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Elegant Castle Combe Wedding

Bursting with garden charm and a cheeky elegance only found in English affairs, these nuptials from Planned For Perfection are just that — perfection. From the Bride’s sweet Kate Spade kitten heels to the Groom’s dapper dress coat, every moment in the full gallery on The Vault from Weddings By Nicola and Glen is totally sweet!

 

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From Planned For PerfectionLauren and Oliver met in the Bride’s home country of America, fell in love and set up home in San Francisco. They had always envisioned a fairytale English location to celebrate their wedding day and chose the Manor House at Castle Combe near Bath, which is located in the heart of a romantic village in the English Countryside and an unquestionably perfect choice for a quintessentially English wedding.

On the eve of the wedding day, guests were invited to an informal get-together and how more English can you get than a cricket match on the local village green, close to the groom’s family home!

The following morning, there were two flags fluttering in the breeze as guests arrived at The Manor House – The Union Jack, as to be expected at this country house hotel in the Cotswold countryside and the star spangled flag of the United States, joined together for this special occasion. The manor house is a 14th century country retreat located in the picturesque village of Castle Combe, Wiltshire.

After months of planning, the day itself was simply exquisite, a classic Anglo American affair from beginning to end and when its Planned for Perfection, you know something beautifully elegant will unfold.

Guests were taken to church in an iconic London red double decker bus and meandered through the Cotswold countryside to the stunning St John the Evangelist church in Bath. After the service, guests were served wine and Champagne in personalised glasses before arriving back at the manor. Lauren and Oliver had taken exclusive use of the hotel, becoming the Lord and Lady of their very own English Manor for the weekend! Guests enjoyed listening to the string quartet during the champagne and Canape reception before dining in the Bybrook restaurant which had been transformed into a stunning wedding dining room, the scent of the gorgeous flowers was divine, the attention to every little detail was incredible, including the wedding cake that was designed to replicate the lace on Lauren’s beautiful wedding dress.

Photography: Weddings By Nicola And Glen | Cinematography: Mr And Mrs Productions | Event Planning: Planned For Perfection | Floral Design: Flowers By Passion | Wedding Dress: Amy Kuschel | Cake: Curtis And Co Cakes | Ceremony Venue: St. John The Evangelist Church | Reception Venue: The Manor House At Castle Combe | Bride's Shoes: Kate Spade | Makeup: Sophie Everett | Hair: Yvonne Del Greco From Dappa Hair | Band: Hot Stuff | String Quartet: Arcosanti Music | Charger Plates: White House Event Crockery | Veil: Vera Wang

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Romantic + Whimsical Georgian Era Wedding Inspiration

I’m urging you beautiful Brides out there to breathe in every ounce of utter beauty that follows and exhale your own inspired version in real wedding form. Whether it’s the mauve, buttermilk yellow, blush and coral palette that graces your day, the touch of whimsy Georgian Era style or the endless facets of charm infused in this shoot, it’s a role model muse in every way. Favorite, pin and share your hearts out because Zosia Zacharia has filled The Vault with her enticing imagery.

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From Zosia Zacharia PhotographyOur shoot was inspired by the neo-classical venue, Parkstead House, built in the 1760s, located in south west London. Full of beautiful original features including its elegant plaster work indoors, a stunning double staircase outside, manicured grounds and neo-classical temple all of which provide the perfect back drop to any wedding.

With this we wanted our bride to embody the soft, whimsical, romantic look of the Georgian era. Soft flowing antique lace gowns from bridal dress designer Sally Lacock in styles Esme and Flora were paired with beautiful pairs of Rachel Simpson shoes in styles Victoria and Isabelle.

Make up artist Clare created a modern twist on the traditional English rose look for our bride by pairing dusty pink lips with a smoky gold eye with lashings of black mascara to give a more glamorous feel. Clare created a loose up-do and used delicate hand made hair-pieces to finish the look loaned by Abby of Cherished Bride.

Florist Kate created a modern trailing bouquet featuring Jasmine flowers, Sweetpeas, colourful Caramel Antike and Café Latte English roses, Dahlias and Astrantia. Along with romantic buttonholes featuring English garden roses tied with hand dyed silk ribbon.

Krishanthi Armitt of Cakes by Krishanthi created a stunning 4 tier wedding cake with sugar flowers to reflect the over all botanical theme. Krishanthi created a pale pastel blue icing as a base with a silver trellis design and hand crafted delicate sugar flowers in the style of trailing Clematis flowers & sweet peas. She also created co-ordinating cup cakes with silver trellis style holders and matching sugar flowers.

Our groom wore a romantic buttonhole and looked rather dapper in a tailored navy blue, fine pinstripe wool, 3 piece suit from bespoke tailors Marc Wallace.

Modern calligrapher Judy created a delicate invitation suite featuring white ink lettering on soft grey card finished with botanical theme stamps. Metallic silver was used as a high light colour for trailing botanical design invitation liners and a family crest threaded with beautiful organic, hand-dyed ribbon from Lancaster & Cornish.

For the reception tablescape wedding planner Rachael matched white linen and elegant bone china with antique silver cutlery & silverware, creating a simple backdrop to the colourful floral display which included extending trailing Jasmine along the length of the table, intertwined between antique silver candle sticks & tea lights. The tablescape was made completed with modern calligraphed placecards and luxurious leather Louis chairs provided by Academy Hire.

Photography: Zosia Zacharia Photography | Event Planning: Serendipity Wedding Planning | Floral Design: Kate Alban Davies | Wedding Dress: Sally Lacock | Cake: Cakes By Krishanthi | Bride's Shoes: Rachel Simpson | Makeup: Clare Pinkney | Calligraphy: Judy Broad | Groom's Attire: Mark Wallace | Venue: Parkstead House | Film Processing: UK Film Lab | Furniture Hire: Academy Furniture Hire | Hair Accessories: Abby Gadd | Model: Ria Dines | Model: George Mitkove | Ribbon: Lancaster And Cornish

Romantic French Elopement Inspiration

Paris is my happy place. – so much so that I would easily consider a repeat wedding like, tomorrow. And if said repeat were to look anything like this pretty from Le Secret D’Audrey that would just be the icing on the cake. It’s pink, it’s romantic, and of course it’s perfectly Parisian with beautiful Studio French Blue hand written touches. Evoking the essence of romance you can see it all in The Vault!

From Le Secret D’AudreyParis is a romantic city to most. But for me it is also my hometown, where I live and have so many great memories. A s a photographer I am always inspired to shoot here. Many couples choose France and Paris to get married and elope.

In this stunning video by the talented Ale of Imaginale I wanted to share the magic time you can have in Paris, getting married in the most intimate way. A minimalist Parisian apartment, some fresh cut flowers, a flowy gown and you are ready to say I Do in the City of Love. Couples who elope want to keep it simple and you can still have a fabulous decor and feel with a few tricks. Big loose Dahlias flowers will look great in your decor, add some candles and you will get a great atmosphere to your getting ready room.

Simple stationery with beautiful calligraphy can be a great way to tell your story. You won’t be sending invitations of course but sending the announcement you eloped is a great touch.

I love when couples get a small wedding cake. No need for guests to enjoy a yummy cake! And lastly the great thing about eloping is that you are having an intimate getting ready, perfect to add some Boudoir photos to your day. A cute lingerie ensemble, lace and a cute robe is all you need.

Photography: Le Secret D'Audrey | Cinematography: Imaginale | Floral Design: Estelle Preston | Wedding Dress: Fanny Liautard | Cake: Synie's | Hair And Makeup: James Harold | Groom's Attire: Chris Von Martial | Venue: Paris | Eyelashes: Cils De Marie | Film Lab: Carmencita Film Lab | Manicure: Pierre Arnaud | Stationery Calligraphy: Studio French Blue | Veil And Lace Dress: Mignonne

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Romantic Italian Cliffside Elopement

Remember how I was dreaming about an e-sesh re-do? Well, I’m about to make that wish-list a little longer because that same couple eloped in Italy with Renee Hollingshead along their side. Tucked away in the steep Amalfi Coast cliffs every moment is complete with stunning views that are guaranteed to ignite the romantic in us all.

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From Renee HollingsheadTucked away in the steep Amalfi Coast cliffs is the beautiful and romantic city of Ravello. Filled with charm, incredible history, winding roads, and stunning views, this destination wedding swept us off our feet and kept us begging for more. Rachael and Josh, Maryland realtors, met a few years back at work. Fast forward to a few months ago and they are planning their dream wedding– an Italian Elopement! They chose the ever-so incredible Palazzo Avino as recommended by their travel agent Jim. Known for their impeccable service, amazing views of the coast, and one of the top restaurants in the city, this resort was everything they dreamed of and more.

Josh and Rachael spent the most of the day at the beach club, relaxing and soaking up some some mediterranean rays. From there they got ready together in their suite before meeting each other down the aisle. Laid-back, care free, and fun would be the best way to describe the afternoon. With stunning paper details from Poppy & Scooter, a amazing dress, and a sharp Italian tailored suit, these two were ready to tie the knot in style! The Italian Mariachi strummed away popular loves songs, their guests held hands, and the officiant spoke the most beautiful words. I’d be lying if I didn’t say it was one of the most romantic ceremonies I have ever witnessed. After a champagne toast and cake cutting, we strolled around the five-star resort taking in all of Ravello’s old charm. Their love is so effortless and true. They ended the night with an intimate dinner for four at the resort’s five-star restaurant overlooking the cliffs and sea. I am forever grateful for this opportunity to capture such a beautiful love story in such magical place. Congratulations Rachael + Josh!

Photography: Renee Hollingshead | Coordination: Emmanuela Apicello | Wedding Dress: Jovani | Jewelry: Royale Jewelers | Calligraphy: Poppy & Scooter | Groom's Attire: Hugo Boss | Venue: Palazzo Avino | Bridal Boutique: Synchronicity Boutique | Groom's Attire Retailer: Nordstroms | Travel Agent: Perfect Honeymoons And Holidays

Romantic Summer Ravello Engagement Session

It’s a common day occurrence that I dream about an e-sesh re-do, but can you blame me? Because after scrolling through the vibrant gallery from Renee Hollingshead I’ve got gelato and dancing on the mind. And that is just the start, because we’ve got this darling duo’s elopement up NEXT!

From Renee HollingsheadWhen Rachael first contacted me to photograph her Italian elopement, I just knew we had to do their engagement session there. Their luggage arrived to their hotel just an hour before we were scheduled to meet. They quickly got ready and we hit the quaint streets of Ravello, Italy for a romantic evening stroll. They laughed, shared gelato, danced in the streets, and held hands. With the hustle and bustle of passerbys, the romantic sound of music in the air, and the delicious scents of five-star cuisine, this was easily one of my favorite engagement sessions to date. From Rachael’s gorgeous curly locks to Josh’s dapper Italian-Cobalt blue loafers, their style is top-notch! Every street and alley we turned on was the perfect backdrop to their love story. Rachael and Josh are oozing with love for each other and I am so glad I got to celebrate their special wedding weekend.

Photography: Renee Hollingshead | Venue: Ravello