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I’ve been so excited to share today’s wedding with you all, in fact it’s one I’ve been waiting for since I first saw the gorgeous photos on Jason Mark Harris‘s blog back in November. It’s such a beautiful day – with a stunning bride, handsome groom and a brand new wedding venue for the English Wedding Blog. You can see all the Kent weddings I’ve featured on the blog here, but this is the first from High Rocks, an extraordinary wedding venue with five impressive function rooms and a unique setting which promises an unforgettable day and a spectacular wedding photo album!
The wedding sounds pretty fantastic, an amazing party and a really personal day. Mark and Danielle didn’t follow the usual rules about tradition, and their top tip is to do the things you want to do instead of what’s traditionally expected at weddings. I couldn’t agree more! They involved family and friends in their wedding day with Danielle making her own stationery, flowers by Danielle’s mum and original wedding readings. For their entertainment they hired an Elvis tribute act who went down an absolute storm and comes highly recommended! Read Danielle’s wedding report at the end of the blog today for more details.
With huge thanks to today’s English Wedding Blog stars, the lovely Danielle and Mark. Thanks also to wedding photographer Jason Mark Harris for sharing his fabulous images of their High Rocks wedding with us all. Everyone – enjoy!
A friend of mine asked me last weekend which was the best wedding I’d seen recently, and I forgot to tell her about this one. For me personally, this is pretty unbeatable and it’s all down to the location chosen by beautiful bride Emma and her husband Tom. They married on the spectacular Isle of Skye and really made the most of their surroundings with their wedding photography.
What struck me when I first saw this wedding is Emma’s bridal look: she wears her hair up for the ceremony and looks fabulous, but standing looking out across the Isle of Skye for the portrait photos later with her hair loose she is one of the most beautiful brides I’ve ever seen. Her secret? Keeping it real – falling in love with the landscape, choosing a location which literally means the world to her and Tom, and being herself.
Jacky and Paul’s wedding report: our English country wedding at Findon Manor, with Cherry Red Photography
Hello there everyone! Are you having a lovely day so far? It’s all systems go at English Wedding Blog HQ as I plan exciting adventures for the blog today! But don’t worry because all my plans are just about making the blog bigger, and better, and more focused on English weddings to help you find inspiration for your own big day. It’s likely I’ll share what’s happening on my Facebook page so do join me there for sneak peeks! In the meantime we have a fabulous couple whose wedding I want to share with you today.
I love Paul and Jacky’s personalities – their wedding just looks full of love and laughter, and I adore Jacky’s confidence and her fantastic flower crown! If you’re wondering whether the ‘flowers in her hair’ look is for you, or maybe a bit shy of wearing a flower crown… just look at this. Jacky will persuade you to go for it and love wearing one!!! Images are by lovely Laura from Cherry Red Photography. Enjoy!
I always try and see the bright side of winter, don’t you? Early morning frost and winter sunshine, the promise of snow and snuggling up by a cosy fire… because winter can be the most romantic time of the year. I love it. So do Paula and Stephen, today’s gorgeous bride and groom on the English Wedding Blog. They created a winter wonderland wedding full of festive sparkle.
Kitley House is a luxurious 500-year-old country house hotel in the Devon countryside, very romantic and with gorgeous gardens and grounds. Mark from Evolve Photography got in touch with me to share the images of their wedding day, which I hope you’ll love. Watch out for the vintage brooch bouquet which the bride made herself! Enjoy today’s wedding on the blog… it’s a gorgeous one!
Our wedding report: Stephen and Paula
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We were so pleased with our photographer. We were looking for someone that would take a story of our day whilst blending in to the background. What we got with Mark was exactly that. He also provided us with some very useful tips during the day!
Saul and Michelle’s relaxed and informal wedding at Boughton House in Northamptonshire, with images by Jules Fortune Photography
There’s nothing worse than being told what you “should” have for your wedding, is there? Saul and Michelle’s Northamptonshire wedding is creative, simple and looks every bit the occasion to remember forever. With images by Jules Fortune Photography and two fab venues: Boughton House and The Marquess of Exeter.
Savvy brides and grooms are planning ever more personal celebrations with a focus on the special touches they love best. That’s what Michelle and Saul did, choosing to ditch the seating plan for informal dining. They chose two fabulous venues which didn’t need extra decoration, and included family in creating a wonderful day: Michelle’s cousin played guitar, their sisters did wedding readings, and family members contributed gorgeous little treats for an oh-so-yummy-looking dessert table. Overall – an amazing, very personal, family-oriented wedding day. I love it.
With congratulations and thanks to the very lovely Michelle and Saul for sharing their wedding on the English Wedding Blog this morning. Read their wedding report at the end of the blog post for great advice from spreadsheet queen Michelle! Huge thanks also to wedding photographer Jules Fortune for submitting their Northamptonshire wedding to the English Wedding Blog.
Ah… a beautifully styled contemporary wedding with just a little hint of vintage. Kate and David’s big day is gorgeous and inspiring. I know you’ll love it! Kate wore a Stephanie Allin gown with Rainbow Couture shoes, and the couple kept venue decorations simple (to beautiful effect!) Their Suffolk wedding at Smeetham Hall Barn looks fantastic and it’s thanks to wedding photographer Jeff Turnbull (www.jeffturnbull.co.uk) they have such wonderful images to remember their day by.
The little love birds are adorable – I love little touches like this! – and the bunting with calligraphic initials is gorgeous… so enjoy this wedding on the blog and read slowly: there are so many lovely details to inspire you, and also Kate and David’s wedding report at the end of the feature is full of great advice.
See more Suffolk weddings on the English Wedding Blog by navigating from the top menu of the English Wedding Blog to real weddings by region – or if you’re elsewhere and looking for more vintage weddings the Real Weddings by Style & Season tab is for you!