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    Warwickshire Tipi Wedding

    Today we have a lovely wedding fro the heart of the Cotswolds. Lots of quirky details, a very intimate nd personal venue in a beautiful setting. The wedding is brought to us by Derbyshire Wedding Photographer Miki Photography. A very individual wedding, full of personality and captured beautifully. This is Rosie and Nick’ wedding story…

    A Warwickshire Tipi Wedding

    How did you meet? And how long have you been together?

    We met 3 years ago, in a field, in Medan (Northern Sumatra). We were taking place in an adventure rally, racing tuk-tuks 3500km through Indonesia, ending in Bali – and Nick was the first person I met! We were in different teams but ended up convoying at various points along the way & then spent a week together at the end before Nick and I headed home to opposite sides of the world. It was at that point we both knew that we had something pretty special and worth pursuing. Less than 8 months later, and after countless hours on Skype, I’d moved my life from London to New Zealand to be with him!

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    Nick proposed on my 30th birthday while we were back home in the UK. We were about to head out to meet my friends for drinks, when a tuk-tuk turned up on the driveway and I just thought it was a cool birthday surprise. We were driven around my home town and out into the countryside, then we pulled up at a church in a tiny village – it was the church that my parents were married at. We went for a walk around and Nick got down on one knee. I didn’t even looked at the ring(!) I just said “yes” and we hugged for what seemed like hours. Then we got back in the tuk-tuk, he put on a song that he played to me on guitar when we first met, and we drove back to the bar where my friends and family were waiting for us. It was definitely the best birthday to date!

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    “We planned the wedding over 15 months. Knowing we’d be organising most things from the other side of the world (we now live in New Zealand) we wanted to plan in advance & also give our international guests a decent length of time to sort their travel. After a flurry of research and spreadsheets, I’d got the vast majority of the ‘big things’ booked a good year in advance – the tipis, catering, toilets, celebrant, band and flowers! The finer planning & details came a lot later – in the 3 months running up to the wedding date, which allowed us to relax in between!”

    Rosie and Nick married in August 2015 in the garden of Rosie’s grandparents house, Old Red Lion House in Warwickshire. Rosie says “We knew we wanted a relaxed, country wedding. We didn’t want a venue as such, we wanted somewhere beautiful and homely that we could turn into a ‘wonderland’… My grandparents have lived at Red Lion House for 30 years and I’ve secretly (OK, maybe not so secretly) always dreamed of getting married in the garden where I spent so much of my time growing up. So when they took Nick and I for lunch and actually suggested that we might like to use their garden, we were over the moon! We couldn’t have imagined a more special, beautiful, relaxed and happy place to get married.”

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    How did you spend / allocate your budget?

    Our budget was definitely forced to grow as we started to get quotes! We knew that the tipis were going to be our main feature so the biggest chunk of our budget went on those. The next most important to us were the photographer and the band. Originally we had all kinds of ideas but every little thing really starts to add up, so we stripped a lot out and made sure whatever we spent money on was going to genuinely add a personal touch.

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    Luckily the garden is so beautiful it didn’t need us to spend much decorating! But we saved by doing a lot ourselves & with the help of friends & family –we decorated with herbs rather than flowers. We used an old canoe of my brother’s as the “beer canoe” and an old door from the house as our ceremony backdrop. A good friend made our cake, my hairdresser was a friend & guest, as was my make-up artist!


    Ashley Davenport was our photographer. I’d spent a bit of time researching photographers but the few who’s style I liked were either unavailable, miles away, or crazily expensive, so I started asking around. Ash is a friend of a friend and we couldn’t have been happier that she recommended him! WOW! As soon as we spoke on Skype, it was clear that his style really suited us and our more informal approach. We didn’t want stuffy, over-posed photos, rather natural ‘in the moment’ photos – something he captured beautifully.

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    I loved Ash’s photography style – he captures all of the moments that you might not have otherwise seen. He truly documented the fun and love on the day. We totally forgot he was there (in the nicest way possible) – the sign of a great photographer! He also ran a photobooth for us, with loads of great props (people got very carried away in there!) A great little extra that added to the day.

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    All in all, he is incredibly talented with a great eye for detail and he certainly knows how to capture stunning images. He’s also a lovely guy & the most dapper photographer I’ve met – one of few men who can pull off a bow tie and braces! Read more


    Heaton House Farm Real Wedding – A Petrol Blue Party

    Today I have a lovely real wedding to share with you from the gorgeous Macclesfield country wedding venue, Heaton House Farm. Images are supplied by Autumn Stone Photography. The happy couple, Danielle and Darren clearly had a fabulous time at their Christmas wedding. What’s more, it looks like a real party wedding. A couple after my own heart.

    Heaton House farm real wedding welcome sign for love me love my wedding

    Image by Autumn Stone Photography

    Heaton House Farm

    Set in the heart of the Cheshire countryside, this is a fab venue, exclusively yours. I love the way the bespoke lighting system can be changed to suit your colour scheme. For Danielle and Darren, this was a gorgeous petrol blue.

    Heaton House farm real wedding ceremony aisle for love me love my wedding

    Image by Autumn Stone Photography

    Heaton House farm real wedding speeches for love me love my wedding

    Image by Autumn Stone Photography

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    Moorhill House Hotel Real Wedding – A Blush Bride

    Today we have a real wedding shared by Wistful Two Photography from Moorhill House Hotel, a Burley wedding venue. It’s another beautiful blush coloured wedding. Still very much on trend for 2015. Caroline and Nigel wanted a relaxed wedding day and it certainly seems like they got that. So over to Caroline to tell us more.


    I loved the vintage blush theme. Blush, peach, cream and grey, very romantic.  We wanted the day to be relaxed and enjoyed by family and friends. We didn’t want a formal occasion. We had chair covers & sashes supplied by Party Proppers.

    Moorhill House Hotel blush flowers for love me love my wedding

    Images by Wistful Two Photography

    Venue – Moorhill House Hotel

    Ceremony took place in the gardens of Moorhill House Hotel in Burley. This was followed by an afternoon tea and barbecue in the evening.

    Moorhill House Hotel bride groom garden for love me love my wedding

    Images by Wistful Two Photography

    Moorhill House Hotel for love me love my wedding

    Image by Wistful Two Photography


    literally made the night before the wedding in the hotel room with my bridesmaids!  3 individual tiers bought from Marks & Spencer. Decorated by the very talented florist, Jennifer Poynter!!

    Moorhill House Hotel wedding cake for love me love my wedding

    Images by Wistful Two Photography

    The cupcakes were made by me and decorated by my sister. The personalised cupcake flags were bought on ebay.

    Sweet table

    Very trendy last year and we loved the idea. We used the colour theme and it makes a great favour idea. I also created favour bags for the kids. They contained various bits to keep the kids entertained. it included a wedding colouring book that I downloaded from the internet, crayons, bubbles etc.

    Moorhill House Hotel sweet table for love me love my wedding

    Images by Wistful Two Photography

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    Reid Rooms real wedding – Essex Wedding Venue

    Today we have a lovely wedding from Essex wedding venue the Reid Rooms. There’s a soft, natural colour palette, subtle bunting and a nod to a country vintage theme. This wedding is a feast for the eyes. The images have been shared by Matt Heath Photography. The bride and groom, Laura and Will, and their photographer Matt will tell you all about their big day.

    Bridesmaids reid rooms matt heath photogrpahy for love me love my wedding

    Image by Matt Heath Photography

    Bridal gown reid rooms matt heath photography for love me love my wedding

    Image by Matt Heath

    Nude bridesmaid dresses reid rooms matt heath photography for love me love my wedding

    Image by Matt Heath Photography

    Laura and Will contacted me through my website having found me on Google. They expressed how they had been looking at many photographers and having found me they knew I was the one for them!

    Groomsmen reid rooms matt heath photography for love me love my wedding

    Image by Matt Heath Photography

    Both Will and Laura are very keen photographers and as such knew what they were looking for. We met up at Maldon Parade for their pre wedding photos and we instantly hit it off. They are such a laid back, happy couple. I knew the wedding day would be equally relaxed and full of fun.

    Bride groom reid rooms matt heath photography for love me love my wedding

    Image by Matt Heath Photography

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    Chester Weddings – A Rowton Hall Real Wedding

    Today I am so pleased to be sharing a beautiful dusty pink wedding from the lovely Rowton Hall, a Chester hotel. The images have been sent by McAvoy Wedding Photography. They capture the love, laughter and spirit of the day perfectly. You can really see the joy between Gary and Maddy, the bride and groom. There is the most adorable flower girl and the groomsmen are perfectly bonkers.

    Laughing couple aisle rowton hall mcavoy photography for love me love my wedding

    Image by McAvoy Wedding Photography

    Gary and Maddy married on a beautiful October day. They are both police officers and a lot of their guests were from the force. You can imagine, there was a lot of ribbing and jokes.

    Funny groomsmen rowton hall mcavoy photography foe love me love my wedding

    Image by McAvoy Wedding Photography

    Rowton hall bride friends mcavoy photography for love me love my wedding

    Image by McAvoy Wedding Photography

    Their colour scheme was dusty pink. This had caused a lot of headaches for Maddy trying to match up her dress sash.  Everyone seemed to have a different opinion on what dusty pink was! She got there in the end but it is worth noting for all brides-always take a colour swatch with you!

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