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How is your Easter weekend going? It’s been so lovely taking a few days to relax and enjoy our beach. Don’t forget, I’m inviting all wedding suppliers to apply to join the English Wedding Directory for just £30 this weekend – I’d love to hear from you! Now, if I had to use just one word to describe this wedding, it would be happiness. Everything just radiates joy to me… the fabulous smiles of our beautiful bride and groom Nicola and Joe, the cheery, bright barn venue and the special little touches. It’s all just perfect, and so wonderfully summery too!

Summer flowers, sequins and a relaxed party atmosphere for Joe & Nicola's Hautbois Hall wedding. Photo credit Rob Dodsworth (33)

“The venue was so stunning we wanted to enhance it rather than transform it. We filled the garden with paper flowers we’d made in our colour scheme, and hung bunting and fairy lights in the barn.

I handmade all the bunting – I think I got to about 100 metres worth by the end! Me and my girlfriends also made about 400 paper tulips to scatter round the venue, we hated the sight of them by the end but wine and snacks got us through and they looked amazing on the day.

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As the bluebells are almost out on the hillsides here in the Lakes, I thought it would be the perfect time to share this gorgeous day with you. Tristan and Kayleigh had a beautiful woodland wedding in springtime, surrounded by bluebells and incorporating them into their theme. The bride and groom are just naturally beautiful – theirs could be my perfect wedding, I think. I just love the flowers, wooden decor and raffia which bring their natural spring wedding look together.

Natural, rustic wedding in bluebell woods at Fern and Field with Perceptive Photography (34)

“The whole event was homemade with help from family. Stand out out pices were the bar, cake stand and the arch the ceremony was under. We also created a coloring book from some old photos for the children along with some sweets and disposable cameras.”

Natural, rustic wedding in bluebell woods at Fern and Field with Perceptive Photography (7)

Wedding photographer’s website:

www.perceptivephotography.co.uk
Syman had photographed a friend’s wedding, the photos were great. Syman was fantastic on the day, he was climbing trees at one point to get the shot he was after.

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Alex and Duncan’s summer wedding is super sweet and pretty with daisy bouquets (I’m so in love with daisies this year!) and simple, elegant styling touches. The gorgeous couple married at Winters Barns in Canterbury and chose my lovely friend and sponsor Penny Young to photograph their day.

A prettily decorated elegant barn wedding in Kent with Penny Young Photography (25)

“My florist was Chantelle Gadd who works at Contemporary Flowers, Kent. I wanted something extremely simple yet beautiful so went for gypsophila and white roses. Chantelle collected the hundreds of glass jars I had saved and wrapped in twine, and then brought them filled to the venue and arranged them for me. She was amazing!

A prettily decorated elegant barn wedding in Kent with Penny Young Photography (31)

Wedding photographer’s website:

https://www.pennyyoungphotography.com

We spent a long time looking online for a photographer – it’s so difficult because there are just so many photographers out there! We wanted to find a style of photography that really suited us us a couple and knew that posed, formal photographs were definitely not our thing. All of Penny and Jim’s photographs online were beautiful in their own right and had appeared to capture moments without being noticed which we liked.

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You know when you look at a rainbow, and it’s so amazing it gets in your eyes and stays there all day? No? You’re about to, with today’s wonderfully colourful English wedding. The hot air balloon is only one of so many visual delights (and hey, if you’re training to be a balloon pilot!!!… it’s got to be done!) The styling and decor make this wedding so fabulously fun, unique and memorable – it has to be one of my favourite weddings on the blog this year. Gorgeous Kristy and Ollie shared lots of info about their day, so do read their fantastic interview after the images!

Hot air balloons, vibrant florals and handmade details at Huntstile - Photo credit Love In Focus (8)

Hot air balloons, vibrant florals and handmade details at Huntstile - Photo credit Love In Focus (27)

“We made our own invitations, created some of the venue styling pieces such as bunting, paper cranes, we put together some glass vials with wildflower seeds for wedding favours too. I was lucky to have some help from friends and family with all these.

Hot air balloons, vibrant florals and handmade details at Huntstile - Photo credit Love In Focus (9)

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What an amazing wedding this is – I’m so excited to share this wonderful day with you! The dried flowers are fabulous as far as details go, and I love Gemma & Christian to bits – their gorgeous smiles make this an unmissable day, it’s perfect for the blog!

Everything about Gemma & Christians wedding was super – from the traditional church wedding, to the dried floral headpieces, to the rustic DIY Barn with hay bales as walls, to the afternoon tea wedding breakfast!

Relaxed, fun barn wedding in Derbyshire - images by Sally Eaves Photography (1)

Relaxed, fun barn wedding in Derbyshire - images by Sally Eaves Photography (2)

Mine and my bridesmaids hair pieces were real dried vintage flowers, handmade, and into a headband for myself and three matching combs for my bridesmaids – the supplier was Folky Dokey. Very unique and again fitted the whole theme perfectly, carrrying the vintage style throughout. My shoes were my favourite shoe brand – Irregular Choice. They were lacy and slightly vintage to match my theme. I loved them. One of my bridesmaids bought me my blue garter and I carried a butterfly brooch on my bouquet from a close family friend who had recently passed away before the wedding, which was a lovely touch and felt very special for me to have close by.

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Lizzie and Roddy are such a cute couple, don’t you think? Their day is graceful as can be, from the bouquet to the ballet at their evening reception… I absolutely love this and know you will too. Images are by the amazing Russian photographers Frant & Fifa.

“My wedding dress was the only wedding dress that I really liked the second I saw it on the hanger. A lot of the dresses I tried before I tried on to see what it will look like and to keep an open mind as I was giving various dresses a chance. It was love at first sight with my Katya Katya Rosa Dress and I was just so excited to try it on. I was also absolutely sure that that dress is one of a kind and I have never seen a similar dress in other bridal shops or magazines.

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Today’s wedding is absolutely stunning: full of vibrant flowers and filled with colour in every corner. Gorgeous bride and groom Amy & Tim love travelling, which is something they incorporated into their colourful wedding theme. The guest globe is genius; the table plan wonderful, the cake prettily perfect – and there’s so much more to this fantastic wedding, I know you’ll love it!

Fabulous florals, bright coloured everything for an amazing wedding at Pennard House. Image credit Mark Leonard Photography (38)

Images are by lovely Mark Leonard Photography, who is based in Bristol and shoots weddings across the UK and worldwide. (Truly – if you’re looking for a wedding photographer right now, look far and wide – expanding your search gives you access to some amazing talent!)

Fabulous florals, bright coloured everything for an amazing wedding at Pennard House. Image credit Mark Leonard Photography (27)

“Our wedding was very ‘us’ – everything we love and everyone we love all together on the perfect summer’s day. There was a summery, boho, chilled out vibe with the added burst of colour and vibrancy we love from our travels and that make summer so happy and full of life. A perfect day for us is fun, relaxed, full of music, laughter, food, cocktails and dancing under the sun and the stars – and that’s exactly what we did.”

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Steph and Sean’s wedding is family focused, all about the party – it breaks any stuffy old rules about weddings… and it’s fabulous. The pretty summer flowers are gorgeous, the bride and groom look fantastic – this is real rock ‘n’ roll attitude with a modern twist and I LOVE it!

documentary wedding photographers York Place Studios on the English Wedding Blog (2)

Images are by my faves – documentary wedding photographers York Place Studios – who captured the spirit and atmosphere of the day from the pretty and informal ceremony under canvas to the crazymazing dancefloor moves at the end of the night!

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“The day forged a wonderful balance of fierce rock n’ roll attitude alongside a cool vintage playfulness that brought out some amazing and lively personalities to say the least! It was an absolute pleasure to capture them and their gorgeous (and hilarious) little family and my word what a fun day we had immersing ourselves in all of the action!” ~ York Place Studios

documentary wedding photographers York Place Studios on the English Wedding Blog (3)

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I LOVE all the colour in Anna and John’s Hampshire wedding – it’s wonderful. Orchids and paper cranes in vibrant colours make this a real treat for my eyes – and this gorgeous couple put so much into decorating their venue, my screen looks like summer! Don’t miss their table plan – it truly is a work of art 🙂

Tropical wedding inspiration at Skylark Country Club with VeVi Photography (25)

John and I both have eclectic taste, we were both really influenced by travel especially to tropical lands. The bright and colourful flowers and decorations of these tropical destinations helped us to choose our colour scheme. I also have a love of orchids, they are so beautiful and elegant, origami cranes just felt right.

Tropical wedding inspiration at Skylark Country Club with VeVi Photography (16)

Our flowers were everything and more than we could have imagined! Lovely Lynne (http://www.fioribylynne.co.uk/) was amazing, her wealth of knowledge and ideas led to the creation of one of my favourite aspects of our day. The bright, colourful exotic flowers encompassed the theme of the wedding.

Tropical wedding inspiration at Skylark Country Club with VeVi Photography (20)

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Josie and Simon’s wedding is just fabulous: the colour they created in every aspect of their day is just wonderful for a January wedding. Peacock feathers look stunning in a British flower bouquet; herbs as favours and place settings are perfect, and I adore Josie’s gorgeously vibrant wedding dress – you’ll love this!

A fabulously colourful wedding dress and gorgeous details for an intimate Oxford wedding. Images by Carol Elizabeth Photography (27)

Wedding photographer’s website:

www.carol-elizabeth-photography.co.uk

Chance and Google led us to Carol. We knew that we would be getting married in an iconic venue, that needed someone who knew it to photograph it well. We searched for online portfolios of the Bodleian and found Carol’s. We liked the style of photography and we liked the range of couples in her photos – not all couples are 20-something instagram supermodels! Then we met her and she put us at ease, and we felt comfortable with her taking care of our special day.

A fabulously colourful wedding dress and gorgeous details for an intimate Oxford wedding. Images by Carol Elizabeth Photography (18)

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I LOVE this wedding!! It’s wintry but not too Christmassy (which means I can happily publish it in spring!) and the bride and groom are gorgeous. I especially love Tom’s tweed suit and cap – and Katherine’s hair is sooooo beautiful. The little mice holding flowers are the icing on the cake… just wonderful.

Winter wedding ideas for a simple and elegant day. Images by Holly Collings Photography (9)

Our wedding flowers by Hollyhocks Florist were beautful dark purple Calla Lilies, amnesia roses and gyp – looked amazing! It was Christmas so we had beautiful decorations for free! A floor to ceiling high Christmas tree, and miniature ones in the windows. We went for hessian bows on all the chairs. Our invitations, order of service and confetti were all homemade. They took a long time, but they were cheap and added some extra love to the day!

Winter wedding ideas for a simple and elegant day. Images by Holly Collings Photography (18)
Winter wedding ideas for a simple and elegant day. Images by Holly Collings Photography (17)

Images are by Devon wedding photographer Holly Collings, who you can discover more from here:

http://hollycollingsphotography.com
Instagram.com/hollycollingsphotography
Facebook.com/HollyCollingsPhotography
Pinterest.com/nebsvending
Twitter.com/Holly_Collings

We looked online for a while, specifically at local photographers who had impressive portfolios. As soon as I came across Holly’s, I knew I wanted to meet her and discuss her style of photography.

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Hey lovelies! I’d like to share two things which make me happy with you today! The first is simple: sunflowers. Gorgeous, yellow petals full of summer colour – and they’re fabulous in buttonholes and bouquets, don’t you think? (DIY brides – you can plant sunflower seeds from March onwards!) Oh, and the second thing which makes me happy? A story of an affordable and still beautiful wedding. Joe and Gemma hired a village hall, made their own ‘wedding punch’ and used it as lovely centrepieces, hung bunting from the beams and celebrated in style without breaking the bank. Gemma’s dress is breathtaking… Their wedding was submitted by lovely Paul from Stylish Wedding Photography who told me a little about the day.

Gorgeous styling and a beautiful wedding dress for a Rotherwick Village Hall wedding. Images by Stylish Wedding Photography (17)

“Joe & Gemma are friends of ours and had the most beautiful fun wedding last September. They very much did it on the cheap – but spent money on the things that were important to them. It rained all day long, but it was beautiful and shows what can be done on a budget.”