Annie & Harry’s Effortlessly Glamorous, Colourful & Modern Double Wedding Weekend

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Annie and Harry are the talented creative founders behind Stories From Eros, a wedding photography and cinematography team who create the most beautifully elegant, timeless and authentic photographs and films for couples on their wedding day.

Along with the support of Lou of L27 Weddings, who assisted in styling, these gifted visual artists planned the most spectacular two-day, double ceremony wedding weekend, spanning Friday 8th and Saturday 9th September 2023 – commencing with a church ceremony at Little Casterton in Rutland on the Friday, followed by a sun-drenched outdoor ceremony at Wootton Hall in North Lincolnshire on the Saturday.

Having an extra ceremony provided the beautiful bride with an opportunity to truly go to town with her bridal fashion, wearing bespoke, couture gowns by Stephanie Allin and Suzanne Neville, along with a sassy evening design by Trish Peng. Shout out to Frances Day Bridal boutique, who Annie chose to work with close for her two bespoke designs, for their incredible skill and expertise.

Working in the world of weddings and having an incredible little black book of connections, the couple were lucky enough to secure some of the best suppliers and friends in the industry to help make their weddings so magical, including floral designer Kim of Dreamboats and Carousels and photographer Katie Julia – but it was their own team they turned to, to document their wedding on film. Words by the beautiful bride follow. Enjoy!

Led by Chris, our very own Stories From Eros team captured our wedding video, and there was no one more up for the task than he was. Harry and I started our wedding photography and videography business in 2017 and back then it was unimaginable that we would be able to have our own talented team capture our wedding video for us. It really makes the films a million times more special to us. 

Beautiful bride wearing a bespoke Stephanie Allin wedding dress with long sleeves and slit, standing outside a church. She has long, loose, light blond, slicked back hair with big waves and carries an elegant light pastel colour bouquet in predominantly yellow shades. Katie Julia Photography.

The Church Ceremony Dress

I worked with the wonderful team at Frances Day Bridal in Southwell to design my fashion for our wedding weekend. Julia and her incredible team were truly amazing at every stage – they worked with me to create bespoke looks and helped me style each dress. Each of the women at Frances Day Bridal brought a unique set of skills that helped to create my finished looks. I will be forever grateful for how they guided me through my bridal fashion journey.

It took a while for me to decide on my dresses, I think it is really hard to choose when you have so many different routes you can go down that reflect a different part of your personality. 

Each of the pieces I chose to wear reflected a part of me; the Frances Day Bridal X Stephanie Allin dress I wore to our church wedding on the Friday, was a bespoke design, created with the finest little details. Pleated cuffs on the ends of the sleeves and around the back softened all the edges. 

The day before our church wedding is when I decided I might wear a veil – extremely last minute! I was adamant I didn’t want one, but Julia asked me to try one on when I came to collect my dresses and I really liked it! I only wore it down the aisle, then my sister came and took it out of my hair. I wore a Frances Day Bridal Micro Veil.

Elegant bride with short veil over her head and a bespoke Stephanie Allin bridal gown. She carries a romantic summer wedding bouquet of yellows, blues and pale peach. Katie Julia Photography.

The Ceremony


Our ceremony was held at All Saints church in Little Casterton in Stamford. My dad accompanied me down the aisle – it was really special to have that private moment with him outside the church before we walked in, and I know it meant a lot to him.  

My Grandparents owned the house next to Little Casterton church when I was growing up, so the church holds a really special place in mine and my family’s hearts. Both my parents and also my auntie and uncle were married at Little Casterton church so it was really special that we were able to get married there too.

Elegant modern bride arm in arm with her father (in a blue suit) with a single tier short veil as she walks down the aisle and smiles at her groom. Katie Julia Photography.

For our church wedding on Friday we followed a traditional wedding format, whereas on Saturday, we wrote our own personal vows to one another.

It was really important to me that we wrote our own vows, I wanted to say my own words and my own promises.

Modern bride and groom seated during and giggling during their church ceremony. Groom in pale blue socks. bride in long sleeve thigh slit wedding dress by Stephanie Allin. Katie Julia Photography.

It look me months of on and off writing to finish my vows, I would randomly get inspiration whilst watching a film, walking down the street or whilst we chatted to one another, and I just made notes on my phone. So when I actually came to write the vows, I just had to make sense of it all and reword it to flow!

Light and airy photography of bride and groom kissing in church. Natural light streaming through the church window in the background. The bride wears a low back bespoke dress by Stephanie Alline. Katie Julia Photography.

We asked both of mums to do a reading during our church ceremony – Harry’s mum wrote her own piece about the heart, it was so beautiful to listen to and actually became the opening words for our short film.  

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Elegant bride and groom in a shower of confetti. Katie Julia Photography.

It was a really easy decision to ask Katie Julia to capture our wedding. Along with being an exceptionally talented artist, she is also a close friend of ours. We had always dreamed of our wedding being captured through film photography and this is something Katie does so well. 

Movement shot of bride walking with a long sleeved Stephanie Allin wedding dress. Katie Julia Photography.

Sensuous and daring low back wedding dress by Stephanie Allin. Modern bride with long blonde wavy hair with her hand lovingly on her groom's lapel. Katie Julia Photography.

We really liked the idea of the design being a multi-sensory experience for our guests and wanted our wedding to be full of colour and patterns. The linen was so important to me for both days of our wedding. I spent months looking for the perfect colour and design. With the help of our stylist L27 Weddings we found it! We used the fabric in large tablecloths for our intimate meal on the Friday and the same fabric design as the runners on Saturday. 

Beautiful nature inspired table cloth with gold cutlery. Single stem bright flowers in glass vases. Wedding menu with wax seal. Katie Julia Photography.

Flowers by Dreamboats & Carousels

Our incredible florist, Kim of Dreamboats and Carousels, created bespoke floral installations for both of our wedding days. Kim specialises in creating abundant, immersive and colourful experiences and that is exactly what she and her team created for us. 

We wanted to create a truly immersive experience for our guests on Friday. We only had twenty of our closest friends and family with us on Friday, so we wanted to turn our rehearsal dinner into an immersive, yet intimate experience. Kim blew us away with what she created. We only made one request about the flowers and that was that we wanted to have some yellow flowers. The rest we left to their creative direction and I truly believe that’s where the magic really happens. Letting creatives be creative and seeing where their imagination takes them!

Kim’s creation quite literally filled the room from floor to ceiling with flowers. Along the walls flowers splayed out and up to the ceiling and along the windows, at the head of the table stood a grand arch that housed an urn filled with flowers of all colours. Kim completely surprised us with this room, we had asked for flowers, but we never expected it to be as abundant as it was.

One of our favourite memories from our wedding was watching our close friends and family see the dining room for the first time. We will never forget the looks on their faces as they entered one by one. 

For me my favourite part of the whole wedding weekend was our meal on the Friday night. The space our floral designer Kim and Lou had created was an experience like no other, nor one I will ever likely experience again. We are so used to capturing beautifully set dining rooms, but experiencing one is entirely different. Sitting amongst friends and family, lit by candlelight, eating delicious tapas, sitting within a jungle of beautiful flora, with the overwhelming perfume of flowers in the air. Nothing will beat that.

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Peach taper candles and colourful floral bowls for a modern elegant wedding tablescape. Katie Julia Photography.

Saturday

On Saturday, we held our second ceremony and a reception at Wootton Hall in Ucleby in North Lincolnshire.

We were so lucky that we could work together with so many of our brilliantly talented friends in the wedding industry. Dora Makeup and Hannah Blinko were no exception. Hannah Dora created me two bespoke bridal looks for both our wedding days. Her elegant style truly left me feeling like the most beautiful version of me, but still authentically me and that was so important to me. 

Elegant modern bride with pearl drop earrings getting ready, reading the Vera Wang on Weddings coffee table book. Katie Julia Photography.

Hannah Blinko created my timeless and natural hair looks for both of our wedding days. Despite me changing my mind on the day for our Friday wedding, she just rolled with it.  I was so lucky to have both Hannah and Hannah with me on both days – they were an incredibly calming presence for me. 

On Saturday I wore ‘Manoir’ from the Suzanne Neville 2023 Opulance Collection. I remember the moment when I tried Manoir on for the first time with Julia at Frances Day Bridal – there was a real moment where Julia was doing up the buttons on the back, the music changed and both of us just knew that was the dress.

I fell in love with the elegance of Manoir – I had the dress slightly altered to remove the lace panel at the back, and we added a Suzanne Neville asymmetric bow at the back. 

On the Saturday, I also wore the Botias Accessories Sicily Drop earrings. The giant pearls were perfect for such an elegant look and I loved the oval stone above the pearl – I felt it went perfectly with my oval engagement ring.

Elegant bride in a Suzanne Neville wedding dress with high lace neck, long lace sleeves and large bow at the back. Bride has a low bun and pearl drop earrings. Katie Julia Photography.

Harry wore suits from Reiss. On Friday he wore a double breasted, navy blue Prince of Wales suit and on Saturday, he wore a black tux, swapping the blazer in the evening to a double breasted black velvet one to match the energy of my fun ‘Trish Peng’ mini dress.

Seated black tie groom leaning forward on his knees, surrounded by his groomsmen, all bathing in natural window light. Elegant bride in a Suzanne Neville wedding dress with high lace neck, long lace sleeves and large bow at the back. Katie Julia Photography.

Elegant modern bride in a Suzanne Neville high lace neck wedding dress in the arm of her father who is walking her down the aisle for her outdoor wedding. Elegant bride in a Suzanne Neville wedding dress with high lace neck, long lace sleeves and large bow at the back. Katie Julia Photography.

Harry’s cousin officiated our Saturday ceremony. To have a close friend and family member do that for us was really special. He had some wonderful and hilarious lines up his sleeve and we both felt so at ease and instantly more relaxed with him leading the ceremony.

On Saturday Kim created more artistic masterpieces. She designed the most breath taking archway around the main door of Wootton Hall for our ceremony to take place under. Her design made it look as though the vast array of flowers were pouring out the window above the door. 

A cascade of flowers created to look like it is coming out of the window of a house and falling to the ground beneath. Floral design by Dreamboats & Carousels. Elegant bride in a Suzanne Neville wedding dress with high lace neck, long lace sleeves and large bow at the back. Wootton Hall wedding. Bride fans herself in her Suzanne Neville wedding dress. Katie Julia Photography.

For our cocktail reception, Dreamboats and Carousels added a huge statement urn to welcome guests into the walled garden. I fell in love the pink patterned linen I used for the cocktail table and Kim’s team truly brought my vision to life with the flowers. 

My bridesmaids wore a selection of dresses from Six Stories. It was really important to me that they could wear something that they were comfortable in and six stories offered multiple styles of dressed in the same fabric and colour.  

Bride in an elegant Suzanne Neville dress with long lace sleeves and high lace neck, surrounded by her bridesmaids in dresses from Six Stories. Katie Julia Photography.

Harry and I met in 2012 when we were just 16 & 17 at a party. In the 11 years between then and marriage we have travelled the world together and started our own business together. Harry caught me completely off guard when he proposed, we were just walking the dog on our usual walk, and we stopped at a bench at sunset. It couldn’t have been any more personal to us both.  

Bride fanning herself in her Suzanne Neville wedding dress with high lace neck and long lace sleeves. Groom in black tie. Katie Julia Photography.

Elegant modern groom and groomsmen in black tie. Katie Julia Photography.

On Saturday, we used 500m of white draping to make the dining experience more intimate. Wootton Hall’s reception area is essentially a converted barn and we didn’t feel like this matched the rest of our wedding. The draping closed the dining area off and separated it from the rest of the room so it didn’t feel like we were all sat in one vast space.

Our cake was designed by Caroline Debonnaire. Caroline worked with our florists designs to create a cake that was a masterpiece. Her floral sugar art weaved between the traditional tiered cake to create a statement piece. 

On Saturday evening I changed into my really fun outfit, a gorgeous Trish Peng Estelle Mini. We reused the asymmetric bow from my day outfit and added it to Estelle for a statement evening look. With the addition of my pink shoes it was the perfect dancing outfit. I also wore the most incredibly fun earrings I have ever seen; Botias Accessories ‘Austin Drop’ earrings were a handmade masterpiece!

Sexy bride sat on a sofa in a Trush Peng mini dress and pink high heels as her groom takes photographs of her. Katie Julia Photography.

Words of Wedded Wisdom

Be true to what you and your partner want to do. Your wedding should be a reflection of what you both love and what means the most to you.

Surround yourself with people you love and trust. We decided early on that we wanted to book and work with people we loved.

Of course we had already met so many incredible people in the wedding industry that it made our decisions easy. By surrounding ourselves with people we trusted it made us so relaxed about the whole wedding. 

A client of ours organised for us to be collected from the church in Little Casterton in his Bentley and driven to Wootton Hall. However, when we were about 20 minutes from Wootton, something struck the rear tyre of the car and it burst. Fortunately, we were in a very safe car and the driver was able to pull into a layby. From there we waited on the side of the road for Katie Julia to collect us as she passed. 

We had such a lovely ceremony and day, that even something as dramatic as this didn’t dampen our spirits. We spent most the time in Katie’s car laughing about it. Not everything always goes to plan!

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Founder of Love My Dress. Passionate Podcaster and Editor. Annabel lives in rural North Yorkshire with her husband and business partner Philip, their two daughters and menagerie of furry hounds. She loves photography, meditation, walking, being outdoors and star gazing. She is fierce when it comes to championing talent within the wedding industry and when she's not working on Love My Dress, she supports her husband Philip in the running of the family's sustainable flower farm and floral design business, Moonwind Flowers. In 2013, she became a published author.

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