Melanie & Chris

I’m so excited to share the beautiful photos and video of Melanie and Chris tying the knot at Old Down Manor just a few weeks ago. 8 Wood Studios and Caroline Alexander did a fantastic job at capturing what was a really thoughtful celebration. I’m forever in love with those plum table cloths with the gold charger plates!

317We grouped candles around the base of the stairs and created height by sitting some on log slices. They looked beautiful next to the stunning floral garland created by Hilary’s Floral Design. The cake was made by Melanie’s very talented mum! The cat cake topper is so so cute! The cake table was dressed with sequinned table linens from Pudding Bridge and the stationary was created by Harriet de Winton. Keep an eye out for the place names on the table that Harriet hand wrote on slate – it looks amazing!

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Those stunning purple table linens were from 88 Events and added some drama and colour to the airy breakfast room at Old Down Manor. It felt so bright and summery during the day and glamorous by night – a perfect transition.

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Jordana & David

A New Years Eve wedding in the beautiful Kingscote Barn will always be a stylish affair so when Jordana and David asked me to help them with their special day I knew I had to say yes.  This beautiful couple opted for not one but TWO dessert tables – a classic table complete with wedding cake, cupcakes, macarons and cake pops but also a hot chocolate station perfect for keeping away the chill. And what’s more? Sequinned table linens. Lush!

The simple but stylish wreath added a festive nod without making the decor feel too themed. The gold calligraphy by Harriet de Winton made all the difference to the table set up; practical and pretty!

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We used lots of gold accessories and candlelight to make the venue feel warm and inviting – the selfie station looked fabulous with gold frames and plenty of props for guests to choose from. And those flowers? Becky from Bijoux Floral did a really beautiful job creating the centrepieces and bouquet! Such beautiful colours.

A huge thank you to Blooming Photography for capturing the details on the day!

Helen & Simon

Helen and Simon’s glamorous London wedding was beautiful from start to finish. The pair tied the knot in June last year and I still love looking back at the photos of their big day.

This wedding involved a lot of coordination and I was relieved to be in the capable hands Amore Star. This really left me free to work my styling magic on the reception at York House while the ceremony took place at the near by Orleans House Gallery. Both venues are these impressive historic buildings and were the perfect location!

The whimsical hot air balloon, along with all the other pretty arrangements on the day, was created by The Bloomery. And that ribbon backdrop? Designed and made by the bride herself! So clever.

I had my pick of props and furniture from Vintage Style Hire and felt like a child in a candy store on the day – especially setting up the sweet treats table with the antique scales.

The gorgeously atmospheric photos were taken by We Heart Pictures. I love that shot across the Thames and of the guests as they move from the ceremony to the reception. They really capture the spirit of fun on the day!

Happy 1 year anniversary Helen and Simon!

 

Neon Bright Hen Do

I had such a wonderful time planning and styling this neon bright hen party for Chosen Wedding Fair’s founder Kiki Sunshine, last summer. The venue, Bristols own industrial chic Paintworks, was a great location for a day that was part craft party, part makeover, and part photo shoot.

Makeup artist Grace Kingsley was set up and ready to receive our hens with a palette of pinks and blush tones. Love a bright lip! Stephanie Saunders, talented florist and friend, was next up with fun and informative crown and corsage workshop. They chose from buckets and buckets of blooms and created their own individual designs. The finished pieces were worn throughout the day and everyone had a fun new skill to take home with them.

 

We knew we’d need something bright to stand out amongst the wood and brick and summery neons were just the trick. Things By Laura provided the gorgeous paper flowers and pinwheels used to dress the walls and the light-up letters (a bit of a show-stopper, no?) were from Lighthaus Events.

Of course the day wouldn’t have been complete without refreshments and boy did Emma at Bake My Cake deliver. Those Bride To Be biscuits and that arrow cake topper? Perfection!  The stationery you can see dressing the table was by Retro Press and really helped bring the fun and humour to the sweet table.

One of my favourite things about this hen do is that it can easily be recreated at home or in a smaller venue with professionals coming in or with friends and family pooling their talents. Spending time with the people you love and being created – what’s not to enjoy!

This shoot was first shared on Bespoke Bride – you can read more about it and see the full gallery here.

Laura & Nick

Today I am sharing photos from Laura and Nick’s nature-filled wedding, captured in all its glory by Larissa J Photography and you can see a full gallery of images at Rock My Wedding.

The ceremony was held at Arnos Vale’s Underwood Centre, a venue I have worked with closely over the years. Being outdoors is really important to both Laura and Nick so the open sides of the barn and surrounding greenery were ideal. We dressed the space with bunting and lace curtains for a rustic and homespun feel that continued through into the reception decor. The incredible floral pieces, including the brides bouquet and table arrangements, were created by Emma Norton Flowers.

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The atmosphere at the reception, held at Yatton Rugby Club, was homely and welcoming. At dinner guests were treated to the British classic: pie and mash. “We envisioned a cosy family dinner where you pass around the plates of food to each other and serve yourself at the table.” The rugby club, by it’s nature, was a very masculine space with prized shirts and trophies on display so it was important to bring in softer elements like the bunting and hessian runners to balance this out. We made sure there were plenty of bright blooms to add that outdoor element. Even the cakes were decorated with petals and fresh fruit! Guests were invited to bring a sweet treat along with them on the day and we had great fun styling the Great British Bake Off table – a fun spin on the dessert course.

Larissa J Photography

Larissa J Photography

 

Larissa J Photography

A really unique detail on the day was the colour of the bridesmaid dresses. Each wore the same shade of blush as Laura, a bold move for any bride, but the results looked amazing. By continuing the themes of lace and tulle across the dresses but changing up details like the sweet cap sleeves and bow belt on Laura’s dress an elegant and flirty look was achieved. Make sure you visit Rock My Wedding for a full gallery and lots of lovely inspiration.

Kris and Claire

The soft glow of the candles and the piles of pumpkins added to the cosy atmosphere in this seasonal wedding at The Battle Axes, Wraxall. Kris and Claire took an already inviting and cosy venue and ramped up the charm with their use of foraged pine cones, acorns and leaves.      Peach & Jo PhotographyEach table was named after a particular species of tree and had the sweetest embroidery to point guests in the right direction. I can just imagine these treasures hanging in the family home, a pretty and thoughtful reminder of their day for years to come. And how beautiful is that traditional Scandinavian wedding cake? It’s called a kransekake!

Claire says:

“We always had quite a clear picture in our heads about how we wanted our wedding to look and feel. It was really important to us that the day was full of little touches that made everything personal and special but with everything going on we were not sure how to achieve that by ourselves or how we would be able to pull it all together on the day.

Kirsten was recommended to me by a friend who had been to a wedding she had styled previously. When I met with Kirsten she immediately understood the vintage harvest festival feel we were going for and really helped me (over tea and cake!) to crystallise those ideas into a plan of action. Kirsten worked closely with me, the other vendors, and the venue to make sure that the flowers and the handmade pieces I had created for the day were beautifully and artfully complemented with her gorgeous vintage props and styling.

It really took any worries I previously had away from the morning of the wedding, knowing I had a trusted, creative eye on the scene to make sure the venue was looking gorgeous before our guests arrived.

Both the venue and our guests have gone out of their way to tell me that all the wonderful details that Kirsten added really personalised the day and helped to bring the whole thing together. I can’t recommend Kirsten highly enough; she helped elevate our ideas and turn them into something real and so much better than we could have imagined on our own. Her on the morning styling service really took the stress out of the day and when we arrived on the day and saw the venue for the first time it absolutely took our breath away.

Thank you so much, Kirsten!”

This truly Autumnal affair was made even more exciting by a recent announcement – a little pumpkin of their own! Congratulations Kris and Claire, I’m so excited for your growing family.

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Peach & Jo Photography

Peach & Jo Photography

Peach & Jo Photography

Peach & Jo Photography

Camilla and Kinsey

This wedding was special for me for a couple of reasons. First of all it was captured on film by the incredibly talented Costa Sister Productions – I love wedding videos and seeing how people interact with the decor so this was a real treat. And then there’s just how excited and involved Camilla and Kinsey were in making every detail of their day perfect. When I arrived so much had been prepared already like the gorgeous barn doors and those stunning place settings.

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It was a real family affair on the day – a tipi reception held on the family’s land and the bride arriving in Dad’s vintage motor. I was even invited to travel up the day before to start setting up the decor and stayed the night in Camilla’s brother’s old bedroom! After meeting initially as exhibitors at The Vintage Wedding Fayre Camilla and I got to know each other over lunches in Clifton, after her dress fittings at The Mews. I think it was this time spent planning that helped us create such a cohesive look. It was also meant that the on the day coordination (there were 250 guests!) ran smoothly!

This is what Camilla had to say on the whole process:

Kirsten was absolutely fantastic on the day of the wedding and in the run up – she met with me and listened to all my crazy ideas, she sourced the ribbons, helped me find the vintage glasses and candle sticks, and painstakingly made the glitter hearts on sticks, she positioned all the random collections of things I had made and sourced so that they looked pretty, especially on the tables and entrance to the tipi’s, she organised the cake lady and the millions bits of cake, tied zillions of the ribbons in the trees by hand, helped the florist with over 100 jam-jars and various floral displays including the sashes on the cars, positioned old sofas, sequin tables and hung pompoms around the bar and generally was much more in control than I could ever have been. There was so much to organise and put together – she even put on my floral bracelet and floral anklet just before I left for the church – above and beyond!! More than anything though she was a wonderful lady to have around during the run up and on the morning itself – calm, collected and efficient, sorting stuff and organising all of the things – we had over 250 guests to the day so it was a huge amount of work to undertake in a small time not knowing whether it would rain or not (it didnt – TTL)! I wanted to create a day entirely from my head that would be 100% ‘us’, a little boho, alot eclectic but wonderful all the same and she made the process so so SO much easier to do. A fabulous lady. HIRE HER IMMEDIATELY!!

Special thanks to the amazing suppliers who helped create such a wonderful day for Camilla and Kinsey:  Costa Sister ProductionsPillippa James Photography, Rachel’s Floral Designs, Great British Florist (flower crowns),  Cariad Canvas, and last but not least The Vintage Hire.

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