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Sometimes I meet a couple and instantly know not only would we get on but that if I end up planning their wedding, it will be a very enjoyable experience. Chloe & Alistair were very much that couple!

I met Chloe & Alistair on a lovely sunny day at their beautiful home in a small village near Newark. During our consultation we discussed the options of hosting their wedding at a venue close to their Nottinghamshire home… but then the meeting ended with great excitement after we discussed the possibilities of having their ceremony in their own church, followed by reception in a marquee, tent or tipi. This would be in one of the overgrown woodlands on their family estate. I must point out, when I say overgrown, it really was!

I walked away incredibly excited and hoped that they would choose me as their planner.

Twelve months later, with a lot of planning work and meetings in between, plus the wonderful home cooked lunches I was invited to at every meeting {thank you Chloe, Alistair and family for making me so welcome throughout!}… we brought their vision to life.

The church service. A romantic Sperry tent reception. A day filled with African touches. Amazing entertainment and delicious food from start until late.

This is one wedding I’ll never forget and I hope you enjoy the photographs of their day as much I do. With huge thanks to the team in bringing the day together and lots of love to the happy couple.


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Wedding Planner – Carmen Weddings | Photography – Kathryn Edwards | Stationery Suite – Abigail Warner | Dress – Elie Saab | Hair & Make Up – Rachel Liney | Sperry – Papakata | Flowers – Catkin Flowers | Catering – Whites Fine Foods | Videographer – Blooming Lovely Films | African Dancers – Adanta | Evening Band – Top Cats | Artist – The Lucy Dixon | Photobooth – Vintage Booth

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  • September 2, 2015 - 2:30 pm

    Kathryn - amazing. Great work Carmen. What a wonderful wedding it was. I thoroughly enjoyed photographing their day! Xx

  • September 2, 2015 - 5:20 pm

    Carmen - Thank you Kathryn! It was equally as enjoyable working with you for Chloe & Alistair – thanks so much again for all of the wonderful photos xo

  • October 14, 2015 - 10:58 am

    Marvin - Beautiful work. These pictures are clicked beautifully and love the idea you shared with us.

I’m beyond thrilled to see the wedding of Yaxin + David published in the current issue of You & Your Wedding.

Yaxin + David married at the stunning Castle Howard in Yorkshire and it was a wedding which completely took my breath away. For some, this may come across a little like I’m ‘high-fiving’ myself on my own work but with all the experience in planning, knowing every little tiny detail before the very day and when I’ve already got the schedule down to perfection, not to mention already knowing it off the top of my head… but still, when the day and details comes together it still makes my heart flutter. Every time.

A huge thank you to the wonderful team at You & Your Wedding for the feature and more importantly to the bride + groom for their sweet words and of course their wedding team. I hope you enjoy the feature xoxo

you & your wedding july august 2015

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I’ve been spending a little time going through organising my blog layout as things changed when I moved to my new website… and then recently came to realise that one of my favourite inspiration shoots was never blogged on here!

Oh how could I forget this? A shoot planned from six thousand miles away AND we had it grace the very wonderful pages of Style Me Pretty.

I thoroughly enjoyed planning this alongside Hong Kong blogger, Bridelicious and putting together a gorgeous shoot with an amazing team in both Hong Kong and the UK.

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Our idea was to show how weddings in this vibrant city can be small and personalised, with an emphasis on DIY details and decorative items that can be easily found in Hong Kong; Bridelicious had birdcages and bamboo steamers painted, napkin rings were made using Chinese motifs and the bride and groom’s chair decoration were made using jade beads. We used a mixture of soft, elegant flowers and bright coral flowers gorgeously put together by Divine Floreal and paired with pops of teal coloured tea tins and bamboo steamers to create a modern and playful setting. Carnations are rarely used in Hong Kong weddings and we wanted to show how versatile and pretty this type of flower could be.

Most of the weddings in Hong Kong are held in hotel ballrooms which can sometimes be stifling, not only for the bride and groom but also the guests. From the outset, our aim was to team up with a venue that is both intimate and beautiful; to create a feeling of being a million miles away from the bustling city. One Thirty One in Sai Kung was the perfect location for our shoot, with the outdoor space as well as the British inspired wooden panelled interior, which added a sophisticated touch. We were also mindful that the shoot was a reflection of Hong Kong talent and therefore, chose mainly Hong Kong based vendors to collaborate with.

We chose this particular dress by Ranee K as she creatively transforms the Cheongsam (the Chinese dress that’s traditionally long with short sleeves) into a gown that can be worn by modern brides who usually seek for more Western-styled wedding dresses. As much as we could, we made sure to tie in the different elements from different vendors together, be it the water coloured invitation suite designed by Kalo Make Art with the dessert table that was deliciously created by Patisseries A Legna.

We were both in awe of Jada Poon’s photography, and her perfection in creating fine art images was exactly what we had in mind. She beautifully captured the details and the fabulous views at this stunning venue, bringing out the best in all the vendors.
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Planning + Design – Carmen Weddings | Design + Styling – Bridelicious | Photography – Jada Poon Photography | Floral Design – Divine Floreal | Wedding Dress – Ranee K | Stationery – Kalo Make Art | Venue – One Thirty One | Bridal Accessories –  Littledate | Bridal Shoes – DYOS| Cake + Desserts – Patisseries A Legna | Chair Rentals – Ginger | Film – Allora Visuals | Hair + Makeup –  She Make Up Studio

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  • April 22, 2015 - 10:51 am

    Katherine - Lovely shoot! I really like the floral arrangements and the flower on that wedding cake. Beautiful and elegant theme!

  • April 26, 2015 - 4:33 pm

    Carmen - Thank you Katherine!


Oh my heart – as soon as I set eyes on Yaxin + David’s wedding photos, it was just bursting with love, admiration and a huge amount of pride.

Love for every capture of the Bride + Groom. Of the sweet details. Of every loving moment. Of every emotion. Admiration for the incredible wedding team. Pride for what we’ve brought to life for this very lovely couple.

Eighteen months ago I was elated when Yaxin + David asked me to be their wedding planner. I knew from our first Skype call that we would be a perfect match. I instantly felt I understood their vision and I wanted nothing other than to create a day which was personal and beautiful for them. A day they would remember forever.

In May 2013 we had venue visits from Berkshire to Yorkshire and it wasn’t until they had arrived back to The USA, where they currently live, did they decide that Yorkshire will be the very place where they would  get married. The city of York was where Yaxin + David first met while studying at University and we knew that although we had visited many spectacular venues during their week visit to the UK, Castle Howard was the only venue for them.

A year of planning their Chinoiserie Elegance style day, with an amazing team on board…

this is Yaxin + David’s wedding day.


It’s been such a great pleasure working with Yaxin + David – I would like to thank them both, their families and the team for such a wonderful journey – from that very first time we visited the beautiful venues all over the UK, right to the very day we witnessed them become husband and wife.


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Wedding Planner – Carmen Weddings | Photography – Sarah Gawler | Ceremony + Reception Venue –Castle Howard  | Hair – Emily Hawkes Bridal | Makeup – Bride’s own | Bride’s Dress – Jenny Packham | Bride’s Shoes + Accessories – BHLDN | Groom’s Suit + Tie –Acustom Apparel  | Groom’s Shirt + Cufflinks – Thomas Pink | Groom’s Shoes – Oliver Sweeney  | Bridesmaids Dresses – Donna Morgan via Nordstrom  | Groomsmen Suits – Suitsupply |  Groomsmen’s Ties –Burberry  | Stationery –Artcadia & Noble Fine Arts | Flowers – Michele Gledhill Flowers & Styling | Cake – Quite Contrary Cakes  | Music – Strelitzia String Quartet Band – The Scoundrels via Alive Network |  Videographer –Wedding Film Studio

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  • October 29, 2014 - 1:17 pm

    betta - What a stunning wedding! And, my o my, Sarah’s pictures are divine! Absolutely gorgeous Carmen! xx

  • October 31, 2014 - 10:04 am

    Carms - Thank you so much Betta! xoxo

  • November 21, 2014 - 12:56 pm

    LucyL - Oh my word, what an amazing wedding!! The pictures just took my breath away! I can’t stop staring at the beautiful bride and all the intricate details! Thanks for sharing Carmen.

    PS, I hope motherhood is bringing you many joys xx

  • November 25, 2014 - 8:12 pm

    Carms - Hi Lucy, Thank you so much for your kind words! It’s one wedding I’m so proud to have been a part of.
    Being a mami has completely changed my world – for the better of course! Thank you once again for your sweet blog comment Lucy xoxo

  • March 21, 2015 - 2:24 pm

    Earcandy G - Absolutely stunning wedding photos! The umbrella was such an intricate touch! Gorgeous location too.