Cripps Barn is just made for winter weddings. Huge fireplaces, lots of nooks for an abundance of candles and cosy spaces for dining once night falls…it really is a magical place. Gorgeous Bride Jessica looks divine in a minimal, sophisticated gown by Stewart Parvin and her bridesmaids in cornflower blue skirts are SO on trend. This look is universally flattering and we think blue is set to be huge for bridesmaids next year (our very own founder Charlotte O’Shea said so on our podcast)!
The dreamy images come from David Jenkins who shoots regularly at Cripps, and you can really tell. Everything feels so natural and beautiful, and that winter light is just breathtaking!
If you follow our bride, Insta Famous Florist Joanna from the Catherine Muller Flower School in London you will not be surprised to see such a cool, fun, chilled out wedding. You will be surprised to see that Joanna opted for her wedding to be a no flower zone! Yep, apart from Joanna’s flower crown and groom Samir’s buttonhole, there isn’t a lavish instalment in sight. Read why and you will totally get it.
This beautiful pair went for a British tweed countryside wedding complete with Vintage Fun Fair! I know!!!!! In real life! It’s amazing and more.
Can we just take a moment to admire the back of bride Alice’s Rose & Delilah gown. I love that the gorgeous cowel back could easily removed to reveal the prettiest lace low back detail in the evening, giving the illusion of two gowns. Her best girls look just as effortlessly chic in different styled gowns, but the same beautiful pink blush shade by Maids to Measure too.
The whole country wedding was blessed with sunshine, and was the perfect opportunity to enjoy a drinks reception and Mediterranean canapés on the lawns overlooking the Somerset countryside, with all the love, fun, fashion and florals captured beautifully by David Jenkins Photography
The emotion of this city wedding really shines through all the pictures captured by David Jenkins Photography. Everybody is full of smiles and having a good time, non more so than our gorgeous bride and groom Goldie & Rick.
Rick’s face literally says it all the moment Goldie enters The Asylum ceremony in her breathtaking lace Inbal Dror gown, there is no denying how absolutely jaw dropping-ly beautiful she looks, plus her face equally lights up as they say their vows at the iconic and atmospheric altar filled with church candles.
Culminating in a relaxed pub reception at The Londesborough with a fabulous pork pie tower wedding cake, this wedding will have you beaming from ear to ear.
Zoe and Nathan are possibly one of the chicest couples whose wedding day I’ve ever had the pleasure of blogging. Everything is utterly elegant, from their exquisite wedding cake, to Zoe’s fishtail Pronovias lace frock and her savvy maids. The pair said I do in January starting the brand new year off with a bang as sparkly new Mr & Mrs at the iconic ICA in the centre of London.
I’m more than a little bit jealous since groom Nathan is a shoe designer so he willingly took Zoe to Manolo Blahnik to look for her wedding shoes! What a dreamboat! I’m not going to say too much more but instead will let the pictures, taken by David Jenkins do all the talking…
Bring on summer days and romance I say, especially if the outcome is as divine as this classic English country wedding.
Melissa & Julian knew they wanted an intimate and laid back celebration with their closest family and friends and found their dream venue Thyme in the Cotswolds. A fabulous blank canvas rustic barn which they decorated with hessian runners, candle light and wooden crates filled with delicious peach blooms. All looking unbelievably cosy and elegant.
It’s not often that we get to share weddings in Spain with you lovelies but our luck has changed this afternoon with Helen and Ben’s luminous big day in Gaucin.
It’s a bright and breezy affair with panoramic views galore and a thirst-quenching orange and navy colour scheme that has me reaching for the Pin It button. I adore how Helen has opted to integrate both the colour and the fruit into all parts of her big day – from her bouquet to the decor on their aisle canopy all the way through to her table centrepieces.
And can we just take a moment to gawp over Helen’s luscious mane; it’s so long and so thick that I’m really very VERY envious right now.
Good morning you gorgeous lot! By jove, have we got some pretty for you this morning in the form of Hannah and Shaun’s big day courtesy of David Jenkins Photography. Actually scrap that, this wedding isn’t just pretty…it’s a BEAUTY.
There are hot maids in off the shoulder neutral dresses (off the shoulder is having such a moment right now and I for one LOVE it!), decadent bouquets filled with creamy peonies and plenty of dapper men in Kilts for the Scottish ladies out there! In fact there are three generations of men in the ‘Malcolm’ tartan if we’re going to be specific about it – I for one am very impressed.
Oh and there’s the delicious illustrated menus, the AMAZING cakes and the sassy group shots. I promise you that you’ll love it all!
I just love this wedding, part 2 is just as good as the first one and David Jenkins has captured some of the most amazing people shots I’ve seen on Rock My Wedding, full of emotion and hidden moments. Just goes to show, even a stylish city wedding can be just as heart warming…
The Groom bought a black tux from a designer in Turkey – ‘cause that’s what he felt fab in and for the shopping experience with his family.
He looked super lovely and I couldn’t wait to get down the aisle to him.
We asked the Groomsmen to just wear a fabulous suit!
Heart Warming Photography
We were recommended David Jenkins and as soon as we saw his photography we knew we wanted him. His photography fit the theme of the wedding – classy and heart warming.
A Centerpiece sensation
For the room centre piece we had a metre tall lily vase with tall twisted willow with dark red Black Baccara Amaryllis for visual impact, by RebelRebel.
1901, where we had the reception was such a beautiful room that we let it speak for itself – just the flowers on the tables.
In a very British environment, we wanted to introduce Turkish touches and gave each guest a Turkish Evil Eye for good luck.
Good M&S Sponge
We bought our cake from Marks & Spencers. Price was the major deciding factor. And you know you’ll get a good sponge at M&S!
The cake was in keeping with a our wedding – white chocolate with white chocolate flowers cascading down the three tiers.
A Right Good Party!
We wanted a right good party so we knew we had to have a bongo player with our DJ. We found DiskoJuice who went one better with DJ, bongos AND saxophonist. AMAZING! We danced to the latest tunes to get everyone on the dance floor spiced up with Turkish vibes where the entire crowd joined in as one.
Keeping it personal
We have been extremely touched by people’s response to our wedding. Many people have said to us it was the best wedding they’ve ever been too. We say that it’s because we designed the wedding for our guests. For them to feel at home, able to be themselves and have fun.
The ceremony was translated by our dear friend Burcu Orhan who did amazing job of bringing the Turkish and British cultures together and warmth and fun to the ceremony. We printed translated order of service, readings, menus etc. We followed the Turkish tradition and rushed to step on each others foot to have the upper hand in the marriage. Mehmet says he did the gentlemanly thing and let Clare win. Hmmmm. We also brought in Turkish coffee and Turkish delights for after dinner
We had our dear friend Chris Biddle MC the reception. He was unbelievably good – bringing warmth, love and humour to the room. Andaz were so impressed they put him on their books for anyone who wants a more informal MC!
We chose to party in The Temple – an amazing listed room ‘straight out of the movies’ It didn’t need anymore dressing than candles. We also asked the guests to participate on each table by playing a game where they had to guess each other’s interesting fact. We couldn’t believe some of the interesting facts from our friends! It was a major hit with everyone at the wedding.
Accept that it’s going to be stressful and there will be things that go wrong AND it will work beautifully in the end – so relax!
Prep the ushers and bridesmaid so they know what’s expected of them – they are your ‘rocks’ on the day.
Focus on the guest’s experience of the wedding rather than the napkins matching.
Let people do their jobs.
Are you having a contemporary wedding? And do you have any cultural traditions to incorporate in your day… we’d love to hear about it!
Thank you to David Jenkins for submitting this chic and special wedding and Clare and Mehmet for allowing us to share it.