On the 11th December 2016 Emma & Graham tied the knot in a stunning winter wonderland wedding. Their very special day was held at The Manor House Hotel in Castle Combe, a beautiful location for such a momentous occasion. The bride and groom may have planned their winter wonderland wedding in just three months, but it was defintely worth it! Today we have Emma with us to chat about their big day and offer some tips too…
Who proposed? How did they propose?
I feel I might of taken the whole proposal thing away from Graham. I know he was going to do something and was waiting for the right moment to pop the question. Our relationship has never been a traditional one, very early on after meeting we went on an incredible ‘honeymoon’ type holiday to South America, soon after that our beautiful daughter arrived and then buying our dream home together. So it wasn’t unusual that we often talked about getting married it just seemed like the natural thing to do, question was when? I knew I wanted our venue as it was already very special to us so I rang to see when they had availability in the summer 2017 but of course a beautiful venue like that gets booked up years in advance! However chatting to the lovely Emma the wedding coordinator it came to light there was a special last minute seasonal offer, I immediately reserved it called Graham and said want to get married in three months? Next thing I know we’re planning our wedding! Three weeks before the wedding Graham surprised me by whisking me away for a night to a very exclusive hotel just down the road from where we lived, he had arranged everything from a gorgeous suite to a pamper treatment for me. There were flowers waiting in our suite together with champagne he cracked open the bottle took me onto the balcony and got down on one knee and proposed. This close to the wedding he still had to do it all the traditional way! And that’s one of the reasons why I love him!
Did you have a look or theme in mind for your wedding day, and how was this achieved?
Luckily our wedding was two weeks before Christmas so the theme was really easy. I knew I didn’t want anything too traditional but did want a winter seasonal feel. I wanted the wedding to be relaxed and informal and the venue helped create a cosy atmosphere with its large fires and tasteful decorations. I originally thought I wanted a rustic feel but then found the beautiful Snow Kissed invites from Ivy Ellen and the theme was set! I used this stationery throughout from the table plan to table names and found gorgeous snowflake wedding favours to complement, glass coasters for the women and bottle stopper for the men. Graham and I decided to name each table a Reindeer, top table being Rudolph of course and used personalised crackers as the place setting, it worked a treat. Pine cones, green foliage, berries and seasonal flower ranunculus in pale pink and deep burgundy made up my bouquet, whilst scattered pine cones, foliage and plenty of candles made up the rest of the decor. As one guest called it, a beautiful winter wonderland!
Who were your top 3 wedding suppliers that helped make your day special and why?
I have to say I was exceptionally lucky with only 3 months to plan the wedding, all suppliers I used knew their roll brilliantly from the venue to the cake and helped create a stunning wedding in such a short time. But my top 3 have to be…
My photographer Debbie Ram, who made us feel completely relaxed and really captured the magic of the day.
My make up artist Make Up by Paula K. Paula knew exactly what to do in making me look glam but not over the top, the make up held all day and looked fabulous in the photos, plus Paula also kept me focused and completely calm the morning of the wedding, it really added to the whole experience.
And finally it has to be Jill Jefferies from Creative Floristry Ltd. I only met with Jill once at the venue as the wedding was about 2 hours from where I lived. Jill knew immediately the look I wanted and gave me flowers even better and more beautiful than I imagined.
What advice would you give to brides whilst planning their wedding & on their wedding day?
As I’ve mentioned I only had 3 months to plan the wedding, which basically meant I couldn’t get bogged down in the little stuff I had to make clear decisions and stick with it. I knew what I wanted, gave my briefs to the suppliers and then trusted them to do their jobs, which they all did perfectly. I knew everything was in place on the day and there was nothing else to do except sit back, be spoilt and enjoy the day.
What was your favourite/most memorable part of your winter wonderland wedding and why?
My favourite part has to be the ceremony. Walking into the room and seeing it all made up with the beautiful flowers and candles it literally took my breath away, it was so magical! And then seeing the look on the grooms face when he saw me for the first time, is something I will never forget. Also having our 3 year old daughter standing in the middle of us whilst we got married it felt so right and so delighted she was there with us to experience such a joyous occasion, I only hope she will remember it in years to come.
Were you happy with your wedding stationery from Ivy Ellen?
We absolutely loved the wedding stationery, it really helped set the theme and was very classy. We used it throughout from the wedding invitations to table settings and menus.
*Emma & Graham chose our Snow Kissed wedding stationery collection in Silver. Hand embellished with silver gloss foiling and genuine Swarovski crystals, it made the perfect choice for this winter wonderland wedding day.
We hope you loved reading about Emma & Graham’s winter wonderland wedding as much as we did! Biggest congratulations to the newlyweds from all of us here at Ivy Ellen.
For more real life weddings see: Charlotte & Henry’s Beautifully Timeless Wedding