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Chic Summer Wedding in London

Move over Ladies of London, there’s a fab new Brit in town and she comes in the form of a stunning summer wedding captured by Caught The Light. This affair may be indoors but it’s wholeheartedly summer thanks to florals in every shade of sunshine by Hayford & Rhodes and simple details that scream chic. See even more of this light, bright beauty right here.

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From The Bride…Hywel and I met two weeks after I arrived in London, five years ago. I’d just moved over from New York (ostensibly for a year…!) and happened to move into a flat with one of his best friends from university. One day I walked into the living room, saw this gorgeous Brit sitting there, and that was basically it. I was a goner. It took us a couple of months to make it official, but ever since then we’ve been happily living out our little London love story. I work as an account director for a branding & design agency, while Hywel oversees brand partnerships for the men’s health charity, Movember. We got engaged on a Saturday morning, lying in bed: Me: “What shall we do today?” Hywel: “Shall we get engaged?” I’ve never been interested in a big, traditional proposal, so for us it was just right. After crying, laughing, family phone calls and a couple of Bloody Mary’s, we went into town to buy me a wedding ring! That night, we had friends over for a big Italian feast, shared our good news, and basked in the excitement. Wedding Planning…We got engaged in November, and knew right away we wanted to try to fit in a wedding within the next seven or eight months. Then the panic set in! Thankfully, we found One Marylebone fairly quickly, and once that was booked, everything else fell into place. We were able to give my American friends & family six months’ notice in order to book flights across the pond Our wedding planning was definitely a partnership – I was very lucky that my groom has event planning skills and industry contacts in spades! We share a similar aesthetic and are both pretty decisive, so we were able to keep the process moving along pretty quickly. Wedding Day…The day itself was just absolutely amazing. It felt like ‘us’, which is exactly what we wanted. I walked down the aisle to The Beatles’ “Here Comes the Sun” on the piano – just hearing the opening bars to the music now make me start to tear up! My grandfather, who is a federal judge in New York, delivered a sort of secular sermon with an incredible presence that moved everyone. Our friend Libby, who introduced us, read “I carry your heart with me (I carry it in my heart)” by E.E. Cummings. Hywel and I also wrote our own vows, which is much less of a thing here in the UK. It was wonderful to commit to each other in a way that was personal to us. I wouldn’t have done it any other way. Another friend, Miranda Heldt, a professional singer, performed the soulful “All over again” by Sharon Jones during the register signing. And then finally, we walked back down the aisle to “Signed, Sealed, Delivered” by Stevie Wonder, which was such a fun, unexpected thing for our guests to hear after a heartfelt ceremony. It definitely changed the tone – it was time to party! I worked with the lovely Charlotte at Hayford & Rhodes on our flowers. For our ceremony, we chose beautiful silver birch trees for the front of the room. They added drama and a simple, natural feel to the space. Seasoned Events worked with us to create our menu. Hywel and I love to host dinner parties, and we wanted our wedding to feel like the best one yet. We chose to have antipasti sharing platters to start, which really got people chatting and interacting with each other and the food. We served a delicious chicken breast with summer pea risotto cake and pea puree for the main, followed by truly decadent chocolate fondant. We worked with family friend and wine merchant, Simon Taylor, to choose a subtle Champagne, bright Sauvignon Blanc and yummy Pinot Noir to serve throughout the day. Our beer choice was just as personal: Camden Town Brewery is situated just down the road from our flat, and I’m a Boston girl by birth, so it only made sense to have Sam Adams for both our Yankee & British guests. We placed little cork-topped bottles of Welsh whisky at every guest’s place as name cards. Hywel’s entire family hails from the same area as that particular whisky distillery, and our relationship was definitely cemented over a shared love of neat whisky. We hired huge light letters (H&L) to transform the space for the evening dancing. It really added fun to a space that is usually so elegant and refined. Plus they look awesome in pictures! Our phenomenal DJ had the dance floor packed from start to finish, and the whole thing just had such a fun & joyful feel to it. Some of our wonderful friends got us a guestbook & Polaroid camera to help us capture moments throughout the day. There are some pretty epic shots and very sweet notes in there. My advice to every bride is simply to soak it all in. Everyone says it’s important to take a moment, just the two of you, to step away and just look at what’s happening all around you. Hywel and I were able to do that a few times throughout the night, and it was pretty incredible. I also made myself stay very present during the ceremony. It sounds like an obviously or silly thing, but someone once gave me that advice and I found it invaluable. Also, I found wedding morning yoga a really special and calming way to start the day! Oh, and pay as much as you can for a great photographer. It is the best investment you can make! After all, what are you left with after the fact, other than your photos?!

Photography: Caught The Light | Florist: Hayford & Rhodes | Wedding Dress: Vera Wang, Evelyn | Shoes: LK Bennett | DJ: The Wedding Smashers | Groom's Shoes: Stemar | Groom's Suit: Canali | Caterers: Seasoned Events | Ceremony & Reception: One Marylebone | Earrings: Gold Tiffany Elsa Peretti | Groom's Cufflinks: Tiffany & Co. | Groom's Shirt: Thomas Pink | Hair & Make Up: Roseanna Velin | Professional Singer: Miranda Heldt | Wine Merchant: Simon Taylor

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English Manor Wedding Inspiration

At first glance, this shoot might look like your typical English garden inspiration. But take a closer look and you’ll see an east-meets-west approach with a subtle Asian flair. Euphoric FlowersPocketful of DreamsCakes By Krishanthi along with a whole team of talent crafted up the pretty and Weddings By Nicola and Glen photographed the gallery you simply can’t afford to miss.

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From Weddings By Nicola and GlenWe recently photographed a wedding inspiration shoot at Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons, one of the most famous luxury hotels in Britain renown for its 2 Michelin star food and idyllic countryside setting. The overall concept was Fusion – Where East Meets West and was designed, styled and co-ordinated by Vicki & Michelle of event design house Pocketful of Dreams.

From Michelle of Pocketful of Dreams… Inspired by the stunning Japanese Tea Gardens at the venue, we worked from a back story of a stylish British couple who had been heavily influenced by their travels to the Orient and set out to create a look that had an elegant feel with stylish and thoughtful touches across all the décor and details, subtly and creatively portraying that Far East influence. We worked with a rich, warm colour palette of burgundy, wine, soft pinks and peach with a grounding base of oyster silk, all offset by plenty of leafy greens. Brass and antique gold tones were then added to establish a luxe/old world feel that emulated a refined luxury.

Photography: Weddings By Nicola And Glen | Floral Design: Euphoric Flowers | Bridal Dresses & Accessories: Kate Halfpenny | Cakes & Sweet Treats: Cakes By Krishanthi | Decor Items: Brollies Galore | Decor Items: Amara | Decor Items: Farley Prop Hire | Design Concept & Styling: Pocketful Of Dreams | Furniture: Vintage Style Hire | Groom’s Outfit: October House | Make-up & Hair: Sarah Elizabeth For Claire Hanson’s M.A.C.H Beauty Team | Paper Goods: Gemma Milly | Venue: Belmond Le Manoir Aux Quat’Saisons

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Whimsical England Wedding Filled With DIY Details + Film

Count me officially enchanted. Cute footbridges, upright pianos, carousels, floral bridesmaid dresses, and not to mention the bride’s custom made Guinevere-esque gown by Very Me – all captured on Ciné Reportage’s Super 8 and 16 mm film, freshly cut and already brimming with glowing nostalgia. For even more loveliness, catch the’s a whole gallery of sweet-as-it-gets moments captured by Brighton Photo.


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Ciné Reportage… I’ve long been dying to share one of our super 8 and 16mm wedding films with you, and I’m delighted to be able to send you what may be the most beautiful wedding we’ve ever shot.

Justin & Carly were married at Preston Court, near Canterbury in Kent in September last year. It’s an incredible venue which includes a genuine Victorian carousel and an island for outdoor ceremonies.

The couple were enormous fun to be around and their wedding was packed with beautiful and original DIY touches.

I really hope that you like the film. We’re based in Brussels, Belgium but very much available for weddings anywhere in the world.

From the Bride… Preston Court was just so beautiful and so different from anything we had seen – we felt like it had been made for us. The weather was perfect, so we could have an outdoor ceremony like we had always hoped for. We got married on the island and most of our guests were just over the stream.

We loved the carousel and how excited all our friends and family were to have a go, and more than anything we loved the things that we had made ourselves because they represented such labors of love!

We didn’t have a color scheme or a theme as such. Everything was just ‘stuff we like’. I love anything that’s had a past life and love to know where something has come from and the story behind it. We spent endless weekends collecting and gathering bits. From all our china and linen to old bottles and tins for the flowers. I LOVED every second. We’re even thinking about hiring it all out so I don’t have to say goodbye to any of it!

Justin made a photo wall – we collected picture frames to poke your head through and covered it with very kitsch wallpaper. The swallows on the wall were from my Grandma’s kitchen.. We have family from different parts of the country so we made a sign with how many miles to each part on it, as well as an arrow to where you could ‘cut some rug’ .

I had my dress made by Kerry J Tuckett of Very Me. I had to put all my faith in Kerry and try and communicate exactly what I wanted. With Kerry’s prowess and infinite skill we worked together to make my dream dress. I collected the Art Deco buckle from eBay and the chain on the top back of my dress was from a cheapy bin at a vintage fair – in its heyday it was a set of collar clips!

My red shoes were Karen Millan and my hairpiece was a pearl necklace that I had found at a car boot sale made into a beautiful piece by Gemma Sutton, who also did my hair and makeup. The Bridesmaids dresses were from Zara which were all altered to suit each maid.

Justin’s suit was from Ted Baker, his Grandmother passed away a month before the wedding and left, with his mum, a lucky Horseshoe brooch to be given to him on the morning of our big day. It looked perfect.

Our best idea was deciding to have a cinematographer. We had Will from Ciné Reportage and it was the best money that we ever spent. They went above and beyond on the day and fit in perfectly. It was so unobtrusive that people were surprised when we said we had a film made. We can’t talk highly enough about them, the film makes me cry every time, it is so romantic.

Justin in case you’re wondering about the chimney sweeps(!): In Great Britain it is considered lucky for a bride to see a chimney sweep on her wedding day. It started about 200 years ago when a London chimney sweeper saved the life of King George III. The sweep had been the only person brave enough to stop the King’s out of control horses and carriage. By Royal Decree the King proclaimed that all sweeps are good luck bearers and should be treated with respect. The folklore was established and to this day chimney sweeps are still invited to attend weddings and kiss the bride for good luck.

Photography: Heather For Brighton Photo | Cinematography: Ciné Reportage | Flowers: Miss Mole's Flower Emporium | Wedding Dress: Very Me | Bride's Shoes: Karen Millen | Shoes: Karen Millen | Bridesmaids\' Dresses: Zara | Chimney Sweeps : Milborrow Chimney Sweeps | Groom\'s Attire: Ted Baker | Hairpiece, Hair & Makeup: Gemma Sutton | Piano: Mark Davies | Wedding Venue: Preston Court