Images from Lysette and Pawel’s 2013 Carriage Hall winter wedding along with their own write-up of their day!
“Our wedding took place at St Mary’s Catholic Church in Loughborough. Pav’s parents and grandparents got married there, and he was also christened in the church. It meant a lot to us to have our ceremony somewhere with a lot of family history; it also helped that his parents live around the corner so there was no excuse for him to be late on the day of the wedding!
The reception was at The Carriage Hall in Plumtree, Nottingham. We chose this venue because the surroundings were beautiful and the building itself was exactly what we were looking for; one big room with a relaxed atmosphere where our guests could feel comfortable, whatever the winter’s weather was doing outside.
We found the Carriage Hall by doing an online search of wedding venues near the church and as soon as we visited we knew it was the one for us. They were really flexible and accommodating, helping us to make the day our own.”
“We decided to get married in December as we have always loved the warmth and festivities of Christmas and wanted to incorporate this into our wedding. We wanted it to be relaxed and informal, and included our guests wherever we could as it was important to us for them to be involved with the day; from readings during the ceremony, to our guests helping to colour in a personalised picture for us to keep and remind us of our special day.
Getting married in December made decorating very easy; we used holly wreaths on the end of the church pews, and Christmas trees in the reception venue, with lots of fairy lights throughout. Our wedding favours were handmade Christmas tree decorations wrapped up as presents. The Christmas theme also made picking hymns quite simple as we went for popular carols which all of our guests knew and joined in with.”
“The first thing we agreed upon when planning our wedding was hiring Ian as our photographer. Our friends had used Ian for their own wedding, and having seen their photos we had no doubt that we wanted Ian to photograph our special day.
It was great to meet with Ian beforehand and talk through timings and key features of the day. From this initial meeting we were confident that Ian knew what he was doing, and on the day we were able to let him get on with what he does best.
Our reaction when we first saw our images was ‘WOW’. We couldn’t believe what Ian had been able to capture; the day was perfectly recreated through his images. Every emotion felt on the day seemed to be portrayed within our photos; nerves, excitement, happiness and love, and each time we look at our album all of these emotions come flooding back to us.
We would definitely recommend Ian to others; your photographs are your reminder of how special your wedding day is, and Ian manages to capture all of your amazing moments beautifully.”
“We are extremely fortunate to have some very talented friends and family who helped us with different aspects of the day.
Our mums were brilliant; they made all of our wedding favours, star-shaped bunting, Christmas tree skirt, baked 100 ginger bread men two days before the wedding, and even made each groomsman a teal handkerchief to match the colour of the bridesmaid dresses.
Bailiffs Mead Nursery in Castle Donington did all of our flowers, centre pieces and the wreaths for the pew-ends. The nursery is owned by the Father of the Bride so it meant we could have exactly what we wanted and even got involved making the centre pieces (though we weren’t particularly talented in this area)!”
“Our friend Made By Aiza created all of our stationary, from the invitations to our table plan. The wedding cake, also made by a friend, consisted of a traditional fruit cake and loads of cupcakes ranging in flavours, including carrot cake and red velvet, with Lego men style cake toppers dressed as bride and groom. The bride’s sister lent us her red mini to use as our wedding car, and Harris of Leicester supplied us with a double-decker bus to take our guests safely from the church to the reception.
Music was very important to us, and so we asked a friend to sing while we signed the register in church, and then hired The Night Shift to play our first dance and entertain guests in the evening.
Fancy Features created a giant personalised piece of art highlighting special moments from our relationship, which our friends and family had fun colouring in during the reception.
Using friends and family to help create your perfect day is not just a great way of saving money but also helps people to feel involved and provides a good opportunity to get together before the wedding – we had both mothers, bridesmaids and friends join us for a craft day to wrap all of the wedding favours!”
“Our tip for couples organising their own weddings is to try to prioritise what’s important to you and decide what you really need to make your day special. Keep a track of your budget as it is easy to get carried away when planning your special day as there are so many beautiful things you can include.”