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Elegant English Ballroom Wedding

You know what makes me smile? Post-ceremony portraits. The undeniable joy radiating from their newlywed faces as they walk hand-in-hand relishing their new titles is enough to make me giddy. And this sweet duo? Well, one look at this gallery from the lens of Dominique Bader and you’ll see just what I mean.

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From Dominique BaderThis wedding took place in a beautiful Georgian hotel in the historical town of Rye, in Sussex, England; famous for its cobbled streets, antique shops, and beautiful architecture. The wedding ceremony and reception were held in the light filled ballroom of The George in Rye hotel, which is beautifully decorated with duck egg blue wallpaper, traditional paneling, and beautiful chandeliers. The venue has a cozy and intimate feel whilst retaining the classical and timeless qualities of the Georgian period.

From the beautiful Bride…The inspiration for our day was to keep things contemporary, yet classic and elegant. We wanted to be able to look back at our photos in years to come and have no regrets about our choices. Our wedding day was a true reflection of us as a couple and we made sure to stick to this value throughout the planning. I wanted to work with great suppliers who shared our vision and in whom we had the confidence to deliver great results. When it came to picking the venue, we considered that most of our guests were from out of town and we felt that the charming town of Rye with its cobbled streets, close to where I grew up, would be perfect for them to enjoy a long weekend away. We fell in love with the beautiful light and airy Georgian ballroom with its exquisite silk wallpaper and glamorous chandeliers at The George in Rye and instantly knew it was the venue for us. I could imagine the room filled with white flowers and the sound of glasses clinking. Our wedding day was, in our opinion, a combination of great food, unique music, an abundance of fragrant florals, timeless decor, and a relaxed atmosphere in which to share the love with our family and friends!

Photography: Dominique Bader | Florist: Bloomingayles | Wedding Dress: Reem Acra | Cake: Vintage Rose Cupcakes | Invitations: Emily & Jo | Shoes: Christian Louboutin | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Tiffany Rose | Makeup: Leanne Robey | Band: Stereo-Sound | Groom's Attire: Tiger Of Sweden | Groom's Shoes: Kurt Geiger | Bridal Hair: Gemma Sutton | Earrings: Jenny Packham | Georgian Hotel/Ballroom: The George In Rye | Gold Bead Plates: Motifs And Seasons | Tablecloths: Northfields Linen

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Spring London Kew Gardens Wedding

Any wedding that begins with a bouquet of THE prettiest pink peonies designed by Robbie Honey is a celebration I can get behind. Not to mention all the photo goodness that follows. Think traditional English elegance woven with the couple’s Chinese traditions for a day that’s magic from start to finish. More from Polly Alexandre right this way.

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From Polly AlexandreEva & Matt met when they were both students at LSE in London. Given that their love story officially started back when they were students, it was only fitting that Matt should revisit their University Library to propose to Eva. The couple chose me as their Photographer with a brief to capture the smiles, the happiness…and special moments of their big day. Images that felt sweet and happy and would reawaken the feelings from their magical day in years to come when they looked through their album.

With both the wedding ceremony and reception to be held at Cambridge Cottage in Kew Gardens, London. Eva chose the classic, timeless Connaught Hotel in the heart of London for her location for bridal preparations. It has a classic and grand feel indoors which she loved and it was the perfect location to host the extensive Chinese party games, which were a lot of fun indeed! 

As one of the fun Chinese traditions includes playing a series of games before the wedding, Eva wore a crimson red dress for this part of the day and the tea ceremony and then later changed into her beautiful white wedding gown by Pronovias.

From The Bride…We got to know each other while we were both studying at the LSE in London. After graduation, many of our close friends moved to different parts of the world. When we started planning the wedding, we thought what could be better than having the wedding in London and bringing our closest friends and family back to where we met and shared our happiest day. We had a perfect day and we couldn’t be happier seeing all the family and friends from all over the world coming together in Kew Garden on a beautiful British summer day. Polly, who was our photographer, captured every precious moment in the best way we could ever hope for.

Every bride to be knows the wedding preparation can be stressful to say the least, visiting flower market in the early morning, trying to find the perfect dress, practicing a dance while neither of you knows how to dance etc. While we were planning the wedding, neither of us ever thought we would miss those stressful moments. Now a year after the wedding, we sat in bed on a Sunday morning, laughing together and all those memories are just as beautiful as the wedding day itself. 

Photography: Polly Alexandre | Videographer: Bloomsbury Films | Florist: Robbie Honey | Wedding Dress: Pronovias | Cake : Rachel's Cakes | Make Up : Jo Freeman | Band: Wandering Hands | Bridal Preparations: The Connaught | Ceremony & Reception: Cambridge Cottage, Kew Gardens

Whimsical + Colorful London Gallery Wedding

Spring is officially here m’dears, and this next pastel pretty? Well, it’s the perfect warm welcome for a long-awaited season. After nine years, this pair put together one sunny affair filled with vibrant Fairy Nuff Flowers and whimsical bunny accents. From the hanging florals to the forestry themed favors, every detail is filled with classic color and Caught The Light captured it all here!

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From the beautiful Bride… It was over eleven years ago when Allan and I met at university (I was trying to find the ladies’ toilets in the student union!) We were friends first, then flat mates and one day a more amorous relationship then blossomed over a Dawson’s Creek marathon….(don’t ask!)

Seven years later and Allan proposed on a trip to Australia. On the first night in Sydney, he took me out to the Sydney Opera House and projected a home-made video onto it, which animated our relationship through its seven years. It ended with Allan on one knee; with the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the twilight sky bearing witness to our happy tears.

We were engaged for almost two years so we had plenty of time to plan for our summer wedding, which was a good thing given I was never one of those girls who grew up with a vision of their “dream wedding”. The dress alone took almost 6 months to find, but I finally found “the one” at Morgan Davies – a Kobus Dippenaar number with a beautiful lace appliqué top and intricate lace straps, and a simple silk skirt that was easy to move around in – I wanted something I could not only dance in, but also go to the bathroom by myself in!

As we had met at a London university and had lived in London all our lives, we had to have a London wedding! The Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA) was the perfect choice – it was such a bright, light contemporary space with beautiful balconies that had views of St James Park, the London Eye and Big Ben. They also have in-house caterers, Peyton and Byrne, who created a delicious wedding breakfast for us, which included seared scallops, juicy pork belly and the most salivating coconut marshmallow brownie.

Allan was definitely an equal partner in the planning – he designed the save the dates, invitations, table plan and order of service. He also crafted two lit up “A” signs out of foamboard that formed our main mantelpiece décor in the wedding breakfast room. Who says accountants aren’t creative?

We had two wedding favors for our lovely friends and family – chocolate Lindt bunnies (which went with our loose forestry theme) and vinyl style CDs that we made which included our wedding music, meaningful songs to us and songs that encapsulated the hen do and stag do (if you haven’t already heard it, Youtube “Channing Tatum & Jamie Foxx – I wanna”!)

We were inspired by hanging flower displays we’d seen on Pinterest and worked with the amazing Steph from FairyNuff Flowers to create one as the backdrop for our ceremony room. As the ICA was such an open light space, we wanted bright flowers to bring a bit of color to the day. We used animal vases from our living room as part of our centre pieces, along with old vintage books we spent months picking from old book stores – each had some relevance to us or to the group of friends on that table.

We chose two songs for our first dance – we started off slow-dancing to Bright Eyes – “First Day of my Life” and then broke into a choreographed routine to Hall & Oates – “You Make My Dreams Come True” that we learnt from a flash mob video from YouTube. It took a few sessions at the gym, but we almost nailed it on the night! Almost!

Allan also surprised me on the night with another video he had made, which he shared with everyone just before we cut the cake. One of my (not so secret) music vices is the band McFly, so whilst Allan was on his stag-do, he and his groomsmen re-created the “Love is Easy” video in Sofia, pink ukulele and heart shaped umbrellas included!

We had a lot of fun planning the wedding (“researching” wines and food/cake tastings were definitely highlights) and we’re so grateful that we had the talented Chloé take our wedding photographs for us – we now have a collection of amazing memories immortalized in her beautiful photos for the rest of our lives.

Photography: Caught The Light | Floral Design: Fairy Nuff Flowers | Wedding Cake: Bea's of Bloomsbury | Ceremony Venue: The ICA | Reception Venue: The ICA | Shoes: LK Bennett | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Debenhams | Catering: Peyton & Byrne | Groom's Shoes: Aldo | Groom's Suit: Ted Baker | Groomsmen's Attire: Burton | Cake Toppers: by Tina Albin | Dress designer: Kobus Dippenaar | Groom's Shirt: TM Lewin | Groom's bowtie: Debenhams | Hair & Make up artist: Sam Sham | Veil: Morgan Davies

London Summer Wedding at MC Motors

While most ladies dream of Paris, my heart’s always been in London. So this British bash right here made my day. With London Bride orchestrating this “summer in the city” reception and Ever After Press creating paper goodies that literally make me squeal, I knew I was in for a good time. Caught the Light snapped away and we even have a little behind the scenes film by Sandra Ciampone. See more here!

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From Caught the LightThis incredibly cool ‘summer in the city’ wedding reception was held at the unmistakeable MC Motors in London’s Dalston. Working in the city, the couple wanted to make the most of a London wedding and chose a fantastic urban space for their reception.

With the assistance of their creative wedding planner, Charley at London Bride and the bride’s friend, Emily at Ever After Press, the day was personalised with subtle references to the bride’s mediterranean heritage and the couples love of the outdoors. The venue was styled with lots of greenery and floral touches to bring the summer to life inside by Amy at Bo Boutique with olive trees, hanging branches and draped foliage which hung over rustic wooden doors behind the top table. The theme continued through the watercolour paper elements designed by Emily, and their unexpected ‘something blue’ ombre wedding cake which took guests by surprise with it’s colourful sponge!

Delicious canapés and cuisine were provided by Social Pantry along with an Iberian ham carving station for guests to enjoy whilst sipping on refreshing Grapefruit and Cucumber cocktails or homemade lemonade. The couple made an amazing entry to the reception by being driven in their vintage car into the venue to a warm welcome from their guests as they arrived to the jazz sounds of the Swinging Little Big Band.

After the sit-down meal and heartfelt speeches, the evening began with the couples favourite signature cocktails served from a vintage bar cart with personalised napkins and cocktail stirrers and guests were treated to a sweet treat with seasonal macarons in ‘Great British Summer’ flavours such as Pimms and Apple and Elderflower. As the wedding was during the World Cup season, a table-football table was set up and proved to be a great place for the boys to have some fun, then the Wedding Smashers DJs kicked off the evening as the couple took to the dance floor with their choreographed first dance routine to the cheers of their guests.

The night didn’t end there as the couple and their friends decided to carry on the after party with a visit to to their local karaoke bar!

Photography: Caught The Light | Wedding Planner: Charley Of London Bride | Dress: La Sposa | Wedding Cake: Konditor & Cook | Catering: Social Pantry | Make-Up: Make Up By Katy | Hair Stylist: Hair By Cassandra | DJ: The Wedding Smashers | Wedding Venue: MC Motors | Behind The Scenes Film: Sandra Ciampone | Bride's Headpiece: Custom-Made By Jo Barnes Vintage | Florals: Bo Botique | Macarons: Wharf Road Bakery | Stationery & Paper Elements: Ever After Press | Swing Band: Swinging Little Big Band | Vintage Hire: Classic Crockery

Quintessential Vintage English Wedding at Burloes Hall

After perusing this ridiculously wonderful gallery from Belle And Beau Fine Art Photography, I’ve decided I’m going to tuck this wedding away in a little corner of my heart and hold it there forever. That’s how much I love it so. It’s happy, sweet, fun, charming and oh-so-adorable. From the bow ties and bowler hats to the vintage photo pendants and pastel petals, it will melt your heart in an instant.

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From Belle And Beau Fine Art Photography… I wanted to send you this beautiful quintessentially English wedding as it not only has beautiful details (including the most beautiful Summer bouquet and the boys wearing bowler hats) and a gorgeous couple but the story behind it is a truly romantic one!

Like something straight out of an old English romance novel, Ben and Sarah’s outdoor wedding was held at the beautiful Burloes Hall in Cambridgeshire where Sarah’s Grandparents met! Her Great Grandparents lived in the Gamekeeper’s cottage on the Estate, which is where her Grandad, Son of the Head Gamekeeper, met her Nan who was the Housemaid A true Downton Abbey story!

From the beautiful Bride… My Grandparents met at Burloes. My Great-Grandfather was the Head Gamekeeper, taking over from my Great-Uncle. They lived in the Gamekeeper’s Cottage on the Estate, in which my Grandfather also lived. My Nan was the Housemaid. The story goes that, my Nan needed to post some mail for Lady Joan Newman – the Lady of the Estate – and it was suggested that my Granddad accompany her. The rest, as they say, is history!

We knew we wanted an outdoor wedding if possible – our dream wedding has always been that of Forest Gump and ‘his’ Jenny. We looked at a couple of local venues: big houses with even larger gardens. My Grandfather had not long passed away when we got engaged and was always on my mind. Randomly, I searched for ‘Burloes’, and ‘weddings’ and to my utter delight I found a website for the Burloes Hall – and they did weddings!

I’ve always wanted a Spring wedding (the gorgeous blossom and spring flowers, sense of new life and warm glimmer of the sun… all before the streaming noses and itchy eyes of Summer kicks in!). We both love the ‘good old days’. The décor, the fashion and the slower pace of life. Our home together is filled with family heirlooms and vintage treasures we’ve found together over the years. garden party theme for our wedding just felt like the right fit for us.

I was so nervous about dress shopping. I rarely wear dresses, and don’t particularly relish the limelight. So I wanted to feel special, but ultimately comfortable. I knew I wanted a high neckline and wanted to show off my small waist. Lace was a key feature too. The rest I was pretty clueless about.

I went with my mum and bridesmaids and we hit three shops in one day. The last shop was Morgan Davies and was the only shop I actually got excited in! I found six beautiful dresses, each one more beautiful than the last. I chose ‘Willow’ by Maggie Sottero bringing in all the elements I like into one dress. My veil was ‘Orlando’ by Joyce Jackson. 1 inch scalloped lace edge, 72 inch two-tier veil. My shoes were gold sparkly heels from Next!

My Grandad’s bracelet was my ‘Something Old’, my Mother’s pearl and diamond drop earrings were my ‘Something Borrowed’, my lace garter with blue ribbon bow was my ‘Something Blue’ and my Dress was my ‘Something New’! The vintage photo pendants, hanging from my bouquet featured photos of my grandparents.

My Photographer was Holly from Belle and Beau Fine Art Photography. Simply put, Holly was brilliant. I got so excited the moment I found her website and had to email her straight away. As soon we spoke on the phone I knew she was the one for us. Photography was a big thing for us, we didn’t want the usual style of photos with lots of staged shots and forced smiles. We wanted natural shots which captured the happiness of the day, the guests and the venue. We loved Holly’s style of soft pastels and artistic compositions. We can’t recommend her enough!

Holly, and her husband Phil, were just perfect on the day. They made us feel so comfortable in front of the camera and [in the nicest possible way] forgot they were there at times! The rest of the time they were just so lovely and we had a lot of laughs together. Some of our favourite shots were taken there, capturing the golden light of the sunset. It was just magical. We are so thankful to Holly for giving us such timeless memories, her photos are a true gift which we will treasure always.

Our florist was Noeleen Ross from the The Basement Florist. Flowers were a big part of our day. The vintage theme really came to life through the British country cottage style flowers and flower arrangements, many of which were locally grown. Noeleen was a dream to work with. She was so friendly and understood exactly what I wanted straight away.

We made our rings ourselves! I made Ben’s and he made mine, at a one-day jewelery-making workshop with Rachel Jeffrey Contemporary Jeweler.

Our wedding favours were, again, very much homemade! Can you guess the emerging theme?! These were little felt scrabble tiles with each of the guest’s first name initials. We wanted something a bit quirky and that would help act as place settings too. I grew up with my Granddad and Dad playing scrabble as a weekly ritual and so this ‘felt’ like the right thing for us (see what I did there!), to honour that memory really. Two birds and all that – or in this case three! My very talented sister, Samantha, hand sewed all the little felt squares with the letters and my Mum sewed on the pins. We were so proud to see everyone happily putting on their pins as soon as they sat down – it just added to the fun and relaxed feel of the day.

There were so may favourite parts to our day! Other than being pronounced ‘Husband and Wife’ (obviously!), for me the speeches were a highlight, and dancing to the band with my friends and family. The eco-friendly lanterns where great too – we wanted fireworks but with farm animals in the fields nearby it wouldn’t have been appropriate. The lanterns turned out to be even better in the end! For Ben, it was driving the vintage Morris Minor ‘Rosie’ with the tin-cans rattling away behind us and home-made ‘Just Married’ sign my Dad made – people were ‘tooting’ their horns and smiling and waving at us all the way! We felt like old fashioned film stars!

My advice for other brides:

- Get a budget in place, well before you fall in love with any suppliers. We had an idea of budget, but didn’t have a confirmed figure in mind. We were lucky to have a lot of help from our parents but no figures were set in stone from the start.

- Also, don’t expect to have your dream wedding on a small budget. I’ve seen on various blogs about couples doing it for £5K – well to me that just isn’t anywhere near realistic.

- Don’t wait until you’ve found the venue/set the date before looking into other suppliers. Do your research and get the details of the suppliers you want, with a couple on a backup list, so that when you’ve found the venue and set the date you can contact them straight away – suppliers get booked up so far in advance these days!

- Be specific with your requests to suppliers. Though this may vary depending on your approach to ‘control’ over your wedding arrangements. I had quite specific images in my mind of how I wanted things set out.

Photography: Belle And Beau Fine Art Photography | Videographer: Ray McShane | Florist: The Basement Florist | Wedding Gown: ‘Willow’ By Maggie Sottero | Cake: Creighton’s: The Parlour | Rings: Rachel Jeffrey Contemporary Jeweler | Hair And Make Up: Emily Kent | Groom's Attire: Souster & Hicks Bespoke Tailors | Burloes Hall, Cambridgeshire: Burloes Hall | Groomsmen's Umberella: James Smith & Sons, London | Vintage Bowler Hats: Ebay

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