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Romance with a French flavour – a beautiful styled shoot at Froyle Park, with Graham Nixon Photography

Today’s wedding blog is all about the romance – with wonderfully decadent and pretty peony bouquets in the fabulous setting of Froyle Park.

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The styling elements come together beautifully to create a soft, romantic French theme: with soft pastel colours and a pink pop from peonies in the florals. The dress is divine; hair and make up is soft and romantic. There are DIY elements – the table plan was made from charity shop frames and looks fab! And I adore the stationery by Hip Hip Hooray. The shoot was curated by Lyn from Lily Marie wedding and event planning, and she has written a little about her inspiration for the day.

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My first experience of Froyle Park was driving past one evening; and glancing up the stunning, beautifully lit lavender and tree lined driveway, which reminded me of places I had visited holidaying in France; such a romantic setting.

So I jumped at the chance of organising a shoot here when approached by make-up Artist Natasha Wiggins and photographer Graham Nixon.

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Romance was definitely the vibe I wanted to go with. Typically colours are always soft and gentle so I wanted to add a dash of colour and knew Hip Hip Hooray would have the perfect stationery to inject some stronger colour.

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The overall theme was classic, stylish and I set about creating a Pinterest board to share the vision with all the other suppliers.

The dress we chose from The Bridal Boutique Haslemere was simple yet elegant, an “Essense of Australia” dress, with Gardenia shoes by Rachel Simpson completing the look.

The hair and make-up was subtle, keeping the look soft and relaxed and unassuming accessories by Glitzy Secrets completed the look perfectly.

I love that an elegant classic wedding can still have DIY touches, it doesn’t have to be rustic or Boho to make your own personal touches, the table plan was homemade from old frames found at charity shops, using matching stationery pieces from Hip Hip Hooray.

(One tip I always give to brides is to think about the location of your table plan, it needs to be seen during the drinks reception so people can discover their table at their leisure and not a cause a big queue when you want everyone to be seated).

The flowers – by Blush Floral Design – had the most French influence, soft subtle colours, styling and use of vessels, complemented the theme perfectly, such delicate use of flowers in the bouquet with trailing ribbons and the pink colour pop of peonies…simply stunning.

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And finally, the icing on the cake…..a beautiful three tiered wedding cake by Debs Makes Cakes with chalkboard centre piece matching the stationery.

Overall the photography was relaxed and not intrusive, capturing natural moments and the romance of the day. We were so lucky with the gorgeous weather….not a cloud in the sky!

Most of our shoot took place in the original part of the house with its elegant sweeping staircase and gorgeous views across the gardens. It gave a warm, relaxed homely atmosphere which is perfect for an intimate smaller wedding

The key to every successful wedding is all about planning.…but I also prepare my brides to be relaxed and go with the flow, some elements on the day are susceptible to change often out of anyone’s control; weather, traffic etc…..just go with it and enjoy your day!

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With a star cast of wedding suppliers

Froyle Park
Graham Nixon Photography
Lily-Marie Wedding and Event Planning
Debs Makes Cakes
Hip Hip Hooray
Blush Floral Design
Glitzy Secrets
The Bridal Boutique Haslemere
Rachel Simpson Shoes
Essense of Australia
Natasha Wiggins

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Not only is Lyn a wedding planner, but she has also just set up a new venture with business partner Heidi Teague – Blank Canvas Wedding Venues.

Blank Canvas Weddings is a venue company with a difference! Created for those couples who want to do things differently with maximum flexibility.  Their main job is to help you choose the right location for your big day. In short, their motto is: “Your day, your way.” Why not pop over and visit their new website – www.blankcanvasweddings.co.uk

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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