“English garden wedding.” Do these three words give you the same heart pitter-patters they give us? Then you’re all but sure to love Ayla and Feti’s wedding in the Cotswolds. Knot & Pop planned the couple’s big day with citrus accents aplenty plus ample olive leaves and branches from Vervain, giving us serious Mediterranean vibes. Thank you to M&J Photography for capturing the newlyweds!
“Breathtaking” is truly the most befitting word for today’s styled shoot from Nadia Meli, WonderWed, and Jo Flowers, with its seriously stylin’ couple, incredible venue, and a dazzling amount of candles for ultimate romantic vibes. The color palette is perfect for winter, bringing together dusty blue, plum, and soft pink with just the right hints of gold in all the right places.
Hair and Makeup
Few things make my heart pitter-patter quite like the words “English countryside wedding,” and this one is definitely making my heart sing. Kelly and Ahmad’s big day was the perfect fusion of their styles, bringing in the bride’s love of all things feminine and the groom’s love of gardening. Thank you to Cecelina Photography and Amber Persia for helping to make such a beautiful day!
Wedding Dress and Accessories
Bridesmaid Dresses and Groomsmen Ties
Ice Cream Cart
I spy with my little eye… flowers. EVERYWHERE. From the sweets to the stationery (and even to the jewelry!), this charming shoot from Roberta Facchini Photography and Snowdrops Weddings and Events is pure romantic chaos. We love the harmonious randomness of the succulents that line the aisle and the thin botanics that decorate the tablescape. Give a bundle of stems to Palais and they’ll bring you pure art! And that cake display with 7 cakes and more sugar than we could ever hope for? We are floored. Now go enjoy this English garden as much as we did!
Earrings and Cufflinks
Flower Girl Dress and Accessories
When it comes to wedding scenery, does it get much better than breathtaking abbey ruins in England? Corette Faux dreamed up and styled this stunning styled shoot inspired by a bit of poetry. The color palette of orange, yellow, green, and crisp white is exactly the trick to brighten up our day!
From the photographer, Corette Faux: Tucked away in the remote beautiful part of Hampshire stands an 11th century Abbey. The remains are hauntingly beautiful and frequented by photographers. We took advantage of the soaring arches for this bridal portrait session and were mainly inspired by the The Quote of Dean Jackson for these bridal portraits: “Beauty is defined by the depth of the heart and freedom of the spirit. When she transformed into a butterfly, the caterpillar spoke not of her beauty, but of her weirdness, they wanted her to change back into what she has always been, but she had wings.”
Ready for a bit of edginess in your day? We sure hope so, because this London shoot from Jessica Withey Photography, Mr & Mrs Unique, and The Bijou Bride is filled to the brim with it. The rock ‘n’ roll vibe is evened out with lots of pink and a good dose of femininity too, making everything perfectly balanced and totally enviable — just look at that balloon and flower arch!
This shoot is a collaboration between Erica from Mr & Mrs Unique (an alternative and unique UK wedding directory) and Alex from The Bijou Bride, one of the UK leading wedding stylist and planners. Alex (The Bijou Bride) and Erica (Mr & Mrs Unique) wanted to create a bridal shoot that stepped outside of the norm, something girly but with a cool, edgy, wild edge.
Aynhoe Park embodies British eccentricity at its best, something we wanted to encapsulate in a really feminine way with this shoot. Setting our own unique decor and installations within the art and curios filled spaces of the house. Contrasting bold statement design such as the incredible balloon and flower arch Bubblegum Balloons & Early Hours Florist created amongst the stuffed rocking horse zebras, Union Jack flags & larger than life statues.
The mood board created for our dream team of suppliers encouraged them to contrast softness with edgy design, think pretty but in an unexpected way. A theme throughout the shoot from the blousey roses paired with pink cacti to the voluminous tulle skirts worn with bold ear cuffs and layered rings. The best parties are not only a feast for the eyes but also the senses so it was important to provide inspiration for show-stopping food and drink too.
Art Direction, Styling, and Coordination
Jewelry and Shoes
Sequin Tablecloths and Napkins
Every time we get to share a wedding from London, my heart skips a couple of beats – especially when it’s a vintage-inspired wedding with so many good details for all you party and wedding planners out there. McKinley-Rodgers and The Flower Appreciation Society helped Frances and Alvin realize their dream wedding day, which was filled to the brim with good music, London charm, and some seriously beautiful 1920s inspired looks.
From the bride, Frances: We wanted a laid-back, fun and vintage feel to our wedding. I sell vintage dresses on the internet (Fond and Fancy Vintage) so it felt right to have this represented in the theme, our outfits and decorations. The Asylum Chapel is a deconsecrated Georgian chapel so it was the perfect backdrop to hold the antiques, old tea-cups, vintage napkins, lace and retro dresses I collected during our engagement.
We didn’t want people to feel it was stuffy or formal but just enjoy the party, so we didn’t set a dress code. I lust after an outdoor wedding in a forest but I’m a proper Londoner really! It was amazing to get ready at my parents’ house with my best friends and drive through the streets where I grew up to go and meet my husband who I met in the city we love. I love Alvin so much, he has supported me and provided so many laughs and adventures in the 8 years we’ve been together – I think this came across in the ceremony – people said that it was a very emotional day! We wrote our own vows which we wanted to be loving but also funny.
We had a humanist ceremony – our celebrant was Sally Feldman and she was amazing! I think I was a bit of a control freak when it came to the order of the ceremony and she was incredibly patient and helpful. Music is really important to us: Alvin is in a band and we met on the dancefloor, so we did away with usual reading and our friends read song lyrics instead: ‘Something Changed’ by Pulp and ‘Tonight, Tonight’ by the Smashing Pumpkins. I had a sneaky suspicion that Alvin was going to sing something during the day and, true to form, he sang a song instead of a speech about me – there wasn’t a dry eye in the chapel! We had a little bit of a Mexican theme at the reception venue with traditional flags, our Lady of Guadalupe candles and other red things, like parasols and umbrellas. We had been to Mexico earlier in the year and completely loved it so wanted to have our travels and loves represented. In truth, we want to move back!
The colour scheme was pale pink and not too matchey; for example, my bridesmaids all chose their own dresses. Our favours were antique napkins and handkerchiefs, we collected cake toppers, candle holders and vases for the tables. Alvin made our marquee letters – he’s so clever! He wanted to give a shout out to the people who did the laser cutting: lasercut.com! I wrapped jam jars in lace and ribbon for the tables. I bought some alphabet cards that people could write us notes on and my friend Hong made us a pin board. I spray painted feathers with gold glitter and tied them to old luggage tags for name places. We wrote the table plans on 1930s mirrors. The tables were named after birds and my mother in law drew pictures of the birds to go on the tables and the mirrors. Alvin made a whiskey roulette.
Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? Friends and family often have skills that you can draw on – drawing, painting, writing, creating! Have fun with the details but don’t sweat if something doesn’t work or arrive in time. We forgot to cut our cake and they didn’t serve the desert wine but now I just laugh about it because it was my perfect day. All of the wedding party met the night before in my parents’ garden and we invited our close friends the next day – it was lovely to shine the celebrations on a little bit longer. Remember it’s about the two of you and the people you love – so they don’t really mind if things don’t go quite to plan either! We got a special license with the Big Red so it was open until 3am and I’m so glad we did because I wasn’t ready to go home until the very end.
Bridesmaids’ Processional: “Rave On,” Buddy Holly
Bride’s Processional: “Harvest Moon,” Neil Young (we met on the night of the lunar eclipse so the moon has special significance)
Recessional: “Waterloo Sunset,” The Kinks (we love the Kinks, we met in London and this is my favourite song: it just about matches the excitement I feel about being married to Alvin)
First Dance: “Furr,” Blitzen Trapper
Wedding Location: London, England / Photographer: McKinley-Rodgers / Florist: The Flower Appreciation Society / Ceremony Venue: Asylum Chapel / Reception Venue: Big Red / Wedding Dress: 1930s gown copied by a seamstress and 1920s gown for the evening / Wedding Shoes: French Sole / Headpiece: Agnes Hart / Accessories: an antique gold bracelet from my mother in law and my grandmother’s necklace, vintage fur stole / Hair and Makeup: Amanda of Lipstick and Curls / Groom’s Suit: Tiger of Sweden / Caterer: Mike and Ollie / Wedding Cake: French Made / Wine: Swig Wine / Music: The Wedding Smashers (DJ), The Spitfires (band), my friends Clair and Amanda sang ‘Devoted to you’ during the ceremony – it was wonderful and Alvin’s band sang at the reception / Wedding Invitations: The Wedding Tea Towel / Transportation: 50s Bentley from Classic Care Hire, vintage buses
We love styled wedding shoots for many reasons, but a major part of it is seeing how many different sources there are for inspiration. For photographer Chantal Lachance-Gibson, inspiration came in the form of a styled shoot inspired by the first look! It was with those short quiet moments before the wedding begins in mind that Lavender Blue and Lemonbox Studios were brought in to style this shoot to perfection:
From the photographer and event designer, Chantal Lachance-Gibson: I wanted to create a first look inspired shoot since despite its popularity in North America, it’s yet to take off in the UK. It is such a romantic moment between the couple and it frees up a lot of time for the couple to enjoy their guests later on in the day. I thought doing a First Look inspired shoot would help bring it into the spotlight and encourage couples to consider adding it to their wedding day. Over the past year I have developed a great network of talented suppliers I love working with. When I approached them to collaborate on this shoot they threw themselves into it to a level that went over and above what I expected.
The shoot is intended to be as a soft, whimsical and romantic but luxurious while reflecting our grand and stately location. We went with soft peaches and mint greens with golds, the perfect complement against the rich tones of the interior, and the lush Scottish countryside. Our venue was Springkell House Hotel which is a stunning stately home with beautiful grounds. We carried out a pre-shoot a recce with our stylists to inspire them and help us to use the grounds and venue to its full potential. It also gave us further creative inspiration needed for the photos and the story we wanted to create. My husband and I are a photography team but I also invited my friend and fellow photographer Kristin Mitchell from Struve Photography as we often work with her. We have a similar style so I knew it work well. We had often chatted about doing a styled shoot together. We have worked alongside Laura Gray for quite a few weddings over the years. She is an absolute talent and goes above and beyond, which why I wanted her for this collaboration. The makeup was soft and natural as we wanted it to be and the hair was romantic and also unique. We used fresh flowers in Gail’s hair and decided to put the head piece at the back to show brides that creative thought can make your day that much more unique.
The cake was made by the talented Lisa from Little Cake Parlour. I have shopped with her prior to setting up my photography business. We always recommend her as her cakes are absolutely breathtaking and she shares our dedication to clients. She took the colour palette and inspiration from our Pinterest board and ran with it to create something utterly beautiful. The dress was created and specifically designed for the shoot by the talented Wendy Harman from Flossy & Dossy. We kept in touch via a group I created on Facebook for everyone involved which kept us all in the design process. “The dress is going to be quite understated, illusion tulle and lace on top and a lovely floaty Georgette skirt. So it should fit in with all the pretty details and colours” She had our model Gail in for fittings to ensure the dress fit perfectly. Our beautiful flower arrangements and bouquet were by Allie Mccann at Lavender Blue We also met in her studio to detail what was needed for the shoot. Laura and Natalie made drawings for all of their designs which was perfect to visualise what we were trying to achieve. The flowers were incredible and completed the shoot. In her own words: “we want to compliment the overall design and palette. We are queens of the summer and all the most precious blooms are available now.” Our models are also in the wedding industry. Gail is a photographer and her partner David is a videographer. We felt a real couple added sincerity of then seeing each other for the first time and it worked. We captured the emotions and intimacy of that moment perfectly. They also understood what we were trying to achieve and the feel for the shoot.
From the stylists, Laura and Natalie of Lemonbox Studios: We wanted to create a romantic and whimsical feel using soft colours to reflect the palate of the beautiful venue, with pops of brighter shades of peach and mint to add a contemporary twist and gold highlights to create a of fusion of modern & classic vintage. The colours were emphasised further by using peaches on the table and by the gorgeously soft and elegant florals which were supplied by Lavender Blue Glasgow. We love to create contrasts not just using colour but also textures and materials. The chunky rustic timber table top with delicate lace pattern offset with contemporary ghost chairs. Soft ribbons mixing chintzy patterns, mint & peach satin & romantic lace all hung from a crisp white frame to create a colourful & intimate canopy for the table whilst providing a backdrop to the vintage chandelier centrepiece. All the details designed and made by Lemonbox Studios work together to finish the look, including stationery, favours, signage and a beautiful oversized floral printed backdrop for designed & made by Little Cake Parlour. We wanted to continue the theme out to the stunning gardens where we set up a lounge area complete with our hand painted hanging bench sofa. The mossy & gnarly tree branch contrasts perfectly with the elegant furniture and a sparkling chandelier to provide a romantic setting for the bride and groom.
Shoot Location: Dumfriesshire, Scotland / Photographer: Chantal Lachance-Gibson Photography and Struve Photography / Floral Design: Lavender Blue / Event Styling: Lemonbox Studios / Venue: Springkell / Wedding Dress: Flossy & Dossy / Jewelry and Accessories: Gioia Mia / Hair and Makeup: Laura Gray / Groom’s Suit: A Suit That Fits / Wedding Cake: Little Cake Parlour / Bike: Pronto Gara / Videographer: Leven Films
A styled shoot in the English countryside with a color palette of muted pastels, blush, jade and sage — I’d say it’s pretty difficult to top that. Wedding Belles, Louise Beukes of b.loved, and The Rose Shed put their talented minds together to bring about this stylish inspiration session, and we can’t quite keep ourselves from falling deeply in love with the lush greenery and romantic wedding gowns by Chaviano Couture.
From the stylist, Louise Beukes of b.loved: The shoot was inspired by the romance of the English countryside; long hazy summer days and romantic day dreams. Barnsley House, set in the beautiful Cotswolds countryside, provided the perfect backdrop with the gardens in full bloom setting off the soft colour palette of muted pastels, blush, jade and sage. Gowns by Chaviano Couture, one with miles of tulle and the other an elegant lace design, added yet more romance. Handmade accessories from Victoria Fergusson Accessories worn in loose, elegant hairstyles sparkled gently in the summer sunshine. The Rose Shed created two loose, trailing bouquets with long ribbons which billowed beautifully in the breeze.
An informal table was set in in the shade of a tree and given a touch of glamour with a shimmering crystal chandelier and contemporary Ghost chairs. Country-style place settings, floral print runners and lace edge napkins all add to the classic English garden feel. We used elegant floral displays of seasonal summer flowers, including hydrangea, roses, astilbe and trailing green foliage in rustic stone urns. The dessert table displays an array of cakes by Marie Green, nestled in between foliage and flowers, with buttercream and dripping caramel all adding to the informal, rustic feel.
Shoot Location: Gloucestershire, UK / Photographer: Wedding Belles / Stylist: Louise Beukes of b.loved / Florist: The Rose Shed / Venue: Barnsley House / Wedding Dress: Chaviano Couture via Heart a Flutter Bridal / Wedding Shoes: Emmy Shoes / Accessories: Victoria Fergusson / Hair and Makeup: Clare Bryce / Wedding Cake: Made by Marie Green / Furniture and Prop Rentals: Inspire Hire / Crockery and Flatware: Amara / Linens and Glassware: Zara Home / Stationery: Oyster & Pearl / Model: Kira Harper
There’s no better way to cheer up my day than with some breathtaking floral design, and Forbesfield Flowers delivered just that in this styled inspiration shoot from Wales. Ryan Welch Photography worked his magic behind the camera, bringing his fashion photography expertise to make this wedding shoot something special to remember!
From Beth of Forbesfield Flowers: Ryan and I met a few years back thanks to a mutual bride and we immediately established a shared ideal on aesthetics, especially in relation to weddings and all they involve. It was only recently, when I moved my business from a retail shop to a studio space on the balcony of a Victorian arcade, that we realised we had the perfect location for a photo shoot. The idea took flight from there.
Working in careers saturated in weddings, the vision and inspiration for this shoot, rather peculiarly, came as much from what we didn’t want as what we did want. We knew that we did not want to go down a well trodden path and felt that we had to offer something new and alternative to make it worth doing. Classic luxury has long since been out of fashion with weddings and so this was the starting point. So, out were apple-cheeked, pink-lipped, blushing brides and in were vamp-lipped, heavily styled locks and sultry attitudes. Out were ‘freshly picked from the garden’ flowers and in were dense, decadent, showy floral creations. We were looking to create the luxury and opulence that many modern brides dismiss in favour of a DIY look, and show them that luxury does not mean tacky or camp. The indulgent elements were brought in from the flowers, hair, makeup and dresses whilst the pared back, spartan backdrop gives a cool, modern edge.
Ryan clearly brings his fashion photography back ground to the shoot, moving away from the usual wedding photography style and bringing something that appears more at home in a glossy, fashion magazine. Bring into this the metallics used in both the cake and invitations and the scene is set for a wedding that takes place amidst exquisite luxury and crumbling grandeur. Strangely, it is the proximity of two such diverse aesthetics that creates a bewitching, enchanting quality to the final photographs. The final product is the vision recognised and at its most simple can be describes as “classic luxury goes modern.”
Shoot Location: Cardiff, Wales, UK / Photographer: Ryan Welch Photography / Floral Design: Forbesfield Flowers / Venue: Forbesfield Flowers Studio / Dresses: High Society / Hair: Zoe of Ken Picton Salon / Makeup: Emily Porter Makeup / Wedding Cake: Little Cake Cupboard / Crockery and Silverware: The Potted Pig / Stationery: Dippy Egg
How can you top an amazingly hip couple with a classically bohemian wedding style? Oh yeah, you can’t. We’re lucky enough to have this wedding from Ellie Gillard (and with stunning floral arrangements from Rebecca Clarkson of Battersea Flower Station) and we’re ga-ga for all the details — like the dried flowers, the bride’s style, and the abundance of feathers and candles.
From the bride, Georgie: It was always going to be an East London wedding; it’s where we met and have lived together for the last 5 and a half years. We decided to play it safe, and opt for a winter wedding given how unpredictable British summertime can be. Keeping it personal was important, for example we took creative license when it came to traditions. So the church was a very old fashioned ceremony where we had to kneel, but we shunned other traditions like having a seating plan. Music was key. In fact, I think one of the first things we booked was the band (Fleetwood Bac – an amazing tribute band). They kind of became the inspiration for the look and feel of the wedding.
Overall I would describe the theme as wild gypsy, bohemian meets Gothic, medieval. We had loads of handmade hanging feathers, dried wild flowers, giant dream catchers, ribbon garlands and hundreds of candles (500 to be precise!). Our friend designed amazing bespoke wedding invites that were three personalised tarot cards representing our past, present and future. We set up an old school type writer as a guest book. Another friend made us a beautiful personalised card box from an old suitcase. And there was a washing line of photos of us from babies to now, including shots of us with all the guests at the wedding. There was no colour scheme per se; we just wanted to keep it all quite muted and washed out, with accents of punchier, bold shades like my black cherry lipstick.
Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? Be all over the detail, especially if you don’t have a planner. I work in advertising, so treated it in the same way I would a big production. I had pre-production documents, timing plans and a contact sheet for the wedding party with responsibilities. It just meant that on the day I was so chilled, we had done everything we could and if something went wrong it wasn’t my problem! Get friends and family involved and draw on their skills. Our pals were incredible — my friend Gina did my hair and makeup, Ben did our wedding stationery, another friend DJed, my Dad and Stepmum are chefs so did the food, and we had a gang help us set it up the day before and break it down after. We were super lucky to be surrounded by such talented folk.
From the photographer, Ellie Gillard: Georgie and Andy are super stylish, and planned a urban bohemian wedding with a natural, elegant hippie flavour, in the blank canvas of London’s Tab Centre. Georgie had an amazing Charlotte Casadejus dress, and Andy chose to rock the teddy boy look with a suit from Sandro. The room was decorated with organic elements – corn, lemons and artichokes, as well as giant dreamcatchers, ivy and hundreds of candles.
Processional: Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring
Signing of the Register: “Sea of Love,” Cat Power; “True Love Will Find You in the End,” Daniel Jonson (covered by our lovely friend Charlotte Hancock)
First Dance: “I Wanna Stay With You,” Gallagher and Lyle
Bouquet Toss: “All the Single Ladies,” Beyonce
Last Dance: “You Can Go Your Own Way,” Fleetwood Mac
I also made a number of playlists which I tried to compliment for the different moods for the day. For example modern string music for the church, beautiful folk-y tracks for straight after the ceremony, chilled 60/70s for the meal and some more uptempo 80s to see us into the night.
Wedding Location: London, England / Photographer: Ellie Gillard / Florist: Rebecca Clarkson of Battersea Flower Station / Ceremony Venue: St Leonard’s Church / Reception Venue: The Tab Venue / Wedding Dress: Charlotte Casadejus via Luella’s Boudoir / Headpiece: Pamela Love via Bona Drag / Wedding Shoes: Marni / Hair and Makeup: Gina Best (ginabest @ gmail.com) / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Free People / Bridesmaids’ Shoes: Fury / Groom’s Suit: Sandro / Groom’s Shoes: Prada / Caterer: The Good Eating Company / Band: Fleetwood Bac / DJ: David Russell / Dream Catchers: Sheriden Rochelle Walters / Lighting: LX Tricks Lighting / Wedding Invitations: Ben Edwards / Videographer: Mark Brown Films / Photobooth: LookLook
An English Cotswolds wedding – I’m already swooning; are you? Rachel Brierley-Jones of The Cotswold Wedding Planner and Flowers by Passion recently teamed up to bring together a romantic wedding with a vintage-inspired color palette full of dusty pink, mint green, and greys all captured by Ann-Kathrin Koch Photography.
From the bride, Jay: Our colour scheme was a mix of grey, vintage dusty pink, mint green, and white. With the travelling theme and the Cotswolds setting, it felt natural to veer towards the more country-chic colour scheme rather than those with bold splash of colours. Also, I thought these colours went really well with the romance of the softly lit tea lights and the fairy lights that were strewn around the venue. We decided that on a travel theme for the wedding early on. Having grown up in South Korea and subsequently lived in India, then in London before I met Matt for the first time at his leaving drinks to move to New York – we felt that there is a strong theme of travel and the journey we took together, not to mention the journey we are about to embark on. Matt grew up in the heart of Cotswolds and the location had a sense of home for both of us, as it is also somewhere we would like to retire in our later years too.
I work in banking professionally but I really enjoy DIY craft work so there were many DIY elements in our wedding! Some of them included: In keeping with the Travel theme, I designed the Save the Date card to look like a retro post card and printed them on thick kraft paper to give it that aged feel. The menu was designed by my sister to look like a boarding pass and placed on a table outside the dinning room in an airmail envelope with each guest’s name. Each guest would pick up their envelope, find out where their destination is on the boarding pass, then look up the table on the world map that was placed by the door before entering the room. The table numbers were designed by me to look like an old school departure boards at airports (the kind that used to have each letter flip with shuttering noise when the destination changed!). Each table was named after a destination that carried significance for us (ie Crete being our first holiday together etc). Seating Chart was fashioned out of a world map to make it look like a flight map with the path of the flight laid across the map. I purchased a map from ebay, mounted it on a foam-board, and used a few pretty coloured pins and strings to attach the destination lists with guest names for each table.
Our cake topper was hand-made by one of the bridesmaids and her husband with clay, then painted. They now sit in a lovely bell-jar on a shelf in our bedroom to remember the day by. Two birds on a branch in a jar was made by Jay’s parents to moss and branch from their garden and the two little birds to represent Matt & Jay. It was such a sweet gift because they obviously spent the time to put it together for us. Guest welcome packs were put together by me and handed out to each guest when they checked into the hotel. They were put together in a paper brown lunch bag with a white paper doily at the top with two little wooden pegs to close them. I also used a small eraser to carve out a balloon shape (bringing out my lower school craft workshop skills) and used them to make a home-made rubber stamps to decorate each bag. They contained a bag of jelly beans, “When & Where” schedule, and local info sheet
Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? 2 months into our engagement, I started a new job. Organizing the wedding therefore took on a whole dimension because let’s face it – it’s like having a second job! I spent the subsequent 10 months stressing constantly about the finding the right suppliers for every element of the wedding. Everyone thought I was going to be an absolute nervous wreck on the day but when the actual day came, I was able to let go of control completely as I knew that I had selected the best people that I could source. More importantly, Rachel (my wedding planner who I contracted for the Day Management service) was worth her weight in gold. She met up with me at the venue 2 weeks prior to the wedding and took over the communication with my suppliers, immediately lifting the burden off my shoulders. On the day, she was the clear point person who orchestrated the venue and the suppliers. Without her, I don’t think I could’ve managed to let go of the control and enjoy the day. I would definitely recommend brides-to-be to think about hiring someone (even if the venue has its own wedding planner) so a third party person who is a paid professional can run the day for you.
Processional: Pachelbel’s Canon and Gigue in D Major
Recessional: Handel’s Arrival of the Queen of Sheba
First Dance: “My Baby Just Cares for Me,” Nina Simone
Wedding Location: The Cotswolds, UK / Photographer: Ann-Kathrin Koch Photography / Wedding Planner: Rachel Brierley-Jones of The Cotswold Wedding Planner / Floral Design: Flowers by Passion / Ceremony Venue: Badminton Church / Reception Venue and Caterer: Hare and Hounds Hotel / Wedding Dress: Rosa Clara “Adamo” / Wedding Shoes: Christian Dior / Pearl Earrings: Liberty / Hair Comb: Vintage / Hair: Jay Doan / Makeup: Victoria Reynolds / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Jarlo / Groom’s Suit: Thom Sweeney / Groom’s Shoes: JM Weston / Wedding Cake: Contemporary Cake Designs / Music: DJ Nigel Pierce of Stylish Entertainment / Lighting: Chieme and Jonathan at Reveries Events / Photo Booth: Booth Revolution / Wedding Invitations: designed by bride’s brother-in-law / Save the Dates: Bride / Menu: designed by bride’s sister / Table Numbers: Bride / Classic Car: 1935 Austin Westminster by Wayne at Kens Kars
To be honest, I’m not sure I can do this styled shoot justice, try though I might. You see, it’s that special kind of gorgeous that defies explanation, with its muted pink flowers, sparkling golds and silvers, and enough jewels to make your head spin. This beauty was styled to the nines by Heyday Events and captured by Natasha Hurley Photography.
From the event designers, Heyday Events: The styled shoot – ‘Northern Lights & Winter Brights’ – captures the clean, crispness of a Scandinavian winter with a dash of party sparkle and glamour. We wanted to find a freshness and new beauty in tradition, with the aim to inspire Brides to look at the exquisiteness of Winter with fresh merit. This take on Christmas encapsulates a ‘plaster and palette’ colour scheme with textures and colours being drawn from an original oil painting. These colours were translated throughout the styling with branching magnolia, grey roses, oil paint and cloth stationery, all illuminated by the warm candle light.
The clean, crisp lines full of Nordic sentiment were juxtaposed with the vintage imperfection of the exclusive London city wedding venue, MC Motors. This stunning wedding venue with its textured palette was set against the clean whites of the jewel encrusted Zaeem Jamal gowns. The morning winter sun was the perfect accompaniment to this shoot, the light danced off our beautiful couple and the Bride’s stunning diamond accessories; the abundance of natural light added to the luminosity & fresh winter feel. In addition, the red lip, sparklers and glowing candlelight added a twinkle of glamour that made us swoon! Retreating further into the incredible venue we were able to capture cozy moments too; candlelight embraced the gorgeous couple as its gentle flame lit the way into their new lives together. Akin to the freshness of winter and the new beginnings with the passing of the year, in marriage they enter a new life together… ‘They open a door and enter a world’ – as the insert for the Order of the Day quotes C.S Lewis.
The stationery was hand crafted to create a bespoke feel to this wedding and to reflect the Scandinavian style of the day. The Order of Service was a handmade book which told the story of the couple, with quotes inside to represent the beginning of a new story in the lives of the Bride and Groom. In addition the insert was taken from the original oil painting that inspired the colour scheme, this added texture and beauty to the book. The invitations had a hand-sewn crisp white cloth envelope with the couples’ initials on the front; this held the oil painted and calligraphy Invitations.
Shoot Location: London, UK / Photographer: Natasha Hurley Photography / Styling and Design: Heyday Events / Flowers: Madi of Heyday Events / Wedding Dresses: Zaeem Jamal / Hair and Makeup: Lou Box / Wedding Cake: Fat Cat Café / Tablewares: Quirky Dovetail and John Lewis / Stationery and Signage: Bridie of Heyday Events
I think if I could marry a wedding, it would be this one from Christopher Currie. The bright and cheery color palette of pink, red and teal makes me happier than a bug in a rug, and bride Sara’s vintage-inspired gown from LouLou Bridal is the perfect hint of sweet with a bow at the waist.
From the newlyweds, Sara and Craig: We wanted a laid-back, informal feel to the day with a bright, colourful look and a hint of vintage style. Our color theme was red, pink and teal. Our DIY projects included mini champagne and ‘Nuts about You’ nibbles for the vintage bus journey, hand decorated jars for the table centerpieces, crochet hearts made by the bride’s grandmother, stationery and menus designed by the Mother of the Bride, paper flowers and homemade shortbread favours.
Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? Stay true to your own style. Your wedding can be any format you want so don’t be afraid to break from the norm and to make decisions that other people don’t agree with. It is your wedding after all!
Processional: “Crazy Love,” Michael Bublé
Recessional: “Baby I Love You,” The Ronettes
First Dance: “You Are The Best Thing,” Ray LaMontagne
Wedding Location: Glasgow, Scotland / Photographer: Christopher Currie / Florist: I Heart Flowers / Ceremony Venue: Holmwood / Reception Venue: 29 Private Members Club / Wedding Dress: LouLou Bridal / Bride’s Fur Jacket: Biba, House of Fraser / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Dessy / Groom’s Suit: Hackett / Wedding Cake: Three Sisters Bake / Band: Franco / Vintage Bus: Waterside Weddings / Wedding Invitations and Paper Goods: Bride’s mother
As a literature major, one of my all-time favorite poets is ee cummings, so you can imagine my delight in seeing the use of his poem “i carry your heart with me” in many a wedding these days. Babb Photo took this very poem as inspiration for this styled shoot, completed with the help of the talented Always Andri and Boutique Blooms.
From the photographer, Laura of Babb Photo: This shoot was inspired by a series of still life pictures of real hearts tied with ribbon. The use of anatomically correct hearts, along with the ee cummings quote “I carry your heart with me, I carry it in my heart” was the starting point for the shoot’s styling. Weddings are all about two hearts finding each other but this is often depicted by the symbolic red heart, rather than showing the realism of an actual heart.
To counteract the slightly macabre feel of using anatomically correct organs, we wanted the rest of the styling to be beautiful and luxurious. Rich fabrics, pewter, and touches of luxury were used to counterbalance the Gothic feel and Asylum London, a former chapel Peckham made the perfect backdrop with opulent stained glass windows set against crumbling plaster. Our main aim was to show that edgy and luxurious can go hand in hand with beautiful results. You can achieve a high end, elegant alternative feel.
Shoot Location: London, England, UK / Photographer: Babb Photo / Event Stylist: Always Andri / Flowers: Boutique Blooms / Venue: Asylum London / Fashion Stylist: The Bijou Bride / Gowns: Sally Lacock, Faith Barber, Wilden Bride London / Wedding Shoes: Emmy Shoes / Hair: Wonderful Wedding Hair / Makeup: Ana Ospina Makeup / Accessories: Fumbalina and Rene Walrus / Cake and Dessert Buffet: Elizabeth’s Cake Emporium / Prosthetics: Sally Alcott / Stationery: Luke Thrush / Videographer: Yay Films / Suits: Beggar’s Run
Izzie and Rohit had not just one beautiful wedding day, but two full days of celebration and nuptial bliss. Each ceremony honored the bride and the groom’s cultural traditions, which allows us to see every single detail of the eye-catching result under a starry tent as captured by photographer David Jenkins.
When I heard we had a shoot photographed by Glass Jar Photography located in the Scottish countryside, it took about .5 seconds before I jumped out of my seat. Add on the talents of Be Eventful to help style the whole thing, and you’ve got a stylish wedding shoot we’re just going ga-ga over:
Shoot Location: Stirling, Scotland, UK / Photographer: Glass Jar Photography / Event Concept, Styling and Coordination: Be Eventful / Flowers: Moss / Main Venue: Stirling Weddings / Second Location: Stirling Castle / Wedding Dress: RowanJoy / Jackets and Boots: Country Pursuits / Hair and Makeup: Sorelle Bridal / Jewelry: Euan McWhirter
All kinds of pastel and pretty were present in this UK wedding photographed by Katy Lunsford. Shades of cream and lilac were beautifully scattered throughout the venue, along with bits of vintage and handmade decor, making for a true English rustic-chic affair.
From the photographer, Katy: Ladan and Marvin’s wedding was a beautifully styled, pastel-toned, rustic-chic affair. An elegant civil ceremony and reception dinner in a weatherboarded barn, followed by a tradition-filled Iranian ceremony and Persian dancing under the stars. Ladan styled most of the wedding herself, taking inspiration from blogs and magazines, sourcing pretty details from vintage shops, hand-making decorations and using the artisan skills of friends and family. The venue, Foster House, or ‘Pale and Interesting – the Venue’, is a stunning location situated in the Kent countryside (in the UK). Owned by interior designers, it is styled to perfection and full of light.
The theme for the civil wedding and reception was laid-back rustic, inspired by the venue, with pale lilacs and creams, hessian, wood and lavender. The tables were decorated with a hessian table runner with the bride and groom’s initials painted on. Each table had old books stacked in the middle with different decorative pieces (Russian dolls, vintage mirrors, mini birdcages, candle sticks, jars of flowers, etc. Each table had a laser cut word on it (the word love in different languages) which was the table “name/number” and menus were tied with twine and a laser-cut name tag and lavender. During the drinks reception, guests were entertained by a jazz saxophonist and there was a DJ for the evening party, where guests danced under the stars to a mixture of Persian and British music. At the end of the night, Ladan and Marvin made their exit through an arch of sparklers.
Wedding Location: Kent, UK / Photographer: Katy Lunsford / Bride’s Dress: Ellis Bridal / Bride’s Shoes: Jimmy Choo / Veil: Handmade by Mazelino / Jewelry: Thomas Sabo / Groom and Groomsmen’s Suits: Next / Bridesmaid Dresses: Mazelino / Bridesmaid Shoes: Warehouse / Bridesmaid Accessories: Debenhams / Hair: Alexandra Hill / Make-up: Lara Crudgington / Flowers: The Flower Stand / Cake: Katiecakes / Stationery: Handmade by Bride & Groom / Table Settings + Favors: Second hand shop and bride & groom’s own for table settings / Lasercut Decor + Stencils: Kadeza from K.De.Vision Ltd / Marquee: Kent Marquees / Caterers: Catering 4 Kent / Entertainment: Kenji Fenton (saxophone) and DJ Scooby / Venue: Foster House
Hold onto your seats, because I don’t think I’ve ever had such a hard time narrowing down images for a post as I did with this one from Lisa Devine Photography. There’s just so.much.goodness. Gemma and Ian approached their wedding day as a fun weekend-long celebration with friends and family, with endless amounts of handmade accents and 1920-inspired details.
From the bride, Gemma: We knew from the start that we wanted a really relaxed and fun wedding with good food, good music and good people. Basically we wanted to throw a fun and meaningful little party over a few days and call it a wedding. We didn’t have a particular theme in mind; instead, we drew upon all things rustic and mismatched as inspiration, as well as the 1920s era. We had a strict budget so to keep costs down our whole wedding was DIY from invites to the ‘altar’ we walked down. Ian and I made handmade fabric hearts for everyone to wear – it was brilliant to see a sea of hearts everywhere. Our favorite DIY project was the “All you need is love” sign which now hangs above our bed.
We were so lucky to be able to utilise not only our own crafting skills but those of our friends and family. The community that rallied around our wedding was truly amazing. My mum and sister-in-law made all the hundreds of metres of bunting, we used fabric from old t-shirts/tablecloths – taking scraps of fabric from all our generations. The best men made a yurt, cakestand from wood stumps, our chapel sign, oil drum BBQ and recycled old window frames to make blackboards. We picked sloes in October and my dad made sloe gin and sloe vodka which we used in the cocktail hour.
Any advice for brides planning their weddings now? Enjoy the process, don’t get overwhelmed, make as much as you can and let the wedding reflect both of you. Don’t be afraid to ask for help! Chances are, your friends and family probably want to be involved, so let them!
Processional: “Somewhere Over the Rainbow,” Israel Kamakawiw’ole
Ceremony Song: “All You Need is Love,” The Beatles
Recessional: “Your Love Keeps Lifting Me Higher,” Jackie Wilson
First Dance: “You Never Can Tell,” Chuck Berry
When we had exhausted all of our unrehearsed moves we attempted to re-enact Fatboy Slims – Praise You with all of Team Awesome. The dance on the day was not seamless, a little wonky and a bit shabby but we wouldn’t have done it any differently.
Wedding Location: Devon, UK / Wedding Photographer: Lisa Devine Photography / Wholesale Flowers: J W Blooms / Wedding Venue: Buckland House / Wedding Dress: Jenny Packham “Eden” / Hair Accessory: Flo & Percy “Maryann” / Groomsmen’s Bow Ties and Handkerchiefs: Knotty By Nature / Wedding Caterer: Piglet Cottage / Wedding Cake: Bride’s sister / Wedding Invitations: Pete Williams
As a lover and admirer of all things English, I was tickled pink to see this wedding sent over by Joanna Brown. Bride Rosie embraced her British heritage and arranged a wedding day full of lots of love, handmade goodness, and vintage details. Her silk wedding gown was last worn by a bride in the 1930s, and came with a portrait of the original owner on her wedding day!
From the bride, Rosie: We wanted it to be relaxed and informal but still stylish – without looking overdone. The emphasis throughout the day was sharing-from our food choices and seating plan right through to the evening entertainment.
Our style was vintage, country, rustic chic, with a good measure of Brit-love thrown in! We got married during a year where the world was hooked on the Queen’s Jubilee and the London Olympics so we wanted to celebrate all that is great about England and particularly Sussex (the county where we live and got married). There were lots of DIY touches — bunting made from vintage hankies that guests could help themselves to during the speeches; to photos of our families weddings from the 1920s to the 1970s for guests to write messages on; hand-stamped name tags with the words ‘spread the love’ stamped on the reverse, tied to mini jars of jam and honey, which doubled as place settings and favours; to giant wooden initials which we threaded with white LED lights.
I bought my dress from a vintage dealer-on the strength of one photo! I travelled three hours to see it and fell in love instantly. When it fit like a glove, with no alterations required I knew it was meant to be. It was an original 1930s oyster crepe-backed silk satin gown. Last worn in 1937, and purchased along with a photo of the lady who wore it and a copy of her order of service.
Any advice for brides planning their weddings now? Don’t rush into booking suppliers just to tick things off the list. And go with your gut instinct. Meet people, talk to them. If they embrace your ideas the chances are it’ll all go smoothly on the day. Try taking on some DIY projects. You don’t have to be naturally ‘crafty’ — I’m definitely not, but they do add a personal touch. Buy local. We sourced food, soft drinks, and our wine all within a 20 mile radius of where we live. It helped make the day feel very personal to us and supported local producers. Shop around before handing over your credit card — and take the time to track down small suppliers. You’ll get a more personal service and end up with something you want to buy-not something they want to sell. Sign up to Etsy. I sourced several original vintage pieces including my French beaded bouquet and my 1950s head piece by Hattie Carnegie for a fraction of the cost it would have been from a boutique.
Wedding Location: Lindfield, West Sussex, England / Wedding Photographer: Joanna Brown Photography / Event Design: Bride, Roses All Over / Wedding Flowers: The Home Grown Flower Company / Wedding Dress: Vintage via Abigail’s Vintage Bridal / Hair: Mandie of Strands and Co. / Makeup: Ruth McHugh / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Frock Me / Groom’s Suit: Reiss / Groom’s Tie: William Hunt / Wedding Caterer: Jacqui Hobbs / Wedding Music: The Vintage Give / DJ: Stick It On / Wedding Invitations: Sam Warner / Transportation: Premier Wedding Cars
While David of Modern Vintage Weddings jumped at the chance to work with expert makeup artist Gemma Sutton, we just as quickly jumped at the opportunity to share the exquisite result with you all. The pair brought on The Bijou Bride to help style this bridal-shoot-meets-wedding-inspiration, which brings Art Deco glam and travel allure to the wedding editorial world!
From the photographer, David of Modern Vintage Weddings: When I got the call from hair and make up artist Gemma Sutton with the idea of putting together a bridal inspiration photoshoot at Brookland’s Museum, near London, I jumped at the chance. Gemma Sutton’s work is sublime and the idea we came up with together was to photograph a story that was modern, but had vintage luxury elements we hoped might inspire brides to be who were considering a travel theme for their wedding.
Brookland’s Museum has a stationery Concorde, and you can get married on board! I am big fan of aeroplanes and travel a lot shooting destination weddings but never had the chance to fly in one so this was of course the next best thing. Our bride for the day, Sophie, was travelling somewhere fabulous to her honeymoon, in style. That was the idea, and The Bijou Bride, perfectly styled the look with golds and deep reds, to give a luxurious feel to the setting. I hope that Ruffled’s readers enjoy the images and the planning of their own big day.
Shoot Location: Weybridge, Surrey, England / Photographer: David of Modern Vintage Weddings / Shoot Venue: Brooklands Museum / Event Stylist: The Bijou Bride / Flowers: Vintage Floral Design Co. / Bride’s Attire: Luella’s Boudoir / Headpieces: The G & D Collection / Hair and Makeup: Gemma Sutton / Wedding Cakes: Elizabeth Solaru / Stationery: Elle is For Love / Model: Sophie Green
Today’s wedding sent over by Emma Case is simultaneously everything we’d expect from an English countryside wedding, yet so much more. It was truly a family affair, with helping hands and talent being donated by both the bride and groom’s kith and kin. Keep an eye out for one of our favorite details from this wedding — a guestbook that doubles as a piece of artwork for the newlyweds!
From the bride, Belinda: For our wedding day we envisioned part nostalgic village fete, part glamping music festival, full of loved ones at their most happy and relaxed. We love vintage styles and timeless English character, so being outside in a beautiful farm location gave us a combination of all these in which we’d have space for kids to join in the fun too.
The whole event was held at a Brick House Farm in Kent, we loved the feel and character of the place and wanted to keep the entire day in one location in order to make the event easiest for families and friends. Our guests were able to camp which we loved the idea of, as well as the country style games, the hog-roast, the boathouse accommodation for bride and groom, the animals roaming around and the beautiful barns and gypsy caravans….
DIY was the order of the day. We had homemade bunting, cake-sale style homemade cakes by family members, bridesmaid dresses made by both our mums, flower arranging and bouquets make by our mums and my sister, bride’s hair and make-up done by bride and bride’s sister, Ben’s wedding ring made by father in law from rosewood, place holders/favours made from vintage plastic farm animals, and invites hand lino-printed by Ben.
Any advice for brides planning their weddings now? Take one thing at a time. Don’t panic, it will get done in the end. Everyone’s on your side, so ask for help!
Processional: “Calgary,” Bon Iver
Signing of Register: “Tender,” Blur; “Rise,” Eddie Vedder; “Sleep the Clock Around,” Belle and Sebastian
Recessional: “I’ve Just Seen a Face,” The Ukulele Beatles
First Dance: “Close to Me,” The Cure
Wedding Location: Kent, UK / Wedding Photographer: Emma Case / Wedding Venue and Catering: Brick House Farm / Wedding Flowers: Arranged by family / Wedding Dress: The Belle by Belle and Bunty / Bride’s Headband: made by bride’s sister / Wedding Shoes: Rachel Simpson “Flo” / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: made by mothers of bride and groom / Groom’s Suit: Beggars Run / Wedding Music: Comic Sausages / Wedding Cakes: Family members / Wedding Invitations: bride and groom
Today’s wedding, sent over from the UK by Lisa & Scott of Lisa Dawn Photography, is full of dreamy little details: the bride’s Jenny Packham wedding gown, a venue with roaming peacocks, and potted herb centerpieces. You may remember their own wedding we featured last year!
From the bride, Kate: When Jonathan and I got engaged in South Africa, we chose to design the ring ourselves. Jonathan knew I loved the elegant simplicity of an emerald-cut diamond and ‘shortlisted’ some stones, before we chose the style of the ring together. It wasn’t intended to be of a particular style/era, we just liked the shape and the fact that it was a little unusual, but it ended up becoming the starting point for an art deco/1920s inspired wedding day.
The first thing that we decided on was the venue – it was a really easy choice! We had spent a long time looking online for relaxed, informal venues with little success. There were so many choices but none of them felt quite right or were within budget, so we had stopped looking until one quiet afternoon in the pub. We were with some friends who’d got married at Larmer Tree Gardens, a venue we’d been to a few years previously for an amazing music festival, but hadn’t considered as it was so far from where we live. But as soon as we looked into it we knew it was perfect; it’s like a secret garden, with meadows, orchards and woodland dotted with original 19th century architecture and, of course, the peacocks!
The next bit to slot into place was the dress – another easy decision. I had looked at loads of dresses online and discounted them all for being ‘too weddingy,’ and I had seen the Eden in Jenny Packham adverts but thought we’d never be able to afford it. I looked online for once-worns, trawled vintage shops and websites and looked into dressmakers before eventually arranging to go and try it on in the Jenny Packham store in London. I was really nervous to try it in case I fell in love with it, which of course I did, but as soon as I put it on I felt relaxed, comfortable and confident – this was the one. Thankfully, my mum offered to help with the cost, and I was sold!
Then came the wedding stationery. We really wanted something handmade and unique to us, nothing too formal, so we decided to do it ourselves and incorporate aspects of the venue into the design. I hand drew a template with the Singing Theatre, peacocks, deck chairs and lantern crooks, and added a tandem bicycle as we are both keen cyclists, before pencilling in the text. There were a few Photoshop evolutions as ‘save the dates’ became invitations, and then programmes and seating plans, all printed at home on the same laid white card from Paperchase.
From the outset, we had said that the things we wanted most for our wedding were good food and good music, so choosing a band was crucial. We had danced the night away to the Dollars at our friends’ wedding and knew that their repertoire was exactly what we had in mind, so found them on Alive Network. It was a really useful way of looking for a band as we could sort available bands by price, listen to demos and read reviews, but after finding loads of available bands we decided to stick with the Dollars as we’d seen how good they were.
The flowers were done by Rustic Rose florists, near Larmer Tree Gardens in Wiltshire. Katy was really helpful and ordered in lots of flowers for us to look at and discuss. I love peonies and really wanted them in the bouquets, but also to incorporate some roses for the romance and some other more ‘English country garden’ flowers. We settled on fragrant freesias and delicate astrantia with some grey-green eucalyptus leaves. When the ‘Cezanne’ roses we’d chosen came in a few days before the wedding looking much too orange, Katy got in touch straight away and emailed photos of alternatives, and we decided on ‘Sweet Avalanche’ instead, which I think actually looked much better than our first choice would have! For the tables, we decided to name each after a different herb and to have a potted plant in the centre surrounded by vintage inkwells containing freesia and astrantia. Rustic Rose provided half of the inkwells, while we sourced the rest from eBay. In the end, we forgot to label the herbs so guests had to have a little bit of culinary knowledge in order to find their seat!
Any advice for brides planning their weddings now? Don’t get caught up in the details and forget the bigger picture: you’re getting married and that’s far more important than ‘the perfect wedding’! Don’t bankrupt yourselves or stress too much about this one day, nobody will know if you’ve forgotten something or not done something you wanted to – they’re there to celebrate with you not to judge. And remember to enjoy the day; it flies past!
Bride’s Processional: “Clair de Lune,” Debussy
Newlyweds’ Recessional: “She’s a Rainbow,” Rolling Stones
First Dance: “You Do Something To Me,” Paul Weller
Wedding Location: Salisbury, UK / Wedding Photographer: Lisa & Scott of Lisa Dawn Photography / Wedding Venue: Larmer Tree Gardens / Wedding Dress: Jenny Packham “Eden” / Wedding Shoes: Rachel Simpson “Tilly” via Luella’s Boudoir / Bride’s Hair Accessory: Jenny Packham “Acacia” / Bride’s Earrings: Glitzy Secrets “Deco Dream” / Makeup: Laura and Natalie of Bridal Treats / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Monika Kunat / Groom’s Suit: The Kooples / Wedding Flowers: Katy of Rustic Rose / Wedding Cake: Waitrose / Wedding Music: The Dollars / Invitations: made by bride / Transportation: Premier Carriages
When Surrey photographer Eddie Judd had a hankering to throw together a bridal inspiration shoot, she immediately thought of a nearby lavender field and enlisted the aid of stylist Charley Beard of London Bride. Together with the help of myriad other UK vendors, the group put together this stunning bohemian photoshoot at dusk. Don’t miss the teaser video shot by the amazing Paul Gwilliams!
From the stylist, Charley Beard of London Bride: Photographer Eddie Judd approached me to help style and bring together a photo shoot at one of her favourite locations, the lavender fields near her home in South London. Eddie has photographed many family shoots here but was inspired by the stunning backdrop to create a bridal shoot with a hazy summer bohemian feel.
The initial inspiration was recreating the laid back feel of being amongst the incredible lavender fields in Provence in France and I tried to bring elements of this to the styling. Both beautiful dresses were provided by Halfpenny London, the polka dot sleeved dress was part of the collection and the lace dress was in fact a stunning original vintage dress. The groom’s suit jackets, both the formal check and the grey velvet both reflected the 70s era and were original vintage jackets supplied by Tweedmans Vintage, we also teamed a lilac silk scarf for one of the looks.
The backdrop itself was so charming that I wanted to keep the flowers very natural and with a ‘handpicked’ feel, and Steph at Fairynuff Flowers put together a beautiful hand-tied bouquet of scented stocks in pastel colours tied with loose ribbon. A single lilac scabiosa flower was used for the groom’s buttonhole.
Severin from The Hepburn Collection styled the brides hair with a stunning front french-plait to frame the face, leaving the hair down (later loosely pinning up). Make-up artist Tammi Nguyen created a beautiful flawless look, with a subtle grey smoky eye and nude lips.
I created the picnic table for two with french style metal furniture, lace doilies, old bottles and delicious macarons, surrounded by zinc watering cans brimming with hydrangeas and bubbly babycham in coupé glasses for the couple to enjoy.
Wedding Vendors (Surrey, UK):
Venue: Mayfield Lavender / Wedding Photographer: Eddie Judd / Styling: Charley Beard of London Bride / Wedding Dresses: Kate Halfpenny of Halfpenny / Men’s Clothing: Tweedmans Vintage / Wedding Flowers: Fairynuff Flowers / Hair: Severin Hubert of The Hepburn Collection / Hair Salon: Mickael and Ludovic Hair Design / Makeup: Tammi Nguyen / Bird Cage Cake Stand: Fraser and Parsley Perfect Parties / Paper Straws and Doilies: Pipii / Macaroons: Queenies Cupcakery / Videographer: Paul Gwilliams / Models: Sarah Chamberlain and Jamie A Wilson
Quintessentially British, Kath and Ste’s wedding will charm you with loads of style. Emma Case Photography, who is not new to Ruffled, was on hand to capture their day at the York Maze – a corn maze field complete with a pretty barn and a giant trampoline!
Neither of us had a specific idea of how our wedding might look, but we both wanted it to be an informal, fun and relaxed event. It was also important to us for our guests to have a good time. When I first started looking at magazines, I saw some beautiful weddings but they didn’t feel like our style. It wasn’t until I discovered the world of wedding blogs that I found some real inspiration – we particularly liked the look of a lot of the casual, backyard style American weddings, and stole a lot of our DIY ideas from these.
We didn’t want to spend a lot on decorations, so I made the hanging fans in the barn myself with lots of help from my bridesmaid Ruth (a primary school teacher so very useful in crafty situations) although I did manage to superglue my fingers together in the process. The flowers were an incredible joint effort by our parents who cut them from their gardens the day before and arranged them in a mix of mason / jam jars and old milk bottles from my grandad’s farm. We also put tea lights into lots of jam jars and put them outside when it got dark.
Any advice for brides planning their weddings now? I would just say relax, enjoy the planning and don’t let it become all consuming. Remember that the wedding industry is a big business, so stand your ground and don’t just do something because it’s the done thing or because a supplier is intimidating you into it – my first dress shopping experience was awful because I had such a pushy sales assistant. Having vendors that you like, trust and that understand what you want make life so much easier – so do your research, choose wisely, and it’s half the battle won.
Processional: “Sweet Thing”- Van Morrison
Recessional: “Good Day Sunshine”- The Beatles
First dance: “Two For The Road”- Bruce Springsteen
Wedding Vendors and Venue (Elvington Lane, York, England):
Venue: York Maze / Photographer: Emma Case Photography / Florist: DIY / Wedding Dress: Fur Coat No Knickers / Shoes: Joules / Rings: Rust / Hair: Bang Hair / Makeup: Catherine Gajewska / Groom’s suit: Debenhams / DJ: friends and family / Dessert: Yorkshire Wolds Dairy Ice Cream / Wedding invitations and posters: Liz Newell (firstname.lastname@example.org)
It may be this gorgeous bride’s gown, or her bridesmaids’ twirling petticoats or the simple fact that this English wedding is jam packed with beautiful images and details from end to end, shot by Joanna Brown Photography. Something tells me there will be a pinning frenzy this morning — be sure to follow us on Pinterest if you don’t already. Oodles more in the photo gallery.
From Megan, the bride: We wanted something vintage, country and relaxed. We imagined floral patterns and pastel blues, 50s dresses and ivory lace, country barns and rolling hills. We wanted social food and lots if wine! We wanted a big, gorgeous party.
I wanted a vintage style dress and had appointments booked at various cool vintage shops in London…however, as I was waiting for these appointments I thought I’d pop into a bridal shop in the city I work, Chichester. I saw on their website that they had a dress I had seen, cut out and loved in a bridal magazine. I tried on a few other options while I was there but there was nothing to compare to ‘the one’. I wanted lace and a ballerina length tulle skirt – I didn’t think it actually existed. This dress was exactly what I wanted. It was really different, still had a vintage vibe and was brand shiny new.
We designed and made all our own stationery. Mike created the beautiful vintage rose pattern we used on his computer – I had seen a lot of rose patterns I liked so we designed something that reflected those. We then used recycled manila card to give that rustic, country feel. I order all my card from Eco-Craft. I used pinking shears to cut everything out before I stuck it onto the manila card. For the save the date cards and place names we used parcel tags with twine tied in a bow. We even designed a cool little old fashioned ticket stub as a free drinks token for the evening guests. We carried our rose pattern across everything – the save the date cards, the invites, the table names, the place names, the table plan, the drinks tokens, the reserved signs on the seats and the thank you cards.
Vintage, English country wedding, relaxed describes our wedding perfectly. We themed the wedding around a gorgeous vintage rose pattern that Mike created based on rose patterns I’d seen on various fabrics. He spent a lot of time on his graphic design computer software trying to recreate what I had in my mind. In the end it was perfect – a vintage rose on a pale blue background with white polka dots. We used this pattern across everything and handmade it all – the save the date cards, the invites, the table names, the table plan, the place names, the labels for the favours, drinks tokens and the thank you cards. This pattern became the basis for everything – our theme was based entirely around it. The pale blue background we used influenced the groomsmen’s ties, the flowers (blue hydrangeas), the neck ties the caterers wore etc. We then took the rose theme through to the bridesmaid dresses, my accessories, the table plan board and more. I spent a good few months hitting the flea markets and started collecting vintage tea cups and saucers, as well as vintage vases and jugs – our florist put flowers in these and they formed our table centrepieces. We also collected a load of glass jars, put candles in them and tied twine and floral ribbons around them to decorate the venue.
We’re not religious so churches were out and we wanted to have one venue for the whole day – have the ceremony and the reception all in one place. We were also really keen to have exclusive use. I wanted to have as raucous as party as possible and not annoy anyone. We didn’t want a hotel wedding – you tend to just pick a package and I wanted much more flexibility to do exactly what we wanted to do. Food was also massively important to us – we wanted to have tapas for the wedding breakfast and a huge paella outside in the evening. Most hotels only give you a couple of meat and veg options – we wanted to pick our own caterer and have them produce a Spanish feast. This led us to explore converted barns. We live in Sussex in the UK which has the most gorgeous countryside. There are a few barn venues in the area – some were too rustic (hay still in the back) and some were too slick (more hotel in feel than country barn). Then we found Upwaltham Barns which must be the most beautiful wedding venue in the UK (but I would say that).
Any advice for brides planning their weddings now? If you’re going to make the stationery yourself for that lovely homemade touch, start early – it takes ages! In fact…maybe don’t bother at all. It wipes out your evenings for months. And never, ever scrim on the photographer – all you’ll have left after the event is the photos, they need to be perfect. We found Joanna Brown, a photographer we loved – we became massive fans of her work and would admire her photos on a daily basis. She’s an artist and the best money we spent. Everyone is talking about how gorgeous our photos are.
Joanna Brown Photography. Something tells me there will be a pinning frenzy this morning — be sure to follow us on Pinterest if you don’t already. Oodles more in the View all images from this wedding in the gallery
We chose Celtic harp music for the ceremony – Aran Boat Song and music by Turlough O’Carolan. I really wanted something upbeat and happy for the first dance so we went for Jennifer Hudson’s Dressed Up in Love. It’s such a happy song and makes me grin every time I hear it. It’s also impossible not to dance to.
Wedding Vendors (West Sussex, England):
Ceremony and reception locations: Upwaltham Barns / Florist: Barbara Mole of Miss Mole’s Flower Emporium / Photographer: Joanna Brown of Joanna Brown Photography / Wedding Dress, Veil, Shoes and other accessories: Novia D’Art and I bought it from Proposals in Chichester, UK / Birdcage veil: Lilly Lewis / Wedding Shoes: Rachel Simpson/ Earrings: Eclectic Eccentric / Hair: Jean-Yves Aubin / Bridesmaid Dresses: 1950s style circle dresses from Vivien of Holloway / Groom’s suit: three piece suit from Marks and Spencers / Groom’s tie: Topman Band/Musician: During the ceremony and drinks reception we had Lieshja play the harp. My parents are Welsh and Irish so I really wanted some Celtic music at the wedding. Liehsja played the most beautiful Celtic harp music. / Caterer: Buns to Banquets / Wedding cake and dessert: four tiered luxury champagne and strawberry cheesecake from The English Cheesecake Company / Wedding invitations: DIY / Videographer: Jonathan Nicol of Other Finger Films
If the words British and wedding together weren’t enough to make my little heart skip a beat, imagine then when Chloe of Caught the Light sent over this wedding from across the pond. It was a special request by the bride who happens to be a long time Ruffled reader. Right then I knew her wedding dress was going to be an one of kind gem. And it sure was. Her vintage-inspired lace gown is just beyond words gorgeous, and so were her bridesmaids fifties-inspired frocks. Alex, the bride, hand drew her wedding invitations and recently opened up shop, called Dear So and So.
Says the bride, Alex: We wanted to go for something quite vintage, but with a traditional glamorous edge… and a lot of DIY input. The colours we wanted running through everything were mustards, oranges, cream, pinks, reds and light blue… we wanted the colours to be quite clashing and autumnal.. Both of us being designers it was evident that we would do a lot of DIY projects. We bought loads of vintage crockery for the main meal and for a cake buffet, along with vintage tablecloths. We framed lots of family wedding photos in old frames we found in charity shops. I came up with the idea of our table plan being our wedding favors, so Chris’ mum made lots of jars of homemade jam, I bought the jars off the internet, and then wrote the names of all the guests on the lids, a ribbon tied around the lid had a tag which then stated what table number they were on.
We bought a chalk board to write ‘Table Plan’ – I then wrote out all the place names on tags which were tied around the napkins which then had the cutlery tucked into and placed on a vintage plate, all miss-matched. I had little birds in the flower arrangement on the head table. I bought wooden table numbers and spray painted them yellow. I bought loads of crocheted doilies to put around the centre of the table where the number and the flower arrangement sat. We did all the flower arranging ourselves and I was there the night before doing all the flowers for the centre of the tables. I bought massive round balloons for the library room, all within the colour theme and made bunting to go across from one book shelf to the other. We had a little bucket with sparklers in by the back door so that people could go outside and use them, as it was near bonfire night. I also had lots of vintage bottles which I put little flowers in and had around the hall. We designed all our stationery, and I even designed the icing for our wedding cake!
Any advice for brides planning their weddings now? I think it’s mind blowing how much wedding inspiration there is out there, magazines and blogs like these make it so easy to pick up ideas…I would say though to try and keep it relatively simple and personal to you…It is sometimes easy to run away with yourself and before you know it you have a wedding full of loads of ideas that other people have done, and nothing really personal to yourself…
Processional: Arrival of the Queen of Sheba, Handel
Recessional: Te Deum, Charpentier
First dance: Maps, Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Wedding Vendors (Cambridge, England):
Reception venue: Anstey Hall / Wedding Photographer: Chloe of Caught the Light / Tea Length Wedding Dress: Fur Coat No Knickers / Wedding shoes: Rachel Simpson / Headpiece: Accessorize / Makeup: Natalie Castro / Bridesmaid Dresses: bespoke / Groom’s suit: bespoke / Groomsmen’s suits: Topman / Flowers: done by bridal party / DJ: Bee’s Knees / Wedding invitations: Designed by bride / Transportation: Citroen DS
We love pretty much anything photographer Emma Case sends our way and when she shoots weddings as cute and stylish as this one, well that’s just icing on the cake. Simple and heartfelt, this wedding really focused on the couple and their very closest friends and family, who spent the the whole weekend together near their venue. Alongside stunning Scottish vistas, the bride and groom kept the palette neutral and the design quirky, resulting in a perfectly chic celebration. Congratulations, Kiara and John!
From the bride, Kiara. We knew that we wanted a small, intimate and relaxed wedding with just our immediate family and friends so we could all have a blast all weekend. Style wise I wanted something clean and modern, ideally a loft would’ve been nice but they’re had to find in Scotland!! So I was delighted when I discovered Crear which has such a great gallery style space that was ours to decorate.
In the ceremony space, we used giant balloons tied to Hendrick’s gin bottles which my family kindly drank enough of throughout the year to line the aisle.
I tried to stick to quite a clean and simple colour palette with just white, neutral kraft paper and bits of green. Once we’d decided on the penguin books design for the invites, I wanted to keep the rest of the paper in a similar typographic style so we did everything in Gill Sans. We created the place cards using green candystriped bags, kraft paper and my trusty corner punch.
Any advice for brides planning their weddings now? Accept those offers of help! One of the best parts of the weekend was seeing our parents hang up the fairy lights and people blowing up the giant balloons. And keep a note of where you saw the things you liked!! I used tumblr (http://wfiles.tumblr.com) to save my picture inspiration to with links and then organised them by subject to help manage all the millions of things I saw and loved.
Wedding Vendors (Argyll, Scotland):
Ceremony and reception location: Crear / Flowers: bought wholesale from L & H Flowers and arranged by bride’s mother / Photographer: Emma Case / Wedding Dress: Lisa Cochrane of Dragonfly Dress Design in Glasgow / Shoes: Vivienne Westwood Melissa shoes / Groom’s suit: Kenneth Cole / Ceremony Band: Archie McAllister / Caterer: Carole Fitzgerald / Wedding Cake: made by the groom’s mother / Wedding desserts: Carole Fitzgerald / Paper goods: designed by the bride and printed at Moo
Mixed florals, vintage dresses and the photography of Emma Case are just some of the reasons my insides are aching over today’s wedding. With all the quirkiness we could ask for, British couple Ray and Phil infused their day with fun, mismatched pieces and, from the looks of it, lots of laughter. I would’ve given an arm and a (vintage kitten-heel clad) foot to have been at this adorable wedding! Congratulations, you two!
From the stylin’ bride, Ray. We wanted the wedding to feel like us – we wanted everyone to feel relaxed and comfortable and to be able to enjoy the day as much as possible. We also have a flat full of vintage stuff gathered from various London junk markets and we wanted the wedding to have a similar feel.
We went for bright colours and mismatching florals. My bridesmaids and friends were amazing. We made all of the decorations – My maid of honour (who is also my sister in law) made metres and metres of crepe paper bunting for the reception as well as doily bunting for the ceremony.
My other bridesmaid made all of the boys’ ties and (along with her amazing Mum) made 80 napkins (one for each guest). My Bridesman arranged all of the flowers for the ceremony and reception. We wanted a wedding as local to where we lived as possible. South East London doesn’t have that many venues that suited our taste or budget (!). We wanted somewhere that felt relaxed and had a pub atmosphere – Davy’s was the first and only reception venue we visited and we knew immediately that it would be perfect.
Instead of a cake we had a ‘bake off’. we asked 10 guests to bake a cake and then everyone voted on which was best – the winner was given a bottle of champagne.
Any advice for brides planning their weddings now? Don’t be too ready to compromise. Trust your gut. If there’s something you really want to feature in the day, be willing to work that little bit harder for it even if it makes things a little more stressful for a while. Compromising too early meant I bought two lots of bridesmaids dresses as well as two dresses for myself!
Wedding Vendors (London, UK):
Wedding reception: Davy’s Wine Bar / Florist: Kirsty from Igloo Flowers created bouquets and the boutonnieres / Photographer: Emma Case / Wedding Dress: Vintage from Fur Coat No Knickers / Headpiece: DIY / Bridesmaid Dresses: Vintage / Groom’s suit: Burtons / DJ: iPod playlist / Caterer: Davy’s Wine Bar / Wedding Cake: various from wedding guests / Transportation: Groom’s father’s Beetle (the same car the groom’s dad proposed to his wife in!)
Combine an eco-friendly wedding with a floral 1950’s wedding dress and a super stylish groom and you get one laid-back, gorgeous, totally unique wedding. So is the case with Rebecca and Ross, whose wedding from the United Kingdom has all the right amounts of fun, color and vintage gorgeousness.
We wanted our wedding to be casual, fun, friendly and relaxed. We wanted it to feel like being at a garden party at home. We wanted it to be colourful and full of laughter. A bit like a festival, farmers market or a country fair. We threw in a bit of vintage clothing and styling (which we love) and we wanted the wedding to reflect our passions for locally sourced and seasonal food and drink as well as to be green as we could make it using recyclable and reusable products as much as possible. We wanted it to feel like us.
We never had a theme or colours but would describe our look and ethos as Retro, Rustic, Vintage, DIY, Eco-friendly, Colourful, Playful, Homely, and Eclectic. We DIY’ed our save the date and hosted it on You Tube, designed the image on our invitations which were e-vites and our wedding website. Ross’s Mum Val sewed all the gingham table cloths and Ross and the boys erected huge festival flags in a rainbow at the entrance to the barn. We arranged the flowers with Rebecca’s sister’s help. Rebecca sourced all the mason jars from the USA on etsy.com and the cake stands and vintage glass bottles from car boot sales with help from her Dad.
We always knew we wanted a civil ceremony as neither of us are remotely religious. We were so pleased that the civil ceremony in Kent, called a Kentish Ceremony, allows you to basically write your own ceremony, as long as you keep the legal declarations, so we were able to make it fun, personal, meaningful and community focused and it really reflected the commitment that we wanted to make to each other.
We decorated the barn with help from our families and Jane Kirk, the owner of the Barn, the day before the wedding. It is a complete blank canvas, literally everything you need, with the exception of tables and chairs, has to be brought in but that meant it was the perfect site to create exactly what we wanted. Our wonderful friends and families all made cakes and biscuits for the dessert buffet, our friends Suki and Anna sewed and knitted over 50 metres of bunting. Ross designed a poster in the style of a wordsearch that all our guests were meant to sign as witnesses – but we forgot to take a pen so it’ll just have to be framed and put up anyway!
We decorated with over a hundred photos, many that that we used for our save the date, that we printed out and pegged to string. Rebecca sewed pairs of lovebirds and different sized stuffed hearts out of Cath Kidston fabric. We bought the metal drinks coolers at Sainsburys and found the paper straws online. We found disposable plates made from leaves and non-plastic biodegradable cups.
Our friend Richard donated the plain white table cloths, champagne buckets and a stereo as well as all the wine at the bar. My sister and her best friend Jo chopped endless fruit for the Pimms and my Aunties baked sausage rolls and made my favourite cheesecakes.
Any advice for brides planning their weddings now? Do your research first. Pick vendors whom you respect and trust; we were floored by how amazing everyone we worked with was, not just becuase of their talent and what they created, but how were just to discuss ideas with. We went with our gut and we saw only one caterer, one photographer and one florist and they were perfect so we went with them! Let people help you, you will be surprised at how much people will show they care about you and they will show you in so many small ways. Stick to your guns over what really matters but remember the day is not just about you. Be kind to each other. Enjoy it!
Wedding Vendors (Kent, England):
Ceremony and reception location: Ratsbury Barn/ Florist: The button holes, corsages and thank you bouquets as well as the bride’s and bridesmaid’s poseys were all designed and created by Jen and Bek of Blooming Green / Photographer: Emma Case/ Wedding Dress: Vintage from Fur Coat No Knickers/ Bride’s shoes: Dune/ Bride’s Jewelry: ‘Love’ necklace from Accessorize/ Hairpiece: Whichgoose/ Hair: Friend, Sarah Furlong/ Makeup: Friend, Jade Atkinson/ Groom’s suit: Hugo Morris Bespoke in Brighton/ Groom’s shoes: Herring Shoes of Northampton/ DJ: iPod playlist / Caterer: Deborah and John of Pumpkin Catering/ Dessert: provided by guests / Wedding invitations: Designed by the groom, view here/