Groom standing behind bride with arms around her waist

A Timeless, Pretty Packington Moor Wedding

Groom standing behind bride with arms around her waist

Ellen and Ben’s Packington Moor wedding is going to blow you away. Firstly, just look at Ellen’s Maggie Sottero dress – wow! Then there are the shoes, oh the Jenny Packham shoes! We also adore the soft pink embellished bridesmaid dresses that really complement Ellen’s stunning wedding dress. Ben and the groomsmen are rather dapper in their Moss Bros suits with traditional tails too.

Ok, well if you think the bridal attire is amazing, how about the styling details… this wedding is so pretty. From the fabulous flowers and pretty floral ceremony arch, to the elegant wedding cake and seating plan.

Everything about this wedding oozes romance and elegance. You are going to love these beautiful pictures by Helen Howard Photography.

A Romantic Proposal

“When Ben proposed I was in the Bahamas completing medical school training. I was extremely homesick and missing Ben desperately. He kindly booked me in to a lovely hotel for a weekend to allow me to escape the dreadful accommodation I had been staying in.

“Before dawn on the first night I was at the hotel I was woken by a room boy who was very insistently banging on my door to deliver a card. The card told me to go down to the jetty. So after pulling on a dress I ran down to the jetty to find Ben. He had secretly flown over to the Bahamas and was waiting as the sun came up over the sea to propose. He stayed for only 36hours before flying back to the UK.”

Timeless With No Regrets

“We didn’t plan on having a wedding theme, but we knew we wanted our wedding to be timeless. We didn’t want to regret anything on the pictures when we showed our grandchildren in fifty years’ time.

“As time went on, and my dress had been chosen, a subtle 1920’s theme came through with the typeface on the table plan and place settings. In terms of colours we stuck to classic ivory and blush pink, which again felt timeless and pretty.”

Wedding bouquets on doorstep

Bride label on wedding bouquet

Wedding dress hanging from beam in cottage at Packington Moor

Wedding dress hanging from beam

Heaven Scent

“For my birthday Ben took me to Floris, a London perfumery where we spent a wonderful afternoon creating a bespoke fragrance which I wore for the first time on the wedding day. It is so lovely to wear it now as it brings back all of the wonderful memories of our day.”

Bottle of perfume

Blush bridesmaid dresses


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Hen Party Photo Props

DIY Hen Party Ideas

We ladies have it tough when it comes to planning the world’s finest hen weekend. It has to be personal, fun, budget-friendly and involve an unbelievable amount of cocktails… It’s a huge weight to carry upon small shoulders. Lauren of Last Night of Freedom rounds up the best DIY hen party ideas to send-off the hen with a bang.

Hang Out the Bunting

A hen party isn’t a hen party without bunting, balloons, tablewear and everything in between.

DIY Hen Party Decorations

A truly special occasion starts, and ends, with decorations. They are the staple of any DIY hen party; from the more risqué – think willy banners, penis piñatas and groom balloons – to the sophisticated and vintage cake stands, floral paper plates and even doilies.

Shaken or Stirred?

Willy straws are the name of the game on a DIY hen party. You simply cannot have one without the other.

Hen Party Drinking Straws

If you are mixing up home-made cocktails, a dash of penis (straw) may be just the thing. You could even go one step further with your very own hen party receptacles, such as the Giant Martini Glass and ‘Sexy Bitch’ P.I.M.P cup. And don’t you dare forget about the shot glasses…


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Couple walking to PapaKata Sperry Tent

PapaKåta Autumn Open Weekend Showcasing ‘Farmhouse-Luxe’

Couple walking to PapaKata Sperry Tent

PapaKåta will be showcasing their on-trend ‘Farmhouse-Luxe’ look in their beautiful Tipis and Sperry Tents this autumn. The PapaKåta Autumn Open Weekend will be held on the 15th and 16th October 2016 at Escrick Park Estate near York.

This new look captures the growing trend for authenticity in weddings, with quality textural materials, heritage pieces and stylish but simple details. Take a peek at Soho Farmhouse, the latest venture from uber-stylish Soho House, for a perfect example of this trend. Ceremonies are held in their converted hay barn with the wedding breakfast served in a beautiful Sperry Tent.

Farmhouse-Luxe styling inside Sperry tent

The Key to ‘Farmhouse Luxe’

Key to this ‘Farmhouse-Luxe’ look is the highly coveted cross-back chair. Seen on every US wedding blog, PapaKåta will be introducing them at the Open Weekend. Available to hire, these ‘IT’ chairs strike the perfect balance of style and simplicity. Cross-backs are the perfect companion to both long and round tables, and PapaKåta will also be enhancing their finishing touches collection with a new oversize Farmhouse table.


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