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Alexandra and Daniel’s wedding has style and flair, and a pretty creative and elegant theme: postwar sweethearts. It’s lovely – the bride and groom look gorgeous and guests arrived in costume to add more flavour and spirit to the day!

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I was thrilled when photographer Damian Burcher got in touch to share this wedding – it’s unique and sure to give lots of you some fab ideas for your day. Little touches like the kraft paper identity cards and the peonies and freesias in Alexandra’s bouquet make today’s wedding blog really pretty.

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Alexandra’s interview at the end of today’s feature is great: she gives some money-saving tips as well as sharing some of her own very precious memories of the wedding day. Please do read it carefully, as Alexandra has done such a lovely job telling us about her day.

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For more from Birmingham wedding photographer Damian Burcher please explore these links:

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Our wedding story: Alexandra and Daniel

Wedding photographer’s website:

www.damianburcher.com

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I love this advice from beautiful Shani: “You do not need to spend huge amounts of money to have a lovely wedding. Simplicity is often the best route.” This is oh so true – and the proof is in the wonderful images of Shani and Tim’s gorgeous homemade Kent wedding which I’m proud to feature on the English Wedding Blog today.

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Everything here is homemade with love and shows just what you can achieve if you really enjoy being crafty and making things – as Shani so clearly does. There’s more though – and green fingered brides should take note: the flowers are divine and all home grown. Shani is a talented florist and what I love most of all is that today’s fabulous couple planted and grew over 300 plants from seed for their wedding day. Wow.

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Images are by lovely Catherine and Andy from White Stag Wedding Photography in Kent. Find out more about them here:

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From the glorious venue to the comfy, cool footwear and dress-changing bridesmaids, this is a wedding whose quirks are subtle and fun. Ally and Sarah had a relaxed day at Menzies Welcombe Hotel in Stratford-upon-Avon and I know you’ll love hearing about their wedding.

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There wasn’t a theme for the day, but what stands out to me is that this is a no-fuss, no-fluff sort of wedding. It’s elegant and personal with a focus on just a few pretty key details: the flowers, the location, and our gorgeous bride and groom.

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Images are by the wonderful Rob and Sarah Gillespie – do check out their website and previous features on the English Wedding Blog:

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Enjoy. This is a beautiful wedding and I know you’ll love it…
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Our wedding story: Sarah and Ally

Wedding photographer’s website:

http://robandsarahgillespie.co.uk/

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Morning everyone! I hope you’re having the best weekend 🙂 and to make it even lovelier I have a gorgeous – and I mean incredible – wedding to share with you this shiny Sunday morning. You’re welcome.

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I’ve mentioned (many times hehe) that May is my favourite month. That’s for me – it’s summer, it’s birthday month, it’s when flowers come out… but it’s also an amazing time for the English Wedding Blog because of the glorious sunny weddings, fantastic flowers and beautiful submissions I can share with you. Today’s a wonderful example of a May wedding and I know you’ll love it to bits!

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The images are by Gloucestershire wedding photographer Robert Leons. Robert shares my love of the best month of the year – and he has three gorgeous weddings up his sleeve to show you… this is only the first. We’re lucky things… must be my birthday all over again! Find out more about Robert Leons Photography here:

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I love today’s wedding for it’s classy sense of difference: there’s nothing normal or ordinary about Kate and Steve’s London wedding, and yet it’s as elegant as any wedding, ever, without trying to be quirky… the mark of a couple whose style and grace makes everything just fall into place beautifully.

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Kate – today’s timelessly graceful and beautiful bride – and her husband Steve have been together for years and their wedding focused on friends and family. They still forget they’re married… and yet this wedding in its uniqueness will stick in my mind for a long time. I love to see a day which is different.

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One of my favourite things about today is Kate’s interview (at the end of the feature). Very often brides write LOTS about their dress, and add a very brief note about the groom’s attire or bridesmaids / flower girls. Kate though… and I LOVE this… gives a resounding ‘nah…’ + one line to my question about her dress (which is stunning!) but writes 3 LINES about her adorable son (Batman bowtie – awesome!!) and daughter (sparkly shoes – awww!!).

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As a little girl I used to try and make my own dried flower bouquets… so I was delighted to see Paula’s bouquet from today’s wonderfully country wedding: it really is beautifully different. In fact today’s wedding is one of those I love for every little detail which comes together to make a creative, exciting and unique overall style for a magical day.

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Sean and Paula chose their wedding venue for its windmill. Paula’s dress was chosen at the very last minute… and wow, it must have been fate because it’s beautiful!

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The rustic stationery and DIY touches are what make today’s wedding look so unique – and the photographs are out of this world – I really struggled to cut the images down to a reasonable number to show you… because between the venue, the gorgeous bride and groom and the fabulous photographer, they make for some of the best wedding photos I’ve seen and shared. A favourite, definitely!

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Sometimes a wedding is far too pretty to say no to, and sometimes a wedding is so pretty it takes seconds for me to squeal “yes pleeeeeeeease!” at my inbox! Jade and Lawrence’s big day shot straight into the latter category and I know you’ll love it too.

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The gorgeous couple were married at Hedingham Castle in Essex and their day was relaxed, pretty and with lots and lots of DIY details. Jade and Lawrence saved money by asking friends and family to help out, and they also chose to ignore the traditions they didn’t like… which, I’m sure you’ll agree, is the way to do it!

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Jade is absolutely stunning, rocking a superb dress by Lou Lou Bridal and timelessly glamorous red lipstick – her bouquet is as individual as it is classy: white tulips are all a girl needs when she looks this good. Gorgeous, gorgeous girl!

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Images are by the fabulous Sam & Louise Photography who are based in Essex. Do check them out:

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Hello May!!! You’re my favourite month of all the months and to celebrate you I’m kicking off in superb style… with a late spring wedding ideas feature full of incredibly beautiful things.

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Dearest lovely readers, I hope today’s wedding blog will make you as happy as it does me! This has everything… urban, rustic, bakey and bright, with beautiful images (Photography by Kathryn), fabulous floral arrangements (Katie Laura Flowers) and even a dash of calligraphy (Calligraphy for Weddings). Oh! And mouthwateringly pretty cakes, bakes and pies (Cobble Kitchen) 🙂

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Spring weddings tend to feature lots of soft pastels and mix the most delicate yellows with similar shades. Today we’re stirring things up a little with bright, exciting spring florals with a real creative twist. Imagine this style at your wedding venue… because I think the genius girls behind it have come up with an ultra versatile look which will suit pretty much anywhere, don’t you?

 

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Dalton Mills, Keighley, West Yorkshire http://www.daltonmills.co.uk/

The ridiculously creative team:-

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Hey there lovelies! It’s on days like today I wish you were here with me, helping me choose the best of all the gorgeous images I’m sent for every real wedding feature. Because to be honest, today’s Fanhams Hall wedding is so beautiful I’m simply lost for where to begin!
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Today’s stunning bride Nicola wears a Galina Signature gown from David’s Bridal. She looks incredible with a navy sash belt and crystal hair accessory – and oh, those flowers… nothing provides texture more than fabulous blue thistles and berries, while the roses add glamour and anemones complete the romantic bouquet. LOVE!

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I can tell Nicola and Adam were inspired by wedding blogs and Pinterest: the chalkboards (and hours learning how to get the lettering just perfect!), anenomes and attention to detail are ideas I love to share on the English Wedding Blog so this blog-inspired wedding is more than perfect!

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It’s rather lovely to be exploring Oxfordshire’s finest wedding venues on the blog this week, don’t you think?! On Sunday I shared Kelly and Chris’s gorgeous Henley on Thames wedding; today it’s the turn of Hannah and Mark at the fabulous Ardington House. Wow… (Oh! And while I remember, I’m looking for more weddings from Berkshire, Wiltshire, Northamptonshire and surrounding counties so do get in touch if you’ve one to share!)
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Hannah and Mark were married outside, and it won’t take more than an image or two for you to see how amazing the surroundings are… this is one of the loveliest outdoor wedding venues I’ve seen.
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There’s no shortage of details to inspire you: Hannah’s time making 60 paper poms really paid off: they look gorgeous in the marquee and add a touch of colour to the styling. Hannah’s other craft projects include the card suitcase, table numbers and menus, and table plan.

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Salford is one of my old stomping grounds… back in the day before they polished it all up and moved the BBC in, I went to college there – so it’s lovely to see Sarah and Chris’s real wedding from a place I have fond memories of. Manchester brides and grooms should pay close attention to the lovely film from Jo Gendle Films… it’s a sparkly, glam wedding from one of your best contemporary venues – you’ll love it!
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Chris and Sarah’s wedding is lovely: romantic and classic, with a touch of vintage in the gysophila and white hyacinth bouquets. They’re a sweet couple and had this to say about their wedding:

We were married at The Lowry, Salford Quays on Valentine’s Day in the stunning compass room. We chose to keep the decor simple as the room was so striking with its 360 degree floor-to-ceiling windows.

“The colour scheme was black and white with large silver candelabra and tables named after our favourite albums.

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Hats off to the wonderfully named, beautiful Kelly Kelly for today’s wedding report, which is awesome, full of advice and ends with one of the best comments ever! Kelly married Chris last summer, and I wanted to show you their wedding which is full of inspiration for summer couples. I think you’ll love it!

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Of course there’s plenty of sunshine in today’s blog feature, and while it’s suddenly gone back to winter in the real world (I mean seriously – roll on May!!) we could all do with a dose of warm and shiny, right?

Kelly is just gorgeous: I adore her hair and she’s such a fabulous looking bride, with a smile which has had me grinning back at my screen all morning 🙂 She shares some fab tips and advice in today’s wedding report, which follows all the lovely pics. Don’t miss it!

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Images are by the fabulous Hannah McClune Photography. Hannah is based in Reading, Berkshire and photographs weddings in the surrounding counties too – find out more here: