Hey lovely! We're having a week full of weddings - it's an absolute dream on the blog for me, and today's couple Katie & Laurie are just stunning! They married in the Cotswolds and lovely Alicia from Red Maple Photography was there…
Good morning lovely! I hope you’re surviving this crazy heatwave… and if you have sunshine, yay!!! I’m a very happy wedding blogger today, tucked in my little office by the garden with a quite hot and floppy cat sprawled by my side! And I’m excited because I’ve got the loveliest wedding to share with you! Jon & Claire were married at Tetbury’s Great Tythe Barn last summer, and chose Cotswolds wedding photographer Martin Dabek to capture their day. Check out their light up letters from Burnt Orange: they’re such a gorgeous backdrop for the ceremony and reception and I LOVE them!
Huge thanks to our stunning bride and groom, who told me they were really pleased to have the opportunity to rave about their suppliers especially during such a tough time for the industry. “We really were genuinely thrilled with everyone we worked with and anything we can do to support them is great!” All of these guys get great recommendations, and I’d urge you to check them out and book early for your 2021 / 2022 weddings – as we have two very busy years of weddings ahead of us and suppliers will book up fast!
Hello beautiful – how was your weekend? I do hope you’re staying safe in this still very unsettling times. Still on a little mission of sharing life’s joyful moments, today we’re wishing a very happy anniversary to this lovely pair! Gorgeous Katie & Jonathan were married on the 10th of August 2019, and their flower-filled, beautiful country wedding is simply perfect. I hope you’ll love it as much as I do!
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We came across Jen in a South West wedding magazine and were instantly drawn to her style.
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Absolutely! Jen clearly LOVES what she does. She is very approachable and provides just the right level of contact before and after the big day. On the day she was really supportive, took everything in her stride and made it feel like she was honoured to be photographing our wedding. Jen captured some wonderful natural moments from the day, where those being photographed had no idea she was there – everything was just natural.
Being environmentally friendly is a trend everyone can embrace – even newlyweds! In recent years the idea of an eco-friendly honeymoon has become incredibly popular. Couples are fast finding that they can reduce their carbon footprint while still making marvellous memories.
If you’re planning a romantic getaway take a look at these sustainable honeymoon options. Each destination offers something special for the environmentally conscious couple who want to relax after the whirlwind of wedding preparations and their big day.
We start our review of eco-conscious honeymoon destinations at Lefay in Italy. This resort, which makes use of eco-designed architecture and renewable alternative energy sources, is situated in the town of Gargnano on the shores of picturesque Lake Garda. The focus of Lefay is on sustainability, and the resort works towards neutralising its CO2 emissions.
Welcome to the weekend, lovely. I have some rather wonderful ideas to share with you this morning – and a message for those of you booking your weddings for 2021 and 2022: please, please shop local if you can. This fabulous styled shoot comes from a bunch of talented wedding creatives from Rutland. Even the dresses – which are absolutely lovely – are locally designed. The cakes, stationery, styling… it’s all just beautiful and a brilliant showcase of what independent wedding businesses can do to make your day amazing. Do share these images to your Pinterest boards, and watch our Insta as we’ll be sharing them later (bookmark and save your faves on there too!)
This elegant and timeless styled shoot brings together tradition with a nod to the latest wedding trends. Providing couples who aspire for a truly traditional English wedding, the inspiration of how to bring this to life with elements of contemporary style. Featuring dried flowers, acrylic touches, tall golden candlesticks and a showcase cake table. The colour palette focused on neutrals with touches of pink and greys.
Fair warning: we’re about to drown you in breathtaking flowers and foliage, steal your heart with a twist of authentic vintage styling and leave you swooning with one of the loveliest shoots of the summer. Huge thanks to our lovely friend Anthony from Special Day Wedding Photos, and hats off to the impressively creative bunch of wedding suppliers who made this amazingness happen! There’s a full supplier list below for you to add to your planning folders. I will leave you with lovely Katie, stylist at best.day.ever! to share her concepts with you and explain how all of this came about.
Moreton House is elegant, beautifully light and open and with the former schools historical charm has endless possibilities for many wonderful weddings and events to be celebrated at this new venue. Our aim was create an inspiration shoot using local suppliers and to introduce the venue to new couples and in its launch in hosting weddings.
Sustainability is always a big thing for us here at English Wedding HQ, and so when a shoot like this BEAUTY comes along I get so excited to share it with you! Lovely Gwenda from Green Union designed, styled and coordinated this stunning shoot, which will inspire those of you looking to create a minimally styled wedding (but with wonderfully indulgent foliage) with organic, vegan, biodegradable and ethical styling touches. I’ll leave you in Gwenda’s very talented hands to learn how this fabulous wedding styling editorial came about!
In my capacity as a sustainable weddings advocate, I was invited by the very lovely Hayne House team to design, style and coordinate one of their open days, which doubles as an opportunity to capture a fully-fledged styled shoot all in one.
The concept began with an interpretation of the classic glasshouse/conservatory (as befits the main wedding reception structure), with mid-century accents and some boho touches (my self-indulgent favourites!). Overall, I was going for a minimalist aesthetic (clean lines and a restrained colour palette), with maximalist leanings through the densely planted décor and their textural/tonal variations. There was to be a dominant palette of whites, greens and browns, with black, light-mustard and gold accents (and an occasional bee motif, for good measure).
Today we’re sharing the loveliest peony-filled wedding style inspiration from a super talented bunch of creative suppliers in Essex. The venue is Old Brook Barn – a beautifully restored 17th century barn surrounded by meadows in the Essex countryside. The look is light and feminine, with gold accents and special touches to give a luxurious look to a summer wedding. The day was styled by lovely wedding planner Hayley Jayne and captured beautifully by Terri & Lori. Read on for a full supplier list. Oh, and isn’t this little guy the cutest?!
Lovely Hayley Jayne explains how she created the beautiful look for the photoshoot:
Working with a classic colour palette of soft pink and accents of luxury gold tones, I wanted to offer inspiration to couples planning a romantic & refined wedding day.
Using an abundance of peonies in the palest shade of pink and additional styling elements such as hand dyed silk ribbon, cut glass vessels, tapered candles and exquisite handmade cotton rag table stationery. Which, when combined create the perfect backdrop for an elegant & timeless wedding day.
I was thrilled to hear about Luna Bride‘s Ethical UK bridal designer releases new sustainable bridesmaids’ collection – and it looks divine!
Expanding onLuna’s unique organic bridal gowns, the collection of 3 bridesmaids’ outfits has the same ethos of combining natural fabrics with beautiful design.
Your bridesmaids can choose from a modern jumpsuit, a stylish wrap dress and a slinky bias-cut slip dress. Each design is available in ten colourways and come in two of the world’s most sustainable fibres – linen and Tencel – providing a flattering fit for all shapes and sizes.
The collection is handmade in England and infinitely wearable, long after the wedding day! Designer Keely explained “It has taken a year to work out the perfect ways to create dresses that use high quality production whilst keeping affordability. In a market where many people don’t realise that popular bridesmaid brands continue to use polyester and manufacture in China, this eco-conscious collection is something totally different!”
Hey there lovelies. I really don’t know where to begin today’s blog: we had this one planned a few weeks ago, when we expected weddings of 30 guests to be happening by now and for the future. And then we heard the news that the rules wouldn’t change after all. I am SO heartbroken for all of you who were planning a celebration this weekend, or in the coming weeks. If a gathering of 30 of your friends and close family isn’t safe, how is it possible that crowds in pubs, parks and beaches are being allowed to happen? Lovelies, I am desperately hoping the situation changes for you, and the powers that be will allow small weddings soon… in which case, this article WILL apply!
I’ve been a fan of small weddings from day one. Before 2020 happened, I was already in love with intimate weddings and elopements. We’ve featured plenty on the blog, and every single one has a special place in my heart. Especially for those of you having to face a mini version of the Big Day you’d planned, here are 5 genius ways to adapt to having a smaller wedding in 2020.
We end the week with a lovely styling inspiration sent in by Sandra from Fabulous Functions UK and Clare of Barefoot Photography. With ombre themed centrepieces and a banquet style table setting, this is traditional styling with an eclectic twist: ombre themed centrepieces and a riot of blooms with copper and gold accents add luxe, and our bride in a Watters gown is just stunning, radiant on her best day ever.
I will leave you in Sandra’s capable hands to introduce the shoot and explain how it all came about. Have a wonderful Sunday everyone, with love,
Couples looking for inspiration for their venue decoration get to see how an empty function room can be transformed into a magical wedding world. The Bear Hotel in Hungerford is a gorgeous wedding venue featuring several event spaces, a terrace and a beautiful secret garden. We show how the hotel can be transformed into a luxury wedding venue for an intimate wedding. The overall transformations was a delight to the senses.
Let’s take things back a notch from all the real weddings we’ve featured this week and turn our gaze to something dreamy instead! This wedding ideas shoot is just glorious: moody and exciting, beautifully styled and wonderfully creative. It’s been sent in by lovely Jen from My Pretties UK, Yorkshire based wedding planning & design expert specialising in stylish, forward thinking design for modern couples. Sooo much awesomeness… and those dresses are out of this WORLD!
I love a classic monochrome wedding and have done quite a few, with this shoot I wanted to be a bit more daring with it and give it an edge that would appeal to a more alternative couple.
We added in some silver, sparkle and pops of pink to take it up a gear.
Our gorgeous real couple Elizabeth and Ashley are alternative and really cool and unique and we wanted the shoot (as with any real wedding) to be a reflection of them.