Bride resting her head on groom's shoulder - Picture by Rojo Foto Design

A Mansion Wedding in Illinois

Bride resting her head on groom's shoulder - Picture by Rojo Foto Design

Today we have pictures to share with you from this beautiful wedding at Wilder Mansion in Illinois, USA, photographed by Rojo Foto Design. Not only did Whitney and RW incorporate so much of their lives into the style and vision for their wedding with books, art, libraries and handmade elements, but they surrounded themselves with their amazing friends and family and celebrated in a beautiful way.

“Both RW and I found our wedding theme becoming an idea of natural elegance, although our initial plan of attack for the wedding was to simply pick what we loved; luckily it all fell beautifully into place.

“For our flowers, I found myself drawn to the fresh cotton bolls from the fields of Alabama, Crespedia, Ranunculus, and fresh succulents from the garden. Our cake was ginger and fresh blueberry, with a butter cream frosting pouring between the layers of cake, exposing the browned sides of the cake’s baked edges. Our venue was the old Elmhurst Public Library which was built in 1922, and it wasn’t until 2003 that it closed its doors to being an official library; what a hidden gem and inspirational setting this was for us, since RW is a librarian. From that inspiration we handcrafted paper chains from book pages, planters cut out of whole books, and table numbers made out of vintage books, with chalkboard paint applied to the surface of the book covers which allowed us to write on them. With the building’s stunning chandeliers, old silvered mirrors, tiled fireplaces, hardwood floors and unique crown moulding, pure elegance emerged to swiftly pair up with that natural tone already in play.”

Wedding dress draped over a couch - Picture by Rojo Foto Design

Open back of bride's wedding dress - Picture by Rojo Foto Design Bride having back of wedding dress done up for her - Picture by Rojo Foto Design

Crystal embellishment on front of wedding dress - Picture by Rojo Foto Design

Back of wedding dress - Picture by Rojo Foto Design Bride standing in front of a mirror - Picture by Rojo Foto Design

Bridal shoes hanging from bookcase - Picture by Rojo Foto Design

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Vintage bride and groom standing behind a gate - Picture by Ian Shoots Weddings

A 1950’s Street Tea Party Inspired Wedding

Vintage bride and groom standing behind a gate - Picture by Ian Shoots Weddings

Katie-Jane and Philip’s wedding, photographed by Ian Shoots Weddings, was a handmade affair, with the reception taking place in the bride’s parent’s back garden following a church ceremony. The couple hired a tipi and decorated the garden with the things they love to create a really personal and beautiful setting. They even converted the shed into ‘The Poppy Red Shed’ (Poppy Red is a bar in Birmingham where the bride and groom first met) which they stocked with local ales, spirits and liqueurs and guests were able to serve themselves.

“I (Katie) am in fashion so our wedding was always going to be different! We wanted to make sure there was less formality and more personality. Using personal inspiration and vision we focused on what the guests would experience and how that would make us feel. The sun came out as soon as we stepped into the garden and the day just got better and better.

“All our invites were handmade and were handkerchiefs stamped with the details, wrapped in a doily, and posted with a portrait stamp of the bride and groom. The table names were named after old ladybird books which were all personal to the group of friends and family on each table, e.g. The Elves and the Shoemaker (bride’s work friends), Computer (grooms work colleagues). We had a teacup chandelier hovering over the top table and the cake table, which was brought together by several guests bringing their own cakes to share. Ian our photographer really captured the true essence of the day showing it was more of a festival than a wedding reception.”

Bride and groom standing by Blakedown sign - Picture by Ian Shoots Weddings

Bride and groom walking holding hands - Picture by Ian Shoots Weddings

Groomsmen standing in front of railway as train goes past - Picture by Ian Shoots Weddings

Groomsmen standing in front of a red phone box - Picture by Ian Shoots Weddings

Bridesmaids sitting together - Picture by Ian Shoots Weddings

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Bride and groom at a Beautiful Autumn Wedding in New Jersey - Picture by Levi Stolove Photography

A Beautiful Autumn Wedding in New Jersey

Bride and groom at a Beautiful Autumn Wedding in New Jersey - Picture by Levi Stolove Photography

Not only was Julie and Victor’s wedding pretty and unique, it took place on a beautiful autumn day in the countryside of New Jersey. Photographed by Levi Stolove Photography, it was a rustic, DIY, casual wedding in a charming inn with a blend of two cultures – Jewish and Chinese.

“We wanted a small, rustic, casual and intimate day for our wedding. Because of our large families, the small part wasn’t going to work, but we were able to pull off the rest in a very short time. We planned the wedding in a little over three months, and almost everything was DIY, most of which centred around natural and understated details with unique and personal touches. We were lucky enough to get the perfect October day for the outdoor garden ceremony, with a cosy tent for the reception.

“We wanted our wedding to have a home-grown feel that came out of the talents of our friends and family. Everyone had their own special roles; Victor and my father built our Chuppah, the Jewish wedding canopy under which we were married, from branches from my parents’ backyard. With the help of my cousin and Victor, I designed, printed, and cut all of the paper goods – invitations, place cards, programs, table numbers, and marriage license. I wanted the tables to feel rustic and organic, so we chose to use wild flowers and cacti as an alternative to the traditional arrangement. Victor’s brothers helped string globe lights in the tent that morning, giving the night a warm and casual feeling, and our friends hung old photographs around the tent to make the setting more homely. Most importantly, we had my two grandparents, who are 97 and 98, participate in the ceremony, while my grandmother gave away her own wedding ring, after 72 years of marriage, to Victor.

“The blending of our two cultures, Jewish and Chinese, was very important to us. We had a Jewish wedding ceremony and a Chinese tea ceremony. The tea ceremony was incredibly special to us and was a wonderful way for me to be welcomed into Victor’s family.”

Wooden 'wedding' sign - Picture by Levi Stolove Photography Crossed Keys Inn sign - Picture by Levi Stolove Photography

Jar of flowers with sunflower - Picture by Levi Stolove Photography Jar of flowers - Picture by Levi Stolove Photography

Bride having her hair done for her wedding - Picture by Levi Stolove Photography

Wedding dress hanging from a beam - Picture by Levi Stolove Photography Bride in her wedding dress - Picture by Levi Stolove Photography

Bride doing up ribbon on her wedding dress - Picture by Levi Stolove Photography

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Bride and groom holding hands facing each other outside a shed - Picture by Andrew J R Squires Photography

A Beautiful Opera House Wedding

Bride and groom holding hands facing each other outside a shed - Picture by Andrew J R Squires Photography

Today’s real wedding pictures come from Ceri and Jamie’s opera house wedding, photographed by the fabulous Andrew J R Squires Photography.

Ceri and Jamie married on 24th September 2011 in beautiful Ringmer, East Sussex. Jamie’s family are heavily involved in opera and so the couple thought that Glyndebourne Opera House would be the perfect place to hold their wedding reception. This traditional wedding was styled to make it personal to Ceri and Jamie, with personally designed stationery, homemade cakes and table decorations.

“We wanted our wedding to be traditional, but with elements which made it personal to us.  The flowers used to decorate the church and reception venue were all picked from friends’ gardens and from Glyndebourne, and we designed and artworked all the stationery and orders of service so they looked exactly as we wanted them to.  Ceri and I, bridesmaids and family members baked homemade cakes which were served in the afternoon with Pimm’s and Prosecco, and Ceri’s mother also made the spectacular chocolate wedding cake herself, with 20 bars of Green & Black’s finest!  The wine came from the Ile de Ré, our favourite holiday destination, which we then returned to for the first week of our honeymoon, and the table decorations were all homemade, right down to the table numbers and the hundreds of feet of bunting hanging from the rafters of the restaurant!  Even the favours were handmade by us and Emma, one of the bridesmaids, with scrabble tile cufflinks spelling out the initials of each male guest and freshly made fudge for the ladies.

“The whole day was absolutely perfect in every way and even better than we hoped.  I hope you enjoy the pictures!”

Make-up brushes of wedding make-up artist - Picture by Andrew J R Squires Photography

Bride having wedding make-up applied - Picture by Andrew J R Squires Photography

Light blue bridesmaid dresses hanging up - Picture by Andrew J R Squires Photography

Small wedding gift on coat hanger - Picture by Andrew J R Squires Photography

Floral coat hangers - Picture by Andrew J R Squires Photography

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Bride and groom holding hands in front of barn with bunting - Picture by Theresa Furey Photography

The Real Wedding of Kate and Gavin – 02/09/2011

Barn entrance at the Fleece Inn - Picture by Theresa Furey Photography

February’s ‘Wedding of the Month’ on The Wedding Community is the wedding of Kate and Gavin (click the link to read their story) at the Fleece Inn in Brentforton, Worcestershire. The wedding ceremony and reception both took place in the barn which, along with the personal touches Kate and Gavin added, gave a fabulous country feel to the wedding day. Below are more beautiful pictures from their day, taken by Theresa Furey Photography.

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