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East Meets West Wedding Inspiration That Celebrates a Significant Hindu Tradition

This East meets West inspirational shoot at Prestwold Hall in the United Kingdom graciously combines neoclassical architecture and lush, exotic gardens. Weddings with cultural representations are incredibly hot right now, and this shoot is proof, as it served to recognize a special Hindu ritual. Tes Moments worked her planning magic to create a color palette that reflected the romance between her couple, and Niche Weddings & Events used the structure of the venue to design a floral display that we believe is the cherry on top to the aesthetics of this day. Get ready to fall in love in the full gallery of pretty details, captured by the amazing Sophie May Photo.

This concept is a showcase of East meets West in a luxury fusion style rather than fully traditional. The setup is the after-wedding feeling where the couple have some alone time and re-evoke those cherished moments before the wedding ceremony. We also have the reception where the elegance is highlighted with the soft and subtle tones which are used to give this beautiful and dreamy style. The theme Promise I Make To You originates from the rituals of seven vows which is performed in a Hindu wedding where the bride and groom go around the sacred fire seven times. Going for a fusion style does not mean one is not cultured which generally is the perception in the Asian culture. The mood was to reminisce those vows and there is no better place than Prestwold Hall which is a beautiful stately home in the heart of Leicestershire. This is a Grade 1 listed home which has been the seat of the Packe family where the architecture is of neoclassical style and beautiful gardens reflecting the classical symmetry of the house and looking at the rising parkland. 

For this venue, the S-Type Jaguar was the perfect choice as it was oozing modern elegance. The conservatory, dining area and the outside of the house were the main parts which were used for this shoot as they all had a different character, elegance and beauty. Simple is Beautiful, Elegant and Luxurious. The womenswear was selected based on a darker pink colour for the main ceremony where the details of the embroidery made it different from the traditional red bridal. For the reception, focus was on the lighter colour of coral. 

The menswear focused on a lighter tone of ivory and embroidery was not heavy on the whole attire whilst for the reception, the focus was darker but with subtle embroidery which made it stand out. For both set up, the bride was always the focus and the photographer captured all the key moments of that journey from miss to mrs. For the jewellery, fine diamonds were used as they complemented the outfits as well as the dainty shoes. In terms of hair and makeup, we went for flowing and Hollywood curls and natural make up which made the bride beautiful. The Coral, Soft Peach, Ivory and lighter tone palette created this dreamy luxurious look through the tablescape, chairs, centerpieces, stationery, florals, cake, macaroons, damask Linen and embroidered napkin. 

For the cake, David Austin and Avalanche Roses were the inspiration behind as they are both specific varieties which are popular with Brides. We also used the sugar flower where each petal was hand cut, sculpted and dusted instead of fresh flowers to create a different visual experience. The soft wooden peach charger plate was enhanced with the damask ivory linen which transformed the beautiful room. To announce the arrival of the bride and groom, we used the violinist who started on a Bollywood theme mixed with pop music. The whole shoot and concept felt original, beautiful and romantic and was captured beautifully by the photographer. My advice to couples will be: Create those moments which are yours to cherish forever through pictures and guests experience by infusing your personality and culture together.

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Written by Lauren Megerdichian and Carly Zumar

Photography: Sophie May Photo | Cinematography: Noordinaryfilmsuk | Floral Design: Nicheflowersleicester | Wedding Dress: Ekta Solanki | Stationery: Quint London | Shoes: Emmy London | Groom's Attire: Ahsans_menswear | Venue: Prestwoldhall | Beauty: Fatinhasadomua | Cake & Favours: Dolce Lusso Cakes | Car: Coventryweddingcars | Chairs: Rosetone Event Furniture | Crockery: Duchess Butler | Event Planning & Concept: Tes Moments | Jewellery: Pelumibakes | Linens: Just 4 Linen | Macaroons: Pelumibakes | Model: Oliverandrosi | Napkins: The embroidered napkin Company | Violinist: Raylouisecoyleviolin

Leave It To London For Timeless Elegance At Its Finest

This London wedding is timeless elegance at its finest. With a classic color palette of ivory and sage and reception tables flooded with florals and candlelight, we dare you not to swoon! The couple worked with Littleton Rose to make their stylish vision for their celebration a dream come true. Can we talk about the macaroon tower from Laduree for a minute?! Each special moment was perfectly captured by Kate Nielen. Enjoy all the darling details in the full gallery.



From Kate Nielen PhotographyWith family members traveling from abroad, making their guests feel welcome and looked after was a central focus of this celebration. Guests were invited to wear relaxed morning suits rather than black-tie or formal tails to ensure everyone felt comfortable.



Long dining tables clothed in ivory linen set off by sage green textured napkins spanned the length of The Conservatory at Syon Park. A collection of vases of varying heights and sizes ran along the tables. The floral design was natural and loose, predominantly in greens, creams, and whites but with a hint of delicately faded pastel. They were interspersed with glass candlesticks and low tea light holders, the lighting of which created a romantic glow as the sun slowly set during dinner.



Cathy & Val have a shared love of macaroons and therefore a Macaroon Tower from Laduree seemed the perfect choice to act as their wedding cake which guests happily tucked into before making their way to the dance floor. It was a day blessed with the grace of the English sunshine, a relaxed, family-centered, celebration within the grounds of beautiful Syon Park.



Photographer: Kate Nielen Photography | Florist: Mary Jane Vaughan | Wedding Dress: Halfpenny London | Cake: Laduree | Stationary: Papier | Catering: Blue Strawberry | Calligraphy: Angela Meola | Groom's Attire: Gieves And Hawkes | Wedding Venue: Syon Park | Evening Band: Atlantic Soul Orchestra | HMUA: The Bridal Stylist | Maid of Honour Dress Designer: Ghost | Planning and Styling: Littleton Rose | Production: Yes Events | Reception Band: Harp Bazaar | Reception Band Agency: Sternberg Clarke

Expect The Unexpected At This Charmingly Eclectic English Wedding

When a stylish interior designer and talented architect come together to plan their wedding day, you know the results are about to leave you speechless. Lucy and Seamus opted for bold clashing colorways, lots of texture, and a mix of patterns that have us oohing and aahing. The delightfully out of the ordinary design and attention to detail is not to be missed. We dare you not to fall head over heels for this whimsical wedding full of personal touches in the full gallery, captured by Holly Clark Photography!



How did you envision your wedding being prior to planning?

From the Bride… I always knew it would involve a lot of colour! Whether it be wardrobe, work or wedding, I love bright clashing colourways, with plenty of texture, interest and an eclectic mix of pattern. The floral and stationary design was something that excited me the most and this is where I quickly immersed myself with colourful ideas and creations.

It had to be close to home, its one chance you have to bring your most loved friends and family together and show them a place that is sentimental to you and the day it will host.

I imagined a romantic candlelit dinner, in a building with great history, interest and architecture instead of in the garden. Autumn has always been my favourite season, so it was very well timed when Seamus proposed in October 2018, we did it almost to the day, 1 year later.



Like most, I had been pinning wedding inspiration well before my time and despite that, the style and ideas I had for the day never fell far from rich pops of reds, clashing pale pinks with the added twinkle of gyp and more delicate florals such as anemones (my favourite!). This was important as I didn’t want to be influenced by trends, I wanted to create something stylish, bold yet timeless to look back on in years to come.

Working in Interior Design, a lot of my inspiration came down to personal style. Venues I was attracted to had an element of surprise, out of the ordinary design and enchantment. From the riding house accommodation, the elegance of the main house through to the nightclub and speakeasy bar – there was no need to tone down the music nor our ideas.



Tell us a bit about the location!

Growing up, horses have always been our greatest love, my mum owns a local equestrian centre and I spent most of my childhood summers galloping across the New Forest. It was this part of the country that has always signified everything I love, home, countryside, horses and great sentiment. I knew instantly the New Forest is where my search would begin, until slightly further afield we stumbled across the hidden gem that is St. Giles House.

A house with great history, my love for interiors and Seamus, an architect, meant this was a building that struck a chord with us. Not to mention The Riding House, which mum proceeded to jump up and down with excitement when being shown around. This would host an intimate rehearsal dinner the eve of the wedding and would accommodate our bridal parties stay. It also had all the design hues of a member’s club and I knew would be the perfect hub for the two-day celebration.

The other place of great sentiment to us is Scotland. Seamus would take me on weekend trips multiple times a year due to the fond memories of university and close friends he has there. One summer meant this would not be a momentous obsession but a forever obsession and we made the bold move to buy our Scottish home. Kilts were plentiful on the day!

Other places that paved our journey made up the table names – Scotland, Amsterdam, Paris and Abu Dhabi.



What was your color palette and your style vision?

The colour palette was inspired by the romance of the day, on the one hand we had very whimsical, natural and organic tones and later on introduced the rich reds, pops of pinks and pastel greens.

Our wedding ended up having two themes to story tell. The first was organic, whimsical, natural, elegant tones for our church ceremony. This was very much inspired from the organza of my dress and the stylish lead of our stationary. I wanted this to be a fashion-forward take on the traditional formality of this part of the occasion. Lots of beautifully abundant foliage, full of texture and interest but in an unstructured ‘un-done’ style. This was really full of romance yet retained a ‘garden gathered’ look from the meadow that framed the aisle. The colour palette was luscious creams, peaches, blush, nudes, a total contrast to what we had styled for the wedding breakfast and evening party.

The wedding breakfast featured a maximalist style, feminine, textured, layered with the romantic colourways – pink tones with cream and red accents. We had a lot of fun with shapes, sizes, textures and simply creating a thrilling, unconventional mood. 

What unique elements or DIY details did you include?

I commissioned a good friend to do an illustration for me, based on a photo taken of Seamus and I in Santorini. I had planned to gift this to Seamus as his wedding present, I wanted something really personal and unexpected. We love collecting art and prints for our home, so I was very excited by the idea. When I saw the finalised illustration, I realised it was the perfect personal touch to our day. I found heart shaped labels and had the illustration featured on our wedding favours. Continuing the romantic yet playful theme, I found glass heart ‘Love Potion’ bottles and tied the artwork to each individual bottle.

Then there were the invites. I got lost in ribbons at VV Rouleaux in Marylebone, it is heaven on earth for stylish trimmings, ribbons and textiles. I stayed up all evening hand-tying each bow which would hold our invite, RSVP and info card together. I loved our friends joy when they finally received them.

We filled favours full of Buckfast, made cushions from left over Liberty fabric and tied colourful ribbon to just about everything! Even our family dog, who is 16 years old, played a part in the DIY. Making use of the left-over ribbon we tied this to his collar to perform the ever-important role of the ring bearer.

Many sleepless nights were spent preparing for the wedding but Helen from What Peggy Did Next helped us make the day run seamlessly and we will be forever grateful we chose her to support us in the creation of our special day. The day was simply magical thanks to all the wonderful suppliers we had the pleasure of working with and we couldn’t have done it without them all.

Talk about your flowers, your gown, your favours, your cake, etc.

To begin the story and set the scene for surprises we delved into the stationary. Everything was to lead to the creative direction of the day and with our perfect venue secured, our invites would be the first part of the puzzle. Jennifer Grant, founder of Romeo & Jules Bespoke, ticked every box. Her illustrations are playful, colourful and very artistic. Our stationery suite combined a feminine palette – creams and gold for the main invite with bows and swirling fonts, sitting next to the pink and red scallop framed RSVP cards and the candy-striped Info card. The story continued with elegant order of services, printed place mats to feature the menu, pink heart name cards and candy stripe bar menus on the day. We created a crest with our initials in a poppy red with a scalloped frame. The femininity of the scallops played a feature throughout, with the romantic red, pink and cream colour-ways flattering our floral design direction.

The stylish tones Jennifer created for our main invite and order of service, were soft creams and golds. These softer tones transitioned into the floral design for the ceremony. The Church florals were softer more neutral subtle tones of creams, peach, blush pinks and nudes. A beautiful deconstructed arch was made to frame the ceremony area, taller on one side it was a beautiful rambling, naturalistic arch climbing a meta. We then created a garden meadow, growing garden scenes in a softer palette of florals placed between the upper pews, the look was purposely challenging different shapes and sizes, not uniform. It was something of my wildest dreams, I’ll never get bored of reminiscing over the florals that graced the aisle and seeing Seamus stood before it.

The style continued with the pinks, reds and creams of our wedding breakfast stationery complimenting the bold characterful blooms in abundance on our tables. My vision was to create a very full, colourful and romantic look featuring luscious, clashing red and pink roses, delicate anemones and playful gypsophila which was magical! We had 48 arrangements in total on long trestle tables. This was paired with clustered groupings of candles and tealights nestled in, for real atmosphere and storytelling. On the tables we had an eclectic mix of clear pressed glass candlesticks and tealight votives paired with green Ester and Erik taper dinner candles.

For my bouquet I wanted something really elegant and ironically less eclectic and loud. With such a special dress and detailed veil, I wanted something equally as delicate. It was very natural, as Jenni Bloom described a beautifully gathered/undone style with delicate interest. It was tied with a beautiful nude silk ribbon handmade in the UK.

The flower arch was reused to frame the entrance to our wedding breakfast, along with the garden meadows to sit beneath the seating plan and later on they created a feature by framing our wedding cake in the tapestry room. The meadows accompanied family portraits and later on a ‘photobooth’ opportunity with a rustic bench seat and spotlights. With all of these beautiful flowers the idea was to maximise their use as much as possible. Moving the meadows, the arch and urn displays to add to the drama of the drinks reception and wedding breakfast was the best decision we made. Later on, the same florals framed the dance-floor, simply adding large bunches of gyp for added drama and styling.

My dress was Halfpenny, a designer that shares the same obsession with organza, florals and a romantic modern style. I toyed with ideas such as peplum features, shoulder pads, organza and then came the Mayfair dress. As soon as I found the dress, or the dress found me, it became a huge influence on the styling of the day. Halfpenny altered the design to have a removable organza skirt, revealing a slinky party dress for the evening. Paired with the dandelion veil, it was everything and more, I had so much fun wearing it and am still staring at it hanging up in our home. My mum and maid of honour were the only people to see the dress before the day, I think their words were – it expressed ‘me’ perfectly and tears were shed!

The dress then inspired the beautiful four-tier cake made by Little Mallow. A simple white icing with delicate frill detailing inspired by the frills on the organza of my dress. Our cake was carrot cake and lemon drizzle – all sorts of deliciousness!

The styling alone wasn’t enough to create the ambience we craved, and this is where the food and entertainment was so central. Alongside the floral design and styling features to set the mood, we were adventurous with our menu and perhaps a little extra with our entertainment. My favourite moment of the day was the surprise I had planned for Seamus. I booked a local pipe band to burst through the doors during the cutting of our cake as a total surprise! Two pipers led the procession and all of our guests into the great dining room where cocktail hour went off. I was totally elated to have pulled this moment off and still to this day I grin from cheek to cheek thinking about it.

What is one piece of advice that you could give brides-to-be?

Keep the details of the day a surprise! From entertainment, florals and styling, to the reveal of the dress! I kept this all one big surprise, so each part of the day was unveiled to not only guests, but the bridal party and in my case…the groom!

It created magical moments that I will never forget. Sit back and soak in those moments, it is rare you will have another opportunity for your most loved friends and family to all come together for such a special celebration.

Testimonial

Holly Clark PhotographyThere were simply no words. Holly was incredible from start to finish, she made our day so enjoyable and was the most calming, professional, perfectionist, more so than we could have ever wished for. Her eye for detail and creative direction has no limits to capture each moment. We will be forever grateful that we were able to story tell our special day through Hollys magical, wonderful and breathtakingly beautiful work. We still can’t believe it is us in the pictures and feel so incredibly lucky to have found her. Photography is so personal, and it is the only thing you have to look back on the day for years to come. It is an heirloom to be treasured and Holly exceeded all expectations. We were speechless when it came to be receiving our final album. Thank you from the bottom of our heart, you have captured our most cherished moments flawlessly.

What Peggy Did NextIf you have big ideas and are planning a lot of it solo, hire What Peggy Did Next! A voice of reason and solution where needed, Helen became a great friend I could trust throughout. Helen has impeccable professionalism and second to none experience. We will be forever grateful we chose her to coordinate our special day, it ran seamlessly! Out of the many weddings I have been to, the brides have always found something didn’t go to plan, I had prepared myself for that but needn’t have thanks to Helens impeccable attention to detail. She helped plan a day I could have only dreamed of and I couldn’t have done it without her.

Photographer: holly clark | Videography: Clementine Cusack | Wedding Dress: Halfpenny London | Cake: Little Mallow | Stationery: Romeo + Jules | Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Ghost | Catering: Red Herring | Make-Up: Kelly Dawn | Hair: Vicki Ralph Hair | Lighting: Cinemattag Productions | Venue: St Giles House | 8 Piece Party Band: The Velvet Notes | Church Singer: Ciara Haidar | Cocktail Bar: The Cocktail Service | Cutlery: Couvert | Floristry: Jenni Bloom | Jazz Band: The Velvet Notes | Linen: Just 4 Linen | Pipe Band: Ringwood Pipe Band | Strings: The String Quartet Dorset | Tableware: Duchess Butler | Wedding Stylist & Co-ordinator: What Peggy Did Next

Oversized Sun Hats, Romantic English Gardens and a Countryside Castle – Yes, Please!

This stunning editorial from Willow and Oak Events blends classic, old world elegance with fashion-forward details in the charming English countryside. Think Pride and Prejudice circa 2019. The full gallery captured by Julie Livingston Photography features three heart-stoppingly gorgeous gowns, enchanting floral arrangements from Moss & Stone and two unique but equally beautiful cakes from Lemon Tree Cakes. Prepare to get seriously inspired by this heavenly shoot!

From the stylist, Willow & Oak Events… In this couture European garden editorial, we wanted to achieve a true sense of the grandeur of Hedsor House, a Georgian venue in the English Countryside with roots deep in Royal history. Our goal was to bring the infamous gardens to life inside of a traditional home- to mix old classism and new. The images aim to evoke a sense of opulence, a feeling of intimacy, and inspiration that can only be told through a unique story. We’d recommend sitting amidst candlelight with a glass of chardonnay while viewing this dreamy gallery from Julie Livingston Photography! Our bride in this story, Elizabeth grew up in the English Countryside. She had a garden as ambitious as all of her dreams. She remembers as a little girl setting out at sunrise to walk barefoot, basket in hand alongside her mother to see what blooms were ready for harvest. Though her travels eventually took her away from England, this garden was her calm and the pendent for all of her wedding plans. 

The scripty calligraphy + custom illustration from Silbia Ro gives a feeling of old world romance that reminds us why we love correspondence where pen meets paper. As loose blooms, silk ribbons, petite perfumes and French ormolu jewelry boxes came together for the styled heirloom detail shots, our hearts were colored happy by the way the refined paperie danced with the Edwardian and Art Deco style engagement rings from the inimitable Victor Barboné. Elizabeth’s wedding weekend started just as many mornings of her childhood did – foraging fresh, organic, verdant blooms. The flirty Inbal Dror gown she wears in the garden is endlessly mesmerizing with its crystal dusted straps, pretty tulle bows and voluminous, sweeping skirt. As she explores the manicured gardens of Hedsor House, the beauty of which is unmatched, she moves slowly. She takes her time between pastel hydrangea corner and lily pond, boxwood labyrinth and old stone stairways and absorbs every tranquil moment of the day. As dusk set in and guests traveling from afar arrived, the al fresco welcome dinner encouraged the in between moments. 

Laughter over old stories and shared wonder over what the future holds. The blue velvet linen was draped with a powdery hued silk runner, as ikebana floral arrangements were scattered organically across the table. While the sun began to set over the Thames Valley, the guests took a break from formality, grabbed a slice of cake adorned with sugar flowers and let their antique arm chairs sit perfectly imperfect as they moved to the edge of the gardens. The bride’s princess gown by Lee Petra Grebenau from Morgan Davies Bridal with golden crystal tulle and floral embroidered lace was conjured up in a serendipitous moment we’re oh-so-glad happened. As she awakened the next morning, a misty morning added an ethereal energy to the grounds below where the intimate ceremony was prepared in the Sunken Garden. 

Upholstered Dior chairs sit on either side of the old stone pathway that becomes the aisle as Moss & Stone brings a colorful energy to the picturesque landscape through flourishing urn arrangements of open garden roses, dahlias and dainty little posies to boot. Her wedding gown from Lee Petra Grebenau is hopelessly romantic with its sweeping train, beaded sleeves and high illusion neck. Complementing the look is a loose chignon by Carly Cox and natural, yet luxe makeup artistry by Sarah Yeo. Accented with chandelier drop earrings from Sibo Designs, her bridal style is reminiscent of Old World splendor. Meanwhile, the groom was dressed to the nines in a tailored gray suit by Clements & Church. The reception was nothing if not distinguished – handwoven napkins, crystal cut glassware, vintage silver cutlery and rose print plates at each setting. Set against a backdrop of natural wood paneling in the Hedsor House ballroom, the trio of chandeliers above illuminated the scene from above while Paris gray tapers from Creative Candles dripped away romantically below. The cake by Lemon Tree Cakes sat poetically against a painted meadow backdrop as its handcrafted wafer paper accents dusted with gold leaf pointed towards the sky. All in all, it was a weekend that held memories for a lifetime captured beautifully by  Julie Livingston Photography.

Photography: Julie Livingston Photography | Event Planning + Design: Willow and Oak Events | Floral Design: Moss and Stone | Wedding Dress: Lee Grebenau | Wedding Dress: Inbal Dror | Cake: Lemon Tree Cakes | Rings: Victor Barbone Jewelry | Makeup Artist: Sarah Yeo | Hair Stylist: Carly Cox | Groom: Lucas Adolfo | Venue: Hedsor House | Bridal Accessories: SIBO Designs | Bridal Boutique: Morgan Davies | Bride: Shauna Ridgard | Candles: Creative Candles | Furniture Rentals: Great Hire | Hand Woven Napkins: Silk and Willow | Menswear: Clements & Church | Modeling Agency: BMA (Stephanie & Ashley) | Paper Goods: House of Modern Letters | Silk Ribbon + Runner: CFleurs Design | Styling Board: Heirloom Bindery | Velvet Table Linen: Every Golden Detail

The Perfect DIY Gift for Your First Christmas as Newlyweds

Combine a love for Christmas, calligraphy and all things sentimental and you get this genius DIY vow ornament. Crafted by Extraordinary Days Events, it’s perfect for your very first holiday together as newlyweds and such a special way to look back on your vows for years to come. Adorbs, right? Get the step-by-step below and see more captured by Kate Nielen Photography in The Vault!

From Meghan of Extraordinary DaysOne of my favorite wedding traditions is the exchange of love notes by the bride and groom on the wedding morning. The weeks leading up to your wedding can sometimes be filled with family stresses, administrative headaches, and last-minute DIY projects. The act of sitting in a quiet room to write a heart-felt note to your soon to be husband or wife really brings everything back into perspective. These wedding morning notes are always filled with pure love, promises, anticipation, and joy. Then, after the wedding they are often packed up and forgotten. So, I started thinking about ways to honour these treasures. One of my favorite ways is to turn them into Christmas ornaments. That way, these private love notes can be pulled out each year for all those promises and emotions to be remembered by each of you.

Materials

Your notes to each other
A see-through ornament
Paper
Ribbon

instructions

First, copy your notes onto the paper you have chosen for your ornament. For these, I had a calligrapher write the notes onto burgundy paper. If you don’t know a calligrapher, there are a lot on Etsy! Just, send them your text and paper colour choice and they will return a beautifully written letter!

Next, insert the paper into your ornament. For this, you can either put it in a frame so it is easily read. Or, if you would like to keep them private, roll the note up and insert it into a clear globe.

Finally, tie a ribbon onto your ornament. These, make a perfect “first-married-Christmas” gift and can decorate your Christmas tree or home for years to come.

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Photography: Kate Nielen Photography | Floral Design: Blue Sky Flowers | Wedding Planner + Stylist: Extraordinary Days Events

Meghan Markle Would Approve of this Gorgeous Cliveden House Wedding

Long distance is tough (am I right?!), but when fate steps in and two people who are separated by thousands of miles meet in a bar in NYC, what would you do? Daryl, a NYC resident, and James, a London resident, embarked on a whirlwind of a love story. When the time came, decided to get married at THE luxurious Cliveden House, where beloved Meghan Markle stayed the night before her wedding. Fit for royalty, their wedding was a sea of gilded decor in an idyllic English countryside setting as photographed by Zosia Zacharia Photography and the black tie formal vibes are to die for! Daryl rocked a stunning Oscar de la Renta gown. Don’t miss a second of their highlight film created by HD Moments — from a father’s loving tears to James and Daryl’s swoon-worthy vows…

From the bride, Daryl… After dating in New York city for what felt like countless years, James walked into a bar and you know, the rest is history. However, our love story was a little less simple. James was English, running his business and living just outside of London, while I lived on the Upper West Side. My large, close knit family all lived nearby in the New Jersey area. I couldn’t see how our relationship would work. But after a spending hours sharing our stories over a breakfast date, I called my mom and told her something felt different… with James.

James and I both have old souls. He called for a month and we spoke on the phone for three hours every day sharing stories and falling in love through the telephone lines. A few months later he was back in New York and we were officially together. James met my family and meshed with them effortlessly. I flew over to London every chance I got, spending time with his closest friends and his family as well.

After a year we made a decision that I would move to London. And later that year James whisked me off on a surprise trip to Paris where he proposed through teary eyes at Versailles. We celebrated our engagement back in the UK having both of our parents meet for the first time over High Tea at Cliveden House. We fell in love with the intimate grandness of the estate and felt at home amongst the tapestries, the intricate details, and rich fabrics. It was a unanimous decision that this was where our wedding was supposed to be.

James and I are quite classic, and I always knew I wanted my wedding to be a blend of romantic, regal and timelessness. Lydia Kenny, the incredible wedding planner at Cliveden House, and I worked tirelessly to create that vision. 

Now, hear their spoken love… the eloquence, the passion, the emotion, as HD Moments captured and is sharing today.
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From Zosia Zacharia Photography… If there were ever 2 people made for each then it is Daryl and James. Daryl is from the US and James is from England, their paths crossed after a chance meeting in a bar in NY. After a whirlwind and at times long distance romance, Daryl moved to England to be with James.

They married on 30th June 2018 at Saint Mary & All Saints church with over 100 guests, many of whom had travelled from around the world to help the happy couple celebrate. Their wedding truly embodied the meaning of destination wedding with 4 days of events and celebrations at the historic Cliveden (the British estate where Meghan Markle stayed the night before the royal wedding, just 10 days earlier).

Daryl, the bride, wore a timeless Oscar de la Renta gown and paired it with beautiful Jimmy Choo lace shoes. Her bridesmaids wore coordinated neutral beaded gowns. Post ceremony, they transported their guests to Cliveden in old-fashioned red London buses and held their cocktail reception on the terrace over-looking the grand gardens of Cliveden. As one of the hottest summers on record in England, it felt more like Italy than London. They had two cakes: a traditional wedding cake with 25,000 iced dots! And the groom’s cigar cake. Their guests danced ’til the wee hours of the morning to live music!

More from the Bride… I found that it was essential to fall in love with the work of my vendors (photographer, videographer, floral designer) as well as connect with them on a personal level, which eased all of my thoughts on the days leading up to our wedding. Another thing that was very important to me was that my bridesmaids felt incredible in their gowns. I have never been keen on traditional bridesmaids dresses, so instead, I individually picked colorless beaded gowns for each of my friends that matched their personal style and budget.

The whole wedding weekend ended up being a four day celebration of dinners in town with our guests who flew in early, an enchanting Rehearsal Dinner with candlelight, dusk and surprise opera singers that our guests would have never expected. And to top it all off, the most perfect unsuspectingly sunny and warm wedding day in the English countryside with 150 of our most intimate friends and family. My husband and I took in every moment and had more fun than we could have ever imagined. It was the most magical weekend filled with more love, light and champagne than we could have dreamed of.

Photography: Zosia Zacharia Photography | Cinematography: HD Moments | Event Planner: Cliveden House | Floral Design: Joanna Carter Flowers | Wedding Dress: Oscar De La Renta | Cake : Melissa Woodland Cakes | Invitations: Lauren Duch | Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Wedding Bands: D'Amore Jewelers | Makeup: Kristina Gasperas | Entertainment: The Three Waiters | Entertainment: Mighty Fine Entertainment | String Quartet: Ealing String Quartet | Venue: Cliveden House | Bridesmaids Pajamas: Mark & Graham | Dinnerware : Duchess Butler

Amore Eterno – Romantic Inspiration at Newington House

Amore Eterno is an editorial shoot conceived to re-tell the history of one of Oxfordshire’s most beautiful stately homes, Newington House. Newington House’s story is impossibly romantic. Newington House hosts a small number of exclusive weddings each year allowing guests to have full use of the gardens and some of the beautiful spaces inside the house itself…. ~ Kim Balasubramaniam Wedding Design + Zosia Zacharia Photography

Newington House was built in the 17th Century as a gift for a homesick Italian princess by her British husband. The design was based on Reuben’s collection of engravings called “The Palaces of Genoa” and is therefore Italianate in design, and has been brought back to life by the current owners. Our editorial re-tells this story for the modern wedding. A tale of a young couple who met traveling Europe. She is Italian, he British and they have chosen to celebrate their marriage at this countryside estate.

Our bride was dressed in a Jesus Peiro gown which featured a lace bodice, long sleeves and pockets! A classic ballgown skirt, which fitted such an incredible venue was complimented by a bouquet of peonies, jasmine and my favourite Margaret Merril roses – so fragrant and so beautiful. Bespoke heirloom jewelery, imagined to be borrowed from the groom’s family collection, set off the ivory tones of the gown and featured deep burgundy and diamond stones. A pair of black lace Jimmy Choo heels completed her bridal look. The groom, effortlessly handsome in his dinner suit featured black patent shoes and a silk bow tie.

Inspired by the venue’s incredible gardens and interiors we chose a colour palette of dark blush pink, blackberry, gold and ebony which set the tone for this understatedly elegant look.

Our tablescape, set on the lush lawns at the back of the house had a backdrop of the stone steps and featured gold and black baroque charger plates, hand dyed silk bamboo napkins and wildly beautiful flowers including prunus foliage, peonies, sweet peas, astrantia and romantic antique roses. Cut glass stemware, gold rimmed flatware and cutlery added to the glamorous feel and a sprinkling of blackberries foraged from the gardens finished it to perfection.

The stationery was simple but oh so stylish. Classic black on which the white ink really popped. An olive leaf detail, wax seals and beautiful hand dyed silk ribbons complemented the suite. Hand written signage and tags adorned every element.

The wedding cake featured frangipani and delicate peonies both crafted expertly from sugarpaste. It nestled beautifully within the rose garden at Newington House. Each tier more delicious than the next – flavours included earl grey, lavender and honey, chocolate with rosemary and red-wine poached pear and lemon, blueberry & cream cheese.

At each place setting sat a gold leaf edged cotton pouch containing golden sugared almonds – a nod to the traditional Italian bonbonniere. These were finished with sugar frangipani flowers and hand lettered placement cards.

The staircase, mezzanine dressing room and antique furniture provided the perfect setting for the bridal preparations and is the most incredible light filled space. The staircase was bedecked with fragrant florals including roses, peonies, jasmine and beech foliage. Guests were greeted at the door with home made blackberry liqueur in miniature bottles, next to a giant stone urn containing beautiful blooms including hornbeam, olive, roses, peonies and ivy. A welcome basket containing almonds, chocolates and limoncello was given to each guest as they arrived.

The grounds are expansive and feature a small church, lake and views to die for over the Oxfordshire countryside. It is a very special venue and we were honoured to have been allowed to create this editorial there and tell the story of a unique piece of English history in our own way.

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Photography: Zosia Zacharia Photography | Floral Design: Blue Sky Flowers | Reception venue: Newington House | Groom's suit: Stephen Bishop Suiting | Bridal gown: Jesus Peiro | Bridal gown supplier: Miss Bush Bridal | Bridal shoes: Jimmy Choo | Cake and sugar flowers: Thirty One Cakes | Crockery, cutlery, glassware: Duchess Butler | Design, styling and planning: Kim Balasubramaniam | Furniture: Wild Wedding Company | Hair and make-up: Kate Kelvin | Invitations and stationery: Judy Broad Calligraphy | Jewellery and headpiece: Agnes Walker | Silk ribbons, napkins and table runner: Lancaster And Cornish | Styling assistance: Wild Wedding Company

An Elopement so Beautiful, We Thought It Was an Inspo Sesh

Friends, this is not a styled shoot. I repeat, this is NOT a styled shoot. Ana and Stephen chose to elope at Kilchurn Castle in the picturesque Scottish Highlands, only bringing along Lilli Kad to photograph their intimate exchange of vows and celebratory dinner. And it’s all just so darn romantic, we might cry. We’re talking the frolicking through the castle ground in a gorgeous gown with a bouquet of wild-feeling blooms by Alice Beasley and a hand calligraphed stationery suite featuring their personalized vows that might as well be a work of art kind of beautiful. Trust us, this one cannot be missed.

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From Lilli Kad PhotographyDestination elopements are becoming fast one of my favorite type of weddings, especially when you throw in a castle set in the Scottish Highlands! I can’t help but feel that this real elopement was the perfect mix of real and inspirational editorial. Ana and Stephen indulgently wanted to celebrate a very intimate elopement at Kilchurn Castle while staying at Ballimore Farm Estate in the Highlands in Scotland, where Stephen is from. They wanted to soak up nature while running free in the most amazing gowns creating unforgettable images celebrating their union. Due to the temperamental weather in Scotland and the remote location of the these little castle ruins, it was unrealistic to organize the wedding with family and friends at Kilchurn Castle, especially since they wanted to have an outdoor ceremony. So they did what a lot of people do these days – they created their dream elopement to celebrate their union in the most intimate way possible with some amazing vendors, whilst having a separate party somewhere easier for family and friends to celebrate as well. This way they can enjoy their union in a more relaxed way without the wedding schedule and then separately enjoy their friends and family in a less formal way.

They wanted to let the landscape run through the theme, and Alice Beasley obligingly created the most whimsical installation on a nearby tree for the ceremony. With the castle in the background, the entire ceremony had a very Celtic feel to it. With them creating their own vows, they got Jess at Boho Ink to create the most wonderful stationery suite, which is now rightfully hanging on their wall at home. Of course it rained halfway through the ceremony (it wouldn’t be Scotland if it was sunny all day), but that wasn’t really a problem. We embraced the weather, and it added to the atmosphere. The warm and cosy Ballimore Farm was the perfect venue after the rain – it wasn’t far from the castle but also set the perfect backdrop for a small little celebration with just the two of them, amazingly styled by Stacey at Colour Me Happy.

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Photography: Lilli Kad Photography | Event Styling: Colour Me Happy | Floral Design: Alice Beasley | Wedding Dress: Katya Katya | Ceremony Venue: Kilchurn Castle | Reception Venue: Ballimore Farm Estate | Hair + Makeup: LeeAnne Fraser | Calligraphy: Bohemian Ink | Groom's Attire: Quality Kilts Edinburgh | Getting Ready Venue: Ballimore Farm Estate | Ring Box: The Mrs Box | Table Runners + Material: Feathers And Stone | Wedding Rings: Hamilton & Inches

Pack a Bag – This UK Beach Wedding Is too Pretty to Resist!

Book a stay at the adorable Pebbles Cottage, because you’re going to want to recreate this minimalist wedding editorial after a peep at these pretty photographs captured by Katie Julia. We’re talking modern yet romantic, with both chic and delicate elements mixed together effortlessly by Studio Sorores. Plus, it’s all just steps from the beach. Commence Googling tickets to the UK now and packing a bag – who is joining me!?

We were approached by the talented film photographer, Katie Julia, to help design, curate, and create a new styled shoot concept for one of her photography students, who was moving to the US and wanting to rebrand and launch a new website at the same time. Sisters Georgia and Jessie at STUDIO SORORES (who only recently launched their new studios in London and The Cotswolds) wanted to create a more minimalist and modern look, whilst still encapsulating all of the femininity and romance of a wedding day.

The colour palette consisted of crisp white with black, alongside warmer tones of yellows and oranges. They contrasted modern tableware with delicate lace and beautiful handmade pottery from the most talented of new ceramic designers local to their studio in North East London. Stationery was kept very minimal, with texture using leather and copper foiling to add depth and a little more luxe detail. They found the perfect venue in “Pebbles Beach House” – an adorable, little wood cabin on the coast in East Sussex – with interiors all white-washed and stripped back, and lots of gorgeous natural light. The bridal model wore a selection of detailed intricate dresses from Limor Rosen and Inbal Raviv, both stocked at one of their favourite UK bridal boutiques, Luella’s Boudoir. Hair and makeup was kept very natural and elegant to match the setting and the tone of the shoot. The groom model contrasted this with a sharp DKNY suit, bringing a little city to the coast!

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Photography: Katie Julia | Event Design + Planning: Studio Sorores | Floral Design: Studio Sorores | Wedding Dress: Limor Rosen | Wedding Dress: Inbal Raviv | Stationery: Lucas & Company | Hair + Makeup: Harriet Cook | Venue: Pebbles | Bridal Boutique: Luella's Boudoir | Ceramics: AR Ceramics | Ceramics: Grace MacCarthy | Mentoring: Katie Julia | Models: Zone Models | Photography Assistance: Natale Horner

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The Charm in this English Cotswolds Wedding is Next Level

Gorgeous venue, check. Stunning dress, check. Incredible vendor team, check. The charm? Off the charts. This Cotswolds wedding makes me want to get married all over again. Taylor & Porter‘s imagery is the kind you’ll want to show your grand-children and maybe even, great-grandchildren—and this timeless fete would still be all the heart eyes, or whatever phrase the kids are saying then. Join us in the gallery for more.

From Taylor & Porter Tom & Kat hosted their wedding in two fabulous venues in the heart of the English Cotswolds. Proceedings began with an intimate family rehearsal dinner set at the prestigious Pig Hotel, near Bath. The Pig has a chic and contemporary vibe within in a Georgian mansion house, with cutting edge ‘garden to kitchen’ food where Tom and Kat hosted a dinner the evening before they got married,

Whilst Kat enjoyed a luxurious morning at the Pig making her preparations; Tom and his groomsmen began the day with a pint of beer at ‘The White Horse’, a traditional English pub in Biddlestone, right round the corner from the 18th century church they were getting married in.

The ceremony in the church was a perfect blend of tradition and contemporary touches, including a Pablo Neruda poem, the lines of which had been uniquely stitched into Kat’s Hermione De Paula couture gown and veil.

The guests were then invited to a beautiful reception at The Lost Orangery, where Cornish based ‘Beautiful & The Feast’ served Champagne and canapés in the gardens. In traditional English weather style, every season came in one day! The speeches took place outside the Orangery in bright sunshine, followed by the heavens opening and an amazing rainbow signalling the call to dinner!

This Is How You Do a Gatsby Inspired Wedding

Now this, ladies and gents, is how to pull off a Gatsby theme. This beautiful pair held their special day at the always gorgeous Cromlix in Scotland – with its grand facade covered in ivy and perfectly appointed rooms, it was worthy of the glamorous fete. Add in the Bride’s Maggie Sottero gown with a ’20s inspired silhouette and beading and a gold flecked creation by Rosewood Wedding Cakes all captured beautifully by Orange Photographie, and you have a wedding better than what even F. Scott Fitzgerald could imagine. The best part? This version of The Great Gatsby has a happy ending.

From Orange PhotographieLouise and David married on a gorgeous, sunny October day at the luxurious Cromlix Hotel in Scotland. Cromlix, owned by tennis star Andy Murray, provided impeccable service all day long to the couple and their family and made sure their every need was met and expectations exceeded.

The grounds of the hotel were bursting with autumnal color, including the vibrant red vines climbing up the castle-like stone walls. The Bride and Groom based the feel of their day loosely on F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic novel, “The Great Gatsby,” and their wedding definitely reminded one of a glamorous 1920s fete – however this story had a happy ending. The Bride’s beaded Maggie Sottero gown had hints of vintage flapper style as did her Ralph Lauren heels.

The couple wed in the hotel’s intimate chapel with only their closest family members in attendance. As is tradition in the UK, the rest of their friends joined them for cocktails and dinner.

From the Bride… It was magical. We based it loosely on a Gatsby theme, and it definitely had that feel. We had exclusive use of the venue, so it felt like our home for the day. Cromlix staff were amazing – as were photographers, florist, reverend, band, and cake maker. Everything went to plan, and the sun shone!

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Photography: Orange Photographie | Event Planning: Cromlix | Floral Design: Coach House Flowers | Wedding Dress: Maggie Sottero | Cake: Rosewood Cakes | Catering: Cromlix | Hair + Makeup: AMM Hair & Makeup Team | Band: Kick Back | Groom's Attire: MacGregor And MacDuff | Officiant: Reverend Nick Green | Venue: Cromlix | Bridal Boutique: Opus Couture | Bridesmaid's Dress: Ghost

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A Traditional-Yet-Fierce Look for This West African Bride

The wow-worthy gele. The statement, coral beads. The glamorous, gold heels. The absolutely flawless makeup. Ladies, today’s Bride looks fierce, and we know you’re going to be just as obsessed as we are. Aleeka Events conceptualized this luxe, London wedding editorial, which showcases the meaningful, traditional, and clearly beautiful wedding attire of the Nigerian Yoruba tribe. Dupe Gele and Nikita Baffour are just two of the talented artists that collaborated on this shoot, captured through the lens of Amy O’Boyle. And let me just say, it is sure to inspire.

Captured by the amazing Amy O’Boyle, the inspiration for this editorial derived from wanting to showcase the rich colors and glamour that one typically sees at a traditional West African wedding (also known as the traditional engagement), while contrasting this against the rustic aesthetic of the African landscape.

West Hampstead is a small picturesque village located in the hustle and bustle of London. However, it’s not just another London borough. This one is home to a rather special, yet hidden, gem. The Hill Garden and Pergola served as the perfect location as it boasted faded opulence, serenity, and stunning hillside views.

The traditional wedding is a colorful and significant ceremony that requires both the Bride and Groom’s families’ involvement. It is also filled with many different traditional elements such as prayers, the exchange of gifts and money, and a lot of bantering back and forth. Whether it is the food, music, or clothing, for many West African couples living in the UK, infusing their traditions and culture into their wedding day is a must.

For this editorial, we focused on the traditional clothing of a Nigerian Yoruba Bride and Groom, and the intimacy, love, and closeness between a Bride and Groom on their special day. The couple wore the most beautiful coordinating aso-oke (a hand loomed cloth woven by the Yoruba tribe of western Nigeria), completed with coral beaded jewelry, which represents power, wealth, and royalty.

All for Love, an award winning boutique florist in London, created the beautiful hand-tied bouquet and centerpiece. Both arrangements were quite loose and natural, with unique textural elements and luscious blooms. Lola and Blush created a modern stationery suite with gold calligraphy, African patterns, and a custom crest featuring a tribal mask. This is a great way for any couple to personalize their special day. Also included was a marriage acceptance letter, which by the time the wedding actually happens, the couple have already agreed that they will marry. Therefore, the letter simply marks the occasion and expresses the good will of the families to each other. Other details included a ‘Thank You’ gift basket and a two-tier textured cake by Monannie Cakes. We put a modern spin on the gift basket and incorporated popular snacks such as chin chin and plantain chips, cooking utensils and spices, fruits, and African brewed beverages.

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Photography: WOOKIE Photography | Event Planning + Design: Aleeka Events | Floral Design: All For Love London | Cake: MonAnnie Cakes | Invitations: Lola and Blush | Makeup: Nikita Baffour | Venue: Hampsted Heath | Female Model: Jhenelle Green | Gele: Dupe Gele | Male Model: SKIN London | Rentals: Hire Love | Rentals: Wedhead

Pink on Pink Will Set Your Heart Aflutter!

For the Bride who loves pink, this inspiration session dreamed up by Rebecca K. Events and Styling will set your heart aflutter! Lucy Davenport masterfully captured the concept, which combined feminine touches – like the playful glittery shoes by Charlotte Mills – with moments of modern – like the ghost chairs by Hire It. Jump right in to the gallery,  because this one, lovelies, cannot be missed.

From Rebecca K. Events and StylingThe idea behind this inspiration shoot was to create a style that represents the Rebecca K. Events client – a modern, stylish Bride that truly loves a bit of pretty on her wedding day, from gorgeous flowers to elegant place settings, but also wants to have splashes of fun and sophistication thrown in throughout the wedding celebration.

The color scheme for the shoot was inspired by the colors of my brand: blush pink {pretty}, black and white {modern}, and little bits of gold {fun}. I was lucky to be able to coordinate an amazing dream team of vendors for the shoot! Together we created a gorgeous piece of inspiration for a sophisticated Bride-to-be. I knew I wanted to create something pretty, dramatic, and feminine, but I also did not want it to be over-the-top girly. I added in modern touches using clear chairs, white sequin linens, and small dotted runners with gorgeous flowers by Amy from Bo Boutique. The Bride’s overflowing bouquet in shades of pink added a gorgeous, dramatic effect for this London Bride. The stylish setting of a studio was the perfect venue for the entire shoot! The white and brick walls at Loft Studios is perfect for a city couple looking to transform the space for their own unique day. The studio allows a couple to truly change the space into whatever they wish it to be. In this case, we had beautiful, white clean walls with branches hanging that added a touch of color and flowers without being over the top.

I was so lucky to have the wonderful Lucy Davenport shoot the day for us. The images are so beautiful and dreamy having been captured on film. Investing in gorgeous photography on your wedding day is something I always highly recommend to my clients, and Lucy’s work is truly a reference to what I mean.

There were a lot of little personal details sprinkled throughout, which is something I think is very important to any wedding day – not just creating a pretty wedding, but also having meaning behind it. From the stunning wedding cake by Cakes by Krishanthi that included a touch of pink with a huge statement peony, similar to some found in the Bride’s bouquet, to the beautiful London-themed welcome boxes for the guests, to the floral themed personal cocktails on the bar, to the glittery shoes peeking out from beneath the Bride’s wedding dress, to the after party jumpsuit with mini skirt, it was a beautiful shoot for many Brides to get inspiration for their day from!

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Photography: Lucy Davenport | Event Planning: Rebecca K Events | Floral Design: Bo Boutique | Wedding Dress: Leanne Marshall | Wedding Dress: Elizabeth Dye | Cake: Cakes by Krishanthi | Shoes: Emmy London | Jewelry: Ivory & Co | Rings: Bear Brooksbank | Hair + Makeup: Portraits Bridal | Bridal Boutique: Daughters Of Simone From Heart Aflutter Boutique | Chairs: Hire It | Fascinator: Maggie Mowbray Millinery | Glassware: Bo Boutique | Glittery Shoes + Accessories: Charlotte Mills | Jewelry Boutique: Liberty In Love | Linens: Glimmer & Threads | Location: The Loft Studios in Willesden, London | Model: Katie Natasha Pinder | Paper Goods: La Happy | Wedding Dress + Playsuit: Elizabeth Stuart

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Chic, Glam + Extra Eclectic Make This English Wedding A Must See

Chic, glamorous… and a bit of eclectic fun! That is what we have here for you with this gorgeous wedding set in enchanting England. Upon first glance it looks like a classically beautiful celebration but look a little closer at the pics and film by STUDIO 1208 and you’ll discover some extra special touches (our gallery has them all!). It’s these sorts of soirées that get our wedding loving hearts going! Enjoy!

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From STUDIO 1208Colette and Marcello were married at one of the most eclectic and chic wedding venues in the UK, Aynhoe Park. Known for its extensive collection of taxidermy, sculpture and art, there is something interesting and fabulous everywhere you look. This beautiful venue only added to the gorgeous details found all over, featuring a greenery and floral-lined ceiling, Ladurée macarons for each guest, perfectly styled passed hors d’oeuvres, and hand drawn portraits of each bridesmaid by a Vogue Illustrator to name a few. Colette and Marcello didn’t stop there – they invited world class talent to entertain their guests, and finished the night with the most incredible fireworks display we have ever seen at a wedding. Their wedding truly was a fairytale, and it will never be forgotten!

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Photography: STUDIO 1208 | Cinematography: STUDIO 1208 | Floral Design: Little Potting Shed | Wedding Dress: Pronovias | Wedding Cake: Amy Swann | Reception Venue: Aynhoe Park | Bride's Shoes: Valentino | Rings: Boodles | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Nadine Merabi | Reception Catering: San Carlo Group | Groom's Attire: Ermenegildo Zegna | Bridal Boutique: ATELIER BRIDE DESIGNER STUDIO | Fireworks: Sirotechnics | Hair Styling: Bekki Mitchell | Makeup Styling: Naomi Fisher | Marquee: Covered Occasions | Musician: Siren Strings | Signs: Vowed And Amazed

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An English Estate Wedding Anchored In Minimalist Design

I have to admit that once I landed on this bride’s blog, These Four Walls, I spent the better part of a morning perusing her beautifully curated content centered on Scandinavian design. I quickly learned she’s got quite the eye for style and, of course, her wedding day was no exception. Set at the most charming English estate, it’s a celebration anchored in dreamy neutrals with a touch of dusty pink with ultra-romantic blooms designed by Ruby & The Wolf. The bride’s love of minimalism ensured the day struck just the right balance of elegance and simplicity, and we have all the photos straight from the lens of Taylor & Porter.

from the Bride, Abi… We wanted our wedding to be elegant but also relaxed and informal. I’m very drawn to minimalism and pale, muted colors such as white and gray – I run a blog about simple living and Scandinavian-inspired design – so this played a large part in the styling.

The venue was our starting point, and we fell in love with Pynes House, set in the small village of Upton Pyne in Devon, the moment we arrived to view it. So many country houses are dark and cluttered, but Pynes House is flooded with light; it also has 12 bedrooms, which meant we could spend the whole weekend there with close friends and family, and get ready at a leisurely pace on the morning of the wedding. In a strange twist, we have since found out that some of Chris’ ancestors came from Upton Pyne and were married in the village in 1786, so they would have been familiar with the house!

We had no decoration other than lots of flowers and flickering candles, as the venue just didn’t need it. And we didn’t have to think twice about which florist to use – Kirstie of Ruby & The Wolf has been a friend for years, and we love her dramatic yet natural style. She managed to translate our vision to perfection – white and dusty-pink blooms (hellebore, ranunculus, roses, astrantia) and lots of trailing greenery. Our favorite feature was a pair of huge urns spilling with flowers and foliage, which she placed on Perspex plinths in the entrance hall; she also created stunning mantelpiece displays in our ceremony and banquet rooms.

As well as drawing on the setting, we took inspiration from Spain and Italy, where we’ve both spent a lot of time over the years (I used to live in Barcelona, and Chris and I have traveled to Italy together numerous times). We booked a guitar duo to play Spanish music during the ceremony and drinks reception, and our food featured lots of Mediterranean influences; my bouquet also included jasmine, our cake was flavored with orange-blossom water, and Spanish churros were served as a snack on the dance floor.

In addition, I wanted to include influences from my grandmothers, who are sadly no longer with us. I wore my maternal grandmother’s diamond earrings and had a maple-leaf brooch inherited from my Canadian paternal grandmother pinned to my bouquet. My brother, who flew over from Vancouver for the wedding, also gave a surprise native Canadian blessing during the ceremony.

It was Kirstie who first introduced us to Louise from Taylor & Porter, and as soon as we looked through her portfolio we knew we wanted her to photograph our wedding. Her images are beautifully crafted – so graceful and timeless, and infused with natural light. We’re delighted with the results, and they capture the story and feel of the day perfectly.

Our stationery came from the talented Suzanne at The Whistle Press, who created bespoke letterpress designs using calligraphy from Megan Riera. I’d met Megan when I attended one of her calligraphy workshops, so when Chris and I got engaged we commissioned her to create words which we then used across our invitations, menus, table plan and order of events. I hand-wrote matching place cards for the tables.

I was keen for my dress to be light, comfortable and easy to wear; I also wanted a sleek silhouette, with no large skirt or fussy details. Charlie Brear’s ‘Payton’ was perfect, and I had it customized with lace cap sleeves and lace scallop edging. It had a puddle train which was supposed to be buttoned up for dancing, but I was enjoying swishing it around too much so it stayed down (I somehow managed not to trip over it!).

The whole day was magical from start to finish, and I wish we could do it all over again. Highlights included the groomsmen’s speech, which had everyone crying with laughter, and hitting the dance floor at the end of the night (for our first dance we chose ‘At Last’ by Etta James, which seemed appropriate given we’d been together for 14 years before getting engaged!). Another favorite moment for both of us was turning to face the room after saying our vows, and seeing all our friends and family together in one place – truly special.

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Photography: Taylor Porter | Floral Design: Ruby And The Wolf | Wedding Dress: Anna Campbell | Cake: Rosie Shaw | Stationery: The Whistle Press | Engagement Ring: bespoke via John Titcombe | Bridesmaid's Dresses: The Mews, Clifton | Catering: Posh Nosh | Makeup: Helen Hamilton | Groom's Suit: Bespoke by Tux & Tails | Venue: Pynes House | Bridal Jewelry: Family Heirlooms | Bride's Website: These Four Walls | Calligraphy on Stationery: Megan Riera | Evening Band: Ruby & The Rhythms | Film Processing + Scanning : Richard Photo Lab | Groomsmen Suit Hire: Moss Bros | Hair Clip: Jenny Packham | Spanish Guitar Duo: Sin Compras via Alive Network | Wedding Ring: Hsamuel | Wine: The French Wine People

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This Is How You Wed in Wales

Inspiration comes in many forms, but my favorite kind? The simple beauty that’s all around us in nature. That’s exactly what this shoot from Elisa Bricker and Bijou Bride embodies, from the ribbons swaying in the wind like dancing blades of grass to the soft grays and blues on the table that resemble a romantic sky. It happens to make for some seriously gorgeous wedding inspiration—and it’s all right here for the taking.

From Elisa BrickerThis shoot is inspired by the natural landscape and colors of the countryside of Wales. Throughout the planning process, we emphasized the rolling hills and blue skies in the natural environment. The movement of the grasses and the wind in the trees are echoed by the movement of the Bride’s hair and dress. The most beautiful part of the day was when we stumbled across a field of bluebells!

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Photography: Elisa Bricker | Floral Design: Designer Blooms | Reception Venue: fforest | Shoes: Freya Rose | Jewelry: Jon Richard | Jewelry: Suz Somersall | Hair and Makeup: Jenn Edwards | Calligraphy: Julie Ha | Cake Designer: Piece of Cake | Dress Designer: Shehurina | Film Lab: Richard Photo Lab | Ribbon and Styling Cloth: Frou Frou Chic | Ring Box: The Mrs Box | Stylist / Planner: The Bijou Bride | Workshop: Snap Photo Fest

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Guests Went Glamping at This UK Wedding

Between the bride’s modern Calvin Klein dress, her fabulous L.K. Bennett shoes, and the fern filled sperry tent reception, we are obsessed with this insanely stylish, Northumberland wedding by Albion Parties. After the celebrations, guests were provided with overnight accommodations in bell tents and were treated to a delicious farewell brunch the following morning. Every detail of this fashionable affair photographed by Lucy Davenport is a can’t miss, so be sure to check out the full gallery, right here.

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From Albion PartiesWhen the wedding planning began, Anna’s father offered her a choice of getting married at his house in the Bahamas or at his house in Northumberland. Keen to make sure all her guests would be able to travel easily to their wedding, Anna shunned the sunshine of Harbour Island and instead chose Northumberland.

Anna has a strong sense of style, choosing a Calvin Klein wedding dress and colorful shoes, the latter of which were cast off immediately after the ceremony and photographs in favor of a pair of white trainers (all the better to dance in). Her bridesmaids wore dresses from Monsoon that tied in with the fern theme.

The brief Anna gave her wedding planner, Katie Crichton-Stuart from Albion Parties, was to create a beautiful and stylish wedding, balancing being conventional in some aspects with being entirely relaxed in other aspects. With a keen eye for detail, Katie worked with Anna to develop a theme incorporating pink tones with dark green ferns and a touch of gold. Anna’s mood board for the look of the wedding, which Katie helped her put together, focused on beautiful fabrics of fern motifs, which was a year before this trend became mainstream when it was seen at House of Hackney and Graham and Green. The highly stylized tent interior focused on clean lines, with pink flowers in the center of the tables surrounded by more whimsical ferns pouring out from underneath. High and low arrangements gave texture to the overall look of the dinner set up, and intermittent plants positioned up the tent poles created a sense of scale inside. Katie recommended Anna and Jamie use sperry tents for their wedding, which was a nod to both Anna’s love of being slightly different and ensured the tents themselves looked good in their surroundings. Sperry tents have the fortunate appeal of looking good from the outside as well as inside, unlike their frame tent counterparts.

A strong family feel came through the wedding, with Anna’s younger sisters and brothers being her bridesmaids and pageboys, Anna’s friend playing the piano, and her uncle officiating at the ceremony. The estate team was invaluable to Albion Parties, helping with every aspect of the set up onsite. A further touch was Anna’s father’s chef, James Davie, who catered for the entire wedding. Anna chose canapés that included favorite dishes from her childhood like steak frites and warm chocolate brownies with vanilla ice cream.

Having a great band was really important to Anna and Jamie, and they chose The Faithettes, the backing band of Paloma Faith, followed by friends who DJ’ed late into the night. Guests were given the choice of staying in bell tents pitched in the next door field, where Katie had put “Hangover Packs” filled with essentials for guests. The morning after, guests who had stayed the night were treated to James Davie’s brunch of bacon rolls, eggs to order, mini pastries, suckling pig with apple sauce, and large bloody marys.

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Photography: Lucy Davenport | Event Planning: Albion Parties | Floral Design: WILD | Wedding Dress: Calvin Klein | Cake: Liggy Cakes | Shoes: LK Bennett | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Monsoon | Catering: James Davie (private chef) and Splendid | Makeup: Jodie Hazlewood | Hair: Charlie Miller | DJ: DJ Babysoul (Elinor Fahrman) | Band: Faithettes | Venue: Harehope Hall | Lighting and Sound Design: Tower Productions | Tent Rentals: Bell Tent Hire Scotland | Tent Rentals: Papakata

A Bespoke Bridal Headpiece Fit for the 20s

My favorite thing about London weddings is that they always seem to have the most incredible hair accessories, and this wedding captured by Ann-Kathrin Koch Photography is no exception! The bride worked closely with Adora Belle, a UK-based crystal accessory designer, to create a bespoke, Art Deco inspired headpiece featuring ivory pearls, silver beading, and Swarovski inlays. She looked absolutely gorgeous in her veil alternative, which complemented her 20s era aesthetic perfectly. See the whole glamorous affair here.

From the Bride… For my dress and accessories, I went with authentic 1920s – soft, classy, elegant, dazzling, beaded, ostrich feathers – inspired by Ginger Rogers’ iconic feather dress in Top Hat. I designed the headpiece with Adora Belle, a UK-based designer and embellisher. I wanted something dramatic, beautiful, and authentic – no veil needed.

The venue was a small and intimate Georgian house, the perfect size for our family and closest friends. Interestingly, the venue is also home to the Royal Society of Public Health, and I work in public health. For the color scheme we went with sapphire blue to match my sapphire engagement ring, white, black, and silver.

Our style was 1920s art deco, vintage, elegance. The wedding cake was an astonishing art deco masterpiece crafted by the groom’s mother and grandmother, who earlier in her life was a professional cake decorator and instructor. It incorporated the art deco elements of the wedding and the elegance of the location in a geometric design.

Both of us come from creative backgrounds, and Ben is also a semi-professional photographer, so we needed someone who had the skills to carry out our very clear vision when it came to the photographs. The fact that Ann-Kathrin shot on film meant she could capture the the aesthetic sympathetically without the need for excessive tweaking in post-production.

Planning might seem a nightmare, but devoting time to it is vital. We were able to relax a bit on the day because we’d done so much in the way of preparation and structured forethought. Remember to delegate the tasks but have an overall vision and direction, and all will fall into place!

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Photography: Ann-Kathrin Koch Photography | Floral Design: Seventh Heaven | Wedding Dress: Rosa Clara | Stationery: Cherry Press | Shoes: Rachel Simpson | Catering: Ampersand | Venue: 28 Portland Place | Bridal Boutique: Fairytale London | Hair Accessory : Adora Belle

Want to Rock Your Vintage Wedding? Get Away in a Car Like This.

When your wedding day takes place at an English manor as charming as this one, it doesn’t take much to wow your guests. A lovely off-the-shoulder Moira Hughes number, anemones, peach and ivory roses, and of course, a getaway car like this will do the trick. Ready to plan your own vintage affair? Make sure to soak in the full gallery from Weddings by Nicola & Glen in The Vault!

From Weddings by Nicola & GlenNicola and Tom’s wedding took place in the romantic surrounds of Calcot Manor in the Cotswolds. A luxurious 14th century Manor house with epic views over the rolling English countryside made an amazing location for our couple to return home to. Nicola and Tom, although originally from England now live in Sydney, Australia both working in advertising. With their creative background it is unsurprising how many gorgeous details permeated their day.

Nicola and Tom planned so many fun surprises. A seriously swish vintage Jaguar XK12 waited outside the church so they could drive themselves back to Calcot Manor to cheers from all their guests. On arrival at Calcot Manor a three piece Mariachi Band surprised guests at the drinks reception complete with trombone, guitars, sombreros and pisco sours! Impromptu dancing ensued!

A stunning stationery suite was designed by Nicola’s friend and water colour artist Harriet de Winton. She created a pretty lavender and fern wreath motif that was echoed on the dreamy hand-painted cake by Curtis & Co Cakes. An installation of giant wreaths by Lisa Elliott Flowers was suspended in the Barn at Calcot Manor making quite a statement! de Winton Paper co also created a beautiful water colour commission for Nicola and Tom to use as a table plan on the day based on all their favourite beaches in Sydney.

Other highlights included our beautiful Bride’s stunning Moira Hughes wedding dress – an Australian designer with an eye for romance. The dress combined an embossed Italian bodice and raw silk skirt, with an oversized silk bow and exquisite lace veil completing the look! Nicola wore cute Charlotte Mills peep toe heels with a poem on the soles. For the evening our Bride swapped her veil for a dreamy Bride La Boheme vintage headpiece.

Nicola’s Bridesmaids looked so chic in 1920s style white and silver dresses from Coast and strappy white heels. Sally and Nicola from Bristol Bridal Hair and Makeup mixed it up styling the girls hair both up and down and creating very natural yet polished beauty looks. The guys looked dashing to match in grey suits, black and white polkadot ties from Scotch & Soda and cufflinks made from reclaimed watch parts.

We loved that Nicola and Tom put so much heart into making sure every detail fitted with their overall vision for their wedding day to reflect them as a couple. Most of all we adored capturing how much these two souls enjoyed their actual wedding day as months of careful planning unfolded with style and oh so much fun! 

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Photography: Weddings by Nicola & Glen | Floral Design: Lisa Elliott Floral Design | Wedding Dress: Moira Hughes | Cake: Curtis And Co Cakes | Invitations: De Winton Paper Co. | Ceremony Venue: St Mary’s Church, Hawkesbury Upton | Reception Venue: Calcot Manor | Shoes: Charlotte Mills | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Coast | Calligraphy: De Winton Paper Co. | Band: Buddhalicious | Ties: Scotch & Soda | Groomsmen's Attire: Ted Baker | Cufflinks: AHW Studio | Hair & Makeup Artists: Nicola and Sally from Bristol Bridal Hair & Makeup | Headpiece: Bride La Boheme | Mariachi Band: Mariachi Men | Watercolour Table Plan: De Winton Paper Co.

A Hindu Wedding in the English Countryside

For any couples planning a multicultural wedding, take notes from Matthew and Preena who paid homage to both their Indian and English heritages in one cohesive celebration. They began the day with a Western-style ceremony followed by a traditional Hindu “Mandap” all set in the charming English countryside. A feast of Indian food was served for their ballroom reception and Taylor & Porter didn’t miss a single moment. Click here for much more!

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From Taylor and PorterMatthew and Preena married this summer at Wrest Park, a Grade I listed Mansion in England mixing elegant French architecture with a grand and picturesque landscape. This unique early 19th century house was the perfect setting for this couple’s classically elegant style. Matthew and Preena shared not one but two ceremonies; both a Western marriage ceremony and a traditional Hindu “Mandap”. The Mandap was one of the most colourful, lighthearted and inclusive ceremonies I’ve ever had the privilege to capture. It involves both family’s participation and has many different traditional elements including offerings to the gods, promises made between the parents to care for each others child and even a part where the women of the family offer secret marriage advice to the bride! It was a beautiful meeting of families, traditions and cultures.

The grounds of Wrest Park are adorned with stunning lawns, wooded walks and flower gardens, dotted with fountains, statues and ornate follies. We explored the park and house capturing portraits with Matthew and Preena as the warm August sun set. Their reception was held in the grounds; in the beautiful light filled Orangery where after a feast of traditional Indian food they danced the night away under the stars.

From the Bride, Preena… We decided to get married at Wrest Park after we visited the site a year before the day in torrential downpour and knew in an instant we would book, it was the first and last place we looked at and a big tick off the list, also as it was half way between both our family homes and a easy train ride from London for our friends.

We decided to fuse both my Hindu Gujarati heritage with the Groom’s English background and began the day with a civil ceremony where we wrote our own (tear-jerking!) vows to one another. I walked down the aisle to ‘Here, There and Everywhere’ by the Beatles played by our talented brother in law David.

This was followed by Indian street food canapés on the library terrace and then a traditional Hindu ceremony, with a sitar player. Finally we had a drinks reception with a jazz band followed by a 3 course Indian feast and cocktail bar. The cake was made by my Aunt and our first dance was to Sweet Pea by Amos Lee. The day was fantastically co-ordinated by the brilliant best men which certainly helped it run smoothly.

The pastel colour scheme leant to fusion of Regal Indian and classic English and ran through to the stationery, flowers, button holes (the guests has lavender and rosemary) and favours (potted succulents).

When we started planning our wedding we knew the things that were important to us – one of them being a Photographer with a great eye and a natural approach. From the initial enquiry email to our meeting on our engagement session and also the day itself, Louise and Teo were warm, friendly, fantastic company, professional and helped put us both at ease. On the day and prior they worked continuously and many guests commented on their dedicated approach. We have so many beautiful photographs from our day and are truly grateful to Taylor & Porter for their hard work and talent in producing the images. We would not miss a beat to recommend them to anyone for any occasion.

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Photography: Taylor Porter | Floral Design: Fleurette | Stationery: Matthew Meader | Catering: Greenleaf | Transportation: Gold Chauffeur Cars | Venue: Old Wardour Castle | Film Processing: Richard Photo Lab | Flowergirls Dresses: I Love Gorgeous | Mandap Furniture: Art Parmer | Sitar Player: Jonathan Mayer