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Rustic + Romantic Yorkshire Summer Wedding

If what you’re after is a winning combo of rustic romance, look no further than the English countryside as your backdrop. It’s a destination where dresses are welcomed to sweep across fields of grass, where dainty white petals and twinkling lights set the mood and darling scrabble cakes replace extravagant dessert tables. And it also happens to be where you’ll find Sarah-Jane Ethan in action, stealing every moment in time. It’s all tucked away beautifully, here in The Vault.

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From The Bride…We met at University in Manchester and got engaged nearly seven years later in gorgeous Sri Lanka, the places we visited were then our table names on the day. We wanted the whole day to to have an outdoor rustic English Country feel to it, but we did almost everything ourselves so there was a lot of Pinterest stalking going on!

I set off dress hunting with boho, floaty ideas in my head, but it turns out I’m definitely not tall or willowy enough to pull that off! I actually bought a gorgeous Jenny Packham dress in the sample sale and ended up selling it on as it just wasn’t me, but I know it was everything someone else wanted for their special day. I went for champagne coloured a Maggie Sottero in the end, which was just so classic I knew Id love it forever and I felt amazing in it all day.

I wore simple square diamond earrings from my Dad and my Mum’s sapphire ring as something blue. My something borrowed came with my friend Zoe’s veil which has actually become something of a team veil – I’m the third one to wear it! Shoes were a bit of nightmare to find as I wanted something that I’d be able to wear again. I went for cream peep toe LK Bennett heels, but really needn’t have worried as I was tearing up the dance floor in my decade old Haviana’s by 8pm!

The venue was so important to us, Sam’s only requirement was “Somewhere we can party…” but my criteria were a little longer! I didn’t want anything too traditional and wanted something we could really make personal to us – plus we wanted the ceremony to be outdoors. We found The Yorkshire Wedding Barn on a fluke whilst it was still being built, the setting was everything you could wish for, rolling English countryside, a beautiful stone barn and stunning cottages for the wedding party to stay in.

The owners Mandy and Neville were what really sold us it though, I didn’t feel on a wedding carousel, I felt like I was part of something they had built with love, sweat and tears and it just felt so genuine. We had the place for three whole days and had brunches, games, cricket and sessions in the White Swan pub just round the corner who also ran the bar for us all night. We could also have whatever catering we wanted which meant canapes galore and an easy choice for main of fillet steak and chips by our fabulous caterer Ray Wade.

We an outdoor wedding in a field plus a large barn means we had a bit of a job on our hands for the decorations! My mum was just amazing and not only helped with absolutely everything, she also hand made every single origami birds for our origami curtain and individually hung them from the beams. Tables and every available space was filled with candles, burlap and gypsophila absolutely everywhere!

We did the flowers ourselves and I absolutely adore gypsophila so it was always going to be a big part of the day, we then discovered even as total amateurs – you cannot destroy it! So it then went in every orifice we could find, tables, the roof, bushes, birdcages, buttonholes, bridesmaid bouquets you name it, we put some in there! We bought old picture frames and turned them into blackboards for the table names and wrapped up anything we could in twine to give it that rustic feel.

I walked down the aisle in the sunshine to “Cavalier” by James Vincent McMorrow which will stay with us both forever. We asked Sam’s Mum and my Brother to do readings during the ceremony for us that they wrote themselves giving advice to the Bride or Groom from the other side of the family “Living with a Sinclair/ Williams”. They were just so personal and had the guests blubbing in their chairs, it was honestly one of the best decisions we made.

My advice to any couple still planning their big day is:

1) Having all your friends and family in one place to celebrate is just amazing, there’s no need to stress about anything as that’s the only reason you’re all there.

2) Throw tradition to the wind if it feels right for you.

3) Invest in a great photographer! There’s so much you can’t see or get to on the day and it goes by so fast that you need someone talented and dedicated to capture the best day of your life, so Sarah-Jane was our perfect choice, it honestly is worth every single penny.

Photography: Sarah-Jane Ethan | Wedding Dress: Maggie Sottero | Cake: Caroline Cakes | Catering: Ray Wade | Hair And Makeup: Betty | Hair And Makeup: Annabelle | Band: Jonny Ross Music | Venue: Yorkshire Wedding Barn

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Elegant Castle Combe Wedding

Bursting with garden charm and a cheeky elegance only found in English affairs, these nuptials from Planned For Perfection are just that — perfection. From the Bride’s sweet Kate Spade kitten heels to the Groom’s dapper dress coat, every moment in the full gallery on The Vault from Weddings By Nicola and Glen is totally sweet!

 

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From Planned For PerfectionLauren and Oliver met in the Bride’s home country of America, fell in love and set up home in San Francisco. They had always envisioned a fairytale English location to celebrate their wedding day and chose the Manor House at Castle Combe near Bath, which is located in the heart of a romantic village in the English Countryside and an unquestionably perfect choice for a quintessentially English wedding.

On the eve of the wedding day, guests were invited to an informal get-together and how more English can you get than a cricket match on the local village green, close to the groom’s family home!

The following morning, there were two flags fluttering in the breeze as guests arrived at The Manor House – The Union Jack, as to be expected at this country house hotel in the Cotswold countryside and the star spangled flag of the United States, joined together for this special occasion. The manor house is a 14th century country retreat located in the picturesque village of Castle Combe, Wiltshire.

After months of planning, the day itself was simply exquisite, a classic Anglo American affair from beginning to end and when its Planned for Perfection, you know something beautifully elegant will unfold.

Guests were taken to church in an iconic London red double decker bus and meandered through the Cotswold countryside to the stunning St John the Evangelist church in Bath. After the service, guests were served wine and Champagne in personalised glasses before arriving back at the manor. Lauren and Oliver had taken exclusive use of the hotel, becoming the Lord and Lady of their very own English Manor for the weekend! Guests enjoyed listening to the string quartet during the champagne and Canape reception before dining in the Bybrook restaurant which had been transformed into a stunning wedding dining room, the scent of the gorgeous flowers was divine, the attention to every little detail was incredible, including the wedding cake that was designed to replicate the lace on Lauren’s beautiful wedding dress.

Photography: Weddings By Nicola And Glen | Cinematography: Mr And Mrs Productions | Event Planning: Planned For Perfection | Floral Design: Flowers By Passion | Wedding Dress: Amy Kuschel | Cake: Curtis And Co Cakes | Ceremony Venue: St. John The Evangelist Church | Reception Venue: The Manor House At Castle Combe | Bride's Shoes: Kate Spade | Makeup: Sophie Everett | Hair: Yvonne Del Greco From Dappa Hair | Band: Hot Stuff | String Quartet: Arcosanti Music | Charger Plates: White House Event Crockery | Veil: Vera Wang

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Romantic + Whimsical Georgian Era Wedding Inspiration

I’m urging you beautiful Brides out there to breathe in every ounce of utter beauty that follows and exhale your own inspired version in real wedding form. Whether it’s the mauve, buttermilk yellow, blush and coral palette that graces your day, the touch of whimsy Georgian Era style or the endless facets of charm infused in this shoot, it’s a role model muse in every way. Favorite, pin and share your hearts out because Zosia Zacharia has filled The Vault with her enticing imagery.

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From Zosia Zacharia PhotographyOur shoot was inspired by the neo-classical venue, Parkstead House, built in the 1760s, located in south west London. Full of beautiful original features including its elegant plaster work indoors, a stunning double staircase outside, manicured grounds and neo-classical temple all of which provide the perfect back drop to any wedding.

With this we wanted our bride to embody the soft, whimsical, romantic look of the Georgian era. Soft flowing antique lace gowns from bridal dress designer Sally Lacock in styles Esme and Flora were paired with beautiful pairs of Rachel Simpson shoes in styles Victoria and Isabelle.

Make up artist Clare created a modern twist on the traditional English rose look for our bride by pairing dusty pink lips with a smoky gold eye with lashings of black mascara to give a more glamorous feel. Clare created a loose up-do and used delicate hand made hair-pieces to finish the look loaned by Abby of Cherished Bride.

Florist Kate created a modern trailing bouquet featuring Jasmine flowers, Sweetpeas, colourful Caramel Antike and Café Latte English roses, Dahlias and Astrantia. Along with romantic buttonholes featuring English garden roses tied with hand dyed silk ribbon.

Krishanthi Armitt of Cakes by Krishanthi created a stunning 4 tier wedding cake with sugar flowers to reflect the over all botanical theme. Krishanthi created a pale pastel blue icing as a base with a silver trellis design and hand crafted delicate sugar flowers in the style of trailing Clematis flowers & sweet peas. She also created co-ordinating cup cakes with silver trellis style holders and matching sugar flowers.

Our groom wore a romantic buttonhole and looked rather dapper in a tailored navy blue, fine pinstripe wool, 3 piece suit from bespoke tailors Marc Wallace.

Modern calligrapher Judy created a delicate invitation suite featuring white ink lettering on soft grey card finished with botanical theme stamps. Metallic silver was used as a high light colour for trailing botanical design invitation liners and a family crest threaded with beautiful organic, hand-dyed ribbon from Lancaster & Cornish.

For the reception tablescape wedding planner Rachael matched white linen and elegant bone china with antique silver cutlery & silverware, creating a simple backdrop to the colourful floral display which included extending trailing Jasmine along the length of the table, intertwined between antique silver candle sticks & tea lights. The tablescape was made completed with modern calligraphed placecards and luxurious leather Louis chairs provided by Academy Hire.

Photography: Zosia Zacharia Photography | Event Planning: Serendipity Wedding Planning | Floral Design: Kate Alban Davies | Wedding Dress: Sally Lacock | Cake: Cakes By Krishanthi | Bride's Shoes: Rachel Simpson | Makeup: Clare Pinkney | Calligraphy: Judy Broad | Groom's Attire: Mark Wallace | Venue: Parkstead House | Film Processing: UK Film Lab | Furniture Hire: Academy Furniture Hire | Hair Accessories: Abby Gadd | Model: George Mitkove | Model: Ria Dines | Ribbon: Lancaster And Cornish

Travel Inspired Summer Wedding at Chelsea Physic Garden

Hidden away from the urban rush of London, this secret garden venue was the perfect place to host these two lovebirds’ blissful bash. Knot & Pop took their love and interest in all things travel, Colonial India and Edwardiana and created a unique celebration, with Pete Cranston capturing it all with some help from Gary Didsbury. Slip away into this fabulous fairytale with every pic right here!

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From Knot & Pop… Hannah and Derrick opted for the stunning natural surrounds of Chelsea Physic Garden in London for their wedding celebrations.

Wanting a day that was welcoming and inviting for all their guests, the couple opted for the venue with its secret garden feel, a hidden oasis in the heart of London. Beautiful and serene, they very much wanted a day where people could enjoy the great outdoors, relax and have fun.

The couple contacted us (UK wedding planners, Knot & Pop) having booked the church and reception venues but with just four months to go to the wedding date, needing a trusted and urgent help in hand to get invitations underway, theme and scheme set and all other suppliers booked.

With the bride’s love of E.M.Forster and the couple’s shared love of travel, Knot & Pop developed a wedding design that played to their passions, and set the tone for a unique and memorable day.

Having courted in India, the theme mixed in a sense of wanderlust, Colonial India and Edwardiana. From the Karma Kabs (Vintage Indian Ambassador cars) to the elephant motifs on invite and props throughout, and the vintage suitcases and trunks as coffee tables in lounge areas, the scene was set with not a detail over-looked. The table plan saw custom-made postcards with the couple’s’ initials as stamps, guiding guests to their table, with each named after a different place they had visited, and further showed their showed love of travel, culture and adventure. Little luggage tags were attached on peach ribbon for place cards, with gold bells, asking guests to ring them as the couple entered the marquee as Mr & Mrs. It was a lovely and treasured moment for Hannah and Derrick entering to the sound of everyone ringing the bells!

Guests dined on round tables with the top table as a banquet table, lined with tapered peach and coral candles on brassy gold candlesticks, with ornate brass filigree lanterns placed behind them for a beautiful backdrop.

The flowers mixed David Austin roses with dahlias,
 lisianthus,
 white ohara rose, eremurus,
 blushing bride hydrangea and trailing green amaranthus to name a few. Knot & Pop got the florist to create floral chandeliers that acted as a real focus point in the marquee, with garlands hanging over the dancefloor that looked beautiful.

With a photo booth to capture all the guests before they sat for dinner, a roaming artist drawing through the day and a great swing band and swing lesson taking place to get everyone on the dance floor – and a few, delicious bespoke cocktails to help fuel them – the guests, Bride, and Groom had the most magical of days in the most beautiful of settings in the heart of London. A hidden gem, for a gem of a couple.

Photography: Pete Cranston | Event Planning: Knot & Pop | Floral Design: Bo Boutique | Invitations: Berinmade | Catering: Rocket | Wedding Venue: Chelsea Physic Garden | Custom Props: Knot & Pop | Marquee: Claremount | Photography - Assistance: Gary Didsbury

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Achingly Romantic Inspiration Shoot Inspired by “The Love Letter”

Inspired by the story of a girl from a rural Italian village who falls in love with a British boy who writes her a love letter every single day they are apart, this stunning shoot from Cecelina Photography is straight out of a fairy tale. Set on the grounds of the historic and endlessly charming Almonry Barn in Somerset, the full gallery of pretty from this inspiration shoot will have any fan of pure romance weak in the knees.

 

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From Cecelina PhotographyThe story behind ‘The Love Letter’ as imaged by the styling team: A girl from a rural Italian village meets an English boy and falls in love. They have been away from each other for the last month and Anthony has posted Olivia a love letter every day, to let her know he adores her and can’t wait to marry her. On the morning of the wedding, the day begins with Olivia sitting in the shade of the tree in the orchard, having quiet time for herself and pouring over the last letter from Anthony. A handmade lace robe, soft fabric, tulle and her details sets the scene while the wind softly rustles in the trees.

Photographed by Cecelina Photography; this Italian inspired styled shoot was dreamed up by Belle and Beau Photography and Naomi Kenton for their A Beautiful Way Workshop this summer. The rustic details of Almonry Barn in Somerset gives a hint of destination weddings; particularly in Italy with it’s gardens, light and fresh food. Soft colours and the wedding dress made specifically for this shoot by Lady Evelyn gives a touch of softness and luxury, interpreted in this fine art photography. The Rose Shed created the rustic flowers with ribbon from Lancaster And Cornish and the styling team creating two different looks for Olivia in her grey wedding dress.

Photography: Cecelina Photography | Floral Design: The Rose Shed | Stationery: Gemma Milly | Bride's Shoes: Harriet Wilde | Make Up: The Barn | Hair Stylist: Louise Alway | Wedding Venue: Almonry Barn | Mentor: Naomi Kenton | Mentor: Belle And Beau Fine Art Photography | Model: Rachael Hayton | Ribbon: Lancaster And Cornish | Wedding Gown & Accessories: Lady Evelyn | Workshop: A Beautiful Way

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