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Gemma and Mike set the scene for their day by sending all of their guests gold tickets wrapped in chocolate bars as invitations. And this won my heart from the second I knew – they sound fabulous! Their day was themed around Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, with lots of lovely touches bringing the theme to life and some STUNNING portraits which take my breath away.

Real wedding Great Hallingbury Manor. Images by Just Hitched Photography (16)

 

I asked Gemma to share her best advice with all of you lovely brides and grooms out there: “Don’t get stressed out about the wedding, and make sure you have the day that YOU want. You don’t always have to please everyone else.”

And after the day? What’s the best thing about being married? “Knowing that we are both really happy, and looking forward to what our next adventure is.” How lovely is that?

Real wedding Great Hallingbury Manor. Images by Just Hitched Photography (23)

Images are by lovely Dave Allen of Just Hitched Wedding Photography, based in Essex. Find out more about Just Hitched Photography here:

Real wedding Great Hallingbury Manor. Images by Just Hitched Photography (25)

Happy Wednesday everyone! Today I have a properly, charmingly, adorably English wedding to share with you all! Tracey and Garry’s afternoon tea wedding caught my eye for their fabulous portraits, the bouquet, the vintage camper and how gorgeous they both look. I always say a great clue to how well a wedding will fit the blog is what the groom is wearing… and I love Garry’s smart but relaxed look. Tracey, of course, looks absolutely stunning. 

Pretty village hall afternoon tea party wedding blog, with images by Just Hitched Photography (2)

We wanted a wedding that was personal to us and exactly how we wanted it so we saved so much money by doing everything ourselves instead of paying someone else to do it for us. We shopped around for all of the decorations for the hall, bought all of the crockery by scouring boot sales, charity shops and ebay, bought items from B&M which we then personalised, bought fresh flowers from a local market seller which a friend kindly turned into the church and table displays.

Pretty village hall afternoon tea party wedding blog, with images by Just Hitched Photography (20)

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?
A contemporary DIY wedding at Avoncroft in Worcestershire with Just Hitched wedding photography (13)

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Morning lovelies! I’ve been so excited to show you Verity and Darren’s charmingly elegant English wedding. They were married at Gosfield Hall in the Essex countryside and really made the most of their luxury venue. The flowers are fabulous – simple pink and cream roses with a peony tucked in the middle. Verity looks amazing in a beautiful lace dress with a sash, and Darren her very handsome groom.

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The happy couple chose Dave Allen at Just Hitched Photography to capture their day, and he did a brilliant job! Dave says, “These two people are so lovely, the way they are together is beautiful. They both adore each other which is clear to see from the way their eyes just drift away into somewhere wonderful when they look at each other and then the smile comes. I’m so happy for Verity and Darren and I wish them all the very best for the future.

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Morning! Today’s wedding is a little special – it’s not the first time gorgeous bride Sarah has featured on a wedding blog… in fact she’s been on the English Wedding Blog very recently! As a wedding photographer Sarah sees so many weddings – and like many in the wedding industry she chose to do things differently. Her dress was made for her, and inspired by a genuine vintage dress she’d found on Pinterest. Stuart wore jeans, which I think is the best thing ever (Sarah adds that they had to be nice jeans!) and their florist Sarah Jones came up with the vintage medical theme incorporating lots of wonderful little glass bottles with flowers!

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There’s so much to this wedding that makes me smile: the gorgeous images and Sarah’s beautiful smile – the portrait photos of today’s lovely couple are just wonderful. Then there’s the vintage medical theme, which is genius! Stuart and Sarah had vintage medical equipment (yes!), those lovely bottles and also lots of books… and who wouldn’t enjoy sitting down at a wedding reception and dipping into 1950s books about anatomy for nurses?! Brilliant!

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Image credit Tracy Morter Photography

It’s been an amazing, exciting rollercoaster of a year here at English Wedding Blog towers, and I’ve been spending a little time looking back at some of my highlights – and yours! As I prepare to switch off my laptop and dive into the mulled wine I’m going to leave you with no fewer than 100 – one whole hundred – of my favourite real weddings from the last 12 months. They should give you plenty to read whenever you need an escape from the festivities over the next couple of weeks!

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Image credit Penny Young Photography

Click the links to see the full wedding features, and find your style from the categories below. There’s ‘proper’ vintage, old Hollywood glamour, English country garden, theatre and outdoor weddings, classic, homespun and luxury weddings – I hope, something for everyone. Almost all are English weddings, with just a couple from our lovely neighbours in Scotland and Wales.

100 real weddings to inspire and delight your eyes and imaginations. Enjoy!

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Getting engaged is a beautiful thing. The romance, the excitement. The questions!

Most couples I have spoken to about planning a wedding always say that as soon as you’re engaged the questions start coming thick and fast. Where are you getting hitched? Are you going to have a wedding band? Do you know what colour scheme you are going for? Ever thought about making your own wedding favours? I am going to stop now because the list could go on.

However, I am here to give you a little helping hand and to ease the pressure of planning a wedding. Behold below a wedding schedule that can be used as a guideline for any kind of nuptials that are being planned.

Whether you are having an informal wedding in the woods, a grand stately home shebang or a registry office and drinks at the pub shin-dig – this guideline can be used in whatever planning facility you need.

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“Cherish forever what makes you unique, ‘cuz you’re really a yawn if it goes.” – Bette Midler

Crafting a wild and wonderful wedding, one that is unique and pleasing for both you and guests alike is a growing trend. Offbeat weddings are fun, exciting and create a sense of anticipation for all involved. Indeed, weddings today don’t need to follow the traditional path, and if you choose otherwise, know that you’re not alone.
Today, engaged couples have so much at their disposal to create the perfect, personalized wedding. A wedding that not only stands out from the crowd but represents their interests, philosophies or values. These weddings can be as romantic as hosting an authentic Regency era Jane Austen wedding in Goodnestone Park, to throwing an all-out cabaret shindig for your guests to enjoy. You can make all aspects of your wedding follow a particular crazy theme, from the location to the dress code to the wedding gifts you want to receive.
To help you get started on your journey of a one-of-kind wedding, here are some totally unique ideas ranging from 100% wacky to seriously obscure. Hey, you get married once (hopefully) so make sure you start your married life with a bang!

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These last few weeks have been crazy! May the 4th is a HUGE day for weddings this year – the force is most definitely with all of you lovely people getting hitched this bank holiday weekend!

I’ve been a busy little bee with lots of calligraphy work in my little home studio, so I thought I’d share a little with you today. And if any of you would like to book my services for your weddings later in the year I’d LOVE to hear from you!

My week began with Vikki’s gorgeous place names from Papier – they’re called Mother Amazon and they’re beautiful!

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My biggest and favourite project was these gorgeous handmade place names and escort cards, for lovely Emma from Tebbey & Co. They’re from Torn Edge Paper on Etsy and written by hand in a cornflower blue ink I mixed in my studio. (I’ll be teaching the simple art of making calligraphy ink in my intermediate calligraphy workshop in Manchester in August – info and tickets here.)

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You’re about to get hitched. You’re happy. You’re head-over-heels in love. But you’re heavily distracted by one not-so-tiny, crucial detail – where to go on your honeymoon!

The way I see it, honeymoons are a personal reward for you and your new life partner. After months of wedding stress, the two of you can stop worrying about your friends and family, and just focus on yourselves. It’s a wonderful opportunity (before the realities of life start again) when you can splurge on unique honeymoon destinations and experiences and not feel guilty. So make the most of it!

Sure, you can fly off to a white sandy beach and lounge around with a Pina Colada in your hand. But why not rather spend your time (and money) on a bucket-list-worthy experience? An out-of-this-world location you’ve always wanted to visit, or an adventurous escape you’ve always wanted to do. Something that you’ll never forget. Something that you can look back on and say wow, remember how we started our lives together?

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Happy Sunday my lovelies. It’s been a whirlwind of a week here at English Wedding HQ, and I’m quietly looking forward to a normal, unexciting, basic Monday full of admin and gentle blogging. How about you? Today I wanted to take a moment to share some of my favourite posts from our lovely friends and blog sponsors the Hampshire Wedding Club. If you’re getting hitched in or near Hampshire, then please do check them out – they’re a wonderful bunch of talented wedding creatives who’ve joined forces to inspire your best day ever.

I’ve been reading Frances Moore‘s tips about hiring a make up artist for your wedding. Some of us do, some don’t… and if you’re undecided, here are some thoughts which might sway you. It’s a lovely read and really got me thinking! Should you Hire a Makeup Artist for your Wedding?

This pic and header image by Real Simple Photography. See the full feature on the Hampshire Wedding Club blog post

Fusion wedding in Birmingham, Museum art gallery wedding with images by Clive Blair Photography on English-Wedding.com (27)
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You, lovely reader, are getting married at the most amazing time – the opportunities for hiring a unique venue are endless. So many places – old theatres, cinemas, museums; buildings filled with history and character – are opening their doors to weddings. As a wedding blogger I love discovering new places to get hitched, and when I can share the experience with all of you lovely lot it makes me so happy! Today we join beautiful bride Najma and her gorgeous groom Jeff as they tie the knot at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery. It’s probably the only wedding venue with a touring dinosaur… or is it?! Dippy’s making his way around the UK until 2020, dinosaur fans!

Fusion wedding in Birmingham, Museum art gallery wedding with images by Clive Blair Photography on English-Wedding.com (16)

As fascinating as dinosaurs are, I’m captivated by the beautiful details of Jeff and Najma’s day – the dress is just stunning! All day long these two are smiling, and the atmosphere is full of love and happiness. The showcase pieces are there too: the cake is divine; bridesmaids look gorgeous and the florals are exquisite. Oh, and Najma’s sparkling evening dress is so perfect for the dance floor, don’t you think?

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