An insanely beautiful rustic English spring wedding, with Three Flowers Photography

Morning beautiful! I hope you’re in the mood for lots and lots and LOTS of wedding loveliness… because I have far too many gorgeous images to show you this morning. You might need two cups of tea. Nicola and Russell’s rustic spring wedding is just wonderful!

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After a lovely church service Nicola and Russell headed to Blake Hall for their reception, which blended rustic detailing with traditional elements for a perfectly pretty but super stylish wedding look.

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I adore the shots of the venue with all the twinkling lights – images are by lovely Charlotte at Three Flowers Photography, whose website and social media links are here for your viewing pleasure (two more cups of tea needed – so many beautiful pics to enjoy!)

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Introducing a new British bridal collection: Alie Street Bridal

Good morning lovely blog readers! Today’s English Wedding Blog inspiration comes in the form of gorgeous gowns from a newly launched British bridal collection. The super stylish Alie Street has some really beautiful dresses for everything from city chic weddings to elegant country celebrations… and I think you’ll LOVE them!

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Alie Street was founded in March 2015 by Tiffany London. Following its success, the beautiful new bridal range has launched online this summer and looks set to be a hit with modern British brides. From a sophisticated city affair to elegant country wedding, the new collection fuses timeless designs with impeccable tailoring to create a beautiful range to suit any bride.

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The Victoria Gown is for brides seeking something a little different – this sleek tailored wedding dress feels truly beautiful from the fit of the strapless bodice to the swishy full skirt that sashays onto the dance floor.

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Kelly and Joe’s DIY festival wedding in Devon, with Evolve Photography

Kelly and Joe got married on my birthday back in May, and celebrated in style (as did I!) – they chose to hire Alston Hall for a 5 day festival-inspired celebration with friends and family. Kelly is beautiful – I love how she describes buying her wedding dress and the resulting snow blindness… don’t skip on the English Wedding Blog interview [at the end of today’s feature] for that one!

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The gorgeous couple found their wedding suppliers online, and through friends and local businesses too. Many details are home made too: the stationery was a labour of love; the pompoms, lanterns and fairy lights were all done by friends and family.

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The most impressive DIY aspect of today’s wedding blog is the food though: Kelly’s friend Kirsty runs her own catering business and helped design the menu for the wedding. Kelly told me, “we hired her sister and a friend to work as the chefs. Our poor friends then helped with all the prep for the day to serve 150 people!”

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Channel your inner princess – a Cinderella bridal ideas shoot with Jennifer Sinclair Photography

Cinderella is a folk heroine, a character from all of our childhoods and a girl who has inner beauty and strength. She’s no pushover: she is a hard worker, life has made her strong and her future is one of love and happiness. We love Cinders not for her perfect facade but for her story: the rags-to-riches heroine who is kind, unbreakable and whose beauty shines from the inside. Her outer beauty… well, if you ask me that’s called karma. And I reckon there’s a little bit of Cinderella in every bride because we all have that inner strength, don’t we?

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Today’s bridal ideas shoot is a romantic take on the story of Cinderella. Hampshire photographer Jennifer Sinclair explains how the bridal ideas shoot came about:

The Folly at Highfield Park made the perfect location for the cinders styled shoot.  Jemimah modelled for ‘rags Ella’ and was perfect to portray a youthful, hard working Cinderella with inner beauty and strength.   I love the softness to the photographs that show Cinderella’s kindness.  With a little magic of the fairy god mother’s magic wand, she hoped the dream that she wished would come true…

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Make your own watercolour wedding place settings

Calling all arty crafty brides and grooms! Today I have a little creative project I think you’ll love – if you’ve a paper fetish and own a watercolour brush this wedding craft idea is especially for you!

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Watercolour washing cards for your wedding place settings is a fun, colourful and rewarding craft project – and I’ve written you a step by step guide based on how I do these in my calligraphy studio. The watercolour preparation is really easy for crafty brides; the calligraphy lettering requires a little practice and of course the right equipment which you can buy in my calligraphy starter kit on Etsy. Allow yourself a good few hours (not necessarily all at once!) to learn your way around the pen and lettering styles… and then give these a try!


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Hot pressed watercolour paper sheets
Gouache paints
Calligraphy dip pen and Nikko G nib
Black calligraphy ink
Watercolour brush
Stanley knife and ruler
Metallic thread (optional)

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Step by step tutorial:

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Modern calligraphy workshops in Manchester… would you like to come?

Time flies. I can’t believe it’s 6 weeks since my first calligraphy workshop – and only 4 weeks until the next! If you’d like to come along for the day on Friday the 21st of August or Saturday 26th September please get in touch, as there are a few places left if you’re quick!

Learn calligraphy – join my calligraphy workshops in Manchester

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I’ll be teaching the workshops myself and will be there all day to help you learn your calligraphy skills :)

Manchester modern calligraphy workshops

  • Friday 21st August 2015 or Saturday 26th September 2015
  • 11am – 3pm
  • £59 payable on booking
  • All equipment provided
  • Email

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Only £59, payable when you book by emailing me:

Workshops will be in a gorgeous venue in Manchester’s super cool Northern Quarter from 11am until 3pm and there are only limited spaces available – get in early and book today!
book calligraphy class manchesterFor full details of what you’ll learn, what to bring and (best of all) what you’ll take home, read up on the 21st of August calligraphy workshop here. You can also see photos (taken on my iPhone – but worth sharing all the same for everyone’s gorgeous lettering!) from the last workshop in the same article.

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