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Yaxin + David – Castle Howard Yorkshire


This very heart of mine could burst – 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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  • betta - What a stunning wedding! And, my o my, Sarah’s pictures are divine! Absolutely gorgeous Carmen! xxOctober 29, 2014 – 1:17 pm

  • Carms - Thank you so much Betta! xoxoOctober 31, 2014 – 10:04 am

  • 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 xxNovember 21, 2014 – 12:56 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 xoxoNovember 25, 2014 – 8:12 pm

  • Earcandy G - Absolutely stunning wedding photos! The umbrella was such an intricate touch! Gorgeous location too.March 21, 2015 – 2:24 pm

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