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Windflower – a timeless, musical love story to inspire your wedding, with photos from a wedding ideas shoot at Cliveden House

Your wedding can be the most magical, creative adventure. Styling ideas to fit your personalities can bring self-discovery and uncover talents you never knew you had! Wedding designers are our creative inspiration, and a wedding ideas shoot can fire our imaginations in the most wonderful way. And this is one of the best…

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I was honoured to be asked to contribute to a styled wedding shoot at Cliveden House, organised by the very lovely Petra Opperman. Petra is a wedding designer and planner based in Windsor, and is the talented stylist behind this gorgeous ideas shoot. The concept alone is incredibly romantic – and will resonate with music lovers everywhere. I adore the rich, luscious colours and subtle influence of the classical music theme. The colours are rich and warm, perfectly suited to any sophisticated wedding venue.

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With a small army of talented wedding suppliers, this wedding ideas shoot will inspire and fire your imagination. With huge thanks to Nick Rose Photography for taking and sharing the fabulous images of the day. Do read the story behind the day, written by Petra – it’s an exciting approach to styling a wedding based on a historical love story and I’m blown away by everything about this shoot… I hope you love it too!

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A styled wedding ideas shoot at Cliveden House, with Petra Opperman and Nick Rose Photography

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A classically beautiful, floral tiered wedding cake

With delicate sugar flowers in softer colours, and just a touch of gold, the cake designer Emma from Gifted Heart Cakes created the most beautiful classic wedding cake.  The windflowers and roses are noticeable and the eucalyptus leaves on the top tier adds a lovely flow to the soft lines of the design. Pulled sugar strings on the second tier is in keeping  with the theme of the inspirational violin concerto  and brings lovely lines and contrasts to the design. The cake stand with fresh flowers, matched the flower bowels of the center piece and this is a good way of creating harmony within a scheme.
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A love story to last for all eternity: Elgar and his Windflower

Edward Elgar’s violin concerto, dedicated to the woman he loved, was the inspiration behind the styled session at the exquisite Cliveden house. The music, though designed on a grand and opulent scale, is of a peculiarly expressive personal intimacy and secretly dedicated to “Windflower”. They formed a close and affectionate relationship and corresponded frequently and at length, exchanging intimate letters. Through these and their common love of music, she probably understood him better than anybody ever did.

The Violin was Elgar’s own instrument and the violin concerto is almost like a personal confession. The first movement of the concerto is a beautiful sonata with few related themes which change in various ways. The solo part perfectly expresses the love and the words in the “Windflower” poem. Beautiful violin positions shifting and the soft bowing complete the feeling of romantic relationship. There is no way for anyone to question love like this after listening to this masterpiece from Elgar, which he presented to his love, Windflower.
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Exquisitely timeless wedding rings

The wedding rings,  Magic by the Danish brand Georg Jensen is made up of 2 rings ; an 18 carat yellow gold outer, featuring a diamond at each end of the twist and an 18 carat white gold inner set with 9 diamonds. Isabel is also wearing a bracelet for the Regitze collection by Georg Jensen in 18 carat gold featuring a diamond in the centre of the dot.

Lukas wore an 18 carat yellow gold wedding band by the Swiss company, Furrer Jacot.  The quality of their work is exellent and they do an incredible soft finish on the inside of the ring to ensure a comfortable fit.  All the jewelry was kindly supplied by Cat from Inuti Designer Jewelry.
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The best in international wedding photography

All the detail of the Romanza Styled session was beautifully captured by Nick Rose an international photographer with a contemporary style. Nick’s artistic and creative photography ensured that the romantic and classic story could be told.

A distinguished, enchanting English wedding venue

Many thanks to  the Manager of Cliveden House and also Emma Riddell, wedding coordinator for the perfect setting for the Romanza Styled session.  Cliveden is the ultimate venue for a enchanting wedding with its fairy tale architecture, lavish interiors and breathtaking grounds. The perfect romantic setting for an unforgettable wedding day.
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The bridal bouquet and flowers

The beautiful blue Windflowers (Anemone) in the bridal bouquet, together with the Hyacinth, Clematis, Muscari, Ranunculus, Eryngium (Thistle) Delphinium, the unique Amnesia rose and the golden string like grass effect, works wonderfully with the split complimentary colour scheme and works  just perfectly in the  romantically decorated Boudoir, at Cliveden house.
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An elegant and romantic bridal look

Adding to the romantic elegance of the wedding gown, Vivienne Oscar expertly styled the hairdo, incorporating wisps of curly hair pulled up to naturally hold the delicate veil.  Fresh flowers  were added on the side of the hair and complimented  the exquisite style. Makeup in gold and brown tones brings a touch of  glamour the romantic look.
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Pure silk and French lace wedding gown

The elegantly beautiful couture wedding gown, by Emma Hunt, is made in pure silk double face satin and the most exquisite French Levers lace. The soft silhouette, the almost golden sheen of the dress adds to the classical and romantic feel. Emma blends classic couture with a modern approach, creating timelessly beautiful dresses such as this gorgeous Siri dress.
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Delicate gold and pearl jewellery for a classic bridal look

The 18 carat yellow gold pendant featuring the white fresh water pearl, from the Magic collection, by Georg Jensen,  accentuates the fabulous neckline of the dress.  The delicate fresh water pearl earrings from German designer, Rivoir.
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A naturally beautiful colour scheme

Split complimentary is the most beautiful type of colour combination as can be seen in nature and has the advantage of bringing together closely related colours of the analogous colour scheme. As well as the bridal bouquet, Martyn Crossley also created the 3 tier table centre piece inspired by the three movements of the violin concerto. The bottom tier is  more dramatic with the grass and loose flowers.  All the beautiful blues, purples and pinks are are loosely placed in the glass bowl creating a soft and contrasting second tier.  The Finale, the 3rd tier delicately beautiful, with hints of eucalyptus foliage and golden string-like grass, complete the arrangement. The glass bowls  gives a contemporary twist to the table decorations and also provides a beautiful contrast to the elegant classic style of the chandelier above the table.
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Delicate table settings with vintage crockery

Vintage crockery was the perfect choice for the table setting.  Sally from Floral Vintage Crockery has a beautiful collection of floral crockery and the delicate cream tea set with the floral inside cups and  matching side plates worked perfectly with the colour scheme.  Using different shapes of cake plates as dinner plates added colour and something interesting to the table setting.  The beautiful laced white table cloth and white laced napkins adds a fine texture, and being all white, doesn’t take the focus away from the colourful crockery.
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Romance and luxury with calligraphy and stationery

Beautiful and unique handwritten calligraphy stationery by Claire from The English Wedding blog, brings a  classically romantic touch to the table setting.   The delicate golden thread on the menu and invitations  represents the strings of a violin and it perfectly matches the string effects on the cake design, table centre piece and bridal bouquet.  Soft and contrasting golden curves, such as  the notion of a violin is shaped by the thick and thin swirls of the calligraphy pen and the creative hand.  The blue/purple handwritten envelopes matches the colour scheme perfectly and by sending out these invitations, guests will have an preview of the wedding theme.  A handwritten calligraphy letter on aged paper in faded script also adds to the romantic feel of the theme.
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Style and sophistication in groomswear

Exuding style and classic sophistication, the tailcoat suit is the perfect choice for this Romanza theme. The groom attire, by Stephen Bishop suiting, with the champagne neck wear and the cream gold waistcoat from the Fleur De Lys range looks dashing and sharp, matching the gold in the colour scheme.  With years of experience and a very keen eye for detail, Stephen designed this truly exclusive range to compliment any formal wear.
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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 2011 - it's been a top 10 UK wedding blog ever since, with a regional focus we hope you LOVE.

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