Heirloom & Grace- Italian Inspired Shoot

When dreaming up my next shoot I wanted it to have a personal connection to me. I was inspired by key heirloom pieces that had been in my family and newer pieces that had been gifted to me from my Grandparents in Italy (these will no doubt become Heirlooms one day too).

Drawing on my Italian heritage I wanted to keep the style elegant and refined with subtle hints to Italian culture and traditions. Crochet has always been a part of Italian culture, if you’ve ever been to Sorrento you’ll no doubt have seen linens with crocheted edges ranging to full crocheted bed covers! I wanted to subtly nod to that and so had crocheted ties for the Olive wreaths made and used linen with a delicate crocheted edge.


I also wanted to hint at the colour yellow, not in association with lemons(!!), but because I find it is a colour that doesn’t often get executed well. I wanted to show that yellow can be elegant and it can be beautiful when done properly. Bride and Bloom did a wonderful job with my brief, just look at these…


The dress was made by fellow Italian, Sienna, who is the most exquisite dress maker, I absolutely love her designs and what she made for this shoot was just perfect!


Then where do I start with Charlotte Tillyer MUA, everyone needs her in their life. She is amazing! I asked for paired back Italian Elegance and she nailed it with the hair and make up.


Here are a few more images from the shoot which was featured on Elizabeth Anne Designs in September…



To see the full feature on Elizabeth Anne Designs Click here

My wonderful Dream Team:

Photography Bowtie and Belle Photography

Styling and Planning Wedding Creations UK

Florals Bride and Bloom

Gown Sienna Von Hildemar

Ring Box The Mrs Box

Rentals Virginia’s Vintage Hire

Accessories Glitzy Secrets

Venue Pennard House

Hair and Makeup Charlotte Tillyer

Stationery Merrie and Bright

Ring The London Victorian Ring Company

Shoes Emmy London

Cake The Vanilla Pod Bakery

Cake The Cheltenham Cakery

Watercolor and Ribbon Kate Cullen Style

Sarah & Rob

Sarah & Rob wed back in June 2017 and I loved styling their wedding day for them. Brockworth is a beautiful venue but a blank canvas and so everything has to be drafted in from tables and chairs to lights and caterers.

We kept the style of the day rustic and relaxed with exposed tables and mismatched chairs. This combination really compliments the barn and works much better than white linen on round tables! I also created a new layout for the couple so that none of their guests had their backs to them. This has to be my new favourite layout for this barn! (Take a look below)

I hope you enjoy looking through the pictures. I have uploaded a few images from both their photographer and myself (you’ll instantly know which ones are the professional images I am sure!)

Here is the team that made it happen:

  • Chairs and Tables: Josephine’s Fabulous Flowers
  • Styling and Props: WeddingCreationsUK
  • Photographer: Joab Smith Photography
  • Lights: Every Event Hire
  • Venue: Brockworth Court Barn



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I love this last shot of the first dance! Congratulations again Sarah & Rob!

Lauradana x


Travel: Porto, Portugal

I’ve been wanting to write a post about my trip to Porto for a while now. I very quickly fell in love with this city and wanted to share my experience as I think everyone should have it on there list of places to visit.

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My trip was a last minute 48hour one and so I didn’t stay in the most central location although it was a lovely hotel and room. Porto is best explored on foot and so I’d suggest booking a hostel/hotel that is more central as you’ll quickly rack up those steps!

First and foremost I’d recommend starting your trip with Porto Walkers, a free guided tour on foot of the city run by locals. It’s the best way to get your bearings quickly and see things you may have missed otherwise.

IMG_5358This image here shows you what I would consider as one of the key areas to explore. In this photo you can see the famous livraria lello bookstore (left of the picture) I’d suggest making sure you get in the queue early on in the day, it looks long but does go down quite quickly. Here are a few of my snaps inside…

In this same square (and where the top image is taken from) is the clerigos tower. Long queues form here in the day but catch it in the evening or at dusk and it isn’t as bad (It’s also cheaper in the evening). Beware those who aren’t good at confined spaces and heights (obviously!) as there are a lot of narrow parts as you climb the steep stairs up.


Walking down towards the river there are lots of restaurants and bars to visit as well as the famous Port cellars (most of these being on the other side of the bridge). There are many ways to walk down to the river, on the first day with Porto Walkers we went through the old town, Ribeira, which is a designated World Heritage Site. The streets reminded me of parts of Italy with narrow passages and colourful buildings.

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There are two levels to the bridge, I crossed on the bottom the majority of the time so I’ll try and explain where to go from here! Once you’ve crossed the Ponte de D. Luís bridge from Porto natural instinct takes you along the riverside. If however you cross the road and find a slightly inconspicuous path uphill, take it! It is steep and long and your calves WILL burn but the view from the top is worth it! I did this both during the day and evening and highly recommend coming to watch sunsets here, they are incredible! The park at the top is called Jardim do Morro.

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Another must see is the market. This is another great place to visit in the morning to get the buzz of the fishmongers selling etc. I only managed to squeeze an afternoon trip in but I do highly recommend a visit here.

My absolute favourite part of the trip and one that wasn’t on any blogs or vlogs that I looked into before going was spending the afternoon in Jardins do Palácio de Cristal. I found a perfect little spot by the water on some palletboard seating and tucked into some food. It was so peaceful and tranquil. Here are some photos…

Whilst I’d say Porto isn’t the best city to explore with young children (mainly due to the steep hills and cobbles) the park did have lots for children to keep themselves occupied with.

Rather than blabber on I’ve compiled a list of places that I visited and would recommend at the end of this post and I’ll leave you with some more highlight images…


Places to visit:

  • Livraria lello bookstore
  • Clerigos tower
  • Ribeira
  • Ponte de D. Luís bridge
  • Jardins do Palácio de Cristal
  • Mercado do Bolhão
  • São Bento railway station
  • Church of São Francisco* (Must see!)
  • Palácio da Bolsa
  • Port Cellars

Food and Drink:

  • Try the famous Porto sandwich (francesinha), I barely made it through half but give it a go! I ate with some fellow travelers at: Restaurante Verso Em Pedra


  • O’ Mercado (upstairs restaurant)
  • Zenith – Brunch & Cocktails Bar (If you’re into instagram this is a mecca for those wanting a ‘good’ picture of their food!!) Worth the wait though and breakfast is good!
  • Amorino porto (for ice-cream)


Hope you enjoyed flicking through my trip and if you go do write to me below!

L x

Nicole & Clark

This gorgeous couple got married at the wonderful Elmore Court in April of this year and I absolutely loved styling their day. It was lovely to work alongside Nikki Cooper Photography who have sent me these gorgeous images I’m about to share with you…


The ceremony space was kept fuss free as the room speaks for itself. Lace chair caps were used on every other chair to pick up the lace of the brides’ dress and lanterns lined the aisle. At the end of the aisle the couple opted for our wooden arch which was later moved to frame their favour table.

Lawn games were provided for the drinks reception to keep the guests entertained before dinner.

The flowers and lanterns from the ceremony were brought over to the main reception room and used around the gillyflower. I always suggest doing this to maximize what you can get for your budget.

The perspex table plan worked really well against the mud walls of this venue. Lots of candlelight and outdoor fairylights were used to make sure the venue looked just as magical into the night.

All of this was available to the couple in the full styling service which can be found here.

I hope you’ve enjoyed having a flick through the images of this beautiful venue and wedding. If you’d like to see more weddings that I have styled at this venue then you can find them here.

Till next time, L x

A little about me

Wedding Creations UK was established in 2013 by myself, Lauradana, and specialises in providing couples with unique and thoughtful decor for their wedding day. With a new website comes a new blog and so I thought I’d reintroduce myself on here!


I am a lover of; natural elements, authenticity, telling a couples’ story, creating beautiful items, meeting new people and visiting new places!

2018 sees a lot of changes for my business as I begin to take it into a business that will become more sustainable for myself to run. I have some exciting workshops lined up, a change of my services and some new faces to join the team. This blog will showcase all of these moments as well as show you past weddings and more of the behind the scenes and what to expect on your day.

For now you’ll find all information on my services at my website: http://www.weddingcreationsuk.co.uk

Lauradana x