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Elegant English Countryside Wedding

Give me a straight-from-the-storybooks English countryside wedding, and you’ll have one VERY happy blogger on your hands. I can promise you that. But add film captures from CKB Photography into the mix, and you best believe this beauty is going down as one of my all-time faves. It’s a wedding lover’s dream brought to life, and watch every second unfold in the gorgeous gallery right here.

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Summer
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Estate
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From the Bride… We chose our venue because it had so much character. Maunsel House is a 13th century manor house, full of history. It had such an incredible blend of opulence and elegance mixed with the natural and wild feeling of being on a working estate, with animals and beautiful secret gardens – plus the added extra of peacocks roaming everywhere! I loved the idea of an Art Deco feel, but didn’t want it to become too themed, and then we loved the peacocks so much that they become an influence on the design and colours of our entire celebration.

Lisa, (our stationery designer, PaperKnots) used the combination of these tones brilliantly, creating the art-deco style Peacock design that we used throughout our stationery, and then I matched the bridesmaid dresses and the decoration to the teal green and blue colourings.

We wanted our tables named after London underground stops, as we adore living in London, so we gave Lisa the difficult brief of creating an underground tube map in the same design as everything else – she did an incredible job and every guest commented on it. In fact, it’s now framed on the wall of our study at home!

My favourite little touch was the flag that George, the page boy carried down the aisle in front of me, saying ‘Here comes the Bride’. George and Milly, the flower girl, were only 2 and 3, so it could have gone horribly wrong, but they were just gorgeously well behaved on the day and giving George a flag to wave meant he had something fun to do which helped!

Our cake was very kindly made my Paul’s Aunt Marion. We sent a few clippings of simple Art Deco style designs and she did a fantastic job of creating something simple and perfect! Neither me or Paul are big fans of fruit cake so we had the bottom layer as traditional wedding cake and then the other layers were Victoria sponge. As it was so hot on the day we had to try especially hard to keep it cool so that the sponge didn’t collapse! In hindsight, we probably should have gone with fruit cake throughout!

I spent so long looking for my bridesmaid’s dresses, as I had a very clear idea of colour and style, but wanted something just a little different to the norm. So, I was so lucky and happy to find them in Coast. My bridesmaids have very different hair colour and skin tones but the teal green looked beautiful on both of them. Bridesmaid dress shopping was also made harder by the fact that one bridesmaid lives in Thailand and the other gave birth just a few months before the wedding!

I came across the Real Cut Flower Garden online and they were exactly the style of flowers I wanted – natural and slightly wild. Charlie from the garden, is brilliant and did a fab job of picking exactly the right colours and blooms to compliment all of the clothing on the day.

I actually didn’t want a 1920’s style dress, and hadn’t intended to purposefully match it to the overall style of the wedding. In fact I came very close to buying a beautiful Suzanne Neville dress, but as is often the case, I decided to try my Jenny Packham dress as I was leaving the shop. It’s so true that you need to try lots of different designs – I never would have imagined choosing a dress like that, but once I put it on that was it! I loved the cut and shape, and the absolutely amazing detailing.

We were incredibly lucky to get a heatwave on our wedding weekend, so it was 33 degrees on the day, and we were able to get married outside in a civil ceremony. We also had a blessing just with immediate family in a small chapel on the grounds which was a lovely intimate moment.

For the breakfast, we wanted it to be as fun as possible, so we raided the guests’ Facebook photos and used the funniest ones for their namecards, we wrote our own trivia on the back of the menus, and our favours were personalised bottles of Jaegermeister (because we got together on a ski trip!)…with personalised M&Ms for the non-drinkers. Once we’d cut the cake, we all downed the shots to kick off the party!

We were over the moon with our photographs from Charlie @ CKB Photography, they were all shot on film and so beautiful we didn’t stop looking at them for days!

Photography: Charlie Kingsland-Barrow Of CKB Photography | Flowers: The Real Cut Flower Garden | Shoes: Freya Rose | Bridesmaid Dresses: Coast | Catering: Posh Nosh | Make-up: Eve Ashby | Hair: Claire Mathers at Creative Wedding Hair | Dress : Jenny Packham | Flower Girl : John Lewis | Groom\'s Attire: Ralph Lauren Black Label | Page Boy: Monsoon | Photography - Assistance: Rachel Thomas | Photography - Lab processing : UK Film Lab | Stationer: Lisa Butler of Paperknots | Toasts: Nyetimber | Veil : Jenny Packham | Venue: Maunsel House | Vintage 1920s hair accessory: Revival Retro

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Orchardleigh House Wedding

In my book, there is absolutely nothing better than an English countryside wedding, and when this bride described her wedding weekend as a “truly unique and proper Downton Abbey experience” I was sold. Planned and perfected by Ever Swoon, so you know it’s good, this wedding, as seen through Ed Peers Photography’s lens, is my Christmas present come early.

And just a little teaser of these cuties from Shutterbox Films


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Fall

From the stunning bride… Jon and I met 3 years ago on a crisp October evening in a bar on the Upper East Side of New York, where we now live. Jon, who is English, had just arrived on a business trip, and he was still living in London, but the connection was immediate and we decided that despite the miles (3,459 to be exact!) between us, we would give the relationship a go. After countless Skype calls, emails, texts and trips back and forth and in between, Jon decided to move to the USA and pop the question!

As a graphic designer, I always knew I would design every piece of my wedding and what a project it was! First I designed a family crest for us, based off of the historic Mitchell crest and adding some fun elements that are personal to Jon and I (such as little UK and USA flag hearts, and diamonds in the crown matching my engagement ring!) The rose background image was also a custom watercolor I created just for the wedding. These design elements were used for the website, invitation suite, stationery, canvas tote bags, and leather gold embossed luggage tags.

We decided on an autumn wedding in Somerset near Bath close to Jon’s hometown. The venue is located in the sweeping English countryside on the grounds of the beautiful Orchardleigh Estate. At Orchardleigh, our guests stayed the night (and filled the entire estate) for a truly unique and proper Downton Abbey experience. We had a classic Church of England ceremony at this beautiful little church on the estate grounds, surrounded by water and dating back 1,000 years! Since there was no electricity in the church, the marriage service was entirely candlelit. The hand-pumped organ and string quartet played “Jerusalem” as I married my best friend and finally our two worlds became one.

The bridesmaids were all 5 of my sisters, plus my now-sister in law. The “vintage English rose” theme was carried through with their dusty pink gowns, each one unique different in style. As the guests arrived back at Orchardleigh House after the wedding, they were greeted with warm cider and live classical music played by a string quartet, The canapés were passed and the doors were open to the beautiful (surprising!) sunny day, allowing the guests stroll the vast grounds enjoy the spectacular views of the estate. Following the cocktail hour, we served a 4 course seated dinner, consisting of all local and traditional Somerset fair, made complete with hilarious speeches from my husband (English tradition), my 2 fathers, the best man, and my two maids of honor (American tradition). Following the dinner, the 3 tier cake was cut and the singer with a Frank Sinatra voice swept us into our first dance, “Beyond The Sea”- aptly chosen, in our opinion. Then came the DJ, countless glasses of champagne, a midnight buffet and eventually the sun, as we had danced ‘til dawn.

Photographer: Ed Peers Photography | Videographer: Shutterbox Films | Wedding Planner: Ever Swoon | Florist: Julia Moore | Cake: Artistry in Sugar | Stationery: Christina illustrations & invitations | Reception Venue: Orchardleigh House | Bride's Shoes: Bagdley Mischka | Engagement Ring: Marisa Perry | Bridesmaids Dresses: Dessy | Hair Stylist: No. 3 Hairdressing | Grooms Attire: Moss Bro Hire | Bride's Jewelry: Luxe Deluxe - Etsy | Bride's Jewelry : Luxe Deluxe - etsy | Church : St Mary's Church | Cocktail Hour Music: ABK Music Solutions | Jewelry : Luxe Deluxe - Etsy | Reception Music: Jim McAllister | Transportation: Bugler Coaches | Veil Designer: Inbal Dror | Wedding Dress : Inbal Dror

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Somerset, U.K. Wedding by David Jenkins Photography

This gem had us upon first glance at that gorgeous bride and her pretty Jimmy Choos. We’re mad for shoes after all but more importantly, we’re mad for great weddings and this Somerset beauty could honestly be stills from an epic love tale. It’s a beautiful ode to the English wedding. One ripe with sentiment and lovely moments caught on film by David Jenkins Photography and we’re cheering from the front row, popcorn and coffee in hand. See more of this love story here.

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From the bride… The venue is stunning with everything you need in one place: the chapel, accommodations for all guests in a gorgeous Georgian house and beautiful grounds.  Many of the table decorations were done by me, and the flowers were done by my mother-in-law. The flower vases were jam jar pots and tin pots. The wedding was the best day of our lives and if we could afford it, we’d do it every year. Babington House is the perfect wedding venue, and we partied long into the morning, as they have no time limit. Which was what we wanted.

Photography: David Jenkins Photography / Flowers: Groom’s mother / Venue: Babington House, Somerset, U.K. / Shoes: Jimmy Choo / Dress: Jacqueline Byrne / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Ted Baker / Groom’s Suit + Tie: Paul Smith / Table Decorations: DIY by the bride