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Ben and Sally’s August wedding has so much character and warmth, and I know you’ll love it as much as I do. The bride and groom really personalised every detail of their wedding day from the ceremony to the flowers, stationery, cakes and wedding music. Sally’s wedding dress was handmade by her mum (and it’s gorgeous!) while Ben found his vintage suit from a shop in London.

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Thank you to Ben and Sally for sharing your wedding day on the English Wedding Blog. Thanks also to lovely Leicestershire wedding photographer Alix Marina-Chouhan for the submission – this is a gorgeous wedding bursting with alternative ideas and I adore it! Enjoy! Claire xxx

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Wedding photographer:

Lumiere Photography, Leicestershire

How would you describe your wedding style?

Alternative and personal

Invitations and reception stationery:

Rustic style

What did you wear?

Sally wore a dress which her mum had made for her, with red shoes by Jasper Conran and silver jewellery. Ben’s suit was from a vintage store in Fulham

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Hello there lovely blog readers and I hope your Monday is going nicely so far. I have a truly beautiful wedding to begin this week with. Abi and Mikael chose to have their wedding outside, this time last year. They married in the charming village of Duncton, West Sussex, with an outdoor ceremony in the grounds of Duncton Village Hall.

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Wedding photographer Paul Fletcher very kindly shared his images of the wedding with me for the English Wedding Blog. You can read his full wedding blog post with images here.

Abi and Mikael have written a great wedding report and reviewed some of their favourite wedding suppliers for you. I love their advice… particularly the bits about the dancing swan, the importance of hiring a good photographer, and remembering to eat the food!

I’ll hand over to today’s beautiful bride and gorgeous groom to tell you more about their outdoor wedding. Huge congratulations to Abi and Mikael, and thank you for being on the English Wedding Blog! All images are by Paul Fletcher Photography.

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I think Wiz and Jeremy are amazing! I’d love to be called Wiz for starters (it’s short for Elizabeth but way cooler) and this fab couple have such a brilliant sense of style. Having looked through their wedding photos several times already this afternoon, I’m totally hooked and loving everything about their wedding! You will too…

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Jeremy is one of the coolest grooms I’ve seen this year in his tailor made suit by Cad and the Dandy, London. Wiz is just beautiful from head to toe with her wonderful beaded hair accessory which complements her Jenny Packham wedding dress like a dream. Her red patent leather shoes are fab – and both bride and groom wear the most infectious smiles! This is bliss. You’ll love it!

Congratulations to Jeremy and Wiz, and thanks for being so fantastic, for sharing your wedding report and for featuring on the English Wedding Blog today. Huge thanks also to wedding photographer Kristian Leven for submitting the images of today’s wedding blog. It’s ace! Everyone – enjoy! Claire xxx
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James and Katherine’s big day is all about timeless elegance. This couple chose a luxury Surrey wedding venue (Botley’s Mansion) to host their day, and the wedding reception was all about delicate golden colours and beautiful, traditional styling.

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Katherine describes their day as “An elegant and stylish wedding with a tasteful presence of gold, ivory and sparkle detail that provided a backdrop for the rich and colourful accents seen in the grand reception flower arrangements.” It most certainly is – and I think this wedding shows one of our most luxurious stately home wedding venues at it’s very best.

The photography is by lovely reportage wedding photographer Karen Flower, and Katherine and James have shared their wedding story with you today as well – it starts about a third of the way down the page. Enjoy – and be inspired! Claire xxx

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Katherine and James – a timeless, elegant Surrey wedding blog

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Wedding venue:

St Mary Oatlands Church and Botley’s Mansion

Wedding photographer:

Karen Flower www.karenflowerphotography.com

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Morning everyone! We’re half way through the week – and I’m delighted to have such lovely real weddings to share with you this week. We’re definitely full-on vintage this week with yesterday’s vintage military wedding and today’s fabulously delicate and beautiful celebration – I know you’ll love this.

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Laura and Paul were married in the Isle of Wight, and their photographer was Jason Mark Harris. I adore the flowers – delicious sweet peas and peonies – and all the pretty locations at the Albert Cottage Hotel. It goes without saying that Laura looks breathtakingly beautiful and Paul is gorgeous too! Laura styled the wedding and made all of her own stationery and everything looks simply amazing – so there’s plenty of inspiration to be had here. Grab a cuppa and enjoy – this is a wonderful wedding and I’m sure you’ll love it!

Claire xxx
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The Wedding venue:

Albert Cottage Hotel, Isle of Wight

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Hello there! I know you’re going to love Luke and Hannah’s Kent wedding blog. It’s the first wedding I’ve ever featured from the wonderful 14th century manor house Penshurst Place, which is magnificent. Hannah looks incredibly beautiful in a wedding dress by Stephanie Allin, and Luke is every bit the English gent in a long jacket complete with cane.

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There are so many fantastic ideas here to inspire your wedding planning, including sunflower bouquets and table decorations, and – my favourites – the cutest little place name card holders with dinky little sunflowers.

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But the most exciting thing about today’s wedding is Hannah and Luke’s memories of the moment their eyes met as Hannah walked down the aisle:

Hannah: “I will never forget seeing Luke for the first time as I walked down the aisle and the look on his face when he turned around and saw me. I couldn’t stop smiling, nothing has ever felt so right!”

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One thing we have here in England is history. While the US wedding blogs are so full of chic and contemporary ideas, fabulous styling and creative ideas, have you ever noticed how many US weddings are outdoors? Today’s Sussex wedding is set in what sounds like a fabulous and very old wedding venue – Pangdean Barn.

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The very gorgeous Helen and Pete chose sunflowers to create a wonderfully vibrant and happy summer wedding style. Thanks to Dennison Studios Photography for sharing the photographs of their beautiful wedding with us today. I hope you love it! Claire xxx
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How would you describe your wedding style?

Laid back, relaxed and for everyone to have a great time.

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I think perhaps I’m becoming known for my love of sunshine! I live at the seaside, and when it’s cold it’s sooooo cold: but when the sun shines it’s incredibly beautiful. And I talk about it a LOT! Somerset wedding photographer Simon Biffen knows exactly how to get my attention: with an offer of a beautifully sunny Sorrento wedding blog feature!

 

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Lucy and Joe were married last summer and invited Simon Biffen to be their wedding photographer. Lucy is English and Joe is American, so they chose a destination wedding in Italy as a way of meeting in the middle!

Their theme included purple details and the wedding day was timeless and simple in style, with the location and love creating all the atmosphere you could dream of!

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Simon told me a little more about Lucy and Joe’s wedding day:

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How many of you have been to Spain? It’s somewhere I’d love to go: for the laid back pace of life, the beautiful countryside and incredible food. I have this ‘thing’ where I’d have to speak a fair bit of Spanish first – it comes from living abroad as a student. But what an amazing country to visit – and how wonderful to have a destination wedding somewhere with such a rich history and culture.

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Emily and Gavin were legally married at a registry office in the UK before heading for Spain with friends and family to celebrate in the summer sunshine. Their wedding ceremony was in the evening, with celebrations continuing into the early hours.

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Emily’s words of wisdom are beautifully said: “Brides – stop worrying about silly little things, they end up not being very important when you’re there experiencing your special moment!

Read the full wedding story about halfway down this blog post, and enjoy the images by the very lovely Berkshire wedding photographer Alexis Jaworski. Claire xxx

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Honestly – how cold can it get?! It’s at times like these (note: from November to May in England!) when I find myself tempted to blog weddings from around the world. While English Wedding Blog usually features real weddings from England with the odd trip up to Scotland, across to Wales and Ireland and down to France, today we’re sun seeking and sharing Christine and Alex’s rustic wedding all the way from Greece.

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We need warm sunshine and smiles to brighten up what promises to be another chilly and damp week! So how does 30 degrees in the sunshine sound?… and a long table covered in candles… a vintage white VW Beetle convertible with the roof down…

Sounds perfect to me, and when you see the lovely images by wedding photographer Benjamin Toms I know you’ll agree! Today’s gorgeous bride is Christine, and she and Alex have both shared their memories of the wedding day with you. Congratulations to you both – you make a stunning couple! Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful day with us. Claire xxx

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However you’re feeling this morning, it’s time to smile – today’s wedding will lift your heart and inspire you with the loveliest decor and details, and such beautiful images of the Cornish coast… needless to say it’s already a favourite for me! I’ve already shared sneak peeks on facebook – I couldn’t wait!

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Thank you to Keith Riley Photography for making my day with these amazing images. Congratulations and huge thanks to Claire and Ryan – the most inspiring and gorgeous couple imaginable! – for sharing their wedding report (which you’ll find halfway down this page).

I absolutely love this wedding, from the styling of the marquee (the palest pink roses; delicate touches and fabulous stationery and details) to the beach scenes and the most beautiful bride… I know you will too. Enjoy! Claire xxx
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A beautiful wedding in Cornwall – Claire and Ryan

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Wedding venue:

St Carantoc church, Crantock and Cornwall marquee venue, Crantock

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Imagine the romance of waves on a beach, the soft ripple of the sea on a still day. Rachel and Eugene’s wedding with waves has everything: the looks of pure love are reflected in every image, even in the styling of their day: pastel palettes, delicate flowers and a dream wedding venue.

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Rachel’s hair is divine – with twists of the prettiest wildflowers in a beautiful braid. The love in Eugene’s eyes is there for all to see. This is an inspiring and wonderful wedding in every way imaginable. Watch out for the ice cream and the bubbles too! Thank you to Rachel and Eugene for writing a little wedding report, and to wedding photographer Simon Biffen for sharing their day with us all at English Wedding Blog. Enjoy today’s little sprinkling of beauty. Claire xxx

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Rachel and Eugene’s wedding with waves – St Donat’s Castle

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“We organised the wedding from Australia and wanted a venue which was simple to organise and minimal fuss, but characterful and close to home and family in Wales, to perfectly blend with our interests and tastes.