Do you celebrate Halloween? Here at English Wedding HQ I love the old belief in fairies and spirits – it’s said they can reach us more easily tonight than at any other time in the year… so I see it as a time to pray for loved ones lost; to celebrate their lives and look back on precious times and memories shared. It’s also a lovely opportunity to cook pumpkin stuff – I actually spent a few happy moments writing on a little pumpkin in my calligraphy class the other week! Anyway – before I begin today’s blog post I have a request for wedding stylists and photographers – I would love to feature this year’s Halloween weddings on the blog this time next year. If you’re styling or shooting a wedding today, please consider submitting it for publication on English Wedding next year. We don’t need ghosts and goths (although, that would be pretty awesome!) – I’m looking for weddings with orange, autumnal or pumpkin styling ideas to inspire our readers. Thank you!
Hey lovely! Happy FRIDAY!!! I’m totally feeling Friday vibes today – last night we were partying until the early hours in Manchester; this morning we’ve had a little shop in the big city, ready for my sister in law’s WEDDING at the end of the month. SOOOO exciting!!! So every wedding I see on my screen right now is totally capturing my heart. Tomorrow afternoon I’m teaching a modern calligraphy class in the Lakes – tickets are still available here if you can join us! – but first, I have an absolute gem of a wedding for you – you’re going to adore this.
Beautiful bride Katie & James got married on the 7th July in an outdoor ceremony in the stunning grounds of Askham Hall. These two met through a mutual friend, however not long after Katie moved to Australia, and in James’ words, it was the ULTIMATE hard to get move he’s ever seen! After being in touch for the year she was over there, she moved back to the UK, and the rest is history! Katie & James’ wedding was definitely a family affair, with Katie’s mum doing the flowers, and Katie’s sister, (who lives in TEXAS and came over for the wedding!), organised the decorations and style of the day – she definitely wins an ‘amazing sister’ award!
Earlier in the year I joined forces with the team at Lakes & Cumbria Wedding Magazine to launch their very first issue – and we had an absolute blast, creating a stunning cover shoot with ultraviolet stationery and florals. This year has passed by in a whirlwind, but I wanted to tell all of you beautiful people about the magazine before issue 2 comes out in the autumn!
It’s the first time I’ve worked hand in hand with magazine publishers, and the girls working on the magazine are such lovely, enthusiastic and happy people I enjoyed every second of the process!
The magazine cover shoot was also a fabulous chance for me to work with some of my favourites again – lovely Camilla Lucinda Photography was a star, beautifully capturing the gorgeous editorial I created with Katie from Made in Flowers, Julia Tasker Bridal Couture, Keseme at Le Petit Salon and Ashley from Greg Malloy Hairdressing – not forgetting our lovely hosts The Forest Side and our beautiful bride Jade Hodgson.
Happy Tuesday everyone! This week is flying by – I’m normally good at getting blog posts ready well in advance, but today I’m flying by the seat of my pants! I blame the sunshine… haha! Now I know you’re going to love Alex and Scott’s day. The styling is beautiful in rose gold and dusky pink. The images are stunning – they’re by my lovely friend Camilla Lucinda Photography – and there’s a wonderful story which you’ll see from the pics in a sec. In short, this wedding has absolutely everything: Alex is soooo gorgeous and Scott her perfect match – I’ll let the happy couple tell you more!
We bought a lot of decoration for our venue, I loved the soft fairy lights look so our venue was covered in micro LED lights, it was so magical! Our tables looked stunning – we had rose gold sequin table runners, with mirrored plates and LED candles. We also paid extra to have a starlight back drop behind the top table which looked amazing! We struggled to find rose gold table numbers so we bought plain ones and spray painted them in a sparkly rose gold. We also spray painted our ‘no phones or pictures on social media’ picture frame and arranged for a design to be printed to be displayed in our venue.
I chuckled when I first saw today’s wedding – because all the boys went for a dip in the (freeeeezing) lake in the morning EXACTLY where I’d been stood in my wellies with four alpacas, my man and my mum & dad only a few days before. Fact. This is one of the best spots to get married in the whole of the Lake District, and gorgeous Rachel and Rob were thrilled with their choice of the Lingholm Estate for their summer wedding. I love it – the details are stunning, the atmosphere is as dramatic outside as it is heartwarming inside, and the images by Fairclough Photography are out of this world. Claire xxx
The venue was so amazing and the views so fab that we didn’t need a lot of decoration. We also wanted to keep it simple. We had large candles and lanterns with cream petals and jars with Gypsophila for the ceremony and then slices of tree trunks with jars for the table settings, and cream table cloths.
Sifting through wedding photographs is the loveliest job, it truly is! Something about Aimee and Ben’s day made me realise every one of the celebrations I see is special for something truly unique to the couple. For Aimee and Ben, the barn location and simple, relaxed styling makes everything look perfect – and the delight on their faces makes it a treat to look through their images from beginning to end.
Images are by lovely Camilla Lucinda Photography, who told me this wedding inspired her as a photographer so much because of just how much emotion and love filled the venue. “Ben and Aimee are the couple of every photographer’s dreams, so easy, laid back, relaxed and utterly besotted with each other – and I think this shines through the photographs, (well I hope it does!) And her bridesmaids are just stunning and naturals in front of the camera too – their dresses are BEAUTIFUL!”
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Today’s wedding is wonderful. A glorious mix of Lakeland and Scottish styling touches, with home grown flowers (all of them – isn’t that amazing?!), DIY details and the most beautiful bride and gorgeous groom. The venue is lovely Askham Hall, which looks fabulous and has the most incredible gardens for outdoor shots. I think my fave thing about Cally and Colin’s wedding is all the help they had from friends and family to bring their day together, and all the personal touches – an heirloom kilt; hand painted table names; oh! and a genius idea of a song from the best men which Cally explains in her interview below. You’ll love this…
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A friend and colleague recommended Jess, then we met and viewed her portfolio and loved the natural, candid shots and gorgeous scenery. Jess seemed able to capture the best of every aspect in her photographs, and her relaxed and bubbly demeanour put us instantly at ease. We knew straight away that she was the right photographer for us.
I love the idea of a UK destination wedding: taking only your nearest and dearest to a special place for an intimate ceremony. Of course, living in the Lake District I have one of the loveliest UK destinations on my doorstep, so I’m lucky! But I’d love to see more couples coming here for the day of their dreams, and if I can encourage just one or two of you by sharing this beautiful wedding on the blog, I’ll be so very happy!
Today I’m really excited to be sharing the beautiful wedding of Amy and Stefan at the Langdale Chase Hotel in the Lake District. This gorgeous couple had an intimate day with their nearest and dearest, and their wedding was simply styled to reflect them as a couple, with some wonderful touches from creative family and friends.
Timeless wedding style comes from your heart. There’s so much pressure to ‘have’ things for your wedding – and yet, all you really need are the simple things: the two of you, and the things you love. Today’s shoot is beautiful for its simplicity and showcases the loveliest bridal gowns from Julia Tasker‘s Lake District boutique.
Flowers are white; calligraphy graces the walls; the beautiful bride wears the loveliest sparkle and flowers in her hair. Luxury fabrics, elegant lines and gentle sunlight make today’s inspiration simply wonderful.
I love this shoot for the people who made it happen – wedding suppliers from my neck of the woods who I think are utterly wonderful. Discover them here:
Photography: Andrea Pickering
Dress: Sassi Holford from Julia Tasker Bridal Couture
Hair: Aqua bridal hair
Accessories: Debbie Carlisle
Make-up: Definitions Mobile Beauty
Flowers: Brackens of Bowness
Calligraphy: By Moon & Tide
Venue: Silverholme, Graythwaite Estate
2017 brides get to surround themselves with the most lush flowers imaginable – and the trend for exciting, statement flora is growing in momentum. “Flora”? Like, Latin? Yes – because I mean everything that’s gorgeous and green in nature – bouquets and arrangements are so much more than bunches of flowers. Today’s inspiration showcases the most stunning blooms and tendrils of leaf and stem; succulents, ferns, varieties of everything like we’ve never seen before.
This inspiration is more than just flowers of course. It’s full of wedding ideas for the botanicals-loving bride: with stationery attuned to this key theme (by the fabulous Gooseberry Moon) and amazing styling by Nina Marika (whose name is just one of those you’ll find in our fabulous new supplier directory).
Bridal make up by lovely Aimee Chorley and divine hair by Daniel Gray make this one of the prettiest bridal shoots I’ve seen so far this year, and I really hope you love it too! Images are by the always-fabulous Tiree Dawson, and there’s a full supplier list for you below.
Two of my very best friends were married at this adorable little barn wedding venue in 2016. It was wonderful to see the place again when lovely Siobhan and Andrew’s wedding appeared in my inbox… the fairy lights took me right back to my friends’ wedding. Those of you who’ve been following the blog for a little while will know I live on the edge of the Lake District; the mountains are my second home and so today’s real wedding couldn’t be more perfect for the beginning of the year.
“I did the flowers myself. I went to New Covent Garden market one very early Saturday morning and bought enough silk flowers to make my bouquet and the two bridesmaids bouquets. I have never done anything like that before and I was fairly pleased with the outcome.”
Siobhan is so, so beautiful. Do watch out for her rocking that gorgeous dress on the dancefloor – where the twinkling fairy lights really do come into their own!
Fairy light chandeliers, rustic DIY details and a fabulous bouquet… today’s wedding is more than gorgeous! This is a perfect wedding for the blog… the prettily decorated barn, the lovely cake, the pretty little details (I love the lavender on the table plan, the handmade favours, the flowers)… I hope you do too!
“Our wedding theme was rustic fairytale. I spent hours hand making as much as possible and tried to personalise every detail from confetti cones to hand painted signs. I went to town on handmade elements! I personalised the confetti cones, hand stamped every letter of our guests names onto hand made paper for place settings, hand painted the signs, built the s’more favours. I loved doing it all and I’m so happy our photographer captured it all. I was worried the details would be missed but our guests loved all the personal details.