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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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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!

Shiplake Memorial Hall, Henley on Thames wedding blog. Images by Hannah McClune Photography (36)

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!

Shiplake Memorial Hall, Henley on Thames wedding blog. Images by Hannah McClune Photography (15)

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:

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Before I show you one of the prettiest weddings of the year so far – and you’ll LOVE it!! – a very quick reminder that I have a dozen sponsor slots left from May. If you’re interested read this and get in touch! But more importantly…

Beautiful English church wedding in Dorset with images by Ian H Photography (42)

Very early on her wedding day morning Kerrie went for a walk in the countryside around Studland village. This is such a lovely thing to do: she told me it was very relaxing and a really memorable moment of the whole day. I think it’s really romantic and a wonderful way to think ahead to the day which will follow.

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I love how the venue was decorated: it was a labour of love with family pitching in the day before, and only the second time a wedding reception had taken place in the hall… but Kerrie and Nick truly made it their own and styled a pretty, welcoming and relaxed celebration which I’m thrilled to be sharing with you today!

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Can I say a very quick welcome to everyone who’s begun reading the English Wedding Blog over the last couple of months? You’re so very awesome for coming to visit – and with 45,000+ readers every month, I’m incredibly proud of my little blog and all the brides & grooms and wedding suppliers who make it such a wonderful place to be! Thank you all!

… and now for something a little special. I have a glorious wedding film to share with you this afternoon, courtesy of gorgeous Georgie and Dave, and from the fabulous Newlywed Films. Watch out for festivalesque styling with lanterns and bunting, lovely DIY touches including home made beer(!) and wonderfully warming teepees with the loveliest atmosphere: this is why I love sharing wedding films and I hope you enjoy watching Georgie and Dave’s!

With huge thanks to lovely Steve from Newlywed Films for sharing his heartwarming wedding film with us today.

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Rachel and Matthew’s Sherbourne Park wedding is a glorious dose of summer with adorable puppies, fabulous flowers and delicate DIY detailing. It’s everything I love about English weddings: the sun shines, the smiles are everlasting, the venue is impressive and everyone is relaxed and having the time of their lives.

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Rachel and Matthew are gorgeous – their images by regular English Wedding Blog contributors Rob & Sarah Gillespie are colourful, exciting and make me smile. It’s a wonderful wedding from beginning to end and I hope you’ll find yourself smiling along with me by the end of today’s feature!

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For more from the wonderful Rob and Sarah Gillespie check out their website and previous features on the English Wedding Blog:

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Shall we get straight to those gorgeous photos from Rachel and Matthew’s day? Enjoy…
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Our wedding story: Rachel and Matthew

Wedding photographer’s website:

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Morning lovely! It’s real wedding time… and you’re going to love today’s venue idea as much as the gorgeous bride and groom and their brilliant snippets of advice! This is a wedding with simple, rustic and carefully considered details which all work together beautifully. The venue – an unusual but excellent choice: Avoncroft Museum of Historic Buildings, in Worcestershire. It has a miniature train… what more could you need?! The venue is also a charity, which makes it a pretty special place to have your wedding.

A contemporary DIY wedding at Avoncroft in Worcestershire with Just Hitched wedding photography (12)

Images are by lovely Dave Allen of Just Hitched Wedding Photography. When Dave first got in touch he’d said “These childhood sweethearts really do show what loving someone is all about. Along with their lovely friends and family, who made me feel truly welcomed and part of their fabulous wedding day” – isn’t that wonderful?
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The phrase ‘quintessentially English’ mightn’t immediately bring to mind spacehoppers or rubber duck racing… and yet. 😉 There are so many nostalgic, quirky and bizarre English traditions to choose from when it comes to outdoor games and entertaining your guests, I’d love to see more weddings like Hannah and Neil’s!

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Their day was deliciously pretty – with a wonderful soft pink peony bouquet, a picturesque setting and miles of home made bunting. Hannah is so, so beautiful – Neil’s a gorgeous groom too! But once again (and as with every one of my favourite weddings) the wonderful images show that in the end, the wedding is all about the people.

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Photographs are by leading Dorset wedding photographer Ian H Photography, whose portfolio and social media you’ll find here:

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Delightful details set the scene and make for a pretty, welcoming wedding space which I adore – the little trees in the ceremony room are fabulous! –  but the people make this one of the best weddings I’ve seen. The duck race brings delight; the space-hopping makes me wish I’d been there.

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Nicola and Liam met – officially! – on a trip to Paris and tied the knot 10 years later in Manchester’s Castlefield Rooms. I love the venue they’ve chosen… chic and central, brilliant for guests to travel to and in my favourite English city. Their day is lovely, and the images from Paul Joseph Photography are the perfect complement for their city wedding – capturing the style and atmosphere of their day so wonderfully well.

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Nicola told me their day had a slightly rustic English summer party theme. The venue was decorated with bunting and poms, and she arrived in style in a gorgeous campervan – which would always turn heads in the centre of Manchester!

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As well as the gorgeous couple and fabulous images, there’s advice for you today: Nicola told me they enjoyed making things themselves – bunting, stationery and so on – but that it can get stressful closer to the wedding. There’s always a balance to be found between budgeting and time-saving, so do think carefully before you decide to DIY! Having said that… it all looks so beautiful!

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I just don’t know where to begin… the fabulous details, tipis stuffed with flowers and lanterns and soft, warm lighting? Or maybe the charming outdoor ceremony and nervous excitement shining from today’s couple’s eyes… There’s just so much romance and rustic charm in today’s tipi wedding I’m dying to show you!

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Mark and Chris planned their wedding in just 6 months, and saved money by recruiting friends and family to help out: “Where you can make things yourself or find someone to do it for you, do… it adds a real personal touch and it’s half the price.” This meant they could afford a fabulous venue, wedding planner and photographer… and I’m so thrilled they did!

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Images are by the fab Matt Brown Photography, who is based in Derbyshire. Find out more about him here:

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Happy April everyone! Soon we’ll be enjoying warm summer days, sunny evenings and glorious outdoor living again – yay! I’m looking for lots of summer weddings to feature on the English Wedding Blog so tell your friends and suppliers to get those submissions rolling in! For today though… a wonderfully relaxed wedding in England’s very own garden county. Lianne and Neil married in Kent and styled their wedding around a garden party theme. It’s beautiful!

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Images are by lovely Helen at Schryver Photo, based in Kent. Lianne told me, “We loved seeing our photos for the first time – they were amazing and brought back so many beautiful memories. Viewing them just after returning from our honeymoon gave us such an awesome lift!

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These two are absolutely gorgeous – and the smiles just never stop! A beautiful, sunny, summer garden party wedding you will LOVE!
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Campervans are the best wedding transport, I think! I adore Chrissy and Peter’s wedding because they travelled in style… and their entire day is so personal and creative. Chrissy told me it’s great to think creatively about the little details: when buying name tags, for example, just buy what you really like – even if it doesn’t say ‘wedding’ on the box!

Real wedding in Berkshire with images by Hannah McClune on the English Wedding Blog (12)

Their Berkshire wedding is just lovely, and this stylish and gorgeous couple have so many brilliant ideas to share. I adore their pastel colour combinations – and the flowers are out of this world. Chrissy “wanted them to look like they had been picked like when you go for a walk! A bit rustic and natural” and Kaye Stallwood made her perfect bouquet, which I love!

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Images are by the fabulous Hannah McClune Photography assisted by James Meek. Hannah is based in Reading, Berkshire and photographs weddings in the surrounding counties too! I can’t wait to feature more of her weddings so do check her out!

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Kate and Chris’s wedding is divine: a luxury summer celebration with fabulous white hydrangeas and a marquee reception at Kate’s parents’ farm. It’s beautiful: Kate told me they had lots of help from their families to plan and style the perfect day… and oh, didn’t they just!

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The white hydrangeas make a bold statement; Kate’s bouquet is gorgeous. The images are wonderful – Samantha Jane Photography gets a glowing review from the happy couple. “We thought the photos were amazing and really told the story of the day, capturing moments that myself and my husband didn’t always get to see.

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Look out for gorgeous bridesmaid photos, snazzy sunglasses and those striking hydrangeas… today’s wedding is as fun as it is beautiful, with lots of lovely little details and of course a stunning bride and groom!

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Our wedding story: Kate + Chris

Wedding photographer’s website:

www.samantha-j.co.uk