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You don’t need to spend a fortune to have the perfect wedding: I honestly think the less you spend, the more personal and intimate your wedding will be – and the memories you’ll treasure for years to come will be stronger and all the more magical for it. Vikki and Sam were lucky to have wonderful friends and family who helped style their day. They were also exceptionally lucky with the weather, and set up tables outside their marquee for their wedding reception. The day looks amazing – the bride and groom are gorgeous, and I love everything about it. I hope you do too! 

We had a pretty tight budget for our wedding, with most of the money being spent on the registry office, photography and my dress! I was absolutely blown away by how much time people were willing to give to help us out. It helped us keep the costs low and made the day so much more personal.

 

 

 

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A pretty summer garden wedding in England with Siobhan H Photography Weybridge (9)
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Happy Monday everyone! How was your weekend?

After something of a lazy weekend spent relaxing with family, I’m hitting the ground running with a stunning, knock your socks off kinda wedding today. The florals take centre stage – as they tend to, if you’re lucky enough to be able to celebrate your wedding in your own garden. Nick and Amanda did just that – they put all the flowers together for the tables, made their own invitations and wedding favours and even a balloon arch! Images are by our lovely friend and English Wedding Directory member Siobhan H Photography.

A pretty summer garden wedding in England with Siobhan H Photography Weybridge (2)

I love the relaxed feel of this wedding – the wooden tables and pretty styling go a long way – the trees dotted around the wedding breakfast tables look fabulous!

Amanda is beautiful in a simple lace dress with navy belt and shoes – an outfit perfect for dancing the night away! And Nick’s look fits perfectly with the relaxed vibe of their wedding day: his navy suit compliments Amanda’s style for the ceremony, and for the rest of the day he rocks a neutral waistcoat – these two lovely people just look so good together!

Dreamy boho wedding at Houchins Farm with images by Kathryn Hopkins Photography (2)
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Hey lovelies! I hope you’re all having a wonderful day, wherever you are. Do you still have sunshine? I think it’s deserted us here, which makes me even more happy to have a ton of beautiful weddings to share with you this month – and today’s is a dream.

Dreamy boho wedding at Houchins Farm with images by Kathryn Hopkins Photography (30)

Jen and Adam were married at Houchins Farm, Coggeshall, Essex. They’d originally planned to get married abroad but after spending the last two years traveling together they decided to come back to their roots to celebrate their marriage where they grew up, surrounded by close friends and family. Their wedding photographer was none other than our lovely friend Kathryn Hopkins (whose beautiful pics you’ll have seen gracing the front cover of the English Wedding Bible).

Jen was looking for a non traditional bohemian vibe, and found her dress whilst in Australia. On the day Kathryn mentioned that she looked like a woodland fairy, to which she responded delightedly ‘exactly the look I was going for’! Jen’s dress was Hollie, by Grace Loves Lace, Australia – https://graceloveslace.com.au

Barn wedding styling at Coltsfood Country Retreat - images by Becky Harley Photography Hertfordshire (36)
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Hey lovelies! How are you all this beautiful Thursday morning? I’m already planning the blog for August – it’s a crazy busy summer of weddings which is wonderful 🙂 If there are any photographers out there who’d love to see their favourite summer weddings on the blog, do get in touch! I also have a handful of sponsor slots available from today, which I’m offering a lovely saving on – so pop me an email over if you’d like to know more (info@english-wedding.com) But most importantly – Amy and Mark. These two are just gorgeous, and their day is full of individuality and character – it’s just perfect. Images are by lovely English Wedding sponsor and Hertfordshire wedding photographer Becky Harley – and they’re outstanding. Becky gets a glowing review from our happy couple, who have shared all the details of their day with us here. I hope you love this one as much as I do! 

Barn wedding styling at Coltsfood Country Retreat - images by Becky Harley Photography Hertfordshire (5)

Bordesley Park wedding venue Redditch - featured on the English Wedding Blog with Clive Blair Photography (34)
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Happy June! Where did May go… is it just me or is 2018 flying by?! I’m delighted to be sharing a wedding from one of our exclusive little team of sponsors on the blog today – lovely Birmingham wedding photographer Clive Blair. Clive’s a documentary-styled wedding photographer, based in Birmingham and working throughout the UK and abroad for couples who want a relaxed and informal style of wedding photography. We think he’s fab!

James and Lizzie married at Bordesley Park Farm in Beoley Vale, Worcestershire – an exclusive wedding venue surrounded by 500 acres of beautiful countryside giving the perfect backdrop for a wonderful wedding. The weather was gloriously sunny from beginning to end – and Clive’s golden hour shots of the happy couple are just breathtaking!

Bordesley Park wedding venue Redditch - featured on the English Wedding Blog with Clive Blair Photography (18)

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I tried my dress on at a wedding fair with Jamie, to prove to him it wasn’t the kind of style I wanted. Little did I know I’d fall in love with it and so when I went to try on dresses at the store I made sure it was pulled amongst others to try, just to make sure it was what I wanted – even though I pretended to Jamie that I hadn’t bought that one and gone with another!

Essex farm wedding blog with images by James Richard Photography (17)
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I love the atmosphere of this wedding – the love and especially the laughter and enjoyment comes across so strongly in Rianna and Will’s images – it’s all just gorgeous and totally captivating. This wedding was sent in by James Richard Photography – we think he’s amazing!

Essex farm wedding blog with images by James Richard Photography (27)

This is a wedding with more of a personal touch than so many – yes, Rianna & Will made individual potted succulent wedding favours for their 100 guests, but as lovely as that is, there’s more. The wedding dress was made and designed by Rianna and her mum. It’s wonderfully pretty, a perfect fit – and the loveliest and most meaningful thing I think I’ve ever seen since the English Wedding Blog was born.

The venue is Houchins Farm, flowers are by Lauren Wilson, and Rianna’s hair and make up (she looks stunning!) are by Knot Your Average Bride.

Essex farm wedding blog with images by James Richard Photography (6)
Essex farm wedding blog with images by James Richard Photography (7)

Essex farm wedding blog with images by James Richard Photography (26)

Essex farm wedding blog with images by James Richard Photography (9)

Wedding photographer’s website:

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Vintage wedding ideas at The Great Lodge Essex with Gemma Giorgio Photography (38)
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Handcrafted styling touches and dried flowers bring an already characterful old barn to life in this fabulously creative Essex wedding. I adore Hayley’s vintage style tea dress with pretty lace… she looks stunning! Check out the bouquets… handmade paper roses made of newspaper with delicate babies breath all around – they’re so different and pretty!

Vintage wedding ideas at The Great Lodge Essex with Gemma Giorgio Photography (27)

I enjoy crafts and sewing as a hobby already and as we had a 2 year engagement, I was able to make a lot of things myself. I’m a big Harry Potter nerd and my husband loves Terry Pratchett books so I incorporated book pages into a lot of things; the seating plan, bunting, confetti to sprinkle on the tables and I made paper roses and turned them into my bouquets and boutonnieres.

Vintage wedding ideas at The Great Lodge Essex with Gemma Giorgio Photography (29)

The barn already had some lovely original beams and other features, so even without any decoration it was gorgeous. We booked the venue as a blank canvas and decided to do the styling and decorations ourselves, it didn’t need too much though, it was pretty much just as much as we wanted to do.

Gorgeous purple flowers for a summer wedding with Delicious Photography (26)
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Summer bank holidays are the BEST!! Whatever your plans for the day, enjoy. Relax, have summer drinks in the garden, smile and laugh and be happy. That’s my plan too! And allow me to bring a happy smile to your beautiful face with this gorgeous summer marquee wedding in Cheshire.

Sarah and Simon’s day is truly personal, informal and fun. Their focus was on friends and family, on celebrating and having the most amazing day ever – and they nailed it! The joy on everyone’s faces is just making me smile so much today! The styling touches are lovely, with a definite summer garden botanical feel to everything. I adore the herbs on place settings, the little tags, home made alcoholic favour bottles, terracotta pots on tables and the bold colour palette of blues and purples.

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Gorgeous purple flowers for a summer wedding with Delicious Photography (25)

Outdoor wedding in Worcestershire, Bodenham Arboretum - Clive Blair Photography on the English Wedding Blog (24)
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Happy Sunday lovelies! Does anyone have sunshine this morning? It’s peeking through the clouds as I write… there’s nothing lovelier than driving back to the Lakes and seeing the sun on the mountains 🙂 Oh! Apart from Kayleigh and Dan’s wedding on the blog today of course! They were so lucky with the weather for their outdoor wedding in beautiful woodlands at Bodenham Arboretum. Their humanist ceremony was touching, beautiful and intimate: they invited friends and family who they see often and will see after the wedding, rather than feeling pressured to invite people they don’t know well – and for me this always makes a wedding much more relaxed and happy.

Outdoor wedding in Worcestershire, Bodenham Arboretum - Clive Blair Photography on the English Wedding Blog (6)

Images were captured by lovely Birmingham wedding photographer Clive Blair Photography, and have been featured already in West Midland Your Wedding Magazine – but I couldn’t resist sharing them with you again – this truly is a beautiful celebration with lovely touches and Kayleigh has kindly shared their wedding planning story with us all (below the images). Don’t miss it!

Dodford Manor Country Barn wedding blog, images © Brillpix Photography (15)
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Happy Thursday lovelies! Nearly the weekend… we’re excited to be heading to Manchester for a long overdue family visit tomorrow. What are your plans? If you’re thinking about a little wedmin then you’re in luck because we have some gorgeous ideas from a thrifty, creative, DIY spring wedding to delight your eyes today! I adore the colour theme and styling of Christian and Tan’s big day at Dodford Manor Country House Barn and I hope you will too! Images are by English Wedding Directory member Steve from Brillpix Photography in Northamptonshire. Enjoy! Dodford Manor Country Barn wedding blog, images © Brillpix Photography (29)

Nearly everything for the wedding was handmade! Tan loved designing and making the elements for the special day. “We had arranged for a Big Routemaster Bus to collect our guests and take them to the venue, so Tan made a hand painted sign as a bus stop in our village, with a pic of the Bride and Groom, and tied balloons to it. The order of Service was handmade, including hand painted pictures of all the Wedding Party – including one of the Groom getting ready with his Saints Rugby top on under his suit.

Ayelle Photography Bellows Mill wedding blog (8)
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Gorgeous couple Kate and Ben held a festival inspired wedding with elegant and creative styling touches. I love the colourful sign on a pallet, the bathtub full of beers, Kate’s stunning dress and bouquet… and Ben’s change from dress uniform to a casual evening look. Images are by Adam and Liz at Ayelle Photography, who told me this was a wonderfully personal wedding – a wed fest style that really told the story of the couple, who love a party, are regular Ibiza goers and got engaged at the top of a mountain.

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www.ayellephoto.com

Ayelle Photography did the photography and videography for our wedding and it was fantastic. Well worth every penny we spent on them. Adam and Liz are a great team who went out of their way to find out exactly what we wanted for our day. They welcomed us into their home several times in order to make sure we were happy with what they were delivering. They worked individually on the day to follow both of us through all the preparation and as seasoned wedding photographers were also on hand to give a bit of calming advice if nerves were getting the better of us. They have an eye for what will make for a brilliant memory and will manoeuvre you or themselves into the best positions to get some beautiful photos.

Marquee wedding Eastbourne with Charlotte Razzell Photography (24)
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Hey lovelies! How are you on this lovely Wednesday morning? I’ve been beavering away at my calligraphy accounts since yesterday, and all the numbers are breaking me – so I thought it would be lovely to stop for a moment or two and write about Ella and Will’s gorgeous countryside wedding. Oh, and to swoon over their beautiful florals and all the pretty handmade touches they incorporated into the day. They’re the loveliest couple, and their wedding was captured perfectly by lovely Guildford wedding photographer Charlotte Razzell Photography.  Enjoy!    Claire xxx

Marquee wedding Eastbourne with Charlotte Razzell Photography (29)

Zelie from The Homegrown Flower Company made our beautiful bouquets and large arrangements for outside the chapel and marquee. She knew I wanted something totally wild and colourful to tie in with the flowers we were doing ourselves and that I really didn’t want a bouquet that looked formally arranged. She certainly exceeded expectations plus my bouquet smelt truly amazing! I still have it now dried and in a frame.