Contemporary English wedding with a Kula Tsurdiu bride, images by Martin Makowski Photography on the English Wedding Blog (33)
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Sometimes it’s all about the dress… and gorgeous bride Tig told us she fell in love with hers – it’s just beautiful! “I didn’t actually see my finished dress until 2 days before the wedding as I decided to change the top from a strapless style to a halter neck with only 6 weeks to spare…

Contemporary English wedding with a Kula Tsurdiu bride, images by Martin Makowski Photography on the English Wedding Blog (23)

Contemporary English wedding with a Kula Tsurdiu bride, images by Martin Makowski Photography on the English Wedding Blog (24)

The designer was amazing and completely agreed that the halter style would suit me better so was willing to adapt it though the deadline was tight. I couldn’t have been happier and adored that the colour was not your traditional ivory, white or oyster. I learnt: go with your gut!” The designer was Kula Tsurdiu, whose beautiful boutique is based in Nottingham’s brilliantly bohemian Lace Market. 

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It’s hard to believe we’re only a month away from Christmas now! [Is anyone as far behind as me with shopping for the big day?!] I’ve been looking for wintry, Christmassy weddings which are really elegant and pretty to share with you all for the last month… Today ladies and gents, brides and grooms – we hit the jackpot. Sophie and David’s wedding at Swancar Farm, Nottingham, has left me equally excited and speechless. The details are wonderful, Sophie’s dress is stunning, the lovely moments are all there and scrolling through all the images left me feeling happy, and super excited to feature such a beautiful day.

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Images are by lovely Jack from Firsthand Photography. She told me Sophie and David are really friendly and fun to be around and their wedding really reflected that. “They were very relaxed about the photos which gave me the freedom to be creative and being a Christmas wedding, there were lots of lovely Christmassy details for me to photograph.

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Thank you so much, my lovely readers, for your support and patience while we recovered from this weekend’s blog adventures! I’m thrilled to say we’re 100% back on track now… and I have a super beautiful real wedding to begin our week with this morning!

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Gorgeous bride and groom Natalie and Darren were married at Stubton Hall, and told me they loved reading wedding blogs and researching suppliers – it certainly meant a perfect atmosphere and a wonderful day came together beautifully!

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Images are by lovely Leeds wedding photographer Samantha Ward – one of my friends and an exceptional talent in the industry. Sam’s images are out of this world and I loved hearing that today’s couple were over the moon with their wedding photos.

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There are some amazing details here: the flowers and succulents; the fabulous letterpress stationery by my friends at Cardlab, and the quality of the photography of course is second to none. LOVE!

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There’s *thinks for a moment* no, nothing I love more than a surprise wedding. And Rebecca and Brian pulled it off beautifully, sharing their secret with only a few wedding guests before their – supposed – combined birthday party. Brilliant!!

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It took 8 weeks to plan the wedding, and Rebecca and Brian went online to source small, local suppliers to style their day. It looks amazing – surprise wedding this may be, but the details are all there! Rebecca is a beautiful bride with a pretty vintage dress and the most wonderfully colourful shoes (LOVE!), and Brian’s jacket and trousers combo is perfect: but their expressions (delight mixed with an element of cheeky surprise!) are my favourite thing. I love this!!

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Images are by the very fabulous Cris Lowis Photography in Staffordshire. Find out more about Cris here:

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This week on the English Wedding Blog is unashamedly floral. It’s spring – what can I say?! Time to start thinking about summer wedding flowers… and oh, do I have something wonderful for you today! Girls – don’t limit flowers to your – well, to your flowers. Splash them on your dress, on your girls’ dresses, on your stationery… because flowers are going to be the biggest thing in weddings this year!

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Lovely Nottingham make up artist Jenni Hughes got in touch with me to show me this super romantic floral styled shoot, full of ideas for spring brides. It’s bursting with the prettiest flowers and will steal your heart if pink is your ‘thing’!
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Jenni says, “I was inspired to put together a pretty and romantic shoot filled with pink florals featuring a delicate and romantic yet wearable makeup look.

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Hello lovely! Today’s wedding is full of home made details by the gorgeous bride and her mum. Jamie and Geoff planned a vintage tea party theme for their day and as they were saving up for a house they needed to keep their wedding costs down. So while Geoff played cricket every Saturday during the summer, Jamie and her mum spent countless hours making everything from stationery to bunting.

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The wonderfully couple only spent money on the things which couldn’t be made: the wedding cake, entertainment, venue and of course their lovely photographer! Jamie shares some very wise advice, and I really have to highlight this: “If you want to save money, making your own things is a great idea but it takes hours… we spent every Saturday for a year and only finished a few days before the wedding.

The homespun look is big at the moment, but don’t underestimate the time it takes! Remember there’s a difference between home made and handcrafted, and there are many wonderful independent craft businesses who can save you time instead!

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Eeeek! Here’s an exciting wedding for you to see – it’s in a windmill! Tuxford windmill is the last working windmill in Nottinghamshire, and had never been used as a wedding venue before. Today’s fabulous, wonderful, amazing couple Rebecca and Sam wanted to do something new, and so they chose this awesome location for their reception.

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They made the very most of the windmill for their wedding reception after getting married at East Markham parish church. After the church service, the happy couple hopped on the back of a tractor and headed for their windmill – I love saying that! – for the reception…

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Images are by the very lovely Shaun Taylor Photography

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Sam and Rebecca used local produce including the windmill’s own products – check out the wedding favours, for example. They used beautiful bright colours to decorate a marquee by the windmill, with the loveliest bunting, mismatched vintage china plates and glorious summer flowers.

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Morning everyone! Are you having a lovely morning so far? I just love today’s wedding – however your day is going, this will put a smile on your face. Melissa and Richard had a handmade / vintage wedding at Hodsock Priory and it is simply gorgeous!

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Melissa looks amazing in her Benjamin Roberts dress, Richard is rocking a suit from Next (only about a million miles better than Moss Bros, by the way!) and special credit goes to Melissa’s mum for all the handmade touches from bunting to fabric hearts and pocket squares – she even crafted the wedding invitations!

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Little details include gourmet popcorn (I can almost taste it! And as I type it’s barely past breakfast time… not a good sign!), lovebirds on the cake and gorgeous gypsophila – my favourite. Huge thanks to Tierney Photography for the beautiful images – watch out for the portrait shots with snowflakes and stunning images of Hodsock Priory. Congratulations Melissa and Richard, and to every one of you lovely readers – enjoy! Claire xxx

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Amanda and Anton had two wedding receptions and mixed vintage wedding ideas from two cultures to create two of the most memorable days of their lives!

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Today’s vintage wedding blog with an Italian twist will inspire many of you I’m sure. There’s beauty in the details: soft, elegant and classy vintage roses, table decorations and styling (not to mention Amanda’s stunning wedding dress and Anton’s super classy suit).

There’s also a real atmosphere of celebration. As Amanda told me, “Italian weddings are all about sharing good food with your family and friends” – and there’s a link at the end of this page where you can see much more of their wedding.

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The lovely couple chose Hannah of Lifeline Photography to capture their vintage wedding on camera, and she did a beautiful job. I first met Hannah at top wedding photographer Chris Hanley’s enchanting and creative studio space near Manchester, the Riverside Studios, and I can tell you as well as being passionate about her wedding photography she’s also a really gorgeous and lovely and genuine lady. She photographs weddings all around the Nottingham area – so get in touch! (Read this first though 🙂