Bride and groom by lake at Natte Valleij wedding

A Relaxed Outdoor Wedding at Natte Valleij

Hestré and Johan chose the beautiful Natte Valleij Estate in South Africa for their wedding. With its magnificent mature gardens of ancient trees, pergolas and ponds, surrounded by the whitewashed walls of the house, it’s clear to see why. It was the perfect setting for their relaxed outdoor wedding.

The couple had a beautiful ceremony under the shade of the trees, surrounded by their family and friends. They were also surrounded by chickens and horses, which made it into some of the pictures!

Bride and groom by lake at Natte Valleij wedding

Bridal Party Style

Hestré wore a sophisticated fitted wedding dress with sexy deep plunging lace neckline with illusion panel that really accentuated her figure. Johan chose a cool burgundy groom’s suit with matching bow tie, which worked well with the groomsmen’s attire of casual beige trousers, white shirts and bow ties.

I love a wedding with lots of bridesmaids, and Hestré had three stunning maids who each wore a long, floaty, pale taupe dress, and five cute flower girls in beautiful white dresses with ribbons to match the bridesmaid dresses. I adore the cute eucalyptus floral crowns the flower girls wore too.

Pink and blue floral wedding stationery

Pink and blue floral wedding invitation

Wedding rings on wedding stationery Wedding dress hanging from pillar

Bride having make-up done

Bride putting on shoes Bride putting on earring

Bride holding large bouquet of flowers and foliage

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Bride and groom by Indian Ambassador car

A Country Style Wedding at Cripps Barn

I have loved Cripps Barn ever since my best friend held her wedding reception there back in 2010. The beautiful rustic barn with exposed beams and brick, and the fabulous large windows, is the perfect backdrop for a country style wedding, and that’s exactly why Jack and Chloe chose the venue for their special day.

Chloe and Jack filled the barn with the most beautiful country garden flowers. On the tables they displayed jars of flowers on oak slices with pretty vintage table name cards, the large fireplace was adorned with a fabulous floral display and pillar candles, and the pièce de résistance was the amazing large floral globe suspended from the middle of the barn – incredible! The pretty flowers also feature in Chloe’s bridal bouquet. Filled with agapanthus, ranunculus, Nigella and lisianthus, it looks beautiful against her elegant white Sottero and Midgley wedding dress, Sandrina.

Chloe wore her sensational embroidered lace and tulle wedding dress with a pair of beautiful peep toe Rachel Simpson shoes, Hazel, with pretty, delicate beaded embellishment. To finish her bridal look, Chloe chose a chapel length veil for a traditional look.

Bride and groom by Indian Ambassador car

To inject a little fun into their country wedding, Chloe arrived at Cripps Barn in a cute Indian Ambassador car, which is reminiscent of a Morris Minor from the outside but has an incredible patterned red and gold interior. Too add to the look, the car bumpers are festooned with flowers.

The whole wedding is filled with such attention to detail, fun and love. Grab a cuppa on this Monday morning, and enjoy these delightful pictures taken by Geoff Kirby Photography.

Country Wedding Theme

“Jack and I met in a nightclub in our first year of university, and realised we were both studying on the same course. We stayed best friends for the next four years of uni and ended up living together in our final year. Eventually we got together – which surprised nobody!

Cripps Barn

Bride having hair done before wedding

Bride having make-up done before wedding

Wedding dress hanging

Bridal shoes

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Bride and groom kissing in front of yurt

A ‘Wedgefest’ Festival Wedding at Lower Hill Farm

Step aside Glastonbury and V Festival, today I’m bringing you WEDGEFEST! Nik and Ali chose a festival style wedding as they longed for a fun, relaxed wedding day. Cue a bride in a pretty summer dress, a groom in shorts, straw bales, a coconut shy, personalised Jenga, sunglasses, yummy food, music, beer, a silent disco, camping and THE most incredible view… now THIS is what I call a fun, relaxed wedding!

If you fancy a summer festival wedding then you will love Nik and Ali’s ideas. Their wedding was just one big party with their nearest and dearest. The couple chose an amazing location, Lower Hill Farm in Shrewsbury, for their wedding celebration, which gave them a blank canvas to create their own set-up and styling. So, with a number of stretch tents and cool lighting, they created their perfect wedding venue.

I love how relaxed and informal Nik and Ali kept their day. This wedding shows that if you don’t fancy a big traditional wedding, you don’t have to have one. Forget Glastonbury, why not have your own summer festival wedding?

A huge thank you to James Griffiths Photography for sharing these fabulous pictures of Wedgefest.

Bride and groom kissing in front of yurt

Something Special

“Ali and I had known each other for some time before we became a couple, having worked together for around six years. After spending some time together outside of work, things developed into something special!

“We went on holiday to explore Montenegro, and whilst we were there I became consciously aware of what I had known sub-consciously for some time – that I wanted to spend the rest of my life with Ali. Monty is a beautiful place and perhaps not the first place that comes to mind for a proposal. Both of these factors made it seem highly appropriate for us!

“We found an amazing viewpoint which overlooks the Tara Canyon. It’s the second deepest canyon in the world and an absolutely beautiful spot. We had spent the previous day rafting down the canyon, admiring both its scale and beauty. Without prior preparation (and without a ring!), looking upon the 1,300m deep canyon in tranquil surroundings, I got down on one knee and asked Ali to be my wife.”

Wedgefest wedding sign at entrance to Lower Hill Farm

Wooden sign at festival wedding

Stretch tent at Lower Hill Farm for festival wedding

Bunting at car park of festival wedding

Ale signs in tent at wedding

Bride outside yurt having hair done before wedding

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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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