A pretty spectacular Summer wedding in Didsbury

05 May 2016

As part of our series of Real Life Weddings and in the spirit of these warmer climes, this week’s blog looks at the insanely pretty Summer nuptials of Alice and Will at Didsbury House and Eleven Didsbury Park back in August.

Inspired by Instagram and Pinterest, the bride knew she wanted a relaxed, summertime, BBQ wedding revolving around their favourite things as a couple; family, music and food! Together we chose a colour palette of pretty pastel shades in pink, lilac and cream and agreed to use them in abundance throughout the wedding but with a laid-back, deconstructed style.

So the altar featured mis-match, cut-glass vases holding a mix of garden-style roses, waxflower and stocks in amongst gold, textured lanterns and tealights. Alongside, stood two floor standing candelabras with a subtle adornment of flowers including astilbe, roses and eucalyptus and finished with trailing lace. The aisle was marked by tall square lanterns with soft pink rose petals scattered in between and the mantelpiece at the back of the room featured the same mis-match vases and jars in amongst further petals, single stems and loose rose heads.

This very pretty styling suited the venue and the bright, sunny day perfectly, but the wedding was really brought to life by all the wonderfully quirky and personal touches the couple added with the help of Gemma at Betsy Button. The signpost to the ceremony was on a vintage bike positioned at the front of Didsbury House and we filled its basket with more of the pink and white roses from Alice and Will’s theme. The guest book was a noticeboard made from beautiful lace, with the notice, inviting guests to contribute, being a letter sat within an antique typewriter, surrounded by further jars of our pastel flowers. The couple really had a vision and Gemma clearly has fun in the antique markets!

Lace featured heavily within the wedding, not least in Alice’s beautiful Heritage Bride dress from Love Bridal Boutique. We complemented this by tying trailing lace around the stem of the bouquet, alongside waves of ribbon which matched the stunning loose curls of the bride’s hair. The bouquet itself was made up of a luxurious selection of old English roses and peonies in vintage shades of pink and white, finished with stems of astilbe to soften the look. 

The bridesmaid held a mini version of the same bouquet, which worked perfectly against her twenties-inspired gown. We also designed a pretty headdress for Alice’s young flower girl and even added a couple of blooms to the bride’s delicate Jenny Packham hair piece.  The buttonholes for the gentlemen were simple but impactful with large rose heads sitting very stylishly against their smart tuxes.

After the happy ceremony, the wedding party moved to Eleven Didsbury Park and their gorgeous shaded patio for a BBQ wedding breakfast.  We dressed the space exactly as Alice had envisaged with flowers, jars and bunting at every turn. The long tables looked gorgeous with pretty, vintage teacups serving as plate settings; we even used a few to hold hydrangea and rose flower heads down the centre. Tall candlesticks intermingled with glass vases full of sweet flowers, trails of pearl beads and curiosities such as frames and inkwells, adding to the vintage look.  We loved the tags featuring uplifting quotes that were dotted in amongst the flowers to inspire the guests as they took to their seats.

As well as a summer BBQ, ideal for the warm day, guests were entertained by magician, Sam Fitton, treated to a good old-fashioned ice-cream cart and able to indulge with an amazing cake table.  This was crammed with naked cakes, cupcakes and tea loaves from And The Dish Ran Away With The Spoon on which we applied the finishing touches of flowers and accessories to tie it in with the rest of the wedding.

This wedding was a thrill to work on, not just because of the many opportunities to get creative with beautiful flowers, but because the couple added so much to the creative process. We knew exactly what she wanted and were thrilled when we heard that receiving her flowers in her room before the ceremony was one of the highlights of her day; “they were exactly how I pictured them”

You can see more pictures and supplier details on the So You’re Getting Married blog and the wedding film here.  All the stunning photography and videography was captured by Viva La Wedding. It is a gorgeous example of how truly stunning an English summer wedding can be and in the words of the cute plaque at their wedding altar, we hope they ‘live happily ever after’ (especially since we’ve heard they’re due their first baby any day now – congratulations!).

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