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Cultural Wedding in the English Countryside

Monica & Andrew’s English countryside wedding is what daydreams are made of. With the truly talented Faye Cornhill behind the lens snapping up every second of beauty, we’ve got every bit of their celebration waiting for your to fall head over heels in love with via The Vault!

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From Faye CornhillI’m so happy to share this beautiful wedding with you, it really will go down as one of my all time favourites. It was at the wonderful Notley Abbey in Buckinghamshire. Notley Abbey weddings are always sublime. I love the seclusion, the space and the opulence of this beautiful venue.

Monica and Andrew are genuinely two of the loveliest people you could ever wish to meet. Breaking with tradition they arrived on the morning of the wedding together. Hand in hand they walked up the cobbled stones to the huge Notley Abbey oak door, exchanged a simple kiss and agreed to meet at the alter. Super cute.

Monica and Andrew are genuinely two of the loveliest people you could ever wish to meet. Breaking with tradition they arrived on the morning of the wedding together. Hand in hand they walked up the cobbled stones to the huge Notley Abbey oak door, exchanged a simple kiss and agreed to meet at the alter. Super cute.

Monica was the picture of calm throughout her preparation. She effortlessly styled her own hair and make up, smiling the whole way. As she unpacked her lace Monsoon dress and her stunning pink sari (bought by her father in India) I knew I was going to be in for a visual feast.

Monica’s huge smile lit up the room as she walked to meet Andrew. Together they stood, clinging on to each other, as they exchanged their vows. There was such an overwhelming sense of happiness as the registrar announced them as husband and wife. Andrew wasted no time in kissing his beautiful bride.

After the ceremony, Monica and Andrew were greeted by guests with a shower of confetti. We then moved to the lawn for a champagne reception. The three of us managed to grab some time away to take some portraits on the amazing driveway at Notley. I can’t tell you how much I loved this part – working with such lovely people makes me so happy.

After this, Monica was changed into her stunning pink sari by her Mother and Auntie and we moved straight into the speeches. After a delicious banquet I managed to grab some more time for photos of Monica and Andrew. The light at Notley was just perfect for the sparkle of her sari.

From the Bride… Andy and I got engaged in September 2015 and we knew pretty much straight away that we wanted a summer wedding the following year. Come January 2016, we hadn’t made even made a start!

I had always envisaged a country chic sort of wedding, but Andy preferred the more formal surroundings of central London, so when it came to choosing a venue, we were at opposite ends of the spectrum. Then, a couple of weeks into the search, Andy stumbled across Notley Abbey, a beautiful country house set in idyllic grounds and full of history. We both looked at each other and thought ‘wow’, but knew there was next to no chance of securing a date this year, let alone in the summer. Needless to say, we were astounded to hear that there was a solitary Saturday available for July this year, and we jumped at the chance to view the venue the following day.

We drove up the beautiful tree lined drive; everything was covered in snow and looked so picturesque. We knew there and then that we wanted this to be our venue, even though it was the first (and only) venue we had visited. We deliberated for all of sixty seconds, and proceeded to hand over a deposit immediately.

From that point onwards, the planning went relatively smoothly. I knew I wanted some personal touches that reflected us as a couple, so (with the help of my mum and sister) handmade all of the invitations, place cards and wedding favours. I even did my own hair and makeup on the day. The day itself couldn’t have gone smoother; the weather was exceptionally beautiful throughout the day (particularly given the temperamental summers we have in England), the ceremony was emotional, and even the fact that our little flower girl ran off down the aisle only added to a glorious day. And, best of all, Faye (our brilliant photographer) was there to capture all of those wonderful memories, which we will treasure forever.

Both Andy and I had said from the start that we wanted our wedding day to be fun and relaxed, with everyone we know and love with us to share our special day. It is a cliche, but that’s exactly how it was. We will forever look back on this day as the happiest of our lives.

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Photography: Faye Cornhill | Floral Design: Mandy At Sonning Flowers | Groom's Suit: John Lewis | Wedding Venue: Bespoke By Bijou | Brides Gown: Monsoon | Film Lab: Carmencita Film Lab

A Modern + Intimate English Countryside Engagement

Pack those virtual suitcases dear readers because thanks to Imogen Xiana we’re headed to the Oxford countryside to dwell in the beauty that is Darren & Carmel’s engagement session. It’s a day complete with stunning Nice Plume stationery, quintessentially English elements, and the most beautiful two-piece gown. We’ve got it all waiting for you to favorite in The Vault!

From Imogen XianaDarren & Carmel’s wedding was held in Cyprus, where Carmel’s family come from. However, the couple wanted their engagement shoot to have a more English vibe to it. Yet a modern twist was needed to bring out the fun-loving personality of these two love birds! Opting for a gorgeous Two Piece Gown, designed and made by the talented Cherry Williams London. This modern gown was complimented perfectly by a timeless and British grown, floral bouquet, created by the talented duo; The Garden Gate Flower Company. Handwritten, love notes were penned by the wonderful calligrapher Nice Plume, for the couple to exchange. It was a joy to document these sweet and intimate moments exchanged between two soulmates. In the effortless quiet beauty of a glorious floral garden in the middle of the Oxford Countryside. Quintessentially English indeed!

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Photography: Imogen Xiana | Floral Design: The Garden Gate Flower Company | Wedding Dress: Cherry Williams London | Hair & Makeup: Hair By Hannah | Stationery + Calligraphy: Nice Plume | Venue: Green & Gorgeous | Film Lab: Canadian Film Lab | Gold Cutlery: Anthropologie | Jacket: Ralph Lauren | Lady's Shoes: Dune | Men's Shoes: Herring Shoes | Silk Ribbons + Backdrop + Table Cloth: Lancaster And Cornish | Tableware: John Lewis

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Whimsical Summer Wedding in the English Countryside

D’Arcy Benincosa has a unique way of making daydreams come true. Because this stunning countryside wedding? Well it’s everything (and then some). Complete with creamy blooms, beautiful hues of blue, and the dreamiest outdoor ceremony, it’s one celebration that we more than love. See it all in The Vault!

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From the Bride… We first met a mutual friend’s wedding and the rest as they say is history. Teo proposed on the weekend of my 30th birthday celebrations on a clifftop here in Cornwall as the sun set and the waves crashed below us. For our wedding we chose Nancarrow Organic Farm as we knew it well from working there as wedding photographers ourselves. Te food was an incredibly important part of the day for us and the fact that we could incorporate the organic farm produce was wonderful. We chose to write our own humanist ceremony and have it take place between two old oak trees. We knew we wanted the whole day to feel as natural as possible and felt it was a poignant place to make our vows above the intertwined roots of the two oaks, reflecting our ideas of marriage as a supportive union that allows for growth through life together. We wanted the whole day to feel inclusive for all our family and friends of different ages so we sat everyone at long tables and had sharing platters of organic food. We booked our Ceilidh (traditional Celtic barn dance) band with this idea of inclusivity and fun in mind too.

My wedding gown is an antique from Jane Bourvis who has a boutique near Portobello Market in London. It was made of three layers, the bottom layer a champagne gold 1930’s silk slip, the next layer was silk chiffon and the top layer was lace, made by Jane from antique edwardian veils. It was so soft and comfortable. I paired it with an antique veil from the same boutique.

A DIY element included was that we made our own wedding bands at a Jewellers in St Ives. We are Polish, so we incorporated the Polish tradition of being greeted at the reception with blessings, bread, salt and sweet vodka by the women of the family.
My favorite detail of the day was the hand fasting piece of linen my Mum embroidered for the ceremony.

I have too many favorite moments mention, but a big one is waiting with my Dad at the top of the field, hearing my friend Caroline’s beautiful voice singing Eva Cassidy’s “Time After Time” for us whilst our friend Ben played the guitar.. watching my bridesmaids walking down to the ceremony in front of me then walking towards Teo and seeing him for the first time that day. I have never felt so nervous and so happy all at the same time. Another was seeing so many joyful faces during the ceilidh. Even Teo’s 94 year old Grandmother was up dancing. She says it was the best wedding she’s ever been to and she’s been to a few!

Some advice for those planning: Don’t be afraid to break the mould. Your ceremony can be whatever you want it to be if you wish. We chose to do the legal part the day before to allow us to marry entirely outdoors (as this isn’t currently legal in England). If you want an outdoors ceremony somewhere not so reliable for the weather then be brave and go for it (also have a plan B of course) as the chances are it will be fine. In general, if you want to do things a little differently then do. We had ourwedding cake in the afternoon during the cocktail hour as we’d been at so many weddings where the cake was wasted as no-one wanted it at the end of the night after a big meal when the cake cutting normally happens. Do what feels right for you and your relationship. Know that there aren’t too many actual rules when it comes to a wedding!

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Photography: D'Arcy Benincosa Photography | Floral Design: The Garden Gate Flower Company | Wedding Dress: Jane Bourvis | Cake: Alistair Brotherton | Stationery: Stationery Myrtle & Co | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Cherry Williams London + ASOS + House Of Fraiser | Catering: Benedict Quinn & Nancarrow Organic Farm | Makeup: Tamsyn Siddiqui | Hair: Sophie Vamvakitis | Groom's Attire: DKNY | Celebrant : Rupert Davies | Bride's Jewelry: Little Jems Jewellers | Ceremony Musicians : Ben Burne + Caroline Fox | Cutlery and Candlestick Hire: Helene Millot | Ribbon: Lancaster And Cornish