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Good morning everyone! I hope your week is going well. I have so many things to share with you, my list of blog submissions for fabulous shoots and real weddings is growing and my editorial calendar for July is pretty full… with a little space for anything really special that comes along, so do get in touch if you have a feature for me! In the meantime, I’d love for you to join me today on a virtual trip around beautiful Sandon Hall.

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Image credit Chris Hanley Photography for Sandon Hall

I’ve been chatting on email to Sandon Hall’s resident flower expert, the lovely Breige. We share a love of English country garden flowers for weddings and I’m really looking forward to sharing more floral inspiration from Sandon Hall on the English Wedding Blog over the summer. Already a stunning wedding venue, Sandon Hall looks absolutely incredible when the rooms are filled with flowers, and for Staffordshire couples I don’t think there’s a better choice of wedding venue.

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You’ll fall off your bicycle* when you see today’s real wedding… it’s just incredibly beautiful and fun and unique and individual and all of those things I LOVE about modern English weddings. [and breathe!] There are so many fabulous images of – well – so many amazing things to show you! A vintage wedding dress, a groom with real vintage style, a fabulous venue, weeks worth of wedding DIY projects and so much more.

oxford wedding photographyAll images are by the fabulous Sophie Duckworth Photography, who is based in Surrey. Sophie is one of my awesome team of wedding blog sponsors and you can read more about her here.

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*bicycle-riding bride? Check! Samantha is all kinds of amazing!

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Happy Tuesday morning my lovely! How are you? I’m a bundle of nervous excitement as I’ve just heard that a shoot I was involved in will be featured on the fabulous Brides Up North blog this month! All I can show you for now is a couple of sneak peeks of my calligraphy – and my top tip for the next few weeks is to join me in reading Brides Up North to see the rest of this gorgeous shoot!
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Suzy Mitchell is a wedding and social photographer based in Ilkley, Yorkshire. She got in touch to tell me about her 1940s inspired shoot and to ask for some calligraphy and stationery to feature as part of the styling on the day. I was delighted to help out, and created a bespoke set of stationery especially for Suzy: see The Denton Hall invitation suite on my website.

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Anna and Kevin’s wedding is classic and timeless, with beautiful images and a focus on friends and family which is wonderfully touching. They married at The Maynard in the Peak District, a gorgeous privately owned boutique hotel near Bakewell and Buxton.

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Images are by Yorkshire wedding photographer Mark Tierney, of Tierney Photography. Mark says, “It was an elegant and memorable wedding, which included some touching and thoughtful details – as well as a truly delicious cake!

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

www.tierneyphotography.co.uk
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But for now let’s go back to today’s beautiful bride and gorgeous groom with their classic English wedding at The Maynard. This is fabulous. Enjoy!
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Our wedding story: Anna and Kevin

Wedding photographer’s website:

www.tierneyphotography.co.uk

Were you pleased with your wedding photographer?

Extremely pleased. Some of our guests commented that they didn’t even know Mark was there. He is highly recommended.

Wedding venue:

The Maynard, Grindleford, Derbyshire

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It’s so easy to get lost in Etsy, but I never really mind. I made a treasury of gorgeous little grey wedding ideas – the kinds of things I’d use if I were planning a wedding in soft tones and pale shades. There are hints of accent colours but everything feels gentle and elegant. I’ve been writing in pale grey inks this summer and all my couples have loved it… so get inspired by the beauty of grey and check out these lovely Etsy wedding suppliers today!

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I love you to the moon and back… and I LOVE these hand illustrated plates by OHNORachio (awesome shop name too!)
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These necklaces make the loveliest bridesmaid gifts don’t they? I’ve never seen anything like them but it’s love at first sight! By The Whirlwind
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This is so pretty! By FloMade – they’ll keep it forever 🙂
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I’m no fan of veils but this is a pretty alternative – and I can’t resist a bit of tulle! Beautifully crafted by Bewitching Lace

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There’s an art to buying and selling wedding business stories

Sometimes I wish I was Hans Christian Andersen. I’d love to be able to tell a compelling story – and for my story to sell my wedding business. Back in 2005 when I started my wedding calligraphy business, stories meant nothing. Websites had to be professional: “we sell calligraphy” or “we pride ourselves on customer service”…

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Then Etsy happened. Lucy Ledger made an impression with her wedding business story. Annabel and Kat won our hearts and the blogosphere went crazy. Opinions and reviews overtook straplines and marketing. The internet went mad for people – and personalities began to shape the web. Brides and grooms were buying into the stories and sellers they loved – and businesses blossomed because of them.

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Your wedding business needs a story – and its story is YOU!

Etsy sellers need a fascinating ‘about me’ story. The best shops have faces (people-faces!) and personalities. Buyers – whether they’re brides and grooms, mums and dads or crafters – want to know who they’re buying from.

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Happy Thursday everyone! Lots to share today – I stumbled across a lovely article from It’s Your Wedding Dance in response to my Glastonbury blog, which has made me smile today. But the main event is a behind the scenes look at Victorian wedding style inspiration, with Petra Opperman and Storybook Films. The film brings yesterday’s shoot to life, as tables are set and flowers arranged, make up done and food served… here you’ll see every tiny detail of the wedding dress and oh! the wedding cake – a real show stopper.

Petra Opperman has written the loveliest of introductions to accompany the wedding style film, and I’ve included some new images from Matthew Bishop Photography for you as well – I have more up my sleeve… and they’re hard to resist!

Victorian Love Styled shoot from Storybook Films on Vimeo.

In the tranquillity of the countryside, the magnificent dining room in the stately home, Ardington house, sets the scene for a Victorian love wedding theme.

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Have you heard of floriography? No? Along with tablescapes and ombre you’d be forgiven for thinking it was a new wedding buzz word, but it comes from the Victorians – whose style we’re fast falling in love with for 2014 and 2015 weddings. Today I have the most amazing shoot to share with you – full of luxurious style ideas you can use to create your own elegant Victorian wedding style.

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The beauty of this shoot is second to none. I adore wedding styling shoots as they can be such a rich source of ideas for brides and grooms – and Petra Opperman is one of the most amazing stylists in the country. Along with photographer Matthew Bishop and a host of outstanding suppliers, Petra has created another stunning wedding style to share with you today – and I absolutely love it!
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There are so many ideas to inspire you today, and I have more to share with you as well – for now, my favourites and the very best ideas from opulent wedding stationery, cakes, bridal styling and so much more. Read slowly, sip your tea as you go, and do save your favourites on Pinterest!

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Hello lovely! As it’s a little cooler here this morning I thought it would be nice to feature a spring wedding – one with a bouquet which will knock your socks off, and some lovely details in contrasting colours for you to get inspired by! Rachel and Matthew were married at Parkside School, Surrey, and added lots of handmade touches to their day to make it really special.

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Images are by Andrew of Howling Basset Photography, and you can find out more about him here:

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Rachel is one of the most beautiful brides I’ve seen! Her hair is fabulous (wish I had such pretty hair!) and her bridal look combines real grace with a pretty vintage style. The amaaaazing bouquet brings everything together for a fantastic wedding style. I hope you enjoy today’s real wedding!
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Happy Monday everyone! Let’s begin the week with a vibrant bouquet from a lovely English wedding, shall we? Kent and Essex wedding photographer Alison Wood got in touch with me on Twitter when I shared my best real bouquets of 2014, and I loved Hayley’s bright colours and exciting textures.

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Happily when I asked Alison if I could blog the wedding she said yes! If you’re looking for a wedding photographer near Kent or Essex do look her up:

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So here we have a wonderfully bright beginning to the week – perfect for a Monday morning! Enjoy.

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I asked Alison to tell me a little about their day:

“Hayley and Russell met at Aston university and after 10 years together they got married last September. Hayley is from Wales and Russell from Hastings.

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Hey everyone, welcome to Friday! Yay 🙂 I’ll be out on my latest adventures when you read this, on a major birthday shopping excursion for my man and looking forward to reliving my youth at a concert this weekend… but first, a little bit of something yummy for us all to share…

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I’m about to tempt you with handcrafted, gourmet raspberry marshmallows in a pretty bag… or limited edition strawberry cheesecake cookie pops with a kraft tag and baker’s twine… sound good?!

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Mollie from Yumbles got in touch with me in June. (Brilliant name, isn’t it?!) Yumbles is an online food and drink marketplace connecting food lovers with the UK’s best independent producers – and they’re proud to have recently introduced a range of unique and original wedding favours on Yumbles.com, all handmade by their wonderful sellers. You can see them here:

http://www.yumbles.com/wedding-party-favours/

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Hey there lovely blog readers! I hope you like horses… and beautiful, romantic styling ideas… because I’m about to show you such a lovely shoot it’ll burn your Pinterest fingers.

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Photography credit Evelyn Rose Photography – styling by Christine Maciocia

Wedding photographer Penny Young is becoming a bit of a regular on the English Wedding Blog. She’s just so lovely, and we were chatting on email about a shoot she’d been involved in – I saw a couple of images and I was hooked. I had to show you!

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A whimsical farm wedding shoot with stylist Christine Maciocia

The shoot was designed and arranged by talented wedding stylist Christine Maciocia. She was approached by real life couple William and Christine, who were looking to recreate the vibe of their wedding day in some new, exciting and beautiful images. They must love the results – and don’t they look amazing! It’s clear from the images they’re in love, and I think that sets this styled shoot apart from so many others – the looks of love are real.

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