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Chinoiserie Decadence at Aynhoe Park

Floral Decadence at the stunning Aynhoe Park…

If you haven’t seen this incredible bridal shoot in our 2019 magazine yet… then we have a treat for you today!

Blowsy blooms and neon hearts from Mr & Mrs Unique supplier Rebel and The Rose, vibrant feathers birds, a stunning Hermoine De Paula embroidered dress and lip smacking wedding food. Over to stylist Sophie Taylor to tell us more…

Sophie Taylor…

As a wedding stylist you seek inspiration from everything and anything. A photoshoot in a magazine, an Instagram post, a piece of art on a museum visit or a film you may have watched.

For this styled shoot at Aynhoe Park I was inspired by a beautiful emerald green, chinoiserie 3 piece sofa that my partner James had bought. This beautiful piece of furniture in carved wood and gorgeous hand painted detail, inspired me to explore a wedding theme based around the colours, flowers and use of birds. 

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Esther from Rebel and the Rose was keen to create the look with me. I really wanted to create something up the stairs as a lead into our stunning Orangery. I loved her suggestion of making a wild, overgrown floral archway using lots of greenery alongside rose pink to deep fuchsia peonies, purple delphiniums, open blush roses and white lilacs.

I used birds we had from around the

How to shop indie for your wedding

Indie Wedding Shopping…

If you’re on the hunt for alternative, quirky wedding suppliers to bring your wedding dreams to life, you may have already realised that your best bet is probably an independent supplier. They have more scope for flexibility with your ideas, are generally much more creative, and have smaller teams (meaning a smoother relationship with them from start to finish). And that’s not to mention that wonderfully famous happy dance every small business owner does when you place an order, and the feeling of satisfaction you receive from supporting their dream when building your own.

And if you’re already here on the veritable hub of all things unique wedding ideas, Mr & Mrs Unique, the chances are that you’re pretty sold on the idea of having indie wedding suppliers. But, how do you find them? As they’re smaller, they tend not to have huge marketing budgets, and so they might not be so obvious to find. Don’t worry, we’ve got your back – here’s our top tips on how to shop indie for your big day.

Shop your feed

Straight off the back of that marketing chat, a super powerful tool to connect with independent wedding suppliers is social media. Sure, small businesses don’t typically have thousands of pounds to sink into posters on the side of buses or billboards in Piccadilly Square; …

Urban jungle wedding inspiration at the Barbican Estate, London…

Where did you get your inspiration from?

Tim Dunk Photography… My favourite place in London is the Barbican Estate. I have wanted to shoot there for a while. The brutalist architecture, its immense size, the clean lines and curves which create such interesting light and shadow, and it’s ‘grey’, create the perfect storm for an atmospheric kind of photography. As if that isn’t enough, the Barbican then, out of nowhere, welcomes you into its beating heart; the green, abundance of the Conservatory.  That incongruity is what we wanted to bring into our shoot.

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How did you find the suppliers who made this concept come to life?

Although I am Leeds based,  I am part of a large community of wedding industry suppliers nationwide.  I have built many great relationships.

I met our florist, Eram from Boom Blooms, at a photography workshop. We both really liked one another’s work and wanted to work together.

Via social media we contacted, Lara, the designer, Freya, the make up artist, and Heather, our model. Our aim was to bring a team together who were as excited by the drama of the space as us.

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What details are your favourite, and why?

There are so many little nooks, and larger vistas, on the estate. With each turn, there is something new to see and document. 

Eram wanted to make

Wes Anderson Wedding Inspiration at The Barn at Avington

Colourful Wes Anderson Wedding Inspiration…

Love Wes Anderson films? Well we have a treat fro you today!

Taking inspiration from his films The Grand Budapest Hotel and Moonrise Kingdom; photographer Kirsty Mackensie wanted to create a bridal shoot that reflected Wes Anderson’s colourful, quirky visual film style with a nod towards his offbeat humour. 

Together with wedding stylists The Wedding Spark, they created the perfect combination of colour, fun and cinematic style.

Over to the team to tell us more…

The Wedding Spark…

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When Kirsty Mackenzie got in touch about organising a Wes Anderson inspired shoot, we leapt at the idea! Wes Anderson movies are just so iconic; the design, the detail, the off-the-wall atmosphere, and don’t get us started on the colours!  

Together we brainstormed our ideas and two films kept coming up, so we quickly decided we wanted to focus on the quirky romance of Moonrise Kingdom along with the colourful glamour of The Grand Budapest Hotel 

We’re not the only Wes Anderson fans in the wedding industry – far from it in fact! As we started approaching people about this shoot, we were met with a huge amount of enthusiasm, and the final team of suppliers shared our levels of excitement about all the little extra touches we had planned. The shoot was a total delight to work on as everyone

How to deal with family issues and drama at your wedding

Avoiding family issues and drama on your wedding day…

Weddings are a super emotional time for everyone – of course they are, you’re GETTING MARRIED! EEP – and this includes your family.

Family, however you define that word, carry with them a very specific set of emotions and behaviours as they’re a totally unique idea: as the saying goes, you can’t choose them, but you wouldn’t choose anyone else either. (Well, actually, you may have done, and that’s totally fine too – there is no judgement here.)

If you’re worried about managing family tensions in the run-up to your wedding and on the day itself, don’t panic! We’ve asked our crack squad of talented, experienced suppliers for their advice to minimise and eliminate any worries. Your main focus is your own happiness, and making sure the day is everything you wanted it to be!

Talk to your support team

The team at Upton Barn and the Walled Garden say the number one thing is to talk to your support team. “It’s corny but it’s true – a problem shared is a problem halved! Express your concerns with your trusted entourage. Task a bridesmaid or usher with keeping an eye on potential culprits.” This may seem like a heavy  job to give them, but remember that this was actually the original point of having …

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