Feathers and nature inspired bridal shoot with Delicieux Cakes and Heline Bekker Photography

A stunning feature for your beautiful eyes today lovely readers: prepare to be inspired by feathers in this wonderful styled shoot from the London Wetland Centre. I was blown away by the images as soon as I saw them. Gold and vintage ceramic bunnies? Oohhhhh yes please! There’s an exclusive behind the scenes film on my Facebook page today as well – don’t miss it!

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Dresses are by Charlotte Wilden – stunning gowns with all the grace of Swan Lake and then some. Feathers add softness and texture to the prettiest of concepts in cream and gold.  The glorious wedding cakes by Delicieux Cakes and tablescapes are creative and exciting – and it’s the unexpected little features which make them really special. Flowers and foliage are used with charm and elegance – they’re by The Vintage Floral Design Co.

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Love is a temporary madness… a smashed mirror calligraphy bridal shoot

Love is a temporary madness….

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Are you superstitious? You might want to look away now.  Today’s styled shoot is a crazy cacophony of metallics and mirrors, paper, calligraphy, design and destruction. It’s all about breaking the rules, breaking free and challenging expectations.

Weddings are full of rules and etiquette. From formal invitations to receiving lines, the legal limitations and family expectations, it can all get a bit much. Silver sixpence in your shoe? Why… in case you need to catch a bus?! Break a few rules, I dare you.

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“Love is a temporary madness. It erupts like an earthquake and then subsides. And when it subsides you have to make a decision. You have to work out whether your roots have become so entwined together that it is inconceivable that you should ever part. Because this is what love is. Love is not breathlessness, it is not excitement, it is not the promulgation of promises of eternal passion. That is just being “in love” which any of us can convince ourselves we are. Love itself is what is left over when being in love has burned away, and this is both an art and a fortunate accident. Your mother and I had it, we had roots that grew towards each other underground, and when all the pretty blossoms had fallen from our branches we found that we were one tree and not two.”
Louis de Bernières via Wikiquote

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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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This wonderful wedding has been in my “must show everyone” pile since June! What’s wrong with me?! You will LOVE….

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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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