You’ll be forgiven for thinking we’ve whisked you off to a dreamy Mediterranean location this afternoon but in fact we’re actually in sunny England. South Farm in Cambridgeshire to be exact, which had the dreamiest summer house over a pond that Karina & Jamie said I do on.
It is without a shadow of a doubt the magical golden hour portraits and picturesque settings captured by Red on Blonde that make you feel like this is a destination wedding, as well as the gorgeous venue.
And looking absolutely stunning in this heavenly setting is Karina in her limited edition Divine Atelier gown. The lace bodice and tulle skirt are SO pretty. I also feel Karina’s coral lipstick needs a mention. It’s such a pretty shade and compliments the coral peonies in her bouquet perfectly.
As much as I could talk about this glorious wedding forever, I won’t spoilt anymore, except to stay stay tuned for all the cultural wedding traditions which are truly lovely.
Karina the Bride: For accessories I always wanted something light and elegant yet big to make a statement. I don’t like too much glitter or sparkles plus my dress required something very gentle so I choose a young Lithuanian designer Toma Accessories – she makes beautiful subtle flowery jewellery. I opted for a bracelet and a pair of earrings.
My dress was simply love at first sight – I saw it on the website and I knew this is the one for me. I stopped all my searches as I knew I need to get this one. What really appealed to me is that Divine Atelier is a small family business and they don’t do mass production, they only have one seller in London as far as I know and Svetlana (salon owner) was so amazing to work with: very attentive, patient, reassuring – a true expert in her field.
Our venue choice (South Farm) was once again a fortunate combination of factors. After our first visit we knew that we want to get married here. Amazing staff, beautiful grounds, outside ceremony, local food produce, simple rustic style yet elegant and with great attention to detail – seemed like everything just fit perfectly well into places. All we could hope for was a good weather and…lucky us May delivered its finest day on the 8th – clear skies and sunshine – all we could wish for.
There were no doubts about my flower choice as peonies are my absolute favourite. They remind me of my home and my grandad – he used to grow red and white peonies in his summer house. I chose coral and white colour scheme and together with Madeleine we created the final look. I always wanted a “meaty” bouquet 😉 I mean big,fluffy, textured and velvety.
Canapés with Prosecco and Pimms
- Smoked salmon cone with agruvar & cucumber Broad bean & mint mash crostini
- Tomato & goat’s cheese risotto bonbon
Plated Thai Starter
- Beef won tons, chicken satay served with satay sauce, crispy Peking duck croustade, red curry fish cakes, tempura prawns.
- Fusion feast – served to the tables on Lazy Susans: crispy pork with oriental plum sauce; green chicken curry; vegetarian pad Thai noodles.
- Served with fragrant jasmine rice, seasonal stir fry vegetables.
- Sticky toffee; creme brûlée; strawberry cheesecake.
- 3 tiers – a flavour per tier: carrot cake; red velvet cake; lemon cake
Hannah and Toby were recommended to me by a work friend. She simply said: “they are the best!” And she was right…
We checked Red on Blonde online – and loved their work: authentic and rustic style. Very natural images with beautiful colours and relaxed poses. The day with photographers went on amazingly beautiful with no fuss or rush, we felt relaxed and at ease at all time with Hannah and Toby; they were there to capture all the important moments and beautiful details but at the same time they managed to blend in with our guests.
Hannah and Toby were very professional from the start, easy to communicate and very approachable. We love the result – our pictures are absolutely stunning and we re-live the day looking at them.
My mum loves traditions – she believes they bring good fortune and keep the family close.
Bread ceremony is very symbolic for our family: my parents were greeted by bread and salt by their parents during their wedding almost 35 years ago, so did my grandparents, my sister and so on.
With bread and salt the parents bless the newlyweds and greet them as a new family.
This ceremony also has a funny side to it: parents ask the bride and groom to break the bread and tear a piece of bread to feed each other. They believe whoever took the bigger piece will be the “the boss” in the family.
From the The Alchemist — Paulo Coelho
“When he looked into her dark eyes, and saw that her lips were poised between a laugh and silence, he learned the most important part of the language that all the world spoke — the language that everyone on earth was capable of understanding in their heart. It was love. Something older than humanity, more ancient than the desert. Something that exerted the same force whenever two pairs of eyes met, as had theirs here at the well. She smiled, and that was certainly an omen — the omen he had been awaiting, without even knowing he was, for all his life. The omen he had sought to find with his sheep and in his books, in the crystals and in the silence of the desert.
“It was the pure Language of the World. It required no explanation, just as the universe needs none as it travels through endless time. What the boy felt at that moment was that he was in the presence of the only woman in his life, and that, with no need for words, she recognized the same thing. He was more certain of it than of anything in the world. He had been told by his parents and grandparents that he must fall in love and really know a person before becoming committed. But maybe people who felt that way had never learned the universal language. Because, when you know that language, it’s easy to understand that someone in the world awaits you, whether it’s in the middle of the desert or in some great city. And when two such people encounter each other, and their eyes meet, the past and the future become unimportant. There is only that moment, and the incredible certainty that everything under the sun has been written by one hand only. It is the hand that evokes love, and creates a twin soul for every person in the world. Without such love, one’s dreams would have no meaning.”
Am Love — Unknown Author
“Some say I can fly on the wind, yet I haven’t any wings. Some have found me floating on the open sea, yet I cannot swim. Some have felt my warmth on cold nights, yet I have no flame. And though you cannot see me, I lay between two lovers at the hearth of fireplaces. I am the twinkle in your child’s eyes. I am hidden in the lines of your mother’s face. I am your father’s shield as he guards your home. And yet… Some say I am stronger than steel, yet I am as fragile as a tear. Some have never searched for me, yet I am around them always. Some say I die with loss, yet I am endless. And though you cannot hear me, I dance on the laughter of children. I am woven into the whispers of passion. I am in the blessings of Grandmothers. I embrace the cries of newborn babies. And yet… Some say I am a flower, yet I am also the seed. Some have little faith in me, yet I will always believe in them. Some say I cannot cure the ill, yet I nourish the soul. And though you cannot touch me, I am the gentle hand of the kind. I am the fingertips that caress your cheek at night. I am the hug of a child. I am love.”
Photography by Red On Blonde
- Dress Designer Divine Atelier
- Bridal Boutique Wedding Atelier
- Jewellery Toma Accessories
- Bridal Shoes Lady Marcia
- Headpiece Tailor’s Cat Wedding Salon
- Venue South Farm
- Florist Madeline Bradley Floral Design
- Cake Susan Polhill Cakes
- Stationery Candy Trees
- Groomsmen Anthony Menswear
- Entertainment Abnormally Funky