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Contemporary Cool

May The Force Be With You.


She is a graphic designer. He works for the BBC. They both love films… This is my kind of wedding.

Claire and Rich had a gobsmacking shindig, no lie. I’ve not been this excited about a Rock My Wedding feature for as long as I can remember. We have a Jenny Packham dress for you ladies and gents to swoon over and a venue film lovers will die for, The Little Theatre Cinema in Bath. And so how to begin this motion picture themed party? Why right at the very start of course… Let’s introduce this mornings real wedding with a look at how it all begin – A Save The Day inspired by a rather iconic Sci-fi flick and superb use of one of the best puns known to man…


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Go Your Own Way.


That is exactly what Chess and John did in terms of creating their perfect wedding, no rules, no particular theme and a whole bunch of colour and love.

I don’t think I have ever seen so many cool hipster guests in one place, I want to steal everyone’s outfits for myself. As you would imagine, Chess looks beyond beautiful, her hair do is just lush! And John is perhaps one of the most dapper grooms we’ve ever featured. The hat, the buttonhole, the suit…..absolute perfection.

I really must mention the florals and decor, the bouquet is a blowsy rainbow of blooms and I love the inclusion of Farrow and Ball paint in a subtle nod to the colour scheme of the venue. The account is written by both the bride and groom so well worth a read.

This is going to be a pinterest pin-fest, I can feel it in my Blog Queen bones.

An alternative rock n roll wedding at Calke Abbey in Derbyshire with a bride in a Kula Tsurdiu gown and the most beautiful flowers by Honeysuckle and Castle_0205


Whiskey Kisses.


Jill and Russell came very close to being outshone by a friend of the four-legged variety on their big day at Coos Cathedral up in Scotland. Yes folks we’re talking about Brucedog; the cutest bow-tied daschund I ever did see. Honestly you’re going to love him!

I say ‘close’ because both Russell and Jill have serious star quality of their own going on and their exquisite geometric inspired wedding decor isn’t half bad either! I particularly love the florals in this ‘I Do’ or perhaps I should say foliage since Jill opted for oodles of botanics when it came to her wedding flowers. From her craspedia, succulent and poppy head bouquet to the chestnuts, moss and acorns spread liberally on the reception tables this is a bride who knows exactly what she wants and implements it. And by jove it blinking well works!

The same can be said of the garlanded balloons that sweep along the length and breadth of their awesome wedding venue too; a movement that flows throughout the day right down to the ceilidh hosted at the end of the night.

The uber talented Ann Kathrin Koch captured this wonderful big day and as usual her portrait shots are full of love and wonder and all that gorgeous Autumnal light.

Enjoy folks!

A Scottish Highlands Wedding At Coos Cathedral With A Raimon Bundo Weddding Dress And A Craspedia And Succulent Bouquet Photographed By Ann Kathrin Koch._0001


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Mr And Mrs Bean

Jodie and Matt were married at the Lillibrooke Manor. Their new surname was Bean so all of the invites, table plans, table names and even favours were bean related… The tables were named after different types of bean, the favours were engraved plantable beans. So personal and so much fun a the same time.

Jodie is a graphic designer, she focused on all the details and everything looked beautiful, even the rain couldn’t put a dampener on things. A modern contemporary barn wedding with bright colour scheme Essence of Australia dress and reiss suit.  Home made decorations and DIY elements. Photography by Lemonade Pictures_0001


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The Ultimate Handmade Wedding.


Eleanor and Ben’s big day is so full with amazing DIY projects that I really don’t know where to begin! Aside from building their own venues…I’m not sure they could have created anything else themselves for their wedding.

The table plan is my personal favourite project – it’s such a simple idea to thread strings from a hole next to a name, into a hole next to a table number – but it looks so cool and contemporary and I bet they’ll be lots of Brides thinking ‘I wish I’d thought of that!’

Not only was all of the decor made by this creative pair, but Eleanor’s dress and veil were made for her by a friend too. This resulted in a beautifully fitting dress, made from a heavy pure silk in a golden mushroom colour, with lace over the top and crystal band. And it’s absolutely perfect for her! I love the addition of the red Swarovski crystal button on the back too.

Enjoy all of the detail, this really is a wedding full of colour and fun…and some seriously amazing images of the wedding party dancing flash mob style…

DIY Wedding At The Monastery In Manchester With Bride In Bespoke Gown And Bridesmaids In Green Dresses From Dig For Victory With An Unusual Home Made Table Plan, Origami Cranes And A Flashmob Dance 1


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Carly & Aaron – A Photographers Tale.


Morning viewers… A bit of a twist on the real wedding format for you all today…

Gary Lashmar the man behind super cool photography outfit Marshal Gray has written the account of Carly and Aaron’s big day at St.Michaels Manor and it’s a fascinating read…

A contemporary cool wedding at St.Michaels Manor with images and report from wedding photographer Gary Lashmar at Marshall Gray Photography_0014


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Tropical Gatsby


Yes it’s actually a thing – or at least Daisy and James have certainly made it a thing. Think super sophisticated fashion and an abundance of feminine white blooms mixed with giant multi-coloured balloons, a unicorn and a giraffe wearing a hat. This is one of the most bonkers weddings style wise we’ve ever featured and I LOVE IT. It’s completely brilliant.

I am in raptures over the bridesmaids co-ordinating navy nail polish and Daisy’s Eastern inspired hand jewellery, it’s all just so achingly cool. Of course it’s not just the decor and details that make a wedding awesome, it’s how much of a good time everyone is having and this bunch are having A REALLY GOOD time. Gutted I wasn’t invited.

You really must take a moment to read about the foody details too – the most amazing menu ever!

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Disco Cages And Peach Flavoured Delights In Wiltshire.


For once I’m lost for words with the opening to this morning’s wedding – that of Nina and Daniel who said ‘I do’ by the riverside in Wiltshire.

Why might you ask? Well it’s because this big day is flipping AWESOME, that’s why. There are so many gorgeously creative details that it’s hard to know where to begin. But begin I must, so I’ll start with Nina’s oh so chic and simple bridal gown from Jenny Packham. If there’s one thing I have a bit of a soft spot for lovelies then it’s those brides who choose and are able to carry off the merest slip of a gown for their wedding day and Nina does this with aplomb!

And then there’s ALL the decorative details; I don’t want to give away too much at this point but I will say that there are mirror balls and peach coloured lampshades and disco cages and stars and giant letters and an ACTUAL LOVE TENT.

Yes an actual Love Tent. Cor blimey, it’s enough to make this wedding blog editor hyperventilate!

So whilst I take myself off in an attempt to calm down from the sheer epicness of this big day I urge you to read on dear readers and experience the joy for yourselves.

Don’t say I didn’t warn you…

An Epic DIY Bohemian Wedding At Ratfyn Farm With A Jenny Packham Dress And A Humanist Ceremony And A Peach Colour Scheme Photographed By Ed Peers._0001


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Bright Lights, Big Love, Big City.


When Emma and Tim started to plan their wedding they knew that they wanted to provide a great feast for their guests. Originally thinking about a traditional country wedding their heads were turned by South Place, a contemporary London venue with a great reputation for food. Emma bought a little taste of the country to this inner city soirée with her choice of natural and delicate flowers, a vision realised with help from Willow florist.

When South Place earned a Michelin Star in the run up to their big day, Emma and Tim knew everything had fallen nicely into place!

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Love And Brights In Liverpool


Well then, isn’t this a sophisticated and modern wedding and a half. Amy and Andy make the perfect city chic couple, all sleek silhouettes and colour pop brights. The concert room at St Georges Hall which held the ceremony is absolutely breathtaking, so grand and opulent.

The flowers! must mention – absolutely AMAZE, I want them in my house. Now please if at all possible. You’ve also got to love a bride who takes inspiration from our very own DIY projects, this big day is elegant in its simplicity but that’s not to say you can’t involve a little craft to make things personal and unique.

Did I mention the bouquet?

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