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Wedding: Music, Entertainment and Food



Wedding photography by Jo Hastings

I hope you are enjoying my wedding series- I am loving spending time writing each post and reliving our day! Today we are talking about the music, entertainment and food.

Music

I feel like music really sets the tone and ambience at a wedding. For me, one of the easiest decisions was deciding which song to walk down the aisle too - I've always loved the classic Canon in D by Pachabel and have always pictured myself walking with my Dad to it! When I heard the music start up it made me so emotional and getting married suddenly felt very real. 

I absolutely adore the strings and was so happy to find the Simply Strings Trio who had a great repertoire and had played at our venue before. They played throughout the ceremony and into the drinks reception. During the signing of the register they played Hoppipolla by Sigur Ros and Your Song by Elton John, and we walked out to Fly me to the Moon by Frank Sinatra (we had to have a bit of Frank!) and during the drinks reception they played all of the songs we'd requested. Simply Strings were brilliant and so easy to deal with (as were all of our suppliers -  we were really lucky). 

Our first dance was Andy Williams 'Can't take my eyes off of you' which was so perfect for the fun and happiness of our day. Everyone loved clapping and singing along, and we got everyone onto the dancefloor at the first opportunity!

During the wedding breakfast we had songs playing from Doddington's wedding playlist and for the evening we had the most fantastic band called The Indie Killers. I find that a band can make or break the dance floor at a wedding so did lots of research and was totally convinced after seeing so many rave reviews for The Indie Killers. They were everything we wanted and more - the dancefloor was full all night and they were amazing at getting everyone involved, there was so much energy! They also let my sister, and one of our friend's play with drums with them which was so special. It really was our own personal gig. Here's a video of my sister playing with the band. 

I also can't talk about the music and entertainment without mentioning this special surprise from our MC, Tommy. He'd been talking to the band secretly to arrange a rap performance of 'Ice Ice Chris and Daisy' - it was amazing and so thoughtful! You can watch it here

Entertainment

Obviously the band were a huge part of the entertainment for the day, and have been raved about ever since! We also had a close-up magician, Tyler Harrison who I'd actually seen perform at one of the Gleam Futures Summer parties (I wasn't there but saw on one of the many YouTube videos after the party!). Chris absolutely loves magic so we had to have one, and we thought it was a great way of filling the time between the ceremony and wedding breakfast. Tyler was fantastic and so down to earth and friendly. We loved hearing the gasps and laughs around the garden as he performed. 

We also put out some garden games for guests to enjoy and luckily it was such a beautiful day so people really could make the most of them! We hired Giant Jenga from Pretty Little Extras and this went down a storm - every 10 minutes we could hear it topple over!

Another part of the day which I had to make happen, was the Photo Booth. If there is a Photo Booth at a wedding I am all over it. We hired the selfie booth from Snapz who were absolutely brilliant and genuinely lovely guys. I loved the selfie booth as it's open so everyone can watch the fun, and you can fit lots of people in a photo. It also doubled as our guest book - everyone got their own print out and then one was put in the guest book with a space for them to write their message. 

Food and drink

We knew the food was going to be delicious as our venue, Doddington Hall uses seasonal produce from their own estate and local suppliers. We weren't disappointed! To accompany our Pimms and Prosecco reception we had a small number of canap├ęs - mini toasted pittas with hummus and salmon blinis. For the wedding breakfast we were able to give our guests two options for each course. For starter it was either a seasonal vegetable soup or oak smoked duck; for main it was a choice between a blade of Doddington herd Lincoln red beef or shoulder of Lincolnshire lamb and for dessert it was either strawberries and cream or gooey chocolate pecan pie.

Later that evening we had a big cheese table with in house delicatessen counter cheeses, olives and artisan breads. It came with fresh fruit and homemade chutneys, and we also added charcuterie and Doddington pies. It was very well received after a good few hours of dancing!

Last but definitely not least was our incredible wedding cake. Isn't it the most amazing cake you've ever seen? We are so very lucky as my Auntie Jenny works for Choccywoccydoodah (you can sometimes spot her in the TV show!) and so made us our beautiful cake. She even managed to add in a bike for Chris! It's a work of art and we really didn't want to cut it, but luckily we did as it was so delicious and we carried on eating it the next morning. We went for a dark chocolate layer with chocolate ganache, a chocolate orange layer with chocolate ganache and a lemon layer with white chocolate ganache. 

Another long post but we are nearing the end of my wedding series - only one more post to go! You can read the other posts in the series here.


Daisy x



Wedding: Flowers and Details




Wedding photography by Jo Hastings

It's time for the fourth instalment of my wedding series (read all of the posts here) and today it's all about our beautiful flowers and the little special details that I loved planning! I have to admit, Pinterest, and real wedding blogs were my best friend when deciding on the look I wanted to go for.

When it came to our flowers, I was so lucky and my amazing Mum (with help from her lovely friend Deb and my sister's girlfriend Isabelle) did them all - from the pedestals, to the bouquets, to the jam jar centrepieces. It was so special. She's loved it so much that she has decided to start a floristry business - so if you are in the Lincolnshire/East Midlands and want flowers, visit her website here

I knew that I wanted lots of foliage, cream/white flowers and touches of pink and Mum delivered exactly what I envisaged. She used lots of flowers including roses, gypsophila, lisianthus, hydrangeas, honeysuckle and cosmos, and then lots of foliage - eucalyptus, pittosporum and ivy. The buttonholes were a simple white rose with a piece of eucalyptus and rosemary. 

The centrepieces were inspired by a photo I'd seen on Pinterest. We borrowed the wood slices from my cousin, and before the wedding day had spent a few hours making the jam jars we'd collected look pretty. We (I saw we - I mean Mum and Deb!) filled the jam jars with pretty flowers and we scattered dried rose petals on and around the wood slice. My Mum also found these lovely 'wedding day' candles (for only 50p in home bargains!) which we added to the display. We brought lots of these home with us and it's so nice to have them around the flat, always reminding us of the day!

For the table numbers, we decided to go with each year we'd been together. I got a polaroid printed (using Photobox who were great) with a photo from that year, and then propped it up on a miniature easel (bought from eBay here). For table settings, I bought these gift tags and spent quite a lot of time painstakingly stamping everyone's name onto them! We tied them to a piece of rosemary which I love the look of. We actually ran out of rosemary as we were doing it but luckily our venue let us cut some from their rosemary bush!

We also added advice cards to each place setting and we loved reading these after the wedding. Was a lovely thing for guests to do once they'd taken their seat. I ordered lots of mini pencils from eBay and  put them in a mini jam jar on each table. For the children at the wedding, we ordered these personalised activity packs from Etsy which were so cute and kept them occupied during the speeches! They even had bikes on the front which tied in with Chris' love of bikes (which also featured on our invitations and the cake - which you'll see soon).

Speaking of bikes, we were so excited when we found this bicycle prop from Pretty Little Extras and knew we had to have it. We put it outside the reception coach house and it was featured in many photos! My Mum filled the crate it came with, with lots of flowers and it looked amazing. We also hired our order of the day blackboard chitting tray from Pretty Little Extras (amongst other items!) and were so impressed with their service. Claire is so friendly and it was lovely to support a local business. Highly recommend them.

For the evening we had a couple of additional details which I loved. At a family party last year, we'd all been given glowsticks and these had gone down an absolute treat - we knew we had to get them for our wedding. I ordered lots of them from eBay (eBay got a lot of business from me this year!) and we put them in jam jars around the dance floor. Everyone was loving them and it was amazing to look round and see everyone wearing them! They are a cheap way to really add some fun.

We also ordered a crate of flip flops from Pretty Little Extras. We went for blush pink and white coloured flip flops (so they looked great and matched our colours) and they had all gone by 8pm! I loved seeing all of the women in their glamorous dresses and pink flip flops, enjoying the dance floor.  It's a little touch but it went down so well. It also worked out well for my cousin's husband who didn't bring any spare shoes with him, so ended up wearing them to our breakfast celebration the next day!

I've just realised how long this post is, and how I can't believe how many little bits and bobs I'd included in the day. Thinking of the details was one of my favourite parts of wedding planning and I'm sad I won't be able to do it again!

Daisy x

Wedding: Accessories, Hair & Make-up




Wedding photography by Jo Hastings

When you get married there is so much to think about with your outfit- there's obviously your dress which is the big thing to get sorted but then it's all about the little pieces which will make you wedding-ready!

The accessories

At first I wasn't sure about having a veil but I tried one on and loved how 'bridal' it made me look. I initially bought a cheap one online but the quality wasn't great, so ended up going back to my bridal boutique (Belle & Bouquet) and buying a fingertip length veil with a very subtle diamante trim. I wore the veil for the ceremony and photos, and then took it off after the meal.

I also wore a beautiful hair vine from Liza Designs, which I also bought from my bridal boutique (if you're buying a few pieces from your boutique, make sure to ask for a discount as I got my hair vine for free!). I love how it went all the way around my head and worked so well with the veil too.

For jewellery, I wore a simple necklace of my Mum's (my something borrowed!) and my bracelet was this gorgeous sparkling strand bracelet from Pandora which was a gift for my 30th from my brother and sister. I also had a lovely little handbag for the day, which was embroidered in pearls and was my Nana's (who sadly isn't with us anymore).

Hair and make-up

I initially booked a hair and make-up artist for my wedding day, however my trial didn't go the way I wanted and it made me realise that I am very particular about my make-up (and much prefer doing my own!) and even though I shared photos of the hair I wanted, it just came out looking so formal and structured. Luckily my sister's girlfriend stepped in and had a quick play with my hair, creating exactly the loose waved style that I wanted. Luckily for me, she was happy to do my hair on the day and it was so nice having someone I knew who was able to do it for me. 

I might do a separate post about my makeup for the day - I bought a few new pieces of makeup (doing your own is such a great excuse!) and there are some products which are absolute winners and would highly recommend - top three being the Charlotte Tilbury Instant Look in a Palette in natural (I used the whole palette on the day and it works out as such good value at £49 as you get so much product), the IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Redness concealer and the Georgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation.

Beauty-wise, I also had a Fake Bake spray tan a couple of days before (I had a trial run before to make sure it would look good, and natural) and had eyelash extensions - both of which made me feel amazing and are treatments I wish I could have all of the time!

The shoes

I didn't buy designer, or extravagant shoes for the wedding and they didn't really match my dress, or accessories! They were fun, a decent sized heeled and were a gold sparkly pair from Debenhams. I wore them all day and they were so comfy.

The extra touches

In the run up to the wedding, my Bridesmaid Flora and I went to Jo Malone and did one of their bridal consultations. It was brilliant and such a lovely experience - there was no pressure to buy anything and we had such a lovely arm and hand massage. My wedding 'scent' was the English Pear & Freesia body lotion, layered with the Peony and Blush Suede fragrance. It's so special to have a fragrance which reminds me so much of our wedding day. I also bought my Bridesmaids a travel sized perfume each, and a soap from Jo Malone.

For my nails, I wore two coats of the Essie nail polish in Ballet Slippers (fun fact - this is apparently what the Queen wears!).

Finally, I wanted to mention the Invisibra which is a backless, stick on bra. It was recommended to me by my bridal boutique and it worked a treat. It felt secure all day and looked pretty too. I went for a lace, push up one to give me a little more boost up top!

Read the first two posts in my wedding series here.

Daisy x