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Soft Pink Richmond Park, London Wedding

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I’m quite excited to feature this wedding in Richmond Park, London as I used to live not far from there, and I even attended a wedding there once. This is such a beautiful part of London and and PEMBROKE LODGE is a lovely spot to celebrate in! Gorgeous bride Heather wore the JENNY PACKHAM ‘Dentelle’ gown that she actually had all picked out before she even met her husband!! A simple chignon bun ensured she looked picture perfect elegant on the day as these gorgeous images by CLAIRE ESTELLE show. Booking Claire was an easy decision for the couple. “She was the one and only photographer we met with. We had intended to meet up with a few photographers but after meeting her, we knew she was the one. I wanted to email her straight away when we got in, but my husband told me play it cool. Not my style, I emailed her that night! We loved her approach to the day. It was fun and relaxed and really captured the day. We couldn’t have chosen a better photographer. Our wedding guests are still raving about how gorgeous the photos are and how nice a photographer she was. We absolutely loved her!

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“My Mom had a very bad fall two weeks before my wedding and we were worried she wouldn’t be able to fly to England from Canada. Having lost my father, my Mother was going to be the one to give me away. Nothing was going to stop to her from that! What made the day so special for me was that she was hardly able to walk, but she put on a brave face, ditched the crutches and walked me down the aisle. 

For our flowers Claire from Love Blooms was absolutely amazing! I basically sent her images and she made them a reality. The flowers were really important to me on the day and I wanted the room to look and smell beautiful. Claire really understood my vision and when I arrived on the day, I was blown away by the amazing job she had done. She’s also one of the happiest and nicest person I’ve ever met! My absolute favourite thing were the table arrangements. We hired candle sticks and did a large round arrangement on the top with roses and hydrangeas. I wanted gorgeous flowers on the table, but didn’t want them to obstruct people from chatting, so the candlesticks were perfect. They were absolutely stunning and just suited the venue and day perfectly! The aisle had jam jars filled with gypsophila tied to the chairs with natural string. So simple and so beautiful.”

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“For jewellery, I wore my grandmother’s pearl earnings, my mother’s pearl bracelet and a single pearl necklace my mother gave me on my wedding day. I wanted very classic and simple jewellery on my day and loved how they were my something old, something new and something borrowed (I had a blue ribbon sewn into my dress for my something blue). I was after a fresh clean look for makeup. I don’t wear a lot of makeup day-to-day, so didn’t want to look unrecognisable on the day. The makeup was done by Panda Makeup and both Pamela and Andrea are amazing and very talented.

Andy groom wore a bright navy 3 piece suit and a crisp white Charles Tyrwhitt shirt. He looked so handsome! I never took my eyes off him once when I was walking down the aisle. 

We wanted the decor to be elegant but with a rustic touch. I went a bit mad ordering off BHLDN website, but I loved absolutely everything! I mean everything! I had ordered these lovely ombre fans from them. I had no idea what the weather would be like, but wanted them either way! They were placed on each chair for the guests. Honestly, it was as though I had known it would be the hottest day of the year. The fans were the most brilliant thing ever and saved everyone from melting!”

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New Zealand School Camp wedding

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It’s been a little while since we’ve featured the fabulous work of BENJAMIN & ELISE on the blog, and what better return than with this gorgeously fun school camp wedding of Leila & Jonny’s. These guys put so much time and love into making their dream day look like this – from having ‘crafty Tuesdays’ with their friends creating things, to Jonny and his Dad making the tables for the reception! I love that their MC – one of their closest friends – embraced the whole ‘school camp’ locality and turned up dressed as camp leader complete with socks, sandals and a clipboard and ensured all the ‘students’ were aware of the camp rules! Leila is wearing a gorgeous gown from one of our favourite designers RUE DE SEINE.

We wanted our wedding to be a celebration, not only of the two of us, but of all the people who fill our lives with love. Both of us grew up in the countryside surrounded in green fields and blue skies and we wanted this to be reflected in the location. With this in mind we decided to hunt down an old school camp that we could call home for a few days. With cabins onsite for people could stay in, a beautiful grove of trees by a river to say “I do” under, an elevated field overlooking the paddocks – perfect for an outdoor dance floor – and a lovely old hall to feast in, we found the perfect spot in Hunua Falls, near where Jonny grew up. Laughter is also a massive part of who we are, so we wanted to make sure that there were smiles all round. We tried to bring in  little tongue in cheek twists on the signs throughout the cabins, the hall and throughout the invitations. We also found an amazing celebrant called Yvette. She is all around awesome and made the ceremony perfect. It was the perfect balance laughter and more laughter!

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TELL US ABOUT YOUR PROPOSAL? Jonny proposed on the cliff tops of Uluwatu in Bali. When we first started dating Jonny was living in Bali so this is a place that is very special to us and one that we have spent many great memories. Over the last few years we have lived in Australia, Jonny part-time in Indonesia and now New Zealand. Although it was hard at times being away from each other in different countries it also made our relationship stronger as the time we did have together was really precious. Now that we are both living in New Zealand we can really appreciate seeing each other everyday. Well most days! We both have the same sense of humour so laughter is the key. 

TELL US ABOUT FINDING YOUR WEDDING DRESS? My dress is from New Zealand label Rue De Seine. I was really unsure of what I wanted for my dress. I had been to a few shops and felt really lost, but once I walked into Rue De Siene it felt really special. With such a beautiful mix of vintage pieces and their own lovely collection it was easy to find a dress that I loved. The beautiful vintage lace used for the bodice already feels like an heirloom piece to hand down.

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ANY BUDGET OR DIY ELEMENTS? I grew up in an extremely creative family and have always loved making things. So when it came to our wedding day I was super excited to be given the chance to create the celebration of a life time! We made nearly everything ourselves or with the help of our wonderful friends and families. Jonny, his father and his friends made all of the wooden tables for the reception – definitely a bigger undertaking than originally thought! Every Tuesday night became Tassle Tuesday’s – dinner and wine with friends, scissors, paper and craft glue. Our lovely friend Chris Geoff made all of the hanging beams of lights that hung over the tables. We made white bunting for the fences outside, gold bunting for the roof inside, and coloured tassels for the outdoor dance floor. There were welcome banners for the entrance, outdoor signs made by my Dad, and lighthearted signs in all of the cabins. Needless to say Jonny is now very glad to have his evenings free from “crafting’!! Haha All of our beautiful cakes were also made by our loved ones – they were certainly a MASSIVE hit on the day with big debates ensuing over which flavour was the best.

FAVOURITE DETAIL OF THE DAY: Seeing how happy everyone was. Being surrounded by smiles and love from all the people that you hold dear. It was an amazing feeling!

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Photographer BENJAMIN & ELISE / Cake FRIENDS & FAMILY / ‘Lovers’ cake topper FROM THE OWL / Stag & Deer Ceramic Cake Topper MELABO WED / Florist LIBBY YOUNG / Stationery BRIDE & HER SISTER / Venue HUNUA FALLS CAMP FOREST / Bride’s gown RUE DE SEINE / Shoes MOOCHI / Hair piece THE WOLF CUB / Jewellery KAREN WALKER and MEADOWLARK / Hair PAM GRIBBLE / Make up FRECKLES & BLUSH / Bridesmaids Dresses LEANNE DAY / Grooms Attire CUSTOM MADE / Bowties TOPMAN / Caterer SAUCE CATERING / Rings NAVEYA AND SLOANE / Dressing Gowns SILK AND MORE / Music CONNOR NESTOR / Celebrant YVETTE REID
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Chic & Sophisticated Napa Valley Wedding

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Oh what an honour it is to feature the lovely work of SYLVIE GIL with this chic and stylish California wedding! With a beautiful blush, white and gold colour palette, touches of metallic and it’s timeless elegance,  it has such a polished sophisticated feel to it and Sylvie has captured it to perfection. Lauren & Michael set out to plan a destination wedding that would be a memorable experience for their guests – many of whom had never been to Napa before. Having been to plenty of weddings themselves, the ones that were the most memorable were always the extended celebrations over a few days so they aimed to have their wedding a fun destination event for all. Planner BRANDY CABRAL of BLISS EVENT PRODUCTIONS helped them to pull it all together and the result is this vision of loveliness at CALISTOGA RANCH.

Using blogs and pinterest to research ideas, Lauren’s vision was “to have a soft, romantic, chic and sophisticated wedding with lots of flowers and a touch of bling. We accomplished this vision by incorporating blush, gold, white and metallic colors into everything from the stationery to customized monograms by Dana Leslie Designs to sequin and flowing linens, and lush, gorgeous flower bouquets of blush and white peonies, garden roses, roses, hydrangeas, ranunculus and a touch of anemones. My all peony bouquet by Valley Flora was one of my must have details and it was so insanely gorgeous I couldn’t get over it.

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I have an eye for detail and appreciate when people put thought and care into every detail. So naturally my ideas for details were robust and I was able to incorporate most of the details I dreamed of. My details started from the moment we asked our bridal party to stand by our sides with personalized bridal party boxes, to customized save the date cards and coordinating wedding invitations, customized hotel welcome totes (with coordinating bag tags, itinerary, pocket map, hotel door signs, etc), gifts for bridesmaids (personalized hangers with robes, monogrammed cork clutch, jewels, etc), customized monograms and graphics, photos at the wedding reminding guests of the longevity of marriage both our parents have shared, sprigs of rosemary and roses in all guest napkins with personalized menus, pashminas on the back of ladies chair, signature Baies scent and that was just some of the details. The devil was in the details and our guests took notice and couldn’t believe how much thought went into everything; especially the details for our guests.

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“My wedding planner, Brandy Cabral, and I set out to design our wedding like acts of a play where the ceremony, cocktail hour, dinner and reception would all coordinate but be in different locations and would introduce new elements into each act. The church was very traditional and romantic, cocktail hour was the introduction of the color scheme, dinner was on the gorgeous Lommel Lawn at Calistoga Ranch with the million dollar view and décor of a white tent draped with flowing fabric, crystal chandeliers and sequinned tablecloths that made dinner very romantic and ethereal. From dinner, guests proceeded via candlelight to cake and dancing but were taken aback when they discovered it would take place in a Wine Cave. The cave took the wedding to the next level; it was very chic with modern white and mirrored furniture and accents, more flowers, lite by candle light, and the scent of Baies flowing. The last act of the night began as Mike and I surprised guests with a special choreographed first dance that kicked off a nonstop, raging dance party to beats by DJ Dukes. What a night!

In the end, we set out to have a small romantic destination wedding with our closest friends and family to share a memorable beginning to a lifelong marriage for Mike and me. We feel extremely fortunate and lucky to have had our dream wedding come to life and we could not have asked for a better celebration of love, laughter (wine) and happily ever after!”

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Photography SYLVIE GIL PHOTOGRAPHY / Planner BRANDY CABRAL of BLISS EVENT PRODUCTIONS / Ceremony ST. HELENA CATHOLIC CHURCH / Reception CALISTOGA RANCH / Floral & candles VALLEY FLORA / Bride’s gown VERA WANG / Bride’s shoes MENBUR / Jewellery BHLDN / Bridesmaids’ dresses JENNY YOO (ANNABELLE) from BHLDN / Cake SWEET ON CAKE / Cinematography WELL SPUN WEDDING FILMS / Shuttle Transportation ROYAL COACH LIMOUSIN / Vintage Getaway Car CLASSIC CONVERTIBLE WINE TOURS / Music DJ JOSH DUKES for BOUTIQUE DJ’S / Live Music SYNCHRONICITY STRINGS / Furniture, tent and china rentals CLASSIC PARTY RENTALS / Linens LA TAVOLA LINENS / Lights GOT LIGHT? / Stationery WRAP IT UP / Customized monograms & graphic design DANA LESLIE DESIGN / Bride’s non-engagement ring DAVID YURMAN / Bridal Party Robes PLUM PRETTY SUGAR / Groom’s Tux DOLCE & GABBANA / Groom’s Shoes SALVATORE FERRAGAMO / Groom’s cuff links TIFFANY & CO. Groomsmen full tux ensembles SUIT SUPPLY CHICAGO
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