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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.

Wedding: The Venue

Wedding photography by Jo Hastings

I hope you enjoyed the first post in my wedding series (if you haven't, read it here). Today I'm going to tell you all about our beautiful wedding venue, why we decided to get married there and a bit more about how we spent the day. 

I have to admit, I had my eye on our wedding venue before Chris had even proposed. My parents moved to Lincoln 4 years ago, and Doddington Hall & Gardens was a short 10 minute drive from their house so we would visit regularly (they have an amazing farm shop). When we got engaged, we went to look around it as a wedding venue and were sold straightaway. It ticked all of the boxes and was so handy to be close to my parents house. We didn't look at any other venues!

On our wedding day, my Dad and I drove up to the venue and walked up the beautiful drive to the hall. I loved having this time with my Dad - it was really special and a lovely bit of quiet time before the day really began. We met the registrar in the library of the hall, and then made our way up lots of steps to The Long Gallery for the ceremony. I had been so anxious all morning but as soon as I was waiting to go into the room, it switched into pure excitement which I was so relieved about!

The ceremony was perfect, and we had the most brilliant registrar (the best in the county according to the venue!). He'd asked us how we wanted the tone of the ceremony to be and we'd said light-hearted and relaxed which is exactly what it was. We had two readings (He never leaves the seat up and The Apache Wedding Blessing) by my cousin and one of our groomsmen and our lovely string quartet played throughout. The room was filled with so much love and laughter and it was the most amazing feeling which I can't begin to describe. 

After we were officially married, we were (literally drowned) in confetti and had a few group photos before heading off to the beautiful gardens for some private photos. Whilst we had these photos taken our guests were ushered to the Coach House which is where we'd be for the rest of the day. The Coach House is gorgeous - light and airy, with huge sliding glass doors running throughout one side of the main room, overlooking a private garden. There is one room for your meal, and an adjoining room for the drinks reception and evening entertainment, but you can use both all night which is great as you don't need to move tables to make room for a dance floor (as I know is quite common at wedding venues). We were so lucky that the weather was absolutely gorgeous (after a week of rain!) and the sun shone all day. It meant that our guests could make the most of the private garden before and after the meal. The Coach House feels so private and like your own little bubble which is what you want for your wedding day!

I have to also mention the wedding team at Doddington. They were absolutely brilliant. As an organisational freak, I was so happy to find that they were all about the detail and planning, and we had a great planning meeting 3 weeks before where we shared geeky spreadsheets! Nothing was too much trouble, they were quick to respond to my hundreds of questions and they helped make the day run seamlessly.  I can't recommend them highly enough. When you get married at Doddington, you also get exclusive access the day before and after your wedding. This was so handy as meant we could set up from 12 the day before, and didn't have to rush to clear up the following day.

Another bonus was the Doddington had accommodation on-site so we could have lots of wedding guests to stay. The accommodation is beautiful and our bridal suite was a dream! Lots of guests arrived the night before and they all went for breakfast at the on-site cafe with Chris the morning of the wedding.

We both absolutely loved our venue and have had so many compliments from guests. It's all been lovely being able to go back and visit - my Mum and I went to the farm shop recently and just reminisced the whole time!

Daisy x

Wedding: The Outfits!

Wedding photography by Jo Hastings

Chris and I are married - hooray! It was an amazing day, full of so much happiness and love with our most favourite people. It really was the best day of my life. When Milly got married she wrote lots of brilliant blogposts about her day (read them here) so I'm going to follow a similar format and share with you everything about our wedding day in a wedding series. So first up, outfits!

The wedding dress

I went wedding dress shopping a couple of months after getting engaged. I went to four bridal boutiques in the Lincoln area (where my parents live) and found my dress at the first place we went to - Belle and Bouquet in the beautiful village of Wellingore. I can't recommend them highly enough - the girls there are amazing and the setting is incredible too. They also have a huge selection of Maggie Sottero dresses. 

I tried on many different styles of dresses but I couldn't stop thinking about the Maggie Sottero dress 'Melanie'. It also helped that we could take photos of the dresses and so could look back at them - as soon as my sister saw it she said it was the one. I didn't have that emotional, crying my eyes out moment but I just felt so 'me' in it, I thought it was beautiful and adored the back of the dress. I went back on the Sunday to try it on and then a few months later I ordered it.

I was worried that the front of the dress wasn't as exciting as the back (the things you worry about as a Bride!) so bought a gorgeous sparkly belt which the girls at Belle and Bouquet sewed on for me. I had three dress fittings so that the dress fitted to perfection and it really is so special having a dress made to fit you. The dress was so comfortable and I loved wearing it! I wore an Invisibra with it and would highly recommend it to Brides wanting a backless bra. 

The suits

I felt like I nagged Chris every day for a year about getting his suit sorted, but he was keen to sort it all himself and a couple of months before the wedding he went to Suit Supply with his two Best Men to choose them. They picked so well and I love the look of the blue suits against the ivory and pink in our wedding colours. The boys had the suits fitted with Chris' taking 5 weeks to be altered because of his body shape (a cyclist's body- slim torso and giant calves!). 

Their lovely waistcoats were from Next and we found the ties on Etsy (Chris very specifically wanted a textured tie). We had fun and games with the ties as only bought them a couple of weeks before the wedding and didn't realise they were coming from the Netherlands! Luckily our seller was awesome and managed to get the parcel from the post office and sent it express delivery.

We asked the three Ushers, and two Dads to wear their own blue suits, and gave them all the ties we'd bought.

The Bridesmaids

I was so happy with the Bridesmaid dresses - aren't my girls so beautiful? After ordering a few from ASOS with not much luck, we found the Debut Sophie dresses from Debenhams in rose. I found it tricky to decide what colour to go for at first as they had the dress in a gorgeous cornflower blue, and a sage green, but then decided that I loved the really pale, almost blush pink look for a wedding and pink has forever been my favourite colour so knew I wouldn't regret it. I also liked how the dress came with straps so the girls could choose to have them if they wanted to - there's nothing worse than feeling uncomfortable in a strapless dress!

Keep posted for more posts about our day!

Daisy x