On the 18th November, the Forget Me Knot team headed to Warwickshire to film the union of the soon-to-be Mr and Mrs Hammersley. Their wedding story begins at the Hilton Hotel in Warwick where the bride and her entourage were getting ready.
Chloe began her day with hair and make-up. Sitting in her bridal dressing gown, smoky eye shadow was applied and her hair put in curlers, ready for the up-do that would be part of her final outfit. Rosy cheeks and rouge lips provided the look with a touch of warmth – the perfect accompaniment for late autumn nuptials! After hair and make up, it was time to travel to the wedding venue for the all important part – putting on the wedding gown!
Elsewhere, at the Swallows Nest Barn in Warwick, groom Ben was visibly nervous. Luckily, he had his groomsmen to take care of him. After having his thistle boutonniere affixed, Ben took some time to go through the photo album given to him by his wife-to-be. The album detailed the dearest moments of their relationship so far.
Guests started to arrive and take their seats. Ben stood at the end of the aisle, waiting tentatively for that big and very special moment. Next followed easily one of the cutest moments we’ve ever witnessed. Their adorable son, Jack, made a unique entrance down the aisle: in a cart! It was decorated to match the rustic feel of the wedding and couldn’t have possibly been more heartwarming.
Every head turned as the bride and her father walked towards the groom. In the sun, every bit of detail in the lace on the dress was visible, and the embellishments that graced the skirt made for a very elegant gown. All aspects of her bridal attire gave Chloe the look of a vintage pin-up model.
Newlyweds Mr and Mrs Hammersley left the ceremony venue under a shower of confetti, both glowing with excitement for what was still to come. In another spectacular wedding entertainment display: we got to witness some incredible falconry! That will certainly give all the wedding attendees great memories for years to come. The activity was an ideal suitor for the ceremony’s rural setting as well, and made the most of the season. After the ceremony, Ben and Chloe enjoyed a quiet moment on a romantic walk before heading back.
Drinks flowed and photos were snapped at the reception. The barn’s decor really completed the wedding’s rustic woodland theme. The room was filled with tables and chairs which were all very quickly filled by the guests taking their seats for the wedding breakfast. Of course, no wedding would be complete without the addition of speeches. Ben and Chloe’s friends and family didn’t let them down!
By now, people had eaten and everyone was looking to party! Now it was time for the first dance. But not before the cake cutting. This had been decorated to show the stages of Ben and Chloe’s love right up to this moment.
And so, to celebrate with a beautiful tradition, Mr & Mrs Hammersley took to the floor for a spin or two. As night drew in, the band started playing and all in attendance took to the dance floor.
A huge thank you goes out to Ben and Chloe (and of course, little Jack) for letting us be part of their big day. We hope you love this as much as we do!
Forget Me Knot
On the morning of September 17th, the Forget Me Knot team were very excited to be filming a wedding, not only that, but a tipi wedding! Our story begins in the morning when the bride and groom were excitedly preparing.
Emma began the day with some hair and makeup pampering and of course wedding gifts! Joining her was mum, grandma and her maid of honour. The morning was quite a high tension start, as any wedding day would be really. Emma’s hair was transformed into a beautiful curly up-do, adorned with little silver white jewel decorations. The mother of the bride also had some very specific hairstyle inspiration in mind – Audrey Hepburn – and she looked lovely!
The dress was a gorgeous A-line bateau gown in ivory. The main bodice had elaborate floral embellishment with that detail falling down into the whole train. The neckline above about the corset was a perfect mix of sheer material, the embellishments and some additional jewelled detailing to really draw attention! The final touches were some lace and pearl heels, a tartan garter and a bouquet of wildflowers – heather and fern and thistles!
We left the bridal party shortly after to head over to the Smeeton Westerby Church to set up for the ceremony. We, and the friends and family, were met by a Scottish chap in full traditional garments playing the bagpipes. Dave, our cool and calm groom, was ready and waiting at the church, greeting guests as they came along to witness the day. The woodland theme was very seasonally fitting and the groom was perfectly co-ordinated with his wife to be. He wore a tweed suit accessorised with a thistle boutonniere. Those buttonholes featured on a few other gents at the wedding too. Including Emma’s father, who was about to walk her down the aisle!
Dave seemed considerably more nervous as the bagpiper entered the church, indicating the arrival of the soon-to-be Mrs Adams! No fainting here though! However, Dave was gobsmacked by Emma’s dress (and perfume!).
After what can only be described as a beautiful and heartwarming ceremony, it was time to head to the reception venue.
We LOVE what Emma and Dave – or should we say The Adams’ – decided on for their wedding reception. It was held at Bridge House Barns, which is just between the River Sence and the Grand Union Canal. This was the perfect location for a tipi, for some outdoor mingling and for some one of a kind romantic newlywed photos! There were also some Scottish canapes on offer as the guests mingled.
The interior decorations of the tipi were incredible! It was honestly like being transported into Tinkerbell’s dream home combined with Narnia… sans snow! Each table was identifiable with a woodland creature table card; pheasant, fox, hare, that sort of thing. The head table had some wonderful tree rings as placemats! Fairy lights, hessian bows and fern flowers covered every possible surface.
There was acoustic entertainment and soon enough it was time for some speeches! We’ve seen a lot of brilliant best man speeches before, but Dave’s best man/brother really made us laugh. The atmosphere was amazing and we really, really loved the cake! This beautiful, 3 tier woodland themed piece would be a serious contender on any popular baking related reality tv show…
After a full wedding season of summery wonderful weddings, it was really nice to experience a theme that was unique and gave the bride and groom a beautiful autumnal setting for their special day. The marshmallow toasting fire pits were a wonderful addition to the atmosphere.
We can’t thank Emma & Dave enough for a beautiful day and for letting us capture the amazing tipi wedding on film. We hope you love this as much as we do!