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As I’ve said before, I’m a complete sucker for sentiment. Every day I wear my engagement ring, my mum’s silver ring that she bought when she was a girl, the ring David bought me for my 21st, and the earrings he bought me from Italy. Until it recently broke, I also used to wear my great grandmother’s ring that she brought back from Russia for my grandma (who said it was hideous, which is why I have it!). None of them ‘go’, they are all different metals, stones, styles… but I have to wear all of them on my wedding day! The way I see it is I am wearing a piece of jewellery from each corner of my family, and the sentiment means so much more than having everything ‘matchy-matchy’.

(l-r) Renee's russian ring, mum's ring and my engagement ring

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After my quandry about whether or not to have an engagement shoot, still somewhat undecided, we took the plunge and booked a session with the fabulous Matt Ethan (featured here on English-Wedding not so long ago). Matt’s photographs are everything I hope mine will be one day: effortless, beautiful, simple and reportage with a slight film-style twist.

Matt's recent shoot featured on English-Wedding

However, our finding Matt comes from quite a bittersweet story. I started researching further north to Newcastle to find a photographer who fit what we were looking for. I stumbled across a photographer (who will remain nameless), whose photographs I really liked. I emailed them with the idea for a comic book style photo shoot with blackboard complete with captions, as David and I used to draw comic figures for each other and leave them as backgrounds on each others laptops when the other wasn’t watching; and I also made David ‘The book of Sal ‘n’ Dav’, and wanted the shoot to echo story told in it.

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Just a short post and yet again it’s on the subject of vases! I bought a pack of 12 vases which you can buy from Ikea, eBay, Wilkinsons etc, you’ll recognise the shape no doubt, and I mainly bought them for back up in case we needed a few extra for the wedding (little did I know I’d end up with as many as I did!) I refound them a week or so ago, and felt it a waste not to use them, and had been to a haberdashery shop that day buying a ton of lace in cream, coffee, pink and blue.

I thought I’d give customising them a go, not too bothered whether I liked the results (12 vases cost around £7), but I love them! I think they look so elegant, and fit more with the whole vintage look of a few of the other details I have planned.

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If you were here yesterday you’ll remember Ruth and Dan’s wedding day in the schoolhouse at Smallwood Manor – and you may also remember I hinted at the gloriously colourful details and then didn’t show you any.

Ah… meanie! But here they are. Wedding photographer Katy Lunsford sent me so many beautiful photos I had to write two blog posts for Ruth and Dan’s wedding – so you get a whole dedicated ‘get the look’ feature today, all inspired by (and with photos from) Ruth and Dan’s day.
vibrant wedding flowers and details (11)If you love colour and vibrant wedding photos, if you have a creative side and want some ideas for a bright and exciting wedding theme, then you’re going to adore this feature!

vibrant wedding flowers and details (5)The bouquets were made by Ruth’s sister Laura – using gorgeous freesias, tulips and ranunculus in vibrant red, hot pink, orange and sunny yellow colours.

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vibrant wedding flowers and details (1)Keep table decorations simple, colourful and eye-catching. These ribbon flower decorations are beautifully made and guaranteed to be a talking point for wedding guests. Used with table runners and with pink napkins, they’re perfect for splashing a bright colour theme across tables in an elegant way.

293 Days to Go

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That’s the first time I’ve had to look up how many days it is to go! Usually I have the number etched on my brain.

Work has been manic this week so a lot of wedding things have been put on hold. Well, with 293 days to go, there’s not a lot that needs doing at the moment. Having two and a half years to plan our wedding does mean that we’re really spreading out the costs and nothing is being left to the last minute, but I do think it would be nice to have just a year to plan so there’s a constant stream of fun things to do and arriving in the post.

What I have done is fixed a date for the bridesmaids to try on their dresses and to be measured. I personally can’t choose between two dresses so I’m going to ask the bridesmaids to try their favourites. I like Alfred Angelo 7016 and 7076, but I can’t choose. They’re actually quite similar dresses in style and price so I’m happy whatever my bridesmaids decide.

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When I need a bit of colour therapy mixed in with my wedding obsession, I know where to go: wedding photographer Katy Lunsford dishes out spectacularly colourful photographs in her very own inimitable style.

This is Ruth and Dan’s wedding, held in April at Staffordshire’s Smallwood Manor. The school is a gorgeous victorian building with its own chapel and set in fifty acres of parkland nestled in the Staffordshire countryside.

Ruth and Dan's real wedding vibrant colours (28)I absolutely adore how Ruth and Dan planned their wedding day – with lots of help from family and friends they created a stunning theme of beautiful colours to brighten up the spring day. The bridesmaids wore different coloured pashminas – an idea I love to bits! – and tables were fun and funky.

I’m sharing Ruth and Dan’s wedding story in two parts because there are so many stunning photos to enjoy. Today sit back and enjoy the wedding story in pictures. Tomorrow, get the look with close ups of all the gorgeous table decorations and details to inspire your own vibrant wedding day.

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I’m back with another wedding story for all you lovers of documentary wedding photography out there – brought to you by English Wedding sponsor Martin Beddall. This wedding day at Clandon Park in Surrey is simply lovely: a beautiful bride and her handsome groom marrying in an early eighteenth century manor house in the Surrey countryside.

Who says a wedding day told in pictures isn’t as rich a story, as inspiring as all those gorgeous details we’re used to seeing on wedding blogs? Katy and Paul’s wedding day is full of its own little tales: Granny Mollie’s Fish Pie is an intriguing name from their wedding table plan. The venue they chose for their wedding has a fascinating history. There are smiles and laughter here, surprises and quiet moments, as the tale of their wedding day unfolds through your eyes and the lens of documentary wedding photographer Martin Beddall. Take a minute, scroll down a little and enjoy the journey:

Katy and Paul’s Clandon House Wedding Story

real wedding at Clandon Park Surrey (1)Before the wedding begins… on the way to the church for the ceremony

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Wedding photographer Pete Barnes describes this (gooooorgeous!) couple in his blog post as a fantastic, really great couple who are very obviously in love. Helen and Chris were married at Sandburn Hall near York, and these are some of my favourite photos from their wedding day.

Chris originally hails from New Zealand, so in case you were wondering he’s the Kiwi I mentioned in the title, and Helen – clearly – is the knock-out bombshell (both descriptions courtesy of Pete Barnes, lovely guy and great wedding photographer)!

Helen and Chris’s sparkling white wedding day

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English Wedding at Sandburn Hall near York (22)English Wedding at Sandburn Hall near York (10)Simple, sparkling diamond wedding jewellery – understated and beautiful.Helen’s wedding dress has a lot of detail so delicate jewellery is the perfect way to accessorise. (More advice about finding the perfect jewellery to match your dress)
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What a great couple – this says it all, doesn’t it? As happy a wedding photo as I’ve ever seen! This is a really lovely moment and makes me smile right back!

Blackboard Signs

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Just a short post about something I forgot to blog about earlier: my blackboard signs. These are so easy and cheap to make, but are such a nice touch and keepsake, or even to give away as a thank-you gift after the day.

Blackboard painting! (Probably not the best idea on the dining room table..)

The idea originated from my Dad (who owns a printing business), when he said “Oh I’ll do a sign for the bottom of the drive to show guests where the house is” as, basically, we live in the middle of nowhere. I thought it would be a nice touch to have a big gilt framed blackboard saying something along the lines of “Dav & Sal’s Wedding” or “Wedding This Way!”, and handily I had a spare gilt mirror lying around the house since we moved.

Like most of the wedding paraphernalia (vases I’m thinking of you), I got a little carried away. I ended up making smaller blackboards for the cake table (to say ‘Let them eat cake’), the guestbook, parking, the toilets, etc. They’re so cute though, and we’ll be using them for our couples shoot idea which I’ll be blogging about soon.

300 Days to Go!

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300 seems like such a big number!

Exciting things have arrived in the post!! I got a bit click happy last weekend and bought a few things I’d earmarked for the table decoration.

I took this photo! Yay! I fancy myself a bit of a photographer! lol

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I was very good and stayed inside my budget, I actually bought less that I’d planned! When the bag of diamantés arrived, it made The Wedding seem that little bit closer!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I’m thinking of mixing the two colours together as they’re our wedding colours. The purple ones are a lot more purple than they are in the picture.

Perhaps it was reading the blog post about the best weddings (according to kids) that inspired me to buy loads of sparkles!

 

 

 

 

Kew Gardens weddingPhotography copyright Martin Beddall
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Claire and Nick chose the gorgeous setting of Kew Gardens for their wedding and were blessed with glorious sunshine for their elegant celebration.

Claire chose a simple theme with pure white hydrangeas to complement her flowing wedding gown, which is a stunning white dress with a jewelled, plunging neckline and exquisite back detail: the loose back of the dress makes for a ‘Greek goddess’ designer style with the backdrop of Kew completing the naturally elegant feeling for the day.

Documentary wedding photographer Martin Beddall submitted these beautiful images for the English Wedding blog. I love them: Martin’s informal reportage wedding photography style means there’s a relaxed feeling to the pictures.

With reportage wedding photography the focus is always on you and the story of your wedding day, as told in fleeting glimpses of emotions, key moments and the enjoyment of the occasion. Martin Beddall is, for me, one of the best.

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Short and sweet – this is a blog post purely to make you smile.

Meet bride and groom Rach and Dan…

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Bridal photography Matt Ethan UK wedding photographer (1)A family friend took Rach and Dan’s wedding pictures and they decided after the wedding they’d like some professional photographs as well. They chose wedding photographer Matt Ethan to take these lovely quirky bridal photos.

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You can just tell how happy these two are – and what lovely photos to treasure in years to come. All the more poignant because…

Bridal photography Matt Ethan UK wedding photographer (8)Just one week after the shoot Dan got back in touch to tell Matt that Rach was expecting their first baby! So not only do they have a lovely set of photos, but their baby is hiding away in the pics as well…. and that’s a really beautiful little thing to have and to know.

Bridal photography Matt Ethan UK wedding photographer (2)Congratulations Dan and Rach, and thank you to wedding photographer Matt Ethan for sharing the images with us today.

Hope we made you smile…