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Nicola and James’s rustic country wedding at Avoncroft Museum of Historic Buildings, with Just Hitched Photography

Morning lovely! It’s real wedding time… and you’re going to love today’s venue idea as much as the gorgeous bride and groom and their brilliant snippets of advice! This is a wedding with simple, rustic and carefully considered details which all work together beautifully. The venue – an unusual but excellent choice: Avoncroft Museum of Historic Buildings, in Worcestershire. It has a miniature train… what more could you need?! The venue is also a charity, which makes it a pretty special place to have your wedding.

A contemporary DIY wedding at Avoncroft in Worcestershire with Just Hitched wedding photography (12)

Images are by lovely Dave Allen of Just Hitched Wedding Photography. When Dave first got in touch he’d said “These childhood sweethearts really do show what loving someone is all about. Along with their lovely friends and family, who made me feel truly welcomed and part of their fabulous wedding day” – isn’t that wonderful?
A contemporary DIY wedding at Avoncroft in Worcestershire with Just Hitched wedding photography (13)

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Quintessentially English – peonies, duck racing and spacehoppers at Sopley Mill, with Ian H Photography

The phrase ‘quintessentially English’ mightn’t immediately bring to mind spacehoppers or rubber duck racing… and yet. ;-) There are so many nostalgic, quirky and bizarre English traditions to choose from when it comes to outdoor games and entertaining your guests, I’d love to see more weddings like Hannah and Neil’s!

A quintessentially English wedding blog at Sopley Mill, with Ian H Photography (2)

Their day was deliciously pretty – with a wonderful soft pink peony bouquet, a picturesque setting and miles of home made bunting. Hannah is so, so beautiful – Neil’s a gorgeous groom too! But once again (and as with every one of my favourite weddings) the wonderful images show that in the end, the wedding is all about the people.

A quintessentially English wedding blog at Sopley Mill, with Ian H Photography (61)

Photographs are by leading Dorset wedding photographer Ian H Photography, whose portfolio and social media you’ll find here:

A quintessentially English wedding blog at Sopley Mill, with Ian H Photography (64)
Delightful details set the scene and make for a pretty, welcoming wedding space which I adore – the little trees in the ceremony room are fabulous! -  but the people make this one of the best weddings I’ve seen. The duck race brings delight; the space-hopping makes me wish I’d been there.

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Nicola and Rob’s timelessly stylish Bartle Hall wedding, with Vickerstaff Photography

I’m lucky this week – ridiculously lucky! – to have some wonderfully individual and unique couples starring on the English Wedding Blog. Yesterday’s real wedding was awesome with a humanist ceremony outdoors; today’s is just lovely – a bride and groom whose own style once again shapes their day beautifully.

Nicola and Rob's beautiful English wedding at Bartle Hall in Lancashire, with Vickerstaff Photography (2)

Nicola and Rob were married at the fabulous Bartle Hall, and their photographer was my great friend Jamie of Vickerstaff Photography. Their images reflect the timeless and elegant style of their day, all with a sense of fun! The portraits are divine (and with a gorgeous bride and groom, a breathtaking venue and an awesome photographer, how could they be anything else?!)

Nicola and Rob's beautiful English wedding at Bartle Hall in Lancashire, with Vickerstaff Photography (8)

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Nicola and Rob's beautiful English wedding at Bartle Hall in Lancashire, with Vickerstaff Photography (26)
Love, love, love… the flowers (eucalyptus, you’re my favourite!), the chandelier, the ear-licking, the littlest bridesmaid… the first kiss, Grandma and the wonderful snowdrops…

Enjoy.
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Nicola and Rob's beautiful English wedding at Bartle Hall in Lancashire, with Vickerstaff Photography (36)

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A brilliantly unique and personal wedding in Hertfordshire, with Cinzia Bruschini

Every now and then a wedding comes along into my little world of wedding blog which has so much style and personality I’m lost for words. Hello Bev and Ricky!!! Their day is unique because it reflects who they are… not because it follows fashion or trends, but because they did things their way, all the way.

A unique wedding in Hertfordshire with images by Cinzia Bruschini Photography (16)

I guess I fell in love with this one because it’s right up my street: the humanist ceremony, the influence of nature on everything and the crafty touches. Also because the images are divine and the smiles just never stop!

A unique wedding in Hertfordshire with images by Cinzia Bruschini Photography (22)

Thanks to gorgeous Bev and Ricky, and to lovely wedding photographer Cinzia Bruschini for sharing such a beautiful wedding story in pictures today. Cinzia is based in London and travels worldwide to photograph weddings – she’s been featured on some of the world’s best wedding blogs including Junebug, Style Me Pretty and Rock n Roll Bride. Find out more about Cinzia here:

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Chloe and Mark’s warm, wintry, rustic wedding in Somerset, with Kerry Bartlett Photography

I told you this week was all about the flowers… and today there’s more. I have the most amazing, luscious real wedding to share with you – and the flowers are out of this world! The lovely, beautiful Chloe and Mark were married at Wick Farm in Somerset, a lovely rural wedding venue with tons of character and English country charm.

Kerry Bartlett Photography images from a winter farm wedding in Bath (15)

Their flowers – by my wonderfully talented friend Claire at Garden & Wild – were in rich plum, aubergine and dusky pink colours with a rustic flavour and incorporated mosses and fern foliage to tie together the rustic theme. They’re such a fabulous style for a winter wedding, and Chloe told me, “Mark and I ADORED our flowers – Claire worked with us to really understand what we wanted and created the most stunning bouquets, buttonholes and table decorations. I would recommend her to everyone, a million times!

Kerry Bartlett Photography images from a winter farm wedding in Bath (23)

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A Manchester city centre wedding with an English summer party twist! By Paul Joseph Photography

Nicola and Liam met – officially! – on a trip to Paris and tied the knot 10 years later in Manchester’s Castlefield Rooms. I love the venue they’ve chosen… chic and central, brilliant for guests to travel to and in my favourite English city. Their day is lovely, and the images from Paul Joseph Photography are the perfect complement for their city wedding – capturing the style and atmosphere of their day so wonderfully well.

Chic DIY Manchester city centre wedding blog with Paul Joseph Photography (37)

Nicola told me their day had a slightly rustic English summer party theme. The venue was decorated with bunting and poms, and she arrived in style in a gorgeous campervan – which would always turn heads in the centre of Manchester!

Chic DIY Manchester city centre wedding blog with Paul Joseph Photography (7)

As well as the gorgeous couple and fabulous images, there’s advice for you today: Nicola told me they enjoyed making things themselves – bunting, stationery and so on – but that it can get stressful closer to the wedding. There’s always a balance to be found between budgeting and time-saving, so do think carefully before you decide to DIY! Having said that… it all looks so beautiful!

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