‘Eco friendly British Flower Wedding Inspiration’ By Becky Joiner Photographer

I have another wonderful styled shoot today which focuses on the importance of using British flowers, and local florists for an Eco friendly wedding. This collection of wedding suppliers got together to create a shoot that focused on home-grown talent and home-grown produce. With a rustic and etherial feel to the shoot the images show off what can be done when great suppliers get together. Beautiful flowers for a beautiful wedding. The Shoot took place in June this year at Clements Farm in Somerset, this is where most of the flowers used in the shoot were grown. Big thanks to Becky Joiner for the photos

‘Use native British flowers, local florists and wedding suppliers to create a beautiful eco friendly wedding. Grow your own wedding flowers or buy native British flowers to produce a boho wedding style of your own!’

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A collection of us wanted to create a set of photographs that showcase British flowers, the seasons and to work creatively with out a brief. We wanted to use the land that the flowers were grown on to do make the photographs, which we did.
We did two shoots. A Spring and one mid summer, just because it allowed us to show different flowers that peaked at different times.

The idea behind the shoot was to form a successful collaboration of all things ‘local’ and ‘British’ such as blooms, confetti, hair and make-up, bridal wear, photographer and a florist. Our inspiration was then to promote all things British along with the ability to source ‘local’. To showcase beautiful locally grown blooms from native British wild flowers to beautiful English roses, highlighting the possibility to create a truly unique and fabulous wedding to suit different styles and budgets.

As you work intuitively on a styled shoot, you plan what you are going to do but we also worked creatively on the day and made new stuff happen too. The weather was amazing, the early evening sun really made a difference. I find that working on a styled shoot allows you to work with a group of like minded people, and we each have our strengths to make the shoot happen.
We would love to do a Autumn and winter shoot showing what can be done with textured seed heads, evergreens, berries, and winter blooms… faux furs and moody make-up! So that we can show each season. (more…)



Marcus and Becki’s Blue and Yellow Sunflower Wedding. By Jessica Grace Photography

Todays wedding is a fun filled, chilled out day, full of yellow, blue and lots of sunflowers. Becki and Marcus decided on a marquee wedding so they could add their own personality to the day. They brought in lots of bright blue and lovely yellow and incorporated with rustic touches, including wild flowers, hessian bunting, chalk boards and old family photos. The celebrations were topped off with chinese lanterns being let off at the end of the night containing messages from the guests. Thanks to Jessica Grace Photography for the images.

‘A chilled-out wedding full of great family, amazing friends, a beautiful setting and most importantly, love and happiness’

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Becki and Marcus were married on 2nd August 2014 at St Andrew’s Church, Farnham then Waverley Abbey House, Farnham. We had visited the ruins on many occasions before we were engaged and always thought how beautiful they were. When we found out we could have our reception there, it was a done deal. We had 90 guests in total and it took 1 year to plan.

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Wedding Wednesday Discussions – People Are Funny About Money



‘People are funny about Money’ so said Carrie in Sex in the City! And you know what, she’s right! In every aspect of our lives money is often the route of our problems! And it’s true with weddings.

How much people spend on their weddings is often a subject we don’t like to discuss, their budget, who is paying for what…….it’s a topic we don’t like to bring up. One of the questions I ask my real brides in the morning feature is ‘how did you spend/allocate your budget’ and only on a handful of occasions has anyone actually told me how much they spent!

It seems to be  a common myth that suppliers add-on extra money to their quotes as soon as someone mentions a wedding, and something that I hear too often. Kirsten our Boho Bride wrote about it on Friday and it was reading her article that made me think I wanted to broach the subject today. As a supplier, I know how hard wedding suppliers work and to be tarnished with the whole ‘They added on extra because it was a wedding’ can often cause upset and is altogether troublesome. I have tried to broach the subject on occasions on the blog with articles such as The Big Wedding Rip Off? A DJ’s Perspective On Why Suppliers Charge More For Weddings Than For Parties and  The True Cost of a Wedding Make-Up Artist but feel there is still a long way to go!


(Phot by Reid Photography – Full wedding HERE)

Don’t get me wrong; I am well aware that there are suppliers out there doing a bad job who often give good suppliers a bad name. Some people who will add-on extra for a substandard job, leaving those who go that extra mile bearing the brunt. However, the majority of wedding suppliers out there are either small businesses or self-employed people, who really care about your wedding day, not massive blue chip companies! All of which will go that extra mile to make sure you have the day you dreamed of.

Often, as a wedding planner, I would get calls at 11pm at night, 7am in the morning for things that quite frankly weren’t my problem or in my ‘job description’. Did this stop me? No! I got on with whatever was asked of me and made sure my couples got the first class service that they expected. Why? Because I care, same as pretty much every supplier you will be hiring for your own wedding day. They will all go that extra mile for you. Why? Because it’s your wedding! And that does mean a lot!

When a supplier takes on your wedding, it’s not just a job, they won’t be thinking ‘this will do.’ That supplier is aware that this is the most important day of your life and they will carry out work that will reflect this. In a past life I used to make wedding dresses. Now the amount of stress that one dress could bring as a supplier is astonishing. Knowing that you are responsible for the most important dress that customer will ever wear is a pretty hefty pressure, much more than any evening dress I would have made for a graduate ball or the like! So yes the price had to reflect that responsibility………..same as any supplier. (more…)



Amy and Lee’s Rustic Style Boho Barn Wedding. By Alex Abbot

Todays wedding is an absolute beauty, with a bride that looks like Sienna Miller and the most amazing photography from Alex Abbot. I just love it and am so excited to share it with you today. Amy and Lee chose the beautiful Cripps Barn in the Cotswolds for their big day.  The beautiful barn venue served as a fantastic plan B when their plans of having an outdoor ceremony were dashed by the weather.  Amy looked amazing in a Boho style gown, no shoes and flowers in her hand, while Lee looked incredibly dashing in his black suit. What a gorgeous pair these two are I’m sure you will agree and what a beautiful wedding.

‘Bohemian woodland meets mid-summer nights dream! Simple and rustic.’

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Amy and Lee were married on 10th August 2014, both the ceremony and the reception were held at Cripps Barn, the Cotswolds. ‘Our primary preference was to get married outdoors. We selected venues that had beautiful outdoor ceremony spots which had lovely back up plans incase it rained. It did happen to rain on our wedding morning, so we had the ceremony in the barn which was just as beautiful. We had 50 guests, we saw the venue a year prior, and slowly planned everything in between. ‘

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Ask The Experts – Ideas for a Christmas Wedding with Alive Network

Ideas for a Christmas Wedding with Alive Network

Christmas is coming (yes I am aware we haven’t had Halloween yet!) However if you are currently planning a Christmas wedding for this year or next you will probably be looking for some Christmas inspiration! Christmas weddings can be great fun, Lots of cosy outfits, twinkling lights, open fires……I just LOVE it! But how do you get your entertainment up to scratch and feeling festive? Today I have invited Richard from Alive Network onto the blog to tell us more about planning a Christmas wedding.

Have yourself a merry little Christmas wedding

Ideas for a Christmas Wedding with Alive Network

I’ll pass you over to Alive Network……… 

If you’re planning a winter wedding before December, don’t try to dodge the issue of Christmas, embrace it instead with your own yuletide themed wedding.

Create that special seasonal feel with festive entertainment that’ll put your guests in the Christmas spirit from the moment they arrive. The Christmas elves at Alive Network Entertainment Agency, the UK’s largest online entertainment agency, show you how…


A Really Chrstmas-y welcome

Greet your guests with welcoming music as they arrive for your wedding ceremony. For intimate spaces such as registry offices choose a classical guitarist playing all your favourite Christmas music, from traditional tunes to pop classics, or a harpist with a wide repertoire from ‘Let It Snow’ to ‘Let It Go’ from Disney’s ‘Frozen’!

Ideas for a Christmas Wedding with Alive Network

Celebrate with Christmas Carols

If you want to evoke the traditional sounds of Christmas, choose a quartet of carol singers, singing favourite carols and Christmas songs in gorgeous four-part harmony. Most carol groups offer a costume option, so they can appear in full Victorian/Dickensian dress or in more modern (and practical) jumpers, gloves and scarves. (If you ask them nicely, they’ll usually lead the hymns in a church service too!)

Christmas Wedding Ceremonies

Deck your wedding ceremony venue with natural decorations made from holly, yew and mistletoe, then celebrate the season and your wedding vows with the all-natural sound of a live classical singer. With a singer leading the hymns in church, everyone will want to join in. Or, save the singer as a surprise for the signing of the register at a civil wedding ceremony or civil partnership, when your singer can entertain with classic Christmas songs.



Jane and Mark’s Vintage Parisian Wedding in the Cotsworlds with Lots of Pretty Pastels. By Rhys Parker

I promised you a week of wonderful weddings and todays wedding certainly won’t disappoint! It’s the superb wedding of Jane and Mark which took place in the gorgeous Cotswolds with a vintage Parisian theme. The whole wedding is full of beautiful touches from the flowers to the pastel lanterns, the decor, the venue and most of all the stunning couple. The wedding is very elegant but has a relaxed homemade, shabby chic feel to it. I just love the way this wedding looks and the outdoor ceremony really tops it off. Big thanks to the amazing Rhys Parker for the gorgeous images.

‘A country wedding in the Cotswolds, with a vintage Parisian feel, lots of pretty flowers and home- made touches.’

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Jane and Mark were married on 8th August 2014 at Caswell House Barns, Brize Norton, The Cotswolds.We both desperately wanted to be married outdoors and although we knew we couldn’t predict the great British weather, we wanted to have it there available to us as an option. We also loved the idea of a barn reception and we wanted to be no further than 1 ½ hours out of West London where we are based. Caswell House seemed to tick all of those boxes so it was an easy decision to make. We had 120 guests including 10 children and it took just over 16 months to plan. Although if I am honest, I think unless you need to save, a year is ample. I found I was starting to doubt decisions I had made because they had been made right at the beginning of the process.

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