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Elegance doesn’t have to be opulent: the most beautiful weddings can be those where simple touches are creatively curated to make a pretty, understated but effective style. Recently I featured a very richly styled shoot from Waddesdon Manor – the overall look was pure elegance but some of you felt it was financially unachievable… so today I have something especially for all you looking for elegance on a tighter budget.

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Affordable elegance: creating elegant style without the cost

Today’s styled shoot is more about affordable elegance. The secret is to spend on a few key details: the dress, accessories, stationery and a bouquet in this case.

Favours, cakes, cars and other details are optional.

Consider your venue carefully too: Those ‘per head’ costs can be astronomical, and there are so many options these days for alternative reception venues.

I’ve featured several weddings on the blog where couples enquired at a venue which had never held a wedding before… and ended up holding their dream weddings there!

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Sometimes I feel incredibly spoilt… I’m treated to the most amazing, ridiculously gorgeous real weddings and photography imaginable and I get to spend my days sharing them with you. Today is no exception, and I have another favourite wedding of the year – already – to show you. Grab a coffee and settle down for this one, it’s exquisite.

Botanical Gardens and Chimney House Sheffield UK wedding by Tierney Photography (27)

Colette and Scott were married at Sheffield Botanical Gardens. It’s one of those venues which is unique and so full of history: a Grade II listed pavilion and incredible place to be married. Their reception is just as impressive: Sheffield’s industrial Chimney House… which I’ll leave you to discover through the glorious images below.

Botanical Gardens and Chimney House Sheffield UK wedding by Tierney Photography (26)

Colette is knock-me-down-with-a-feather beautiful – a super sophisticated bride in a timelessly elegant gown. Scott’s her perfect match and there are such lovely images of them both here today – which brings me to their awesome photographer Mark Tierney. Mark is based in Sheffield and you can check out more weddings by Tierney Photography and get in touch at:

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I love a creative bride and groom, I really really do! Jenny and Louie are the best of blog stars today with a fabulously creative wedding from Ufton Court Barn.

A beautiful DIY wedding at Ufton Court Barn with images by Benjamin Stuart Photography (27)
Jenny’s dress is by Chanticleer, and it’s beautiful. She’s a stunning bride and Louie’s her equally gorgeous other half. Don’t you just adore that flower crown?

A beautiful DIY wedding at Ufton Court Barn with images by Benjamin Stuart Photography (19)

The portraits from their day are some of my favourites: Ufton Court is a pretty special venue and one I’ve never featured before on the English Wedding Blog. I’m thrilled to be able to show you around it (virtually hehe) today!

A beautiful DIY wedding at Ufton Court Barn with images by Benjamin Stuart Photography (33)

Deciding not to have any particular theme, Louie and Jenny chose things they loved to add personality to their day: the Monopoly table plan is a highlight and the flowers are fabulous as well.

A beautiful DIY wedding at Ufton Court Barn with images by Benjamin Stuart Photography (36)
Images are by lovely Benjamin Stuart Photography. Benjamin is based in Berkshire and travels throughout the UK to photograph weddings. Check him out here:

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Alexandra and Daniel’s wedding has style and flair, and a pretty creative and elegant theme: postwar sweethearts. It’s lovely – the bride and groom look gorgeous and guests arrived in costume to add more flavour and spirit to the day!

Postwar 1940s inspired wedding blog with Damian Burcher Photography (36)

I was thrilled when photographer Damian Burcher got in touch to share this wedding – it’s unique and sure to give lots of you some fab ideas for your day. Little touches like the kraft paper identity cards and the peonies and freesias in Alexandra’s bouquet make today’s wedding blog really pretty.

Postwar 1940s inspired wedding blog with Damian Burcher Photography (24)

Alexandra’s interview at the end of today’s feature is great: she gives some money-saving tips as well as sharing some of her own very precious memories of the wedding day. Please do read it carefully, as Alexandra has done such a lovely job telling us about her day.

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For more from Birmingham wedding photographer Damian Burcher please explore these links:

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Our wedding story: Alexandra and Daniel

Wedding photographer’s website:

www.damianburcher.com

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Hello there lovely blog readers 🙂 I hope you’re having a fun week. May is flying by and it’s less than a month until my calligraphy class in Manchester – and I’d LOVE for you to come! There are a few spaces left, so here are the details again. Don’t be shy; get your creative hat on* and come join us for a fun, arty, and exciting day!

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Learn calligraphy – join my calligraphy class 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! Learn quirky calligraphy in a one-day workshop and take your dip pen and nib (and some goodies) home with you too!

There are only limited spaces available – book today!

*If you have an especially creative hat, you are welcome to wear it 🙂

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I love this advice from beautiful Shani: “You do not need to spend huge amounts of money to have a lovely wedding. Simplicity is often the best route.” This is oh so true – and the proof is in the wonderful images of Shani and Tim’s gorgeous homemade Kent wedding which I’m proud to feature on the English Wedding Blog today.

Homegrown flowers for a rustic wedding blog with White Stag Photography (35)

Everything here is homemade with love and shows just what you can achieve if you really enjoy being crafty and making things – as Shani so clearly does. There’s more though – and green fingered brides should take note: the flowers are divine and all home grown. Shani is a talented florist and what I love most of all is that today’s fabulous couple planted and grew over 300 plants from seed for their wedding day. Wow.

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Images are by lovely Catherine and Andy from White Stag Wedding Photography in Kent. Find out more about them here:

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From the glorious venue to the comfy, cool footwear and dress-changing bridesmaids, this is a wedding whose quirks are subtle and fun. Ally and Sarah had a relaxed day at Menzies Welcombe Hotel in Stratford-upon-Avon and I know you’ll love hearing about their wedding.

A classic wedding blog from Menzies Welcombe Hotel in Warwickshire, by Rob and Sarah Gillespie Photography (20)

There wasn’t a theme for the day, but what stands out to me is that this is a no-fuss, no-fluff sort of wedding. It’s elegant and personal with a focus on just a few pretty key details: the flowers, the location, and our gorgeous bride and groom.

A classic wedding blog from Menzies Welcombe Hotel in Warwickshire, by Rob and Sarah Gillespie Photography (2)

Images are by the wonderful Rob and Sarah Gillespie – do check out their website and previous features on the English Wedding Blog:

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Enjoy. This is a beautiful wedding and I know you’ll love it…
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Our wedding story: Sarah and Ally

Wedding photographer’s website:

http://robandsarahgillespie.co.uk/

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If you’re a regular wedding blog reader you might think group shots are a thing of the past… but they’re as important today as they ever were. Your wedding day will be the one day of your lives when all of your friends and family are together – just for the two of you – and that’s such a special thing for every bride and groom.

Contemporary wedding photography and group shots, with Benjamin Toms (2)

I asked my lovely blog friend (and super fabulous Kent wedding photographer) Benjamin Toms if he had any advice or tips about group shots, and he had some really useful ideas to share.

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Traditional group shots can almost be thought of as being for our parents’ generation. When up to 80% of parents still pay a generous chunk of the wedding budget, this makes group shots even more important. It’s a rare occasion when all the family comes together, and so we want to preserve and treasure those memories.

Contemporary wedding photography and group shots, with Benjamin Toms (3)

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Morning everyone! I hope you’re having the best weekend 🙂 and to make it even lovelier I have a gorgeous – and I mean incredible – wedding to share with you this shiny Sunday morning. You’re welcome.

A rustic English country garden wedding at Westonbirt House with Robert Leons Photography (31)

I’ve mentioned (many times hehe) that May is my favourite month. That’s for me – it’s summer, it’s birthday month, it’s when flowers come out… but it’s also an amazing time for the English Wedding Blog because of the glorious sunny weddings, fantastic flowers and beautiful submissions I can share with you. Today’s a wonderful example of a May wedding and I know you’ll love it to bits!

A rustic English country garden wedding at Westonbirt House with Robert Leons Photography (30)

The images are by Gloucestershire wedding photographer Robert Leons. Robert shares my love of the best month of the year – and he has three gorgeous weddings up his sleeve to show you… this is only the first. We’re lucky things… must be my birthday all over again! Find out more about Robert Leons Photography here:

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I love today’s wedding for it’s classy sense of difference: there’s nothing normal or ordinary about Kate and Steve’s London wedding, and yet it’s as elegant as any wedding, ever, without trying to be quirky… the mark of a couple whose style and grace makes everything just fall into place beautifully.

An alternative London wedding at J & A Cafe with images by Colin Clay Photography (14)

Kate – today’s timelessly graceful and beautiful bride – and her husband Steve have been together for years and their wedding focused on friends and family. They still forget they’re married… and yet this wedding in its uniqueness will stick in my mind for a long time. I love to see a day which is different.

An alternative London wedding at J & A Cafe with images by Colin Clay Photography (11)

One of my favourite things about today is Kate’s interview (at the end of the feature). Very often brides write LOTS about their dress, and add a very brief note about the groom’s attire or bridesmaids / flower girls. Kate though… and I LOVE this… gives a resounding ‘nah…’ + one line to my question about her dress (which is stunning!) but writes 3 LINES about her adorable son (Batman bowtie – awesome!!) and daughter (sparkly shoes – awww!!).

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As a little girl I used to try and make my own dried flower bouquets… so I was delighted to see Paula’s bouquet from today’s wonderfully country wedding: it really is beautifully different. In fact today’s wedding is one of those I love for every little detail which comes together to make a creative, exciting and unique overall style for a magical day.

rustic country wedding at Avoncroft Museum with images by Rob & Sarah Gillespie Photography (43)

Sean and Paula chose their wedding venue for its windmill. Paula’s dress was chosen at the very last minute… and wow, it must have been fate because it’s beautiful!

rustic country wedding at Avoncroft Museum with images by Rob & Sarah Gillespie Photography (7)

The rustic stationery and DIY touches are what make today’s wedding look so unique – and the photographs are out of this world – I really struggled to cut the images down to a reasonable number to show you… because between the venue, the gorgeous bride and groom and the fabulous photographer, they make for some of the best wedding photos I’ve seen and shared. A favourite, definitely!

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