Danielle and Mark’s wedding

Back in August, our merchandising manager Danielle told us all about her wedding plans. We’re happy to say that she and her lovely husband Mark were happily married on the 31 August, and the day went off without a hitch. The new Mrs Lancaster shared some of her gorgeous wedding photos with us, and we weren’t disappointed. She talked us through some of the highlights of her day, and how all her unique styling details came together beautifully…

“The whole week leading up to the wedding was cold, grey and rainy, but somehow we got lucky with the weather and woke up to gorgeous sunshine on the big day. This was so important as it meant we could get married outside on the lawn of our venue (Buxted Park in Uckfield) as we had always planned. The ceremony was held under a canopy which Mark and my dad had constructed.”

The canopy where the ceremony was held

“I really wanted the wedding to have a handmade feel; I was determined to make as much as I could myself. One of the more laborious projects was making the heart-shaped lawn decorations. I used a heart-shaped punch to create hundreds of hearts from pastel-coloured card, which we then attached to little wooden sticks and stuck into the grass either side of the aisle. It was a lot of work but I’m so glad it we did it. This, along with the giant coloured balloons we tied to the canopy, was a great way to introduce the pastel colour scheme that continued inside in the Orangery, where we had the reception later.”

Handmade paper hearts lined the aisle
Giant balloons by Peach Blossom

“After the ceremony, we set up lawn games outside for guests to play; we had giant Jenga, croquet and bowles. It was nice for the guests to have a bit of fun, it made the atmosphere very relaxed and laid back which was really what we wanted.”

Games on the lawn after the ceremony
Croquet on the lawn after the ceremonyFun and games on the lawn after the ceremony
Fun and games on the lawn after the ceremony

“For the reception, we decorated the Orangery with loads of pink, cream and grey coloured tissue pom poms. Mark’s mum made hessian table runners and we had zinc buckets filled with flowers as our centrepieces.”

The Orangery was decorated with paper pom pomsHessian table numbers and zinc flower buckets
The tables

“We used a personalised crate by Plantabox to collect cards and gifts. I love that we can now use the crate in our garden for plants and it will always remind us of our day.”

Personalised wedding crate

“We didn’t really want a traditional wedding cake so, as we’re both big cheese fans, we opted for a cheese tower instead. We didn’t want to disappoint any cake fiends, though, so we also had lots of cupcakes made. I had to call in some help from my team with these; Emma, who is our Merchandising Catalogue Manager (and cake-maker extraordinaire), made the cupcakes and Joanne, our Merchandise Co-ordinator, made the tiny heart cake toppers. I’m so lucky to work with talented, creative people – every bride’s dream!”

The wedding cheese tower
Homemade cupcakes with handmade heart toppers
Homemade cupcakes with handmade heart toppers

“Our seating plan was one of my favourite styling features of the day. We made our own plan using vintage-style keys and luggage tags. For every guest, we labelled one of the keys with a gift tag that had their name and table number on. We hung all the keys up on a board with the words ‘the key to your seat’ spelled out in paper bunting and the guests had to find their key to work out which table they were on. This doubled up quite nicely as an extra favour, as most people took their keys home.”

The table plan
The guests find their seats on the table plan
Most of the guests kept their keys, so they acted as another favour

“For our favours, we made little hessian packets of sunflower seeds in mini terracotta pots for our guests to plant as a reminder of our day. We thought that would be a really nice to give all our guests something that would last longer than just that one day. We put them in recycled cardboard boxes by Wedding in a Teacup and had a personalised stamp made up by English Stamp with a key design to tie in with our key-themed seating plan.”

Wedding favour boxes
The favours in situ

“We used the same personalised stamp to create a similar key design for the front of our order of service booklets. We designed this ourselves, along with our menus and thank-you cards which were placed on everyone’s place setting.”

Order of service
The place settings
The menus
The wedding breakfast

“We set up our own DIY photobooth area with our own backdrop and Polaroid camera. We had a vintage school desk next to it where guests could write messages to us on gift tags and pin them up on a board along with their Polaroid picture. This was such a fun part of the day; guests loved playing with the camera and adding pictures to the board and we can keep the photos and messages forever.”

“We had such an amazing day and couldn’t have asked for anything more. It all came together perfectly and looked just as I’d wanted it to. My one tip for any brides to be is to make sure you’re happy with your photographer. My photographer was Simon Fazackarley, and he was just brilliant. I spent so much time thinking about how every aspect of our wedding would look, and the day itself was so overwhelming that I was barely able to take it all in. After all that excitement, I’m so happy to have beautiful photos that document everything. I’ll treasure them forever.”

Steal her style…

We’ve pulled together a selection of items from our sellers to help you achieve Danielle’s wedding style:

  • Comment by Kate Utting

    Beautiful wedding, and lovely photos! Congratulations!
    Where did you find those keys!!?? xxxx

  • Comment by Sarah

    Beautiful wedding! I’m hoping to do something similar. Where did u get the keys from? Thanks

  • It was such a great wedding to photograph, Huge Thanks to Danielle & Mark for having me along! – They’re such a lovely couple & put so much thought into the day, I could have lost myself in their details for hours! =)

  • Comment by Gilly

    Oh what a lovely thing a beautifully styled wedding is! Great stationary and nice tight color pallette, beautiful dress, great location, I could go on and on and on, it makes me wish I worked styling weddings. Looking at wedding pics really brings back the best day ever for anyone lucky enough to have experienced it, I’m pretty addicted to wedding blogs since arranging my own, so much fun!
    The devils in the detail and this one seems to have an abundance of that, beautiful, of course the sun shone how could it not have :)

  • Comment by Mayani

    Beautiful – lots of ideas to steal!

  • Congratulations Danielle and Mark! ❤ The day looks absolutely wonderful, thank you so much for sharing it with us. I love your style and am delighted that we got a little mention! xx

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