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Today’s beautiful floral shoot was created as an anniversary styled celebration, but I think the styling is just perfect for a wedding too! The flowers by The Wedding Fairy are so soft and colourful – they really do take centre stage. Delicate blue delphiniums, ranunculus and roses sit prettily together on tables with a colour palette of soft blues, ivory and subtle coral tones. Berried eucalyptus adds a silvery note and lovely texture, working hand in hand with dove grey and white candles in the prettiest glass holders.

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It’s all captured beautifully by talented photographer Zehra Jagani at Owen House in Cheshire. Place settings are simple and delicate, with organic calligraphy from By Moon & Tide.

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Chargers studded with gold, delicate mercury glass and silk napkins all add to the overall look. For me, this is all about pulling different styling elements together: glassware and candles, florals and foliage, place settings – all within a well planned colour palette so the effect is amazing.

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Today’s fabulously beautiful wedding is going to be a favourite for 2016 – I can see it now. The handcrafted touches are wonderful, and I am SO impressed with gorgeous bride Laura’s lettering and wedding signs! (I’m teaching a calligraphy workshop today and seeing people learn to write like this is one of my favourite things!)

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Chris and Laura planned their wedding over 2 years: “Having such a long time to plan the wedding had its pros and cons. We had time to source amazing suppliers and spend hours swooning over gorgeous weddings. However, I did get slightly overwhelmed with the sheer volume of wonderful ideas out there.”

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The flowers are another huge highlight of the day:I spent a long time searching the internet for a local florist that created wedding flowers that had a bohemian, unstructured feel to them. Helen from The Flower Mill completely saw my vision for the flowers. They just pulled everything together and were definitely the focal point we were looking for!”

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Here Comes The Bride… as tunes go this one’s a classic, and generally expected as the bride enters, right? So how about the James Bond theme tune for the groom to walk down the aisle?! I LOVE this idea as I love so many things about Carla and James’s Thornton Manor wedding.

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Not least in my extensive list of loves today are the images – some of the very, very best by top UK wedding photographer Chris Hanley Photography. Chris is a friend and a master of his craft, working alongside lovely Claire to give you an exceptional wedding photography experience. Find out more here:

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Carla is an incredibly beautiful bride, whose dress from Tilly Annas of Cheshire is sooo perfect for her wonderfully sophisticated style.

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The wedding day mixes traditional and contemporary elements without ever losing the overall glamorous atmosphere which is a given at the magnificent Thornton Manor wedding venue. You’ll LOVE this!

 

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Days to go: 78

I chose and purchased my shoes for the wedding in April 2010 – 19 months before the big day! Now these aren’t a problem because I knew these were the shoes for me (even though one of the bridesmaids wanted to bet me £10 that I’d change my mind) – and I knew the dress I was going to choose would match perfectly (even if it would be in a non-matching but matching anyway sense!).

Here are the beauties – Irregular Choice Cortesan:

My Wedding ShoesSo in May 2010 I purchased the bridesmaid dresses. (The mention of the shoes will make sense in a few moments.) I’d decided a while back on a black and ivory theme (despite growing up always imagining having red bridesmaid dresses) and whilst in town with my Maid of Honour, Katherine, we walked casually into Coast and our eyes immediately were drawn to this – the Harmony Maxi Dress in monochrome:

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