Prepare to be inspired by this timeless, magical winter wedding in a castle.

Leanne and Matt had a glam, black tie dress code for their nuptials and a muted, silver-grey colour palette that perfectly matched the wintery grey skies and blustery coast.

I've fallen head over sparkly high heeled shoes for Leanne's gorgeous wedding dress, her chic hairstyle (you know I love a bride in a bun), her glam, smokey eye make up, and shoes. (Oh the shoes!)

I'm also thrilled to be featuring Albert Palmer's beautiful photography. The portraits of Leanne and Matt by the beach are so romantic - who needs sunshine when you've got love to warm you up, eh?

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 From the bride...

The pallete was frosty whites, silvers and guests added a classic black tie dress code. We wanted to create an elegant Christmas ball feel that flowed from day to evening. The venue transformed at night and revealed a casino, black and white dance floor, flickering candlelight and white ice soft seating areas.

The theme was a classic Rat Pack Christmas wedding that would be timeless.

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 The Flowers

Large cream and dusty pink roses with diamonte detail, silver english lavender, dusty miller and eucalyptus.

 The Stylish Attire

I wore a sweet heart, button back, A line dress with a chapel length train and a lace panel running the length of the 6 foot train.

Matt wore an extra slim 1960’s cut black three piece suit with grey-silver lining, a grey-silver tie with Swarovski diamond elements. The groomsmen wore matching suits and ties.

The bridesmaids wore elegant light grey-silver long evening dress with a Swarovski black brooch incorporated.

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 The Refreshments

Post Ceremony Drink - Mulled wine and the Rat Pack Christmas songs after the ceremony.

Starter - Butternut Squash Soup, served with a hint of winter spice and wooden boards of crusty white and artisan breads.

Main Course - Char grilled chicken breast marinated in sage, with a dorset cider and apple reduction served on a black pepper crush of potatoes. Served with crunchy green beans.

Dessert - Originally displayed as the wedding cake, Moutains of Meringue. White sugar meringue peaks topped with blue glittering sparkle, vanilla frosting and berries dusted with cinnamon sugar snow served with a deep berry coulis.

Evening - Freshly beer battered traditional fish and thin cut chips served in newspaper cones.

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 The Photography

Albert’s photography and approach to weddings are why we chose him to capture our day. We fell in love his style, work ethic, and beautiful results so much, Albert blew our expectations and has given back to us our special day in photographs we can treasure always.

The evening group photos were not planned but completely captured the feel of the evening and glamour of the day. Having the moments after the ceremony just us on a isolated beach in December with the elements surrounding us was breath taking, so special and perfect.

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 Décor & Details

The look was elegant and sophisticated, in keeping with the black tie dress code. The theme focussed on the magical side of Christmas, wintery trees filled with enchanted fairy lights, torch lit pathways, flickering candlelight illuminating the spaces.

Hand made origami black tie tux menu’s, vintage ski poster table names and black/white baubles decorated the tables and added to the over all look of the venue and magical time of year.

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Curtains of fairy lights against the rustic brick of the castle walls created a romantic intimate feel for the wedding breakfast. Cool blue and white uplighting linked the wedding into the evening party.

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 The Wedding Music

Bride Entrance Song - Just the Way you Are, Bruno Mars (acoustic performance)

Recessional Song - Make My Dreams Come True, Hall and Oates

First Dance - Rule the World, Take That

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Many thanks to Matt and Leanne for sharing your wonderful wedding with us - I hope you're loving newly married life!

Thanks also to Albert Palmer Photography for these gorgeous photos, expect to see more of his work on Bridal Musings very soon!

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