22nd October 2014

Good afternoon, I hope you’re having a wonderful Wednesday! Nicola and Danny’s wedding, laden with lovely details is sure to brighten up your day. Their wedding was held in Danny’s auntie and uncle’s incredible garden on the 11th of July with the legalities being taken care of the day before. Nicola who has just finished her PhD readily admits that she is fussy but she has great taste and with some help from family created a very cool and relaxed wedding day. She even drew all the graphics and designed the invitations herself. With blankets to sit on, guests were able to lounge on cushions in the garden under festoon lighting and surrounded by masses of tea lights. The whole day was shot in beautiful detail by Kerry Diamond.

Photography Copyright (c) 2014, Kerry Diamond

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“Danny and I first met at our local cricket club when I was 14. He first asked me for a kiss, but I turned him down – we eventually got together 3 years later. He proposed on a sand dune in Morocco under the stars in middle of the Sahara Desert, using a ring made from a paperclip! When we got home we had a lovely trip to Hatton Gardens in London, where I designed my own ring.”

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“We got married in Danny’s auntie and uncle’s garden in Stalybridge, Cheshire. We hired yurts instead of a marquee – I fell in love with the oak floors and awesome champagne bar. They also provide help with styling and on the day co-ordination. Lizzie and her team were excellent during the lead up and on the day.”

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wedding yurts, jenny packam, yurts, kerry diamond photography

“Our day was inspired as much by things we didn’t want as by things we did want. An outdoor element was essential and I have a real aversion to ugly chairs covers and carpets (did I mention I was fussy?). What we did want was a fun and relaxed day but most importantly, a party that we wanted to go to. Before the day we described it to people as ‘not a wedding, but a celebration of us being together for 10 years.”

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wedding yurts, jenny packam, yurts, kerry diamond photography

“The bridesmaids chose their own dresses. Originally I didn’t want matching dresses but I think it worked. I made the freesia flower crowns on the morning of the wedding. We remembered them last minute so were a bit of a rush job in the end!”

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Nicola got her beautiful Jenny Packham gown from Preloved and paired it with a silk tulle veil and a delicate hair band. She did her own makeup and wore Coco Mademoiselle perfume.

“I loved the detail in the sleeves, it was light and easy to move around in, I swished around a bit too much and caused some beads to fall off! In the end I loved my dress but I didn’t enjoy dress shopping, I never had the ‘wow it’s the one’ moment, not even in Eden.

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wedding yurts, jenny packam, yurts, kerry diamond photography

wedding yurts, jenny packam, yurts, kerry diamond photography

“I entered a competition with Kerry to win a wedding photography package, and luckily for us, we won! Kerry’s relaxed, creative style of photography was just what we were looking for. From the first email, we felt that she was right for us. Her photographs are beautiful and show how talented she is but just as important was how relaxed she made us feel, blending in so well on the day and taking so many gorgeous photos with her second shooter Vikki. We have had so many comments saying how good our wedding photographs are.”

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22nd October 2014

There is simply nothing not to love about this wedding. It has some of my personal faves: a bespoke dress, gorgeous, vibrant styling with fairy lights, paper fans and flag waving galore, plus inspirational creativity and unique little touches. All set in the beautifully dramatic Scottish landscape of St. Andrew’s and caught on film by Lindsey of Mack Photography.

Primary school teacher Debbie married her fiancé Angus on 12 July 2014 in Kinkell Byre in Angus’s home town of St. Andrew’s, Scotland. The wedding planning was made all the trickier by the fact that the couple are currently living in Kentucky in the US.

I knew I wanted a barn venue after seeing many weddings in barns in Kentucky. We both love the outdoors and wanted our wedding to reflect that. We loved the rustic-ness of Kinkell Byre paired with the scenic beauty of St Andrews. The venue was a perfect combination of both of our personalities. We also both have colourful and fun personalities and wanted our colour scheme to be exactly that.  I love all things vintage and shabby chic so was greatly inspired by a handmade décor feel with my own touch of creativity.”

Photography Copyright (c) 2014, Mack Photography

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“Angus and I met in October 2010 during a night out in the Buff Club in Glasgow. It was one of those ‘eyes met across the room scenarios’. Before we knew it we were edging our way towards each other, trying to impress with our best dances moves! After that we were hooked and spent the next year making our own adventures.  A short year later, Angus was offered a job in America. We spent the next year apart and survived a long distance relationship, which only made us closer and stronger.

In January 2013 I moved across to America to be with Angus and during a trip home that summer, he proposed to me at the top of Lochnagar! We both love to climb Munros and regularly go walking on the hills. This was the perfect place to solidify our commitment to one another.”

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“Our décor was based on floral fiesta bunting and paper fans bought from a great craft store just outside of Glasgow. I loved the mix of colours and floral pattern. I also created a lot of signs and decorations myself using some great ideas I found on Pinterest. The DIY photo-booth was my favourite. It went down really well with the guests. We also had giant light up letters that we hired from Doris Loves. They really added to the atmospheric lighting in the byre!”

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Phyllis of Pathhead Nurseries in Fife was amazing to work with. She filled the whole barn with stunning plants and flowers and also created the wedding party flowers. She listened to exactly what I wanted and made some great suggestions. I trusted her to do a great job and she did. She also made our wonderful ‘hot air balloon’ style centrepieces and delivered our giant red heart balloon!”

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“One of the first things I started doing when Angus proposed was trying on dresses! It was also one of the hardest things as I have such a particular taste and wanted my dress to reflect my style as well as be unique to me.  I originally wanted a tea length dress but knew quite quickly that that style wasn’t for me. After trying on many different dresses my sister pointed me in the direction of Charlotte Grace Bridal in Doune. As soon as I arrived at the shop I knew that the dresses Carol stocked were exactly what I was looking for. I quickly decided that I wanted a combination of a few.

The lace from one, matched with the silk from another.  Carol immediately called Sassi Holford and assured me that she could design a bespoke dress just for me! I was sold. I designed the back of my dress and my dressmaker created a vintage inspired pearl embellishment for the front. It was just perfect.”

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Debbie and Angus chose Lindsey from Mack Photography to capture their day. Her approach is to be as natural and unobtrusive as possible, letting the day happen as planned. I love how she has captured the emptions, the stunning venue and the many handcrafted and thoughtful touches.

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21st October 2014

In this afternoon’s wedding feature, we celebrate the photographs from Hospital Theatre Practitioner Emma’s wedding to self-employed landscape gardener Jon.  The couple tied the knot on 1st August this year in Derbyshire, with a ceremony held at All Saints church in Risley, followed by a reception at The Priest House Hotel in Castle Donnington.

This wedding is a sweet and laid back family affair full of pretty pastel shades and the cutest little pooch you ever did see at a wedding – I adore his little neck tie :)

“Our wedding had a garden theme which we chose mainly because I Love pretty gardens and natural materials. It was also relevant to the woodland where Jon proposed and to Jon being Landscape Gardener. I chose the colour scheme for my garden theme by looking for inspiration online. I wanted something quite bold that would work well with the wood and hessian etc.”

Photography Copyright (c) 2014, Natalie J Weddings

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“We met back in 2006 in an awful night club in our local town!  It was a night club that we had both been going to for years but we had never laid eyes on each other before that day. Jon ended up proposing to me seven years later on my 30th birthday on 31st July 2013.

Back when we first met we used to take our dog Jimmy out to a small woodland area where Jon carved ‘Jon + Emma’ into a tree. On my 30th birthday he took me to the exact spot, without me even having the slightest suspicion and got down on one knee. Our 4 year old daughter Isla was there too which made it even more special.”

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“My cousin Helen made my cake. I searched for inspiration online and chose a simple three tier yellow design but then with intricate little daisies all over it to finish. I sent her a picture of what I wanted and she did it to perfection. I brought a tiny hessian bunting ‘Mr & Mrs’ cake topper from Amazon.”

pale blue and yellow wedding, natalie j. watts photography

pale blue and yellow wedding, natalie j. watts photography

pale blue and yellow wedding, natalie j. watts photography

“Our Fabulous and very talented photographer was Natalie of Natalie J Weddings. She was so professional and captured every part of our day. She took into account what we wanted but used her expertise to ensure that the pictures were special. We had some traditional shots but then asked that she do what she does so well and get some more creative/artistic shots.

Natalie also captured our theme so well and showcased all of our efforts to make it look pretty. We are so happy we chose Natalie to photograph our wedding!”

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21st October 2014

As Annabel is now safely home from her rather brilliant trip to New York for the legendary Bridal Market, it seems the perfect time to share with you the brand new 2015 collection from a designer who lives and works The Big Apple. These beautiful, non-traditional wedding gowns are the epitome of pared back, refined elegance so I’m super excited to be able to introduce you to Saja Wedding

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saja weddings, new york bride, new york wedding dress

Located in downtown NYC, Saja Wedding is owned and managed by designer Yoo Lee who launched the Saja label back in 2000. Noticing how amazingly well her off-white dresses were selling, she made the momentous decision in 2008 to rebrand as Saja Wedding and focus solely on designing and creating these ethereal wedding gowns.

“It was the best decision I have ever made,” says Yoo Lee. “I get to be involved with one of the most precious moments in our clients’ lives and I feel very privileged.”

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21st October 2014

Morning sleepy heads – here’s hoping that Tuesday is kind to you and that you have a good day today – may this blog post set you on the path of positivity and happiness :)  We’re travelling over to the rustic backdrop of Umbria in Italy for these morning’s nuptials, where lingerie designer Amelia married her fiance Dave on 31st May this year. The wedding was held at Caiperti (Amelia’s family holiday house since 1987) in San Pietro a Monte, Citta Di Castello, Umbria, Italy – a 200-year-old farmhouse, lovingly restored by Amelia’s dad Keith.

I love the sense of family captured in these beautiful photographs taken by Laura McCluskey of LM Weddings and the sense of relaxed fun depicted in this fabulous little film created by the couple’s good friend Jen Russell of JF Productions

“We wanted to keep the wedding as simple as possible and let the beauty of the buildings and countryside be the main event (we trusted we would have sunshine!). Everything we did was intended to complement and accentuate the surrounding rolling Umbrian hills.”

Film Production Copyright (c) 2014, JF Productions

“Dave and I met in a bar when we were both living in Hong Kong and fell in love at Fuji Rock music festival in Japan. We had a long distance relationship between New York and Hong Kong for fifteen months and got engaged at Jisan Valley music festival exactly three years after we started dating. We were engaged for just under two years before the wedding day.”

Photography Copyright (c) 2014, LM Weddings

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black tie wedding, italian wedding, rustic italian wedding, destination wedding, laura mccluskey photography, lm photography

“I didn’t enjoy the experience at the bigger bridal shops in London and was recommended Belle Bridal by a friend. They specialise in selling designer sample wedding gowns at a discount. Jo and Claire were so lovely to my mum and I and we ended up buying a Pronovias Marbella sample. I then had the dress altered in Hong Kong by Chinoiserie.com they did an amazing job of removing the halter neck and making the dress strapless and then I had a delicate toile and lace top made using the off cuts of lace.

As my dress had a long train, I loved the idea of having a long veil. And you only have one chance to go all out on your wedding day.

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“A friend with her own olive grove kindly offered to make our little olive oil favours. The oil was so delicious and for some it didn’t even make it home as they used it at the table.”

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“I knew I wanted white bridesmaids dresses from the beginning of planning. We chose a Catherine Deane dress – recommended by our talented friend and bridesmaid Philippa who works as a designer for Catherine. Philippa thought the dress would work well with the wedding dress and all of the bridesmaids and I fell in love with it.”

Readers – watch out for our upcoming piece on designer Catherine Deane on 1st November.

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black tie wedding, italian wedding, rustic italian wedding, destination wedding, laura mccluskey photography, lm photography

“As soon as we decided not to work with the wedding planner and his pre-packaged photographer the first thing I did was email Laura McCluskey of LM Weddings. I had seen one of her weddings shot in Italy on Love My Dress® just a few days after we got engaged and thought the photos were beautiful.

Laura was great to work with both pre-wedding and on the day. She even made sure we didn’t deviate from our own schedule, and did all the finishing touches to my hair and veil. We would highly recommend her.”

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