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Conceptual Elegance: nature’s beauty & urban backdrops for a sublime modern wedding style

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Wedding cake designed by Amy Swann

You know when nature creeps into the cracks of a wall on an old industrial site…? I love that. Life prevails. Beauty wins, and today we show a transformation which will turn your wedding venue world on its head. You really can be married anywhere. I almost wonder if an abandoned warehouse space could become a more beautiful location than a stately home? After all, we’ve kind of done village halls now… Claire

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Flowers by the fabulous Swallows & Damsons

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The magic is in the contrast. An urban, industrial backdrop filled with handcrafted and botanical details: handwritten calligraphy, botanical illustration, a delicately crafted and stunning wedding cake. There are feather garlands to soften and add texture and hand cut paper flowers for a chic, modern DIY look. Dresses are by the one and only Claire Pettibone, styling is by Sheffield’s gorgeous Nina Marika, and the sublime images are courtesy of lovely Jess Petrie.

“An installation created by nature brings a unique and special magic woven throughout, we had hints of travel and family heirlooms to give a sense of timeless elegance.”

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“The concept behind ‘conceptual elegance’ draws on our observations of the beauty of the natural world creeping into urban and industrial settings.” ~ Stylist Nina Marika

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Supplier credits:

Images by Jess Petrie Photography
Styling by Nina Marika
Cake designed by Amy Swann
Headpieces by  Bandeau d’Amour by Amy Swann
Calligraphy by Calligraphy for Weddings
Paper Flowers by Comeuppance
Flowers by Swallows and Damsons
Hair by We Are Laundry
Makeup by Tina Brocklebank
Dresses by Claire Pettibone at The White Room
Shoes by Rachel Simpson

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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