Erin and Ben's Cosy Traditional Christmas Wedding at Holkham Hall

Thursday, December 24, 2020

Mr + Mrs Day

21st December 2019 | Holkham Hall | Guests: 90

Instagram: @erinday23 @benjaminday | Photos: Luis Holden Photography

It's our final post of 2020 and we are ending the year with Erin and Ben's gorgeous Christmas wedding. They chose a burgundy, navy and blush colour scheme which perfectly complemented the 2019 blush Christmas decorations at Holkham Hall. The bride wore an elegant long-sleeved Sassi Holford gown which was perfect for a winter wedding. Erin tells us all about their special day, from the budget to the honeymoon...

Beth and Jimmy's 2019 New Year's Eve Wedding at Woodhill Hall

Wednesday, December 23, 2020

Mr + Mrs Baldwin 

Woodhill Hall | 31st December 2019 | Guests: 80 (Day) 130 (Evening)

Beth and Jimmy married on New Year's Eve in 2019 at Woodhill Hall in Newcastle, with a seasonal red bridesmaid dresses and crisp white decor. The bride wore a beautiful bardot gown with a gorgeous winter bridal fur and a sparkly belt. Beth tells us all about their special day, from writing their own vows, a stunning four tier cake made by the mother of the bride and a Maldives honeymoon just before lockdown!

Stuart and Elizabeth's Intimate Festive Wedding at Edinburgh Castle and The Dome

Monday, December 21, 2020

 Mr + Mrs Yates 

13th December 2019 | Edinburgh Castle and The Dome | Guests: 18 

Instagram: @ _s.c.y_ elizabeth.f.yates | Photographer: Lena Sabala 

Stuart and Elizabeth had a beautiful romantic wedding with just 18 guests, with an intimate ceremony at Edinburgh Castle. After which they took some gorgeous photos on the royal mile, before heading to their reception at the most festive place in Edinburgh - The Dome. For colours, the couple opted for deep tones and charcoal silk bridesmaid dresses with dark burgundy flowers with lots of foliage.Bride Elizabeth tells us all about their perfect Christmas wedding...

Diverse, Alternative Elegance Celestial Styled Shoot at Redbank Barn

Saturday, December 19, 2020

While this gorgeous styled shoot focuses on the celestial elements, we thought there was lots of festive winter inspiration too! From the gorgeous red bouquets, to the rich colour bridal furs and glamorous makeup. Priya of SORRISO Wedding Photography tells us all about the concept, inspiration and details. 

India and Oli's Rich Opulent Christmas Wedding featuring Santas and a Mariah Carey First Dance

Friday, December 18, 2020

Mr + Mrs Gregory

1st December 2018 | Guests: 120 

Instagram: @indiasellars | Photos: Joanna Bongard Photo

India and Oli had the coolest Christmas wedding, featuring a brass band of Santas, a Frank Sinatra impersonator and an Abba tribute band! The bride looked chic in a sleek bespoke Andrea Hawkes wedding dress, before changing into a gorgeous Seren London silk jumpsuit and pearl hairband for the evening reception. For colours, they opted for rich opulent Christmas colours with dark green bridesmaids dresses from Maids to Measure, the company founded by India!

Charlie and Caroline's Christmas White Wedding at West Tower, Lancashire

Wednesday, December 16, 2020

Mr + Mrs Barnett 

22nd December 2019 | West Tower, Lancashire

Instagrams: @caroline_rice_ | Photos: Laura Wade Photography

Charlie and Caroline had a beautifully elegant white wedding perfect for Christmastime. Decor was kept fresh with lots of white florals and foliage, romantic neon signs and calligraphy. The bride wore a Halfpenny London; the stunning Riri skirt paired with the Ditta corset and sparkly Louboutin shoes. Beautiful bride Caroline tells us all about their special day, and shares some planning advice for other brides to be...

Sabrina and Alastair's Christmas Castle Wedding at Castle Leslie Estate

Monday, December 14, 2020

Mr + Mrs Duncan
30th December 2019 | Castle Leslie Estate, Glaslough
Instagram: @sabrinaduncan89 | Photos: Sarah Bryden 
Sabrina and Alistair tied the knot in a magical Christmas castle wedding on 30th December 2019. They chose their theme to fit with the venue's festive decor, with flower installations of rich burgundies and deep tones with a touch of pink and lots of fairy lights. The bride wore a gorgeous long sleeve Suzanne Neville gown, paired with a cathedral veil. Sabrina tells us all about the details that made their day so special...

Festive Glamour Intimate Wedding Styled Shoot at Pelham House

Saturday, December 12, 2020

We're delighted to share this gorgeous Christmas styled shoot at Pelham House in East Sussex. The theme was "festive glamour" which has been executed beautifully. The suppliers involved want to create a romantic and intimate feeling for smaller guests numbers. The photographer Imogen of Imogen Eve Photography tells us all about the inspiration and details of the shoot.

Louisa and Scott's Hogmanay Wedding at WEST On The Green, Glasgow

Friday, December 11, 2020

Mr + Mrs O’Hara

31st December 2020 | West On The Green

Instagram: @louisakinane + @cakesbykinane | Photos: In-between Days Photography

Louisa and Scott married last year on New Year's Eve at industrial venue WEST on the Green in Glasgow city centre. They opted for a Christmas theme with beautiful dark green, white and gold colour scheme with lots of fairy lights and candles creating a cosy and magical atmosphere. Bride Louisa wore gorgeous bridal seperates with a beautiful feather shawl, with her bridesmaids in green velvet dresses, paired with white fur. Louisa is a teacher by day and cake maker by night and even made her own wedding cake and personalised sugar cookie favours. 

Nicole and Neil's Crafty Christmas Wedding at The Two Bridges Hotel, Dartmoor

Wednesday, December 9, 2020

Mr + Mrs: Lewis 

14th December 2019 | The Two Bridges Hotel, Dartmoor

Instagrams: @nicolefaithlewis | Photos: Lauren Spinks Photography

We're delighted to share Nicole and Neil's crafty Christmas wedding with a £3000 budget, featuring lots of DIYs. They opted for a burgundy and navy colour scheme, with gorgeous dried flowers. The bride wore a beautiful dress that cost just £100, with a cosy fur perfect for the time of year! Nicola tells us all about their special day and shares some budgeting tips for future brides.

Natalie and Becky's Festive Fairy Lights Wedding at OH ME OH MY, Liverpool

Monday, December 7, 2020

Mrs + Mrs Johnson-Haigh

7th December 2019 | OH ME OH MY, Liverpool 

Instagram: @natalie6145 @beckyjayne81702  | Photographer: Willow and Wilde

Natalie and Becky tied the knot in December last year and incorporated lots of Christmas elements! We're obsessed with the magical floor to ceiling fairy lights. They kept their colour palette soft with whites and light pinks, with romantic candelabras. Their ceremony was written and taken by a friend which made it even more personal. Natalie tells us all about their wedding day, and offers some amazing advice for other brides to be...

Christmas Traditions to start as a couple

Saturday, December 5, 2020

Whether you're planning your wedding, or recently married, it's important to keep making special memories as a couple that you can do year after year to show your love and appreciation for one another. Even more importantly, these traditions can be done no matter what is happening in the world (even a global pandemic!)

Helen and Craig's Elegant Winter wedding at Tyn Dwr Hall

Friday, December 4, 2020

Mr + Mrs: Evans 
21st December 2019 | Tyn Dwr Hall, Llangollen
Instagram: @craigsevans @helen.louise.evans | Photos: Helen Smiddy Photography
Helen and Craig wanted a winter wedding but they didn't want anything overly festive. For this reason they opted for black tie for the bridal party with black bridesmaids dresses. The bride wore an elegant Rosa Clara gown, while the groom wore a gorgeous green velvet dinner jacket (perfect for a December wedding). The decor and florals were kept fresh and simple with whites and green foliage, to complement their gorgeous venue Tyn Dwr Hall set in the beautiful Welsh countryside.

Linda and Luke's Cosy Christmas Wedding at Great Fosters

Wednesday, December 2, 2020

Mr + Mrs Hooper

21st December 2019 | Great Fosters, Egham

Instagram: @lifewiththehoops & @mrslindahooper | Photos: Kit Myers

Linda was the queen of Instagram Christmas weddings last year as she shared her journey to her dream festive day and we just had to kick off our Christmas Weddings series with her and husband Luke. They literally decked the halls and incorporated Christmas in every way possible; snow confetti, festive  red bouquets, crackers, and the most cosy cake we've ever seen! The bride's mum and dad walked her down the aisle together to 'The Power of Love' to a very emotional groom. Mrs Hooper tells us all about the planning, her DIYs, and shares all the details of her magical day nearly one year on...

James and Vanessa's romantic winter wedding with pops of pink

Monday, November 30, 2020

Mr + Mrs Peasey
2nd February 2018︱Woodhall Manor 
Instagram: @vanessapeasey94︱Photos: Sharon Cudworth Photography
James and Vanessa married in Winter at a stunning Manor House in Suffolk, with a geometric theme and pops of berry tones. Bride Vanessa also carried a gorgeous Faux bouquet, made by her florist. The bride has shared some lovely stories of their relationship and special day, including that their photographer was also their midwife who helped with the birth of their daughter.   

Engagement Shoot: Future Mr + Mrs Stevens

Sunday, November 29, 2020

Lauren + Ross

20th of September│Arthurs Seat, Edinburgh

Instagram: @thisedinburghlife│Photos: Fern Photography

Lauren and Ross were one of the lovely couples featured in our Lockdown Love feature after postponing their August wedding. Their rescheduled date at Sorn Castle on 5th December was also thrown into chaos when the area was moved into tier 4, meaning no wedding receptions are permitted, so we're crossing everything for their third date on 12th December! We've loved watching Lauren's wedding planning journey on Instagram, keep up with her and Ross (and their cat Mimi) @thisedinburghlife. Hopefully we'll be sharing their wedding soon!

Matt and Libby's Winter Wedding at The Pickwick Inn

Friday, November 27, 2020

Mr + Mrs Edgar-Lehan
22nd February 2020 | St Enodoc Church + The Pickwick Inn
Instagram: @elizabeth_edgarlehan | Photos: Emma Morgan Photography
Matt and Libby were lucky enough to tie the knot just a month before lockdown! The pair are keen skiiers and with Matt proposing on their annual ski trip to Austria, they wanted to incorporate skiing elements into their wedding through a simple, rustic theme with rustic logs and ski destination table names. Their colour palette of navy blue and blush pink complemented this perfectly! Libby tells us all about their special day, some of her favourite wedding photos and sticking to budget...

A cosy autumnal micro wedding styled shoot at Ponden Mill

Thursday, November 26, 2020

This boho Autumn styled shoot is giving us all the cosy romantic feels! These Yorkshire suppliers came together to create an intimate wedding feel for two with elements that could also work for microweddings. From the dreamy stationery to the gorgeous lollipop favours, this shoot is full of inspo! We're currently wishing that grazing table and cake was right in front of us... North & Wild events tell us all about the concept for the shoot.

Ashley Wild: Cool AF Bridal Accessories

Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Supplier Takeover: Ashley Wild Bridal

Est. 2017︱Hampshire, England

 @ashleywildbridalwww.ashleywildbridal.co.uk

This supplier takeover is brought to you by Ashley Wild Bridal, a company specialising in unique wedding veils and accessories, including headpieces, earrings and bags. Every piece is handcrafted in England by designer and maker Ashley, whether purchased as part of a collection or created as a bespoke piece. Ashley tells us all about the brand, shares some of her gorgeous pieces with us and tells us about trends to look out for.


Tell us a bit about your brand…

AW Bridal offers unique wedding veils and accessories, including earrings and bags. The brand was launched in 2017, and strives to deliver unique pieces for modern brides. AW Bridal takes inspiration from classic styles, fashion forecasting and trends to create pieces to suit each bride's individual style. Every piece is handcrafted in England.

Lisa and Sean's Autumnal Wedding at Farnham Castle, Surrey

Monday, November 23, 2020

Mr + Mrs McDonald 
5th November 2019 | Farnham Castle, Surrey
 Instagram: @lillyj88 @thechin14 | Photos: Fire and Ice
Lisa and Sean's epic castle wedding even featured fireworks as they tied the knot on bonfire night. They opted for a soft mink colour scheme that complimented the classic, timeless castle style. The bride wore a Pnina Tornai gown with a sweetheart neckline and a stunning cathedral veil. Guests were kept entertained with singing waiters (a surprise from the mother of the bride), an open speech policy and a 1950s airstream photobooth! Beautiful bride Lisa tells us all about their day, including a hilarious shocking reveal during the groom's speech...

Hannah and Stefan's romantic candlelit barn 2020 micro wedding

Sunday, November 22, 2020

Mr + Mrs Kennedy

28th August 2020 | Meol’s Hall, Southport 

Guests: 26 |  Instagram: @serendipity_girl | Photos: Louise Griffin Photography

For the final day of Microwedding Week 2 we are sharing Hannah and Stefan's gorgeous rustic summer candlelit wedding with 26 guests. Despite guest and time restrictions due to Covid-19, this wedding still had it all! From an ice-cream van and pizza van to a polaroid guestbook and a sweetie table, all the details were perfect! The bride wore an elegant lace WED2B dress paired with a cathedral length lace veil and a stunning white bridal bouquet with silk ribbons. Hannah tells us all about their wedding day, including a surprise vintage car hired by her groom for the end of the night!

A wild and carefree elopement at the lakes styled shoot

Saturday, November 21, 2020

For Day 6 of Mirowedding Week 2 we wanted to share this gorgeous lakeside elopement! Eloping is the ultimate microwedding and keeping your wedding day intimate, just for the two of you, can be just as special as sharing it with family and friends. This shoot was put together by Lauren Elliott photography, who tells us all about the inspiration behind it. We love the boho style and the dried flower bouquet is so on trend. 

Hayley and Ben's Back Garden Micro Wedding in North Berwick

Friday, November 20, 2020

Mr + Mrs Butler  

September 20th 2020 | Family Garden in North Berwick | Guests: 4 

Instagram: @hayleyjohanna @benjifoldsit | Photos: Blue Fountain Photography

Microwedding Week 2 Day 5: Hayley and Ben had a humanist wedding ceremony in the bride's parent's back garden in North Berwick in Scotland with just 4 guests (plus the dog!). They opted for a warm bright colour palette, with lots of DIYs. They had afternoon tea delivered from a local tearoom before heading into the centre of Edinburgh for some gelato from Mary's Milk Bar where Hayley works. After their original plans were changed due to covid-19, Hayley tells us all their special day...

Julius and Yulia's Socially Distant Cyprus Wedding 2020

Thursday, November 19, 2020

Yulia Pashevkina and Julius Sonin 

6th August 2020 | Amara Hotel, Cyprus

Guests: 2 | Instagram: @yulia_pashevkina | Photos: Xanthos Georgiou

Day 4 of Microwedding Week 2 is this gorgeous destination wedding! Juliius and Yulia wed in a beautiful ceremony overlooking the sea in Cyprus, with just 2 guests; the bride's sisters. Other family members shared their day virtually via video call The bride wore a simple structured David Koma dress paired with an elegant cathedral veil, while the groom wore a gorgeous Velsvoir pinstripe suit. 

An Alternative Vintage Micro Wedding Styled Shoot at The Boathouse

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

For day 3 of Microwedding Week 2 we've got this gorgeous micro wedding vintage inspired styled shoot. This shoot is brought to you by Samantha, Sustainable Wedding Planner and Stylist at Willow and Rust Weddings. The  Boathouse is an ideal venue for an intimate wedding, and the finishing touches work beautifully for small guest numbers. Reduced numbers could leave more budget to focus elsewhere, like flowers. We love the vibe, and thought it was perfect for this time of year. 

When I was offered this amazing location to plan and style a shoot I just had to go for a Micro Wedding, it was the perfect spot to show what can be done in a short amount of time with 13 guests plus the Bride and Groom. I wanted to show that a Micro Wedding is a great opportunity to be unique and personal and really focus on the areas and things that matter to you as a couple. 

Olivia and Mark's Stunning Micro Wedding at BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead

Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Mr + Mrs Penner 

 22nd September 2020 |  Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead 

Guests: 16 | Instagram: @oliviaalicerose_ @markpenner34 | Photos: Eye of the Tyne

It's day 2 of Microwedding Week 2, and you might recognise Olivia and Mark from their gorgeous sunrise Newcaslte pre-wedding shoot. After postponing their May wedding to 2021, these two decided they just couldn't wait any longer to be Mr and Mrs Penner and tied the knot in September in a secret ceremony with just 16 of their closest family and friends. The bride looked like a real life princess in her Stella York gown and tiara, and sparkly shoes! Olivia tells us all about their special day, including the emotional wedding song her sister wrote for them...

Erin and Blair's 2020 Intimate Beach Wedding at Coldingham Bay

Monday, November 16, 2020

 Mr + Mrs Aitchison 

Sunday 20th September 2020 | The Old Manor, Coldingham

Guests: 22 | Instagram: @erinblok + @blairsway | Photos: Innes Graham

After all the love we got on our first Microwedding Week back in September, we thought we'd do another seven days of real post-lockdown 2020 microwedding inspo! We're starting with this gorgeous Scottish beach wedding. Erin and Blair decided they didn't want to wait any longer, and tied the knot in a ceremony at Coldingham Bay. The bride wore a beautiful Willowby by Watters dress teamed with a boho dried flower crown, and the groom wore a traditional Scottish kilt. Erin tells us all about their special day...

Our Small Business Christmas Fayre Gift Guide 2020

Sunday, November 15, 2020

On the weekend of 14th and 15th of November we held the From Brides With Love Christmas Fayre over on our Instagram @frombrideswithlove. We are so happy with how successful the event was, and how much people enjoyed it! We also want to wish a big thank you to all of the businesses that took part, shared to their pages, and also shared a discount with the code FBXMAS for the duration of the weekend - we couldn't have done it without the amazing suppliers and Christmas shoppers! If you missed the fayre, you are in luck... We put together a gift guide below featuring all of the amazing small businesses that took part.

Katie and James' beautiful humanist winter wedding at The Signet Library, Edinburgh

Friday, November 13, 2020

Mr + Mrs Crisp
Saturday 20th January 2018 │ The Signet Library, Edinburgh 
 Instagram: @katie_crisp1│Photos: Carley Buick Photography
Katie and James wed in a beautiful winter wedding with just 28 guests at the iconic Signet Library in the centre of Edinburgh. Tones of navy and soft pink complimented their elegant venue, along with an incredible floating candle installation. Beautiful bride Katie tells us all about their humanist ceremony and planning the details of their special day...

Celestial Dreams Styled Shoot at Fairfield Social Club

Thursday, November 12, 2020

We are totally swooning over this gorgeous styled shoot! With From Brides With Love co-founder Tiffany planning a celestial theme for her 2021 wedding, this shoot is providing so much inspo. Every detail is perfect. Gabrella and Laura from The Event Edit tell us all about the inspiration behind the shoot and theme; celestial dreams and 2020's colour of the year: blue.

Kinship Collaborative: 3 Strategies for Staying Sane During Wedding Planning

Wednesday, November 11, 2020


Expected the Unexpected

Prepare yourself for some unexpected things to arise.  Unexpected emotions in yourself, unexpected reactions from family members, unexpected dynamics among friends, etc.  (Not to mention unexpected external factors, like pandemics.)  The unexpected can often arise during wedding planning because this major life transition is so fraught with expectation, and can carry unanticipated emotional significance (not only for you, but to everyone in your life!).  Many of us have received messages about what this time in our lives should look like from the time we were young, which creates tremendous internal pressure to have a picture perfect experience.

Sarah and Andrew's Disney Fairytale Winter Wedding

Monday, November 9, 2020

Mr + Mrs Fiddes
Friday 15th November 2019 │ Wallsend Hall │ Instagram: @toonwife  
Childhood sweethearts Sarah and Andrew had a gorgeous winter wedding with fairytale elements of Disney in the decor, music and the cake! Bride Sarah tells us about her emotional wedding day full of tears and laughter, her DIYs and their Disneyland honeymoon.

Engagement Shoot: Future Mr + Mrs Lewis

Sunday, November 8, 2020

Stefanie & James' Engagement Shoot
09.11.2019 │ Llyn Ogwen, Snowdonia National Park 
Instagram: @the.lewis.weddingPhotos: The Light Painters
Stefanie and James were originally planning to tie the knot at Rivervale Barn in Yateley on 10th October 2020, but have had to postpone until 30th October 2021. Bride to be Stefanie tells us all about their dreamy winter engagement shoot, and shares some photoshoot advice for other engaged couples, as well as their sweet proposal story. 

Creating a D.I.Y Photobooth

Saturday, November 7, 2020

Image: Pinterest

We dont know about you, but we absolutely LOVE a Photo Booth at weddings. They are so much fun! Everyone always wants to get involved and have a laugh. The bonus is that, not only is a Photo Booth a great source of entertainment for your guests, but they also provide some amazing photos and fun memories which is a nice addition to the more posed style you might receive from your photographer! 

Tim and Katie's relaxed autumnal wedding at Stradey Park Hotel, Llanelli

Friday, November 6, 2020

Mr + Mrs Rees 
Saturday 26th October 2019︱Stradey Park Hotel 
Instagram: @katielizbeth88︱Photographer: Oliver J Photography 
Tim and Katie's wedding is giving us all the moody Autumn feels today and we are loving the burgundy, mink and gold colour palette. Bride Katie is a wedding coordinator so she knew exactly what she wanted; a relaxed vibe complete with lots of DIYs by the groom, her dad and her grandfather - including a bar and an amazing gin table plan. 

Love will always win Poppy Appeal Charity Styled Shoot

Thursday, November 5, 2020


When this styled shoot was submitted to us we instantly loved it. All of the items donated by suppliers for the shoot are being auctioned off to raise money for the Poppy Appeal - the raffles are live here until 13th November 2020. For just £2 you could win a beautiful wedding dress and embroidered veil, bespoke vows, a wedding cake - while the artwork and items below are the other raffle prize. We also loved the wonderful message of mirroring the feelings during the war with the current pandemic feels even more prominent with a second lockdown and weddings, once again, cancelled.

Theme

The theme for this shoot is ‘Love will always win’ drawing parallels between wartime love and the similar experiences longing and emotion felt by many couples this year. The wedding industry, like many, has been hit hard this year due to COVID-19 and yet those working in the industry have continued to reassure couples that love is not cancelled, love will always win. Inspired by such messages, writer and poet Sally Wilkes of Rhymes To Remember set out to build on these sentiments and raise money for the Poppy Appeal. 

“Seeing all of these messages of support, it dawned on me that the war is another obvious example of a time when love was not cancelled. Whilst we are not in the midst of a world war, the world currently faces a fight of a different kind. Many lives have been taken and many livelihoods have been lost. But the war serves as a stark reminder that, no matter what happens, there are two things that can never be taken from us - love and hope."


We wanted the colour scheme to be consistent with the wartime aesthetic that we were so inspired to recreate. The muted colours allowed us to make the red poppies really stand out within the imagery. This was so important for us because of how iconic the symbol of the poppy is and its links to Remembrance Sunday. 

Inspiration

“Wanting to lift spirits and to give everyone that renewed sense of hope, I decided to organise a war-time wedding photo shoot and I reached out to wedding suppliers inviting them to create poppy themed items that could not only feature in the shoot but also be raffled off afterwards to raise money for the Poppy Appeal.” 

Seventeen different creative businesses took part in this COVID safe photo shoot set at Quorn and Woodhouse Station, which is part of the Great Central Railway. Initially I just floated the idea to our community of wedding suppliers to see if my concept would be of interest. So many suppliers leapt at the opportunity to bring my vision to life, offering their time, products and services to support the shoot and to be raffled off to raise vital funds for The Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal.  Michael Stokes, the Events and Marketing Manager for the Great Central Railway said, “We were delighted to welcome Sally and her team for the shoot. The station played a major part in the logistics for the Second World War as the government decided, due to its location, it would be a safe place from enemy bombers. The War Ministry expanded the yard and added extra sidings for the handling of ammunition. It also became a base for the transport of the 82nd US Airborne division for their journey into the southern part of the country. Restored in its 1940’s décor, with its NAAFI café under the bridge, we felt it was an ideal location and we really enjoyed the day’s filming.” 

Laura Trethowan, who herself served in the RAF from 2000-2016, modelled in the photo shoot. “I was very pleased and excited when I was asked to model in the shoot but also nervous, as I was worried about being able to do justice to the dress, shoes and many other items that had been donated. I have served in the forces, as did my father, grandparents, and great grandparents, and so I understood the concept and reflected on both my own and their experiences during the shoot. The day was incredibly fun and the professionalism of those who took part is evident in the magical photos, which are absolutely beyond expectation. I feel very lucky and privileged to have played a role in this and in helping to raise funds for this year’s Poppy Appeal.” 

Mark Smith, a Community Fundraiser for The Royal British Legion, said of the photos, “These are wonderfully evocative images of a period in time that means so much to so many. The 75th Anniversaries of VE and VJ Day were sadly disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic this year and what they have done here will undoubtedly cast some people’s minds back to the end of World War 2.  For those that weren’t there, however, they do create a great ‘timestamp’ of the 40’s.” 

Everyone involved in the shoot provided their time, products and services completely free of charge. What’s more, all of the items created for the shoot are now being raffled off for the Poppy Appeal. The wedding dress and the embroidered veil are included in one raffle and the shoes, silk poppy bouquet, jewellery, backdrops and artwork in another. Tickets for both raffles can be bought for £2 each and the closing date is 13th November 2020 - click here to enter.
Lilly Clements, also a Community Fundraiser for The Royal British Legion, said of the raffle, “We are very grateful to Sally for her very kind offer to fundraise for the Poppy Appeal. She has organised a fantastic raffle with some great prizes, which she will promote through this photo shoot. This year more than ever members of the Armed Forces have come forward seeking our help. We would like to encourage the public to get behind the Poppy Appeal and donate. Every poppy counts.” 

Styling

We very deliberately kept to a 1940’s British wartime aesthetic, bringing in vintage elements where we can, such as the jacket and suitcases. It worked beautifully with the railway backdrop. The colour palate was black white and red to really allow for the poppies to shine brightly. 

Flowers

Hannah at Unfauxgettable Flowers provided us with a bespoke luxury silk flower bouquet which was perfect for this shoot because it’s super realistic and because it’s faux it can also be raffled afterwards. Keeping the design simple to really showcase the bright red poppies and compliment the wartime aesthetic of the shoot. 

Venue

“The station played a major part in the logistics for the Second World War as the government decided, due to its location, it would be a safe place from enemy bombers. The War Ministry expanded the yard and added extra sidings for the handling of ammunition. It also became a base for the transport of the 82nd US Airborne division for their journey into the southern part of the country. Restored in its 1940’s décor, with its NAAFI café under the bridge, we felt it was an ideal location and we really enjoyed the day’s filming.” Michael Stokes, the Events and Marketing Manager for the Great Central Railway.

Stationery

At the beginning of this process, Sally wrote a few poems focusing on the theme. These were handwritten and framed, painted onto the wedding cake and captured on a hand lettered banner. All these items are available in the raffle and the words of Sally’s three poems are captured below: 

“The sun broke through the darkness, revealing fields ablaze with red. 

A symbol of what’s been before and of hope for times ahead.” 

“Poppy flowers of scarlet red, standing elegant, proud and tall. 

Were grown from seeds of darkest black, their chances seemed so small.  

A riot of colour now bleeding through, a reminder of the cost. 

Yet forever more a symbol, that hope is never lost.” 

"When darkness casts its shadows, and tests all your strength within. 

Remember that eventually, Love will always win" 

Bridal Style

Inspired by a beautiful wedding dress photograph from the 1940s. Laura’s dress was designed with a modern twist on a 1940s classic style. Paired with a beautiful locket in which was placed photographs of soldiers who fought in the first world war. Bringing together the whole look were hand painted poppy shoes and a vintage jacket. 

Hair and makeup

Laura’s hair and makeup were a modern twist on the wartime fashions. A bright red lip to tie all the elements together. Victory rolls of course with the rest of her hair tumbling in lose curls complimenting the beautiful, embroidered veil and hand beaded poppy accessories for Laura’s hair. 

Concept & co-ordination plus poetry and quotes - @rhymes_to_remember 

Charity - @royalbritishlegion  

Venue - @gcrailwayofficial  

Photographer - @ellensearlovestories 

Videographers - @tts_media 

Model - Laura Trethowan 

Dress - @ryley_and_flynn_vintage 

MUA - @adelemakeupartist 

Veil - @sashandveil 

Cake - @lesleywaltercakedesign 

Hand-lettered banner - @handmadesignco 

Silk poppy bouquet - @unfauxgettable.flowers 

Framed poppy painting and face masks - @inked_by_hand 

Silver pendant - @bishboshbecca 

Handkerchief - @extraspecialtouch 

Poppy headpiece and brooches - @bunnylovesevie 

Vintage jacket and poppy wash bag - @ravengiftsandinteriors 

Painted shoes - @inannabespokeshoes 

Wooden poppy clock - @sophie_rebecca_art 

Printed supplier t-shirts - @print.spin 

From Brides, With Love xo