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Charming English Countryside Wedding in Yorkshire

Since becoming a devoted Downton Abbey fan, English countryside weddings captivate me more than ever. It’s something about the pomp and circumstance, not to mention the timeless charm, and this summertime affair is no exception. Sandra Rose styled the florals, M And J Photography snapped the photos, and the results? Well, let’s just say it’d give Lady Mary Crawley’s wedding a run for its money.

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From The Bride…When Ross and I first got engaged, the big question was “Where was the wedding going to be?” With us living in the US, but being from two different countries it was anyone’s guess where we would get married. I am originally from the northeast of England and moved over to the US over 5 years ago and Ross is Ohio born and bred, so it made picking the perfect location for our wedding a little tricky.

Without any intention yet to marry in the UK, we stumbled upon Middleton Lodge online before we had really even thought about wedding planning. We were blown away by the images of the venue and thought the place looked amazing. After a quick phone call to my parents back home, they were on their way to check it out. We knew Middleton Lodge was the perfect place to say our “I do’s” so we made the decision to book the venue without even seeing it for ourselves. It was a decision we do not regret. The venue itself is breathtaking, with its quintessential British charm that has been meticulously maintained by its owners and staff. It is beautiful!

From the start, planning the wedding was easy. From finding my dress here in Ohio, to picking out the flowers and giant illuminated letters to all the other little details. We had a clear vision that we wanted the wedding to feel laid back yet elegant and romantic. It is crazy to think that we did it all from the other side of the world…but walking into the marquee for our reception and seeing all the little details come together to create a beautiful setting for our big day was amazing. I wish I could have paused that moment.

The day was fabulous. The great British weather held out and we had glorious sunshine all day, our guests from the US loved experiencing some real English countryside (and other parts of Europe for those who decided to make the most of their trip and turn it into a vacation). We heard nothing but great things from all of our guests, everyone had so much fun and everything was just perfect and created such a memorable day for everyone – but especially us.

Middleton Lodge was the ideal setting to be married in grand style but with an intimate atmosphere.

Photography: M And J Photography | Florist: Sandra Rose | Wedding Cake: Dreamworld Cakes | Stationery: Emma Gay Of Yellow Door Creative | Reception Venue: Middleton Lodge | Shoes: Saint Lauren | Bridesmaids Dresses: Joanna August | Catering: Middleton Lodge | Hair: Claire At Contemporary Yarm | Groom's Suit: Bonobos | Belt, Hair Piece & Veil: Sara Gabriel | Bridal Gown: Jenny Yoo (from La Jeune Mariee, Columbus) | Bridesmaid's Totebags: Not On The High Street | Bridesmaids Bathrobe's: Victoria's Secret | Cuff Links: Tiffany & Co. | Favours - Traditional British Candy In Kraft Bags: Etsy | Flower Girl Banner: BHLDN | Flower Girl Outfit: Autograph By M&S | Gifts To Bridal Party - Bracelets: BHLDN | Guest Book: Oh No Rachio | His & Hers Signs: BHLDN | J&R Lights: Coco Luminaire | Mr & Mrs Cutlery: BHLDN | Table Decor - Sourced By Florist: BHLDN

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Rustic Elegance Wedding Inspiration in England at Almonry Barn

If I could, I would crawl into these gorgeous images from Naomi Kenton and never leave. Because the styling and florals from Amber Persia are next level pretty. With the oldest barn in England setting the scene, this gallery is one you’ll want to sit with awhile, and you can do so right here

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From Naomi KentonAlmonry Barn is unlike any other wedding barn in England, as not only does it still retain plenty of historical soul and a picturesque setting, but it also offers a super stylish twist of rustic elegance and striking architectural design throughout – perfect for the style conscious couple.

Almonry Barn is a Scheduled Ancient Monument (the same historical league as Stonehenge) and has been standing for over 800 years.

The barn is the oldest wedding barn in England!

It was once part of a beautiful abbey – the ruins of which stand opposite – and was used by the monks to give ‘alms’ to passing pilgrims.

This inspiration shoot offers a relaxed elegance with subtle styling details tying the look together; beautiful hand written place cards, linen napkins, and engraved water glasses, all set against the backdrop of the ancient stone walls.

For the outside setting, the weather worn table and bench, raw linen table runner and Edwardian etched glasses and decanter give the table setting the perfect combination of relaxed style and understated glamour.

From our florist and stylist Amber Persia ”I wanted the flowers to blend into the setting, so I went for meadow-like arrangements, which included ferns and wild flowers in gorgeous aged garden urns”.

The drinks table continued the restrained palette of muted greens and whites with glasses of chilled sparkling water, topped with fresh lime and decorated with slices of cucumber.

Whilst inside the barn, wild strawberries found growing in the cutting garden were the inspiration to create a quintessentially English summer wedding.

The striking magenta dahlias contrast against wonderfully fragrant and truly beautiful roses in hues of pink and white. Sweet peas and fragrant herbs not only add to the garden feel but also bring further scent to the arrangements.

Summer fruit features prominently in the styling, from the wild strawberries in the urn planters and individual fruit on each guest’s place setting, to the piles of fruit in hand-made wooden punnets.

This shoot was all about celebrating the natural beauty, serenity and pared-back luxury of this amazing historical setting for a wedding.

Our gorgeous model is Louise Wilson-Ward, who owns Almonry Barn. Louise is a bride-to-be herself – and can’t wait to get married at home at the barn next year.

The two fabulous pooches are Louise’s dogs, Woofy and Wally – because who doesn’t love a cute doggy at a wedding!

Photography: Naomi Kenton | Wedding Dress: Laure De Sagazan (from The Mews Bridal Gowns Of Clifton Village) | Calligraphy : Lamplighter London | Florist & Styling: Amber Persia | Wedding Venue: Almonry Barn

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Feminine, Floral Filled Garden Wedding Inspiration

Ladies and gents, if you don’t know Amy of Bo Boutique already, you’ll be thanking your lucky stars you landed on this post. Because she has talent like I’ve never seen. She not only whipped up the gorgeous blooms below, but she is also responsible for that gorgeous gown gracing our screens. Amazing, right? Well, thanks to Taylor Barnes Photography‘s stunning images, we can get lost in all the lovely right here

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From Taylor Barnes PhotographyThis inspiration shoot was first inspired by Amy Bowley of Bo Boutique, an up and coming Stylist & Floral Designer here in the UK. She wanted to create an ultra feminine and indulgent shoot with lots of bespoke details, which included making the amazing wedding gown which she created herself.

The gown is made up of layers of tulle in blush pink, white, ivory, cappucino, and grey, layered over blush satin and ivory lace, all of which were tirelessly hand sewn by Amy. The result was a beautiful couture style gown, rich in delicate hues and texture. We thought this shoot would inspire brides to be extravagant with their wedding details making them big, blousey and beautiful!

We went with a romantic and indulgent love affair theme, choosing to set the shoot in the stunning gardens of Hampsted Heath… with a soft pale and in-depth colour palette which allows the pops of floral colour to shine.

Our gorgeous real life couple were the idyllic fit, with Charlotte’s wild blonde locks and Justin’s handsome rugged looks, they made for the picture-perfect characters for our love story!

I photographed the entire shoot on film to capture the intricate and delicate colour palette, and enhance the romanticism of the shoot and the whimsical location.

We really hope you looking through our much loved shoot!

Photography: Taylor Barnes Photography | Floral Design: Bo Boutique | Wedding Dress: Bo Boutique | Cake: Let It Be Cake | Cake: Andi Freeman Cakes | Groom's Attire: Tommy Hilfiger | Bridal Accessories : Stephanie Allin | Gardens: Hampsted Heath | Stylist: Bo Boutique

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