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I thee Wed – Tamsin & Rob

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I thee Wed – Tamsin & Rob

Today, we’ve got a real beauty of a wedding to share with you. Not only is the location dreamy but the dresses are just amazing. Love the brides detailed gown and the peachy colour of those gorgeous bridesmaid dresses – WOW. Serious dress envy.

Thanks to Tamsin for her lovely words … here you go my lovelies:

Where did you get married and what was it about the venue that sealed the deal?
We decided to embark on a marquee wedding in the rolling hills of the Derbyshire countryside at a private venue in Matlock where my parents live. We had our Church ceremony in a quaint local village , followed by a wedding breakfast and reception in a marquee, set on a beautiful hillside. With myself being from Derbyshire and Rob and I now living in North London, having the wedding at my parents’ home was a significant and perfect location for us. It also gave our friends and family from the South the opportunity to visit the one place where we both spend a great amount of our weekends throughout the year.


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 How would you describe the style of your wedding and what made you decide to go down that route?

The style of our wedding was English country garden with a modern twist. We didn’t know what style to go for in the beginning as there were so many inspiring ideas that we had, we found it incredibly hard to decide. To help narrow the ideas down, I created a sketch book with heaps of inspirational images and read lots of wedding blogs, which eventully helped Rob and I to source the items that we needed to create a style which suited both our tastes.

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The arrival drinks were set in a rustic country farm terrace area a short walk from the marquee and near to the private garden where the formal photographs took place. This gave our guests chance to relax and enjoy the scenery with champagne and canapés. To style the area we used a large slab of oak set on top of two traditional whisky barrels to form a drinks and canapé bar. The area was surrounded with white wrought iron style tables and chairs and white bunting, which set off the country theme perfectly. These items were supplied and set up by The Vintage Afternoon Hire Company  who provided an excellent service.


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Talk us through the suppliers you used for your wedding from stationery to cake, flowers to cars – was there anything quirky or creative which will inspire future brides?

I have always loved the artist Rob Ryan and find his work is very touching with messages of love and mostly happiness so I spent time designing an invitation that was inspired by his artwork. I then sent it off to be dye cut and printed at Little Man Designs  and they were perfect.

I am lucky to have a very hands on and creative Mum who made us a delicious three tiered, red velvet wedding cake, with intricate iced flowers. She created the beautiful flower arrangements which decorated the Church and tables in the marquee, of which most were grown in her garden and buffered with flowers from Moores Flowers who supplied the corsages set on pearl bracelets for our Bridesmaids, buttonholes for the boys and my beautiful bouquet.

We were so lucky to find glass vintage bud vases, large floral white flower vases and amazing lace style pendants from The Vintage Afternoon Hire Company  The droplet shaped pendants came in various sizes which had internal LED fairy lights. Hung within the centre of the dome roof, they looked beautiful with the sun light beaming through the lace cages and looked stunning glowing in the evening.

Small handmade details such as; the silver dipped feathers with a hand written scroll for table place names, white ink font on grey paper in simple white frames for table names, the crisp white framed seating plan surrounded with faux flowers and feathers, homemade chutney and strawberry jam in little pots with hand written tags for favours, the order of service and food menu, were all handmade elements (with the help of family & friends) that really pulled together the ‘English country garden with a modern twist’ look that we had set out to achieve. This, combined with the lace pendants and the floral bar backdrop, really gave the marquee a unique feel, and all of the simple details above I feel were a perfect offset to the venue which spoke for itself with the countryside views.


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The marquee that we chose from Top Marques was very contemporary with a huge perspex roof dome and panoramic windows, perfect for the views. The marquee was layered with as much white as possible, for example the linings, table linen, chair covers and even a polished white shiny dance floor, against a cool grey colour carpet to create a modern and fresh feel. This was then contrasted with brightly coloured flowers (foxgloves, antirrhinum, larkspar, astrantia, lifianthus, roses and sweet peas) in different shades of pink, slithers of 14 inch silver tapered candles and white feathers dipped in silver paint, with a hand written scroll in white ink, for the place names.

The panel fronted bar, handmade and painted in a soft grey colour for the day, had an amazing 3D floral white paper back drop, this added texture to the white marquee wall and gave the bar it’s own ‘zone’.


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Describe your dress and how you came about finding ‘the one’?

It took quite a number of wedding dress shop visits with my Mum, Dad and Bridesmaids to find the right dress. I’m not the type of girl who had thought about what type of wedding dress I’d like before getting engaged and so when it came to trying them on I wanted to try every possible style. I loved trying all of the dresses on and became torn between a satin couture dress with a huge skirt as I felt so special in it and a lace and tulle fish tail dress, which I loved and felt suited my figure more. I ended up choosing the fish tail dress as it had an extra special detail; a beautiful embellishment that wrapped over my chest and shoulders, attaching to the lower part of the dress on my back. I had the dress altered slightly by lowering the back and adding more embellishments which my seamstress did amazingly, she also added some layers of netting under the fishtail to accentuate the kick out tail.


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Any words of advice for future brides about planning your dream day

If you are sourcing all your own suppliers, start early and don’t hold back on booking anything, even if it is a year ahead.

Have a plan of action for the days, running up to the wedding, so that you know you haven’t missed everything. Ensure all your suppliers know the exact plan of the day so that they can take total control on the day.

If you are planning a marquee in a field, don’t underestimate the time and preparation that goes into preparing the land for such a large event. I have my family, particularly my Dad, to thank for their hours of hard work in getting the land into tip top condition. Top Marques  were a fantastic company for the marquee hire.

Use professional stylists; the bridesmaids and I had a wonderful morning together, having our hair and make-up styled by Becky Hunting and Hair by Carmen

Feed people good food; we had a formal BBQ for our guests, which was prepared and served by Hungry Pig  we had so many good comments about it, I would highly recommend them.

Provide good entertainment; we hired a fantastic band, The Kerry Fernandez Band, that we’d seen perform before. They sang a mix of classics and modern songs, then after midnight, Rob arranged a surprise silent disco for the remaining guests, we had a few playlists on a laptop and 50 headphone sets, the guests loved it!

Make sure you take time to stand back, take a breath and take everything in. All the hard work, the days leading up to the wedding when your family and friends are around helping in every way. The night before the wedding when you’re so tired but so happy because your big sister is there by your side. The morning of the wedding when your Mum is helping you into your dress and your Dad takes your arm to walk you down the aisle…… The moment in Church when you know you’ve just married the love of your life.

Take everything in, as it all happens so quickly and you will cherish the memories forever so most importantly; hire a brilliant wedding photographer Nicola White Photography to capture all of your special moments.

The fab team involved in Mr & Mrs Wilmer’s wedding day:

Photography: Nicola White Photography
Marquee: Top Marques 
Styling: The Vintage Afternoon Hire Company 
Invitations: Little Man Designs 
Flowers: Moores Flowers
Hair: Hair by Carmen
Make-Up:  Becky Hunting
Catering: Hungry Pig 
Evening Drinks:  Barley Mow bonsall 
Entertainment: The Kerry Fernandez Band and silent disco


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