Bride and groom with pony

We are so excited to be sharing the wedding of Kate and Matt with you today. The beauty, the details, the styling – everything about this wedding is just so personal to them.

Kate and Matt had a humanist ceremony under trees on the edge of a gorgeous lake. You are going to love the personal wedding details; the jars of sweet peas, handmade bunting, an accordion player, butterflies being release to remember those would who were not there, a homemade cake table, a truly beautiful wedding cake, an old cello used as a flower display – oh, and a beautiful horse! Even the couple’s friends and family got involved in their wedding, as talented musical friends provided the entertainment for the evening.

So, without further ado, we share with you the wedding pictures, taken by Charlie Davies Photography, of this incredible wedding. Enjoy!

“Our wedding style was natural, rustic, vintage, recycled and musical, but most importantly it represented and was true to us.

“We decided to have a humanist ceremony as this could be conducted outside and tailored for us – it was extremely personal and we are very glad we chose it. We went to a registry office a couple of days before for the legal part where we didn’t exchange rings or vows; it was a relaxed affair with a drink afterwards, then we went flower picking for the big day!

“The day before the official ceremony we ran through the outline with Vivienne our lovely humanist minister. The rehearsal was definitely worthwhile and helped us prepare both physically (and mentally!) for the day.

Bridal shoes

Bride having hair done

Tying ribbon on dress

Bride in wedding dress

Halliford Mere Lakes

“We designed and printed our own stationery from recycled card and found butterfly and flower stamps from Royal Mail. Before the wedding we, with the help of family and friends, saved and decorated jars for the table flowers and evening candles, and grew sweet peas and wildflowers. My mum planted hanging baskets and both mums made loads of bunting (we also borrowed decorations from friends).

Gazebo

Bunting

Wildflowers

Bunting

Jam jars of wildflowers

Wedding arrow sign

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Bride and groom standing amongsth trees and kissing - Picture by Fiona Kelly Wedding Photography

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Website: http://fionasweddingphotography.co.uk

Blog: http://fionasweddingphotography.co.uk/blog

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The Wedding Community has teamed up with The National Wedding Show to give away five pairs of tickets to each of the spring shows.

A must for all brides and grooms-to-be, at The National Wedding Show you’ll find inspirational feature areas and hundreds of experts, specialising in everything from designer dresses to dazzling venues. The Catwalk is an unmissable experience for the entire bridal party, featuring beautiful bridal gowns, bridesmaid dresses, glamorous mother of the bride attire and suave groomswear.

With all this and more you are sure to find everything you need for your big day at the UK’s biggest wedding show this spring.

How to Enter

We have five pairs of tickets to give away for each of the shows – Manchester, London and Birmingham. For your chance to win tickets, email your name, address and which venue you wish to visit to competitions@theweddingcommunity.com with the subject ‘The National Wedding Show’.

Tickets are valid any day and are limited to one pair per winner. So what are you waiting for? Send your entry today!

Show Dates

7th – 8th February 2015 – The National Wedding Show Manchester

10am – 5pm

Manchester Central Convection Complex, Windmill Street, Manchester, M2 3GX

 

20th – 22nd February 2015 – The National Wedding Show London

Fri and Sun: 10am – 5pm, Sat: 10am – 6pm

Olympia, Hammersmith Road, London, W14 8UX

 

27th February – 1st March 2015 – The National Wedding Show Birmingham

Fri and Sun: 10am – 5pm, Sat: 10am – 6pm

The NEC, Pendigo Way, Marston Green, Birmingham, West Midlands, B40 1NT

 

For more information visit The National Wedding Show website www.nationalweddingshow.co.uk

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Interview with: Sarah Patterson

Company Name: Coochicoo Cards

Website: www.coochicoocards.co.uk

Location / Coverage: Based in Darlington, north east UK, but supply nationally

What does Coochicoo Cards do?

Coochicoo Cards designs and hand-makes wedding stationery, from save the date cards to thank you cards and everything in between. We also supply a unique Candy Bar (across the North East of England).

Vintage Luggage Tag Wedding Stationery Set - Coochicoo Cards

Who works at Coochicoo Cards and what are your roles?

I am self-employed and the sole proprietor of Coochicoo Cards. As such I wear many hats and do everything for the business including the design and execution of the wedding stationery, sourcing quality suppliers and products, accounts, generating new business through identifying the best advertising methods, designing adverts, liaising with hotels and other wedding venues to get on preferred supplier listings and attending wedding fayres. I do have great support from my mam and sister who also attend wedding fayres with me, and I could not do it without them.

How did Coochicoo Cards come about and how long has the company been running?

I studied business and finance at college and have a business background, and I always wanted to run my own business but could never decide what. As a child I was always making things and working on some craft project or other. My friends starting asking me to help make invitations and orders of service for their weddings and one day, while on holiday, I was visiting a large craft store and it suddenly hit me – why not do it professionally? As soon as I got home I got the ball rolling. Whilst setting up the business I worked full-time in Human Resources but gave that up in August 2010 and Coochicoo Cards was officially born.

Boarding Pass Wedding Invitation - Coochicoo Cards

Why is your company called Coochicoo Cards?

I wanted a fun and funky name that was a bit different, but also something that couples could relate to. I worked through different cutesy names couples call each other and came up with ‘Coo chi coo’.

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Bride and groom walking along beach - Picture by ianH Photography

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Website: www.ianh.co.uk

Blog: www.ianh.co.uk/blog

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And the winner of The Wedding Community’s Picture of the Year 2014 is… Karli Harrison Photography!

Bridesmaid spaying bride's hair with hairspray - Picture by Karli Harrison Photography

Our congratulations go to Karli Harrison Photography, after this stunning picture was voted The Wedding Community’s 2014 Picture of the Year. The picture is from the wedding of Amelia and Danny in July 2013, and Karli told us that it may not have even been taken if it hadn’t been raining outside. As they couldn’t use the grounds of the venue for photographs they went to the bridal suite to take some shots, and Karli set-up her flash on a stand behind Amelia. As the hairspray came out of the can it was caught by the flash resulting in this incredible effect.

This is the second time Karli has won The Wedding Community’s Picture of the Year, having also been crowned the winner in 2012

“Winner of Picture of the Year! Again! I am once again completely in shock. I am blown away and incredibly touched by the amazing support everyone has shown, it means the world to me. I want to say the biggest thank you to all my lovely friends, family and supporters, without you this wouldn’t have been possible. Thank you to the beautiful Amelia for being the perfect subject, and to her bridal party for making hairspray look so magical! I would also like to say well done to the other photographers, you all had beautiful photos and it was a privilege to be listed in the final 12 with you.

“This all feels like a dream, being included in the final 12 from 260 pictures from the year is an honour, but to win the whole thing is pretty special. And to win it twice is even more so; it’s going to take a while to sink in.

“What I loved the most about winning in 2012 was how my clients were just as excited (if not more so!) than I was, and it certainly attracted interest from new brides and grooms looking for their photographer. I look forward to celebrating with all my lovely clients this year, past and present! Thank you to everyone who has helped make this start to 2015 so special. WE DID IT! Time to pop open some champagne to celebrate…”

To see more of Karli’s work visit http://karliharrisonphotography.com

At 12noon we’ll be announcing the winner of our 2014 Picture of the Year vote, but first we’d like to give a special mention to the photographers who took second and third place…

2nd Place

Second place went to this picture by Jamie Penfold Photography. Taken at the Roof Bar on top of The Vermont Hotel in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Jamie took the picture from low down to give it an interesting viewpoint, and used the lines of the floorboards and plant boxes to guide the eye to the couple, Adam and Tanya.

Bride and groom - Picture by Jamie Penfold Photography

3rd Place

Third place went to this picture by Katy Lunsford Photography, taken at Bryony and Faraz’s rustic French wedding. Katy spotted the golden field the day before the wedding and realised that the sun would be going down in exactly the right place to get the most gorgeous golden light, if the timing was right, so Bryony and Faraz delayed their wedding speeches so they could get the shot.

Bride and groom kissing in a field in hazy sunshine - Picture by Katy Lunsford Photography

Congratulations to Jamie and Katy, and you can see more of their work by visiting http://memoriesandemotions.co.uk and www.katylunsford.com.

Bride getting out of wedding car - Picture by Kristian Leven Photography

Image © Kristian Leven Photography

Website: www.kristianlevenphotography.co.uk

Blog: www.kristianlevenphotography.co.uk/blog

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Are you and your partner school sweethearts? Do you remember passing love notes under the desk to each other and meeting behind the bike shed after school? Well why not incorporate your cute love story into your wedding styling, with a school sweetheart inspired wedding. We have found some amazing styling ideas that would be perfect for your big day.

From old fashioned milk bottles to stacks of books, chalkboards to crayons, these are just a few of the school details that play a part in this wedding inspiration mood board.

School Sweetheart Wedding Styling Ideas Mood Board

Mr and Mrs Wedding Signs on Chalkboards, Stack of School Books and School Inspired Wedding Cake – Live View Studios

Old Fashioned Milk Bottles with Straws – Vintage Bride

Chalkboard and Clipboard Wedding Seating Plan – Styled by The Little Wedding Helper

Crayons and Notelets for Guests Messages – Via The Simplifiers

Writing Desk with Globe – Picture by Cat Mayer Studio

Headmaster’s Office Sign – The Wedding Community, picture by DSB Creative

Bride and groom sitting in a cellar - Picture by KJP Images

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Website: http://kjpimages.co.uk

Blog: http://kjpimages.co.uk/blog-2