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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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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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Traditional English Garden Wedding in Shropshire

For a couple who held not one, not two, but THREE celebratory wedding get togethers so that friends and family all over the world could smile alongside them, I would say this duo has tying the knot down to a science. Marrying two gorgeous cultures – both in ceremony and style – gave way to an English Garden style with perfect Chinese detailing. With photographs from Stephen Jerkins Photography and decor by Amanda Jerkins Design, there is so much more goodness right here!

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From the beautiful Bride… Thomas and I fell in love in London. We met by chance when a mutual friend insisted we go on a blind date. Sparks flew and after I graduated college in the US we moved to live in Beijing (where I grew up). Five years later we were back in London visiting friends; while strolling through Queen Mary’s rose garden in Regents Park Thomas got down on one knee and popped the question and I said yes.

I’m from Oregon, my family are from Texas and Arkansas, Thomas is from the UK, and we had friends and family in Beijing. It was important to us that all our nearest and dearest could celebrate with us so we planned three parties – one in each country. We kicked off in the spring with an informal brunch in a historic Beijing courtyard, and followed up in the fall with dinner and dancing in Portland’s downtown Pearl District.

For the wedding ceremony itself we chose Thomas’s family home in Shropshire, an agricultural county in the UK famous for its rolling hills, fuzzy sheep, and blue cheese. We were married in the thousand-year-old St. Peter’s Church Edgmond by Thomas’s childhood vicar, the Reverend Edward Ward. The ceremony celebrated the joining of two families – my talented cousin Mattie sang Ave Maria while we signed the church registry, Thomas’s uncle Roger did a bible reading, while my granny Virginia read one of Mark Twain’s letters. The reception was held at Thomas’s family home, a cottage set in a bucolic English garden with a plush emerald lawn which we decked out with a traditional croquet set. Guests enjoyed the cocktail reception and lawn games before sitting down for a family-style wedding breakfast full of local ingredients. Like any good English wedding reception it lasted all day – starting at noon, continuing through the evening with dancing and a food stall serving burgers and pizzas from a wood-fired oven, then whisky and marshmallows around the campfire until well after midnight.

We wanted to keep the decor unpretentious and romantic. In honor of our Chinese connection and guests we used toile chinoiserie tablecloths, mahjong tile placard holders, and brought over our dinner gong. In reference to our engagement in the rose garden, my mum crafted over one hundred water-colored paper rose escort cards. For a sweet take-away gift Thomas’s mum hand-made chutneys and jams.

Amanda Jerkins provided the romantic and lush floral decorations, bouquets and buttonholes. I loved how she married local wild flowers and blackberries with David Austin roses, blending traditional English flowers with a fresh American perspective. Our photographer Stephen was lovely to work with, his photos perfectly captured the narrative of the day. We love his documentary approach to photography – he took the time to get to know us, our families, and the locations. His preparation and appreciation for the British countryside really comes through in his work. We are thrilled with the final product; the photos are beautifully composed, crisp, and timeless. He was also highly efficient in getting the perfect shots so that we didn’t miss out on our reception. Our friendly bearded photographer was a major hit with the guests!

Photography: Stephen Jerkins Photography | Cake: Amerton Cakes | Ceremony Venue: The Parish Church Of St. Peter | Reception: Private Residence | Catering: Pear Tree Farm Caterers | Catering: Twist & Snout | Band: The Hot Jazz Biscuits | Transportation: Silverline Cars | Bartending And Beverage Services: Old School Wines | Ceremony Floral Design: Sean Hirst | Reception Floral Design: Amanda Jerkins Design | Rehearsal Dinner: Joules Brewery Red Lion | Tent Rental: Class Events Marquees

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Romantic Tented English Countryside Wedding

This gorgeous pair and their equally gorgeous wedding looks like it’s out of the pages of a magazine. Incredible backdrop, gorgeous styling, smiles and love bursting through every image. But what I love the most has absolutely nothing to do with any of that. It’s the blending of two families, the reverence to home and the fact that you can literally feel the joy in every moment. With photographs from Paper Antler, there is so much more right here.

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From the beautiful Bride… Phil and I met on a small and magical island in the British Virgin Islands.. it was a love story that neither of us could see coming. I was wrapping up a 4-year adventure working and playing under the sun, and he happened to come over on vacation with friends during my final week on the island. We instantly knew what we found in one another was something undeniably special. After a relatively short cross-atlantic romance (and lots of air miles accumulated by Phil) he took me up to the Lake District on the northwest coast of England and asked me to marry him on one of the most stunning mountain tops. It was the happiest surprise of my life!

Our dream was that our wedding would be a true celebration of the love that binds us all together — our two families, friends and countries — and we wanted to highlight the wonderful English and American traditions that we both adore. We decided to get married in the treasured Woodland Valley of the Lake District – in the church and home of Phil’s late Grandmother, Marigold. It is also where his parents got married 40 years ago, and is now where they call home. Our families are everything to us, and we were thrilled to be able to have our two worlds collide in such a meaningful place. My family and friends loved coming to England to spend some happy sunny days up north, stretching out the festivities and exploring the area with Phil’s family.

Thankfully we couldn’t really do much to improve upon the existing breathtaking views, rolling fells and magical woodland setting. The gardens were in bloom and the sun stayed out for nearly the whole weekend. Our vision was to let the natural beauty of the valley be enjoyed all week long.. so we hiked, swam, sat in the sunny gardens and just enjoyed our loved ones who had traveled such great distances to share in these few unforgettable days.

Our incredible friends Kara and Courtney helped pull everything together for us throughout the week, allowing our families to really relax and enjoy spending time together. The wedding day was an absolute dream, and we are so grateful that Jonny & Michelle (Paper Antler) captured the sweetest moments throughout it all – of the people we hold dearest in our lives. We will forever cherish these images and the memories of the happiest week of our lives.

Photography: Paper Antler | Coordination: By Kara Elise | Floral Design: Valerie Ann's Florist | Wedding Dress: Mikaella Bridal | Ceremony Venue: St. John The Evangelist | Catering: Jim Metcalfe and his Drunken Duck/Chesters Team | Groom's Attire: Ede & Ravenscroft | String Quartet: Leos String Quartet | Tent: Papakata