Real Life Weddings

RLW: Teresa and Steve’s Winter Wedding Day

Tuesday, January 17th, 2017

In December of 2016 Teresa and Steve vowed to spend their lives together on a gorgeous winter wedding day in front of their closest family and friends. The ceremony and reception were held at the stunning venue of Stirrups Country House Hotel in Berkshire. A beautiful winter wedding day with a navy blue and silver colour theme. Today we have Teresa with us and she is letting us in some top wedding day tips plus some lovely pictures of the bride and groom…


Who proposed? How did they propose?

Steve proposed – he arranged a surprise holiday for my 40th Birthday to New York. He was planning to propose on a helicopter ride he had planned but it got postponed due to snow. He couldn’t delay the proposal as he had booked a personal shopper in Tiffany’s for that afternoon so he asked me walking through Central Park. I obviously said yes and we went to choose the ring which we then collected that afternoon. He then asked me again that evening at the top of the Empire State Building to which I said yes very quickly as it was freezing and I couldn’t wait to wear the ring.

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RLW: Our Sussex Bride’s Bonfire Night Wedding Day!

Thursday, December 8th, 2016

As many of you know, our team member Stephanie tied the knot with Liam in a beautiful bonfire night wedding. Childhood sweethearts and together for seven years, they said their vows at the stunning Arundel Town Hall in West Sussex.  All of of us here at Ivy Ellen then joined them along with family and friends for celebrations at The Charmandean, Worthing. Today we have the happy couple answering lots of questions and giving some top advice for all your lovely brides and grooms.


Who proposed and how did they propose? How did you meet?     

We met seven years ago whilst at high school, through a mutual friend. We were complete opposites but fell in love instantly. Liam proposed to me five years later. We went for a late night walk down the seafront after dinner and he popped the question at the end of the pier in our hometown. It was a beautiful starry night and could not have been more perfect (even if I did laugh with nervousness and excitement before actually answering him). Our anniversary date is a little unsure but we usually celebrate on the 5th as this was the closest date we can remember – so it seemed only fitting g to have a bonfire night wedding really! Read the rest of this entry »

Real Life Weddings: Sarah & Matt’s Sussex Wedding

Tuesday, November 15th, 2016

Today we are sharing Sarah & Matt’s gorgeous Sussex wedding. Sarah and Matt tied the knot in July of 2016 at The Ravenswood in West Sussex. Here we have plenty of stunning photographs from the wonderful Jenny Rutterford Photography and some top tips and advice from the bride and groom themselves…

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So, let’s start from the beginning…

How did you meet and how did Matt propose?

We first met at a friend’s birthday when we were 18, we met on various occasions over the following month before becoming a couple the weekend before Matt moved away to university for 3 years! Although being in separate cities for 3 years was difficult, we made it through and Matt eventually proposed after 9 years. We were on holiday in Cornwall and having a picnic dinner of fish and chips on Falmouth beach at sunset when Matt asked me to marry him (I’d been waiting long enough so of course I said yes!) Read the rest of this entry »

RLW: Charlotte and Henry’s Beautifully Timeless Wedding

Friday, October 28th, 2016

Today I am so excited to share with you the most elegant and timeless wedding with gorgeous photography and an even more gorgeous couple. Charlotte and Henry tied the knot on the 30th September 2016 at St Nicholas Church in Harpenden, followed by a stunning reception at St Michael’s Manor in St Albans. Here we have all the details and some top advice from Charlotte along with beautiful photography from Charlie Campey.

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So, let’s start from the beginning…Who proposed and how did they propose? How did you meet?           

I had been living in Dublin for 2.5 years and I had just moved back to London to start a new job. I was meeting a friend for dinner in Mayfair and we decided to go for a drink after dinner, we arrived at the bar and Henry was there with a friend of his. He had offered me his seat at the bar as there weren’t any seats available (I thought what a gentleman) and I had put my coat over his and continued to talk to my friend. Henry and I had talked a little at the bar that evening and as Henry was leaving he had to ask for his coat back (a smart move from him earlier that evening). I asked if he would stay for another drink and our lives changed from that evening. Read the rest of this entry »

Wendy and Andrew’s Gloucestershire Wedding

Wednesday, August 31st, 2016

On the 7th August, Wendy and Andrew said their vows in a wonderful Gloucestershire wedding, promising to spend their lives with one another. Wendy and Andrew met when they were just four years old at primary school. Having gone onto different high schools they fell out of touch over the years. Then, 39 years later after messaging each other on a friends reunited website they met up – and the rest as they say is history! Read all about their big day and see some beautiful pictures of the couple too…


Lets start at the beginning….

Who proposed and how did they propose?

He proposed – he took me to the spot where my family had sprinkled my dad’s ashes high on a hill overlooking Cheltenham and proposed there. He couldn’t ask my dad so that was the next best thing. It was perfect!  Read the rest of this entry »

Real Life Weddings: Janet & Glen’s Easter Themed Wedding

Tuesday, June 21st, 2016


On a lovely day in March of 2016 Janet and Glen vowed to spend their lives together, for better or for worse. Their beautifully intimate Easter themed wedding was held at the Manor Hotel in Solihull, a small gathering of close friends and family joined together for one very special day. Today we have Janet talking about her experience as a bride, some top tips and supplier advice 🙂

SIGN PAPERS Easter Themed Wedding

Who proposed and how? How did you both meet?

Glen proposed to me on Valentine’s Day 2015, after cooking his first Valentine’s dinner for me. We kept it a secret for a month, picked the ring which Glen then gave me on a night out for our 15th anniversary, I wasn’t expecting the ring to arrive for another week so it was a wonderful surprise.

We met in March 2000 in Los Angeles of all places. Glen’s from Berkshire and I’m from the West Midlands and we had both decided to go alone on a sightseeing trip to America. We travelled to LA, Palm Springs, the Grand Canyon, Las Vegas and San Francisco and by the time we returned home that was it. By the end of the year Glen moved up to be with me and 15 years, a dog, 2 houses and 2 kids later we decided to make things official. Read the rest of this entry »

Real Life Wedding: Jess & Ed’s Classic British Wedding

Tuesday, May 24th, 2016

On a beautiful Saturday in April, Jess and Ed vowed to spend their lives together. Their classic British wedding ceremony was held at St. Mary and All Saints Church, Beaconsfield and their stunning reception at Hampden House, Great Hampden. Jess and Ed met in a nightclub after Ed saved Jess from being bothered by a ‘one too many drinks’ bloke. Her knight in shining armour if you will! Ed then proposed whilst on holiday in Spain, and here are all the details and photographs of their special day…

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Did you have a look or theme in mind for your wedding day, and how was this achieved?

Initially we were not planning on having a theme however we wanted to have something which would mean a lot to us and our families. When Ed was little his father used to do a lot of travelling with work and each place he went to he bought Ed back a football shirt, and he’s been an avid West Ham fan all of his life. I wasn’t too keen on having a football inspired wedding, and naming tables after football stadiums was definitely out of the question. However we did use the West Ham colours for our bridal party and throughout our wedding. The Groom’s party wore claret cravats and the bridesmaids wore powder blue dresses with flowers which also tied into the colour scheme. As a surprise to Ed I had a CD of Vera Lynn’s classical version of Forever Blowing Bubbles play whilst we signed the register. Read the rest of this entry »

Real Life Wedding: Paula & Neil’s Vintage Glamour Wedding

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016

Today we have the most elegant, vintage glamour wedding with fabulous photographs and top tips from the bride herself! Paula and Neil met online when their friends both signed them up for a site called ‘My Single Friend’. They met and went for a date shortly after and have been inseperable ever since! Neil proposed to Paula on holiday in Barcelona at the end of dinner in a Michelin starred restaurant, she was so surprised she even forgot to say yes and had to be asked again!

Vintage Glamour Wedding

Did you have a look or theme in mind for your wedding day, and how was this achieved?

Whilst we didn’t have a particular theme for the day the overall look was very much vintage glamour and old school Hollywood.  The ceremony and wedding breakfast rooms at Shrigley Hall nr Macclesfield were the perfect backdrop for this look with it’s formal and classic decoration and a grand staircase to make my entrance from.  The look developed from my choice of dress which was champagne taffeta with just the right amount of sparkle and a corset to create a “Jessica Rabbit-esque” shape. Read the rest of this entry »

Real Life Wedding: Julie & Simon’s Simple Rustic Wedding

Friday, April 8th, 2016

On a beautiful day in March Julie and Simon said their vows to one another in a simple rustic wedding. The ceremony was held at St Mary & St Bartholomew’s Church, Hampton in Arden, with a beautiful reception to follow at The Brickmakers Arms in Berkswell. Today we talk to Julie about their wedding day while she shares some top tips and advice…

Julie and Simon Simple Rustic Wedding

Firstly how did Simon and yourself meet?

I had known Simon for a number of years through cricket (he played in the same team as my late husband). We have been in a relationship for almost 10 years.  I was stunned when he asked me to marry him.  We were on holiday in Portugal and had just got back after watching football in a sports bar – who says romance is dead!  I said yes straight away.  It just felt right.  A new start for both of us. Read the rest of this entry »

Real Life Wedding: Amy & Martin’s Rustic Autumn Wedding

Wednesday, February 24th, 2016

On the 25th October 2016 Amy and Martin said ‘I Do’ in a beautifully rustic autumn wedding ceremony. The fabulous styling combined with a gorgeous couple make for the best real life wedding blog! Amy has shared with us her top tips for the day along with some fab advice and the most beautiful photographs! *serious wedding envy going on right here*

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Did you have a look or theme in mind for your wedding day, and how was this achieved?

Our wedding took place at a beautiful barn in Cambridgeshire last October, so we wanted our wedding to feel autumnal, rustic and warm. The venue was absolutely beautiful so we didn’t want to over accessorize – instead we tried to keep things very simple and subtle. Our wedding stationery was perfect – the rustic background reflected the barn very well and the flowers were the right colour to set the scene for an autumn wedding. We used the stationery as a useful reference point for our florist who sourced seasonal flowers with a lovely vintage, dusky pink tone. Our flower arrangements were kept very simple and informal and we used small bottle vases and tree slices to make attractive table centre pieces. Read the rest of this entry »