Did you have an amazing weekend? I've been teaching calligraphy and general pottering around whenever the sun peeped out... And this week I have a stack of wedding invitations and place names to write, so it's going to be pretty busy at…
Happy Sunday everyone! I hope you’re relaxing and enjoying a peaceful day wherever you are (is anyone else watching back to back world cup matches? no? just me?! I have to admit I’m not really paying attention…) It’s very easy to be distracted with this much wedding pretty on my screen, to be honest… I’ve been excited to share Hannah and Ben’s wedding with you – it’s gorgeously full of spring styling, and brought to you by lovely Ashdown Park wedding photographer Damion Mower, who is based in Buckinghamshire. Hannah is absolutely stunning in her English Rose wedding dress, and Ben wears a tail suit in charcoal, looking every bit the dashing country gentleman!
In the church we had spring flowers which were arranged by the church’s florist. Our reception was in a converted chapel so we had stained glass windows all around. We had tall flower centre pieces and lights in a organza tulle wrapped around the bannisters. These little details really complimented the venue.
Hey lovelies! I hope you’re all really well and avoiding today’s rain!! I’m teaching a calligraphy workshop this afternoon, but before I go I have something really special for you today – a gorgeous wedding with striking and beautiful styling touches in a fabulous old mill. Gorgeous grooms Martin and Paul were married in the autumn, and chose The West Mill Venue for their ceremony and reception – and it’s just perfect. Unforgettably perfect, as the guys told me… and from the pics I couldn’t agree more.
These two rocked their day in the very best way imaginable. Their suits are from Australian tailors Oscar Hunt – and they’re gorgeous! I love the pale blue, teamed with autumnal brown and vibrant orange accents – they look amazing and the guys loved them! Styling touches include elegant vintage suitcases, vibrant autumn florals, effortlessly chic display areas with maps and the most adorable cake topper. I’d love to see Pinterest go crazy for this wedding – it’s a stunner and I hope you all love it as much as I do!
I am clinging onto summer this week – despite the gale force winds and rain we’ve had here on the west coast. Let’s brighten all of our mornings with the beautiful Lancashire wedding of beautiful bride Emma and gorgeous groom Rob! Their June wedding was perfect – they were blessed with the most beautiful weather, which was perfect for their Bashall Barn farm celebrations.
Both bride and groom are teachers – Emma’s a science teacher and Rob teaches music – so the school theme was strong through the day, with handwritten chalkboard signage, and even a ‘periodic table of tables’ for their table plan! The flowers in test tubes (for the ceremony) just look so pretty – I love this idea. Rob also wrote the music Emma walked down the aisle to, which is the loveliest thing ever, don’t you think?
Images are by lovely Kirsty at Alfred & Co Photography –
Did I mention I’m going to be a bridesmaid at the end of September? There are ten of us – and seven have already bought their dresses! I’m not one of the early birds – I’m enjoying every wedding submission which lands in my inbox and having a really good look at all the maids and where their dresses are from! We’re wearing grey so I especially loved seeing Jess and Mike’s wedding in the English Wedding Bible – my fave bridesmaid dresses so far 🙂
So I’m thrilled today to be sharing something bridesmaidy but totally different with you. I adore the romantic look of these dresses, based on the designer’s signature feminine and bohemian style and incorporating fresh, vibrant and beautiful colour with delicate overlays and slips in a choice of shades. Katya Katya has reinvented bridesmaids and I’m in love with all of these dresses – Paige being a real favourite.
The entire collection is hand-designed in London and beautifully created in their studio, in the most beautiful fabric and colour combinations.
I love this genius little invention from the guys at Monsoon – they have researched historical weather data and used it to create a nifty little gadget which shows which dates are – historically – the wettest, in the hope that brides and grooms can stock up on brollies and suncream before the big day!
It’s a Nice Day for a Dry Wedding
86 years of Met Office rainfall data helps predict the best and worst days of the year to hold your wedding and avoid the rain.
- “Wedding Day Weather Calculator” created to help predict % chance of rain on any date, in a specific region of the UK
- April is the driest month of the year in the UK and the best month for a dry wedding
- 15th April is the driest day on average for the UK
- November is the wettest month of the year, with the 11th officially the wettest
- August is the wettest month during spring and summer
We launched the English Wedding Bible last week with TWO lovely prize draws for you gorgeous folks to enter, as well as a plethora (love that word!) of gorgeous style inspiration, advice and ideas to help you plan your best day ever. There’s still time to enter and win prizes, so I thought I’d take a little time out today to tell you more.
WIN… the secret to never losing your wedding rings!
Keep your wedding rings safe with Tile. This brilliant and gorgeous looking gadget could save your entire wedding. Anyone who’s had a wedding dream about losing the rings (it’s a common one! You’re not alone!) will understand just how much of a lifesaver this could be! Basically you pop the tile (which is just a bit bigger than a memory card) into the ring box, download an app, and you can find your rings with your phone forever. Phew! Pop it on your keyring after your wedding and you’ll never lose your keys either! To enter, just sign up to the English Wedding mailing list – everyone who joins us before July 31st will have a chance to win the Tile I have on my desk! More info on page 87 of the English Wedding Bible
Last summer I styled an editorial photoshoot very close to home – as many of you know, I live on the edge of the Lake District and within minutes’ walk of the beach. When lovely Sheryl from Oobaloos Photography suggested we do a photoshoot here, I just couldn’t say no. I’m a huge believer in letting your surroundings influence the style of your day, and my choice of suppliers to take part in the shoot was inspired by the wild beaches of south Cumbria – my favourite place in the world.
Previously featured on Love My Dress blog (thank you lovely Annabel!), this shoot was designed to show you how to incorporate simple touches inspired by waves and the sea into your wedding day. We styled a simple table with fabrics, foliage and calligraphy in lush blues and golds, with glassware from lovely Narrative Hire.
How was your weekend? We’ve had blissful sunshine and a lovely sea breeze, perfect for a friend’s party and a day’s tidying up the garden… as it’s my main view when I’m blogging, it’s important my little flowers grow bigger than the weeds so I can see them! While I’m in a sunny mood, I’m all about sharing summer weddings on the blog, and today’s is just the perfect summer’s day.
Cristina and Pat were married at Penton Park, and styled their day with lovely personal touches – the table plan is genius, the favours and place settings look gorgeous. And they had everything: glorious sunshine from the off, a luxurious venue with fabulous interiors and breathtaking gardens, and clear skies all the way through until sunset.
I love their story, which is told in a nutshell on one of the table cards – basically, Pat moved in to the house Cristina was sharing with friends at the time. She liked him SO much she thought she’d have to move out immediately. I guess it’s lucky for them – and for us! – that she didn’t!
If you have half an hour or so free this Sunday afternoon, I would love for you to check out our digital magazine, the English Wedding Bible. I love curating all the features, shoots, writing articles and putting the publication together, and I really hope you’ll enjoy snuggling down with your phone or tablet and having a good old read! Of course, the shoots in the magazine are the ones which really knock my little socks off – and you’ll recognise some of the images from the blog today when you read the magazine too! The flowers in this shoot are just divine – they’re perfect for a spring bouquet with a glorious combination of roses with eucalyptus, sweet peas, wax flower and green hellebores. Images are by our lovely friend and English Wedding sponsor, Amanda Karen Photography. The shoot was styled by lovely Emma Turner Weddings, and there’s a full supplier list below. Here’s Emma to tell you more!
Happy weekend, you lovely people!! Are you enjoying all the sunshine, or ready for some raindrops and that delicious smell of dusty grass after the first summer showers? I’ve almost forgotten where I left my brolly, way back in April! Today though, we’re thinking ahead to summer weddings, bright and breezy sunny celebrations with beautiful styling touches and the loveliest stationery to set the scene for the day. I’d like to introduce you to lovely Kim from Pingle Pie.
Pingle Pie’s predesigned collections are passionately refined to produce unique suites that can be altered to perfectly suit your day. Each stationery piece is listed separately so that you can pick and choose which items you’d like to purchase there’s something for every budget.
Our designs are hand painted and designed inhouse, making each piece truly unique. If you love our style and would like to have something designed especially for you, get in touch to discuss your ideas. We understand that each wedding is unique and for this reason, we never sell the same bespoke design twice guaranteeing individuality with each and every custom order.