Two things I love more than anything? The United Kingdom and drop-dead gorgeous weddings. So when those two combine in what can only be described as a mesmerizing photo shoot, well… I break out the bubbly, lovelies. (Figuratively and literally.) Because this is a shoot that takes some of Britain’s finest vendors (I’m talking to you Jessie Thomson Wedding Planning, The Rose Shed and Taylor Barnes Photography) and pairs them up with some of the prettiest details you will ever see. See so much more in the full gallery.
From Taylor Barnes Photography… This styled shoot was a project born from the love of everything pretty, luxe and creative! We wanted to show our lovely British brides how weddings in our country can be full of the same creative style that you see in the weddings of our American friends. So we teamed together with a select few of artisan suppliers to create this shoot. I shot in fine art editorial style. We used three different looks from the hottest designers and two real couples as models.
Photography: Taylor Barnes Photography | Dress: Jenny Packham | Floral Design: The Rose Shed | Wedding Cake: Becky’s Cake Boutique | Invitations: Meticulous Ink | Jewelry: Bee's and Grave's (vintage) | Dress Style: Eden | Event Design + Planning: Jessie Thomson Wedding Planning | Event Design + Planning: Taylor Barnes Photography | Location: Coombe Lodge | Make Up Artist: Nina Norman | Overlay: Sanyukta Shrestha | Vintage Furniture and Props: Virginias Vintage Hire
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In just a few weeks I’ll be taking a little holiday hiatus to the countryside of Ireland. Just me and my love in a quaint Irish cottage. So naturally, when this like-minded English wedding came my way, my excitement level nearly shot through the roof. It’s filled to the gills with that quiet charm and unexpected whimsy. And this pretty set of photos we’re swooning? All thanks to the talented Jay Rowden. Grab that mug o’ coffee and take a trip across the pond in full gallery right here.
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From Jay Rowden…. A simply stunning summer wedding reception at a Mr & Mrs Smith boutique hotel in the heart of The Cotswolds with details to die for. The couple in question, Mr & Mrs Cotton, created a gorgeous wedding with details heavy on the cotton theme. Cotton yarns on thread for the table plans, cotton ribbons galore, tiny balls of real cotton attached to each place setting, a cotton wreath on the church door, hymn sheets fashioned into cornets for the lavender confetti and all topped off with a stunning Jesus Peiro dress. The bride and groom married in a church which was almost 900 years old and had their wedding reception a short walk away at The Rectory.
Photography: Jay Rowden | Videography: Dean Sherwood | Wedding dress: Jesus Peiro | Flowers: Flowers By Passion | Brides shoes: LK Bennett | Grooms Suit: Paul Smith | String Quartet: Bryden String Quartet | Bridal Veil: Joyce Jackson | Choir: Swindon Male Voice Choir | Church: All Saints Church, Crudwell | Hotel: The Rectory | Wedding Band: Funkify | Wedding Dress Shop: Miss Bush Bridal | Wedding Hair: Sheena Warltire | Wedding Make Up: Emily Tarrant | Wedding Rings: Lionel J Wiffen
This day could give Will and Kate’s wedding a major run for its money. It’s that incredibly special. But once you get to know this London affair a wee bit little better, it really comes at no surprise. Because when a Brides UK editor ties the knot with Polly Alexandre on board, mass amounts of pretty are naturally bound to follow. Mark my words, SMPers, we’ll be obsessing over this one for a good, loooooong while.
From Polly Alexandre… I was hugely flattered when Polly, who was Lifestyle Editor at Conde Nast’s Brides Magazine, asked me to photograph her wedding to Rhys. Polly & Rhys met through a mutual friend 6 years ago and they managed to create a successful long term relationship whilst Rhys was working abroad. Born and brought up in London, it was a city wedding Polly decided upon, with the magnificent Royal Hospital Chapel in Chelsea as the location for the ceremony – particularly apt as it is a military chapel and Rhys used to be in the army himself. Polly combined blush pink with white and grey accents for a feminine but grown up look. She wanted the overall look to be polished and elegant & appropriate for a city wedding. Working with some of her favourite suppliers, she created a wedding that was stylish and classic, polished, so very English, and well, just overall incredibly elegant.
The ceremony was held at the Royal Hospital Chapel, chosen because Rhys used to be in the army and liked the idea of getting married in a military chapel. Afterwards champagne was served in vintage style saucer glasses, before red London buses whisked away the wedding guests to the super elegant Hempel Hotel. The hotel exudes a minimalist zen like calm with a lovely garden. In this garden the couple had a beautiful marquee with oversized florals. David Austin roses and stocks were used to make an impact in this big space. Then after some heartwarming speeches it was off down into the ‘nightclub’ area downstairs in the hotel for dancing late into the night.
Upon marrying, this globe trotting couple emigrated to Dubai to start a new life together. Polly & Rhys are a perfect match, an absolute pleasure to work with, and I wish them many years of happiness and love together….
Photographer: Polly Alexandre | Cake: Peggy Porschen | Ceremony Venue: Royal Hospital Chelsea | Reception Venue: The Hempel Hotel | Brides Shoes: Valentino | Bridesmaids Dresses: Ghost | Calligraphy: Paul Antonio | DJ: Matt Maurice | Bridal Bouquets: Jamie Aston | Bride's Evening Dress: Bespoke from Luella’s Boudoir | Brides' Dress: Amanda Wakeley | Brides' Veil: Amanda Wakeley | Flowergirl's Dress: Marie Chantal | Groom's Bespoke Suit: Hackett | Hair & Make Up: Sarah Brock | Pageboys Outfits: Stella McCartney at Alex & Alexa | Photo Booth: Booth Nation | Reception Flowers: By Appointment Only Design | Super 8 Filming: Amabel Adcock