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Amy & Jamie’s Calke Abbey Wedding | UK Wedding Blog

February 4th, 2020|

Amy & Jamie – Calke Abbey – HBA Photography As soon as we saw these stunning photos from Amy & Jamie’s wedding, we just couldn’t wait to share them! The bride and groom were an absolute delight from start to finish, and so were their friends and family – you can really see this in their stunning photos, which were captured by the super talented Hannah & Ben from HBA Photography. […]

5 Ways to Include Your Guests on your Wedding Day

January 29th, 2020|

(Image by Matt Horan Photography) Your wedding day is the perfect union of two souls; a day that is for you and your partner entirely. However, your wedding guests are such a huge part of your day too, and having your loved ones there – whether it’s a small, intimate celebration, or a gathering of everyone you know – will be what makes the occasion even more special. So how can you incorporate those guests into the day to help make some incredible memories? We’ve listed five ways that you can include your guests in your wedding day. […]

Katherine & John’s Calke Abbey Wedding | UK Wedding Blog

January 28th, 2020|

There's nothing quite like browsing through some stunning wedding photos to cheer up a drizzly January day! Danny Jack Photography recently sent over these stunning images from Katherine & John's Calke Abbey wedding, and the deliciously warm Autumn colours are making us feel all snug and cosy. From the beautiful warm orange tones in the bouquet to Kathryn's stunning dress, we're sure you'll love this one. Settle down with a cuppa and enjoy browsing through this beautiful album of photos...SUPPLIERS:Venue - The Riding School, Calke AbbeyPhotography - Danny Jack PhotographyCatering - Black Peppermint Food CompanyCeiling Decor - Distinct EventsChair Hire & Additional Decor - Two HummingbirdsFlowers - Bramble & TwineCake - BAKE AshbourneDJ - Amp & Deck's

Our Top 5 Wedding Trends for 2020 | UK Wedding Blog

January 3rd, 2020|

And just like that, it’s January all over again! Hands up if you’re getting married this year and still have so much wedding planning to do? Fear not, we’ve compiled a list of some of our top wedding decor trends for 2020 to help give you some inspiration - whether you want to know the latest colour trend, or you’re looking to really add a modern twist to your day… Sustainability ‘Sustainability’ was such a buzzword for 2019, and it’s going to be even bigger this year. We’ll see more couples ridding their wedding of single-use plastics and synthetic confetti, and getting creative with less wasteful options. Thankfully, there are so many ways you can make your wedding eco-friendly; try using real petal confetti that’s biodegradable - these make for some amazing photographs too with the beautiful colours of real blooms, just like the photo above from Anna & Bas' wedding day, by Greg Milner Photography. Why not also try offering plants or seeds as wedding favours? Your guests can grow a sunflower, for example, and it’ll always remind them of your special day. Finally, have a chat with your florist and ask where they’re sourcing their flowers - [...]

REAL WEDDING: Gemma & Miles at Calke Abbey | UK Wedding Blog

November 11th, 2019|

Gemma & Miles – Ellie Grace Photography Feeling the Monday blues? Fear not… today we’re sharing a wedding that features an emotional groom, a hilarious ‘best men’ speech, and one of the busiest dancefloors we’ve ever seen! Grab yourself a cup of tea and settle down to have a nosey at Gemma & Miles’ wedding photos. This incredible couple got married at Calke Abbey’s Riding School with us in July, and were an absolute delight to spend the day with. The pictures from the day, taken by Ellie Grace Photography, really showcase how much fun everyone had – plus, Miles was totally overwhelmed with emotion upon first setting eyes on Gemma at the end of the aisle, which makes for some absolutely beautiful photos. […]

REAL WEDDING: Kelly & Iain at Calke Abbey | UK Wedding Blog

October 30th, 2019|

Kelly & Iain | Charlie & Em Photography If you’re needing a mid-week pick-me-up, then what’s a better cure than a wedding with a dog?! Kelly & Iain’s Calke Abbey wedding consisted of stunning flowers, lashings of burgundy and a wooden hexagon ceremony backdrop, adding rustic charm to The Riding School. Combined with the gin wedding favours and classic strawberry Victoria Sponge wedding cake – it’s the perfect quintessentially English wedding, captured beautifully by Charlie & Em Photography […]

How to Turn Your Wedding into a Funfair with Eddy Leisure | UK Wedding Blog

October 24th, 2019|

*All images by Thomas Thomas Photography* When it comes to wedding entertainment, we’ve seen a lot. During our ten years in the industry, Honeysuckle & Castle have welcomed show-stopping magicians, singing waiters, glitter beards, and we’ve even had the odd unicorn turning up to the celebrations… There are certainly lots of weird and wonderful ways to ‘wow’ your guests, so when we were introduced Eddy Leisure – experts in fairground ride hire – it really got us thinking about how amazing it would be to turn your wedding day into your very own funfair… […]

Prenuptial Agreements: Mythbusting and Preconceptions | UK Wedding Blog

August 27th, 2019|

Nuptial agreements are an aspect of marriage that are often misunderstood or unfairly maligned. Often thought to be the exclusive concern of celebrities and millionaires – or at least the unromantically selfish – these agreements are frequently considered to be unsuitable for the needs of the general public. […]

REAL WEDDING: Lauren & Danny at Calke Abbey | UK Wedding Blog

August 22nd, 2019|

Lauren & Danny – HBA Photography We’re so delighted to be sharing these gorgeous images from Lauren & Danny’s Calke Abbey wedding. HBA Photography certainly know how to get that ‘show-stopping’ image, and there are so many photos from Lauren & Danny’s wedding that look like they’re fresh out of the pages of a glossy magazine – particularly those captured out on the meadow in the ‘Golden Hour’ sunlight. The couple got married in St. Giles Church on-site at Calke Abbey, before celebrating with their wedding breakfast and evening reception in the Riding School. Take a look at their stunning wedding day… […]

REAL WEDDING: Harry & Mira at Calke Abbey | UK Wedding Blog

August 21st, 2019|

Harry & Mira – Humpston & Bull Photography If you’re looking to take some inspiration from a wedding that was classy, elegant and oh-so-chic then Harry & Mira’s wedding is the one for you. The couple said their vows in St Wystan’s Church in Repton, before driving an Austin Healey through the picturesque Derbyshire country lanes to The Riding School at Calke Abbey. They had the most beautiful set-up for their big day: epic ivory flowers, lots of greenery and soft, romantic tones to their decor – all photographed by the very talented Humpston & Bull Photography, who really captured those special moments throughout the day. Oh, and Mira’s dress was an absolute dream… […]

REAL WEDDING: Dani & Matt at The Kedleston Country House | UK Wedding Blog

August 7th, 2019|

Dani & Matt | Pear & Bear Photography Honeysuckle & Castle had only recently taken over the weddings at The Kedleston Country House when Dani & Matt got married, but they handled everything like absolute pro’s – a pure joy to work with and help make their special day as beautiful as it was. They had a fabulous team of wedding suppliers working on making the venue look like a dream, and of course, the happy couple looked stunning too! […]

REAL WEDDING: Rachel & Joshua at Clumber Park | UK Wedding Blog

August 7th, 2019|

Rachel & Joshua | Jordan Wade Photography We love receiving photos from Clumber Park weddings, so when photographer Jordan Wade sent over these images from Rachel & Joshua’s wedding, we couldn’t wait to share them with you. In true ‘British Summertime’ style, the rain didn’t hold back, but that certainly didn’t put a stop to these celebrations – and what a way to celebrate… […]

Involving Children in your Bridal Party | UK Wedding Blog

July 9th, 2019|

{Photo by EKR Pictures}On your wedding day, you will be surrounded by your nearest and dearest; whether it’s your bridesmaids making sure the day runs smoothly, the Best Man entertaining with his speech, or your Maid of Honour holding your dress! But when it comes to other roles that involve children at your wedding – page boys and flower girls – their responsibilities can be a little unclear… […]

Whimsical Bohemian Inspiration Shoot at The Kedleston Country House

July 8th, 2019|

If you’re searching for some wedding styling inspiration today, then look no further than this gorgeous bohemian luxe affair from a recent styled shoot at The Kedleston Country House. Curated by Perfect Day Chairs, you’ll find romantic copper and blush colours, a hexagon moon gate flower arch, delicious dessert table, incredible bridal style and much much more. All photographed beautifully by Ellie of EKR Pictures. […]

Tuscan-Inspired Wedding Decor at The Riding School, Calke Abbey | UK Wedding Blog

June 11th, 2019|

If you’ve ever dreamed of marrying in the stunning Tuscan countryside, surrounded by the exposed brick walls of old Italian buildings and twinkling fairy lights, but travelling abroad for your nuptials just isn’t an option, then this is the blog post for you! At our most recent Open Day at The Riding School, Calke Abbey, we were lucky enough to have a super talented team of suppliers completely transform the venue into an Italian countryside dream. […]

Making the Most of the Outdoors for Your Wedding

June 3rd, 2019|

{Image by JS Coates Photography} Making the Most of the Outdoors for your Wedding British Summertime is well and truly on its way, and along with these warmer months comes those typical British traditions: barbecues at the first sign of anything over 10 degrees, finding the closest beer garden and claiming it as your home for the day, and exposing yourself to every second of sunshine possible. Of course for us working in the wedding industry, Summer is peak wedding season, and there are many reasons why people opt for their wedding at this time of year; not only the gorgeous weather, but having the opportunity to be outside and make the most of your surroundings. […]

Bryan & Kirstie | Clumber Park Wedding | UK Wedding Blog

May 21st, 2019|

Bryan & Kirstie – Clumber Park Wedding – Joshua Thursby Photography We’re so delighted to be sharing Bryan & Kirstie’s gorgeous wedding at The Glasshouse, Clumber Park on the blog today. Nestled in the heart of Sherwood Forest, we always love the natural beauty of this National Trust site. The Glasshouse itself offers panoramic views over the walled gardens, featuring lots of incredible greenery and exotic plants lovingly cared for by the National Trust gardening team. It’s an idyllic location for your nuptials, even if we do say so ourselves! […]

Natalie & Adam | Calke Abbey Wedding | UK Wedding Blog

April 11th, 2019|

Natalie & Adam | Camera Hannah Photography We can vividly remember the moment we were tagged in this gorgeous photo (above) of Natalie & Adam on their wedding day. Gasps all around the office, and the need to see more from this wonderful day. Photographer Camera Hannah really captured all of the little quirks around the Calke Abbey estate, and especially  their gorgeous bulldog, who made an appearance in the photographs – we always love a dog as a special guest! Scroll to see more from this beautiful wedding… […]

The Ultimate Guide for Choosing Your Bridal Shoes

April 3rd, 2019|

If you’re a self-confessed shoe addict, then chances are, you already know exactly what you want from your wedding shoes. But there is a lot of choice out there, and whether you’re opting for ‘something blue’ like Carrie Bradshaw’s infamous Manolo Blahnik’s, or you’re trying to find a beautiful style on a budget, then you might need a little bit of help in trying to decide what works best for you. Here are some of our favourite tips to consider when choosing your bridal shoes… […]

5 Ideas for Choosing Your Wedding Favours

April 1st, 2019|

Wedding favours are a great way to say ‘thank you’ to your guests for being part of your special day, and there are so many options on what to give, whether it’s a personalised keepsake, or an edible treat. Whatever you decide as your wedding favours, you’ll want your guests to appreciate your efforts, and it can be hard to find a gift that won’t get left behind at the end of the night, but also that doesn’t break the bank. So we’ve compiled a list of some of our absolute favourite wedding favour ideas… […]

Caroline & James | Calke Abbey Wedding | UK Wedding Blog

March 14th, 2019|

Caroline & James | Lee Garland Photography Today we’re delighted to be sharing the wedding of Caroline & James. This bohemian affair brought it lots of gorgeous aspects of nature into the Riding School, from whimsical, ethereal tones to lashings of greenery and the most beautiful blooms. Thanks to photographer Lee Garland, there were just so many wonderful images to choose from for this blog post, so you might want to grab a cup of tea because this is going to be a long one… […]

Decisions We Have Made | Blogging Bride Amanda

March 5th, 2019|

From thinking about all of the wedding fayre information, advice and ideas, we put it all together in my Wedding Planner book that my Maid of Honour bought me, and we drank a bottle of Champagne one night. I think we must have chatted for about 5 hours solid about all things Amanda-&-Tom-get-hitched. […]

Dean & Annie | Calke Abbey Wedding | UK Wedding Blog

February 28th, 2019|

Dean & Annie | Hanson Leatherby Photography We are so delighted to finally be sharing the gorgeous wedding of Dean & Annie. If you followed last years’ Blogging Bride posts, you’ll recognise this lovely couple. Annie blogged her wedding planning journey for us throughout 2018, so it was amazing to see all of those plans come together for their big day. […]

Choosing Your First Dance Song | UK Wedding Blog

February 26th, 2019|

Humpston & Bull Photography The concept of a ‘First Dance’ has been a tradition in European and American weddings for quite some time. For some, it’s an easy choice: if you’re a couple that have ‘a song’ then your decision will have been made almost instantly. But for others, it’s not that easy. Perhaps you don’t have the same taste in music, or you had your first smooch to a novelty song that just isn’t quite ‘first dance’ material… Here are some top tips to help you narrow down the search. […]