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Welcome back to the English Wedding Blog! If you were here yesterday you’ll have seen the first of our weddings of the year – Jess and Rich’s fabulously colourful vintage wedding in London. Today we’re in Cornwall for a beautifully whimsical, DIY-filled country wedding which I know you’ll love.

“We didn’t really have a theme, everything was very ‘us’. I suppose, understated, elegant, natural, romantic. We made a lot of elements ourselves, we love that sort of thing. We made our wooden signs and painted them ourselves, including the menu and table plan which were made from wooden pallets, and the Bride and Groom signs on the backs of our chairs.

Try not to get overwhelmed by the amount that’s on offer to buy or hire for your big day. It’s not about how much decor you have or having things because you’ve seen them on Pinterest and you feel they are compulsory, it’s about your friends and family being together to celebrate your love. Will and I saved so much by spending time on making our decor, thoroughly enjoyed it along the way, and felt so proud on the day because it was all a result of our partnership.

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Hey there beautiful! I hope you’ve had the most wonderful Christmas and New Year. And if you’re here…. are you new to wedding blogs? Do you have something to celebrate?! If you’ve got engaged in the last few days I’m so, so happy for you – have a massive Congratulations from me and all of us at the English Wedding Blog! 2017 is going to be the most amazing year for you… and we’re here to help!

London wedding Trinity Buoy Wharf with images by Paul Rogers Photography (11)

If you’re exploring wedding blogs for the first time, you’ll love what you find here. We’re all about sharing beautiful ideas and real wedding stories to inspire your big day. We publish a new feature article every day, most often a real wedding full of glorious images and an interview with a real bride and groom. You’ll also find fabulous wedding inspiration on our  wedding blog, alongside supplier recommendations and designer showcases. What’s not to love?!

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Stunning winter wedding ideas with Rachel Joyce Photography (2)

Lovelies, I hope you’re ready for a truly amazing Christmas. This year has been wonderful for the English Wedding Blog – I’ve met and worked alongside some incredible people, and we’ve featured the most stunning weddings… you can still find them all by navigating the menu at the top of this page. So as we snuggle into our Christmas pyjamas, crack open a crate of mulled wine and sprinkle ourselves with glitter here at English Wedding Blog HQ, I wanted to leave you with one last wedding before the holidays begin… and it’s a stunning, gracefully festive, delicately sparkly celebration you will LOVE!! Louise looks incredible – the entire day just makes me smile, it’s so beautiful. Happy Christmas everyone!Claire

Stunning winter wedding ideas with Rachel Joyce Photography (30)

We went for an urban venue with Christmas and Winter being the main focus of the celebration, we used rustic logs, berries and winter roses throughout. We had hot chocolate, mulled wine, warm cookies, tartan blankets and a snow machine to complete the vision! I used a local florist for my flowers – we were a little limited on what was available on 29th Dec in between Christmas and New Year but I was thrilled, we went for deep reds, roses and berries.

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Everyone will see your wedding from a different perspective. You’ll be in the centre of a whirlwind of emotions and moments you both want to hold onto forever. Your closest family will be overjoyed for you; and reminiscing over your younger days as they watch you become husband and wife. Friends will be thrilled; excited to celebrate with you and catch up if they can grab a minute; flower girls will look up to see the wedding from their own adorable perspective. A wedding – your wedding – will mean many different things to many different people.

Beautifully captured winter wedding from Middleton Lodge, York Place Studios (9)

And perspective is something your wedding photographers will bring, both on the day and for many, many years to come. They’ll capture moments you didn’t know had happened; the romance as you say your vows and the happiness shining through your day. They’ll photograph memories of your favourite people in the world for you to treasure for ever, and the very best will do this creatively, beautifully, captivatingly.

Beautifully captured winter wedding from Middleton Lodge, York Place Studios (3)

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As we nestle further into our chunkiest knits and wrap our hands around mugs of steaming hot chocolate here at English Wedding Blog HQ I have just a couple of inspirational features to share with you before Christmas. It’s been an amazing year; I’m still full of the joys of the festive season and that’s very much thanks to the guys at Aspire Photography Training. Our last shoot of 2016 was full of winter wonderfulness and I simply had to share some of these ideas with you before we break up!

ideas for a wonderful winter wedding theme with Jenny Heyworth at Aspire (34)

Catherine (White Feather & Co.) – stylist, business mentor and the most inspirational person I know – chose pine branches and eucalyptus stems alongside brass candlesticks and copper cutlery to create a winter tablescape; warmer tones contrasting with the foliage beautifully. Bouquets were styled by the fabulous Katie at Made in Flowers.

ideas for a wonderful winter wedding theme with Jenny Heyworth at Aspire (1)

You simply can’t have a winter wedding without an amazing photographer, and Jenny Heyworth is up there with the best I know. She has the most romantic, atmospheric style to her images and trains photographers as part of her work at Aspire. You can discover more from Jenny here:

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A bouquet doesn’t have to be ‘just flowers’. The bouquets I love most are full of foliage, textures, berries… And a bouquet which is seasonal is the loveliest of all. In the colder months that means silvery leaves, delicate white berries, seedheads and a few choice blooms… Agnieszka’s is one of the loveliest autumn bouquets I’ve seen. And isn’t she a beautiful bride?

Dorset wedding in Blandford Forum with Linus Moran Photography on the English Wedding Blog (21)

Today’s wedding also surprised me with the knowledge that the army has a motorbike display team, who ride vintage bikes and perform stunts at shows around the country! (Check out the bus!) – and while he didn’t bring his bike, groom Simon looks fab in true military style.

Dorset wedding in Blandford Forum with Linus Moran Photography on the English Wedding Blog (17)

The gorgeous bride and groom celebrated their marriage at the Crown Hotel in Blandford Forum, and their wedding images are by our lovely friends at Linus Moran Photography. Do discover more from them here:

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Dorset wedding in Blandford Forum with Linus Moran Photography on the English Wedding Blog (1)

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Kimberley and Francesco’s wedding is wonderfully sophisticated with an Italian twist. I love it when grooms look a little different, and Francesco’s black suit and dickie bow are just wonderful!

A pretty English wedding at the Four Pillars with Jennifer Sinclair Photography (16)

Kimberley is so very beautiful – her lacy dress is gorgeous and the details of the day are really pretty and romantic – the soft pinks of the roses, the prettily styled wedding cake… this all adds up to a classic, feminine English wedding – and it’s lovely.

A pretty English wedding at the Four Pillars with Jennifer Sinclair Photography (19)

My wedding flowers were soft whites and pinks, mainly roses – they were arranged by Oops a Daisy in Cirencester. They were great as I wasn’t sure what I wanted but they sat with me and showed me the different flowers we could have and how they looked together.

A pretty English wedding at the Four Pillars with Jennifer Sinclair Photography (12)

Images are by lovely Jennifer Sinclair Photography, who you can discover more from here:

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A pretty English wedding at the Four Pillars with Jennifer Sinclair Photography (8)
A pretty English wedding at the Four Pillars with Jennifer Sinclair Photography (9)
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A pretty English wedding at the Four Pillars with Jennifer Sinclair Photography (25)
A pretty English wedding at the Four Pillars with Jennifer Sinclair Photography (26)

Wedding photographer’s website:

Jennifersinclair.co.uk

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I do love how weddings give the perfect opportunity to glamour things up to the max. Today’s celebration is beautiful and then some. A statement bouquet, a gorgeous bride in the most fabulous dress, and such a stunning venue! Every detail is just wonderful… I do hope you love this as much as I do!

Glamorous Gatsby wedding from Prestwold Hall on the English Wedding Blog (18)

Our theme came from my love of the Great Gatsby, I’ve watched the film and read the book a million times. The whole day from the invitations to the decorations and dress were inspired by the 1920’s era, featuring quotes from the book and patterns from the art deco period. With me being a designer for a living it was really easy to translate the designs from the invitations across to the rest of the theme for the wedding.

Glamorous Gatsby wedding from Prestwold Hall on the English Wedding Blog (9)

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Wow!!! Today’s is a wedding which will grab your attention instantly! I absolutely loved the daytime portraits of Alice and James, and then the evening light transformed this day into something incredibly, unbelievably beautiful.

The loveliest golden hour bridal portraits you'll see - by Nicola Casey Photography (25)

We got married and had the reception at The Old Hall in Ely just outside of Cambridge. It’s a beautiful venue and we got married in their gazebo overlooking a lake and Ely cathedral.

The loveliest golden hour bridal portraits you'll see - by Nicola Casey Photography (24)

The venue and scenery were so beautiful we didn’t need to worry about decorations too much as it was so beautiful itself. Our photographer Nicola Casey Photography did a great job capturing the surroundings in the photos, the fields ready for harvest, the tall reeds by the lakes, and our reflection across the water with the moody clouds above us.

The loveliest golden hour bridal portraits you'll see - by Nicola Casey Photography (18)

Discover more from lovely Nicola Casey Photography here:

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The loveliest golden hour bridal portraits you'll see - by Nicola Casey Photography (17)
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Wedding photographer’s website:

www.nicolacasey.photography/

How did you choose your photographer?

I met nicola at work a couple of years earlier when she had started her journey as a second shooter at weddings.

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I love today’s wonderful winter wedding – I know you’ll adore the bouquets, and bride Hayley looks absolutely gorgeous. Also – they hired a Jag for the whole week? Genius!! I love that!

Baubles, glamour and vintage-inspired wedding style at Rushton Hall in Northamptonshire with Olivia Johnston wedding photography (18)

I had the stereotypical crying-in-front-of-the-mirror experience when I found my dress! I had gone in with a very set vision of what I wanted, but then Lauren the sales assistant suggested something totally different. I was feeling open minded so tried it on, and ended up buying that dress.

Baubles, glamour and vintage-inspired wedding style at Rushton Hall in Northamptonshire with Olivia Johnston wedding photography (27)

My bridesmaids wore stunning emerald green multiway wrap dresses which I bought from a seller on Etsy. I wanted all three girls to be comfortable and the wrap dresses meant that they could decide exactly how they wanted to style their dress; sleeveless, halterneck, one shoulder or with sleeves. We paired it with a cream cashmere pashmina to keep them warm.

Baubles, glamour and vintage-inspired wedding style at Rushton Hall in Northamptonshire with Olivia Johnston wedding photography (23)

Don’t panic! Everything will come together on the day. What might feel like a total disaster before hand (the tablecloths aren’t quite the right shade of ivory!) will be completely trivial once you are face to face saying your vows. That’s the most important bit.

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A gold pineapple sitting pretty on top of a wedding cake covered in sparkles… those little micro fairy lights… gilded apples and pears, tissue poms, and the most gorgeous bride and groom. Today’s wedding blog is full of pretty and we LOVE it!

Gold pineapple wedding cake and super sparkly wedding ideas with Amanda Karen Photography (15)

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Emma looks wonderful in an elegant, minimal and pretty dress with a simple bodice and prettily detailed sleeves; her bouquet of ivory roses is simple, sweet and was arranged by George’s mum!

Gold pineapple wedding cake and super sparkly wedding ideas with Amanda Karen Photography (9)
Gold pineapple wedding cake and super sparkly wedding ideas with Amanda Karen Photography (8)
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Gold pineapple wedding cake and super sparkly wedding ideas with Amanda Karen Photography (6)

The venue – Norfolk Mead Hotel – is fabulous. Most of all I’m excited to show you the decor chosen by our gorgeous couple. Those little gilded apples and pears, the pretty lighting and oh, the star of the show has to be the gold pineapple wedding cake. Isn’t it wonderful?!

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Gold pineapple wedding cake and super sparkly wedding ideas with Amanda Karen Photography (23)
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Gold pineapple wedding cake and super sparkly wedding ideas with Amanda Karen Photography (21)
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Gold pineapple wedding cake and super sparkly wedding ideas with Amanda Karen Photography (19)
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Gold pineapple wedding cake and super sparkly wedding ideas with Amanda Karen Photography (17)
Gold pineapple wedding cake and super sparkly wedding ideas with Amanda Karen Photography (16)
Gold pineapple wedding cake and super sparkly wedding ideas with Amanda Karen Photography (14)
Gold pineapple wedding cake and super sparkly wedding ideas with Amanda Karen Photography (13)
Gold pineapple wedding cake and super sparkly wedding ideas with Amanda Karen Photography (12)
Gold pineapple wedding cake and super sparkly wedding ideas with Amanda Karen Photography (11)
Gold pineapple wedding cake and super sparkly wedding ideas with Amanda Karen Photography (10)
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Gold pineapple wedding cake and super sparkly wedding ideas with Amanda Karen Photography (4)
Gold pineapple wedding cake and super sparkly wedding ideas with Amanda Karen Photography (3)

Emma and George’s wedding suppliers:

Photography – Amanda Karen Photography 

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Today’s lovely bride Ruth got in touch with me to show me her wonderfully creative woodland wedding to Stolly. They married this summer, celebrating in a woodland clearing – the space had nothing; they hired tipis and decorated the space themselves (along with lots of help from friends and family). I love how the woodland setting comes into its own in the evening, with fabulous lighting and areas for everyone to chat, dance and toast marshmallows around the fire! This is beautiful, free and goes to show there are no rules when it comes to wedding planning!

P&W Images shot this wonderfully colourful woodland wedding in the Cotswolds (11)

“I made all of our stationery, from detail on the name places to table name centrepieces and the mirror table plan and drinks list. I also painted signs on wood to decorate the trees – I love arts and crafts. I’m an interior designer so wanted a wedding that was a blank canvas that we could put our own stamp on. We love visiting Stolly’s family in the Cotswolds and wanted an outdoor wedding. We found the perfect woods near them but there was nothing there so we made everything beforehand: both families and my incredible bridesmaids helped us basically build a festival.