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Romantic Secret Garden-Inspired London Wedding Weekend

Oh my gosh, how I adore this adorable duo and their whimsical wedding festivities! From their engagement session to their rehearsal dinner (complete with croquet, a colorful lounge area and balloon animals!) this Bride and Groom couldn’t be cuter (neither could their flower girls!). And don’t even get me started on their wedding—drenched in out-of-this-world florals by Zita Elze. Check out the full gallery here to see it all!

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From the beautiful Bride… With guests coming from each corner of the world, and the fact that we chose The Savoy as a venue, we wanted to create a special experience for our guests for a very memorable occasion. We wanted something that reflected both mine & Andrew’s quirks and was grand whilst also intimate so our guests felt relaxed and enjoyed the day as much as we did.

The Savoy is one of the most incredible hotels in the entire world but furthermore it allowed us to have all our guests over three very different stunning rooms and move comfortably within them.

My dress was bespoke couture and encompassed everything I had envisaged and more. It was A-line with an internal drop waist corset, white lace over ivory duchess satin with a cap sleeve and the back had sheer lace at the top & a 72 inch train. Beading was on the bodice & sleeves and added along the hem and scattered up the skirt and up the centre of the train. The process of its creation was a real joy, I met every few weeks for 6 months with Philippa’s team who could not have been lovelier and those meetings were always the highlight of my week, their devotion to their craft was really inspiring and seeing the dress slowly come together was a joy. Nicholas Kirkwood Bespoke made a lace ankle boot for me in the same lace as my dress. The bridesmaids and my sisters/maids of honour chose their own dresses as we wanted them to look & feel their best.

The floral brief was a sense of magical organic romance —a very romantic wild country garden where the theme flowed from room to room. I didn’t want anything structured or too formal. The aisle in the ceremony room was grass lined with moss and trees which created a magical garden for my walk up the aisle. The main focus in the reception room was a tree covered in bespoke paper lanterns which replaced escort cards—each one had guest names and their table numbers.

We used poetry plates as favors which acted as the charger plate on the dinner tables. We had our names and wedding date printed on the reverse side. These were later boxed and placed in gift bags with our initials on for each guest to take away at the end of the evening.

The most memorable part of the wedding day was being on the dance floor when Beverley Knight started singing my favourite song Black Butta, which is something I will remember for the rest of my life!

Cranes were incorporated into our wedding theme which signify good luck in Sudan, and small watercolours of scenes from our hometown of Khartoum were given as favors.

For the Rehearsal Dinner, the florist created two distinct styles for the two different sides of the party. The first was an english garden style on the front lawn, with english blooms & roses in antique
vases on the tables. For the second part of the party, in the back garden, the style was modern Asian and the flowers were in jewel tones to match the decor.

We set up a Pad Thai station in the garden for an informal and fun dinner, which was served in polished coconut shells. There was also a tent filled with a buffet of miniature desserts.

We incorporated lots of entertainment for both adults and children including a balloon artist, a magician, singers, a band and we ended the evening with fireworks on the lawn.

Since lots of our guests don’t drink alcohol, we wanted them to feel like we hadn’t forgotten about them, and so we hired professional mixologists to create a wonderful selection of non alcoholic cocktails.

Photography: Catherine Mead | Videographer: Bloomsbury Films | Wedding Planner: Bruce Russell | Floral Design: Zita Elze | Wedding Dress: Phillipa Lepley | Cake: Peggy Porschen | Stationery: Grosvenor Stationery Company | Ceremony Venue: The Savoy | Reception Venue: The Savoy | Wedding Shoes: Nicholas Kirkwood Bespoke | Hair Stylist: Shaun Hoffman At Sejour | Lighting: Wise Productions | Balloon Artist: Miss Ballooniverse | Chairs: Great Hire | Escort Lanterns: Cutture | Flowergirls’ Dresses: Nicki Macfarlane | Groom’s Attire: Tom Ford | Indian Tents: Raj Tent Club | Linens & Glassware: Options Hire | Magician: Christopher Howell | Make Up Artist: Rachel Jones | Poetry Plate Favours: Mineheart | Rehearsal Dinner Caterers: Rhubarb | Rehearsal Dinner Dress: Oscar de la Renta | Rehearsal Dinner Floral Design: Wildflower Cafe | Rehearsal Dinner Groom's Attire: Paul Smith | Rehearsal Dinner Headband: Jennifer Behr | Rehearsal Dinner Oyster Shuckers: Oyster Meister | Rehearsal Dinner Planner: Teatime Production | Rehearsal Dinner Shoes: Chanel | Rehearsal Dinner Venue: Family’s Home | Singer: Cassia O’Reilly | Singer: Beverley Knight | Veil: Phillipa Lepley

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Traditional + Glamorous English Country Wedding

The combo of ingredients that makeup this one-of-a-kind day result in a truly beautiful wedding ‘recipe’. Cobblestone streets, quintessential English character, a gray and orange decked town hall, vintage sparkle and tradition galore… like no other fete we’ve ever set our sights on and that’s why we love it so. Jacob and Pauline Photography stood by this couple’s side through every special moment—see it all here.

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From Jacob and Pauline PhotographyPolly and Chris chose to get married in a quintessentially lovely town called Rye. Thatched cottage and cobbled streets set the theme of their elegant day. The wedding was held in Rye Town Hall, a gorgeous space decked in greys and orange tones. Polly wore a vintage styled twenties gown with a beaded headdress and minimal veil. She paired the dress with a fur stole, and country-inspired white poppy and rose bouquet.

Once Chris and Polly has said their vows and committed their lives to each other they carried on with tradition once again and had the Master of Ceremonies ring them into the reception venue at The George Hotel. Cries that Polly and Chris were married echoed down the streets! It was such a lovely touch for the couple, as well as their friends and family.

The venue was lit by candles and dressed in whites and ivory tones, and the cake… what a spectacle of chocolate! Each guest had chocolates as wedding favours too, and enjoyed a really relaxed meal together. Although Polly and Chris wanted an traditionally country English wedding, which was evident in the flowers, favours and formalwear, it was a very relaxed day. There wasn’t a strict schedule to follow and no one was worried about it being a Perfect Day. Instead, they focused on having fun with their loved ones.

One thing that helped is that Polly and Chris chose to have an engagement shoot before the big day. This helped them relax on their wedding, and meant we could get some really quite touching shots of them both.

Photography: Jacob and Pauline Photography | Floral Design: Katherine Craft | Stationery: Feelgoodinvites | Ceremony Venue: Rye Town Hall | Bride's Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Dessy | Makeup: Jane Mather | Hair: Simply Beautiful Wedding Hair | Groom's Suit: Hugo Boss | Wedding Venue: The Geroge In Rye | Bride's Dress: Daisy by Eliza Jane Howell | Headpiece And Veil: Gillian Million London | Singer: AJ Lewis

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Elegant Equestrian Wedding Inspiration

I’ll be the first to admit I was a total horse-nut as a child (anyone else?!), and have always dreamed of having an equine friend on hand during my Big Day. This inspiration shoot, practically bursting at the seams with British charm (Wellies!), and not one, but two beautiful horses, was all the encouragement I need to keep on dreaming. Click through the gallery here, and you might be having some horsey wedding dreams soon, too!

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From Jane Riddell of Planned for PerfectionThis fabulous equestrian shot was taken on location at Wyck Hill House Hotel and Spa, an elegant 18th century Manor House located in the heart of the beautiful English countryside.

Wyck Hill House approached me to help them create a styled wedding shoot that combined its opulence and grandeur with the very essence of Cotswold Life.

Situated in the stunning Gloucestershire countryside, with breath taking views over the rolling hills of The Cotswold, the Manor House is close to the racing town of Cheltenham and the famous Beaufort Polo Club, where Prince’s William and Harry have been known to play, so an equestrian styled shoot seemed rather fitting!

On what turned out to be a rather grey February morning, the roaring log fire and a glow of candle light brought a warmth to the old library and ornate Adams room, whilst the soft blush tones and striking burgundies florals supplied by Stephanie Saunders ensuring an elegant Downton Abbey style back drop…

The beautifully designed stationery by On Cloud Nine, hinted towards the equestrian and country side theme whilst retaining an elegant simplicity and when styled with rustic horseshoes, captured the theme of the shoot perfectly.

The stunning gowns were supplied by The Bridal Room at Broadway, who provided a wonderful mix of satin and lace dresses, offset by gorgeous accessories and complimented beautifully by flowing chiffon bridesmaid dresses from Katherine Allen Bridal and the Cake Chemists provided two incredible wedding cakes.

The winter’s sun made a brief appearance later in the afternoon and the wonderful Laura Power photography was able to capture some bridal shots with the horses, which ended the day perfectly….what better way to spend a day than ‘horsing around’ in the Cotswolds with a team of Cotswold’s finest wedding suppliers!

Photography: Laura Power | Event Planning: Planned For Perfection | Floral Design: Stephanie Saunders | Wedding Dresses: The Bridal Room Broadway | Cake: The Cake Chemists | Stationery: On Cloud Nine | Bridesmaids Dresses: Katherine Allen Bridal | Hair And Makeup : Heidi Vince | Venue: Wyck Hill House Hotel And Spa

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Elegant English Ballroom Wedding

You know what makes me smile? Post-ceremony portraits. The undeniable joy radiating from their newlywed faces as they walk hand-in-hand relishing their new titles is enough to make me giddy. And this sweet duo? Well, one look at this gallery from the lens of Dominique Bader and you’ll see just what I mean.

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From Dominique BaderThis wedding took place in a beautiful Georgian hotel in the historical town of Rye, in Sussex, England; famous for its cobbled streets, antique shops, and beautiful architecture. The wedding ceremony and reception were held in the light filled ballroom of The George in Rye hotel, which is beautifully decorated with duck egg blue wallpaper, traditional paneling, and beautiful chandeliers. The venue has a cozy and intimate feel whilst retaining the classical and timeless qualities of the Georgian period.

From the beautiful Bride…The inspiration for our day was to keep things contemporary, yet classic and elegant. We wanted to be able to look back at our photos in years to come and have no regrets about our choices. Our wedding day was a true reflection of us as a couple and we made sure to stick to this value throughout the planning. I wanted to work with great suppliers who shared our vision and in whom we had the confidence to deliver great results. When it came to picking the venue, we considered that most of our guests were from out of town and we felt that the charming town of Rye with its cobbled streets, close to where I grew up, would be perfect for them to enjoy a long weekend away. We fell in love with the beautiful light and airy Georgian ballroom with its exquisite silk wallpaper and glamorous chandeliers at The George in Rye and instantly knew it was the venue for us. I could imagine the room filled with white flowers and the sound of glasses clinking. Our wedding day was, in our opinion, a combination of great food, unique music, an abundance of fragrant florals, timeless decor, and a relaxed atmosphere in which to share the love with our family and friends!

Photography: Dominique Bader | Florist: Bloomingayles | Wedding Dress: Reem Acra | Cake: Vintage Rose Cupcakes | Invitations: Emily & Jo | Shoes: Christian Louboutin | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Tiffany Rose | Makeup: Leanne Robey | Band: Stereo-Sound | Groom's Attire: Tiger Of Sweden | Groom's Shoes: Kurt Geiger | Bridal Hair: Gemma Sutton | Earrings: Jenny Packham | Georgian Hotel/Ballroom: The George In Rye | Gold Bead Plates: Motifs And Seasons | Tablecloths: Northfields Linen

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Spring London Kew Gardens Wedding

Any wedding that begins with a bouquet of THE prettiest pink peonies designed by Robbie Honey is a celebration I can get behind. Not to mention all the photo goodness that follows. Think traditional English elegance woven with the couple’s Chinese traditions for a day that’s magic from start to finish. More from Polly Alexandre right this way.

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From Polly AlexandreEva & Matt met when they were both students at LSE in London. Given that their love story officially started back when they were students, it was only fitting that Matt should revisit their University Library to propose to Eva. The couple chose me as their Photographer with a brief to capture the smiles, the happiness…and special moments of their big day. Images that felt sweet and happy and would reawaken the feelings from their magical day in years to come when they looked through their album.

With both the wedding ceremony and reception to be held at Cambridge Cottage in Kew Gardens, London. Eva chose the classic, timeless Connaught Hotel in the heart of London for her location for bridal preparations. It has a classic and grand feel indoors which she loved and it was the perfect location to host the extensive Chinese party games, which were a lot of fun indeed! 

As one of the fun Chinese traditions includes playing a series of games before the wedding, Eva wore a crimson red dress for this part of the day and the tea ceremony and then later changed into her beautiful white wedding gown by Pronovias.

From The Bride…We got to know each other while we were both studying at the LSE in London. After graduation, many of our close friends moved to different parts of the world. When we started planning the wedding, we thought what could be better than having the wedding in London and bringing our closest friends and family back to where we met and shared our happiest day. We had a perfect day and we couldn’t be happier seeing all the family and friends from all over the world coming together in Kew Garden on a beautiful British summer day. Polly, who was our photographer, captured every precious moment in the best way we could ever hope for.

Every bride to be knows the wedding preparation can be stressful to say the least, visiting flower market in the early morning, trying to find the perfect dress, practicing a dance while neither of you knows how to dance etc. While we were planning the wedding, neither of us ever thought we would miss those stressful moments. Now a year after the wedding, we sat in bed on a Sunday morning, laughing together and all those memories are just as beautiful as the wedding day itself. 

Photography: Polly Alexandre | Videographer: Bloomsbury Films | Florist: Robbie Honey | Wedding Dress: Pronovias | Cake : Rachel's Cakes | Make Up : Jo Freeman | Band: Wandering Hands | Bridal Preparations: The Connaught | Ceremony & Reception: Cambridge Cottage, Kew Gardens

Whimsical Countryside Estate Wedding

Traditional English with a twist, this whimsical countryside wedding incorporates cultural significance and countryside charm. From the  dessert table treats, to the traditional Tamil necklace ceremony, Catherine Mead captured it all. The evening continued in the hands of planner Mary Lee Herrington who brought pretty in the form of pastels and it can all be seen right here!

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From Catherine MeadHayley & Andrew held a traditional English wedding with a twist, incorporating styles from London, Sri Lanka and NYC. Hayley’s family are of Irish decent, and Andrew’s family are Sri Lankan, which made for a fun party! The day started with a Catholic ceremony, followed by a reception at a 50 acre countryside estate in Surrey.

Hayley and Andrew got married on the Saturday, and on the Monday upped sticks and relocated to New York City with new jobs, a new apartment and an exciting start to married life. The buildup to the wedding was therefore a little more stressful than most, planning a wedding and preparing to change jobs, move house and relocate to another country!

As a result, Hayley then brought in the fantastic Mary Lee Herrington to coordinate all of the design elements of the wedding. Personalised elements were incorporated through the wedding, such as the dessert table treats, which were all created by Hayley and Andrew’s friends and family. To incorporate Andrew’s Sri Lankan heritage, a traditional Tamil necklace tied together the wedding rings as they were carried down the aisle during the ceremony. Instead of table numbers, tables were the names of places significant to the couple’s love story, such as The Roxy, the pub where they first met, and the couple’s signature cocktail, New York, New York was a nod to their move to the Big Apple.

Music was a big element of the wedding, with several musicians playing throughout the day. They also had entertainment for the reception by The Singing Waiters. The waiters had been working alongside the hotel staff all day, serving food and drinks, and then later broke cover to provide some fun entertainment, surprising all of the guests! During the evening the DJ started the evening’s partying with a Gangnam Style dance video, which had the bride, groom and all of the guests hitting the dance floor.

Photography: Catherine Mead | Event Design: Mary Lee Herrington | Floral Design: Flowers By Passion | Wedding Dress: Phillipa Lepley Couture | Ceremony Venue: Our Lady Of Assumption RC Church | Reception Venue: Great Fosters | Bride's Shoes: Rupert Sanderson | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Zoe Lem | Entertainment: The Singing Waiters | Band: Morrissey and Marshall | Groom's Attire: Favourbrook | String Quartet: Apollo Strings | Classic Car Hire: Great Escape Cars | Flower Girls' Dresses: I Love Gorgeous | Invitations & Calligraphy: Paul Antonio Scribe | Lighting & Dance Floor: Stress Free Hire | Linens, Chairs & Charger Plates: Jones Hire | Make-up Artist: Sarah Jagger | Paper Goods: Paper+Cup Design | Props: BHLDN | Vintage Crockery: The Crockery Cupboard

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