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English Countryside Wedding from Weddings by Nicola & Glen

If you were to look up the word “anglophile” in the dictionary, you’d probably find a picture of me. Okay, okay… maybe you wouldn’t find my exact image, but a girl can dream.  Because when it comes to people obsessed with all things England, it doesn’t get much bigger than my love for Jane Austen, Princess Kate, The Beatles and The BBC.  And when I spotted this lovely countryside affair captured by Weddings by Nicola & Glen, I added to the list of reasons I ADORE England faster than you can say “amazing.”  It’s classically elegant, filled with personal touches and downright pretty.  See it all in the full gallery.

From Weddings by Nicola & GlenPhilippa and Louw’s wedding was a fusion of English whimsy and romance with an African-inspired twist. This London couple decided to get married in the stunning Oxfordshire countryside in the village church where Philippa’s parents reside. They held their reception in a very rustic barn a mile away from the village, where they could have a relaxed celebration and transform the space to really showcase their personalities. With the couple’s love of travel and the groom being South African, these elements inspired the details for the day. Philippa sourced vibrant African fabrics to use as tablecloths and created traditional English bunting with an African twist. The couple’s six-month long honeymoon traveling from England to the southern most tip of Africa by car was the influence behind the table plan, which was a giant map of the African continent with the guest names and gold stars denoting the route they planned to take. To keep the atmosphere as relaxed as possible, Philippa organized a system where all the guests would help with the serving and clearing of the food, thus negating the need for waitstaff on the day. Duties were coordinated by various colored ribbons attached to each guest’s name tag. The table names were maps of the different countries guests were allocated to on the map. The food itself was delicious but informal, with charcuterie boards for starters, a hog roast for the entree and Eton Mess for dessert. Philippa made her own bouquet, and together with her friends, she created all the floral displays for the day. During a trip to the Covent Garden flower market in London a few days before the wedding, they bought beautiful English flowers and South African proteas. The proteas brought an African spice to the dreamy and delicate English flowers. The wedding cake, also made by a friend, featured traditional African craft copper wire bicycles and real flowers.

The church ceremony did not escape the South African influence either, with all the guests practicing traditional hymns in Louw’s mother tongue of Afrikaans before the start of the ceremony. Having Philippa’s brother-in-law conducting the ceremony was a lovely personal touch. Most of the wedding coordination and duties were administered by friends and family. Philippa’s best birds (as she did not have official bridesmaids) did her makeup and hair in the morning, and she wore her grandmother’s vintage heirloom jewelry. It was also a group of friends and family who dressed the barn with the bunting, lanterns and fairy lights for the reception, and friends of the couple took turns to DJ in the evening. The wedding car for the day was their newly acquired Toyota Hilux, which was to be their mode of transport for their honeymoon travels. It was an amazing and inspiring wedding to capture as it was so unique to this vivacious couple.

Wedding Photography: Weddings by Nicola & Glen / Ceremony: St. James Church in Somerton, Oxfordshire, England / Reception: Troy Farm in Oxfordshire, England / Floral Design: DIY by the Bride + Friends / Catering: The Food Workshops / Wedding Cake: DIY by a Friend / Wedding Invitations: Oxford University Press / Wedding Dress: MiaMia Bridal by Alan Hannah via Morgan-Davies Bridal / Bride’s Shoes: Her Own / Bride’s Jewelry: Her Grandmother’s / Groom’s Suit: Walters of Oxford

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English Wedding by Tamara Kuzminski Photography

Garden parties were born to be in England. They are like peanut butter and jelly, those two, and this pretty number photographed by Tamara Kuzminski is an English garden fete done so, so right. The lovely hats, the pretty tea cups, the green rolling hills…we’ll take it all! See more of this wedding from across the pond in the gallery.

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Poppy and Mark had their wedding reception in the garden of Poppy’s childhood home in rural Oxfordshire, England. The family home is a beautiful old building. And I mean REALLY old. It was even mentioned in the Doomsday book (that’s almost a thousand years ago!) Poppy’s mother had been working really hard in the garden for months, to make sure that it was gorgeous and colourful on their big day. And it did look totally stunning. So many people commented on it and all the hard work that must have gone into it (and also mentioned that if Poppy’s mum is available, there are several guests’ gardens who are now seeking her as a gardener!)

The couple’s two dogs weren’t forgotten on the day either, and joined in the celebration in the village church (they were extremely well behaved!) where Mark’s brother also played the piano and his sister played the saxophone while the register was being signed.

Photography: Tamara Kuzminski Photography / Wedding Venue: St James the Great Church, Southleigh, Oxfordshire, England / Reception Venue: Marquee in Poppy’s childhood home’s garden, Southleigh, Oxfordshire, England / Dress: Blue by Enzoani / Suit: Ascot suit hired from Moss Bros / Bridesmaids dresses: Jasmine / Flowers: Rachel Jones / Marquee: Pink Fish / Caterer: Golden Goose / Cake: Marks and Spencer decorated by Poppy’s mum and granny Ceilidh: Licence to Ceilidh

French Wedding by Emma Case Photography

Are you ready for a day FULL of one lovely wedding after another? How about TWO days full of one lovely wedding after another? Bananas, right? We have so many fabulous soirees in our vaults, we simply couldn’t resist. You know the drill…little snippets of tons of amazing weddings = you picking and choosing what wedding you want to see more of by clicking right on the good ol’ gallery.

Let’s get started with what can only be described as DIY Heaven in the French Countryside. The recipe is simple. First you find one crazy cute couple, then add a romantic venue in the South of France (not so hard to find I’m sure), sprinkle in tons of fun DIY projects plus absolutely amazing photography by Emma Case and the result is la, la lovely to say the least. Click here to see even more from this fabulous day.

see more of this DIY fiesta here!

From the Bride…Dave and I met at university and have been together for over 11 years. We have never really done anything by the book so I don’t think our wedding was ever going to be ‘regular’. Nothing about the planning felt calculated; every idea that popped into our heads was basically what we went with. It’s not that we couldn’t be bothered, rather that we know what we like and most of what we like we can either do ourselves or we know someone who can. For all these reasons we ended up with a really personal, informal and homemade wedding which on the face of it was just a glorifed BBQ! Exactly what we wanted, with only 4 people that we didn’t know (wait staff hired from the local catering college). My father has lived in France for years, and specifically the Var region in Provence for over 20. As a child I holidayed there every summer and it was the first place Dave and I went on holiday together, when he first met my papa! We continue to visit at least 3 times a year, often taking friends who immediately fall in love with the pine filled air, off the beaten track setting and the abundance of cheap but delicious rosé. Dad owns a building company and against his better judgment sold the beautiful stone house he’d built for himself just outside the hilltop village of Seillans. Fortunately he has remained friends with the new owners and Dave and I put it to fate that if they agreed to rent the place out to us, we would get married in France. They did and so we did! In France, you have to get married at the local mayor’s office, the mairie. We were extremely fortunate to be allowed to do this being non-residents, another benefit of having dad live there for so long.

So the wedding became a day of two halves – a morning ceremony at the mairie de Seillans for close friends and family followed by a Champagne reception around the village fountain and then a late afternoon blessing at the house followed by dinner and dancing. Convincing your friends and family to travel to France for a holiday and, basically, a huge party is not as difficult as we initially feared! We managed to fill Seillans and beyond with guests and having rented and filled our house we also got hold of the villa next door and by the Friday we had over 20 mates within metres of the venue to help us ‘build’ the wedding. Even on the actual day, those who didn’t come to the mairie stayed to decorate the evening venue in over 100 degree heat. Still not quite sure how we managed to swing that one! The rural areas of France are not geared to big old weddings and this is probably why we favoured it more than a British wedding, where your every whim is catered for and ideas (and budgets!) get wildly out of control. There must be a handful of companies set up for big events in Provence and these are mostly affiliated with specific venues. By having our wedding in the back garden of a private villa we certainly made life difficult for ourselves (having to buy most of what we wanted rather than rent as well as orchestrate and set up EVERYTHING from buying a freezer specifically for ice to dealing with the rubbish and recycling the next day) but on the flipside we could pick and choose every single detail for the day.

We were so lucky to find our wedding photographer. You’ve no idea how hard it is to find the relaxed, shoot-into-the-sun style of which US-based brides seem spoilt for choice. Emma Case, based in the UK, has been shooting for an unbelievably short time but her natural talent, incredible eye and overall vintage-y gorgeousness (her and her pictures!) were perfect for us. Not only did she agree to come to France but she drove down, made a few days holiday of it and together with her boyfriend, Pete, became one of the gang.

Photography: Emma Case Photography / Flowers: Bride’s Mum / Event Design and Planning: Bride and Groom / Ceremony Location: mairie de Seillans / Reception Location: Hotel des deux Rocs / Invitations: Designed by Bride and Groom / Shoes: First pair custom made in Hong Kong. Second pair Jimmy Choo / Dress: First – Vintage, bought at a Vintage fair. Second – custom made in India / Catering: Restaurant Karoo / Tableware: Aktuel