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Happy Valentines Day, you lovely lot!! I wanted to share something really special with you today – a romantic, intimate English wedding blog with super pretty and inspiring pics! Jo and Andrew are the loveliest couple – their Hampshire wedding at Oakley Hall is absolutely gorgeous. They wanted to show their guests, many of whom were travelling from Australia, a taste of England with the venue, styling and atmosphere of their wedding – and the day looks simply amazing. The flowers are stunning – they’re by Winchester florist Catkin & Pussywillow, who came recommended by Jo & Andrew’s wedding planner Marie at Isabella Weddings.

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The images are out of this world – they’re by lovely Hampshire wedding photographer Tasha at Ikonworks Photography. Tasha is a superstar whose passion for her business shines – and Jo & Andrew loved having her around on their wedding day: “We were skeptical about getting a photographer at first as it was such a small wedding but we are so pleased we did… Even tho Tasha was with us from start to finish we didn’t feel she was in the way at all, and in fact by the end she felt like she was part of the family! It was wonderful seeing the photos… we just loved them and viewing them brought back all the wonderful memories.”

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Kate & Russell’s wedding is a wonderfully colourful, homemade celebration with some fabulous creative details and lovely moments. Their table plan is divine: you’d never know it was made in a panic the day before the wedding, along with the other reception stationery – it’s so lovely!

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Friends and family helped with all aspects of the wedding – Kate says “friends and contacts can be incredibly generous with their time and talents, you just have to ask!”

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We had quite a lot of fun trying different cocktail recipes out for the alcoholic, non-fizzy reception drink option.  Making 1.5 litres each of fresh lime, lemon and orange juice the day before was a little less fun…”

… and in case you wonder about the Greek statues, Kate explains, “the entertainment was all arranged for me.  Two dancers dressed as a Greek God and Goddess greeted me to beckon me into church.  The aim was to help me relax and laugh, and it certainly worked!”

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If the words on the wedding cake (in scrabble letters) don’t make you feel all squidgy inside, then you’re all wrong. This is so lovely – such a personal wedding day, with some magical moments and creative touches – and a stunning bride and gorgeous groom.

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Images are by lovely Kate Nielen Photography, who can tell us more about the day:

I hope you like this intensely personal, Scrabble-inspired, handmade London wedding. Laura and Rich are both teachers and avid readers so what could be more fitting for their wedding theme than Scrabble?  

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After an elegant ceremony at Asia House, months of planning and lots of hand-made details transformed their reception venue (Icetank) into a shabby chic heaven complete with the wooden chairs, mismatched tablecloths and floral crockery. They’ve traded the traditional first dance for a violin/guitar performance and topped it all up by a flash mob dance surprise performance by the bridal party.

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Richard & Laura’s Covent Garden wedding

Photographer: Kate Nielen www.katenielen.com

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Today’s is a traditional wedding on an impressive scale – with some gorgeous photographs and beautiful moments I know you’ll adore. The stunning bride and groom are Jessica and Michael, who told me “we had over 300 guests with the majority being loud old Chinese ladies(!!), this would be daunting and difficult for anyone, but Duncan handled it all smoothly“, their photographer being Newcastle wedding photographer Duncan McCall Photography.

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I asked Jessica, What’s the best thing about being married? Her answer was lovely: simply, “Having my best friend around all the time.” And the love between this wonderful couple just shines from their photos. Enjoy!Claire

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A beautiful Chinese wedding in Newcastle: Jessica & Michael

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The English Wedding Blog Interview: Michael & Jessica

Wedding photographer’s website:

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How did you choose your photographer?

Found online, and noticed a friend on his portfolio page. Looked through online photos on website and his facebook page and was sold!

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America has its vineyards – the most amazing wedding receptions in the US seem to take place at vineyard locations, don’t they? – but they’ll never, ever rival the charm and quintessentially English atmosphere of a Kent apple orchard. Edward and Saori chose the loveliest venue for their Japanese & English fusion wedding… and every detail, every image is just perfect.

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Images are by Kent wedding photographer Nick at Parkershots. Do take a few minutes to discover Parkershots for yourself…

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“Lighting was really important for us and I wanted to create something special for the day. I decided to create our names in lights – this involved buying wooden stencils, a large sheet of ply wood, lighting strings, spraypaint and some dedicated DIY time! I think the lighting board cost about £50 to make and really created a wow factor when people walked into the venue – to buy or hire something like this would be hundreds of pounds.

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Happy Friday everyone! Come to sunny Devon for today’s gorgeous art deco wedding in an insanely amazing venue. Cherry and Myles chose the stunning Burgh Island Hotel for their reception, and it set the scene for an incredibly beautiful, chic and art deco wedding day.

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I fell head over heels for their day the second I saw their photos. You’ll love them too!

Claire

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“We tried our very best to find suppliers local to either our home in Cardiff or from our wedding location in Devon, as we are very keen on supporting local businesses.  We looked at wedding magazines, local wedding blogs and pinterest for most of our ideas and then found most of our contacts at local wedding fairs or via the recommendation of family and friends.”

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“The venue was so exquisite, no additional styling was necessary.  All we added was a few personal touches and a vase of flowers per table, created by [our florist] Sally.  Burgh Island Hotel is an absolutely exceptional venue, with incredible scenery and exquisite décor… to have tried to add further decoration would have been completely superfluous and would have detracted from its charm.”

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Mary told me, simply, beautifully, “I’ve married my best friend so we support each other through everything and make each other laugh every day.” With every wedding I feature, there is an underlying story of love so strong it can take on the world. This is why I do what I do. Mary & Waleed – you’re amazing and I’m thrilled to be featuring your wedding on the English Wedding Blog today!

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We’re glad we spent more on the photographs and venue “absolutely unforgettable quality from both… Duncan and his team were amazing! Can’t recommend him highly enough-he was so professional and managed to capture all the moments we wanted without being at all intrusive on our big day!”

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My Mum loved making our bespoke invitations, and I loved adding a personalised touch to our table names theme which was wedding anniversary symbols (Silver, Gold, Ruby etc), by having them written out in both Arabic and English as a nod to my husband’s Arabic background to ensure it was being celebrated too in this traditional English wedding with a difference!”

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Melissa and Nathan’s big day is fab: a wonderful autumn wedding full of colour and fun. They celebrated at Wasing Park (Berkshire) – instantly recognisable for its Victorian summerhouse and that amazing mural. They both look fantastic: Melissa’s elegant bridal style is just fabulous. Her dress was the very first one she tried on, 16 months before the wedding, and she told me she loved wearing it on the day.

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You can read Melissa and Nathan’s English Wedding Blog interview at the end of today’s real wedding feature, and see a list of their wedding suppliers.

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Images are by lovely Berkshire wedding photographer Hannah McClune, who photographs weddings in the surrounding counties too – find out more here:

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Melissa shares some fantastic advice. I love this one: “Make decisions quickly – there is so much choice out there you could shop around forever, if you like something don’t keep looking just go with it!”

Watch out for the baby’s reaction to the singing policemen… 😉

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It’s been years since I was at Styal Lodge – I remember visiting when the English Wedding Blog was a baby (we’re 6 years old now! how time flies!) – and Styal stole my heart as a luxurious, blank canvas wedding venue. It’s kind of amazing to be showing you a stunning wedding from Styal Lodge today, courtesy of my lovely friend Jamie at Vickerstaff Photography.

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The gorgeous couple who are English Wedding Blog’s favourite bride and groom today are Laura & Jon. They look amazing; they’ve shared a fabulous story of their day which you can read after all the images today. Laura told me they spent more on “small details which made a big impact. We hired our name in lights (MR & MRS Rothwell) from the Word is love which everyone commented on. Some people asked us where we were going to put the lights after the wedding. We were gutted we had to give them back!

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Seeing all of your table plans fascinates me: I’ve already decided I’d be on the Prodigy table for this one… although the choice is fantastic! Nonetheless today’s is a celebration where music really mattered, and it sounds as though the band playing at Stacey and Roger’s festival wedding outshone any of the famous names on the table plan! Today’s is a fab theme, and a gorgeous autumn wedding: I hope you love it as much as I do!

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Carol blended in with the wedding guests and captured fantastic photos of them all enjoying the day. Although the posed and group shots are beautiful and just what we wanted, some of our favourites are those where people are blissfully unaware of her presence! She captured so many magical moments that we missed throughout the day.”

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“We found the vinyl templates online and made everything else ourselves. It took a bit of time but the end results were definitely worth it as our guests commented that they’d not seen anything like it before!”

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Time for a little Pinterest, I think… as today’s Lake District wedding is so full of beautiful, colourful, gorgeous details and flowers I hardly know where to begin. I adore this day: the venue is one I love (see my review from last year), the bride and groom are stunning, and oh, the flowers… just perfect.

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The Wild Boar has its own very distinctive décor and did not need much help to create a rustic, vintage vibe. The Wild Boar is full of character with low ceiling beams and roaring log fires, so we managed to achieve the relaxed, intimate atmosphere that we wanted quite easily.”
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About 1 week before the wedding I emailed every supplier who was attending the wedding to ensure they had the correct date and there were no problems etc. This relaxed me completely and prevented any last minute complications!”

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Images are by Leeds Wedding Photographer Hayley Baxter. Do take the time to find out more about Hayley here:

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Not everyone dreams of being a princess. I never have; and if I’m honest the classic bridal style isn’t for me. I love dresses which are different, creative, and which make a real impression. A dress has to have ‘wow’ as well as being beautiful. And in an ideal world, a dress has to have a story behind it. Enter the awesome Legend Bridal Designs along with an impressive cast of north west wedding suppliers for today’s alternative styled shoot…

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I’m a little obsessed with Game of Thrones. I was excited to hear that the girls at Legend Bridal Designs have recently created custom wedding gowns for brides who love the series and found the inspiration for their day there. Legend are bespoke dressmakers with a very different kind of bridal shop – their dresses are out of this world. I was over the moon to see this magical, unique bridal shoot featuring their gorgeous designs. Images are by lovely Tiree Dawson Photography.

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