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Whimsical Aynhoe Park Wedding

Surrounded by curiosities and the careful planning of Mission Events, this couple wed at Aynhoe Park and kept it personal the entire way. From the Bride donning two dreamy gowns (hello Augusta Jones & Jenny Packham), to the romantic wishing tree Emma Remington crafted, every moment captured by Lucy Davenport deserves another peek. See the entire affair here.

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From Lucy Davenport Aynhoe Park is a truly unique wedding venue in Oxfordshire Emma and Andrew held their wedding day there on Thursday 17th April this year. Emma has amazing style, and it shone throughout the wedding day! With two dresses, both from Morgan Davies, Emma wore an Augusta Jones dress for the day, then changed into a stunning Jenny Packham dress just before the first dance. Emma’s sister was chief bridesmaid in the turquoise dress, with the other bridesmaids in pink. Such a gorgeous color palette.

From the Bride… I wasn’t really expecting the belated birthday surprise Andrew had lined up for me while we watched the sun set on holiday in Mexico. Despite Andrew getting down on one knee and declaring his love, I was convinced it was a joke and started to walk away. It wasn’t until he hastily pulled out a beautiful engagement ring that I realized he was genuinely proposing!

We quickly started looking at venues on our return but struggled to find a venue we both loved where we could throw an amazing party for our family and friends to celebrate getting married. After visiting approximately 24 venues (most of which during heavy snow), we were about to book a venue in Northamptonshire when Andrew stumbled upon a blog that mentioned Aynhoe Park. It ticked all of our boxes: not a hotel (check), unique (we got married next to a rocking-horse zebra and unicorn) and filled to the brim with things (and local residents) to entertain our guests guaranteed that the day would definitely be one to remember.

As the wedding was being held at the start of the Easter weekend, we decided to go with a pastel color scheme. After searching for a bridesmaid dress that all of the bridesmaids were happy with, we settled on a pale pink maxi dress from Ted Baker. As my sister was giving me away, she wore a pale mint dress from Coast to compliment the other girls. They all looked truly stunning.

I had no idea what I wanted from a wedding dress until I visited Morgan Davies in Islington. After a few average attempts at choosing a dress, the assistant asked if I would let her pick one. Despite thinking the dress she chose looked hideous on the hanger; I was amazed to find that I loved it. It was a figure hugging mermaid lace dress with capped sleeves and a scalloped back. As my dress was fitted and I wanted to be able to dance and move around in the evening, I decided to wear a stunning Jenny Packham dress for my first dance and the evening celebrations. I loved having the two very different dresses and, must confess, was grateful that I had a lose dress for the evening to look forward to!

After seeing Kristina Gasperas’ phenomenal before and after pictures on her website, I quickly booked myself in for a makeup trial. Kristina instantly put me at ease and also recommended the lovely Kasia Fortuna to help with my hair on the day. Kristina and Kasia (along with their helpers) were stars on the morning of the wedding sorting makeup and hair for 5 bridesmaids, both mothers, as well as me, and keeping me calm. I unfortunately had an allergic reaction the week before the wedding, which resulted in me having a breakout of spots. Kristina and Kasia worked their magic, I was amazed at how beautiful I looked, which I cannot thank them both enough for.

We met our florist, Emma Remmington, at a wedding fair. Emma was friendly and a pleasure to work with from the start and instantly put Andrew and my minds at rest. As the venue was already decorated, we decided to keep the flower decorations simple and elegant. Emma also kindly created and decorated a beautiful wishing tree for us for guests to leave messages on.

Becky Jenkins was a friend of Andrew’s mum and after seeing pictures of the amazing cakes she had made with their spectacular sugar icing designs, we decided to ask if she would be kind enough to make our wedding cake. Although we were convinced that no one would eat the cake at the wedding (especially as neither of us had ever had any at weddings we had attended), on advice from our family we ordered a 4 tier wedding cake. After months of pinning potential cake options on Pinterest, Andrew and I opted for a simple and elegant pale mint green cake, with antique gold ribbon edging and a single peach flower on top. It was beautiful and, to our complete surprise, completely devoured by our guests by the end of the night.

Our caterer, Indulgence, were life savers and helped us during every part of the planning process from menu choices to tastings to potential room set ups to answering questions from suppliers that I had no idea about. After champagne and canapés, we were treated to a three course wedding breakfast of mozzarella and char-grilled Mediterranean vegetables, Oxfordshire lamb and a dark chocolate and raspberry marquise for desert, washed down with an espresso martini. To ensure that our guests had enough energy to dance the night away, we served delicious homemade burgers and chips in the evening and also offered cheese and biscuits (with a decanter or two of port).

The Palatine String Quartet entertained guests before and after the wedding ceremony with a mix of classical and modern music, which we received compliments about throughout the day. The CoverUp Band got the party going in the evening and sounded phenomenal when they came in half way through our first dance (Al Green’s “Let’s stay together”). Mission Events provided amazing lighting and kindly agreed to DJ, keeping us all dancing until the early hours.

We were lucky enough to have Lucy Davenport join us as our photographer on the day. Our wedding was filled with laughter (and a few tears) from start to finish and Lucy captured every moment, providing us with some wonderful pictures to reminisce over in years to come. Despite not being the most comfortable person in front of the camera, I often didn’t notice Lucy and her camera, which is a real tribute to her.

We must also say a special thank you to Aynhoe Park itself. Ross, Enrique and Charles the butler (to name but a few) looked after us from the moment we arrived and made sure our wedding day, for us and our friends and family, was one to remember.

Photography: Lucy Davenport | Event Planning: Mission Events | Florist: Emma Remington | Wedding Dress: Augusta Jones | Shoes: Rainbow | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Ted Baker | Catering: Indulgence | Makeup Artist: Kristina Gasperas | Hair Stylist: Kasia Fortuna | Band: The Cover Up Band | String Quartet: Palatine String Quartet | Maid Of Honor Dress: Coast | Reception Dress: Jenny Packham | Veil: Morgan Davies | Wedding Venue: Aynhoe Park

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Elegant English Garden Wedding

I’m not sure what is more romantic than an elegant wedding within an English garden. From the blushing bride and beautiful florals, to one dapper groom, this wedding feels like a fairy tale. Taylor Barnes Photography worked her magic and the joy and love of this day can be seen on each and every one of her stunning photos. 

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From Taylor Barnes Photography… Kathleen and Adam planned their wedding in the English countryside of Wiltshire where Larmer Tree Gardens is situated. They were fortunate enough to have a sweet outdoor ceremony which is a miracle with our tempestuous British weather! The outdoor ceremony was conducted with a stunning backdrop on the temple with its rich pink tones blending in perfectly with the bridal colour palette. Kathleen’s outfit was perfectly charming with accessories by stylist and milliner Philippa Eyland-Gentle who crafted Kathleen’s veil as a gift. It sat perfectly with Kathleen’s earrings from Fraser Hart that reiterated the halo on her engagement ring which was purchased on vacation in America. The Groom accessorized with a trilby which kept the relaxed English garden theme going! They also had lots of lawn games and a cake competition for their desserts table which made their day unique. The stunning florals where cleverly mastered by an Aunt which provided a perfect gift for them both… asking people to contribute to their day made it feel like a real family wedding, so personal! We did their photographs with about a 70% film ratio which suited this wedding so well! So many beautiful images I wish I could share the whole wedding with you! I hope you enjoy looking through the images as much as I enjoyed taking them!

Photography: Taylor Barnes Photography | Wedding Dress: Maggie Sottero | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Dessy | Groom's Attire: Austin Reed | Wedding Venue: Larmer Tree Gardens

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Romantic Castle Wedding in Scotland

To say that I’m obsessed with this wedding captured by Craig & Eva Sanders is an understatement. Straight out of a fairytale, everything from the immense beauty of Murthly Castle to the relaxed blooms by Coach House Flowers and everything in between  is enchanting beyond words and looks like the perfect storybook romance. Dive in here!

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From The Bride…Alex and I met at a party of mutual friends when I was celebrating my last exam from university. We got engaged four and a half years later on Christmas Eve on Store Beach in Sydney, when we were on holiday visiting Alex’s brother and sister who both lived there at that time. We were engaged for a year and a half before our wedding day, so we had plenty of time to plan all the details!

The most important thing for us was having all of our family and friends around us, which is why we chose to get married in Scotland where we both grew up. We wanted to create a relaxing and fun day for everyone closest to us. We loved the fact that we could have the ceremony and reception at the same venue, and that we could add our own touches by having a marquee.

The weather in Scotland can be very unpredictable, so we planned for the worst case scenario. We had organized umbrellas for all of our guests, but were delighted that the sun shined all day!

I loved walking down the aisle and seeing Alex’s face for the first time. We were very lucky to have our very good friend’s Dad officiate our wedding ceremony, who made the service very personal and special for us both. The chapel was very small, so it created a very close and intimate atmosphere for all our guests. We rented a lodge for the entire wedding party for four nights. I loved that the wedding was not just limited to one day, but that the celebrations just kept on going!

The bridesmaids dresses were the most stressful part of the wedding! I originally ordered dresses online, which were delivered late and the sizings were all wrong! Three weeks before the wedding, I was left with the small task of finding new dresses for five bridesmaids! My bridesmaids were amazing and we all scoured the internet to see what we could buy on the high street. As I had five bridesmaids, I liked the idea of mismatched dresses that suited everyone’s size and style.

I decided not to follow a particular theme for the wedding flowers, but wanted a relaxed summer bouquet with soft colors. The florists captured what we wanted perfectly and I loved the bouquets next to the bridesmaids’ dresses.We didn’t go for a table centerpiece, but instead we had a random mixture of jars and vases of different sizes, with soft summer flowers. I was quite relaxed about the flowers, as I knew that they didn’t need to specifically match anything.

We decided that we didn’t want a traditional wedding cake, as so often people are full by the time the cake gets served. We decided that a cake table would be a great way to use the wedding cake as part of the wedding breakfast whilst giving everyone a selection of cakes to choose from. We are friends with Linsey Reith from Three Sisters Bake, a gorgeous café and craft boutique in the West of Scotland whose cakes are fabulous, so it was really easy to organize and completely stress free.

Our friends very kindly lent us their homemade bunting so we decorated the marquee with that and also with pompoms that I had bought on the internet. My brother-in-law was put through sweatshop like conditions by my sister and made the wooden structures for the ribbon and confetti stands, and also all the signs that we had around the venue. We were so touched by the distance people had travelled to join us on our wedding day, so decided to put all of the destinations that people have travelled from and the number of miles to their destination on the signs. We were lucky enough that one of our guests is a very talented artist so she painted the signs the day before the wedding!

We set up our own photo booth with costumes and wigs that my friends and I had in our fancy dress boxes. My favorite was the Hawaiian skirt and leis which looked great on the boys! We bought a polaroid camera because we thought it would be fun for people to see the photos instantly. We had a BBQ the next day and it was fun looking through all the photos and outfits with our guests!

A tip for all future brides is don’t sweat the small stuff! Enjoy the planning and do not let yourself get stressed over the details. The most important thing is your love for one another, and it is your love that will create a perfect wedding that everyone remembers.

Photography: Craig & Eva Sanders | Videographer: Barry Meek At Adore Weddings | Flowers: Coach House Flowers | Wedding Dress: Liliana Dabic, La Novia | Cake: Three Sisters Bake | Rings: Christine Sadler | Make-up: Molly Sheridan | Hair: Hair Creations By Anna Wade | Castle: Murthly Castle

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