A foodie wedding with pretty, feminine styling at Orchardleigh House. Image credit Love In Focus, Bristol (14)
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Beautiful bride Siobhan and gorgeous groom Ross got married in the springtime, and were blessed with a beautifully sunny day. I fell in love with Siobhan’s bouquet of ranunculus, freesia and eucalyptus with tiny narcissus and eucalyptus – it’s perfect for springtime and every bit as gorgeous as a summer bouquet.

A foodie wedding with pretty, feminine styling at Orchardleigh House. Image credit Love In Focus, Bristol (24)

Orchardleigh House is a stunning venue in North Somerset with fabulous, lavish rooms, the perfect venue for a romantic English wedding. Driving into the estate and along the winding driveway to the main house there’s a real wow moment that gives you a feeling of excited anticipation.

A foodie wedding with pretty, feminine styling at Orchardleigh House. Image credit Love In Focus, Bristol (25)

Words and images by lovely Somerset wedding photographer Sandy McClure at Love In Focus

Both Siobhan and Ross were getting ready at the venue which meant I was able to get a few shots of them both getting ready. After hanging out with Siobhan, her family and her bridesmaids for a bit and capturing the hubbub of activity as everyone got ready along with a few details I headed over to find Ross and his boys.

Bristol wedding with photographer Martin Dabek (23)
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Karen and Richard were together for 17 years before they got married. Their story goes back some way: they were even in the same class at school! Karen told me the best thing about being married is not having to call Richard her partner any more – because it always sounded as though they were in business together! (Honestly though, why has no one thought of a better word for partner… any suggestions?!)

Bristol wedding with photographer Martin Dabek (20)

Their Mansion House wedding is pretty, perfect, and full of love and family and smiles all day long. I love the flowers, I adore Karen’s pretty House of Mooshki dress – she looks so beautiful! – and the atmosphere of their day which comes across so perfectly in their images.

Bristol wedding with photographer Martin Dabek (31)

Romance and feminine, rustic charm for an Aldwick Court Farm wedding. image credit Love In Focus Bristol wedding photographers (5)
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Today’s real wedding is romantic, feminine and oh so pretty – the kind of wedding so many girls dream of, brought to life with a wonderfully elegant style. Beautiful bride Amy’s dress is divine – I adore the palest pink hue which works beautifully with the bridesmaids’ soft grey dresses. Words and images are by our lovely sponsor, Somerset wedding photographer Sandy at Love In Focus.

Romance and feminine, rustic charm for an Aldwick Court Farm wedding. image credit Love In Focus Bristol wedding photographers (24)

Getting to shoot any Somerset wedding photography on a bright and sunny day is one of the many upsides of my job – so getting to photograph a wedding at Aldwick Court Farm on a bright and sunny day is just about as good as this job gets! Amy and Ben chose the perfect venue for their spring wedding.

Romance and feminine, rustic charm for an Aldwick Court Farm wedding. image credit Love In Focus Bristol wedding photographers (6)

Contact & bookings: Love In Focus (Bristol & Somerset wedding photography)

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Romance and feminine, rustic charm for an Aldwick Court Farm wedding. image credit Love In Focus Bristol wedding photographers (22)

On the day I arrived at Amy’s parents’ house in Bristol to take some shots of Amy as she got ready for the day. Amy looked amazing in her dress with beautiful lace detail and chiffon on the skirt that gave her a wonderful silhouette.

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Hey everyone! I hope you’re all staying safe and warm through this ridiculously cold spell! We have no snow here on the Cumbrian coast – in fact it’s been lovely and sunny since Friday – but omg is it cold on the beach! So I’m staying in, snuggling into my slippers and hot chocolate and happy to be sharing some extra special blog features with you all in the run up to Christmas. Today’s is no exception… did you see our list of 15 favourite UK wedding planners published yesterday? If you did, you’ll have spotted our lovely friend Helen from Pudding Bridge. Helen’s not only a multi-award winning planner, she’s also written some advice features for the blog over the last few months and we’re thrilled to have her joining our little team of sponsors today.

Award winning Bristol and Bath wedding planners Pudding Bridge (3)

Pudding Bridge is owned by Helen Hopkins and is a multi-award winning Wedding Planning company based in Bristol. Specialising in elegant country house weddings, I am passionate about organising epic extended celebrations.

Award winning Bristol and Bath wedding planners Pudding Bridge (4)
Award winning Bristol and Bath wedding planners Pudding Bridge (5)

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Today’s wedding at King’s Weston House is absolutely gorgeous! The little touches Hollie and Jimmy used to decorate tables and entertain guests are just fabulous – and the bride and groom are a stunning couple – Hollie is so very beautiful. Images are by our lovely sponsor and Bristol wedding photographer Martin Dabek. Use the little icon at the top of each image to save to your Pinterest boards – there are SO many ideas to fall in love with here!

Beautiful styling touches for an elegant Bristol wedding. Image credit Martin Dabek Photography (8)

We planned our wedding in under a year. It’s achievable, you just have to be flexible with dates and stick to your decisions. We wanted to create a shabby chic, informal feel and chose a colour scheme of grey and dusky pink with sparkly accents. To help us stick to our budget we borrowed decorations from friends and shopped around charity shops for bargains.

Beautiful styling touches for an elegant Bristol wedding. Image credit Martin Dabek Photography (40)

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Bristol wedding photographer Martin Dabek
http://martindabek.com

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There’s more than one reason we’re supporting the Chosen Wedding Fairs this year – of course our very own Facebook page editor Claire has taken over the running of the fair, and this has given us the wonderful opportunity to shout about it from the rooftops… but there are so many fabulously creative suppliers involved whose work we’ve featured on the English Wedding Blog before, this is pretty much our dream wedding fair!

English summer wedding inspo, photo credit Evoke Pictures Bristol (11)

Styled shoots – which we’ll always love to bits – are the reason so many of these guys have featured on our pages. If their name is in bold on the list below, they’ve starred on the blog, we know them by reputation and LOVE what they do!

English summer wedding inspo, photo credit Evoke Pictures Bristol (9)

Image by Evoke Pictures, styling by The Little Wedding Helper, stationery by De Winton Paper Co – all at Chosen Wedding Fair Bristol on 22nd October (advance tickets £3)

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Here’s something wonderful for all of you autumn brides and grooms – a wedding full of warm styling touches and golden sunshine. I adore the portraits of the happy couple under the turning leaves; Hannah is so beautiful and radiant in the most delicate lace detailed wedding dress, and the candles and cake table are just perfect for the season. (Three wedding cakes – chocolate brownie, cheese and pork pie!!! Love this!)

De Vere Tortworth Court autumn wedding style ideas, image credit Love In Focus Bristol (16)

Words and images by Sandy at Love In Focus. Sandy is a Bristol wedding photographer whose style is a combination of relaxed documentary reportage and contemporary fine art portraits. He photographs weddings in Bath, Somerset and the South West.

Contact & bookings: Love In Focus (Bristol)

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De Vere Tortworth Court autumn wedding style ideas, image credit Love In Focus Bristol (30)

When I arrived in the morning it looked like we were in for a chilly and foggy autum day, there were clouds and fog and it had rained the day before so I didn’t have high hopes for the weather that day. Fortunately the Orangery at De Vere Tortworth Court is essentially a huge green house so even on the darkest of days there is plenty of light.

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Alex & Laura’s wedding is in the most amazing ‘venue’ – if we can describe a 19th century transatlantic steamship as a wedding venue! I love their creativity in choosing a space which really sets the scene for a memorable and adventurous wedding day. This is all so gorgeous: Laura is stunning in a shorter length dress and the nighttime photos taken after their reception are wonderfully unique and exciting!

SS Great Britain wedding with Bristol photographer Martin Dabek (22)

“Less was more with the SS Great Britain. There was already such an incredible back drop that putting too much onto it would have taken away from the ship. We just added some some fairy lights and bunting to the party space. Alex’s mum made meters and meters of bunting which was a total labour of love! My mum made our wedding cake, put together the favour bottles and we all had a lovely time putting together the table plan. I think there were about 10 different print outs, countless uses of a guillotine!”

SS Great Britain wedding with Bristol photographer Martin Dabek (23)

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You know when you look at a rainbow, and it’s so amazing it gets in your eyes and stays there all day? No? You’re about to, with today’s wonderfully colourful English wedding. The hot air balloon is only one of so many visual delights (and hey, if you’re training to be a balloon pilot!!!… it’s got to be done!) The styling and decor make this wedding so fabulously fun, unique and memorable – it has to be one of my favourite weddings on the blog this year. Gorgeous Kristy and Ollie shared lots of info about their day, so do read their fantastic interview after the images!

Hot air balloons, vibrant florals and handmade details at Huntstile - Photo credit Love In Focus (8)

Hot air balloons, vibrant florals and handmade details at Huntstile - Photo credit Love In Focus (27)

“We made our own invitations, created some of the venue styling pieces such as bunting, paper cranes, we put together some glass vials with wildflower seeds for wedding favours too. I was lucky to have some help from friends and family with all these.

Hot air balloons, vibrant florals and handmade details at Huntstile - Photo credit Love In Focus (9)

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The English Wedding Blog is my baby – sometimes I forget how long I’ve had her, and then I think back to all the amazing people I’ve met along the way – like lovely Sandy from Love In Focus whose first real wedding feature here was back in 2014!

Reportage, relaxed and refreshing Bristol wedding photographers Love In Focus (21)

It means a lot to me that my role is as a matchmaker – I’m here to hook you lovely lot up with the most creative, exciting, wonderful wedding suppliers I know. And so I work really hard to share local weddings, ask couples for their recommendations with every real wedding and share inspiration from the very best.

Reportage, relaxed and refreshing Bristol wedding photographers Love In Focus (23)

I’m here to help you find your suppliers; I’m here to help suppliers find you! And when lovely folks come back to the blog as sponsors, it means it’s working for everyone!

I’m more than thrilled to say fabulous Bristol wedding photographer Love In Focus is rejoining my little band of blog sponsors today. I’ll hand over to Sandy to tell you more…

Reportage, relaxed and refreshing Bristol wedding photographers Love In Focus (9)

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I was reading today – I can’t remember where – a piece of advice about styling your wedding, and not rushing into anything. The article recommended choosing your venue first and using its decor to inspire your day (something we’ve suggested before on the English Wedding Blog). As soon as I saw Kim and Kevin’s stunning wedding it brought all that advice back: and oh my, did they choose a venue to be inspired by!

A sublimely pretty English wedding at Clifton College in Bristol, with Jennifer Jane Photography (4)

There are so many beautiful touches to Kim and Kevin’s day. The bouquet is sublime (and lovely Jennifer Jane always gets that incredible shot! LOVE!) – the table flowers and florals all around the venue are perfect.

A sublimely pretty English wedding at Clifton College in Bristol, with Jennifer Jane Photography (29)

And then there’s our gorgeous bride and groom. Don’t they look stunning! The shot in the doorway at Clifton College is magical – it captures their characters and how head over heels in love they are!

A sublimely pretty English wedding at Clifton College in Bristol, with Jennifer Jane Photography (44)

Contact & Bookings: Jennifer Jane Photography

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A sublimely pretty English wedding at Clifton College in Bristol, with Jennifer Jane Photography (43)

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Today’s shoot took my breath away. It is opulent wedding styling, beautifully realised, and deliciously different. For stately home weddings, halls and barns loaded with history I LOVE the concept of dreamily dark styling and decadent florals.

Oil painting wedding tablescapes Garden & Wild and Joanna Ritchie Photography (5)

The shoot takes inspiration from the Dutch masters – painters who turned tablescapes loaded with fruit and florals into exquisite masterpieces. The oil painting look worked beautifully in 16th century Holland; it still has the power to captivate today, and becomes the most exciting wedding styling inspiration you can imagine.

Oil painting wedding tablescapes Garden & Wild and Joanna Ritchie Photography (30)

All of the gorgeous images are by Joanna Ritchie Photography. The flowers were designed by lovely Claire at Garden & Wild. (Garden & Wild is fully booked for large scale bespoke weddings until 2018 but still has some availability for intimate celebrations, so do get in touch soon if you’d like to book Claire for your big day!)