Louise & James – English Country Garden Wedding

November 30, 2010 by  
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Today’s offering is a hugely exciting real wedding for me to feature! Not only did the wedding take place at the same, stunning venue I’ll be getting married at – but the gorgeous celebration was documented by the hugely talented and very lovely photographer Lucy Shergold, who will be capturing my own wedding day.

Beautiful Bride Louise has written the most exquisite commentary of hers and James’ wedding day, so without any further delay, I give you their wedding story…

“James and I met at secondary school when we were 15 sitting next to each other in geography class.  We have been together ever since then. It hasn’t always been easy and we have had to go long distance for many years!    James had a Gap year in Australia before University and we went to different universities to study geography in Swansea and Portsmouth respectively, and I spent a year living in Spain at University there!  So we had high phone bills and spend most of our spare cash on travel expenses!

After University we went travelling and then moved to Plymouth but it was whilst on a visit to James parents in Truro for James Birthday, that James proposed on a walk with the dogs by the Fal River early in the morning…

We wanted to keep the wedding a relaxed as we could, which reflected on our styles.  We didn’t want a too ridged colour theme but keep things colourful and summery. My bridesmaids and I picked the bridesmaid dresses which I had made in lemon and James picked a vibrant pink and navy suit from Moss Bros ( I let James choose what he wanted to wear so its a good job it all matched!)  I wanted a simple dress which didn’t swamp me as I’m petite so I had to be careful!  My dress was by Veromia which I got from The Wedding Collection , I couldn’t recommend them enough -they were very friendly.  They really recognised my style and helped me make the right decision.

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Country Garden Wedding Mood Board

November 29, 2010 by  
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Whilst we all might be enjoying the pretty Wintry weather, today’s mood board offers some Summer escapism. This week the blog will feature two stunning country weddings…so if, like me you’re in the midst of planning for a 2011 celebration, here’s some inspiration for a country garden wedding…

Credits: Wedding dress, Charlotte Balbier Summer of Love; Tea cups, Gilbert and Evans; Chairs and decor via Polka Dot Bride; Etched glass jar, Le Trousseau; Cake and table decor via The Wedding Chicks; Rose display, Counrty Roses; Bell bunting NOTHS; Wedding sign, Cox and Cox; Lace Doilie by Cavania, NOTHS.

Sunday Best – The Any Campaign

November 28, 2010 by  
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This is a campaign that’s very dear to my heart. We really struggled to find a wedding venue that offered a ceremony outside…and are now getting married under a quirky ‘toot’ in the garden of a country house. I’m sure will be perfect - but it was always my dream to be married on the cliffs over-looking our local beach, where I was proposed to…

Our UK laws state that couples must be married under a permanent structure, which is a  huge constraint for those of us who haven’t dreamt of a traditional church ‘do’ and don’t want the formalities of a town hall or hotel. It also states that ceremonies must take place between the hours of 8am and 6pm…so no atmospheric candlelit ceremonies for the romantics amongst us!

The Any Campaign has been created by talented photographers and free-thinkers Tino & Pip (who also want to be wed outside!) to make a stand against these laws - in hope that we can get them relaxed and finally enjoy wedding ceremonies wherever and whenever we like.

So if like me, you feel passionate about changing these dated laws, so that we can finally celebrate our Great British shores and quintessentially English country gardens, be sure to sign the petition here!

Holly & Froy’s Vintage Inspired DIY Wedding

November 26, 2010 by  
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Today’s feature has been captured by the hugely talented Gilbert and Evans, who create “storytelling wedding photography”. There is very little I can add to that, as it perfectly describes the images you are about to see. Instead I hand you over to Bride Holly, who said of this talented duo…

“We knew that their outlook on photography was meaningful and where the final images of the day were not just to be kept in an album, but would be pieces of artwork in their own right that would be appreciated as memories of the day from a natural artistic way…

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Victoria and Nat’s Norfolk Coast Engagement Shoot

November 25, 2010 by  
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It was a real treat to see this gorgeous engagment shoot pop up in my inbox the other day. The rain was torrential outside and yet, when I first glanced at these pictures I was immediately immersed in the beautiful surrounding of the Norfolk Coast.

I adore the way that Johanna Garlike of Summer Love Photography has captured the light. It makes me feel really calm, like she’s bottled up the essence of the coast on a crisp, wintry day. And what a beautiful couple…

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A Certain (Vintage) Ring To It…

November 24, 2010 by  
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There’s been much ado about Prince William giving Kate Middleton his mothers engagement ring and as someone who has also inherited a family heirloom, I have read people’s opinions and articles on the matter with interest.

There seems to be two schools of thinking. Those who believe this is an insult to Kate, that the gesture is somewhat ‘creepy’ and perhaps Diana’s ring will curse their marriage – and those who find it sweet and sentimental that William should want a part of his late mother to be with Kate, in their marriage. I fall into the latter category.

My beautiful engagement ring wasn’t given to me by my fiance directly, but was sent over to us from my Grandmother in New Zealand and it has it’s own story to tell…

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Glamorous Winter Wedding Mood Board

November 23, 2010 by  
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Inspired by the grace and glamour that the Winter season naturally creates, in our surroundings when the first frost brakes; I have created a mood board to compliment the feminine tones that can be associated with a November wedding. This palette really lends itself to a more vintage wedding style…

Credits: Jessica gown, Mia Mia Bridal; Perfume image by Lavish Photo; Bow and broach via The Wedding Chicks; Monaco wedding cake, Maisie Fantaisie; Chandelier via Liv by Au Lit; Snow scene; Getty Images; Typwriter and table dressing via Marry You Me; Table decor via A Modern Event

I Heart Heart Decor!

November 22, 2010 by  
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I’ve got a big crush on heart decor and have plenty of it in my home – but these gorgeous love inspired decorations would look just as good dotted around a wedding venue.

Imagine hearts and votive’s hanging from trees, heart-shaped bunting hanging from the lofty heights of a barn – or shabby-chic lavender hearts lining the aisle of a church…I heart hearts!

Credits: Country-style Fabric Hearts and Ivory Heart Garland from Through The Cottage Door; Shaker Heart Tea Light Holder and Hanging Heart Tea Light Holder from NOTHS; Pearl Light Heart and Heart Postcard Holder, Cox and Cox

Love by Susie Lingerie

November 19, 2010 by  
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I just had to share my excitement in discovering that Susie McKenzie, creator of Love by Susie is now based in the West Country!

A vintage fiend, I adore her Love by Susie Lingerie, which is reminiscent of a bygone age…offering the opulence and grace you’d expect, from an era where every purchase was an investment.

The collection includes handmade corsets, kickers and baby-doll nighties and you can even choose your garter from an extensive range. All Love by Susie Lingerie is created with the finest fabrics, enabling you to feel feminine and graceful throughout your special day.

Now available to buy online, it’s the perfect wedding day treat for you…and your Groom!

Great Expectations – Mother of the Boho Bride

November 18, 2010 by  
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I love my Mum and although we are very different people, we are very close – but planning our wedding has really put my relationship with Mum to the test! My Mum is a stoic traditionalist, loves to use the term ‘don’t teach your Grandmother to suck eggs!’, would prefer to think that no-one indulges in hanky-panky before marriage and is absolute in the opinion that a wedding should be conducted before God and in Church…

So when aged 19, I told her I was going out with a 23 year old she raised an eyebrow, when we moved in together seven years ago, she had a word…and when I informed her that we were finally getting married (she had been willing it for years) and were doing so in an outdoor civil ceremony, the s**t hit the fan!

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