When your besties match – the mystery of bridesmaid dresses

Every now and then I see a wedding which sort of freaks me out. It’s usually on a US blog, highly styled and coordinated with every detail imaginable. The freaky bit? Seven girls with matching hair, shoes, flowers and dresses. I prefer something more interesting…

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Image credit Love In Focus Photography http://love-in-focus.co.uk/ on the English Wedding Blog

Matching bridesmaids freak me out

Perhaps it’s a control thing. Perhaps it’s because matching dresses sort of look like wedding uniforms. Perhaps I just love colour and creativity and the fact that everyone is designed to be different.

Traditional bridesmaid dress retailers – think Dessy and House of Fraser – realise that girls come in all shapes and sizes and sell dresses in the same fabric and colour but different styles. That’s not so bad – at least it gives girls a little more freedom to choose.

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Love and sunshine 1950s vintage bridal inspiration shoot by Vogue Shot Photography

The cute and quirky dress styles of the 1950s make it one of our favourite vintage wedding eras. Tea length dresses with swirly skirts and cute ribbon belts make 1950s inspired brides ever so beautiful. Today’s shoot is all about the dress: gorgeous model Lauren looks stunning in a dress from Lace & Co. in Yorkshire.

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The sunshine, along with masses of flowers and fabulous settings just make this a bridal shoot to get really inspired by. Whatever your style and shape, a playful little 1950s wedding dress will make you feel like a million dollars – and you’re guaranteed to set the dance floor on fire!

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Images are by the fabulous Vogue Shot Photography (David Wade) at Yorkshire Sculpture Park and Hazlewood Castle. Dress from Lace and Co., bouquet from Stems Design, hair and make up Natalie Willingham and model Lauren Delaney.

 

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www.vogueshot.co.uk

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Photography: Vogue Shot Photography

Flowers by Stems Design

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For seaside brides – introducing the Seashore Collection by Bridal Designs

So many of the crafty people I know, follow and admire live by the seaside. There’s something in every seaside town and village which inspires our creative spirits – and if you’re looking for inspiration then you can’t beat a trip to the beach, trust me! One thing I have in common with Bridal Designs owner Tracey Phillips is our love of the seaside. We’re both just a short hop away from the beach; Tracey’s based in beautiful Devon, where she crafts her pretty and delicate bridal jewellery.

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Seashore bridal necklace by Bridal Designs, from £85

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Seashore bracelet from £55

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Seashore dainty bracelet from £42

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Seashore earrings from £28

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Seashore curved pearl earrings from £28 by Bridal Designs Wedding Jewellery

This pretty range is perfect for a summer wedding, and would look stunning at a beach ceremony! Made using curved white Swarovski pearls, sparkling Aquamarine Swarovski crystals, powder blue Swarovski pearls, and gorgeous Pacific Opal Swarovski crystals for a washed sea glass look, it is a lovely relaxed bridal jewellery collection for those hot sunny days.

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A fabulous, colourful, rockabilly wedding sneak peek by Shaun Taylor Photography

Happy weekend lovelies! I’m having a chilled out Saturday morning before I head into the Lake District later for a little adventure BUT before I go, I can’t resist sharing these sneak peeks of an awesome wedding by Shaun Taylor Photography. Laura and Scott had a unique and memorable wedding just bursting with personality from the bride’s gorgeous 1950s style dress and hairpiece to the groom’s delish polka dot bowtie and bridesmaid dresses…


There’s more to see on Shaun’s wedding photography blog and if you’re getting married in Derbyshire or nearby please do give him a call and have a good look at his wedding photography.

www.shauntaylorphotography.co.uk

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Claudia and Peter’s vintage garden party wedding at Preston Court, with Howling Basset Photography

Hello lovely! I have a beautiful Kent wedding to share with you this morning – it’s sunny and warm and I’m happy to be starting the day on a high with such a glorious celebration at Preston Court with gorgeous bride Claudia and her new hubby Peter.

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They describe their summer wedding as a vintage garden party, and it’s that and so much more: with a charming sense of grace and style and a bouquet I just adore. There are paper poms everywhere, the cake is exquisite, and oh did I forget to mention the carousel?!

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Huge thanks to Claudia and Peter for the lovely wedding report. Thanks also to fab wedding photographer Andrew of Howling Basset Photography – you can find out more about him here:

http://www.howlingbasset.com
https://www.facebook.com/howlingbassetphotography

vintage garden party wedding Howling Basset (3)So without further procrastination from me, here’s one of the loveliest Kent weddings – and one of the most gorgeous and madly-in-love couples – I’ve seen this year. Enjoy.
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Our wedding report: Claudia and Peter

Wedding venue:

Preston Court, Kent

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Introducing beautiful Staffordshire wedding venue Sandon Hall

Good morning everyone! I hope your week is going well. I have so many things to share with you, my list of blog submissions for fabulous shoots and real weddings is growing and my editorial calendar for July is pretty full… with a little space for anything really special that comes along, so do get in touch if you have a feature for me! In the meantime, I’d love for you to join me today on a virtual trip around beautiful Sandon Hall.

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Image credit Chris Hanley Photography for Sandon Hall

I’ve been chatting on email to Sandon Hall’s resident flower expert, the lovely Breige. We share a love of English country garden flowers for weddings and I’m really looking forward to sharing more floral inspiration from Sandon Hall on the English Wedding Blog over the summer. Already a stunning wedding venue, Sandon Hall looks absolutely incredible when the rooms are filled with flowers, and for Staffordshire couples I don’t think there’s a better choice of wedding venue.

www.sandonhall.co.uk

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