We’d never had any professional photos taken before, and we wanted to make sure we were comfortable in front of the camera and knew the best ways to pose. Sam and Louise made us feel so relaxed, we had such a great time on our engagement shoot!
This week our wedding mood board is to give you wedding styling ideas based around our Summer Butterflies wedding website template. We have used shades of purple for the colour scheme, but our beautiful butterfly website designs comes in a choice of 15 colours so you can customise these styling ideas to match your own wedding colours.
Happy Friday. There is just under a week left for you to enter our competition where you could win £350 towards wine for your wedding – click the link for details. As one competition closes another opens, and we’ll be launching a new competition on Friday – keep an eye on www.theweddingcommunity.com and next week’s Weekly Wedding News for details. Also next Friday, voting will open for our July Picture of the Day competition, so don’t forget to vote for your favourite.
As a contemporary company, you can expect a fresh approach to catering. Whether you have something in mind or are looking for inspiration for your event, our talented team can bring exciting ideas to the table. Above all, what sets deWintons apart is their people – from founder to chef to events manager and waiting staff – the immense passion and dedication to provide their clients with the perfect event every time is what keeps people coming back time and again.
How did the business start and how long has it been going?
I founded the Business in November 1996, following a successful career in teaching catering at Leith’s School of Food of Wine in London, to working at Moismann’s Belfry and various outside catering companies. I set up the business to follow a dream in working for myself to provide a boutique experience to a wider audience.
Why is the business called deWintons?
The name deWintons originated from my Grandmother’s maiden name; her family changed their name by deed pole in 1839 from Winters to deWintons as it was very fashionable to have a French sounding name. I thought deWintons was an usual name, with my tag line of ‘a passion for food’
Who works at deWintons?
I took on a business partner 10 years ago, James Symington, to help grow the business. The team consists of executive chef Cris Macis, with our Senior Events planner Gemma Banks and our event planner Charlotte Bradford.
Wow, what a wedding we have for you today! Shohreh and Lewis invited their friends and family to join them for their beautiful relaxed wedding, in a small clearing in the woodland at Scraptoft Hill Farm.
We just love the way the couple (who are both designers) created such a cool wedding that oozes style (of course!) but was also really fun and informal.
Everything about this wedding shows how much fun and how stylish the couple are; from the ethereal backless wedding dress by Katya Katya Shehurina that Shohreh wore, and Lewis’ Alexander McQueen suit, to the personalised napkins and the picnics on the tables for everyone to help themselves to.
“We chose to get married at Scraptoft Hill Farm, because we are local to the area and we wanted somewhere relaxed and informal, and not a ‘wedding venue’. It was the first place we went to see, and it was on a cold, wintery day in December. The field and surrounding areas were beautiful and the wood was exactly what we were looking for!
“My dress was by Katya Katya Shehurina, which I bought from their shop on Carnaby Street in London. I’d originally thought I wanted a vintage slip dress, so I tried a few on when I was in Paris for work., but they didn’t feel special enough. I searched the Internet, and after a few failed attempts I found my perfect dress! I’m not the most decisive person and went back seven times just to be sure! I had promised Lewis a backless dress, so had it altered at work.
“We decorated the marquee and field with the help of lots of friends and family. We wanted the flowers to look unfussy, like we’d picked them ourselves, and they did, and everyone we knew collected jars for eight months! A lot of time and thought had gone into it and we just had to hope that on the day it all came together – and it did!
“We wanted picnics on the tables and everyone to help themselves. We went to a lovely deli in Leicester called Deli flavour. We described what we wanted to Andy, and how we wanted to present it, and between us came up with a menu and a plan for the day. We collected jars, cutlery and mismatched plates from ebay, carboot sales and charity shops.
“We have lots of clever baker friends so we asked them to bring along a cake; it was like the great British bake off, and they all went down a treat! Lewis’ Nan’s friend made us the feature cake, it was delish and looked very special.
“Our photographer and videographer was the lovely Rebecca Goddard. She was brilliant! On the day she just got on with it; no awkward posing for ages, just natural, beautiful shots – exactly what we wanted. I cannot recommend Beccy highly enough!”
Earlier this year Val from Benessamy Weddings and Events had the pleasure of planning and co-ordinating an Open Weekend for Sami Tipi Events. The event was designed to showcase the fabulous tipi structures set within the picturesque setting of Bawdon Lodge Farm in Leicestershire – a perfect location to host a tipi wedding. Val told us about the event…
Tipis provide an atmospheric event space like no other event venue. Inspired by the Sami People of Lapland, tipis make for a fabulous outdoor celebration and provide a breathtaking alternative to a conventional marquee, and are just perfect for the increasingly popular festival style wedding.
Visitors to the event received a warm Benessamy and Sami Tipi welcome from our team and the team of fabulous suppliers.
The tipis were beautifully styled by Darby & Joan with gorgeous flowers by Tineke Floral Designs, pom poms and bunting galore by Pom Pom Studio and Emma Bunting, and lovely stationery by Best Day Ever.
The fabulous cakes and treats display was provided by Yummy Little Cakes (including Macarons to die for!).