The design has a wonderful romantic feel to it - perfect for any wedding pallet
With vintage being such an inspiration for weddings these days I thought I'd put together a colour board based on some old memories of mine. One thing I remember as a child was my Grandparents china and some of the designs and colours on it. The pink and blue china being one of the classics that has been revived recently.
The design has a wonderful romantic feel to it - perfect for any wedding pallet
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What more romantic location than the home of the Poet Lord Byron. Set in 300 acres of beautiful lands, Newstead Abbey offers beautiful backgrounds for your wedding photos as well as a choice of rooms for your ceremony.
Locations for photos include the lake, waterfall, four amazing views of the old house and Abbey, formal gardens and hidden gardens including the Japanese garden which is breathtaking in the summer. Every turn of the path brings new surprises and hidden areas of beauty.
Even at this time of year the grounds are gorgeous - photos below were taken mid February this year
Download their wedding leaflet here.
Waiting for spring to arrive got me to thinking, the first sign of a good spring is the Cherry Blossom coming into bloom, added to this weekend’s Chinese New Year, I thought I’d put together a Inspiration Board themed on the Cherry Blossom.
Subtle shades of pink with angular delicate branches bring back the hopeful anticipation of spring. And no-one said it should only be used in oriental weddings. Thinking about the colours, The Practical Wedding Guide sums it up quite well “pink blush and white. Pink and white represent innocence, purity of intention, romance, freshness and vigor, the same concepts that a wedding should magnify”
With the blossom only showing in Spring and the best blooms visible about April, this would be a great theme for a spring wedding. Whether you want a traditional wedding dress or maybe want to go oriental it doesn’t matter, bring simple highlights in through the décor and cake. Or maybe even where you have your photos taken? A romantic portrait under a Cherry Blossom tree in full bloom would be an image to treasure.
Check out my inspiration board below.
With the weather being so cold and grey I thought I'd brighten things up a bit with some summer colour. A very popular pallet at the moment is Peaches & Cream.
And don’t think these colours are for the bride and bridesmaids only. Grooms and groomsmen look great in these colours too. Take a look at my colour board for some inspiration. Think on the menu as well – how about peach sorbet for desert?
It may be hard to think of summer at the moment but a little bit of colour brightens all our lives.
Are you dreading your wedding photos? Do you hate being in front of the camera? I can completely understand. I hate having my photo taken too.....
But on your wedding day you’re both the centre of attention all day, lots of cameras pointing at you, everyone commenting on how you look, what you’re wearing, your hair, your rings etc. Are you even more worried now?
There are some very simple steps to make sure you enjoy your day and leave the worrying to someone else –
Step 1 –Make sure you look your best.
Obvious? Not really.
Ladies - Book a hair stylist and practice hairstyles before hand to find one you’re comfortable with, also get a professional makeup artist to do your make up on the big day, shaky hands don’t make for an even application and
the ability to stand back and look at the effect as a whole is well worth the expense. Get your nails done in a salon a few days before so you’re used to them if they’re longer than you’re used to. And don’t forget your bridesmaids too – they’ll be in most of the photos with you.
Men – Get your hair cut a few days before the wedding so it’s looking its best. Treat yourself to a shave by a traditional barber – nervous hands shouldn’t handle a razor. And finally go to a manicurist (Yes gentlemen I’m serious) Close up photos of the rings will show those damaged cuticles, chipped and dirty nails.
What to wear? You may have seen a dress or suit in a magazine but does it really suit your shape?
Ladies - Go to lots of bridal shows, look at lots of styles of dresses, DON’T set your heart on one style until you’ve tried on at least half a dozen dresses. Ask the designers what style they think will look best on you, they’ve seen more bad decisions than you know. And although they want the sale they will give you honest opinions on what is the most flattering style for you. Also take a trusted friend for a second opinion – someone who will tell you that dress makes you look fat. Shop around.
Men – Whether you’re wearing a suit, top hat & tails or something else entirely make sure you feel comfortable. Go to a top suit / clothes shop and ask for an assistant to help you find a style that suits you. Take a friend you trust (a sensible one) for their opinion.
Step 2 – Advance Planning
You don’t need to be worrying about the small details on the morning of the wedding. Make sure you plan everything well in advance. Book a wedding planner if you can afford it – they can then liaise with the venue, caterers, flower suppliers and everyone else.
Most wedding magazines have wedding planning information and timetables. Check them out. Keep a diary with dates of when things need to be done by and stick to it. Don’t be afraid to ask for help– you can’t do it all yourself (mothers are very useful here; just ensure you let them know who’s in charge).
Finalise all details a week before then all being well you can sit back and approach your day relaxed. You won’t be able to smile and look relaxed in your photos if you’re worrying if the cake has arrived ok.
Step 3 – Get to know your Photographer
Yet Again Obvious? You’d think so– some people never meet their photographer before the big day (if you can believe it)
Do you want a stranger taking your photos? Of course not. You want someone you know and trust to get the best of the day and who knows how to make you look you best. You need a professional. Your friend may have a new camera but can they cope with low light inside without blinding you with flash? Do they know how to ask you to pose to get the best romantic shots that still look natural? Will they cope with organising the guests? Getting people where they need to be for group shots? Make everyone relax and smile? – Probably not.
So why am I suggesting you book a stranger? Because it’s their job, they will know how to cope with any situation that arises that day and ensure you still get your photos even if it decides to throw it down with rain.
Arrange to meet your photographer at the wedding location so you can get to know each other and they can talk you through ideas for photos on the grounds. How they convey their ideas will give you a good grounding for making your decision about trusting them with capturing your day. It would also be a great time to organise a pre-wedding/engagement shoot. This way you get used to how the photographer works, practice poses without the time pressures of the wedding day and get some lovely photos to boot. By the end of this session you’ll be at ease with your photographer, their abilities and hopefully have made a new friend.
Now when the big day arrives you will be able to trust them to capture the fun and romance, to cope with all eventualities and make you look your best.
Finally –Smile and enjoy your day
Even if you’re having a traditional white dress you can incorporate lots of colour in your wedding scheme. And then why stick to one colour? Use the Peacock as your inspiration and you’ll have a regal but fun look to your day. From deep violet & royal blue to turquoise & green, in equal amounts or with one dominant colour you can create a magnificent visual party or a calm highlight – your choice.
Include feathers in your bouquet, Grooms button hole, table decs etc, even if you don’t want to use the actual feathers (the more superstitious out there) you can still use the colours in your flowers, decorations, grooms waistcoats and bridesmaids dresses.
Check out my colour board and links below for ideas...
Late last year Pantone picked the 2013 colours of the year with Emerald 17-5641 as the lead colour for this year’s fashions. Will you be following the fashion trend and including it in your scheme or even using it as your main colour?
A lot of people now choose colour over traditional whites and ivory for their special day, but do you decide on the colour according to fashion or what it means to you. Bright colours may not suit everyone but using it as a highlight colour in a white wedding would also make a statement.
What does Emerald mean? A symbol of unity, growth, renewal, healing, freshness, hope, prosperity, beauty, constant love and is thought to have a calming effect – perhaps to help settle those pre-wedding nerves
I will be posting up other colour boards with this year’s colour inspirations and trends but please comment below if there is a certain theme or colour you would like me to cover.
Tucked away near Radcliffe Power Station is a Hidden Gem. An un-spoilt 16th Century Manor House - Thrumpton Hall. Not open to the public as this is a family home, the family hire it out for weddings and events. Average capacity inside the Hall for weddings is 60-100 dependent on seated or standing.
We were lucky enough to get a guided tour the other day and I fell in love with this building. The open fire in the main hall and the library, the gorgeous dining room, the hidden doors, the carved staircase, the Byron bedroom and a few others all transport you back in time. The grounds are amazing too - though not looking their best in the middle of winter it was easy to see how amazing it would look later in the year. Rolling grasslands at the back behind the rose gardens, a lake with a bridge at the front and a large pavilion has been erected at the side to hold bigger events. Seating upto 200 with a dance floor and all facilities included within.
If your looking for somewhere special for you wedding then you should check this place out. Click here to access their webpage and download the brochure
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Well we made it - 2013!
2012 has been an interesting year with both the good and the bad. The thing I am most grateful for is my other half Robert without who things would have been a lot worse and DWP may never have happened. So I'll take this chance to say thank-you for being there and for believing in me. I love you x
Now to the new year - Planning in the wind for Wollaton Hall's new Wedding Brochure in which we have a full page spread and as soon as it becomes available I will let you know.
More photos are due to be added to the gallery soon and details of an engagement shoot to come too. Bookings are already coming in for 2014 but space available for 2013 if your not superstitious
Wishing you all a Very Happy and prosperous New Year
My name is Julie-Marie, I'm the owner and photographer here at DWP.