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Hello everyone! It’s the most glorious of sunny days here by the beach at English Wedding HQ and it’s really lifted my spirits: spring is on the way, and summer feels like it’s just around the corner, at last. Before I leave you for the weekend I wanted to share some gorgeous beach wedding invitations by my friend Nathan at Artemis Stationery – beach brides and grooms, these are for you! Over to Nathan to introduce his designs to you…
A beach or the coast can be a magical place to get married. If the weather gods are with you it can be amazing and even if they’re not anyone who sees your wedding album or images in years to come will be oohhing and ahhing. Who doesn’t love a trip to the seaside! Beach weddings are full of possibilities for naming tables or thinking of fun favours and table centres. And I have some beach wedding invitations which are perfect for seaside brides!
Did you know wedding invitations are like insects? They are. You’re about to find out why – and this is a great advice post all about choosing your invites which will help you get started on what can be a pretty intense search for many couples. My lovely friend Nathan is here to help once again with honest, expert advice on everything from shapes and sizes, magnets and pocketfolds, prices and retro subcultures (you’ll have to read the rest to find out!). Claire xxx
Types of bespoke Wedding Invitations
Wedding invitations – whether bespoke or not they can come in all shapes and sizes. Sometimes it can be quite bewildering! At Artemis Stationery I believe in giving our clients as much choice and freedom as possible which means if you include different size and shape variations we have at least 20 different items that can be used as bespoke invitations, Save the Dates or Thank You cards.
I hope you’re wrapped up all snuggly and warm this morning – not only is it freezing outside, I also have a January wedding to share with you today. Joanna and Angus got married at Kingscote Barn in Gloucestershire at the beginning of the year; a day full of romance, shared glances and elegant, individual style. Joanna’s wedding dress and jacket are gorgeous; Angus looks the part in top hat and tails. I adore the bridesmaids’ capes (want one!) – as soon as they caught my eye, I wanted this particularly wonderful wedding to show you on English Wedding blog.
Joanna’s wedding report is fabulous. Her advice is great: “Decide what you care about and plan, plan, plan. Then on the day: Relax.” There’s more – but I’ll leave Joanna to tell her wedding story in her own words.
Photography is by the lovely Samantha J Photography, based in the West Midlands.
When she told me about her wedding day Claire mentioned how she’d always looked forward to the tradition of something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue – so I chose the title for this wedding blog post too. Claire and Richard were married at Mallory Court in August. There are some really special little touches in Claire’s wedding report: I love how she kept the dress a shared secret with just her mum, for example – and what a gorgeous dress.
Claire is a stunning bride. Richard looks fantastic in his kilt – this is just a fabulous wedding day with real style and a nice traditional touch. The wedding photography is by Rob and Sarah Gillespie; I’ll leave you with their pictures to tell the story of the day alongside Claire’s own wedding story.
The title of this blog post sums up Anna and Mike’s wedding day in Manchester last summer: their smiles as they walk along the canal path are bursting full of happiness – and I love Anna’s words in her wedding report: “In every photo I am smiling – I don’t think either of us could stop!”.
I always love a bride who wears her glasses with pride too, and I think Anna looks amazing. There’s everything here: a wonderful story, some fabulous ideas and details, and of course the lovely photos by Manchester’s McAvoy Photography.
Anna and Mike’s Manchester wedding
I loved it! In every photo I am smiling – I don’t think either of us could stop! I got ready at the Worsley Marriott Hotel and Mike got ready with his usher Aaron at the flat. He was driven to the church, ST Mary’s Prestwich, by Aaron, I was driven in an Imperial Laudette with my Dad, our chauffer was called Clive.
I love maps. I love photos that stop me in my tracks a bit. I love seeing something just a tad different. I love Alex and James’s wedding at Harlaxton Manor, with its towers and turrets and old English charm. I just love blogging weddings!
I shared part one of this beautiful Harlaxton Manor wedding yesterday. I have loads more to share today (best bits till last, an’ all that). More of Alex’s beautiful lace wedding dress, some jaw-dropping pics of Harlaxton Manor (it’s a whopper), croquet, maps (did I mention the maps?), huge smiles, romance and laughter.
Of course, there’s Alex’s wedding report to share with you, and once again the beautiful images are from Beautiful Life Photography (funnily enough).
Alex and James’s Harlaxton Manor wedding blog – part two
Our reception was at Harlaxton Manor, the UK campus for the University of Evansville, USA. The staff at Harlaxton were fabulous and made sure that our day ran very smoothly!