A beautiful Wiltshire wedding at Winkworth Farm with Joseph Hall Photography

Somehow I missed one of the loveliest weddings I’ve seen all year – I can only apologise to you, my wonderful blog readers, for not sharing this one sooner! Jacqui and Andy are the best. Their wedding is captivating, the images out of this world, the laughter and atmosphere infectious.

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This gorgeous couple married at Winkworth Farm in Wiltshire and styled their day with colourful flowers (eagle-eyed blog fans will notice I love these very, very much indeed!) and fabulous details. Jacqui is a stunning brunette with the most gorgeous eyes and as a couple these two are just made for each other.

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Images are by the fantastic Joseph Hall Photography. Find out all you need to know about one of the loveliest in the business here:


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My diaries: sideways

So… over the summer my calligraphy business was wonderfully busy with wedding orders, and yet I have taken a bit of a leap and begun selling something totally different to the usual place names, table plan cards and invites. Basically I took a big step sideways and changed the face of my wedding business.

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“Will you write on my board?”, asked Emma, amongst other wonderfully creative ideas! Calligraphy by Claire Gould | Styling by Tebbey & Co.

Having sidelines doesn’t mean your core business has to be sidelined!

Have you ever done this?

My core business is still wedding name tags for place settings and favours. I sell invitations and on the day stationery to hundreds of brides and grooms and I LOVE IT.

I’ve diversified this year in two ways: first I took a step back to school with personalised calligraphy pen sets. And then I took another sideways step towards crazytown… I’ve been writing on anything I can find from old windows to huge mirrors, home made blackboards and even an oversized bread board. (Don’t get me wrong: this is my most favourite thing ever!)

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Tempting typography and charming wedding invitations from Kent’s White & Winsome

I love to see something new in wedding stationery, from those suppliers I love and from new, emerging craft businesses across England and the UK. White & Winsome landed in my inbox with a happy ping recently and I simply had to share their fabulous invites with you!

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Unique invitations include adorable boxed ceramic tiles, watercolour paper booklets and vinyl records, all personalised especially for you. They’re just wonderful – I’m only happy I don’t have to decide on just one and can show you them all today!

White & Winsome designs combine quirky, playful typography with charming materials to warm every heart. Every layout is customised to each wedding and all invitations come complete with envelopes or packaging.

Ceramic tiles make for a unique invitation and keepsake for wedding guests. Each handmade, full colour printed ceramic tile combines beautiful vintage flower photography with one-off personalised event details.

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For music lovers everywhere, I love White & Winsome’s limited edition, retro-styled wedding invitations based around a classic 7″ single and vintage sleeve design.

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A wonderfully elegant rustic wedding at Notley Abbey, with Reid Photography

I fell in love with Danielle and Phung’s Notley Abbey wedding as soon as I saw the images: their vibrant colours and beautiful outdoor wedding ceremony stole my heart. This was an international celebration with family travelling from all over the world. Danielle bought her stunning dress in New York, the table plan was a world map (it’s fab!) and there was a tea ceremony as well as the outdoor wedding and reception.

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I adore Notley Abbey for its grounds and grandeur: truly a favourite English wedding venue. Danielle told me, “The setting was amazing, but the small touches such as the flowers, family pictures, and wooden signs added our personal touch.”

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Images are by lovely Sally and Don of Reid Photography, based in Milton Keynes. Do find out more about them:

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Watch out for the cutest little bridesmaids and enjoy the fabulous florals in this enchanting summer wedding. The bride and groom are – it goes without saying – totally gorgeous – and I know you’re going to love today’s wedding on the blog.
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Creating natural, rustic wedding flowers with the fabulous Katie Laura Flowers

I adore the natural look when it comes to wedding flowers. Rustic flowers just look as though they’ve been lovingly put together… for me I think the appeal is seeing flowers which don’t look manufactured. Do you know what I mean? As though they’ve been carefully gathered by a nice person who loves flowers and creating beautiful things (vs. uniform bunches wrapped in cellophane by Interflora or stabbed with diamantes…) with rustic, natural flowers it’s easier to love them back.

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Image credit Katie Laura Flowers | www.kl-flowers.com


I stumbled across the loveliest blog feature by Katie Laura Flowers last month. Katie is a Yorkshire lass who launched her floristry company “so I could delve into the world where design meets nature with flowers & foliages.” She loves twigs, writes with real passion and has a talent for creating textured, luxurious wedding flower designs with a fanciful twist! Katie writes about natural, rustic wedding flowers and shows how she creates a gorgeous bouquet with more character than you can shake a twirly twig at! I love this… over to Katie!

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Helen and Dan’s super unique wedding at Bailbrook House, with Simon Biffen Photography

I love these two. Helen and Dan – a bride and groom so gorgeous and full of personality you’ll wish you’d been there on the day. Their wedding had lots of lovely yellow details: a rose bouquet in two shades; beautiful bridesmaid dresses and a fabulous cake. Bailbrook House is magnificent: a Grade II* listed country house hotel located just a few minutes from the centre of historic Bath.

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Helen is such a stunning bride, wearing a pearl- and sparkle-embellished dress with the loveliest waistband. Her hair piece is divine; her glasses stylish and sassy. Dan wears a great tweed suit – as their wedding photographer (the lovely Simon Biffen) says: “Dan cut a fine figure in one of the sharpest tweed suits I’ve ever seen.”

All images are by lovely Simon Biffen Photography. Simon is a UK wedding photographer, based in Somerset and happy to travel throughout the UK to photograph weddings. Wherever you are, do check him out… I think he’s fabulous!


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