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Good morning lovely, and welcome to today’s pretty, sunlit, beautifully-dressed summer wedding! Gorgeous couple Carly and Steve tied the knot in August, choosing our fabulous friend and Thornbury Castle wedding photographer Martin Dabek to capture their day. Carly is breathtaking in a stunning embroidered gown from The Dressing Rooms in Halesowen – if anyone knows the designer of this dress, do give us a shout because we LOVE it! The florals are divine, and Claire from The Wilde Bunch (who Martin recommended to Carly and Steve) gets the loveliest review from our happy couple.

Carly and Steve's beautiful outdoor wedding at Thornbury Castle, with Martin Dabek Photography (21)

Do read Carly’s English Wedding interview after the images. Her story is beautifully told, and she gives us glowing reviews for some brilliant wedding vendors (listed at the end of the feature for your convenience!)

So snuggle up with a cuppa, get your scrolling digits ready and GO! You will LOVE this wedding!

Carly and Steve's beautiful outdoor wedding at Thornbury Castle, with Martin Dabek Photography (23)

Wedding photographer’s website:

www.martindabek.com

Martin was highly recommended by our venue.

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I can almost smell the flowers… because today we have the loveliest, summeriest wedding of all for you to enjoy. Gorgeous couple Jo and Jack married in Cheltenham on a beautiful early summer’s day. Their barn wedding celebration is just divine: the florals are so vibrant and wonderfully colourful they almost steal the show.

An elegant english barn wedding at Upcote with Hannah K Photography on English Wedding (3)

Images are by our lovely and talented friend Hannah K Photography, who is based in Warwickshire and travels around the UK to shoot beautiful weddings in her natural and romantic storytelling style. I hope you love them as much as we do! Have the most wonderful Bank Holiday everyone – I’ll hand over to Hannah to tell you more about this fabulously pretty wedding day.

An elegant english barn wedding at Upcote with Hannah K Photography on English Wedding (1)

Jo and Jack were wed in their village church in Cheltenham. It was a perfect, quiet and quaint location where only locals and a few scarce hikers would pass by. Imagine sun trickling in through the trees and birds singing, so, so lovely.

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Happy Friday, beautiful! While I’m off teaching another modern calligraphy class down in Manchester today, I have this beauty of a feature to share with you on the blog. It comes from enchanting Gloucestershire wedding venue Pauntley Court, which is a family home now being offered to couples as an exclusive use wedding venue. Pauntley Court is reputedly the birthplace of Dick Whittington and is set in glorious countryside with its own stunning formal gardens. As you’ll see from the photos, this is a quintessentially English venue, perfect for weekend weddings. Owner Melissa tells us a little more about the suppliers and ideas who brought this beautiful feature to life!

“Working with Jules Whitfield of Wild and Co Flowers and Alicia of Red Maple photography, we wanted to show Pauntley Court as the quintessentially English and very romantic and magical place it is.

Divine wedding styling with English country garden florals at Pauntley Court, photo credit Red Maple Photography (15)

The one off colour of the house was the inspiration for the colour palette, with the corals and oranges in Jules’s beautiful floral displays really pulling this all together.

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Welcome to the new week everyone! How is this glorious sunshine making you feel? On such a beautiful day I simply had to share this stunning shoot found in my inbox – it’s by a sup90er talented bunch of Cirencester wedding suppliers, whose artisan, sustainable approach has my heart. The stunning images are everything – every shot is just perfect. They’re by  Rachel Jane Photography, and the words (and dreamy florals) are by lovely Fi from Corky and Prince.

coral and neutral colour palette for a stunning wedding look with Corky and Prince, image credit Rachel Jane Photography (10)

“The warm tones of coral coloured roses were refined with a complimentary palette of neutrals including carnations, stocks (smelt heavenly!) and the ethereal ranunculus ‘butterfly ariadne’ with its soft tones of vanilla and cream. We added key motifs, ferns and fuzzy peaches to add texture and evoke an English summer’s day.

Our aim was to create a classic English wedding vibe in the grounds of the beautiful Royal Agricultural University in Cirencester. We wanted to showcase a hand-picked team of local suppliers who all have a distinctive ethical, sustainable or artisan dimension to their work to show that you can have a sublime wedding with a team who share your values.

A magical winter wedding at Tortworth Court, images by Martin Dabek Photography (32)
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Today’s wedding is blissfully beautiful, classic in style and with a sophisticated wintry look. The styling is elegant and light, using silver and grey – the bridesmaids’ dark dresses are fabulous. And I’ve totally fallen for Izzy and Tom – they look so wonderfully happy together, not to mention absolutely gorgeous! Izzy’s dress is a showstopper: her smile is infectious. You’ll love these two! The stunning venue is De Vere Tortworth Court, which is captured so beautifully in Bristol wedding photographer Martin Dabek‘s inimitable signature style.

A magical winter wedding at Tortworth Court, images by Martin Dabek Photography (19)

The most unusual wedding venue in the UK? A gorgeous real wedding with images by Jon Turtle on English-Wedding.com (19)
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Winter is coming… and that phrase conjures up two things for me! The first is Game of Thrones – and me and my guy are rewatching every. single. episode. from the 1st season to the last… we started on Friday and I think we’ll be finished just in time for season 8 in May / June 2019! Winter also reminds me of snowy weddings, snuggly wraps and cosily beautiful wedding styling. So today I’m sharing a truly unique wedding from Lansdown Hall and Gallery in Stroud. Beautiful bride Jess and gorgeous groom Damian chose the venue because it’s very dear to their family, and organised everything themselves: decorations, lighting, DJ, the bar, outside catering, staff, setting up and clearing up. Take one look at their photos and you’ll see it was 100% worthwhile – it allowed them to plan and style their day exactly how they wanted. As well as the venue, highlights to watch out for are Jess’s E&W Couture dress, which is just perfect – and the bouquet of eucalyptus, white roses and pussy willow (my favourite!) by the wonderful Sweet Peony in Cardiff. The fabulous photos of Jess and Damian’s wedding are by UK photographer Jon Turtle, who’s based in Penarth, South Wales. 

Pittville Pump Room wedding blog, gorgeous styling and recommended suppliers on the English Wedding Blog (9)
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Happy Monday everyone! How was your weekend? I’ve had a 4 day extravaganza of a weekend with a concert on Thursday, shopping day Friday, calligraphy class on Saturday and 2 mountains climbed on Sunday! I barely know what day it is with all that going on, so it’s nice to be sat at my desk now with Bertie cat, where we have a fabulous wedding up our sleeves to share with you lovely folks out there in internet land.

Pittville Pump Room wedding blog, gorgeous styling and recommended suppliers on the English Wedding Blog (26)

Katie and Martin are gorgeous, their pics are divine, and they were kind enough to tell us all about their big day – the highlight of their interview for me being when I asked what’s the best thing about being married…

Being part of a team. Knowing that they have seen you at you worst, weirdest, moodiest not to mention seeing you in the morning with messy hair, morning breath old PJ’s that they have chosen you out of the billions of people in the world to spend the rest of their life with.

Rainy English barn wedding with Christy Blanch Photography (32)
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Gorgeous bride Lizzie and hubby Chris got married at the very lovely Kingscote Barn, Gloucestershire. It rained all day but they had so much fun, and the styling touches are just lovely – in white and green, with fabulous floral displays and the most amazing table plan. Favours were mini scented soy candles, which is the sweetest idea, don’t you think?

Rainy English barn wedding with Christy Blanch Photography (33)

Kingscote Barn didnt need much styling as it is such a beautiful venue. But I did have a fantastic wedding stylist, English Wedding Directory member The Little Wedding Helper (Kirsten Butler) did such a great job. Her collaboration with Bijoux Floral Design (Becci Hobbs), signsandstationerylove (Tamsin Yates) created the most amazing table plan! Bijoux Floral Design did such an amazing job with our flowers! Becci was incredible, and really made my vision a reality.

Rainy English barn wedding with Christy Blanch Photography (7)

Pretty wedding styling with images by Dale Stephens Photography on the English Wedding Blog (30)
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Elegance, glamour and the most romantic looking wedding… this is all just so wonderful, and I LOVE everything about gorgeous Lucy and Adam’s Elmore Court wedding – I only wish I’d been there to see the first dance! (Cracking song choice, guys!) Here’s an inspiring, emotional and stunning wedding to brighten your Wednesday, everyone… You’re welcome!

Pretty wedding styling with images by Dale Stephens Photography on the English Wedding Blog (31)

Our wedding venue is so beautiful it didn’t need much decoration, but we did use Lauradana from Wedding Creations to help style and she did an amazing job!

Pretty wedding styling with images by Dale Stephens Photography on the English Wedding Blog (13)

Images by Elmore Court wedding photographer Dale Stephens Photography

Our style evolved as I did more and more research and spent hours on pinterest. I wanted something uber romantic, but personal at the same time. I was insistent that we had lots of candles in mercury jars which created the perfect romantic ambiance. The venue was so beautiful that we wanted it to speak for itself so I went for quite a neutral colour scheme, lots of creams and blush with a little bit of sparkle on the bridesmaids dresses. I love champagne, so we had the tables named after different types of champagne and we supplied a lot during the day!

Wild Beer Company wedding, Cheltenham - images by Oobaloos Photography (15)
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Kathie and Mike’s wedding is one of those glorious days which reminds me just what it’s all about. It’s not the colour palette or how many bridesmaids there are; it’s not the dress or the flowers in your hair – it’s the love, the laughter and the once-in-a-lifetime memories you’re making together. This is exceptionally beautiful, and grabbed my heart as soon as I saw the pics by our lovely friend Sheryl at Oobaloos Photography.

Wild Beer Company wedding, Cheltenham - images by Oobaloos Photography (18)

We kept things simple with cut flowers in bottles with some succulents for table decorations and then slightly more dramatic for the evening in the basement bar with hoops, cloches and lots of candles. Our flowers were by Emma at www.the-flower-girls.co.uk. She did a stunning job: romantic but simple, incorporating my favourite flowers and colours.

Wild Beer Company wedding, Cheltenham - images by Oobaloos Photography (33)
Wild Beer Company wedding, Cheltenham - images by Oobaloos Photography (34)

Wedding photographer’s website:

http://www.oobaloosphotography.co.uk/

Mike’s a professional photographer and we knew we had high expectations when it came to our own wedding photography. For us it was about capturing those special informal moments, rather than the pressure of having to pose for shots. Sheryl’s gallery was full of relaxed looking couples who seemed to be enjoying themselves.

Creative and fun Cotswolds wedding blog with Martin Dabek Photography (31)
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If somebody could just randomly invite me to a wedding at The Matara Centre I would be so very happy! This place though… the water, the flowers, the atmosphere always looks sensational. Gorgeous bride Catherine looks amazing in her Victoria Jane gown (bought from Krystle Brides), which she wears with a satin edged veil and pearl accessories and Jonni is a very handsome groom in his 3 piece Ted Baker suit. Images are by fabulous Cotswolds wedding photographer Martin Dabek.

Creative and fun Cotswolds wedding blog with Martin Dabek Photography (11)

Our venue was unique and amazing so didn’t need much styling. We kept it simple and tried to personalise it with our theme of music and lots of candles. Another amazing friend, Alex, from Burnt Orange Events made and provided some giant light up LOVE letters which were an great focal piece in the courtyard.

Creative and fun Cotswolds wedding blog with Martin Dabek Photography (22)

Wedding photographer’s website:

https://martindabek.com/

Martin had done some photos at a friend’s wedding and came highly recommended. When we went to see him he made us feel at complete ease and seemed genuinely excited to be able to photograph our wedding.

Glamorous English summer wedding at Eastington Park, images by John Barwood Photography (19)
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Today’s wedding is wonderfully luxurious and beautifully styled – and our bride and groom are more than gorgeous! Lisa works at a wedding venue, and her natural talent for styling a wonderfully elegant celebration totally shines through in the images of her wedding to Joe. The look is simple and sophisticated with lots of white, silver and gold with hints of dusty pink & grey green.

Glamorous English summer wedding at Eastington Park, images by John Barwood Photography (33)

Luckily I have some amazing contacts in the dressmaking business & designed my wedding dress myself! I designed an off the shoulder Mikado silk trumpet flare wedding dress with a dramatic ball gown over skirt for the ceremony & photos! My wedding dress was very simple with no lace or detailing, I wanted a very elegant look & had a train that was longer than cathedral length! I absolutely adored my dress!

Glamorous English summer wedding at Eastington Park, images by John Barwood Photography (39)

My drop diamond earrings, diamond necklace & bracelet were all from Next. My shoes; ivory pointed heels with diamond detail buckle, were from Jenny Packham – they were so comfortable!