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Dodford Manor Country Barn wedding blog, images © Brillpix Photography (15)
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Happy Thursday lovelies! Nearly the weekend… we’re excited to be heading to Manchester for a long overdue family visit tomorrow. What are your plans? If you’re thinking about a little wedmin then you’re in luck because we have some gorgeous ideas from a thrifty, creative, DIY spring wedding to delight your eyes today! I adore the colour theme and styling of Christian and Tan’s big day at Dodford Manor Country House Barn and I hope you will too! Images are by English Wedding Directory member Steve from Brillpix Photography in Northamptonshire. Enjoy! Dodford Manor Country Barn wedding blog, images © Brillpix Photography (29)

Nearly everything for the wedding was handmade! Tan loved designing and making the elements for the special day. “We had arranged for a Big Routemaster Bus to collect our guests and take them to the venue, so Tan made a hand painted sign as a bus stop in our village, with a pic of the Bride and Groom, and tied balloons to it. The order of Service was handmade, including hand painted pictures of all the Wedding Party – including one of the Groom getting ready with his Saints Rugby top on under his suit.

Alternative, eclectic, beautifully relaxed wedding by Inbetween Days Photography (27)
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The wedding speech is a big honour and a big part of wedding tradition but it can also be something peppered with fear and confusion (who should speak, how long for, in what order and when?).  There’s no shying away from the fact that a good speech is a highlight of the wedding meal, it can bring tears (of the happy and sentimentally variety) and fill the room with belly laughs of fun.  But… done badly the speech can be remembered for all the wrong reasons.  I don’t know about you but I certainly have ‘that’ speech memory that makes me feel slightly uneasy.

Today I’m sharing my advice on what makes a really good speech – the dos and don’ts – as well as the etiquette low down.

Alternative, eclectic, beautifully relaxed wedding by Inbetween Days Photography (26)

All images in this post are by lovely Inbetween Days Photography (Brighton)

Vibrant florals at Millbridge Court, with Stylish Wedding Photography (10)
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Happy Tuesday lovelies! I’m blogging from my patio this morning… it’s not often we have glorious sunshine in the Lakes while the rest of the country is gloomy, so no apologies for making the most of it while it lasts! But I do have something to brighten your day and bring a little summer to your screens…

Vibrant florals at Millbridge Court, with Stylish Wedding Photography (13)

Judith and Mat’s wedding is wonderful for the flowers, for the glowing smiles on the faces of the beautiful bride and groom, and for bringing Millbridge Court back to the English Wedding Blog! It’s been two years since we featured a wedding from this fabulous Surrey venue, but I hope we’ll see many more in the years to come! It’s a blank canvas venue, with high ceilings and white walls… perfect for decorating with bright, vibrant touches as Judith and Mat did.

Vibrant florals at Millbridge Court, with Stylish Wedding Photography (14)

Sheradon Dublin Photography - dresses by Poppy Perspective on the English Wedding Blog (6)
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Today’s blog feature is brought to you by fate. You know sometimes life falls into place in such an incredible way? Everything comes together and something beautiful happens…

Sheradon Dublin Photography - dresses by Poppy Perspective on the English Wedding Blog (18)

The dresses are just divine – they’re by lovely Phiney from Poppy Perspective. Phiney designs bespoke wedding dresses and we’re incredibly excited for the launch of her first collection in 2019. The images are by fabulously talented Sheradon Dublin Photography, based in Kent and London. He’s pretty damn awesome.

None of these images would have existed if not for a magical twist of fate and a healthy dose of spontaneity from Sheradon and Phiney. The venue became free at the very last minute (and just days before it was due to be sold); Instagram and local connections brought together a brilliant group of creatives, and the results are just breathtaking…

Sheradon Dublin Photography - dresses by Poppy Perspective on the English Wedding Blog (8)

Prestwold Hall wedding in October, images by Matt Selby Photography (25)
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Happy Sunday lovelies! We’re heading up to the Lakes today to catch up with family, and hoping for a dry day with views! I hope you’ve got lovely Sunday plans too 🙂
I thought I’d share today’s beautiful wedding on the blog a little earlier than normal (because we all have Sunday things to do, don’t we?!) Emma and Stefan’s day is oh so elegant, with classic styling touches and plenty of summer sunshine. Emma looks stunning in a Mark Lesley dress, perfect for Prestwold Hall‘s sophisticated and timeless surroundings.

Prestwold Hall wedding in October, images by Matt Selby Photography (21)

Prestwold is a beautiful country house and did not need much decoration. We stuck to decorating the tables for the wedding breakfast and a few things around the bar. The flowers were arranged by Lynn at Scent with Love. We all had a bouquet of peach Vuvuzela Roses, Memory lane Roses and gypsophila, posy style with a few diamantes and tied with satin ribbon.

Prestwold Hall wedding in October, images by Matt Selby Photography (22)

Wedding photographer’s website:

www.mattselbyphotography.co.uk

Wild Beer Company wedding, Cheltenham - images by Oobaloos Photography (15)
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Kathie and Mike’s wedding is one of those glorious days which reminds me just what it’s all about. It’s not the colour palette or how many bridesmaids there are; it’s not the dress or the flowers in your hair – it’s the love, the laughter and the once-in-a-lifetime memories you’re making together. This is exceptionally beautiful, and grabbed my heart as soon as I saw the pics by our lovely friend Sheryl at Oobaloos Photography.

Wild Beer Company wedding, Cheltenham - images by Oobaloos Photography (18)

We kept things simple with cut flowers in bottles with some succulents for table decorations and then slightly more dramatic for the evening in the basement bar with hoops, cloches and lots of candles. Our flowers were by Emma at www.the-flower-girls.co.uk. She did a stunning job: romantic but simple, incorporating my favourite flowers and colours.

Wild Beer Company wedding, Cheltenham - images by Oobaloos Photography (33)
Wild Beer Company wedding, Cheltenham - images by Oobaloos Photography (34)

Wedding photographer’s website:

http://www.oobaloosphotography.co.uk/

Mike’s a professional photographer and we knew we had high expectations when it came to our own wedding photography. For us it was about capturing those special informal moments, rather than the pressure of having to pose for shots. Sheryl’s gallery was full of relaxed looking couples who seemed to be enjoying themselves.

Ayelle Photography Bellows Mill wedding blog (8)
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Gorgeous couple Kate and Ben held a festival inspired wedding with elegant and creative styling touches. I love the colourful sign on a pallet, the bathtub full of beers, Kate’s stunning dress and bouquet… and Ben’s change from dress uniform to a casual evening look. Images are by Adam and Liz at Ayelle Photography, who told me this was a wonderfully personal wedding – a wed fest style that really told the story of the couple, who love a party, are regular Ibiza goers and got engaged at the top of a mountain.

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Wedding photographer’s website:

www.ayellephoto.com

Ayelle Photography did the photography and videography for our wedding and it was fantastic. Well worth every penny we spent on them. Adam and Liz are a great team who went out of their way to find out exactly what we wanted for our day. They welcomed us into their home several times in order to make sure we were happy with what they were delivering. They worked individually on the day to follow both of us through all the preparation and as seasoned wedding photographers were also on hand to give a bit of calming advice if nerves were getting the better of us. They have an eye for what will make for a brilliant memory and will manoeuvre you or themselves into the best positions to get some beautiful photos.

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Hello there beautiful! I hope you’re having a wonderful week. I’d like to make it just that little bit more lovely by offering you an exclusive saving on my next modern calligraphy workshop, which will be happening in Manchester on Saturday the 26th of May.

learn calligraphy 2018 uk classes at Manchester Craft and Design Centre. Photo credit Teresa Furey (2)

If you’re going to make your own invitations, place cards and table stationery for your wedding, attending a calligraphy workshop will be a massive help to you. You’ll learn how to make beautiful letter shapes, which will add so much personality to your wedding stationery. I’ve taught plenty of brides-to-be along with their mums, best friends and sisters… and the classes are a lovely way to spend a little relaxing time together too!

Workshops are usually £65 per person – this includes your own personalised calligraphy starter kit with pen & nib, ink and alphabet samplers.

Exclusively to English Wedding Blog readers, we’re offering a discount of £10 per person when you book 2 places together. 

Marquee wedding Eastbourne with Charlotte Razzell Photography (24)
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Hey lovelies! How are you on this lovely Wednesday morning? I’ve been beavering away at my calligraphy accounts since yesterday, and all the numbers are breaking me – so I thought it would be lovely to stop for a moment or two and write about Ella and Will’s gorgeous countryside wedding. Oh, and to swoon over their beautiful florals and all the pretty handmade touches they incorporated into the day. They’re the loveliest couple, and their wedding was captured perfectly by lovely Guildford wedding photographer Charlotte Razzell Photography.  Enjoy!    Claire xxx

Marquee wedding Eastbourne with Charlotte Razzell Photography (29)

Zelie from The Homegrown Flower Company made our beautiful bouquets and large arrangements for outside the chapel and marquee. She knew I wanted something totally wild and colourful to tie in with the flowers we were doing ourselves and that I really didn’t want a bouquet that looked formally arranged. She certainly exceeded expectations plus my bouquet smelt truly amazing! I still have it now dried and in a frame.

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Want to recreate those sultry nights listening to stripped-back acoustic songs in the flickering glow of a crackling campfire? Or perhaps capture the infectious energy of festival favourites Mumford and Sons? When you hire a festival wedding band, you can relive those heady days and endless summer nights on your big day.

Festival-themed weddings are a huge trend that shows no sign of slowing, and why would they? The carefree vibe, gorgeous rustic style and feel-good folk-style music all make for the perfect outdoor wedding. Thanks to the popularity of music festivals large and small, there’s been an explosion in festival wedding bands. Inspired by the likes of Mumford and Sons, The Lumineers and (of course) Ed Sheeran, the best young musicians are choosing to pick up the acoustic guitar instead of the electric and going back to traditional musical roots for inspiration.

Relaxed bridesmaids, bridesmaid advice, photo by Constance Rose (3)
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A guest article by Emily Andrew Weddings

I hate to say it but more often than not bridesmaids can be one of the largest causes of stress my clients face when planning their big day! Number one of the issues is clothing! These are my top pieces of advice I give my clients to help them navigate this minefield.

  1. Budget:

First up is budget. If you are really tight on budget then it can be an option to ask your best ladies to provide their own outfits. If you select this option then always approach this topic sensitively with your friends as when they were asked to be a bridesmaid they were probably expecting to be provided with a lovely dress.

Be honest with them, and explain that it is so important to you that you can share your special day with them playing a major role but you are worrying about money and affording the whole expense of a wedding. If they are good friends they will be completely supportive and will be more than happy to help you out.

Styling by Lily & Lavender, images by Alison Wonderland Photography at Hidden Spring Vineyard (25)
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I love the idea of a vineyard wedding, and as a wedding blogger I see so many gorgeous celebrations from Californian vineyards… but did you know we have our very own vineyards here in the UK? Today’s gorgeous shoot comes from Hidden Spring Vineyard in East Sussex. The Tasting Room at Hidden Spring makes for a lovely wedding reception room, and the vineyard location is wonderfully inspiring for your wedding theme… especially when you can book some of the fab suppliers who collaborated on this creative shoot!

Styling by Lily & Lavender, images by Alison Wonderland Photography at Hidden Spring Vineyard (3)

Words by Carol at Lily & Lavender Events | Images by Alison Wonderland Photography

As a wedding stylist I encourage my couples not to go with a theme but instead be inspired by their surroundings and not be afraid to mix antiques and modern items.  This creates depth and texture in the overall design of a tablescape or room – the results are just magical!

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