An ultra-romantic Winter wedding celebration at Ticknall Village Hall…
Callum & Jess opted for a rustic Winter wedding at Ticknall Village Hall and today we're chatting to this happy couple about the inspiration behind their big day…
Jess explains, "We chose a date between Christmas and New Year, I had always wanted a Winter wedding so this timing was perfect because everyone was already in the holiday mood. My parents got married in Ticknall Church as did my grandparents so it was the perfect choice for us as our wedding theme was fairly traditional. Ticknall Church have a Christmas tree festival in December where people from the village come along to decorate the trees that line the pews so the setting was just beautiful. After the ceremony everyone gathered at the back of the church for mulled wine, warm spiced apple juice and nibbles before heading over to the village hall. This gave us time for photos and for everyone to mix in a lovely setting."
Relaxed Rustic Theme
“We wanted a relaxed rustic/country theme so we mixed round tables with bare trestle tables – we both loved the idea of having a big feast so we had a long table running down the middle and round tables surrounding. Callum’s dad is a joiner and built us a fabulous bar which (along with the rest of the hall) we covered with fairy lights to create a magical atmosphere. We had a great time in the months leading up to the big day testing various different wines, Callum and I have travelled a lot so wanted a selection from the places we have visited – Italy (Chianti Classico), France (Rulli, Blanquette de Limoux), Portugal (port), New Zealand (Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir) as well as some local products – Kew Garden gin (because we lived in London for 5 years) and Burleigh Gin. Callum is from Burton-upon-Trent so we had a selection of real ale from the Bridge Brewery which went down very well! In the bar area we made a photo collage on the wall and made sure everyone that attended was included. It was a great way to get people chatting with each other, a reminder of happy times and people who couldn’t be there to share the day with us.
It was very much a joint effort, my Aunty made and decorated our beautiful cake, my mum’s friend Gill Schofield did our beautiful flowers, a friend of the family Simon kindly offered to drive Dad and I to the church in his vintage Rolls Royce & we picked the rosemary and bay leaves etc. that we used for table decoration from the garden. It was all very DIY with lots and lots of help from friends and family, everyone pitched in!”
TELL US ABOUT YOUR WEDDING VENUE…
“We got married in Ticknall Church which is where my parents and grandparents got married so it was important to both of us to follow tradition as it felt like the venue had history and it is a church that we have been going to since I was born. It was where I was Christened! We had the wedding breakfast and reception over at Ticknall Village Hall which is a short walk away from the church. It was the easiest choice plus it was a blank canvas and we felt we could dress the room to make it fit the vision we had for the day.”
DESCRIBE THE STYLE OF YOUR WEDDING…
“Our wedding was traditional, we used a mix of rustic trestle tables with round tables covered with white linen. On each table we placed a cut tree trunk, fairy lights in a blurred vase and we put oasis in plant pots from the garden (3 on each table) and put bay leaves, rosemary and a rose in each one. We bought and borrowed fairy lights for around the room and the ones that went in the pots were battery operated. My mum bought around 15 olive trees from Asda in the summer (I think they were only £12 each) and we wrapped the pot in hessian with brown gardening string and wrapped the battery operated fairy lights around – these were placed around the hall to create a magical atmosphere! We mixed hessian, fairy lights, greenery and white linen – combined it all looked amazing!
When we sent out the invitations we used a company called Cute Maps based in Milton Keynes. They designed our map invitation which included Callum’s hometown (Burton upon Trent), my home town (Breedon on the Hill), where we have bought our house near Ashby de la Zouch, the venue and also gave a nod to the London where we lived for 5 years and Rome where Callum proposed. Everyone loved the invitations and one of our presents was a large framed version of it which we just love!”
WHAT DID YOU ALL WEAR?
“My dress was made by designer Rembo Styling, it is their ‘first’ dress. I wanted something very simple as it was a church village wedding. As it was Winter I also wanted sleeves so the designer sent extra material to the dress shop and they made sleeves for me. I’m 5 ft 10 so it was great to have a dress which fitted me so well and that had arms that were long enough for me! The back of the dress was open with geometric lace. For the church I borrowed the veil that both of my cousins had worn for their weddings – the ‘family’ veil! It was made in Bulgaria and lined with ivory silk.
The bridesmaids wore navy, it was a dress from ASOS that had a similar back to mine in that the back was a feature and it had a similar lace design. They all looked so beautiful! My youngest bridesmaid Isobel wore a lovely navy dress from Monsoon Kids. This was probably the 10th dress I had ordered for the girls to try on and everyone was happy with it, the length was midi which was flattering on all of them.
We had our hair done which was a real treat but we all did our own make-up because I wanted to look like myself, heavy make-up really doesn’t suit me!
The boys (Callum and his two best men – Nathan and Phil) wore Marc Darcy three piece tweed suits with a yellow tie, the buttonholes (made by my mum) matched the yellow in the tie. This fit in well with our country/village wedding vibe.”
WHAT DID EVERYBODY EAT AND DRINK?
“We had sharing platters to start (cured meat, baked camembert, bread, olives), followed by sirloin steak & herb encrusted salmon with seasonal vegetables. For dessert it was sticky toffee pudding or lemon posset followed by coffee and homemade chocolates. All absolutely delicious, these are our favourite foods and Jose Raine is such an amazing caterer.
We bought white aprons with J & C sewn into the breast for and allocated a server at each table who wore a chefs hat and had the task of serving the main (steak and salmon). This was a really fun way of getting everyone to interact and made the occasion seem almost like a traditional Sunday lunch or Christmas dinner. Every time I looked around and now looking back at the photos everyone was so happy and smiley! It was a really fun way to serve the food.”
HOW DID YOU ENTERTAIN YOUR GUESTS?
“As it was Winter our main forms of entertainment where the photo collages on the wall and the food & drink. The bar was a real hit with everyone, made by Callum’s dad, Kevin. Everyone enjoyed the mulled wine at the back of the church and the DJ was fantastic, all of our guests were dancing and enjoying themselves all night! We didn’t have a band, just a DJ and this worked really well – we had a great mix of old school RnB, 90’s Britpop and Motown and the dancefloor was full throughout the evening. “
ANY WORDS OF ADVICE FOR FUTURE BRIDES & GROOMS?
“I would say try to worry less in the lead up to the day, I was so scared about everything but when it came to the day I was actually really calm and enjoyed it so much more than I could have ever imagined. I wish I had enjoyed the preparation more. At the end of the day, it was so special to have all of our close friends and family there and that’s all that really matters!”