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  1. A Rockabilly Wedding

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    Last year around this time, I was contacted on Etsy for an amazing project to create a bouquet and other wedding flowers with a rockabilly theme. This fun wedding took place last summer, and here's a link to the Rock n Roll Bride's blog for the full details! 

    Photo of the finished bouquet by Assassynation, from the Rock n Roll Bride's photo gallery.

    rockabilly bouquet by Blue Lily Magnolia, photo Assassynation

    And watch the beautiful video by Rhubarb Martini on Youtube here


    Blue Lily Magnolia makes bespoke bridal and groom accessories using fabric and other textile and textile related materials. I love to create unique items, so whether you have a wild and wacky idea or a modestly quirky one, get in touch

  2. A Cheshire countryside wedding at Wychwood Park

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    Terri and Rob Wychwood Park Wedding AugustTerri and Rob Blue Lily Magnolia Hair Combs

    Local couple Terri and Rob got married last month at Wychwood Park, in the Cheshire countryside on a gorgeous sunny day.  "It was the perfect choice... and the day went seamlessly."

    It all started about 6 years ago for Terri and Rob, who met through mutual friends, on a Grand National Day. Our bride says: "Rob turned up a little late because he had been out watching it in Nantwich!" But they hit if off from there, and a few years later, Rob proposed in London on the pavement outside the Gordon Ramsay restaurant (The York & Albany). He had initially planned to propose in Regents Park, which was over the road, but had to improvise on the moment because they were late for their reservation due to the tube running late! 

    The theme for their wedding was very vintage. And they also had some (unintentional!) hints of Alice in Wonderland sneaking in, with lots of colours: lilac, gold, light pink and navy. In keeping with the vintage theme, Terri had her headpiece custom-made by Blue Lily Magnolia - double combs with fabric flowers, joined by draping freshwater pearls. The bridesmaids also had matching hair combs made. 

    As customary, on the night before, Terri stayed over with her bridesmaids. But the super organised bride-to-be felt that she had to double check her venue rooms before the big moment, so she sneaked down at 6am before the girls were up to check it out! She needn't have worried, and even the weather was in their favour on the day. The lucky two got married outside, on a glorious sunny day, under a wooden gazebo. 

    After the ceremony, Terri and Rob ran off to their car and did not stop for anyone. They were driven around in a vintage car through Crewe and Nantwich, sipping champagne and enjoying some quiet time alone together.  When asked about other special moments about their big day, Terri remembers fondly: "The chief bridesmaid drove the golf buggy between photo locations (she had passed her test but had never driven before), Rob and I have never felt so scared for our lives!" The first dance was also a big moment: "I was so looking forward to our first dance as Rob had picked the perfect song but when it actually came round we were counting down the minutes until it ended (whilst trying to look smily) as we were surrounded by all the wedding party with their cameras for the longest 4 minutes of our lives!"

    Terri's beautiful lace dress was by Mori Lee and her bouquet was from Flowers On the Cobbles in Sandbach. Photos kindly shared by the bride were taken by guests. Many thanks to the happy couple for sharing their story with us, and a huge congratulations to them both! 


     Custom made double hair comb with freshwater pearl chain

    Terri's unique custom-made double hair combs were created after she sent over her ideas using inspiration from other headpieces that she loved. The bridesmaids hair combs consisted of a similar flower with pearl bead dangles, but without the chains. 

  3. A romantic barn wedding in New York

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    Sarah and Chris Sarah and Chris Pat's BarnSarah and Chris reception

    This month, I am so excited to be telling you a little bit about the rustic romantic wedding of Sarah and Chris, at Pat's Barn, in Rensselaer, NY. Although not our first wedding, this is our very first real bride story at Blue Lily Magnolia and I am very thankful to the couple for this privilege. 

    And what a beautiful story theirs is! Sarah, a middle school science teacher and Chris, who works for the state of New York, have been together for three years. "We got engaged on the beach in Savannah, Georgia, during a vacation last year. We love travelling together, especially to lesser explored locations both in cities and out in the country."

    The couple loves being active (Sarah also coaches squash and girl's lacrosse), and dabbles in hiking, camping and kayaking. A barn location for their wedding was perfectly aligned with their love of the outdoor, and their mutual interest in wood working too. When they're not busy working or off on an adventure, Sarah and Chris love building together - the first things they built together were two Adirondack chairs!  

    Their early summer wedding had a rustic and romantic theme. There were some very special moments: "Taking each others' hands during the ceremony to say our vows. Getting introduced as Mr. & Mrs. K. and going straight into our first dance." To keep to the theme, "Africa" by Toto was played for the last song and everyone on the dance floor joined in, singing along at the top of their lungs. An amazing way to finish off a beautiful day!  

    We wish Sarah and Chris the very best for years to come, and hope that they continue to build together, explore together and create amazing memories together! 


    feathersashPat's Barn

    For the special day, we were very honoured to have supplied Sarah's bridal sash to complement her gorgeous dress, which is by Maggie Sottero. The bride's rose gold jewellery set (earrings and necklace) was from Arbjewelry on Etsy; the bouquet and boutonniere were by Flower Blossom Farm and hair/make-up by Ania Hair Studio

    Wedding photos, taken by Paul Saunders Photography, have been kindly shared by the bride for this blog, with many thanks. 

    Other Pat's Barn images are direct links from Pat's Barn website