This gorgeous couple have had me smiling like a cheshire cat the whole way through their city wedding. Chris Barber Photography has captured their infectious smiley personalities to a tee, making this a real joy to put together for you lovely lot.
Plus bride Kath wears the most fabulous pink ombre Jenny Packham gown I ever did see. Making a real style statement and looking every bit the blushing bride. Groom Kel certainly knows a thing or two about fashion as well, looking very dashing in a grey suit and woven tie.
I adore the simplicity of this day. Opting for a registry office ceremony and a pub reception but making each venue fabulous with a plethora of wild blooms, DIY projects, fabulous decor and fun ideas. This is the first wedding I’ve seen with a personalised social media snapchat filter, but I hope it won’t be the last.
Shall we take a look? I think you’re going to go pin crazy for all the intuitive inspiration.
I’ve never been to Ibiza, and I must admit that every time we share a wedding from the white isle, it makes me want to visit more and more. It’s lovely to see the ‘real’ side of the island, beautiful beaches, delicious Spanish food, warm hospitality and some gorgeous bohemian fashion. Because in my mind Ibiza is as much about the styling as it is about the partying!
Elisa looks simply gorgeous in a bespoke gown by Marcela Mansergas, the flowers are achingly pretty and the beautiful aisle will take your breath away. Imagine getting married that close to the sea? It’s just incredible. And the addition of little hessian bags filled with lavender one of the loveliest details I’ve seen. The images and video from Padilla & Rigau Photographers are fabulous too, very natural and filled with warmth and love.
After a pretty horrible summer here in the UK, we seem to be having some late sunshine, so I thought we’d share a gorgeous beach inspiration shoot with you lovely lot this afternoon.
And this isn’t just any beach inspiration shoot – the images from Marcos Sanchez are seriously dreamy, the stunning blonde model is a total bohemian beach babe goddess, the flowers are just perfection and the whole thing is shot on location at Porto beach in Portugal.
You’re going to fall in love. I promise. With Marcos’ photography. With the blooms. And definitely with the model. Pinterest is not going to know what’s hit it…
A tandem bike as a motif for your wedding day is such a lovely idea – Lara and Fabio used it on the labels for their favours, for their table plan and Fabio even rode his own bike to the ceremony!
You can tell that the lovely pair both work in creative jobs by how crafty, unique and super fun their wedding was. They are also rather stylish too – with Lara looking gorgeous in a bespoke gown which she helped to design and Fabio nailing the smart casual look in Zara Man and Converse.
These two are head over heels in love too – the images by Maria Bryzhko capture their emotions perfectly. One particular image springs to mind, the pair sneaking a kiss as they get ready for the day outside on a balcony between their rooms…just perfect.
The attention to detail, craft and care for everything displayed at this wedding is SO apparent and I’ve been lapping it all up!
Bride Emma couldn’t find ‘the one’ so she enlisted the help of a friend and together they designed her dream dress, but she didn’t stop there though, oh no, she also made her headpiece, customised her Tommy Hilfiger espadrilles, chopped away at her bouquet until it was perfect and whilst getting ready even pieced together a gluten & sugar free naked cake she’d baked earlier!
I could literally write pages about Emma’s talents alone, she is definitely one clever & very gorgeous lady and her and her new husband Ben are a dream team working together to host the most gorgeous theatrical white humanitarian service & reception in the open countryside for their family and friends.
There is still lots more treats, surprises, advice, tips and well just a wonderful account of a gorgeous day and yes even more clever DIY…
You don’t always need to see the decorative details to get the full picture of a wedding. This wedding is all about the fashion, the frolics, the fun and an abundance of love.
Are you ready for this… The dress Anaelle wore at her wedding ceremony at the Town Hall was from ZARA. Yes, as in high street Zara. How incredible is that and she looks HOT. Anaelle and Alex chose to have an intimate ceremony and then celebrate with friends and family the following day where she wore a Rime Arodaky gown (lush). Can I also just tell you that the bridesmaid dresses were from Topshop. I’m not even kidding. A wedding with dresses from two of my favourite high street stores. I am in attainable fashion heaven. I’m not even sure that is real English but either way this is just ace.
Check out how ‘girl in green dress’ who caught the bouquet decided to carry it. I might make this a permanent bag accessory.
For once I’m at a loss with where to start when talking about Clara and Cedric’s achingly beautiful big day. I’m like a Catherine Wheel spinning off in a hundred and one different directions wanting to tell you lovelies about each and every one of the exquisite details that make up their destination Italian wedding.
I actually feel like I’ve scooped the jackpot this morning by being able to share this ‘I Do’ with you and by the time you’ve finished pouring over all the images I can bet my bottom dollar that you’ll be pinning them to your heart’s content too.
I love Clara and Cedric’s supersized wedding party and their equally slick sartorial choices; Clara’s veil and flower crown are particularly heavenly. And then there’s the romantic Italian courtyard set amongst the backdrop of a historic villa and bucketloads of sunshine. And by jove these two know how to kiss – their portrait shots are filled to the brim with passion and love and laughter.
Hearing a beautiful story of how two people met is one of the many perks of my job… Although how Claire and Tom met is more of a beautiful mess rather than a beautiful Story. Tom Crashed into Claires car.
“WHAT THE?… YOU STUPID IDIO….. Oh, hellllooooo…”
That’s how I imagine it happening anyway 🙂 And in terms of a story with a happy ending, you can’t get much happier than this…
A Little Bit Different
Tom and I were married at St Andrew’s Church in Mells on 1st June and our reception was held at The Grange in Whatley. We really wanted to find a venue that would be relaxed, with great food and just be ‘a little bit different’ – we both felt The Grange fitted the bill perfectly. Not only does it have a fantastic restaurant, which we had eaten in a few times already and loved on every occasion, The Grange is also home to a wonderful cookery school. Jane and her team are really easy-going too and we knew that they completely ‘got’ our vision.
We hired a traditional marquee from South West Marquees to go on the front lawn, which Crescent Moon decorated beautifully with plain white linings, fairy lights and chinese lanterns. It was so lovely in the evening that the waitresses told us they wanted to sleep in it!
I knew that I wanted to wear my hair up, and felt that a low Grecian-style updo would suit the style of the dress. As soon as I met Maddy from Melanie Giles at my trial and I knew that I would be in good hands. She created a beautiful hairstyle that was even better than I could hope for. On top of this, Maddy and Scarlett, who did my sister Abigail’s hair, were a real pleasure to be around, especially on the wedding morning.
I don’t wear much make up so I wanted to find someone who would give me a natural look, but with slightly more coverage than usual. Melanie Giles recommended Charley Brunskill and I’m so happy that they did – she was lovely. Despite having to make up my Mum and Sister too, Charley was really calming and gave me a look that made me feel really confident. She also gave me great advice when I had a break out the week before!
Even after visiting several boutiques, I struggled to find ‘the dress’. I had quite a strong idea of what I wanted and felt it was silly to spend money on something that wasn’t completely perfect (to be honest I don’t think being a textile designer helped the hunt!). In the end I sourced a cream lace, set out to find a champagne silk, and had the dress made. Unfortunately this wasn’t as straightforward as we expected – the design evolved with every fitting (and there were quite a few!) but my lovely dressmaker June went with it and I was over the moon with the result.
Tom isn’t a fan of tails so he wore a charcoal grey three-piece from Austin Reed which showed off his cycling figure perfectly. He wore this with a light grey spotty tie from Reiss and black shoes (complete with purple laces) from Jasper Conran. He even bought a beard trimmer just for the occasion. He looked so dapper at the top of the aisle – I couldn’t take my eyes off him!
I spent hours trawling the internet to find some vintage earrings that wouldn’t cost the earth but didn’t look tacky. Eventually I came across the beautiful designs of Gillian Million in Teddington. After a fun trying on session I settled on some art deco style, crystal drop earrings and a pearl and rhinestone hair piece.
For ages, I had been umming and ahhing about having a veil, partly because I couldn’t find the right colour. Two weeks before the day I was still looking, but luckily Gillian came up trumps again. She made me a very simple, single tier cream silk tuille veil and it was the perfect finishing touch.
Our wedding rings were made by Annette Gabbedey. Annette is not only a great friend but the most talented Goldsmith we know and as soon as we got engaged, we knew we wanted her to make our rings.
The Wedding Party
For Abigail (a rock throughout the entire process along with Mum and Dad) we bought a teal chiffon dress from Coast and our flower girls Eloise, Evie and baby Enya wore ivory dresses from Zara. Abigail’s dress was originally floor length but we realised two weeks before the wedding that a shorter length would suit her better, so it became knee length instead!
We were quite keen for the men not to match so our Dads, Best Man James and Ushers John and Milo wore their own suits. As a result we ended up with a great mix of styles but they were all linked by their cream buttonholes.
Elegant & Understated
We didn’t have a theme as such but our aim was to create an elegant, understated look with lots of rustic touches. The combination of a traditional marquee with plain white linings, fairy lights and trestle tables and a charcoal carpet gave us exactly the look we were hoping for.
We followed quite a contemporary colour scheme of dusky pink, deep teal and citrusy yellow for the wedding. Obviously the flowers were a massive part of this – helping to link the marquee and restaurant too – but there were also bits of stationery and a few props dotted around The Grange.
Milk Bottles & Jam Jars
I always knew that I wanted Grace from Bramble & Wild to do our flowers. I scoured Pinterest for inspiration but then came across Grace’s dusky pink ‘Jam Jar Posy’ and it was perfect. The bouquets were made up of Amnesia Roses, O’Hara Roses, white Waxflower, Peonies, Super Bubbles Spray Roses, Jasmine and Honeysuckle vines and the men wore Vendella Roses with Waxflower as their buttonholes.
On the tables were clusters of old, embossed milk bottles and jam jars full of flowers, which brought the marquee to life, and in the restaurant were a couple of flower buckets. I completely relaxed knowing that Grace would be one of the last to see the church and marquee, especially as everything she does is so incredible and stylish.
Low Key & Romantic
We’re both pianists so we were quite taken with the idea of me walking up the aisle to something low key and romantic. In the end we chose Ludovico Einaudi’s ‘I Giorni’ and Tom’s friend Jamie kindly played this for us on the piano.
During the service Tom’s sister Maddy sang ‘Songbird’ by Fleetwod Mac, which proved to be quite a tearjerker. My Godmother Carolynn read 1 Corinthians and Tom’s other sister Sophie read Shakespeare’s Sonnet 116.
One of the funniest memories that we have of the service is when I tripped on our way to sign the register. It just so happened that Guy Collier was stood directly in front of us at this moment, and took quite possibly the best shot of our entire album.
We decided it would be great to have a band at the reception and thanks to the lovely sunny weather they were able to stand outside on the patio. Round Midnight Quartet played during the time between the speeches and first dance, creating an atmosphere which fitted everyone’s mood perfectly. At the same time, my cousin Jeff was assigned with the task of taking Polaroids of everyone for our guestbook – this worked really well and has become a keepsake which we love going through again and again.
For our first dance, Tom chose Michael Buble’s cover of Feeling Good – he’s a huge Muse fan so had to slip this link in somewhere! After this, the DJ indulged us with some cheesy classics to help everyone onto the dance-floor.
A Summer Selection
Tom is the ‘foodie’ in our relationship so he and Jane at The Grange came up with our menu. We were quite keen to have summery dishes and Jane completely took this on board and came up with the most amazing ideas. We had canapés and Pimms followed by Antipasti platters, Piri Piri Chicken and Summer Fruit Strudel (because it’s my favourite!) as a desert. It all went down a storm.
The cake was made by Tom’s sister Sophie (future Bake-off winner we’re sure). It had 3 tiers – all with different flavours – and textured white icing. Sophie did a fantastic job and the cake was beautifully decorated with flowers and vines from Bramble & Wild. In keeping with the food theme, we made small jars of tomato chutney as our favours. Thanks to help from our friends Tina and James, this became a military operation and with a little more help from friends Pinot and Grigio, we made 130 jars.
Personal To Us
Being a designer (and complete control freak), I really wanted to design the stationery myself. I gathered various bits of card, text, etc that I loved and took to Photoshop to design the lot.
For our table plan we used vinyl artwork and named tables after the albums. Tom works for a record label so this was his baby, and I think he quite enjoyed it.
For the tables, we designed and printed menus for everyone, which were placed on top of the napkins with luggage labels as the place cards. Admittedly these little details took some time but were well worth the effort and made the whole wedding more personal to us.
As an extra touch we also designed a framed storyboard, which detailed our journey from how we met (Tom crashed into my car by the way) to his proposal. This was really fun to design and now sits proudly on our mantelpiece.
It’s Never Too Late
My main piece of advice would be that if you’re not happy with something (and you can usually tell if you keep looking at it on the internet!) then do something about it. We actually had another photographer booked before we came across Guy Collier’s website. As soon as we did, I couldn’t stop thinking about it – his work
had such a natural, timeless quality.
After a lengthy discussion with Tom we bit the bullet and booked him – losing our original deposit but gaining the most talented photographer who also became a friend. My mind was completely at rest as soon as we’d made this decision, so we knew straight away that it was the right call. Guy captured our day in the most amazing way and we are still over the moon with the photos. We can’t thank him enough.
What a beaut… And so lovingly and skillfully captured by Guy Collier, just goes to show that last minute wobbles can often lead to changes that are for the best. So, as Claire says, don’t be afraid to make changes if something isn’t feeling quite right.
So, can anyone beat the story of how claire and Tom met? Leave some love and let us know your story in the comment section below.