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
Lace wedding dresses are as in vogue today as they were a hundred years ago. Today I just want to share my passion for all things lace when it comes to bridal dress design!
Lace is the epitome of timeless style. It transcends the traditional and redefines the modern.
Dresses can be designed so many ways, and lace works like a dream with other elegant fabrics such as silk and tulle. You can choose just a touch of lace, or go all-out for all-over lace! Strapless, backless, cap-sleeved, full-sleeved… Lace wedding dresses are surely here to stay. (Phew! that’s a relief for the lace-aholics and me.)
Have a scroll through this selection of stunning lace wedding dresses that I’ve had the privilege to photograph recently and see if I’m right. 😉 Then I encourage you to head over to Wedding Sparrow to get some catwalk lace inspiration from New York Bridal Fashion Week. Expect to see these unique and creative ideas from designers such as Galia Lahav and Berta filtering through to bridal designers over the coming months.
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Spice it up with warm tones
Today I am sharing how you can have a neutral fine art wedding colour palette, yet still incorporate warm tones in your florals and details to spice things up a little.
Florals that stand out from the crowd
The classic blush palette is lovely but ubiquitous, and we all know that elegant green and white never goes out of fashion! But by adding just a few shades of yellow and mustard we can really elevate the style. These tones will stand out a little without overpowering the timeless aesthetic of the fine art wedding style.
I gave this editorial the title “Go Gently” after a line in a song I had recently performed at a family celebration. Called Underneath the Stars, it’s a beautiful modern folk song by Kate Rusby (click here to listen). Inspired by this title, the collaboration focuses on keeping things simple and serene. Our quintessential English country manor and gentle styling brings to mind scenes from Jane Austen.
Going gently on the senses with a warm but pared-back palette of creams, yellows and just a touch of blush. Going gently on fashion with an elegant Chantilly lace dress. Going gently on nature with seasonal & foraged florals, hand-dyed artisan silks & paper goods, and natural beeswax candles.
Created from the heart
It was shot entirely on both medium format and 35mm film, to ensure a raw, natural look. We demonstrate here the beauteous possibilities when you invite thoughtful creatives to work with you on your wedding design. Creatives who work from the heart, making with their own hands, working together to produce a truly one-of-a-kind wedding.
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