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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. However, prenuptial arrangements can be a sensible idea for many people in a wide variety of situations, and they don’t have to be thought of as a bucket of ice water poured over the emotions of marriage. If you’re considering a pragmatic, fair and transparent agreement in the unfortunate event that a marriage breaks down, it’s important to understand why they’re useful and why they don’t need to carry a stigma of hard-hearted cynicism. What is a prenuptial agreement? A nuptial agreement is a document created by a couple either prior to the event of their marriage (prenuptial) or afterwards (postnuptial). At present, nuptial agreements are not officially recognised as legal documents in the UK - but can be upheld in court if they are well written and wouldn’t place one partner in an unfair predicament. In a prenuptial agreement, the couple sets out ahead of time what will happen to [...]

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. […]

Visiting Wedding Fayre’s | Blogging Bride Amanda

February 19th, 2019|

Read our Blogging Bride Amanda’s latest instalment in her wedding planning blogs… I am a huge fan of wedding fayre, shows, events. My fiancé on the other hand, is not. We went to one at Calke Abbey where different suppliers showcase their ideas. This was the first time we had looked inside The Riding School, apart from a lot of stalking on their Instagram. We walked in to the space, saw the high ceiling, spoke to someone from Honeysuckle & Castle and thought THIS IS IT. Booked it. […]

Chloe & Matt | Calke Abbey Wedding | UK Wedding Blog

February 6th, 2019|

Chloe & Matt | Calke Abbey wedding | Humpston & Bull Photography Today we’re delighted to be sharing the wedding of Chloe & Matt, who were married at Calke Abbey’s Riding School in Summer 2018. They had a clear vision from the get go that they wanted to transform the Riding School into a neutral, minimalistic wedding haven. And with the help of stylist Birds in the Attic, they were able to do so! The combination of perspex touches, lashings of greenery, and even sourcing some gorgeous furniture for the lounge area created this relaxed vibe throughout the whole day. […]

5 Tips for Coping With Wedding Planning Stress | UK Wedding Blog

January 31st, 2019|

Planning a wedding is exciting; it’s a happy time for you as a couple, and the start of your next chapter together. But… it can be a little bit stressful too, and it’s easy to feel overwhelmed with colour schemes and decor and seating plans. We’ve had 10 years in the wedding industry now, so today we’re sharing our top 5 tips to overcome the wedding planning stress… […]

Megan & Kurt | Calke Abbey Weddings | UK Wedding Blog

January 21st, 2019|

Megan & Kurt | Matt Horan Photography Megan & Kurt’s Calke Abbey wedding contains three of the most important ingredients for an amazing day: glitter, epic leather jackets and a Golden Retriever. When these photos landed in our inbox just before Christmas, we couldn’t wait to share them with you all. Megan & Kurt’s wedding was full of style, modern romance and… did we mention…GLITTER?! This was a thoroughly fun day from start to finish – you can see this by the looks on the guests faces; it was just a really relaxed celebration of love between two people. […]

Beccy & Neil | Calke Abbey Weddings | UK Wedding Blog

January 10th, 2019|

Beccy & Neil | Angelic Photo We’re so delighted to be sharing the wedding of Beccy & Neil on the blog today. Captured by Angelic Photo, we’re sure you’ll agree that these images really tell the story of their special day. Beccy wore a show-stopping gown – not your stereotypical ivory and lace number – but mauve with a black lace overlay, and gorgeous v-back detail, made by Bridediva. Neil also turned heads with his alternative hair’do and flamboyant tie – they were the perfect, fun-loving couple that really brought something different to The Riding School. […]

Meet our 2019 Blogging Bride, Amanda! | UK Wedding Blog

January 8th, 2019|

If you’ve been following the Honeysuckle & Castle blog for some time now, you’ll know that we have our resident Blogging Brides who share their wedding planning journey in a series of blog posts. 2018’s Blogging Bride Annie has recently tied the knot! And so it was time to find a new lovely face to share her story. Amanda & Tom get married at Calke Abbey this Summer, so here’s Amanda letting you in on the first part of their wedding planning journey… […]

Lee & Adele | Calke Abbey weddings | UK Wedding Blog

January 3rd, 2019|

Lee & Adele – Humpston & Bull Photography Lee & Adele’s wedding is one that was very close to our heart. The groom, Lee, is one half of photography duo Humpston & Bull, and we’ve had the pleasure of working alongside them in lots of weddings and photoshoots, so we couldn’t wait to see what their wedding photos looked like! […]