real wedding: a blustery spring wedding {claire & james}

Happy Thursday ladies & gents! How’s your week been so far? It’s all go here at b.loved, projects, weddings and moving on the go this weekend and I can’t wait to move into the new b.loved HQ!  Has your week been filled with wedding planning and ticking a few more things off your list? Or maybe you’ve been taking a little time out to share with loved ones?

Today’s real wedding is a true example that nothing can ruin your day, Claire & James battled wind and rain but you would never know it looking at their big smiles!  The only give away are the wonderful shots of Claire’s veil blowing in the wind, oh I so love these ones!  They picked a simple spring style, using small floral arrangements in fresh spring colours on their tables, with elegant candelabra adding height in the impressive reception room at Stoke Park Pavilions.

Their day was captured by the lovely Julia of Julia & You, a reportage photographer telling the story of their day through each beautiful image.

Claire shares their story ~

James and I met at work, we’re both doctors. He’s kind, funny and with a real love for food it was pretty much a perfect match from the start.  For my 30th James said that he was going to take me away for the weekend to a surprise location. The week before, after desperate pleas to know what to pack, he divulged that all I would need was a bikini and cold weather clothes. We ended up in Reykjavik, Iceland! After having snow-mobiled on the top of a glacier, he proposed down on one knee by a frozen waterfall. It was completely unexpected but I had absolutely no doubts about saying yes.

Deciding on the church around the corner from my parents was easy and from the moment that we saw Stoke Park Pavilions, we knew it was perfect for us. Elegant but crumbling just enough around the edges to feel utterly relaxed. I think the venue set the trend for the wedding. Sarah, the wedding co-ordinator at Stoke Park Pavilions is amazing and gave us so much advice. She was a real asset to our wedding planning and is such a skilled lovely lady, we felt so lucky!

I wanted a structured dress which wasn’t too fussy or big. The ladies at Proposals were brilliant and creative. I ended up taking the elements I liked from three separate Ian Stewart dresses and merging them to produce the fitted elegance I was hoping for. I felt completely comfortable and danced all night! James wanted to wear traditional Morning suit and picked a pale teal blue for his cravat, with cream cravats for my father and his grooms party. With two groomsmen and two ushers his entourage was bigger than mine!  My bridesmaid wore dark teal blue as she loves the colour and looked fabulous in the dress.

Inspiration came from chatting to my now husband, friends and Google! James and I did a lot of the stationery ourselves. We were really pleased with the table plan – a picture frame with cut outs for gorgeous engagement shoot photos by our wonderful photographer Julia intermixed with wedding tables in other gaps. We didn’t have a colour scheme or particular theme for the wedding but were sure we wanted it to be relaxed with family and friends where I grew up, and with good food and plenty of wine!

What was your first dance and how did you choose the song?

Sweet Child of Mine – acoustic version for the first dance, rock version later! The song just reminds of relaxed evenings drinking and singing with friends. Our band was made up of best man and guests so it meant a lot.

Do you have any advice for couple’s currently planning their wedding?

Enjoy it, try to make it a joint effort as it can take up so much time so it’s nice doing it together and don’t take the planning too seriously. We had torrential rain and gale force winds but still loved every minute of it! Ending up Mr. and Mrs. is the best feeling and, not to sound too clichéd, all that really counts in the end.



Dress: Ian Stuart from  Proposals Wedding Boutique, Chichester // Shoes: Rainbow Club // Stationery: Letterpress of Cirencester // Venue &: Stoke Park Pavilions //  Catering: Austin Fell  // Florist: Green Room Flowers // Hair: Universal Hair Studios // Cake: Marks & Spencer // Music: Munkey – James’ old band and all good friends.


After a decade-long career in corporate interior design, I took a giant leap of faith, left the security of an office job, and founded B.LOVED in 2011 as a platform for romantic and beautiful wedding inspiration. Thanks to a whole lot of creativity, hard work and passion, my gamble paid off and B.LOVED became one of the leading wedding blogs in the UK.

I'm also a co-founder at The Brand Studio, where I design and curate beautiful photoshoots for wedding and lifestyle brands, as well as running wedding industry community the B.LOVED Hive where I support and nurture wedding pros building industry leading businesses. Yep, I definitely have the best job in the world.

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