Lego and scrabble themed DIY wedding with Ayelle Photography on English-Wedding.com (36)
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Hey lovelies! I hope you’re staying safe and cosy in this blustery weather! Today’s wedding is the perfect distraction from the wind and rain – Mimi and Jacob married on the 5th of January and incorporated so many cool ideas into their totally gorgeous and unique DIY wedding. The boys are all rocking a tux and dickie bow (and loving the James Bond look!); Mimi is absolutely stunning in a beautiful lace dress and veil. The details though… and the care and creativity these guys put into making their wedding a true reflection of their personalities is amazing!

Lego and scrabble themed DIY wedding with Ayelle Photography on English-Wedding.com (20)

Dodmoor house is beautiful without any extra decoration, but there’s also so much room to make it your own and add your own personality to the place. I always wanted a barn-style wedding and Dodmoor house ticked that box. But Jacob and I also enjoy lots of quirky things and different hobbies, which we were able to show in our table decorations. Each table fitted a different theme – games and superheroes (for Jacob), animals & crafts (for me) and a lego top table with matching wedding cake, as we both enjoy building lego together. This was all the handiwork of my very talented sister (and maid of honor), who handmade all the decorations including a differently themed tree centerpiece for each table, lego figurines of each member of the wedding party, placemats, and bunting.

Gatsby vintage wedding at Crockwell Farm, images by Jodie Cooling Photography (23)
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Happy Monday everyone! How was your weekend? I have to admit… I’ve been attacked by a horsefly and am typing with a right arm the size of one of my legs… eeeeekk!! I’m mainly wearing ice packs today! (Is it just me?!) Luckily I don’t particularly need my elbow to blog and bring you amazing weddings, and boy do we have something special to share today! I’ve been keeping gorgeous couple Becky and Sam up my sleeve for a few weeks now – their fabulously vintage, Great Gatsby inspired, home crafted, personal wedding at Crockwell Farm is definitely going down as one of my favourites of 2018 so far. 

Gatsby vintage wedding at Crockwell Farm, images by Jodie Cooling Photography (15)

Lovely photographer Jodie Cooling (who gets a great review from Becky and Sam below) has kindly introduced their wedding for you… 

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Happy Thursday lovelies! Nearly the weekend… we’re excited to be heading to Manchester for a long overdue family visit tomorrow. What are your plans? If you’re thinking about a little wedmin then you’re in luck because we have some gorgeous ideas from a thrifty, creative, DIY spring wedding to delight your eyes today! I adore the colour theme and styling of Christian and Tan’s big day at Dodford Manor Country House Barn and I hope you will too! Images are by English Wedding Directory member Steve from Brillpix Photography in Northamptonshire. Enjoy! Dodford Manor Country Barn wedding blog, images © Brillpix Photography (29)

Nearly everything for the wedding was handmade! Tan loved designing and making the elements for the special day. “We had arranged for a Big Routemaster Bus to collect our guests and take them to the venue, so Tan made a hand painted sign as a bus stop in our village, with a pic of the Bride and Groom, and tied balloons to it. The order of Service was handmade, including hand painted pictures of all the Wedding Party – including one of the Groom getting ready with his Saints Rugby top on under his suit.

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I think ultimately weddings are about stories. You’ll reminisce on your day with friends and family for years to come – and there’s always a great story to tell. With that in mind I reached out to some photographer friends to see if they had any stories to share with you for a new series of mini blog posts, and their replies have been fantastic, at times mildly alarming and just generally fascinating! Take today’s story – being ‘fashionably late’ to your wedding is never a good plan!

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“There was that time when…”

by Northamptonshire Wedding Photographer Steve Brill

I had been booked to photograph a lovely intimate family wedding at a registry office in a local historic market town. The ceremony had been scheduled for 4.00pm and the bride had been told at the time of booking that her wedding was to be the last one of the day, so there was no pressure on her.

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I know: festival-esque isn’t even a word (even if I try and make it look like one by adding a hyphen). But it perfectly describes the wonderful spirit and sense of fun in today’s glorious barn wedding – and I know you’ll get it when you see the fabulous photos telling the story of Helena and Chris’s wedding day.

The real spirit of a wedding, with Kingsthorpe Lodge Barn Cambridge and images by York Place Studios (24)

Today’s gorgeous bride and groom married at Kingsthorpe Lodge – a lovely barn wedding venue on the Cambridge /Northamptonshire border. Images are by the fabulous  York Place Studios, UK & worldwide documentary wedding photographers. Discover them here…

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“Helena & Chris’s barn wedding had such a fun, relaxed vibe that the vibrant mix of personalities and friendships (and especially the VERY excited kids!) provided so many great collective moments throughout the day, not least as Chris’s amazing Reggae band ‘The Reggaelators’ rocked the house into the early hours until everyone was ready to grab a sleeping bag and hit their tents!”

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I love today’s wonderful winter wedding – I know you’ll adore the bouquets, and bride Hayley looks absolutely gorgeous. Also – they hired a Jag for the whole week? Genius!! I love that!

Baubles, glamour and vintage-inspired wedding style at Rushton Hall in Northamptonshire with Olivia Johnston wedding photography (18)

I had the stereotypical crying-in-front-of-the-mirror experience when I found my dress! I had gone in with a very set vision of what I wanted, but then Lauren the sales assistant suggested something totally different. I was feeling open minded so tried it on, and ended up buying that dress.

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My bridesmaids wore stunning emerald green multiway wrap dresses which I bought from a seller on Etsy. I wanted all three girls to be comfortable and the wrap dresses meant that they could decide exactly how they wanted to style their dress; sleeveless, halterneck, one shoulder or with sleeves. We paired it with a cream cashmere pashmina to keep them warm.

Baubles, glamour and vintage-inspired wedding style at Rushton Hall in Northamptonshire with Olivia Johnston wedding photography (23)

Don’t panic! Everything will come together on the day. What might feel like a total disaster before hand (the tablecloths aren’t quite the right shade of ivory!) will be completely trivial once you are face to face saying your vows. That’s the most important bit.

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I always like to pick out my favourite few photos to show you first – it’s a great way to set the scene for a gorgeous wedding blog feature, and I always love scrolling through a wedding, looking out for those amazing, eye-catching, breathtakingly beautiful moments to share with you. However… I tried it today, and within moments I had a list of a dozen STUNNING moments from Dale and Charmaine’s day. Safe to say this is a knockout, and I love every. single. pic.

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Images are by the always fabulous Liam Smith Photography, based in Milton Keynes & London. Liam travels all over the UK and also shoots destination weddings – so do get in touch!

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Charmaine and Dale are the cutest couple ever. Join me in swooning over Charmaine’s divine dress; do please Pin that glorious bouquet to your heart’s content; and fall in love with the super pretty naked cake. We’re spoiling you rotten with stunning weddings this week… but hey, it’s June and we’re celebrating, right?!

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I love Jen’s dress more every time I look at her… today’s bride and groom are such a fabulous couple, and their day seems to suit them so wonderfully well. I love the venue; the light-up-letters are a fabulous feature; the bouquet is dreamy… I’m so happy to have such an amazing wedding to show you this morning 🙂

Chipping Warden English wedding with Jodie Cooling Photography (31)

Images are by lovely Jodie Cooling Photography. Jodie is new to the English Wedding Blog and I’m so glad she’s submitted this stunning wedding for us to share! Discover more from Jodie here:

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We really can’t thank Jodie enough! The photos are everything we hoped for and much, much more! She has managed to capture every little detail of the day in the most beautiful way. We can’t stop looking at them! The fun group shots in the field and the expressions she has captured during the speeches are just perfect.” ~ Jen & Tim

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Some venues have incredible wow factor – and when you choose a location like Harrowden Hall for your big day you’ll know the styling touches will fall into place naturally. Today we’re talking soft, light pastels and traditional elegance for a day filled with the prettiest details.

A pretty English summer wedding at Harrowden Hall by Summer Lily Studio Photography (5)

Louise and Stephen chose their venue because they could personalise their day and really make it their own. “We were given a lot of rein with making choices and putting our stamp on it compared to other places we had seen. I had complete trust in their views and help along the way.”

A pretty English summer wedding at Harrowden Hall by Summer Lily Studio Photography (46)

Images are by lovely Terri at Summer Lily Studio in Bedfordshire. Terri works throughout the UK capturing beautiful weddings in a romantic, creative style. Find out more about her here:

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A pretty English summer wedding at Harrowden Hall by Summer Lily Studio Photography (34)

I adore the flowers, the colourways and sense of playfulness and fun in today’s wedding blog. I know you will too! Grab a cuppa and enjoy…
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Nicola and Paul had an intimate wedding at Dodford Manor in the springtime. Their wedding style was inspired by the rustic charm of a country pub, with a relaxed atmosphere and a focus on friends and family. The ceremony was set in the family church, Our Lady of Charity & St Augustine’s roman catholic church.

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Nicola wears a gorgeous designer wedding dress by the fabulous Charlie Brear and looks amazing – she told me it was only the third dress she tried; she fell in love with it immediately and it was “WELL over budget”… but the excitement I can sense in her words is justified; she looks incredible.

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Images are by the very lovely – and new to the English Wedding Blog – Gabrielle Hall. With a photojournalistic style, Gabrielle says, “My job is to capture the energy and personality created as it unfolds and deliver back to you to keep forever.” Isn’t that lovely?

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So the best thing in Rich and Victoria’s wedding report is the impeccable logic behind their wedding cakes: a Victoria sponge and a Rich chocolate cake… geddit?! Genius – and this perfectly sets the scene for a wonderfully creative wedding with lots of DIY touches and vintage style. There were so many gorgeous images I’m not even showing you all of them right now – instead I’ll save some of my favourites for tomorrow in a ‘get the look’ feature to inspire you for your own creative wedding!

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Today’s wedding blog feature is all about the beautiful bride and gorgeous groom. They describe their wedding as “The most perfect, unforgettable and incredibly humbling day with all the people you love in one room!” – and what could possibly be better? It looks as amazing as it sounds, with images by the lovely Laura of Babb Photo (who gets a rave review from our star couple!)

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If you’re looking for creative wedding photography in London then Laura is your girl – do visit her website and facebook page to find out more!

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There’s nothing worse than being told what you “should” have for your wedding, is there? Saul and Michelle’s Northamptonshire wedding is creative, simple and looks every bit the occasion to remember forever. With images by Jules Fortune Photography and two fab venues: Boughton House and The Marquess of Exeter.

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Savvy brides and grooms are planning ever more personal celebrations with a focus on the special touches they love best. That’s what Michelle and Saul did, choosing to ditch the seating plan for informal dining. They chose two fabulous venues which didn’t need extra decoration, and included family in creating a wonderful day: Michelle’s cousin played guitar, their sisters did wedding readings, and family members contributed gorgeous little treats for an oh-so-yummy-looking dessert table. Overall – an amazing, very personal, family-oriented wedding day. I love it.
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With congratulations and thanks to the very lovely Michelle and Saul for sharing their wedding on the English Wedding Blog this morning. Read their wedding report at the end of the blog post for great advice from spreadsheet queen Michelle! Huge thanks also to wedding photographer Jules Fortune for submitting their Northamptonshire wedding to the English Wedding Blog.