woodland wedding inspiration with All You Need Is Love Photography (28)
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If you can’t get married in a woodland enclosure, there are ways to bring a woodland wedding theme indoors. Today’s shoot captures all the beauty of natural woodland in the most beautiful way, with on trend detailing and creative ideas for a woodland wedding. The willow twists around the cake are divine; the table styling just beautiful. Woodland brides and grooms – this is for you.

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The trestle tables are clothed in petrol blue with a stylish silver-grey hand dyed silk runner. Then dressed with an informal arrangement of twisted Willow branches, Eucalyptus, succulents, Waxflower and Roses amidst beautiful mini vases, tea lights and pale soft grey taper candles in gold candlesticks with a beautiful glass star to mark the special occasion. The place settings adorned with a glamorous peacock’s feather for each guest simply tied with hand dyed teal blue crushed silk velvet ribbons around exquisite silk napkins on grey plates with gold cutlery. The benches are covered in the softest sheepskins for extra cosy comfort. Tied together with an abundance of testers and colours to create a divine and whimsical atmosphere.

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Wedding of the century? Keye and James at Chapeldown with Steven Rooney Photography (17)
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I guess if we could all describe our perfect wedding it would be something like this: fun, relaxed, gorgeously styled, games, drinks, full of personality, laughter, love, unique. Keye and James nailed all of those – and then some. They added circus and carnival, wow factor, fizz and flames. The opulent floral displays are breathtaking and the styling is oh-so-pretty and perfectly on trend. Their day is spectacularly styled with beautiful summer blooms, calligraphy signage, smoke bombs, brilliant outdoor games – and our gorgeous grooms look fantastic in matching outfits with waistcoats and bowties.

Wedding of the century? Keye and James at Chapeldown with Steven Rooney Photography (4)

The list of ‘above and beyond’ styling details is just amazing. Stilt-walkers, fabulous carpets lining the walkways between tents, a harpist, an owl ring-bearer, personalised plastic sunglasses in a rainbow of colours (and glorious sunshine to go with!)… but you’ll see from the pictures how incredible a day this was!

Wedding of the century? Keye and James at Chapeldown with Steven Rooney Photography (15)

Gorgeous winter wedding style tips from The Soiree Stylists and Jessica Stott (26)
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I’m fickle. Sometimes I love summer; sometimes the cosiness of winter snuggles has my heart. Today we’re all about winter warmth… with a gorgeous editorial full of ideas for your winter wedding.

Gorgeous winter wedding style tips from The Soiree Stylists and Jessica Stott (11)

This is one of the most creative shoots I’ve seen in a long time and I adore all the little details – the table plan with classy baubles is gorgeous, and I LOVE the calligraphy styling by Corrie at The Soirée Stylists. Corrie came along to one of my calligraphy workshops in Manchester last year to learn more about hand lettering on paper – she was a natural and I think you’ll agree her lettering on glass and mirrors is already perfect!

Gorgeous winter wedding style tips from The Soiree Stylists and Jessica Stott (28)
Gorgeous winter wedding style tips from The Soiree Stylists and Jessica Stott (29)

The cake is fabulous with soft grey tones and that wonderful gilded monogram – Kate, it’s beautiful! – the little cookies all by Little Button Bakery just look too pretty to eat – aren’t they adorable?

Gorgeous winter wedding style tips from The Soiree Stylists and Jessica Stott (17)
Gorgeous winter wedding style tips from The Soiree Stylists and Jessica Stott (16)

Words & images by the hugely talented Jessica Stott Photography

www.jessicastottphotography.com

 

Gorgeous winter wedding style tips from The Soiree Stylists and Jessica Stott (22)

Sunflowers and tipi wedding style at the Henry Moore Foundation Hertfordshire with Becky Harley Photography (29)
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I am desperate for summer to kick in! I know it’s only the 4th of February, but still… I can taste spring in the air, I’m sure I can. Maybe it’s these sunflowers…

Sunflowers and tipi wedding style at the Henry Moore Foundation Hertfordshire with Becky Harley Photography (4)

Katie and Richard are gorgeous. Katie’s dress is just divine, and (as I think I mentioned yesterday!) I do love a couple who choose outfits with something just a little different. Honestly – this is such a personal and individual wedding and I think it’s fabulous. The day is bright and summery, their smiles are infectious, the styling touches they chose for their tipi reception are fabulously colourful and creative…

Sunflowers and tipi wedding style at the Henry Moore Foundation Hertfordshire with Becky Harley Photography (9)

Wedding photographer’s website:

www.beckyharleyphotography.co.uk

We met Becky at a wedding fair at Knebworth House. We were so pleased with everything. She made us feel so comfortable throughout the day. She was super chilled out and relaxed which is very much like me and Richard. Her photos were super relaxed and natural. She was so easy to have around which I think added to why her photos were so good as people were relaxed and she was never invasive with the camera. She managed to get some lovely natural photos of the kids who are very camera shy but you wouldn’t know it looking at the pictures. We couldn’t have been happier.

The prettiest cake for a DIY wedding in Lancashire with Robbie Venn Photography (12)
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James and Rose are just the loveliest couple! Their wonderfully creative wedding has a really classic English flavour – all the small details were prettily handcrafted, and Rose’s dress is just stunning. I do love a bride and groom with their own individual style and these two have it in spades!

The prettiest cake for a DIY wedding in Lancashire with Robbie Venn Photography (14)

Their wedding took place in the small Lancashire village of Croston. The wedding ceremony took place in St Michael’s Church and the reception was in the old school hall opposite the church.

The prettiest cake for a DIY wedding in Lancashire with Robbie Venn Photography (19)

Words & images are by Robbie Venn Photography, who is based in Manchester.

The day started with James arriving in a vintage ‘Leyland Tiger’ bus from 1946, aptly named ‘Rosie’; hired from Cumbria Classic Coaches. After a few shots of James, we ran to avoid the torrential rain and found shelter in the church, then waited for the bride to arrive. After a short while Rose’s car arrived and I duly photographed the beautiful bride’s arrival to the church.

The prettiest cake for a DIY wedding in Lancashire with Robbie Venn Photography (11)

After a magical service I had the chance to photograph the couple in the majestic setting of St Michael’s, by which I made use of the amazing light emanating from the stained glass windows.

Italian springtime wedding ideas with Bowtie and Belle Photography (14)
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It breaks my heart to be selling my little Vespa this spring… but at the same time it makes me smile to see this gorgeous shoot on the blog today with a vintage Vespa looking so beautiful and ready for adventures! If you’ve already flicked through the pages of our FREE digital magazine the English Wedding Bible you’ll recognise this…

Italian springtime wedding ideas with Bowtie and Belle Photography (4)

The beautiful styling is by lovely Lauradana at Wedding Creations. With her instinct for delicate, relaxed styling she transports us to Italy effortlessly – we’re treated to glorious courtyard dining with perfectly on trend, elegant touches. Every careful detail is captured beautifully by Bowtie & Belle Photography. The flowers by Bride and Bloom are wonderful; fabrics by Kate Cullen soften the tablescape so prettily and give the styling an artisan edge. And the cakes by Vanilla Pod Bakery and the Cheltenham Cakery… I don’t think I’ve seen a dreamier illustrated cake than this in a decade of wedding blogging!

Italian springtime wedding ideas with Bowtie and Belle Photography (10)

wedding styling ideas with lights (10)
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Recent research by an online lighting company shows that Christmas and New Year are one of the most popular times of year for engagements. This means to secure the venue you want, you need to get planning as soon as possible, before the Valentine’s proposals start happening in February.

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To understand more about how couples plan their weddings, Festive Lights ran a survey of 1009 people in the UK, asking those who were engaged, or were married, when the proposal had happened and whether it was on a special occasion. This revealed that the most proposals happen around Christmas, with 33% of people answering that they’d put a ring on it around Christmas Day and New Year. The festive period was more popular for proposals than birthdays (22%) and more than twice as popular as Valentine’s Day (15%). As a result, January sees a spike in couples beginning to plan their weddings.

Stephen Alty, General Manager at Festive Lights, commented,

The party of the year at Lily and Philip's Matara Centre wedding with Dale Stephens Photography (14)
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We’ve featured a lovely selection of Matara Centre weddings on the English Wedding Blog over the years – it’s a fabulous and characterful venue which somehow makes for the most unique and vibrant wedding celebrations every single time. Today’s gorgeous bride and groom are Lily and Philip, who married in the summer. They were wed at St. John the Baptist church in Tetbury, and celebrated into the evening at the Matara Centre (which Lily’s grandfather owns!) It’s fabulous – you’ll love this! (Don’t miss the stunning floral decorations on the cake!)

The party of the year at Lily and Philip's Matara Centre wedding with Dale Stephens Photography (14)

Wedding photographer’s website:

https://www.dalestephensphotography.com

Dale was recomended to us. We couldn’t have asked for anything more from our photographer. Before the wedding he organised a free engagement shoot, so he could get to know us. We were a little nervous about this as it is not something that either of us would usually do, but Dale made us both feel so at ease. The photos were also perfect which made us feel a lot more calm abut the day itself.

The party of the year at Lily and Philip's Matara Centre wedding with Dale Stephens Photography (17)

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The English Wedding Directory is where you can find all of our favourite wedding suppliers. Our Facebook page is updated with new vendors when they join us, and the Directory is full of brilliant photographers, stationers, florists, stylists… everything you might need for the wedding of your dreams!

These lovely people have joined the English Wedding Directory in the last few 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?


The Gilded Fern makes gorgeous, eco-friendly, recycled / recyclable and vegan wedding favours: our faves are… actually we can’t decide. We love them all! Welcome, Gwenda, to the English Wedding Directory! www.gildedfern.co.uk

The Little Wedding Helper‘s styling is exquisite; lovely Kirsten has worked with more amazing suppliers than I can count. I’m delighted to welcome the Little Wedding Helper to the Directory and hope any of you who don’t know all about her will take a few minutes to go and explore Kirsten’s stunning website!
www.littleweddinghelper.co.uk

Cornwell Manor wedding styling, pastel blue wedding ideas, Kate Nielen Photography (24)
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Our brand new digital magazine, The English Wedding Bible, is yours FREE to download or read online this January – full of beautiful wedding inspiration and advice features from the heart, written by some of our favourite photographers and wedding experts. Grab it here… and enjoy today’s sublime inspiration shoot, which was one of my favourite features in the English Wedding Bible’s very first issue.

Cornwell Manor wedding styling, pastel blue wedding ideas, Kate Nielen Photography (22)

Pastels are our favourite wedding palette – they have been for years and I doubt that will ever change. But it’s easy to forget there’s a gentle rainbow of pastel colours encompassing everything from palest dusky pinks through to barely-there olive greens, dove greys and soft corals… because pastel doesn’t only mean pink.

Cornwell Manor wedding styling, pastel blue wedding ideas, Kate Nielen Photography (21)

Today’s shoot puts forward a beautiful and very strong case for delicate blue pastel hues. The key colour is Serenity, which works well all year round; for cool winter weddings and soft pastel spring and summer ones. It gives you the ‘something blue’ and is incredibly calming, delicate and outrageously pretty, whilst maintaining that elegant feel.

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I love the lightness of Heidi and Shaun’s pretty Glemham Hall wedding. Their flowers are deliciously pretty daisies with peonies and roses – and they fill my heart with summer vibes! Glemham Hall is one of Suffolk’s most beautiful venues: a 16th century family home surrounded by 300 acres of countryside and with its own 170-capacity marquee which is perfect for elegant weddings. Our beautiful bride tells us a little more about the day:

Our suppliers were mostly local. Karen Lear Florist, Tonia Edwards Cakes, My big Fat wedding disco, Blue daffodil events catering, Ayshea Goldberg Photography, Galley Slaves ice cream bikes. Our wedding stationery was provided by Andrew at Vintage Designs. Andrew provided a very personalised service and was extremely helpful.

I had a natural looking bouquet, with peonies, roses and other garden flowers from Karen Lear Flowers. The colours were pale pinks, whites and lilacs. Flower girls had gypsophila crowns and a small bouquet of mini daisies.

a beautiful fairytale wedding at Lainston with Amanda Karen Photography (31)
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I have been saving up this beautiful wedding for so long! It reminds me that spring is just around the corner: the flowers are beautiful, everything is so wonderfully feminine and romantic and seeing the happiness of stunning bride Sam and her handsome groom Martin just has me smiling right back at the screen! This is pure, unadulterated fairytale – the theme will very soon become evident as you scroll through all the super pretty “Happily Ever Afters” – and there’s a healthy sprinkling of glitter and Disney magic too!

a beautiful fairytale wedding at Lainston with Amanda Karen Photography (8)

Wedding photographer’s website:

Www.amandakarenphotography.co.uk

I love my photography and I had a very specific idea in mind. I travelled from Leeds to London for the National Wedding Show where I met with Amanda and Hutch. I was immediately put at ease and just fell in love with their style and the beautiful images they had taken. I knew straight away that I wanted them to be the photographers at my wedding.

a beautiful fairytale wedding at Lainston with Amanda Karen Photography (19)