Located at the Milling Barn, Hertfordshire, Emma & Tex's big day has all the ingredients to make your heart skip a beat. Following a joy-filled ceremony, Benjamin Stuart Photography took the bride and groom for some jaw dropping couple shots.
Bubbles and canapés were next on the agenda, featuring textures of wood to suit their rustic country theme.
Into the barn, and the rustic details flourished. With rough lime-washed tables, wood-slice centrepieces and ivy covered lanterns alongside floristry from a friend.
Post-feast and it was time for group shots and partying. We love a wedding that ends on a sparkling send-off, don't you?
Hannah McClune Photography has shared Rachel & Gavin's Country Wedding filled with twee copper details and show-stopping blooms.
Bridal preparations began at a stylish house in Cookham, complete with matching robes for the bridesmaids and the most beautifully dainty copper-detailed shoes.
The Wedding took place at Lillibrooke Manor, with the ceremony commencing under an impressive, ditsy floral arch. More copper details flooded the tables in the form of painted jars and tins filled with blooms and succulents.
While guests sipped drinks and dined on hearty canapés, a magician shocked and wowed Rachel & Gavin's guests.
Into the venue, draped with fairy lights and paper lanterns, guests took their seats for the feast. The couple opted for elegant golden chairs with beige seat pads to add a regal twist to the beautifully rustic barn.
Venue Lillibrooke Manor | Dress designer Pronovias | Bridal shop Teokath of London | Florist Seventh Heaven | Hairdresser Katie-Jane Whitlock | Make up artist Philly Miles | Band Hipster | Cake baker Sharon Forbes | Bridesmaids dresses Vera Wang | Stationery TillyTu designs | PhotoBooth The Photo Lounge
This week we're delighted to share a beautifully romantic engagement shoot from the extremely talented Annabel Farley Photography.
Annabel Farley Photography specialises in a natural and romantic style with an unobtrusive friendly approach. Inspired by nature and the seasons, which makes the perfect backdrop to my work. Established 5 years in the West Berkshire area, we have photographed 200+ weddings during this time. We offer creativity, experience and a personal service.
About Samantha & James
Love is in the air! I was privileged to be asked to capture Samantha and James engagement memories recently. It was a flying visit to the UK for them as they are based in Denver, Colorado. James moved there from the UK to be with Samantha, how romantic! They marry next year in a castle in the Colorado mountains. They wanted to feature the UK in their engagement memories, and the stunning grounds of Basildon Park (near Pangbourne, Berkshire) made the perfect backdrop for our shoot.
Why have an engagement shoot?
Engagement photoshoots are the perfect way to feel more comfortable in front of the camera ready for your big day. If you haven't had pictures taken by a professional before, this session will gave you a good feel of what that's like and will leave you feeling confident and comfortable in front of the camera. We also get to know each other more, so when the big day comes around we'll already have a great rapport! If you are thinking about save the date cards, this is a great way to show off your new images.
Cliveden House is such a spectacular wedding venue with magnificent grounds and stunning architecture. This week we're very excited to be able to share Alisa & Anthony's special day, which took place at the National Trust treasure. Hannah McClune Photography had the pleasure of photographing Alisa & Anthony's beautiful wedding, she's captured every detail perfectly from the pastel pink blooms to the intricate ceilings in their reception room. Take a look below for highlights of the day as well as a list of the talented suppliers involved.
Venue - Cliveden House
Flowers - Anthony's talented daughter, Hannah
Hair and Makeup - Truly Colours
Music - The Capitol String Quartet
We're so pleased to welcome Jamie Dunn Photography to Wedding Shed! Jamie recently joined our team of incredibly talented suppliers. This evening we're sharing a stunning wedding Jamie photographed at Farnham Castle. Grab a cuppa (or a glass of wine!) and have a scroll through Louise & Scott's special day. At the end of the post you'll find a list of all the amazing suppliers involved.
Venue – Farnham Castle
The Lovely Couple – Louise & Scott
Photographer – Jamie Dunn Photography
Second Photographer – Alexis Jaworski
Flowers - Jay Archer Floral Design
Dress – Stella York
Hair & Make up Kristina Gasperas K Team
This week we're sharing the beautifully vibrant wedding of Tuesday & Dan, photographed by super-talented GK Photography. Their wedding featured plenty of bright blush shades, watercolour stationery and stunning blooms. Take a look through their special day and scroll to the bottom to see their amazing team of suppliers!
LIST OF WEDDING SUPPLIERS
Bridesmaids make up - the_priyanka on Instagram
Brides hair and make up - mua_dreams on Instagram
Giant balloons - www.balloonworks.co.uk
Flowers - www.thecountryflowercompany.com
Dress - Mia Sposa Cockfosters
Photobooth - www.snapmephotobooths.co.uk/photobooths
Cake - Hummingbird Bakery
Band - www.riot-band.co.uk
Signs and placecards - www.etsy.com/uk/shop/LoveLetteredByBekki
Confetti - www.etsy.com/uk/shop/GenWoo
We're very pleased to be able to share this beautiful wedding with you! Benjamin of Benjamin Stuart Photography has shared a Q&A with his lovely couple Faye & Duncan. Scroll to the bottom of the interview to find Benjamin's stunning photography of their special day!
How did you meet each other?
Funny story really. It was a mutual friends, fancy dress birthday house party. The theme was rehab. Duncan went as Eminem. Going all out with his outfit even bleaching his hair and wearing a fake hoop earring. I was security guard and made no real effort as I had met all my friends' mates before, how wrong could I be!! As Duncan appeared I was handcuffed, yes you heard right, handcuffed to my friend. Having to do a double take, I quickly uncuffed myself and "smoothly" made my way over to him. I had to label everyone in the party and I made sure that label was nicely stuck to his chest... ;-) We really hit it off and as they say the rest is history.
What was the best part of your wedding day?
I thought it would be a great day, but was sceptical about it being 'the best day of your life.' I thought that was much more for the bride. Saying that I absolutely loved the whole day. The ceremony was perfect, and having everybody special to us all in one room. Seeing Faye walk down the aisle was the best part for me. I found myself getting a bit emotional.
The best part of the wedding day, for me, were the speeches. It was something I didn't think would play a massive part but listening to all the amazing words that my mum, Duncan and Duncan's brother said was truly touching and I could've listened to them over and over again.
Can you sum up your day in three words?
Happy, magical, heart-warming.
Tell us about your wedding attire.
I didn't want to wear a suit and make the day to formal. We wanted it to be relaxed and be like us rather than what is traditional. We also didn't want to hire ill fitting wedding outfits making me and the groomsmen looked a mess. I bought a beautifully fitting dark, yet bright blue Hugo boss blazer, slim fit light blue trousers, white shirt, pink bow tie & brown suede oxfords.
I found it so hard to find 'the dress'. After having numerous conversations with people who had been married and them all saying 'when you find the dress you know it's the one', well I never got that feeling. I was so overwhelmed by the amount of dresses and they are all so beautiful it can be really distracting. Also going with a few people can be helpful but also a distraction as you are looking for their reactions to the dresses you try on constantly. I did a lot of online viewing of dresses and it wasn't until I tried on one (which was not the style etc that I would've gone for) and a complete stranger actually walked up to me, commented on how lovely the dress was on me, that I thought 'ok, this must be it'. I fell in love with it each time I tried it on and on the day I knew it was the one for me. It was a Justin Alexander dress - Chiffon Ball Gown with Beaded Portrait Neckline.
Did you have a particular theme in mind when planning your wedding décor?
Not really. I really wanted to get married outside, so I was looking for a venue that could factor that in. Rivervale Barn ticked all of the boxes. The venue allowed us to keep the decor simplistic, which is what we both like. I'm very much into the rustic look and less is more. We both like blue so our colour scheme was based on that but threw in some gold and peach to help break it up.
Were there any DIY aspects?
I did all the decor, apart from the bouquets and buttonholes, myself. So all ceremony room, reception room and wedding dinning room decorations. We all know weddings can be very expensive and I love being creative so I thought why not do the decorations myself.
Where did you find most of your inspiration when planning your day?
Well I do love Pinterest!! Looking through that and mixing my own ideas in we both agreed on the final decorations for our day.
Your wedding photos are gorgeous! How did you choose your photographer?
Faye met him at a wedding fair. He offered so much more than many other photographers & really understood that the day is ours and helped us make it our own, rather than forcing photographs, letting them be natural and relaxed like the wedding day itself.
Thank you!! I know we all say 'it's such a small world' but it certainly is in the case of how I met our photographer. I went to a wedding show in Birmingham and I got approached to get a makeover done for a stage show they were doing. I hesitantly said yes and Ben was the one doing the photos. He was so lovely and really helpful in sharing his ideas with me. He even went to chat with my mum and sister. I knew then that I'd like to get Duncan to meet him so asked for his card. I got in contact with him, to find out he just lived up the road from us and he also had one more slot left for a wedding in 2016. He offered so much more than many other photographers and really understood that it was our special day and helped us make it our own. He never forced us to do any photos and captured natural and relaxed shots, expressing the wedding day itself. I actually totally forgot he was there! In a good way :-)
Tell us about your wedding suppliers.
I used Benjamin Stuart as our photographer, Galloping Gourmet provide absolutely amazing food and Sonning flowers for the stunning bouquets and buttonholes.
I found an amazing hairdresser through the power of Facebook called Katie (Katie's Hair) and I had a friend that did my makeup and another who did our cake.
What's your advice to future couples planning their big day?
I'd definitely say take each others perspective into consideration. You get so caught up with it all, that sometimes you forget to discuss things with your fiancé.
This is a strange one but for me when trying on your wedding dress do one fitting, whether it be with the dress you want or a few, after you've had some food. This sounds strange but after you've had your wedding breakfast plus some drinks it can get very, let's say, close for comfort!
Also have a little dance around in the shop with it. Remember you have to have a first dance and whether that's going to be a side to side or expressive one you need to know you can move in it!
Finally, just enjoy every single moment! It's utterly amazing!!!
Lovely Hannah of Hannah McClune Photography has shared another beautiful wedding with us. Katie and Tom got married at Hampton Court House, a grand shabby chic venue with an exotic history on the outskirts of London .
The happy couple are university sweethearts and Hannah says it's very clear to see they've been best friends for years which made photographing their day so very special. We hope you enjoy these photos of their magical moment and if you'd like to read more about their day take a look at Blue Sky Flowers' blog!
Venue: Hampton Court House, http://hchevents.com
Dress designer: Lusan Mandongus, http://www.lusanmandongus.com
Bridal shop: Teokath Wimbledon, http://www.teokath.co.uk
Florist: Blue Sky Flowers, http://blueskyflowers.co.uk
Hair and make up: Annie from Natasha Wiggins
Cake baker: Mary Makey, Debbie Meer & Rachael Tracy (family & friends)
Catering: Acclaim, http://www.acclaimfood.co.uk
Light up letters : www.vowedandamazed.co.uk
Bridesmaids dresses: Alfred Sung, http://www.alfredsung.com
Men’s suit hire: Moss Bros, http://www.moss.co.uk
Stationery designer: Peter Meer (father of the bride)
Favours: home made by Bride & Groom
Band: The In-Laws, http://www.functioncentral.co.uk/acts/the_in-laws/
This week we have another real wedding to share with you; Kirsty and Lewis' vibrant wedding photographed by SLR Photography.
We love the quirky twist on Kirsty & Lewis' arrangements. Colourful bouquets were given a glitzy, sparkling touch with flecks of glitter and rhinestones. This tied in perfectly with the brides' choice of shoes, an amazing pair of glittery sneakers!
The lovely Bride had plently of beautiful bridesmaids who wore two different styles; a bright crimson option and a paler, chiffon number. Both styles complimented the couples' choice of flowers and Kirsty's classic strapless gown.
The Groomsmen were dressed in extremely stylish blue suits complete with shocking coral-red ties that matched perfectly to the bridesmaid's dresses.
An English Garden...
We love how Shannon, from SLR Photography, used the stunning English garden flowers as a frame for the group shots. The walled garden looked so peaceful and secluded, with British blooms lining the pathways and a bridge over a little stream.
A selection of simple, pastel decorations were perfect for adding a pop of colour to the beautifully rustic venue, which featured exposed walls and thick timber beams. Paper pom poms are such an easy way to add a touch of elegance to a wedding reception and work really well alongside fairy lights and other paper decorations.
All Shannon's photos have captured such a fun and lively atmosphere and this particular photo of the happy couple and their cake just proves it! Naked Cakes are probably our favourite here at Wedding Shed so this cute creation complete with campervan topper is a winner for us!
Shannon from SLR Photography has kindly shared another beautifully styled shoot with us. This week we're sharing an amazing Pocahontas inspired wedding shoot complete with stunning woodland scenery, a perfectly styled tablescape and lots of special little details. At the bottom of the post you'll find a list of all the talented suppliers involved - enjoy!
Bride Model: Tia Meddins
Groom Model: Tom Ward
Flowers: The Pink Peony - firstname.lastname@example.org
Makeup: Liz Tarrent - email@example.com
Wedding Dress: Caroline Couture - firstname.lastname@example.org
Video: Oxford Wedding Video
Suits: Clements and Church
Vail/Headpiece: Madam B Boutique - Beth Paton
Cake: Little Bear Cakery
Hair: Perfectly Posh Hair Design
Styling: Ruby Weddings
Photos: Shannon - SLR Photography
Pocahontas Organised & Designed By: Ruby and Stardust
Venue: The Great Barn
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