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Travel Inspired Summer Wedding at Chelsea Physic Garden

Hidden away from the urban rush of London, this secret garden venue was the perfect place to host these two lovebirds’ blissful bash. Knot & Pop took their love and interest in all things travel, Colonial India and Edwardiana and created a unique celebration, with Pete Cranston capturing it all with some help from Gary Didsbury. Slip away into this fabulous fairytale with every pic right here!

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From Knot & Pop… Hannah and Derrick opted for the stunning natural surrounds of Chelsea Physic Garden in London for their wedding celebrations.

Wanting a day that was welcoming and inviting for all their guests, the couple opted for the venue with its secret garden feel, a hidden oasis in the heart of London. Beautiful and serene, they very much wanted a day where people could enjoy the great outdoors, relax and have fun.

The couple contacted us (UK wedding planners, Knot & Pop) having booked the church and reception venues but with just four months to go to the wedding date, needing a trusted and urgent help in hand to get invitations underway, theme and scheme set and all other suppliers booked.

With the bride’s love of E.M.Forster and the couple’s shared love of travel, Knot & Pop developed a wedding design that played to their passions, and set the tone for a unique and memorable day.

Having courted in India, the theme mixed in a sense of wanderlust, Colonial India and Edwardiana. From the Karma Kabs (Vintage Indian Ambassador cars) to the elephant motifs on invite and props throughout, and the vintage suitcases and trunks as coffee tables in lounge areas, the scene was set with not a detail over-looked. The table plan saw custom-made postcards with the couple’s’ initials as stamps, guiding guests to their table, with each named after a different place they had visited, and further showed their showed love of travel, culture and adventure. Little luggage tags were attached on peach ribbon for place cards, with gold bells, asking guests to ring them as the couple entered the marquee as Mr & Mrs. It was a lovely and treasured moment for Hannah and Derrick entering to the sound of everyone ringing the bells!

Guests dined on round tables with the top table as a banquet table, lined with tapered peach and coral candles on brassy gold candlesticks, with ornate brass filigree lanterns placed behind them for a beautiful backdrop.

The flowers mixed David Austin roses with dahlias,
 lisianthus,
 white ohara rose, eremurus,
 blushing bride hydrangea and trailing green amaranthus to name a few. Knot & Pop got the florist to create floral chandeliers that acted as a real focus point in the marquee, with garlands hanging over the dancefloor that looked beautiful.

With a photo booth to capture all the guests before they sat for dinner, a roaming artist drawing through the day and a great swing band and swing lesson taking place to get everyone on the dance floor – and a few, delicious bespoke cocktails to help fuel them – the guests, Bride, and Groom had the most magical of days in the most beautiful of settings in the heart of London. A hidden gem, for a gem of a couple.

Photography: Pete Cranston | Event Planning: Knot & Pop | Floral Design: Bo Boutique | Invitations: Berinmade | Catering: Rocket | Wedding Venue: Chelsea Physic Garden | Custom Props: Knot & Pop | Marquee: Claremount | Photography - Assistance: Gary Didsbury

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Achingly Romantic Inspiration Shoot Inspired by “The Love Letter”

Inspired by the story of a girl from a rural Italian village who falls in love with a British boy who writes her a love letter every single day they are apart, this stunning shoot from Cecelina Photography is straight out of a fairy tale. Set on the grounds of the historic and endlessly charming Almonry Barn in Somerset, the full gallery of pretty from this inspiration shoot will have any fan of pure romance weak in the knees.

 

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From Cecelina PhotographyThe story behind ‘The Love Letter’ as imaged by the styling team: A girl from a rural Italian village meets an English boy and falls in love. They have been away from each other for the last month and Anthony has posted Olivia a love letter every day, to let her know he adores her and can’t wait to marry her. On the morning of the wedding, the day begins with Olivia sitting in the shade of the tree in the orchard, having quiet time for herself and pouring over the last letter from Anthony. A handmade lace robe, soft fabric, tulle and her details sets the scene while the wind softly rustles in the trees.

Photographed by Cecelina Photography; this Italian inspired styled shoot was dreamed up by Belle and Beau Photography and Naomi Kenton for their A Beautiful Way Workshop this summer. The rustic details of Almonry Barn in Somerset gives a hint of destination weddings; particularly in Italy with it’s gardens, light and fresh food. Soft colours and the wedding dress made specifically for this shoot by Lady Evelyn gives a touch of softness and luxury, interpreted in this fine art photography. The Rose Shed created the rustic flowers with ribbon from Lancaster And Cornish and the styling team creating two different looks for Olivia in her grey wedding dress.

Photography: Cecelina Photography | Floral Design: The Rose Shed | Stationery: Gemma Milly | Bride's Shoes: Harriet Wilde | Make Up: The Barn | Hair Stylist: Louise Alway | Wedding Venue: Almonry Barn | Mentor: Naomi Kenton | Mentor: Belle And Beau Fine Art Photography | Model: Rachael Hayton | Ribbon: Lancaster And Cornish | Wedding Gown & Accessories: Lady Evelyn | Workshop: A Beautiful Way

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Elegant English Hindu Wedding

Awash in some of the most beautiful details you will ever see, this stunning affair is the definition of wedding perfection.  From the breathtaking ceremonies in honor of both the bride and groom’s heritage to the jaw-dropping locale, also known as the Ardington House.  Head to The Vault for even more cultural pretty captured by Peachey Photography and prepare to be wowed.

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From Peachey Photography… Danny’s family is Chinese, Anneka’s family is Indian, but they both grew up in England and wanted to celebrate all three cultures in their wedding celebration. In the morning a traditional Hindu ceremony was held, with all the beautiful colours and symbolism that it involves. Their outfits were both handmade by a tiny boutique in Surat, India, and fire, sweet treats and blessing ensued. Music and rose petal confetti led them out on to the lawns for drinks and some beautiful canapes, including hand-carved watermelon sculptures.

Following that, they changed from their Indian attire into a simple, sylish white bridal gown, designed by Augusta Jones, and a dapper dark Hugo Boss suit. Their guests took their seats on Temple Island, the small island nestled in the lake of Ardington House, and watched the English ceremony unfold, under an ancient stone temple adorned with flowers.

Once married a second time, they led their guests across the bridge for more music and food and a traditional Chinese tea ceremony took place for both families, where closest elder family members are served tea by the bride and groom. Dinner and lots of dancing followed and the day was the perfect fusion of ancient traditions from three very different cultures.

Photography: Peachey Photography | Wedding Planner: Table Attire | Floral Design: Flower Ardington | Wedding Dress: Augusta Jones | Catering: More | Groom's Attire: Moss Bros | Bridal Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Bride's Indian Outfit: Vivaah Sarees | Groom's Indian Outifit: Mool Chand India Emporium | Hair & Make-up : Tammi Nguyen | Photography - Assistance: Kate From Depict | Stately Home: Ardington House

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Spring Inspired Rustic Chic UK Wedding

Have you ever seen a happier Bride? She is absolutely beaming and her energy is contagious – which is why I’m really loving this wedding this Monday morning. Sarah-Jane Ethan, with assistance by Matt Ethan, captured that love in each and every one of their pics and this bash might be the best start-of-the-week motivator yet. Get your daily dose of joy right this way!

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From the Bride… Aaron and I met through a friend when we were 18 and have been together ever since. Aaron really surprised me by proposing three years ago this September in Hyde Park, London where we were living at the time. It was May so I have always wanted to get married in May! My main inspiration for the day was Spring since I love flowers and the huge range of colours you see that time of year. That’s why I went big, bright and beautiful as my theme!

It took me a while to choose my dress! I loved trying on all different styles and I found as I went along, that the style I thought I wanted totally changed! I finally found “the one,” Forsythia by Susan Neville at The White Room in Sheffield. It was the perfect dress for me, essentially two dresses in one! I loved the tight, organza, floor length detail with tulle train, more like an accessory, clipped on around the waist. I removed it for the evening reception so I could party all night!

My accessories were easy. I was given my grandmas pearl earrings and bracelet to wear on the day (something old and borrowed!) and as for my hair, I didn’t always want a veil but as soon as I tried one on I knew I had to get one! So if you feel like you don’t want a veil, I would still try one on just in case!

I waited until I’d picked my dress to get my shoes and that was an easy choice too. I went for classic Jimmy Choo’s in a champagne/silver color. I got a sample of my dress which was so handy with all the planning.

We got married at The Coniston Hotel, North Yorkshire. The most important thing for our wedding was to make sure we had a relaxed and fun atmosphere! The Coniston was the first venue we looked at and instantly fell in love with it. The views were amazing and romantic (and perfect for all weather conditions).

We chose Sarah Jane Ethan as our photographer. I came across SJ’s website after surfing the Internet for weeks trying to find a photographer whose pictures I liked and thought would be right to capture mine and Aaron’s big day! I am so happy I came across Sarah and her husband Matt! From start to finish SJ was amazing and so helpful! We had a lot of guests so we decided to have a second photographer, SJ’s husband! You can really tell Sarah and Matt love what they do and their pictures definitely reflect that! They made everyone feel so relaxed and at ease in front of the camera. Sarah and Matt really blended in with the wedding party and just enjoyed themselves which means myself and Aaron have amazing photos to remember our day! We even got an extra special gift from Matt which was a beautiful short film of our couple’s shoot.

With music being a big part of Aaron’s life I wanted it to be a big part of our day! We chose an acoustic guitarist to play some of our favourite dance songs during the ceremony with the exception of My Sarah by Thin Lizzy, which was played as I walked down the aisle with my dad. During the drinks reception we had a jazz duo (keys and Saxophone) which complemented the elated post-ceremony atmosphere perfectly!

Being a dancer I didn’t want any excuses for people not hitting the dance floor so I put together a basket of flip flops (dancing shoes) for all my guests to throw on!

I handmade my table plan with the help of my dad. Knowing I would want to save as many keepsakes as I could from the day, I styled the table plan with the intention of making it a feature in our new home. Hence why the picture frames used on the tables are now hanging in our hallway!

I also made Midnight snack bags for all our guests – everybody loves a party bag!

Myself and Aaron have been together for nine years so I wanted to share some of our favourite moments on a timeline of intimate Polaroids! (The pegs were just for fun…..and practical!!)

For the favours we used cinnamon vodka in personalised mini bottles to give the tables a bit of extra sparkle and ours guest a ‘flavoured’ favour which conveniently doubled up as place cards!

My favourite part of the day was marrying my best friend and seeing all our closest friends and family enjoying our moment with us. And my advice to any couple still planning their big day is enjoy every minute and try not to worry about the little things.

Photography: Sarah- Jane Ethan | Videography: Yorkshire Wedding Video | Floral Design: Green House Florist | Wedding Dress: Susan Neville | Cake: Cupcakes By Katie | Make-up: Alexandra Megan | Make-up: Danielle Daynes | Hair: Ark- I- Tek | DJ: Dance Floor Couture | Wedding Venue: Coniston Hotel | Bridal Boutique: White Room Bridal | Bridal Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Event Decor: Aaron Roberts | Ice-Cream Cart: Ice Dream | Music: Craig Smith Music | Photobooth: Booth Revolution | Photography - Assistance: Matt Ethan | Skin & Beauty: Beau

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Charming, Rustic Country Wedding at the Linthwaite House

Charming, sweet and oh-so beautiful this lakeside wedding at the Linthwaite House is as darling as they come. With perfectly placed details dreamt up by this gorgeous Bride alongside the loveliest florals from Valerie Ann’s Florist, every image snapped up by Sarah-Jane Ethan is frame-worthy to say the very least. See them all here.

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From The Bride Vicky…Darren & I met in May 2011 on a night out in Manchester. We owe it to Darren’s friend who initially made the move to speak to me and my sister but was told quickly by my sister that she was already married, but that I was single….. and Darren quickly swooped in!! We haven’t been apart since! Love at first sight for me :) Although, I did think his name was Gareth for the first four weeks of dating….

We got engaged in September 2013…..My friend asked me if I was free one Thursday evening after work to meet for some dinner. We arranged to meet at the Hilton hotel in Manchester (where she was staying that night for work). I arrived and she text me to say she wasn’t quite ready yet so to come up to her room. I knocked on the door and to my surprise Darren answered….stood in a suit, the room filled with candles, white roses, champagne and chocolate. Obviously in shock all I could say was…..well where is Charlotte!! He quickly told me that she was clearly not here and that he had arranged things with her so that he could surprise me (knowing what I’m like he knew most other ways I would find out!) and that he had something to ask me…..and down on one knee he went with a beautiful ring! Complete shock and excitement! He had brought a dress for me to change into and had booked a restaurant and a cocktail bar to celebrate. It was perfect :)

For the wedding, our idea was to keep things simple. We wanted a small wedding with our closest family and friends and we didn’t want anything too…fussy. It was to be a spring wedding so we wanted to keep things light, fresh and with a slight vintage/country feel. I used Pinterest for a lot of our inspiration and this made me realise we wanted a pale pallet of colours (ivory, grey, light pinks, light yellow, light green) for everything from our stationary, to dresses, bunting, flowers and table decoration. Every bride needs Pinterest! I also signed up to a few wedding inspiration blogs like Style Me Pretty and a few facebook groups. I of course bought some wedding magazines and they did help as well and we always kept in mind what we wanted. I think looking back once it had all come together our wedding had a ‘Rustic Country’ feel.

I did a lot of research on Pinterest for my dress and knew I wanted something a little bit different. I liked ‘wow’ backs and initially wanted sleeves/high necks but as soon as I tried these on they didn’t suit me at all. I looked online at Berta dresses for inspiration and then just booked some appointments in with a few local stores who stocked designers I liked. I was stuck between two dresses in a shop called Puure Bridal in Lymm. I then went to try some at The Bridal Path, Altringham and they actually picked ‘The One’ out for me, I absolutely loved it instantly and got goose bumps when I tried it on! The dress had a lot of lace detail so I kept all my other accessories really simple, a plain diamond necklace borrowed from my sister, some plain diamond earrings and a small hairclip. My shoes were from Rainbow Club via John Lewis, and if you take them back after the wedding they will dye them black so you can wear them again!

We wanted to have a Lake District wedding as my Grandparents have a house in Windermere so we have spent many summers there and have a real love for the place. We love the countryside and we always wanted a small church wedding in a quiet area, so as soon as we saw St Peter’s Church, Field Broughton we knew it was perfect. I found Linthwaite House online and as soon as we went to visit, we fell in love! It is so peaceful and welcoming yet so luxurious! Kate (Linthwaite’s wedding planner) was so helpful so we booked it without really looking elsewhere. We booked Linthwaite on an exclusive use basis which meant we had the place to ourselves which made it feel like a huge house party and so relaxed! (Especially whilst the whole wedding party was doing ‘The Love Train’ through the house in the evening!)

My favourite songs from the day were:
* Bridal Entrance: Kodaline, The One
* Bride & Groom Exit: Natalie Cole, This Will Be

We made our own table plan using a photograph of each person, we loved it and our guests were so thrilled! After the wedding we sent them their pictures with our thank you cards. My sister in law did all of our stationary from her small business ‘Love Those Prints’ which was great because it was completely bespoke and they were so beautiful. We also made up some sweetie bags for the evening which went down a treat!

We really struggled to find a photographer that looked like what we wanted……unstuffy, friendly and with light, vintage style photos. As soon as I came across SJ I instantly knew her photography style was exactly right for us. I could see from previous weddings she had captured some truly beautiful images, emotions and moments from the day, just what we wanted. As soon as SJ arrived on the day she was a breath of fresh air. She was friendly, calm and snapping away without being intrusive whatsoever. When we saw our pictures I cried, they brought back so many memories of the day and were beyond what we could ever have expected, we absolutely love them.

The highlights of the day for me was;

– The church ceremony, it was just beautiful, We absolutely loved it. Our venue was also so perfect, the wedding breakfast was gorgeous and the team were so helpful.
– I was in love with my dress!!
– We also loved that the wedding felt so intimate with all of our closest friends and family which meant we managed to spend time with everybody!
– The flowers were breath taking, I was so overwhelmed when the bouquets/button holes arrived, far better than we could ever have expected!
– Our photographs are incredible and capture the emotion of the day so well, we are so pleased with them.
– Our stationary, it was bespoke and exactly what we wanted
– Pretty much everything we loved!!!

My advice to any couple still planning their big day is;

– Don’t invite people that you don’t want to invite, its your day, be surrounded by people you love!
– Keep things simple, you might not need chair covers (for example) so don’t get them just because that’s what you think you’re ‘meant to do’! And don’t do/have things just because you’re ‘meant to’….have what you want :)
– Do pay attention to the little details because they really do count!
– Make sure you get a really good photographer, the pictures are so important after the day as they help you remember everything and a good photographer will capture the emotion which makes the pictures so special!
– Be organised, so that the week before and on the day, you can relax and enjoy it all.
– Take time during the day to step back and take it all in, at different moments in the day, it will help you appreciate and remember it all
– Search eBay for things, some things are great quality and cheap! and try and use small businesses where possible too as you can get more personalised/quality items :)
– Enjoy it!!

Photography: Sarah-Jane Ethan | Videographer: Phillip White | Floral Design: Valerie Ann's Florist | Wedding Dress: The Bridal Path | Ceremony Venue: St.Peter's Church | Reception Venue: Linthwaite House | Rings: Ernest Jones | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Ted Baker | Make Up: Danielle Entwhistle | Groom's Attire: Reiss | Groomsmen's Attire: Marks And Spencer | Beatrix Potter Biscuits: Biscuiteers | Bridal Party Robes: Etsy | Bridal Shoes: Rainbow Club | Bunting: The Cotton Bunting Company | Flower Girl Headband: Monsoon UK | Flower Girl's Dresses: River Island | Gingerbread Favours: The Grasmere Gingerbread Shop | Glitter Feathers: Love Those Prints | Honeymoon: Lux Belle Mare - Mauritius | Singer: Kyle Parry | Stationery & Prints: Love Those Prints | Wedding Car: Rolls Royce Wraith

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