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Morning lovely! I’m feeling very summery this morning… with all the wonderful weddings I’m seeing on Facebook and photography blogs I can’t stop smiling and looking forward to a wonderful summer! I have something really lovely to show you this morning… a super pretty English wedding from one of the most charming outdoor wedding venues I know. You’ll love this…

Pretty outdoor wedding from The Pavilion at Lane End, Buckinghamshire, with Heni Fourie Photography (1)

Sue and Darren were married at The Pavilion at Lane End, a lovely venue in Buckinghamshire and one of only a few licensed to host both indoor and outdoor wedding ceremonies.

Pretty outdoor wedding from The Pavilion at Lane End, Buckinghamshire, with Heni Fourie Photography (2)

Images are by my lovely friend Heni Fourie Photography: Do check out Heni’s website and social media if you’re looking for a wedding photographer for your own wedding in Buckinghamshire or the surrounding area:

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Pretty outdoor wedding from The Pavilion at Lane End, Buckinghamshire, with Heni Fourie Photography (3)

 












































Your names: Sue & Darren

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Sam and Bryony’s Somerset wedding is divine: beautifully but simply and tastefully styled so it will always look timeless and magical. There are secrets to the styling and design which reading the English Wedding Blog interview will help to answer: Bryony shares her best tips on finding suppliers, budgeting and enjoying every second of your day. She’s fabulous…

Real wedding at Orchardleigh House with images by John Barwood Photography (24)

I love how Bryony talks about “a feeling all day long that you wish you could put in a bottle and keep“! I can only imagine how amazing this day was… and I can tell from the images that every second was cherished. Truly a day to remember forever!

Real wedding at Orchardleigh House with images by John Barwood Photography (23)

Bryony looks stunning in her Suzanne Neville dress, which she accessorised prettily with handmade earrings and a diamond bracelet. Sam totally looks the part in Austin Reed tails and a shirt from TM Lewin – aren’t they just the most gorgeous couple?

Real wedding at Orchardleigh House with images by John Barwood Photography (19)

Images are by brand new English Wedding Blog contributor and wonderfully talented Bristol wedding photographer John Barwood. You can find out more about him and see more weddings here:

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With Kent wedding photographer Benjamin Toms

When I publish a real wedding on the English Wedding Blog I always try to begin the feature with a few key images: a shot of the bride, some gorgeous detail I’ve fallen in love with, and my favourite couple portrait. The combination of these types of images tends to capture the spirit of the day and show off the best photography as well.

Beautiful wedding photography advice and tips by Benjamin Toms, Kent (4)

Couple portraits especially appeal to me. They don’t have to be posed or formal (and there’s nothing I avoid more than a ‘cake cutting’ shot for the blog!) but I really do love those romantic images: a forehead kiss or a wedding day hug can melt my heart in seconds.

I often hear couples say they worried about portraits – if you’re nervous of having your photo taken then I promise you’re not alone… and all you need is a great wedding photographer to make you feel at ease. You’ll be thrilled with the results, I promise!

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Happy afternoon, lovely wedding blog readers! I hope you’re having the most wonderful day… and I’m about to make it more so. You’re welcome…

The most elegant wedding at London's Horniman Museum by Liam Smith Photography (3)

So here’s a sneak peek at an incredible wedding on Liam Smith’s fabulous wedding photography blog. I’ve fallen head over heels in love with beautiful bride Siobhan and her gorgeous hubby Rob, who married at the Horniman Museum in Forest Hill.

The most elegant wedding at London's Horniman Museum by Liam Smith Photography (2)

There’s so much to love… the elegant, minimalist styling and deliciously white flowers; the spectacular venue – the conservatory is mesmerising! Siobhan’s dress by Charlie Brear is incredible; the table plan a masterpiece… need I say more to entice you to take a peek?

The most elegant wedding at London's Horniman Museum by Liam Smith Photography (1)

Images are by top London & Milton Keynes wedding photographer Liam Smith. He’s one of the best so check him out here:

The most elegant wedding at London's Horniman Museum by Liam Smith Photography (4)

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Have you ever been to a wedding where everything was homemade… only not so well? I hear from so many brides who’ve felt pressure to get their craft on but didn’t enjoy the process or love the results. I hate to say it, but I feel there’s too much focus on essential wedding DIY these days, and it’s kind of spoiling the fun for those of us who really do love getting all gluey and covered in moss and glitter spray!

Craft because you’re crafty. Craft because you love it!

Winters Barns Kent wedding blog Parkershots Photography (19)

All this articles images are by the fabulous Parkershots Photography, and are taken from Rod and Kirsty’s handmade wedding on the English Wedding Blog

If you craft to save money, because you’re on a tight budget, because you can’t afford to hire someone – for any reason other than you LOVE doing it… it’s not going to work.

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I love how wedding styling is evolving into something you can buy, fall in love with, take home and keep forever. My wedding day would be full of special touches which would last: furnishings, handcrafted furniture and quirky little things made of paper and sequins… Is it just me?

Summer wedding ideas from teepee experts PapaKata (3)

Fall in love with real couples’ favourite wedding furniture in this superb blog feature from our lovely sponsors PapaKata…

Summer wedding ideas from teepee experts PapaKata (2)

So take your flowers skywards, pop your lights in little paper bags and create a twinkling walkway – here’s how it’ll look, along with more top ideas for summer weddings from PapaKata. Enjoy!

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Morning lovelies! I have another gorgeous – and best of all, simple – wedding project for you to try today. Flowers can be as opulent or as simple as you wish, and this hanging floral wreath idea is fun to explore as well as super pretty!

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An easy wedding flower project on the English Wedding Blog (1)

What you need:

An easy wedding flower project on the English Wedding Blog (4)

  • Wire coat hanger
  • Selection of flowers and greenery
  • Floral tape
  • Floral wire
  • Scissors
  • Washi tape (optional)

How it’s done:

1. First of all, shape your clothes hanger into a circle.

An easy wedding flower project on the English Wedding Blog (5)

2. Group together small posies of flowers and leaves and tape them together with floral tape.

An easy wedding flower project on the English Wedding Blog (6)

3. Starting at the top, tape a posy to the hanger.

An easy wedding flower project on the English Wedding Blog (7)

4. Then continue with another posy, using the flowers and leaves to cover the stems of the last posy.

An easy wedding flower project on the English Wedding Blog (8)

5. When you reach the half way point, start at the top again and work around the other side.

An easy wedding flower project on the English Wedding Blog (9)

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So if anybody didn’t notice, we’ve been shouting from the rooftops about British flowers over on the English Wedding Blog facebook page this month – and with lovely Claire‘s help I’ve been discovering some amazing florists whose work I’m desperately excited to share with you all.

Gorgeous British wedding flowers by Bride and Bloom photographed by Greg at Highfields Photography (19)

First to leap to my attention was the fabulously creative Hannah from Bride and Bloom. Hannah showed me some photos of her flowers which had me swooning… she uses all of my favourite British flowers to create spectacular and characterful displays for weddings, and I think she’s pretty incredible… so I asked her to introduce herself and show you more!

Gorgeous British wedding flowers by Bride and Bloom photographed by Greg at Highfields Photography (27)

Images are by Greg at Highfields Photography: http://www.highfieldsphotography.com/

Gorgeous British wedding flowers by Bride and Bloom photographed by Greg at Highfields Photography (23)

“Hello! Well, I’m Hannah and my business is Bride and Bloom which offers a bespoke wedding flower and styling service using gorgeous seasonal British flowers. Inspired by nature’s array of colour and texture my style definitely has a wild and natural feel, so suits those after something a bit different.

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Remember how beautiful spring was this year? Alex and Peter’s Kent wedding captures the atmosphere of spring in an elegant little bubble… the delicate sunlight just seems to warm their day beautifully. I couldn’t resist sharing this incredible wedding with you today. The locations and images are out of this world.

from a beautiful Kent wedding at Rochester Cathedral and Gore Farm by Benjamin Toms Photography (1)

Rochester Cathedral is a spectacular venue, and Alex’s dress is perfect for the occasion (although I have fallen in love with an image taken in the countryside a little later on…) She looks even more beautiful in the photos from the reception at the Barnyard at Gore Farm.

from a beautiful Kent wedding at Rochester Cathedral and Gore Farm by Benjamin Toms Photography (2)

This is a wonderfully romantic Kent wedding venue we haven’t seen before on the English Wedding Blog, set in acres of orchards, paddocks and woodland. The marquee reception was bathed in natural light and provided a spellbinding backdrop for the wedding dinner, speeches and dancing late into the night.

Images are by lovely documentary photographer Benjamin Toms, who I hope you know well by now… but for those of you who don’t, Ben is a superb photographer and well worth discovering on his wedding photography website:

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Hannah and Justin’s wedding is quintessentially English, elegant and charming – and has some pretty handmade touches too. This beautiful bride and her groom were married just as the May blossom was at its best, and their Nonsuch Mansion celebration is so pretty, perfect for the time of year.

Traditional wedding at Nonsuch Mansion with Dennison Studios (11)

Hannah found many of her wedding ideas online. She told me, “living in a household full of boys, it was lovely to be able to indulge in creating a very delicate, girlie scheme. I tried not to make it too themed and instead our wedding deccor evolved into a hotchpotch of things I love and ideas I had sourced on Pinterest and wedding blogs.”

Traditional wedding at Nonsuch Mansion with Dennison Studios (36)

Hats off to Justin for having the most excellent taste in music (we’re 100% with you here at English Wedding Blog HQ!)… [for that one you’ll have to read the English Wedding Blog interview at the end of today’s post!] Highlights include Hannah’s superb tip to “Create a time machine or learn to freeze time! In all seriousness, the day just flies by like some extraordinary dream.”

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Happy Friday lovelies! It’s been an amazing week here at English Wedding Blog HQ… we’ve booked our second Manchester calligraphy workshop and had some amazing weddings and styled shoots in our inbox (but there’s always room for more – hint!!!). Here’s something I’ve been soooo excited to share with you for weeks now… a wedding ideas feature with copper and pastel tones, beautiful photography and the most ridiculously gorgeous flowers you can imagine…

Incredible florals by Garden and Wild for a Rectory Hotel shoot by Bowtie and Belle (7)

Today’s feature comes from the wonderful Bowtie & Belle Photography, aka Thomas and Samantha who are Cotswolds-based fine art photographers. Samantha told me, “For a long time we’ve had one theme in our heads, an idea to create beautiful imagery inspired by one of our favourite parts of the wedding day – the drinks reception.

Incredible florals by Garden and Wild for a Rectory Hotel shoot by Bowtie and Belle (19)
Incredible florals by Garden and Wild for a Rectory Hotel shoot by Bowtie and Belle (28)

Incredible florals by Garden and Wild for a Rectory Hotel shoot by Bowtie and Belle (30)

The invitation suite by Lizzy May Designs is adorable; the flowers by Garden & Wild are simply out of this world. Sophie’s hair (by Bella Bridal) is so pretty – a really special wedding day for those of you with long locks…

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Who’s in the mood for a special treat this lovely afternoon? Because – it’s your lucky day, I have just the thing! Described as ‘the happiest bride on the planet’ and incredibly beautiful, Steph married her soulmate John a few weeks ago in rural Staffordshire – and I can’t resist showing you their wedding!

A gorgeous countryside wedding blog with images by Simon Biffen Photography (3)

The gorgeous couple married at Domvilles Farm guest house, which is the most charming rural setting you can imagine. The cherry blossom was still at its very best and the details of the day were chosen to compliment the season. There’s pretty gypsophila and a delicate rose bouquet; a naked cake complete with Wookie (click the ‘see more’ link for that one!), handwritten chalk board menu and table plan and a gorgeous teepee…

A gorgeous countryside wedding blog with images by Simon Biffen Photography (1)

Images are by lovely wedding photographer Simon Biffen (based in Somerset), who you’ll find here:

http://simonbiffenphotography.blogspot.co.uk
http://www.simonbiffenphotography.co.uk/
http://www.facebook.com/simonbiffenphoto
http://english-wedding.com/tag/simon-biffen-photography

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