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Elegant English Country Wedding at Sibton Park

I love this wedding more than I’ll ever be able to put into words. I adore it’s timeless style, the Bride’s stunning gown from Temperley & Temperley is beyond, and I basically want to cover my entire house in that ridiculously steal-worthy wallpaper in the dining room – there honestly isn’t a single thing sitting pretty in this gallery that didn’t make my jaw drop, and you can see all the gorgeous captured by Caught The Light right here.

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From The Bride…I am a shoe designer and Joseph is a Planning and Development Consultant. We met one another through mutual friends when we were 16 and stayed friends throughout Sixth Form College. We finally became a couple a couple of years later after Joe got in touch out of the blue and have been inseparable ever since!

We had been together 7 and a half years when Joe proposed; I had just got back from a week in Paris for work and Joe surprised me with a trip away to a lovely little hotel called Tuddenham Mill. We set off for a weekend of relaxing pub suppers and long walks and it was on one of those walks at Dunwich Beach that I turned around and Joe was on bended knee.

We were engaged for 15 months before getting married and I felt that would give plenty of time to organise everything, however, after an initial blitz of booking the venues and our photographer, we both got rather complacent over winter and left ourselves a lot to do in the final 5 months.

We fell in love with Sibton Park and the beautiful wallpaper in the dining room although as a private house they were not licensed for weddings so we set about looking for somewhere nearby we could hold the ceremony. Fortunately a short drive away was Glemham Hall, a beautiful Elizabethan estate used in the past by Tim Walker in photo shoots for Vogue which made it doubly exciting for me if not for Joe! Donna at Glemham was really wonderful and ensured the room looked beautiful for us with a roaring fire and candles – she even helped guide my highly impractical chapel length veil around the corner as I made my way down the aisle which was truly above and beyond!

We wanted to have as intimate day as possible and hiring Sibton for the whole weekend meant both our friends and families could stay with us throughout. Having everyone mingling and pitching in the day before definitely made the day itself feel much more relaxed. The main setback we encountered was that had we grossly over-estimated how many of our nearest and dearest we could squeeze into the dining room and after numerous scale drawings decided the best option was to throw a separate party for the children downstairs in the converted cellar. Luckily for us (and the children) there was a fantastic banquet length table in position next to a games room and cinema so they had a great time and didn’t miss us one bit. The house also came with its own catering kitchen and as we weren’t tied to a supplier list it enabled us to have my bridesmaid’s amazing chef mother Penny Campbell provide the delicious food.

I was quite determined from the outset that we do as much as possible ourselves in order to stretch our budget as far as possible. Looking back we probably took on too much but it all came together in the end mainly due to our friends and family diving in to save us. The invites, menus, favour labels and signage were a joint effort by myself and my mother and it was great fun designing and painting everything before having it printed locally. Joseph went to a local bee keeper for our wedding favours who kindly filled dozens of little pots with our favourite honey. We chose hand printed papers and wrapped the lids in these fastening with household string and adding a little thank you label.

For the evening we left an instant camera in the Library with lots of spare films and fancy dress paraphernalia asking guests to take a few photos – some for them to take away and some to leave for us. This turned out to be a surprise hit and we got some fantastically silly photos at the end of it!

I had always wanted peonies and we are lucky enough to live near a peony farm so I thought the flowers would be a simple task however with a wedding on 1st June at the very beginning of the season and the great British weather being as cold and miserable as possible throughout spring the season was late to start so we had to source a last minute plan B. We were recommended the family run flower stall at a local market and they couldn’t have been more helpful. Luckily not only were they able to source peonies but also the bad weather had extended the season for ranunculus, which I thought we were going to miss, and so we managed to have both. The table displays were relatively simple as we opted for potted orchids to give good height to the tables whilst not detracting from the elaborate Chinese wallpaper in the dining room. My chief bridesmaid took on the responsibility of bouquets in between her hairdressing duties for all of us on the morning of the wedding so was a bit of a hero and put them together beautifully.

The bridesmaids dresses were from Mango and then customised by my mother with some aspirin dot vintage tulle we found at a vintage fair. Of course I had to design the shoes for myself and my “bridesmates” as they became known and as I wanted them to be comfortable for the whole day and night I went for a slightly lower 85mm heel for their pairs (which is perfect dancing height).

I originally wanted a very pale blue laser-cut suede pair for myself but had difficulty finding the perfect shade so in the end went for a safer off-white suede which matched the beading on my dress. I then switched into a much less-safe golden pair for the evening which my factory had painstakingly crafted using some antique sequin tulle which was a remnant from my dressing up box as a child. I was very grateful to my factory who not only travelled all the way over from Italy to share the day with us but also gave all our shoes as a wedding gift (on the proviso I promised never to make them use fragile antique fabrics again!).

My maid of honour and bridesmaids were Bex, Maria and Phoebe, my closest and oldest friends. They were all brilliant and worked really hard to ensure Joe and I had an amazing day. Joseph’s oldest friend Matthew was his best man who looked terribly smart in his army uniform and surprised us by organising a traditional army “Loyal Toast” of port for the start of dinner. We asked our dear friend Daisy to deliver a reading at the ceremony which she did wonderfully.

There were many lovely moments, after running twenty minutes late and being horrendously nervous actually standing holding hands with Joe in front of our friends and family to exchange our vows was a strangely calming experience.

I knew after I had bought my main dress that I would like to also have something glittering for the evening as I have magpie tendencies. I fell completely in love with a beautiful golden Temperley gown and the fact it had a white tulle hem kept it bridal in my mind at least! I struggled to find jewellery to accompany it and searched everywhere for some emerald green drop earrings but in the end found a pair of golden sunburst earrings with black pearls and little orange sapphires which mirrored the sequin trails towards the hem. I had managed to keep it completely quiet that I was getting changed into an evening gown and Joe’s face when he realised was super as I’m normally useless at keeping secrets.

Rather than presenting gifts during dinner Joe and I took the opportunity to run away later in the evening and leave little thank you notes and gifts on our respective mothers’ bedside tables. This gave us time to ourselves to briefly reflect on the day together before rejoining the party.

We had a mixed bag of weather with a particularly cold and overcast day which made us all the more grateful for the glorious sunshine that arrived in the evening. I’ve never seen anyone move as fast as Chloe when she ran to grab us both and we made our way out into the beautiful parklands surrounding the house. Traipsing through the fields in the sunshine together was definitely a lasting memory of the day and it was lovely to be able to look back towards the house and hear everyone talking and laughing in the distance.

The simplest advice I could give is to make a list in priority order of the things you care about the most such as venue/photographer and work your way down. This helps in both budgeting terms and organise what order you should tackle the very long list in. Obviously it makes sense to invest most, be it time or money, in the things that you care about most. On the day itself chances are you’ll feel so happy to be married that minor mishaps, imperfections or problems won’t worry you. I managed to lose an earring straight after the ceremony and put my heel through my evening gown within about five minutes of putting it on but it just didn’t matter so you have to laugh.

Definitely allocate days where the W word is off limits as planning everything can easily become all-consuming.

Choosing the right photographer is so important as it made a world of difference to us that we got on so well with Chloe. Her warmth and wit enabled us to completely relax which in turn enabled Chloe to capture the beautiful natural photographs we hoped she would.

My father and Joseph’s speeches were very special as I know how they had agonised over them and their kind words managed to have not only myself but the bridesmaids in tears which surely must be considered a success! Having the speeches at the beginning of the dinner definitely worked well. We had been to Joseph’s step-brother’s wedding the year before where they had done this and thought it was a fantastic idea. It meant my father, Joe and Matt could breathe a sigh of relief and enjoy their food without the pressure hanging over them so it is definitely a break in tradition worth giving consideration to.

Photography: Caught The Light | Wedding Gown: Temperley & Temperley | Stationery: BHLDN | Ceremony Venue: Glemhall Hall, Suffolk, England | Reception Venue: Sibton Park, Suffolk, England | Bride's Shoes: Sophie Gittins | Engagement Ring: Berganza, Hatton Gardens In London | Bridesmaids Dresses: Mango | Catering: Penny Campbell | Hair Stylist: Rebecca MacLean | Groom's Shoes: Loakes | Groom's Suit: Jaeger | Evening Jewellery: Lana | Groom's Shirt, Tie & Pocket Square: Trotter & Deane | Headpiece : Jennifer Behr | Jewellery: Vintage Deco Earrings & Bracelet | Le Baron Wedding Car : Bentley 1958 S1 Saloon In Pearl Grey | Make Up Artist: Giselle Ali | Wedding Musicians: The Modern Way | Wedding Ring: Addy Vintage On Etsy

BHLDN, Jennifer Behr and Temperley London are members of our Look Book. For more information on how members are chosen, click here.

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Romantic, DIY Virginia Wedding at Stevenson Ridge

This is the kind of wedding people will look at today, and one hundred years from today, and still be totally, utterly in love with every image captured by Amy Nicole Photography. It has that timeless feel that always makes us swoon beautifully combined with so many heartfelt details we lost count – so I think it goes without saying, we adore this gallery.

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From Amy Nicole PhotographyChris + Anna’s wedding took place at a historic venue (Stevenson Ridge) in Spotslyvania, VA. It has wide open fields and an assortment of different historic buildings/homes on the property. The bride wore her mother’s gown and veil and the wedding was full of simple, yet meaningful and elegant details. The bride also wore a birdcage veil for the reception made out of remnants from her mother’s gown. They had so many talented friends involved from the invitations to the videography, etc!

One of my favorite things is that the groom sent her a gift every hour before the ceremony through different bridesmaids, etc. The final gift was a journal he had started 2 years ago with letters to her that he had been writing way before engagement. Their wedding was full of true joy and a love so very deep. They incorporated glass bottles from her grandparent’s farm as well as the mailbox from the farm to hold their wedding cards. They also had a friend create the watercolor florals on their invitations. The lace you see in the stationery photos are from her mother’s dress. This wedding was full of organic details and a romantic color palette. The venue also gave these simple details an extra romantic flair.

There were many DIY projects that had heirloom meaning including stationery, place cards, decor and centerpieces. All focused around simple and romantic details. Their friend created the watercolor details and the B/G used those elements to create stationery pieces throughout the wedding.

Photography: Amy Nicole Photography | Videographer: Jake Williams | Videographer: Riley Hanlon | Wedding Dress: Mother's Gown | Cake: Simply Sweet | Stationery: DIY/Friend's Watercolor Designs | Ceremony Venue: Stevenson Ridge | Reception Venue: Stevenson Ridge | Rings: James McHone Jewelry | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Bridal Elegance | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Jasmine Bridal | Catering: Foode | Hair: Carter Hair Design | DJ: DJ Allison Kinney | Groom's Shoes: DSW | Groom's Suit: JCPenney | Groomsmen's Attire: JCPenney | Bridal Jewelry: Family Pieces | Bridal Shoes: DSW | Ceremony Musician: Friend Of Groom's | Coordinators: Mandy Adkins And Anna Owens/friends | Florals: Friend Of Bride | Groom's Tie: April Look | Groom's Tie Clip: ASOS | Groomsmen's Tie: American Eagle | Makeup: Bobbypins And Blush | Veil: Mother's Veil | Wedding Dress Alterations: Pleiades Bridal Design

Charlottesville Cider Farm Wedding

What happens when you take a rustic farm wedding and add a little Middle Eastern infusion? Sit tight m’dears, because you’re about to find out. Think Southern elegance with oh-so-sutble cultural nods woven in along the way. Beehive Events designed the florals, Jen Fariello snapped the pretty, and there’s even more to swoon sitting pretty right here.

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From the Bride… My husband, Ammar, and I were both medical interns, he in Oral and Facial surgery, and I in Obstetrics and Gynecology, in June of 2010 when we first met. We both worked intense hours in the hospital, and thought that it would be absolutely impossible to meet anyone special given those circumstances. However, one late Friday night we crossed paths while working in the Emergency Room. There was an immediate chemistry and after that, it was all history. The only major hurdle was that I was a blonde American, and Ammar was from a long line of Middle Eastern ancestors – would they accept me and my family, and would my family, in turn, accept Ammar and his family into their lives?

Amazingly, it all went swellingly well. We were engaged several months later in Charlottesville, Virginia at Monticello, the home of Thomas Jefferson. Ammar proposed on the front lawn of Monticello after a fresh snowfall, and it was absolutely magical. We have a mutual love for the Charlottesville area as we both attended the University of Virginia as undergraduates, and we return frequently to enjoy hiking in the Blue Ridge mountains, touring cideries and wineries, and attending college football games with family. We drove back to nearby Richmond, Virginia, where we were now Chief Residents in our respective fields, and immediately started planning our Charlottesville wedding.

We love the outdoors and Virginia history, and wanted a wedding venue that would showcase both of these. We toured many of the area’s wineries and cideries and ultimately fell in love with the beautiful Castle Hill Cider, which is situated on the Castle Hill Plantation in Keswick, Virginia. We loved the rustic feel of the venue, and it’s simple and beautiful setting beneath the Blue Ridge mountains. Our wedding took place in July, and we wanted our colors, pewter, rose, and soft coral, to be subtle and beautiful, not taking away from the beauty of the natural surroundings and fitting well with our vintage, rustic/chic style.

It was very important for us to incorporate both of our cultures in the wedding. We had a traditional Arabic ceremony on Friday night, just before our rehearsal dinner where we sat at an Arabic sofrah table, adorned with items that represented wishes for a happy, healthy, loving marriage and life together. We feasted over a traditional Middle Eastern dinner while a musician played live music with an oud. After dinner, the women enjoyed a traditional henna ceremony. Our wedding at Castle Hill Cider was more classically American, though we wrote our own wedding ceremony and vows, incorporating readings from both the Bible and the Qur’an as well as poetry that was sentimental to both of us. We were married under the shade of the linden trees, where hanging vases of fresh flowers blew gently in the Summer breeze. The cocktail hour took place in the linden grove, and then the guests proceeded into the barn.

After dinner and some dancing, a belly dancer appeared and performed a sword dance as well as traditional dance. Wedding cake was served along side an assortment of Middle Eastern pastries. We gave guests traditional packages of Jordan almonds, packaged in parcels of seven pieces to represent good luck for the newly married couple. We finished off the evening with a traditional Arabic dabke dance and a sparkler exit – we drove off in white 1940 Packard limousine and had a beautiful ride through the Virginia countryside with the windows rolled down and the sweet smell of blooming honeysuckle blowing through our hair. The night would not have been complete without kissing Thomas Jefferson’s statue at the University of Virginia Rotunda.  

Photography: Jen Fariello Photography | Floral Design: Beehive Events | Videography: Kirby Martin | Hair: Lucas Shaffer | Catering: Sandy Motley | Event Planning: The Event Company | Invitations: Paper On The Avenue | Cake: Cakes By Rachel | Wedding Dress: Ines DiSanto | Bridesmaids Dresses: Lula Kate From Bella Bridesmaids | Headband + Bracelet: BHLDN

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