If you enjoyed the first part of Izzie and Ro’s beautiful wedding at Temple Guiting, then you’re going to love David Jenkins‘s images from day two of the festivities!

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Day two of the wedding weekend started with a mehndi party for all the ladies.

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As with the western ceremony on, the Hindu ceremony took place under a starry tent, draped over one of the garden’s water features.

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Says the bride: “We wanted to mix two styles, one for each day – we wanted an elegant English countryside feel set against a second day of color and festivities of a summer Hindu wedding.”

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SEE THE FULL GALLERY FOR MORE INSPIRATION FROM THIS ELEGANT INDIAN FUSION WEDDING.

 

And don’t miss the first part of this beautiful celebration right HERE!

Photography: David Jenkins / Venue: Temple Guiting Manor in Cotswolds, Gloucestershire, United Kingdom / Event Planning: Caroline Horstmann for Sophie Conran / Bride’s Dress: Stephanie Allin / Shoes: Jimmy Choo / Makeup: Sophie Everett / Groom’s Suit: Supply London / Tie: Paul Smith / Bridesmaid Dress: Temperley / Stationery: Emma MacCarthey / Floral Design: Fiona Perry / Band: Twentysomething / Cake: Peggy Porschen
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  • Indian Fusion Wedding by David Jenkins

    20 May 2014
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    Today we have a gorgeous two part feature from photographer David Jenkins at an absolutely incredible venue. Says the bride, “We wanted something that was classic Cotswolds, and Temple Guiting is a real gem, hidden in the beautiful surroundings.”

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    The bride carried a bouquet of all white flowers.

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    Temple Guiting Manor only hosts a handful of large weddings each year, and with its incredible Cotswold stone buildings and exceptional gardens, it made a stunning backdrop for Izzie and Ro’s wedding weekend.

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    Guests’ names were written on small clay hearts, tied around the napkin at each place.

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    Dandelion-like lanterns lit the tent for dinner and dancing.

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    Photography: David Jenkins / Venue: Temple Guiting Manor in Cotswolds, Gloucestershire, United Kingdom / Event Planning: Caroline Horstmann for Sophie Conran / Bride’s Dress: Stephanie Allin / Shoes: Jimmy Choo / Makeup: Sophie Everett / Groom’s Suit: Supply London / Tie: Paul Smith / Bridesmaid Dress: Temperley / Stationery: Emma MacCarthey / Floral Design: Fiona Perry / Band: Twentysomething / Cake: Peggy Porschen
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  • English Manor Wedding by David Jenkins

    20 May 2014
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    It’s not often I have the chance to feature friends’ weddings here, but it’s always such a treat when I do! Katie and Daniel are two of my favorite people, and their Texas wedding was full of color and joy. The way Katie writes about the day, you almost don’t need photos to imagine it – of course InTandem‘s beautiful images speak for themselves, and capture the vibrancy of the day perfectly…

    For the invitation suite, Katie gave Lucky Luxe freedom to design with only a few words for direction: colorful, Texas, fiesta, playful, fun. Says Erin from Lucky Luxe, “Katie chose our Souvenir Destination save-the-date postcard so we could really pack lots of kitschy, fun Texas imagery into the design, and I worked with a papel picado motif for the actual invitation.”

    Says the bride: “I wasn’t especially picky about my hair, other than wanting it up and pretty, but I had to have baby’s breath in it because my mom wore baby’s breath in her hair when she married my dad. Our drastically different heights prevented me from wearing her wedding dress (despite a hilarious fitting attempt the day before we went dress shopping), so this was the simplest way to copycat my adorable mom.”

    “We had a full Catholic mass, so the ceremony was a tradition unto itself. The music – one of the few areas of flexibility – really thrilled me. Mission San Jose is well known around here for its weekly mariachi mass, so we asked a very talented mariachi band to put their spin on the traditional and Spanish hymns we’d chosen. Their version of songs like ‘Softly and Tenderly’ was familiar enough to recognize but gorgeously unique.”

    “Daniel took advantage of the military tradition that allows service members to be married in uniform. He won’t be in the Air Force forever so wearing the uniform was another way to mark where we were in our lives at the time. The Air Force is the reason we met, after all, and we owe it a debt of gratitude for that, as well as for all the dear friends it brought us. I can already imagine looking back at the wedding photos as an old lady and recalling the adventure of it all.”

    A favorite moment from the day? “We walked into our reception down the grand staircase (where Selena herself once filmed a music video!) to the Friday Night Lights theme by W.G. Snuffy Walden. Clearly, neither of us has any shame about being FNL superfans. The music swells perfectly for the type of moment where you just married your best friend and look into a crowd of all your favorite people. Plus, it felt like the greatest TV couple of all time – Coach and Tami – were smiling upon us in Texas. Your marriage can’t really go wrong if those two approve.”

    Katie’s inspiration in wedding planning? “When I really think about it, I suppose the inspiration was the city itself. I never had a grand vision for the wedding, which sounds like heresy in the age of Pinterest, but it’s true. The upside of my lack of vision was that it gave me lots of leeway to incorporate everything I stumbled upon, whether it fit into a ‘theme’ or not. I liked the simultaneous austerity and grandeur of Mission San Jose where our ceremony took place. I liked the ornate insides of Sunset Station for our reception. I especially liked bold colors, so things like bridesmaid accessories and flowers were as bright as possible.”

    A sparkler sendoff was the perfect way for the newlyweds to make their exit.

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    Why did you choose this location for your wedding?  We chose San Antonio, Texas because this city, more than any other I’ve lived in, feels like my hometown. So much so that I didn’t think twice about having an August wedding in the heart of Texas. San Antonio is so rich with color, culture, and a festive spirit – it was perfect for the joyful day we pictured. Plus, selfishly, there’s no city I like to show off more than San Antonio. Larry McMurtry says San Antonio transcends Texas the same way San Francisco transcends California and New Orleans transcends Louisiana. Couldn’t agree more. There were also some practical considerations that made San Antonio a good choice, like needing a geographically central spot for our friends and family, who are spread out across the U.S. and beyond. I was previously in the Air Force and Daniel is currently in the Air Force, so the friends we’ve made over the years are scattered in too many places to count. No matter if we got married near my parents in Bellingham, Washington or in his hometown of Laurel, Mississippi, people were going to be traveling. San Antonio seemed like the best halfway point.

    What was your favorite moment or part of the day?  My childhood friend David, who is now a deacon, gave the homily during our wedding mass. Hearing Davey deliver the sermon – which struck the perfect balance of humor, gravitas, and love – was a precious moment.

    Please tell us about any special details from your wedding.  My sweet mother refashioned my first communion dress into a ring pillow for us. She made the dress when I was 7 years old and kept it all these years. At the last minute she tried to convince me not to use it, probably because she didn’t want to make me feel like I had to, which was the most ridiculous thing I’d ever heard! Of course we used it and I think it’s so, so beautiful.

    What advice do you have for other brides?  Don’t expect to have the energy to leave for your honeymoon the day after the wedding. Build a day into your plans to be utterly exhausted (in a happy way!). Anything beyond eating, saying goodbye to friends and family, and laying poolside sounds too ambitious to me.

    Photography: InTandem / Event Planning: Tracy Reeder, Ooh La La Couture Events Reception Venue: Sunset Station in San Antonio, Texas / Church: Mission San Jose / Stationery: Lucky Luxe / Bride’s Dress: Melissa by Monique Lhuillier via Marcella’s La Boutique / Shoes: Nine West / Floral Design: Erin McLarty at Eden’s Echo / Ceremony Music: Mariachi del Alamo / Band: The Nick Lawrence Band / Catering: The RK Group / Cake: Sweet Elegance by Carolina Santoya / Hairstyle: Art Herrera at Salon Avaja / Hair Color: Sarah Hatch at Studio 500 / Makeup: Vilma Delia Makeup Artistry
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  • Festive San Antonio Wedding from In Tandem

    5 May 2014
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    You guys, I had the hardest time deciding which images to share in this post, because there were SO MANY amazing photos and details to choose from! Do not miss the gallery on this one – so much more inspiration from this woodland wedding to see! The bride shared so many great details, and Caught the Light captured the day beautifully – it feels like stepping inside a fairy tale!

    Says the bride on the choice of venue: “Both James and I love being outdoors and going on walks, and I’ve always found it incredibly uplifting to be out amongst nature. Being a bit of a romantic, I think I’ve always had a thing for forests and woodlands – there’s a certain magic and wonder about them. The woodland we got married in also runs alongside our home, so this particular location held a lot of significance and personal meaning for us as well.”

    (From the photographer: “Marina and James live beside the woodlands, and through the land registry they were able to find out who owns the woods and sought permission to use them for their ceremony.” What a special place to tie the knot!)

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    The bride shares some of the thoughtful details from the day: “We created a ‘Family Tree’ which we adorned with pictures of our respective family members getting married through the generations through to the present day. It was a sweet reminder of all the different loves and marriages that had led to each of us arriving at the present day and our own marriage. We also hung up little animal masks for children to pick up as they entered the woodland, to add a bit of fun to their experience of the day.”

    “We wrote our own vows for the wedding and had a humanist celebrant officiate the event, who also wrote and read a lovely personal statement about us as a couple and our hopes for the marriage and our future together. Before exchanging rings, we also planted a tree in the wood, as a symbol of our marriage, and our family members gave readings before and after. We wanted our guests to feel very much a part of the event, so they all sang ‘Hey Jude’ together under the trees, which was fun.”

    Some DIY details: “My cousin’s wife created all of our wedding stationery, which really set the rustic and organic theme of the big day,” shares Marina. “I also got quite hands-on, creating a number of embroidery hoops which we strung up in the garden, along with hanging tea lights. For wedding favors, we gave our guests little saplings that we had grown from acorns after we got engaged. The guests then took these home & planted them in recognition of something that held meaning for them.”

    “For the wedding breakfast, we all sat together at long refectory tables, which made it feel like we were all eating together ‘family feast’ style. The name cards at the table settings also contained an unusual fact about each of the guests which was fun for starting conversations. Our florist dressed the tables in the most spectacular floral arrangements that brought the outdoors in and gave the illusion that we were all in amongst the trees.”

    “Instead of a wedding cake, we came up with the idea of a ‘Brownie Mountain’ that everyone could take a slab of. I like that it was presented in a very informal style, with the sense that we were all feasting on a something home baked, out of the family kitchen.”

    SEE THE FULL GALLERY FOR TONS MORE IMAGES FROM THIS WOODLAND THEMED WEDDING.

     

    What inspired you when you were planning your wedding?  I remember watching the woodland wedding scene from Robin Hood Prince of Thieves when I was young, and being completely taken by the visuals – being married amongst the trees and the natural beauty of it all. Thinking back, it probably was the starting inspiration for our own wedding day. Throughout the wedding planning process, I was also quite inspired by the idea of creating something very organic, handmade and personal that really reflected us as couple. So we did as much ourselves as possible and it ended up being quite a “crafty” project with lots of DIY touches.

    What was your favorite moment or part of the day?  Probably the point at which my bridesmaids and I walked through the woods to the ceremony itself. It was quite overwhelming to see our nearest and dearest gathered together in the clearing and James waiting beside this incredible floral arch. I was excited and nervous in equal measure, but also blown away by the visual impact of the setting, so it was a really emotional moment!

    Did you include any traditions in your wedding?  For my something blue, I had a piece of my Dad’s tie pinned to the inside of my wedding dress (he passed away 3 years earlier), so that was very meaningful.

    What was the best advice you received as a bride?  To create a really thorough “on the day” plan, that you delegate to someone else to take charge of on the day, so you can really relax and enjoy the whole day’s experience as a carefree participant, rather than a project manager.

    What advice do you have for other brides?  To enjoy the process as much as possible, and accept offers of help from friends & family. Not only does that mean you don’t carry the burden of preparation and organization single-handedly, but it’s actually the contributions of others that help make the whole day really personal!

    Do you have any budget tips for other brides?  The best investment we made was on the photography – we’d definitely recommend getting a great photographer whose work you connect with, as the photos really do last a lifetime and have the power to evoke all the memories and spirit of the day over and over again afterwards.

    Photography: Caught the Light / Venue: private residence in Guildford, Surrey, United Kingdom / Bride’s Dress: Baroque by Suzanne Neville from Miss Bush Bridal / Shoes: LK Bennett / Groom’s Suit: Mark Marengo / Shirt: Richard James / Shoes: Grenson / Stationery: Eleen Craig, Gal & Fellow / Floral Design: Gayle Evans of Bloomingayles / Music: The Modern Way / Caterer: Sally Iddles, Fabulous Food / Hair and Makeup: Elbie van Eeden / Officiant: Anne Delaney
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  • Woodland Wedding from Caught the Light

    15 April 2014
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    I know I say it all the time, but I’m a sucker for a classic Southern wedding! This elegant South Carolina celebration comes to us from Landon Jacob and Spencer Special Events, and it’s full of lovely Southern details from magnolia leaf garlands to boiled peanuts. I know you’ll love this one as much as I do!

    The bride’s cascade style bouquet included white roses, lily-of-the-valley, and magnolia leaves.

    Says the bride, “We wanted a classic, elegant, lovely, Southern wedding. We wanted the focus to be the May River, and to showcase the beautiful Lowcountry. We chose neutral colors throughout (white flowers and champagne bridesmaid dresses) to enhance the natural colors of the river and marsh, trees, and Spanish moss.”

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    After taking pictures inside and outside the church, the bride, groom and wedding party boarded a boat which took them down the May River to the bride’s parents’ dock, where they joined the rest of the guests for the reception in the bride’s parents’ backyard.

    “Our favorite part of the day was the boat ride between the church and the reception with our wedding party,” share the couple. “We loved having that special time to celebrate with our closest friends and family. Catching our first view of the reception was a spectacular sight.”

    The reception featured bluegrass music by the Savannah River Bluegrass Band, plus a Southern menu: fried oysters, tomato sandwiches, ham biscuits, boiled peanuts, fried green tomatoes, jumbo lump crab cakes, shrimp and grits, beef tenderloin, and collards in squash boats.

    The dramatic cake was created by Minette Rushing Cakes, and featured hundreds of realistic sugar flowers. Each tier was a different flavor: pound cake with vanilla buttercream, chocolate cake with vanilla buttercream, vanilla cake with raspberry and white chocolate mousse filling, chocolate cake with caramel and white chocolate mousse filling, and pound cake with caramel and white chocolate mousse filling.

    SEE MORE IMAGES FROM THIS CLASSIC SOUTHERN WEDDING IN THE GALLERY.

     

    Why did you choose this location for your wedding?  We chose this location because I grew up in Bluffton, and we both love the Lowcountry. We chose to get married at the Church of the Cross because it is where my family has attended church all of my life. The Church of the Cross is a gorgeous, historic church in the heart of downtown Bluffton. The beautiful setting of my parents’ home on the May River in Bluffton was the perfect location for our outside reception. The view of the marsh and river in October is breathtaking.

    Did you include any traditions in your wedding?  We celebrated communion in the church service. At the reception, we had the father-daughter dance, the mother-son dance, we cut the cake, and I threw the bouquet. Our friends and family threw white confetti when we left the reception.

    What was the best advice you received as a bride?  To take the time to step back and soak in every moment of the wedding day.

    What advice do you have for other brides?  My advice would be to first of all, enjoy the planning process! Keep your perspective and don’t get wrapped up in the tiny details. It doesn’t matter if the drink stirrers don’t perfectly match the cocktail napkins! You are marrying the love of your life, and that should be your focus. Secondly, look around you at your reception. Take in the flowers, the music, the atmosphere, the kind words, and most importantly, your guests – your closest family and friends who have traveled from near and far to be with you on this special day. Third, hire a good photographer and videographer. It is worth it to have timeless and beautiful coverage of your wedding day. Finally, soak up every minute, because it all flies by entirely too quickly!

    Photography: Landon Jacob / Event Planning & Design: Amanda Spencer, Spencer Special Events / Venue: private residence in Bluffton, South Carolina / Church: Church of the Cross / Bride’s Dress: Paloma Blanca / Shoes: Kate Spade / Groom’s Suit: Tom James / Shirt, Tie: JoS. A Bank / Boots: J.B. Hill / Bridesmaid Dresses: Amsale / Stationery: Pretty Papers and Gifts / Floral Designer: A Floral Affair / Rentals: Savannah Special Events / Music: Savannah River Bluegrass Band through Event Performance / Caterer: Susan Mason Catering / Cake: Minette Rushing Cakes / Videographer: Life Stage Films / Boat: Good Times Charters
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  • South Carolina Wedding from Landon Jacob

    1 April 2014
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