Winter is coming… and that phrase conjures up two things for me! The first is Game of Thrones – and me and my guy are rewatching every. single. episode. from the 1st season to the last… we started on Friday and I think we’ll be finished just in time for season 8 in May / June 2019! Winter also reminds me of snowy weddings, snuggly wraps and cosily beautiful wedding styling. So today I’m sharing a truly unique wedding from Lansdown Hall and Gallery in Stroud. Beautiful bride Jess and gorgeous groom Damian chose the venue because it’s very dear to their family, and organised everything themselves: decorations, lighting, DJ, the bar, outside catering, staff, setting up and clearing up. Take one look at their photos and you’ll see it was 100% worthwhile – it allowed them to plan and style their day exactly how they wanted. As well as the venue, highlights to watch out for are Jess’s E&W Couture dress, which is just perfect – and the bouquet of eucalyptus, white roses and pussy willow (my favourite!) by the wonderful Sweet Peony in Cardiff. The fabulous photos of Jess and Damian’s wedding are by UK photographer Jon Turtle, who’s based in Penarth, South Wales.
My top tip for you today, lovelies, is to find a place you love and get married there. It can be that simple… and you don’t have to go out of your way to find a place you love, if there’s already a place! You might have a favourite country pub, or a local beach with amazing views, or a city centre restaurant. Beautiful bride Laura & her gorgeous husband Rick found their perfect venue at the East Quay in Whitstable – with sea views and glorious natural decor inside (plus all the sparkly wonderfulness) it’s sooo perfect for a modern wedding! Images are by lovely English Wedding Directory member Michelle Cordner Photography.
Our wedding was happy, fun, relaxed, the most marvellous day of our lives, set by the sea with a very relaxed style. The venue is unique with its own style with fantastic views of the sea. We added additional lighting with lanterns on the dance floor and the eating area.
Today’s wedding is gorgeous – elegantly styled with white flowers and tons of foliage, and with a delicious cake table and genius Jack Daniels & cigars table too! I’ve never seen this idea before and I love it so much. But the best thing about today’s wedding is the smooches and the love between beautiful Kayleigh and Stephen. They’re clearly so head over heels in love they’ve completely forgotten about the camera – and it’s such a joyful thing to see!
Images are by my lovely friend Kathryn Hopkins, whose photography you’ll see all over my wedding calligraphy website as well as in the English Wedding Bible (have you got your free copy yet?) Kathryn told me Kayleigh (who is her niece) “really is one of the loveliest people you could ever meet. She just cares so much about everyone and is so authentic and honest.” I think that beautiful personality shines through the pics, don’t you? – and I wish them both a lifetime of happiness.
Kathie and Mike’s wedding is one of those glorious days which reminds me just what it’s all about. It’s not the colour palette or how many bridesmaids there are; it’s not the dress or the flowers in your hair – it’s the love, the laughter and the once-in-a-lifetime memories you’re making together. This is exceptionally beautiful, and grabbed my heart as soon as I saw the pics by our lovely friend Sheryl at Oobaloos Photography.
We kept things simple with cut flowers in bottles with some succulents for table decorations and then slightly more dramatic for the evening in the basement bar with hoops, cloches and lots of candles. Our flowers were by Emma at www.the-flower-girls.co.uk. She did a stunning job: romantic but simple, incorporating my favourite flowers and colours.
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Mike’s a professional photographer and we knew we had high expectations when it came to our own wedding photography. For us it was about capturing those special informal moments, rather than the pressure of having to pose for shots. Sheryl’s gallery was full of relaxed looking couples who seemed to be enjoying themselves.
Happy Sunday lovelies! I hope you have a relaxing day ahead 🙂 We’ve been stargazing at Kielder Observatory so today will be spent roadtripping back home and thinking about how big the sky is! I totally recommend it by the way – visit Kielder if you ever get the chance! But anyway… today’s wedding is creative and pretty with little touches of vintage decor. Gorgeous Hannah and Paul chose our lovely friend and sponsor Ayshea Goldberg to capture their day at Suffolk’s charming Kersey Mill.
We didn’t have a theme as such but incorporated aspects of 1950’s into the day. Our colour scheme was pale pink and yellow, our favours were pretty bottles of sodas, our cake topper was a vintage bunting which said “Just Married” and we asked everyone to keep their phones and cameras away until after the wedding speeches. The Groom and Groomsmen wore bowties and braces all the way from the USA and we gave our Mum’s and Paul’s Grandma a wrist corsage. We had The House Hop DJ play 1940’s and 1950’s music on two wind up gramophones before the main evening disco.
Stunning bride Jill & Luke were married at Carlowrie Castle last year in a beautiful wedding full of glamour. Their minimal, elegant styling is wonderful – and set to be a big trend for 2018 / 2019 weddings! Jill wore a stunning Suzanne Neville gown and Jimmy Choo shoes, and Luke and his groomsmen were in black tie. Jill’s bridesmaids wore matching cowl back gold sequin dresses and also had a bridesman wearing his tux with a gold sequin bow tie.
Our wedding florist was recommended to us by Jen at Carlowrie Castle, who had used Vickys Flowers for her own wedding. We had pure white gypsophila with white roses for my own bouquet. Bridesmaids carried pure white gypsophila, Luke’s buttonhole was a white rose, and the groomsmen’s buttonholes were pure white gypsophila. The ceremony table had a pure white gypsophila arrangement, with white pillar boxes that had tall vases with pure white gypsophila.
Today’s wedding is pretty special, and all kinds of glamorous and elegant with a modern twist. Between Christmas and New Year is one of the loveliest times to get married – it’s a time of year when family is close to all our hearts, and that for me makes a wedding even more special.
I love the sparkling metallics dotted through Danielle and Martin’s day, the luxe fabrics and feathers, the candles and soft floral styling. It all comes together perfectly to create a decadent art deco look – and the opulent touches are perfect for the time of year!
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Of course you can do the splits in your wedding dress. You can also look as effortlessly glamorous as any Hollywood leading lady, marry the gorgeous man of your dreams, smile all day long and party until you drop. And to anyone who doesn’t love a sparkler send-off? You’re wrong!
Everything about today’s fabulously glamorous and fun winter wedding will show you this is how it’s done – and it’s beautiful from beginning to end. The venue – Rudding Park in Harrogate – is fabulous. The special touches Jess and Andy incorporated into their day are wonderful (especially the mirror table plan!) – it’s all simply breathtaking. The trick is to book an amazing photographer to capture every second for you, and they nailed that too!
Images are by our lovely friends and sponsors, Documentary Wedding Photographers York Place Studios!
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So today I really want to say that weddings should be about memories, celebration, belly laughs and so much love you could burst… yet at the same time, Holly wears the most incredible dress for her wedding to James that part of me is holding back just a little bit and thinking that at least half of this blog post should be about just how beautiful that dress is… argh!! Because, isn’t it?! Wow.
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I love featuring weddings from our wonderful friends and sponsors at York Place Studios. They’re fantastic documentary wedding photographers who are different. They do more than capture the atmosphere of a wedding day; they grab the wedding and bring its spirit and laughter right through to the screen. And for their brides and grooms I’m sure those images are so powerful they’re transported right back into every heart-bursting moment with every single shot.
I love this time of year: we’re moving slowly from featuring the best weddings of the summer to sharing our favourite autumn and winter weddings… and as the nights draw closer and we all remember our love for cosy jumpers, it’s really lovely to see winter weddings back on the blog!
I absolutely love Sarah and Alex’s Chester Town Hall wedding. They moved on to Oddfellows Chester for the reception – a fantastic venue set in the heart of Chester. It is a quirky hotel, in a grade II listed Georgian building.
The wedding cake is so striking – I love their brave choice of black icing and gold sugar flowers – so exquisite, different and beautiful. The sophisticated black and gold colour scheme throughout the day makes their wedding so unique – I love it.
Northbrook Park is a venue instantly recognisable for its peacocks, stunning gardens and light and airy ceremony rooms. It’s one of my favourite Surrey wedding venues and never fails to create the most fabulous atmosphere for a wedding. Documentary Wedding Photographers York Place Studios create images which are instantly recognisable for their stories: beautifully lit, exciting and vibrant wedding photography which captures the imagination – and I promise you, every single image is worth stopping for as you scroll down the page.
Anna and Ben’s Northbrook Park wedding is glorious. They were blessed with bright sunshine in February; the day is simply so full of smiles and laughter – it looks so much fun, I could be enchanted by their images all day long.
“THANK YOU! Just amazing, thank you sooo much … incredible photos!!!” – Anna + Ben
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I wanted to share a really pretty wedding with you all today – something elegant and graceful, with a wonderful sense of English charm and tranquility – and I couldn’t think of a lovelier wedding than Christie and Ben’s day. Christie is so very beautiful – a Devon bride whose timeless style reminds me of Audrey Hepburn – with Ben her perfectly handsome leading man. They married at Symondsbury Tithe Barn and chose lovely Linus Moran Photography to capture their day.
“On the day, keep making time for each other. Ben and I kept stealing moments where we would find a quiet spot to soak in the view of our wedding, hold hands, kiss and share tales!
I’ve heard people say nothing changes when you get married. I disagree – there’s a monumental shift and it’s a wonderful one. I love being married. I love hearing Ben introduce me proudly as his wife.