A Relaxed, Colourful Wedding in the College Valley

Is this the year you say ‘I do’? As we start this new year I’m sure your wedding planning is now in full swing, and today I have a wonderfully relaxed, colourful wedding to help get your wedding inspiration off to a great start.

Deirdre and Eoghan married at Cuddystone Hall in the heart of the College Valley, a remote, tranquil spot perfect for their ‘Quigleyfest’ wedding. A festival style wedding reception party followed the couple’s ceremony in the romantic setting amongst the rolling hills of the valley.

Bride and groom standing on road in the College Valley

If you are looking for ways to incorporate a festival theme into your wedding then you will love Deirdre and Eoghan’s wedding style. Their styling elements included DIY pallet signs, a VW Camper Van (what festival would be complete without a camper van?), horse box bar, colourful paper lanterns that adorned the ceiling of the reception marquee and an abundance of fabulous florals.

The flowers really bring this wedding to life, from the bright showy sunflowers on the tables to the multicoloured roses on the cheese stack wedding cake. The bridal flowers, in lighter more subtle shades of dusty pink and mauve with green foliage, look so pretty against the bride’s white dress and the pink bridesmaid dresses. Deirdre chose a floral hoop instead of a traditional bridal bouquet, which together with her really cool red edged open toe shoes creates a relaxed bridal style.

With such colourful styling and stunning scenery, I hope you enjoy looking through these wonderful wedding pictures by Erika Tanith Photography…

Beautiful and So Romantic

“Eoghan and I became friends when we were teenagers and started dating when we were about 16.

“We were on holiday with a few friends in Thailand when Eoghan proposed, learning to scuba dive on the beautiful island of Koh Phi Phi. Eoghan said he wanted to go for a walk along a quiet part of the beach so he could take some photos. I was a bit confused as this was a weird thing for us to do and I couldn’t understand why no one else would come along.

“We took the walk along the moonlight beach, stopped to take a few photos and then I turned around and he was down on one knee. I was totally not expecting it! It was beautiful and so romantic, and I could believe he thought it up!”

College Valley, Northumberland

Bridal shoes in floral hoops

Red edged bridal shoes

Floral bridal hair combs

Bridesmaid having make-up done

Floral hair comb in hair

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A Colourful Kate Spade Inspired Wedding

I absolutely adore Kate Spade’s designs, and I’m still in shock about her death earlier this year. Her designs offer great inspiration for wedding styling, and I totally fell in love with Maureen and Richard’s beautiful Kate Spade inspired garden party wedding.

In true Kate Spade style this wedding has a classic black and white vibe. There’s an abundance of bold monogram detailing, black and white stripes, and black bridesmaid dresses to complement Maureen’s beautiful white wedding dress. To contrast the black and white concept the couple added so many colourful, citrusy florals and gold accents to the mix, giving this garden party wedding such charm.

Invitations and flowers for colourful Kate Spade inspired wedding

Maureen and Richard dedicated so much care and attention to their special day. I love a bold colour palette for a summer wedding, and the pink, orange and green colours work perfectly with the black and white. The tablescapes are fabulous, with white table linen, white china plates set with a modern black and white menu, and gorgeous blooms that take centre stage. Cute little details pop up throughout too. Gold details add a pop of opulence to the styling, including gold pineapples, Mr & Mrs chair signs, candle votives and vases.

Spectacular, colourful florals feature heavily throughout the wedding, in beautiful bouquets, table flowers, and also in the garden area. This outdoor area made a wonderful chill-out lounge for guests to enjoy.

If you’re looking for colourful wedding ideas for our own big day, then you will love these Kate Spade inspired ideas. I hope you enjoy looking through Dana Cubbage Wedding’s beautiful pictures of Maureen and Richard’s big day.

Kate Spade Meets Garden Wedding

“We wanted our wedding to be polished yet fun, with tons of classic, Southern accents. Our design aesthetic was ‘Kate Spade meets garden wedding’, and we used lots of bold black and white stripes, pops of gold, and tons of bright flowers. It was important to us to use unique flowers and flower combinations too, instead of using the same old flowers.

Gold Kate Spade wedding shoes

Jo Malone perfume

Wedding earrings Bridal bracelet

Essense of Australia wedding dress

Bright pink flower buttonholes

Bride approaching groom for first look

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Bride and groom on train track holding smoke bombs

A Colourful, Modern Wedding at Graciosa

I am ridiculously in love with Stef and Col’s colourful, modern wedding at Graciosa, and I’m delighted to share these fabulous pictures taken by Lara Hotz. I adore a colourful wedding, and when it’s combined with a cool venue and amazing styling I’m in heaven!

Usually I don’t start with the shoes when talking about a wedding, but Stef’s shoes are so darn cool! For me, her pair of mint green jewelled platforms by Kat Maconie set the tone for the entire wedding – cool, hip, and really fun.

Stef and Col’s wedding ceremony took place outside against the backdrop of a bamboo wooded area (which later provided a great spot for pictures), followed by a reception in an old barn which provided the most amazing blank canvas for the couple to style. Magnificent flowers formed the main decor detail, with beautiful lighting and flower installations on the ceiling and behind the bridal table. Vases of vibrant peonies and roses lined the long tables and filled the room with colour.

Bride and groom on train track holding smoke bombs

Whilst I’m talking of flowers, the bridal bouquets are some of the most incredible I have ever seen and work so well with both Stef’s wedding dress and the bridesmaid dresses. Stef’s bridesmaids wore really pretty mint green shift dresses adorned with pretty flowers from ASOS, and a pair of sparkly high heels.

So, to Stef’s wedding dress… WOW! It shows that you can buy a dress off the shelf from the high street and look and feel incredible. I just adore this dress, especially the floaty lace sleeves that danced around her (they look great in the pictures!).  For the evening Stef changed into a short dress that is just as gorgeous as the main wedding dress. So, if you’re going for a cheaper option, maybe you could have two dresses for the price of one?

Every little detail of this wedding has been cleverly planned and the concept works so well. They wanted Palm Spring meets boho look and this is exactly what they achieved and the whole thing is utterly romantic, colourful and pretty darn cool!

I hope you enjoy these pictures – get ready to start pinning

Feeling Like a Princess

“Col and I met while we were working at Apple. The day I started was the busiest day of the year (Black Friday), and he was so helpful and I remember thinking ‘Oh wow, this guy is so lovely’. We had this instant connection and spent all our lunch breaks together. Friendship then blossomed into romance and the rest is history.

“Col and I had been together for about four years and had not been able to travel yet, so we decided to go to Japan. Col had been before but this was my first time, so Col handled the itinerary.

“We splurged and decided to spend one night in Kinosaki towards the end of our trip. After travelling around Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka, Hiroshima we finally made it to this beautiful little town with koi fish, hot springs and bridges. It was so beautiful. When we arrived the owner took me and let me pick out a beautiful kimono and headpiece to wear; I felt like a princess.

“Col and I decided to go out for dinner, but being so close to Christmas everything was shut. Col was panicking, which is very unlike him, but I just happy to be there. We ended up at this restaurant that was so average and he just kept apologising, then after dinner he asked if I wanted to take photos on the bridge. Feeling like a princess, I obviously said yes.

“Once we got there he said he had a gift for me and pulled a huge box from his bag. Totally confused, I opened it and inside was a book of illustrations. It was hand-painted, watercolour illustrations of our trip in Japan, with everything we saw and visited in Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka and Hiroshima. Then it said, “But our next memory will be our favourite”. I quickly flipped the page, tears already streaming down my face – it was a question in Japanese. I flipped the page again – it was a picture of us both in Kinosaki, on that bridge with him on one knee. As I looked up Col was holding my grandmother’s engagement ring, and he asked me “Will you marry me?” I don’t think I have ever cried harder or louder.”

Bridal shoes and accessories

Wedding ring and headband

Wedding dress

Bride and bridesmaid shoes

Bride opening gift on wedding morning

Bridesmaid putting headband on bride's head

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Boho bride and groom under parasol with colourful suspended flower backdrop

Colourful Floral Wedding Styling with a Boho Vibe

Today I have such fabulous, bright and cheery inspiration for you with this colourful floral wedding shoot. If, like me, you love flowers, these colourful images captured by Youri Claessens will take you to floral heaven. Not only did Youri photograph these styling ideas, but he also designed and styled the concept too.

Every now and then a greenhouse pops up in a wedding, and they lend themselves perfectly to some really cool, unique styling. I absolutely love these styling ideas, especially the use of such incredible bright flowers, set along the rustic table that takes centre stage against the glass walls of the greenhouse. The light streams through and lightens up the tablescape beautifully. The simple yet elegant florals, with a few tall stems displayed in tall glass vases, show that sometimes less is certainly more! I also love the cute votives of candles and flowers suspended from the ceiling of the greenhouse – imagine the glow as dusk falls.

Boho bride and groom under parasol with colourful suspended flower backdrop

There’s a definite boho vibe to this shoot, especially the bride in her gorgeous wedding dress and bright floral crown. The groom’s styling is awesome too. I love the combination of coral/peach trousers with his blue suit and bow tie.

If you’re in need of an injection of colour in your life and are looking for fabulous floral wedding inspiration, then you’re in the right place. Enjoy!

Bohemian Influences

“For this shoot we took inspiration from nature, in particular the sense of freedom and the colourful feelings that come with it. Together with spring fever, lots of love and an expansive palette of strong colours, this created the bohemian influences required. A wedding with an eye for detail where anything goes.

“A diverse variety of salads and flowers surround delicious homemade cakes on the table. The bride’s long, flowing dress complements her figure and gives her freedom to move around. The colourful flowers and tiara in her hair would certainly catch anyone’s eye, and her hair and make-up reflect her casual and fresh style. Her hair is loosely curled and make-up fairly natural with the occasional hint of shimmer and an emphasis on her eyes.”

Wedding dress hanging from tree branches

Rustic long long wedding table with colourful flowers

Simple, rustic wedding table styling

Colourful flowers hanging down over wedding table from string

Bottles on wedding table

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Bride and groom sitting on wedding ceremony chairs at The Engine Room in Georgia

A Wedding with Geometric Details and Colourful Florals

What happens when a very talented wedding planner and floral designer gets married? An explosion of colour and incredible flowers is what happens! Terri didn’t want her wedding to look like her ‘work’, so she went all out and created such an awesome wedding full of colourful florals and modern geometric details.

I’m a big flower lover, so when I saw the pictures of this wedding with its plethora of bright, fun flowers I fell in love. I’m also a big fan of the gold geometric trend, and I think the combination of the two styling elements works so well.

Most of the styling details were handmade by the couple and their friends and family (they have some very talented people in their lives!), and a fabulous industrial venue gave them a blank canvas to style as they wished. Of course, florals are the main focal features of the wedding styling, from the beautiful displays on the tablescapes to the pretty suspended florals in cool handmade gold geometric structures. Terri also created a really cool floral arrangement for the awesome gold geometric wall hanging on the front of the bar.

Bride and groom sitting on wedding ceremony chairs at The Engine Room in Georgia

The fabulous colours shine through every detail of this wedding, from the flowers to the tablescapes, and also Terri’s fabulous wedding dress with its amazing teal petticoat layer!

Seriously, you will love the details of this wedding, so enjoy these pictures captured by Sarah Eubank Photography.

Colourful and Intimate

“As a wedding planner and floral designer our wedding HAD to feel different to any other wedding; I didn’t want it to feel like “work”. I wanted it to be colourful, full of personal touches, unexpected surprises, and very intimate.

Wedding invitation on colourful flowers

Wedding ring next to colourful flowers

Bright and colourful bridal bouquet

Personalised wedding coat hanger

Wedding dress hanging in The Engine Room, Georgia

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