beautiful artisan wedding rings made in the UK by Nikki Stark Jewellery (2)
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One of these little beauties is totally on my birthday list this year! I’m delighted to be introducing lovely Nikki Stark Jewellery to you today, and thrilled to say Nikki is an English Wedding member. Her rings and necklaces are perfectly crafted, and there’s just something about a piece of jewellery made by hand and with love, especially when it comes to wedding rings… don’t you think?

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Elegant, ethical jewellery, hand crafted to order.

There are a lot of facets to the jewellery industry, and when I was younger I had images of sparkly, Oscars ceremony worthy costume jewellery all over my walls. These pieces however have minimal use for most of us.

Simple, wearable pieces can quietly add beauty to our everyday existence. Looking down at your fingers when you are waiting for the kettle to boil and gently moving your hands to watch a tiny gem’s colour pop in the light, or the sparkle move over a hammered surface. One of my close friends whose wedding jewellery I made has talked about sitting in a traffic jam with her hands on the steering wheel, watching the sun pick up the warmth in her white gold rings.

Wedding and engagement rings by Nikki Stark Jewellery
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The English Wedding Directory is where you can find all of our favourite wedding suppliers. Our Facebook page is updated with new vendors when they join us, and the Directory is full of brilliant photographers, stationers, florists, stylists… everything you might need for the wedding of your dreams!

These lovely people have joined the English Wedding Directory in the last couple of weeks – and we have more coming up to share with you soon! Do take a moment to discover them, and if you like what you see why not get in touch and even book this weekend?

Motion Farm wedding videographers in Cornwall, Devon, Bristol skinny wedding bands uk by nikki stark jewellery london


Motion Farm Wedding Films create stories that are full of colour, fun and raw emotion.

Based in Cornwall, our relaxed yet adventurous personalities filter into our films. We place emphasis on the beauty of small details. Our unobtrusive style means that moments, which might have otherwise gone unnoticed, become encapsulated forever.
Every wedding is unique and every location is beautiful in its own right, so using a blend of modern technology and good old fashioned experience, we look to capture your day as honestly as possible.

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It hardly feels like a full 18 months has passed since I discovered Clare Lloyd‘s exquisite handcrafted bridal jewellery. I’d planned a photoshoot in the Lake District, and seen her pieces online… but when they arrived with the postman I was more than blown away. To have the talent, the patience! to create such intricate jewellery must be a dream. To wear a single one of Clare’s stunningly crafted accessories on your wedding day will, I promise, make you feel amazing.

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Clare Lloyd‘s collections are constantly evolving, taking on different natural hues and incorporating shapes and shades from nature. They’re always incredibly beautiful, and there’s always something new to see on Clare’s Instagram to take your breath away. These aren’t just bridal accessories to be worn on the day and forgotten: they’re future heirlooms, artisan pieces of handcrafted jewellery.

I love the wedding industry for its creativity. I love that as brides (and grooms) we can support independent businesses – guys like Clare who are keeping true crafts alive, working with couture techniques and with real skill to design unique pieces by hand, helping to create each bride’s wedding story.

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Did your other half propose at Christmas? I imagine a few of you are smiling! It’s the busiest time of the year for engagements, and I suspect at least one of my friends will have a ring on her finger come Boxing Day! I’m really excited for her – I hope it happens, I really do!!! There are guys out there right now hunting for the perfect engagement ring… and that’s why I thought it would be the perfect time to share the wonderfully inspiring story of Durham Rose.

What could possibly be more personal than an engagement ring? It’s the physical representation of your love. It’s everything that your heart has to say, when it doesn’t possess the words to say it. And yet, you’re expected to express all of this with a ring off the shelf – unless you have the budget of royalty. This was a concept that that Manu, the founder of Durham Rose, struggled to come to terms with.

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I was already in awe of Viki Pearce when I discovered her beautiful wedding rings via the Chosen Wedding Fair. When I asked Viki if we could run a feature so I could show you her work, she sent me the best photos ever. Exquisite shots of her artisan wedding rings, her wall of vintage hammers and – because I love to know who’s behind the beautiful pieces I see – a gorgeous shot of the designer herself, complete with boots I want for me, like now. Anyone want to join me in a massive #fangirl crush?! 

Viki Pearce, artisan wedding ring designer at the Chosen Wedding Fair Cardiff (12)

“I create tactile, expressive jewellery pieces using traditional goldsmithing techniques. Inspiration comes from the work of ancient Columbian and Etruscan goldsmiths as well as modern literature and the natural world. I bring out the natural lustre and warmth of gold by using antique tools and natural objects to apply subtle surface textures creating classic and timeless designs that are simple and soulful.

Viki Pearce, artisan wedding ring designer at the Chosen Wedding Fair Cardiff (8)

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Oh I do so love a glitter ball… come enter the sparkly new world of Rosie Willett Designs with me!
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Rosie Willett Designs is delighted to announce they will be launching a brand new wedding headpiece and jewellery collection at the end of February.

The collection is certain to delight brides-to-be in 2015, as Rosie has created a range that will complement the most current wedding dress styles.

Rosie says: “The new range includes a total of nine headpieces – a collection of delicate vines, combs and headbands made with sparkling Swarovski crystal that catches the light with movement, like a twinkling star or a soft scattering of glitter. With pieces in this collection ranging from £72 to £266, I’m aiming to offer something affordable for all brides-to-be.

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“We always look at emerging trends in bridal wear to influence our collections. Crystal embellished wedding dresses are very popular this season and we have created a collection of headpieces and jewellery that will complement both embellished gowns and also add some sparkle to plainer dress styles. The delicate nature of our designs is also perfect for pretty lace dresses and illusion necklines.”

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Definitely vintage, oh-so-sparkly and with a wonderfully bold style throughout, the brand new Maharaja collection by Tantrums and Tiaras stopped me in my tracks this week. (Railway pun not intended!) I love to see how accessories can be worn – it’s all very well seeing something lovely in a display counter at a wedding show or in a bridal shop… but this shoot shows how amazing hair jewels can look, and how to wear them. And it makes me all tingly because it’s just so goddamn beautiful.

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Caitlyn £120 half-forehead bridal headpiece

‘Maharaja’ is a collection of East meets West headpieces designed to give style and glamour to any bridal look. The new range features big jewels, delicate mehndi inspired details and pretty metallic tones reminiscent of the British Indian Empire. The unique design of each handmade piece will set any bride apart.

Tantrums and Tiaras Maharaja bridal jewellery collection for 2015 (24)

Caitlyn £120

Designer and founder of Tantrums and Tiaras, Kelly Scully said “I have really enjoyed creating the new ‘Maharaja’ collection which adds the finishing touch of designer class to any bridal outfit.

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Jenny Packham accessories 2015 (1) Jenny Packham fans, we have news for you on this lovely autumn morning! Jenny’s brand new bridal accessories collection for 2015 is now available in stores, and I’ve been asked to let you all know!

There are stockists throughout the UK (currently 33 fabulous bridal stores listed as stocking the accessories collection) – I’d recommend you call to check the new accessories are in your local store before you go, just in case!
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You can also buy the fabulous accessories online today at www.jennypackham.com. The ten headdresses which lead the collection are simply divine: I adore the two Candela pieces which have shapely swirls in crystal and opal.

Every piece has beautiful elements to echo those in Jenny’s wedding dress collection, from headdresses encrusted with fabulous floral motifs, crystals and more, to complement the whimsical tiered hemlines and celestial capes seen on Jenny’s bridal catwalks earlier this year.

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Jenny Packham accessories 2015 (6)See more… www.jennypackham.com

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What makes a wedding craft business successful? Every time, it comes down to the personality behind the name. The best wedding suppliers are dedicated, inspiring and entertaining. It’s no secret that we usually follow a different path in life: it takes courage as much as craftsmanship to bring a wedding craft business to life. I asked Tracey Phillips at Bridal Designs to share her personal story. Tracey’s business began with her sister’s wedding 8 years ago, and she’s now a multiple award-winning wedding business owner.

“I live in beautiful North Devon, minutes from the seaside and a short distance from some of England’s most charming wedding venues. Northcote Manor is just around the corner – and I can’t imagine a more beautiful place to get married.

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A seaside wedding in Devon, by Taylor Barnes Photography www.taylorbarnesphotography.co.uk

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So many of the crafty people I know, follow and admire live by the seaside. There’s something in every seaside town and village which inspires our creative spirits – and if you’re looking for inspiration then you can’t beat a trip to the beach, trust me! One thing I have in common with Bridal Designs owner Tracey Phillips is our love of the seaside. We’re both just a short hop away from the beach; Tracey’s based in beautiful Devon, where she crafts her pretty and delicate bridal jewellery.

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Seashore bridal necklace by Bridal Designs, from £85

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Seashore bracelet from £55

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Seashore dainty bracelet from £42

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Seashore earrings from £28

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Seashore curved pearl earrings from £28 by Bridal Designs Wedding Jewellery

This pretty range is perfect for a summer wedding, and would look stunning at a beach ceremony! Made using curved white Swarovski pearls, sparkling Aquamarine Swarovski crystals, powder blue Swarovski pearls, and gorgeous Pacific Opal Swarovski crystals for a washed sea glass look, it is a lovely relaxed bridal jewellery collection for those hot sunny days.

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Ever wondered how you’d cope without your bridesmaids? In these crafty times the responsibilities of the average bridesmaid have changed: many of you will be spending weekends and evenings with your best girls covered in glue and lace, helping you make all kinds of decorative touches for your big day. Second only to your partner and your parents, bridesmaids are there for you all the way and I think we should celebrate them more!

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Image credit Shaun Taylor Photography | www.shauntaylorphotography.co.uk

Your bridesmaid is worth her weight in gold. She’ll come to bridal shops, join in your Pinterest obsession, help you find suppliers, trudge around wedding fairs and keep you sane when all the planning gets overwhelming.

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Image credit Tony Gameiro | www.tony.gameiro.co.uk

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Image credit Tony Gameiro | www.tony.gameiro.co.uk

You’ll always remember the laughs you and your best girls have in the run up to your wedding – from trips to Hobbycraft right up to your hen night. Your chief bridesmaid has the best job of all: planning a hen night to bring all your best girl friends together for anything from glamping to go-karting. So I think bridesmaids deserve the biggest thank you of all!