My top 10 wedding cake ideas for 2015

Wedding cakes are no longer just elegant tiers of royal icing with simple or sugarpaste flowers. They’re statements, talking points and reflections of your personalities.

And as with everything in weddings, fashions come and go. Cakes are exciting.

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Stunning towers of delicious macarons by Medici Macarons | Image credit Colin Murdoch Photography

Tiers are out… and then they’re in. And then it’s cheese, and then cheesecake, then cakes get naked, or half-naked, or everyone has cupcakes then towers of croquembouche… and bloggers say don’t bother with a wedding cake. What’s a bride and groom to do?! If there’s one thing writing the English Wedding Blog has taught me, it’s that cake is important to me. I’m a cake lover – and not just for my sweet tooth but for the beautiful, breathtaking wedding cake designs I get to see every single day. Call me lucky! :)

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2015 is the year for romance – introducing the Terry Fox Siren Song bridal collection

“We love what we do. That’s the truth. Each and every single dress we individually create is for a real person. It is never just an order, it’s about making a dream a reality and we must never forget that.

Wedding dresses 2016 collection Terry Fox bridal (4)

Beautiful brides-to-be, I’m so pleased today to be sharing the most romantic designer wedding dress collection by the wonderful Terry Fox. Terry’s quote at the beginning of today’s feature is just fabulous – she is a designer who knows just how important a wedding dress can be – and who values every bride as an individual. Her Siren Song collection exquisite, and while I’ve fallen in love with so many gowns in the collection I will leave it to Terry to introduce you to the collection in her very own words.

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Dictionary definition – romance [n., adj., v. roh-mans]
A feeling of excitement and mystery associated with love.

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Wedding blogs, details and photographers – a blogger’s perspective on taking and using detail shots (even if you don’t want to)

I read a little article last week which captured a big talking point and wrapped it up beautifully in a neat and tidy little nutshell. Nichola Morton was writing for Aspire Photography Training: “ If your couples have either hand-made or spent money on something involved with their wedding, they will want to make sure that it is documented via your photography.”

Yorkshire wedding detail photographers James and Lianne Photography (2)Images in this post are by James and Lianne Photography from Gemma and Niall’s North Yorkshire garden wedding

Nichola’s use of the word documented really caught my attention. Those documentary or reportage photographers I know tend to be the most reluctant to capture details… and yet Nichola brought them together in one wonderfully succinct sentence.

I’ll make my point first and explain it in a moment. I think 99% of wedding photographers should be capturing details and using those images in their marketing. It’s time to realise just how valuable those detail shots can be to your business. Why?

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Wedding dresses from £250 – the 8 Bridal collection from Phase Eight

You can look pretty damn amazing in a wedding dress for under £1k. Fact. You can look fabulous-and-then-some in a wedding dress for under £500. Fact. And if you need proof, gorgeous girls, then I have it right here for you on the English Wedding Blog today.
affordable wedding dress collection by Phase Eight (4)This is the latest collection from Phase Eight, featuring sequinned 20s-inspired dresses, short, sassy styles, lace and embroidery, applique and delicate trains… and for any bride looking for a gorgeous little number which won’t break the bank, I would recommend them. Visit their website to see more styles in their lookbook and online shop!
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affordable wedding dress collection by Phase Eight (8)

Phase Eight wedding dresses start at just £250. You can buy online or at stores around the UK, and the new collection has a style for every modern bride. Dresses come in sizes 6 – 20, and include romantic, vintage or contemporary styles for city, countryside or overseas weddings. All are exclusively designed by Phase Eight, from classic bridal gowns in lace through to contemporary wedding dresses with sleek silhouettes – their range of gorgeous styles will make your big day a little more beautiful!

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Cerian and Tom’s beautiful Coombe Lodge Bristol wedding with home made touches, images by Joseph Hall Photography

Your wedding doesn’t have to have a theme – it just has to reflect your personalities. Cerian and Tom planned a simple, beautiful wedding at Coombe Lodge with homemade touches and pastel colours – but adamantly no theme! And you know what? It works wonderfully.

Bristol wedding photographer Joseph Hall at Coombe Lodge Somerset (4)

My lovely sponsor, Bristol wedding photographer Joseph Hall, was there on the day to document it all. His style is natural and creative, perfect for this relaxed and family-oriented couple. I adore the images of their day and I knew as soon as I saw them that you would too!

Bristol wedding photographer Joseph Hall at Coombe Lodge Somerset (25)

Find out more about Joseph:

http://joseph-hall.com/
https://www.facebook.com/JosephHallPhotography
@mrjoehall
http://english-wedding.com/tag/joseph-hall-photography

Bristol wedding photographer Joseph Hall at Coombe Lodge Somerset (31)

My personal highlights today include the glorious venue and autumn sunshine, Cerian’s gorgeous dress and the excitement of all the children on the day (kids can make weddings a million times extra special!) – oh and the Penguin book stationery touches, which are fab!

Enjoy.
claire gould calligrapher signatureBristol wedding photographer Joseph Hall at Coombe Lodge Somerset (1)
Bristol wedding photographer Joseph Hall at Coombe Lodge Somerset (2)
Bristol wedding photographer Joseph Hall at Coombe Lodge Somerset (3)
Bristol wedding photographer Joseph Hall at Coombe Lodge Somerset (5)
Bristol wedding photographer Joseph Hall at Coombe Lodge Somerset (6)
Bristol wedding photographer Joseph Hall at Coombe Lodge Somerset (7)
Bristol wedding photographer Joseph Hall at Coombe Lodge Somerset (8)
Bristol wedding photographer Joseph Hall at Coombe Lodge Somerset (9)
Bristol wedding photographer Joseph Hall at Coombe Lodge Somerset (10)
Bristol wedding photographer Joseph Hall at Coombe Lodge Somerset (11)
Bristol wedding photographer Joseph Hall at Coombe Lodge Somerset (12)
Bristol wedding photographer Joseph Hall at Coombe Lodge Somerset (13)
Bristol wedding photographer Joseph Hall at Coombe Lodge Somerset (14)
Bristol wedding photographer Joseph Hall at Coombe Lodge Somerset (15)
Bristol wedding photographer Joseph Hall at Coombe Lodge Somerset (16)
Bristol wedding photographer Joseph Hall at Coombe Lodge Somerset (17)
Bristol wedding photographer Joseph Hall at Coombe Lodge Somerset (18)
Bristol wedding photographer Joseph Hall at Coombe Lodge Somerset (19)
Bristol wedding photographer Joseph Hall at Coombe Lodge Somerset (20)
Bristol wedding photographer Joseph Hall at Coombe Lodge Somerset (21)
Bristol wedding photographer Joseph Hall at Coombe Lodge Somerset (22)
Bristol wedding photographer Joseph Hall at Coombe Lodge Somerset (23)
Bristol wedding photographer Joseph Hall at Coombe Lodge Somerset (24)
Bristol wedding photographer Joseph Hall at Coombe Lodge Somerset (26)
Bristol wedding photographer Joseph Hall at Coombe Lodge Somerset (27)
Bristol wedding photographer Joseph Hall at Coombe Lodge Somerset (28)
Bristol wedding photographer Joseph Hall at Coombe Lodge Somerset (29)
Bristol wedding photographer Joseph Hall at Coombe Lodge Somerset (30)
Bristol wedding photographer Joseph Hall at Coombe Lodge Somerset (31)
Bristol wedding photographer Joseph Hall at Coombe Lodge Somerset (32)
Bristol wedding photographer Joseph Hall at Coombe Lodge Somerset (33)
Bristol wedding photographer Joseph Hall at Coombe Lodge Somerset (34)
Bristol wedding photographer Joseph Hall at Coombe Lodge Somerset (35)
Bristol wedding photographer Joseph Hall at Coombe Lodge Somerset (36)
Bristol wedding photographer Joseph Hall at Coombe Lodge Somerset (37)
Bristol wedding photographer Joseph Hall at Coombe Lodge Somerset (38)
Bristol wedding photographer Joseph Hall at Coombe Lodge Somerset (39)
Bristol wedding photographer Joseph Hall at Coombe Lodge Somerset (40)
Bristol wedding photographer Joseph Hall at Coombe Lodge Somerset (41)
Bristol wedding photographer Joseph Hall at Coombe Lodge Somerset (42)
Bristol wedding photographer Joseph Hall at Coombe Lodge Somerset (43)
Bristol wedding photographer Joseph Hall at Coombe Lodge Somerset (44)
Bristol wedding photographer Joseph Hall at Coombe Lodge Somerset (45)
Bristol wedding photographer Joseph Hall at Coombe Lodge Somerset (46)
Bristol wedding photographer Joseph Hall at Coombe Lodge Somerset (47)
Bristol wedding photographer Joseph Hall at Coombe Lodge Somerset (48)
Bristol wedding photographer Joseph Hall at Coombe Lodge Somerset (49)

Our wedding report: Cerian + Tom

Wedding photographer’s website:

joseph-hall.com

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Letterpress Studio Wolf & Ink launch ‘Ready To Go’ wedding invitation collection for 2015

There’s nothing lovelier than running your hands over soft, warm and luscious letterpress invitations. I adore letterpress print – as a calligrapher I get stupidly excited when brides send me gorgeous invites! – and I’ve just discovered the fabulous Wolf & Ink letterpress studio. Their designs are stunning; they’re eco-friendly and the way they work is wonderfully enticing. Founder Julia Wolfe has very generously shared her designs with us today and I’d love to show you my favourites.

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Wolf & Ink's ready to buy letterpress wedding invitation collection 2015 (7)
Wolf & Ink's ready to buy letterpress wedding invitation collection 2015 (8)
Wolf & Ink's ready to buy letterpress wedding invitation collection 2015 (9)

Designs created on antique letterpress over 100 years old

Luxury letterpress studio Wolf & Ink launches its first ‘Ready To Go’ collection of wedding invitations, just in time for the 2015 wedding season. Wolf & Ink’s signature design style blends heritage-inspired imagery with contemporary prints, creating timeless, hand-crafted invitations.

As a design and print studio Wolf & Ink have used their knowledge of the intricacies of letterpress printing on an antique press to create six unique designs for the new collection. Each item is designed in-house and then lovingly hand-printed by letterpress onto thick, quality paper stock.

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