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Wedding Anniversary Party Ideas

Wedding Anniversary Party Ideas

Wedding anniversary party ideas

I’ve already shared a few wedding anniversary party ideas from this lovely celebration over on my Instagram feed. I thought it was time to share some more images from this beautiful house party.

Wedding anniversary party ideas vary widely of course. But how about this for an elegant way to celebrate?

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Capture the castle

This couple held a high tea reception, followed by a dinner party. Some guests also stayed on in the beautiful accommodation at the private castle in Devon.

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I was asked to capture the castle, the guests arriving at the celebration, and the scenes which followed.

This one-year anniversary dinner was hosted at Shute Barton.  Shute was built in the mid-15th century and today it is recognised as one of the more important surviving non-fortified manor houses of the Middle Ages.

Celebrate the small things

Every year is a milestone worth celebrating. We don’t always hire castles and throw dinner parties of course!  But it is good to mark the occasion somehow, and get it captured. Whether it’s just the two of you, or whether welcoming family and friends to share your achievement.

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Wedding planning in the modern era

Wedding planning in the modern era

Wedding planning: trend or tradition?

Wedding planning trends suggest traditions are out, or at least at an all-time low. Couples planning their wedding in 2019 celebrate how they want, eat what they love, wear what they like. And quite rightly so.

But wedding plans can draw inspiration from time-worn traditions. And some couples may treasure a particular tradition for reasons personal to themselves.

Unique to you

Perhaps you’re ready to throw out the father of the bride’s speech. Maybe you’d love to abandon cutting the cake (or chuck the cake completely?). Or do you even stand on the brink of buying a black wedding gown?

It can also be fun during your wedding planning to consider the history of some of the more old-school aspects of weddings.  In the end you should of course go ahead and choose what actually suits you in the 21st century.

Something Blue

“Something Blue” is one surprisingly enduring tradition that still features in many couples’ wedding planning. It has survived through frequent adaptation over the years to remain a popular touch for many brides and their families.

It is one of four things that brides were to wear on their person on their wedding day. Almost 150 years ago, folklore thought to originate in the Northwest of England told that these four things would bring luck, prosperity and a successful marriage:

Something old,
something new,
something borrowed,
something blue.

Fifty shades of blue

According to the custom, something blue represents faithfulness. It was often the garter which was blue, but more recently the tradition has been to sew a ribbon or scrap of fabric inside the wedding dress. Meghan Markle wore a blue dress on the blind date where she met Prince Harry, and later famously had it sewn into her Givenchy gown.

Blue shoes have been popular over recent years, and general pops of blue in the details of a wedding design have become a classic, iconic look. Grooms have joined the fray with their own Something Blue bowties, socks and suits.

It may be that after all, blue is such a good accent colour that this is a custom worth adapting. So take care not to throw out the blue baby with the tradition bathwater! Here are a few stylish ways to incorporate something blue into your wedding…

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Groom’s blue tweed suit

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Delicate blue Nigella (Love in a Mist) in a bridal bouquet

Wedding Planning | Something Blue | Liz Baker Fine Art Photography

Pale blue crockery for the table

Wedding Planning | Something Blue | Liz Baker Fine Art Photography

Suited in blue

Wedding Planning | Something Blue | Liz Baker Fine Art Photography

Blue letterpress wedding invitation

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Blue wedding car

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Sapphires in the engagement ring

Botanical Wedding Theme

Botanical Wedding Theme

Botanical wedding theme

A botanical wedding theme works so well within the context of fine art weddings. A couple of years back, Pantone named Greenery as their colour of the year, cementing an already burgeoning trend.

Never out of fashion

It’s not hard to see why foliage and botanicals will never really go out of style. It’s a well-known fact that the colour green has a relaxing, pacifying effect. No doubt due to it being the chief colour in nature’s own beautiful palette. Of course it’s also an elegant palette due to its clean simplicity.

Laid-back & natural

If you’re considering a botanical wedding theme for your wedding, read on! You’re in the right place to view my curated selection of images from over the years, and follow the links to the specific galleries. There’s a varied approach to the style here. But the common thread running through is a laid-back, natural look. Just as if you scooped up some wild, exotic leaves and fruit and scattered them across your scene.

Go green

Olive leaves bring elegance wherever they are used. Succulents work all over the place, even in addition to/in place of centrepieces. These are foliages with those dusky blue/grey undertones which speak of warmer climates. Closer to home Rosemary grows abundantly in the UK and carries its own delicious scent, working well alongside/instead of eucalyptus. Consider other foraged greenery on arches, tables and chair-backs. Trailing ivy on window sills is always an English stunner in my book.  And how about asking your florist to create a statement wall or area of floor?

It’s all in the details

Olive leaves & ferns in tablescapes and stationery bring flavour from further afield, as do figs and fig leaves, grapes and other fruits. When it comes to botanical wedding themed stationery you’ll be spoilt for choice. And with the right photographer you can look forward to some beautifully styled photography of your details (think, rings, invitations, perfumes etc). It will be completely in step with your botanical wedding theme, just make sure you keep her up to date with all your design plans as they unfold!

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London Wedding in a Library

London Wedding in a Library

Winter London  Wedding

In a Library on Pall Mall

 

This winter wedding was rich with berry red, gold and green tones. The style was kept simple and classic, allowing the vibrancy of the venue and the couple’s style and personalities to shine.

I love to indulge my passion for architecture and interiors. History is full of fascination for me, be it through paintings, sculpture or buildings – perfect for me as a London wedding photographer.

This London wedding beautifully referenced the careers of the bride and groom with its setting of a private library. Both being university professors there was no better place to celebrate their union than an antique library stocked to the rafters with leather-bound books.

Portraits were shot in the garden of the Pall Mall Club, overlooked by iconic Georgian London townhouses. Afternoon golden hour afforded a few extra shots on the balcony.

 

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Elegant white-washed chapel wedding

Elegant white-washed chapel wedding

Classic Fine Art wedding

Today I am sharing a beautiful fine art wedding, captured on film in a country village.  I really love it when couples keep it elegant and pared back.  Featuring pops of red and a cream tea reception, this is a classic and elegant fine art wedding.  I shared this lovely couple’s engagement shoot a while back.

Autumn/Winter Colour Palette

Finally we have the first snow in years here in the West Country! It’s a real winter wonderland out there, so before it melts away I want to share this late Autumn wedding. With lush greens and rich berry reds it features a beautiful wintry colour palette to the florals and cake, in addition to the fading hues of the Autumn leaves. There are lots of pretty details here – and the most darling flower girl and pageboy!

Country Chic

The country chapel ceremony for close friends and family was followed by a relaxed Cream Tea in the sweet old village schoolroom.  The minimalist interior of the Somerset chapel – with light-washed walls and dark oak pews – gave a great backdrop for some crisp imagery. I shot the ceremony mainly on black and white film.

Afterwards in the old schoolroom mouthwatering profiteroles, meringues and scones were laid out on trestle tables, and washed down with local cider! All provided carefully and with exceptional service by local caterer Jean.

Luxurious film tones

A change of venue and outfits saw the second part of this wedding in London, which I will share later. But for now, enjoy the gorgeous Kodak film tones of this lovely Autumnal Somerset wedding!

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Photography: Liz Baker Fine Art Photography

Film: Kodak Portra 400, Portra 800 & Fuji Neopan 400

Lab: Richard Photo Lab

Floral design: Little Thatch Florist

Dress: Tom Flowers by Berketex

Shoes: Ruby Shoo

Veil: Demelza Charity for Care of Children, Canterbury

Jewellery and hair accessories: Monsoon Accessorize

Hair: Emphasis, South Petherton

Flower girl’s dress & shoes: Monsoon

Cake design & catering: Injeanious Cakes, South Petherton

Vintage engagement ring from Budapest

Ring box: Secret Keeper Box

Cider: Perry’s Cider Mills, Dowlish Wake

Stationery: Wren Press, London

Silk ribbons: Lancaster & Cornish

Fragrance: Jo Malone