doubt in our minds that we wanted Jodie to be our photographer. In fact it was actually one of the first things we booked once we had a date for our special day.
Were you pleased with your wedding photographer? Do tell… we love a brilliant review!
We couldn’t have asked for any more. Jodie was professional, fun and incredible at getting everyone organised throughout the day. It was great to be able to bounce ideas off of her on the lead up to the wedding, photographers see things in a completely different way!
Tell us about the moment you saw your wedding photos for the first time?
We visited Jodie a few weeks after our wedding to see the pictures and were completely blown away. I actually had a few happy tears, the way she had presented them was just lovely. so much thought had gone into it all to make them so special and personal to us.
Lulworth Castle, Dorset
Can you describe your wedding in fewer than 10 words?
A fairytale wedding.
Your wedding style or theme:
Formal but fun. pretty pinks, sparkles and candlelight.
Where did you find your suppliers? (Blogs, magazines, recommendations?)
We found our suppliers a number of ways, local wedding fayres, online, recommendations from our venue and some just by luck. We managed to choose pretty quickly, mainly going with our gut feeling, which worked out very well!
What’s your top tip for saving money?
Budget. Work out what actually means the most to you as a couple and spend it in these areas. Also, be aware that the small things really do add up so if you can, allow for a contingency.
Don’t go mad buying things people really won’t notice!
… and which elements of your wedding are you glad you spent more on?
We hired a a videographer, this was actually later in the planning stages as we were unsure if our budget could stretch that far but we are so pleased we did. By a stroke of luck we were sent Irene of irenepierrafilms.com email by another videographer who wasn’t available for our date,we checked out her website and fell in love with her style of filming, knowing instantly her work would really compliment that of Jodies pictures we couldn’t go without. We had an amazing band called the A list as we both love music and wanted this to be a big part of the day. We also decided to have a free bar so the guests could really let their hair down. The caterers were amazing and really worth every penny. The food was amazing and the team worked so hard all day and all evening making sure everything went smoothly.
Carl also surprised me on the day with horses and carriage to bring me to the castle. I had no idea he had arranged this so it was a bit of a shock, but a really lovely one. He said it was money well spent!
Where did you buy or source your wedding stationery – or was making it a labour of love?
We found some templates through paperhive on etsy we really loved so we designed them through this then had them printed at our local printers. It was so easy.
Did you fall in love with your wedding dress?
Yes! I had an idea of what I wanted and actually found it whilst at a wedding show at the NEC with my mum. I’d only tried a few on to see what they looked like, to get an idea – we had no intention of buying one that day but it just felt right and I didn’t want to take it off! I never once doubted my choice.
Wedding dress designer and bridal boutique:
allure bridal. JJdesigns – Newcastle Under Lyme
Tell us about your accessories: jewellery, shoes and anything else!
My shoes were by Charlotte Mills, I loved the hearts on them and loved the whole concept of her design with the lucky sixpence in the shoe. They were also incredibly comfy which was a bonus! My dress was very sparkly so I kept my jewellery very simple, with some diamond studs which were my Nans and a ring which was a present to my Mum from my Dad many years ago. This was my something borrowed and something blue.
And what did the groom wear?
Carl wore a three piece grey suit with brown boots and personalised cufflinks which had the longitude and latitude of where we were getting married at Lulworth Castle and also where he proposed whilst we were on holiday in the Maldives. All the guys had different grey suits, we wanted them all to be comfortable in what they were wearing and to bring their own style into the day.
Beautiful bridesmaids: what did your best girls wear?
My beautiful cousin Jamie was my bridesmaid. I wanted to keep things simple. She wore a beautiful soft pink dress from Jenny Packham at debenhams.
Hair and make-up – did you DIY or hire a professional?
I did my own makeup on the day, I enjoy doing it and I wanted to feel and look like me! My cousin Scarlett is a makeup artist and she came to do my mums and Jamie’s make up on the day. They looked amazing. Hair was by Marrisa Hayward who runs the hair extension studio in Westbourne, Dorset.
Crafts and makes – tell us about any homemade elements of your wedding… did you enjoy them?
We collected loads of champagne corks for our place name holders ( it was tough) which was simple to do and it looked really great.
The wedding cake: what kind of cake did you choose and why?
We had a semi naked cake from the very talented Emma at Fancie Buns in Dorset. We chose 4 tiers of Champagne and raspberry and it was incredible.We both love cake, especially Victoria sponge so this seemed to be a good choice, just a little more upmarket with the champagne!
Entertainment: any musical recommendations, surprises or treats?
Our band, the A list were amazing.(www.ultimateweddingband.co.uk) they played an acoustic set after the ceremony and then 3 more sets in the evening. they had everyone up dancing until the end. We chose them as they played a real variety of music and sounded awesome.
We put together a play list of songs to be played through the wedding breakfast, it was good to have music in the background and all songs we liked.
We hired a close up magician, Chris Piercy www.chrispiercymagic.co.uk for after the wedding breakfast into the evening, this was a great ice breaker for people and also something great for the evening guests to arrive to. He really was magic.
Words of wisdom: share your best piece of advice for other couples:
Just have fun. I can honestly say we didn’t stress once whilst planning the wedding, It is supposed to be enjoyable so make sure it is!
Make sure you have time to enjoy all the things you spent so long putting together – the day flies by so fast. We made sure we were dancing like lunatics with all of our loved ones until the end.
What’s the best thing about being married?
Knowing that you are going to spend the rest of your lives together. And the honeymoon of course!
Favourite supplier web links for other brides and grooms:
photography – http://jodiecoolingphotography.com
videographer – http://www.irenepiera.co.uk
flowers – http://www.floral-arts.org
venue – http://www.lulworth.com
close up magician – http://www.chrispiercymagic.co.uk
band – http://www.ultimateweddingband.co.uk
glow love lights – http://www.glowlovelights.com
cake – http://www.fanciebunscakery.co.uk