Farm wedding in Dorset full of DIY styling ideas, images by Dorset wedding photographer Robin Goodlad Photography (11)
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How is your week going? Do you have sunshine? It’s been beautiful here… I think spring is my favourite season of all when it’s like this! I could almost be on my laptop in the garden right now!

We’ve had a week of beautiful weddings and features, and today’s is a real favourite: the relaxed and elegant styling is fabulous; Lucy & James are gorgeous and their day looks so much fun. It’s all beautifully captured by our friend and outstanding Dorset wedding photographer Robin Goodlad Photography.

Farm wedding in Dorset full of DIY styling ideas, images by Dorset wedding photographer Robin Goodlad Photography (31)

Lucy’s Alice Temperley gown takes my breath away. The delicate embroidery and soft, swishing fabric of that fabulous skirt make this a true dream dress!

Having a boho / rustic wedding can still involve lots of styling and creative projects, and I fell head over heels for all the foliage in Lucy & James’s marquee – they made hazel frames running along all the tables and hung hops and other foliage from it – it looks fabulous. Even the bar is covered in hops! I love it!

A lovely marquee wedding in a Sussex village captured by Martin Beddall Photography (35)
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Happy Friday my lovelies! After a pretty full week on the blog we have one of those wonderfully relaxed, countryside tipi weddings to share with you today. Beautiful bride and gorgeous groom Lucy and Ian, along with their guests, simply walked from their ceremony to the reception in the charming village of Singleton, in the Lavant valley near Chichester. Their five month old daughter Maisie is the star of the show – how adorable is this tiny human?!

A lovely marquee wedding in a Sussex village captured by Martin Beddall Photography (34)

Images are by a great friend of English Wedding, Sussex wedding photographer Martin Beddall Photography. Martin’s reportage style images have an exceptional quality and capture moments and memories in such a thoughtful way. This pic (below) is an absolute favourite for me – and huge respect for the brilliant vicar (“Rev Kev”, I believe!) who was happy for Martin to be close in for some amazing ceremony shots. (Those two curious little faces peeping around Ian’s legs!! So cute!)

A lovely marquee wedding in a Sussex village captured by Martin Beddall Photography (13)

 

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A guest article by Emily Black Photography

Engagement shoots are not only a great chance to get to know your wedding photographer and how they work, they also really help couples feel at ease in front of the camera. Most of my couples really don’t like the thought of having their photo taken and feel a bit uneasy about the prospect of couple shots during their wedding.

What’s great about having a pre-wedding shoot is that you find how just how natural it can be. You can find out what works for you when it comes to poses and we have the luxury of time so I can guide you on what looks great. Then, when it comes to your big day, you naturally fall into the poses that suit you best.

Engagement shoot advice and pics by Emily Black Photography (11)

What to wear for your engagement shoot

When you’re choosing your outfits, keep your location in mind. So, if you’re having your engagement shoot in a woodland then you would want to avoid wearing green!

Engagement shoot advice and pics by Emily Black Photography (14)

A blissfully happy wedding full of moments and stories at Alrewas Hayes with York Place Studios (15)
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How was your weekend? Ours has been lovely with a day’s tidying up (doesn’t it feel amazing when a forgotten corner of your house gets all neat and shiny?!!) and a day of tootling about in the Lake District. So I’m feeling refreshed and excited for the week ahead, and all the more so because we have some fabulous weddings to share with you from around the UK. We’ll start in Staffordshire with Lucy and Tom’s brilliant wedding story, which I love to bits!

A blissfully happy wedding full of moments and stories at Alrewas Hayes with York Place Studios (16)

This gorgeous pair married at Alrewas Hayes, a modern countryside venue near Lichfield. Their insanely amazing photos are by documentary wedding photographers York Place Studios, who are based in Yorkshire, travel throughout the UK and are partial to a destination wedding too!

brilliant wedding advice by Essex photographer Amanda Karen Photography (1)
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A rather fabulous guest article by Amanda Karen Photography

Hello – I’m so happy to be with you today! Thank you, Claire for inviting me along to talk about a really important element of wedding planning – choosing suppliers. However, what follows probably isn’t what you might expect. This isn’t going to be a checklist full of reminders to ask for references and to check social media feeds. Oh no, I’m about to explain why choosing suppliers is really a whole lot more personal than that.

Let’s be honest, there are lots of wedding suppliers out there so how do you choose? If we’re truthful with ourselves, we choose to work with people we like. In actual fact, it goes beyond that – we choose people who are like us.

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Have you found yourself saying ‘we absolutely clicked’ or ‘we’ve got so much in common’ about any of the wedding pros that you’ve booked? Of course you have and it’s because, if you’ve done it right, you’ll have chosen suppliers who are like you.

A magical winter wedding at Tortworth Court, images by Martin Dabek Photography (32)
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Today’s wedding is blissfully beautiful, classic in style and with a sophisticated wintry look. The styling is elegant and light, using silver and grey – the bridesmaids’ dark dresses are fabulous. And I’ve totally fallen for Izzy and Tom – they look so wonderfully happy together, not to mention absolutely gorgeous! Izzy’s dress is a showstopper: her smile is infectious. You’ll love these two! The stunning venue is De Vere Tortworth Court, which is captured so beautifully in Bristol wedding photographer Martin Dabek‘s inimitable signature style.

A magical winter wedding at Tortworth Court, images by Martin Dabek Photography (19)

Burley Manor for a stunning wedding full of foliage and botanical theme with Robin Goodlad Photography Dorset (42)
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Happy Sunday my lovely! It’s a blustery one so I hope you’re staying safe and warm tucked up inside! While you’re all snuggled up and cosy, I have a stunner of a wedding to share with you today, courtesy of our fabulous friend and sponsor Dorset wedding photographer Robin Goodlad Photography. Beautiful bride Natalie and gorgeous hubby James were married in The Barn at Burley Manor last March – their rustic wedding day has everything (sooo much to Pin!) with lush flowers and foliage and joyful country charm throughout. The atmosphere is electric; these two are SO much in love! And the images are the kind of stop-in-your-tracks beauties you’ll be swooning over all day!

Burley Manor for a stunning wedding full of foliage and botanical theme with Robin Goodlad Photography Dorset (35)

The Barn at Burley Manor in Hampshire is a great venue with a rustic charm. It’s beautiful in its own right so you can add as much or as little decoration as you want. We kept it to the foliage runners, some fairy lights on the beams, hessian bunting made by my mum and some candles in jam jars! We had some white chair covers and used some floral accents, again made by my mum, to keep the chairs in keeping with our style. We used wine as our table themes using bottles as centrepieces and grape varieties as table names. We continued the theme with bottles on fireplaces and in amongst the foliage decorations.

Linus Moran Photography at North Cadbury Court, traditional English wedding inspiration (46)
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Gorgeous couple Chris & Beena tied the knot at North Cadbury Court in Somerset, on a beautifully sunny August day. Their day is fabulous with classic countryside styling and the prettiest flowers: greens and neutrals were the brief provided to Julia Moore who is based in North Cadbury and she did an amazing job.

Beena and Chris made lots and lots of crafty, personal touches for their day: homemade hessian bows for the church… (hessian gets EVERYWHERE so be careful when cutting lots of this up!), homemade bracelets and gents’ leatherette bands as favours; beads direct is a great online site to use!
They also made all the gents ties as they couldn’t get a colour match. “I was lucky enough to find a really easy pattern online and youtube always helps!” The images of their day really capture the lively and beautiful atmosphere – they’re by our lovely friend and Somerset wedding photographer Linus Moran Photography, who gets a brilliant review from the happy couple!

 

Linus Moran Photography at North Cadbury Court, traditional English wedding inspiration (2)

Wedding photographer’s website:

www.linusmoranphotography.co.uk

favourite Sussex wedding venues from Goodwood to the Party Field, with Martin Beddall Photography (7)
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Sussex is a beautiful part of our country – if you’re getting married here you’re SO lucky! Not only do you have the sunniest coastline in the UK to enjoy, you have THE most amazing choice of wedding venues. You’ll find every imaginable wedding venue in Sussex, from the grandeur and magnificence of Goodwood to the relaxed and whimsical Party Field. Together with our friend and English Wedding member, Sussex wedding photographer Martin Beddall Photography, we’ve put together a list of 12 of the best Sussex wedding venues – with something for every couple, no matter what your budget or wedding style might be!


1. Cissbury Barns

favourite Sussex wedding venues from Goodwood to the Party Field, with Martin Beddall Photography (11)

All images are by Sussex wedding photographer Martin Beddall Photography

Unique and stylish, spacious barn wedding venue with two barns to choose from! The Cissbury Estate is in the South Downs national park, with beautiful grounds making this a tranquil haven to enjoy. The barns themselves are 200 years old, brick and flint and were used for sheep farming back in the day. They’re now beautifully transformed inside, with huge doors opening onto a lawned garden and patio area. The light floods in when these are open – so they’re wonderful if the weather is on your side! Surrounded by woodland, the barns are secluded and this makes them a really special place for your Sussex wedding.

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Happy Monday my lovelies! Is the sun shining for you today? I do hope so – we had the most beautiful sunrise up here in the Lake District and I’m feeling happy and excited for a lovely week ahead! In real life, it’s full of me writing wedding invitation samples on handmade papers with my fave calligraphy pens – and then I’ve a modern calligraphy workshop by the coast on Friday. In wedding blog life (which is a joyful existence lived inside my computer!) this week we have lots of fabulous inspiration for you including a virtual explore of Sussex’s best wedding venues and a rundown of some of the Midlands’ finest wedding bands – if you’re in those areas, check back here through the week to find out more!

Nicola Norton Hertfordshire wedding photographer on the English Wedding Blog (17)

Today we kick off with a gorgeous English wedding. Beautiful bride Keely married her gorgeous guy Ben in May. The wisteria-framed portraits outside their venue are glorious; the styling of their day is elegant and refined. I adore the bridesmaids in palest blue with sequin patterns on their dresses. The seed wedding favours are a lovely idea and look so adorably home made! And of course Keely and Ben just look wonderful together: so happy and the absolute picture of elegance and grace.

Real life wedding at the Town Hall Hotel in London, with York Place Studios (16)
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Images by Town Hall Hotel wedding photographers York Place Studios

Real life wedding at the Town Hall Hotel in London, with York Place Studios (18)

Once in a while, in the middle of an ordinary life, love grows and gives us a fairytale – Michael’s mum

Scrolling through the fabulous images from today’s London wedding, I get a very strong feeling that this is only the beginning of gorgeous couple Michael and Dorito’s story. It’s for this sense of ongoing narrative that I love sharing documentary wedding photography – I find it keeps my feet on the ground and reminds me that weddings are just as much a part of daily life as having breakfast and chatting to friends.

Your wedding will be your best day ever. That’s guaranteed: you’re marrying the love of your life, setting out together on an adventure. But that perfection is all about the people, the laughter and the love. However you choose to ‘frame’ your day (with styling and decor, flowers and sequins) it’s important to remember that those details are only a frame or a backdrop for your celebrations. On the day, you’ll know just what I mean.

Festival vibes and a gorgeous Devon wedding at Colehayes Park, photo credit Howell Jones Photography (32)
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Happy Monday lovelies! How was your weekend? We were at a wedding in beautiful Derbyshire, so I’m still over the moon feeling happy for my amazing friend Beth and new hubby Peter – we had the absolute best weekend ever. So I was so excited to stay in the wedding mood and share another gorgeous day with you all today – we’re sharing gorgeous bride and groom Amy and Chris’s wedding all the way from sunny Devon, with our friends Devon wedding photographers Howell Jones Photography behind the camera lens!

Amy and Chris were married in August at Colehayes Park near Newton Abbott in Devon. Amy told me their wedding was “The most fun party I’ve ever been to!” and you know what, it really does look that way! They called the wedding ‘Lonkerfest’ – the festival vibe was because Colehayes Park was theirs for over a week so lots of wedding guests stayed over and hung out and partied throughout the week! Amy’s surname is Lonnen and Chris’s is Straker – “together our friends know us as The Lonkers – hence Lonkerfest! It was full of colour and silly-ness – there was no real theme – just to PARTY and have fun!”