Last summer I styled an editorial photoshoot very close to home – as many of you know, I live on the edge of the Lake District and within minutes’ walk of the beach. When lovely Sheryl from Oobaloos Photography suggested we do a photoshoot here, I just couldn’t say no. I’m a huge believer in letting your surroundings influence the style of your day, and my choice of suppliers to take part in the shoot was inspired by the wild beaches of south Cumbria – my favourite place in the world.
Previously featured on Love My Dress blog (thank you lovely Annabel!), this shoot was designed to show you how to incorporate simple touches inspired by waves and the sea into your wedding day. We styled a simple table with fabrics, foliage and calligraphy in lush blues and golds, with glassware from lovely Narrative Hire.
How was your weekend? We’ve had blissful sunshine and a lovely sea breeze, perfect for a friend’s party and a day’s tidying up the garden… as it’s my main view when I’m blogging, it’s important my little flowers grow bigger than the weeds so I can see them! While I’m in a sunny mood, I’m all about sharing summer weddings on the blog, and today’s is just the perfect summer’s day.
Cristina and Pat were married at Penton Park, and styled their day with lovely personal touches – the table plan is genius, the favours and place settings look gorgeous. And they had everything: glorious sunshine from the off, a luxurious venue with fabulous interiors and breathtaking gardens, and clear skies all the way through until sunset.
I love their story, which is told in a nutshell on one of the table cards – basically, Pat moved in to the house Cristina was sharing with friends at the time. She liked him SO much she thought she’d have to move out immediately. I guess it’s lucky for them – and for us! – that she didn’t!
If you have half an hour or so free this Sunday afternoon, I would love for you to check out our digital magazine, the English Wedding Bible. I love curating all the features, shoots, writing articles and putting the publication together, and I really hope you’ll enjoy snuggling down with your phone or tablet and having a good old read! Of course, the shoots in the magazine are the ones which really knock my little socks off – and you’ll recognise some of the images from the blog today when you read the magazine too! The flowers in this shoot are just divine – they’re perfect for a spring bouquet with a glorious combination of roses with eucalyptus, sweet peas, wax flower and green hellebores. Images are by our lovely friend and English Wedding sponsor, Amanda Karen Photography. The shoot was styled by lovely Emma Turner Weddings, and there’s a full supplier list below. Here’s Emma to tell you more!
Happy weekend, you lovely people!! Are you enjoying all the sunshine, or ready for some raindrops and that delicious smell of dusty grass after the first summer showers? I’ve almost forgotten where I left my brolly, way back in April! Today though, we’re thinking ahead to summer weddings, bright and breezy sunny celebrations with beautiful styling touches and the loveliest stationery to set the scene for the day. I’d like to introduce you to lovely Kim from Pingle Pie.
Pingle Pie’s predesigned collections are passionately refined to produce unique suites that can be altered to perfectly suit your day. Each stationery piece is listed separately so that you can pick and choose which items you’d like to purchase there’s something for every budget.
Our designs are hand painted and designed inhouse, making each piece truly unique. If you love our style and would like to have something designed especially for you, get in touch to discuss your ideas. We understand that each wedding is unique and for this reason, we never sell the same bespoke design twice guaranteeing individuality with each and every custom order.
I would love to see the guitar take the place of the vintage bicycle in wedding styling. Bikes kind of became a wedding thing about 5 years ago… and if we’re going to have random props as part of our wedding displays, I’d just love to see guitars take centre stage for a while! In today’s gorgeous shoot, they do.
Styling and concepts are by super talented Nikki at Knots & Kisses, and images are by the fabulous So Belle Photography. Props are from lovely Carmen at The Prop Factory, who submitted this shoot for publication on English Wedding. It’s so up our street we’re almost singing along!
Kathryn photographs weddings in and around West and North Yorkshire and Lancashire too. As a wedding photographer based near Skipton, North Yorkshire, she works in some truly stunning locations and varied wedding venues from National Trust properties to stately homes, boutique hotels to tepee and marquee wedding days in woodlands and out in the countryside.
For any of you lovely people with a creative flair and a crafty inclination, I have news! I’ve announced a brand new calligraphy class – short & sweet, affordable and for absolute beginners – in Manchester this summer.
We’re calling it Calligraphy Summer School…
If you want to learn modern calligraphy for your wedding, come and join me for a fun and relaxed class at the fabulous Ziferblat Edge St, in the heart of the northern quarter, for 90 minutes of learning to write beautiful quirky lettering.
Designing, writing and addressing wedding invitations is what I do when I’m not being a wedding blogger. I have a beautiful poem to write today, actually – you can see what I do in my life as a calligrapher on my other instagram @bymoonandtide if you like.
I also teach modern calligraphy, and I like to think I make it fun and relaxed, so you can go on and write confidently and beautifully when it comes to your wedding invitations, place names, even your table plan and venue signage. (At home, I even write on my windows, mirror and cupboard doors. It gets kind of addictive!)
Happy Wednesday folks! Have you read the English Wedding Bible yet? Our article “why don’t men like weddings” is making me super aware of giving grooms a starring role in the weddings I share on the blog – how am I doing? Of course, handsome grooms like Charlie make it easy 🙂 And Vicky is just breathtakingly beautiful, don’t you think? Today’s wedding is as gorgeous as it is exciting. I adore the elegant and rustic styling, and I love the ideas Vicky and Charlie came up with – “wedding day TV” starring guest interviews, plus the groomsmen’s boy band montage… it sounds so funny and memorable for all the right reasons!
Photos are by lovely Sarah Ann Weddings, a laid back and fun wedding photographer based in London. Sarah travels all over the UK shooting weddings for couples who want a relaxed, natural and fun wedding day. She describes herself as a mini ninja with a camera harness… and we think she’s brilliant. Find her on insta – @sarahannweddings
Hey everyone! It’s wedding supplier time once again and I’m delighted to introduce you to these lovely people, who’ve joined or re-joined The English Wedding Directory in the last couple of weeks. Do take a moment to discover them, and if you like what you see why not get in touch and even book this weekend?
Our Facebook page is updated with new vendors when they join us, and the Directory is full of brilliant photographers, stationers, florists, stylists, stationers… everything you might need for the wedding of your dreams!
Photography by Kathryn is all about combining a documentary wedding photography style with beautiful portraits created with a relaxed and down to earth approach. Authentic, natural and beautiful wedding photography in Yorkshire
Sarah Williams photographs weddings with a reportage style, capturing natural, unposed images of your wedding day. “My approach is non-intrusive which helps me to tell the true story of your special day, allowing you to enjoy yourself and most importantly have fun! I am based on the South coast and travel all over the uK and beyond so please do get in touch – I would love to be a part of your day if I can.” Based in Sussex
We spend an average of eighteen months planning a wedding – and the day itself is over in the blink of an eye. Imagine if you could spend just a little more time in your dress; have a few tranquil moments to enjoy being a bride again, after your wedding day.
Beautiful bride Faye spent a little time with one of the loveliest photographers I know – Kathryn Hopkins – doing just that. They went along to Great Ashfield House for a post-bridal shoot and captured a romantic set of images, taking time to make more memories for Faye of her bridal style and dress.
“Weddings are so fast paced with little time to dedicate to one element during the day, so it is really lovely to be able to spend a couple of hours just documenting the bride’s style and dress after the wedding day. I definitely recommend any bride treating themselves to a day of pampering on set and enjoying their dress again before it gets packed away forever.” ~ Kathryn Hopkins
When friends tell me they don’t need a wedding planner – there’s one at the venue – I get a little nervous for them. Even the most relaxed of weddings on the surface needs someone behind the scenes making sure everything goes smoothly. The larger your guest list and the more complicated your wedding plans, the more likely it is you’ll need a little help along the way. If you can afford to spend a little to calm your nerves and reassure yourselves that your wedding day won’t be stressful – it’s so worth chatting to a wedding planner. They’re your lifesaver if you need one; and they’re a world away from the wedding coordinator at your venue. Lovely Katie Stocks from The Events Designers explains why.