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Crab Manor has so much character it could pop… and what better wedding venue to get your guests talking and having a blast! There’s so much to Lauren and Bob’s Yorkshire wedding, it is definitely one of my favourite weddings this year.

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The gorgeous couple describe their day as ‘a little bit vintage’ – it’s elegantly done and the focus is on the beautiful ceremony and celebrations with tons of laughter and love in the air. The venue is a huge highlight but doesn’t detract from the details: Lauren wears a handmade designer dress – she loved it so much she never wanted to take it off 🙂

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Accessories came from Glitzy Secrets, and this lovely creative bride sewed earrings to her shoes and added a hair comb to the belt of her dress… which looks wonderful. The flowers are simple hydrangeas – which I adore. Images are by lovely Laura Calderwood Photography (based in Yorkshire):

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There are two things I look for in wedding dresses above everything else: unique, handmade designs and independent boutiques. Mass market bridalwear isn’t for me. I’m the same with music: I look for something incredible and creative, beautiful and just a little bit different, something most people haven’t discovered yet…

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One Welsh boutique is leading the way with bridal design that breaks the mould

Rachel Burgess Bridal Boutique attracts brides from across the UK and is fast becoming a hub for beautiful handmade dresses. The boutique stocks exciting and creative local designers Amy Mair Couture, Angharad Mullooly, Claire Hill Designs, E&W Couture, Kate Barlow and Helen Rhiannon.

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Amy Mair Couture offers a signature style of subtle glamour. Her dresses offer a sharp execution in fit and a structure with a balance of flowing movement in fabrics, with a bohemian or alternative charm. E&W Couture is also committed to offering something a little different for the alternative personality. With a signature style that combines simple cuts with elaborate embellishments she creates elegant, flattering and fashion forward designs.

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Becky and Ali’s wedding at The Shireburn Arms is just lovely: a perfectly English venue, a relaxed and charming atmosphere, and the prettiest details. Today’s couple are gorgeous and fun – their wedding was all about the party and Becky even told me they skipped wedding readings because they “would have taken away some of the drinking and partying time”!

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I love Becky’s style: her dress is a simple, elegant high street design which cost less than £200 – and the sash is gorgeous, don’t you think? Ali’s navy pinstripe suit is perfect for an English gent and he had blue laces in his shoes – while his beautiful bride was still choosing her shoes on the morning of the wedding!
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wedding blog at The Shireburn Arms by DJ Archer Photography (22)Images are by DJ Archer Photography, Danny and Lizz, who are based in Lancashire.  Do have a look at their website if you’re looking for photographers in the North West – they photograph weddings in Lancashire, Yorkshire and Cumbria.

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Ripley Arts Centre wedding blog Simon Biffen Photography (1)Ripley Arts Centre is a gorgeous wedding venue in Bromley – a charming Victorian house tucked away in London’s leafy suburbs… and with the loveliest gardens you’ll see. I adored Nicola and Chris’s wedding when I spotted it on Simon Biffen’s photography blog. Their sense of style is just wonderful – everything from Nicola’s gorgeous dress and Chris’s suit to their cat, smiles and balloons made me smile!
Simon Biffen Photography Ripley Arts Centre (4)Their reception is beautifully and tastefully decorated with jars of gypsophila and vintage china – it’s really lovely and a style that won’t break the bank – I think it’s wonderful.

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

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Morning everyone! Today’s real wedding comes from the charming village of Bury in Cambridgeshire. Jessica and Dan were married in September and chose a vintage theme with lots of creative styling!

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They had a blank canvas – literally – for their marquee reception and styled the space with lots of vintage details: gorgeous flowers, antique keys and a Choccywoccydoodah cake. Jessica’s stunning bouquet is by the fabulous Pumpkin & Pye, the other decorations were homemade.

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There are plenty of ideas here for other DIY brides – and it’s thanks to lovely Liz Greenhalgh Photography we can share them here today. Do check out Liz’s website:

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Liz says, “No detail had been missed. The marquee was just stunning, flowers adorned tables and centrepieces at every turn. The garden was immaculate and full of more vintage loveliness… ” So shall we have a proper look? It’s beautiful – you’ll love it.
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Our vintage wedding in Cambridgeshire – Jessica and Dan

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As with last week’s Custard Factory wedding, there are some names you just can’t ignore! Crimson Moonshine lands squarely in that category, and when I heard from lovely Amberin and Chloe I earmarked a spot for them on the English Wedding Blog straight away!
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Wedding stationery by Crimson Moonshine UK (1) Crimson Moonshine have created their own very unique, fresh look in wedding stationery. Their suites are creatively named: from my favourite ‘Kate & Andy’ through the quintessentially English ‘William & Mary’ to the chic stripes of ‘Johnny & June’ – I think they’re fab!

Images – above & below: ‘Kate & Andy’

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Crimson Moonshine is a new beautiful wedding stationery company creating designs that are unique and personal to their client’s needs. Take a look at their range and you will find designs to suit any kind of wedding and personalities. If you can’t find something that quite suits your special day they can create a completely bespoke design just for your wedding day. Just bring them an idea of what you like, whether that be a colour or a photo or even a word and they’ll take it from there with your own ideas and input to create something completely unique and meaningful for you.

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Becky and Pete’s rustic barn wedding combines a classic colour scheme with more contemporary details – and it’s just amazing. Becky told me, “I sort of built the idea of the day around the beautiful rustic barn… my flowers were quite rustic and wild with lots of foliage, so wooden/greenery/purple was our theme!

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Gorgeous bride Becky did a fantastic job styling her wedding, along with her mum spending time creating lots of DIY bits and bobs: “I hand-made a lot of the decorations and details – my mum made the favours and planted all of our table centres herself.” They suited the barn at Channels Golf Club perfectly – I especially love the flowers in planters on every table, and the funky purple table numbers!

Wedding at Channels Lodge by Laura Calderwood Photography (20)

Images today are by lovely Laura Calderwood Photography. It’s the first time I’ve featured Laura’s photos on the English Wedding Blog and I’m ever so pleased to have discovered her 🙂 Do check out more of her real weddings on her website and on social media at:

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Paper fetish, anyone? [blogger pauses to raise hands] – it’s often part of wedding planning: you start looking at invitations and favours and see so many beautiful things you get hooked.

Welcome to my world!…  I’m Claire and I’m a paper addict 🙂 so when I planned my first styled wedding shoot this year it had to be focused on the prettiest paper details.

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Button and brooch bouquet by the fabulous Natasha at Pumpkin & Pye | Love quote flags by lovely Jo at Vintage Twee

We began with a simple concept: paper and mirrors. I would provide the paper and calligraphy details; photographer Jamie Vickerstaff would do his thing with mirrors and reflections. And wow, didn’t he just…

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Watercolour paper flowers, coloured calligraphy tags and handwritten love letter by Claire Gould, Calligraphy-for-Weddings.com

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I wanted to show how you can create a wedding style around two simple ideas, and build on it to create an exciting and colourful display. Beginning with watercolour paper and calligraphy we added vintage stationery and china, a brooch bouquet in pastel colours, cakes with watercolour tiers and more details to create a cohesive look. I loved every second!

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Hi everyone, and happy Tuesday to you all! I have a helpful feature up my sleeve today – rather than bringing you ideas every day I like to share useful and practical advice to help you plan your day. So let’s talk about wedding entertainment planning. To be honest, I’d never considered there’d be more to it than booking a band, telling them what time to arrive and where, and paying them afterwards. If that’s your approach, then this article is for you…

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Image credit Alexis Jaworski www.alexisjaworski.com

Written by experienced and dedicated wedding DJ Richard Porter, today’s blog feature includes advice on pre-wedding meetings, timelines and contracts and the preparations you’ll need to make for truly personal and unique wedding entertainment. I hope you find it really helpful!
Richard Porter’s website is https://discosmobile.com/

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Wedding photographer Suzy Mitchell first featured here on the English Wedding Blog with a styled ‘vintage military wedding‘ shoot – which tugged at my heartstrings, being inspired by a real life story. I’m delighted to be able to introduce you to Suzy as an English Wedding Blog sponsor today. She’s passionate about her photography – and it shows. Suzy’s images are timeless and beautiful: she captures those unexpected and magical moments as well as she photographs wonderfully artistic portraits… and I love her work.

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Suzy told me, “I was trying to think of the one thing I most wanted to say to a couple considering booking me, as their photographer and it was simple really, just that I want it to be fun!! To get to know you as a couple, understand what you are looking for and for you to really enjoy the experience of working with me!

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Expert advice is invaluable when you’re planning a wedding. I had an email a few weeks ago from a bride who’d booked her venue and then realised it wasn’t big enough for all of her guests for both the ceremony and reception – she was desperately looking for a ceremony venue at the last minute, and I did my best to help. So I’m hugely grateful to lovely Gabrielle of Blue Bouquet Bride, who works at a luxury wedding venue, for writing today’s feature. Searching for a wedding venue – and getting everything right – isn’t easy. Gabrielle knows all the questions to ask, and shares her advice with us here today. Her list of 15 essential questions could be invaluable for you if you’re deciding on your wedding venue.
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I’m never happier than with my nose in a book – and a book lovers’ wedding is guaranteed to tickle my blogging fancy every time! So I’m delighted to show you Holly and Tom’s Somerset wedding today. They married at Taunton School and held their reception in the school library: a wood panelled room with a high, arched ceiling and shelves full of gorgeous, wonderful, beautiful books!

English wedding at Taunton School in Somerset by Simon Biffen Photography (4)

I shouldn’t gloss over the beauty of the bride and groom, should I? Holly and Tom are fabulous – a stunning couple. Their classic English wedding is stylish and timeless; the images by Somerset wedding photographer Simon Biffen are exquisite. Simon is happy to travel throughout the UK to photograph weddings. Wherever you are, do check him out… I think he’s amazing!

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