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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.

A classic wedding blog from Menzies Welcombe Hotel in Warwickshire, by Rob and Sarah Gillespie Photography (20)

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

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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.

An alternative London wedding at J & A Cafe with images by Colin Clay Photography (14)

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.

An alternative London wedding at J & A Cafe with images by Colin Clay Photography (11)

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.

rustic country wedding at Avoncroft Museum with images by Rob & Sarah Gillespie Photography (43)

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!

rustic country wedding at Avoncroft Museum with images by Rob & Sarah Gillespie Photography (7)

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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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…

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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

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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.

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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!