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Autumn 2017


Stem GingerÂ

'Eleanor is a great listener and was 'Eleanor  is a great listener and was able to take my vague ideas and able to take my vague ideas and produce something that was produce something that was absolutely absolutelyperfect’ perfect’

Warwickshire-basedStem Stem Ginger Ginger flowers-up events across thethe Midlands. Warwickshire-based flowers-upweddings, weddings,occasions occasionsand and events across Midlands. OwnerEleanor Eleanorcombines combines her her loves loves of design into allall of her work. Every oneone Owner of horticulture, horticulture,nature natureand andfloral floral design into of her work. Every of her creations is unique, taking into account the style, taste and aesthetic of the person or people she is is of her creations is unique, taking into account the style, taste and aesthetic of the person or people she creating for, and the natural floral bounty of the season. creating for, and the natural floral bounty of the season. A keen gardener, Eleanor holds RHS qualifications in horticulture and enjoys growing her own flowers. A keen gardener, Eleanor holds RHS qualifications in horticulture and enjoys growing her own flowers. Seasonal snippings from her garden usually make their way into her designs. Seasonal snippings from her garden usually make their way into her designs. You can find her work on Instagram where she’s @stemgingerflowers, on You canher find her work on Instagram where she’s @stemgingerflowers, on or on website or on her website

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In This Issue Autumn Edition 7 REAL WEDDINGS

Photo Credit Lesley Bee

Editor's Letter    Autumn weddings are getting more and more popular, and its no surprise with all the stunning colours that autumn brings. Take a look at our styled shoot in this edition 'A Pink Romance' it has subtle hints towards autumn with fruits alongside the floral displays, also with the colours going from pale to dark pink, definitively gives a more autumnal feel to the colour scheme. If you prefer rustic or boho bride styling our styled shoot 'Bohemian Bride' will give you plenty of wedding inspiration with the focus of the theme being on natural elements and textures.     I have a exciting time ahead, lucky to be asked to be a bridesmaid for one of my closest friends on the 1st December, shes having a wonderful winter theme for her wedding. Its going to be flipping gorgeous, I cant wait to tell you all about it. Have fun and enjoy planning your wedding.    Love Sarah


17   Sally & Mark  25   Mandy & Daniel  43   Caitlin & Alex

PHOTO SHOOT LOOK BOOK 5     A Pink Romance  | collaborative photo shoot at The High House  33   Bohemian Bride  | collaborative photo shoot at   Bordesley Park Farm Wedding Venue       


15  The Confetti Cakery   23  A Perfect Honeymoon   41   Floral Inspiration From Lilac & Wild   Photo Credits - Front cover -   Joanna Briggs Photography  Back cover  -   Nellie Photography 



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A Pink Romance   Venue The High House 

Photography Joanna Briggs Photography

 The High House is a luxurious Georgian country house which is available to hire for weddings; corporate events, celebrations and large family gatherings.  A fabulous and versatile venue for holidays, wedding receptions and events of all kinds. The High House is known for its contemporary interior design, proprietor Kate has established a reputation for styling living spaces and is pleased to be able to share this with her guests.   The High House has 9 sumptuous bedrooms and a tennis lodge which sleeps up to a total of 23 guests. We offer a high level of luxury and comfort to enhance your stay; each room stylishly designed with contemporary flair and statement pieces. Whatever the occasion High House is the perfect setting for a visit to remember.    Set in beautiful Heart of England countryside and conveniently located in Fillongley, High House is easily accessed from the M42 and the M6 with The NEC, Birmingham airport and Birmingham city centre all within easy reach. A comfortable commute from London; only 1 hour 10 minutes via train with a 10 minute commute from Birmingham International Station. Read our Facebook page feedback for more information.    The High House is the perfect location for your Wedding Reception if you are looking for somewhere private and exclusive in five star luxury. We can offer flexible marquee solutions to hold a maximum of 300 guests and a fully bespoke catering package to compliment your occasion with provision of a cash bar and full waiting staff                                 The High House team will assist you to make sure your special day is perfect.                       To book your special event  call us on 07870 208683 to discuss your requirements further. Inspired Brides | Autumn Edition


The Styled Shoot If you’re looking for a luxury venue, without the restrictions of a hotel then The High House could be your ideal venue. This is so not your average wedding venue, it is styled to perfection, including a swimming pool, beautifully designed rooms and a real air of luxury. You honestly won’t want to leave. Myself and photographer Joanna Briggs Photography, soon found some ideal locations to capture the look I wanted, which was a beautiful, stylish feminine look that I knew would complement the stunning venue The High House. With shades of pink and hints of autumn being the central theme, Sophie of Lilac And Wild floristry created the most stunning floral displays for the table dressings, bouquet & a flower crown. Teamed with Bunting And Willow Weddings table styling and the beautiful delicate stationery by I Love and Love, brought the look of opulence together. Completing the theme nicely is the cake, designed by the very talented wedding cake baker The Confetti Cakery .

For this look I knew we would need some showstopper wedding dresses. They were arranged by the amazing Wedding Belles Of Four Oaks, and the personally designed shoes by Inanna Bespoke Shoes. Hair and make-up was created by Mode Hair & Make-up, a soft up-do and soft pink palette for the make-up, with glowing skin. The overall look was absolutely stunning, all captured by wedding photographer Joanna Briggs Photography. Written By Sarah Humphreys

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Collaborators who made this photo shoot possible ..... Photography

Joanna Briggs Photography Creative Stylist

Sarah Humphreys Wedding Dresses

Wedding Belles Of Four Oakes Event Dressers

Bunting And Willow Weddings Floristry

Lilac And wild Make-up Artist

Mode Bridal Hair And Make-up Hair

Mode Bridal Hair And Make-up Hair Accessories

Lilac And Wild Stationery

I Love And Love Cake

The Confetti Cakery Model

Victoria Evans Venue

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For over 200 years Paxton & Whitfield have pursued a passion for cheese, fine food and wine. We pride ourselves on sourcing and maturing exceptional cheeses, while maintaining the timeless values of quality and service in all we do. Celebrate your special day with a bespoke cheese wedding cake made from the finest English and Continental cheeses. Our cheese wedding cakes are the perfect highlight to your special day and a delicious addition or alternative to a traditional fruit cake. At Paxton & Whitfield we offer bespoke Wedding Cheese Cake services, giving you the option of selecting from a range of pre-made cheese cakes, alongside the option of creating your own unique cake, to your specifications with guidance from our expert cheesemongers. When you choose a cheese wedding cake from Paxton & Whitfield, you’re in for a special treat.

Call us: 01789415544 or Email us: @paxtonscheese


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CHI C C O U NTR Y WEDDI NG Words By Sarah Humphreys

Photography By Olivia Photography

Venue  Hampton Manor  

A country chic wedding, with a beautiful colour palette of pale pastels and greenery at the stunning country retreat Hampton Manor, Solihull. Sally & Mark got married at Hampton Manor in Hampton in Arden on  17th June 2017. “ We completely fell in love with the Manor and just appreciate the english countryside. So themed the wedding around the amazing venue.” Said Sally “For my dress I chose...well It’s stunning, the designer is Ronald Joyce it was the first one I tried and I completely fell in love with it.  Mermaid shape, with beaded back” continued the bride “ my shoes are from  Jenny Packman, the shape of the jewellery on the front of the shoes matched my amazing engagement ring... Mark wore light brown suit with olive green tweed waistcoats which suited the theme” Said the bride.     “For my flowers I enlisted a  friend of ours, Cheryl from Willow Flowers, our guests still comment on them now. Luckily” continued Sally  “we designed all the wedding stationary ourselves, then  hired in all the finishing touches, candelabras, step ladders etc..”    “My advice would be.. take your time to shop around and plan, we explored pinterest to find absolutely the right thing for us and then sourced different suppliers to replicate exactly what we wanted”    “My most memorable moment is my son walking me down the aisle and he was so proud. Very emotional moment. And” Continued the bride “Our first dance was beautiful, we chose an unusual song and the band played it beautifully”

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Photographer: Olivia Photography

Band: Function Fever

Illusionist: Jester Styles

Hair stylist: Sam D Hair

MUA: Jenna Harris

Wedding Stylist: Gemma Crook

Florist: Willowflowers

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Lee Plays a nylon string guitar in a number of styles that can be catered to suit any particular occasion Whether it be for a wedding function or a bistro/ wine bar, a corporate dinner or summer garden party. Relaxing beautiful guitar music creates a lovely mood to any event. Sets can be catered to suit individual requirements and particular songs can be added to help make the event that little more personal. Contact Lee for more details.

Call Lee on :  07733261574   Find Us On Facebook : Acoustic Flavours

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Professional Wedding Firework Displays We Provide Displays For 'All' OccasionsÂ

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THE PERFECT HONEYMOON 10 TIPS FOR THE PERFECT HONEYMOON  Tracy, Not Just Travel shares her top tips to help you choose your ideal honeymoon destination:   1. It’s all in the timing… Always book early to avoid disappointment. As soon as you have set the wedding date, you should start thinking about your honeymoon destination – or vice versa. If you do have a fixed destination in mind, you may even decide to move the wedding day to suit your honeymoon dates.    2. Check the weather Not all destinations have good year-round weather. The month you’re getting married may not be the best time to visit your chosen destination. If you have your heart set on a specific country, research the average weather patterns to make sure you’re happy with the climate. 3. Check the season If you’re aiming for a summer wedding and you want a honeymoon in the USA, you need to be aware that August is hurricane season. Plus, during our summer, it’s winter in the southern hemisphere, so if you’re planning on going to Australia, it may not be quite as warm as you imagine… 4. Decide your budget It’s important to set a budget from the start and, ideally, this should be part of your overall wedding budget. Decide whether you want an elegant, luxurious honeymoon or the best value for money hotel. You don’t have to spend huge amounts to have an unforgettable honeymoon. If you’re getting married during peak holiday times, such as July and August, or Christmas and New Year, you will pay more for your flights and accommodation. 5. Special Honeymoon Offers Complimentary offers add great value to a honeymoon and will make it feel even more special. If you contact the hotel in advance, you could enjoy extras such as fruit, flowers or champagne in your room on arrival, candlelit dinners and room upgrades, complimentary massages or big discounts. 6. Wedding gift alternative Nowadays many couples already live together before they marry, so honeymoon gift lists can be an excellent alternative to a traditional gift list. Guests can contribute towards the booking itself, or to upgrade your room or flight. One note of caution: when using a honeymoon gift list, if your guests do not contribute until your wedding day and you have booked your honeymoon, final payment is required 14 weeks before departure. Any funds left in your gift list are fully refundable or can be used to book other holidays.

We are with you every step of your journey including arranging visas and transfers.

7. Days of flying Some destinations can only be reached on certain days due to airline schedules. This means you may need to be flexible, especially if you want to travel the day after your wedding. Look for destinations offering departure days that fit into your schedule. 8. Passport name change If the bride-to-be plans to change her passport into her married name, make sure all documents and booking details are in the same name, as this could result in refused entry into your chosen country. Always leave plenty of time to send off all the documents and for them to be returned to you. 9. Visas If you’re planning on travelling to a faraway location, always check whether you need a visa to enter the country and allow enough time to apply for this. The Foreign Office website lists visa information on all countries.   10. Travel Insurance This is an absolute must when travelling overseas. Insurance will cover you and your partner for illness and accidents. Always check your policy covers your destination, as well as any activities you’re planning, such as scuba diving, etc.

Our personal customer service ensures that we are with you every step of your journey including arranging visas and transfers.

Not Just Travel creating specialist bespoke holidays worldwide What are you waiting for? If you would like help creating your perfect honeymoon contact Tracy at Not Just Travel 

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WILD & BRIGHT Words By Sarah Humphreys

Photography By Nellie Photography 

Venue Alcott Weddings  

A fun and colourful outdoor tipi wedding with lots of DIY projects adding finishing touches to a festival theme wedding at Alcott Weddings in the glorious Worcestershire countryside      Mandy & Daniel got married at Alcott Weddings at Alcott Farm on the 8th July 2017. “We decided on the theme of a Festival Wedding as this provided the perfect party atmosphere to celebrate our 11 years together and to look forward to many more happy years to come.” Said Mandy “The festival theme also allowed us to invite guests to camp out in the field with us, at first people were not too sure about this but in the end we had 30 campers stop the night with us. We partied till the early hours and there was no pressure for people to leave at a certain time.”    “My dress was the first wedding dress that I’d ever tried on and after trying 9 more I knew that it definitely was the one for me, I absolutely love it.” Said the bride “I had the most perfect experience picking ‘the one’ at The Dressing Rooms, along with my maid of honour and my mom. On our visit we had the shop to ourselves and we were made to feel at ease and super special. There were tears of joy, fizz to celebrate and lots of excitement. It was everything I imagined and more. I bought my dress from the Dressing Rooms in Halesowen... I picked a stunning dress from the Sottero and Midgley range. As I’m not a fan of the typical wedding shoe, so I struggled to find the right style, so I decided to go with a gorgeous electric blue colour and found the perfect style at Lipsy of all places.” Continued the bride “I loved the pop of colour from beneath my dress, perfectly captured in some of Sarah’s photos. They were very comfortable and lasted all the way till after the first dance. Not bad considering we were in a field and walking in heels was quite tricky. After that it was flip flop time!”    “Our florist was a family friends who’s Mom owns Funky Flowers in Dudley. She nailed the brief which was wild and bright, nothing to organised, we wanted a freshly handpicked feel to the flowers, as if they’d just been gathered from a field.” Said Mandy   “Our cake was also a family friend who offered her skills and made us a beautiful 3 tier naked sponge cake. It tasted amazing. We served it for desert and Dan and I ate the top tier at about 2am whilst still dancing!” “Dan’s suit was from Duncan James in Walsall it was made by Remus Uomo. The shop were so helpful as Dan is a fussy man.” Said the bride “They even made free alterations and took extra effort to track down the bowties we wanted for him and the groom party.”    “We got very busy with DIY projects for the wedding,” said Mandy “I made all of the colourful bunting tassels which edged the lining of the tipi. We made use of some old pallets by decorating with Polaroid pics of our 11 years together. We also  bought an old painters ladder from Ebay and refurbished and that was used to display pictures of our grandparents (sadly some of them are no longer with us but we wanted them there, so this was how we did it). Going with the festival theme we designed some custom festival wristbands and lanyards which we gave out to the guests as favours. Dan’s dad spent hours making a sign to direct the guest to the various areas of the festival and so they wouldn’t get lost later in the evening.”

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“My advice would be to book everything as early as possible. We were surprised just how quickly good suppliers get booked up. Looking back the whole day was memorable, somewhere along the way somebody told us to make sure we took a moment to take everything in as it would go so fast.

We’re so glad we received this advice and did as we were told. I lost Dan at one point” concluded the bride “I found him laid out on a bale of hay, next to the fire smoking a cigar. I asked him where he’d been and he just sat up and said “taking it all in”.

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Photographer : Nellie Photography

Dress : The Dressing Rooms in Halesowen

Flowers : Funky Flowers in Goral

Suit : Duncan James in Walsall

Catering : Fine Food Matters

MUA : Harriet Robertson

Giant Tipi :

The bridal tipi :

Celebrant :

Campervan Photo booth :

Music : alive network

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   To Photo Booth notto toPhoto Photo Booth? the question.       To Photo Booth orornot Booth?That Thatisis the question. 


  Because it’s not really a party without a Photo Booth, but your average Photo Booth is.. well.. somewhat lacking in style.

  Because it’s not party a Photo but but your average Photo Booth is..ofwell.. lacking Of course youreally want a the best without entertainment for Booth, your guests having spent a huge amount time,somewhat effort and, let’s face in it, style. Of course the every best entertainment for yourstyled guests spent a huge to amount of time, let’s face it, hardyou cashwant planning fine detail of a perfectly daybut youhaving may well be reluctant introduce a sad,effort wobblyand, plastic hard cash every fine beautiful detail ofreception a perfectly styled day you may well be reluctant introduce a sad, wobbly plastic box planning to the corner of your venue. It would be understandable for you toto cringe a little opening the Box neonbeautiful afro wigs,reception oversized plastic andbe inflatable guitars. After those planning you have box to Pandora’s the corner ofofyour venue.glasses It would understandable forallyou to months cringe aoflittle opening the to ask yourself; doafro you really the lasting memories yourinflatable special day to include a rubber chicken? Pandora’s Box of neon wigs, want oversized plastic glassesofand guitars. After all those months of planning you have       So you have to make a really tough choice; maintain your style or bring on the fun. Wouldn’t it bechicken? great if you didn’t have to ask yourself; do you really want the lasting memories of your special day to include a rubber to make that choice? Wouldn’t it be fantastic if you could do both?       So you have to make a really tough choice; maintain your style or bring on the fun. Wouldn’t it be great if you didn’t have      Well here’s the great news; if you book with us you can because we are not your average Photo Booth. We are Camper to make that choice? Wouldn’t it be fantastic if you could do both? Photo Booth and we add to your special day’s style rather than detracting from it. We are show stoppers, smile makers and      Wellcatalysts here’s the great news; if you book with us you can because we are not your average Photo Booth. We are Camper for laughter and good times. Photo Booth and we add to your special day’s style ratherand than detracting it. We’ll We are stoppers, makers and       Our Camper Photo Booth is a Photo Booth difference tons of vintagefrom appeal. putshow your guests in thesmile driving catalysts laughter good times. seatfor whilst you sitand back, relax and enjoy the ride. Not only that our Camper Photo Booth comes with our unique selection of vintage props, Booth so whilst you’ll findand tonstons of fun, not a rubber chicken in sight.       Ourgenuine Camper Photocostumes Booth isand a Photo difference ofthere’s vintage appeal. We’ll put your guests in the driving     With Camper Photo Booth from justonly £495that we’re theCamper life and soul of any party and ifwith you can’t enough of seat whilst you sit back, relax andprices enjoystarting the ride. Not our Photo Booth comes our get unique selection of our campervans guess and what? You can them as your car too! Combined weddingchicken car and Camper genuine vintage costumes props, so book whilst you’ll find wedding tons of fun, there’s not a rubber in sight.Photo Booth packages start from just £695 so what are you waiting for? Yes you can! … In a Campervan     With Camper Photo Booth prices starting from just £495 we’re the life and soul of any party and if you can’t get enough of our campervans guess what? You can book them as your wedding car too! Combined wedding car and Camper Photo Booth packages start from just £695 so what are you waiting for? Yes you can! … In a Campervan IN THE SPOTLIGHT

IN THE SPOTLIGHT Phone: 07977 289065 Twitter / Instagram @vintagevwdita

Phone: 07977 289065 Twitter / Instagram @vintagevwdita

BARBARA EXLEY INDEPENDENT CELEBRANT 'Allow me to capture your love story and transform it into a ceremony which will exceed your expectations.'


You are about to plan one of the most memorable days of your lives and a once in a lifetime occasion which cannot be re-captured so it is crucial you get it just right. There is so much to organise that sometimes we lose sight of the most important part of the wedding day celebration – the ceremony itself.    Every love story is unique and your ceremony should capture everything that is unique about you as a couple. Choosing a Celebrant led wedding allows you the freedom to move away from traditional restrictions and celebrate your wedding where you want and when you want with a ceremony designed especially for you.


Celebrant weddings are perfect if you would like: * To marry outdoors or at a location that isn’t licensed for civil weddings * The flexibility to create a personal ceremony that is unique to you to incorporate traditional or religious elements and rituals from different cultures and beliefs *  A Wedding that is very different, spiritual or quirky   *  Help in writing your vows and ideas for including friends and family in the ceremony itself *  Someone to guide you from concept to delivery and help create your vision of the perfect ceremony.

You will find me approachable and friendly and once booked I offer you total commitment and attention to detail. I want every ceremony I deliver to be the best it can be and your day to be one you will never forget. Whether you want something traditional or something new I can work with you to ensure that your ceremony is just as you imagined.

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Bohemian Bride     Venue Bordesley Park Farm Wedding Venue 

Photography Nellie Photography

 Bordesley Park Farm is one of Worcestershire’s most desirable wedding venues!  A hidden gem in the heart of the Midlands.  We were thrilled to be able to host a photoshoot there, and cannot wait until our Wedding Fayre on 22nd October 2017!    This private family estate dates back to the 16th Century.The property is steeped in history and rustic charm with many original features from its former use as a farm and a Bishops Palace.Its commanding hilltop location adds to the imposing feel of this truly incredible venue.    As a wedding venue Bordesley Park has everything you could ask for and more.  The owners have thought about everything.  A few of this amazing venues features include:    - Panoramic Views – set at the top of a long sweeping drive Bordesley Park is surrounded by thousands of acres of countryside.  Whichever direction you look in there are breathtaking views.  A photographer’s dream!    - Tudor Barn, Licensed Ceremony Room –  Set in a charming courtyard of converted barns The Tudor Barn is fully licensed for wedding parties of up to 125 people.  Its Oak beams, original features and many windows make it characterful, light and totally enchanting.  The perfect place to exchange vows.    - Bridal Preparation Room – the Dovecote, nestled above the converted Tudor Barn, has been customised to create the ideal location for a bride to complete her beatification.  With vast vintage mirrors, many original features and picture windows this room is the perfect place for those pre-ceremony photographs and glasses of fizz!    - Luxury Glazed Marquee–for your wedding reception, Bordesley Park has the most luxurious marquee which can seat upto 200 guests.  One whole wall of the marquee is glazed to allow the breath-taking views to be appreciated whatever the weather.  The marquee is fully equipped with it’s own Oak bar which looks incredible. Don’t just take our word for it, unlike most marquees the Bordesley Park marquee remains in situ throughout the year so go and see for yourself!    The marquee is draped with ivory silk linings to provide a blank canvas enabling you to style the reception room to suit your theme.  The glazed panels can be removed on a warm day so that your guests can meander in and out of the marquee enjoying the beautiful gardens.

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Bishops Barn – for smaller wedding receptions of up to 60 day guests (120 evening) Bordesley Park has an alternative converted barn. Again, this barn has been designed to be light and airy with lots of windows to showcase the spectacular views. The mezzanine layer even accommodates a Pool table!

Acres of Gardens– Bordesley Park has beautiful grounds full of extra special features such as: sunken trampoline, football pitch, swing bench, gazebo, Princess Swing, Fire Pits, and many more. Designed to be the perfect Garden Party Wedding Venue these extra features are really the cherry on the cake!

Finishing Touches – extra finishing touches are scattered across the grounds from Shepherd Hooks down the drive, hanging picture frame, hurricane vases across key paths, fairy lit trees, and many more. Try to spot them all when you visit!

Catering – a venue as unique as Bordesley Park really needs spectacular catering. With this in mind, Bordesley Park recommends 3 different caterers who can provide any style of catering to suit your requirements. Anything from Afternoon Tea, Fish and Chips, 3 Course Meal, Wood Fired Pizza, Street Food, to a standard finger buffet! The choice is yours.

Bordesley Park has to be seen to be believed. We recommend that you phone Bordesley Park’s dedicated Events Team and book your private tour as soon as possible! An experienced Bordesley Park Wedding Co-ordinator will be on hand to assist you from your first enquiry through to the end of your wedding day.

For more information call 0121 228 0 229, Email or Find us on Facebook/BordesleyParkWeddingVenue Bordesley Park, Dagnell End Road, Beoley Vale, Worcestershire, B98 9BH

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The Styled Shoot As this venue has such a rustic bride vibe, I knew a bohemian/ rustic look would suit this venue down to the ground. Working alongside photographer Nellie Photography was great, especially as Bordesley Park has so many areas in the grounds to work in, I also especially wanted to get in the spectacular views. After seeing the Boho Bride Freedom Collection at Boho Bride Boutique, in Stratford-upon-Avon, I was really keen to focus on the fantastic separate collection...being able to switch skirts, tops & overlays was like a dream come true, they really do suit every shape and any style you would like.

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With the focus of the table dressing being on natural elements and textures, Bella Lily Flowers created the most amazing floral tablescape and bouquet. Along with the flowers Krystal Klear Events & Decor added table settings and dressed my all time favourite trestle tables and mismatched chairs from My Lovely Trestle Table Hire. Onto the cake, following the natural textures vibe.. Gails Cake Pantry wowed us all with a semi-naked wedding cake dressed with greenery. Lastly the element that always brings it all together is the stationery that I Love And Love created, with bespoke stationery, chair ties and a fabric wedding banner to complement the look.

For this style I really feel hair and make-up should be relatively natural, Suezanna, salon owner at Make My day, set to work bringing the hair and makeup to life, teamed with stunning hair accessories by Tulle & Blue. Lastly you can’t have a boho/rustic wedding without a camper, and this one doubles as transport and then into a photobooth...what more could you want from Vintage Inspired Wedding Hire. Written By Sarah Humphreys

Collaborators who made this photo shoot possible ..... Photography

Nellie Photography Creative Stylist

Sarah Humphreys Wedding Dresses

Boho Brides Event Dressers

Krystal Klear Events & Decor Floristry

Bella Lily Flowers Hair & Make-up Artist

Make My Day Table Hire 

My Lovely Trestle Table Hair Accessories

Tulle & Blue Stationery

I love and love Cake

Gails Cake Pantry Camper 

Vintage Inspired Wedding Hire Model

Elli Davis & Drew Venue

Bordesley Park Farm Wedding Venue

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We catch up with Sophie O'Keeffe, We catch up with Sophie O'Keeffe, owner of Lilac And Wild to talk about all owner of Lilac And Wild to talk about all things floral. things floral.  Tell you. Tell us us about about you.     'Well 15 years ago,IIdowned downedtools tools a dreary  'Well 15 years ago, ofof a dreary bank decidedto tobe bea aflorist, florist, I have worked bank job job and and decided I have worked in shops in and around Warwickshire and the in shops and around Warwickshire and the West Midlands, Midlands, but craft West butIIreally reallylearnt learntmy my craft working in London for top florist McQueen’s. working London for top florist McQueen’s. Working my my way designing forfor Working way up upto tosenior seniorflorist florist designing top clientele such as Cartier, Mulberry, Berkley top clientele such as Cartier, Mulberry, Berkley hotel, Connaught Connaught hotel Country hotel, hoteland andThe TheGrove Grove Country house and estate.' house and estate.'     'I now work from my purpose-built garden     'I now work from my purpose-built garden workshop in Coventry. I enjoy looking out at the workshop in Coventry. I enjoy looking out at the woodlands behind my house and enjoying the woodlands behind my house and enjoying the wild life and nature. wild life and nature. Where do you get floral inspiration?

Where do you getfrom florala whole inspiration?  'I get inspiration host of places.   Every  'I getyear inspiration a whole sees newfrom colour trendshost fromoffashion Every year seesand new colour trends frominto fashion to interior design translates beautifully themselves, floral design. This can be the flowers interior design and translates beautifully into or thedesign. vesselsThis in which they areflowers displayed in. I also themselves, floral can be the find chatting clients about ideas just or the vesselstoinmy which they are their displayed in. I also as inspiring – we may dress a local venue find chatting to my clients about their ideas just numerous year,dress but each couple will see it as inspiringtimes – weamay a local venue completely different, it breeds new inspiration.' numerous times a year, but each couple will see it completely different, it breeds new inspiration.' Do you have a signature style?    'I love abundant designs, full of flowers with lots Do you have a signature style? of texture. I do love roses – especially David   Austin,  'I love but abundant designs, I think overall if Ifull hadoftoflowers give mywith stylelots of do love rustic’. roses – especially David it texture. would beI‘modern

Austin, but I think overall if I had to give my style itCan would you be tell‘modern us aboutrustic’. any new trends.  'Soft blowsy blooms against metal colours such as silver, goldus and brassany giving antrends. antique feel Can you tell about new and blooms willow are very popular right now   with  'Softmoss blowsy against metal colours such along with soft colours against a stand out bold as silver, gold and brass giving an antique feel colour.' with moss and willow are very popular right now Photography Joanna Briggs Photography Photography Joanna Briggs Photography

along with soft colours against a stand out bold colour.'

Do you have a favourite flower?  'I do love roses- big fluffy, scented ones!! But if I had to name an all-time favourite that makes me smile when I drive by, then I’ll admit I’d be pushed to choose between a foxglove or English garden lilac.' Favourite wedding?    'This is a tricky one! I usually like the one I’m working on at the time the best – and that’s currently true today. I have a beautiful marquee to decorate with hanging flowers and mossed table numbers adorned with lots of pale pink roses in bell jars, and the most stunning pale pink and cream bridal bouquet to look foraged from the hedgerow. So yes, right now, the one I’m currently working on is my favourite!'  Any top tips for brides?    'Sources such as Pinterest are great, but do take advice from your florist. The more artistic license you give them the better your flowers will be. Florists love creating and although we will always do as a client wishes it’s not enjoyable for a florist to have to copy pictures exactly to the letter. Some of the best wedding flowers I produced are for brides who give me a design brief and colour scheme at that’s all!' Any budget advice?    'Okay this one can be tricky, Be upfront with your florist. Tell them your budget from the offset. I know you will be thinking if I do this then they will spend it all, well yes isn’t this why you set this amount aside? Some florists have a minimum spend, for me this is £1000.00 for weekends and bank holidays for bespoke designs. I also offer bespoke packages for brides on a smaller budget for collection, including personal flowers and table centres.'

Prices; Prices start from £100 for a bridal bouquet For more details on how Sophie can create you wedding day flowers Email :

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RUSTIC BARN Words By Sarah Humphreys

Photography By Poppy K Photography  

Venue Mythe Barn  

A rustic themed barn wedding, at the beautiful Mythe Barn, with views over rolling hills and meadows, set in the stunning Leicestershire countryside. Caitlin & Alex got married at Mythe Barn Wedding Venue in Sheepy Magna on the 13th April 2017. “We went for a Rustic Style Wedding to compliment the style of our venue, but we also added loads of personal touches to reflect our personalities and interests.” Said Caitlin “including a few little Easter touches as our wedding was so close to the Easter weekend. We took a lot of inspiration from Pinterest- I became a Pinterest Junkie! I also got ideas from Bridal magazines. My dad is super creative so he came up with a few of our quirky ideas.”    "My Wedding dress was from a boutique called Coco & Kate Atelier in Hatton.” Said the bride “It is a fabulous, unique appointment only boutique. Sophie, the owner was so friendly and helpful from start to finish and nothing was too much trouble. My dad saw my dress” continued Cailtlin  “in the window of the boutique and showed my mum, saying he thought that would look beautiful on, I subsequently went to try on that particular dress but found dozens of beautiful gowns in the shop. I did however end up buying that first dress! My dress was a lace Watters 'Wtoo' fishtail fit and flare gown in ivory. The amazing train was what sold me after trying it on, along with the gorgeous details of the lace. My shoes were a pair of Kurt Geiger 'Carvela' Gold glitter courts. They were a pair that Alex had bought me for our very first Christmas together and I customised them by adding an 'I do' decal on the soles.”    “Alex had a slim fit mid grey suit from Next. As my Bridesmaids were in coral we didn't want anything too bright but also didnt want to clash so Alex and the rest of the Grooms party wore a light coral/peach coloured ties and pocket squares.”    “For our flowers we used a small florist in Nuneaton called Evergreens, when doing my research I’d seen how expensive flowers were and we had probably underestimated the cost when doing our budget.” Said Caitlin “Evergreens were really reasonably priced and executed my idea of having wild greenery and neutral white roses perfectly. I was particularly happy with the arrangement of flowers they made for the crate that we used for our top table decorations/centrepiece.”    “Alex's mum made our wedding cake as a wedding gift, and it was incredible! It was a complete surprise until the day... I had no idea what it was going to look like but she incorporated our colour scheme perfectly.” Continued the bride “It was a four tier cake with vanilla, chocolate and Lemon sponges, with iced flowers around the exterior. she also added a little playmobil Bride and Groom at the back!”    “We did loads of DIY projects” said Caitlin “my dad was on hand for any DIY as he is super talented when it comes to making things. He made us our own Giant letters; a 'C' and an 'A' ,  he painted our order of the day onto an old pallet, he also made all the wooden crates we used for our flowers. For our centrepieces we used vintage cake stands which my dad made from old plates he got at auction. I then bought my own flowers and arranged them myself around the cake stands for our centrepieces. Our guestbook was made 

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from one of Alex’s old skateboards which he sanded down and sprayed white, we got our guests to write on it with sharpies!” “I’d recommend to always overestimate the costs as things can tend to end up being more expensive” said Caitlin “especially if there are things you forget to budget for- I forgot to budget for my veil and for all the beauty treatments I had before the big day which added up! The other thing I wish I had done is enjoy every little moment as it goes so fast and if you try not to get stressed the planning can actually be really fun! Remember it’s about you marrying the love of your life not about having the best wedding favours!”

“ For me the most memorable moment was seeing Alex when I walked down the aisle, it was so emotional and overwhelming. I didn’t stop smiling through the whole ceremony. Another really amazing moment” concluded the bride “was when Alex’s grandparents turned up after previously being unable to make the wedding due to ill health. I know Alex was absolutely over the moon that his grandparents were able to see him get married, and it was a really special thing.”

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