I thee Wed – Deb and David
Today’s ‘I thee Wed’ is one that I am VERY excited to be posting. Not just because it simply oozes creativity and a unique, personal style but because it is the wedding of the very lovely Deb from Fabulous Places. When it comes to an event, be it a summer fete or indeed her wedding, Deb makes sure there’s a great big dollop of creativity thrown in and, using some of Derbyshire’s most fabulous suppliers, she can be assured of amazing quality. So, without further ado, here we go; over to Deb:
We married on Friday 8th April at Blackbrook House, Derbyshire.
The idea of a wedding for us is the two of us surrounded by close family and friends in a location we love. We knew 2011 would be the year we would get married and after working with the lovely team at Blackbrook House for some of the fabulousplaces.co.uk events we decided to make it the venue for our special day. Our ceremony was also held at Blackbrook, which made the day flow perfectly and our guests could relax.
The venue was an important decision for us, but an easy one…Blackbrook House have the most amazing Chef and everything they do is given a personal touch. I knew what I wanted, but they also made suggestions for things I hadn’t considered, which worked really well and made our day incredibly special.
It was important that the day was relaxed and just the way we wanted it to be, with the emphasis being on the great food and making sure our family and friends had a wonderful time and felt they were an important part of the day too. We had a small wedding with 23 guests, which made it feel like a lovely gathering of all our closest friends and family. We really couldn’t have wished for a better day.
Our cake was amazing and has caused quite a stir! Jo from The Icing On The Cake was recommended by a friend and after viewing Jo’s creations on her Flickr page we knew we didn’t need to look any further…we only hoped Jo could fit us in! We went for a birdcage design after Jo showed us a photo of a similar cake she had seen. The filling for the cake was sponge with a lemon filling and a delicate elderflower cream. The cake was stunning and better than we could have ever imagined. The theme for the wedding was English country garden, with soft pastel colours and beautiful flowers. The stationery was themed around the birdcage cake and each guest received their own menu with food choices.
The idea of booking a date 18 months in advance was always something I wanted to avoid…time to prepare is important, but too much time can bring it’s own stress. We had 3 months to plan our wedding…this was from the point we had booked Blackbrook House. I knew the type of flowers I wanted, accessories and the food was an easy decision – a short chat with Lavinia from Blackbrook House and we decided on a delicious three course meal with cocktails and canapés for after the ceremony.
The day started perfectly…a pedicure for me, while David was out having a relaxing walk in the fields with our two dogs. I arrived at Blackbrook a few hours before the ceremony where I had a drink and relaxed before starting to get ready. We were amazed by the weather, it was a glorious day with not a cloud in the sky. Guests enjoyed the terrace with a mojito while we had our photos taken by the lovely Becki from Red Square Photography.
Our flowers were from Tineke Floral Designs in Matlock. Kerry produced some absolutely gorgeous arrangements for our table. I’ve always loved peonies, hydrangeas and vintage style roses. The flowers were perfect and gave our table the perfect touch. I loved my bouquet, it was perfect and gave me the perfect opportunity to keep my dad’s watch with me throughout the day. My dad passed away when I was 23 so having his watched wrapped around my bouquet was perfect.
Our ceremony was held at 1.30pm, followed by soaking up the sunshine on the terrace and then a delicious meal. We travelled to London by train in later that evening where we stayed overnight before heading to Paris on the Eurostar on the Saturday morning.
Looking back at our photos makes us want to do it all again, it was perfect and just how we hoped it was going to be.
Venue – Blackbrook House
Wooden Sign by Delightful Living
Finishing touches by Lavender grey & Bow Boutique
Stationery (menus and name place cards) – Lucy Sheeran Designs
All these suppliers can be found on fabulousplaces.co.uk/Derbyshire
Namecard holders – Cox & Cox
Cake – The Icing on The Cake
So, whose with me when I say that some of the most amazing wedding suppliers are based right here on our doorstep in the East Midlands!? Brilliant. Thank you to Deb for her words and to Red square for the lovely pictures.