There’s one thing so particular about winter weddings; I like how brides create a comfy, festive vibe in essentially the most refined of how. At this time we’re on the distinctive venue of Dorset Museum and its lovely Victorian interiors for the marriage of Holly and Tom. This was shot by no apart from Love My Gown developer and Large Bouquet photographer Ian Davenport, so it is very near our hearts.

Please meet aadministration supervisor Tom and dance firm normal supervisor Holly, who wed on 27 November 2021. Their venue was Dorset Museum in Dorchester, Dorset, made private with nods to the couple’s shared love of pubs, towards a backdrop of winter greenery and dried flowers.

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the costume

I purchased my Primrose Anna Kara costume from White Leaf Boutique in Brighton. I could not advocate this store extra – Blanka, the proprietor, is beautiful and calm and makes you’re feeling so comfortable. There was no time stress and I attempted on so many clothes.

White Leaf organized for the costume to have sleeves; all of the alterations have been made rapidly and have been flawless. I actually wish to miss going into the store and having chats with Blanka.

I went purchasing pondering that I would not discover a costume as I initially wished one thing fairly easy and plain, with lengthy sleeves. I assumed I used to be going to need to get it made. I attempted on a couple of Anna Kara clothes in White Leaf and utterly modified my thoughts as they have been so detailed, mild and ethereal and made me really feel superb. Your marriage ceremony costume is sort of like a fancy dress and in the long run.

I simply went for it. I selected Anna Kara’s ‘Primrose’ as I cherished the cotton embroidery, the flowers have been so delicate and the entire costume felt like a second pores and skin. The costume additionally had tulle wings that flew off the again of the costume – I did not have a veil as it might’ve hidden this element.

My sandals have been from New Look and I wore a gold and pearl crown, additionally from White Leaf. I wore some very nice, easy pearl drop earrings from Oliver Bonas and Aesop Marrakech fragrance. I like the earthiness of it.

Wonderful Face Bridal Hair + Make-up

My hair was styled by Kate Eliza Hair and my make-up artist was Caroline at Wonderful Face.

The Groom & Bridesmaids

Tom actually wished a textured brown go well with, fairly quaint with wintry and earthy tones. It was fairly robust to search out as we have been searching for it in the summertime, however he was actually happy together with his Moss Bros go well with.

I used to be actually proud of the feel and tone of the bridesmaid clothes from ASOS – a pinky-brown velvet. They wore their very own sneakers and gold hoop earrings.

The flowergirls have been additionally in velvet, from Leila Rae by way of Etsy.

The Ceremony

We have been attributable to have our marriage ceremony ceremony on the museum and our reception at an area village corridor, however the roof of the corridor collapsed round three months earlier than our marriage ceremony day so we moved all of it to the museum. It actually labored out for the very best; having the entire day at one location in the course of Dorchester city heart made it simpler for our company and the museum venue was completely superb.

The Victorian Corridor on the museum is an unbelievable venue. It felt like a church with out being a spiritual area, with an enormous stained glass window at one finish and a tremendous mosaic flooring. We actually did not want to brighten it because it speaks for itself. It was massive sufficient for eighty company within the day and over 100 within the night, with an incredible lengthy corridor to bounce up and down. We actually could not advocate it sufficient.

I selected ‘The Countess Cathleen’ by Paul Anderson as my arrival observe, as I used to bounce to it after I was youthful (in my Irish Dancing days).

Our ceremony was led by Richard from Dorset Registrar Workplace. It included two readings and a conventional Irish blessing. We had ‘After the Lunch’ by Wendy Cope. We selected this as a nod to our time in London. We might typically meet after work at Somerset Home, crossing Waterloo Bridge collectively. We selected ‘What Goes With What’ by Nigel Slater as we love meals and cherished the analogy. My mum wished to learn an Irish blessing because it means lots to the household. It has a beautiful message.

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My marriage ceremony band was additionally my engagement ring. Tom obtained it from a household buddy, Sian Evans Jewelry, who made the band from my granny’s ring and Tom’s grandma’s ring melted down collectively. I find it irresistible – it is quite simple however one in all a form.”

Tom’s ring was from Becky’s Boutique on Etsy. Tom wished one thing that was just like Holly’s ring. He was on the lookout for a textured, non-shiny ring, which was actually onerous to search out.

After being declared husband and spouse, we walked again down the aisle collectively to ‘Reward You’ by Fatboy Slim – a nod to our Brighton residence and at all times one to get everybody dancing.

My favourite a part of the day was hands-down the ceremony, seeing everybody there that we cherished and Tom on the entrance. I could not cease smiling – I cherished each second.


Large Bouquet have been completely sensible and we could not advocate them sufficient. The pre-wedding shoot was nice and it made us really feel rather more snug in entrance of the digital camera. We have had so many individuals touch upon our images – they actually captured the day.

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The nice and cozy tone of the images actually fits the wintry really feel and they’re one thing we’ll treasure endlessly.


Jessie at West Dorset Wedding ceremony Flowers was superb. Tom and I put collectively a Pinterest board of flowers we appreciated – primarily plenty of greenery with heather and different heat pinks and purples. Jessie put collectively essentially the most beautiful bouquets for me and my bridesmaids. She additionally made buttonholes for the lads; they featured a thistle and a partridge feather (as Tom’s second title is Partridge).

They regarded lovely towards the brown fits. The flowers have been so lovely and we now have dried the bouquets so we will preserve them. We additionally had an unbelievable centerpiece and flowers for the aisle chairs – they have been all fab. I 100% advocate Jessie to anybody getting married.

The Reception

Our inspiration was the pub! We each love going to outdated pubs, in order that was a little bit of a theme for us. We had scampi fries, bacon fries and pork scratchings for snacks and whiskey barrels for company to face round. Our desk names have been our 9 favourite pubs, sketched by my dad (he is a tremendous artist). We had prints of them on our tables.

Getting married in winter, we additionally wished some winter greenery within the area so a gardener buddy collected plenty of holly, ivy and different evergreens that we wove across the corridor balcony. We additionally made some easy hoops (winding ivy and holly on florist hoops) to hold across the room, which actually labored. For the middle items, we used dried flowers from mates’ gardens that we dried ourselves.

The corridor was such a stupendous area that it did not actually require a lot ornament. We added contemporary greenery (holly and ivy) across the balconies and on the again wall, together with home-made hoops of greenery. We additionally had festoon lights and uplighters so as to add to the environment. We borrowed some wood crates from a buddy who had lately obtained married and put images of us in them and different props, similar to Tom’s Manchester United equipment from when he was younger and my outdated Irish dancing sneakers.

I designed our invites, seating plan and order of the day on Canva. My dad made a lino print of a partridge perched on a holly leaf (as Partridge is Tom’s second title and I used to be born at Christmas), scanned it and that was our ‘brand’ for all of the print supplies.

My aunty is a bee keeper, so everybody made a mini pot of honey. We additionally gave all our company a wood Christmas ornament which had our ‘brand’ on.

Phrases of Wedded Knowledge

Don’t fret about traditions! We did not have a cake, for instance. We at all times felt the slicing of the cake second fell a bit flat at different weddings, it is only one other thing to fret about and I am unable to say it was missed in any respect. We did have a guestbook and Polaroid digital camera set out however we didn ‘t get many individuals to signal it and the polaroids have been an additional expense once we had nice photographers already. Folks will put a private, thought-out message in a card to you, somewhat than on the spot in a guestbook.

Taking trip through the day to examine in with one another and watch everybody having enjoyable is admittedly vital because the day goes by so quick and also you wish to take all of it in.

When it will get to the day, try to let issues go, even when it isn’t 100% as you had deliberate (no-one notices if the middle items aren’t precisely within the place you deliberate). Everyone seems to be there to have enjoyable and be there for you so get pleasure from it.

So, tempo out the planning. We did it in little chunks and actually loved doing it collectively. We did lots ourselves and used the abilities of others to assist out.

Eleanor Crossland

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Ele lives within the Lincolnshire countryside, near the gorgeous coast. A professional Pilates instructor, she loves health, yoga, Pilates and has a wholesome habit to baking, writing and journey.

Holly in Anna Kara for her Winter Wedding at Dorset Museum | Love My Dress®


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