Louise & Huw’s Hill Place Wedding


Images by Nick Ray Photography.

A bright, spring wedding full of glorious pops of colour, delicious flowers, maids in red, boys playing rugby and excellent sartorial choices by the bride herself.

Hill Place was their venue, an idyllic spot in the Hampshire countryside, and it was the perfect backdrop to Louise & Huw’s relaxed and fun celebrations.

If you love this wedding, then the ladies behind Hill Place also run What Peggy Did Next –  a team of creatives who plan events, weddings and fairs. Their next Bridal Bazaar is happening on Sunday 2nd April 2017 and you can discover more about this in our Event Diary.

But for now let’s all be guests at Louise & Huw’s big day!

Notes from Hill Place


At Hill Place, our Georgian home nestled in Hampshire’s Meon Valley, we are lucky enough to host some exceptional weddings and Louise & Huw’s last summer will stick with our team for a long time.

Louise and Huw live in Australia but made the trip back to their home county to celebrate their relaxed, fun-filled big day with friends and family in May 2016. We couldn’t have asked for a better day – the sun was shining (which meant an action packed weekend of lawn games for our outdoor-loving guests), plus we had a great team on hand, including Hill Place’s catering partners Smallpiece Catering and brilliant recommended florist, Louise Avery.

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Anna & Tom’s H-Coo Events Wedding


Images by First Light Wedding Photography.

A simple, relaxed, rustic wedding day filled with friends & family, games, good music and lots of yummy food! That’s what it’s all about right…?

We love Anna & Tom’s big day at The Grange and it was styled to perfection with the assistance of Elizabeth, the in-house stylist and coordinator (aka H-Coo Events) at this beautiful Somerset wedding venue.

Happy Friday folks!

Notes from H-coo Events


I’m delighted to share these beautiful photos of Anna & Tom’s Wedding, who had their reception here at The Grange earlier this summer, after a local Church Wedding. It was a stunning day with rustic and romantic details.

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Alice & Jonathan’s Elopement at Ever After


Images by Clare Kinchin Photography.

You may have spotted in our 2017 Wedding Trend Report that we are currently crushing on the elopement. Well, the beautifully intimate wedding of Alice & Jonathan has only confirmed our love for the small wedding.

This gorgeous couple chose Ever After in Devon and this particular venue have everything in place to make your elopement planning super simple. Nicola, owner of Ever After, has carefully thought of everything a couple might need for a luxury micro wedding. For a single inclusive price you’ve got the venue, the bouquet, the photographer, the champagne and canapés and the wedding breakfast prepared by a private chef, plus overnight accommodation in their 18th Century honeymoon cottage. Everything is organised for you and in perfect detail.

So come on, let’s run away with Alice & Jonathan…

Notes from the Venue & the Bride


I’m so thrilled to be sharing the elopement wedding of Alice & Jonathan. The couple married here back in October and their day was simple yet utterly beautiful.

The Bride’s Stepmother owns a bridal shop, Pure Couture Bridal Boutique in Beaconsfield, and it’s here Alice found her dress. An Essense of Australia gown (Pearl Mikado worn without the jewelled belt) it suited her so perfectly. The dress has a jaw dropping train and POCKETS!

Alice teamed her dress with a cute little shrug to keep off any autumn chill and a pretty bouquet by Amanda Randell. The couple’s gorgeous little son Jack was adorable as you can see from the photos.

Alice & Jonathan got married in front of the fire on the glass covered terrace, had a drinks reception in the wedding barn during which they had a few photos with Clare Kinchin our photographer in the gardens and along the river walk. The wedding party then returned to the terrace for a wedding breakfast in front of the fire, prepared by our private chef. After the wedding breakfast we brought in comfy sofas for everyone to enjoy an evening in front of a roaring fire with tea, coffee and wedding cake.

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Emma & Seb’s World Inspired Tents Wedding


Images by Karen Massey Photography.

Wondering if a woodland wedding is for you…? Would it be a magical fairytale, a rustic shindig or more barefoot bohemian…? Well how about a blend of all three!

This is the vibe of Emma & Seb’s big day set within their very own woods. Taking inspiration from their natural surroundings their wedding is filled to the brim with décor ideas and love. They also had a little bit of help from the fab folks at World Inspired Tents and their awesome tipis.

Shall we…?

Notes from the Bride


We own the woods, every day we’re wandering the woods, it’s our life!

Being so close to the woodland has made our appreciation and respect for the natural beauty strengthen. The beautiful wildlife which lives in the 80 acre ancient woodland is where we got our inspiration to have our big day here, so it made sense to keep the woodland /rustic theme to our wedding.

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Faye & James’ Elmore Court Wedding


Images by Tony Hart Photo.

We have such a lovely wedding to share with you this morning and it’s a rather special write-up because it’s told through the eyes of the photographer, in this case Tony Hart.

Faye & James chose the truly unique Elmore Court as the backdrop for their day and, in my humble opinion, it’s one of the best wedding venues around!

Come and see why…

Notes from the Photographer

Tony Hart:

Faye is a stage and screen actor and James works as a television producer and comedy writer. Needless to say they both have extremely compelling personalities and were simply wonderful to photograph. Add to this their friends and family who are equally engaging and full of joie de vivre and a more exciting wedding congregation it’d be hard to find.

The story of how Faye & James got together is simply incredible. They were at school together, and, on the last day, in keeping with tradition, everyone wrote on everyone else’s shirts. Most was simple stuff, name plus a kiss, a few key dates, ‘stay in touch’, etc etc. Faye on the other hand, perhaps harbouring a soft spot for our handsome groom, (or possibly just having a giggle) wrote ‘Miss u hubby, C U on our wedding night!’. It’s worth pointing out at this juncture that, while Faye & James were friends, there was nothing overtly amorous between them at all. Fast forward 7 odd years, and James bumps into Faye at that noted romantic location, the bus stop. After this chance and unexpected meeting, one thing led to another, a date led to another and then another and eventually on the 27th March 2016 the school shirt prophecy was fulfilled! After nearly a decade of shooting weddings this has to be the most astonishingly awesome ‘how we met’ story I’ve encountered. So good! Needless to say the famous school shirt took pride of place as part of Faye & James’ day; it was the background for their table plan.

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