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French sparkle inspired Baby Shower

The unexpected details of this shower crafted by The Wedding Stylist make for an outdoor party that literally sparkles. From golden pineapples to flower crown making by Floribunda Rose, glitter giraffes and sparkling cakes; it’s a beautiful backyard celebration all for a little bébé on the way. See the whole shindig captured by Barefoot Brunettes right here.

After styling her wedding the year before, my gorgeous friend Gemma asked me to add my helping hand to planning & styling her first Baby Shower with her family. It was based around her love of sparkle, giraffes with a little nod to her time living in Paris. Gemma owns Gemma Milly Illustration, a fine art wedding stationary company, so I knew she would love detail, glitter and overall beautiful moments. It was important to make sure everything was close to Gemma’s heart and her wonderful sister in law, Maree, designed her pink toned invitation which was sent out to each guest with bespoke handmade confetti.

I knew how much Gemma loves Giraffes and especially since her husband, Tom & Gemma have decided to wait to find out the gender of their baby the shower was all about Gemma’s favourite things so giraffes became a little side running theme.

For the overall style, there was glittery animals, hand cut gold glitter banners, a stunning floral crown making station and lashings of beautiful English sunshine in her parents back garden. We even decorated one of Gemma’s favorite drinks, Fentimans Rose Lemonade with G’s & Giraffe decals by With Love from Josie.

Brunch was handled by Gemma’s wonderful mother, with a feast of bacon, eggs, pancakes and fresh fruit. All the guests delighted in a relaxed outdoors whilst chowing down before hitting the “sucre” table for the sweet treats. I had bespoke cookies designed for the shower, one of Gemma’s favourite cookie makers, Honeywell Bakes along with gold leafed chocolate lollipops & pyramids by Pink Sugar works. Maree struck again making the most wonderful main cake for Gemma to cut.

There were a few games such as “who’s that bebe?” where guests brought along a baby photo of themselves for Gemma to guess who was who! but the main activity was a beautiful Floral Crown making station manned by the ever wonderful Sarah of Floribunda Rose. She stayed for the entire event helping and teaching the guests how to create their own floral crown as well as creating Gemma her very own one to wear for the day.

Photographed by the wonderful Tamryn Henn of Barefoot Brunettes, she whizzed around capturing all the beautiful golden pineapples, hanging lanterns and floral crown making in action. She was such a wonder to have around, seriously relaxed and a joy to celebrate with Gemma.

Gemma had dreamt of a beautifully relaxed, yummy day and the result was this joyous, sparkly occasion celebrating her and her growing bump!

Photography: Barefoot Brunettes | Florals: Floribunda Rose | Chocolate Lollipops & Pyramids: Pink Sugar Works | Glittery Banners & Decals: With Love From Josie | Hanging Lanterns: Hanging Lantern Company | Stylist: The Wedding Stylist

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Whimsical English Country Spring Wedding

I’m downright jealous of the lucky guests at this English countryside wedding; they were transported to a magical world created by White Wedding Company when they attended this enchanting celebration captured by Helen Russell. Get those Pinterest boards ready m’dears, we got a whole lot of goodies right this way!

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From Sue White of White Wedding Company… Working with Rachael and Marcus was a wedding planner’s dream – they had chosen one of the most beautiful private stately homes in North Yorkshire for their wedding reception and had planned a multitude of personal and very special touches to their day and evening – it was just up to me to bring everything together and make their day perfect.

Their day started with a military church ceremony – Marcus is in the RAF and they had a military guard of honour leaving church with guests throwing homemade confetti and a surprise from Rachael’s father of a lovingly restored Aston Martin DB5 to drive themselves to the reception! On route they went to visit Rachael’s beloved horse Desmond for photos throughout the day and evening with Helen Russell.

Arriving at Duncombe Park guests were greeted with Pimms or champagne (in vintage glasses) and canapés on the terrace to the sounds of a string quartet from Event Music Company. Croquet on the lawn was played and the stunning grounds were used for photos and guests mingling. When it was time for the wedding breakfast the saloon was decorated by Kirstie and Katy from Darling and Green with creams, white and golds using classic, seasonal English flowers of peonies, David Austin roses, white lilac, hydrangea, delphinium and herbs with a mix of foliage. Table favours for ladies were lavender hearts with M&R sewn on, the men had a miniature bottle of Sloe Gin from a local distillery and the children received a book “my day as a bridesmaid” with personalised colouring pencils.

After a fabulous meal and very entertaining speeches guests were taken on a surprise walk to a secret garden for the evening party!

Rachael and Marcus summed up their day as “truly magical with so many great moments.”

From the Bride… At the secret garden party in the evening the guests followed me along a tea light lit path through the woods into a sunken garden. Here they were greeted with an outdoor sitting room with a chandelier hanging in the tree above vintage sofas, coffee table on a rug and vintage accessories.

The tree had photo frames attached with our families wedding photos in. The surrounding trees and water features were lit with up lighters, pea lights and hanging jars with tea lights. Mark from AV Matrix supplied the lighting, it was magnificent and really finished off the magical atmosphere.

The guests then went on past the fountains through to the derelict garden room to be met with a cocktail in a tea cup, a mason jar or a milk bottle. In here was decorated with tea lights, ivy and fairy lights and lamp shades hanging from the ceiling, flowers in glass bottles and jam jars, vintage chairs and tables and old suitcases with stag and hen photos in them. This led into the marquee where we had the cocktail bar with the fire place and tea cups, hat stands, chests of draws, standing lamps, sofas and chaise longue and vintage trinkets to give a parlour atmosphere we had dreamed up in our planning.

We wanted the wedding to have soft vintage tones. My grandma used to always sing a song ‘when father painted the parlour’ which use to conjure up images of back in the day. I’ve always liked anything vintage with a story, old suitcases, teacups and pretty prints. Marcus’ uniform also leant to this perfectly.

On a visit to London we went to a bar call ‘Little Nans’ which was like stepping back in time and inspired our evening event. I drew up a scrappy drawing of a vintage Parlour and we set out to make it happen. We scoured antiques fairs and charity shops for nick-nacks and found a company in the Cotswolds to supply the furniture but it was too far for them to come. Luckily the flower ladies (Darling and Green) recommended Karen and Natalie who were just starting out with vintage wedding styling. The furniture and finishing touches and styling for the secret garden were supplied by Sweet Pea Events. They did a great job, the garden was transformed.

The only big thing left to finish it off was to find a bar. We searched for months for a suitable bar but everything was too modern, expensive or uninspiring and didn’t fit in with the old furniture so Marcus decided we were to build a bar ourselves. The week before the wedding we bought a Victorian fireplace in Horncastle, Lincolnshire; this was to be the focal point of the marque.

Between Marcus, his dad and my dad they built exactly what was in our heads. Thursday afternoon was spent wallpapering it and hanging picture. It couldn’t have been any better; it was perfect; just what we had envisaged.

During the warm. balmy evening (not always so in Yorkshire) guests danced to the 5 piece vintage band Victoriana, dressed up in the photo booth, ate from the Hog Roast and generally had a great time until 2am drinking cocktails and chilling out on the vintage furniture. Luckily Rachael had provided flip flops for the girls to dance in and pashminas when it grew chilly.

Photography: Helen Russell | Event Planning: Sue White, White Wedding Company | Floral Design: Darling And Green | Wedding Dress: Maggie Sottero | Stationery: Ruby Shoes | Ceremony Venue: St Augustine's, Kirkby In Cleveland | Reception Venue: Duncombe Park | Catering: Yorkshire Party Company | Bridal Boutique: The Harrogate Wedding Lounge | Bridesmaids And Flower Girl Dresses: Kate Fearnley | Decor And Props: Sweet Pea Events | Evening Band: Victoriana | Evening Reception Marquee: GCG Marquees | Lighting And AV: AV Matrix | Photo Booth: Booth Revolution | Reception Music: The Event Music Company

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Organic City Chic Wedding Inspiration

Organic elegance is a trend that has taken the wedding world by storm, and m’dears we are loving every. single. second. Understandably so, since it’s proven time and time again to be just plain lovely. Take this editorial as proof, with organic Lucy MacNicoll florals juxtapose against a lofted space, every detail Belle and Beau Fine Art Photography snapped delicate and deserves a peek!

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From Belle And Beau Fine Art PhotographyThe shoot took place in the trendy loft space of Lamberts Yard, in the city of Leeds, UK.

In the first story, we used a mixture of blues and coppers with beautiful organic florals by Lucy MacNicoll to create a soft juxtaposition to the hard lines of the loft space. The beautiful Claire Pettibone dress and delicate silk ribbon by Lancaster and Cornish really helped to add a beautifully feminine touch.

The second story contained a beautiful fern theme, with a beautiful fern installation with gorgeous white florals to bring nature into the city and create a pretty balance between the two. We used strong pops of black with delicate white and green florals with a beautiful Jenny Packham dress.

Photography: Belle and Beau Fine Art Photography | Floral Design: Lucy MacNicoll | Wedding Dress: Jenny Packham | Cake: Poppy Pickering | Stationery: Berin Made | Rings: Philip Stoner | Calligraphy : Gemma Milly | Hair and Make-up: Vicki Suddaby | Heart Lights: Typical Type | Loft Space: Lambert's Yard, Leeds, UK | Planning: Isla and Smith | Silk Ribbon: Lancaster and Cornish

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Traditional English Garden Wedding in Shropshire

For a couple who held not one, not two, but THREE celebratory wedding get togethers so that friends and family all over the world could smile alongside them, I would say this duo has tying the knot down to a science. Marrying two gorgeous cultures – both in ceremony and style – gave way to an English Garden style with perfect Chinese detailing. With photographs from Stephen Jerkins Photography and decor by Amanda Jerkins Design, there is so much more goodness right here!

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From the beautiful Bride… Thomas and I fell in love in London. We met by chance when a mutual friend insisted we go on a blind date. Sparks flew and after I graduated college in the US we moved to live in Beijing (where I grew up). Five years later we were back in London visiting friends; while strolling through Queen Mary’s rose garden in Regents Park Thomas got down on one knee and popped the question and I said yes.

I’m from Oregon, my family are from Texas and Arkansas, Thomas is from the UK, and we had friends and family in Beijing. It was important to us that all our nearest and dearest could celebrate with us so we planned three parties – one in each country. We kicked off in the spring with an informal brunch in a historic Beijing courtyard, and followed up in the fall with dinner and dancing in Portland’s downtown Pearl District.

For the wedding ceremony itself we chose Thomas’s family home in Shropshire, an agricultural county in the UK famous for its rolling hills, fuzzy sheep, and blue cheese. We were married in the thousand-year-old St. Peter’s Church Edgmond by Thomas’s childhood vicar, the Reverend Edward Ward. The ceremony celebrated the joining of two families – my talented cousin Mattie sang Ave Maria while we signed the church registry, Thomas’s uncle Roger did a bible reading, while my granny Virginia read one of Mark Twain’s letters. The reception was held at Thomas’s family home, a cottage set in a bucolic English garden with a plush emerald lawn which we decked out with a traditional croquet set. Guests enjoyed the cocktail reception and lawn games before sitting down for a family-style wedding breakfast full of local ingredients. Like any good English wedding reception it lasted all day – starting at noon, continuing through the evening with dancing and a food stall serving burgers and pizzas from a wood-fired oven, then whisky and marshmallows around the campfire until well after midnight.

We wanted to keep the decor unpretentious and romantic. In honor of our Chinese connection and guests we used toile chinoiserie tablecloths, mahjong tile placard holders, and brought over our dinner gong. In reference to our engagement in the rose garden, my mum crafted over one hundred water-colored paper rose escort cards. For a sweet take-away gift Thomas’s mum hand-made chutneys and jams.

Amanda Jerkins provided the romantic and lush floral decorations, bouquets and buttonholes. I loved how she married local wild flowers and blackberries with David Austin roses, blending traditional English flowers with a fresh American perspective. Our photographer Stephen was lovely to work with, his photos perfectly captured the narrative of the day. We love his documentary approach to photography – he took the time to get to know us, our families, and the locations. His preparation and appreciation for the British countryside really comes through in his work. We are thrilled with the final product; the photos are beautifully composed, crisp, and timeless. He was also highly efficient in getting the perfect shots so that we didn’t miss out on our reception. Our friendly bearded photographer was a major hit with the guests!

Photography: Stephen Jerkins Photography | Cake: Amerton Cakes | Ceremony Venue: The Parish Church Of St. Peter | Reception: Private Residence | Catering: Pear Tree Farm Caterers | Catering: Twist & Snout | Band: The Hot Jazz Biscuits | Transportation: Silverline Cars | Bartending And Beverage Services: Old School Wines | Ceremony Floral Design: Sean Hirst | Reception Floral Design: Amanda Jerkins Design | Rehearsal Dinner: Joules Brewery Red Lion | Tent Rental: Class Events Marquees

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Romantic Tented English Countryside Wedding

This gorgeous pair and their equally gorgeous wedding looks like it’s out of the pages of a magazine. Incredible backdrop, gorgeous styling, smiles and love bursting through every image. But what I love the most has absolutely nothing to do with any of that. It’s the blending of two families, the reverence to home and the fact that you can literally feel the joy in every moment. With photographs from Paper Antler, there is so much more right here.

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From the beautiful Bride… Phil and I met on a small and magical island in the British Virgin Islands.. it was a love story that neither of us could see coming. I was wrapping up a 4-year adventure working and playing under the sun, and he happened to come over on vacation with friends during my final week on the island. We instantly knew what we found in one another was something undeniably special. After a relatively short cross-atlantic romance (and lots of air miles accumulated by Phil) he took me up to the Lake District on the northwest coast of England and asked me to marry him on one of the most stunning mountain tops. It was the happiest surprise of my life!

Our dream was that our wedding would be a true celebration of the love that binds us all together — our two families, friends and countries — and we wanted to highlight the wonderful English and American traditions that we both adore. We decided to get married in the treasured Woodland Valley of the Lake District – in the church and home of Phil’s late Grandmother, Marigold. It is also where his parents got married 40 years ago, and is now where they call home. Our families are everything to us, and we were thrilled to be able to have our two worlds collide in such a meaningful place. My family and friends loved coming to England to spend some happy sunny days up north, stretching out the festivities and exploring the area with Phil’s family.

Thankfully we couldn’t really do much to improve upon the existing breathtaking views, rolling fells and magical woodland setting. The gardens were in bloom and the sun stayed out for nearly the whole weekend. Our vision was to let the natural beauty of the valley be enjoyed all week long.. so we hiked, swam, sat in the sunny gardens and just enjoyed our loved ones who had traveled such great distances to share in these few unforgettable days.

Our incredible friends Kara and Courtney helped pull everything together for us throughout the week, allowing our families to really relax and enjoy spending time together. The wedding day was an absolute dream, and we are so grateful that Jonny & Michelle (Paper Antler) captured the sweetest moments throughout it all – of the people we hold dearest in our lives. We will forever cherish these images and the memories of the happiest week of our lives.

Photography: Paper Antler | Coordination: By Kara Elise | Floral Design: Valerie Ann's Florist | Wedding Dress: Mikaella Bridal | Ceremony Venue: St. John The Evangelist | Catering: Jim Metcalfe and his Drunken Duck/Chesters Team | Groom's Attire: Ede & Ravenscroft | String Quartet: Leos String Quartet | Tent: Papakata