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Sometimes I have to pinch myself… I’m lucky, so lucky, to work from a creatively crazy little studio, with cats on the sofa behind me and birds hopping around the garden outside. I have the creative life I’ve always dreamed of; I get to write beautiful articles and share the most amazing images every day – and a handful of years ago my job description didn’t even exist.

Wedding blogs are a weird and wonderful thing. Bloggers, unlike magazines, aren’t held down by printing deadlines; we can publish important news immediately; we can be as creative as we choose, and make up all of our own rules as we go along. And none of this could ever happen without the amazing brands who support and sponsor us.

I would love it if you could spend five minutes (or more!) checking out some of these guys. They are all sponsors of the English Wedding Blog – and I work closely with them to share inspiring weddings, ideas and inspiration with all of you on a daily basis. They’re handpicked by me for being awesome at what they do, and if you’re looking for suppliers you should definitely investigate some of the names you see here!

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Cornflower blues, lazy summer days and understated, delicate florals for a beautiful summer wedding… today we’re in for such a lovely treat! Tim and Becky were married at the RAC, a Surrey venue renowned for its stunning features and exclusive atmosphere – and for the fabulously elegant weddings it hosts. This is just out of this world…

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Images are by lovely Murray Clarke Photography, who you can (and should!) see more from here:

http://www.murrayclarke.co.uk
Facebook.com/murrayclarkephotography
Pinterest.com/murrayclarke
Twitter.com/murraywedding

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Murray told me, “Becky and Tim’s wedding was filled with excitement and laughter from start to finish. They were a very laid back couple who were really easy to photograph and natural in front of the camera. I met them at another wedding recently and was so pleased to see that the lovely couple are now expecting a baby!

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“The RAC is a beautiful wedding venue that sits in the heart of Woodcote Park. It boasts stunning period features throughout and offer a really grand experience for couples.” ~ Murray Clarke Photography

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Don’t you just love seeing a bouquet full of gorgeous blooms, mixed textures and amazing accent colours? I love seeing different bouquets throughout the year… anemones in spring, peonies in summer, hydrangeas a little later in the year, and roses all year round. Laura’s bouquet was a fabulous talking point and sets the colour and style for a gorgeous wedding full of feminine colours – and not just pink! Here’s how you can copy her look for your own wedding day:

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1. Mix and match your flowers

Laura and Simon’s wedding was in February, so her favourite flowers (peonies) were out of season. Instead your florist might use a combination of roses, grape hyacinths, ranunculus, pink tulips and foliage. Don’t be afraid to ask about flowers which are in season – you’ll be surprised how much choice is available all year round, and how wonderfully creative florists can be! Add a brooch and silk ribbon to your bouquet and buttonholes for an added feminine touch.

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If I can bring a smile to your face this morning I’ll be so happy… and with the amazing wedding I have up my sleeve I’m feeling pretty confident 🙂 Caroline & David’s wedding is wonderful: a riot of colour and fun, and I adore the flowers and how the gorgeous bride and groom styled the venue for their day. There are so many glorious details and I love the portraits of the bride and groom as well, they just look so perfect together!

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Images are by lovely Lissa Alexandra Photography, who you can discover more from here:

http://www.lissaalexandraphotography.com
Instagram.com/lissaalexandraphoto
Facebook.com/Lissa-Alexandra-Photography-174608205922112
Twitter.com/lissaalexandra

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From the first meeting with Caroline & David I loved their relaxed vibe. At the time of planning their wedding they were moving back from Australia to England, applying for new jobs as well as finding a home, I mean WOW, that’s all kinds of busy but they were chilled and I knew it was going to be an awesome day because of them. This followed through into the engagement shoot as well, it unexpectedly rained quite badly and we were doing piggybacks and all sorts during it, they didn’t care, that’s my kind of couple!” ~ Lissa Alexandra

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2016 must be the year of the barn wedding in the UK – I’ve seen so many amazing days from restored, converted, newly-loved barns – and Kim and Josh chose one of the very best for their rustic wedding in Gloucestershire. The photos are superb, and I especially love the bouquet… I’m loving all the greenery in bouquets right now! Kim is so beautiful – and there are some wonderful moments in here too. The first kiss shot is just perfect; and the venue is gorgeous.

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Images are by Wiltshire-based Kevin Belson Photography. Find out more here:

http://kevinbelson.com
https://www.facebook.com/KevinBelsonPhotography
http://twitter.com/KevinBelson

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We really enjoy our time at Great Tythe Barn weddings and the staff and suppliers are always a delight to work with. It’s a stunning barn venue for a Gloucestershire wedding. The guest accommodation and the beautiful Manor House make it perfect for the bridal party to get ready on the day of the wedding. With everything enclosed in the same grounds as the barn, it means we can get to everyone effortlessly all day.” ~ Kevin Belson Photography

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How DIY are you, really? If you’ve felt the pressure to make your own wedding… [fill in the blank with pretty much anything here] – and your fingers aren’t buzzing with craftitude – then I’m here to show you there are plenty of other options out there.

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Yay! wedding invitation by Style & Joy

Contrary to popular belief, making your own wedding invitations won’t necessarily save you money. If you’re photoshopping, printing at home, buying card, trimming, sticking bits on, tying with ribbon etc. you will be spending more than you think and fizzling time away as if you were never that bothered about having a social life in the first place 😉

So stop and reconsider. There are options. Affordable wedding invitations can be fab – oh, and we’re not talking cheap eBay invites here either. Here’s a collection of beautifully designed, nicely printed, good quality wedding invitations which won’t break the bank or indeed you, your nails or your plans for the weekend. Enjoy!

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It’s been too long – I’ve missed you lovely lot! But in only a fortnight we’re back out on the road for another modern calligraphy workshop in Manchester. I’m so excited, it’ll be a brilliant day and I’d LOVE to meet some of you there! Modern calligraphy workshops – information & online booking

Writing modern calligraphy is easier than you might think – and it’s perfect for making wedding invitations with a real personal touch. If you love crafting but hate glitter and glue, a little home-grown calligraphy could be the perfect thing for your wedding!

Back in February my lovely friend Paul from pkprophoto.uk joined us to film part of a workshop – I’m thrilled with this little film which shows just what happens in a modern calligraphy workshop – and I wanted to share it with you! If you’re interested in learning a little lettering and calligraphy for your wedding day, join me in Manchester on the 29th of April – it’ll be fun!

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Sometimes you’ve just gotta go unashamedly pink. Girly, super pretty and all-out glamorous makes for one hell of a blog feature, and Lucinda and Alex’s wedding is all of the above and more. Theirs is a wonderfully glamorous wedding and I love the pinks and details – and the blossom is fabulous! Springtime is well and truly here today!

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Lucinda’s Caroline Castigliano dress is beautiful – and she’s a stunning bride. Partnered with Alex, they’re the perfect couple and their happiness just shines in every pic. Images are by lovely Sheryl at Oobaloos Photography, Cheltenham

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https://www.facebook.com/oobaloosphotography
https://twitter.com/Oobaloos

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Lucinda’s top advice for other couples is fab: “Make sure you enjoy your whole day and take a minute every now and then to sit back and look at how much everyone is enjoying themselves, try and take mental images! And failing that, make sure you get a fantastic photographer to capture those moments for you, it’s worth it!”

Claire

 

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Hey lovelies! I hope you’re having the most amazing week – can anyone see a peek of sunshine though? I’m missing my beach walks at lunchtime… but hey, I’m loving working on the blog instead 🙂 We have a TON of sunny English summer weddings coming up soon!

I’d love your help with some of our upcoming features too: there are some slots free for styled shoots, advice and inspiration, and even product features if you’re a wedding supplier. And for photographers as well – if you’ve a midsummer wedding full of florals or bright ideas there are a few gaps in our editorial calendar for something really special…

Whatever your business and brand, if you’ve something amazingly weddingy to grace these pages I would LOVE to hear from you. Email me now – info@english-wedding.com and let’s see if we can get you featured on the English Wedding Blog!

Claire

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Words aren’t really enough sometimes… today’s wedding is more beautiful than any dictionary could ever define: a glorious celebration in fabulous style. Bryony and Richard were married at Hassop Hall in the autumn, and their day is breathtaking.

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Images are by Sheffield wedding photographer John Mottershaw, who told me this wedding is one he’ll remember for its colours: “Autumn colours in beautiful sunshine combined with the slightly unusual colours of their outfits (Bryony made her own dress) all worked together to make this wedding a visual treat. A good looking, fun couple, Bryony and Richard were great to work with.

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Discover more from John Mottershaw Photography here:

http://www.johnmottershaw.com
https://www.facebook.com/weddingphotographerderbyshire/
https://twitter.com/johnmottershaw

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My family is from Derbyshire and so I know the wonderful contours of the Peak District rather well… and it’s one of the loveliest parts of England to be married: the mountains and moorlands are an incredible place to explore. Bryony and Richard were married at Hathersage Church and held their reception at Hassop Hall – one of my favourite Derbyshire wedding venues.Claire

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Here’s the thing: you’d never use a ‘standard wording’ for any other letter to your friends and family. If you send letters or notecards to anyone, ever, then 1) you’re awesome! and 2) I bet they’re fun to read.

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Hand lettered invitation by Calligraphy for Weddings

When you send your wedding invitations, don’t google ‘wedding invitation wordings’ (or worse – ‘standard invitation wordings’). In this case, Google is unintentionally evil with the results it throws back.

Contrary to what it tells you, etiquette is over.

You don’t need to follow any centuries-old rules to get your wedding invitations right!

Don’t be scared to use your own words. Your invites will be personal, unique and sound like they’re from YOU!

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Illustration by Amy Swann, calligraphy by Claire Gould

The whole ‘request the pleasure of your…’ thing seems a little stilted in 2016. Yes, it’s easy to use the formal phrasing, but you can stray from the path if you’d like to!

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I LOVE these two! Tammy & Andy – you. are. awesome! From the very first photo of your day I found myself smiling right back at my screen… there is no one in the world more beautiful than a blissfully happy bride and groom. Today we have a London wedding in glorious sunshine with the most amazing bouquet and florals in deliciously decadent purples and blues by Floriography Cornwall.

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Contact & Bookings: Neil Walker Photography

www.neilwalkerphotography.co.uk
Facebook.com/sussexweddingphotographer Plus.google.com/+NeilwalkerphotographyCoUk/posts
Twitter.com/neilwalkerphoto
Pinterest.com/neilwalkerphoto
neil@neilwalkerphotography.co.uk

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I get the impression Tammy & Andy smile a LOT. Their reaction to seeing their wedding photos for the first time:

We were both smiling from ear to ear – which is exactly what we wanted. Neil had taken the time to set some of the shots in a slideshow to some music – I think it is fair to say, that when that slideshow finished, everyone who has seen it has said, “wow!”. There are some great memories captured there forever, and our guests all look brilliant. I still grin each time I seem them.”

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