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)

Elegance and glamour with plenty of sparkle for a wedding in Cheltenham with Special Day Photography (20)
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Matthew and Selina are both musicians, and took inspiration from music when styling their wedding. It’s a wonderfully glamorous day full of sequins and sparkle, with a laid back vibe. The bouquet is breathtaking – and don’ you just love Selina’s glorious hair colour?

“Our wedding style was all about boho glamour with geometric shapes. We took inspiration from our favourite colours, hobbies, styles and eras.
Music plays a huge role in our lives due to both being musicians who met on a music course at university, which is why the table names were the surnames of our favourite musicians. We were inspired by music, the 1920’s, boho hippie style, nature and geometric shapes (the latter due to Matthew’s scientific and mathematical side).

Elegance and glamour with plenty of sparkle for a wedding in Cheltenham with Special Day Photography (12)

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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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Hey lovely! I hope you have some lovely bank holiday plans, and you’re making the most of the last day of the weekend!! We’re on our way back from a little Welsh adventure this afternoon, and I’m excited to get back to blogging this week (I have some gorgeous features lined up!) but first – an absolutely beautiful wedding from Gloucestershire which I know you will LOVE!!

Glorious bouquet and styling for an English Country Garden wedding, images by Unwerth Photography (20)

Rebecca and Laurence’s wedding took place at St Peter & St Paul Church of Northleach followed by a marquee reception. This was a very relaxed wedding with a Pimms garden party, band, gorgeous venue decor and a cake made by the couple’s friends. 

Glorious bouquet and styling for an English Country Garden wedding, images by Unwerth Photography (5)

The flowers were a huge joy. My best friend Kate loves flowers and had helped out with another wedding, so she reassured me we could do it ourselves. The ladies who arranged our church flowers were incredibly helpful and kindly agreed to pick up some extra bunches and offered to condition them (very important and we couldn’t have done it otherwise). We ordered blue hydrangea, cornflowers, irises, pink roses and delphiniums and used a lot of greenery from our mums’ gardens. The Friday before it was all hands on deck, me, Kate and helpers making large arrangements and jam jar centrepieces while two more friends laid the tables. We used lavender and rosemary sprigs, freshly picked, on the napkins which gave a lovely scent.

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If you missed Claire’s lovely introduction last month, I’m Jenna Hewitt from Weddings by Jenna Hewitt. I’m a creative wedding planner who loves to work with couples looking for style and a sense of laid back luxury where the focus is all about the atmosphere, the food, the drink and having an amazing party!

Images from Cowley Manor wedding venue and words by wedding stylist planner Jenna Hewitt. Credit Helen Warner Photography (9)

Over the next 12 months I’m really excited to be covering a year in the life of planning a wedding and each month I’ll be sharing the inside, honest track of what it takes to plan your perfect day as well as what to expect and watch out for along the way. In fact I’ll be writing about the planning journey of real life couple and lovely clients of mine, Hannah and Ben. Today I’m starting with the venue search!

No such thing as the perfect venue?

My first tip for the venue hunt is to steer well clear of the word ‘perfect’. It is almost impossible to find the perfect venue in every sense and you could end up quickly frustrated. The trick to making the venue search an enjoyable one is to narrow down your must haves as well as what you are willing to be flexible on.

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The sunlight in these wedding images is just dreamy – when wedding photographers talk about golden hour you just know you’ve found the right one, don’t you? And Annabel and Sam’s wedding portraits are so beautiful I just had to start with their evening pics! What a gorgeous couple… and the loveliest set of images you can imagine.

A sweet and pretty vintage wedding on the English Wedding Blog. Image by Love in Focus (27)

Wedding photographer’s website:

http://www.love-in-focus.co.uk
We chose Love in Focus after recommendation from a friend and looking at his website.

We couldn’t be happier with our photos! Sandy was brilliant on the day. He was unobtrusive and hidden in the background to get all the natural photos we wanted but assertive on the group shots to ensure everyone was in place. The pictures really capture the essence of the day and his attention to detail was spot on.

A sweet and pretty vintage wedding on the English Wedding Blog. Image by Love in Focus (33)

When we saw our wedding photos for the first time we were thrilled, excited to relive the day again through the photos and a lovely recap of the moments.

A sweet and pretty vintage wedding on the English Wedding Blog. Image by Love in Focus (25)

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If you love colour and are searching for styling ideas for your wedding which are a little more interesting than most, today’s gorgeous wedding is perfect! The multicoloured hanging lanterns are spellbinding – alongside Alison’s ribbon decorations and pretty DIY touches, they make for a fabulous theme and colour palette!

Bright and colourful spring wedding styling at the Matara Centre on the English Wedding Blog with Oobaloos Photography (35)

“Our wedding was exactly what we wanted. Styling was colourful but simple. I love tulips so was set on these as my flowers. I pinned a lot of rustic type things but decided to put my own spin on things with colourful ribbon instead of twine and string.

Bright and colourful spring wedding styling at the Matara Centre on the English Wedding Blog with Oobaloos Photography (25)

Matara is beautiful and the hilarium is an amazing space to decorate. We decided on paper lanterns to hang along the aisle and in the dome and I didn’t want chair covers as chairs were lovely so we decided to hang ribbon on the backs to make it more interesting. The hilarium also has a gorgeous wall of fairy lights!

Bright and colourful spring wedding styling at the Matara Centre on the English Wedding Blog with Oobaloos Photography (30)

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Barns make beautiful, versatile wedding venues and the way they are styled can make all the difference to the feel of your barn wedding! Whilst some are new and purpose built venues or have been dramatically renovated most were built with very different intentions, so whilst having lots of character they can appear cold or agricultural which may not be the look that you are going for.

Images: Oobaloos Wedding Photography | Words & styling: Daisy Says I Do

1. Adding softening textures to barn spaces


The super high ceilings add dramatic scale but bring intimacy back into your style and to soften the structure consider hanging sculptures, lighting or foliage at the height of the beams, there are so many exciting options within any theme which can make your style unique and create a big statement or add softness to the building.

2. Making a big floral statement


A barn can absorb decor and the items that you thought would feel big suddenly don’t have the same impact in a barn. Large arrangements of flowers and foliage look great against a characterful barn backdrop.

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Today’s wedding is just pure inspiration: I fell head over heels for the flowers and styling of the day, and I adore Sarah and John’s wedding look. Elmore Court is wonderful, and the Gillyflower is the loveliest space for a relaxed and stylish wedding reception.

A fabulous Elmore Court wedding with bags of style, image credit Dale Stephens Photography (1)

“The flowers were rich with added feathers and ribbons – for all bouquets. Over all very elegant styling in the stately home, sympathetic to its surroundings…with the added twist of balloons to break up the decor. The Gillyflower was more eclectic with animal vases, brass candlesticks, wooded vases and copper hurricane lights. Our florist/stylist mastered our vision and it could not have been more perfect: Rachel Flowers – The March Hare Floral Design http://www.marchhare.co.uk

A fabulous Elmore Court wedding with bags of style, image credit Dale Stephens Photography (17)

We hired lights and other parts of decor, the stately home really spoke for itself and needed very little styling. The Gillyflower we tried to keep things within the same design fold and not introduce too many differing elements. Etsy was a HUGE help, this was our second wedding within a month so we were really busy with details which totally paid off.

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I thought we’d end the bank holiday weekend with something insanely beautiful. One peek at today’s wedding and you will be hooked!! (Oh – I have to quickly remind all of you lovely wedding suppliers that today is the last day to join the English Wedding Directory for just £30 – click here to find out how!) And now for our incredible wedding… bride Esha is stunning!!! I adore both of her wedding dresses (the red evening dress is a knockout!), her hair and beautiful henna and the bouquet is breathtaking! – and Rehan’s whole look is wonderful (the detailing and embroidery on his jacket is fabulous. More grooms should look this good!!) It’s a fantastic day with amazing details – there is so much here to inspire you, I just can’t stop looking through all of the beautiful pictures.

Stunning, vibrant wedding ideas from Sezincote House in Gloucestershire with Luke Hayden Photography (11)
“When it came to planning the wedding, I spent a lot of time Googling suppliers and getting inspiration from Pinterest. I had a clear vision of what I wanted and so set about creating boards which helped me to visualise and share the look with suppliers. I have lots of creatives in my family, and so I pulled them in to help make personalised decorations with the theme in mind. I cannot thank them enough for their help!

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You must have heard of my lovely friend Sheryl at Oobaloos Photography. She’s written great articles for the English Wedding Blog, and had her real weddings featured on our pretty pages many times! A passionate, hardworking and talented reportage photographer from Gloucestershire who shoots weddings all around the south west, Sheryl is a wonderful new addition to my team of handpicked sponsors. I’m thrilled to welcome her, and excited to introduce her to any of you who haven’t seen her beautiful images before today.

Beautiful, romantic and emotive wedding photography in Cheltenham by Sheryl at Oobaloos (10)

Contact & bookings: Oobaloos Photography

www.oobaloosphotography.co.uk
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Beautiful, romantic and emotive wedding photography in Cheltenham by Sheryl at Oobaloos (11)

“Wedding Photography is my passion. I also really love purple and want it to be the Pantone colour of the year soon!

My style is unobtrusive reportage for most of the day and I pride myself on nipping through the formal group photos quickly and efficiently, leaving the rest of your wedding to unfold naturally.

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Lauren and Aaron’s wedding is so beautiful – and as hydrangeas are in season for most of the summer months, there are some wonderful ideas here for weddings from June through to mid autumn which I think you will LOVE!!

Gorgeous pastel hydrangeas at the Tythe Barn, Tetbury - images by Rachel Jane Photography (8)

Our wedding flowers were hydrangeas. A very talented friend of the groom’s family arranged all the flowers from centre pieces to bridal bouquets. They were absolutely stunning and all fitted perfectly in the wooden boxes made by the father of the bride.

Gorgeous pastel hydrangeas at the Tythe Barn, Tetbury - images by Rachel Jane Photography (35)

The venue doesn’t need much decoration as it is so gorgeous already. However I had a few things that I had in mind to make it our own. We scattered jars wrapped in hessian and lace with candles and flowers in them around the venue. My dad had made some big letters spelling out the word LOVE which I put on an old step ladder which I had painted up. To match our centre pieces I had bought two apple crates from applecrates.co.uk which were both personalised with our names and date of the wedding on. We used one for our cards and one had a gorgeous flower arrangement in. Finally, all our guest know we both have a massive sweet tooth, especially the bride! So I made five different types of cookies and had a little cookie bar set up throughout the day.