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Coastal United Kingdom Wedding Inspiration

If I could take this shoot and with the snap of my finger turn it into my wedding day, I would in a heartbeat. To say that it’s everything I want my wedding to encompass is quite the understatement. Raw, simplistic beauty, flow-y dresses, utterly gorg florals from Lucy MacNicoll, ridiculously captivating coastal views, oh and the imagery, of which every single capture was thought out to perfection by Belle and Beau Photography. I’m kind of gushing over it all if you can’t tell. Join me right here.

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From Belle and Beau PhotographyWe created a Fine Art coastal editorial that we wanted to keep it simple and beautiful with the emphasis on the simple raw beauty of the natural landscape with beautiful natural and wild blooms created by Lucy the florist. To compliment our gorgeously wild UK coastal surroundings we went for a muted colour palette of greys and blues with pops of reds in the flowers to create some depth. Lucy used cosmos flowers, dahlias, mimosa, O’hara roses and clematis to create some beautiful and dramatic floral centrepieces for the tablescape and bouquets.

The whole thing was planned to perfection by Lisa from Isla and Smith Wedding Design. Our models wore dresses from Anita Massarella and Halfpenny London, with one of the dresses being a dress that was actually worn by Kate Moss! This shoot is to inspire brides to take their inspiration from the raw beauty of nature and to show just how beautiful keeping things simple can be.

Photography: Belle And Beau Fine Art Photography | Styling: Isla And Smith Wedding Design | Floral Design: Lucy MacNicoll Floral Design | Wedding Dress: Halfpenny London | Wedding Dress: Anita Massarella | Stationary: Ever After Press | Hair And Make Up: Victoria Farr | Calligraphy: Kirsten Burke | Glassware: House Of Fraser | Napkins: The White Company | Venue: Saltburn Pier

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Elegant Garden Themed Wilmington Wedding

Overflowing gardens make me so happy; add in a gorgeous wedding and I’m downright giddy. This garden themed Southern celebration is bursting with beautiful blooms by Salt Harbor Designs and the ceremony alone at Airlie Gardens captured my heart… and got my Pinterest habit going once again. Theo Milo snapped every perfect petal and these photos are a breath of fresh air during these winter months.

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From Theo Milo Photography… Beautiful garden themed wedding! Her veil was a family heirloom. Her father is a 2 star general for the military. Lots of pretty floral detail and an invitation suite that is breathtaking!

From The Bride… Wes has always planned incredibly classy dates. On our third date, we went to Airlie Gardens for a jazz concert under the Live Oak tree. From then on, Airlie was a special place for us. We went back regularly for a picnic or just a stroll. So when we got engaged, the Pergola Garden at Airlie was the obvious venue choice for our ceremony. When we started looking for reception venues, we wanted to find somewhere with just as much meaning to us. It was interesting how easily the Brooklyn Arts Center fit in with our vision. Not only did the venue have the classy yet rustic look to it that we wanted, but it was located three blocks from where Wes lived when we started dating and was the location of another date!

After choosing our venues, we decided on a garden themed wedding to tie Airlie Gardens in throughout the entire day. Since we had over a year and a half to plan our wedding, we opted to do all of the planning ourselves and stick with just a day of coordinator (I say “just” but she was phenomenal!). Initially we wanted to incorporate a lot of DIY projects, but found it to be logistically difficult since we were planning from New Orleans. Still, my mom made the cotton lace linens, my sister painted our seating chart, and we hand picked many of the antique decorations. We put a lot of thought into buying things that worked for the wedding and that we could reuse afterwards. It’s so nice to see the wedding decorations in our house now. The most special decorative piece was the veil I wore. Wes’s great grandma’s sister first wore it in 1927. Since then his great grandma, grandma, and mom have worn it.

The wedding day itself was incredible. A harpist played during the ceremony and cocktail hour. Hearing some of our favorite classical music in the gardens leading up to the wedding was so magical. I walked down the aisle to Clair de Lune, a song that has been meaningful to Wes and I for a long time. It was one of those surreal moments that literally took my breath away. Laughing with my dad as we walked down the aisle was one of my favorite moments from the day. I always thought I would be a crier! A second favorite moment for Wes and I was walking into the Brooklyn Arts Center for the reception. The roar of all the people we loved combined with the faint floral aroma was so memorable.

To us, the aspect of wedding planning that made our wedding the most special was the integration of flowers, music, and smells that will always bring us back to that day. We can’t look at peonies and garden roses, smell confederate jasmine, or listen to Clair de Lune without being swept back into a wedding memory.

Photography: Theo Milo Photography | Wedding Coordinator: Kickstand Events | Florist: Salt Harbor Designs | Wedding Dress: Amy Kuschel | Cake: Imaginary Cakes | Ceremony Venue: Airlie Gardens | Reception Venue: Brooklyn Arts Center At St. Andrew's | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Monique Lhuillier | Hair: Jennifer Schoff | DJ: Active DJ Entertainment | Tux: JCrew | Harpist: Christina Brier | Makeup: Chelsea Sule | Rentals: Rent A Tent | Wedding Dress From: Wedding Belles, New Orleans, LA

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Classic Couture Paris Wedding

Oh, Paris. You never disappoint. Fearless fashion, pristine architecture and infinite romance… a city made for weddings. And this one, seen through the lens of Le Secret D’Audrey? It’s everything Paris love should be, starting with that striking Paolo Corona dress. The Bride, prettied up by Sanni Sorma, was meant for this dress that sets the tone for the entire day. With Luxe Paris Events at the planning helm and Celebrant In Paris uniting these two love birds, it’s more pretty than you can dream up.

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From the beautiful Bride…Jason asked me to marry him while we were enjoying a romantic weekend on the Mornington Peninsula near Melbourne, Australia. As the sun was setting over a glass of champagne he gave me a beautiful diamond and proposed.

Jason and I wanted our wedding day to be intimate, beautiful, sacred, and filled with love. We discovered Audrey’s photos (Le Secret d’Audrey) of Parisian elopements and not only did we love her photography but as soon as we saw a photo of the Chapelle Expiatoire, a beautiful private chapel in the 8th Arrondissement, we knew we wanted to be married there. We were looking for a special destination that signified our love and everything about Paris and the Chapelle was perfect.

Through Audrey’s website I found my Dress designer Paolo Corona. I saw a dress designed by Paolo that I loved…it was feminine, soft and sensual. I emailed Paolo in Paris and the process of creating my dress began. Every part of the creation process (via skype & email) and final fitting with Paolo (and Billy) in Paris was pure joy…I sparkled from the inside out when I put my Dress on. Seeing me in that dress didn’t only bring a tear to Jason’s eye when I walked down the aisle but to my beautiful father too.

Billy (Luxe Paris Events) found a lovely private room for our reception at the Saint James Paris and then all the final details for our day fell into place. We were fortunate to find wonderful people to contribute to every part of our day. It was very special to have our dear friend Isabella Baumeler, an Opera Singer from Switzerland, join us and sing a capella in the Chapelle…her voice is incredible and touched everyone’s heart.

Our day was a magical day filled with love and romance. From the start of our day to the end we couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful day with so many touching moments.

I began my day meditating in the early hours of the morning…meditating on love, commitment, and the peace I felt as I was about to marry my soul mate. I never realized how much I would enjoy this day…every minute of it. The time before with my parents as we all got ready while Sanni was doing my hair and makeup, driving through the streets of Paris in our mint green Citroen, and then seeing Jason waiting for me as I walked down the aisle with my parents towards him, feeling the love we share between us and our beautiful connection, committing to our personally written vows, Isabella’s heart touching voice, the love of our loved ones…it was all so special.

Paris…the city, the Chapelle, the people…touched our hearts and we will forever remember our day of love in this romantic city.

Everyone who contributed to our day not only provided outstanding service but they all had an openness and gentleness about them. We were truly surrounded by love and provided with timeless memories to cherish.

Photography: Le Secret D'Audrey | Planner: Luxe Paris Events | Florist: Luxe Paris Events | Make Up: Sanni Sorma | Officiant: Celebrant In Paris | Car: Paris Authentic | Reception And Hotel: Saint James | Suit: Armani Collezioni | Video: Zen Film

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