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Elegant English Ballroom Wedding

You know what makes me smile? Post-ceremony portraits. The undeniable joy radiating from their newlywed faces as they walk hand-in-hand relishing their new titles is enough to make me giddy. And this sweet duo? Well, one look at this gallery from the lens of Dominique Bader and you’ll see just what I mean.

From Dominique BaderThis wedding took place in a beautiful Georgian hotel in the historical town of Rye, in Sussex, England; famous for its cobbled streets, antique shops, and beautiful architecture. The wedding ceremony and reception were held in the light filled ballroom of The George in Rye hotel, which is beautifully decorated with duck egg blue wallpaper, traditional paneling, and beautiful chandeliers. The venue has a cozy and intimate feel whilst retaining the classical and timeless qualities of the Georgian period.

From the beautiful Bride…The inspiration for our day was to keep things contemporary, yet classic and elegant. We wanted to be able to look back at our photos in years to come and have no regrets about our choices. Our wedding day was a true reflection of us as a couple and we made sure to stick to this value throughout the planning. I wanted to work with great suppliers who shared our vision and in whom we had the confidence to deliver great results. When it came to picking the venue, we considered that most of our guests were from out of town and we felt that the charming town of Rye with its cobbled streets, close to where I grew up, would be perfect for them to enjoy a long weekend away. We fell in love with the beautiful light and airy Georgian ballroom with its exquisite silk wallpaper and glamorous chandeliers at The George in Rye and instantly knew it was the venue for us. I could imagine the room filled with white flowers and the sound of glasses clinking. Our wedding day was, in our opinion, a combination of great food, unique music, an abundance of fragrant florals, timeless decor, and a relaxed atmosphere in which to share the love with our family and friends!

Photography: Dominique Bader | Event Planning: Merren Events | Florist: Bloomingayles | Wedding Dress: Reem Acra | Cake: Vintage Rose Cupcakes | Invitations: Emily&Jo Stationery Design | Shoes: Louboutin | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Tiffany Rose | Makeup: Leanne Robey | Band: Stereo-Sound | Groom's Attire: Tiger Of Sweden | Bridal Hair: Gemma Sutton | Earrings: Jenny Packham | Georgian Hotel/Ballroom: The George In Rye | Gold Bead Plates: Motifs And Seasons | Groom's Shoes: Kurt Geiger | Tablecloths: Northfields Linen

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Spring London Kew Gardens Wedding

Any wedding that begins with a bouquet of THE prettiest pink peonies designed by Robbie Honey is a celebration I can get behind. Not to mention all the photo goodness that follows. Think traditional English elegance woven with the couple’s Chinese traditions for a day that’s magic from start to finish. More from Polly Alexandre right this way.

From Polly AlexandreEva & Matt met when they were both students at LSE in London. Given that their love story officially started back when they were students, it was only fitting that Matt should revisit their University Library to propose to Eva. The couple chose me as their Photographer with a brief to capture the smiles, the happiness…and special moments of their big day. Images that felt sweet and happy and would reawaken the feelings from their magical day in years to come when they looked through their album.

With both the wedding ceremony and reception to be held at Cambridge Cottage in Kew Gardens, London. Eva chose the classic, timeless Connaught Hotel in the heart of London for her location for bridal preparations. It has a classic and grand feel indoors which she loved and it was the perfect location to host the extensive Chinese party games, which were a lot of fun indeed! 

As one of the fun Chinese traditions includes playing a series of games before the wedding, Eva wore a crimson red dress for this part of the day and the tea ceremony and then later changed into her beautiful white wedding gown by Pronovias.

From The Bride…We got to know each other while we were both studying at the LSE in London. After graduation, many of our close friends moved to different parts of the world. When we started planning the wedding, we thought what could be better than having the wedding in London and bringing our closest friends and family back to where we met and shared our happiest day. We had a perfect day and we couldn’t be happier seeing all the family and friends from all over the world coming together in Kew Garden on a beautiful British summer day. Polly, who was our photographer, captured every precious moment in the best way we could ever hope for.

Every bride to be knows the wedding preparation can be stressful to say the least, visiting flower market in the early morning, trying to find the perfect dress, practicing a dance while neither of you knows how to dance etc. While we were planning the wedding, neither of us ever thought we would miss those stressful moments. Now a year after the wedding, we sat in bed on a Sunday morning, laughing together and all those memories are just as beautiful as the wedding day itself. 

Photography: Polly Alexandre Photography | Videographer: Bloomsbury Films | Florist: Robbie Honey | Wedding Dress: Pronovias | Cake : Rachel's Cakes | Make Up : Jo Freeman | Band: Wandering Hands | Bridal Preparations: The Connaught | Ceremony & Reception: The Orangery At Kew Gardens

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Whimsical + Colorful London Gallery Wedding

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Photography: Caught The Light | Floral Design: fairy nuff flowers | Wedding Cake: Bea's of Bloomsbury | Ceremony Venue: The ICA | Reception Venue: The ICA | Shoes: LK Bennett | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Debenhams | Catering: Peyton & Byrne | Groom's Suit: Ted Baker | Groomsmen's Attire: Burton | Cake Toppers: Better Off Wed | Dress designer: Kobus Dippenaar | Groom's Shirt: T.M. Lewin | Groom's Shoes: Aldo | Groom's bowtie: Debenhams | Hair & Make up artist: Sam Sham | Veil: Morgan Davies

Intimate Pastel Wedding in the Cotswolds

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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London Summer Wedding at MC Motors

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Quintessential Vintage English Wedding at Burloes Hall

After perusing this ridiculously wonderful gallery from Belle And Beau Fine Art Photography, I’ve decided I’m going to tuck this wedding away in a little corner of my heart and hold it there forever. That’s how much I love it so. It’s happy, sweet, fun, charming and oh-so-adorable. From the bow ties and bowler hats to the vintage photo pendants and pastel petals, it will melt your heart in an instant.


From Belle And Beau Fine Art Photography… I wanted to send you this beautiful quintessentially English wedding as it not only has beautiful details (including the most beautiful Summer bouquet and the boys wearing bowler hats) and a gorgeous couple but the story behind it is a truly romantic one!

Like something straight out of an old English romance novel, Ben and Sarah’s outdoor wedding was held at the beautiful Burloes Hall in Cambridgeshire where Sarah’s Grandparents met! Her Great Grandparents lived in the Gamekeeper’s cottage on the Estate, which is where her Grandad, Son of the Head Gamekeeper, met her Nan who was the Housemaid A true Downton Abbey story!

From the beautiful Bride… My Grandparents met at Burloes. My Great-Grandfather was the Head Gamekeeper, taking over from my Great-Uncle. They lived in the Gamekeeper’s Cottage on the Estate, in which my Grandfather also lived. My Nan was the Housemaid. The story goes that, my Nan needed to post some mail for Lady Joan Newman – the Lady of the Estate – and it was suggested that my Granddad accompany her. The rest, as they say, is history!

We knew we wanted an outdoor wedding if possible – our dream wedding has always been that of Forest Gump and ‘his’ Jenny. We looked at a couple of local venues: big houses with even larger gardens. My Grandfather had not long passed away when we got engaged and was always on my mind. Randomly, I searched for ‘Burloes’, and ‘weddings’ and to my utter delight I found a website for the Burloes Hall – and they did weddings!

I’ve always wanted a Spring wedding (the gorgeous blossom and spring flowers, sense of new life and warm glimmer of the sun… all before the streaming noses and itchy eyes of Summer kicks in!). We both love the ‘good old days’. The décor, the fashion and the slower pace of life. Our home together is filled with family heirlooms and vintage treasures we’ve found together over the years. garden party theme for our wedding just felt like the right fit for us.

I was so nervous about dress shopping. I rarely wear dresses, and don’t particularly relish the limelight. So I wanted to feel special, but ultimately comfortable. I knew I wanted a high neckline and wanted to show off my small waist. Lace was a key feature too. The rest I was pretty clueless about.

I went with my mum and bridesmaids and we hit three shops in one day. The last shop was Morgan Davies and was the only shop I actually got excited in! I found six beautiful dresses, each one more beautiful than the last. I chose ‘Willow’ by Maggie Sottero bringing in all the elements I like into one dress. My veil was ‘Orlando’ by Joyce Jackson. 1 inch scalloped lace edge, 72 inch two-tier veil. My shoes were gold sparkly heels from Next!

My Grandad’s bracelet was my ‘Something Old’, my Mother’s pearl and diamond drop earrings were my ‘Something Borrowed’, my lace garter with blue ribbon bow was my ‘Something Blue’ and my Dress was my ‘Something New’! The vintage photo pendants, hanging from my bouquet featured photos of my grandparents.

My Photographer was Holly from Belle and Beau Fine Art Photography. Simply put, Holly was brilliant. I got so excited the moment I found her website and had to email her straight away. As soon we spoke on the phone I knew she was the one for us. Photography was a big thing for us, we didn’t want the usual style of photos with lots of staged shots and forced smiles. We wanted natural shots which captured the happiness of the day, the guests and the venue. We loved Holly’s style of soft pastels and artistic compositions. We can’t recommend her enough!

Holly, and her husband Phil, were just perfect on the day. They made us feel so comfortable in front of the camera and [in the nicest possible way] forgot they were there at times! The rest of the time they were just so lovely and we had a lot of laughs together. Some of our favourite shots were taken there, capturing the golden light of the sunset. It was just magical. We are so thankful to Holly for giving us such timeless memories, her photos are a true gift which we will treasure always.

Our florist was Noeleen Ross from the The Basement Florist. Flowers were a big part of our day. The vintage theme really came to life through the British country cottage style flowers and flower arrangements, many of which were locally grown. Noeleen was a dream to work with. She was so friendly and understood exactly what I wanted straight away.

We made our rings ourselves! I made Ben’s and he made mine, at a one-day jewelery-making workshop with Rachel Jeffrey Contemporary Jeweler.

Our wedding favours were, again, very much homemade! Can you guess the emerging theme?! These were little felt scrabble tiles with each of the guest’s first name initials. We wanted something a bit quirky and that would help act as place settings too. I grew up with my Granddad and Dad playing scrabble as a weekly ritual and so this ‘felt’ like the right thing for us (see what I did there!), to honour that memory really. Two birds and all that – or in this case three! My very talented sister, Samantha, hand sewed all the little felt squares with the letters and my Mum sewed on the pins. We were so proud to see everyone happily putting on their pins as soon as they sat down – it just added to the fun and relaxed feel of the day.

There were so may favourite parts to our day! Other than being pronounced ‘Husband and Wife’ (obviously!), for me the speeches were a highlight, and dancing to the band with my friends and family. The eco-friendly lanterns where great too – we wanted fireworks but with farm animals in the fields nearby it wouldn’t have been appropriate. The lanterns turned out to be even better in the end! For Ben, it was driving the vintage Morris Minor ‘Rosie’ with the tin-cans rattling away behind us and home-made ‘Just Married’ sign my Dad made – people were ‘tooting’ their horns and smiling and waving at us all the way! We felt like old fashioned film stars!

My advice for other brides:

– Get a budget in place, well before you fall in love with any suppliers. We had an idea of budget, but didn’t have a confirmed figure in mind. We were lucky to have a lot of help from our parents but no figures were set in stone from the start.

– Also, don’t expect to have your dream wedding on a small budget. I’ve seen on various blogs about couples doing it for £5K – well to me that just isn’t anywhere near realistic.

– Don’t wait until you’ve found the venue/set the date before looking into other suppliers. Do your research and get the details of the suppliers you want, with a couple on a backup list, so that when you’ve found the venue and set the date you can contact them straight away – suppliers get booked up so far in advance these days!

– Be specific with your requests to suppliers. Though this may vary depending on your approach to ‘control’ over your wedding arrangements. I had quite specific images in my mind of how I wanted things set out.

Photography: Belle and Beau Fine Art Photography | Videographer: Ray McShane | Florist: The Basement Florist | Wedding Gown: Maggie Sottero | Cake: Creighton's: The Parlour | Rings: Rachel Jeffrey Contemporary Jeweler | Hair And Make Up: Emily Kent | Groom's Attire: Souster & Hicks Bespoke Tailors | Burloes Hall, Cambridgeshire: Burloes Hall | Groomsmen's Umberella: James Smith & Sons, London | Vintage Bowler Hats: Ebay

Charming English Countryside Wedding in Yorkshire

Since becoming a devoted Downton Abbey fan, English countryside weddings captivate me more than ever. It’s something about the pomp and circumstance, not to mention the timeless charm, and this summertime affair is no exception. Sandra Rose styled the florals, M And J Photography snapped the photos, and the results? Well, let’s just say it’d give Lady Mary Crawley’s wedding a run for its money.


From The Bride…When Ross and I first got engaged, the big question was “Where was the wedding going to be?” With us living in the US, but being from two different countries it was anyone’s guess where we would get married. I am originally from the northeast of England and moved over to the US over 5 years ago and Ross is Ohio born and bred, so it made picking the perfect location for our wedding a little tricky.

Without any intention yet to marry in the UK, we stumbled upon Middleton Lodge online before we had really even thought about wedding planning. We were blown away by the images of the venue and thought the place looked amazing. After a quick phone call to my parents back home, they were on their way to check it out. We knew Middleton Lodge was the perfect place to say our “I do’s” so we made the decision to book the venue without even seeing it for ourselves. It was a decision we do not regret. The venue itself is breathtaking, with its quintessential British charm that has been meticulously maintained by its owners and staff. It is beautiful!

From the start, planning the wedding was easy. From finding my dress here in Ohio, to picking out the flowers and giant illuminated letters to all the other little details. We had a clear vision that we wanted the wedding to feel laid back yet elegant and romantic. It is crazy to think that we did it all from the other side of the world…but walking into the marquee for our reception and seeing all the little details come together to create a beautiful setting for our big day was amazing. I wish I could have paused that moment.

The day was fabulous. The great British weather held out and we had glorious sunshine all day, our guests from the US loved experiencing some real English countryside (and other parts of Europe for those who decided to make the most of their trip and turn it into a vacation). We heard nothing but great things from all of our guests, everyone had so much fun and everything was just perfect and created such a memorable day for everyone – but especially us.

Middleton Lodge was the ideal setting to be married in grand style but with an intimate atmosphere.

Photography: M & J Photography | Florist: Sandra Rose | Wedding Cake: Dreamworld Cakes | Stationery: Emma Gay Of Yellow Door Creative | Reception Venue: Middleton Lodge | Shoes: Tribut Ives Saint Laurent | Bridesmaids Dresses: Joanna August | Catering: Middleton Lodge | Hair: Claire At Contemporary Yarm | Groom's Suit: Bonobos | Belt, Hair Piece & Veil: Sara Gabriel | Bridal Gown: Jenny Yoo | Bridesmaid's Totebags: Oh No Rachio | Bridesmaids Bathrobe's: Victoria's Secret | Cuff Links: Tiffany & Co. | Favours - Traditional British Candy In Kraft Bags: Etsy | Flower Girl Banner: BHLDN | Flower Girl Outfit: Marks And Spencer | Gifts To Bridal Party - Bracelets: BHLDN | Guest Book: Oh No Rachio | His & Hers Signs: BHLDN | J&R Lights: Coco Luminaire | Mr & Mrs Cutlery: BHLDN | Table Decor - Sourced By Florist: BHLDN

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Rustic Elegance Wedding Inspiration in England at Almonry Barn

If I could, I would crawl into these gorgeous images from Naomi Kenton and never leave. Because the styling and florals from Amber Persia are next level pretty. With the oldest barn in England setting the scene, this gallery is one you’ll want to sit with awhile, and you can do so right here


From Naomi KentonAlmonry Barn is unlike any other wedding barn in England, as not only does it still retain plenty of historical soul and a picturesque setting, but it also offers a super stylish twist of rustic elegance and striking architectural design throughout – perfect for the style conscious couple.

Almonry Barn is a Scheduled Ancient Monument (the same historical league as Stonehenge) and has been standing for over 800 years.

The barn is the oldest wedding barn in England!

It was once part of a beautiful abbey – the ruins of which stand opposite – and was used by the monks to give ‘alms’ to passing pilgrims.

This inspiration shoot offers a relaxed elegance with subtle styling details tying the look together; beautiful hand written place cards, linen napkins, and engraved water glasses, all set against the backdrop of the ancient stone walls.

For the outside setting, the weather worn table and bench, raw linen table runner and Edwardian etched glasses and decanter give the table setting the perfect combination of relaxed style and understated glamour.

From our florist and stylist Amber Persia ”I wanted the flowers to blend into the setting, so I went for meadow-like arrangements, which included ferns and wild flowers in gorgeous aged garden urns”.

The drinks table continued the restrained palette of muted greens and whites with glasses of chilled sparkling water, topped with fresh lime and decorated with slices of cucumber.

Whilst inside the barn, wild strawberries found growing in the cutting garden were the inspiration to create a quintessentially English summer wedding.

The striking magenta dahlias contrast against wonderfully fragrant and truly beautiful roses in hues of pink and white. Sweet peas and fragrant herbs not only add to the garden feel but also bring further scent to the arrangements.

Summer fruit features prominently in the styling, from the wild strawberries in the urn planters and individual fruit on each guest’s place setting, to the piles of fruit in hand-made wooden punnets.

This shoot was all about celebrating the natural beauty, serenity and pared-back luxury of this amazing historical setting for a wedding.

Our gorgeous model is Louise Wilson-Ward, who owns Almonry Barn. Louise is a bride-to-be herself – and can’t wait to get married at home at the barn next year.

The two fabulous pooches are Louise’s dogs, Woofy and Wally – because who doesn’t love a cute doggy at a wedding!

Photography: Naomi Kenton Photography | Wedding Dress: The Mews, Clifton | Calligraphy: Lamplighter London | Wedding Venue: Almonry Barn Wedding Venue | Florist & Styling: Amber Persia

Feminine, Floral Filled Garden Wedding Inspiration

Ladies and gents, if you don’t know Amy of Bo Boutique already, you’ll be thanking your lucky stars you landed on this post. Because she has talent like I’ve never seen. She not only whipped up the gorgeous blooms below, but she is also responsible for that gorgeous gown gracing our screens. Amazing, right? Well, thanks to Ashlee Taylor‘s stunning images, we can get lost in all the lovely right here

From Ashlee TaylorThis inspiration shoot was first inspired by Amy Bowley of Bo Boutique, an up and coming Stylist & Floral Designer here in the UK. She wanted to create an ultra feminine and indulgent shoot with lots of bespoke details, which included making the amazing wedding gown which she created herself.

The gown is made up of layers of tulle in blush pink, white, ivory, cappucino, and grey, layered over blush satin and ivory lace, all of which were tirelessly hand sewn by Amy. The result was a beautiful couture style gown, rich in delicate hues and texture. We thought this shoot would inspire brides to be extravagant with their wedding details making them big, blousey and beautiful!

We went with a romantic and indulgent love affair theme, choosing to set the shoot in the stunning gardens of Hampsted Heath… with a soft pale and in-depth colour palette which allows the pops of floral colour to shine.

Our gorgeous real life couple were the idyllic fit, with Charlotte’s wild blonde locks and Justin’s handsome rugged looks, they made for the picture-perfect characters for our love story!

I photographed the entire shoot on film to capture the intricate and delicate colour palette, and enhance the romanticism of the shoot and the whimsical location.

We really hope you looking through our much loved shoot!

Photography: Ashlee Taylor | Floral Design: Bo Boutique | Wedding Dress: Bo Boutique | Cake: Let It Be Cake | Cake: Andi Freeman Cakes | Groom's Attire: Tommy Hilfiger | Bridal Accessories: Blackburn Bridal | Gardens: Hampsted Heath | Stylist: Bo Boutique

Behind the Scenes: Maids to Measure

We are all about supporting small businesses around here, and this next one is a true gem! Located in London, England, Maids to Measure is a one stop shop for all things custom bridal party and we’re lovin’ on every inch. With photos from Claire Graham, there’s more where this came from right here. And you might want to hold tight because we’re going behind the scenes!

SMP: Tell us a little about Maids to Measure!
Maids to Measure is a specialist Bridesmaid company that allows brides to come to the studio and design their own dresses!
Alternatively brides can order dresses already designed (and named after the bride) through our website (or through one of our wonderful stockists).

SMP: You’ve designed some of the most uniquely beautiful pieces I’ve ever seen. Where do you get your inspiration?
We’re lucky as its the brides themselves that bring their own inspiration to the appointments and we convert them into dream dresses for their maids, catering for all shapes and sizes.

We’re constantly evolving and always welcome new ideas. We recently launched 6 new colours with Ciate London which have proven very popular (iced frappe, empress, apples & custard, ferris wheel, cookies & cream, regatta).

SMP: What’s it like to run your own dress shop?
There’s never a dull moment! I set up Maids to Measure with my sister India when from our own experience we found their were little options for fashionable bridesmaids. We’d find a dress but not in the right colour of vice versa, with Maids to Measure you can choose any design have it in any colour, size length or fabric etc allowing the girls to create unique dresses.

SMP: What was the turning point in your business where you knew it would really take off?
It started with us working from home, just doing friends weddings and then friends of friends and before we knew it we had random people contacting us, from then it simply snowballed and we knew our idea and concept had legs!

SMP: The most difficult part of entrepreneurship?
Never switching off, I live and breath bridesmaids and I think thats what it takes. Even when Im away I cant relax but I wouldn’t have it any other way.

SMP: One thing you wish you knew when first starting out?
Theres no end, once you have the website done or say the first collection completed you just want to update and change things again, always wanting to improve and better everything constantly.

SMP: Do you have any tips for someone hoping to follow in your footsteps?
You need to be prepared that it becomes your life and you have to be super organised, not just in terms of work but also for a work/life balance. Id be on my laptop 24/7 if I didn’t specifically schedule in lunch/dinner with friends or family, after all its them that have supported us on this journey.

SMP: What’s one thing you’d tell someone who’s hoping to start their own business?
You have to bee passionate about what you’re doing and have 100% conviction that its going to work, any doubts will cause problems down the line. Theres an amazing event by Flourish & Prosper that has some amazing speakers sharing their business stories, which I cant wait for.

SMP: Three things every fashionable woman should have?
Knowledge! of what to spend on (shoes and bags) and what to save on (jeans and jersey), the latest apple product and the confidence to wear what you want, how you want.

SMP: One thing you just can’t live without?
My fiance Andrew!!!

Photography: Claire Graham | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Maids To Measure

Jacquelyn Clark

English Country Garden Wedding

This wedding is starting out with a fashionable bang (i.e. bridesmaid’s dresses for the books and a lace gown that could kill) and is ending with an English Garden party ripe with crimson florals by Bo Boutique and vintage styling by Helen Millot Furnishings. We love a good garden party, after all, and this gem shot by WOOKIE Photography is proving the English know their way around a fab outdoor affair.


From The Bride…Ben and I went on our first date when we were 12 years old in our hometown of Cambridge, UK. We were in neighbouring schools; I was at the all girls’ school and Ben was in the all boys’ school down the road. Our first date was a rendez-vouz in town one Saturday lunchtime. We were young at the time so, as romantic and sweet as the date was, it didn’t really go beyond sharing an ice- cream and a stroll through the park! Two years later our eyes met again at the mixed girls and boys secondary school. It was then we went on our second and more successful date and spent the most amazing 4 years together. We were high school sweethearts who got to see each other everyday and share some special moments together.

We knew straight away that we wanted an English country garden wedding in Cambridge. It’s where we met and where we are both from so it means a lot to both of us. The fact that it’s a very beautiful city and most of our family still lived there was an added bonus.

We opted for a humanist wedding. It felt like the right choice- we wanted our ceremony to be very personal and a chance to tell our story to family and friends. For us, our wedding was the chance to celebrate our next chapter with them, and also thank them for all their support over the years that had already passed.

Ben and I wanted an outside ceremony in a beautiful garden and preferably near the River Cambs, so with this in mind my Mother, Ben and I began our search. After a few weeks of looking, and word getting around, a close family friend offered us their house for our wedding. The house used to belong to well know 1960s hairdresser Raymond Bessone, AKA Mr Teasy –Weasy! It’s a beautiful property with lots of quirks and has the most amazing garden that leads down to a secret river. Perfect. It was typically English, typically Cambridge and in the exact right location.

The style and design of our wedding definitely changed and developed over the year leading up to the day itself. A big turning point for the design of the day was when my Mother offered me her late Mother’s (my Grandmother’s) antique silver cutlery to use. My Grandmother, Hélène Millot, was a Parisian dressmaker and costumier in the 1920s so you can just image how old and beautiful the cutlery is. (In fact the ornate engraving on the silver suggests that some of the pieces could be over 100 years old!)

And so our classic English country garden wedding became an English garden wedding with a chic French twist. I matched the antique silver cutlery with lots and lots of antique brass candlesticks, a very classic combination. The table glasses were all crystal and cut glass, and mismatched for a modern yet vintage twist. Simple white plates and white napkins gave the table clean lines avoiding the look becoming too eclectic.

The colour palate was determined when I found my dress. I searched high and low for one that was off-white and I finally found it in a Justin Alexander design. The description of the dress was antique gold but in actual fact it was a gorgeous taupe colour. I matched the table linen with the colour of dress by sourcing some beautiful Ralph Lauren tablecloths, and also managed to find some perfect taupe candles which I shipped in from a shop called Blokker, in Amsterdam.

The tables were adorned with beautiful deep red Peonies, grapes and Eucalyptus, all overflowing from antique brass vases onto the long tables, arranged beautifully by the talented Bo Boutique. It was a significant colour pop but worked perfectly with the lush greens coming in from the garden through the vast clear windows of the marquee.

The day itself was just as I had imagined: a personal, relaxed and most importantly incredibly romantic occasion- with a party atmosphere! We had hoped for an outdoor ceremony but in typical English fashion our weather was not kind to us! But this did not in anyway dampen the mood. Our ceremony took place in the marquee, in front of the large clear windows that looked out onto the large spans of garden down to the river. Then just as the ceremony finished, as though on auto timer, the sun came out and we were able to enjoy drinks and canapés outside. It was incredible!

Photography: WOOKIE Photography | Florist: Bo Boutique | Wedding Dress: Justin Alexander | Cake: Jackie Waller Catering | Bridesmaids' Dresses: River Island | Catering: Crown Catering Cambridge | Groom's Attire: Gucci | French Music Duet: Garance & The Mitochondries | Invitation Printers: Tom Gautier | Location: Private House Near Cambridge | Marquee Hire: Cambridge Marquees | Stylist: Helene Millot | Tableware & Decor Hire: Helene Millot | Wedding Dress Boutique: London Bride Couture

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Chic Summer Wedding in London

Move over Ladies of London, there’s a fab new Brit in town and she comes in the form of a stunning summer wedding captured by Caught The Light. This affair may be indoors but it’s wholeheartedly summer thanks to florals in every shade of sunshine by Hayford & Rhodes and simple details that scream chic. See even more of this light, bright beauty right here.

From The Bride…Hywel and I met two weeks after I arrived in London, five years ago. I’d just moved over from New York (ostensibly for a year…!) and happened to move into a flat with one of his best friends from university. One day I walked into the living room, saw this gorgeous Brit sitting there, and that was basically it. I was a goner. It took us a couple of months to make it official, but ever since then we’ve been happily living out our little London love story. I work as an account director for a branding & design agency, while Hywel oversees brand partnerships for the men’s health charity, Movember. We got engaged on a Saturday morning, lying in bed:

Me: “What shall we do today?”

Hywel: “Shall we get engaged?”

I’ve never been interested in a big, traditional proposal, so for us it was just right. After crying, laughing, family phone calls and a couple of Bloody Mary’s, we went into town to buy me a wedding ring! That night, we had friends over for a big Italian feast, shared our good news, and basked in the excitement. We got engaged in November, and knew right away we wanted to try to fit in a wedding within the next seven or eight months. Then the panic set in! Thankfully, we found One Marylebone fairly quickly, and once that was booked, everything else fell into place. We were able to give my American friends & family six months’ notice in order to book flights across the pond.

Our wedding planning was definitely a partnership – I was very lucky that my groom has event planning skills and industry contacts in spades! We share a similar aesthetic and are both pretty decisive, so we were able to keep the process moving along pretty quickly. The day itself was just absolutely amazing. It felt like ‘us’, which is exactly what we wanted. I walked down the aisle to The Beatles’ “Here Comes the Sun” on the piano – just hearing the opening bars to the music now make me start to tear up! My grandfather, who is a federal judge in New York, delivered a sort of secular sermon with an incredible presence that moved everyone. Our friend Libby, who introduced us, read “I carry your heart with me (I carry it in my heart)” by E.E. Cummings. Hywel and I also wrote our own vows, which is much less of a thing here in the UK. It was wonderful to commit to each other in a way that was personal to us. I wouldn’t have done it any other way. Another friend, Miranda Heldt, a professional singer, performed the soulful “All over again” by Sharon Jones during the register signing. And then finally, we walked back down the aisle to “Signed, Sealed, Delivered” by Stevie Wonder, which was such a fun, unexpected thing for our guests to hear after a heartfelt ceremony. It definitely changed the tone – it was time to party! worked with the lovely Charlotte at Hayford & Rhodes on our flowers. For our ceremony, we chose beautiful silver birch trees for the front of the room. They added drama and a simple, natural feel to the space.

Seasoned Events worked with us to create our menu. Hywel and I love to host dinner parties, and we wanted our wedding to feel like the best one yet. We chose to have antipasti sharing platters to start, which really got people chatting and interacting with each other and the food. We served a delicious chicken breast with summer pea risotto cake and pea puree for the main, followed by truly decadent chocolate fondant. We worked with family friend and wine merchant, Simon Taylor, to choose a subtle Champagne, bright Sauvignon Blanc and yummy Pinot Noir to serve throughout the day. Our beer choice was just as personal: Camden Town Brewery is situated just down the road from our flat, and I’m a Boston girl by birth, so it only made sense to have Sam Adams for both our Yankee & British guests. We placed little cork-topped bottles of Welsh whisky at every guest’s place as name cards. Hywel’s entire family hails from the same area as that particular whisky distillery, and our relationship was definitely cemented over a shared love of neat whisky.

We hired huge light letters (H&L) to transform the space for the evening dancing. It really added fun to a space that is usually so elegant and refined. Plus they look awesome in pictures! Our phenomenal DJ had the dance floor packed from start to finish, and the whole thing just had such a fun & joyful feel to it. Some of our wonderful friends got us a guestbook & Polaroid camera to help us capture moments throughout the day. There are some pretty epic shots and very sweet notes in there.

My advice to every bride is simply to soak it all in. Everyone says it’s important to take a moment, just the two of you, to step away and just look at what’s happening all around you. Hywel and I were able to do that a few times throughout the night, and it was pretty incredible. I also made myself stay very present during the ceremony. It sounds like an obviously or silly thing, but someone once gave me that advice and I found it invaluable. Also, I found wedding morning yoga a really special and calming way to start the day! Oh, and pay as much as you can for a great photographer. It is the best investment you can make! After all, what are you left with after the fact, other than your photos?!

Photography: Caught The Light | Florist: Hayford and Rhodes | Wedding Dress: Vera Wang | Shoes: LK Bennett | DJ: Wedding Smashers Limited | Groom's Suit: Canali | Caterers: Seasoned Events | Ceremony & Reception: One Marylebone | Earrings: Tiffany & Co. | Groom's Cufflinks: Tiffany & Co. | Groom's Shirt: Thomas Pink | Groom's Shoes: Stemar | Hair & Make Up: Roseanna Velin | Professional Singer: Miranda Heldt | Wine Merchant: Simon Taylor

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English Manor Wedding Inspiration

At first glance, this shoot might look like your typical English garden inspiration. But take a closer look and you’ll see an east-meets-west approach with a subtle Asian flair. Euphoric FlowersPocketful of DreamsCakes By Krishanthi along with a whole team of talent crafted up the pretty and Weddings By Nicola and Glen photographed the gallery you simply can’t afford to miss.

From Weddings By Nicola and GlenWe recently photographed a wedding inspiration shoot at Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons, one of the most famous luxury hotels in Britain renown for its 2 Michelin star food and idyllic countryside setting. The overall concept was Fusion – Where East Meets West and was designed, styled and co-ordinated by Vicki & Michelle of event design house Pocketful of Dreams.

From Michelle of Pocketful of Dreams… Inspired by the stunning Japanese Tea Gardens at the venue, we worked from a back story of a stylish British couple who had been heavily influenced by their travels to the Orient and set out to create a look that had an elegant feel with stylish and thoughtful touches across all the décor and details, subtly and creatively portraying that Far East influence. We worked with a rich, warm colour palette of burgundy, wine, soft pinks and peach with a grounding base of oyster silk, all offset by plenty of leafy greens. Brass and antique gold tones were then added to establish a luxe/old world feel that emulated a refined luxury.

Photography: Weddings by Nicola & Glen | Floral Design: Euphoric Flowers | Venue: Belmond Le Manoir | Bridal Dresses & Accessories: Kate Halfpenny | Cakes & Sweet Treats: Cakes by Krishanthi | Decor Items: Farley Prop Hire | Decor Items: Amara | Decor Items: Brollies Galore | Design Concept & Styling: Pocketful Of Dreams | Furniture: Vintage Style Hire | Groom’s Outfit: October House | Make-up & Hair: Kirsty Fraser For Claire Hanson | Paper Goods: Gemma Milly

Whimsical England Wedding Filled With DIY Details + Film

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Chic Country Wedding in Kent Film

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

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

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

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

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

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Color-Filled London Engagement of Blogger Bright Bazaar

If you are a follower of blogger extraordinaire, Will Taylor of Bright Bazaar, then you know he fully embraces a life filled with color. The brighter and more cheerful the better. And his engagement session to his love is no exception to that colorful rule. Captured by Jean- Laurent Gaudy, this shoot outside of London is a little glimpse inside the beautiful world of Will and Toby. Click here for the full gallery.

From Jean-Laurent Gaudy PhotographyThis couple is one of the reason why I love my job so much. Will & Toby live near London. They are the sweetest, deeply in love, always smiling. Their engagement session was therefore so natural. I simply spent an afternoon with them capturing who they are with no artifacts.

Photography: Jean-Laurent Gaudy

English Countryside Wedding Film

Check this out: the Mini Cooper at 00:45, the groom built himself.  Now that’s a way to show your love. If that’s not cute enough, the voiceover is a love letter he wrote to his bride. I watch a lot of these, but something about this got to me. Be Authentic Photography‘s keen camerawork certainly helped, but I think it’s the love part. So make sure you have someone close by to hug and enjoy the film!

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From Be Authentic PhotographyEvery once in a while, as photographer/film makers, you are given the opportunity to capture an amazing story. Richard and Stephanie’s wedding was that opportunity. They have an amazing love story. Rich in his effort to bring Stephanie’s dreams to life endeavored to hand build a vintage mini car for their wedding so he could drive her away in it. He did just that and you can see it all right here. Their story is incredible and worth telling and we had that opportunity.

It was not mystery this would be a stunning wedding. Set in the lush green land and historic area of West Sussex England, it provided for a breathtaking vintage wedding. The ceremony took place in a beautiful small traditional English church complete with bells ringing and all.

Later the beautiful couple escaped to the reception located in a beautiful large barn on a private farm that had been renovated to host special events. Its deep rich old oak beams and large wooden doors set the tone for a memorable evening filled with cake cutting, speeches, dancing, and an incredible sparklers exit that was truly one of a kind. It’s the kind of wedding that will not be easily forgotten.

Photography: Owl & Fox Studios | Videography: Be Authentic Photography | Floral Design: Stems Florist | Wedding Dress: Proposals | Ceremony Venue: Holy Trinity Church | Reception Venue: Old Green Barn Venue | Brides Shoes: JJ's House | Bridesmaids Dresses: BooHoo | Catering: Alison Boon Catering | Makeup Artist: Olivia McLean MUA | Hair: Sasha Piper | Ties: Topman | Grooms Attire: Moss Bros | Live Entertainment: Strobe Function Band | Nails: Claire Penman Burt | Tables: Wooden Bench Hire Company | Wedding Ring: Ernest Jones

English Garden Wedding Inspiration

Go ahead and let your imagination wander here, folks. This dreamy photo shoot from Maria De Faci Photography takes you straight to a beautiful afternoon wedding on the Thames with children laughing, yellow wellies, old bikes, desserts from Cakes by Robin, and an abundance of Bergdorf’s flowers everywhere. For more whimsy, make sure to check out the full gallery here.

From Maria De Faci PhotographyThis shoot of rustic, bohemian and natural wedding inspiration was born on the benches of the river Thames where the air is fresh, herbs are splendid and the river is creating a soft glow around all objects by beautifully reflecting and diffusing sunlight.

Our idea was to create a unique blend of natural elements like moss, leaves and flowers with lightweight naked Victoria sponges, innocent beauty of a young bride, kids and all shades of the rich foliage of English gardens.

We set up a tea table for two under a tree by the river on a vintage tablecloth (family heirloom of Katja Berg) , using some beautiful china and cakes, all generously decorated by fruits and flowers, and a big moss tree – a signature decoration detail by our florist Katja.

A retro bike, an umbrella and a pair of wellies in retro yellow colour added to the whole mise-en-scène the character of the English countryside and the refreshing feel of the weather outside.

Our model wore rich flower crown and a loose matching bouquet all in warm pale palette. Flower style and inspiration is by Katja from Bergdorf’s, she is a very talented Danish florist with a distinctive chic rustic style.We used vintage tablecloths, vases and china, vintage veils, handmade designer hair accessories, and the garden of a famous London boutique hotel.

Photography: Maria De Faci Photography | Cake: Cakes By Robin | Hair & Makeup: The Beauty Collective | Hotel: The Bingham | Accessories: Gillian Million | Flower Girl Dress: The Occasion Room | Flowers + Styling: Bergdorf's Flowers Of Copenhagen

English Country Manor Wedding Shoot

Everything about this shoot captured by Victoria Phipps and styled by Sarah Garrod is my dream. The Justin Alexander gown, the stunning florals from Emma Fawcett-Eustace, the elegant stationery from the Project Pretty – it’s all so perfectly elegant and timeless I could cry. So it goes without saying I’ll be spending a large amount of time today devouring each gorgeous image sitting in this gallery.

From Victoria PhippsThe theme was ‘early 20th century english glamour’ and we tried to create a bit of a story around two strangers coming together in marriage. The models had never met before, so they appreciated the irony!

We shot at Iscoyd Park, which is a beautiful and intimate grade II listed country house in Shropshire, England. One of the main reasons we chose this location was because of the elegant reception rooms and finely decorated bedrooms, all with tall georgian windows giving an abundance of natural light. The perfect setting for an intimate wedding. The grounds of Iscoyd Park are delightful and fortunately the light was perfect!

We dressed a long slim table in the main reception room with a trio of tall floral centrepieces. The bright pink roses and red winter berries were coupled with wintry foliage resulting in a pleasing mix of warm and cool tones. The fabulous black and white wedding stationery was designed by Project Pretty.

We created two different looks for the bride, with two beautiful Justin Alexander dresses and different headpieces & hairstyles. The groom wore classic black tie.

Photographer: Vicki | Florist: Emma Fawcett-Eustace | Wedding Dresses: Justin Alexander | Cake: Cake Chester | Stationery: Project Pretty | Make Up: Nicola Cannock-Edwards | Hair: Gillian Roslan | Groom's Attire Supplier: Groom Hire | Iscoyd Park: Iscoyd Park | Model Bride: Chante Cutter | Model Groom: Chante Cutter | Stylist: Chante Cutter | Wedding Dress Supplier: Brides Of Chester

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Romantic British Wedding at Brocket Hall

“Epitomizes English glamour and elegance” is guaranteed to pull me in every single time, and this time, I was floored. Blown away by the beauty that is this wedding from Anushe Low. The shoes, the gown, that warm, beautiful light, it’s like someone bottled up my dreams and gave me the best present ever… in the form of a highlight film from reellovefilms!

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From Reellovefilms… Well, what a wedding this was! Wall to wall beautiful… Susie and Stuart were married at the elegant and lovely Brocket Hall, UK, and it was clear right from the start that they had made a huge effort on their wedding….it looked completely amazing. Everything from the flowers by Jamie Aston, Susie’s Jenny Packham dress and Jimmy Choo shoes and Stuarts dapper Stuart Lamprell suit had been chosen to compliment the elegant, timeless and beautiful surroundings…it really was a good looking day! Brocket Hall epitomises English glamour and elegance; frescos on the ceilings, gilded details, lawns and lakes…serene.

Susie had an amazing team getting her get ready, not that she needs much help…with Severin Hubert on hair and Sarah Brock on make up, and what a job they did. Lots of music accompanied the day with the amazing Steve Christie on Piano and the equally amazing Matt Maurice kicking the evening party off….complete with Xylobands!

As well as this wedding just looking so beautiful, there was more to it than that…Stuart and Susie are an incredibly warm, happy, fun, caring and genuine couple, who made our job filming them so easy on the day. They were surrounded by so many people who thought the world of them and you could just feel the happiness on the day. This is what made the wedding truly a great one…we loved every minute and wish you both so much happiness in your future together xx

Photography: Anushe Low | Cinematography: Reel Love Films | Floral Design: Jamie Aston | Wedding Dress: Jenny Packham | Cake: The Parlour By Creightons | Stationery: Kate Ruth Romey | Ceremony Venue: Brocket Hall | Reception Venue: Brocket Hall | Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Bridesmaids Dresses: JLM Couture, Inc | Make Up: Sarah Brock, Award Winning Makeup Artist | Hair Stylist: Severin Hubert | DJ: Matt Maurice | Band: The Honeymooners | Grooms Attire: Stuart Lamprell | Brides Jewellery: Annoushka | Feather Shrug: Jenny Packham | Grooms Shoes: Gucci | Hair Piece: Chanel | Photo Booth: The Mighty Booth | Pianist: Steve Christie | Wedding Stationary: Kate Ruth Romey | Xylobands: The Events Factory | Xylobands: The Events Factory