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It’s surprising how often I see a wedding or styled shoot in a venue that doesn’t quite ‘fit’. I know it sounds odd… but how many blank canvas venues have you seen? There aren’t that many around. Luckily this means most venues have tons of style and character which you can use to make your wedding truly unique and personal.

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All images in this feature are by Camilla Rosa Photography, from Rachel and Alex’s fabulous wedding at Elmore Court, which was featured on the English Wedding Blog in October. You can see the full wedding by clicking here.

I love most English wedding venues. I’ve visited some amazing venues and seen their gorgeous features – from stately homes to country pubs, they all have their own unique charm. I love urban spaces, alternative venues and even woodland settings. The only venues I’m not so keen on would be corporate, faceless hotel chains… but thankfully they’re fading in popularity and we’re learning to appreciate glorious old buildings and creative spaces again.

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Hey beautiful! I’m happy to have a special bonus wedding blog feature for you once again today… with gorgeous bride Alaina and her perfect match Peter, who were married at The Lensbury Hotel in Teddington. Images are by my lovely friend and sponsor Heni Fourie Photography:

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Real wedding at the Lensbury Hotel, with Heni Fourie Photography (4)I love Alaina’s bridal style (and her tattoos are awesome!) – and the details of the day are wonderfully eclectic, fun and refreshing! Click the link below to see the full wedding – there is the most wonderful moment after the ceremony where you can see Alaina and Peter’s delight at being Mr & Mrs and I LOVE it!

Real wedding at the Lensbury Hotel, with Heni Fourie Photography (1)

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Rosie & Jon are amazing. Their relaxed city wedding is gorgeous: full of pretty details contrasting beautifully against the built up backdrop – and their reception venue is perfect.

Jonny Donovan Photography shot this beautiful city wedding in London (17)

Rosie’s dress is out of this world: she looks stunning and I was convinced she’d bought from one of our top designers… until she told me her mother made it for her – “My heart swells at the thought of how much love she put into that dress. It’s the most beautiful thing I’ve ever worn.

Jonny Donovan Photography shot this beautiful city wedding in London (27)

Rosie and Jon found most of their suppliers online, using wedding blogs and Pinterest for inspiration. Their photographer – lovely Jonny Donovan Photography – was one of the best online discoveries:

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The gorgeous couple told me not only did they love their photographer, all of their guests did as well! And the images speak for themselves… I think they’re fabulous.

Jonny Donovan Photography shot this beautiful city wedding in London (23)

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So… this landed in my inbox the other day and I haven’t been quite sure what to do about it. It came from celebrity florist Larry Walshe, and while it’s not strictly about wedding flowers it certainly got me thinking. Can flowers be sexy?

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Let’s rephrase the question: can flowers be sexy just on their own, without pants? Should flowers be sexy, or should they just be flowers? Can flowers be sexist?

I have to confess the email (which I’ve included below, to be fair to Larry and his PR team!) stayed in my inbox for a week or so. I’ve returned to it over and over, wondering whether to share… so here you go. Thank you Larry Walshe! It has probably brightened a few Wednesday afternoons around the UK 😉

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A sexy online bouquet collection from Celebrity Florist Larry Walshe

Critically acclaimed florist, Larry Walshe launches a luxurious range of beautiful bouquets to purchase online for delivery nationwide.

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I’ll never tire of sharing beautiful summer weddings with you… and Laura and Miles were married on one of those amazing, warm and wonderful days with bright sunshine all day long. This is a wedding which sings of summer to me: a fabulous celebration of love in the English summer – and the photos I’m about to show you will whisk you away to gorgeous summer days…

Jennifer Sinclair Photography at a Manor Hotel wedding on the English Wedding Blog (46)

Miles and Laura were married at the Manor Hotel, Castle Combe. They chose Hampshire wedding photographer Jennifer Sinclair to capture their day:

Contact & Bookings: Jennifer Sinclair

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Laura’s bouquet caught my eye first of all: the anemones and roses are such a fabulous combination for summer flowers – and the colours were wonderful. I love so much about this wedding; its classic elegance, the summery colours and the beautiful bride and gorgeous groom – I simply had to share it with you today!
Jennifer Sinclair Photography at a Manor Hotel wedding on the English Wedding Blog (23)

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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

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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.

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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)

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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:

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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.”

George Inn wedding in Somerset by Michael Riley Photography (33)

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.

George Inn wedding in Somerset by Michael Riley Photography (24)

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

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

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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)

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