This morning’s wedding is a wedding of epic proportions and we absolutely love the colourful decor and happy vibes. Finding a venue that was going to satisfy both Lauren & Raj’s heritage was always going to be difficult – but they succeeded with the incredible Sezincote, a 200-year-old Mogul Indian palace set in the heart of the Cotswolds, which is still a family run estate. It’s a truly incredible venue with so many architectural details and gardens you could lose yourself in for days!
Lauren & Raj basically threw a massive party and the reception looks like amazing fun – everybody, from the youngest babies to the older grandparents is on the dance floor and there are huge smiles all round. It’s such a feel good wedding, these images from Laura & Tobiah will definitely make you smile too!
I can’t think of a better way of starting the morning than pouring over this stunning country wedding. Set in the most idyllic location, across a river and quaint suspension bridge to reveal the most fabulous rustic tipi reception in Tim’s parents secluded garden.
To continue with the dreaminess, wait until you see Bride Eve’s fabulous Augusta Jones fishtail wedding dress. It has the most delicate lace neckline that gently skims her shoulders meeting in an elegant low back V and the silhouette of the gown was made for her.
Love Lust List member Helen Lisk Photography has captured all the love and emotion of this wonderful garden party and couple who are clearly besotted with one another. It’s just heartwarming.
I think I have a bit of a girl crush. Bride April has eyes that you could drown in and brows that I’m more than a little bit envious of and I’m loving her delicate lace detailing on the back of her Augusta Jones dress too.
April married her boy Oli against the backdrop of springtime Magnolias and the classically beautiful Luton Hoo Hotel accessorised by her maids in dusky pink and some seriously sparkly shoes. And don’t even get me started on the wonder that is her wedding cake which so perfectly matches her rose bouquet.
Special mention must go to Oli for his awesome sartorial get-up including his shirt and his tie-pin. April tells me that each of the groomsmen had a different animal tie-pin to reflect their background or characteristics – how awesome is that?! It’s like a real life Patronus or dæmon; I’d love to know the stories behind each of them…
Twobirds Bridesmaid dresses and the prettiest pastel florals by Eden Blooms make this one dreamy rustic wedding.
The ‘undone’ pink, lilac, blue and mint colour palette for the flowers literally looks good enough! I love the cascading blooms in open lanterns as centrepieces along with milk churns full to the brim of flowers instead of traditional pedestals. They fit in with the country barn aesthetic perfectly.
Our gorgeous Bride & Groom both look the picture of elegance in their sartorial attire. Alex’s navy traditional morning suit is both dapper and stylish and Steph’s Augusta Jones lace gown is simply stunning. Her look (and her Bridesmaids) was complted with yet more amazing blooms in her (their) hair. If you love flowers as I do, you’re going to LOVE this wedding….
Oh I do love a stately home wedding. Classic, elegant and sophisticated. They just get me every time. And especially so when you throw in a blousy ivory bouquet brimming with peonies, a gorgeous lace gown by British designer Augusta Jones and a dapper Groom in tails!
Bride Rachel was lucky enough to borrow her Grandma’s cathedral length veil for her big day. It looks incredible and finishes off her outfit to perfection. The image of her walking down the stairs with the veil behind her is just stunning.
This morning’s wedding is like a breath of fresh air. Pretty pastels, a bright white airy venue, crisp apple green details, a gorgeous group of maids and one very beautiful Bride.
Emma was one very lucky Bride too – she got to wear two gowns. For the ceremony, she wore a demure lace Augusta Jones dress with sweet cap sleeves and a sweeping train.
Then for the evening, Emma switched to a sequinned Jenny Packham gown comfortable enough to dance the night away in.
And if you’ve never come across stunning venue Aynhoe Park before then you’re in for a treat. It’s definitely a wedding venue with a difference…a supremely elegant 17th Century Palladian house sitting in 250 acres of Capability Brown gardens and on the inside…well, I’m not sure you’ll find a unicorn, a floating giraffe and a polar in aviation goggles anywhere else!
I know, I know… We are all still waiting for Summer to arrive and here we are bringing you a Christmas wedding… But lots of you will be planning a winter celebration and there is much to be learnt from Carly and Andy’s festive union.. namely mulled wine and Gingerbread Daiquiris.
Grab a mince pie and a hot mug of eggnog, draw the curtains for that authentic winter vibe and settle down for a cosy heart warmer…
Effortlessly elegant, that is how I can best describe Amy and Toby’s wedding. I love all the details like the guest stamping box (a container of block lettering for printing messages – not a crate to smack your foot on) And the odd vintage touch here are really works… Maybe the Rolls Royce was a bit too vintage though – looks like it needed a bit of help to get going!
Amy and Toby married in their family church in Grendon with a reception at Mythe Barn in Atherstone.
Amy the bride: We had our church ceremony at All Saints Church, Grendon. It was really important to me that we got married in this church. The church has huge family history and importance as my granparents, great grandparents and other family members are all buried in the grave yard. I have visited the church reguarly growing up and it meant the world to me to get married there. The church was therefore key to the day. We were so lucky to have found Mythe Barn which is literally a 2 minute drive from the church. We went and saw Mythe Barn when it was in early stages of development and was literally a building site. The owners were fantastic and we knew it would be perfect for our wedding day.
I went for loose waves with half of my hair tied back. I wanted my hair down on the day, but also wanted it to look special. My hair dresser is a good friend of mine from London and came up specially to do all of the hair. I trusted her to come up with something wonderful and she did!
My Dress was Augusta Jones “Tula” bought from Windsor Bride. I wanted a simple shape but with lots of detail. The girls at Windsor Bride were fantastic and let me customise the dress. As soon as I tried the dress on I knew it was the right shape but I added the little sleeves and the detailed buttons on the back.
Diamonds & Pearls
My mum is my inspiration for all of my jewellery. She bought me the most beautiful diamond and pearl earrings and my something borrowed was her string of pearls which my dad bought her on their engagement.
I absolutely loved my veil, it was floor length with a trim along the edges which the girls at Windsor Bride put together for me. However, on the morning I completely forgot about it and literally pushed it on my head as I was leaving the house. It then fell down all through the church ceremony! One of my favourite things very quickly turned into a bit of a disaster!
Thr bridesmaid dresses were by Alfred Sung and the Groomsmen suits were from Moss with ties and pocket squares from Alfred Sung in matching material to the bridesmaid dresses. The outfits all tied into the very pale pink colour theme.
A Hint Of VIntage
I went for very pale pink/champagne colour scheme with a hint of vintage as a theme. I didn’t want to go all out but I tried to tie everything in so look effortlessy elegant.
Pink & Ivory
My flowers were peonies and David Austin roses in pale pink and ivory. I loved the look of peonies in a bouquet and on the table decorations. My florist was Karen at Jilly Flowers and she was an absolute super star. She helped me with setting up the venue on the day (even bits that didn’t relate to flowers!) so that I didn’t have to worry about it and really went out of her way to make sure I didn’t have to worry about anything. The flower arrangements were beautiful and everything I wanted.
I had so many favourite parts of the day! The girls getting ready – this was such a large part of the day! The champagne flowed and we all had such a laugh. My god mother and my husband’s god father did readings at the Church and having them both do a reading really meant a lot to us. It is so difficult to pick out “favourite” bits – I loved every second of the day!!
We had a saxophonoist called Byron Channer. He has performed at our family events that we have organised and is such a talented musician. He played during the champagne reception and made the day so special.
We had a local DJ for the evening who did a great job at playing wedding classics. Our first dance was “Crazy Love” sang by Michael Bolton. Micahel Bolton is my guilty pleasure and those who know me well knew how much I loved to dance to that song on wedding day!
Our cake was made by Ann Turner. I wanted something simple, but again with detail to make it more special. With the lace inspiration from my dress, Ann decorated the cake with a lace effect icing and finished it off with a real peonie flower on top. It looked absolutely fantastic on the day she did an amazing job.
Peonies & Pearls
Our table names were all things from the day i.e. Peonies (the flowers), Pearls (my jewellery), Bahrain (where Toby proposed), etc.
All my wedding stationery was made by First Crush Cards and their attention to detail was impeccable.
My dress was from Perfections in Worcester. They were very helpful and I didn’t feel rushed choosing my dress. I didn’t really want a ‘big’ dress and I had originally come to the shop to look through their Jenny Packham dresses. They were beautiful but when I tried on ‘Tish’ by Augusta Jones my mum gasped and my very philosophical sister said, “If I was going to design a dress for you it would be that one”. I value her opinion on clothes and style more than anyone else in the world so I was sold! I felt it was elegant and not too showy but the train made it formal enough for church.
I had my sister’s veil from Dragonfly in Cheltenham as my something borrowed. I hired the Jenny Packham Accacia III when I fell in love with it in a magazine. It was very sparkly and lifted my simple dress (plus I’m like a magpie, drawn to sparkly things!) but it was too expensive for me to buy. However, I found that Elegant Wedding Creations allowed you to hire head pieces and jewellery. It was an excellent, efficient service that allowed me to wear something that I felt was really beautiful, but usually out of my price range!
I bought my bracelet to match the headpiece from Notonthehighstreet.com, the designer was called ‘Anusha’. Andrew made me cry on the morning of the wedding by sending me an extremely beautiful Tiffany necklace I had spotted in Birmingham months prior to our big day.
The shoes were from Dune and were, again, sparkly! I liked the peep toe style and the silver colour matched all my other accessories.
I used the agency ‘Beauty Call‘. Parminder came and did a hair and make up trial about two months before the wedding and then arrived at the hotel in the morning to do my hair and make up and my bridesmaid’s hair. She used mac make up and I wanted my hair down without too much ‘poof!’
Hessian And Ribbon
The florist was called Sandra and her shop is called Ross Flowerhouse. I don’t know the area that well and visited several florists. Sandra was so enthusiastic and helpful when I was trying to explain the type of English Garden party look I wanted. I knew I was going to do my own lavender centre pieces covered in hessian and wrapped with a ribbon so I wanted the flowers to work alongside this. I wanted soft lilacs and pinks. She helped me pick ‘Memory Lane’ rose and worked some pale pink spray roses and ivy, and a touch of astrantia. I used this rose to attach to my lavender pots. The flowers in my bouquet also made up the flowers in the church and the top table centre piece. I bought my own wheat and lavender from Shropshire Petals and tied them with strings of pearls to the pew ends. My bridesmaid’s bouquet was green hydrangea with the spray roses and astrantia and the button holes were fresh lavender and the green hydrangea. The flower girls had little pretty buckets filed with natural petals to throw and I used sweet peas and hydrangea from my garden and my mum and dad’s garden in welly boots and pots to decorate the outside of the church
The best men were Andrew’s brother, Joe and his best friend, Matt. They had navy blue suits to match the uniform from Marks and Spencer. We bought them a tie and white shirt from Thomas Pink in Birmingham as their present. The staff there were so helpful and wrapped it all beautifully for us as well as demonstrating to Andrew how to tie a tie properly! My sister Jenny was bridesmaid and after two dresses, that just didn’t endup right, she ended up wearing a Ted Baker pale pink, floor length dress.
The flower girls were in pale pink dresses to match the roses too. They were from monsoon as were their little pearly shoes! The one little one had to stuff hers with tissue paper as we thought her feet may grow – she was very good and didn’t complain about it but later sneaked off with her mum and cam back in Peppa Pig slippers! They were pink and still matched perfectly!!
A Borrowed Belt
The groom was in uniform that was partly his and partly borrowed. He had to wear long johns underneath as the material is so itchy – as you can imagine he had a bit of a sweat on in July! His belt has been worn by several other Army guys now for their weddings and they are talking about all signing it and framing it!
Captured The Day
Our Photographer Chris Barber was absolutely brilliant! We got a lot from the initial meet and then the later engagement shoot. He put us at ease at the shoot and made us felt like we were just having a nice stroll (even though the canal and trading estate were perhaps not so beautiful!). Andrew, who is a five year old trapped in a 31 year olds body (!), loved playing the games and telling the stories that Chris used to get us to relax.
When I felt poorly on the morning of the wedding both photographers made me feel at ease and just got on with it without asking me lots of questions. They even made me look ok when I was feeling particularly green at that moment! They completely captured the day and really listened to what we had wanted.
The cake was from The Cheese Company in Cheltenham. Andrew is a massive cheese fan so we went and tasted and chose three tiers, plus heart shaped cheese, to make our cheese cake. I found a lady in Canada who made wedding toppers from felt and ordered bride and groom mice to go on the top of the cake. My dad bought port to be served with the cheese; a must when serving Army blokes!
The Last Action Heroes
We searched high and low for a good band and I came across the agency Act Sharp. Koser was really helpful and sent us several samples from different bands. We chose ‘The Last Action Heroes‘ in the end and it worked really well as there was a stage that used to be used for village shows that the band were able to perform on.
They were brilliant and didn’t miss a beat when Andrew decided to carry me on stage during our first dance! They got the crowd dancing but were laid back and didn’t stress when our timings went a bit awry.
We are both big Biffy Clyro fans and when we heard their cover of Rihanna’s Umbrella on Radio 1’s live lounge we knew it was a perfect first dance. The words mean a lot to me particularly and it’s a lovely chilled song. The band learned Calvin Harris ‘Feel so Close’ and went straight into that after the first dance to get the crowd going.
We wanted to do something for charities that are important to us so the boys had ‘Help for Heroes’ bands and the women had Alzheimer’s Society pin badges (my Grandad died from the disease a couple of years ago).
Bunting And Butterflies
I hired bunting from Bunting Queen to add my colours to the marquee and found very real looking butterflies on a link from the Martha Stewart website. I used both of these as well as lavender to bring my colours into the marquee (separate from the breakfast room). I kept my English Summer theme going with ice cream served outside from a trike by Churchfield’s. They were great and I think the kids, and me, went back for seconds. I used tea cups I had collected from second hand shops, and my Grandad had collected for me, and Andrew ordered wax and made them into candles. We put three on each table.
Our friend is also a tree surgeon so he gave us discs of wood to put people’s names on as name places. The venue was beautiful anyway and I really liked how you can put your own stamp on it. They gave us lots of advice on caterers, our hog roast etc too.
Some Friendly Advice
Don’t listen too much to other people as you can start questioning what you actually want. Make it a day that will make you happy.