Calligraphy wedding service for place names and more - written by By Moon and Tide Calligraphy - image credit Camilla Lucinda (1)
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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!

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Regular readers will know stationery is close to my heart! As a calligrapher I’ve worked with some of the very best from Cutture to Print for Love – and one of the loveliest things about writing the English Wedding Blog is discovering new stationery designers and online wedding invitation boutiques.

I’m also a huge supporter of independent and local businesses, so I’m delighted to bring you my top picks of wedding stationery designers to watch (and buy from!) in 2018. In no particular order….

Emma Jo Wedding Stationery

Emma Jo is always in our lists of favourite stationers. We loved her delicate butterfly wedding invitations as featured in one of our favourite shoots of the year – and we’re excited to see Emma’s latest projects for 2018. Emma’s lovely – follow her instagram for tons of gorgeous paper inspiration and sneak peeks at latest projects!

Emma Jo Stationery | photo credit Nina Pang

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Regular readers will know I have a love of beautiful stationery (and jump for joy when I see it with an e rather than an a!) – and I love to share the designs of wedding stationery designers on the blog. There’s something really special about the first announcement of your wedding – and invitations with doorstep appeal are such a wonderful special touch. Today I wanted to share some pretty, chic modern designs from Polka Dot Paper. I hope you love them!

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By Christine, Polka Dot Paper

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We create beautiful contemporary stationery featuring pretty blooms, playful patterns, whimsical fonts and vibrant colours.

Couples can choose from our existing collection or have something unique designed for them. Our collection ranges in style from floral to formal, rustic to romantic.

We offer a full range of wedding stationery, including engagement invitations, save the date cards, wedding invitations, gift cards, reply cards and thank you cards.

We also offer matching day stationery, from seating charts to menus and all things in between.

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Hello lovelies! I hope you’re having a really good week. Spring is here at last, and with it the exciting news that the English Wedding Blog SHOP is now open!! We’ve been working really hard behind the scenes since – ooh – Christmas?! – to bring you our brand new shop, and it’s all up and running, ready for business!

The English Wedding Blog Shop brings together all of the things I love. It’s early days and I  plan to add more lovely things for you to buy soon. You can shop for wedding invitations today – these are close to my heart as they’re designed by my beautiful illustrator friend Amy Swann and feature my calligraphy (I’ll even address envelopes for you if you’d like to hire me!).

I hope you love shopping with us – keep checking back as we add more lovely bits and pieces in there. Suggestions for anything you’d like to see and buy in the English Wedding Blog Shop are always welcome!

Claire

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Settling down with a clear desk, a glass of wine and a proper, old-school calligraphy pen and pot of ink is what makes me happiest of all. Seeing the pen bend and flow with the writing on the page, watching simple words turn into something beautiful

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I’d love to invite you to try your hand at modern calligraphy with me. My workshops last year were amazing – I met some wonderful brides-to-be and wedding creatives, and I am very much looking forward to the modern calligraphy workshops we have planned for 2017. Would you like to come along?

You can book online at www.byMoonandTide.com – choose the workshop date which suits you best, and bring a friend, or your mum or other half… the more the merrier! My workshops do sell out quickly, so don’t leave it too late!

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Click here to book!

Modern calligraphy workshop dates for 2017 are:

Friday 28th April
Friday 23rd June
Friday 25th August
Friday 6th October
Friday 24th November

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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.

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Don’t you just love seeing a bouquet full of gorgeous blooms, mixed textures and amazing accent colours? I love seeing different bouquets throughout the year… anemones in spring, peonies in summer, hydrangeas a little later in the year, and roses all year round. Laura’s bouquet was a fabulous talking point and sets the colour and style for a gorgeous wedding full of feminine colours – and not just pink! Here’s how you can copy her look for your own wedding day:

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1. Mix and match your flowers

Laura and Simon’s wedding was in February, so her favourite flowers (peonies) were out of season. Instead your florist might use a combination of roses, grape hyacinths, ranunculus, pink tulips and foliage. Don’t be afraid to ask about flowers which are in season – you’ll be surprised how much choice is available all year round, and how wonderfully creative florists can be! Add a brooch and silk ribbon to your bouquet and buttonholes for an added feminine touch.

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Here’s the thing: you’d never use a ‘standard wording’ for any other letter to your friends and family. If you send letters or notecards to anyone, ever, then 1) you’re awesome! and 2) I bet they’re fun to read.

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Hand lettered invitation by Calligraphy for Weddings

When you send your wedding invitations, don’t google ‘wedding invitation wordings’ (or worse – ‘standard invitation wordings’). In this case, Google is unintentionally evil with the results it throws back.

Contrary to what it tells you, etiquette is over.

You don’t need to follow any centuries-old rules to get your wedding invitations right!

Don’t be scared to use your own words. Your invites will be personal, unique and sound like they’re from YOU!

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Illustration by Amy Swann, calligraphy by Claire Gould

The whole ‘request the pleasure of your…’ thing seems a little stilted in 2016. Yes, it’s easy to use the formal phrasing, but you can stray from the path if you’d like to!

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You might just recognise bride Steph from the cover of the English Wedding Book… you might recognise the calligraphy in this shoot as mine – I was so happy to be a part of this shoot earlier in the year. You’ll most certainly know the divine landscapes are my beloved Lake District… today’s emerald wedding inspiration shoot comes from the shores of Windermere, from one of the Lakes’ loveliest venues: Silverholme.

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The richness of the wedding cakes, calligraphy wedding invitations and striking bridal bouquets contrasts with the blissfully light and dreamy bridal looks. Lake District wedding photographer Jenny Heyworth captures them all beautifully – from the intricate details of the handwritten lettering and marbled wedding cakes to the breathtaking landscapes from the shores of Windermere. Steph and Ellie’s beauty shines: hair and make up are by lovely Lucy Pearson and they wear lovely gowns from Julia Tasker Bridal Couture.

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I swear I almost felt a tickle of hayfever this morning… but it feels far too early! Is it just me?! Every day I think summer is almost here and I can’t wait for the wedding season to really kick in – my mind is rushing happily into July already! Time then, for something amazing, beautiful and allergy-free to feast your crafty eyes upon today: a stunning DIY bridal bouquet for 2016 with step by step instructions from the lovely Natasha at Pumpkin & Pye.

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Bouquet by Pumpkin & Pye | Image credit Evolve Photography in Devon

Make your own rose quartz & serenity themed silk bridal bouquet – step by step

You will need:

artificial flowers and foliages of your choice, wire cutters, cotton ribbon, floral twine, scissors

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Step 1:

Select the silk flowers and greenery you’d like to use. Use wire cutters to trim off all the excess leaves, leaving only leaves close to the flower head.

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Step 2:

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It’s almost Easter… I hope you have the most wonderful long weekend planned. We’re heading into the hills tomorrow, and then on a little road trip to see friends on Sunday, chocolate eggs clutched in our excited little hands! But before we go… I’ve been saving this loveliness for you. Gorgeous Rebecca & Adam’s wedding had an Easter flavour to it… they styled their day with pretty colours and the loveliest gold leafed eggs as place settings. It was the prettiest Easter wedding I’ve seen! Here’s how you can create a similar look for your day.

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All photos are by lovely Lancashire wedding photographer Emma B Photography

For a light and airy look to your day, choose a blank canvas venue, marquee or Sperry tent. Light wood tables and linen or hessian runners add a little home comfort – and the star of the show can be personalised egg cups with decorated eggs!

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Hasn’t it felt as though spring is finally here this week? I’ve been walking in the hills before work each morning and enjoying the warmth of the sun on my face – it’s been bliss! And so I wanted to bring a little springtime to the blog for you today. This shoot is full of delicious florals and beautiful Charlotte Balbier gowns, in the loveliest natural setting… and showcases a whimsical bridal style which is just perfect for the warmer months.

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Welcome to spring! Enjoy this fabulous shoot, and have the loveliest Saturday 🙂Claire

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Introduced by Hayley Baxter Photography

Sticking to seasonal flowers such as gorgeous tulips in a fresh crisp colour palette really brought the colours, textures and scent of spring to life. Utilising fresh flowers in the hair really co ordinates the look. Pamela Dunn created delicate texture using sheer voile fabrics – a perfect idea for softening any venue or backdrop.

Our springtime brides’ hair was kept soft and natural – beautiful curls and a rustic fishtail plait completed the look. Fresh floral crowns created a stunning focal piece.