Louise + Huw | Karen Willis Holmes Real Wedding From Nick Ray Photography

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First tempted to host a beach wedding in Sydney where they live, Louise and Huw decided instead to host a proper English wedding in their native UK to celebrate with all of their family and friends.   Their wedding day was a beautiful sunny and filled with joy and warmth.  And Louise’s last minute choice of a Karen Willis Holmes wedding dress fit the event and her personal style perfectly. 

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The Ceremony
The ceremony was held in St Andrews church in my parents parish in Meonstoke. Father Tony gave the ceremony, he was new to the parish and so our wedding was his first in the area so think he was as nervous as we were which helped calm my nerves one I reached the alter. He gave a really beautiful service. We also had Huw’s sisters and a couple of friends singing the welsh song ‘Calon lan’ which nearly had the whole congregation in tears! 

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The Reception
Following the church we arrived back at Hill Place which we had hired for the weekend. A beautiful grade II listed Georgian country villa located near the village of Swanmore in Hampshire. It’s a private home you can hire for the weekend with 5 bedrooms for use to put up guests. It is set in beautiful grounds with views across to the Isle of wight.

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Louise’s Wedding Dress Search
I had really struggled finding something that suited my style. I knew I like the idea of a skirt and top and something quite simple but found nothing I was completely happy with.  I started getting a bespoke one made by a dressmaker but about 3 weeks before the wedding realised the dress wasn’t turning out the way I wanted so in panic I make appointments at bridal shops in my lunch breaks from work to try and find something I felt good about. I had been to KWH before and tried a few but thought I’d see if there was any I’d missed. First one I tried was the Mabel and fell in love with it straight away! It looked so simple on the hanger but one on I knew it was just for me. I ordered it straight away and somehow they had it in stock and were able to alter it slightly for me in just over a week! 

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How She Felt In Her Karen Willis Holmes Wedding Dress
Myself, elegant, beautiful

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Why She’s Selling Her Wedding Dress
I’d be much happier with someone else enjoying it as much as i did than it sitting in a wardrobe for the rest of its life

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Wedding Dress: Karen Willis HolmesPhotography: Nick Ray Photography | Ceremony:  St Andrews Church Meonstoke | Reception:  Hill Place, Swanmore | Floral Design: Louise Avery Flowers | Catering: Small Piece Catering | Cake Sourced from Bath cheese Company assembled and decorated by Small Piece Catering

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18 Wedding Cakes Your Guests Will Remember

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It’s said we eat with our eyes. If that’s the case, get ready to devour today’s post because dramatic, over-the-top cakes are on the menu today. Whether they are bursting with flowers between their six, seven or more tiers or are elegantly suspended, these are all wedding cakes your guests will remember.

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London-based cake studio Sweet Hollywood pioneered this halo cake stand which makes the cake the center of attention. Incredible. Cake: Sweet Hollywood

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A seven-tier wedding cake that is nothing less than glorious, covering from top to bottom with mounds of blooms. Photo: Candid Image, Cake: Nazira Catering

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This 13-tier wedding cake covered in sugar flowers and 28 pounds (yes, you read the right) of rhinestones rises seven feet high. Cake: Frosted Art Bakery and Studio

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Fresh and light as a feather, we love that this classic fondant wedding cake just seems to float on a platform of orchids and roses in the center of the ballroom at the white-on-white wedding. Très romantique! Photo: Victor Sizemore, Cake: Cinderella Cakes, Floral Design: Nisies’s Enchanted Florist

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Ruffled obsession. The beautiful ombre cake dissolves into a skirt of fresh flowers. Photo: Colin Miller for Colin Cowie Weddings

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When I saw this wedding cake, I held my breath and I think my heart skipped a beat. Drama, glamour, style: this suspended cake has it all. Photo: Milanes, Cake: For Goodness Cakes, Planner: elly B Events, Cake swing design: Andy Beach & Co.

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A spring masterpiece made of eight layers swirls with both sugar flowers on top of a subtle lace design. Photo: Cristina Rossi, Cake: Elizabeth’s Cake Emporium

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This picture-perfect mint green beauty interspersed with gilded leaf elements and flowers was made for these Napa nuptials. (The bride and groom? Sutro CEO Nicole Schuetz and Instagram co-founder Kevin Systrom.) That’s certainly an Instagrammable cake. Photo: Jose Villa

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Ombre perfection will have your wedding guests in awe. Cake + Photo: Rosalind Miller

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Created by the queen of cakeology, fresh flowers and impossible height create a sense of drama. Photo: Meg Connelly Communications, Cake: Sylvia Weinstock

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Baroque comes to life for this multi-tiered beauty. Golden details and sugar flowers make sure each angle is different than the last. Cake: The Caketress

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Bring the glitz and bring the glamour to a sweet close with a wedding cake on a swing. Photo: Maggie Stolzberg, Cake: The Breakers Cake Shop

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Rising up six feet and four inches on a waterfall of Swarovski crystals, this one-of-a-kind bejewelled cake is incredible. Approximately 4,100 crystals were hand-strung for this gravity defying work of art inspired by Bob Mackie’s dress creations. Cake: Ron Ben Israel

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Going with a black cake is certain to be a talking point among your guests. The tiny flower garlands remind us of Rifle Paper Co.’s famous stationery designs and the perfect symmetry is awe-inspiring. Photo: Mark Davidson Cake: Wild Orchid Baking 

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This cascade of pink sugar flowers down seven tiers of cake is a showstopper. Cake: Le Novelle

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Designed for actor Tracy Morgan’s wedding to Megan Wollover, this towering five-foot-five-inch tall wedding cake in creams and blush pink was a feminine masterpiece. The design included eight tiers covered in lace, a custom monogram and three flower-filled layers consisting of 1,500 roses, orchids and hydrangea. Photo: Jeff Tisman, Cake: Pink Cake Box

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Suspended cakes are always sure to be showstoppers. This rustic-glam beauty levitating on a crystal curtain and bed of fresh flowers is no exception. Photo: Julie Paisley Photography, Cake: Whisk Bakery

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Every inch of this five-foot-tall wedding cake is covered in sugar roses: more than 2,000, in fact. It seems to just grow out of the rose tablecloth beneath it. Exquisite. Photo: Jay Lawrence Goldman, Cake: Charm City Cakes West

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9 Imaginative Escort Cards

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When it comes to directions, few are as beautiful as wedding escort cards. When you think about it, these tiny details are just a personalized way to communicate where you would like your guests to sit … in a gorgeous way. We’ve collected a selection of imaginative escort cards in an array of materials that add dimension, whimsy and a little bit of luxury to your wedding decor.

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Fresh herbs such as rosemary, sage and thyme will guide your guests to their table. Photo: Evynn LeValley

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Set the mood by giving guests their very own keys to the dance floor. Perfect for vintage themes. Photo: Front Room Photography 

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The burger pun is just the start of this escort card wall. Custom soda bottles that double as favors are the finishing touch. They also feature the wedding hashtag and the tables are named for famous fast food restaurants. Photos: Wild Whim

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Beautiful pieces of sea glass make chic escort cards or place markers for beach or poolside weddings. Photo: Jade + Matthew Take Pictures 

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Tiny succulents make adorable, eco-friendly escort cards, not to mention budget friendly ones. Photo: Paige Jones

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As guests filter in to the reception, double up by leaving their seat assignment in an envelope and asking them to replace it with a guestbook note. Photo: Katie Kett

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These quirky geometric shapes are made of paper and double as favor holders. The couple chose to fill them with macarons in this case. Photo: Two Pair

Welcome guests with a glass to fill up with Champagne for toasts, topped with their name and table number. Photo: Natan Sans

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Formal, stately and luxurious, this imposing mirror is an ornate way to welcome guests to your wedding. Photo: Fan Jiang for Colin Cowie Weddings

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