Bride and groom cutting Christmas wedding cake

A Christmas Wedding at The Watermill Hotel

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas… As it’s December I feel I’m now officially allowed to mention the C word! I’m trying not to peak too soon, but looking at these amazing festive pictures of Claire and Kyle’s beautiful Christmas wedding at The Watermill Hotel is making my excitement for Christmas start already.

I love a Christmas wedding, whether styled with a modern take on Christmas decor or with a traditional flair like this wedding. For me a Christmas wedding is all about the lights – lots and lots of twinkling lights – and that’s what I love about Claire and Kyle’s wedding.

Along with the abundance of twinkling lights, there are of course Christmas trees, baubles, pine cones, snowflakes and the prettiest bouquets of red roses mixed with spruce foliage, holly and berries. I really love the cute buttonholes with spruce, berries and little pine cones.

Bride and groom cutting Christmas wedding cake

Claire chose a gorgeous wedding dress with an incredible tulle-layered skirt, finished with a beautiful sparkling belt that glistened under the twinkling Christmas lights. Her dress was completed with a fluffy white shrug.

You’ve got to love a red bow tie for a Christmas wedding – Kyle and his best man look so dapper! The red of the bow ties matches the beautifully elegant bridesmaid dresses, chair bows and the ribbon on their stunning wedding cake. This just shows how much attention to detail Claire and Kyle have put in to their wedding styling. You are going to love it!

Grab a cuppa (it’s probably a bit early in the morning for mulled wine!) and enjoy being in Christmas wedding heaven whilst you look at these beautiful pictures by Masha Unwerth.

Magical Setting

“Kyle and I met on a very random night out in Watford; I was out with my sister and Kyle with work mates. There were a few mojitos consumed that night!

“When Kyle proposed we were on holiday in Disney, Florida, staying in the Disney Hotel and visiting the parks. We are both fans of all things Disney and big kids at heart.

“Kyle had booked dinner in the Beauty and the Beast restaurant one evening. The setting was magical with projected snow falling and beautiful décor. Between courses, Kyle got down on one knee. I thought he had dropped something, until he produced a ring in a lit ring box and asked me to marry him… I said yes, of course.”

Christmas wedding invitation

Wedding rings

Bridal shoes

Wedding dress

Sparkly belt on wedding dress

Christmas buttonholes

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Bride and groom walking in grounds of Langverwagt

An Italian-Inspired Rustic Winter Wedding

Oh how I love a winter wedding. Nicholi and Jean-Rae married in South Africa and chose an Italian-inspired, rustic winter wedding theme for their day. Die Stoor in Khotsong, Bothaville, was the setting for this fabulous wedding. This rustic barn was a great blank canvas that allowed the couple to style away to their hearts’ desire.

Bride and groom walking in grounds of Langverwagt

Nicholi’s stunning dress, an intricate, sheer lace, high necked bodice upon a floaty tulle skirt, fitted their winter wedding perfectly. Her bridesmaids wore beautiful burgundy dresses with cosy wraps, and the little flower girl and pageboy looked so cute!

Winter wedding invitation

Wedding rings

Bride's bag and perfume

Earrings on top of perfume bottle

Flower girl looking at hanging wedding dress

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Bride and groom outside chapel at The Simondium Country Lodge

An Enchanting, Tolkien-Inspired Wedding

When you have a real passion for something, why not embrace it and use it as the inspiration for your wedding styling? That’s exactly what Chandré and Mark did for their incredible Tolkien-inspired wedding.

I love how the couple created such enchanting wedding styling based around Tolkien’s books. A charming, eclectic mix of literature-inspired details complemented by the most spectacular flowers.

The dark red and pink flowers work tremendously well with the dark evergreen foliage, creating a wonderful depth. These styling colours are warm and luxurious, and offer such intrigue to the concept.

Bride and groom outside chapel at The Simondium Country Lodge

Chandré’s floral crown of large pink and burgundy roses, framed with foliage, is so pretty, and complements her effortlessly beautiful bridal style. Talking of bridal style, wait until you see her shoes…*swoon!*

If you love Tolkien’s work too then you will really appreciate the effort this loved-up couple went to to use these elements in their wedding styling. The details were perfect for the wonderful rustic backdrop The Simondium Country Lodge offered – a perfect setting for them to create their own love story.

Photographer Michelle Du Toit captured Mark and Chandré’s amazing Tolkien-inspired wedding beautifully, and I am delighted to share their spectacular day with you…

Fairytale Character

“Our wedding was inspired by the beautiful settings and architecture of Rivendell, the Elven city envisioned in Peter Jackson’s ‘The Lord of the Rings’ – what nerds! We both love the Tolkien stories and wanted to bring aspects from the books and films to our wedding.

“Although initially daunting, finding a venue which encapsulated the ethereal feel we were looking for turned out to be a lot easier than we thought. By chance we came across The Simondium Country Lodge, and were immediately taken by the beautiful gardens, charming chapel and exquisite reception hall. The few resident peacocks also added to the fairytale character of the venue.”

Peacock on train platform at The Simondium Country Lodge


Maroon bridal bouquet

Gold glitter wedding shoes

Maroon wedding shoes

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Bride and groom in a field with cows in background

A Rustic DIY Wedding in a Cow Shed

Well, this is the first wedding we have featured that took place in a cow shed wedding venue, and it’s amazing! It just goes to show that you don’t have to have a large wedding in a stately home or a rustic barn; if you fancy a country style wedding then, hey, go and find your local cow shed!

Sarah and Jim’s wedding was a work of love. The styling details really fitted the country, rustic vibe they hoped to achieve. An abundance of hay bales (it helps when you get married on a farm), rustic pallets and crates formed the base for their styling, and together with giant light LOVE letters, candles and fairy lights, the ambiance was set.

What do you feed your wedding guests when you get married on a farm? A hog roast of course. I love the way the table was styled complete with hog’s head centrepiece!

Andy Griffiths Photography captured Sarah and Jim’s cow shed wedding perfectly, and I hope you take away loads of inspiration for your own country wedding.

Bride and groom in a field with cows in background

“Our first encounter was actually during a student night in Leeds. We met in a club and kissed on the revolving dance floor. Sadly this beautiful, romantic act was not the start of our relationship, but it was the start of a very close friendship in which we lived out the single student life together. In our third year we finally became an ‘official’ item and our story begins from here.

Birthday Surprise

“When James proposed he’d planned a birthday surprise for me – a trip to the Lake District. We have always gone up to the Lakes hiking and cycling so I had no reason to be suspicious. When we arrived in the Great Langdale valley he handed me a larger than usual bag and told me that we would be wild camping up the mountain. So off we went up Bowfell.

“The weather was changeable with the sun peering around a rain cloud every now and then. James hadn’t quite decided the exact time when he was going to propose and the weather was playing a big part in his decision.

“Once we reached Bowfell and took the standard ‘top of the peak’ selfie we descended to Angle Tarn where we were going to camp for the night. Knowing I was at my destination I sat on a rock and dramatically ‘refused to go on’. I love hiking but the sun had come out and I had swapped to carry the BIG bag (which held my engagement ring, unbeknown to me, but to the amusement of James). James, taking advantage of the sun, grabbed both bags and began to walk off. He said we weren’t there yet, so I reluctantly followed.

“He continued upwards over a small peak, but once we got over it, to a secluded spot, the view across Langdale Valley was incredible. James quickly distracted me and asked me to look for something in one of the bags. When I turned back around he was on one knee holding the most beautiful ring!”

Bride having make-up done

Bride putting on headband

Bridesmaids helping bride with wedding dress

Bride looking at herself in mirror

Cow shed wedding venue

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Bride and groom standing in front of Lonkerfest sign at Colehayes Park wedding

A ‘Lonkerfest’ Festival Wedding at Colehayes Park

This festival wedding is totally awesome! Amy and Chris certainly know how to style a wedding and throw a party, and boy I wish I was there!

Everything about this wedding is pretty darn cool. To start with, Amy and Chris named their wedding ‘Lonkerfest’, which is a combination of their surnames with a festival twist. They even had their own logo designed, which they used on their wedding stationery.

This wedding is bold and flamboyant and features plastic flamingos, funky sunglasses, blow up cacti, pom poms, loads of balloons, personalised cake toppers and funny pictures of all their guests.

Bride and groom standing in front of Lonkerfest sign at Colehayes Park wedding

Amy’s fabulous tea length wedding dress was custom made from a second hand full length dress with train. This is just a small symbol of how much effort and customisation these guys put into their big day.

When you see the pictures of this amazing ‘Lonkerfest’ wedding, taken by Howelljones Photography, you will see by the huge grins that are on everyone’s faces just how much fun they all had. You guys rock!

Sweating About the Right Time

“We met through mutual friends in Perth, Australia. Chris was there backpacking from the UK and I grew up in Sydney. He met our mutual friends at a camp ground in Darwin, and when I went over to Perth to visit my friends (I lived in Sydney at the time) I met Chris at one of their parties. We did long distance between Perth and Sydney for seven months (no mean feat – it’s a five hour flight!) before we decided to move to London together. That was eight years ago.

“When Chris proposed we were away for a long weekend with close friends of ours. On the Sunday night the four of us were drinking champagne and playing the dice game, Yahtzee. Suddenly Chris threw the dice across the room to create a diversion. I went to pick them up, turned around and there he was standing with a ring in his hand! He’d had it all weekend, sweating about the right time to propose, when finally he couldn’t take the ring burning a hole in his pocket any longer!”

Bride having make-up done

Bride looking at wedding make-up in mirror

Groom tying shoelaces

Groom doing up tie

Flamingo cufflinks

Man holding buttonhole

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