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Quintessential Vintage English Wedding at Burloes Hall

After perusing this ridiculously wonderful gallery from Belle And Beau Fine Art Photography, I’ve decided I’m going to tuck this wedding away in a little corner of my heart and hold it there forever. That’s how much I love it so. It’s happy, sweet, fun, charming and oh-so-adorable. From the bow ties and bowler hats to the vintage photo pendants and pastel petals, it will melt your heart in an instant.

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From Belle And Beau Fine Art Photography… I wanted to send you this beautiful quintessentially English wedding as it not only has beautiful details (including the most beautiful Summer bouquet and the boys wearing bowler hats) and a gorgeous couple but the story behind it is a truly romantic one!

Like something straight out of an old English romance novel, Ben and Sarah’s outdoor wedding was held at the beautiful Burloes Hall in Cambridgeshire where Sarah’s Grandparents met! Her Great Grandparents lived in the Gamekeeper’s cottage on the Estate, which is where her Grandad, Son of the Head Gamekeeper, met her Nan who was the Housemaid A true Downton Abbey story!

From the beautiful Bride… My Grandparents met at Burloes. My Great-Grandfather was the Head Gamekeeper, taking over from my Great-Uncle. They lived in the Gamekeeper’s Cottage on the Estate, in which my Grandfather also lived. My Nan was the Housemaid. The story goes that, my Nan needed to post some mail for Lady Joan Newman – the Lady of the Estate – and it was suggested that my Granddad accompany her. The rest, as they say, is history!

We knew we wanted an outdoor wedding if possible – our dream wedding has always been that of Forest Gump and ‘his’ Jenny. We looked at a couple of local venues: big houses with even larger gardens. My Grandfather had not long passed away when we got engaged and was always on my mind. Randomly, I searched for ‘Burloes’, and ‘weddings’ and to my utter delight I found a website for the Burloes Hall – and they did weddings!

I’ve always wanted a Spring wedding (the gorgeous blossom and spring flowers, sense of new life and warm glimmer of the sun… all before the streaming noses and itchy eyes of Summer kicks in!). We both love the ‘good old days’. The décor, the fashion and the slower pace of life. Our home together is filled with family heirlooms and vintage treasures we’ve found together over the years. garden party theme for our wedding just felt like the right fit for us.

I was so nervous about dress shopping. I rarely wear dresses, and don’t particularly relish the limelight. So I wanted to feel special, but ultimately comfortable. I knew I wanted a high neckline and wanted to show off my small waist. Lace was a key feature too. The rest I was pretty clueless about.

I went with my mum and bridesmaids and we hit three shops in one day. The last shop was Morgan Davies and was the only shop I actually got excited in! I found six beautiful dresses, each one more beautiful than the last. I chose ‘Willow’ by Maggie Sottero bringing in all the elements I like into one dress. My veil was ‘Orlando’ by Joyce Jackson. 1 inch scalloped lace edge, 72 inch two-tier veil. My shoes were gold sparkly heels from Next!

My Grandad’s bracelet was my ‘Something Old’, my Mother’s pearl and diamond drop earrings were my ‘Something Borrowed’, my lace garter with blue ribbon bow was my ‘Something Blue’ and my Dress was my ‘Something New’! The vintage photo pendants, hanging from my bouquet featured photos of my grandparents.

My Photographer was Holly from Belle and Beau Fine Art Photography. Simply put, Holly was brilliant. I got so excited the moment I found her website and had to email her straight away. As soon we spoke on the phone I knew she was the one for us. Photography was a big thing for us, we didn’t want the usual style of photos with lots of staged shots and forced smiles. We wanted natural shots which captured the happiness of the day, the guests and the venue. We loved Holly’s style of soft pastels and artistic compositions. We can’t recommend her enough!

Holly, and her husband Phil, were just perfect on the day. They made us feel so comfortable in front of the camera and [in the nicest possible way] forgot they were there at times! The rest of the time they were just so lovely and we had a lot of laughs together. Some of our favourite shots were taken there, capturing the golden light of the sunset. It was just magical. We are so thankful to Holly for giving us such timeless memories, her photos are a true gift which we will treasure always.

Our florist was Noeleen Ross from the The Basement Florist. Flowers were a big part of our day. The vintage theme really came to life through the British country cottage style flowers and flower arrangements, many of which were locally grown. Noeleen was a dream to work with. She was so friendly and understood exactly what I wanted straight away.

We made our rings ourselves! I made Ben’s and he made mine, at a one-day jewelery-making workshop with Rachel Jeffrey Contemporary Jeweler.

Our wedding favours were, again, very much homemade! Can you guess the emerging theme?! These were little felt scrabble tiles with each of the guest’s first name initials. We wanted something a bit quirky and that would help act as place settings too. I grew up with my Granddad and Dad playing scrabble as a weekly ritual and so this ‘felt’ like the right thing for us (see what I did there!), to honour that memory really. Two birds and all that – or in this case three! My very talented sister, Samantha, hand sewed all the little felt squares with the letters and my Mum sewed on the pins. We were so proud to see everyone happily putting on their pins as soon as they sat down – it just added to the fun and relaxed feel of the day.

There were so may favourite parts to our day! Other than being pronounced ‘Husband and Wife’ (obviously!), for me the speeches were a highlight, and dancing to the band with my friends and family. The eco-friendly lanterns where great too – we wanted fireworks but with farm animals in the fields nearby it wouldn’t have been appropriate. The lanterns turned out to be even better in the end! For Ben, it was driving the vintage Morris Minor ‘Rosie’ with the tin-cans rattling away behind us and home-made ‘Just Married’ sign my Dad made – people were ‘tooting’ their horns and smiling and waving at us all the way! We felt like old fashioned film stars!

My advice for other brides:

- Get a budget in place, well before you fall in love with any suppliers. We had an idea of budget, but didn’t have a confirmed figure in mind. We were lucky to have a lot of help from our parents but no figures were set in stone from the start.

- Also, don’t expect to have your dream wedding on a small budget. I’ve seen on various blogs about couples doing it for £5K – well to me that just isn’t anywhere near realistic.

- Don’t wait until you’ve found the venue/set the date before looking into other suppliers. Do your research and get the details of the suppliers you want, with a couple on a backup list, so that when you’ve found the venue and set the date you can contact them straight away – suppliers get booked up so far in advance these days!

- Be specific with your requests to suppliers. Though this may vary depending on your approach to ‘control’ over your wedding arrangements. I had quite specific images in my mind of how I wanted things set out.

Photography: Belle And Beau Fine Art Photography | Videographer: Ray McShane | Florist: The Basement Florist | Wedding Gown: ‘Willow’ By Maggie Sottero | Cake: Creighton’s: The Parlour | Rings: Rachel Jeffrey Contemporary Jeweler | Hair And Make Up: Emily Kent | Groom's Attire: Souster & Hicks Bespoke Tailors | Burloes Hall, Cambridgeshire: Burloes Hall | Groomsmen's Umberella: James Smith & Sons, London | Vintage Bowler Hats: Ebay

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Coastal United Kingdom Wedding Inspiration

If I could take this shoot and with the snap of my finger turn it into my wedding day, I would in a heartbeat. To say that it’s everything I want my wedding to encompass is quite the understatement. Raw, simplistic beauty, flow-y dresses, utterly gorg florals from Lucy MacNicoll, ridiculously captivating coastal views, oh and the imagery, of which every single capture was thought out to perfection by Belle and Beau Photography. I’m kind of gushing over it all if you can’t tell. Join me right here.

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From Belle and Beau PhotographyWe created a Fine Art coastal editorial that we wanted to keep it simple and beautiful with the emphasis on the simple raw beauty of the natural landscape with beautiful natural and wild blooms created by Lucy the florist. To compliment our gorgeously wild UK coastal surroundings we went for a muted colour palette of greys and blues with pops of reds in the flowers to create some depth. Lucy used cosmos flowers, dahlias, mimosa, O’hara roses and clematis to create some beautiful and dramatic floral centrepieces for the tablescape and bouquets.

The whole thing was planned to perfection by Lisa from Isla and Smith Wedding Design. Our models wore dresses from Anita Massarella and Halfpenny London, with one of the dresses being a dress that was actually worn by Kate Moss! This shoot is to inspire brides to take their inspiration from the raw beauty of nature and to show just how beautiful keeping things simple can be.

Photography: Belle And Beau Fine Art Photography | Styling: Isla And Smith Wedding Design | Floral Design: Lucy MacNicoll Floral Design | Wedding Dress: Halfpenny London | Wedding Dress: Anita Massarella | Stationary: Ever After Press | Hair And Make Up: Victoria Farr | Calligraphy: Kirsten Burke | Glassware: House Of Fraser | Napkins: The White Company | Venue: Saltburn Pier

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Scottish Whisky Distillery Wedding

Visiting Scotland is currently item #1 on my must-travel list, so when this darling wedding from Victoria Phipps came along, I nearly squealed out loud. Held at a quiet countryside church followed by a whiskey distillery reception, it’s basically everything you’d think a Scottish wedding should be, plus a whole lot more. From rich, green scenery to bagpipe players to little ones in kilts, there’s no shortage of beautiful images captured.

From Victoria Phipps PhotographyI first visited Islay in January 2012 with my other half on a sort of whisky/photography pilgrimage. There is something very special about this island. It’s a real effort to get there and perhaps that’s part of it, but even on the bleakest of winter days something about the landscape captivates you. There was an inevitable blog post a few months later which, through the power of google, led Lynn to contact me about photographing her wedding there in June 2014.

Reading Lynn’s first email, I had a really good feeling about the whole thing. Her kindness shone threw her words and I was so excited to be invited to capture her wedding day! At the time Lynn told me her mother was fighting cancer and how much strength the family was drawing from having such a happy occasion to look forward to. Tragically Lynn lost her mother late last year, but she certainly made her proud that day in Islay. Lynn & Kyle’s wedding was brimming with love and laughter and their family and friends could not have been more warm and welcoming to us. This was an authentic Scottish wedding with real traditions and real values at the heart of the day… an absolute joy and privilege to photograph.

From The Bride…I first met Kyle watching his team play rugby back in 2002. He was absolutely covered in mud and running towards me, even looking like that I thought ‘oh, I like him’. From that day onwards we became friends and that friendship eventually blossomed into a relationship. I think my 3 year old Border Collie Jed might have helped seal the deal too!

Kyle’s Mother was born and raised on the Isle of Islay and we have holidayed there every year since our relationship began. Islay felt like home to me, as it reminded me of the rugged and peaceful landscape of the village of Kinlochbervie where I grew up in the North West Highlands. So on a beautiful summer’s evening there in June 2013, when we were walking along Singing Sands beach Kyle went down on one knee and proposed to me just as the sun was setting. It was perfect and very ‘us’. Jed even got in on the act too and covered us in sand mid-proposal!

We chose the unique Ardbeg Distillery to host the wedding reception, as we loved the rustic feel it had and the surrounding scenery is beautiful. We wanted our style for the day to be genuinely in keeping with Ardbeg and the island as a whole, so kept a very scottish rustic theme throughout. Our friends and families were keen to be involved in the wedding preparation so we had them collecting jam jars, pine cones, shells, and pebbles! We made sure everyone felt as though they had been part of the day. I am very into Arts and Crafts and Pinterest inspired me with lots of creative ideas so I couldn’t wait to turn all these into a reality. Even Kyle started to enjoy all the crafting once he got stuck in!

I went to the bridal shop with my Mum, Sister & Cousin in the Summer of 2013. There was a new collection being previewed that day, so the place was buzzing with ‘brides to be’ from the moment we walked in at 9am. The lady I had spoken to on the phone to arrange my appointment gave me a wink and suggested we head to the back of the shop where this new collection was, so luckily I had it all to myself! I chose seven dresses from this collection but one really caught my eye. I watched the lady place it 3rd in the pile of dresses. So the first dress was pretty but a little too white, the second one was a bit too sparkly for me and so onto the third… as I put the dress on I couldn’t stop smiling. The lady tied the belt around my waist and I walked out of the changing room. I looked at my Mam first. Her smile beamed from ear to ear and she started crying, then my Sister and Cousin joined in too… it was the one. I only ever tried on three dresses!

Kyle & I are both very close to our families, so we decided we wanted to keep the wedding small and intimate with just close friends and family. I lost my Mother in the November of 2013 after a battle with cancer. We had planned to have the wedding within a year of getting engaged with the hope that she would be well enough to attend, but sadly she lost her very brave fight. This inspired me to make the wedding very personal and make sure she was remembered in different ways throughout the day. One idea we had was to collect small pebbles from our favourite beach in both Kinlochbervie and on Islay and paint little hearts onto them. We asked people to take a pebble in memory of loved ones who could not be with us on the day and to leave in a special place close to their heart. So far these stones have rested in California, Asia, New York and many other places around the world.

I wouldn’t change anything about our wedding day. Many moments will stick in our memories forever. We set a lantern off in the evening for my Mam which was a very emotional. It gave us all a quiet and special moment to remember her and reflect on the day. At one point in the evening we spotted some of our guests venturing outside and we weren’t sure why. When we went outside to investigate we discovered the most amazing moon we had ever seen. It was so bright and seemed huge in the sky – it felt as though it was resting on top of the hill. It was breathtaking. Victoria our wonderful photographer captured the moment perfectly. It was a really magical end to a perfect day.

Photography: Victoria Phipps Photography | Flowers: Chatterbox Flowers | Wedding Cake: Handmade Cakes By Donna, Aberdeen | Ceremony Venue: St. John's Church, Port Ellen | Reception Venue: Ardbeg Distillery | Bride's Shoes: Jenny Packham | Bridesmaids' Dresses: 'B2 Jasmine' From Perfect Bridal Rooms, Aberdeen | Groom's Attire: The Bute Heather Range, Houston Kilt Maker, Glasgow | Bride's Veil: Richard Designs | Flower Girl's Dresses: Monsoon | Hair & Make Up: Lyn MacIntyre | Ladies Favours: Spirited Soaps | Mens Favours: Ardbeg Distillery | Wedding Dress Designer: Stella York

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Pink & Gold Cotswolds Garden Wedding

There’s nothing like an English garden wedding to make me dream of picking up and moving across the pond. Complete with a charming village backdrop and traditional horse drawn carriage, it’s “classic” to a T, all planned in the hands of the talented Jessie Thomson. Start your weekend off right in the gallery from Taylor Barnes, and don’t miss the adorable super 8 from Hugh Farrow Films.

From Jessie Thomson Wedding PlanningThis is a beautiful country marquee wedding in the Cotswolds, for which I did full planning, design and styling with my fabulous team of suppliers! The ceremony was held in a gorgeous church just a short walk from the bride’s family home where they had a marquee reception in the absolutely stunning garden (guests walked from the church and entered over the sweetest bridge across a river, to be met with vintage champagne saucers of pink bubbly).

When I met the couple to discuss ideas for the wedding design, it was clear that I needed to reflect the bride’s more glam and chic personality and love of luxe, just as much as the outdoorsy fun loving nature of her hubby to be. Which is how we arrived at a classic white wedding with hits of soft pinks, lots of foliage to bring the outside in, and a touch of gold & sparkle. We also added little personal touches wherever possible, a jenga guest book, recipe cards for guests to fill in, literature inspired love quotes…it’s all in the details.

The images are by super talented fine art film photographer Ashlee from Taylor Barnes Photography, who made sure the couple were relaxed throughout. This is a traditional English country wedding that shows “classic” doesn’t have to mean boring or old-fashioned. It can be really beautiful too!

Photography: Taylor Barnes Photography | Videography: Hugh Farrow Films | Floral Design: The Rose Shed | Wedding Dress: Ellie Sanderson | Wedding Cake: Curtis & Co | Stationery: Letterpress Of Cirencester | Catering: Calcot Kitchens | Hair & Makeup: Roseanna Velin | Band: The Hit Brigade | Assistant Stylist: Georgia Westwood | Event Planning, Design & Styling: Jessie Thomson Wedding Planning | Horse & Carriage: Kevin Merry | Linen: Table To Dine For | Marquee: Alpha Hire | Photobooth: Little Bird Photobooths | Signage And Table Plan: Lizzy May | Venue: Private Residence | Vintage Champagne Saucers: Lavender & Linen

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Whimsical Aynhoe Park Wedding

Surrounded by curiosities and the careful planning of Mission Events, this couple wed at Aynhoe Park and kept it personal the entire way. From the Bride donning two dreamy gowns (hello Augusta Jones & Jenny Packham), to the romantic wishing tree Emma Remington crafted, every moment captured by Lucy Davenport deserves another peek. See the entire affair here.

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From Lucy Davenport Aynhoe Park is a truly unique wedding venue in Oxfordshire Emma and Andrew held their wedding day there on Thursday 17th April this year. Emma has amazing style, and it shone throughout the wedding day! With two dresses, both from Morgan Davies, Emma wore an Augusta Jones dress for the day, then changed into a stunning Jenny Packham dress just before the first dance. Emma’s sister was chief bridesmaid in the turquoise dress, with the other bridesmaids in pink. Such a gorgeous color palette.

From the Bride… I wasn’t really expecting the belated birthday surprise Andrew had lined up for me while we watched the sun set on holiday in Mexico. Despite Andrew getting down on one knee and declaring his love, I was convinced it was a joke and started to walk away. It wasn’t until he hastily pulled out a beautiful engagement ring that I realized he was genuinely proposing!

We quickly started looking at venues on our return but struggled to find a venue we both loved where we could throw an amazing party for our family and friends to celebrate getting married. After visiting approximately 24 venues (most of which during heavy snow), we were about to book a venue in Northamptonshire when Andrew stumbled upon a blog that mentioned Aynhoe Park. It ticked all of our boxes: not a hotel (check), unique (we got married next to a rocking-horse zebra and unicorn) and filled to the brim with things (and local residents) to entertain our guests guaranteed that the day would definitely be one to remember.

As the wedding was being held at the start of the Easter weekend, we decided to go with a pastel color scheme. After searching for a bridesmaid dress that all of the bridesmaids were happy with, we settled on a pale pink maxi dress from Ted Baker. As my sister was giving me away, she wore a pale mint dress from Coast to compliment the other girls. They all looked truly stunning.

I had no idea what I wanted from a wedding dress until I visited Morgan Davies in Islington. After a few average attempts at choosing a dress, the assistant asked if I would let her pick one. Despite thinking the dress she chose looked hideous on the hanger; I was amazed to find that I loved it. It was a figure hugging mermaid lace dress with capped sleeves and a scalloped back. As my dress was fitted and I wanted to be able to dance and move around in the evening, I decided to wear a stunning Jenny Packham dress for my first dance and the evening celebrations. I loved having the two very different dresses and, must confess, was grateful that I had a lose dress for the evening to look forward to!

After seeing Kristina Gasperas’ phenomenal before and after pictures on her website, I quickly booked myself in for a makeup trial. Kristina instantly put me at ease and also recommended the lovely Kasia Fortuna to help with my hair on the day. Kristina and Kasia (along with their helpers) were stars on the morning of the wedding sorting makeup and hair for 5 bridesmaids, both mothers, as well as me, and keeping me calm. I unfortunately had an allergic reaction the week before the wedding, which resulted in me having a breakout of spots. Kristina and Kasia worked their magic, I was amazed at how beautiful I looked, which I cannot thank them both enough for.

We met our florist, Emma Remmington, at a wedding fair. Emma was friendly and a pleasure to work with from the start and instantly put Andrew and my minds at rest. As the venue was already decorated, we decided to keep the flower decorations simple and elegant. Emma also kindly created and decorated a beautiful wishing tree for us for guests to leave messages on.

Becky Jenkins was a friend of Andrew’s mum and after seeing pictures of the amazing cakes she had made with their spectacular sugar icing designs, we decided to ask if she would be kind enough to make our wedding cake. Although we were convinced that no one would eat the cake at the wedding (especially as neither of us had ever had any at weddings we had attended), on advice from our family we ordered a 4 tier wedding cake. After months of pinning potential cake options on Pinterest, Andrew and I opted for a simple and elegant pale mint green cake, with antique gold ribbon edging and a single peach flower on top. It was beautiful and, to our complete surprise, completely devoured by our guests by the end of the night.

Our caterer, Indulgence, were life savers and helped us during every part of the planning process from menu choices to tastings to potential room set ups to answering questions from suppliers that I had no idea about. After champagne and canapés, we were treated to a three course wedding breakfast of mozzarella and char-grilled Mediterranean vegetables, Oxfordshire lamb and a dark chocolate and raspberry marquise for desert, washed down with an espresso martini. To ensure that our guests had enough energy to dance the night away, we served delicious homemade burgers and chips in the evening and also offered cheese and biscuits (with a decanter or two of port).

The Palatine String Quartet entertained guests before and after the wedding ceremony with a mix of classical and modern music, which we received compliments about throughout the day. The CoverUp Band got the party going in the evening and sounded phenomenal when they came in half way through our first dance (Al Green’s “Let’s stay together”). Mission Events provided amazing lighting and kindly agreed to DJ, keeping us all dancing until the early hours.

We were lucky enough to have Lucy Davenport join us as our photographer on the day. Our wedding was filled with laughter (and a few tears) from start to finish and Lucy captured every moment, providing us with some wonderful pictures to reminisce over in years to come. Despite not being the most comfortable person in front of the camera, I often didn’t notice Lucy and her camera, which is a real tribute to her.

We must also say a special thank you to Aynhoe Park itself. Ross, Enrique and Charles the butler (to name but a few) looked after us from the moment we arrived and made sure our wedding day, for us and our friends and family, was one to remember.

Photography: Lucy Davenport | Event Planning: Mission Events | Florist: Emma Remington | Wedding Dress: Augusta Jones | Shoes: Rainbow | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Ted Baker | Catering: Indulgence | Makeup Artist: Kristina Gasperas | Hair Stylist: Kasia Fortuna | Band: The Cover Up Band | String Quartet: Palatine String Quartet | Maid Of Honor Dress: Coast | Reception Dress: Jenny Packham | Veil: Morgan Davies | Wedding Venue: Aynhoe Park

Elegant English Garden Wedding

I’m not sure what is more romantic than an elegant wedding within an English garden. From the blushing bride and beautiful florals, to one dapper groom, this wedding feels like a fairy tale. Taylor Barnes Photography worked her magic and the joy and love of this day can be seen on each and every one of her stunning photos. 

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From Taylor Barnes Photography… Kathleen and Adam planned their wedding in the English countryside of Wiltshire where Larmer Tree Gardens is situated. They were fortunate enough to have a sweet outdoor ceremony which is a miracle with our tempestuous British weather! The outdoor ceremony was conducted with a stunning backdrop on the temple with its rich pink tones blending in perfectly with the bridal colour palette. Kathleen’s outfit was perfectly charming with accessories by stylist and milliner Philippa Eyland-Gentle who crafted Kathleen’s veil as a gift. It sat perfectly with Kathleen’s earrings from Fraser Hart that reiterated the halo on her engagement ring which was purchased on vacation in America. The Groom accessorized with a trilby which kept the relaxed English garden theme going! They also had lots of lawn games and a cake competition for their desserts table which made their day unique. The stunning florals where cleverly mastered by an Aunt which provided a perfect gift for them both… asking people to contribute to their day made it feel like a real family wedding, so personal! We did their photographs with about a 70% film ratio which suited this wedding so well! So many beautiful images I wish I could share the whole wedding with you! I hope you enjoy looking through the images as much as I enjoyed taking them!

Photography: Taylor Barnes Photography | Wedding Dress: Maggie Sottero | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Dessy | Groom's Attire: Austin Reed | Wedding Venue: Larmer Tree Gardens

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