'Boho Luxe' is probably the best way to describe Natalie & Adam's big day.
The Riding School at Calke Abbey is absolutely beautiful inside so this lovely couple wanted the bare brick walls to stand out against their décor, which is why they went for a lot of on-trend acrylic so that none of its beauty was covered up. Their floral design had a strong boho vibe, with lots of greenery and pampus grass. Just wait until you see their statement hoop at the end of the aisle!
The vibe was really relaxed, with a harpist, crowd-pleasing canapés and a visit from our Cream of the Crop Supplier, Looch the Mind Reader. The children and adults loved the entertainment! Natalie & Adam's British Bulldog, Minnie, also made an appearance for their photographs.
To get the party started, the newlyweds kicked off their shoes and changed into Vans trainers so that they could dance the night away to their amazing band, Groove Anatomy and then a DJ. Lets not forget their EPIC confetti cannon during the first dance...
TELL US ABOUT YOUR VENUE...
“The Riding School at Calke Abbey was our chosen venue. We viewed the venue on my birthday, March 1st and it was totally unplanned, we asked a member of the National Trust Team if they would let us have a look where the weddings were held so they went to get the key and opened the double doors at the front. The building was absolutely bare, but we knew it was for us! The fact that we could put our own stamp on it was the reason we decided there and then that we could become man and wife there. The building itself is beautiful and holds so much history, we felt like it would be the only place for us, and the spectacular grounds were just the cherry on the top.”
DESCRIBE THE STYLE OF YOUR WEDDING...
“Boho Luxe! The colour scheme was pale grey and blush pink, I wanted it to feel really neutral, to let the beauty of the building shine through.
We had the most incredible 3 tier cake, made by Ruby Lou’s, and the best accompaniment was 70 doughnuts, supplied by Doughnotts. We tried to ensure that all our suppliers were local and small businesses, I have a small business myself (not in the industry) and felt it was really important to support small, local businesses during our big day.
There were quite a few personal touches: petals in the champagne, handmade wax seals on the place names (with our initials on), confetti cannons, a hand painted leather jacket, pampas grass from the Groom’s mum’s garden, sweets, cigars and an activity corner for the children.”
WHAT DID YOU ALL WEAR?
“I had a Made With Love dress from Coco & Kate in Warwickshire, Valentino shoes, a personalised veil (with our names on) and a hand painted leather jacket. I also wore the beads from my mums wedding dress in my hair.
The groomsmen wore suits from Brigdens in Derby. The suits were navy with a tweed waistcoat, paired with white ties. They all wore different brogues with different brightly coloured socks from Paul Smith.”
WHAT DID EVERYBODY EAT & DRINK?
“We drank Lanson champagne, and were served canapés and a 2 course meal from Black Peppermint followed by pizza later on. There’s nothing better than pizza when you’ve had a drink!
Our canapés were:
Goats cheese & orange mousse, beetroot & walnut pesto
Salmon cake, lemon aioli
Buck pudding fritters, brown sauce
Lincolnshire sausages, port and grain mustard
Main Course (Sharing):
Braised Lincolnshire beef, violet mustard, parsnip crisps
Coca Cola braised pork belly, popcorn crackling
Thai spiked sea bream
Braised Red Cabbage
Honey glazed, chantanay carrots with herbs
A tri of desserts:
White chocolate tart
Lemon zest meringue
Chorizo, chestnut mushroom and rocket pizza
Sun blushed tomato, mozzarella and basil pizza
The kids had good old sausages and chips!”
HOW DID YOU ENTERTAIN YOUR GUESTS?
“Looch the Mind Reader came along after the ceremony to do a bit of a mix and mingle. Not many of the guests knew he was coming so it was a great surprise for them! He was absolutely fantastic, everyone couldn’t wait to tell us their stories of how he totally foxed them all, and his final piece was on myself and Adam and we were truly blown away by his talents!
Our Bulldog, Morris came for a few photographs, we couldn’t not have him there during the day. We had a game of ‘Higher or Lower’ during the wedding breakfast, because why not?!
We also had a corner with a small bench for the children and they also had boxes with their names on which were full of little activities and things to keep them entertained.
We then finished the night with a game of beer pong!”
ANY WORDS OF ADVICE FOR FUTURE COUPLES?
“I would say try not to stress about things too much (but I also appreciate that’s a really easy thing to say, and not so easy to do!) If we would have forgotten to do something then none of our guests would have known, that’s the beauty of having a really personal day. I would also say try to stop every now and then and take stock of what you’ve achieved up to that point, it can be really rewarding. I am a massive fan of a list and being able to see everything I had crossed off the list was a great feeling. I would also recommend to think about why you’re both getting married, because the really important stuff can get forgotten about when you’re knee deep in flower choices or colour scheme swatches! I would also say listen to people’s advice, but decide whether to take it on board or not, because it’s your day and you should do it however you want!”