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From Sydney to Sidbury for an English wedding

Claudia and John’s wedding day is a beautiful celebration of love and has all the best bits of that ‘quintessentially’ English style thrown in. I adore the style of Australian weddings – as a big fan of Ruffled blog and Style Me Pretty I see lots of gorgeous Aussie wedding receptions and they’re always fabulous. So when wedding photographer Richard Rayner sent me this beautiful Devon wedding of a couple who live in Australia I was over the moon!

Claudia wrote a beautiful report of her day, so I’ll leave the words to the beautiful bride.

Oh – and this wedding is in two parts with a bonus wedding inspiration board at the end… so keep coming back to English Wedding blog for more this week!

English wedding blog real Devon wedding photography (1)John is Australian and I am British and we both reside on the east coast of Australia together. It was always going to be tough deciding which country to marry in as the expense of flying would inevitably inhibit some family and friends from making the trip. John chose for us to marry in the UK. This was a very kind gesture on his part. He said that I had made it to Australia to be with him so the least he could do would be to come back to the UK for me. Fantastically, John’s immediate family and many of our aussie friends made it over too!

English wedding blog real Devon wedding photography (2)We hired Combe House Hotel in Gittisham, Devon, for the weekend and hosted a pre reception on the Friday before the wedding as many of our guests had never met before. I thought a classic Devon Cream Tea would go down a treat with the aussies followed by Pimms and a barbeque in the evening. This was a great ice breaker and made the wedding day feel more intimate.

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English wedding blog real Devon wedding photography (4)Our wedding day was the best day of our lives! It was perfect! We married in St. Giles Church in Sidbury. It’s a delightful, little church that dates back to the sixth century. The sun was shining and the church bells were ringing when we walked out as Mr and Mrs McKay. We were driven back to Combe House in a family friend’s open-top Bentley, which was a real pleasure. A local farmer had let his Arabian horses out to roam Combe’s grounds as we drove up the drive, it was so romantic and picturesque.

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English wedding blog real Devon wedding photography (6)My dress came from Johanna Johnson in Sydney. It was a figure-hugging silk dress with a fish tail skirt and train with lace detail around the bust and torso – think old Hollywood elegance and glamour!

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I wore a pair of art deco style pearl drop earrings that were a gift from my mother, they had originally belonged to her mother, my grandmother. My mother also leant me a pearl and diamond pendant given to her by my father.

My shoes came from Alannah Hill. They were black suede pumps with oversized black patent bows. Surprisingly they worked with the dress!

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English wedding blog real Devon wedding photography (8)John’s suit came from Harrolds in Sydney. It was silk in dark french navy, single breasted and very well tailored. He wore an ivory shirt and a narrow black tie and black shoes. The unusual colour combination looked very sophisticated.

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English wedding blog real Devon wedding photography (10)I had silver cufflinks made with the silhouette of John’s favourite family dog, Bear, etched into them.

English wedding blog real Devon wedding photography (17)I wore a stunning crystal and pearl bead encrusted hair piece from Johanna Johnson. My veil was also from Johanna Johnson and was a very simple cathedral veil of the softest french lace.

English wedding blog real Devon wedding photography (12)I love Claudia’s classic bridal style, don’t you? Her straight, elegant wedding dress with the lovely sash detail at the waist is perfect and suits her figure and style. Claudia looks absolutely beautiful – and they make such a good looking couple!

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English wedding blog real Devon wedding photography (22)Excellent “I’m being confetti-ed” expression from Claudia! There’s more from this wedding day, post-confetti attack, on English Wedding tomorrow!

English wedding blog real Devon wedding photography (23)Thank you to Richard Rayner photography for sending in this beautiful collection of wedding photos for the blog. Thank you to Claudia for the wedding report… more of which I’ll share with you tomorrow!

You’ll love it… I haven’t even started with the vintage styling and inspiration yet!

Claire xx

Claire Gould

Claire spends her days writing - either in beautiful calligraphy or online. She lives on the edge of the English Lake District only minutes away from the beach, where she loves to escape and unwind. Claire's calligraphy can be found at www.byMoonandTide.com. Claire launched the English Wedding Blog in November 2009 - it's been a top 10 UK wedding blog ever since, with a regional focus we hope you LOVE.

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3 COMMENTS
  • angharad
    8 years ago

    I agree, Claudia looks gorgeous – and such a lovely venue!

  • Kym {Love Wed Bliss}
    8 years ago

    So lovely! Great to see one of our Aussies with a gorgeous English girl 🙂

  • Mavis Bennett (Bath)
    8 years ago

    It was many years ago when Claudia and her Mother and Father lived in the village of Hinton Charterhouse, Bath that I knew the family, Claudia was very young then and very pretty.
    It was wonderful to see the Wedding Photos and read her report on the day ect, what a happy couple they look ,I wish them a long life together and much happiness in the future.
    Claudia you looked beautiful and what a handsome husband you have.

    Mavis Bennett

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