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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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Quantock Lakes wedding styling ideas real wedding photographer Martin Dabek on the English Wedding Blog (28)
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Happy Wednesday everyone! I hope you’re having a lovely week. Just a quick reminder before I share today’s lovely wedding, that there are spaces left on my modern calligraphy class on Saturday afternoon – do come along if you’re free! It’s a bargain class at only £35, right in the middle of Manchester’s buzzing Northern Quarter. Buy tickets here – I’d love to see you there! In the meantime, I have such gorgeous pics and wedding ideas to share with you today. Gorgeous bride Jessica & Jack were blessed with the most incredible sunset on their wedding day – I have been so excited to share their day with you! They married at Quantock Lakes and styled their day with classic, elegant touches, rose gold and plenty of sparkle!

Quantock Lakes wedding styling ideas real wedding photographer Martin Dabek on the English Wedding Blog (23)

A pretty summer garden wedding in England with Siobhan H Photography Weybridge (9)
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Happy Monday everyone! How was your weekend?

After something of a lazy weekend spent relaxing with family, I’m hitting the ground running with a stunning, knock your socks off kinda wedding today. The florals take centre stage – as they tend to, if you’re lucky enough to be able to celebrate your wedding in your own garden. Nick and Amanda did just that – they put all the flowers together for the tables, made their own invitations and wedding favours and even a balloon arch! Images are by our lovely friend and English Wedding Directory member Siobhan H Photography.

A pretty summer garden wedding in England with Siobhan H Photography Weybridge (2)

I love the relaxed feel of this wedding – the wooden tables and pretty styling go a long way – the trees dotted around the wedding breakfast tables look fabulous!

Amanda is beautiful in a simple lace dress with navy belt and shoes – an outfit perfect for dancing the night away! And Nick’s look fits perfectly with the relaxed vibe of their wedding day: his navy suit compliments Amanda’s style for the ceremony, and for the rest of the day he rocks a neutral waistcoat – these two lovely people just look so good together!

Elegant English wedding in Essex, at Lambourne and The Reid Rooms, images by Rebecca Louise Photography (12)
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Happy Friday lovelies! It’s been a fabulous week here at English Wedding HQ and we’ve plenty of loveliness in store for the rest of the summer too. Have you signed up for our mailing list yet? You’ll be the first to read our new digital magazine if you do – it comes out in September and we’re so excited to share it with you.

Today’s real wedding is a beautiful combo of contemporary chic styling and traditional touches. Beautiful bride Lilyanna and gorgeous groom Chris were married in April at The Reid Rooms in Margaret Roding, Essex. Originally built nearly 200 years ago as stables for the working horses on Marks Hall Farm, the Reid Rooms is in such a lovely rural setting and has real charm about it – there’s even a moat, open fields and a pretty courtyard full of colourful flowers.

Elegant English wedding in Essex, at Lambourne and The Reid Rooms, images by Rebecca Louise Photography (5)

“We didn’t really have a theme, I wanted to keep it quite traditional with a spring feeling. We had a lot of lilac and lace. I wanted it to look pretty but not too much, I definitely feel like we achieved this as I would not change anything if I had the chance.

Dreamy boho wedding at Houchins Farm with images by Kathryn Hopkins Photography (2)
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Hey lovelies! I hope you’re all having a wonderful day, wherever you are. Do you still have sunshine? I think it’s deserted us here, which makes me even more happy to have a ton of beautiful weddings to share with you this month – and today’s is a dream.

Dreamy boho wedding at Houchins Farm with images by Kathryn Hopkins Photography (30)

Jen and Adam were married at Houchins Farm, Coggeshall, Essex. They’d originally planned to get married abroad but after spending the last two years traveling together they decided to come back to their roots to celebrate their marriage where they grew up, surrounded by close friends and family. Their wedding photographer was none other than our lovely friend Kathryn Hopkins (whose beautiful pics you’ll have seen gracing the front cover of the English Wedding Bible).

Jen was looking for a non traditional bohemian vibe, and found her dress whilst in Australia. On the day Kathryn mentioned that she looked like a woodland fairy, to which she responded delightedly ‘exactly the look I was going for’! Jen’s dress was Hollie, by Grace Loves Lace, Australia – https://graceloveslace.com.au

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!!

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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!!!

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A guest article by Steven at Entertainment Nation

If you’re planning on filling your wedding day with vintage details or you’ve got a passion for music from days gone by, then you’ll love this selection of amazing bands for vintage weddings.

While we’ve combined them all under the vintage umbrella, the vintage wedding band scene is actually thriving with diversity. There are bands out there specialising in every nostalgic niche you can imagine: 1920s speakeasy swing, postmodern pop, Rat Pack crooning, 50s and 60s rock n roll and rockabilly, Latin jazz and more.

Whichever decade inspires your devotion, vintage-themed wedding bands are dedicated to evoking the sights and sounds of their specialist era. Dressed in authentic attire, performing on beautiful period instruments and giving spot-on renditions of retro tunes, vintage-styled wedding bands are the perfect way to bring your vintage wedding theme together.

This all sounds great, but what about if your guests don’t know any 1920s music? There’s no need to fear. Many vintage bands for weddings incorporate modern pop, rock and soul songs into their repertoire, giving them a vintage twist to make songs you’ve heard a thousand times before sound fresh and original again.

Creative styling by The Artisan Wedding House for a beautiful North East wedding, images by Andy Hudson Photography (8)
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If any of you lovelies have the Monday blues, we’re about to help whisk them away with some gorgeous real wedding inspo. Sherelle and Matt are the loveliest couple, glowing with happiness on their wedding day, which has everything from gorgeous styling touches to a fabulous setting and stunning portraits. I first saw their pics when our lovely friend Miriam from English Wedding Directory members The Artisan Wedding House got in touch – and I fell in love with every bit of this wedding! I just know you will too.

Creative styling by The Artisan Wedding House for a beautiful North East wedding, images by Andy Hudson Photography (35)

“Our venue recommended Miriam from Artisan to help decorate and we are forever grateful. Miriam was more than helpful throughout my wedding planning and even reassured me that everything would be just how I wanted it on the day. I believe Stanton is a blank canvas that can be as unique as the couple getting married there. I would highly recommend Artisan and the Aladdin’s cave of deco Miriam has to offer!

Gorgeous handmade details by the bride for a romantic Hampshire wedding, images by Romy Lawrence Photography (29)
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Happy Friday folks! Ah… how on earth is it the end of the week already?! We’ve had the most amazing week of wedding inspiration on the blog, and I have so much planned to share with you over the weekend and next week too! But first – I like to share something really beautiful every Friday: as work is winding down we can all afford a little longer for lunch, right? So today we’re sharing Alexandra and Hugo’s marquee wedding with tons of handmade touches (beautiful bride Alexandra bought and arranged ALL the flowers, as well as making the stationery!) and gorgeous styling.

Gorgeous handmade details by the bride for a romantic Hampshire wedding, images by Romy Lawrence Photography (14)

“I arranged the bouquets, head garlands, button holes and marquee flowers along with friends and family helping with the church and flower arch. My bouquet was peonies – my absolute favourite with some eucalyptus. The bridesmaids had bouquets made up of lizzianthus and gypsophillia and the marquee flowers were roses and gypsophillia with the flower arch being a mix of all flowers used. When hiring a marquee you then have to do all decoration yourself so the days before the wedding no waking minute was wasted turning it into our dream venue! Plenty of flowers and bunting was used to achieve this. We had a traditional marquee with poles which we wrapped ivy around.

Beautiful English summer wedding with Richard Skins Photography (22)
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Good morning lovelies! Before we get stuck into today’s beautiful wedding feature I wanted to quickly remind you about our prize draw – you can win a Tile worth £60 if you sign up to our NEW email list before the end of the month. Find out exactly what Tile is all about on page 87 of the English Wedding Bible – if you have the slightest worry about losing your wedding rings, it’s going to be worth its weight in gold!

Beautiful English summer wedding with Richard Skins Photography (27)

Let’s relax into Wednesday lunchtime with a beautiful English wedding, shall we? Hattie and Max tied the knot at Helmingham Hall in Suffolk on a beautiful July day. Helmingham itself is a breathtaking venue – and one we’ve never featured on the blog before today! It’s a magnificent Tudor hall with an actual moat, in the grounds of a 400 acre deer park – what more could you possibly want?

Documentary wedding photographers in Dorset, Linus Moran Photography, Kings Arms Boutique Hotel (5)
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There’s something about today’s beautiful wedding which captures the essence of the English countryside so perfectly… it’s in beautiful Dorset, with a quaint church (St Marks, in Talbot Village) and a lovely reception with the prettiest details – paper fans on the wall in shades of gold, and adorable little commemorative pins for all the guests!

Documentary wedding photographers in Dorset, Linus Moran Photography, Kings Arms Boutique Hotel (50)

Camila is absolutely stunning; Victor looks gorgeous. The love these two share is captured perfectly in the images by our friends at Linus Moran Photography, who are based in Dorset, close enough to the Kings Arms Christchurch to be regular photographers there – and who come highly recommended for their beautiful documentary wedding photography as well as their professionalism and friendliness. If you’re getting married in Dorset, Somerset or Hampshire you can find out more here:

 

Contact & bookings: Linus Moran Photography, Dorset

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Documentary wedding photographers in Dorset, Linus Moran Photography, Kings Arms Boutique Hotel (27)

Vibrant boho chic London wedding at The Ivy Chelsea Garden, images by Jonny Barratt Photography (18)
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Beautiful bride Polly and gorgeous groom Jon married at The Ivy Chelsea Garden – a vibrant space for a couple who are just bursting with personality. Their day is a breath of pure joy – the relaxed and intimate celebrations are all the more stunning for the spontaneous laughter that breaks out in occasional images, and I just love seeing the expressions of the entire bridal party – it’s a day which is filled with happiness, and beautifully captured by lovely Jonny Barratt Photography. Oh, and it’s totally convinced me about veils. Veils are ahmaaaaaazing…

Vibrant boho chic London wedding at The Ivy Chelsea Garden, images by Jonny Barratt Photography (16)

Wedding photographer’s website

www.jonnybarratt.com

Stylish, relaxed photos is what we wanted and Jonny delivered 200%. Despite the dining room being intimate he managed to almost go unnoticed (in the nicest way possible) and still deliver an amazing result.

We both felt quite anxious about having a camera on us all day but Jonny was discreet and the nicest person we could have asked for. Everyone commented on how great he was.