Images by Jonny Barratt.
I could not love this Spring wedding more.
Eliza & Richard married at Hampton Manor near Birmingham and it really was the perfect choice for their quirky, Modern Vintage and super stylish day. The sartorial choices are second-to-none whilst being budget-friendly, the florals are delicious and there’s also a couple of furry-friends for you to coo over.
Notes from the Bride
We chose Hampton Manor because it was quirky, stylish and centrally located with excellent road, rail and air links.
Stylistically I’d say overall we embraced a fusion of 1920s with the Glasgow School. I’m originally from Glasgow and wanted hints of Charles Rennie Macintosh’s influence in the design of the flowers and our wedding ‘thrones’ (which we each bought for the other and which now sit in our home, being used every day). I was also mindful of the influence of the season and wanted to incorporate Spring blossom as symbolic of our new start together, so we had lots of cherry blossom sprigs dressing the garden and reception room. We hired event stylists, AVA. Amanda and Amy are just fantastically talented and wonderful to work with.
Our flowers were truly outstandingly beautiful. Again they were chosen with a Macintosh influence, particularly the use of fritillaria in the bouquets. We tried to keep a personal touch (as well as a cost saving) by making our own favours and cake… Richard’s famous fudge, individually wrapped and enclosed in little bird cages were our pretty table favours along with some wild flower seeds… for the bees! We had three different types of cake made by myself and two friends. I tried to copy our wedding invitation design on mine. It was rather ‘rustic’! I think I was most pleased with how the homemade veil looked on the day, it made me feel well, very bridal!
Images by Emilie May Photography.
Luxury countryside wedding venue Heaton House Farm, Macclesfield, has one more feature in its range of offerings for couples looking to tie the knot: the chance to have an eco-wedding in a sustainable, green venue.
With more and more people conscious about the environmental impact of a big wedding, Heaton House Farm has been leading the way in its effort to reduce the carbon footprint of its farm, switch to renewable energy sources and minimise waste from all events at the venue.
“Increasingly, one of the most important things soon-to-be-wed couples are asking when they visit is how ‘green’ we are,” says Sarah Heath, Marketing Manager at Heaton House Farm.
“They’re looking for a countryside venue that is doing its part to protect and look after the surrounding area, and we’re proud to be able to offer that sustainability.”
Heaton House Farm was one of the first businesses in the region to install solar panels, and within 10 years had more than doubled the number of panels on its barns. With 250 currently installed, they generate up to 60kwh of energy during the daytime!
To make the best use of this renewable energy, the farm has adjusted key working hours to ensure equipment and machinery can utilise the solar power, and constructed insulated storage to heat water which is used for guests’ showers that night and the following morning.
The installation of a biomass burning has further reduced the venue’s carbon footprint, with agricultural, forest and waste from weddings all being burnt on site to generate heat and electricity. Any fallen trees across the site’s 165 acres are used for construction or fuel purposes.
“Reducing and recycling is a key part of everything we do here at Heaton House Farm,” continues Sarah. “We were an early switcher to LED bulbs throughout the venue, which saw a 90% reduction in our electricity use, and with our biomass burner we’ve dramatically reduced our reliance on overseas fossil fuels, and minimised our carbon footprint even further.”
Feature Image by Sarita White Photography.
This really does promise to be an Open Day like no other.
For one day only Sami Tipi, Bawdon Lodge Farm and a selection of hand picked talented suppliers bring to you The Spring Showcase. The whole day is designed to help give you lots of inspiration of how you can host your own tipi wedding.
Press play to see their Autumn Open Day in action!
So who are Sami Tipi…?
Sami Tipi are a Midlands based tipi hire company serving the Midlands and surrounding areas. Inspired by the Sami People of Lapland, their tipis & kata tents make for an outdoor celebration whatever the weather and provide a breathtaking alternative to a conventional marquee.
The tipis are naturally stunning with their rustic wooden poles, which come to life at night with fairy lights, transforming the space into something very magical.
The tipis lend themselves to style as much or as little as you please, popular styling items are pom poms, paper lanterns and bunting!
Feature Image by Eclection Photography.
Picture the scene; a Wednesday morning, soft sunbeams spill through Edwardian windows and the air is filled with that light, weekday tranquillity borne from the world’s preoccupation.
You are nestled on the edge of Dartmoor in a country house possessed of a unique charm; sweeping vistas, wood-panelled rooms and ornate, original features. Today you marry your other half, safe in the knowledge that Coombe Trenchard has taken care of everything for you.
You smile, and prepare for the best day of your life.
‘Boutique & Beautiful’ enhances the mid-week wedding trend with Coombe Trenchard’s celebrated brand of luxurious warmth, giving you the wonder of a wedding for up to 40 guests, without any of the work. Combining a hand-picked selection of exemplary wedding contributors, each aspect of your day has been carefully thought out and chosen to enhance Coombe Trenchard’s renowned style and level of service.
Arts & Crafts era features maximise the interplay between light and dark spaces, roaring log fires entice, and the sun-soaked terrace basks in the glory of a wisteria-clad clock tower; with 12 licenced locations in which to exchange vows, the only difficult decision will be how to use these historic spaces to their full potential.
Images by Lydia Stamps Photography.
Award winning accessories designer Victoria Fergusson has launched the much anticipated new Botánica Collection for 2017. This exquisite collection comprises the most beautiful selection of hand crafted accessories, including hair adornments, jewellery and exclusive dress appliqué embellishments with two talented dress designers; Tara Bradley-Birt and Ailsa Munro.
We of course said yes to sharing this new collection because a) it’s super gorgeous and b) it was shot on location at one of our very beautiful venues – Hatch House in Wiltshire.
It’s always a pleasure writing about Victoria and her treasures so if you want to learn a little more about the lady behind this accessories brand then take a peek here. Otherwise jump straight in my friends and start that bridal wish list! I feel like I need the Seeds of Love Headdress to complete my life.
Oh and if you do fall in love with this collection then Victoria is offering a special 15% discount on any orders placed before the end of the month – simply use code COCO15 valid until midnight Friday 31st March.
Notes from Victoria Fergusson
The Botánica Collection is inspired by lush and exotic botanicals such as ferns, palms and giant water lily. Think Kew Gardens, think Victorian Hot Houses, the architecture as well as the plants themselves have influenced the designs. Brides can choose from delicate hairpin sets, petite combs and unique headdresses, available in gold, rose-gold and silver colour ways with accents of silver shade and white opal crystals.