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by Emma Hla

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Images by Liberty Pearl Photography.

You might have seen Lottie’s name appear on some of our social media feeds, indeed she is part of the Coco Wedding Venues team and keeps you lot updated on Twitter & Facebook about the various events, new venue additions and must-read blogs!

So when Lottie got engaged in May I was beyond happy for my right-hand gal and her beau Jake.

Lottie has kindly put some notes down about those initial planning thoughts and what it’s like to kick-start those Pinterest dreams! Opting for a garden wedding, Lottie & Jake’s big day sounds all kinds of wonderful…

Notes from Bride Lottie

I got engaged to my wonderful partner of 6 years, Jake, in May 2017. I work in the wedding industry, so as you can imagine, I was ready to get wedding planning approximately 30 minutes after Jake proposed. My Pinterest was prepped and ready and I had a number of suppliers already in mind, but where to start..?

For us, we wanted to kick-start wedding planning by choosing our wedding venue. It meant we could set a date, book in the suppliers and start sending our invitations out. I can’t believe how spoilt we are with the wonderful choice of wedding venues in the UK. We did eventually decide to celebrate our wedding day in my parent’s orchard in the picturesque Devonshire countryside. With a beautiful rose garden, an idyllic orchard and endless views of the Blackdown Hills as our backdrop, my childhood home seemed the perfect setting to celebrate our marriage.

We’ve opted for an intimate registry office wedding the day before, so that we can have an outdoor blessing amongst the apple trees and wildflower meadows, under a handmade willow archway adorned with pillow-soft peach roses. The house also features a lawn space, which lends itself perfectly to a marquee wedding – you’ll find some essential tips for marquee weddings on the Coco Blog!

The majority of our big day is based outside, and if anyone has planned an outdoor wedding you’ll know that it is absolutely vital to have a back-up plan, should the British weather promise rain rather than sunshine. If the weather does let us down, we will simply hold the blessing under the marquee. I’ve also heard from many fellow brides that poor weather actually means that everyone gathers under the marquee, resulting in a fabulous party atmosphere.

My Wedding Planning Tips

Wedding planning is exactly how everyone describes: one of the most exciting things you’ll ever do, and also one of the most overwhelming! It’s easy to get caught up in the wonderful engagement blur, and while it really is the most magical time, I’d recommend taking some time out to think about exactly what you envision for your special day. It’s your day, so plan it exactly how you want it.

Bring along an open mind when you go wedding dress shopping. You’ll hear stories about brides who find their dress straightaway, while other brides have to try on over 20+ dresses to find ‘The One’. I recommend starting the search for your gown around 9-12 months before your big day, and enjoy every second of it. You might want to check out The Bridal Edit right here.

Don’t sweat the small stuff. There are guaranteed to be a few hiccups along the way and on the big day itself, but if you end the evening as newlyweds, does it really matter..?

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