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I’ve been waiting for so long to share this wedding inspiration blog with you! It’s rare that I get a sneak peek of what’s behind the scenes at a shoot myself… but this time I had insider info (which I’m about to share) on one of the most inspiring and creative projects you’ll see all year!

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Think Once Upon A Time, only better. Think of fairytales with real danger and drama – there’s no Disney princess here, but a stunning bride and a glamorous temptress. Think of your woodland wedding theme, a quintessentially English wedding day with china and delicate floral crowns and decor, exquisite stationery and dresses to die for.

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My huge thanks and hugs to the very wonderful Fiona Campbell Photography and Kat Forsyth Photography who worked together to create this shoot at Owlpen Manor wedding venue. Co-stars include Calligraphy for Weddings (me!), Mrs Terrence (vintage porcelain), Ivy Pip and Rose (flowers), Peggy Porschen (cake), and Wedding Floral Archway Hire. Dresses are from The State of Grace, Miss Bush Bridal Wear, and Faith Caton Barber. The shoot was styled by Lady Amy Wedding Design and make up is by Nina Singh.

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Today’s real wedding is a super cool celebration at luxury 5-star hotel Andaz. Nicola and Antony used coloured glass bottles and simple, modern flowers to create an eclectic wedding look in their chic city venue.

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Nicola opted for a bespoke wedding dress, based on her own design and created by Miss Bush Bridal Wear in Ripley. It’s stunning – and Nicola’s glowing review of her wedding dressmaking experience is great to read.

Nicola and Antony’s flowers were white tulips. Antony made a fantastic table plan with vintage frames which I love! Other detail ideas include little chocolate moustache lollipops and post cards as a wedding guest book alternative. Ready to dive into this one? The gorgeous images are by wedding photographer Mark Bothwell. Enjoy!

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Nicola & Antony’s eclectic wedding in London

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Who proposed, and how?

Antony proposed to me. It was the 3rd of December. He went to a huge amount of very romantic effort: he foxed me, by pretending we were going to a cocktail party for a networking event for his work.

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Hampton Court Palace wedding blog photography Pippa McKenzieIsn’t it incredible to think of the wonderful wedding celebrations we can create these days – from tipis to castles, marquees to manor houses and more.

As I sit to write this wedding blog post I’m more than a little overwhelmed by Ellie and Dean’s wedding venue: the former home of Henry VIII and a succession of kings and queens after him, architecture designed to rival Versailles, with 60 acres of beautiful gardens…

Back in King Henry’s day who’d have imagined a lovely couple like Ellie and Dean would be getting wed in his palace… but if you ask me it’s days like this that Hampton Court Palace was made for. You’re going to love this wedding blog feature.

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Hampton Court Palace wedding photography by Pippa MacKenzie – I think she’s fantastic!

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Ellie’s wedding dress is Duyen by Cymbeline, which she bought from Miss Bush Bridal Wear in Ripley. I love the classic shape of the dress with all that beautiful lace… and it looks incredible on Ellie.