9 May

A glamorous English wedding: Philippa + James

categories Real Weddings, Wedding Wardrobe

We have such a pretty, sophisticated (but perfectly relaxed), English wedding to start the week, shot by Chloé from Caught the Light. The bride and her dresses are straight up amazing, the venue is lovely, the decor is understated and leafy and perfect. Did we mention the dresses? And the accessories? Hope you love them as much as we do!

Va-va-voom! Right??? There’s nothing at all wrong with a tastefully sexy bride. Philippa, by day a designer for Boden, was seriously working her ceremony dress. Which is Valentino, so we’re thinking not a true “wedding dress”. Or maybe they make wedding dresses? But srsly, who says you can’t choose a gorgeous white dress off the rack, instead of from a bridal salon?

Headpiece: yes please!

Lil’ guest fashion, of course!

Philippa and James planned a light picnic, individually boxed up for each guest, immediately following the ceremony. Which of course gets lots bonus cute points.

An English country wedding wouldn’t be complete without a pick-up cricket match.

And then we have the most fabulous outfit change/reception dress in the history of reception dresses. It’s just beyond stunning, those emerald sequins.

Following the afternoon picnic, the party moved inside and Philippa and James had an Indian Thali meal served, because they both love to cook and eat Indian food. Yummm.

Love how simple and herby and green the decor is. And the addition of the olive tree in the middle of the dining room is a perfect idea!

Aren’t the lavender pot escort cards great? Brills!

So super gorgeous, Philippa and James! The dresses alone were worthy of their own post.

Photography: Caught the Light / Venue: Chavenage House / Car: vintage Citroen / Wedding dress: Valentino / Reception dress: Jenny Packham / Shoes: Miu Miu & COS / Headpiece: Jenny Packham / Engagement ring: Lucie Campbell / Brass cuff (with green dress): Marni / Suit: Reiss / Shoes: Poste / Ceremony & bride’s flowers: done by the bride and her sister, bought from Montpellier Flowers in Cheltenham / Reception flowers: Zita Elze / Catering: Relish, Cirencester / Hair: Holly Parkinson @ Blushes / Invites & Paper: bride & groom / Zinc hearts / Daylesford Organic / Cakes: Daylesford Organic

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  1. I remember when Chloe showed me a sneak peek of this wedding and I nearly died. Those dresses (especially the green Jenny Packham one) kill me!!! Love that they served Daylesford Organic food too – delish organic, locally produced foods in the UK. LOVE! Great photography as usual, Chloe! xx

  2. The reception dress is AMAZING. What’s even more amazing is that the cake toppers are matching their reception outfits. Brilliant! Of course the location isn’t too shabby either. What a beautiful wedding.

  3. Those cake toppers were hand-painted by Philippa herself and she’s now referred to as Green Goddess Bride. Thank you ladies for a beautiful feature.

  4. Every little detail of this wedding is stunning! Love the escort cards!



  5. Thank you all for the lovely feature and comments! We had an amazing day and enjoyed planning every part of it! I’m so glad that you liked both of my dress choices!
    Of course our day wouldn’t have been the same without Chloe- she’s completely talented and amazing- we can’t rave more about her!
    Thanks guys- such an honor! x x x

  6. I am in love with everything about this wedding. Her headpiece, the guest’s hats, those adorable pies and escort cards…and that DRESS! Love.

  7. I *just* saw this wedding in a magazine over the weekend and am totally in love… that green jeweled dress is just about the prettiest thing ever. Gorgeous bride… lovely wedding!

  8. Beautiful wedding!

    Love the bracelets in the first picture of your ring. Where are they from??

  9. The most beautiful dresses I have ever seen at a wedding! I love that green dress. I would wear that in a dream.

  10. Wow wee what a wedding Chloe, and beautifully captured as always with your photography. I just love so much of the detailing here – whomever styled it did a fab job… those lavender pots table plan and her emerald green jewelled dress…so stylish and different – out and out gorgeousness :) x

  11. I’m officially smitten with all things English! The lavender escort pots are just perfect. You know what I think I do like her dress as well. The entire wedding is absolutely stunning!

  12. I <3 seeing guest fashion! Show us more often!

  13. Philippa’s wedding is stunning, really beautiful!

  14. Always a treat from Chloe! Loving the relaxed garden picnic!

  15. LOVE the gowns! I’m looking forward to wearing a “non-wedding” dress also!

  16. Oh gosh, that green dress is just stunning.

  17. The wedding…the dress…the decor…everything! Absolutely stunning!

  18. Swooning! Every detail is just lovely. The bride’s hair jewelry is fantastic.

  19. That green reception dress is unbelievable!!! LOVE it!

  20. The dresses were beautiful, but her body is what rocked them! What is it with girls named Philippa having such a great figure?!?

  21. Love this whole look – the green dress of course, the picnic lunch box & the guys playing football. It looks like they had a blast, which is hopefully the outcome of any great wedding.

  22. Such an amazingly gorgeous wedding….beautifully captured by such an uber talented photographer!

  23. Oh my gosh, I’m speechless!!! That sparkly green dress is to die for.

  24. oh-my-gosh….This whole wedding just makes my heart skip a beat!!! BOTH dresses, the details, the simplicity, but the natural relaxed feel. Makes me want to get married all over again!! Thank you thank you for sharing this. I am so inspired and instantly happy just to see the photos :)

  25. I’m so in love with that Jenny Packham reception dress! Made me proud to be British seeing these pics… we know how to throw an amazing wedding :) Congrats to the couple!
    ~el xx

  26. Oh such a beautiful wedding 😀

  27. THAT is a beautiful, beautiful sparkly green dress! I think I’m suffering from the green eyed monster at the moment because of it…! lol

  28. beautiful wedding…I love the dress you wore after your wedding ceremony…..

  29. I Love that green dress – its divine!!

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