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It’s perfectly possible to make any theme look amazing: Katrina and Pete’s “twist of Harry Potter” wedding knocked me for six when I saw their gorgeous, vintage-inspired hanging table names. Wow. This is a wedding I KNOW you’ll love.

Real wedding in Devon with Fiona Walsh Photography on the English Wedding Blog (20)

“The table plan was old keys that I bought and attached little butterfly wings to each one. We hung them on fishing line and attached them to a tree where we had the welcome drinks. They were supposed to resemble the flying keys from the first harry potter book. The effect was awesome and everyone took them home as a keepsake.”

Real wedding in Devon with Fiona Walsh Photography on the English Wedding Blog (19)

“The best thing about being married is once everything settles down it becomes ‘normal’. That sounds bad. But actually once all the wedding bubble has gone you get to be just you two again and work towards all those promises you made on your wedding day. Normal for me means meant to be, and we are more in love than ever.”

Real wedding in Devon with Fiona Walsh Photography on the English Wedding Blog (41)

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Time once again, lovely readers, to join me in discovering one of England’s loveliest wedding venues. How Caple Court is in the heart of the Herefordshire countryside and must be one of the most magical places to explore. On your wedding day, there are more quiet corners than you could ever imagine to sneak away for romantic moments and gorgeous photographs of just the two of you: it simply looks blissful to me.

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Images are all by Gemma Williams Photography

How Caple Court’s website is well worth a visit. Soar over the venue’s rooftops and explore every inch from the sky: it’s wonderful!

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Photographer Gemma Williams introduced me to How Caple Court when she submitted Kath and Doug’s vintage-inspired wedding. ” The styling of their wedding was elegant and vintage-inspired, with lace and lavender aplenty. This went perfectly with the rustic backdrop of How Caple Court.” You can see their wedding featured on the English Wedding Blog here: Kath & Doug’s vintage lace wedding at How Caple Court

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Choosing a photo of the week this week was super hard: so many wedding photographers have been sharing their best bits from 2015, and the internet is blindingly beautiful as a result. But one shone through for its firm grounding in time and place: the blossom shows the season, the sign indicates location, and then the backdrop and gorgeous bride and groom.

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Image credit: Steven Anthony Photography, London

 

Photo credit: Steven Anthony Photography

Something tells me this setting will remain for years, decades even, and maybe it’s been there for years already, changing only with the seasons.

More of Steven Anthony Photography’s highlights of the year can be found on his blog here: http://stevenanthonyphotography.co.uk/east-london-portrait-photographer-blog/


I publish a wedding photo of the week every week on the English Wedding Blog.

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Today’s fabulously beautiful wedding is going to be a favourite for 2016 – I can see it now. The handcrafted touches are wonderful, and I am SO impressed with gorgeous bride Laura’s lettering and wedding signs! (I’m teaching a calligraphy workshop today and seeing people learn to write like this is one of my favourite things!)

Real wedding in Derby by Jon Cripwell Photography on the English Wedding Blog (1)

Chris and Laura planned their wedding over 2 years: “Having such a long time to plan the wedding had its pros and cons. We had time to source amazing suppliers and spend hours swooning over gorgeous weddings. However, I did get slightly overwhelmed with the sheer volume of wonderful ideas out there.”

Real wedding in Derby by Jon Cripwell Photography on the English Wedding Blog (22)

The flowers are another huge highlight of the day:I spent a long time searching the internet for a local florist that created wedding flowers that had a bohemian, unstructured feel to them. Helen from The Flower Mill completely saw my vision for the flowers. They just pulled everything together and were definitely the focal point we were looking for!”

Real wedding in Derby by Jon Cripwell Photography on the English Wedding Blog (9)
Real wedding in Derby by Jon Cripwell Photography on the English Wedding Blog (33)

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Winter weddings are my favourites. The cosy venues, candlelight and log fires are part of what makes a winter wedding special. I adore the cooler colour palettes and classic accessories winter brides and grooms choose too: all in all, it’s a wonderful time of the year! Gemma and Marc’s Oxfordshire wedding is pure bliss for winter months and I hope you love it as much as I do!

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Photography from today’s wedding is by my lovely friend and sponsor Heni Fourie Photography:

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The gorgeous couple married at The Tythe Barn, Bicester – a bustling venue with oodles of charm and history dating all the way back to the 14th century.

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Bursting bubbles doesn’t always feel good. But today’s article is meant for the bigwigs who exploit us all: brides and grooms, and the hardworking, passionate wedding suppliers who help turn your dreams into reality.

That sort of passion isn’t something I like to see stomped all over.

SOME of the wedding awards bodies here in the UK are a joke. One in particular – which I won’t name – has some shocking business practices which shouldn’t be kept secret. But do remember that others are as fairly run as they can be – so plenty of wedding awards are worth paying attention to.

Don’t blame the suppliers: it’s not their fault. Wedding business owners enter awards competitions on the understanding that they’ll be fairly judged and voted for by real customers: they take pride in their awards as they rightly should.

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I love a humanist ceremony: it’s an incredible way of personalising your marriage and making it suit the two of you – no matter how or where you choose to marry. Add to this the most amazing flowers, a gorgeous couple and a wonderfully sunny day, and you have the perfect wedding. Here are Holly & Dame, in a real wedding film by Just Happy Together. Enjoy!

 

Claire
Video Production: justhappytogether.com
Photography: summerlilystudio.com
Dress: verawang.com by davidsbridal.co.uk
Hair & MUA: bellesbeauty.wordpress.com
Venue: letchworthcentre.org

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It’s invitation time, everyone! Every January I get so many enquiries about envelope and invitation calligraphy: I know you’re all hunting for those perfect invites to set the scene for your day, so here’s a little help in your search!

20 of the best British wedding invitations for 2016

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London themed wedding invitations by the fabulous Bunny Delicious

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Exquisite letterpress: Print for Love Letterpress

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Wonderfully different: Gorgeous Invites

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Unashamedly art deco by Emma Jo Stationery

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Uber pretty English invitation by Vintage Twee

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Flowers and antlers by Paper Charms

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Handwritten calligraphy by Calligraphy for Weddings

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Chalkboard wedding invites: Norma & Dorothy

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Polka dots by Little Indie Studio

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Fun and floral by Knots & Kisses

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Sweet and contemporary invite by Jennifer Wren Designs

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Summer colour by Helen Scott Design

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I love those windmills! By WBD Designer Wedding Stationery

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Gloriously colourful and funky: Bunny Delicious

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Graceful and elegant design by Danielle Bleuse

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Natural and printable: Connie & Joan

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Bold and beautiful: Cherry Pie Paperie   

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I have to confess I have a bit of a ‘thing’ about vintage – or what high street stores are calling vintage these days. Here’s the thing: you can’t buy anything vintage in Bhs, or in M&S, or Debenhams. Vintage comes from thrift stores, antique shops, charity shops and car boot sales… and so styling your wedding takes a little more care if you’re looking for “true vintage” appeal.

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Image credit: Albert Palmer Photography from a styled shoot on the English Wedding Blog. See the full shoot here: magical Highland inspired shoot

It’s all just words really, isn’t it… but I don’t like to see shops labelling birdcages* as vintage when they were made in China this year. Fine: sell pretty accessories painted white, with printed illustrations of faded roses and florals – just change the label!

(*I have another thing about birdcages since someone said to me they’re like little prisons for beautiful birds…)

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Dilini and William’s wedding in the Cotswolds is gorgeous: and I love it because it’s wonderfully personal to them as a couple. Dilini’s Sri Lankan background was a big part of the day, and they even had a wedding cake brought over from Sri Lanka especially!

A real wedding at the Matara Centre with Kevin Belson Photography (23)

Dilini told me, “The best thing we did was to pick a venue that was willing to make it as personal as possible for us. We loved The Matara Centre as we both felt it fitted with both of our backgrounds and personalities well.”

A real wedding at the Matara Centre with Kevin Belson Photography (21)

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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The English Wedding Blog Interview: William & Dilini

Wedding photographer’s website:

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1. If you haven’t done it on the day, or you’ve forgotten something, it probably wasn’t that important and so don’t spend your day worrying about it. Make sure you benefit from all of your hard work!

~ Katherine & Ben

2. Be philosophical about the details, as much as every detail may have seemed important in the planning, in the grand scheme of the day you will get caught up in the moment and things will inevitably be overlooked. If there are details that really matter to you both, entrust them to someone else, don’t try to do them yourself on the day.

~ Ananda & Darren

3. Don’t feel pressured to do things you don’t feel comfortable with. Alex didn’t want to stand and give a speech so he made a video to play on the day. Me and all our guests were in tears and we get people complimenting us on it even now. It meant that Alex could relax and give a speech he knew he was happy with and it is much more his style than a traditional speech. It goes to show that adapting the rules can give the best results!

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Hey there beautiful! I hope you’re having the most brilliant weekend ever! I thought I’d take this quiet moment to ask you if you’d be so lovely as to follow my brand new Instagram? Over the last year or so I’ve shared quite a bizarre mix of personal, calligraphy and wedding images on my own account, and I’ve been determined to set up a brand new Instagram for the blog. It’s going to be – well, let’s say about a million percent more weddingy, which I hope will suit you down to the ground!

Follow me: Instagram.com/Englishweddingblog

It’s brave and scary to start from scratch but I really hope you’ll join me and enjoy sharing all the gorgeous pics I’ll be posting!Claire

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