Hilary and Mike have been together for 12 years.  They had a long engagement as they were perfectly happy as they were, but over champagne and sparklers in their garden on New Year’s Eve 2013, they decided they should set a date, and the planning began.  Hilary first contacted me in January this year to ask if I was free to shoot her wedding to Mike on 26th July.  They had already booked a venue in Nottingham, but after being let down by that venue and having to cancel, what first seemed like a disaster actually turned 360 degrees as they were lucky enough to find that Shottle Hall was free on their original date, due to a cancellation.

Hilary went shopping for her dress with her daughter, Cassia – first (and last) stop was James Bride in Nottingham.  She chose a beautifully elegant dress that suited her perfectly, and I’m sure you’ll agree that on the day she looked absolutely stunning.  The cake was made by Tasha from Glitter & Sparkle – I always recommend Tasha to my brides if they haven’t already found a cake maker, as her cakes are to die for!   Hilary chose Art of Flowers as the florist for her table decorations, which were a mixture of blue and white and displayed in beautiful glass perfume bottles that she collected in the run up to the wedding.  There was an element of DIY to this wedding, as they also contained wired button flowers that Hilary had made  – which leads me to the incredible buttonholes and bouquets that Hilary made entirely herself – a bouquet for herself and Cassia, and a buttonhole for every single guest (including me, mine has pride of place on my mantelpiece now!).  Hilary’s a Cockney girl, hence the button theme, and she used buttons that she has collected over the years, as well as ones that belonged to her mother, father, grandmother and great grandmother.

I truly enjoyed this wedding, it was a lovely, elegant and relaxed day, and I felt completely at home with all of Hilary and Mike’s guests.  Below are some of my favourite photos from the day.