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It's like Christmas has arrived early...

Our rustic styled wedding shoot that I planned and brought together in September has been featured on Brides Up North!

I wanted to bring the warm, abundant feel of the early autumn season together with lots of fruits on the table, big red roses, and gold accents – romantic and timeless against the wood and stone of The Barn at Yew Tree Farm (a beautiful, newly renovated working farm wedding venue in Liverpool).

The wooden furniture that Wirral Table and Chair Hire have in their collection is beautiful, and I chose burgundy seat cushions to carry the warm, deep red colours through into the furniture. They also have 5ft LOVE letters, something a little softer than the white signs that might suit a different venue. We also repurposed stackable wooden cable reel stools as a cake table.

Wachadoin Events set a gorgeous rustic backdrop up in the outside area of the barn. They had recently created decorated hoops out of a repurposed tree trunk, which looked amazing dressed with roses, and gold terrarium candles. We carried this theme through to the table setting, with driftwood down the centre decorated using gold terrarium candles, and so much fruit provided and prepared by Cheeky Chilli Events.

Lisa’s natural curly hair paired with Tracey’s floral crowns were the perfect match for our relaxed and rustic autumn style, and so we didn’t style Lisa’s hair at all for our shoot. I did want her to have a day through to night time look however, and so Carol at Bridal Reloved Liverpool brought along romantic floral and lace dresses for the beginning of the day, which Laura from Kilfoyle Makeup matched with toned down makeup and a pink flower crown from Rusty Rose.

As we moved through the day and into the evening, Laura added darker lipstick and makeup to Lisa, and we switched to a more fitted off the shoulder dress and red roses.

Check out the gallery here! Or have a look at the full story over on Brides Up North...

I love winter weddings! They're the perfect time to cosy up and get creative with ways to keep you & your guests warm. Here are some ideas to get you started...

Forget the candy cart - how about a hot chocolate station!?!

We've seen so many different candy carts over the past few years, but winter is the perfect time to do things a little bit differently! How about a hot chocolate station to keep your guests warm through your evening reception?

If you're having a micro-wedding or a garden wedding, you can set up a slow cooker to keep your hot chocolate warm. Add your favourites (marshmallows, whipped cream and Baileys are must haves), and let your guests build their own!

If you're having a big wedding, ask your caterer or wedding planner if it's something they can arrange for you. Your guests will love you for it!

Handy wedding favours

Yep, I'm talking about gloves! If you're having a micro-wedding, you could have a custom embroidered pair for each guest as a wedding favour with their name or initials on them.

If you have quite a lot of guests you could look at more affordable options but tie them neatly to match your decor. Add a little label to double them up as place cards too.

These are also great if you plan to have a sparkler send off at the end of your wedding meal - gloves are a must!

Get your Apres Ski on!!!

If you hit the slopes in the winter, why not bring the magic back into your wedding day? You can set up rustic wooden bars, hire upturned barrels for tables, and buckets of ice for your drinks. I've even seen these little ski boutonnieres (via Becky Young).

Match your stationery and table names, and it'll be almost like you're getting married up a mountain in France (which you can also totally do if you want to).

I love this idea because it brings all of the warm and relaxed vibes that your rustic winter wedding really needs.

Christmas wreath or blanket chair decorations

Why not switch the traditional chair sashes and covers for stunning Christmas wreaths or woolly blankets?

They're a little bit different, and if you can get one for every guest's chair they'll add a real festive flair to your wedding day.

You don't have to go for traditional red and green Christmas wreaths (although these ones photographed by Amanda Donaho are just beautiful). You can match the colours to your wedding theme, there are so many talented people making Christmas wreaths in our local area.

The same goes for blankets - they'll look nice and cosy in your wedding colours, and your guests will love them. They could even double up as wedding favours for your guests, and they'll really appreciate it when they're bundled up outside in the chilly winter air.

Both of these look particularly amazing at rustic weddings, and are perfect for barn set ups too!

Christmas dinner wedding breakfast!

Surely, everyone loves a good roast dinner?!?!

On a cold winter's day, there's nothing better than tucking into turkey or a nut roast (I'm a veggie so that would be my choice) with all the trimmings.

It's super easy to cater for all of your guests, and it will give real winter vibes to each and every one. You could do 'help yourself' sharing platters on each table, or even turn it into a full on buffet. Whatever you decide, you'll have a really homely wedding meal with relaxed and rustic vibes.

I love winter weddings

There are lots of reasons to plan your wedding for the wintertime. It tends to come out a little cheaper than a summer celebration, and it gives you and your guests even more to look forward to alongside the usual winter festivals.

Winter weddings glow with warm and cosy vibes. You're less likely to lose your guests outside as they'll be wanting to keep warm on the dance floor, and you can really take advantage of the festive atmosphere.

So if you've been toying with the idea of getting married in the winter, go for it! You won'e be disappointed!

Updated: Dec 3, 2020

I had the pleasure of working with Ling from Dragonfly Couture Stationery on a recent styled shoot, and was so impressed with her handmade paper flowers!

Ling started creating paper flowers alongside her stationery business during lockdown, and uses lots of colourful, recycled materials to really make them stand out.

The wonderful thing about paper flowers is that they are fully customisable - they're not seasonal, and can be created in any colours. They make the perfect matching wedding favours, button holes, or table decorations - the sky really is the limit!

They're also going to last a lot longer than living flowers, and you can keep yours as a reminder of your wedding day.

As we look for more sustainable ways to celebrate with a smaller entourage of guests - paper flowers are the way forward for adding that touch of personality to your celebration...

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Thank you to Jon Rolfe Photography and Ling at Dragonfly Couture Stationery. <3