This beautiful BBQ wedding is the ultimate summer celebration, combining everyone’s favourite al fresco dining option with a gorgeous secret garden ceremony. Ghost chairs, a sweetheart table and an off-the-shoulder Pronovias wedding dress all feature, alongside perspex signs and the prettiest florals. There’s also some incredibly sweet and personal captures, from the reaction of an emotional guest seeing the blushing bride walk down the aisle to the cutest flower girl playing Jenga. Oh, and did we mention the appearance of the Red Arrows? This is the sort of summer day we all dream of.
Picture perfect wedding galleries make our hearts soar, so we were excited to receive this album of fine art photography showcasing Sandra & Zeeshan’s stylish celebrations at Hedsor House. Overlooking the River Thames, our bride and groom describe the venue as a ‘destination wedding on their doorstep’, and it truly does have the feel of an Italianate-style mansion with the beauty of being only a stone’s throw outside the Big Smoke. Classic styling and seasonal flowers mean every inch of the wedding remains as elegant as the stunning surroundings, and guests greatly enjoyed mocktails and canapes in the gorgeous grounds before heading inside for a delicious wedding breakfast created by Caper & Berry. If you’re looking for grace and good taste – alongside plenty of fun and laughter – this wedding is the one.
Stop what you’re doing and take a breath, for this wedding is going to leave you breathless. Chateau La Durantie in the Dordogne is divine, and our lovely couple certainly make the most of the gorgeous gardens and fairytale castle during their wedding celebrations, with an outdoor ceremony, outdoor seating area and inside-outside marquee. Sandwiched between two stormy days, their wedding celebrations are drenched in sunshine – which explains why the party ends up in the pool! With a pastel macaroon tower, Pronovias dress and hot pink heels to boot (can you spot the little fashionista giving them a try?), this wedding is all things pretty. Enjoy.
I do like to be beside the seaside, I do love a wedding by the sea! This delightful Devon celebration, at the stunning coastal venue of Tunnels Beaches, has all the ingredients of a great day at the beach, with the added bonus of a beautiful wedding ceremony and reception. Think a cliffside courtyard with gypsophila arch, a BBQ buffet, and a bride playing the frisbee – that’s a first for us! Set against a backdrop of clear blue skies and a private beach, this will have you dreaming of summer days – and reaching for an ice-cream (mint choc chip for me, please!).
If you’re looking for fierce bridal fashion, look no further: this bridal cape veil and lace fishtail dress by Pronovias is perfection. And for bride Claudia, it was clearly meant to be after someone accidentally posted photos of another dress she had chosen on Facebook instead of sending them to her privately. Eek! Which just goes to show that everything happens for a reason, as this gown could not be more suited to Claudia’s own style. In fact, this was not the only mishap our plucky couple encountered in their wedding planning journey, with their original photographer cancelling following a double booking. But again, all worked out for the best when On Love and Photography stepped up to the mark, delivering a catalogue of exquisite captures which we are thrilled to be sharing with you today.
This beautifully executed, elegant pink & white wedding was all down to the planning skills of Lindy Dowling, but with a venue like Notley Abbey, mesmerising flowers by Wild Orchid and an adorable couple such as Laura and Mike it was no wonder Natalie J Weddings was able to capture such magic.
Everything looks, relaxed, incredibly beautiful and super fun to boot. Who wouldn’t want a fairytale wedding like this…
It’s Part 2 and it is breathtaking.
If you thought Part 1 couldn’t get more beautiful, then feast your peepers people!
Even better, Julia is selling her gorgeous pronovias gown on undress, so do go and check it out if you fancy a bargain!
Perfectly Pink Blooms
I photographed Gulsen and Jons wedding last year and when I met her I commented on how stunning her flowers were. What I hadn’t realized was she did them all herself. So when it came to decorating the venue I knew she was the girl for the job.
We both worked quite closely together on ideas as I had a very clear idea on what I did want. I adore flowers so I made sure I had lots of different varieties and as many as possible, all in shades of pink to compliment the pink staircase at Beauberry House.
I particularly loved the heart arrangement, which was truly stunning and felt sad that it would last more than a few days. Gulsen was particularly good as she knew I was stuck at home on crutches she came to my home to show me samples and discuss the details. They also created the lovely candy bar for us.
However my stunning bouquet and our mothers corsages which were all stunning works of art, were a gift from Pesh flowers. Pesh’s work is truly amazing and my bouquet was no exception, it was perfect.
My lovely ex house mate, Sarah Moriarty has made wedding cakes for years and my birthday cakes so I knew I would ask her to create our cute cupcakes.
I bought the cupcake wrappers from Lindys cakes. As well as the cake she made individual initial cookies for all our guests napkins. Everyone had their own initial. It’s easier to be personal when you have less guests!
We went for useful favours. So during the ceremony all the chairs had paper fans to keep them cool, which turned out to be very handy as it was baking hot that day. Then on their dinner chairs all the ladies had pashminas to keep them warm in the evening. Everyone had their own initial cookie too!
Dancing with Elvis
At another wedding we shot last year, the bride and groom had organized surprise entertainment in the form of Chinese Elvis. Everyone was dancing instantly and in fits of hysterics. My friend Lia (photographer) introduced us and she is the biggest Elvis fan I have ever met so it seemed like an extra special surprise for her too. After our first dance he surprised everyone by making an entrance, after the initial shock everyone was dancing. IT was a massive highlight.
“Elvis” recommended the very talented Simon Henderson also know as https://www.bestdjintown.com/ who was fab and really kept the party going
Now it feels like all our influences are from other people’s weddings! But our first dance, like entertainment & flowers, was inspired by a wedding photography client (in fact our first wedding we went to together.)
It was their first dance and they gave us a CD of their favourite tracks which we listened to all the way home. I guess I get very emotionally attached to all my clients and even if we don’t stay in contact I feel all of them have a little influence on me!
The song itself was “You’re all I need to get by- by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell” and I adore it. There was no special dance- Ian had hoped we would do a strictly come dancing style routine but due to my accident it was a shuffle- with both of us trying not to giggle too much as we knew Chinese Elvis was coming out next!
Advice from a Bride
I guess from all that it there was lots of unique details, but my biggest piece of advice is do it your way. Whatever that maybe!
We didn’t want a huge do, we wanted to treat our nearest and dearest. We set a number and decided we wouldn’t invite anymore than that. In turn this meant we could really treat all our friends. The day couldn’t have been more perfect and whilst it did go quickly with the small number of guests we truly felt we got to spend lots of time together and lots of time with everyone.
Photographer – Emily Quinton
Venue – Beauberry House
Bouquet – Pesh Flowers
All other florals – Gulsen at Posh Nosh
Candy Bar – Posh Nosh
Cupcake Wrappers – Lindy’s Cakes
Letters – Not on the High Street
I see weddings of all kinds day in, day out, but this truly has to be one of the most beautifully styled affairs and I defy a single reader to not be able to take one small bit of inspiration (hell, maybe bucket loads!) from this stunning day.
Thank you so much to Julia for allowing us to share it with you all – I know she’s been bombarded with offers to have it posted elsewhere so we are very grateful she chose Rock My Wedding!
The shoes were my first wedding purchase post engagement. And what a purchase they were! Of the shiny red sole variety and with heels of skyscraper heights, I was so wrapped up in these delightful little beauties (and the boy was so wrapped up in the cost 😉 ) I forgot that oh, yes, I would need a dress to go with them!
That’s where I became slightly stuck. I wouldn’t say that I was dreading dress shopping, but a supermodel I ain’t…unless supermodels are of the 5” 4 and a half variety (yes, that half IS important) and actually have curves.
So to say I was slightly apprehensive about the dress experience/ordeal/extravaganza/hell(feel free to delete as appropriate) would be fair.
You see, for me, shoes are always going to make a girl look fabulous (and me halfway to model heights), whereas any type of clothing can run the risk of causing upset when you, or more to the point – when I, look in the mirror.
I avoid jumpsuits, harem pants, and any form of shorts at all costs – they have all reduced me to tears…of laughter. Imagine a less orange umpalumpa and you get the picture.
It was my mum who persuaded me to go, and so began the search for my dress. I honestly can’t say that I knew what I wanted, I only knew what I didn’t want: nothing Jordan-esque, nothing bling-y, nothing that makes me look like I’m in Charlie & the Chocolate Factory, and my most important criteria……not to look like a ‘Bog Standard Bride’- a saying that has actually become my mantra, much to the amusement of shop assistants, and much to the bemusement of my dear mum.
And so the dress trying commenced. A line, princess, fishtail, short, long, slinky, hideous, lace, strapless, halter neck; I actually think I have tried on every type of dress there is.
I’ve been near naked, poked, prodded, and up close and pretty personal, to more sales assistants in Yorkshire than I want to remember. Not exactly my idea of heaven, particularly when my less than small backside had to do the undignified wiggle into far too many dresses.
Ahh yes, the ‘bridal wiggle’… such a new phrase for me, but so commonly used. I bet there aren’t many wedding photographers that have captured that endearing moment.
Anyway, I digress.
I’ve read far too many times about girls trying on half a dozen of dresses, and they instantly know when they have found The One. Cue – a teary bride, a crying mum, fanfares rejoicing, champagne corks popping, fireworks exploding and £ signs in the sales assistant’s eyes. After all that’s what happens, right?
It actually took me four months, about 50 dresses, eight dress shops, an encounter with the dress designer herself, and trying on every other dress in her range for me to realise that actually I had found The One in the very first shop. Yep, it was that magic sixth dress. It would seem that not only me, but also my mum, is missing that emotional gene that made us miss My One.
The Nearly “The One” Ones
Clockwise from top left:
Jesus Peiro – A designer I hadn’t heard of… but, the dress had pockets. I LOVE pockets. However, they weren’t enough to win me over – I just wasn’t sure it was ‘wow’ enough on me.
Ian Stuart – One of mum’s favourites, and surprisingly one of mine. Off the hanger, I wasn’t so sure, but on… I loved it. Such a stunning dress.
Sassi Holford – Before I tried on any dresses, I thought that she would be the designer for me. Beautiful dresses, but not one of them suited me – at the time I was so disappointed!
Pronovias – I loved almost all of the Pronovias dresses that I tried on – so dramatic, yet at the same time, somehow understated. Surprisingly flattering too, which is always a good thing!
I can explain my mum’s reaction. You see, she is quite clearly an Ian Stuart bride and would have loved for me to have been one. I actually had visions of gliding (in my dreams!) out of the changing room to see my dear mum with one on, she loves them that much. Stunning dresses, yes, but they just aren’t me. But my reaction, well, it’s somewhat baffling.
You see, I cry at everything. The latest T-Mobile advert, Batman: The Dark Knight, Spooks, The Cube, Russell Brand’s autobiographies, I’m not exaggerating. I’m seriously going to need help come our wedding day when I hear my entrance music – I can’t even hear it now without welling up. My mascara doesn’t stand a chance!
I can only put it down to one thing. I love clothes too much. And, yes, I’ll admit it – I buy clothes too often, much to my delight and the boy’s dismay.
Wedding dress, work dress or party dress, it’s still a dress. Yes, possibly the most beautiful, glamorous and expensive dress that I will ever wear, but it’s still a type of clothing that I will always buy, therefore I have no need for an emotional reaction. Until I see my bank balance that is!
At least I can’t be accused of being impulsive. Thoughtful, composed and somewhat methodical was my approach – all of which are the exact opposite to how I usually live my life – and you know what, I’ve not had one single dress wobble yet. Promise.
I might be still holding out for mum’s emotional moment, but you can’t have everything. She had just better have onions at the ready and a pair of tweezers in her pocket come the big day.
Love Katie ‘who will have to let you guess the dress designer in case the boy reads this’
Good morning and Happy Tuesday.. and happy it certainly is with this ray of French sunshine, in the form of nothing short of a stunningly elegant wedding.
I’m going to start by setting the scene a little and let the Bride pick up the narrative below. I hope you’re all sitting down…
The table centres were orchids, amarylis, roses and baby’s breath.
The tables places were decorated with individual menus, napkins and ribbon, and we had beautiful glass charger plates so I didn’t feel there was a need for favours and I couldn’t think of anything that everybody would actually like or want!
Amy Murrell went to art college with David. He showed me the photos from her website and I thought they were beautiful. They were totally unlike the very posed, formal photos which you usually see of weddings, and that’s exactly what I didn’t want.
She seemed to have a real eye for detail and I was sure she could capture all the subtle moments of the day beautifully. The disc was on our doorstep when we got home from our honeymoon, so we looked at them straight away and absolutely loved them!
They are exactly what we wanted, and are as beautiful and timeless as we’d hoped.
A DIY Cake
I made the cake myself. I wanted a three tiered cake with fresh white flowers. It was a madeira sponge with vanilla buttercream. It wasn’t perhaps perfect but I thought it looked great and it added a real personal touch to the day.
Since we were only having just over 50 guests we thought a full-blown band would be a bit too much and it was just a small space we had so we decided on a piano player/singer. We went to see a few playing gigs around London but when we saw Damien Flood we instantly knew he was the one. He was way over what we wanted so spend but he was absolutely breathtaking and worth every penny. Everyone commented on how fabulous he was.
Our first dance was Adele’s version of Bob Dylan’s Make You Feel My Love. We both just loved the lyrics and thought it was a beautiful song.
For the decor we just had candles and flowers. The chateau itself is such a beautiful location there really wasn’t much need to have anything else.
What made our wedding special for us was that it was small and intimate- what we didn’t want was lots of people there that we didn’t really know. We only had 56 guests but as it was in France we made a weekend of it. Everyone was invited out on the Friday night for a buffet meal and we had a big brunch on Sunday morning. Everyone we had room for stayed at the Chateau itself and it was lovely for everyone to be able to get to know each other over the whole weekend.
We were very lucky to have the venue and full run of it, as the owner’s are friends of ours- it made it totally unique and everyone commented on what a special and unique wedding it was. We did everything exactly as we wanted it and did so much of it ourselves- the cake, the catering (David has a catering company – Season2taste, the stationery, I laid and decorated all the tables exactly how I wanted them. It was stressful as we took so much of the work on ourselves but it meant that everything was exactly as we had it in mind. My advice would be to just enjoy the day as it is over so quickly- do everything exactly how you want it because it is your day but don’t invite too many people!
Photographer – Amy Murrell (Especially Amy)
Catering – Season2taste
Stationery – DIY
Entertainment – Damien Flood
Cake – Made by the Bride
Venue – Chateau de Warsay, Picardie, France.
Simply stunning, classically elegant whilst remaining stylishly up to date. Loving the Navy Colour Scheme, Loving the simplicity of the decor allowing the venue to shine, loving the gorgeous photography and oh the sunshine!
What are you loving today?