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Whimsical England Wedding Filled With DIY Details + Film

Count me officially enchanted. Cute footbridges, upright pianos, carousels, floral bridesmaid dresses, and not to mention the bride’s custom made Guinevere-esque gown by Very Me – all captured on Ciné Reportage’s Super 8 and 16 mm film, freshly cut and already brimming with glowing nostalgia. For even more loveliness, catch the’s a whole gallery of sweet-as-it-gets moments captured by Brighton Photo.


Ciné Reportage… I’ve long been dying to share one of our super 8 and 16mm wedding films with you, and I’m delighted to be able to send you what may be the most beautiful wedding we’ve ever shot.

Justin & Carly were married at Preston Court, near Canterbury in Kent in September last year. It’s an incredible venue which includes a genuine Victorian carousel and an island for outdoor ceremonies.

The couple were enormous fun to be around and their wedding was packed with beautiful and original DIY touches.

I really hope that you like the film. We’re based in Brussels, Belgium but very much available for weddings anywhere in the world.

From the Bride… Preston Court was just so beautiful and so different from anything we had seen – we felt like it had been made for us. The weather was perfect, so we could have an outdoor ceremony like we had always hoped for. We got married on the island and most of our guests were just over the stream.

We loved the carousel and how excited all our friends and family were to have a go, and more than anything we loved the things that we had made ourselves because they represented such labors of love!

We didn’t have a color scheme or a theme as such. Everything was just ‘stuff we like’. I love anything that’s had a past life and love to know where something has come from and the story behind it. We spent endless weekends collecting and gathering bits. From all our china and linen to old bottles and tins for the flowers. I LOVED every second. We’re even thinking about hiring it all out so I don’t have to say goodbye to any of it!

Justin made a photo wall – we collected picture frames to poke your head through and covered it with very kitsch wallpaper. The swallows on the wall were from my Grandma’s kitchen.. We have family from different parts of the country so we made a sign with how many miles to each part on it, as well as an arrow to where you could ‘cut some rug’ .

I had my dress made by Kerry J Tuckett of Very Me. I had to put all my faith in Kerry and try and communicate exactly what I wanted. With Kerry’s prowess and infinite skill we worked together to make my dream dress. I collected the Art Deco buckle from eBay and the chain on the top back of my dress was from a cheapy bin at a vintage fair – in its heyday it was a set of collar clips!

My red shoes were Karen Millan and my hairpiece was a pearl necklace that I had found at a car boot sale made into a beautiful piece by Gemma Sutton, who also did my hair and makeup. The Bridesmaids dresses were from Zara which were all altered to suit each maid.

Justin’s suit was from Ted Baker, his Grandmother passed away a month before the wedding and left, with his mum, a lucky Horseshoe brooch to be given to him on the morning of our big day. It looked perfect.

Our best idea was deciding to have a cinematographer. We had Will from Ciné Reportage and it was the best money that we ever spent. They went above and beyond on the day and fit in perfectly. It was so unobtrusive that people were surprised when we said we had a film made. We can’t talk highly enough about them, the film makes me cry every time, it is so romantic.

Justin in case you’re wondering about the chimney sweeps(!): In Great Britain it is considered lucky for a bride to see a chimney sweep on her wedding day. It started about 200 years ago when a London chimney sweeper saved the life of King George III. The sweep had been the only person brave enough to stop the King’s out of control horses and carriage. By Royal Decree the King proclaimed that all sweeps are good luck bearers and should be treated with respect. The folklore was established and to this day chimney sweeps are still invited to attend weddings and kiss the bride for good luck.

Photography: Heather For Brighton Photo | Cinematography: Ciné Reportage | Flowers: Miss Mole's Flower Emporium | Wedding Dress: Very Me | Bride's Shoes: Karen Millen | Shoes: Karen Millen | Bridesmaids\' Dresses: Zara | Chimney Sweeps : Milborrow Chimney Sweeps | Groom\'s Attire: Ted Baker | Hairpiece, Hair & Makeup: Gemma Sutton | Piano: Mark Davies | Wedding Venue: Preston Court

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Animal Themed Country Wedding in the United Kingdom

Petting zoos and gorgeous outdoor affairs aren’t your standard combo but the second you lay your eyes on this wedding it will all make sense. From the jeweled Jenny Packham dress to the adorable donkey, were smitten with Britt Spring’s photography, The Passion Of Flowers’ approach to blooms and overall a day infused with animals and a whole lot of love.


From The Bride…We definitely had a bit of an animal theme going on with a side of cowboy and American Ranch thrown in for good measure.Our decorations came from all over the place: charity shops, antique shops, Etsy, Ebay and my Nan, and were mostly sourced by me in the months leading up to the wedding.

Our invitations (which I designed) featured two chickens so these kind of became our emblem. My favorite decorations were the two feathered life-size chicken that I ordered from the States. They kept a watchful eye over everyone from the bar all night.

I really wanted antler chandeliers but these are generally quite expensive – eventually I found the ones we had randomly at Next.Then there were vases, animal planters, chalk boards, wagon wheels. vintage signs, fake animal heads and brass animals. Paper decorations for the marquee were custom made by FunkyFrillsUK from Etsy. Each table was named after an animal so for the name places I bought lots of Childrens plastic animals and spray painted them white, in fact I was up early doing this on the morning of the wedding! I used kraft tags and hand stamped all of the names.

Will and I met through two of our best friends, the best man and one of the bridesmaids, who met at university and are now married. I always knew I wanted to get married in North Norfolk as it’s where I grew up and it’s a really special place but we were very lucky to find Scaldbeck House as it had only just been refurbished and the owner agreed to apply for a licence so that we could have our wedding there. The thing that did it for us was the view looking out over Morston Harbour, which is a bit wild and of course those big Norfolk skies.

One of my best friends, Charley (who did an amazing reading of Roald Dahl’s Cinderella at the ceremony) is a wedding planner and has a fantastic blog called London Bride. I was quite daunted by the task of choosing a photographer but she recommended a few and I loved Britt’s work. Beautiful, stylish and memorable and not a hint of cheese. Also she is very happy and relaxed which is great as Will and I are both terrible at having our photos taken usually.

Photography: Britt Spring | Flowers: The Passion Of Flowers | Wedding Dress: Jenny Packham | Brides Shoes: LK Bennett | Bridesmaids Dresses: J Crew | Band: The Slippery Hill Boys | Fred The Donkey: Scratby Donkeys | Luxury Home: Scaldbeck House | MUA: Flash Kate | Petting Zoo: Off The Farm

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Chic Country Wedding in Kent Film

I swear, to my American ears, everything sounds a bit more lovely in a British accent. So my heart melted a little extra wax when the groom made his toast to his bride. But accents aside, there’s beauty bursting from everywhere thanks to help from Bow Occasions  and every draped fold in the bride’s Monique Lhuillier gown. Just take a peek at this video from Wedding Film Studio and prepare your feet to be swept.


From the Bride… Oliver and I met almost 10 years ago when I was living in Dubai and he was on holiday visiting a mutual friend. To my good luck he decided to move there a few years later and it didn’t take long for us to become great friends and then something more. We got engaged in the summer of 2012 and moved to London shortly after.

Planning the wedding was a dream for me. With the help of my amazing parents and my wonderful in-laws, we were granted everything we could have hoped for for our big day. The first thing we decided on was the venue, Oli’s family home in Kent, Little Bedgebury Farm. We fell in love with the idea of having a chic country wedding at a place that felt personal to Oli’s family and mine. The rest was a breeze, from finding our wonderful photographer, Sophia Hanbury, to choosing Simon at Wedding Film Studio to document the day, to Oli’s favourite part of the planning process, deciding on the cake!

The day itself couldn’t have gone any better. The weather was perfect, we had our closest friends and family around us, and the setting was dreamier than I could have ever imagined. Simon did an incredible job in capturing all of this and more. Our families have watched the DVD of the wedding more times than they can count, and every time Oli and I watch it, we get transported back to the best day of our lives.

Photographer: Sophia Hanbury | Videographer: Wedding Film Studio | Flowers: Sweet William's | Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier | Cake: Creative Cakes Kent | Stationary: Letterpress Of Cirencester | Bride's Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Rings: Cartier | Bridesmaids Dresses: Alfred Sung | Groom's Attire: Gieves And Hawkes | Celebrant: Lynne O'Hara | Entertainment - Band: Big Girls Blues Band | Hair & Make-Up: Tori Harris | Marquee: Four Jays | Veil/Headpiece: Toni Federici | Wedding Co-ordinator: Bow Occasions

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