Amazing Wedding Inspiration with Whitehouse Crockery

July 2019 First post

July was certainly a crazy month here at Whitehouse. As temperatures soared, we were delighted to see outdoor weddings being blessed with warm, cloudless days, as well as finally being sent some mind-blowing pictures from many of the photoshoots that we were a part of back at the start of 2019 (and even in 2018!) Being suddenly inundated with exquisite photos is obviously something we can’t complain about, however, we were afraid that due to this influx of material, you may have missed some of the best bits! That is why we decided to create this blog: to take you through some of our favourite pictures from the month, showcasing incredible styling, blushing brides and even some fluffy friends… Now this isn’t to say that all of these pictures were taken in July, but simple that we were lucky enough to receive them [or get to the go ahead to post them] last month. So sit back, scroll through, and enjoy the best of the best!

[All photos include Instagram credits underneath]


Let’s start big shall we! This incredible shoot at Aynhoe Park, featuring florals from Amie Bone, decided to hold nothing back when it came to decorations. Exploding florals, gold candelabras, feathered flamingos and a friendly giraffe all come together to create a disney-esque scene, all sat within this bright, vaulted venue. As well as trying to be an excessive as possible with their styling, they also chose to include the ideal of ‘love is love': showcasing how it doesn’t matter who is getting married, only that they love each other and want to commit to one another for life.










Photographer: @sanshinephoto, Styling & Co-ordination: @CharlotteMunroWeddings, Floral Design: @amieboneflowers, Venue: @aynhoepark, Cake and Dessert Design: @elizabethscakeemporium, Stationery: @eg.lettering, Candles Sticks, Bird Cages & Table Décor: @weddingdayhire, Feather Lamps: @amoderngrandtour, Beauty: @teamglambridal, Wedding & Engagement Rings: @london_victorian_ring_co, Gown Designer: @chantalmallett, Furniture: @thepropfactory, Menswear: @tailormadelondon / @chester_barrie

Duddon Hall

We know that the Aynhoe shoot is a hard act to follow, however we felt that this toned-down wedding could give you a little break from the rainbow explosion. Housed in a gorgeous marquee, with a canopy of twinkling fairy lights, this wedding showcased our new olive tumblers for the first time. Pairing them with subtle green florals, our detailed glassware, a neutral tablecloth and simple wooden chairs, the final effect is both rustic and modern, capturing our attention without having to try too hard.







Photographer: @clairepennphoto, Venue: @duddonmillfarm, Stylist: @kristinmrsw


This creative shoot had a beautifully unique idea as their premise: using absolutely no natural light, only candles and neon lights. This may beg the question, how can you create a romantic bridal shoot using no natural light? Well, this is where you will find the answer. With chic styling, subtle lighting and suave suits, we can’t help but gawp at how they took this simple idea and turned it into something exceptional.







Photographer: @amyfaithphoto, Venue: @hinterlandsweddings, White Bridalware: @whiteclosetstudios, Black dress: @shikobabride, Neon Signs: @neoncreations, Florals: @marymaryflorals, Veils/Capes: @adornbyashley, Cake: @elizabethharriscakes, Make-up: @hcarson_mua, Stationary: @sophieklmitchell, Tables/Chairs: @rustichire, Headpiece: @rustyrose86, Models: @babylon_fox and @jack_dyche.

Hirst Priory

It’s safe to say we were pretty excited to get these pictures back, especially when we saw that they had alpacas at this wedding! This gorgeous couple went above and beyond with their boho theme, using our sleek gold pieces to give their tables a little bit of extra shine. We love the open feeling that this venue created, whilst still giving us a woodland-fairytale vibe, with fairy lights and floral blooms to finish the whole look off.









Photography: @bohochicweddings, Florals: @campbellsflowers, Venue: @hirst_priory, Tipi: @serentipiltd, Organisers: The Alternatives Workshop, Styling: @bornbohohire, Bride’s dress: Reworked 70’s dress by @bexbrides, Jewellery: @samryde_jewellery, Groom’s Outfit: @dandythreads, Cake: @storeybook_cakes, Cake Stand: @bramblesky2014, Pizza Van: @mrandmrspickwicks, Stationery: @raspberry_toast, Alpacas: @jandjalpacas

Rockliffe Hall

This wedding had not one, but two exquisite days for us to enjoy, giving us absolute perfection on both of them. From the white piano with florals pouring out of it [I mean come on, how incredible is that] to the amazing chandeliers, we could probably say this is one of the most luxurious occasions we’ve ever seen. For day one [white] only our gold glasses were used, however we had the privilege of doing the whole table for the second day [blue].










Photography: @nkimaphotography, Stylist/Planner: @heleneriksenweddings, Florals: @paularooneyfloraldesigner, Venue: @rockliffe_hall, Marquee:@mahood_marquees, Lighting: @lightechltd, Draping: @drapingbliss

Walcot Hall

For our final highlight, we wanted to mix it up and show you this amazing Cuban-style shoot, using delicate flowers, contrasting colours and some of our most unique pieces to give us an imaginative and tropical set up. We love how the worn blue of the table matches the opaque blue of the walls, with every other colour imaginable in between. We think the reason we were so drawn to this shoot was because it mixed both casual aspects with that of luxurious excess, making us wish we were somewhere much warmer than Manchester right now…






Photography: @birgittazoutmanphotography, Dress, veil and real flower jewelry: @adornbyashley, Styling: @floveevents, Cake: @thesuagarcart, Model: @flaviafazenda, Stationary: @lucky_nibs, Mua: @fran_hansen_hair_fx, Florist: @oliveowlflowers, Videographer: @letsgetitshot, Shoes: @di_hassall, Ribbons and table linens: @silkandpurl, Venue: @walcothall, Singer: @sadiebeth92

Wedding Anniversary Dinners – Whitehouse has you covered

Whether you are planning on having an intimate night with the one that you love, or bringing your friends and family back together to celebrate many years of marriage, anniversary dinners can come in every style, and size, imaginable. Here at Whitehouse, we believe that the anniversaries are just as important as the wedding itself, especially when you have to keep celebrating them year after year! Many of us will be familiar with the gifts and themes for the years following your special day: one year, paper, two years, cotton, three years, leather etc. but this does not mean you have to follow the crowd when it comes to ordinary gifts or dinner celebrations. How about, for paper, a menu for the night written in the style of a poem? What about, for wood [the 5th year], you have an anniversary lunch outside, using only seasonal foods? We believe the possibilities are endless, which is why we want to help you to feel inspired. Covering the first five years, this article will give you some ideas for gifts, tableware and thoughtful tidbits that will stop the first few anniversaries from becoming just another chore in your list of things to do. Remember, the wedding is just the beginning, it’s everything that comes afterwards that really counts…

First year: Paper


Your first year together as a married couple should, if cliches are correct, be the most magical. Stolen kisses, sorrowful goodbyes in the mornings and silly impromptu dance competitions in the kitchen are all features of this ‘honeymoon’ period. This means that, though the first year’s theme is ‘paper’, it should be no means be plain. The worst mistake you can make in this area is thinking that paper needs to be white. In fact, paper is probably the most interpret-able category of them all, since it can come in a huge variety of shapes, styles and textures. Our dinner was inspired by the idea of the homemade, the personal and the slightly imperfect, incorporating lots of DIY details to embody the excitement of this still-fresh romance.


Pieces included: Caterina [porcelain], Victoria [glassware] and Eden [cutlery].

By using a set of raised-porcelain as the main plates, as well as using this same style for the teacup and pot as well as white and gold cutlery, we immediately removed the need for any more white on the table. Instead, we wanted to bring aspects of brightness by using yellow, which instinctively reminds one of happiness, halting monotony in its tracks. Brown paper is an easy way to bypass a tablecloth whilst also allowing another layer of creativity into your evening. With ours, for instance, we used it to write a short poem about the night, with the other side showcasing the 3 courses that were going to feature that evening. The little discs alongside them are made from simply brushing some watercolours over a piece of white card, cutting them into circles, then drawing very simple interpretations of flowers on top. When combining all of these, as well as a colourful design for the centre plate and a bunch of flowers within the teapot, the final product is one that has a great deal of personality, with a touch of professionalism. Undeniably adorable, yet easy to execute, this would propel you into the second year of your marriage in high spirits.

Second Year: Cotton


Once again, cotton may be seen as something simple, basic or even boring, however it can be manipulated and adjusted to fit around you as a couple. For us, when we think of cotton, we think of the empire that it once was: linking it to wealth, prosperity and progress. For this reason, we felt that a 19th century-style tea party would fit this image perfectly. Although you would probably just be hosting in your dining room at home, we implore you to use your imagination in picturing yourself within a grand ballroom, waiting on high-tea and cakes, examining the newest cotton fabrics from faraway places.


Pieces included: Scarlett silver [charger] Vintage [plate, cup, saucer, milk jug], Alice [cutlery] and Alex [glasses]

Though you are probably more comfortable in your marriage by this point, that does not mean that standards need to slip. For your second year together, it is even more important to show that you still appreciate your other half, which is why this whole theme is centered around grandeur. This scene mixes modern and vintage elements to nod its head at cotton’s extraordinary history and its commonplace use today. A simple napkin, for instance, is topped by an elaborately designed menu, combining past and present effortlessly. Although we included a full menu, you could also make this a setting for delicious cakes or macaroons [depending on the preferences]. We felt that by matching the menu and the place-card, you could make the table feel more professionally laid, with a small note inside the card to add a touch of thoughtfulness. Despite this idea being more refined, it still emulates a feeling of intimacy, with the knowledge that you shouldn’t ever take one another for granted.

Third Year: Leather


What does one see when they think of leather? Is it a watch with a handsome strap? A beautiful designer handbag? Or perhaps, a little more garish, a cow-skin rug? Of course, any of these would make most people incredibly happy, but does it really reflect on your time as a couple? For this year, the item that came to mind for us was a journal; leather bound to keep the memories within it safe and enclosed, and filled to the brim with kindness. This is something you would have to start straight after your second anniversary, but the final product would be something heart-warming.


Pieces included: Valentine [plates], Grace [cutlery] and Martha smoke [glass].

Leather can sometimes seem like the textile with the least amount of soul [despite actually being made from an animal]. It is hard, impermeable and opaque, three things that usually aren’t associated with romance, however it can also resemble permanence, reliability and excellence. Receiving something made from leather is always a treat, however we know that a leather wallet can sometimes feel impersonal. Instead, starting from your second anniversary, try keeping a journal of the everyday moments in your relationship. Things that made you laugh, made you cry, brought you together and made you stronger as a pair. Include photos, tickets, receipts and anything else that helps you to remember the special moments you chose to document. Then, when the anniversary comes around, you can share memories from your year together: reliving things that you had perhaps forgotten and remembering that every day with that person can bring something new.

Fourth Year: Flowers/Fruit


Some people may look at this theme and think ‘well this must be the easiest, just buy a lovely bunch of flowers, and you’re done!’ Oh you poor, poor soul. Have you learned nothing year? Just because the concept is simple, that does not mean the execution has to be as well. For this year, we felt that the idea of ‘season celebrations’ fit perfectly. This means looking at the season in which you chose to get married and reminding each other why you decided that was when you wanted have your ceremony. This means looking at florals, fruits and general decorations that reflect the season of your choice, with each having their own beautiful merits.


Pieces included: Eleanor [charger], Sofia [plate], Vintage [teacup, pot and side plate], Harper [water glass]

Since we are writing this in July, we felt it would only be right to have a summer-inspired table for the celebration of the fruit and flower year. By going out and collecting wildflowers, you can add that personal touch instantly, as well as letting your other half know you are going to the effort of creating your own bouquets, rather than simply buying a pre-made one from the shops. We wanted to keep the colours lively to reflect the vibrancy of the season, with a lace tablecloth to stop the scene from feeling heavy or serious. We also took some cuttings from a local magazine to stick on the wall, brightening the whole table and giving it an art-gallery feeling. This year is all about making your relationship feel fun and fresh: perhaps remembering when things were a little more impulsive, unrefined and free-spirited. Forget, for a day, about bills, taxes and responsibilities and instead think of one another and the things that initially brought you both together.

Fifth year: Wood


Wood was probably the hardest year to think of something unique, so instead we chose something so simple that it is often overlooked. Instead of ornate wooden objects, or things made of wood [like pencils or, of course, paper], we thought that enjoying the material at its source would gives this year the significance it deserves. By taking a picnic out to your local green space, you save money on restaurants, trinkets and travel, instead revealing in what nature has to offer. Of course, this is easy for us to say now, in the middle of summer, however we’re sure there are some beautiful wintry walks that would have the same effect as this.


Pieces included: Summer [charger plate], Rosana [cutlery] Florence [porcelain] and Jemima slate [glass]

Firstly, congratulations on making it to five years together! Though people don’t put as much emphasis on it as the decade mark, we know that making it to five years is already an amazing achievement. Secondly, the final layout is something that is so easily repeatable, it’s hardly worth talking about it [but we obviously will.] The muted tones of our picnic blanket match the theme perfectly [with this one have an appropriately rustic pattern on it] with our crockery keeping the exuberance to a minimum. We included some charcoal drawing of the plants that surrounded, thinking that this might be a sweet activity to do together, instead of looking at your phones or talking about work. Sometimes it is the times when you are being quiet together that makes you appreciate one another’s company more. If you are desperate need of giving a present, then how about sponsoring a tree [or even an entire woodland] for your partner through the National Woodlands Trust? This way, you can create a tradition of visiting it every year on your anniversary, or, if you don’t have the time, just envisage the tree as a symbol of your relationship: strong, beautiful and hopefully, long-living.

We hope you feel inspired to do something a little bit different for you anniversary, or even for your wedding! Share this with a friend that has an anniversary coming up to help them do something unique and don’t forget to check out all our social media pages for more interesting ideas.