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Kelly and Joe got married on my birthday back in May, and celebrated in style (as did I!) – they chose to hire Alston Hall for a 5 day festival-inspired celebration with friends and family. Kelly is beautiful – I love how she describes buying her wedding dress and the resulting snow blindness… don’t skip on the English Wedding Blog interview [at the end of today’s feature] for that one!

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The gorgeous couple found their wedding suppliers online, and through friends and local businesses too. Many details are home made too: the stationery was a labour of love; the pompoms, lanterns and fairy lights were all done by friends and family.

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The most impressive DIY aspect of today’s wedding blog is the food though: Kelly’s friend Kirsty runs her own catering business and helped design the menu for the wedding. Kelly told me, “we hired her sister and a friend to work as the chefs. Our poor friends then helped with all the prep for the day to serve 150 people!”

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Cinderella is a folk heroine, a character from all of our childhoods and a girl who has inner beauty and strength. She’s no pushover: she is a hard worker, life has made her strong and her future is one of love and happiness. We love Cinders not for her perfect facade but for her story: the rags-to-riches heroine who is kind, unbreakable and whose beauty shines from the inside. Her outer beauty… well, if you ask me that’s called karma. And I reckon there’s a little bit of Cinderella in every bride because we all have that inner strength, don’t we?

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Today’s bridal ideas shoot is a romantic take on the story of Cinderella. Hampshire photographer Jennifer Sinclair explains how the bridal ideas shoot came about:

The Folly at Highfield Park made the perfect location for the cinders styled shoot.  Jemimah modelled for ‘rags Ella’ and was perfect to portray a youthful, hard working Cinderella with inner beauty and strength.   I love the softness to the photographs that show Cinderella’s kindness.  With a little magic of the fairy god mother’s magic wand, she hoped the dream that she wished would come true…

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Calling all arty crafty brides and grooms! Today I have a little creative project I think you’ll love – if you’ve a paper fetish and own a watercolour brush this wedding craft idea is especially for you!

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Watercolour washing cards for your wedding place settings is a fun, colourful and rewarding craft project – and I’ve written you a step by step guide based on how I do these in my calligraphy studio. The watercolour preparation is really easy for crafty brides; the calligraphy lettering requires a little practice and of course the right equipment which you can buy in my calligraphy starter kit on Etsy. Allow yourself a good few hours (not necessarily all at once!) to learn your way around the pen and lettering styles… and then give these a try!

Materials:

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Hot pressed watercolour paper sheets
Gouache paints
Calligraphy dip pen and Nikko G nib
Black calligraphy ink
Watercolour brush
Stanley knife and ruler
Metallic thread (optional)

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Step by step tutorial:

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Modern calligraphy workshops – information & online booking

Time flies. I can’t believe it’s 6 weeks since my first calligraphy workshop – and only 4 weeks until the next! If you’d like to come along for the day on Friday the 21st of August or Saturday 26th September please get in touch, as there are a few places left if you’re quick!

Learn calligraphy – join my calligraphy workshops in Manchester

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I’ll be teaching the workshops myself and will be there all day to help you learn your calligraphy skills :)

Manchester modern calligraphy workshops

  • Friday 21st August 2015 or Saturday 26th September 2015
  • 11am – 3pm
  • £59 payable on booking
  • All equipment provided
  • Email hello@Calligraphy-for-Weddings.com

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Here Comes The Bride… as tunes go this one’s a classic, and generally expected as the bride enters, right? So how about the James Bond theme tune for the groom to walk down the aisle?! I LOVE this idea as I love so many things about Carla and James’s Thornton Manor wedding.

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Not least in my extensive list of loves today are the images – some of the very, very best by top UK wedding photographer Chris Hanley Photography. Chris is a friend and a master of his craft, working alongside lovely Claire to give you an exceptional wedding photography experience. Find out more here:

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Carla is an incredibly beautiful bride, whose dress from Tilly Annas of Cheshire is sooo perfect for her wonderfully sophisticated style.

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The wedding day mixes traditional and contemporary elements without ever losing the overall glamorous atmosphere which is a given at the magnificent Thornton Manor wedding venue. You’ll LOVE this!

 

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Barn weddings have been the biggest trend to hit the wedding industry in the last 18 months, and I love them for their versatility. Barns can be rustic and cosy or bright, open spaces – today we have a wonderful example in the Tythe Barn at Launton in Oxfordshire.

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Hayley and Alex’s wedding is pretty as can be – Hayley went for a statement dress for a princess look… and she rocks it. The day has some pretty and thoughtful touches – the flowers are super feminine and the gold accents work incredibly well!

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Images are by lovely Alexandra Jane Photography. Alexandra is based in South Oxfordshire and photographs weddings in surrounding counties. Find out more:

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Hayley found her wedding suppliers online, through Facebook pages and groups as well as finding her photographer via internet searches. She and Alex wanted a natural look for their photography and kept searching until they found the right style. She told me Alexandra Jane was amazing! Do read Hayley and Alex’s English Wedding Blog interview after the images – it’s a lovely read!

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I would urge every stationery-loving, creative and contemporary bride and groom to discover small independent businesses while planning your weddings. If there’s an indie alternative to high street products, seek it out and support the little, local guys.

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Independent wedding businesses will give you better service, closer attention to detail and the unique look you’re dreaming of… just like Dot Laser‘s Lucy and Lukas who I found a week or so ago and am thrilled to be introducing on the English Wedding Blog today!

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Lucy told me, “My business partner Lukas and I own and run a small laser cutting company in London. At the Dot Laser studio, we really believe in providing couples with that something a little bit different and always with a smile! We have recently just launched a little wedding shop on our website (http://www.dotlaser.co.uk/new-products).

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“We are a tiny creative team working to create something that will put a smile on people’s faces.” ~ Lucy & Lukas

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I think it’s the first time I’ve ever featured sleepy little piglets on the English Wedding Blog… but they’re sooo adorable!! And they’re the loveliest introduction to South Farm… a venue which today’s gorgeous bride will tell you is a worthy investment, a welcoming space and a fabulous place to get married!

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Bex is more than gorgeous – she’s incredibly beautiful and looks radiant on her wedding day. She wears a divine wedding dress with the sweetest lace detailing, and her only accessory is the dried flowers in her hair (which are my absolute favourite thing!)

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Bex and Rob sourced their wedding suppliers through venue recommendations and “good old-fashioned Google”, with friends and a very artistic family helping with invites and creative touches. Their wedding styling is wonderfully colourful and Bex’s paper poms are just stunning!

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Images are by lovely Jude Middleton Photography, whose work you can see here:

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Is anyone else growing sunflowers? Mine are on the petite side… and I’m sure they’re meant to be as big as me! #notagardener… Unlike Elizabeth’s glorious sunflowers (by lovely Natasha at Pumpkin & Pye), which set the scene for a brilliantly sunny, beautifully styled and superbly photographed real wedding on the blog today!

Sunflowers and sunshine for a real wedding at Tunnels Beaches Devon with Evolve Photography (46)

I have so much to show you and Elizabeth and Daniel have shared a fantastic English Wedding Blog interview full of helpful advice, tips and wonderful enthusiasm and passion – they brought a tear to my eye with this:

The best thing about being married? “Having grown up together and been together for 15 years it is the icing on the cake – it completes our journey together. And it’s a great excuse to throw a brilliant party!”

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The location is close to my heart. A beach wedding outdoors would be my dream come true. It’s unconventional and wildly beautiful, fun and encourages creativity. And speaking of beautiful… Elizabeth is stunning in her dress by Charlie Brear which she chose before she’d even seen it!

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With Benjamin Toms

I hope you’ve enjoyed the series of photography advice articles with documentary wedding photographer Benjamin Toms. They all stemmed from a conversation we had a little while ago where I learned so much about wedding photography I simply had to share it all with you… which brings me to one last little piece of advice I absolutely couldn’t miss!

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This one’s a little tongue in cheek, but the message is still important…

Documentary wedding photography is storytelling in pictures. It’s never a dull timeline, but more of a journey through your wedding day, captured through the eyes of your guests. You’ll see lots of wonderfully candid photos of your favourite people in the world chatting, laughing, smiling and so much more. This style of photography will capture the spirit of your day like no other.

… and then there’s Auntie Muriel.

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Please note, I have made Auntie Muriel up. Much as JK Rowling invented Harry Potter (but I’m sure he was loosely based on a boy with wizardy tendencies… although I digress) Auntie Muriel is not a real person.

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I often feel grooms are neglected when it comes to wedding styling. There’s nothing I love more than to see tailored suits, carefully chosen cufflinks and shoes… and Chris and Rob are the epitome of superb groom styling! Their wedding at Windsor Guildhall is wonderfully elegant and chic, fitting in with the grand surroundings… and yet has a twist of fun with their ‘Charlie & the Chocolate Factory‘ golden tickets and vintage photo booth.

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I think you’ll love it as much as I love these two – they’re both gorgeous, have the most amazing smiles and look on top of the world on their wedding day.

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The wedding was styled and planned by lovely Petra Opperman (who has featured on the English Wedding Blog many times and comes highly recommended!)

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Images are by London and international wedding photographer Nick Rose Photography, who you will find here:

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Modern calligraphy workshops – information & online booking

I can’t tell you how much I loved teaching modern calligraphy in Manchester’s Northern Quarter in June. It was amazing. So I’m thrilled to say there’s another workshop coming up on Friday the 21st of August and I’d LOVE for you to come along!

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Learn calligraphy – join my calligraphy workshop in Manchester

Modern hand lettering is one of the loveliest DIY projects you can do for your wedding – and it’s a skill you’ll never lose! I’ll teach you quirky styles in a one-day workshop and you get to take your dip pen and nib (and some goodies) home with you too!

Only £59, payable when you book by emailing me:

hello@Calligraphy-for-Weddings.com

The workshop will be in a gorgeous venue in Manchester’s super cool Northern Quarter from 11am until 3pm and there are only limited spaces available – get in early and book today!
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