Well hello there, and how was your weekend? I really hope that it was a good one, whatever you were up to and that you’ve found your way by these beautiful blog pages this morning feeling positive and ready to embrace another week – and if not, then I hope that this feature will lift and inspire you. I always try to keep a wedding with a little extra something special about it to open up each new week on Love My Dress®, and these photographs speak for themselves; glitter balls and chandeliers hanging from the trees, an international DJ spinning the decks in the evening, and guests swinging (literally) from the tress!
The wedding of Jade and Richard, who both work in marketing and events, took place on 14 June this year at Wasing Woodland in Berkshire and was styled by our friends Vicki and Michelle of Pocketful of Dreams. I just love how the couple threw abandon to tradition and fully embraced their vision of a deliciously decadent day. This is how to do a woodland wedding!
“The colours of my engagement ring influenced our colour scheme – but in general, the concept was inspired by our love of festivals and music, combined with my passion for dressing up. There was never a question that our wedding would ever (or could ever) be anything different – we wanted to put on the best party we’d ever been to!”
Photography Copyright (c) 2014, Matt Parry
The couple really went to town in terms of decorating their venue, using outdoor chandeliers, silver pineapples, red velvet drapes, Tom Dixon lanterns, plush velvet chaise lounges, lots of old cinema chairs, mirror balls, fun fairground lighting, silver picture frames, rich lace, red and green up-lighters and rope lighting! It was, as Jade says herself, a ‘truly decadent disco!
“The team at Pocketful of Dreams were actually brought in to help after our initial wedding planner became pregnant and couldn’t continue to work with us.”
“They were an amazing help throughout the process – I honestly don’t know how we could have done this without them. Not only did they offer great practical support when we had issues with the site due to weather, they were brilliantly creative coming up with lots of wonderful ideas and also really ‘got’ what we were trying to achieve.
One of the main comments throughout the day, was that the wedding was very ‘us’ – which made me very proud. Michelle and Vicky of Pocketful of Dreams fully understood the brief and worked above and beyond to deliver.”
“We chose the venue, Wasing Woodland in Berkshire, because we could get married legally on site, whilst at the same time, the space gave us lots of room to bring our dream wedding to life. A lot of the other outdoor/festival style venues we looked at also didn’t have the back up of a professional management team, which meant arrangements were rather ad-hoc.
With an outdoor venue where a simple change in weather can throw all your plans up into the air, you need to make sure the venue is capable of dealing with all eventualities.”
Jade’s bridesmaids wore wrap sresses from BHS in merlot.
“Buying these was more stressful than buying my own dress and these were actually the second lot of dresses I bought! My chief brides ‘maid’ wore a handmade grey suit with accessories to match the groom and his ushers (I was ‘best man’ at his wedding!).
All the bridesmaid accessorised themselves – I was conscious that they should bring their own style to the day.”
Jade’s fabulously sparkly gown was a Jenny Packham design, purchased directly from the Jenny Packham flagship boutique.
“I’d had such an amazing day with my mum and friends trying dresses on – it’d got to the end of the day and this was the last dress I tried on. As soon as I put it on, half my friends said I couldn’t wear that as a bride and the other half said ‘wow!’. That made it the perfect choice.“