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A pretty pastel spring wedding in Surrey

On a lovely sunny day in May Rachel and Alex tied the knot at Northbrook Park in Surrey. A day all involved had eagerly anticipated after it had been postponed from the year before it was full of pretty petals, delightful details, love and laughter all wonderfully captured by photographer Marianne Taylor

Northbrook Parkk Surrey Wedding venue

Rachel’s beautiful fitted lace dress was a bespoke design by Phillipa Lepley which she wore with fabulous Jimmy Choo shoes and her bridesmaids each had dove grey dresses by Maids to Measure.

guests gathering at Northbrook Park Cornish flag flying at Northbrook Park

The ceremony was in the Vine Room, the lovely Steph from fairy nuff flowers sprinkled her magic fairy dust around with the prettiest pastel peonies, spray roses, fluffy hydrangeas and fragrant stocks. The Crystal Palace Quartet provided the musical accompaniment as Rachel walked up the aisle to the admiring glances of her waiting groom and guests.

bride and bridesmaids enter Vine Room at Northbrook Park Northbrook Park Vine Room wedding ceremony Wedding ceremony set up at Vine Room Northbrook Park bride walking down the aisle with father Crystal Bride looks at groom during wedding ceremony groom puts ring on bride's finger bridesmaid adjusts birdess dress during ceremony happy married couple walk back down aisle

Following the ceremony guests were treated to drinks and delicious canapés by the superb Jacaranda Catering in the walled garden.

Jacaranda catering canapes and champagne guests mingle at drinks reception at Northbrook Park wedding guests

Before taking their places for the wedding breakfast guests were greeted by the magnificent escort card display of labelled mini vases and bottles filled with sweet-scented flowers crowned by a display of hanging lanterns created by Stress Free Hire.

hanging lantern dispaly above escort card table details of bottle escort card table wedding escort card table with small bottles and pretty flowers hanging lanterns and escort card display table

The wedding breakfast was held in The Orangery where the guests sat at round tables adorned with luscious silver vases abundantly filled with pretty pastel flowers. The classic stationery by Louise Richardson completed the table décor; tables were named after important places to the couple. To complete the look lounge areas were set up near the bar and dance floor for guests to relax after the meal.

wedding reception dining tables orangery set up for wedding breakfast pretty pastel table flowers peonies and roses wedding table setting peonies and roses chair backs wedding guest book table display giant light up love sign and floral heart wreath

Speeches preceded dinner, which was followed by cutting the delectable buttercream cake by The Cake Parlour. Once dinner was over guests then really let their hair down and enjoyed an night of dancing with The Wedding Smashers on the decks.

wedding guests at dinner groom gives speech at weding breakfast weddign guests at Northbrook Park cheese cake tower buttercream wedding cake bride and groom first dance bride and groom dancing at wedding Phillippa Leply wedding dress wedding guests on dancefloor hanging lanterns at night

Supplier Credits

Photography Marianne Taylor Wedding Coordination Always Andri Wedding Design Venue Northbrook Park Wedding Dress Phillipa Lepley Bridesmaids dresses Maids to Measure Florist fairy nuff flowers String Quartet Crystal Palace String Quartet Catering Jacaranda Stationery Louise Richardson Wedding Cake The Cake Parlour Lounge furniture and hanging lantern installations Stress Free Hire LOVE lights & DJ The Wedding Smashers

A Press Round Up

I regularly post links to my press features on my Facebook page but I realised recently that’s it’s been a very long time since I last updated the blog so this is going to be a rather large catch up…

You and Your Wedding Magazine front cover feb March 2015

I’ve been delighted to feature in a few recent issues of You & Your Wedding Magazine with our expert advice and top tips but I was most proud of being asked to style a photoshoot for them based on a reader problem. For their Something New section I styled a very bright and colourful watercolour and art inspired shoot at the ICA in London. Photographed by Anushé Low with an amazing team of suppliers it really was a fabulous day and we were all thrilled with the results. I look forward to sharing the full shoot on here soon but in the meantime you can see the behind the scenes video by Go Forth on the You and Your Wedding Magazine website here

We’ve had lots of lovely real wedding features including Rachel and Alex’s fabulously floral Northbrook Park wedding  feature in Wedding Flowers Magazine.

Wedding Flowers Magazine photo by fairynuff

Photo via fairynuff

Nic and Rich’s informal London wedding featured on Love My Dress here

Love My Dress Real London Wedding feature

Sophia & Oskar’s colourful Dulwich Wedding featured on Nu Bride here

Nu Bride Real wedding feature Always Andri _opt

Ruth and David’s relaxed outdoor Jewish wedding featured on Smashing the Glass here

Smashing the Glass Jewish wedding feature Always Andri

Rebecca and Fran’s pretty pink and gold wedding that I helped coordinate with US planner Elizabeth Duncan Events featured on Wedding Sparrow here

Wedding Sparrow real wedding feature


I’ve also had a few of the photoshoots I designed and planned featured on some wonderful blogs:

The Opulent Organics shoot, a glamorous take on a barn wedding featured on Bloved here

Bloved wedding inspiration shoot feature Always Andri

Contemporary elegant textures with a palette of sage greens and whites with metallic hints featured on Nu Bride here This shoot also featured on The Wedding Community Blog here

Nu Bride WEdding inspiration shoot feature Always Andri _opt

Fresh and modern inspiration with zesty lime featured on Love Scarlet here

Love Scarlett photoshoot feature

I’ve been working hard recently on making my Instagram feed a place for me to get creative and post inspiring images with a little insight to my day to day activities so I was delighted when Bridal Musings named me in their Top 30 Wedding Planners and Stylists on Instagram

Bridal Musings top 30 wedding planners and stylists on Instagram


A poetry inspired photoshoot at the Assylum London

Heart wedding photoshoot hand drawn table plan

i carry your heart with me (i carry it in
my heart) i am never without it (anywhere
i go you go, my dear; and whatever is done
by only me is your doing, my darling)
i fear
no fate (for you are my fate, my sweet) i want
no world (for beautiful you are my world, my true)
and it’s you are whatever a moon has always meant
and whatever a sun will always sing is you

here is the deepest secret nobody knows
(here is the root of the root and the bud of the bud
and the sky of the sky of a tree called life; which grows
higher than soul can hope or mind can hide)
and this is the wonder that’s keeping the stars apart

i carry your heart (i carry it in my heart)

e.e. cummings

bride with red flower in hair bride holds prosethetic heart red and purple wedding bouquet red and silver wedding top table red wedding flowers red pink and purple wedding details red and pruple flwoers in silver vase, silver rimmed wine glasses at top table wedding table setting with red napkin and silver heart cookie anatomical heart drawing wedding table number red and purple hand tied wedding bouquet red heart themed wedding dessert table red heart themed wedding dessert table red heart themed wedding desserts red rose topped choclate cupcakes red wedding cake with cascading silver hearts

See more from this shoot featured on the Ruffled blog here

Photoshoot credits

Photographer: Babb Photo / Decor Stylist: Always Andri / Flowers: Boutique Blooms / Venue: Asylum London / Fashion Stylist: The Bijou Bride / Gowns: Sally Lacock, Faith Barber, Wilden Bride London / Wedding Shoes: Emmy Shoes / Hair: Wonderful Wedding Hair / Makeup: Ana Ospina Makeup / Accessories: Fumbalina and Rene Walrus / Cake and Dessert Buffet: Elizabeth’s Cake Emporium / Prosthetics: Sally Alcott / Stationery: Luke Thrush / Suits: Beggar’s Run


A behind the scenes look at 2014

I’m closing the office today for the Christmas break and will be back in the office on Tuesday 6th January. 2015 is shaping up to be a very exciting year with some lovely weddings and photoshoots already being planned, my rebrand and a new garden studio office as well a major renovation of our little south London house-expect lots of sneak peeks via Instagram.

It’s been a great year and I’m looking forward to sharing the professional photos from the weddings and shoots I’ve planned next year… in the meantime here are images from my Instagram feed to give you a little behind the scenes record of my year that includes pretty weddings, creative photoshoots, inspiring workshops and time away…

London church ceremony

northbrook park wedding cermemony and hanging lantern escort card table

opulent organics barn photoshoot

Fulham Palace Wedding

outdoor Jewish Wedding with coral charm peonies

Le Maison Carree South west of France

Great Tythe Barn tipi wedding

ICA London wedding venue and flower still life


sussex beach house photoshoot location

dream big wedding sign

wedding statioenry and cake styling

St Pancras Station and Proud Archivist wedding

All photos by Always Andri Wedding Design via Instagram

A mood board for an autumn wedding

In my last post I looked at the lovely autumn wedding of Nic and Rich at the Royal Geographical Society in Kensington and today I wanted to share the mood board and some of the design details of the day.

Autumnal reds moodboard

As part of my full wedding planning service I put together a design brief that breaks the day down into the different parts from the ceremony to the reception and looks at design details and colour palettes; the mood board above was one of two I put together that they chose to go for.

ceremony room set up with benches, storm lantern pew ends, red and orange fabric ribbon backdrop

tealights and red flowers at wedding bench seating wedding lounge area with flowers and tealights

The ceremony was held in the Main Hall, keeping in mind the informal feel to the day we opted for benches rather then chairs and I designed and made a striking fabric ribbon backdrop in autumnal shades of red and orange; the couple stood on a lush deep red rug we bought for the ceremony which they were able to keep for their home afterwards. We were then able to use the benches with sofas that were already in the venue to create little lounge areas with coffee tables so keeping the relaxed vibe of the day.

autumn wedding flowers gloriosa lily buttonholes

The gorgeous flowers by Boutique Blooms in clusters of varying vases were a lovely combination of seasonal autumn flowers and foliage but also the Gloriosa flame lily which as the national flower of Zimbabwe was important to Nic be included. The couple also made 100’s of origami cranes in matching shades or orange, red and map print paper to tie in with the maps at the Royal Geographical Society.

wedding flowers wedding flowers red dahlias and candle light wedding flowers candles in storm lanterns and tealights origami cranes for wedding

All the on the day stationery was designed by friends and comprised of vintage map inspired information posters for the different parts of the day.

vintage map wedding day stationery information posters bespoke artwork as guest book signing poster

We also put together a DIY photobooth by covering a notice board with a selection vintage maps and the after dinner dessert buffet by Sweet and Eventful continued the travel theme with vintage suitcases and globes as props and maps as tags and tray liners.

DIY travel themed map photobooth dessert buffet at travel themed wedding


Mood board credits

RGS by Helen Maybanks Photography
Couple in leaves by Cuppa Photography  via Style Me Pretty
Autumn wreath by euphoric flowers
Stationery by Betsy Dunlap  via Oh So Beautiful Paper
Benches with blankets by Abbey Rose Photo
Bouquet by Kate Webber Photography  via
Large floral displays photo by Christian Oth  via Mathew Robbins Design
Small rose displays via Pinterest via Wedding Magazine
Map pin wheels on chairs by Tracie Howe Photography  via Wedding Chicks
Lounge area photo by Alyssa Nicol Photography  via Style Me Pretty
Dahlia flowers Photo by Gabriel Ryan Photography via Green Wedding Shoes

Supplier Credits

Photographer – Lillian and Leonard
Wedding Planner & Designer – Andri Benson of Always Andri Wedding Design
Venue – Royal Geographical Society in Kensington London
Brides Dress – Claire Pettibone via Blackburn Bridal
Cloak – borrowed
Shoes – self-designed via Shoes of Prey
Grooms Suit – Debenhams + shirt from Thomas Pink + tie from Austin Reed
Bridesmaids – their own dresses
Flowergirls – BHS
Florist – Boutique Blooms
Cake – a friend
Entertainment – Party Down via Melisima Music
Rings – Hatton Garden
Catering – Lodge Catering
Wedding website – Appy Couple
Hair and make-up Artist – Amanda Roberts
Dessert Bar – Sweet and Eventful

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