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Lydia + Roland – A Rustic Winter Day

Hello everyone! I hope you’re wrapped up warm in this cold UK weather!

If a little chilly, don’t worry, I have something to really make you smile and warm you up…

Just 7 weeks before their wedding {and only 8 weeks before Christmas, which seems a long time ago now but its only been a month!} I met with Lydia and Roland to discuss their wedding plans. Although a short space of time to plan everything but a last minute venue hiccup meant they had to change venues and by the time we met, they had already fallen for The Priest House on the River.

Straight away I started to shortlist suppliers, re-order new invitations, discuss floral and styling arrangements… but, and a big but…  the whole 7 weeks wasn’t without a challenge or two. In fact, Lydia and Roland were faced with some very difficult weeks. To respect them and their family and friends, I won’t go into detail but let’s just say, I was absolutely ecstatic for them when less than 2 weeks before, I had the final go ahead and their wedding date remained as 21st December 2012. I don’t think I’ve been so happy in my entire year! I so desperately wanted them to have a most amazing day and that was all I could focus on. They really deserved it.

On the morning of the wedding, One Love Weddings began to capture these beautiful photographs of their day…

I already knew Lydia had chosen a Sassi Holford dress {yes, I shrieked with excitement too when Lydia said Sassi Holford!} from the lovely boutique which is The Little White Dress in Nottingham, and I really couldn’t wait to see her! Lydia is naturally beautiful and elegant, and her dress was just perfect for someone as sophisticated.

Lydia had a clear idea of what she wanted for her bouquet… and she chose this gorgeous wintry red bouquet of baccara roses and deep red calla lillies…

St Michael’s & All Angels – Stanton by Dale, Derbyshire

Canon in D by Pachabel began to play… bridesmaids Victoria and Miriam looking so pretty…

then that very moment when the very stunning bride made her entrance with her father…

The Priest House on the River, Castle Donington, Derbyshire

Lydia and Roland decided to name the tables with wintry words in Maori; in honour of Roland’s family and his roots… with many who had travelled all the way over from New Zealand to celebrate with them

The gorgeous table names printed by the fab team at Artcadia.

Gorgeous flowers with  pine cones, gold and a touch of feather by Michele Gledhill…

Congratulations once again to Lydia and Roland! It was so lovely to have worked for such a fab couple who really deserved a beautiful day.

Wishing you both a lifetime full of married bliss xxx

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Wedding Planning – Carmen Weddings | Photography – One Love | Dress Sassi Holford at The Little White Dress | Make Up – Rachel Liney | Reception Venue – The Priest House on the River | Flowers + Tablescape – Michele Gledhill Flowers & Styling | Stationery – Artcadia  | Chair Covers – Cakey-Wakey

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