Alice & Elliot’s wedding took place on a beautiful, summer’s day in August so what better place to wed than at a venue located on a six-acre site in the heart of Sherwood Forest? Surrounded by the most stunning scenery - & of course their nearest & dearest – this was definitely a wedding to remember.
When the couple told me they were getting married at The Pumping House I was beyond thrilled to be involved. This Grade II listed building is made of the most beautiful red brick & still features its original – very distinctive - chimney. The tranquil, woodland surroundings provide the perfect backdrop & make it an especially ideal location for summer nuptials. The décor on the day was a neutral sea of stunning simplicity – wood & white with hints of rose gold & accents of green from all of the lovely foliage. Everything looked & felt so organic, much like the lovely couple themselves.
In the bridal suite I joined hair stylist Jess & make-up artist Billie from The Creative Quarter, Bawtry (The Creative Quarter (thecreative-quarter.co.uk) The dream team delivered the perfect mixture of glamour & effortless beauty for the blushing bride. Alice’s hair was so delicate with ringlets that framed her face beautifully, & an updo adorned with dainty flowers.
To compliment her effortlessly glamorous hair, Alice had chosen the most stunning a-line dress with a deep-v neck line & a perfectly pooling trail. The layers of beautiful chiffon & lace that cascaded dreamily to the floor we made even more breath-taking by the addition of a floor-length veil – simply divine. For her harem of bridesmaids & flower girls, Alice had chosen dresses in differing styles yet the same shade of grey. This matched the three-piece suits of the ushers, pageboys & groomsmen to a tee & was a colour palette that sat beautifully against the natural setting & neutral décor.
The beautiful bouquets & floral arrangements – which echoed the neutral tones & green accents of their surroundings – were flawless. Each beautiful arrangement was a little rustic yet delicate, both earthy & pure – they tied everything in to perfection.
As Alice made her way down the aisle with her father - who looked as though he could burst with pride – Alice looked the ultimate image of perfection. Elliot’s grin when he caught sight of his bride to be was from ear to ear.
The ceremony was the perfect mix of heartfelt vows & humorous anecdotes – with giggles a plenty, smiles all round & lots of happy tears. The perfect start to married life I would say!
After the ‘I do’s’ were said & done it was outside to the courtyard for a well-deserved Moretti – or two! Guest had a brilliant time catching up & offering their congratulatory well wishes to the happy couple in the warmth of the Great British summertime. Definitely something to be said for August nuptials!
Before the wedding breakfast began, there was time for Elliot & Alice – joined, of course, by their entourage of family & friends – to head into the stunning surrounding woodlands for some fabulous photos. The couple then managed to grab some peace & quite whilst walking around the rest of the venue. Time for them to reflect on the day’s events so far, time for them to breath that sigh of relief (‘we did it’) & time for me to capture these intimate moments of the two very, very in love birds.
Guests had such fun with an afternoon of games, drinks and delicious food & the sound of laughter filled the room as everyone celebrated the newlyweds.
When it came to the speeches – which even included the couple having to take shots - everybody was in stiches & all those happy tears came flooding back. Finally, pizza & partying brought the wedding day of dreams to a very happy end as the couple began their happily ever after.
Alice & Elliot, I wish you a lifetime of love & laughter – thank you for choosing me to be part of your special day, it was just perfect.