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Whimsical + Colorful London Gallery Wedding

Spring is officially here m’dears, and this next pastel pretty? Well, it’s the perfect warm welcome for a long-awaited season. After nine years, this pair put together one sunny affair filled with vibrant Fairy Nuff Flowers and whimsical bunny accents. From the hanging florals to the forestry themed favors, every detail is filled with classic color and Caught The Light captured it all here!

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From the beautiful Bride… It was over eleven years ago when Allan and I met at university (I was trying to find the ladies’ toilets in the student union!) We were friends first, then flat mates and one day a more amorous relationship then blossomed over a Dawson’s Creek marathon….(don’t ask!)

Seven years later and Allan proposed on a trip to Australia. On the first night in Sydney, he took me out to the Sydney Opera House and projected a home-made video onto it, which animated our relationship through its seven years. It ended with Allan on one knee; with the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the twilight sky bearing witness to our happy tears.

We were engaged for almost two years so we had plenty of time to plan for our summer wedding, which was a good thing given I was never one of those girls who grew up with a vision of their “dream wedding”. The dress alone took almost 6 months to find, but I finally found “the one” at Morgan Davies – a Kobus Dippenaar number with a beautiful lace appliqué top and intricate lace straps, and a simple silk skirt that was easy to move around in – I wanted something I could not only dance in, but also go to the bathroom by myself in!

As we had met at a London university and had lived in London all our lives, we had to have a London wedding! The Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA) was the perfect choice – it was such a bright, light contemporary space with beautiful balconies that had views of St James Park, the London Eye and Big Ben. They also have in-house caterers, Peyton and Byrne, who created a delicious wedding breakfast for us, which included seared scallops, juicy pork belly and the most salivating coconut marshmallow brownie.

Allan was definitely an equal partner in the planning – he designed the save the dates, invitations, table plan and order of service. He also crafted two lit up “A” signs out of foamboard that formed our main mantelpiece décor in the wedding breakfast room. Who says accountants aren’t creative?

We had two wedding favors for our lovely friends and family – chocolate Lindt bunnies (which went with our loose forestry theme) and vinyl style CDs that we made which included our wedding music, meaningful songs to us and songs that encapsulated the hen do and stag do (if you haven’t already heard it, Youtube “Channing Tatum & Jamie Foxx – I wanna”!)

We were inspired by hanging flower displays we’d seen on Pinterest and worked with the amazing Steph from FairyNuff Flowers to create one as the backdrop for our ceremony room. As the ICA was such an open light space, we wanted bright flowers to bring a bit of color to the day. We used animal vases from our living room as part of our centre pieces, along with old vintage books we spent months picking from old book stores – each had some relevance to us or to the group of friends on that table.

We chose two songs for our first dance – we started off slow-dancing to Bright Eyes – “First Day of my Life” and then broke into a choreographed routine to Hall & Oates – “You Make My Dreams Come True” that we learnt from a flash mob video from YouTube. It took a few sessions at the gym, but we almost nailed it on the night! Almost!

Allan also surprised me on the night with another video he had made, which he shared with everyone just before we cut the cake. One of my (not so secret) music vices is the band McFly, so whilst Allan was on his stag-do, he and his groomsmen re-created the “Love is Easy” video in Sofia, pink ukulele and heart shaped umbrellas included!

We had a lot of fun planning the wedding (“researching” wines and food/cake tastings were definitely highlights) and we’re so grateful that we had the talented Chloé take our wedding photographs for us – we now have a collection of amazing memories immortalized in her beautiful photos for the rest of our lives.

Photography: Caught The Light | Floral Design: Fairy Nuff Flowers | Wedding Cake: Bea's of Bloomsbury | Ceremony Venue: The ICA | Reception Venue: The ICA | Shoes: LK Bennett | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Debenhams | Catering: Peyton & Byrne | Groom's Shoes: Aldo | Groom's Suit: Ted Baker | Groomsmen's Attire: Burton | Cake Toppers: by Tina Albin | Dress designer: Kobus Dippenaar | Groom's Shirt: TM Lewin | Groom's bowtie: Debenhams | Hair & Make up artist: Sam Sham | Veil: Morgan Davies

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Cotswolds Wedding at the Blenheim Palace

As a girl who stares at beautiful weddings for a living, I like to think I know something special when I see it. And this UK lovefest? Well, it’s sort of a wedding blogger’s dream come true. Set at the breathtaking Blenheim Palace and bursting with soft, pink blooms by Emma Walker Flowers plus gorgeous design by Isobel Lamplough, it’s a fairytale come to life and Catherine Mead captured every last bit. Pssst: the film below by Rupert Ward Lewis is not to be missed.

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From Catherine Mead… Stephy and Jeff met in the UK whilst studying at the London School of Economics. Stephy had just arrived off a flight from Toronto, where she had been living at the time, armed with 6 pieces of luggage. Jeff spotted her at the dormitory and came to her rescue with a trolley, and the rest is history! (depicted in invitation!)

When it came to planning their wedding, they decided to have a small, intimate and beautiful destination wedding back in the U.K. to celebrate the start of their love story, with their 60 guests flying half way around the world to share the day with them.

Blenheim Palace in the Cotswolds is a wonderful setting, and we chose to get married in the Orangery next to the Italian Gardens. We really wanted to bring the beautiful English countryside garden indoors, so we lined the aisle with trees and incorporated big, beautiful flowers as centrepieces.

Our house rabbits Mimi and Puff are such a big part of our lives, and we wanted them to be a part of our wedding. We incorporated elements of them in our wedding, from the decoration to the invitations. We sourced little rabbits in Hong Kong and then shipped them over to our planner and florist for them to spray gold and place around the Orangery, but the shipment never arrived so we had to locate bunnies in the UK at the last minute!

Photography: Catherine Mead | Videographer: Rupert Ward Lewis | Wedding Dress: Inbal Dror | Cake: Princess Patisserie | Invitations: Sedonia Shu from Seesawsed | Ceremony Venue: Blenheim Palace | Reception Venue: Blenheim Palace | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Dessy | Make-Up: Yumi Noh | Hair: Kirsty Fraser For Claire Hanson | Band: Groove Instinct | Groom's Attire: W.W. Chan | Groomsmen's Attire: Zara | String Quartet: Liquid Strings | Accomodations: Hope House | Bride's Day Shoes: YSL | Bride's Evening Dress: Vera Wang | Bride's Evening Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Floral & Event Design: Emma Walker Flowers | Lighting & Stage: AC Disco | Veil: Inbal Dror | Wedding Planning & Designer: Isobel Lamplough

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Intimate Pastel Wedding in the Cotswolds

My secret dreams were realized when this English wedding came across my desk. Pretty pastels and beautiful bridesmaids, a stunning custom gown by Lusan Mandongus and plenty of cheeky British charm make this summer celebration one I won’t soon forget. Katie Julia and Velvet Street Studios captured it all, from sun up to last kiss, all packed into this gorgeous gallery for us to love on.

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From The Bride… Thinking back our wedding day feels like a dream; I’ve looked at the photos and watched our wedding video a dozen times and I still beam with a smile remembering how beautiful, romantic and truly special the day was.

I was so happy to have a summer wedding so that I could use a pastel palette and peonies, which are my favourite. I wanted the day to be elegant, timeless and romantic, and we both agreed on a small intimate affair, with only people that had shared in our happy memories as a couple.

Neither of us had any idea of the sort of venue we wanted, but from the moment we walked into Thyme Barn we fell in love. It’s set in the most idyllic little village called Southrop in the Cotswolds. The venue is mainly used as a cookery school, and both Guy and I love our food so this was a big selling point for us. Some of the venues we saw felt like there was a wedding revolving door, but at Thyme Barn they paid amazing attention to detail, and you may also recognise the location as it was where Kate Moss got married!

We hired five of the cottages that surrounded the barn, and it felt like we’d hired our own little private village for the weekend. The night before the wedding Guy had dinner with all the groomsmen down at the village pub, and I had dinner with all of my girls at the main house. On Sunday, our guests travelled home and the family members stayed for a Sunday roast. We wanted the wedding weekend to last as long as it could.

I have to say my dress was the only part of the wedding process I didn’t enjoy – I tried on about 60 dresses and none of them felt right. In the end, I found two Lusan Mandongus dresses that I liked – on one I adored the dip of the back and the other the wow factor of the four-foot trail – and the moment the assistant said we can merge the two I was sold!

For the bridesmaids’ dresses I couldn’t find the colour I wanted in the UK, so ended up buying the dresses from a US brand call Donna Morgan. It was a bit of a pain, as they don’t ship to the UK. Luckily my maid of honor’s sister lives in the States so we had them delivered there and she posted them to each of the bridesmaids. My bridesmaids I have known since school and they are like sisters to me. I feel so privileged to have their friendship, love and support. It meant the world to me that they were by my side on my wedding day.

My flower girl Lara is one of my old charges from when I was a nanny, we still share a very special bond, and she looked simply beautiful on the day. My pageboy Sam is another of my charges, he helped warm up the crowed by walking down the aisle with a last chance to run sign. His cheeky smile lit up the room. And last but not least my adorable pug cross, Miss Beasley Pickles, totally stole the show!

My most memorable moment was this: as I set off with my bridesmaids on the short walk to the ceremony a huge black cloud appeared and the heavens opened. I looked up at the sky and asked my granddad, who had recently passed away, to bring out the sun. Throughout the ceremony you could hear the thunderstorm outside, and it made it feel very dramatic. After the “ I do’s,” Guy squeezed my hand and whispered, “Look outside.” No joke, the clouds parted as a beautiful ray of sunshine shone through the window above the registrar and the sun stayed out all day.

Photography: Katie Julia | Videography: Velvet Tree Studios | Wedding Dress: Lusan Mandongus | Cake: The Pretty Cake Company | Ceremony Venue: Thyme Barn | Reception Venue: Thyme Barn | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Donna Morgan | Hair And Makeup: Samantha Davies | Grooms Attire: Adam Waite | Assistant Photography: Mirella Baio Photography

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London Summer Wedding at MC Motors

While most ladies dream of Paris, my heart’s always been in London. So this British bash right here made my day. With London Bride orchestrating this “summer in the city” reception and Ever After Press creating paper goodies that literally make me squeal, I knew I was in for a good time. Caught the Light snapped away and we even have a little behind the scenes film by Sandra Ciampone. See more here!

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From Caught the LightThis incredibly cool ‘summer in the city’ wedding reception was held at the unmistakeable MC Motors in London’s Dalston. Working in the city, the couple wanted to make the most of a London wedding and chose a fantastic urban space for their reception.

With the assistance of their creative wedding planner, Charley at London Bride and the bride’s friend, Emily at Ever After Press, the day was personalised with subtle references to the bride’s mediterranean heritage and the couples love of the outdoors. The venue was styled with lots of greenery and floral touches to bring the summer to life inside by Amy at Bo Boutique with olive trees, hanging branches and draped foliage which hung over rustic wooden doors behind the top table. The theme continued through the watercolour paper elements designed by Emily, and their unexpected ‘something blue’ ombre wedding cake which took guests by surprise with it’s colourful sponge!

Delicious canapés and cuisine were provided by Social Pantry along with an Iberian ham carving station for guests to enjoy whilst sipping on refreshing Grapefruit and Cucumber cocktails or homemade lemonade. The couple made an amazing entry to the reception by being driven in their vintage car into the venue to a warm welcome from their guests as they arrived to the jazz sounds of the Swinging Little Big Band.

After the sit-down meal and heartfelt speeches, the evening began with the couples favourite signature cocktails served from a vintage bar cart with personalised napkins and cocktail stirrers and guests were treated to a sweet treat with seasonal macarons in ‘Great British Summer’ flavours such as Pimms and Apple and Elderflower. As the wedding was during the World Cup season, a table-football table was set up and proved to be a great place for the boys to have some fun, then the Wedding Smashers DJs kicked off the evening as the couple took to the dance floor with their choreographed first dance routine to the cheers of their guests.

The night didn’t end there as the couple and their friends decided to carry on the after party with a visit to to their local karaoke bar!

Photography: Caught The Light | Wedding Planner: Charley Of London Bride | Florals: Bo Botique | Dress: La Sposa | Wedding Cake: Konditor & Cook | Catering: Social Pantry | Make-Up: Make Up By Katy | Hair Stylist: Hair By Cassandra | DJ: The Wedding Smashers | Wedding Venue: MC Motors | Behind The Scenes Film: Sandra Ciampone | Bride's Headpiece: Custom-Made By Jo Barnes Vintage | Macarons: Wharf Road Bakery | Stationery & Paper Elements: Ever After Press | Swing Band: Swinging Little Big Band | Vintage Hire: Classic Crockery

Scottish Highlands Anniversary Session

What do you think it’ll take for me to convince my future Mr. that we should go to Europe for an anniversary photo session? I’m hoping these pics by Annamarie Akins right here will do the trick, because I’ve already fallen in love with them and the whole idea. This shoot in the Scottish Highlands is breathtaking and intimate all at the same time and these pics will be my motivation for years to come.

From Annamarie AkinsSet against the backdrop of the gorgeous Scottish highlands, I hope this anniversary session will take your breath away! The scenery was unreal and the couple is absolutely beautiful. During their trip to Scotland they wanted to commemorate their time with photos in celebration of their third wedding anniversary in the country where her mom grew up! She came here every year as a kid and was so excited to introduce her husband to the gorgeous countryside. In true Scottish fashion it rained in the middle of the shoot, but the rain was short-lived and it was replaced again by the most gorgeous sunset!

Photography: Annamarie Akins

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Scottish Castle Wedding

It’s not often that you find a wedding as ethereally romantic as this.  One that is sooo filled with gorgeous details and heartwarming moments, it kind of feels like you are watching scenes from a classic movie with Audrey Hepburn and Cary Grant.  Add to all of that romance a breathtaking Scottish castle and the light-filled images of Craig & Eva Sanders and it’s a gallery of awesome that can’t be missed.

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From the Bride… We chose to have our ceremony at Straiton Church and wedding reception at Blairquhan castle in Ayrshire, Scotland.

We came across Blairquhan castle when we were looking around online. I think we found some pictures of a wedding here that had been taken by our amazing photographers Craig and Eva. We were looking for an exclusive use venue that we could treat as our home for the weekend with our friends and family. We took a drive down to Blairquhan Castle one day and we knew straight away it was the right place, the setting and grounds are breathtaking and although it had this look of grandeur, inside it felt so homely and comfortable. The drawing rooms where we had the wedding meal were absolutely amazing with beautiful chandeliers, large fireplaces and windows that looked out into the landscape beyond. We weren’t having a huge wedding so the space was just right and I could imagine all our friends in this room having a great time and later dancing the night away. Accommodation was great, too as Blairquhan had self catering cottages on the grounds and beautiful rooms in the castle itself. This meant that we were able to enjoy having all of our friends and family together for the full weekend.

We came across the church in the beautiful small village of Straiton a small drive away from Blairquhan Castle. I is from Ayrshire so it felt even more special that this was the place we were married. The church is tiny and very pretty with lots of original features and stained glass.

I started looking at lots of different ideas in wedding magazines, online, blogs (Style Me Pretty!) to get ideas. Pinterest was also great and really helped me pull together themes and looks that I liked. I knew that I wanted a vintage feel to our day and I loved the old world glamour look that was evident in our venue at Blairquhan Castle. I wanted our theme to reflect the beautiful interior of the castle and tie in with that look and feel. I loved the use of light and the reflection of light on the wonderful old mirrors in the drawing rooms and chandeliers. I tied in our table decorations with mirror centerpieces and cut glass flower vases to carry through this theme. We also had lots of candles and antique mirror candle holders everywhere. Little Botanica were our florist and did a beautiful job of decorating the castle full of seasonal flowers that reflected the pretty, vintage look we were going for.

For the church, I had seen an idea in a magazine of another wedding that had gorgeous arches of branches and flowers down the aisle – my aisle was tiny, but Little Botanica were able to create a gorgeous version of this in the aisle and at the entrance to the church which set a lovely theme in and outside the church. We were also conscious that we wanted our wedding to be fun and personable. So a lot of things were inspired out of the fact that we wanted our guests to enjoy the day with lots of surprises like our photo props on tables, the ‘dare game’, caricaturist and mum’s homemade Limoncello favours. We were also lucky to have a friend to do the job as Toast Taster. He was absolutely amazing and made our day feel so personable and fun.

The whole day was so enjoyable, if there is one favorite, I think it was coming out the church to all our friends and family cheering throwing clouds of confetti everywhere. It felt so magical and we even got some beautiful sunshine to go along with it.

The fabulous Craig and Eva Sanders were our photographers – absolutely loved them. Not only did they capture the most memorable and beautiful photos of our day they were also so much fun to be around and made us both feel really comfortable. I couldn’t recommend them enough.

Our cake was by Top Tier Cakes in Glasgow. Their shop is just beside where we live and we’ve sampled quite a few cupcakes from there over the years. They were really friendly and easy to deal with and delivered everything to the venue which meant no disasters getting the cake there in one piece.

Little Botanica did the flowers. They were amazing, really different and got the theme I was going for straight away. Lisa took time to understand what I wanted and came up with lots of brilliant ideas. You can tell they are really passionate about what they do and wanted every detail to be perfect.

My advice for brides-to-be: Smile, be happy and enjoy every moment of it. When it comes to planning your big day do things that really reflect who you both are, it’s your day so take the time to make it special and everything that you are.

Photography: Craig & Eva Sanders Photography | Videographer: Memory Lane Films | Florist: Little Botanica | Wedding Dress: Suzanne Neville, Eleganza Sposa | Cake: Top Tier Cakes | Stationery: E.I.Y. Love | Ceremony: Straiton Parish Church | Reception: Blairquhan Castle | Bridesmaids' Shoes: Next | Shoes: Christian Louboutin | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Dessy | Make-up: Jojo Professional Make-up Artist | Hair: Adee Phelan Salon | Band: The Riffreshers | Groom's Attire: Kinloch Anderson | String Quartet: Capella String Quartet | Caricaturist: Tommy Sommerville | Veil: Eleganza Sposa | Wedding Rings: Rox

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