I am a total rose gold addict, hence when I saw the styling details on this wedding, I not only fell in love, but was totally inspired by the creativity it had! Amy wore ‘Willow’ by Claire Pettibone at Woodlands Hotel in the summer of 2015. Here is her White Room experience and her wedding day for you all to be as equally inspired as I was… All images by Toast Of Leeds .
“Ash had been hinting at us getting engaged for a little while, but had always dismissed the idea as not being important – his master plan to throw me off the scent! To be fair, we hadn’t long moved in together, so I really didn’t think a proposal was on the cards for quite some time. All of a sudden one Saturday, he told me we were going out for some food and that I had to wear something nice (compared to every other day where I walk around in a sack). I won’t lie, I was suspicious. He took me to a restaurant we had never been to before, it was stunning decked out in fairy lights with a very intimate feel. We had the most incredible food, everything was so lovely, but I could sense something wasn’t quite right with him, he seemed tense. As soon as our plates were cleared Ash was sliding a little box across the table, and saying the most wonderful things about how he wants nothing more than to spend the rest of his life with me. As I opened the box I just couldn’t stop smiling, I must have been beaming from ear to ear! Ashley still maintains I never said yes, the ring on my finger isn’t all the answer you need?! He didn’t get down on one knee, it wasn’t grand, but it was perfect for us. We spent the rest of the night telling all our loved ones the fantastic news and enjoying some fizz.
“We knew straight away we wanted a summer wedding, we wanted the best chance we could possibly have of the weather being lovely enough to go outside. We very briefly discussed having a destination wedding in Croatia (our most favourite place ever), but quickly ruled it out as we knew there would be quite a few people that wouldn’t be able to make it, who we’d really want there. Home soil it was. We also decided very early on that we didn’t want a church wedding, neither of us are religious so didn’t feel right about it. Ash said he wanted everything to take place in one venue, so we started hunting for the perfect hotel/country home.
Woodlands Hotel was the first venue we visited, we knew even before we walked inside that it was the place to hold our special day. We booked the wedding 2 years in advance, giving us PLENTY of time to organise everything. The first few months was mainly one big Pinterest binge, but we made sure we sourced an amazing photographer before it was too late.
We were pretty laid back when it came to arranging everything else, just doing little and often. This made for very stress free planning!
“I don’t think I realised how much I cared about finding the “perfect” wedding dress until it came to looking around. I knew I wanted something no one will have seen before, and The White Room had just the dress. I wore Willow by Claire Pettibone, with the Odette headpiece and earrings by Debbie Carlisle. I don’t wear a great deal of jewellery these days, just my rings and a bracelet that my wonderful mum gave to me before she passed, but I thought if you can’t wear a bit of sparkle on your wedding day when can you?!
It was really important to me that I wore a dress I knew no one will have seen before. My dad offered to pay for it not giving me a set budget to stick to (such a hero), which made my search somewhat easier!
After dismissing boutique after boutique thinking ‘meh, not for me’, a friend told me about the shop she got her dress from, so I did a quick Google and wowzers! The White Room in Sheffield have an INSANE selection of gorgeous dresses, catering for pretty much every style. Chloe and her team know exactly how to give a bride the best shopping experience, they are so attentive and not at all pushy, everything is centred around what is best for you.
I walked into The White Room pretty sure I knew what I was going to choose, but at the same time figured I wouldn’t rule anything out. I’d seen the Claire Pettibone dresses on their website, and although I absolutely adored them I thought there was no way I could wear them – the majority of Claire’s dresses have illusion backs, meaning going braless is a must, for a lady who has been blessed/cursed (for me personally it’s definitely cursed) with rather a lot in the chest department, that can be a pretty daunting prospect! So that was that. The lovely ladies at White Room had other ideas though, after briefly talking over our plans for the wedding they pulled out some dresses for me to try on, all very different. Willow was among them as a ‘let’s just try it and see’ saving it until last…. The minxes they knew exactly what they were doing! I hadn’t even gotten the dress fully on before I was screaming ‘THIS IS THE ONE THIS IS THE ONE!!’
I just loved everything about it, the stunning illusion back with the sweet tulle flower that sat just above my bum, the satin skirt, the tulle draping around my hips, and the ribbons we can’t forget the ribbons! When I was told all they would do is sew cups into the dress, which would give me all the support I’d need, I was sold”
The White Room are HUGE fans of Campbell’s flowers – they regularly do our window displays and general amazing ability to create floral masterpieces never cease to amaze us. Amy agrees!
“If you take anything from my wedding take the utterly amazing Campbell’s Flowers! I honestly don’t know where to begin…. Thank god for Tracey and Mel! They were an absolute dream to work with. From the very sketchy brief I gave them of ‘pink and cream flowers for me with lots of green, and super wild, and for the bridesmaids, a bouquet of… it looks like lavender but it’s not lavender it’s pink’ haha I have no idea how they managed to decipher that, but they really delivered! Btw, the Lavender that isn’t Lavender because it’s pink, is actually Pink Astilbe” Who knew 😉
Much the same as with my dress, we knew straight away we wanted our photographer to be a little more special than the norm. After searching for what felt like an eternity for photographers in Leeds, we finally found Toast of Leeds. We fell in love with Shelly immediately, she has such an infectious personality that really puts you at ease. Not to mention her photos are BEAUTIFUL, we love how they all tell a story and capture the emotions of the day. When Shelly sent through all of our photos, and we were transported back to our wonderful day, I got so emotional (cue Whitney Houston – I defy anyone that doesn’t have that song in their head now!). It’s those moments that you didn’t even realise she was around, that make you go ‘wow’