A picture-perfect wedding day for Lori & Jake, with an outdoor garden celebration full of laughter!
Newlyweds, Lori & Jake tied the knot at The Old Vicarage Boutique Hotel in Nottinghamshire, surrounded by 50 of their closest friends and family. They describe the day as 'perfect', as they said their vows in the glorious gardens and celebrated late into the night. We're handing you over to the beautiful bride, Lori, so you can find out a little more about their big day…
LORI, TELL US ABOUT YOUR WEDDING DAY!
“We didn’t expect to have a theme, but once we (mainly me) had decided that my husband would wear a Liberty print bow tie which was made by the very talented Bow Beaus, everything seemed to revolve around the Betsy Blue pattern. Our day was perfect, the best day of our lives; I know that’s very cliché but it was just so wonderful. We were very lucky to get married outside in our venue’s very pretty garden. The weather was very hit and miss the weekend of our wedding but thankfully the sunshine came out just in time. I remember not walking but practically running up the aisle, clinching onto my dad’s hand and shaking like a leaf, it was only at that point that it felt real. Me and Jake both decided that our day wouldn’t be complete if we didn’t have our bulldogs Smartie and Nelly there to see us get married, thankfully we found the most perfect service called Hurley’s Wedding Day Dogs, Michelle did a fantastic job looking after them both for the whole day and Smartie and Nelly even walked down the aisle, they did a better job than me!
Me and my bridal party stayed at the venue the night before the wedding, we had a very relaxed and enjoyable time and I even managed to hire a yoga instructor to teach us yoga outside on the grass – it was perfect. The morning of the wedding was very peaceful and calm, our ceremony wasn’t until 3pm so we had lots of time to enjoy the venue and the morning. We had a beautiful breakfast, had time to make the venue look exactly as I had imagined with the help from the venue staff and Mrs Umbels our amazing florist and then we all got ready with the help from Amy my hairdresser and makeup artist. It was all very exciting but a little surreal.
The venue was extremely beautiful, it was the first and only venue we visited as we fell in love with it straight away. I tried to incorporate a lot of mine and Jake’s personalities into our day, I enjoyed hand making many different things with the help from my amazing Mum and Aunties. I spent many days on the run up to our wedding searching through Pinterest and Not On The High Street looking for different ideas and liberty things. Alongside our beautiful wedding cake we had a cake table, filled with lots of yummy treats, we ordered 50 mini doughnuts from The Nottingham Doughnut Company, they went down a treat. Cake was always going to be a big part of our day!
Our favourite part of the day apart from obviously saying our vows was the evening. We had chosen to have the One Step Band perform for us and they certainly didn’t disappoint, even though the evening went so fast, we had a blast dancing to lots of our favourite songs. Our first dance was ‘Ed Sheeran – Perfect’, it certainly was the perfect song for us. Before ending the night, in the middle of our family and friends clapping while we danced to ‘Mr Brightside ‘ (my favourite memory of the day), we went into the garden and had some photographs taken with some sparklers, they turned out amazing just like every other photograph Ed Godden captured of our day. We stayed over at the venue that night with some of our close family and it was the perfect way to end the perfect weekend.”
TELL US ABOUT YOUR WEDDING VENUE…
“The venue was incredible, we got married at The Old Vicarage Boutique Hotel in Southwell, Nottinghamshire. As soon as I stepped through the door of the venue I knew it was the one. The only way I can really describe it is a beautiful house with so much personality. It is a hotel but not the type of hotel you maybe imagine. We loved how small and personal it is, and the idea that we could hire it for the full weekend and it would be ours only was amazing. The bedrooms are outstanding, all decorated slightly different but all very stylish and unique. The whole venue smells incredible and is very clean and open. The garden and outside area is very beautiful with some beautiful features like their bandstand, swing and seating area. The food was out of this world, the best we have probably ever eaten. It is obvious from the way the venue, the food and the service are presented that this venue puts a lot of time and effort into making your wedding day better than you could ever imagine. I have to say that the staff, especially Chelsea, Verity and Becky are the most wonderful part of the venue, they did an amazing job throughout the weekend to make sure everything was perfect and was exactly how I wanted and made me feel so very special. I cannot thank them enough for what they did.”
TELL US ABOUT THE STYLE OF YOUR BIG DAY…
“It was slightly boho with lots of Liberty print pattern (Betsy blue). I tried to incorporate the Liberty pattern throughout without over doing it. Jake and the page boys had Liberty bow ties and our flower girls had Liberty crowns and wands. I made with help from my Auntie Marion Liberty bunting for the bandstand outside were we got married. I also had Liberty napkins and straws and our cake topper had Liberty pattern on it. The bulldogs leads were also made from the Liberty pattern.
Flowers were also an important part to our day, and along side the flowers from our florist Mrs Umbels my mum helped me make little tubs with an arrangement of flowers to put around the venue to make it feel pretty. I made a lot of little extra things to put around the venue to personalise it and add some quirkiness. I made all the favours which were jars of sweets with ribbon around and I had personalised stickers made to put on them. I also made the name tags and I used scrabble pieces to write my guests’ initials on. I decorated the swing with lots of ribbon and balloons and at the entrance of the venue I painted the order of our day on a pallet. I also brought lots of personalised items from Not On The High Street, like a handmade wooden sign saying ‘The Handburys’ on it and also handmade portrait of Me, Jake and the dogs. All things that we now have in our house to remind us of our day.
Our colour scheme was pretty much every colour on the Liberty Betsy print, but I suppose I tried to stick to white, grey, pink and light blue. But as you can see there isn’t really a specific colour scheme.
Cake was also a big part of our day, I made sure we had enough cake to fill people twice over. My Mum and Auntie made a lot of cupcakes and rocky road but we also ordered 50 mini doughnuts from The Nottingham Doughnut Company and they went down a treat. I think if it wasn’t for our budget I would have made our cake table double the size it was.”
WHAT DID YOU ALL WEAR?
“I wore a beautiful cream/white lacy dress that fell off my shoulders and was tight fitting, I also had a long veil to give the dress a bit of a train and then I wore a the most amazing flower garland which definately made my outfit. My shoes were beautiful, they were lacy with a hint of silver, but unfortunately I only wore them for the ceremony and then enjoyed being barefoot, I’m not a heel person and would of struggled to walk in them all day. But still glad I bought them.
Jake wore a blue suit with a grey tweedy waistcoat, with a white shirt, Liberty bow tie and brown shoes with a brown belt. The groomsmen wore the same however instead they wore a blue waistcoat to match their suit and didn’t wear the jacket as we thought it would be nice for them to look slightly different to Jake. They also work a light pink tie instead of a Liberty bow tie.
The page boys wore blue shorts with a white shirt and a Liberty bow tie, they felt comfortable which was the most important thing. The bridesmaids wore a beautiful dress from Monsoon that was a grey colour with silver beads all over, they all had a corsage instead of bouquet and also a few flowers in their hair. The flower girls wore a white lacy dress, similar to my dress with little ballet shoes and a Liberty wand and crown, they looked beautiful.
I think the inspiration just came together from the type of wedding venue and style we were going for. I felt like I couldn’t properly pick the colours until I had the bridesmaids dresses sorted.”
WHAT DID EVERYBODY EAT & DRINK?
“The food was incredible. After the ceremony we all sat down and had a three course meal. It was out of this world and every single guest wiped their plates clean. As well as the wine on the tables and champagne to toast we also had Pimms and orange juice for after the ceremony. In the evening we had roast pork cobs with all the trimmings and of course we had the cake table and jars of sweets to keep people full throughout the day. For the guests that stayed over they had a beautiful fresh breakfast each morning.”
HOW DID YOU ENTERTAIN YOUR GUESTS?
“We had a band called The One Step Band, Nick Keen was the main singer and was also the DJ, They did two 45 minute sets and then the rest was your average wedding music lots of Motown and pop music. They played / sang some of our favourite songs and also kept all our guests entertained throughout the evening. The dance-floor was never empty which is always a good sign. Nick Keen also acoustically sang our first dance – ‘Perfect by Ed Sheeran’.”
ANY ADVICE FOR FUTURE BRIDES & GROOMS?
“Enjoy every moment, have fun, make memories and always smile! Do what is right for you and your husband/wife-to-be. Be selfish it’s your day. Remember it will all go scarily fast, BUT don’t worry, as long as you take a few moments to look around and take it all in together, you won’t mind. Also the best advice I can give is take your time to pick the right suppliers, it makes a difference and most of all if you can afford it, book a photographer and also a videographer. Your day is only one day but the photographs and video will be yours forever.”