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With some of the loveliest weddings I’ve seen this summer appearing in rapid succession on his fabulous blog, Somerset wedding photographer Simon Biffen is setting an amazing standard for wedding photography. Today, a sneak peek from Tors and Mike’s beautiful wedding at home on the farm…

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Somerset wedding photography (2) I adore how they’ve styled their day with soft pinks and subtle colours: the cake is awesome, the roses lush and the cows an unexpected surprise!
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Somerset wedding photography (4) Simon loved photographing this Somerset wedding with “the incredible Tors and Mike. A beautiful couple whose family farm hosted the celebrations in Somerset. Farm weddings are always a blast, maybe it’s the fresh air that gets everyone in the mood, that or perhaps it’s the barrels of cider and ale on tap! Either way these two were amazing.”

See more…

http://simonbiffenphotography.blogspot.co.uk/2014/08/somerset-farm-wedding-photography.html

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Good morning everybody! I hope you’re having a lovely weekend. This morning I have the absolute pleasure of welcoming Yorkshire’s new favourite wedding venue to the English Wedding Blog. Ox Pasture Hall has appeared on more wedding blogs in the last 12 months than I can count! It’s a beautifully restored and developed luxury country house nestled in the Forge Valley and is available for exclusive use hire, for outdoor weddings and for large or intimate celebrations.

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Ox Pasture is the only hotel in Scarborough to have been awarded 2-rosettes for culinary excellence, and with their head chef’s reputation for cooking fabulous food you won’t be disappointed. (The wedding brochure which you can download from the official website includes a fantastic choice for every course – do have a read.)

For those seeking true exclusivity, Ox Pasture Hall is available for exclusive use and with 32 bedrooms offering sumptuous accommodation for you & your guests, you may not want to leave! Licensed for civil ceremonies, both inside and out, this stunning venue can be tailored exactly as you wish, no matter how elaborate or different you want your big day to be.

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Transforming a simple village or church hall into a festive and pretty party venue takes ambition, style and vision! Emma and Matthew, along with a small army of family and friends, did a lovely job and their spring wedding at All Saints Church in Crowborough, East Sussex looks wonderful.

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Bride Emma is ever so beautiful – her portraits by wedding photographer Steven Dungate, of Duntons Photography, are gorgeous. She positively glows when joined by her new husband Matthew: a radiant couple so clearly full of love.

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The images are fabulous; the wedding report by Emma and Matthew is brilliant, and full of advice to help you design and style a church hall wedding. Here is a couple after my own heart: they kept their wedding budget to a minimum (including a dress for less than £100) and indulged in excellent catering and an amazing party!

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Welcome to Emma and Matthew’s English church hall wedding. Enjoy!
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Do join me for a peek into my little design studio this morning as I show you sketches and the final design for my new watercolour flowers wedding invitation collection. I’m absolutely delighted with the finished suite – it’s vibrant and fun, and the clematis flower has totally stolen my heart! Instagram friends will have seen this already, and as I write I’ve yet to pop it onto shelves in my Etsy shop – but it will be there very soon! Prices from £4 per invitation…

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I’ll begin with the finished collection, then show you every step of the way as I made the designs. From sketching to painting to printing, the design process was a little over a full day’s work, and one where I finished happily covered in purple ink (and went for a walk on the beach wearing it!) Enjoy!
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If you’re looking for a wedding dress for under £500 then I have some exciting news to share today – in my inbox was a simple little note from The Flower Bride: they’re selling a variety of wedding dress samples from £300 over in their Etsy store.

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Have a peek! This could be your lucky day 🙂 The dresses ship from New Zealand; stocks are limited so hurry! My favourites from the sample sale are here..

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What happened to your wedding venue in the 1940s? You could be treading in the footsteps of a wartime bride, or even on a film set… as is the case with Yorkshire’s magnificent Denton Hall. In 1942 the venue became a location for filming a romantic war film about a soldier’s story of love lost – and has a romance and sense of nostalgia which should be cherished.

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In May, I was asked to contribute some calligraphy to a styled shoot at Denton Hall. Wedding photographer Suzy Mitchell and make-up artist Annabel Bailey styled a fabulous 1940s inspired shoot which took place in the grounds and rooms of the venue.

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Annabel’s Grandfather fought in the second world war, and his uniforms were worn by the ‘groom’ in today’s styled shoot. The bride wears a vintage dress from York’s Glory Days Vintage, and after the wedding I adore the images where for me, the simpler dresses are just as gorgeous as the bridal gown.

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Win a copy of Mollie Makes: Weddings – the latest publication from the UK’s favourite craft curators! As a wedding blogger I’m lucky enough to get free copies of some brilliant books, and this one has to top my list.

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Give your wedding a really personal touch with craft projects written by some of Mollie Makes’ favourite experts. The projects are designed for people who love crafts: be prepared to spend hours making some of these, and know you’ll be rewarded with gorgeous keepsakes of your day.

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Morning lovelies! Are you feeling the pressure to get your craft on in the run up to your wedding? I have the perfect thing for you – Kirstie Allsopp’s three-day craft fair, the biggest in the UK by a mile, with tutorials and ideas from dozens of wonderfully talented people.

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Learn how to make paper poms and garlands with the fabulous PaperPoms!

The Handmade Fair is perfect for creative brides and grooms whether you’re looking for inspiration, help or supplies. You can learn how to make perfect tissue paper garlands, paper poms, streamers and more….

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There are cake decorating lessons, or you could attend a demonstration of flower arranging with sought-after wedding florist Kitten Grayson.

I’ll even bring some calligraphy pens for you to play with, and we can practice writing names in my calligraphy skills workshop every day at 2pm. After the workshops I’ll be around to answer any wedding craft questions you might have, or share calligraphy tips for your place names and invitations!

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What could be more lovely than a beautiful sunny day in May, an eighteenth century country house hotel and a gorgeous wedding inspired by Pinterest and wedding blogs? Clare and Andrew have written a wonderful wedding report to share with us all and I’m so pleased and proud to have their big day on the English Wedding Blog.

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Cubley Hall is a charming Yorkshire wedding venue with period features set in the rolling hills – where Andrew and Clare escaped for a few quiet moments to have some of the loveliest portrait photos I’ve seen. They chose Mark Tierney (Tierney Photography) to capture their wedding and told me he was brilliant, which is always fantastic to hear.

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Check out more weddings by Tierney Photography and get in touch at:

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With huge thanks to the gorgeous bride and groom – congratulations Clare and Andrew! – and thanks to lovely Tierney Photography for kindly sharing all of the wedding photos with us today. I hope you love this as much as I do! Enjoy.
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If your wedding venue co-ordinator told you straight, “It doesn’t match your theme – in fact it’s awful – but don’t worry because it only covers every inch of your reception room”… would alarm bells ring?

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Lovely chairs from Claudia and Peter’s Preston Court wedding blog – image credit Howling Basset Photography http://howlingbasset.com/

If venue staff told you, “These are horrible but we’ll just cover them up. There are only 100 and everyone else has done it since 1985,” how would you respond?

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You’ll have guessed I think that the second statement refers to chairs – there’s been plenty of discussion of chair covers on wedding blogs recently. It’s an odd one though: rather than buying nice chairs, so many wedding venues still think chair covers are the solution to everything. Personally I’d rather have a battered old green metal chair than a stretchy nylon white cover. Chair covers make me think of Casper – remember the friendly ghost? And if every restaurant, ever, can provide nice chairs, why can’t our wedding venues do the same? Fortunately the best wedding venues are beginning to provide beautiful chairs which don’t need covers – and I promise you, these venues are worth seeking out!

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For those who’d rather keep things simple, elegant and fuss-free on your wedding day, I have some lovely ideas to share this morning. Sourced from my favourite places: Etsy, Olivia Samuel, and previous features on the English Wedding Blog! Enjoy.

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  1. Designer wedding dress by Andrea Hawkes Bridal – see her graceful and elegant gowns
  2. Sweet and simple white heart earrings by Piggle and Pop on Etsy
  3. White and ivory brush embroidery wedding cake by Caroline’s Cakes (more on the English Wedding Blog)
  4. Verona cream wedding menu by Olivia Samuel wedding stationery – from a full collection with many colour options: www.oliviasamuel.co.uk
  5. Handmade anemone fabric bouquet by The Sunny Bee on Etsy

If you’ve found a wedding supplier you’d like to see featured here please let me know! I’m always looking out for new talent to share with the English Wedding Blog readers 🙂

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Matt and Jo were the first couple to be married outdoors at one of the Lake District’s loveliest venues, Storrs Hall on the shores of Lake Windermere. They couldn’t have chosen a more perfect location: England’s largest lake is the backdrop to their ceremony photographs.

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Jo’s dress is beautiful, although she did have some dress worries before the big day it suits her so perfectly and she’s one of the most beautiful brides I’ve seen. The back of the dress is spectacular and she needed little in the way of jewellery. Matt is such a handsome groom in traditional tails, and they’re a gorgeous couple.

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The flowers are the highlight of their day – luscious arrangements by the amazing Brackens of Bowness. I love the combination of lily of the valley and sweet peas in whites for the bouquets (which Jo says smelt beautiful). Florist Kevin’s combinations of shades of pink to decorate the garden pavilion is more than fabulous.

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