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I thee Wed – Helen & Oliver


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I thee Wed – Helen & Oliver

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Today we bring you Helen & Oliver’s beautiful English wedding. Although this has already been featured heavily in the current issue of Save the Date Magazine we feel it’s just too pretty not to be featured on our blog too, enjoy!


Helen & Oliver got married on 18th August 2012 at Hoveringham Village Hall, Nottinghamshire.

Oliver and I have been together for 6½ years now. We met when I was studying at Nottingham Trent University. After 6 months together I moved to America for a job but we stuck together for the 18 months I was there, seeing each other every 10 weeks. We both moved to London and in December 2011 Oliver proposed to me after a romantic meal.


We always knew that we wanted to have a really good party so the most important aspect was that it was a relaxed day and that everyone had fun! I was quite inspired by an English Fete and I wanted there to be lots of colour. There was no particular colour theme to the day. The Village Hall we hired was really lovely and a blank canvas so we could just do what we wanted. I bought lots of multi-coloured bunting then loads of honeycomb tissue balls in different colours.

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We also made a streamer back drop for behind the band which worked really well to make the hall look a bit more special. I was pretty relaxed about the colour and it wasn’t until the day before the wedding that I saw everything together…luckily it worked! I bought loads of antique bottles for the flowers then mixed them up with tin cans that were decorated with wrapping paper. In the evening we brought out decorated jam jars and put tea lights in them. One of my bridesmaids part owns Butler and Taylor, a vintage event hire specialist based in Glasgow so in her camper van she brought 100 teacups for the reception, vintage water bottles, a beautiful chalk board with holes cut out for flowers that we used for the table plan and lots of other props.

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I absolutely LOVED my dress the second I tried it on. It was not what I imagined I would wear but I just thought it was so different and so much fun. The girls at Fur Coat No Knickers were brilliant, they had lots of ideas with how to fit the dress and the whole process was so fun!

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Our photographer Matt Brown was amazing! His photos are absolutely beautiful; a few tears have been shed when watching the slideshow of the day that he made. He really managed to capture the day for us; there are lots of lovely detailed shots to make sure we remember the little things.

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Our wedding was pretty much all DIY but we had an amazing group of friends and family that helped us leading up to the big day. As our day was so DIY we needed all the help we could get to decorate the village hall and we couldn’t have done it without all the people that helped out…a massive thank you to everyone who helped!

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We hope you loved Helen & Oliver’s wedding as much as we did!

Images courtesy of Matt Brown Photography

Venue – Hoveringham Hall, Nottinghamshire

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1 Comment
  1. Stephan Salt

    Hello there, we are getting married and Hoveringham Village Hall is also going to be our venue too.

    The band we wanted are no longer available (split up) so we were just wondering who did you book? Our wedding is going to be a very similar style to yours.

    Love the photos and congrats.

    Stephan and Rebecca


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