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Morning lovely blog readers! I have a special wedding for you today… a celebration which is 100% family orientated, from the beautiful Lake District, and photographed by a photographer I know very well indeed and can highly recommend: Simon Hudspeth from Durham. Simon is my brother in law, and it’s a rare treat to be able to share one of his weddings with you!

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Today’s bride and groom are gorgeous Ann and Nic. They married at Patterdale Hall in a uniquely personal and perfect wedding day. Ann had her own best man instead of bridesmaids; there was a lot of lego in their theme; kids were a huge part of the ceremony and celebrations, and the paper bouquet made from comic books is as funky as it is fabulous!

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Ann told me, “I think the best thing we did on the day was go off and have some photos taken while everyone was having the BBQ, we got a bit of time to ourselves, to have a chat and chill. We talked nonsense while Simon took some stunning pictures, and it didn’t feel quite so overwhelming for the rest of the day and no one even noticed we were missing!

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Today’s gorgeous bride Rebecca told me she LOVED having the opportunity for photos with her ponies… so let’s begin with one of those, shall we? This is the perfect introduction to a gorgeous Lake District wedding with a real countryside atmosphere and pretty homemade styling.

Luke and Rebecca are today’s fabulous couple, who married in May at Lowick Green. Many of their suppliers are local; ideas came from Rebecca’s love of Pinterest and so many of the details were a labour of love with special help from both mums!

I asked Rebecca what she feels is the best thing about being married, and she told me “Just being together, it’s such a lovely comfortable, blissful feeling“. How beautiful is that?

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Wedding photographer’s website:

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With every week that goes by I’m more proud of the place where I live. The Lake District is fast becoming England’s very own destination wedding venue – and I’m so lucky to call it home. Today I have a stunning styled shoot to share with you: it’s fabulously creative and breathtakingly beautiful – and so very perfect for a countryside wedding with a modern twist… and a little rowing boat!

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Wedding photographer Jo Bradbury sent me the images for today’s inspirational feature. Her photographs are truly beautiful, and capture the warm and welcoming atmosphere of Cote How, a lovely venue near Rydal in Cumbria.

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The suppliers who worked with Jo to bring this stylish and creative wedding scene to life include Wild Orchid Flowers, Sugar Ruffles, Daisy Daisy Bridal, Zara Rigg and Pingle Pie – with a full list at the end of today’s feature.

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Countryside brides and grooms will adore this shoot. The styling ideas are elaborate on a smaller scale: perfect for intimate weddings in relaxed surroundings. The cake is divine; the stationery exquisite and the flowers are out of this world.

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Cliche it may be, but your wedding should be all about YOU! Style your day with the things you both love, and you’ll have happy memories forever. Claire and Christian did an incredible job of making their day really personal – taking things to the next level with their wedding favours (bristlebot, anyone?!) and chose a super Lake District wedding venue which they made their own for the day.

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I’m so excited to feature this wedding – the room Claire and her girls got ready in is where we stayed back in August! It’s more than lovely and I know they adored the place. Claire is gorgeous and looks amazing all day as she changes from her ivory heels into green wellies and purple Converse… I LOVE a bride with personality!!

The Wild Boar is a venue which needs very little extra wedding decor. Claire and Christian told me, “It’s lovely. Low wooden beams and a little bit higgledy-piggledy! We were keen as far as possible to let it speak for itself. We decorated the tables and the Wild Boar supplied some table vases.”

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Those of you who follow me on my personal instagram will know I’m lucky to live by the beautiful Lake District. My home is one of the most beautiful places in the world and I’d never dream of getting married anywhere else. Andy and Katie’s wedding is literally right up my street – and instantly shoots to the top of my list of weddings of the year. Their day is charming, full of personal touches and still wonderfully down to earth. Oh and Katie is the prettiest bride with such a wonderful smile… you’ll LOVE today’s real wedding.

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The colours for the day were kept in line with the Lakeland setting: blues and greens kept the styling consistent, although little decoration was needed. Katie is a keen and talented crafter, and she made 150 metres of bunting to string across the beams of the chapel and reception venue.

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I’m going to remember July… when I look back on the English Wedding Blog features for the year I’ll be like, “oh July… that was when I shared that amazing Lakes wedding with Wainwrights and walking boots!” and quietly noted it as one of my favourite weddings of the year so far. I’ve always said weddings should be personal to you, whoever you are and whatever your crazy loves and hobbies may be! And if that’s muddy boots and cairns (Instagram friends will know it is for me!) then you’ll adore today’s wedding blog.

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Lisa and Richie’s big day rocks. The details are fabulous – and for those of you who don’t know the Lakes like the back of your hands, just enjoy the cute little books and other fab details (and be grateful I didn’t show you every single Wainwright table name… because I wanted to!). There’s so much more to see, and the photos are superb!

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I woke up this morning in the bridal suite of the most luxurious Lake District wedding venue, feeling like the luckiest girl in the world! I haven’t suddenly got married(!) and neither have I eloped… although if I did, this is most definitely where you’d find me.

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The beautiful world of Sharrow Bay

Sharrow Bay is England’s very own luxury destination wedding venue. Couples travel a very long way to visit and to be married here – and yet Sharrow Bay is only a short drive from the English Wedding Blog HQ. I live on the edge of the Lake District which Sharrow Bay calls home.

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So I haven’t eloped, and this wasn’t a surprise wedding… why was I there? I was invited to Sharrow Bay so I could tell you lovely readers all about it. For once though I’m almost lost for words… this was the treat of a lifetime.

Imagine your dream wedding venue, and then imagine if it was a thousand times more spectacular, welcoming and luxurious than that. That’s Sharrow Bay.

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Hello lovely wedding blog readers, I hope you’re not working too hard today! I have the perfect feature to share with you this morning – something I was involved with a few weeks ago, where I had the pleasure of spending a day with wonderful people to create a really inspiring shoot. We created different bridal looks with our beautiful model Kelsey, and today I’m sharing the prettiest of them all, centred on a gorgeous pink peony bouquet by Kevin at Brackens of Bowness.

pink peonies bridal ideas (1) Kelsey shows just how easy it is to combine beautiful key pieces for a timeless and glamorous wedding style. She wears a dress by Sassi Holford, which came from the fabulous Julia Tasker Bridal Couture. The embroidered detail is so pretty, and goes beautifully with her elegant, smooth updo and natural make up. (Hair: Aqua Salon | Make up: Definitions)
pink peonies bridal ideas (2) All images are by my wonderful friend and inspiring wedding photographer Jamie at Vickerstaff Photography. Jamie is based in Cheshire and travels across the UK to photograph weddings… I hear he’s especially fond of the Lake District so if you’re getting married here do check him out!

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Ahh… happy Friday everyone! With the weekend beginning in – ooh about 8 hours shall we say? 😉 I thought I’d share something really special with you this morning. I had the absolute honour of styling a creative shoot at Broadoaks Country House a little while ago, and we really made the most of the amazing William Morris Music Room for a truly timeless setting which brought our shoot to life. You can almost taste the romance in the air – it’s such a beautiful setting.

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Our beautiful model Kelsey wears a Sassi Holford wedding gown with exquisite embroidery detailing around the neckline. My heartfelt thanks to Julia Tasker Bridal Couture. Kelsey’s graceful and elegant hair was styled by lovely Gareth from Aqua The Salon, and make up is by Helen at Definitions Mobile Beauty.

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There are too many things I love best about today’s gorgeous couple Samantha and Lee: the fact they found out the day before the wedding that Samantha was pregnant (wow!); their budget advice to simply “blow it!” and the beautiful, enchanting images of their day by my friend Jamie from Vickerstaff Photography.

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The venue is wonderful (and not far from English Wedding Blog Towers!) with views over Lake Windermere; a little boy almost steals the show with his hobby horse (adorable!) and the entertainers clearly had everyone enthralled.

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With huge thanks to today’s very beautiful bride and groom, Samantha and Lee, and to Jamie from Vickerstaff Photography for sharing his images with us all. You’ll love them.
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Our wedding report: Samantha & Lee

Your wedding photographer’s website:

www.vickerstaffphotography.co.uk

Were you pleased with your wedding photographer?

Over the moon!

Wedding venue:

The Merewood Country House Hotel, Windermere

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I wish I could have taken you with me on Tuesday when I went to visit Broadoaks Country House in the Lake District. Since I came to live on the edge of the Lakes in 2012 I’ve visited a few venues but nothing comes close to the charm of this little gem. Broadoaks Country House is described as “one of the most romantic hotels in the UK” by the AA. The website promises “secluded gardens, a magical beck that runs through our grounds and the Lake District scenery… the perfect backdrop for romantic photographs”. And oh my goodness do they deliver on those promises, with bells on!
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A Lake District wedding venue with real charm and unique style

The drive up to Broadoaks Country House is fun (especially in my Mini!) – winding country roads lead from the touristy madness of Bowness on Windermere away from the crowds and into rolling countryside. Broadoaks appears on the horizon and with its green lawn and traditional fountain looks ever so lovely from the very first moment.

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This is my wedding of the week without a doubt – simply divine with a beautiful bride and handsome groom, delicious photography and a wonderful wedding report. Grab a coffee and prepare to enjoy a very, very special real wedding blog this morning…

wedding blog Chris Hanley Photography (1)Kate and Adam began their relationship as ‘book buddies’ (which is the loveliest story of all!) and after a long engagement began planning their wedding around a vintage literary theme. With a Penguin invitation, piles of books, a vintage typewriter and more gorgeous styling ideas they turned the Grange Hotel into a book lovers’ dream for their wedding day.

wedding blog Chris Hanley Photography (2)The photography is by top UK wedding photographer the very lovely Chris Hanley. His website is http://chrishanleyphotography.com and his blog is (to fit with today’s wedding blog theme!) – recommended reading!

Congratulations to Kate and Adam, and thank you for sharing your romantic story with all of us today. You two are a dream come true (and I love how pretty my wedding blog looks with you on it!) – and huge thanks to my friend Chris of Chris Hanley Photography. Everyone – enjoy! Claire x