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The floral styling is superb for today’s wedding – say hi to beautiful Laura & gorgeous Kevan who married at High Billinghurst Farm last summer. They were blessed with gloriously hot weather for their celebrations in the Sussex countryside – and while tipis were set up nearby, the temperatures meant their dream of a woodland wedding was destined to come true.

Styled woodland wedding in Sussex, image credit Something Blue Weddings (16)

We’re taking a fascinating behind the scenes look at the wedding today, with lovely Kim at Bespoke and Beyond Weddings & Events. Kim’s story begins on the Thursday morning with the arrival of three giant hats from Beautiful World Tents. I’ll hand over to Kim who can tell you all about her vision for this stunning celebration, and how the wedding came together beautifully, creating a truly magical woodland wedding for Laura & Kevan.

Wildflowers for a country garden wedding with Somerset wedding photographer Howell Jones Photography (11)
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Hey lovely! I’ve been blown away by the stunning wildflowers and relaxed, boho styling of Chris and Bex’s Devon wedding today. Once again we’re at the fabulous Colehayes Park in Bovey Tracey with their recommended photographer Warren from Howell Jones Photography. You’re going to adore all the floral prettiness – and this is an extra special day because the sunshine played out all day so even the meal was served in the gardens!

Bex and Chris chose a hot and sunny May day to get married – remember the crazy hot summer we had last year? This is pretty much where it all began! Beautiful bride Bex wears a divine boho wedding dress, light and floaty for the summer sunshine. The softly sparkling beaded belt and delicate lace cap sleeves are simply wonderful. Chris looks so handsome in a tailored grey suit with purple tie and pocket square. Sophisticated sunnies complete the outdoor groom look!

Wildflowers for a country garden wedding with Somerset wedding photographer Howell Jones Photography (29)

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The biggest change in weddings in the last five years has been in venues. Back in the day, you hired a big country house hotel and / or a marquee. Now it seems half of our weddings in the UK are in barns and fields – and I LOVE that! It gives you so much more creative freedom to style your day – and fits perfectly with three MAJOR wedding styles: barn weddings, festival weddings and tipi weddings.

I’ve worked with some fabulous planners and stylists who really come into their own for planning ‘blank canvas’ weddings – and one thing I’ve learned is that logistics is a pretty big deal. You need to hire everything from loos to generators, flooring to hay bales and benches for your wedding guests.

Often tipi and marquee companies can help. And sometimes you just stumble across a brilliant idea on Pinterest which fits perfectly with your relaxed wedding style!

Elegant styling and sparkly tables for a pretty Chippenham Park wedding, images by Heather Jackson Photography (13)
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Happy Monday everyone! I hope you’ve had a lovely weekend…. and ooh look, sunshine again! This week promises to be a beauty, so let’s fill it with some FABULOUS weddings shall we? I have a stunning Cambridgeshire wedding to share with you this morning. Beautiful Olivia and dapper hubby Philip had an outdoor ceremony and wonderfully light and bright marquee reception at Chippenham Park. My lovely friend Heather Jackson Photography captured their day in her uniquely beautiful style.

Elegant styling and sparkly tables for a pretty Chippenham Park wedding, images by Heather Jackson Photography (9)

“Liv is a ballet teacher and laughs constantly when she is with Phil, she absolutely shone on their wedding day and laughed literally all day and night; even when it threatened to rain all morning!

Her ‘bride squad’ were hilarious and the mood of this day was just electric – I think this leaps out when the girls are together! Sharing laughs with their Best Man and ‘third wheel’ Richard during the ceremony was hilarious.

Relaxed 'good life' wedding blog with an outdoor ceremony on a farm, images by Special Day Wedding Photos (7)
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My top tip for your wedding is to let your daughter wear her rainbow roller-skates, and skate down the aisle!! Lovelies, this is one of my favourite weddings of the year – gorgeous Katherine and Nick made pretty much everything themselves, and planned a relaxed, informal celebration at Whitemoor Farm with a really individual and unique style. It’s just FABULOUS – you’re going to love all of this! Images are by lovely Devon wedding photographer and English Wedding team member Anthony from Special Day Wedding Photos.

Relaxed 'good life' wedding blog with an outdoor ceremony on a farm, images by Special Day Wedding Photos (29)

“I absolutely loved Katherine and Nick’s wedding at Whitemoor Farm in North Devon. The couple had moved down from the Midlands to the countryside of North Devon for a ‘good life’, and have a small-holding. They were really chilled out and relaxed which reflected in the way they decorated the venue. The styling was fabulous with an emphasis on the retro. Katherine runs art classes which was telling in the styling of the wedding. The couple were very keen to keep the day as relaxed as possible so didn’t want to spend too much time with family group-shots and couple shots, which is great.  I can really loose myself in the photography at these types of weddings. I love to capture the day as it naturally happens as it gives the images authenticity.

Whoever knew this place existed?! The Lost Orangery - gorgeous wedding with pics by Casey Avenue (12)
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FRIDAY!!! Lovelies, I have to confess I wrote this yesterday because I’m at A WEDDING!! My lovely sister in law is about to get a HUSBAND – in about two hours time – so I’m all bridesmaided-up and heading to the church as this is published!! There’ll maybe be real life wedding stuff on my Insta later (or possibly real life tipsy stuff, which might be equally entertaining!) so if you’re not already following @englishwedding on Instagram, today’s probably a good day to start!

Whoever knew this place existed?! The Lost Orangery - gorgeous wedding with pics by Casey Avenue (30)

I wouldn’t leave the blog empty for you though, oh no – and happily I have an absolutely stunning wedding to share with you, submitted by lovely Hannah at Casey Avenue. Laura and Josh were married at The Lost Orangery, a stunning venue tucked away in rural Wiltshire. I love how this place is almost hidden from the mainstream wedding industry – it’s a self-catering, super luxurious, exclusive use wedding venue with a beautiful cloister, archway, portico, boat house, orangery and ballroom to call your own. You’ll find it on www.uniquehomestays.com where it’s described as an “exclusive manor house in Wiltshire is a spectacular wedding venue certain to impress wedding guests by exuding a special blend of grandeur, heart and soul” – which sleeps 4, with room for 250 wedding guests and carriages at midnight!

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You don’t need to spend a fortune to have the perfect wedding: I honestly think the less you spend, the more personal and intimate your wedding will be – and the memories you’ll treasure for years to come will be stronger and all the more magical for it. Vikki and Sam were lucky to have wonderful friends and family who helped style their day. They were also exceptionally lucky with the weather, and set up tables outside their marquee for their wedding reception. The day looks amazing – the bride and groom are gorgeous, and I love everything about it. I hope you do too! 

We had a pretty tight budget for our wedding, with most of the money being spent on the registry office, photography and my dress! I was absolutely blown away by how much time people were willing to give to help us out. It helped us keep the costs low and made the day so much more personal.

 

 

 

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Holly Cade is a Ventnor Botanic Gardens wedding photographer (29)
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Today’s wedding is just stunning – I especially adore the vibrant floral arrangements, and the bride and groom are gorgeous!! Ventnor Botanic Garden is a revelation…what a beautiful location with all those tropical plants… if I was on the Isle of Wight I’d be making a beeline for the place to find out more!

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Erika’s dress is fabulously different and she looks amazing – while Justin is equally gorgeous and beaming with happiness (I wish I could hear his speech – the photos don’t do it justice!) So grab a cuppa and find a comfy chair, enjoy this lovely pair’s fabulous wedding pics, and have the most wonderful Friday everyone!!

Holly Cade is a Ventnor Botanic Gardens wedding photographer (31)

Wedding photographer’s website:

https://www.hollycade.co.uk/

We went to Ventnor botanical garden wedding fair and loved her style and found Holly really friendly and approachable. We booked her then and there.

We really couldn’t have asked for better photos!!! We love all of them. Holly has captured the day so perfectly and no awkward poses, showing family and friends our photos, we have been told many times how amazing the photos are!!!

Outdoor wedding at Priston Mill watermill, with images by Martin Dabek Photography on the English Wedding blog (10)
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Can you imagine an outside wedding at a working watermill? It sounds blissful… and for Nigel & Jade it really was a dream day. I love the glamour and elegance of their day at Priston Mill, a beautiful venue just outside Bath and Bristol with two gorgeous locations for your wedding and reception – the the barn and watermill are both glorious – and I’m thrilled to say our friend and sponsor Bristol wedding photographer Martin Dabek comes very highly recommended for both, as a regular Priston Mill wedding photographer! Our bride and groom are gorgeous; their day is super elegant with sparkle, their first dance is awesome and you’ll LOVE the last photo in the set…

Outdoor wedding at Priston Mill watermill, with images by Martin Dabek Photography on the English Wedding blog (12)

Wedding photographer’s website:

Martindabek.com

We had seen his work after our friends had him for their wedding. We did look around and spoke to other photographers, but loved Martin’s work the most so decided he was the one we wanted to capture our big day.

Outdoor wedding in Worcestershire, Bodenham Arboretum - Clive Blair Photography on the English Wedding Blog (24)
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Happy Sunday lovelies! Does anyone have sunshine this morning? It’s peeking through the clouds as I write… there’s nothing lovelier than driving back to the Lakes and seeing the sun on the mountains 🙂 Oh! Apart from Kayleigh and Dan’s wedding on the blog today of course! They were so lucky with the weather for their outdoor wedding in beautiful woodlands at Bodenham Arboretum. Their humanist ceremony was touching, beautiful and intimate: they invited friends and family who they see often and will see after the wedding, rather than feeling pressured to invite people they don’t know well – and for me this always makes a wedding much more relaxed and happy.

Outdoor wedding in Worcestershire, Bodenham Arboretum - Clive Blair Photography on the English Wedding Blog (6)

Images were captured by lovely Birmingham wedding photographer Clive Blair Photography, and have been featured already in West Midland Your Wedding Magazine – but I couldn’t resist sharing them with you again – this truly is a beautiful celebration with lovely touches and Kayleigh has kindly shared their wedding planning story with us all (below the images). Don’t miss it!

Romy Lawrence Photography for a woodland wedding at Rhinefield House Hotel (24)
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Happy Saturday everyone! I’m off adventuring today in Edinburgh – we have a bit of a crazy weekend ahead, but that doesn’t mean I don’t have an AMAZING wedding to share with you this morning as well. First though, I have to tell you about my next calligraphy workshop. This one will be on a Saturday afternoon in Manchester’s Northern Quarter, perfect for anyone (else!) who’d like to spend a girly day hitting the shops, learning calligraphy, then dancing the night away in my fave city. The date is May 26th, and you can book places in my Etsy shop now. I’d love to see you there!

Romy Lawrence Photography for a woodland wedding at Rhinefield House Hotel (28)

Back to weddings, and today’s has some of the most breathtaking images I’ve seen all year. Rosie and Steve are the loveliest couple, and their Rhinefield House wedding is captured beautifully by lovely Gemma from Romy Lawrence Photography. Watch out for really unique styling touches and incredible golden hour portraits with more romance than anything you’ve seen on a  wedding blog in your life!  I’ll let Gemma tell you more about this beautiful day. Enjoy!   Claire xxx

Creative and fun Cotswolds wedding blog with Martin Dabek Photography (31)
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If somebody could just randomly invite me to a wedding at The Matara Centre I would be so very happy! This place though… the water, the flowers, the atmosphere always looks sensational. Gorgeous bride Catherine looks amazing in her Victoria Jane gown (bought from Krystle Brides), which she wears with a satin edged veil and pearl accessories and Jonni is a very handsome groom in his 3 piece Ted Baker suit. Images are by fabulous Cotswolds wedding photographer Martin Dabek.

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Our venue was unique and amazing so didn’t need much styling. We kept it simple and tried to personalise it with our theme of music and lots of candles. Another amazing friend, Alex, from Burnt Orange Events made and provided some giant light up LOVE letters which were an great focal piece in the courtyard.

Creative and fun Cotswolds wedding blog with Martin Dabek Photography (22)

Wedding photographer’s website:

https://martindabek.com/

Martin had done some photos at a friend’s wedding and came highly recommended. When we went to see him he made us feel at complete ease and seemed genuinely excited to be able to photograph our wedding.