Winter is coming… and that phrase conjures up two things for me! The first is Game of Thrones – and me and my guy are rewatching every. single. episode. from the 1st season to the last… we started on Friday and I think we’ll be finished just in time for season 8 in May / June 2019! Winter also reminds me of snowy weddings, snuggly wraps and cosily beautiful wedding styling. So today I’m sharing a truly unique wedding from Lansdown Hall and Gallery in Stroud. Beautiful bride Jess and gorgeous groom Damian chose the venue because it’s very dear to their family, and organised everything themselves: decorations, lighting, DJ, the bar, outside catering, staff, setting up and clearing up. Take one look at their photos and you’ll see it was 100% worthwhile – it allowed them to plan and style their day exactly how they wanted. As well as the venue, highlights to watch out for are Jess’s E&W Couture dress, which is just perfect – and the bouquet of eucalyptus, white roses and pussy willow (my favourite!) by the wonderful Sweet Peony in Cardiff. The fabulous photos of Jess and Damian’s wedding are by UK photographer Jon Turtle, who’s based in Penarth, South Wales.
Happy Tuesday everyone! I’m surrounded by calligraphy pens and inks today as I get ready for another modern calligraphy class on Friday – but I just had to take a little breather and dive into some wedding loveliness with you this lunchtime. Now I very often talk about English Wedding as a joint effort: it’s not just me here, it’s all of the fabulous creatives whose photos and products you see on these pages that make up English Wedding. And today I’m introducing one of those lovely humans whose gorgeous images make English-Wedding.com such a beautiful place to be.
Surrey wedding photographer Jessica Grace Photography has joined us this autumn and I’m excited to be following her stunning social media and sharing a little more about her on English Wedding. Jesse’s style is beautiful – documentary with a dash of creativity and a real talent for capturing special moments for you to cherish. Grab a cuppa, find somewhere cosy to settle and enjoy the glorious photos you’re about to see – and I’ll hand over to lovely Jesse to introduce herself!
Hey lovelies! How was your weekend? I’m fairly sure I still have white paint all over my hair and face but hey – we had a successful decorating session! So back to it and this week we have some blindingly beautiful weddings and ideas to share with you on English Wedding. Kicking off the week are gorgeous newlyweds Beth and Carl, who celebrated their marriage at The Old Hall in Frodsham. This is so beautiful… and the FLOWERS!
“Our wedding flowers were even more than what I was expecting, our florist Jenny from Jenny Penny Flowers in Frodsham completely went above and beyond in providing everything which I had envisaged. Jenny understood what I was asking for and provided us with more, we had so many compliments on the flowers and the table decorations. The flowers were an important factor on our day as they set the tone for our botanical feel and I could not have chosen someone better than Jenny to trust to do this, they were absolutely perfect.
Imagine if your wedding dress could change someone’s future. Imagine if it could actually change a life and turn a young girl’s desperate future into one of proper schooling, dreams and real opportunity. All that we have, all that we see in the wedding industry on a daily basis whispers of luxury and privilege. We’re lucky – and by supporting Brides Do Good we can help girls around the world who aren’t – all it takes is your wedding dress. Please read, share, and make a plan to donate your dress after your big day.
Who are Brides Do Good, and what do they do?
Situated within an opulent Mayfair address, the Brides do Good boutique is an elegant environment where brides-to-be will discover a wide selection of pre-loved, sample and previous season designer wedding dresses and accessories, available immediately and at a discount of up to 70% off the original RRP.
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Today we’re sharing the loveliest English country house wedding style with you – a theme I adore and which is popular every single year with you lovely lot. The ideas come from a talented group of local wedding suppliers around Nurstead Court in Kent. There’s so much inspiration to take away from it – from the styling and stationery, to the dresses and shoes and flowers. The sublime images are by Michaelangelo, with fabulously romantic flowers by Bohotanical, cakes from Ever After Wedding Cakes, and showstopping designer dresses by Diana Elizabeth Bridal. Watch out for the pretty accessories by lovely Lorna Green, which are just adorable!
Image credits and introduction:
Photography by Michaelangelo www.bymichaelangelo.co.uk
Back in July, myself and a huge team of mainly Kent-based suppliers organised a bit of an epic styled wedding shoot at a cute little venue called Nurstead Court. It has a real English country house feel to it with some period pieces and areas (like a piano and a lovely panelled library) as well as some lovely grounds. This was a real collaborative effort and we were there the whole day!
Happy Friday folks! What are your plans for the weekend? We’ll be relaxing after a tough week of man flu, I think!! But let’s hark back to the summer months, shall we? Beautiful Leila & her gorgeous groom Mike had a laid back outdoor wedding in June at the very lovely Shortmead House in Biggleswade, which is set in the Bedfordshire countryside. It had a very English country garden feel, which photographer Lorna Newman has captured beautifully for us. I hope you love this stunning summer wedding as much as I do!
All images are by lovely Lorna Newman, whose style is wonderfully fun and creative – her romantic shots throughout the day from morning through to sunrise are just divine. The wedding was non-traditional, very beautiful and relaxed, it was just perfect.
“I had always loved Grace Loves Lace dresses but never thought I would have had the chance to try one let along buy one! They opened a showroom in London and it went from there…
The key emerging trend for 2019 weddings right now seems to be minimalism – simple styling and elegant touches, with a focus on quality rather than quantity of styling touches! Tables and place settings can be kept beautifully clean with minimal fuss and subtle colours, bridal styling is only subtly hued and florals are soft, lush and green. Simplicity is beautiful; understated is our dream wedding look for the coming year!
Rock the Frock Bridal provided two dresses – a modern style from Mila Mira, taking elements from traditional bridal styling and with a taupe lining. We love the second look, with a two-piece top and skirt by Zetterberg Couture. Make up was by Clarissa Clary, with the look kept soft and neutral with hair by Jennie in a soft braided up-do. The hairline is by PS With Love, and veil from lovely Sash & Veil.
If you’re busy planning your own wedding, chances are – like us – you’re going through that phase where all of your friends are tying the knot as well! We’re on a steady run of 2 weddings per year… and that means 2 outfits, 2 weekends away and 2 wedding gifts! When Truly Experiences got in touch I was delighted: they’re going to be a great place to find those unusual wedding gifts we’ve been looking for in the run up to all of our friends’ weddings! So with a warm welcome from me, our newest English Wedding team members are here to share their story with you today.
Finding the perfect wedding gift is no easy task. It takes a lot of thought and consideration to find that unique present for newlyweds that’s not just another boring kitchen appliance off the wedding registry.
No-one knows this more than our CEO and founder of Truly Experiences, Jack Huang.
The South East is glorious place to get married: it’s home to countless fabulous venues, from majestic stately homes, to rustic converted barns, to dramatic coastal retreats, to ultra-chic cosmopolitan spaces in the nation’s capital.
The South East also happens to host a thriving wedding music scene. There’s an abundance of awe-inspiringly talented wedding bands and musicians located throughout the region, all competing with one another, driving the standard of performance ever higher.
As you’d imagine, London is the heart of this vibrant live music scene, but you’ll also find local wedding bands for hire for venues in Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, East Sussex, Hampshire, Kent, Oxfordshire, Surrey and West Sussex.
Why is hiring local musicians important? It isn’t crucial, but by opting for a local South East wedding band you’re getting some very real benefits:
- Your band won’t have had to endure a mammoth journey to get to you and will thus be fresh to give their best performance
Good morning, beautiful! Today we’re sharing a key look for 2019 weddings – one that can be recreated easily once you ‘get’ the styling concepts – and one I know will make 2019 a year of weddings to remember. It’s all about understated elegance with careful attention to a few quality details. For me this is a look of almost effortless wedding style – combining simple, minimal details with the smallest touches of real luxury and softness. The florals are absolutely key: delicate and feminine blooms in a soft palette of ivory, nude, blush and soft peach with pops of glorious coral. Texture comes from hare’s tail grasses and striking white anthuriums, while white lilac and butterfly ranunculus bring softness to the look. The colours are what I love most about today’s floral design: those carefully arranged coral blooms really make the arrangements look contemporary and luxurious, don’t you think?
Happy Monday lovelies! How cold has it been this weekend though?! Even today I’m in my snuggliest jumper and slipper boots (the joy of working from home!) – but as ever, the beauty of a wedding blog is that we can take you back to warm summer days! And I have a beauty of a farm wedding for you today, with a (genius or what?!) chicken and egg theme. The cake is one of my fave details – and our beautiful bride and groom are here to tell you all about their day.
“We used our agricultural barn and the Mother of the bride and her friends used flowers and foliage from their gardens, fairy lights and our handmade bunting to transform the barn. Guests were seated on hay bales with handmade cushions which I made with my cousin and Great grandmothers quilted throws.
Do you celebrate Halloween? Here at English Wedding HQ I love the old belief in fairies and spirits – it’s said they can reach us more easily tonight than at any other time in the year… so I see it as a time to pray for loved ones lost; to celebrate their lives and look back on precious times and memories shared. It’s also a lovely opportunity to cook pumpkin stuff – I actually spent a few happy moments writing on a little pumpkin in my calligraphy class the other week! Anyway – before I begin today’s blog post I have a request for wedding stylists and photographers – I would love to feature this year’s Halloween weddings on the blog this time next year. If you’re styling or shooting a wedding today, please consider submitting it for publication on English Wedding next year. We don’t need ghosts and goths (although, that would be pretty awesome!) – I’m looking for weddings with orange, autumnal or pumpkin styling ideas to inspire our readers. Thank you!