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?
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.
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: 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” 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:
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
Delicate blue Nigella (Love in a Mist) in a bridal bouquet
Pale blue crockery for the table
Suited in blue
Blue letterpress wedding invitation
Blue wedding car
Sapphires in the engagement ring
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.
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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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!
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!
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