There is just so much prettiness and elegance to enjoy at this relaxed wedding at Gaynes Park, Essex, I don’t know where to begin.
White Stag Wedding Photography‘s light and airy style couldn’t be more perfect to capture all the love and country vibes, I really feel like I’m there celebrating with the gorgeous couple, basking in the delights it has to offer.
Bride Rebecca looks mesmerising in a lace gown from Blackburn Bridal, and the bridesmaids sweet in blush pink and grey multiway dresses. Plus the groomsmen three piece navy suits with horseshoe waistcoat are both stylish and timeless.
I’m not sure what the weather is doing in your neck of the woods, but it’s currently grey and dismal where I am, so this wedding flooded with light is brightening my day no end. Enjoy lovely ones.
If you like your weddings stripped back and stylish then you’re going to adore Claire & Terry’s big day. They chose the stunning Watergate Bay Hotel as their venue. With far reaching views across the bay, easy access to the coastal path and beach, Scandi-Chic decor and incredible food, it really is the best hotel to host your wedding day. Plus everyone can really let their hair down, as they can all stay at the hotel after the party.
Claire & Terry’s sartorial choices are spot on, Claire looks stunning in a gown by Blackburn Bridal and her bridesmaids are some of the most gorgeous I’ve ever seen! The images of them all frolicking on the beach are just perfect. The boys don’t let the side down either, all looking rather dapper in black suits with braces and vintage tie clips.
Images come from Sebastien Boudot, whose work we’ve featured several times before, but on French soil, so it’s lovely to share some of his work from a wedding that took place right here. Enjoy lovely ones!
This wedding is quite possibly one of my favourite weddings EVER to grace these pages. I know, that’s a big statement, but there is literally nothing that I don’t love about it. Jessica’s gorgeous Delphine Manivet dress, the Bridesmaids in navy, the gin table centrepieces, the incredible architecture of their Italian venue, La Domus – every single detail is beautiful. The photography and videography are also stunning, Studio A+Q and Happy Wedding Films have done an amazing job and I would highly recommend settling down with a cup of tea and savouring this wedding properly.
I loved reading Jessica’s write up too and it’s full of great tips for those of you planning a destination wedding. And she has written one of the loveliest pieces of advice I’ve ever read for a wedding day – ‘Pierre and I resolved to stick by each other’s side all day, and as such all of my memories of the wedding itself have him in them – which is exactly as it should be.’
And it always make us feel really happy when we read that you lovely lot have found suppliers via Rock My Wedding and Jessica and Pinch found Studio A+Q via a wedding featured right here. Right, are you sitting comfortably? Then let’s begin…
Oh this wedding is dapper with a capital ‘D’ with a very generous dollop of romance thrown in for good measure. Tara’s Sarah Janks’ frock is beautiful; in fact she reminds me of Tatiana from a Midsummer Night’s Dream all dressed in blush lace and tulle and frothy skirt and matching floral crown. Groom, Harvey, is clearly as proud as punch to be marrying his girl!
The pair married at Chaucer Barn in Norfolk against a backdrop of rustic charm and hay bales. I’m also seriously loving the copper toned table names which is the perfect way to inject a bit of personality and sentimentality into the day.
Now isn’t this fabulous. A weekend long celebration with family and friends from all over the country, enjoying the stunning Georgian house and grounds of Kingston Estate in Devon.
It’s lovely when the sun is shining, it means couples can take full advantage of the outside, having ceremonies under Pagoda’s, speeches on the terrace and star filled first dances in the courtyard. Creating some truly magical moments and pictures captured by Story and Colour.
The bright fashion and flowers are utterly immense too, guaranteed to make you smile and swoon with pure delight. Sarah’s Eliza Jane Howell ‘Jayne’ gown in particular is just heavenly, and I love that she changed her look after the ceremony by removing her veil and adding a delicate flower crown. Such a pretty classic country wedding.
Our final wedding for the week is a lovely, relaxed London affair. Abby and Lawrence chose the beautiful and elegant Victorian conservatory at the Horniman Museum as their ceremony venue, followed by an informal reception at The Artisan of Clerkenwell, which just looks so cosy and welcoming and like the perfect place to celebrate your marriage with family and friends.
I love Abby’s choice of colour scheme – peach and rose gold was always going to be a winning combination and it’s feminine, pretty and delicate and works perfectly with the more masculine dark brown tones of the reception venue.
A London wedding wouldn’t be complete without the route master buses and I love that Abby and Lawrence provided their guests with champagne and goodie bags full of treats for the journey.
There are also some rather fabulous ‘just married’ lanterns that I know lots of you are going to want for your big day too…
Ailsa and James married at The Orleans House Gallery – a venue that’s fast becoming a favourite of mine – in Richmond, London amongst coppery leaves in the crisp Autumn air. I’m not going to deny it, October is one of my favourite wedding months for obvious reasons and this big day is no exception.
As a L.K.Bennett fan I’m particularly smitten with Ailsa’s blue courts from the brand – her something blue along with her navy maids – as well as with her soft antique toned rose bouquet which is the perfect hue for Autumn weddings in my opinion.
I’m also really adoring the fact that this gorgeous pair had their reception at the White Horse Pub choosing to keep their decor simple but no less elegant whilst treating their guests to traditional pub grub.
Amy and Andy certainly know how to throw a party. And throw a party they did – more specifically a big day that embraced a fusion of Welsh and Greek Cypriot wedding traditions and I have a feeling that you’re going to love it!
Personally I have a lot of love for this wedding. Amy’s exquisite lace Claire Pettibone wedding gown? Yep love that! The luscious colour pop bouquet? Adore that! The floral pitchers used for the table centrepieces? Absolutely need those in my life! And let’s not forget the epic dancing at the end – those guests have ALL the moves!
Lastly don’t you think that Amy’s dad looks as proud as punch walking her down the aisle.
We do love an alternative colour palette here at RMW HQ, especially one that is both opulent and pretty. Stylist Elisabetta at Linen and Silk chose teal with accents of gold set against a neutral back-drop of white on white.
The gowns and statement jewellery are divine, such perfect choices for the romantic location of Ranger’s House. I defy any of you not to fall in love with the tulle polka dot and the intricate statement cuff – I know I have.
Elisabetta offers plenty of useful styling and planning tips throughout the post so make sure you grab yourself a cup of tea and a biscuit (or um…a few biscuits) and drop any styling questions or queries in the comment box below.
Enjoy you gorgeous lot you.
Elisabetta from Linen and Silk Weddings: The inspiration behind this photoshoot came about when I visited the actual location of this shoot – Ranger’s House. This opulent Georgian mansion, housing a rare art collection by Sir Wernher, is often used by mature couples or second marriages, so I decided to take on the challenge to show how a younger bride, with an appreciation for traditions and art, could style this venue in a fresh and stylish way, without compromising its integrity.
When I first visited Ranger’s House, I was immediately struck by the amount of gold and the imposing painted tapestry hanging on the walls. One thing that is often hard to do with environments like this is introducing colour in a way that doesn’t clash or create a cluttered feel. After spending some time looking at the images of the venue, I picked on teal and accents of gold to bring out some of the tones and colours of the artifacts within the main hall of Ranger’s House, while graciously introducing more modern touches in the shapes of our props, table styling, and the stationery, all complemented by a neutral white base.
This vision was brought to light with the help of a fantastic team of suppliers, and then beautifully captured by photographer Fiona Kelly, who with her experience as photographic art director, added a creative and editorial flair to the whole shoot.
Our table was styled with linens and chairs by Jones Hire, and crockery and glasswear by India Jane, a home interior shop that has now launched a gift list service. I liked the elegant, yet less traditional shape of the plates, as it made the table, otherwise linear and minimal in its decor, look more dynamic. To add colour and tie in with the theme, we used aqua-coloured wine glasses and asked Reshmi of Anges de Sucre to create some cute teal macarons favors with gold speckles.
All our stationery, chair pompoms and balloons were supplied by Eagle Eyed Bride, purveyors of stylish stationery and décor. I briefed Katie asking her to think about a bride who is chic, elegant, loves art, but is modern at the same time. What she came up with is the perfect representation of the bride I had in mind. Katie created a stunning stationery suite that incorporates a modern element (chevrons) with a more traditional element (lace), which are gold-foiled for a high shine contemporary look.. The stationery in the Ranger’s House shoot became part of their Modern Metallics Collection. Eagle Eyed Bride also came up with giant gold initials as an alternative to the traditional guest book, and a contemporary table plan with hanging names for each of the guests.
Floral designer and stylist Jodie of Boutique Blooms interpreted the theme with some gorgeous white hydrangea and gypsophila, arranged on bold teal and gold vases – the focus of our table set up. For the bridal bouquets, Jodie and I agreed to explore the option of something colourful, yet modern and non-conventional – she created three bouquets with hydrangea, brunia albaflora & silver tree protea (the silver and green bouquet) and king protea and china grass (the single flower bouquet) which beautifully complemented the three bridal looks we had created.
Abi of The Abigail Bloom Cake Co. is the woman behind our stunning cake. Inspired by the room where we were shooting, she created a 5-tiers cake decorated with a hand-painted gold rose and leaves.
The choice of dresses was utterly important for us. I’d seen a lot of vintage and lace this past season, and I really wanted dresses that were elegant and timeless, but also modern and fresh.
Blackburn Bridal offered three stunning gowns by Clinton Lotter and Sarah Janks, which we used to create a range of bridal looks to represent three different, contemporary brides – a confident bride (wearing ‘Garbo’ by Clinton Lotter, a strapless Graecian dress with an intricate gold belt), a sophisticated bride (wearing ‘Acacia’ by Sarah Janks with a stunning sheer back), and a young romantic bride (wearing a timeless spotty tulle dress by Clinton Lotter with an Audrey Hepburn feel and a sweet hair bow to add a touch of youthfulness), all styled by hair-stylist Hayley Frances and make up artist Carla Ramsey who worked together to bring to life the vision I had in mind for each of the three looks.
Our shoes were supplied by Upper Street – an online shop with a studio in London (by appointment only) where brides can design their own bespoke bridal shoes. For this shoot we used a glam platform peep-toe heel with white Italian satin and white snakeskin details.
All accessories were intentionally chosen from a range of bridal and non-bridal jewellery by Glitzy Secrets and Stella & Dot. Every piece was selected in relation to each bridal style and with the intention of giving our bride a modern romantic look that remains faithful to her youthful personality.
If there were a word of advice I would give to any bride trying to come up for a theme of her wedding is this: think about your personality and stay true to who you are. Look at the venue you have chosen and see if you can find something within (perhaps colours or patterns) that can inspire your theme. Once you have identified it, get a scrapbook or if you’re more technically savvy, head over to Pinterest and create your own moodboard thinking about as many elements as you possibly can. Once this is done, it will be a lot easier to narrow down your choices and stick to a theme that is truly you.