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Cowdray estate wedding with sunflowers, images by Joanna Cleeve Photography (9)
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Arriving in style to your wedding is an integral part of the look and feel of the day. Maybe you prefer an understated ride up in a vintage Mercedes, want to go all out luxury with a classic Rolls-Royce, or fancy turning heads in a noisy Mustang. Whatever the car you choose, there’s no doubt it’ll play a big part in your wedding day.

Whether you’re the kind of person to choose a traditional wedding car or you like to think out-of-the-box, here are some tips for choosing the perfect classic for your wedding.

Consider your theme

The theme of your wedding and the look your after in photos could dictate the kind of car you choose. If you’re going for something very traditional, look for a Rolls-Royce, Bentley or Jaguar. These will give you that typical wedding car look when decked out with ribbons and matching flowers.

find string quartets for your UK wedding
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Whether you’re getting married under the arched beams of a church or in the serene surrounds of a stately home, there’s nothing like a wedding string quartet to provide the perfect romantic soundtrack to your quintessential English wedding. Just imagine the moment you walk down the aisle – or watch your spouse-to-be walking towards you – as a quartet of classical musicians take up their instruments and perform an achingly beautiful piece of music. There won’t be a dry eye in the house.

The harmonies created by expertly played violin, viola and cello stir the emotions like no other instruments. For centuries composers have taken advantage of the magic created when these musical instruments are performed in unison, giving you a treasure trove of gorgeous music to choose from to accompany your wedding ceremony.

If you’re not classically inclined, that doesn’t mean you can’t hire a wedding string quartet. Modern string ensembles are made up of versatile musicians who play arrangements of pop, rock, jazz, film and TV music just as well as they play the classics. This versatility means you can customise your wedding music to suit your theme, tastes and personality as a couple.

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Before I tell you about today’s gorgeous feature, I think perhaps I should mention tomorrow. My inbox is full to bursting with royal wedding spam… the media is going into overdrive (ooooh, so many comments, opinions and criticisms of weddings! Please, make it stop!) but until now I’ve mentioned nothing about the royal wedding on the English Wedding Blog. Why? Well, I’m just not a fan of the royal family! sorry everyone! – so this week is very much business as usual (with gorgeous inspiration and real weddings) on the blog every day. This morning I wanted to share a shoot I’ve had up my sleeve for far too long… it’s beautiful, atmospheric and wonderfully inspiring. I hope you love it!

Balcombe Place wedding suppliers Image credit Gosia Grant Photography (10)

Styling and words by Sussex & Surrey wedding planner Susie Evans  |  Images by Gosia Grant

Balcombe Place wedding suppliers Image credit Gosia Grant Photography (2)

I came across this venue several months ago by accident really at the start of its renovation to bring its beauty and history back to life. Rather than waffle on about it here, it will probably be easier to have a read over on their new website that launched this week – www.balcombeplace.com

Beautiful Buckinghamshire wedding with photos by S2 Photography (34)
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When I first started out as a wedding calligrapher I illustrated Hampden House by hand for a bride and groom’s wedding table plan! When I saw it in Omair and Sarah’s wedding pictures today I knew it instantly: a glorious venue, unique and instantly recognisable… and perfect for this loveliest of couples! I love everything about their day (I’d love to see pics from their Asian wedding on the Sunday too, but today we’re focusing on the traditional English celebration) – the elegant styling, vibrant florals and oodles of romance from beginning to end. It’s all just so magical! Images are by fabulous Warwickshire wedding photographers and English Wedding Directory members S2 Images.

Beautiful Buckinghamshire wedding with photos by S2 Photography (18)

We have different religions, backgrounds, heritages and we wanted to represent all of that. But most importantly represent our relationship so celebrating bringing all these elements together which we decided to do over a weekend rather than in one day. We had two main events so most things were duplicated; two venues, two sets of outfits, two cakes, two caterers. But we didn’t want to simply repeat one day so we had different traditions incorporated over the weekend so there was always something new.

Stoke Place wedding venue, image by Damion Mower Photography
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I know a lot of you lovely brides and grooms to be live in and around Buckinghamshire – and today I have a very special feature for all of you. The charming folks at Stoke Place asked if we could come and visit their magnificent wedding venue and write about it on the blog. Luckily I was having an email chat with wedding photographer Damion Mower on the same day (Damion is one of our recommended wedding photographers and a regular feature on English Wedding) and he very kindly went along on behalf of us all to have a nosey around and tell us all about Stoke Place! – Damion, thank you! – It’s an incredibly beautiful venue with a choice of ceremony rooms and extensive landscaped gardens… as you’re about to see from the photos Damion took for us.

Nestled in the gorgeous Buckinghamshire countryside, approximately 30 minutes outside of London is the stunning Stoke Place country house. If you’re in the throes of deciding on your wedding venue then a visit to Stoke Place should certainly be on your shortlist. As you drive into the 26 acre estate you’re greeted by a mature row of hornbeam trees leading you to the country house.

Lemore Manor summer wedding, images by Cassandra Lane Photography (23)
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I love this wedding! The flowers are gorgeous, Laura is simply stunning – I love Andy’s bright blue suit as well – wow! Today’s gorgeous couple were married in June in Herefordshire. Their wedding was a classic English wedding day in the countryside, with lots of pretty touches. Images are by English Wedding Directory member Cassandra Lane Photography, who gets a glowing review from the happy couple!

Lemore Manor summer wedding, images by Cassandra Lane Photography (26)

We got married at Lemore Manor in Hertfordshire (http://www.lemoremanor.com/) – an amazing country house with an amazing staff. Margaret and her team made the day effortless for us – we commented several times that we were so pleased to have chosen Lemore for our venue. Not only was it beautiful, but we could relax and enjoy every moment without stopping to think about the running of the day – Margaret and team had it covered! Special shout out too for Micky, the chef. The food was amazing, we had so many comments on how lovely everything was. The venue and food are such a large part of the day, so we were so pleased with picking Lemore.

Bright, whimsical, boho wedding styling ideas with balloons, images by Sarah Maria Photography (12)
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Let’s begin the new week with something spectacularly gorgeous, shall we? This stunning shoot from Sarah Maria Photography is full of colour, laughter and styling ideas for you to take away and recreate at your own wedding. There are vibrant florals, gorgeous backdrops with pretty lettering, divine dresses and fun and funky styling touches. The venue is The Faversham, an award winning Leeds wedding venue with three very different spaces for weddings.

Bright, whimsical, boho wedding styling ideas with balloons, images by Sarah Maria Photography (5)

Images are by lovely Sarah Maria Photography, who is based in Lancashire. Do go visit Sarah’s website, read her blog and her brilliant and heartfelt advice about hiring a wedding photographer (based on personal experience and absolutely spot on!) – and get in touch to see if she’s free on your wedding day!

The Faversham offers so much more than your usual city centre location. Theres a large lawn area for giant games and post-ceremony drinks, a conservatory where you can say your vows before heading to the Victorian room to chill and catch up with friends and family. The whole place is just perfect for a laid back, non-traditional, relaxed wedding day – and today’s shoot shows some genius ways for styling your day to suit!

Contemporary wedding invitations and stationery by Olive Weddings on the English Wedding Blog (13)
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Olive Weddings was created by graphic designer Ruth Snell and is run from a small studio in a leafy suburb of Cardiff, Wales.

Ruth’s work was recently highly commended at the 2018 Welsh Wedding Awards and has been featured in countless national wedding magazines. She has even provided stationery for a number of celebrity weddings during the ten years she has worked as a wedding stationer.

Contemporary wedding invitations and stationery by Olive Weddings on the English Wedding Blog (4)

Ruth offers a complete wedding stationery service. The Olive Weddings website showcases her stunning range of beautiful wedding invitation designs and offers free sample packs along with tailored samples in tailored colours, designs and formats for a small fee.

Olive Weddings also offers a gorgeous range of finishing touches such as belly bands, eye-popping bakers twine, tags and mix-and-match patterned envelope liners, including some luxe botanicals and trendy geometric designs.

A bespoke design and illustrated stationery service is available for those seeking an even more personalised set for their big day. Ruth is a talented illustrator and has produced many original drawings for couples looking looking for something unique to reflect themselves or their wedding.

Relaxed Larmer Tree Gardens wedding, images by Married to my Camera (17)
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Happy Friday everyone! Whatever you’re doing, have an amazing day and don’t work too hard! I’ll be blogging, planning some worksheets for my next calligraphy workshop and getting ready for a weekend of exploring and reaching new heights in the Lake District 🙂 First though, I have this beautiful wedding to share with you, submitted by lovely David of Married To My Camera. I will let him introduce beautiful Sarah and Ben and tell you all about their day. Enjoy!
Claire xxx

Relaxed Larmer Tree Gardens wedding, images by Married to my Camera (28)

Sarah and Ben’s wedding was at the gorgeous Larmer Tree Gardens in Wiltshire. The couple are actually my neighbours, so no pressure there then! Both families were staying at King John’s House near to Larmer Tree Gardens and this is where both bride and groom got ready in the morning. It was an outdoor ceremony followed by some garden games and speeches outdoors too, before the wedding breakfast. All the 1000 paper cranes were made by Sarah!

Relaxed Larmer Tree Gardens wedding, images by Married to my Camera (19)

 

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Hey lovelies! I have some amazingly talented humans to introduce you to today. The English Wedding Directory is where you can find all of our favourite wedding suppliers. If you follow our Facebook page you’ll have spotted these guys already as we introduced them… the Directory is bursting full of brilliant photographers, stationers, florists, stylists, stationers… everything you could possibly need for an unforgettable and unique wedding!

These lovely people have joined the English Wedding Directory in the last couple of weeks – and we have more coming up to share with you soon! Do take a moment to discover them, and if you like what you see why not get in touch and even book this weekend?

north east wedding photographer Joss Denham Darlington


Rik Pennington is a London wedding photographer who I’m over the moon to welcome back to the English Wedding Blog. Check out Rik’s stunning documentary wedding photography at www.rikpenningtonphotography.com and keep reading the English Wedding Blog to see something beautiful we’re planning to share with you in a few weeks’ time!

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Guest article by Carl at 166 Photography

What is the worst possible thing you can imagine happening on your wedding day? Your alarm not going off and over sleeping? The wedding car breaking down leaving you stranded? Falling over walking down the aisle? Luckily, these will simply remain anxieties and mainly only happen in gossip magazines and very, very rarely in real life. But what about your wedding photos not turning out very well? How would that make you feel?

Photographs are the most important reminder of your wedding day after the event and looking at them for the first time only to be faced with out of focus images, ones that are too dark or even missing the special moments that you would expect to see must be heartbreaking. When asked after the wedding, the one thing many couples wish they had invested more in was their wedding photography. We totally agree, whilst we spent almost a quarter of our small budget on photos, we wish we had invested more.

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