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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.

Cliveden House wedding Wetherall Photography (16)

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.

Cliveden House wedding Wetherall Photography (10)

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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Today’s images show just how exciting 2016 weddings will be. This week my inbox has been FULL of new collections of everything from dresses to stationery to cakes and every designer has incredible new ranges for 2016 brides and grooms. Which brings me to Indiebride. This collection was made for me… and oh, that black dress.

IndieBride 2016 wedding dresses by Minna on the English Wedding Blog (10)

Indiebride is the brand new sister company to Minna. (See Minna’s vintage inspired boho dresses on the English Wedding Blog from earlier this year.) The Indiebride collection is for brides who want a dress which compliments their own style, which makes them look amazing without looking too much “like a bride” (this will be me!) and who  want to wear the dress beyond their big day.

IndieBride 2016 wedding dresses by Minna on the English Wedding Blog (41)

The Indiebride range is a gorgeous selection of bridal dressestops and skirts, all retailing between £190 and £650. Made from the same high quality fabrics and manufactured in London, this range is designed so that brides can confidently buy the range online without complicated fittings.

IndieBride 2016 wedding dresses by Minna on the English Wedding Blog (52)

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This is how to get noticed by a wedding blogger. In fact… I will be amazed if every wedding blogger in the world doesn’t want a little piece of this shoot… because it’s divine. And different. And creative. And has more wow factor than any other bridal collection shoot I’ve seen – ever.

wedding dresses online by BHLDN images by Boo George (18)

The child inside me wants to play in the amazing glass chapel. The calligrapher side of me wants to write something beautiful on every inch of gorgeous stained glass. And the girl in my heart wants to dance summer days away in the incredibly pretty and romantic boho inspired wedding dresses by BHLDN.

wedding dresses online by BHLDN images by Boo George (17)
wedding dresses online by BHLDN images by Boo George (19)

As much as I want to describe the images I’m about to show you, I don’t think words could do them justice. So find a quiet space and get scrolling… you will LOVE this!claire gould english wedding blog signature

wedding dresses online by BHLDN images by Boo George (1)

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It’s about time for a beautiful real English wedding, don’t you think? Today’s is one of the loveliest weddings of the summer and comes from a brand new London venue (for me, at least!) Hackney Brewery. Now… being a northern girl I do love a craft beer or two – and so this is a bit of a dream wedding for me! Today’s gorgeous bride Ananda described her summer wedding to Darren as a “beautiful & raucous DIY brewery knees up” which sounds as perfect as it looked!

Claire Gill Photography real wedding at Hackney Brewery (21)

Claire Gill Photography real wedding at Hackney Brewery (3)

Ananda told me, “We spent a lot of time making decorations and all the details of how we had decorated the venue were really personal… Claire [photographer Claire Gill] captured these beautifully, giving us not only a memory of the day but also the all the memories of the days we spent with our loved ones helping us create the perfect day.”

Claire Gill Photography real wedding at Hackney Brewery (16)

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Hey lovely! It’s day 2 of my wedding stationery review features, and I wanted to show you what came in the post a couple of weeks ago. We were ridiculously busy prepping for The Handmade Fair, so it’s only now I can reveal – and review – this little sneak peek at some gorgeous new wedding invitations by Knots & Kisses.

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Opening Nikki’s package was such a treat – and it’s this attention to detail which makes Knots & Kisses one of the best wedding stationery brands in the UK right now. Instagrammers should take a look at Nikki’s pics, and join me in being insanely jealous of her beautiful workspace!

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Being an eco-friendly girl with a mild fetish for kraft stationery and a passion for nature and the outdoors, I immediately fell for the natural, woodland-inspired and elegant invitation from Knots & Kisses’ 2016 collections. Stags and antlers are going to be huge again in 2016, and this range is perfectly on trend with its quirky font, lace trim and memorable motif. LOVE!

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Rachel and Alex chose a select few exceptional suppliers to make their Cotswolds wedding day an incredible success. Their focus on fabulous food and cocktails is brilliant, and the styling of the day has blown me away.

Camilla Rosa Photography on the English Wedding Blog (27)

The flowers tie in beautifully with this statement theme ‘The Hunt is Over‘ – which I love. Every detail is considered – and this is the work of some of the very, very best wedding suppliers (with not a homemade detail in sight). I adore today’s real wedding.

Camilla Rosa Photography on the English Wedding Blog (19)

Images are by the wonderfully talented Camilla Rosa Photography. Do visit her website and social media here:

Camilla Rosa Photography on the English Wedding Blog (22)

Huge thanks to beautiful bride Rachel and gorgeous groom Alex for sharing their wedding with us today. It’s such a favourite for me already – a wedding which could define 2015 for style and class and superb design… you’ll LOVE this!
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Camilla Rosa Photography on the English Wedding Blog (31)

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My third little box of paper goodies this month came from the lovely team at Manchester’s rather fabulous Norma & Dorothy, an independent wedding stationery design business which has been delighting brides and grooms for just one year… but looks set to take the world by storm.

wedding invitations by Norma & Dorothy in Manchester (4)

I was thrilled to receive some wonderful samples from Grace and her team at Norma & Dorothy, and blown away by the attention to detail of their wedding stationery. The stitching and finishing of every piece is exquisite.

wedding invitations by Norma & Dorothy in Manchester (5)

Wedding stationery review: Norma & Dorothy

Designer: Grace is the founder of Norma & Dorothy, and works with a small team from their Manchester studio to create pretty invitations for modern couples. Meet them and see them at work (there’s a video!) here: Meet the team at Norma & Dorothy

Style: Expertly handcrafted wedding invitations and stationery with the prettiest aesthetic and a rustic twist

For the couple who: cherish attention to detail. Norma & Dorothy will delight you every step of the way, with beautifully made wedding stationery delivered in the prettiest packages!

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Good morning beautiful 🙂 Did you know it was wedding stationery season? My little studio is filling up with lots of lovely packages from some of the best wedding invitation designers, and this week I’m sharing some of my favourites with you – and reviewing each one.

WBD Designer Wedding Stationery review on the English Wedding Blog (3)

Stationery by the fabulous WBD Designer Wedding Stationery (and envelope calligraphy by me!)

I do like breaking the rules, so I’ll never dictate that invitations should be sent X weeks before your wedding; or that you’ll need Save the Dates… but I do find that most couples start shopping for invitations around January time – and many of you are sending Save the Dates before Christmas! So this week’s wedding stationery reviews are designed to help those of you who are about to embark on the lovely journey of invitation shopping… one of my favourite aspects of weddings!

WBD Designer Wedding Stationery review on the English Wedding Blog (16)

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