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french fancy. jewel tones & jam jars for a creative wedding at le petit chateau – katie & david

January 12th, 2017 | Julia Braime

A Creative Wedding at Le Petit Chateau (c) Gavin Forster Photography (45)

Today’s real wedding takes place at one of stunning Sponsor venues, Le Petit Chateau in rural Northumberland.

Creative bride Katie, instantly fell head over heels for venue’s unique French charm and set about planning a stylish big day that represented both her and her beau David down to the ground.

Cue gorgeous art nouveaux and art deco styling, botanical designs, jam-jar florals, jewel tones and an abundance of pretty and personal touches – ladies, this one is a beauty!

And if you like the look of the setting of Katie and David’s big day, why not pop along and see the splendid Le Petit Chateau for yourself on Sunday 29th January, when the venue will be hosting a Wedding Open Day. Between 2pm and 5pm, brides and grooms-to-be will be able to explore the venue and its grounds, chat to the wedding team and meet some of the North East’s top wedding suppliers.

With images by Gavin Forster Photography

A Creative Wedding at Le Petit Chateau (c) Gavin Forster Photography (36)

katie says: David and I had been together for 14 years when we got engaged, and just about all our friends were married. Then I was appointed chief bridesmaid for my best friend in September 2015 and unbeknown to me it was decided by the bride et al that I was to catch the bouquet – I did and from that point on a secret plan was hatched between David, my friends and my family to find me a ring.

He proposed on one knee on 7th November, my birthday, during a rainy dog walk in a bleak country park in Northumberland. I was elated, there were lots of tears! He knew I would like an emerald and something a bit different and probably vintage, so had chosen a stunning art deco style white gold, diamond and emerald ring from a jeweller on the Etsy website.

Having been together so long we didn’t want to hang around and with me being a teacher we really needed to find a date during the holidays. We had lots of family travelling from all over and ideally wanted to make a long weekend of it so were really keen to get a Thursday or a Friday. We quickly chose 4th August 2016 as, safely in the summer holidays, there would be a bit of time to plan and I would have a week or so after finishing school. Also, it would be exactly a month before our 15th anniversary on the 4th September so it seemed like a good choice.

A Creative Wedding at Le Petit Chateau (c) Gavin Forster Photography (41)

I was really concerned from the outset that I didn’t want the venue to be too ‘weddingy’. I was worried it would look like we were playing dress-up and we would be swamped in a one-size-fits-all approach. By luck, whilst searching for venues, I stumbled across information about a new French shabby chic themed project from The Apartment Group. When I was little we used to go to France every year, I then introduced David to France and now we both dream of having a house there some day so this seemed a perfect place for us to get married. My best friend Fiona’s wedding had been at As You Like It (also ran by The Apartment Group) and had been beautiful and very professionally managed by their wedding team. So, when I found Le Petit Chateau, despite it not even being fully built I felt really happy that knowing the quality of The Apartment Group’s other venues that they were definitely the right choice. What we ended up with was gorgeous; it was even better of course that being nearly the last of our group to marry that nobody had ever been to the venue before!

A Creative Wedding at Le Petit Chateau (c) Gavin Forster Photography (18)

I used to work in the arts and had a very clear idea of what I wanted to achieve visually for the wedding. There was no theme, but, much like the scrap booking approach I had taken to collecting ideas, we did have several common threads running through.

Art nouveaux and art deco style botanical designs, jewel colours, our home, places we love like France and Italy, and friends and family also featured heavily in all our plans. Everything had to have a reason for being there. More than anything I wanted it to just be really representative of us, so this along with the magic of twinkly lights and lovely vintage style cut glassware all of fed into the wedding ‘collage’.

I love rich colours and when he is not in navy blue David really likes purple tones so this became the basis of ideas for the colour scheme. I knew I didn’t want one colour, that definitely wasn’t ‘us’. So instead we chose a pallet of jewel and berry tones: ruby, magenta, plum, raspberry cut through with emerald and sapphire tones with flashes of gold and silver.

A Creative Wedding at Le Petit Chateau (c) Gavin Forster Photography (33)

Being a lady of giantess stature, I am 6ft 1 ½ inch, I knew I would look insane in anything puffy. I loved the classic beauty of 1930s style gowns and had an idea that that sort of style would suit me. So my best friend (and chief bridesmaid), who knew about the proposal, found a vintage shop to visit as a surprise during my pre-planned birthday trip to York. This turned out to be an amazing find. Hayley, at Glory Days Bridal, was fantastic. I tried on some stunning pieces, many of which were her designs based on 1930s styles and we agreed this was probably the way forward. To be sure, and for the fun of it, I tried on dresses elsewhere but nothing I had seen caught my imagination as much as the dresses in Glory Days. I later drew out one of Hayley’s designs that I had tried, made a couple tweaks and emailed her to see if she would agree to make it. She agreed and so my stunning dress was born.

My primary school best friend, Kristina Foster MUA, was enlisted for my wedding day makeup and was brilliant. Our usher’s wife Helen, of Church Hair, was booked for hair.

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real wedding recap: enzoani for a wonderfully whimsical wedding in the north west – natalie & jamie

June 21st, 2016 | Julia Braime

It’s holiday season here on the blog, and as the editorial team take a short break, we’ll be leaving you with a reduced blogging schedule so that you still get your daily dose of wedding lovely. Usual service will recommence on Monday 4th July 2016 but in the meantime watch out for recaps of some of our favourite Real Weddings so far this year. 

Drop in every day for the very prettiest, most unique wedding inspiration and – if you are a Brides Up North bride – to see if your real wedding was one of our top picks.

A Secret Garden Wedding (c) Stella Photography (69)

Wow! is the word that we would use to sum up today’s real wedding on the blog!

We love everything about Natalie & Jamie’s big day, built around a secret-fair-garden-type theme.

Natalie’s stunning dress, bouquet and super cute daisy chain headband make her look wonderfully whimsical and elegant and we could spend an age just looking at her, though there are lots of other gorgeous elements to take note of, including the maids’ cute dresses and incredible centre pieces.

Prepare to swoon…

With images by Stella Photography.

A Secret Garden Wedding (c) Stella Photography (67)

A Secret Garden Wedding (c) Stella Photography (39)

natalie says: We got engaged on a beautiful beach in Portugal. Jamie’s plan was to propose on a jet ski, but as I don’t like the sea, I refused to get on! His backup plan was to propose in one of the caves in the sea…again, I was awkward and refused to take part! Eventually, he gave in and proposed on the beach.

Our wedding was on 23rd May 2015, at The Great Hall at Mains in Lancashire. We chose the venue as its very local to us (literally round the corner from our house). As we were only having a small wedding, it was important that all our guests would be able to make it!

A Secret Garden Wedding (c) Stella Photography (31)

We wanted to choose a theme that suited our style and that wasn’t too serious. We’re not massive fans of traditional weddings so we wanted something a little bit different. In the end we chose a whimsical theme – like a secret fairy garden.

The colour scheme was mainly pale pink and apple green. I didn’t have a scheme in mind until we went shopping for bridesmaids dresses – the dresses we found were perfect for the theme so they determined the colour scheme!

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Flower Crown. A Styled Vintage Bridal Shoot In Bridlington

November 20th, 2013 | Julia Braime

Walker & Walker Photography

This evening I’m sharing a pretty little gem of a styled bridal shoot from my Featured Suppliers Walker & Walker Photography.  Call me fickle (and you’d be right) but yesterday I readying my gloves, scarf and bobble hat with glee, and tonight, I’m wishing for summer.  That’s what a flower crown will do to you…

Walker & Walker Photography

Walker & Walker Photography

Walker & Walker Photography

Walker & Walker Photography

Walker & Walker Photography

Ben of Walker & Walker says:  This shoot was a joint collaborative project between Walker & Walker and Wayside Flower and was produced with an audience so potential clients could see how we work.The shoot was staged at The Little Organic Bakery in Bridlington and we hand picked the venue for the colourful selections of flora, foliage and rustic walls that had an English secret garden charm.

Walker & Walker Photography

Walker & Walker Photography

Walker & Walker Photography

Walker & Walker Photography

Walker & Walker Photography

Walker & Walker Photography

Walker & Walker Photography

Walker & Walker Photography

Our model was Sophie. She was chosen by us as she’s curvy and demure with beautiful long dark hair and showcased the vintage white wedding dress, floral head wear, shrug, underskirt, shoes and jewellery supplied by Wayside Flower beautifully. 

Walker & Walker Photography

Walker & Walker Photography

Walker & Walker Photography

Walker & Walker Photography

Walker & Walker Photography

Walker & Walker Photography

The floral hand tied spray was made up by Lynn Walker from Next Flowers and the vintage wedding ring belonged to Lynn’s great grandmother.  Lynn also prepared the props and set styling. 

Walker & Walker Photography

Walker & Walker Photography

Walker & Walker Photography

Walker & Walker Photography

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Images: Walker & Walker Photography

Venue:  The Little Organic Bakery, Bridlington

Clothing, Jewellery & Floral Head Pieces:  Wayside Flower

Other florals, props and styling: Next Flowers

Walker & Walker Photography

 

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Delicate Threads. The Designer Series: Naomi Neoh Secret Garden 2014 Collection

September 30th, 2013 | Julia Braime

Naomi Neoh

I’m thrilled to welcome one of my very favourite wedding dress designers to the pages of the wedding blog this evening – I’ve been swooning ever since discovering the Naomi Neoh bridal label, and can’t wait to share her latest collection with you all. 

As well as being super duper stunning, these dresses are clever too – and we all know that’s a winning combination.  Ex-physicist Naomi designs with the real bride in mind and nearly all her designs have lightweight but effective corsetry inside to give every size and shape of bride the perfect silhouette in her wedding dress.  A beautiful science, if you ask me.  Let’s meet her…

Naomi Neoh

Celeste

What is your style philosophy?

Style and elegance with romance and joy.  Body friendly dresses – corsetry is key.

Naomi Neoh Secret Garden Collection Clementine

Clementine

Tell us about the new collection by Naomi Neoh? What were your inspirations? 

This collection is esoteric, dreamy and ethereal with the romance of pre-Raphaelites.  The gowns are gentle, detailed and have slim lines with super light lace interwoven into the design and look amazing against the skin.  Layering of sheer fabrics and subtle antique tones creates a movement of colour for elegant dancing dresses. 

Naomi Neoh Secret Garden Collection Dahlia

Dahlia

Naomi Neoh Secret Garden Collection Dahlia

Where do you look for inspiration?

Ginger Rogers – I watched a lot of the Ginger Rogers old movies to get the inspiration for this collection!

Naomi Neoh Secret Garden Collection Fleur

Fleur

Naomi Neoh Secret Garden Collection Fleur

What fabrics and embellishments were chosen for the new collection and why?

We’re using more texture in these gowns – we have a plisse chiffon which is delicately pleated and adds a different dimension to the gowns.  There are more colours: peach, apricot, powder pink, and antique ivory.  I still love to use flowers but these are smaller and more delicate.  You’ll be seeing lots of lace – small patterns, light weight weaves and delicate threads.

Naomi Neoh Secret Garden Collection Fleur 5

Do you have a personal favourite from the new collection? 

Oh it’s really hard – its all about getting the right dress on the right person – that’s when the magic happens.  But I do love Peony right now – it will probably change next week – because she has subtle colour, delicate lace on the back and arms, flattering pleating and an elegant silhouette.

How do you decide on the “names” for your gowns?

This collection were all named after flowers.

Naomi Neoh Secret Garden Collection Lily

Lily

Naomi Neoh Secret Garden Collection Orchid

Orchid

Naomi Neoh Secret Garden Collection Dahlia

Dahlia

What sizes are available in your gowns? 

6 to 16 and then made to measure if you want it or need it up to any size. 

What is the retail price range for your designs?

£2000 to £3000 but there are a few special ones which are more. 

Naomi Neoh Secret Garden Collection Orchid

Orchid

What sets Naomi Neoh apart from other bridal wear brands?

Commitment, passion, dedication to making distinctive, beautifully balanced, elegant gowns which we love to try on and we hope you will delight in wearing.  An absolute obsession with fabrics, sourcing the best and most distinctive silks and laces. 

Naomi Neoh Secret Garden Collection Peony

Peony

How did you get into wedding dress design – what is your story?

I took a curious path to my career as a dress designer.  I read physics at Durham and worked as an IT consultant and merchandiser before finding my true calling. Fabric has always been my first love – and bridal wear allows an indulgence into the most luxurious silks, laces and embellishments. I create dresses which feel fabulous to wear as well as making you look amazing.

Since the launch of my first bridal collection in 2008, the brand has grown into a dedicated team working from the West Dulwich studio where all the gowns are created.

Naomi Neoh Secret Garden Collection Penelope

Penelope

Naomi Neoh Secret Garden Collection Penelope

Was there a defining point in your career that made your business the success that it is today?

When I decided to make a super light pink wedding dress – ‘Dita’. 

What are your plans for the future?

Well I don’t really know but I love to explore and try new things, so we’ll see, at the moment I’m thinking about creating a super high end range to indulge all our fabric fantasies. 

Naomi Neoh Secret Garden Collection Snowdrop

Snowdrop

Is this your dream career? 

Running your own business is a lifestyle more than a career – it is definitely for me.  I have a genetic condition which flares up every few years and leaves me bedridden for months and sometimes years, running my own business allows me the flexibility to work when I can, and keeps me going on the tough days.

What would “a day in the life” at Naomi Neoh HQ be like?

I think it’s creative, fun, hard work, inspiring, challenging and constantly changing.

Naomi Neoh Secret Garden Collection Violette

Violette

Where do you go and what do you do to relax?

I find it very hard to relax – I have to be forced into it!  I like yoga, walking in the countryside, cooking, gardening, reading, seeing my friends, and I keep promising myself to practice the piano – a good Beethoven sonata is a great stress reliever.  I’m a recent member of the National Trust and I’m loving the palaces and great houses in the beautiful rolling hills of the British countryside – very inspiring.

Naomi Neoh Secret Garden Collection Violette

What are your “best things” in life?

Love, friendship and happiness, and the simple things: a freshly made bed, ripe summer fruits, seeing your plants grow.

How can Brides Up North readers get in touch with you/ see more of your designs? 

Visit our website at www.naomineoh.com or contact us through our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/Naomineoh

 

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The Secret Garden. A Styled Bridal Shoot At Combermere Abbey

August 1st, 2013 | Julia Braime

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Feeling quintessentially English here on the wedding blog this morning (might break for a scone and clotted cream soon) with a beautiful styled shoot sent to me by a team of North West wedding industry suppliers.  They congregated at Combermere Abbey on a lovely Summer’s day to put together this stunning set of images to inspire you to add some floral loveliness to your own big day.  I can almost hear your Pinterest fingers twitching already, so without further ado, lets enter the Secret Garden…

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The team say:  Unique and beautiful, the Victorian walled gardens at Combermere Abbey, with their botanical riches and stunning architecture, make for one of the UK’s most spectacular wedding venues.  This combined with the current floral design trend, was the inspiration behind our enchanting ‘Secret Garden’ themed shoot.

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Adam Capper at Combermere Abbey

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Adam Capper at Combermere Abbey

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Adam Capper at Combermere Abbey

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The aim of the creative team was to capture the ethereal and timeless sensation that pervades at Combermere, a venue which constantly delights, transforms with each season and where each wedding enjoys its own uniqueness.

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Adam Capper at Combermere Abbey

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Adam Capper at Combermere Abbey

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Adam Capper at Combermere Abbey

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Adam Capper at Combermere Abbey

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Award-winning wedding and fashion photographer, Adam Capper, captured some truly inspirational shots. Adam’s passion, detailed eye, raw talent and individual spirit, make him one of the best in his profession.

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Adam Capper at Combermere Abbey

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Adam Capper at Combermere Abbey

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The shoot was styled by Rebecca Jenkinson of Pretty Little Trio whose vintage crockery, silverware and artifacts add elegance and timeless style to the images. Rebecca’s passion for all things vintage and eclectic collection of pretty china, cutlery, props and glassware is available to hire to create the sweetest of weddings. 

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Adam Capper at Combermere Abbey

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The wild floral bouquet was the creation of Heather Ryder of Living Colour at Stockton Heath, inspired by the secret garden theme, seasonal blooms included roses, peonies, passion flowers and Sweet William, in vibrant pinks and deep magenta shades and incorporated crochet cotton lace detail and tiny keys to represent ‘The Key to my Heart’ with complementary floral table arrangements.

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This theme also was enhanced by hand-made stationery, courtesy of Hattie Boo Designs.  Emma Bryan of Hattie Boo celebrates the written word and tactile creations, with imaginative and beautiful stationery for all of life’s events including weddings.

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Tempting desserts were presented to the table by specialist event caterers, Pickled Walnut, whose combination of fine foods and sense-of-theatre have won them a place as one of the Abbey’s preferred suppliers.

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Lace chair covers, complementing the table setting, were provided by wedding gown designer, Claire Mischevani of Shrewbury, and are available for hire.

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Adam Capper at Combermere Abbey

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Adam Capper at Combermere Abbey

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The bride was dressed by Kirsten Lindsay, of Amy Louise Bridal Gowns, Nantwich. This family-managed designer bridal boutique is one of the premier retailers in the North West, with a stunning array of designer gowns and accessories. Those showcased are the exquisitely beaded, vintage-style Jenny Packham ‘Azalea’ and also the purely beautiful, simple ‘Scarletta’.

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Make-up and hair styling was by cute Rockabilly sister-duo, Pouting in Peep Toes. Sal and Eve Yarwood worked their retro-magic on our bride, Lauren, giving her a dreamy ‘English rose’ appearance.

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Adam Capper at Combermere Abbey

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Adam Capper at Combermere Abbey

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Adam Capper at Combermere Abbey

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The shoot showcases the natural beauty of Combermere Estate. The venue comprises The Glasshouse in the centre of the Walled Gardens, with 180˚view over the Fruit Tree Maze, the Walled Garden Pavilion and the new Maze Pavilion.

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Combermere Abbey is located between Nantwich and Whitchurch, on the Cheshire/Shropshire border. Weddings and events are held all year round. Award-winning self-catering accommodation sleeps up to 49 guests and includes Gothick gatehouse ‘Stone Lodge’, perfect for the bride and groom.

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Adam Capper at Combermere Abbey

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Adam Capper at Combermere Abbey

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Adam Capper at Combermere Abbey

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Adam Capper at Combermere Abbey

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Venue – Combermere Abbey – for enquiries please contact weddings@combermereabbey.co.uk

Photographer – Adam Capper

Styling & Vintage Accessories– Pretty Little Trio

Gowns – Jenny Packham at Amy Louise Bridal Gowns

Hair & Make Up – Pouting In Peep Toes

Catering – Pickled Walnut

Flowers – Living Colour

Stationery – Hattie Boo Designs

Chair Covers – Claire Mischevani

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Brides Up North UK Wedding Blog – Images © 2013 Adam Capper

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Wedding Inspiration Wednesday: Secret Garden

September 12th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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The official plan was to share this beautiful wedding inspiration mood board next week in it’s usual fortnightly spot, but staring forlornly out of Brides Up North HQ’s windows at the lashing rain I needed one last hurrah with summer styling before I declare the season officially over.

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Step forward our guest blogger Katy of What Katy Did Next with her gorgeous Secret Garden mood board prepared especially for Brides Up North reader Tara following a request via Facebook.

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The perfect adieu to Summer 2012 (a bit of a washout yeah, but totally redeemed by all the Olympic and Jubilee excitement). 

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Wedding Inspiration Secret Garden 

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1. Wild Bouquet 2. ‘Violet’ Vintage Style Gown 3. Vintage Key Place Names 4. Lulu Townsend Heels 5. Champagne Bridesmaids 6. Glass Terrarium 7. Floral Carved Diamond Ring 8. Floral Crown & Veil Image 9. Vicky Trainor Linear Collection 10. Hydrangea Cake

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Katy says:  Bride-to-be Tara gave me ‘Secret Garden’ for this week’s wedding inspiration mood board. With free reign on style and colours, I stepped outside my comfort zone with the palette for this board which features a beautiful mix of champagne, dove grey and pistachio with a flash of iris blue. The Secret Garden novel is set in the early 1900’s so i used modern influences of Victorian and Edwardian style, which isn’t to everyone’s taste but is gorgeously effective in vintage style weddings.

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The fabulously individual Sally Lacock dress is decorated with delicately embroidered florals, beautiful draping and a lightly gathered skirt – perfect for an outdoor or barn wedding! The dress needs little or no accessories but would look fabulous with a natural flower crown and light veil. If this era of vintage isn’t your thing, keep the soft floaty fabrics but go for a more modern silhouette such as an A line gown with a sweetheart neckline. The beautiful almost ‘tea stain’ shade of the bridesmaids dresses gives the bridal party an antiqued look that compliments the very English country garden style bouquet (top left).

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For ‘Secret Garden’ decor you can’t go wrong with plenty of florals and foliage. Even slightly decaying leaves or dried flowers would look fabulous with this theme. If you are following the book theme you could mix bare branches with fresh vibrant florals to represent the changes the garden goes through. If you do want to use props, how about tiny lanterns, wrought iron candelabras, stone plant pots or bird baths full of tea lights – everyday garden items that can be used to decorate a venue? A beautiful idea for a table plan is to use vintage or rusty keys with tags as place cards for your guests. You could hang them on a Secret Garden style wooden door and let the guests choose their own seats. I love the terrarium jar idea for centrepieces. They could even double up as favours for your guests – giving them their own little Secret Garden!

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Remember: the plan is to share a new inspiration board in this time slot every other week, either compiled by myself, regular guest blogger Katy or YOU: get in touch with your own ideas and inspiration boards! We’ll be discussing our inspirations behind the images too so it’s simply going to be a whole load of lovely.

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If you are a little less arty but in need of inspiration and still want to play along, we will also be taking requests for colour schemes and themes and making bespoke boards for my readers. Please contact me to suggest a theme or colour scheme.

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Click here to see previous Wednesday Wedding Inspiration Mood Boards

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