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… and if there was one image I could show you to prove how amazing they are, it would be this. Melissa Beattie Photography Lowther Castle5407

Discover them both:

Melissa Beattie Photography (amazing, lovely, ridiculously talented and shoots weddings all over the UK)

Claire Pettibone (only the best designer of statement wedding dresses in the world…)

This image is a sneak peek from a styled shoot at Aspire Photography Training – and I was there with my calligraphy. There’s a little more here for you to see…

 

with: Melissa Beattie Photography | Aspire Photography Training | Jenny Heyworth Photography | Aqua The Salon | Lucy Pearson MUA | The White Closet | Claire Pettibone | Calligraphy for Weddings | Made in Flowers

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I’m almost tempted to tell the story of Lori and Tom’s wedding backwards… because I’m in love with this photo:

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The only reason I’m telling the story from the beginning is that I’m just as excited to show you all of the other images of the day… today’s real wedding is full of surprises, beautiful touches and smiles from beginning to end. You’ll love it!

Contact and bookings: Rob & Sarah Gillespie Photography

robandsarahgillespie.co.uk
www.facebook.com/robandsarahgillespie
english-wedding.com/tag/rob-and-sarah-gillespie

Lori and Tom were married in the summer, and seeing their wedding today is warming my heart – it’s a beautiful celebration for a gorgeous couple in one of the most magnificent venues our country has to offer: Studley Castle. The ceilings are spectacular; the setting is incredible and the atmosphere is spine tingling!

An English wedding blog from Studley Castle with Rob and Sarah Gillespie Photography (19)

 

Lori’s dress was created for her from her own vision: she bought a strapless bridal gown and had a lace top made especially for her by a local bridal boutique – it looks fabulous and I love her approach to customising an off-the-peg wedding dress!

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Hey lovely! Flex those creative fingertips because I have some gorgeous homemade wedding ideas for you this fabulous* Monday afternoon!

*Oh, I know what you’re saying about Mondays but trust me: it is now… and all because I have a special feature for you: this ‘get the look’ blog is inspired by gorgeous bride and groom Ananda and Darren, whose Hackney Brewery wedding featured on the blog a little while ago. It’s a creative treat: in Ananda’s own words, “There are some wonderful things you can buy but making tassels and garlands ourselves not only saved us hundreds of pounds but also gave us some lovely creative weeks with friends in the lead up to the wedding.”

Tissue flowers and chalkboard wedding projects on the English Wedding Blog (4)

Using long ribbons trailing from your bouquet adds texture, movement and interest. The ribbons and flowers complement the paper tassels which Ananda and Darren hung on the walls of their venue – and they’re FAB! This gorgeous bride and groom used bright flowers and berries throughout their day and worked the same colour palette into the glorious tissue paper decorations – which are lovely against a twinkly backdrop. Even Ananda’s shoes are a soft pastel shade, which looks amazing.

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Sometimes you see an image which stays in your mind for the whole day. I get it all the time – looking at the fabulous yellow flowers from today’s real wedding I find myself feeling as though summer has barely begun! (Can you believe it’s November already?!)

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I stumbled across a blog by my friend and sponsor Benjamin Toms Photography this morning and simply had to share it with you.

Benjamin Toms – contact & bookings

Benjamintomsphotography.co.uk
www.facebook.com/BenjaminTomsPhotography
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An English wedding in Nonington, Kent photographed by Benjamin Toms (4)

Christine and Jon had the loveliest ceremony and romantic marquee reception in Nonington village, Kent – and you’ll love admiring their day on the blog. Here are a few of my favourite sneak peeks…

An English wedding in Nonington, Kent photographed by Benjamin Toms (3)

An English wedding in Nonington, Kent photographed by Benjamin Toms (2)

See more…

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Creativity is what lights my fire. Always. Seeing new ideas, discovering beautiful things and learning from amazing people all float my boat. I see a LOT of weddings and style ideas on social media, and I’m always second guessing what’s going to be huge on the wedding scene over the next few months.

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Image credits: Taylor Hughes Photography as featured on the English Wedding Blog back in September

I baffle some of my photographer friends. I probably annoy other suppliers when I say I don’t want to feature their styled shoots. I’m not a fence-sitter when it comes to weddings: I’ll either leap off the fence yelling in happiness when I see something beautiful I can feature, or I’ll hide behind the fence sulking when I get a submission which is… a little bit 1992.

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So I asked Lizzie and Paul if they could describe their wedding in 10 words or fewer… and their response was simply, “wow, this is hard”!… which made me smile. Their wedding is lovely, beautifully styled and full of gorgeous moments – there are too many to count.

A beautiful real English wedding from Derbyshire with Simon Dewey Photography (9)

Today’s incredibly beautiful bride and gorgeous groom were married in Derbyshire in August. They chose Callow Hall as their reception venue, and I’m thrilled to be able to feature their day on the English Wedding Blog.

A beautiful real English wedding from Derbyshire with Simon Dewey Photography (38)

Images are by lovely Simon Dewey Photography, who describes their day as “a treat. A lovely couple. A gorgeous dress. Traditional scottish attire. And some georgous light and landscape to capture it all in. Lizzie and Paul had exlusive use of the hall and grounds, a drinks reception in the secret garden, followed by a meal and dancing the night away with their guests in the marquee overlooking the Derbyshire landscape. It was a truly special occasion.”

You can discover more from Simon here:

www.simondewey.co.uk

Instagram.com/simondeweyphotography/

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Louisa and David describe their day as a “simple, traditional country wedding” – and for me, it’s the perfect celebration. They told me their images (by Somerset photographer Michael Riley) “captured the atmosphere, the emotion and the look of the whole wedding perfectly.”

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The day was held at a 14th century coaching inn, the wonderful and charming George Inn, which needed very little decoration. Louisa worked with David’s Mum to arrange the flowers for the day, and made some rustic bunting which complemented their stationery (from Paperchase) and tied the theme of the day together.

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Images are by Somerset wedding photographer Michael Riley. Do check out his website here:

http://www.michaelrileyphotography.com
https://www.facebook.com/mikerileyphotography
https://instagram.com/michaelrileyphotography
https://www.pinterest.com/MikeRileyPhoto/wedding-portfolio/

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This is all so beautiful. Shall we?claire gould english wedding blog signature

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George Inn wedding in Somerset by Michael Riley Photography (37)
George Inn wedding in Somerset by Michael Riley Photography (38)
George Inn wedding in Somerset by Michael Riley Photography (39)

The English Wedding Blog Interview: Louisa and David

Wedding photographer’s website:

www.michaelrileyphotography.com

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Forgive me lovely brides and grooms, as I speak briefly to all of your favourite wedding suppliers this afternoon! It’s that wonderful time of the year when we (wedding suppliers) snuggle up at our desks, design new stuff and revamp our websites, plan new projects and get excited about the new year. (Already – yes, I know!) and I want to help you all with part of that.

English countryside marquee wedding, images by Rob & Sarah Gillespie Photography (15)

Image credits: Rob & Sarah Gillespie

Wedding blog traffic generally doubles in January. For the English Wedding Blog, this will mean a hike from 30,000 visits a month to around 60,000. Why? Because there are lots of engagements over Christmas, and those couples who are planning 2016 weddings will start booking suppliers early in the new year.

For wedding suppliers like you and me, it means we have to work extra hard to get noticed. I have a plan to share all of my latest calligraphy projects on the English Wedding Blog in December and January, with images from all the amazing photographers I’ve worked with. I know product showcases and features work – and I want to share them with as many creative couples as I possibly can!

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Luxury can come in small packages, you know…. and when wedding magazines quote the ‘average’ price of a wedding I always take those stats with a pinch of salt (or to be honest, a chuckle and a roll of the eyes) – because savvy brides and grooms know wedding style isn’t about having everything. It’s about carefully choosing just a few key statement pieces.

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Today’s shoot looks super luxurious, but shows how a select few suppliers can turn your day into a memorable occasion. Forget stationery, forget wedding cars, forget favours and handcrafted place settings. Today’s shoot is all about the location: Cliveden House inspired every detail. It’s all about the dress, the bouquet and having a venue which doesn’t need a lot of decoration… which will cut your wedding budget massively.

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Wedding planner Meghan from Extraordinary Days coordinated today’s shoot with a few key details from quality suppliers. I hope you love it: and I hope it inspires you to cut down on details and focus on elegance and simplicity in a setting which provides all the romance and luxury you could ever need.

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Are you a timeless bride? Do you dream of a classic, full length wedding dress with a beautiful silhouette and the most incredible fabrics? Does it mean a lot to you to buy from a British designer rather than wearing an imported dress? Then today, the English Wedding Blog is just for you.

Designer wedding dresses for 2016 by Sassi Halford (16)
Designer wedding dresses for 2016 by Sassi Halford (17)

I’m sharing the 2016 Signature Collection by Sassi Holford with you today. Sassi is one of the leading names in the British wedding industry and her gowns have caused a stir for years… for their inimitable grace and style as well as for their timelessness and beautiful design.

Designer wedding dresses for 2016 by Sassi Halford (24)
Designer wedding dresses for 2016 by Sassi Halford (25)

The 2016 Signature Collection will see Sassi Holford dresses on the covers of every bridal magazine. Dresses feature the loveliest duchesse satins alongside soft organza skirts, with lace accents on key pieces.

Every dress in the collection is ultra feminine, with an emphasis on the beauty of the female figure sculpted by bustier detailing and the most exquisite of necklines.

To see the full collection and find a stockist near you visit http://sassiholford.com
Designer wedding dresses for 2016 by Sassi Halford (22)
Designer wedding dresses for 2016 by Sassi Halford (23)

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Hey beautiful! I have a little weekend treat for you this Saturday morning… thanks to lovely Stabby from Heartistic Productions. The carousel at Preston Court is the most amazing backdrop and I adore the scenes towards the end of this wedding film with the smoke and our gorgeous bride and groom totally wrapped up in one another as the carousel spins behind them… Lauren and Jon are more than gorgeous and their outdoor wedding is beautiful, followed by a reception in the Kent barn with pretty tissue decorations hanging from the rafters and twinkly lights everywhere.

Stabby and Jason are a husband and wife team who have been making wedding films since 2013, they’re based in South Africa and are looking to relocate to the UK. Find out more about them here:

http://www.heartisticproductions.co.za

https://www.facebook.com/HeartisticProductions/

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCetw3iwpu9EasQCdV6e2gKA

 

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Happy Friday! Woohoo… it’s been an amazing week here at English Wedding Towers… I’m almost ready to paint the new studio and getting used to my new computer – which doesn’t have the egg-frying functionality of the last one, but it is shiny. As it’s Friday I thought we’d bring the week to a super happy close and put a huge smile on our pretty faces with a gorgeous wedding film. Ceri and Mickey were married at Herons Farm, and their barn wedding brings together all the loveliest vintage and rustic styling elements you can imagine: fairy lights and bunting, signage and wonderful flowers… oh and a gorgeous couple whose happiness lights up the whole place.


 

The film itself is fabulous, and I do recommend you check out the fab team at Kotech Films:

Kotech Films are a young, dynamic team of creatives based near Reigate whose passion for film has taken them from extreme sports events through concerts and live events and into weddings… and they’re awesome.

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