A smashing good time – Real Wedding: Lyn and Petra

This real wedding is submitted by our guest blogger – Laura Pearman, Pearman Photography

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It was a day filled with laughs and beauty.  Lynn & Petra not only became Northumberland’s First Gay Marriage Title Holders, but they also fused together both of their backgrounds and cultures in their wedding.  Lyn is a Teacher, and left the UK for the Czech Republic for her career.  This is where she met and fell in love with Petra, a hairdresser.  Lyn told me that her pupils noticed and commented on her hair being more regularly cut, as she had told them she would only ever come back home to get her hair done.  In fact she had just met Petra!

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I first met the couple last year when they were home to finalise some of their preparations, opting for an easily remembered date – 04.04.14 we then stayed in touch via email as plans came together and through Lyn’s Mam Linda, who helped them enormously in pulling the day together.

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I found out there would be some interesting customs in the wedding, on the morning of the big day itself.  A plate would be smashed just after the ceremony and the couple would have to clean up all of the pieces together.  In the Czech Republic this tradition signifies working together, and helping each other out.  I thought it was a very wise metaphor, being able to ‘pick up the piece’ together when things are not perfect is of course such an important part of any successful marriage.

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I spent the morning filled with bridal prep energy.  Thankfully the brides’ rooms were fairly near to each other so I (with Linda) switched between each room as each party got ready.  Both filled with a lot of fun along the way.  Once both brides were ready the couple had agreed that Lyn would ‘call on’ Petra on the way down to Matfen’s Great Hall.  Then they’d walk the grand aisle (and staircase) meeting Lyn’s Dad for the final procession together.

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The ceremony was filled with giggling between the brides, and tears of joy from the mothers and family.  Then celebrations commenced.

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During our meal each table was given a plain iced cake to decorate together.  The married couple would then judge who won the contest and buy the winning table a round of drinks.  This was such an original and creative idea.  A great way for people who did not know each other, to break the ice.  Here is a set of the final results; you will see many tables went all out on arranging theirs, even using cutlery and dinnerware!  I was told Dylan (Lyn –and now Petra’s- Nephew won the grand title) and then second place was awarded to my table!  I was lucky enough to be sat with Petra’s friends who being Czech, have cake decorating in their blood.

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I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate Lyn & Petra on their Marriage, and wish them both all the luck in the world for their future together.  Thanks also to the entire wedding party for making me feel so welcome.

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Country Romance at Shorflatt Tower

Our featured blogger Emma from Boutique floral gives us an insight into a recent wedding – some gorgeous images – so check out who is involved below!

All too often I have brides come to me panicked because they have discussed ideas with other florists who just don’t seem to get them or the feel of their wedding day. Gemma was one of these brides!

After a quick 10 minute chat I arranged to go and visit Gemma at her house and I decided to take along a jam jar full of country flowers in the colours she had mentioned to give her a visual so as not to make the same mistake.

As soon as I walked in the door Gemma said that was exactly what she wanted! Thankfully I had managed to hit the nail on the head from our phone call and we spent the rest of our consult discussing everything she wanted and she told me about everything to do with her big day so I would have a better understanding of not just her wedding but also of her and her tastes.

 Bouquet by Boutique Floral image by Phil Smith Photography

Flowers in preparation by Boutique Floral image by Phil Smith Photography

Gemma and Paul got married at Shortflatt Tower – a magnificent country venue with stunning gardens suitable for marquee parties. We decided that Jam jars were the way to go and Gemma had groups of 5 jam jars filled with beautiful flowing country flowers in peaches and lilacs on each table.

 Table flowers by Boutique Floral image by Phil Smith Photography

Her bridal bouquet was a beautiful loose large hand tied of peach Avalanche, Avalanche and peach spray roses with lilac Stocks and Thistle to name but a few. Gemma had a whopping 7 bridesmaids, each with a smaller version of her bouquet.

Bouquet only by Boutique Floral image by Phil Smith Photography

In order to get everything done I went up to the venue the day before with all of my materials and started prepping the jam jars and candles. It was a florists dream working in such a beautiful environment with even a special little room for me to work in with a water supply close by. The staff were extremely welcoming and couldn’t do enough to accommodate me and all of my hefty kit!

 Bridal party with flowers by Boutique Floral image by Phil Smith Photography

The day of the wedding I arrived with a helper to set up all of the tables with their jam jars and tealights before going up to the bridal suite to see the gorgeous bride and deliver her flowers. I even had a special floral wand for her flower girl too.

 Flower girl image with flower wand by Boutique Floral image by Phil Smith Photography

After that it was a mad dash to the groom to deliver all of the 15 buttonholes and the corsage for his mum! Then off home for a well deserved rest and of course a cuppa!

Small arrangements by Boutique Floral image by Phil Smith Photography

This look of loose country shabby chic has been very popular this year and it’s easy to see why – the flowers fit right in with Gemmas venue and looked perfect against the flowing bridesmaid dresses. Yet again an absolute pleasure to be given this opportunity of adding the finishing touches to a lovely couples’ big day!

Suppliers

Photography: Phil Smith Photography, www.philsmithphotography.co.uk
Venue: Shortflatt Tower, Belsay, Northumberland www.shortflatttower.co.uk
Bride’s Dress: San Patrick from Wendy Coles Bridal, Monkseatonwww.wendycolesbridal.com
Bride’s Shoes: Rachel Simpson from Darcy Weddings, Morpethwww.darcyweddings.co.uk
Mens Suits: Sebastian Snow www.sebastiansnow.co.uk
Flowers: Boutique Floral, Northumberland www.boutiquefloral.co.uk
Marquee: Olympus Marquees Ltd www.olympusmarquees.co.uk
Catering: Love Food www.lovefoodltd.co.uk
Evening Photography Studio: Pop Up Studios www.popupstudios.co.uk

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