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Hey everyone! It’s been so long since I wrote anything really personal on the blog – I can’t even remember! So I thought today would be a nice opportunity to stop and take stock, and share my thoughts and plans for the coming year with you. The world domination thing is a joke… as always, I just want English Wedding to continue with all the beautiful weddings and styling inspiration we share with you every day, and to keep growing and getting bigger and better with every couple whose day we feature.

But as many of you will know, I’m also a wedding calligrapher: I have my little business with wedding stationery, prints and poems and calligraphy workshops, which I love equally! I wonder if I spend more time writing things on my keyboard or with my old school dip pen and ink pots?! I’ve spent the summer months wondering if I can somehow bring the two sides of my work life closer together… and next year I really want to make this happen a little more.

Outdoor wedding in Dorset with Jonny Barratt Photography on the English Wedding Blog (28)
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Happy Monday lovelies! Just a handful of days to go now until my next calligraphy class in Manchester so it’s a crazy busy week here at English Wedding HQ! Today though, I have the most beautiful celebration to share with you – Lucy & Tim’s gorgeous wedding at 10 Castle Street, an exclusive country house venue in Dorset. Lucy’s Halfpenny London dress is just fabulous, and I love the atmosphere of the day which just comes across wonderfully well in the pics.

Outdoor wedding in Dorset with Jonny Barratt Photography on the English Wedding Blog (26)

I totally fell in love with my dress. It was everything I wished for. I wanted my accessories to be statements as my dress was very simple. They’re my favourite things to purchase in general so this was the easiest part for me! I had a veil for the day and feather and diamante headband for the evening to add glamour. My shoes were the best! The had fur pom poms on the toes – I wanted to have a little signature of my style. Tim wore a stunning black three piece from Reiss, and my bridesmaids wore black jumpsuits made by my Mother. We wanted to keep attire monochrome!

We love this Cowparsley Farm Somerset wedding with Special Day Wedding Photos on the English Wedding Blog (29)
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Happy Sunday lovelies! I thought I’d spoil you with all the sunflowers I could find today… aren’t they fabulous?! Victoria and Sandy’s summer wedding is full of glorious sunflower goodness and just makes me smile!!! Plus the bride and groom are both absolutely gorgeous… The wedding itself is lovely, with a relaxed family style. Guests were entertained with lawn games and a pogo stick(!) which provided much entertainment.

We love this Cowparsley Farm Somerset wedding with Special Day Wedding Photos on the English Wedding Blog (13)

“The florist we used was Judith Goss. They did a beautiful arrangement of sunflowers and wild flowers for our button holes and boutique. Sandy’s mother Cathie selected wild flowers from local growers in the months leading to our wedding and created with help from family from both sides an amazing selection of flowers for the church and for table decoration at the venue. Our flowers were just stunning.

We love this Cowparsley Farm Somerset wedding with Special Day Wedding Photos on the English Wedding Blog (15)
We love this Cowparsley Farm Somerset wedding with Special Day Wedding Photos on the English Wedding Blog (16)
We love this Cowparsley Farm Somerset wedding with Special Day Wedding Photos on the English Wedding Blog (17)

Mad Hatter's tea party September wedding in Hampshire - image credit Linus Moran Photography (20)
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I’m trying to get my head around the fact that it’s September already.. is it just me?! I’m excited to share some spine tingly pretty autumn weddings and styling inspiration on the blog throughout the month, as well as teaching my calligraphy workshops next week! I have a feeling September is going to be my favourite this year!!

Mad Hatter's tea party September wedding in Hampshire - image credit Linus Moran Photography (40)

We’re kicking off the month with a BEAUTIFUL wedding from the New Forest. Burley Manor is a new venue for me, but a spectacular one and surely one of Hampshire’s finest. Jo and Gavin are gorgeous together: I love seeing couples with a sparkle in their eyes and these two just have an amazing connection which jumps out in their pics. Their Burley Manor wedding photographer was our lovely friend and sponsor Linus Moran Photography, based in Dorset and covering Hampshire and nearby counties. Linus captures the day beautifully, telling Jo and Gavin’s wedding story through heartfelt moments and exquisite details.

Mad Hatter's tea party September wedding in Hampshire - image credit Linus Moran Photography (12)

Romantic London wedding editorial with Ryann Lindsey Photography (7)
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Hello lovelies! Today’s all about the pretty on English Wedding… gloriously soft and feminine pinks with romantic table styling, silk ribbons and a lush bouquet. This palette and look would be wonderful in a contemporary marquee or garden wedding reception, or an orangery with views onto beautiful gardens. Huge thanks to lovely Jenna from Wonderland Invites for sharing it with us – this is so damn beautiful!

Romantic London wedding editorial with Ryann Lindsey Photography (17)

When my Instagram friend from the states announced she’d be in the UK to shoot a wedding, I knew it would be a once in a lifetime opportunity to work together in person. I messaged Ryann of Ryann Lindsey Photography and she was up for the task!

We decided to push for a London based shoot, and my search began. I was over the moon when Chelsea Physic Garden accepted. As a working garden open to the public, they don’t frequently allow photoshoots; as such, it was an amazing opportunity we were handed by the marketing team there. To compliment the lush greenery of the gardens, I opted for a pink, mauve and white colour scheme which would bounce beautifully off the floral and fauna of the surroundings.

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Hey lovelies! September is creeping up… and I’m excited because I’m teaching calligraphy back at my home from home in Manchester. Friday afternoon’s workshop is for absolute beginners, and we’ll be using a combination of cheat sheets and alphabets to copy. It’s going to be magic!

We have a handful of places left, and they’re now available at a reduced price in my Etsy shop. Click this link to book your places – they’re going fast so don’t miss out!

Tickets are now reduced from £65 to £52 – this includes your very own modern calligraphy kit to take home!

 

Beginners modern calligraphy workshop

Friday 7th September at 1 o’clock
At Manchester Craft & Design Centre
Just 10 – 15 minutes’ walk from Piccadilly and Victoria stations
Now only £52
Tickets here – quote SUNFLOWERS to save your 20%

Find the calligraphy workshop official Event on Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/events/478406522569834/

25% Saving for wedding photographers!

I love to style these calligraphy workshops as best I can with flowers and of course the beautiful handwritten calligraphy kits, which are personalised for every student.

white and green for a gorgeous summer marquee wedding in Herefordshire, images by Richard Skins Photography (27)
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Hey lovely! How are you today? Stay awhile, grab a cuppa because today I have something special… As glorious as wedding details can be, a great wedding photographer is one who can capture the essence of a couple. If you’re not sure what I mean, read on…

white and green for a gorgeous summer marquee wedding in Herefordshire, images by Richard Skins Photography (15)

This beautiful garden marquee wedding in Hertfordshire is filled with joy and laughter; the images capture not just the personal touches and styling, not only the stunning location and the gorgeous bride and groom. After scrolling through the wedding images I feel as though I know these two. The triumph and laughter as the wedding car (a vintage landcover) shudders gleefully into gear, the happiness as Charlotte’s bouquet is thrust into the air over and over again… this is what I’d want to remember from my wedding.

white and green for a gorgeous summer marquee wedding in Herefordshire, images by Richard Skins Photography (18)

Of course – of COURSE – all the details are exquisite. This is a wedding blog after all – the table plan is brilliant, the cake gorgeous, the flowers decadent, soft and full of texture. I can almost smell the bouquet. Charlotte’s dress by Mikaella Bridal is breathtakingly beautiful – and Mike looks the part along with all the guys dressed to kill: I love the shot of them all together.

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?

Pretty Norfolk DIY wedding at Binham memorial hall with Grace Elizabeth Photography (32)
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We’re kicking off this week with a gorgeous wedding – all done on a really reasonable budget, but absolutely beautiful all the same! I just adore Jess’s dress – it’s from Monsoon and she looks fabulous, don’t you think? Bridesmaids’ dresses are from Dorothy Perkins, and Tom’s suit is from Next. Together they’re just so perfect – I hope you’ll love their day as much as I do! They were married at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s witnesses with a reception at Binham memorial hall. All the images of their day are by lovely English Wedding Directory member Grace Elizabeth.

The flowers are by Myrtle and Moss, with blush pinks and natural colours with lots of foliage and a long stream of ribbon which flowed perfectly when it was windy. Emily & Sue did such an amazing job of our flowers and we also had some gorgeous hair pieces. Our venue was a blank canvas. We decorated the ceiling with draped fairy lights which made it look so pretty.

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A guest article by Jo at GetFilm, who are members of the English Wedding Directory

You spend hours; days and weeks meticulously planning every detail of your wedding so that it’s the perfect day for you. You hunt down the most beautiful venue, choose the tastiest menu and pick a killer playlist, ensuring the day is handcrafted to your liking.

Charlotte and Chris’s beautiful Woodhill Hall wedding video, by GetFilm

It goes without saying that your wedding video should be all about you too. Some say the best way to get the most true-to-yourself wedding video is to shoot it yourself, but I for one know that, on my wedding day, I wouldn’t want to be holding the camera, worrying about sound volumes and getting the most flattering angles, and I certainly wouldn’t want my guests to be either.

While capturing the perfect wedding video that you’ll love to re-watch for years to come is very important, the happy couple and their guests should be completely immersed in every moment of the big day.

Bright and colourful spring wedding styling at the Matara Centre on the English Wedding Blog with Oobaloos Photography (30)
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Header image credit: Oobaloos Photography

Nowadays, more and more people want a wedding that people will remember, which could mean anything from doing a synchronised first dance that goes viral on social media, or arriving at the wedding on a tractor.

One of the most effective ways to make sure that your wedding gets talked about for years to come is to pick a unique wedding venue — especially if it showcases your personality, and matches your chosen wedding theme.

Luckily, for those of you getting married in Britain, there are plenty of incredible places to get married that will ensure that your wedding is one for the ages.

 

7 British wedding venues that will really wow your guests

1. The Matara Centre, Gloucestershire

How many wedding venues have a Hilarium? Or a fabulously high domed window you can fill with paper lanterns to create the most colourful, contemporary yet whimsical wedding styling?

Relaxed hippie boho vibe wedding at Shustoke Farm Barns with Winnington & Coe Photography (15)
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Happy Friday folks! Do you have plans for the weekend? We’re off on adventures and I’m desperately hoping my back will hold out… turns out blogging is not the best for posture! I’m all achy and rattling full of ibuprofen this morning, yikes! But still… I can’t keep away from my desk as this gorgeous summer wedding is lightening my heart today. Beautiful bride Heather married Houw at Shustoke Barn on a sunny June day – their wedding is perfect for summer and I LOVE how full of colour the images are.

Relaxed hippie boho vibe wedding at Shustoke Farm Barns with Winnington & Coe Photography (28)

 

Jo at www.solihullweddingcreation.co.uk did our flowers, and they were perfect. A beautiful mix of colourful wild flowers. I was so happy with my bouquet and my bridesmaids’. My flower crown was just incredible. The button holes were awesome and the decorations throughout the barn were perfect, not too much and full of colour.

Relaxed hippie boho vibe wedding at Shustoke Farm Barns with Winnington & Coe Photography (32)

Our venue was a stunning converted barn with a church feel, huge windows and plenty of light. They had candles and fairy lights and indoor plants. We did hire a LOVE sign which gave it a beautiful touch.

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