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Vegetarian Wedding in the English Woodlands

Sandra Blanco

“We met in 2004 whilst studying at University in Cardiff. We got engaged in January 2016 on top of the French Alps on a skiing trip. Ben got down on one knee at a spot with panoramic views.”

“I wore a customised version of the Fleur gown by Naomi Neoh (customised by Naomi herself). Ben also asked Naomi to embroider the words ‘Just Love’ in to the side of the dress for me to be surprised by on our wedding day. I loved the ethereal dresses with all that movement. Naomi was amazing and completely understood my style and customised the dress to perfection. I found that the original Fleur was a bit too girly for me so she made something with a much more woodland feel to it.”

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“We were inspired by our love of nature and animals whilst also wanting to bring a more urban feel given we have lived in London for many years. We found pictures of low poly animals that really fitted the brief and we used a similar geometric design on the stationery – making origami birds and geometric animal face masks.”

“We wanted a beautiful woodland and when we came across squirrel wood we loved how secluded it was and the large open meadow. When we originally booked there was a small field shelter in the meadow, but over the year they added more space to the shelter using wood from the woodland and also added a large beautiful tent. Many of our guests stayed over at the venue in bell tents and shepherd huts.”

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“Our florist was Bohotanical – we wanted flowers that reflect nature, whilst also fitting with the flower crown from Sophie and Luna”.

“Our favourite part of the day was the first look and then walking in to the ceremony. It was great to see each other and have a moment to ourselves before the ceremony began and it was super romantic.”

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“We are both atheists and had a beautiful humanist ceremony delivered by the wonderful Kate Gee.”

“My engagement ring was rose gold, morganite and diamond. My engraved, rose gold wedding band was from How Wedding Rings. I wanted my band to match my engagement ring and love rose gold.”

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“Our photographer was Lyndsey Goddard, who was assisted by her husband Steve on the day. Lyndsey was incredible. So much fun, yet discreet and just captured all the moments and emotion of the day.”

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“I made animal masks and sprayed them in copper. We also had handmade origami birds and terraniums hanging from a tree. We draped muslin cloth from the ceremony archway and used Coriander plants on the table for people to add to their food.”

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“Instead of bridesmaids and groomsmen we gave people roles such as Wise Owl, Father Fox, Mother Hen and Mother Goose. It was great to involve lots of our friends in different ways and we wanted something that wasn’t so traditional but more unique to us as a couple.”

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“Everyone will give you advice on how to be before the wedding day, but I found that there wasn’t any right way to be, just do what comes naturally to you and it’s totally OK to be stressed out. The other thing is to spend your money on the big things like the photographer and anything else that means a lot to you. Small details like jewellery and shoes aren’t the things you are going to remember on the day unless you really care about that stuff.”

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A Bermudian Wedding

Sandra Blanco

Bermudians Sierra-Renae DeSilva and Steven Roy were married in the late afternoon on September 3, 2016, on the lawn at Astwood Park, overlooking the deep blues of the Atlantic.

“We are laid-back people; we wanted something simple and natural and a garden theme fit the bill,” said Sierra-Renae. Following the ceremony, 170 family members and friends gathered at Café Lido at the Elbow Beach Hotel to fete the couple and celebrate their nuptials.

Choosing to abstain from pomp and pageantry, the couple opted for low-key details for their special day. “Much of our décor was made by our planners, including painted wine bottles and mason jars that adorned the tables. Family friend Ronnie Lopes hand-carved the arch we stood underneath to say our vows; that was really special. And in lieu of a wedding suite, we opted for paperless e-invitations—go green!”

The bride had a passion for flower crowns so wearing one was a must on her big day. “I absolutely love flower crowns and couldn’t image getting married without wearing one,” said the bride. “They suited our garden theme perfectly. Sophie and Luna is a small company based in London that makes flower crowns using a mixture of dried and preserved flowers. The company’s founder and director, Sandra Blanco, constructed a bespoke crown for me using red roses and a variety of dustyrose-coloured flowers from around the world. I absolutely fell in love with it; it was everything I imagined and more!

“As for the girls’ crowns, another of my bridesmaids, Emma, chose them individually, selecting each to suit the girls’ different styles and personalities.”

Not to leave out the guys, the couple discovered the perfect set of ties to tie in with their theme. “We wanted the guys to have something fun and colourful to add to their traditional attire,” said Sierra-Renae. “We found Steven a tie at The English Sports Shop, adorned in a festive motif of flamingoes, parrots, cocktails and palm leaves in vibrant, bright colours. We knew it was perfect as soon as we saw it and Steven, along with his groomsmen, wore one on the day.”