MEL + TOM

DECEMBER 2018
WOLLATON HALL, NOTTINGHAM
PHOTOGRAPHED BY PEAR + BEAR

A Dreamy December Wedding at Wollaton Hall

How do you picture a December wedding? Let me take you on a crisp, cold candlelit journey.

Imagine snowy white flowers wending their way up huge glass windows, white on white, infused with deep green foliage, simple white votive candles flickering from their spots among the stonework and the flowers. It’s understated elegance. It’s Narnia with an extra shot of sophistication. It’s everything you’d want from a December scene.

Finding What’s Right

Mel and Tom’s wanted an intimate legal ceremony and to say their vows in front of their immediate families; before a lavish wedding in France the following summer.

Hats off to them, I say. Mel and Tom chose to tie the knot in one of the UK’s most historical and visually stunning places in the country – Wollaton Hall in Nottinghamshire. It’s a space where you really feel connected to the landscape and the countryside, with tree lined avenues, rolling grassland and more than 500-acres of landscaped deer park – all visible from the glass Camellia House. As one of the oldest glass houses in the country, it’s a mesmerising structure with white cast iron framing.

The couple had the civil ceremony take place in Camellia House. They walked down the aisle together, through the wintery meadow of flowers and candles to a gloriously wild a-symmetric floral arch created by Floraldeco, under which they made their vows.

Little Details… Big Impact

This wedding featured a host of gorgeous tiny details. Every guest’s chair, for example, had on it a snug, soft blanket topped with a little linen bag of confetti and was sprayed with a spritz of Jo Malone. Using scent is such a powerful way to build atmosphere in a celebration space, and the combination of flowers, perfume and warm appley hot toddies that the guests sipped during the ceremony here was nothing short of magical.

The wedding party was small and intimate, having made the decision to only have immediate family present. So, the 17 guests relaxed in decadent comfort with drinks and canapés in a snug area of the building and enjoyed the stunning wintry landscapes. The fallow deer that roam the grounds of Wollaton Hall (as they have since the 14th century) weren’t the only animals to be found on this wedding day. Mel and Tom’s dog is a big part of their family and so was a big part of the wedding!

Sometimes it pays to keep it simple. Here, the vibe was all about soft, warm textiles, flickering candles and meaningful moments.

Mel and Tom are a gorgeously elegant example of how a stripped down wedding can be stunning. They made a decision to downsize their wedding and the result was not only incredibly personal but incredibly beautiful – and all planned within three months. Thanks, Mel and Tom, for letting me play a part in your dreamy December wedding, it was a joy.

“Natalie was an absolute lifesaver! Not being from the area I had absolutely no idea where to start. The moment I met Natalie I knew she was the perfect planner for us. From the moment we gave her the go ahead she took all the stress out of planning and delivered a picture perfect wedding! We couldn’t have asked for anything more.”