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

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