British Country Wedding

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For Lloyd and Hilary it was an easy decision to get married in Cornwall. They got married in the local parish church and followed it up with a good old fashioned country ‘knees up’ in their old field. BRITT SPRING – who is shortly moving back to her native Australia after several years in the UK – was on hand to capture all the festivities. The couple love a good picnic, and being that it is the essence of summer they wanted their wedding day to convey this. Every table had their own picnic basket full of goodies to tuck into straight away – LOVE that idea!! Next came a buffet filled with local Cornish pasties from a friend’s family bakery, and on top of that there was home-made cookies, brownies and jellies. Basically good food meant good fun for their guests! And of course an English affair wouldn’t be complete without Pimms (my favourite summer cocktail!) which was served on arrival, alongside a ‘pull your own pint’ set up of local ales. Sounds like a dream wedding to be a guest at right? The gorgoeus bride shares some more details with us below…

HOW DID YOU MEET? My husband and I met online, some people find it hard to understand how you can fall in love with someone you have never met in person. I can’t explain it either, I like to think it was fate. If it’s meant to be, it will be, and this definitely ‘was’! He lived in Cornwall, we spoke constantly for about a year, then finally met whilst I was on a camping holiday with my parents. He worked three jobs to pay for visits to me where I lived 160 miles away whilst I finished school. I ended up moving to Cornwall to go to college and so we could finally be together and we haven’t been apart for more than a few days since.

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TELL US ABOUT YOUR PROPOSAL: The first day we met, Lloyd took me to a beach called Holywell Bay. We spent the whole afternoon walking on the beach and sitting in the sand-dunes where we watched the sun set. The day he proposed, he took me back to the sand dunes where we had a picnic looking out at the sea. After we finished our picnic, a beautiful wooden box appeared on my lap holding the most gorgeous ring I had ever seen. I was so speechless I forgot to say yes for a good few minutes!

TELL US ABOUT FINDING YOUR WEDDING DRESS: I had an idea of the silhouette I wanted, but that was about it. My Mum and Sister came with me to The Mews Bridal in Clifton village, I had seen a lovely dress by Suzanne Neville and they had it in. I thought it would be ‘the one’, but when I tried it on it turned out to be completely wrong for me. At which point I thought, well if that wasn’t the one I’ll never find it! But dress number 2 (also by Suzanne Neville) turned out to be a winner!

ANY DIY ELEMENTS? It really was a family affair from the start, the best man designed and hand printed our invitations and his mum spent two days making more bunting than you could ever imagine. Our rings came from a very talented friend who has a beautiful Jewellery shop in Truro and specialises in tailored jewellery. He is too generous for his own good and ended up making a bespoke anchor tie pin and also fitting a new strap to a vintage Omega watch for Lloyd to wear on the day. We spent the whole week before with family and friends on the finishing touches like filling origami boxes with dried petal confetti and tying all the cutlery together. We were just overwhelmed by all the help everyone gave us, and they all did it with a huge smile on their face.

DESCRIBE YOUR WEDDING FLOWERS: My wonderful friend Emilie, whom happens to be a very talented florist, made the bouquets and other beautiful floral arrangements for us. We had spoken about the feel of the day, I left the rest up to her and she really out did herself.

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WHAT ADVISE WOULD YOU GIVE OUT TO A COUPLE PLANNING THEIR WEDDING? If people offer their help- take it! It can become very consuming and one of the best things for us in the lead up was sharing our excitement with everyone. Also, don’t compare your day to anyone elses because your day should be full of all the things you love. It’s very overwhelming seeing all these beautiful pictures of other weddings and it’s easy to forget that it will have taken a lot of effort to get to that point.

MOST MEMORABLE MOMENT? There are so many, but I will treasure the time we spent having our portraits taken back on Holywell Beach. It gave us a moment to ourselves for it to really sink in that we were married, and we were so happy to be able to spend part of the day at our special place.

ANY OTHER DETAILS THAT HELP TELL THE STORY OF YOUR DAYA year or so ago we bought the land with my father in law, behind his house. My maiden name is Orchard, so we thought it would be fitting to turn part of it into a fruit orchard. We planted our first apple tree on the wedding day and our second the day after. Thanks to our guests, we also have a nice little ‘nest egg’ to dip into over the next few years so we can really make the orchard into something special.

I also have to thank Britt our photographer for giving us such incredible photographs to look back on, the day looks more beautiful than I even remember and that really is down to her. Not only is Britt incredibly talented in her art (and it really is an art) but she is the kindest most friendly person you could meet. Always being behind the lens myself, I thought it might be awkward being in front of it all day. But Britt soon took care of that. It felt like she was just another friend, snapping away.

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Photographer BRITT SPRINGCake SWEET THOUGHTS / Florist DAISY LANE FLORAL DESIGNS / Stationery THOMAS HAZLEDINE / Ceremony Venue ST COLAN CHURCH / Reception Venue MARQUEE FROM ASHLEY EVENTS / Dress Designer SOLATAIRE BY SUZANNE NEVILLE / Shoes SLINKS / Jewellery CANARY BLUEMake up BARE MINERALS and NARS / Bridesmaids Dresses GHOST / Grooms Attire TED BAKER, TM LEWIN, JOULES / Caterer CORNISH MILL AND BAKEHOUSE / Nails- FISTRAL SPA / Confetti SHROPSHIRE PETALS / Balloons SIGNATURE BALLOONS / Bunting LITTLE NETTY
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Autumn Harvest in the Blue Mountains

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Earlier this year I had the privilege of heading to the beautiful Blue Mountains in Australia – the town of Blackheath to be exact – to style and speak at LEAH KUA’S No Greater Love workshop. It was a beautiful and inspiring few days spent with good food, great company and the crispness and beauty of the Blue Mountains in autumn. Honestly it’s SUCH a gorgeous area and if you ever have the chance to visit there… do it in the cooler months. It’s magical. LEAH put on a stunning workshop and I’m pretty sure all the attendees will have fond memories of the delicious cinnamon scented candles burning throughout the little cottage it was held in, amongst many other sweet details.

We did a couple of shoots as part of the workshop, one of which features in the current issue of MAGNOLIA ROUGE MAGAZINE. For this blog post I’ve combined the two shoots since they all tie in together. Huge thanks to our beautiful real couple models who were so gracious and patient and stood out in the cold for hours without complaint. SARAH LIM – who had travelled from Singapore – created an array of stunning florals, including the most amazing autumnal centrepiece for our tablescape which I’m still in love with! JENNIFER GIFFORD and KELSEY GENNA provided us some beautiful gowns, and from JENNIFER the sweetest little beaded bolero you ever did see. We used the prettiest veils and headpieces from THREE SUNBEAMS, and the hair & make-up was done by EVY’S BEAUTY PARLOUR who was actually one of our wonderful models. Lastly the amazing LAURA BLADE from New Zealand created a beautiful stationery suite for us.

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Photography LEAH KUA / Styling MAGNOLIA ROUGE / Florals SARAH LIM / Gowns KELSEY GENNA and JENNIFER GIFFORD DESIGNS / Cake YUMMY CUPCAKES & CAKES / Stationery LAURA BLADE / Hair & make-up EVY’S BEAUTY PARLOUR / Veil THREE SUNBEAMS / Film processing RICHARD PHOTO LAB
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Queensland Anniversary Session

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Happy Monday everyone!! I hope you had a lovely weekend. Spring seems to be taking a while to kick into gear around here – it’s still rather chilly and rainy… in fact yesterday I found myself out running in icy hail! Not ideal! On a brighter note my sister – who’s partner whisked her away to tropical Vanuatu to celebrate her birthday – also got treated to a romantic proposal over a dinner for two on the beach. Pretty special huh? I think I may be able to point her in the direction of a fabulous vendor – or ten! Actually both my brother and sister are currently engaged… yay weddings to attend!!

Onto today’s lovely anniversary session by Ashleigh from Brisbane based WHITE ASH PHOTOGRAPHY. Kira and Dane have been married for two years and they celebrated with this shoot by the lake in Emerald, Central Queensland. As Ashleigh says “A quiet celebration of the lovely souls they are – organic, down to earth and genuinely, head-over-heels in love!

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