Sophisticated Italian Wedding Inspiration in Cape Town Diner

Sophisticated Italian Wedding Inspiration in Cape Town Diner

Today’s beautiful images brings a little Italian passion to the blog, a sophisticated styled inspiration shoot captured in an stunning diner in Cape Town, South Africa.

Photographer Susan du Toit brought the vision to life. Her appreciation and love of capturing emotion delivered a shoot that resonates with our inner craving for passion, love and all the good things in life! This is a shoot that couples can easily re-create and put her own stamp on.

I love the elegance of this shoot and the simple good things in life it represents. Let me hand you over to Susan to tell you more;

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The Location

Italian influences in culture are synonymous with passion, fashion, style, great food & romance. Our stunning venue Tiger’s Milk created a perfect backdrop for this passionate shoot with an Italian influence. It is all about giving into the things that inspires your love and makes you feel happy and alive.

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Italian Inspiration

The only thing more seductive than fresh Italian pasta and having gelato for lunch, would be a romantic white dress, a handsome groom and a bit of Italian romance.

The shoot was inspired by a favourite quote;

“They say a good love is one that sits you down, gives you a drink of water, and pats you on top of the head. But I say a good love is one that casts you into the wind, sets you ablaze, makes you burn through the skies and ignite the night like a phoenix; the kind that cuts you loose like a wildfire and you can’t stop running simply because you keep on burning everything that you touch! I say that’s a good love; one that burns and flies, and you run with it!” – C. Joy Bell.

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The Flowers

What is love without ‘un mazzolino di fiori’ – A bouquet of flowers? Keeping with the relaxed yet passionate Italian style, Wedding and Event Collection took inspiration from their direct surroundings – the garden. “Using cherry plum and wild olive branches as a base we created a messy – “I just threw this together” – bouquet.”

Fluffy pink peonies, pink garden roses, orange tulips and purple snapdragons were also incorporated. For the brides’ hair, a Succession Leucospermum and her shoes decorated with Eryngium & Kalanchoe.

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The Dress

Bride Listelle wore an incredibly sexy backless custom design dress by Lubellos Bridal, next to Kurt’s Italian tailored blue suit, they were the perfect pairing.

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Hair and Make-Up

Listelle’s subtle but sexy Italian style was created by Minette Bridal Make Up with hair by Studio S Hair Styling.

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The Decor

A great shoot usually comprises of variety, so various bright and soft colours were paired, light blues and natural greens and browns with fiery orange, pink and purple. Keeping the focus on the couple the shoot deems to inspire romance and connection, with the subtle decor of the surrounding allowing this to shine through.

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Thank you so much to Susan Du Toit Photography and this wonderful team of creatives for sharing these stunning images with us today. I am inspired and dreaming of Italian romance, as well as a bit of antipasti and a glass of Limoncello for lunch!

with love

Photography – Susan Du Toit | Venue – Tiger’s Milk | Dress – Lubellos Bridal | Flowers – Wedding and Event Collection | Makeup – Minette Bridal Makeup | Hair – Studio S Hairstyling | Models – Listelle Visser and Kurt Couto |

Beautifully Homespun and Rustic Wedding at Village Hall

Beautifully Homespun and Rustic Wedding at Village Hall

I’ve such a gorgeous wedding for you today, lovely Victoria and Jonathan had a beautiful church ceremony followed by a rustic wedding reception in the prettiest village hall in June last year. These gorgeous images by Rachel Joyce Photography show just how much total joy there was on the day. Victoria and Jonathan look so happy! Victoria is so pretty in her Enzoani gown, I adore the beaded overlay, total elegance.

Their families and friends were very involved in their rustic wedding day with lots of homespun details, it has created a truly authentic, genuine vibe. A heartwarming display of the love that surrounds them. The couple put a huge amount of thought into lovely details that have meaning to them. From the decor (test tube flower displays as the groom is a scientist), to the food that celebrates the brides heritage, the stationery that celebrates their different travels, places they have lived and their wedding bands from the two locations where their love grew.

Let me hand you to bride Victoria to tell you more;


We both met at Secondary school, where we were in the same social circle, but not really close friends. It was only until we went to separate colleges but kept bumping into each other at parties and get togethers that we realised that we both wanted to be more than friends! So at one party, with my hatred for banana shots and Jonathan’s lost contact lense, was the time for our love to blossom!!
What we thought was going to be a summer romance before University ended up being a ‘we’ll just see how things go’ and 10 years later we’re still doing that!!

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With a quest to be eternal students, and a few career changes along the way, we felt finally settled in our London life. Jonathan therefore decided we needed to take the next step to cementing our lives together. So he set out on his hunt for the ring, keeping it all to himself apart from telling my Dad about his plans. One early Saturday Morning, underestimating the body clock of a nurse, he snook off to shave (knowing I would know something is up if he was shaving on a Saturday). He got down on one knee and popped the question along side a champagne breakfast and some hysterical surprise face times to close family letting them know. He had the day planned with a trip up the Shard for cocktails and celebrations followed by dinner at borough Market, and the rest is history!


Perfect for a rustic wedding vibe the couple chose their village hall for the reception;

As we both grew up in the area we both knew we wanted to get married in Mellor church. However we really struggled to find a venue which was close and created a relaxed atmosphere which we could put our own touch on. When the village hall was suggested it just seems perfect as we could do pretty much anything we wanted and it was a short stroll down the hill from the church!



My dad had great privilege in walking his only daughter down the aisle and to be there for me to step into the next chapter as a married lady.


Jonathan got a platinum band from the same shop he bought the engagement ring from in Hatton Gardens in London.
My wedding ring is a platinum band with baguette cut diamonds inset in a curved design to fit with my engagement ring. This was handmade by Christopher Evans at a jewelers in Poynton. It was really important for us to have a little piece of Manchester (where we met/got married) and London (where we live/got engaged).  We both got both of our rings engraved with the date of the wedding on the inside of the band.

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Where do we start! From the beginning Rachel put us both at ease and it felt like a friend was with us on the day! She has a true talent for capturing the day as it happens, without you even realising. We wanted a photographer who captured the emotion of the moments and the little things which you don’t even realise are happening on the day. Her personal touches and warm approach made us both feel really supported on the day and we are both so pleased with the photos.


Planning the wedding in our local Church and choosing for more of a low key setting in the village hall, has meant we’ve been able to choose all the things we love as a couple. It’s been all hands on deck with the lead up to the wedding, with many a crafternoons! But what has made it so much fun, is spending time as a couple working out what is important to us! In the end we decided that once the ceremony is complete and we’re man and wife…the rest is just a big party!
We wanted to have a relaxed theme to the day which celebrated all the people and things we love. From a gin bar to climbing ladders to hand test tube chandeliers (Husband’s a scientist). We wanted it all to have a personal touch and comments from guests were that it was one of the most personal and happy weddings they’ve ever been to.

Overall: Relaxed, personal and a big celebration with all the people we love!


I didn’t really know what kind of dress I wanted but I wasn’t a big fan of lace. The simplicity with the elegant beading sold it for me. I also really liked the fit of the dress and it felt like me.


Victoria wore Dune shoes, Breann style which were nude suede high heels with beaded buckle detail.


Victoria wore a floor length ivory veil made by The Wedding Dress Shop where she found her beautiful dress too;

I wore a preserved flowers head comb by Folkey Dokey in my hair, the designer lives locally to where I grew up and I just loved having flowers in my hair without the worry of them wilting.
My husband bought me some diamond earrings as my something new as I had my ears pierced for the wedding. My grandma’s wedding ring which my grandad had inscribed when they got married. As well as two broaches which I attached to my bouquet as my something old/blue (1 belonged to my great Auntie who no longer is with us and the second from my Grandma who was there on the day).


Victoria chose Jo Malone-Tudor Rose and Oud.
Myself and Jonathan went scent shopping as a treat before the wedding where we both helped choose each others perfume/cologne. I loved the floral notes of this scent which felt in keeping with the time of year. Now whenever I wear that perfume or Jonathan wears his it instantly takes us back to our day!


The girls lovely grey shift dresses were the Shanie dress from Coast, with pretty shoes from Dune called Dolley, they were Jewel trim peep toe-nude colour shoes.


Victoria and her bridesmaids chose Amanda Jones Makeup and Hair for the morning of the big day;

I wanted to just look the best me without looking too ‘done up’. We went for a dewy natural look with the makeup. With the hair I knew I wanted it up to show off the beading of the dress and otherwise I would mess around with it! We went for a natural curly up do which was amazing, it lasted all day without any issues!
The bridesmaids went for similar but with plaits incorporated and sprigs of gypsophila in their hair.


Jonathan wore a Charles Tyrwhitt charcoal textured slim fit suit, with shoes from Russell and Bromley. His cufflinks, gold initial plates, were a Christening present from his Grandparents. His tie was DKNY and Victoria bought him a vintage gold bean for good luck to wear on his pocket watch as well as a Paul Smith pocket square. He wore a pocket watch, chain and sovereign which was his Grandpa’s.

The Best man wore a suit from Marks and Spencer with a tie from DKNY.


My cousin’s VW camper van which him and his partner had decorated especially! My cousin Danny is like a brother to me (only child) and it was really special to have him my part of the morning celebrations and for him to drive me, my mum and dad to the church.


The couple chose Jenni Fleur’s of Marple Bridge to create the florals for the day.

We chose wild, in season flowers which had lots of greenery and herbs mixed in with peonies. In the Church all the flowers were arranged by the Groom’s mum and the church helpers.


We wanted an informal relaxed environment where we could have all the things we love in a place which is really special to us. It also meant we could make things to decorate the hall to make it personal to us. All the decorations were either made by us such as the ‘dingly dangley’s’ which we cut and threaded onto string to hang from the entrance ceiling as well as chandeliers for flowers to be displayed around the venue and from the ceiling in the hall.

The father of the bride made the signposts himself for outside the hall! As well as both fathers of the bride and groom making barrels of beer. Any aunties, and grandparents drying petals for confetti! It was a full family and friends hands on deck over the 6 months leading to the wedding.


The cake was a white chocolate and raspberry sponge, lemon and Victoria sponge cake. All covered with vanilla icing. it was created by ‘Icing on the Cake’ in Marple.

The mothers of the bride and groom also made and decorated a fruit cake together.


The couple chose Travelling Gourmet-Caters for the wedding breakfast;

They did a great job at making delicious food. We’re both big cooks and wanted to incorporate our favorite things. My family are polish so it was important to have a nod to my heritage. We therefore did a mezze board which had a polish influence for starters/canapes. It was great to see people dig in and get involved rather than formal canapes. Followed by lamb shoulder with seasonal veg and salads and dips. We allocated carvers all around the tables which made for great entertainment! It was one of our highlights seeing all these little chef hats mixed in on the two big tables sharing food like family.

We did the alcohol ourselves and made a pimp my prosecco and pimp my gin bar which was very popular. We also had a Polish toast called stolat and a Yorkshire toast to have a nod to both mine and Jonathan’s roots.


We all made the stationery by hand sewing and printing and stamping with a bottle of wine!
The table plan was a play on our names and living in London which we made and had printed of the order of the day being similar to a tube stop. We home made rhubarb and ginger gin and decanted into little bottles for everyone to have on the day!


I used to live in Barcelona so the day after the wedding we both jet off to stay in Barcelona for a week which was fab!
We then stayed in St Lucia Royalton Diamond Club for two weeks in November for the honeymoon. It was just magical!


Elbow-One day like this. Although quite cheesy it holds a special place for us both and with Elbow being from Manchester it just felt right. We didn’t practice the first dance and it was just literally us in the moment with each other.  


The first dance was truly magical-at the end of the song all our guests we’re on the dancefloor in a big circle surrounding us in the middle. All the love, smiles and energy from them all was just magic!
We also had a little moment just the two of us with a bottle of champagne after the ceremony and meal where we went for some pictures with the photographer. Jonathan had hidden a bottle of champagne for us to enjoy and just taking a moment after the photos just the two of us was super special we were both just giddy with excitement!


Think about the things which mean the most to you as a couple. Just take your time and think about little things which will have a big impact with little stress. One of our favorite things was thinking about what we loved as a couple and how we could add this to the wedding! People around you, love helping so when help is offered, take it! Don’t sweat the small things just remember to enjoy the moment!

Thank you so much to Victoria and Jonanthan for sharing their lovely rustic wedding day with us and to Rachel Joyce Photography for these truly beautifully authentic images,


Photography – Rachel Joyce Photography | Venue – Mellor Village Hall | Bridal Designer – Enzoani | Bridal Boutique – The Wedding Dress Shop | Bride’s Flower Hair Comb – Folkey Dokey | Bridesmaids Dresses – Coast | Brides and Bridesmaids Shoes – Dune | Hair and MUA – Amanda Jones Makeup |Grooms Attire – Charles Tyrwhitt | Wedding Rings – Hatton Gardens and Christopher Evans | Flowers – Jenni Fleurs, Marple Bridge | Catering – Travelling Gourmet-Caters | Cake – Icing on the Cake, Marple | Lighting – Peter Lockwood-Lights |Entertainment – The The Mojomatics Band |

Rustic, Indie and Colourful Wedding in the Welsh April Sunshine

Rustic, Indie and Colourful Wedding in the Welsh April Sunshine

I adore this wedding, it is such a beautiful, bright and colourful wedding. Claire and Huw were married in Wales on the 8th April last year, happy First Anniversary you two for yesterday! I love the indie vibe to their day, the bold spring colours throughout and the music that played a big part in the celebrations.

These gorgeous colourful wedding images have been captured by very lovely Jess Yarwood Photography, she has a really fabulous natural story telling quality to her images. I love the way the day unfolds through the photographs from getting ready right through to the party at the end.

Also incredibly lovely is Huw’s proposal to Claire;

The Proposal

We met on a night out through friends. For our engagement Huw took me on a weekend to Edinburgh. He’d booked us a table at our favourite restaurant ‘The Kitchin’ by Tom Kitchin. All of the staff at the restaurant knew that Huw was going to propose!

Before going to Edinburgh Huw had created a photo album full of photographs of our years together. On the last page it said ‘will you marry me?’ Huw had sent the photo album to the restaurant in advance. The staff at The Kitchen brought the photo album out as if it was the dessert menu, I didn’t have a clue what was going on!!

I looked through the photo album, got to the last page and said ‘yes’. Huw had the ring in his jacket pocket! The staff at the restaurant were on hand to bring over champagne to celebrate!! We had a great weekend.

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Rustic, Colourful Wedding Inspiration

For the day itself we wanted a rustic, natural style. We really just wanted the day to be a fun and colourful wedding celebration!

The Dress

As soon I walked into Dolly Blue Bridal and met Adele I knew it was the place for me as it was such a relaxed and fun place . The shop is absolutely stunning and the dresses even more so.

I eventually decided on my dress due to my sisters reaction when I put it on. Although it was my favourite, as I wanted a plain dress with minimum sparkle, when she saw it she gasped and said ‘that’s the one!!’.

We opted for fresh flowers fairly last minute as hair accessories. So it was a surprise on the day what they would look like. I then found a bright blue pair of heels from Asos.


The Bridesmaids dresses were for Asos with gorgeous fresh flowers flowers in their hair.

Hair and Make-Up

Head Office Hair Studios did our hairstyles. We all wanted individual styles and Vicky created these perfectly. I like to think we were pretty easy going so we just let Vicky do her thing.

Made Up by Harriet Morris did our make up and Harriet was just fantastic. We wanted to look like ourselves but better and she achieved that perfectly.

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The couple chose talented photographer Jess Yarwood to capture their day, you must check out her work if you are looking for your own wedding photographer. Claire and Huw were so happy the chose Jess for their colourful wedding day as she captured it perfectly;

Jess came recommended to us and we liked her laid back, informal style of photographs.

Groom’s Attire

Huw looked really smart in his bespoke suit and colourful wedding tie that fitted the vibe of the day perfectly. His suit, shirt and Tie were all from Richard Smith Bespoke in Manchester. His shoes were from Barker Shoes.

Best Man’s Attire

The best man’s attire was from Pretty Green.

Wedding Ceremony and Venue

Claire walked down the aisle with her dad Paul. The couple had selected ‘It’s about time’ by Jamie Cullum for the service.

We were married at Minera Church. It is our local church in a beautiful setting. We the had our wedding breakfast and Evening Reception at Plas Isaf Country Barn and Gardens.


Wedding Rings

We wanted something simple and chose rings from Powells the Jewellers. Huw also bought my engagement ring from here. It is a vintage, diamond engagement ring.

Wedding Wheels

Claire and Huw had some awesome wheels for the day including their VW Camper and 2 Jaguar Mk2 cars as well.


The gorgeous colourful wedding flowers were by Vivid Floral Design;

We wanted a rustic theme and basically asked the florist to create bouquets that looked as if it had just been picked up from a field.

The Cake

Our cake was from  NV Cakes . It wasn’t a traditional wedding cake. We had a naked cake with buttercream. The bottom tier was chocolate sponge with baileys buttercream. The middle tier was vanilla sponge and white chocolate buttercream and the top tier was chocolate orange sponge and orange buttercream. It was divine!!!

Stationery and Favours

We created the table plans ourselves in a crate full of herbs.

We also had favours. All guests had a miniature drink and mixer. They ranges from gin & tonic, Vodka, whiskey etc. All top table guests had their personal favourite drink. The children had a ‘goody bag’ to keep them entertained.


Music was a big part of Huw and Claire’s day and they had some fantastic entertainment for their guests; their friends band Blue Genes and the Snowdonia String Quartet in the day and at the church and then in the evening the amazing Marblehead Johnson, (A Bluetones reference..I LOVE the Bluetones) an indie covers band.


Huw and Claire has a mini-moon to Edinburgh;

We then honeymooned in New York and Sorrento, Italy. It was amazing.

Favourite Moment

It was all fantastic! Our friends, Blue Genes wrote us a song to be performed in the church called ‘you make love look easy’. It was so thoughtful and personal and it’s not everyday someone writes a song just for you! The Best Men’s speech was great too!!

First Dance

Claire and Huw chose ‘Baby I’m Yours’ by the Arctic Monkeys as their first dance;

When we first heard it in 2006 we said that if we ever got married that would be our ‘first dance’.

Advice from the Couple

Relax! Don’t let it stress you out! Don’t aim for perfection as it doesn’t exist, just enjoy everything as it comes. Enjoy preparing your special day!

Congratulations to Claire and Huw and I hope your first anniversary celebrations this weekend were amazing. Thanks for sharing your beautiful welsh wedding day with us and every happiness for your future.

Massive thanks to wonderful Jess of Jess Yarwood Photography for these amazing images of the day too,

with love

Photographer – Jess Yarwood | Venue – Plas Isaf |  Bridal Boutique – Dolly Blue Bridal | Brides Shoes – ASOS | Bridesmaids Dresses – ASOS | Hair – Head Office Hair Studios | Make Up – Made Up by Harriet Morris | Groom’s Suit – Richard Smith Bespoke | Groom’s Shoes – Barkers Shoes | Groomsmen’s Suits – Pretty Green | Cake – NV Cakes | Flowers – Vivid Floral Design | Wedding Rings – Powells the Jewellers | Daytime Entertainment – Blue Genes Trio | String Quartet – Snowdonia String Quartet | Evening Entertainment – Marblehead Johnson | Transport – Classic Wedding Cars Cheshire and Grace Space Pace | Honeymoon – New York and Sorrento, Italy |

Rustic Easter Spring Tipi Wedding Inspiration

Rustic Easter Spring Tipi Wedding Inspiration

Happy Easter everyone, I hope you are enjoying the time with those you love and potentially eating chocolate for breakfast. It is the one day of the year where it’s kind of the done thing isn’t it?

I’m really excited to be bringing you this gorgeous subtle hint of Easter spring styling inspiration. With spring blooms, pretty pink stationery, stunning cake, little egg decorations and stunning dresses. These images were captured by the lovely and talented Hannah Dornfold May on what started as a very snowy morning.  The creative team behind this shoot, plowed on through the unscheduled snow that morning and were rewarded with a bright spring day for their shoot. Be sure to check out the lovely film below too by Adam at Nantwich Weddings.

Easter Floral Inspiration

The stunning bouquet and flower arrangements were created by Heather at Living Colour Floral Design.

We love Heather’s work and these Easter spring florals are just gorgeous. The cute little eggs in the table centre’s, the hanging rustic Easter wreaths with little feather bird details and the amazing bouquet is divine. I really love the teal in the bouquet which ties in with the ribbons in the brides hair and grooms attire too.

Bridal Wear and Grooms Threads

The beautiful dresses are all by Felicity Cooper Bridal, with delicate lace details, flowing silk and tulle skirts making for a totally romantic rustic boho feel.

The groom’s tailoring was provided by Jo at Papa’s Tailoring, which is totally stunning bespoke attire and really suited the location and rustic feel of the shoot.

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Hair and Make Up

The bride’s look was created by Vicky M Hair and Natalie Boland MUA. The brief for the shoot was natural, soft and romantic boho. Vicky styled her hair beautifully, I love the flowers, the ribbons weaved in her hair and also the very cool Natalie has done a great job of creating a soft natural look to compliment the overall feel.


Laura from Honey Blossom UK provided the pretty natural crystal jewellery, she makes them all herself and they are truly beautiful. I really love the trend for natural gem stone jewellery in bridal.

The Cake

The stunning cake, with the prettiest sugar rose detailing and water colour marbling is perfect for a spring or Easter wedding. Laura from That Cakes the Biscuit (great name!) also created the stunning heart biscuits too for the place settings.


The pink Easter theme was tied in with the delicate and stylish stationery by Project Pretty. I love this stationery suite, I am a bit of a geek when it comes to stationery and I adore this font and style, just perfect!

Venue and Tipis

The venue for the shoot is the lovely lakeside venue of Delamere Events in Cheshire, a beautiful secluded spot in the heart of the forest. All About Me Marquees supplied the breathtaking tipis at the venue, with amazing ceremony tents, glamping village and the big tipi event space, it looks pretty epic  next to the lakes.

Huge thanks to Hannah Dornford May for these beautiful images and to the team of creatives involved in putting together this lovely Easter inspired shoot. Did you check out the film above too by Nantwich Weddings.

Wishing you all a really lovely Easter Sunday

with love

Photographer – Hannah Dornford May | Film – Nantwich Weddings | Venue – Delamere Events | Tipi – All About Me Marquees | Bridal Designer – Felicity Cooper Bridal | Tipi and Table Styling – Pretty Creative | Hair –  Vicky M Hair | Make Up – Natalie Boland MUA| Groom’s Suit – Papa’s Tailoring | Cake – That Cakes the Biscuit | Floristry – Living Colour Floral Design | Stationery – Project Pretty | Jewellery – Honey Blossom UK |

David Fielden Gown for Relaxed Forde Abbey Summer Wedding

David Fielden Gown for Relaxed Forde Abbey Summer Wedding

I really am loving today’s wedding, it’s so beautiful! Bride Lizzie is stunning in her David Fielden dress,  hair braided with wild flowers.

Lizzie and Will were married at the stunning surrounding of the monastery at Forde Abbey, with celebrations continuing at Will’s parents Farm. The day is filled with gorgeous rustic details,with the couple, their family and guests all making the most of the perfect Devonshire summer day. Sitting on hay bales under the trees for the speeches and toasts.

These beautiful images are courtesy of the talented Jennifer Jane Photography. I love her style, capturing all the moments and beautiful portraits of Lizzie and Will. Be inspired and enjoy as I hand you over to bride Lizzie to tell us about their day;

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The Love Story

We first met at the age of 16, when Will’s parents moved to Devon, to the farm where we had our the evening reception. We went to the same Sixth Form and were always close. Will was always fixing my broken-down car so I could give him lifts home from school. We ended up going to University in the same city, but it wasn’t until a few years later that we became a couple. When Will’s younger sister broke her arm, I spent lots of time helping out on the farm and riding her horses; Will was always conveniently around! We grew closer after a rather chilly hockey match I departed for Will’s to be greeted by a hot bath and roast dinner. From there on, we never looked back.  

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The Inspiration

We were fortunate enough to hold our reception at Will’s family farm. We strove to embrace an ‘English Countryside’ theme with hay bales providing informal seating, and old reclaimed barn doors for tables. We utilised what the farm could provide for our decoration, using old milk churns for flower arrangements and old storm lanterns for lighting. We added our own touches with handmade bunting and strings of origami cranes as a homage to our time spent living abroad in Asia as a couple.

The Venue

We had our hearts set on holding our reception at Will’s parents farm, but were unsure where to hold our ceremony. We looked at some incredible venues but when we first approached Forde Abbey, we were blown away by the beautiful setting of the historic monastery. We knew our guests would be able to stroll around the stunning gardens and enjoy the magnificent grounds just as we had.

The Photography – Jennifer Jane Photography

Our photographer Jen was the perfect choice as our wedding photographer. At our first meeting. Jen’s warm and bubbly personality shone through, and after a couple of biscuits and slurp of tea at her beautiful home we were sold. Jen made us feel completely at ease and we both felt utterly relaxed in front of the camera. Her organisation throughout was fantastic; scouting out both venues and exploring camera angles to get those beautiful shots. She always went the extra mile; army crawling in wet sand, clambering up rickety looking structures, and paddling through chilly streams. 

Jen is an absolute perfectionist and the passion for her work practically oozes from her. She is incredibly talented at her craft and takes such pride in the work that she does. The real proof is in the stunning photographs that Jen took, she managed to capture so many happy memories. Looking through them now, the photos tell such a beautiful story of our special day. We will treasure them forever.

David Fielden Dress

My wedding dress, ‘Esme’ by David Fielden, was chosen from Carina Baverstock Couture. They were fantastic at teasing out how I envisaged my dress and gave me a stunning collection of gowns to try on. I knew I’d found the perfect dress when I tried on the ‘Esme’, and then (much to my sister’s amusement) spent another hour strolling around the shop in it. I wanted a versatile dress that I could dance in but had a soft and romantic feel to it- with layers of beautiful, delicate lace over a low back slip- the Esme ticked all the right boxes! 

My eldest sister kindly lent me her Jenny Packham veil, which my middle sister had also worn for her wedding, something of a tradition. My hair was in a relaxed plaited up do with wildflowers woven into the braids.    

Is it bad that I can’t remember…I am so not a shoe person!

Bride’s Accessories

I wore a beautiful set of sapphire earrings that my sister and husband have given me as thank you from their wedding, to match the engagement ring Will had designed. My bridesmaid lent me her beautiful Cala Lily style bracelet with a stunning pearl to finish the look. I wore Boss Orange Sunset- it’s the scent that reminds Will of me and vice versa- he has the same Boss Orange for men

Make Up

Zoe from Beauty with Zoe was incredibly professional, seamlessly transforming myself and 5 bridesmaids. Zoe created a perfect natural look for me, which was just what I had wanted. My make-up stayed perfect the whole day and evening, I didn’t have to do a single touch up!

The Bridesmaids

I wanted the bridesmaids to feel perfectly comfortable in their dresses and thought long and hard about what style to choose. The multi-way dresses in pastel blues and greens were a perfect choice, complementing their body shapes beautifully. We had many a laughs learning how to tie and knot them!  

The girls all looked absolutely stunning, with loose, natural hair and flower headbands.

The bridesmaids had a white silk pashmina which my Mum had brought as gifts from Turkey as an accessory and a cover up for the evening.

Groom’s Attire

The groom and groomsmen all looked the part in their navy suits from Debenhams formal hire, with matching ties and pocket squares, complementing the bridesmaids’ dresses. The buttonholes were hand tied with raffia and included fragrant herbs. The groom’s included a beautiful blush pink rose, to match the bridal bouquet.

The Flowers

I knew that I wanted to source seasonal, British grown flowers and found a perfect choice with In Bloom Devon. We picked up three buckets of freshly cut flowers the day before the wedding, with bridesmaids on hand to artistically arrange the gorgeous blooms.

In Bloom created the bridal and bridesmaids’ bouquets along with the buttonholes for the groom and groomsmen. The buttonholes were hand tied with raffia and included fragrant herbs. The groom’s included a beautiful blush pink rose, to match the bridal bouquet.

The Cake

Will’s grandmother made our wedding cake, including the incredible sugar craft flowers used as the cake topper. A close friend and work colleague made the cupcakes, incorporating our wedding colours into the decoration. Both cakes were absolutely delicious and appreciated by all. 

The Rings

Will had my engagement ring designed and made at Gold and Platinum studios, based in Bath. The team were so incredible and passionate about their work that we knew we would go back to have our wedding rings crafted there.


Veysey’s Butchers Hog Roast, our local butchers created an incredible feast for us in the evening, appreciated by all. We catered for ourselves in the day, providing our guests with a traditional English afternoon tea!

The Wheels

Will’s family are avid car fans and so we were fortunate enough to use their old Sprite sports car as our wedding car. Will and I have spent many an hour in the garage toiling over the engine, and driving around the country lanes so it was great to use it on our wedding day. 

The Stationery

Will and I love crafting so were somewhat foolish and decided to make our own wedding stationery. Will designed everything while I was the manual labour, cutting and glueing into the small hours. We enlisted family help which made things happen a lot faster! It was great fun to do but I would recommend leaving yourself more time than you would imagine to get those invites completed.

The Decor and Styling

We strove to embrace an ‘English Countryside’ theme and gathered from the farm environment. We used old reclaimed barn doors for tables, old milk churns for flower arrangements, old storm lanterns for lighting and large wagon wheels for decoration. We added our own personalised touches with handmade bunting and strings of origami cranes as a homage to our time spent living abroad in Asia as a couple.

The Honeymoon

One of our first (and favourite) holidays together was spent in France and so we decided to go back there for our mini-moon. We stayed in an idyllic cabin on it’s own private lake near the Dordogne. We used Canopy and Stars, an incredible site with fun and quirky places to stay both in the UK and abroad. Coincidentally we had stayed in one of their properties in Cornwall when we Will proposed.

For our honeymoon we were lucky enough to spend a month travelling in Indonesia. Spending time in the jungles of Borneo, and exploring the islands of Bali and Indonesia.

The Ceremony

My brother-in-law was kind enough to give me away. It was a great honour to have him walk me down the aisle, although I think he was more nervous than I was. We elected for something neutral and chose Pachebel’s Canon in D.

First Dance and Entertainment

Our first dance was ‘Better Together’ by Jack Johnson. Although Will and I didn’t consider ourselves to have ‘a song’ we thought that this suited us perfectly, and have spent plenty a time dancing around the kitchen to it.


We had The Little Informers Our brief for the band was energetic and awesome! The Little Informers kept our guests dancing into the small hours of the morning with an incredible set. They had even learned our First Dance Song ‘Better Together’ by Jack Johnson which was a complete surprise to us.

Favourite Moments

With so many special moments to choose from it’s hard to say. My funniest moment is perhaps the glee on my bridesmaids’ faces when they decided it was an excellent idea to put a plastic bag over my head so that I could put my dress on without covering it in my make up! We wouldn’t have changed anything, apart from somehow made the day last longer.

Advice for Others

Delegate. If people offer to help and do tasks, then let them. Either give them a free rein on creativity or assign them something very specific. It’s a great way to keep you more relaxed and not feel that you’re having to do everything.

Congratulations to Lizzie and Will, such a beautiful day! Thank so much to Jennifer Jane Photography for sharing it with us,

with love

Photographer – Jennifer Jane Photography  | Venue – Forde Abbey | Bridal Designer –  David Fielden | Bridal Boutique – Carina Baverstock | Brides Shoes – Ms KG | Make Up –  Beauty with Zoe | Groom’s Suit –  Debenhams | Flowers – In Bloom Devon | Entertainment – The Little Informers | Catering – Veysey’s Butchers Hog Roast |

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