Each location of this classic wedding is breathtaking. From the wedding ceremony at Ely Cathedral, Surrey, to the quintessentially British wedding venue Chippenham Park with its picturesque lakes and gardens overlooked from the marquee reception.
All of the prettiness was complimented with delicate pastel shades of pink and mint green fashion and flowers, with the absolute ‘pièce de résistance’ being Bride Michelle in her stunning Sophia Tolli gown. Not only does she look an absolute vision, but the back detail is truly exquisite.
Eliza Claire has brought the story and vision of this adorable wedding and couple to life, so sit back, relax, and enjoy.
We’re kick starting the Bank Holiday weekend with this laid back wedding at the Brides parents farm. Kate & Goose begged, borrowed and DIY-ed their way through the planning process to have the wedding of their dreams.
Kate’s dad built a bar, a barn(!) and loaned the gorgeous couple his fabulous collection of cars so Kate could ride off into the sunset with her new husband just as she’d always dreamed. They had a picnic hamper starter, followed by home reared lamb caved at the tables and a jolly good time.
Kate looks gorgeous in a Pronovias White One lace gown and her maids are in the most gorgeous shade of green Ghost dresses, with Eliza Claire capturing all heartfelt wonderful moments of this English country garden wedding unfolding.
How utterly divine is the lace V back on Bride Sophie’s Rose and Delilah gown? And have you clocked her bridal up do yet? She looks absolutely stunning from head to toe.
Also taking my breath away are the flowers adorning Jamie’s Italian on Threadneedle Street in London. They’ve made the perfect backdrop for all the heartfelt speech portraits captured by Eliza Claire Photography. Keeping things simple with a white and greenery palette, complimenting and softening the industrial vibe of the venue beautifully.
I love the quintessentially vintage vibe to this chic London wedding. That header image above captured by Eliza Claire of the Bride, Groom and bridesmaids, lead by a bag piper, (and followed by the wedding guests) strolling along the city streets is pure magic. What a procession. And what fabulous fashion. Just look at those hives, and how exquisite is Kayleigh’s Stephanie Allen Martine gown? No wonder she knew it was ‘the one’ as soon as she put it on.
The historic Museum of the Order of St Johns where Kayleigh and Steve held there ceremony is simply breathtaking and makes a gorgeous and incredibly romantic backdrop for the nuptials, plus only a short walk away the stylish Peasant gastro pub decked in bunting and bright florals was the only choice for this couples celebration.
Also make sure you read to the end to ensure you don’t miss out on the incredible piece of advice bride Kayleigh shares. I certainly wish I’d done this on my big day.
Billie and HB got married in France. A stunning venue with gorgeous views and a very special ceremony. One like I’ve never seen before.
I also have serious statement necklace envy. Billie’s look is one of my favourites of the year so far. I love a quick change up for the evening do (cue said statement necklace). And the bridesmaids! A beautiful sea of ivory goddesses. Oouff. Ruddy gorgeous.
Billie The Bride: HB and I got married at my Mum and step-dad’s house in the Pyrenees in France. It was somewhere that I had spent time as a child, and had fond memories of. The views are amazing and despite us having some rain the day was mainly bright and glorious.
Subtle But Smokey
My friend is great with hair and so she id my hair on the day. I did my own make up. I wanted to keep it quite soft with a subtle but smokey eye.
My dress was from Emma Victoria Payne Bespoke. I was absolutely thrilled with it. It could be tied in two ways to give me a day and an evening look. Sort of two dresses in one! It was so fun to be able to change it up a little bit. I teamed it with a statement necklace, a matching hairpiece and some super sky high heels.
I wore a veil during the ceremony and then took it off when I changed my dress straps for the wedding breakfast to totally transform the look.
Clean And Fresh
My beautiful bridemaids all wore dresses from Maids to Measure. They were all ivory but slightly different styles. I wanted to keep the look of the day very white and clean and fresh and the dresses worked perfectly.
HB looked amazing. He and the groomsmen wore a deep blue suit. HB had a wasitcoat with his to make him stand apart a little. The brown belts and shoes really complimented the colour of the suits and he looked very handsome waiting for me at the foot of the aisle.
The colour scheme was white. Lots of white. From the bridesmaids dresses to the flowers and chairs. We used lots of Gypsophela to create a soft look and also had white roses and fresias. The flowers were all from a local florist in the village of Salies du salet.
There is only one wedding celebrant in the whole town where we got married. He performed a Budhist inspired ceremony for us. Buddhists believe that marriage is based on deep mutual respect between the couple and that the union should be a mix of differing strengths and abilities from the man and woman. It was very special.
Keeping It In the Family
My brother and his band provided the evenings entertainment. The dance floor was packed all night. It was such a great party!
A Few Moments Away
A favourite part of the day for us was stepping outside following the ceremony, by ourselves, in the rain and taking a couple of moments to absorb what had just happened. Our photographer Eliza captured it from afar and the photo of HB punching the air really makes me smile!
If I was HB, I’d be punching the air too! What a gorgeous bride. The ‘two ways to wear the dress’ thing is amazing. I love the idea of having a different look for day and night. And how about that necklace?? Told you it was immense didn’t I.
Are any of you going statement with your jewwellery?
If you are for any reason feeling a little emotional or weepy right now then look. away. from. the. blog.
Some of the portraits and speeches shots of Nic and James are completely moving, in the tear-jerkingly-so sense. I suggest a box of kleenex or those fancy tissues containing moisturising ingredients that aim to prevent a look that may rival Rudolph.
These images are the perfect combination of late afternoon Spring sunshine, laughter and love…
Enjoy you gorgeous lot.
A Hint Of Vintage
We chose Eliza Claire after being excited about seeing her online portfolio of vintage style photography. When we met her we all got on well and I knew that we would easily be able to relax in front of the camera with her. The engagement shoot helped us to get to know her and get used to the camera and we have some fantastic shots of our favourite London haunts.
Eliza is great fun to work with and you really feel like she is a part of the day rather than an outsider.
We chose James’ mum Christine to create our wedding cake as she has created some amazing cakes during James childhood including an infamous Rugby scrum birthday cake, so we knew we were in good hands. The cake had four tiers in the end, the base a well preserved fruit cake. We chose lemon drizzle to tie in with our lemon yellow theme and carrot cake which is our favourite type of cake.
Christine also made us a small top tier of fruit especially for us to keep. It looked amazing and she had managed to decorate it with beautiful yellow spray roses from Ruby & Grace.
Not Your Average Entertainment
For entertainment we chose Dave Hudgins at Not your Average DJ. We chose Dave because didn’t want the standard wedding music fair of ‘Come on Eileen’. We wanted a Motown selection that weaved into some of our favourite funky house tunes.
Our first dance was Sway by Dean Martin I really didn’t want to have the school disco scenario where you are stumbling around in circles, plus James can actually dance which helps a lot. We had ballroom dancing lessons at Pineapple Studios with Michael Litke who is an excellent teacher, and practiced our bespoke routine of Rumba, Foxtrot and Cha Cha Cha everyday for two weeks before the wedding. We chose the song because it fitted so well with the style of dancing we had been learning and allowed us to inject some personality with the funky intro.
We really wanted to tie in the favours with our colour scheme and have something hand made, they also doubled up as place names. We decided on lemon and apple flavoured bonbons from Mrs Kibbles in St Christopher’s Place. We filled 64 hexagonal glass jars and finished the look off with green and white gingham tied with yellow ribbon, and individually designed place names.
St George’s Day
We decided to have a kissing booth created to create a fun vibe and focal point for photographs, we also wanted to help the Japanese Red Cross as we were due to honeymoon in Japan before the Tsunami hit the area. The kissing booth was designed and built by James’ brother in-law Nick, who did a great job in bringing our vision to life in the St Georges theme.
Choosing A Colour Scheme That’s You
I think choosing yellow & green as a colour scheme looked really striking and I wanted it to be different from the usual girly pinks you see at weddings, it allows you to strike the male/female balance. It tied in really well with the venue colours and also springtime! I think that it’s worth making the effort with the small details, as they make everything so interesting to put together and leaves the lasting impact.
A Special Day
It was such a special day and I was amazed by how well everything came together in the end, there is a lot of stress in the build up and all I would say is try and relax and enjoy every minute of it as it all happens so quickly.
It also helps if you find a great venue and Stoke Place and the staff were incredible at making our day go so smoothly and making people feel at ease, I don’t think anyone wanted to leave.
Write lists, lots of lists!
My bridesmaid charlotte bought me ‘Your pocket wedding planner’ book, which I found invaluable to help plan our big day. It has checklists all the way through helping you to ensure every little detail is covered.
We don’t feature the “throwing the bouquet” images often and that’s a shame, like my crush on anything with a sprinkle of confetti this moment is a truly great one (if you can bear to part with your blooms of course!)
Let me know if you are considering a citrus palette for W-day 😉
My skyscraper four inch “Vivian” open toe heels were from Dune. They are silver beaded Art Deco style shoes which sparkle beautifully, oh and I had to have the matching bag as well!
I had three simple strand of pearl bracelets, two were from Accessorize and the third was my something borrowed from my friend Karen. My something old was my grandmother’s broach which helped to tie my stole together. I didn’t want to wear a necklace because I didn’t want it to detract from the beading detail at the top of my dress, so I bought some beautiful statement earrings online which completed the look.
I bought my dress from Ronald Joyce at Berketex in Nottingham, they have the most amazing changing rooms too. It was the twelfth dress I tried on and it instantly made me feel very emotional. After walking out of the changing room to meet the bridesmaids we were all in tears to I knew that was a good sign. I love the satin fabric the most about the dress as it is beautifully soft. I love the fact that it looks so elegant and fits in with the vintage 1920’s style that we were aiming for.
My maid of Honour (Louise B!) found Two Birds Bridesmaids online and so we went to their cute shop in Notting Hill and were pleasantly surprised by how all four of my maids loved the dress and the unique different ways of wearing it. I also wanted to have two of each colour so this allowed me to easily compliment the girls with the scheme and their own style.
All the girls wore single pearl earrings and a simple silver necklace with a single pearl, with the exception of Alice who wore her pearl necklace bequeathed to her by her grandmother. My sister (Louise) wore her own adaption of the dress style, which Two Birds have named the “Louise”. They completed the look with yellow spray roses in their hair and pearl wrist corsages by Ruby & Grace.
A Slick Groom
James bought his suit from Ted Baker and tied in the yellow colour scheme with a Craspedia and spray rose buttonhole. He finished off the look with a twenties slick hair style that he revealed on the day.
An English Rose
I found Emily-Rose through her website and after a trial I was confident that we were in good hands. On the day Emily was amazingly calm and chatty making everyone look their best, on hand with all the finishing touches. I have received so many lovely compliments about my make up, I would highly recommend Emily to any bride.
We instantly fell in love with the venue after places finding it online after scouring half the country! When we first visited the venue it was the perfect mix of combining character with modern country and we felt at ease. We had visited so many that were very grand and nowhere near as welcoming as Stoke Place. I love the fact that in the end we found somewhere in Buckinghamshire to get married, as we first met in Buckingham.
Hannah Bignell at Ruby & Grace, Pangbourne, I really liked Hannah’s friendliness and calm manner she really put me at ease and was really helpful with suggesting seasonal flowers that would work with my colour scheme. She even picked me up from the station in her work van on our first meeting, so I knew she was going to be reliable!
On the day I was blown away with my beautiful bouquet I couldn’t put it down, it contained cream roses, peonies, small yellow spray roses, crespdia, raunculus, viburnum and paperwhites with flowering jasmine, it smelt amazing and was held together with a satin ribbon and tiny pearl pins. The table arrangements surpassed all my expectations, each table arrangement was a unique yellow flower type with green viburnum in clear glass kiln jars.