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I hope you are ready for elegance and sophistication this Monday morning. Carla and Ryan’s gorgeous wedding has more than a touch of class about it.

The flowers in particular are unbelievably dreamy. Carla scoured Pinterest to gather floral inspiration and chose spray roses, lisianthus, amaranthus, gypsophila, wax flowers, asters, dahlias and eucalyptus.

Combined with elegant long white candles, silver candelabras and hanging crystals; the effect is exactly what Carla wanted – romantic and cosy. I’m sure she’ll be inspiring future Brides via Pinterest herself.

There is some serious cute factor in this wedding too, with Carla and Ryan’s two little boys acting as page boys in mini Zara suits. So adorable.

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Wedding Research Junkie

Carla The Bride: From the day my husband proposed to me, I brought every single wedding magazine off the shelf. I’ve always wanted to get married but I never imagined what it would be like, so I spent the next two years researching everything wedding!

When I first started looking at venues, I was looking in Dorset where we were living, and also looking in London because there was a chance we was moving back! We then decided to get married in Dorset no matter what, mainly because we grew very close to our priest who was going to marry us, so it would of made the day even more special.

I looked at loads of venues, and I was VERY fussy, something was always wrong, normally the interior design! I eventually found Chewton Glen, we fell in love with the venue, it was beautiful. The wedding coordinator Dahlia Hill there was amazing! She made sure everything was totally in place and nothing was impossible, she wanted to make sure we had the wedding of our dreams, and would go out of her way to help us. I called her the fairy godmother.

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I Knew What I Wanted

I knew I wanted my hair to be up so you could see all of my dress, and my make up to be quite natural with just a little bit of colour. I got lots of inspiration from pinterest, blogs & wedding mags.

After a few trials with different people I eventually found my hairdresser via my photographers Facebook page, and my make-up artist was recommend by my wedding coordinator at Chewton Glen.

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Next Step New York

I was sooooo excited about finding my dress, I went to a few local Shops in Bournemouth and found lots of lovely dresses, but not “the one”. I fell in love with the designer Enzoani so me and my mother-in-law went to the Enzoani designer day at The Wedding Shop in Essex to try on dresses from the new collection.

I had a list of 13 dresses I wanted to try on and once I got through them all I realised none of them really suited me. While I was trying on the dresses there was a gorgeous Pronovias dress called Dietrich just hanging randomly in the background on a dress rail. My mother-in-law told me to try it on and I was thinking the same thing – because it kept catching my eye.

As soon as I put it on I knew it was “the one”, it had a lovely feather detail on the front and a diamond brooch and beautiful lace! It was perfect. I didn’t have any tears, just pure relief, because I think my next step was New York! I loved telling everyone my dress had feathers on it, but wouldn’t tell anyone where, they always looked a bit worried!

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Simple But Stunning Accessories

I bought a gorgeous veil the same time I bought my dress, but three weeks before the wedding I saw a bride on a blog wearing a gorgeous veil called Jackie’O from the shop Mirror Mirror. So I called the shop and brought the veil on impulse and I’m so glad I did, as it was perfect.

My shoes…..I loved my shoes!!! They are called Vita by Jimmy Choo, the heels were 5.7 inches and I didn’t take them off until the wedding was over. They were so comfortable. I didn’t want to wear to much jewellery because my dress had a lot going on with the lace, feathers and diamond brooch, I just wore some lovely diamond pear drop earrings.

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A Very Stylish Wedding Party

My older bridesmaids wore gorgeous Ghost dresses calked Gabriella. Originally I bought all of the dresses from the on-line sale in the same colour, but then they called to say they only had two available. So I kept the two I had and then got two in lilac – it actually worked out great.

My two junior bridesmaids wore lovely white skater dresses from Miss Selfridge with matching lace white gloves, my little flower girl wore a lovely white dress bought from Boots.com. My two little boys (page boys) wore Zara. The Groom and Groomsmen had their Navy suits custom made from Moss Bros, and Ryan had our names and wedding date sewed to the inside of his jacket.

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Romantic And Cosy

I didn’t really start out with a colour scheme but because the Lake Suite in Chewton Glen was lilac and my bridesmaids dresses ended up being lilac, it sort of ended up being my colour scheme.

The main thing for me was everything tied in – so I wanted the flowers in the reception room to match the décor of the room and I wanted my bridesmaids to compliment each other. I wanted the reception room to feel romantic and cosy, lit by candle light and a few up lighters so it felt more warm and intimate.

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Flower Perfection

My bouquet was inspired by a picture I saw on Pinterest, it was gorgeous. The flower design consisted of hydrangea, mixed large headed and spray roses, freesia, and dahlia, as well as a hint of foliage with the lush lace handle.

The bridesmaids bouquet was white hydrangeas with a bit of lilac gypsophila. My church decoration had gypsophila tied with white tulle at the pew ends, and at the front of the church we had two large vases with a ball of gypsophila and tea lights around the bottom.

My reception flowers were wrapped around a lovely table candelabra. The flowers used were spray roses, roses, lissianthus, amaranthus as the feature flowers, then filling in around this was gypsophila, wax flowers, asters, dahlias and eucalyptus sprayed gold, and lovely crystals hanging down. My florist was amazing, she was so patient and helped me narrow down my choice, I had a very long Pinterest board for blooms but I was so happy with the choices we made.

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A Family Ceremony

We had our rehearsal the day before and I think that was when it finally hit us. Up until then it was all about flowers, dresses, shoes etc, but at that moment the nerves and excitement really kicked in, and the fear I was going to mess up the vows was my new worry! On the day I was so laid back, a couple of things did go wrong – including that I was getting over a stomach bug and I got poked in the eye with the mascara wand on the morning of wedding so had a red weeping eye all day! People thought I was very emotional!

But I really didn’t care, all I could do was laugh! And all that mattered to me was marrying the love of my life, so walking down the aisle and the whole ceremony was perfect. It was even more special that our little boys got to witness us getting married and came and sat with us during the ceremony.

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Sweetest Love

I found our DJ through a wedding blog, on their website they have a couple demos you could listen to and I found myself loving every song and having a little dance in my living room – so I knew I found the right DJ.

Our first dance was Sweetest Love by Robin Thicke, I used to listen to his album all the time! But my husband is more into hip hop. When we did try and pick a song together the hip hop kept coming on, so I just went with the song I liked, with his blessing of course! Halfway through our first dance we got our Mums up and both had a little dance with them to so it was really lovely.

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A Proper Sunday Roast

The food was gorgeous at our wedding. All our guests enjoyed champagne and canapés on the terrace overlooking the stunning grounds. After the drinks reception we sat down to a 3 course meal and after everyone kept saying they were totally stuffed!

The first course was thai fish cakes, since we got married on a Sunday I thought I’ll keep it simple with a Sunday roast as the main, for desserts we served a trio of desserts – chocolate brownie with ice cream, strawberry pavlova & apple tarte tatin.

Later on in the evening we served bacon baps, chips, mini burgers, cheese toasties and wedding cake. LOTS of food :-).

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Elegant Stationery

I loved our wedding invites, they were designed by Emily & Jo. The day invites were grey with silver letter press and the evening were white with grey writing. Chewton Glen provided all the stationery at the venue, including a white post box for the cards. We also had a Photobooth set up in the evening, I think it’s great to capture the fun side of a wedding.

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Don’t Lose Sight

The only bit of advice I can say is don’t lose sight of what the day is really about. If things go wrong with the decoration or if the weather’s not right etc don’t let it effect you. All that matters is the the person you’re about to marry. So enjoy and celebrate your day as much as you can.

When you look back in years to come, none of the material things will matter, but your partner will.

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Dress – Dietrich by Pronovias at The Wedding Shop
Shoes – Vita by Jimmy Choo
Hair – LadyB Event Hair Design
Bridesmaids – Ghost and Miss Selfridge
Flower Girl – Boots.com
Page Boys – Zara
Groom and Groomsmen – Bespoke at Moss Bros
Venue – Chewton Glen
Florist – Concept Flowers
DJ – Wedding Smashers
Stationery – Emily & Jo
Photography – Hayley Savage
Videography – Blooming Lovely Films

The flowers are stunning aren’t they?

Carla and Ryan look giddy with happiness in all of the images too.

And you’d never be able to tell that Carla had been stabbed in the eye with a mascara wand…she looks radiant.

Lots of love,
Fern x

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Back To Nature.

When you see an inspiration shoot is there sometimes so many pieces of pretty that’s it a bit well…. overwhelming?

And sometimes, is it difficult to put what you see into the context of your own celebration?

I get it. Honestly I do. And when we put a feature of this type together we try to separate everything out as best we can, throw the really accessible ideas out there BIG AND BOLD so you can pin until your hearts content.

This afternoon’s farm and woodland affair is all about the flowers. And the CAKES. Not only was there a frilly one topped with sylvanian families (I had like the ENTIRE collection as a kid) but there is also a NAKED PAINT CAKE.

Yeah – I want it for the name alone.

That’s not to say there are not a few hair, make-up and fashion ideas to steal too, all captured beautifully by RMW sponsor Lily and Frank photography.

Catherine at Lily and Frank: This shoot was a collaboration between myself (Catherine – www.lilyandfrank.co.uk), Steph at Fairynuff Flowers and Andrea at Cakes By Sugar. We had worked together on a previous creative shoot and this time wanted to put together a different more bolder look and feel to a creative shoot.

We initially wanted to involve chickens or animals in some way and we were incredibly lucky to get Jimmy’s Farm for the location and we loved the idea of having a couple getting married and having their wedding feast on a working farm.

We created two looks one using the woodlands of the farm that it is usually used by picnicking children and families who create dens from the fallen branches.

We decorated a den with a chandelier, mirror, side table, flowers and cakes to create a bold, bright, magical look. Using fallen logs and branches we created a feast of the rainbow bright cakes and flowers.

We wanted a gorgeous red head to complete the look and the fabulous dresses were from Johanna Hehir, her creations have a whimsical, ethereal feel which worked perfectly with our whole look.

Our second look was inspired by the barn and animals – more of a Miss Potter feel with muted, pale pastel colours and a table set up in a pig sty!

A more structure bridal outfit (again from Johanna Hehir) a contemporary oversized bow hair style (created by Kaz Fernando).

The centre piece table was laden with handmade cakes and flowers that complimented the theme. Bride, Groom and Flower Girl all wore Hunter boots and chickens, pigs and guinea pigs all featured as guests.

Overall we were really inspired to do something a little different, mixing the prettiness of all the gorgeous accessories in a place like a farm, woodland and barn, where you wouldn’t traditionally expect a wedding to be taking place.

Location: Jimmys Farm

Photography: Catherine, Lily & Frank Photography

Florist: Steph FairyNuff Flowers

Cakes: Andrea Cake By Sugar

Make Up & Hair: Kaz Fernando

Dresses by Johanna Hehir

Bridesmaids Dress Harrington and Cleur at Wedding Shoppe Surrey by Nicki MacFarlane

I am very much liking the lace curtains hanging from trees. And you don’t have to have a woodland W-day for this specifically, how about using as decor for any kind of outdoor ceremony? or how about hung from trees at any and every reception venue possible?

I’m thinking super pretty backdrop for a photo booth in particular – the mirror frames would work really well for this too.

And um…can someone (anyone?) get thee a naked paint cake ASAP?

Big Inspirational Love

Charlotte xxx

P.S How much do you appreciate the aesthetic appeal of the buttonhole? Pretty right? And no I was not in any way referring to the man specimen wearing said buttonhole….ok so maybe I was. A bit.

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