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Soooo… I’m not a fan of faceless hotels as wedding venues. I love nothing more than quirky, unusual and unexpected wedding venues… old cinemas and theatres, beaches, donkey sanctuaries (yes, really!) and heritage railways are the future! I have photographic proof… you’re going to LOVE this!

Wedding ideas shoot at Chinnor railway with Alexandra Jane Photography (8)

I spotted this styled shoot on Alexandra Jane‘s website. Alex is a lovely wedding photographer from Oxfordshire and the talent behind the gorgeous images of Hayley and Alex’s beautiful barn wedding from last month.

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The most exciting thing for me is the venue for today’s shoot: a heritage railway station where you can have your actual reception on the train! Proof if ever you need it that the secret to finding an unusual wedding location is to be open-minded.

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When you’re looking for an unusual venue, remember you can do the official bits at a local registry office if needs be – because then you won’t need a licensed venue for your reception. Ask around: museums and stations, school buildings with character, village halls and plenty of attractions and theatres are realising they can host wedding receptions – and tons of brides and grooms agree it’s a fantastic opportunity to create a unique wedding!

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Dearest lovely blog reader… do I have a treat in store for you this afternoon! Courtesy of Petra Opperman Weddings and a cast of the very best in wedding design, this exclusive ‘Get the Look’ feature comes hot on the heels of this morning’s styled bridal shoot from the Hurlingham Club.

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All images are by the wonderfully talented Matthew Bishop Photography: http://matthewbishopphotography.co.uk

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Choose high tiers and elegant icing for your neoclassical wedding cake

Style your wedding cake with straight lines, architectural details and alabaster colours… this beautiful white tiered wedding cake brings to mind the architecture of Greece and Rome with high tiers and softest white icing. Details are kept to a minimum with elegant clusters of the thinnest sugarpaste flowers. By Krishanthi – www.cakesbykrishanthi.co.uk
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Choose a venue with wow factor to impress your guests

The Hurlingham Club has a magnificent arched ceiling your guests will love – it’s a blank canvas with plenty of natural daylight for wedding photography – and needs little decor to create the most luxurious wedding reception space for your luxury celebration.
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luxury wedding style ideas Petra Opperman images by Matthew Bishop Photography (6)

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It makes me incredibly proud to see some of the superb talents we have in the English wedding industry. I love to showcase exceptional suppliers, and one of the very best is the inimitable Petra Opperman.

Neoclassical wedding styled shoot by Petra Opperman with Matthew Bishop Photography (9)

Petra’s exquisite taste often combines classical music with astonishingly beautiful design and styling: I know when Petra curates a styled shoot it will be divine. Today is no exception, and I have a luxurious styled shoot in two parts to share with you on the English Wedding Blog (with an exclusive “Get the Look” feature full of details and design this afternoon at 3!)

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Huge thanks are due to the fabulous suppliers who collaborated for this shoot. A full list is shown just after all of the images below, but to begin I must thank lovely wedding stylist Petra Opperman, and fabulous photographer (and brand new Dad to a beautiful baby girl!) Matthew Bishop Photography.

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Neoclassical wedding styled shoot by Petra Opperman with Matthew Bishop Photography (36)

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Have you heard of floriography? No? Along with tablescapes and ombre you’d be forgiven for thinking it was a new wedding buzz word, but it comes from the Victorians – whose style we’re fast falling in love with for 2014 and 2015 weddings. Today I have the most amazing shoot to share with you – full of luxurious style ideas you can use to create your own elegant Victorian wedding style.

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The beauty of this shoot is second to none. I adore wedding styling shoots as they can be such a rich source of ideas for brides and grooms – and Petra Opperman is one of the most amazing stylists in the country. Along with photographer Matthew Bishop and a host of outstanding suppliers, Petra has created another stunning wedding style to share with you today – and I absolutely love it!
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There are so many ideas to inspire you today, and I have more to share with you as well – for now, my favourites and the very best ideas from opulent wedding stationery, cakes, bridal styling and so much more. Read slowly, sip your tea as you go, and do save your favourites on Pinterest!

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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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