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Whimsical Countryside Estate Wedding

Traditional English with a twist, this whimsical countryside wedding incorporates cultural significance and countryside charm. From the  dessert table treats, to the traditional Tamil necklace ceremony, Catherine Mead captured it all. The evening continued in the hands of planner Mary Lee Herrington who brought pretty in the form of pastels and it can all be seen right here!

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From Catherine MeadHayley & Andrew held a traditional English wedding with a twist, incorporating styles from London, Sri Lanka and NYC. Hayley’s family are of Irish decent, and Andrew’s family are Sri Lankan, which made for a fun party! The day started with a Catholic ceremony, followed by a reception at a 50 acre countryside estate in Surrey.

Hayley and Andrew got married on the Saturday, and on the Monday upped sticks and relocated to New York City with new jobs, a new apartment and an exciting start to married life. The buildup to the wedding was therefore a little more stressful than most, planning a wedding and preparing to change jobs, move house and relocate to another country!

As a result, Hayley then brought in the fantastic Mary Lee Herrington to coordinate all of the design elements of the wedding. Personalised elements were incorporated through the wedding, such as the dessert table treats, which were all created by Hayley and Andrew’s friends and family. To incorporate Andrew’s Sri Lankan heritage, a traditional Tamil necklace tied together the wedding rings as they were carried down the aisle during the ceremony. Instead of table numbers, tables were the names of places significant to the couple’s love story, such as The Roxy, the pub where they first met, and the couple’s signature cocktail, New York, New York was a nod to their move to the Big Apple.

Music was a big element of the wedding, with several musicians playing throughout the day. They also had entertainment for the reception by The Singing Waiters. The waiters had been working alongside the hotel staff all day, serving food and drinks, and then later broke cover to provide some fun entertainment, surprising all of the guests! During the evening the DJ started the evening’s partying with a Gangnam Style dance video, which had the bride, groom and all of the guests hitting the dance floor.

Photography: Catherine Mead | Event Design: Mary Lee Herrington | Floral Design: Flowers By Passion | Wedding Dress: Phillipa Lepley Couture | Ceremony Venue: Our Lady Of Assumption RC Church | Reception Venue: Great Fosters | Bride's Shoes: Rupert Sanderson | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Zoe Lem | Entertainment: The Singing Waiters | Band: Morrissey and Marshall | Groom's Attire: Favourbrook | String Quartet: Apollo Strings | Classic Car Hire: Great Escape Cars | Flower Girls' Dresses: I Love Gorgeous | Invitations & Calligraphy: Paul Antonio Scribe | Lighting & Dance Floor: Stress Free Hire | Linens, Chairs & Charger Plates: Jones Hire | Make-up Artist: Sarah Jagger | Paper Goods: Paper+Cup Design | Props: BHLDN | Vintage Crockery: The Crockery Cupboard

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Intimate Wedding Inspiration in the South of France

Every so often I come across a bit of inspiration that really, truly speaks to me. Where every detail makes me want to create something beautiful myself, and I leave the post feeling full. Today, Clayton Austin is delivering exactly that. Intimate yet elegant in the stunning South of France, I honestly couldn’t love this gallery more if I tried.

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From Clayton AustinThe South of France is an absolutely gorgeous and Hameau Des Baux located in Provence is a stunning backdrop for any wedding. With same sex weddings on the rise being legal in 36 states and the Supreme Court set to make a historic ruling this summer I wanted to create an inspiration board for two brides looking to seal their love with rich romantic colors and a classic, timeless feel. Rag ‘n Bone provided the most amazing pants suit reminiscent of a classic tuxedo for one bride while the second bride wore an elegant Maggie Sottero gown. With accents of black taper candles and a bouquet of roses and red berries it was my goal to create a simple yet elegant feel to inspire any couple!

Photography: Clayton Austin | Floral Design: Clayton Austin | Wedding Dress: Maggie Sottero | Venue: Hameau Des Baux | Black Suit: Rag 'n Bone | Veil: Clayton Austin

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Traditional English Wedding in Cotswolds

At one point or another I think we’ve all dreamt of an English fairytale “I do.” The ballgown, the prince charming, the classic manor setting - the works. Well, believe it or not this sweet couple lived out all of the above, and the photos from Belle And Beau are every bit as dreamy as you’d imagine. Peek for yourself here!

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From the Bride…  My dress was by Caroline Castigliano – I wore the dress, veil and shrug. I then just wore some diamond studs which were a present from Kristian for the birth of our baby Charlie. My shoes were Jimmy Choo wedges, high but comfortable. For my hair I had a simple ballerina bun and light makeup which one of my bridesmaids, Ivi, did for me as she used to work for Mac.

My florist was Flowers by Passion. We went for fresh spring time flowers, I asked for bright greens rather than sage in the foliage and also budding lilac. Mainly white and green with a hint of pink. For the Groomsmen, we hired Top Hats and Tails for the boys then bought them all light pink with white spots ties from Favourbrook. It did fit with bridesmaids though unintentionally actually! The Groom had on a Patek Phillipe watch that I bought him as a wedding gift. My wedding photogrpaher was Holly of Belle and Beau Fine Art Wedding Photography. We chose her as we wanted mainly natural photographs that would capture the spirit of the day and we loved the soft palette of Holly’s work.

Babington House made us a simple victoria sponge cake which was then decorated with fresh flowers. We wanted something simple. For our entertainment we had a string quartet as we both love the sound, I play violin and it fitted with classic English setting. We also had a magician during deserts – Kristian organized as a surprise! We had a band then a DJ in the evening. Again Kristian organized the band as a surprise it was the members of the band Reef! We didn’t do traditional table favours.

Guests arriving the night before the wedding were left a Soho House ‘Eat Drink Nap’ book with a welcome note whilst those arriving on the day had jammy dodgers, tea and an order of the day all packed up in their rooms. We put our favourite salted caramels from borough market outside people’s bedrooms the morning after the wedding with a thank you note and the day’s paper. For the overall design of the day we went for romantic with lanterns on the way to the church, lots of tea lights and candles throughout the venue and lots of flowers in a collection of glassware.

Photography: Belle And Beau Fine Art Photography | Floral Design: Flowers By Passion | Wedding Dress: Caroline Castigliano | Ceremony Venue: Babington House | Reception Venue: Babington House | Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Two Birds | Catering: Babington House | Groomsmen's Attire: Favourbrook

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Romantic Summer Spanish Wedding

There isn’t an adjective in the book that would justly define this Mallorca beauty captured by Jimena Roquero and planned by Bodas De Cuento.  The ceremony venue alone, Son Marroig, might be one of the most gorgeous I’ve ever seen, giving this couple and their guests one memorable place to say I do. See even more here. 

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From Jimena RoqueroAna & Jenson flew from California to the Balearic Island of Mallorca to celebrate their love among their very close friends and family surrounded by thousands of white and pink roses. They got married at the unique location of Son Marroig, an old pavillion at the top of a cliff with amazing views. The reception was at La Residencia in Deia, a beautiful small town in the North-West of the island. These gorgeous locations were key on their wedding evening as the couple with all their guests were able to enjoy the sunset.

From the Bride… Jenson and I met each other in college while we were both attending Pepperdine University in Malibu, CA. He was on the tennis team and I was on the running team. His two best friends, while going through our third year, came up to me at a school event and told me about Jenson and how they thought that we should meet each other. The next week we met at another school event and talked all night and exchanged numbers at the end. The next day he invited me to his house for dinner to cook his “specialty,” which included pasta and a cucumber salad. I liked him so much that I didn’t want to tell him that I was very allergic to cucumbers and I saw how hard he tried to make the dinner perfect that I ate every last bite and just dealt with an itchy and swollen throat without saying anything about my allergy. The next night he invited me over to cook for me again, and this time he ended up making steak with his cucumber salad again! He didn’t find out that I was actually allergic to cucumbers until a few months into our relationship. Ever since those first two nights, we never left each other’s side and he proposed to me on the beach two years later at our “special spot” the hour after we finished finals of our last semester.

We wanted to have a long engagement so that we could enjoy being each other’s fiancé. Even though we had an almost two year engagement, we didn’t decide on the venue until about 6 months before we got married! We went back and forth between venues for over a year until we decided on the island of Mallorca in Spain. We knew that we wanted to get married in a town where we had never had any previous memories so that the town only represented the memory of our wedding to us . We also wanted to have a very small wedding because we loved how small weddings were very intimate and romantic. We decided to find a place to hold our wedding in Europe!

As we went through the possible cities, we knew that we wanted to be in a place that had the beauty and charm of one of the countryside villages such as those in the South of France, while also being close to the Mediterranean Sea. We felt that being in a beach town, there would be more activities for everyone to do, which was very important to both Jenson and I as well our family and close friends. We heard about Mallorca a few months before because one of our favorite tennis players, Rafael Nadal, grew up there. Both of our families, being very into tennis, made us start to look at this small island off the coast of Spain. Jenson and I fell onto the website of the hotel La Residencia located in Deia, Mallorca, and immediately fell in love with the gardens and Olive groves that surrounded it. After looking at this small town and learning that it is a romantic, picturesque, coastal town where many poets and artists retire to, we knew it would be the perfect place balancing beauty and romance for our wedding day!

Once we chose the destination for where our wedding would be held, we found Carmen and Paula from Bodas De Cuento and started to work with them and their team during the next six months before our wedding! Jenson and I had to plan everything over Skype and were only able to go visit the venue and Mallorca one time a few months before the wedding. Even though we were gone for most of the planning process, Carmen and Paula were able to place everything together in the short amount of time we had before the wedding and without having Jenson and I there to help decide on everything in person.

We wanted the wedding to be whimsical, elegant, and beautifully romantic, with everything covered in roses and with the color tones of ivory, cream and blush. Once September rolled around and most of our guests arrived about five days before the wedding day, we had daily treats such as cake pops, cookies, and petit fours brought to them representing the theme of the rose. On the wedding day, I wore a lace gown and even though I had collected my something new, old, blue, and borrowed, I decided the only piece of jewelry I wanted to wear was my engagement ring my husband gave to me nearly two years before. We held our ceremony at the historic 19th century manor, Son Marroig, located just before the village of Deia, and got married under its beautiful marble gazebo overlooking the Mediterranean Sea at sunset. After the ceremony, we went back to La Residencia for the reception to eat at its award-winning restaurant, El Olivo, run by executive chef Guillermo Méndez and his team. We ate the candlelit dinner under a ceiling of hanging hydrangeas and roses. After dinner, Jenson and I spent the rest of the night dancing in the middle of our family and friends as they waved sparklers and savored the last hour of the most magical day of our life.

From the Groom… My best friend and I, when we both started Pepperdine University our freshman year, each had one girl that if we had the chance to date, we would marry. For me, that girl was Ana Christine. Every time I saw her, I would stop in my tracks and admire her. However, during the first couple of years at Pepperdine, she was in a long-term relationship, so I wasn’t able to get to know her. One day, at the end of our first semester of sophomore year, my best friend noticed that her relationship ended on Facebook and we started jumping up and down celebrating. The next year, after she came back from being abroad, both of my best friends (later my two best men at the wedding) went up to her at different times at a school event without me knowing, to tell her that I really wanted to meet her. The next week, she and I finally met and talked all night. By the end of it, I was leaving the event with my friends, and told them that was the girl I was going to marry. Two years later, I proposed.

Photography: Jimena Roquero | Videography: Focus Lab | Event Planning: Bodas De Cuento | Wedding Dress: Jin Wang | Ceremony Venue: Son Marroig | Reception Venue: La Residencia De Deia In Mallorca From Belmond Hotels | Hair & Makeup: Sherrie Long | Photography - Assistance: Volvoreta

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Rustic Italian inspiration shoot

Above anything else, traveling inspires me most of all. There is just something about being out of my comfort zone that really makes me open my eyes a bit. So I totally understand Amanda Drost‘s desire to capture Italy’s stunning essence right in her own backyard. With the help of Don FloritoStudio Met MarjetNINA Weddings and Sweet Appetite she whipped up a shoot that will have you craving la dolce vita, and you can see it all right here

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From Amanda Drost Fine Art PhotographyItaly is such an inspirational country and we just adore i’s beauty! That’s why this shoot is very close to our hearts, filled with Italian en rustic details.

As we live in The Netherlands the weather is always unpredictable and we do have a lot of rain, therefore we choose a indoor location. It’s a fairy tail, dreamy and stunning old greenhouse, with a raspberries backdrop. It hasn’t been used for years and fitted our style perfectly with amazing light and creamy floors. To give this inspirational shoot a real Italian feel, we asked model Marissa, as she is a 100% italian girl.

This shoot is all about rustic italian styling, mediterranean feel and romance. The gorgeous elegant and simple bridal dress from Rembo styling combined with the perfect hair and make-up gave Marissa a natural refined look. The table styling with olive branches, a perfect naked cake, wine, citron, candles, stationary and oil, made us literally want to site down and enjoy a glass of red wine and take us away to Italy for a couple of hours. We had some stunning bridal accessories from Sibo Design, long laces to perfection. You can create something styled and beautiful for your wedding at any location and give your friends and family a true and heart warming experience.

The images are captured on film as well as digital by Amanda Drost fine art photography and filmed by the talented Koen from Narratief. This fun and talented team worked perfectly together and we absolutely love the results.

Photography: Amanda Drost Fine Art Photography | Videographer: Narratief | Floral Design: Don Florito | Wedding Dress: Rembo Styling | Cake: Sweet Appetite | Stationery: Studio Met Marjet | Bridal Accessories And Hair Pieces: SIBO Designs Handmade Bridal Hair Pieces And Accessories | Furniture Rental: Teleukhout | Hairstylist: Lonneke Van Dijk - Fashion Hairstyling | Make-up Artist: Netanya Lüschen Professional Nail & Make Up Artist | Model: Marissa | Old Greenhouse: Private Property | Photolab: Carmencita Film Lab | Styling & Organization: Amanda Drost Fine Art Photography | Styling & Organization: NINA Weddings

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Seaside Pastel Wedding Inspiration

Ethereal and romantic, this is the type of shoot that you could really spend some time with.  Imagine a soft, pastel color palette intertwined with lush blooms from The Wild Rose, beautiful antique tableware from Atmosphere Antik and a darling duo practicing for their own upcoming nuptials.  It’s breathtaking beaches meets a whole lot of pretty… see it all captured by Kristina Malmqvist right here.


From Kristina MalmqvistCreamy, soft, subtle and airy are words that were spinning around in my head when I thought of creating a styled wedding environment for this photo shoot. I wanted to create something new, reflecting elegance and romance, but still in it’s simplicity.

Smithska Udden is one of my favorite places in Sweden: it’s a perfect spot by the sea with breathtaking tranquil surroundings that embraces beach, sand and rocks with it’s delightful unexpected gust of wind, soft airs of pastels and beauty.

Giselle and Pontus, as styled bridal couple, gladly took on this opportunity as trial shots prior to their real upcoming wedding in September 2015!

The romantic bridal bouquet, boutonnieres, table setting and centerpieces were assembled and created by talented floral designer Linnéa Bergqvist.

Gifted Nicole Ossowska styled the bride with makeup in natural colors going with soft long wavy hair with some little white flowers intertwined on the side.

Our styled bride Giselle wore a magical dress from Zetterberg collection, an effortless but elegant creation with sewn silk chiffon and handmade lace. Her look was together with a twist of sophisticated jewelry, made by Lily and Rose, who transferred my vision into the perfect reality.

I am very pleased with how the photos turned out. Cold climate and raw environment combined with rustic wooden furniture, soft peachy flowers and table settings with a naked cake someway reflected the Swedish-Nordic mood I wanted to capture. I was so glad for all the positive energy and love that everybody put into making this day as perfect!

Photography: Kristina Malmqvist | Floral Design: The Wild Rose | Wedding Dress: Zetterberg Couture | Cake: Giselle Pahlevani | Invitations: Kristina Malmqvist | Make up: Nicole Ossowska | Hair: Nicole Ossowska | Groom's Attire: Oscar Jakobson | Antique Tableware: Atmosphere Antik | Bridal Jewelry: Lily and Rose | Film: Fuji 400 | Film Processing: Carmencita Filmlab | Location: Smithska Udden | Stylist: The Wild Rose | Veil: Zetterberg Couture