It’s All About The Getting Ready!

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Images by Swanton Morley Studios.

We’re big fans of the whole getting ready thing. It’s such an important ritual of a wedding day so we say indulge!

Swanton Morley House & Gardens seem to agree with us too and created this gorgeous ‘Getting Ready’ inspiration piece with Caro London – creator of gorgeous loungewear perfect for a bride and her best girls.

Designer Caro has been evolving affordable timeless collections of loungewear and accessories using natural fibres since 2002. Designing easy, flattering and practical shapes in pure, soft cottons to wear for sleeping and lounging, often in her own beautiful prints.

If you think you and your Maids should be wafting through the morning of your wedding in something beautiful, then Caro London is offering 10% off the entire range until 30th September 2017 – please see the website for more details and quote CAROBRIDES10 when ordering.

Over to Swanton Morley to tell us more about this shoot…

It’s All About The Getting Ready!

Swanton Morley:

We were delighted to welcome Caro London to Swanton Morley House & Gardens last August for a rather special photoshoot to celebrate the launch of their new wedding range of beautiful kimono style robes.

We think that these robes and slips would make any bride and her bridal party feel extra special and are perfect to wear during the morning of the big day. They are also available in a range of luscious Caro London prints and with matching accessories and elegant gift boxes we think they would make very welcome and gorgeous gifts for bridesmaids, Mums and future Mother-in-Laws!

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Pop-Up Lounges – It’s A Thing!

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Images by Clare Kinchin Photography.

Couples are always looking for something new to wow their wedding guests. And we have just the thing!

New for the 2017 wedding season, Ever After are offering exclusively to their booked couples the luxury of their very own pop-up evening lounges. How about post-dinner whisky & cigars in an art deco inspired club lounge..? Or maybe some artisan botanicals in an opulent gin & champagne lounge fitted out with old style Hollywood glamour..? These two brand new pop up lounges are exclusive to this venue, you can’t get them anywhere else!

Each lounge comes with its own 4.5 m square white canopy with roll down sides in case it gets chilly. If the weather is dry the lounges will be set up on the lawns whilst guests are having their wedding breakfast. If the weather is wet the lounges will pop up inside the marquee during the change-over period after your wedding breakfast.

The lounges can be hired together or separately, but there’s a handy discount for hiring both.

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Emily & Adam’s Southend Barns Wedding

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Images by Adorlee.

Weddings at Southend Barns are always a joy to see and Emily & Adam’s big day is no exception.

With copper and peach vibes, their gorgeous Westie-poo fur baby in attendance and an abundance of Winter Pimms, this beautiful celebration is bound to put a smile on your face this Monday!

Notes from the Bride

Emily:

When we were looking for a venue we wanted somewhere that you could have the ceremony and the reception in the same place so people could relax straight away knowing they wouldn’t have to go anywhere. We wanted somewhere which had the wow factor and also had homely cosy atmosphere.

When we found out Southend Barns was booked up for the following summer, we decided to have our wedding in January 2016 and embrace the winter wedding theme. I started to imagine how beautiful our day could be with wintery blue skies, fire pits, faux fur and warm winter Pimms. This was definitely the place where our visions could come true.

Our guests even now over a year after our wedding don’t stop talking about Southend Barns, everyone we speak to says just what an amazing venue we chose to hold our special day.

Also it has to be said the service we received from Alice was great, she made us feel special and nothing was too much trouble.

As we were having a winter wedding this was our main inspiration. We also really like metallic colours so we decided to choose copper as our metallic and main theme colour.

Back in 2015 when I was trying to source things of the copper colour it was actually quite difficult as the trend hadn’t really set in, now if I was planning a copper wedding there would be things everywhere for me to choose from!

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Amy and Ben’s Manor By The Lake Wedding

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Images by Rosie Kelly Photography.

Dusky pink lace, pastel grey hair, a semi-naked cake dressed with roses and a confetti shot to die for… I’m loving Amy & Ben’s beautiful big day at Manor By The Lake in Gloucestershire.

This stunning Manor House is nestled in 7 acres of award-winning gardens, including a beautiful Italian garden, splendid picturesque lake, and yew tree walk leading to the Victorian pavilion. See how Amy & Ben used the glorious spaces for their vintage theme.

Notes from the Bride

Amy:

We chose our amazing venue, Manor By The Lake for our spring wedding. It’s a stunning venue at both day and night, and combines the perfect mixture of traditional and modern elements for a wedding! The Honeymoon Suite is also absolutely beautiful, as were all the guests rooms.

I bought my dress at Wedding Belles of Four Oaks in Sutton Coldfield. After creating a wedding board on Pinterest almost all the pins I saved were by the same designer – Maggie Sottero. I chose the Stella dress, with lace detail, Swarovski crystals, and the sweetheart neckline was so flattering along with the corset waist!

My seamstress created a beautiful one off strap and back piece for me that I could attach and remove with lace that was ordered, and she painstakingly attached the Swarovski crystals by hand. It finished the dress of perfectly!

I also purchased a veil from Wedding Belles so they could match the colour of the dress. For the evening I had my florist choose some dusky pink roses to replace my veil. My shoes were nude court shoes from Kurt Geiger, I wanted plain and simple as my nude lace dress was the main feature.

The bridesmaids wore beautiful lace knee-length dresses with scalloped neckline and capped sleeves in dusty pink. These were from Chi Chi London though I ordered from ASOS. I knew sparkly shoes would look amazing. Kurt Geiger was my lifesaver.

Our hair was styled by Holly Bennett from Fallen Saint Hair, which is actually owned by myself and a friend. This is the reason I was lucky enough to have unlimited amounts of trials for me and the bridesmaids! She was perfect and professional but helped as she’s a good friend of mine and being a guest at the wedding meant she kept an eye on our hair till the very end!

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Unleash your Inner Bohemian – Top Tips from The Boho Booth

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Image by Dottie Photography.

Dreaming of escaping the daily grind of conventional living in search of a more free-spirited lifestyle..? Yep, us too! While running away to the hippie hills may be off limits, injecting a little Bohemia into your life is a great way to express your inner soul.

Bohemian Beats is one of our fave venue style categories and if you find yourself being drawn to these barefoot locations then Zoe Wells, founder of The Boho Booth, shares her seven steps to being more boho.

Unleash Your Inner Bohemian

Zoe:

Rock the boho look, Bohemian fashion is a means of expression and nothing says boho chic better than braided hair, floaty florals, ripped denim, fringing and brightly coloured clothing embellished with glitter and jewels.

Go barefoot when the weather permits, kick off your shoes and enjoy the freedom of going barefoot – not only is it good for your feet, it’s great for the soul.

Embrace the great outdoors. A walk in nature is often referred to as the best medicine. Escaping the four walls and electrical havens of our homes and offices for a stroll in the park is a sure-fire way to de-stress and reconnect with our inner selves.

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