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There’s *thinks for a moment* no, nothing I love more than a surprise wedding. And Rebecca and Brian pulled it off beautifully, sharing their secret with only a few wedding guests before their – supposed – combined birthday party. Brilliant!!

Images from a beautiful surprise English Wedding at Thrumpton Hall with Cris Lowis Photography (22)

It took 8 weeks to plan the wedding, and Rebecca and Brian went online to source small, local suppliers to style their day. It looks amazing – surprise wedding this may be, but the details are all there! Rebecca is a beautiful bride with a pretty vintage dress and the most wonderfully colourful shoes (LOVE!), and Brian’s jacket and trousers combo is perfect: but their expressions (delight mixed with an element of cheeky surprise!) are my favourite thing. I love this!!

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Images are by the very fabulous Cris Lowis Photography in Staffordshire. Find out more about Cris here:

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Often a wedding will catch my eye for its simple elegance – there is sometimes a sparkle, a hint of beauty in the images which I can’t put a finger on. Theresa and Anastasios’s big day is one of those. They were married at Statham Lodge earlier this year and focused on a simple, classy celebration for their friends and family to enjoy.

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I adore the images of Theresa with her little boy – she’s such a beautiful bride I couldn’t resist sharing all the most loving moments of this wedding day with you. Grab a tissue as well as a cuppa, because there might be a few tears!

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Images are by lovely wedding photographer Jo Bradbury. Find out more about Jo and see more of the weddings she’s photographed here:

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Enjoy today’s lovely real wedding!
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Beautiful real wedding at Statham Lodge with Jo Bradbury Photography (30)
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The English Wedding Blog interview: Theresa and Anastasios

Your wedding photographer’s website:

Jo Bradbury at http://www.jobradbury.co.uk/

Were you pleased with your wedding photographer?

Absolutely

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I’m lucky this week – ridiculously lucky! – to have some wonderfully individual and unique couples starring on the English Wedding Blog. Yesterday’s real wedding was awesome with a humanist ceremony outdoors; today’s is just lovely – a bride and groom whose own style once again shapes their day beautifully.

Nicola and Rob's beautiful English wedding at Bartle Hall in Lancashire, with Vickerstaff Photography (2)

Nicola and Rob were married at the fabulous Bartle Hall, and their photographer was my great friend Jamie of Vickerstaff Photography. Their images reflect the timeless and elegant style of their day, all with a sense of fun! The portraits are divine (and with a gorgeous bride and groom, a breathtaking venue and an awesome photographer, how could they be anything else?!)

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Discover more of Jamie’s work (and enjoy his excellent new website!) here:

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Love, love, love… the flowers (eucalyptus, you’re my favourite!), the chandelier, the ear-licking, the littlest bridesmaid… the first kiss, Grandma and the wonderful snowdrops…

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Nicola and Rob's beautiful English wedding at Bartle Hall in Lancashire, with Vickerstaff Photography (22)
Nicola and Rob's beautiful English wedding at Bartle Hall in Lancashire, with Vickerstaff Photography (23)
Nicola and Rob's beautiful English wedding at Bartle Hall in Lancashire, with Vickerstaff Photography (24)
Nicola and Rob's beautiful English wedding at Bartle Hall in Lancashire, with Vickerstaff Photography (25)
Nicola and Rob's beautiful English wedding at Bartle Hall in Lancashire, with Vickerstaff Photography (27)
Nicola and Rob's beautiful English wedding at Bartle Hall in Lancashire, with Vickerstaff Photography (28)
Nicola and Rob's beautiful English wedding at Bartle Hall in Lancashire, with Vickerstaff Photography (29)
Nicola and Rob's beautiful English wedding at Bartle Hall in Lancashire, with Vickerstaff Photography (30)
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Nicola and Rob's beautiful English wedding at Bartle Hall in Lancashire, with Vickerstaff Photography (36)

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I told you this week was all about the flowers… and today there’s more. I have the most amazing, luscious real wedding to share with you – and the flowers are out of this world! The lovely, beautiful Chloe and Mark were married at Wick Farm in Somerset, a lovely rural wedding venue with tons of character and English country charm.

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Their flowers – by my wonderfully talented friend Claire at Garden & Wild – were in rich plum, aubergine and dusky pink colours with a rustic flavour and incorporated mosses and fern foliage to tie together the rustic theme. They’re such a fabulous style for a winter wedding, and Chloe told me, “Mark and I ADORED our flowers – Claire worked with us to really understand what we wanted and created the most stunning bouquets, buttonholes and table decorations. I would recommend her to everyone, a million times!

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… and when I say 1920s twist I mean gorgeous bride with smoky eyes and the most amazing Temperley wedding dress and vintage accessories. Today’s wedding is so incredibly beautiful and perfectly matches Rachel and Al’s personal style…

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Cue the most amazing designer invitations, real vintage accessories, fabulous locations and of course wonderful wedding photography. My friend Mark from Evolve Photography in Devon submitted today’s real wedding to share with you and I’m super excited to publish it on the English Wedding Blog this morning.

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Find out more about the fabulous Evolve Photography here:

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Shall we begin? Grab a cuppa – vintage china will do nicely! – and enjoy.
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Our 1920s vintage inspired wedding at Huntsham Court in Devon

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Our wedding story: Rachel + Al

Wedding photographer’s website:

http://www.evolvephoto.co.uk

Were you pleased with your wedding photographer?

Absolutely – I love the casual relaxed style and on the day I couldn’t have asked for a nicer person.

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Wedding inspiration doesn’t get any more exciting… with an amazing team, big ideas and incredible styling talents today’s styled shoot is out of this world. It has all of my most favourite things: creatively messy oversized flowers, great big glowing lightbulb stars, fabulous photography, divine dress detailing and exquisite photography…

winter wedding ideas with Katie Laura Flowers, Typical Type and Tiree Dawson Photography (16)

The best thing about today’s shoot – as with every shoot I feature – is that it could be all yours. Shoots are all about showing couples how amazing a wedding can look when you hire the right team to style your wedding day. Every supplier featured today comes very highly recommended because I’ve seen and loved their work over and over again.

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Whether you choose a single statement piece – a shining star, a stunning bouquet, a dress dripping with back jewels – or a combination of the elements from the shoot, you’re guaranteed wow factor. Personally I would start with the flowers… Katie Laura is one of the best wedding florists I’ve seen on blogs this year and she’s going to be ridiculously popular, I just know it!

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A rustic, messy winter bouquet with succulents and mixed colours, roses, seedheads, berries and lots of lush green leaves… A beautiful bride in a simple, straight gown with lace detailing and a shrug to stave off winter’s bite… A handsome groom wearing a Proper Suit (and I mean – awesome styling!) and quirky bow tie… and one of East Sussex’s most charming wedding venues.

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Introducing gorgeous bride and groom Claire and Anthony, as photographed by my lovely friend and sponsor Howling Basset Photography (based in Kent).
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This is all just so beautiful…

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Sam and Jason were married in Kent at The Secret Garden wedding venue just outside Ashford. This is a really special little venue – the ceremony was held in the Glass House, a gorgeous sunny spot for intimate weddings with its very own views across the secret garden itself. Today’s bride Sam is simply stunning – I adore her hair ornament and those gorgeous curls, don’t you?

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Kent wedding photography at The Secret Garden Ashford

Today’s real wedding has a wonderful wintry theme. Sam’s bouquet of pine cones and silver ferns is perfect for this time of year, and has a delicate sparkle – essential for any winter wedding day! The reception continues in beautiful winter style with pine cone place settings for every guest – such a pretty idea.

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Images are by the very lovely Andy from Howling Basset Photography (based in Kent).

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It’s fascinating to see winter through the eyes of a photographer: today we’re talking about nature’s palettes and early sunsets – and you won’t want to miss this post if you’re having a winter wedding. There are practical considerations I’d never have thought of – as well as some lovely ideas (perfect excuse for a cashmere shawl?!) which will make your winter wedding everything it should be.

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As a wedding blogger I see a ton of photography from weddings throughout the year. I also see the very best – and the very worst – photography. Some photographers can’t cope with winter weddings – and that’s a fact. My personal advice is to choose your photographer very carefully. Find someone (like today’s feature writer Sue) who can shoot in low light, without ruining your photos with flash, and who can capture the atmosphere of your winter wedding.

If finding a good wedding photographer is important for summer, it’s super essential for winter – trust me.

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Kristen and Adam’s winter wedding has everything: a pretty sense of style, DIY details and quirky personal touches which are special to them. This gorgeous couple chose to marry at Northbrook Park in winter, for the very best reasons: “it is a lot cheaper and you get to go somewhere really nice and sunny for honeymoon! 🙂

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It’s this kind of creative thinking I love best about UK couples! And creativity is a key part of their wedding style too: Kristen and Adam put so much into styling their wedding with DIY invitations and details – they did an amazing job and the overall look of the day is wonderful.

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Kristen is a stunning bride, wearing a gown by Sophia Tolli with Vivienne Westwood pearls and shoes by Rainbow Club. She’s radiant in the winter sunshine and looks so incredibly happy with new husband Adam – the perfect English bride and groom.

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Hello lovely wedding blog readers! I have a bonus post for you this afternoon with some fabulous images by the lovely Simon Biffen Photography. Lucy and Rob were married at Maunsel House in Somerset, with a ceremony in the grand ballroom and later (after the rain stopped!) a stroll around the glorious grounds.

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Wedding photography at Maunsel House | Image credit Simon Biffen Photography

Images are by Somerset wedding photographer Simon Biffen, who you’ll find here:

http://simonbiffenphotography.blogspot.co.uk
http://www.simonbiffenphotography.co.uk/
http://www.facebook.com/simonbiffenphoto

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Wedding photography at Maunsel House | Image credit Simon Biffen Photography

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Hello lovely! Today’s wedding is full of home made details by the gorgeous bride and her mum. Jamie and Geoff planned a vintage tea party theme for their day and as they were saving up for a house they needed to keep their wedding costs down. So while Geoff played cricket every Saturday during the summer, Jamie and her mum spent countless hours making everything from stationery to bunting.

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The wonderfully couple only spent money on the things which couldn’t be made: the wedding cake, entertainment, venue and of course their lovely photographer! Jamie shares some very wise advice, and I really have to highlight this: “If you want to save money, making your own things is a great idea but it takes hours… we spent every Saturday for a year and only finished a few days before the wedding.

The homespun look is big at the moment, but don’t underestimate the time it takes! Remember there’s a difference between home made and handcrafted, and there are many wonderful independent craft businesses who can save you time instead!