A magical wedding day bursting with charm, character and a vibrant colour palette
Newlyweds, Bob and Jo, tied the knot at the magnificent Thrumpton Hall in Nottingham. Although they initially loved the idea of saying 'I Do' on a Greek Island, they opted to transport their guests to a Mediterranean paradise, using 6ft olive trees and a colour palette of fresh greens, with bright blues and pale peach accents.
"Thrumpton Hall is an all round beautiful venue come rain or shine. They were flexible with letting us decorate and catering options. Once we had sourced our three 6ft olive trees, we were confident that we could achieve the laid back Mediterranean look we wanted." With the help of Jo's mum, they created hessian table runners, tiled blue place mats (from wallpaper) and little bottles of infused olive oil as favours. Tables were finished with rosemary trees or olive trees and dotted with tea lights, lemons & limes and a sprig of rosemary in each napkin. Sounds like heaven, doesn't it? Let's take a look…
The Ceremony and Reception
“We began our day with our friend Ruth conducting our ceremony, with some sketchy chemistry references (Bob’s a scientist), in the beautiful surroundings of Thrumpton Hall. Our reception reflected our love of tapas, sunshine and the outdoors; filled with 6ft olive trees, lemons & limes and sangria, it was the perfect setting for our celebrations. We crafted all sorts for our day. Our best loved creations included the beehive post box to reflect our love for honey bees, and the tiny bride and groom mice made with the new skill of needle felting to sit on top of our tower of cheese. Our talented bridesmaid Jessica turned our stationery ideas into reality with stunning hand painted peach and blue flowers and sprigs of olive branches, alongside a hexagon honey comb RSVP. Our flowers tied all our colours together perfectly, with bright blue delphiniums and hydrangeas alongside beautiful peach avalanche roses and plenty of green herbs they were exactly what we wished for.”
“My dress was a sweetheart corseted dress with stunning lace detail dripping down into a full skirt. Cassie and Susan at Grace Couture perfectly tailored a lace buttoned jacket to go over the top. My hair piece was also from Grace Couture and perfectly reflected the mediterranean style with simple curls in a half up half down style created by the lovely girls at KEIRL hair dressing in West Bridgford. The bridesmaids dresses were made by our friend Ruth (very talented lady!) in bright shades of blues and turquoise in a simple Grecian one shoulder style. Bob wore a three piece suit from a little boutique shop in Abergavenny (about the only thing we didn’t buy locally!). A smart blue checked pattern made it stand out from the crowd but sit nicely with the plain blue suits we hired for the groomsmen.”
“Food was so important! Jo’s business is food, so everyone was expecting quality and lots of it. Pressure! Thrumpton Hall use The Moleface Catering Company so we knew we would be in good hands and asked them to put together a feast of tapas style foods. We opted for paella, patatas bravas, seabass, olives, humous, breads, and cold meats – perfect alongside big carafes of sangria. Jo’s business Tiffin Teahouse took care of the desserts, with an incredible display of whole cakes like coconut & lime, coffee & walnut and butterscotch alongside smaller offerings of chocolate brownie, mini Victoria sponge, pecan pies, Bakewell tarts, lemon drizzle and baklava. In the evening we hired our friend Harvey from Dovecote Farm Shop to put on a feast of hog roast, roast potatoes and tons of salads, breads and coleslaws! Instead of a traditional wedding cake, we went mad with a stack of incredible cheeses, we sourced most from Rutherfords Butchers and got Jo’s Aunt to stack them up on the morning of the wedding with chutneys and crackers.”
“We had giant Jenga on hand, along with hoop toss and adult size space hoppers! The kids were entertained with a beautiful tipi and giant bubble wands. Our fantastic Photo Booth from Vintagebooth.me kept our guests very happy, with props becoming very popular! The Jukebox Jets got the party started with the incredible set list of 1950’s swing music.” When it comes to advice for the Bride and Groom, Jo says, “Do as much planning and preparation as you possibly can up to midday the day before the wedding. Then relax and enjoy it, don’t worry about anything – let whatever happens, happen.”