An English Estate Wedding Anchored In Minimalist Design

I have to admit that once I landed on this bride’s blog, These Four Walls, I spent the better part of a morning perusing her beautifully curated content centered on Scandinavian design. I quickly learned she’s got quite the eye for style and, of course, her wedding day was no exception. Set at the most charming English estate, it’s a celebration anchored in dreamy neutrals with a touch of dusty pink with ultra-romantic blooms designed by Ruby & The Wolf. The bride’s love of minimalism ensured the day struck just the right balance of elegance and simplicity, and we have all the photos straight from the lens of Taylor & Porter.

from the Bride, Abi… We wanted our wedding to be elegant but also relaxed and informal. I’m very drawn to minimalism and pale, muted colors such as white and gray – I run a blog about simple living and Scandinavian-inspired design – so this played a large part in the styling.

The venue was our starting point, and we fell in love with Pynes House, set in the small village of Upton Pyne in Devon, the moment we arrived to view it. So many country houses are dark and cluttered, but Pynes House is flooded with light; it also has 12 bedrooms, which meant we could spend the whole weekend there with close friends and family, and get ready at a leisurely pace on the morning of the wedding. In a strange twist, we have since found out that some of Chris’ ancestors came from Upton Pyne and were married in the village in 1786, so they would have been familiar with the house!

We had no decoration other than lots of flowers and flickering candles, as the venue just didn’t need it. And we didn’t have to think twice about which florist to use – Kirstie of Ruby & The Wolf has been a friend for years, and we love her dramatic yet natural style. She managed to translate our vision to perfection – white and dusty-pink blooms (hellebore, ranunculus, roses, astrantia) and lots of trailing greenery. Our favorite feature was a pair of huge urns spilling with flowers and foliage, which she placed on Perspex plinths in the entrance hall; she also created stunning mantelpiece displays in our ceremony and banquet rooms.

As well as drawing on the setting, we took inspiration from Spain and Italy, where we’ve both spent a lot of time over the years (I used to live in Barcelona, and Chris and I have traveled to Italy together numerous times). We booked a guitar duo to play Spanish music during the ceremony and drinks reception, and our food featured lots of Mediterranean influences; my bouquet also included jasmine, our cake was flavored with orange-blossom water, and Spanish churros were served as a snack on the dance floor.

In addition, I wanted to include influences from my grandmothers, who are sadly no longer with us. I wore my maternal grandmother’s diamond earrings and had a maple-leaf brooch inherited from my Canadian paternal grandmother pinned to my bouquet. My brother, who flew over from Vancouver for the wedding, also gave a surprise native Canadian blessing during the ceremony.

It was Kirstie who first introduced us to Louise from Taylor & Porter, and as soon as we looked through her portfolio we knew we wanted her to photograph our wedding. Her images are beautifully crafted – so graceful and timeless, and infused with natural light. We’re delighted with the results, and they capture the story and feel of the day perfectly.

Our stationery came from the talented Suzanne at The Whistle Press, who created bespoke letterpress designs using calligraphy from Megan Riera. I’d met Megan when I attended one of her calligraphy workshops, so when Chris and I got engaged we commissioned her to create words which we then used across our invitations, menus, table plan and order of events. I hand-wrote matching place cards for the tables.

I was keen for my dress to be light, comfortable and easy to wear; I also wanted a sleek silhouette, with no large skirt or fussy details. Charlie Brear’s ‘Payton’ was perfect, and I had it customized with lace cap sleeves and lace scallop edging. It had a puddle train which was supposed to be buttoned up for dancing, but I was enjoying swishing it around too much so it stayed down (I somehow managed not to trip over it!).

The whole day was magical from start to finish, and I wish we could do it all over again. Highlights included the groomsmen’s speech, which had everyone crying with laughter, and hitting the dance floor at the end of the night (for our first dance we chose ‘At Last’ by Etta James, which seemed appropriate given we’d been together for 14 years before getting engaged!). Another favorite moment for both of us was turning to face the room after saying our vows, and seeing all our friends and family together in one place – truly special.

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Photography: Taylor & Porter | Floral Design: Ruby And The Wolf | Wedding Dress: Anna Campbell | Cake: Rosie Shaw | Stationery: The Whistle Press | Engagement Ring: bespoke via John Titcombe | Bridesmaid’s Dresses: The Mews, Clifton | Catering: Posh Nosh | Makeup: Helen Hamilton | Groom’s Suit: Bespoke by Tux & Tails | Venue: Pynes House | Bridal Jewelry: Family Heirlooms | Bride’s Website: These Four Walls | Calligraphy on Stationery: Megan Riera | Evening Band: Ruby & The Rhythms | Film Processing + Scanning : Richard Photo Lab | Groomsmen Suit Hire: Moss Bros | Hair Clip: Jenny Packham | Spanish Guitar Duo: Sin Compras via Alive Network | Wedding Ring: Hsamuel | Wine: The French Wine People

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How to Include Your Future In-Laws in Wedding Planning

Ask anyone who has ever been married. When you say, “I do,” you’re making a commitment to the entire family. When you take their last name, you’re taking on generations of family history, traditions, and occasional drama.

You might be new to the family, but, with a little effort, you might just become their favorite child. (Sorry, babe!)


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Let’s begin with the proposal…

Express Your Excitement
Start practicing your Oscar speech now. When you announce your engagement to your future in-laws, take a moment to thank (and inspire) them. After all, they’re a big part of why your fiancé turned out so well! Channel all your post-proposal feels into telling them how thrilled you are to join their family. No doubt your enthusiasm will be contagious.


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Introduce Your Parents
Who knows and loves you more than your own parents? Whether it’s at the engagement or right before the wedding, set some time to introduce your parents to your future in-laws in person. They’ll have the opportunity to brag about that time you won the spelling bee in sixth grade, and his parents will get to know you on a deeper level thanks to the people who love you most (other than your fiancé, of course). His parents will also get the chance to share their favorite childhood memories. And all that sharing will strengthen your families’ bond.

To bridge any awkward moments, make a mental list in advance of interesting conversation topics. What do both your parents have in common? What’s your future father-in-law’s favorite thing to talk about? Think of recent vacations, hobbies, sports teams, or charities to bring up if there’s an uncomfortable silence.

Talk to the MoB
Your mom has probably been dreaming of this moment for as long as you have. When you were playing dress-up, she was probably thinking about the day you would pick out your wedding dress together. Talk to her about where and when she’s comfortable including your future mother-in-law. If she’s fine with it, you might want to invite your future-MIL to your final dress fitting. Maybe there are some other wedding planning activities – like the cake tasting or bridal shoe shopping – you could involve both moms.

The mother of the groom will appreciate being included, especially if she doesn’t have any daughters of her own. These memories will be forever special to your relationship.


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Respect Important Traditions
Religion, culture, and holidays can be extremely important to families. Talk to the groom about which traditions are most important to his parents. Dividing holidays is never easy. But knowing what matters most to his family will help you make the right decision as a couple about where and how you spend your time. His parents will appreciate you making the effort to understand and accommodate their priorities with your own. And at the end of the day, that’s what family is all about.

Send Shower Invitations
Make sure you include your future mother-in-law in any appropriate bridal showers or pre-wedding festivities—your bachelorette and lingerie shower can be no-mom zones! Even if it’s out of state, ask the hostess to send an invitation to both your mother and your future mother-in-law. If she can’t make it, she will appreciate the fact that you wanted her there.


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Give a Thoughtful Wedding Gift
Your wedding day is an incredible opportunity to make your future in-laws feel special. They will cherish a thoughtful gift or a heartfelt note from the day you became their new daughter. Take the time to write them a letter, communicating what you value most about your relationship and what memories you’re looking most forward to making. Cover them in love as you prepare to walk down the aisle to their son.

Your future mother-in-law will appreciate any gift that comes from your heart. It will be an emotional day, so consider an embroidered handkerchief with a bible verse, an inspirational lyric, or a personal note to dry her happy tears. (“Thank you for raising the man of my dreams!”) For an extra personal touch, ask the seamstress to sew fabric left over from your wedding dress alterations into handkerchiefs for your future mother-in-law (also great for your mom and any grandmothers as well). A special charm/bracelet or jewelry to match her dress are also thoughtful wedding day presents.

True, in-laws can be tricky. But the most important thing to any parent is that you love their child. It doesn’t matter if you spend 2 or 200 hours with them between the proposal and the wedding. When they know how much you love their son— and that you want to spend forever by his side—they will welcome you into the family with open arms.

Style Me Pretty Contributor – Madeline Littrell is a corporate PR strategist and freelance writer. Born and raised in the South, she loves big hair, country music, and chicken fingers. Madeline lives in Dallas with her Sheltie puppy, Tennessee. And her mother still has the newspaper clip from her sixth-grade spelling bee.

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Our Favorite Prosecco Cocktails

Prosecco Cocktails

Sunday is National Prosecco Day and we’re seriously ON BOARD! And also majorly curious as to who invents these days… (Can we be on that committee?!) Well, in honor of August 13th, we’ve decided to round up some of our fave prosecco recipes, curated by Jacqueline Strum, founder of ThirstyNest (the first wine and spirits wedding registry)! She happens to know a thing or two about good cocktails…

grilled peach rosemary proseccoBlackberry Prosecco MojitoSangria Verde with Melon Cucumber Mint Basil Blackberry Thyme Cocktail


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Rain Brought This Wedding Inspo Inside + It Couldn’t Be More Gorg

When it began raining during the Lauren Fair Photography Workshop, the team of talented vendors moved the shoot inside the greenhouse at Jardin de Buis and the result couldn’t have ended up more gorgeous. The Bride looked stunning against the ample greenery in her glittery gold gown from Lovely, sweet shoes by Bella Belle, and loose waves styled by True Beauty Marks. Plus, the rainy day created the most perfect lighting when diffused through the greenhouse glass for an intimate and romantic reception. Luckily for us, Lauren Fair shared all the pretty, which proves a rainy wedding day just may be a blessing in disguise.

From Lauren Fair Photography… The grounds of Jardin de Buis in Pottersville, New Jersey transport you to the French countryside in the best way. With dreamy greenhouses, gardens, a reflecting pool, and an orangerie, even the rainiest day is still stunningly beautiful.

This April, we hosted our Lauren Fair Photography workshop at Jardin, and it ended up pouring rain the entire day! With the original shoot planned for outdoors and dinner next to the reflecting pool, we moved everything indoors and ended up with the dreamiest greenhouse inspired photos.

For this wedding shoot, we wanted to use all seasonal and fresh local florals, and it was the perfect time to embrace all the lilacs blooming! Lovely Bride NYC sent us the most beautiful Chosen by One Day gold shimmer gown, and our incredible real couple, Brianna and Chris, were the sweetest, most in-love and wonderful model couple!

We hope this inspires couples to incorporate beautiful color and seasonal elements into their wedding days! To hear more about Lauren Fair Photography’s upcoming workshops, click here.

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Photography: Lauren Fair Photography | Event Design: Oleander | Styling: Sandpiper And Co. | Floral Design: Oleander | Wedding Dress: Chosen by One Day | Shoes: Bella Belle | Jewelry: BHLDN | Rings: L Priori Jewelry | Hair + Makeup: True Beauty Marks | Venue: Jardin De Buis | Bridal Boutique: Lovely Bridal Shop | Chairs: Vision Furniture | Paper Goods: Sandpiper And Co. | Table Rentals: Oleander

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Inspired by Nature: Blue Heron + Wetland Wedding Inspiration

Blue Heron Wedding Inspiration

Natural wetlands are among the most productive ecosystems in the world, in a class with coral reefs and rain forests, containing a vast amount of life, including some of the most beautiful aquatic birds, like the blue heron. And that, my friends, is exactly where today’s inspiration comes from — the enigmatic blue heron.

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