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Romantic Spring English Country Club Wedding

Is it just me or is the English countryside an absolute hidden gem!? I think Anushe Low would agree, for as I gazed upon her photos of this spring celebration, I was transported away to another world, filled with blush roses and beautiful light. These lovebirds said their vows surrounded by this beauty and this gorgeous gallery is my new sparkling source for a little pretty pick-me-up.

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From Anushe Low… Siobhan and Tom celebrated their wedding day in the beautiful English countryside at the luxury hotel and spa, The Grove. 385 Guests enjoyed the warm May sunshine in the manicured gardens and pools of this country club venue with stunning views of the rolling green hills of Hertfordshire beyond.

Siobhan looked absolutely stunning in a version of the Bluebell wedding dress by Temperley London with a chic layered skirt and an exquisite lace bodice. She wore nude suede Mermaid sandals by Sergio Rossi embellished with crystals. Siobhan’s six bridesmaids looked angelic all in white Temperley London halterneck, empire-line dresses. The groom and groomsmen all wore black tie made by Harris and Howard’s bespoke tailoring.

Beautiful, soft romantic pinks and creams dominated the floral design by Wild at Heart with dramatic roses and hydrangea displays in over-sized silver vases and large pink and cream peonies and roses in the bridal bouquets. The wedding design was given a contemporary edge with the clear perspex invitation ‘cards’, clear glass plates, perspex candle stands and perspex chairs.

The soft pink florals continued in the cake design by Crowthers Cake Studio with a 6-tier cake adorned with sugar roses in an asymmetrical style.

The ceremony took place in an open-sided white marquee on the grounds of The Grove. The bride walked down the aisle to a string quartet. Guest enjoyed delicious canapés and flowing champagne outdoors following which they found their heart-shaped pink escort cards hanging from white ribbons on a row of small trees lining the reception room. The wedding meal was lit by an abundance of romantic white candles whilst guests enjoyed a three-course meal with coffee and petit fours.

The bride and groom opened the dancefloor to Aretha Franklin’s ‘You Send Me’ and the party really got going with an energetic Irish band who kept the dancefloor full all night!

Photography: Anushé Low | Floral Design: Wild At Heart | Wedding Dress: Bespoke Temperley London | Cake: Crowthers Cake Studio | Invitations: Cutture | Shoes: Sergio Rossi | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Bespoke Temperley London | Makeup Artist: Sophie Freeman | Groom's Attire: Harris & Howards Bespoke Tailoring | Wedding Venue: The Grove | Heart Place Cards: Cutture

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Rustic Newton Hall Wedding in Coastal Northumberland

Owning a wedding dress shop no doubt helped this Bride pick her dress in no time—a gorgeous full-lace Charlie Brear creation! Add in the quirky charm of Newton Hall, fitting perfectly with the couple’s personal touches (dinosaur centerpiece planters!) and we have a beautifully captured celebration, thanks to Sarah-Jane Ethan. Get whisked away with the full gallery right here!

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From the beautiful Bride… We met during Christmas 2012 after two mutual friends set us up on a blind date!! Apparently, we would ‘get on really well… turns out they were right!

Ten months later, on a trip to beautiful Lake Garda in Italy, Dave proposed at the feet of the Madonna statue, on a hill overlooking the town of Malcesine, at sunset. We were the only two there and I was completely swept off my feet!!! And so the planning began….

We knew we wanted a relaxed wedding with lots of natural touches. I had seen an image of some flower centerpieces that used natural logs as vases – it was the first picture I saved and the theme took a natural course from there.

Having owned a wedding dress shop for over 5 years (I’ve since sold on the business), choosing my dress was probably the easiest bit – believe it or not! Over the years I had found out what shapes suited me and what didn’t, so could narrow styles down quite quickly. I wanted something with a vintage feel but that would still flatter my 5’2″ frame. My full-lace, Charlie Brear dress ticked every box! I also bought two separate tops to wear with it that would give me three slightly different looks for throughout the day! I had always wanted to wear a veil so I knew that was also a must but I kept the veil quite simple so that it didn’t over power the dress. My headpiece was a Richard Designs side tiara that added some vintage sparkle to the over all look.

We hadn’t been looking for too long until we stumbled upon Newton Hall, on the beautiful coastline of Northumberland. The North East being Dave’s home and both of my parents birthplace – it seemed the most natural choice. It had the rustic charm we were looking for, coupled with quirky, fantastical decoration – we booked it over the phone before we had even been for a visit!!

Both being Beatles fans, we had a piano version of ‘Let It Be’ for me and my brothers to walk down the aisle too. We walked out to ‘All You Need Is Love’ and Dave gave each of the groomsmen a guitar brooch to wear in tribute to his love of all things music!! We stuck with tradition for the vows but Dave’s usher read a poem called ‘The Lovely Other Dinosaur’ by Edward Monkton that seemed to sum us both up perfectly!! The poem also complemented the handmade dinosaur planters used along with the centerpieces, that I spent far too much time on!!!

As tribute to my Dad, my mum gave me a vintage brooch with a picture of him inside to attach to my bouquet, so I still felt like he was there in spirit.

We struggled to find the groomsmen ties to match the bridesmaid dresses so my amazing mum took it upon herself to hand crochet individual ties for them all! They loved them and have all worn them since! She also handmade button bouquets for all my flower girls, that they could also keep as mementos of the day.

All of the logs for the table centers were provided by close family friends and we stenciled the plinths for them to sit on ourselves.

It would be very hard to pin down just one thing we were pleased about- the whole day was a dream from start to finish!! Seeing all the individual elements come together is something that you can’t quite believe will work until you see it!! From seeing the room set up with all the flowers for the first time to watching all our close family and friends smiling and dancing to our amazing live band – to us, it was perfect!

To anybody still planning their big day – try to enjoy it! Try to make it personal to you and don’t just follow the crowd and do what you think people want you to do. If you want to add Star Wars figures into your centerpieces instead of flowers – do it!! (I wish I had!) It will show off your personalities and put a smile on other peoples faces!

For our photographer we chose SJ, the reasons will be hard to sum up in a few words!! She was amazing!! We wanted photographs that would capture the spirit of the day, were very natural and above all, weren’t ‘set-up’. We fell in love with the natural light images she produces. She captures moments in the day that you may not have even noticed – a happy tear, a loving glance, a far-away thought. Add to that the fact that she is the happiest, smiliest person ever put on this planet and you have the best photographer!! Her photos are as genuine and full of joy as she is and we couldn’t have asked for more – the photos speak for themselves.

Photography: Sarah-Jane Ethan | Floral Design: Katherine Florists | Wedding Dress: Charlie Brear | Cake: Baked Cupcakery | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Two Birds Bridesmaid | Make-up : KF Make-up | Hair: Lisa Cameron | Band: Grooveallstars | Groom's Attire: Victor Valentine | Wedding Venue: Newton Hall | Chair Covers: The Finishing Touch Company | Flower Girls : Monsoon | Luminated Letters: Coco Luminaire | Ushers: Next | Veil & Tiara: Richard Designs | Wedding Acessories: Lola Bridal

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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 | Biscuits: Honeywell Bakes | Chocolate Lollipops & Pyramids: Pink Sugar Works | Glittery Banners & Decals: With Love From Josie | Hanging Lanterns: Hanging Lantern Company | Stylist: The Wedding Stylist

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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