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Lydia and Mark’s day is one of beautiful, traditional luxury. They celebrated at home and chose a romantic, feminine theme for their day. Lydia is stunning in her haute couture dress by Antonia Pugh-Thomas; the flowers are fabulous and the day is so full of gorgeous, creative touches to be inspired by.

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We loved sourcing the decorations and styling the reception. We lined the entrance to the marquee with three tiered terracotta pots which we had pained in soft grey and filled with lavender and seasonal plants, we put them together in April and anxiously watched them grow! We also made the place setting board and really enjoyed decorating the marquee together the day before – it really added to the excitement to see everything arriving and putting all our plans together. We used a large hamper, painted it white, and filled it with various sized flip-flops for partying in the evening, needless to say they were all snapped up as soon as the dancing started- we wish we’d bought twice as many!

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Weddings can be pretty and timeless, alternative and unique, homemade and rustic – and I like to think that the English Wedding Blog features a lovely mixture of every kind of wedding. Our finest feature is the way we matchmake you, our amazing reader, with your local wedding suppliers. Here you’ll find your perfect florist, venue, photographer and every other supplier you desire for your day, simply by reading our daily features! Today we’re sharing Laura & Steve’s wedding from the breathtaking Northbrook Park, and images are by one of the UK’s very, very best photographers: lovely Liam Smith Photography.

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The details of the day are breathtaking. The peonies in those fabulous bouquets look good enough to eat! The hydrangea / delphinium / English country garden table arrangements are so, so pretty – perfect for an early summer wedding. And I LOVE the naked chocolate strawberry cake… it looks lush!

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This morning lovely blog readers I have the prettiest real wedding for you – a gorgeous bride and groom and one of England’s most stunning venues – Hampton Court. You’ll adore this! Beautiful bride Joanne told me all about their day (don’t miss the full English Wedding Blog interview at the bottom of the post!)

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“Our wedding style was a mixed bag – but oh so personal – and everyone commented on the personal touches. We used spring time blooms – lots of pastels and soft pinks and blush mixed with lime green to signify the start of spring and the start of a new adventure for Archie and I.

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Given that I am from South Africa but decided to get married in the UK, we made sure that our wedding theme had lots of personal South African touches mixed in with English traditions. These included:

  • biltong snacks on our boat trip from our church to Kingston upon Thames down to Hampton Court.
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This is all TOO beautiful. If you’re here, then you’re so lucky to be reading the English Wedding Blog on what must be our most amazing month ever. (And I’ve been blogging here for… ooh a very long 82 whole months now!) Seriously – this is one of the loveliest weddings yet: full of ideas, amazingly pretty and beautifully photographed.

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Beautiful bride Kayleigh married Phil in Northumberland in late summer. Their day is gorgeous: watching the day unfold through their glorious images just melts my heart. And the details…. there’s so much to inspire you, from the exquisitely decorated cake to the fabulous flowers, hanging lanterns and tables dotted with mercury glass. The handpainted signs are cute as can be; oh and the star of it all is the littlest flower girl, who arrived just a couple of months before her Mum & Dad’s big day!

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Today’s wedding is sublime. It’s timeless, sophisticated, and fuses contemporary styling with inspired nods to history and old English grandeur. Look closely for the tap shoes, admire the fabulous stationery (by my friends at Noble Fine Art), and join me in falling head over heels for this stunning Castle Howard wedding.

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Castle Howard has the most beautiful exterior and interior. We had candelabras up the grand staircase and candelabras along the three long tables in the Long Gallery, not very often done at Castle Howard (where there are usually round tables).

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For the evening party downstairs in the Grecian Hall we wanted a big contrast, which meant we had multi colours running up the pillars and large 5 Foot J&D, LOVE and MR & MR lights which made the rooms look incredible!”

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There are too many things to love about Alex and Andrew’s wedding: the bride herself is stunning, her groom equally as gorgeous 🙂 The modern calligraphy lettering on their fabulous letterpress stationery is a winner for me instantly; the flowers are divine, and the styling of the day comes together so beautifully to create a fabulous English wedding.

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The flowers are spectacular: “Adam Prest was our florist for the day, Katie and I met Adam a few weeks before the wedding and the whole experience was magical! Adam really has the gift of creating exactly what you have in mind with little direction. I wanted a woodland feel with pops of natural colour, Adam certainly exceeded our expectations.”

 

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What a beautiful wedding Lydia and Andrew’s was… I found myself smiling back at the gorgeous bride and groom on my screen – Lydia just looks amazing in her Naomi Neoh dress. The cake is lush; the portraits of the bride and groom are wonderful and the flowers are out of this world.

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Ami, lovely photographer at Rubie Love Photography, told me, “This wedding for me had everything I love about weddings! It was at their home which is something I just love, so personal and special.

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Wadhurst has the most picturesque village church for the ceremony and such beautiful light inside. Lydia made such an incredible bride – I mean, that smile!! – just wow – and that dress: the only way to describe it was the movement was like a dressage horse 🙂 The Marquee provided by Sussex Marquees was gorgeous! The incredible flowers especially the peonies which are my favourite. Most importantly Lydia and Andrew are just adorable together – I am so, so lucky to work with couples like this! So yes everything about this wedding made it perfect.

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Today’s beautiful bride Anouska is an interior designer, and so the styling and details of this winter wonderland wedding are so carefully considered and coordinated… it’s truly magical. From the flowers to the little birds, trees and fairy lights, every little aspect is so personal and charming… winter brides will LOVE seeing today’s wedding.

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“I had white, blush pink bouquet with crystals and white thistles. Peonies are my favourite flowers and were out of season, so Sue and Lucy sourced me the most stunning fake silk peonies and added them to my bouquet – nobody knew as they were so realistic and what’s lovely is that I get to keep them forever.” www.suebartonflowers.co.uk

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Anouska and Greig’s advice for other couples is something I would emphasise to every bride- and groom-to-be: “Cut down your numbers and spend the money making the day extra special for yourselves and the people you love the most. Put your own stamp on the day – it should be a reflection of who you are and what you love.”

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I found my way into the world of weddings via my penchant for old pens, bottles of ink and love of everything papery. Who knew my love for beautiful lettering would bring me to the pages of the English Wedding Blog, and be my introduction to such a creative and exciting industry? Ten years since the launch of Calligraphy for Weddings, I stumble across my lettering on some of the hottest wedding blogs in the world – and I love working on every single commission and project I’m asked to be a part of.

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I’m currently obsessed by the fabulous Taylor & Porter – whose visual storytelling is some of the most exquisite I’ve ever seen. Creating stationery for their styled shoots in 2015 was one of my business highlights of all time; I can only dream of writing more for the attention of their loveliest of lenses in the coming months.

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Today’s couple are so gorgeous and lovely I could burst with excitement to show you their wedding! Liza and Matt had the prettiest day at Redhouse Barn in Worcestershire – a fabulously light and airy barn with scope for a personal touch which I love! And oh, my goodness did they glam the place up with some super luxe floral arrangements…

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Proof, if ever anyone needed any, that barn weddings don’t have to be rustic… today’s wedding is super sophisticated, traditional and full of glamorous detailing: there isn’t a scrap of hessian to be found!

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Images are by lovely Tom at TH Photography in Worcestershire. You can find out more about Tom here:

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This is a super classy wedding with elegant touches and traditional styling. Liza and Matt are the most gorgeous couple, and have written some fantastic tips for other brides and grooms in their interview at the end of today’s wedding feature. Oh – but take your time looking through all of their glorious images and don’t miss the flowers… Liza’s peony bouquet looks good enough to eat! Enjoy.

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If there’s still time, try and visit your wedding venue a year before your big day. Explore the gardens, enjoy the flowers… take a few selfies in the beautiful grounds to look back upon. Today’s wedding has some of the most amazing images with beautiful blooms and the backdrop of a magnificent venue… I just think there would be something magical about exploring your venue with 12 months to go, and picturing yourselves there in the gardens with the same flowers – and your wedding dress.

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If you have time, try it!

Yulia and Leigh married at gorgeous Ashridge House in Berkhamstead, a 19th century neo-gothic mansion with a history as a royal residence, a monastery and finishing school. The venue is magnificent and only hosts a limited number of weddings each year.

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Kate and Chris’s wedding is divine: a luxury summer celebration with fabulous white hydrangeas and a marquee reception at Kate’s parents’ farm. It’s beautiful: Kate told me they had lots of help from their families to plan and style the perfect day… and oh, didn’t they just!

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The white hydrangeas make a bold statement; Kate’s bouquet is gorgeous. The images are wonderful – Samantha Jane Photography gets a glowing review from the happy couple. “We thought the photos were amazing and really told the story of the day, capturing moments that myself and my husband didn’t always get to see.

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Look out for gorgeous bridesmaid photos, snazzy sunglasses and those striking hydrangeas… today’s wedding is as fun as it is beautiful, with lots of lovely little details and of course a stunning bride and groom!

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Our wedding story: Kate + Chris

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