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Joe and Florence’s classic summer wedding at Rise Hall, with Lorraine Claire Photography

There’s too much pressure to DIY wedding details, and so I’m proud to be featuring a classic English wedding today where the bride and groom found local suppliers to style their day… and not a sewing needle in sight. Joe and Florence had the most perfect wedding – a big party for family and friends with elegant styling in a Yorkshire stately home.

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Rise Hall is a venue with a unique history, which I knew nothing about until I’d read Florence and Joe’s wedding blog interview. The Grade II listed building was a convent, then abandoned and eventually rescued by Sarah Beeny, and is now an exclusive use wedding venue (interestingly, they never hold weddings on two consecutive days, so you can set up and clear away without any pressure!)

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Images are by wonderful Lorraine Claire Photography, whose new website is amazing and well worth a visit. Melissa Beattie was Lorraine’s second shooter on the day – she’s one of the loveliest and most talented people I’ve met in the wedding industry and you can find her here: www.melissabeattie.com

Find out more about Lorraine Claire here:

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This is a beautiful, classic wedding in a wonderful location. I adore those bridesmaids’ dresses – so cute! And Joe and Florence are sooo good looking they should be on a magazine cover… you will LOVE this wedding!
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The English Wedding Blog Interview: Joe & Florence

Wedding photographer’s website:

www.lorraineclaire.com

How did you choose your photographer?

She is a family friend

Were you pleased with your wedding photographer? Do tell… we love a brilliant review!

Yes extremely pleased. She made us feel very comfortable and captured the day perfectly.

Tell us about the moment you saw your wedding photos for the first time?

We were elated. We knew they’d be good but they far exceeded our expectations

Wedding venue:

Rise Hall

Wedding month:

July

Can you describe your wedding in fewer than 10 words?

Big party for friends and family

Your wedding style or theme:

Classic

Where did you find your suppliers? (Blogs, magazines, recommendations?)

Generally through recommendations

What’s your top tip for saving money?

Always negotiate. But splash out if you can!

… and which elements of your wedding are you glad you spent more on?

Dress/ Suit, photography, venue

Where did you buy or source your wedding stationery – or was making it a labour of love?

Just plain cards from John Lewis hand written

Did you fall in love with your wedding dress?

Yes

Wedding dress designer and bridal boutique:

Morgan Davies boutique London

Tell us about your accessories: jewellery, shoes and anything else!

Shoes were from Kurt Geiger. Tiara and veil were from Morgan Davies. Earrings were borrowed from my Mum and the wedding rings were from John Fearnley jewellers in Hull

And what did the groom wear? Any recommendations for tailors?

Gieves and Hawkes – Saville Row

Beautiful bridesmaids: what did your best girls wear?

Pink dresses from Ted Baker

Hair and make-up – did you DIY or hire a professional?

Our hair was done in a local Salon but I did my makeup myself

Describe your wedding flowers. Who arranged them for you? (florist details would be lovely please)

‘English country garden’ brief although we kept things quite simple

Chrissie at Horticouture

General styling – did your venue need much decoration?

Beyond flowers we didn’t have to decorate any further

Crafts and makes – tell us about any homemade elements of your wedding… did you enjoy them?

Ashamed to say we didn’t have any apart from the place names

The wedding cake: what kind of cake did you choose and why?

Our cake was a three tiered square based cake with sponge and marzipan. We wanted to keep it quite simple

Entertainment: any musical recommendations, surprises or treats?

We made our own playlist which was great as it gave us full control. We did karaoke too which was brilliant

On the day tips and advice:

Relax and enjoy yourself

What’s the best thing about being married?

Not having to plan another wedding!!

Favourite supplier list for other brides and grooms:

Saunts catering

Rise Hall weddings

Horticouture

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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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