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A styled countryside bridal shoot to steal your heart!

Hey lovely! It’s been the most amazing summer already and time has flown here – I’ve been ever so excited to show you a styled bridal shoot from a few weeks ago, one which really spoke to my creative side and taught me so much about wedding styling.

Styled shoot at Aspire (14)All image credits: Melissa Beattie Photography

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Styled shoots are one of my favourite things about being a wedding blogger. My friends who are planning their weddings love them too: they inspire our blogs, fire our creative sides and get us hooked on Pinterestand in so doing they quietly sow the seeds for real weddings.

Have you ever seen a bouquet you just love, Pinned it and then discovered it was from a styled shoot with dozens and dozens more ideas to steal your heart? I have… it happens all the time with wedding blog features and I think wedding photographers, stylists and designers are the best for having the vision to create new and exciting shoots all the time.

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So early this summer I was invited to Aspire Photography Training near Kendal where I met some wonderful people and learned lots about styling and creativity and wedding photography. With thanks to lovely Melissa Beattie Photography for sharing her images with me for the English Wedding Blog.

Styling is by the fabulous Emma Tebbey (Tebbey & Co) with Aspire Photography Training. Flowers were gathered from Catherine Connor’s own garden as the sun came up! Dresses were from The White Closet in Manchester. I hope you love these ideas as much as I do – so please Pin away, get inspired and recreate the countryside style for your own English wedding!

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Styled shoot at Aspire (10)The day began with a rustic display area in the courtyard at Aspire. Designed and styled by lovely Emma from One Lump Or Two, and with flowers handpicked from the garden that morning, there was so much to see (and so many ideas to take away!)…

I loved the cow parsley piled high in an old metal bucket; the mossy branch and apples: the scene could have come from a warm and welcoming country kitchen, with scales and candles, apples and cherries… and the typewriter is just so perfect as an alternative wedding guest book. The whole display rested on an old cart which looked amazing – and proved to all of us that details really do matter: they set the scene for your wedding so beautifully.
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Styled shoot at Aspire (24) I loved the photos around the courtyard at Aspire, but whispers of a romantic picnic in the nearby fields had me – and everyone else – longing to explore more. We wandered across through the woodlands to see a beautifully laid table, glasses of pink lemonade and a lampshade strung from a tree (I adore this idea!)…
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Styled shoot at Aspire (18) Nearby one of the brides for the day was waiting for us with pink lemonade and upturned crates surrounded by candles and candelabra, overflowing vases of lilac, roses and foliage. It looked wonderful: this would be the loveliest style for a romantic picnic wedding outdoors. You could set up little areas with picnic blankets and flowers with crates for your guests to sit on and relax after the wedding breakfast, wouldn’t that be wonderful?
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A rustic country picnic area in the woods inspired me with another theme: with subtle colours which came from a reclaimed wooden door – now used as a picnic table!
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With thanks to Melissa Beattie Photography for sharing her images of the day with me. I met some wonderful people and I would love to introduce them to you… I have my fingers crossed for some amazing submissions from everyone soon! Massive thanks to everyone at Aspire Photography Training for showing me around and being so welcoming on the day. Thanks to lovely Emma Tebbey of One Lump or Two, and to The White Closet for those wedding dresses too!

Claire Gould

Claire spends her days writing - either in beautiful calligraphy or online. She lives on the edge of the English Lake District only minutes away from the beach, where she loves to escape and unwind. Claire's calligraphy can be found at www.byMoonandTide.com. Claire launched the English Wedding Blog in November 2009 - it's been a top 10 UK wedding blog ever since, with a regional focus we hope you LOVE.

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