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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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Image credit http://howlingbasset.com/ from Claudia and Peter’s wedding

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?

Wedding chairs: good, bad, ugly?

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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minimalist wedding ideas

  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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My current daily shower routine begins with Trichomania, then a dash of Miranda and Jungle. It’s the only way I can wake up, and when I don’t have Lush I pine for it… I’m hooked. And as I have some of my best ideas in the shower too, I realised that Lush is one of the only majorly successful businesses I genuinely admire. Now brand loyalty for me has always seemed like a total myth. I’m not loyal to my bank, my supermarket or any other big corporation – despite the cards in my purse which suggest otherwise. And yet as a business owner, loyalty is something I’d love to inspire from my customers. So I began to wonder if I could make my wedding business a little more, you know, Lush.

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Pinned by Lush Cosmetics www.pinterest.com/lushcosmetics – my favourites here are Rock Star, Honey I Washed The Kids, Karma soap, Miranda, Bohemian? and the fig one… delish!

 

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I love a wedding which surprises me… and today’s was pretty amazing in that respect! The look of the day is classic and elegant, but there’s an occasional treat which will make you smile – like the way Dave made his entrance on a segway. One of my favourite images from Jo and Dave’s wedding is the groom’s expression as he realises he’ll be 1) learning to ride one and 2) rocking up on it to the wedding at Orchardleigh House. No pressure then!

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Jo and Dave are gorgeous, generous and devoted to their friends and family. The beautiful bride told me, “It is the personal touches which make a wedding… We wanted to make our guests feel that they were there because they were such an important part of our lives… An example is that we wrote individual messages on each of our guests’ placemats thanking them for the support they had given us over the years and quoting memories or funny stories about them.” Isn’t that just wonderful?

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Morning everyone! I have a special feature today for brides and grooms who haven’t quite sorted out wedding flowers… and if you’re wondering whether to DIY your flowers or book a professional florist, then this will be right up your street!

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Creative wedding flowers with wool in spring greens – image credit the Judith Blacklock flower school

All of your wedding flower questions answered!

Flowers @ Oxford has just unveiled information about its wedding marquee – they call it “THE destination for any bride-to-be looking for floral inspiration for her big day“. It’s also a celebration of British blooms, flower seasonality, scent and variety. Visit this exciting floral event on the weekend of 22 August to learn about the latest trends, seek out the perfect flowers and colours for your special day and have all of your questions about wedding flowers answered by experts!

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Today’s blog feature is basically a snapshot of me tumbling head over heels in love with the beautiful wedding stationery I’ve discovered at Oyster & Pearl Design. Join me?

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Designer Casey told me, “Oyster and Pearl is essentially me working from my studio in the heart of the Devon countryside. My passion is creating beautiful stationery, this is the reason I decided to start Oyster & Pearl Design. The opportunity to do something I absolutely love, every single day!

Casey’s designs are understated and simple. She knows how to work fonts into a truly elegant space for invitations, orders of service and every last little bit of your wedding stationery. The presentation on Oyster & Pearl’s website is just delicious… the colours are contemporary, the graphics a delight. Love. And what a story behind the shop! (Read my post about crafting an ‘about’ story to sell your wedding business)

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Kathryn and Phil’s big day at Turkey Mill

Turkey Mill, Maidstone was the setting for Kathryn and Phil’s Kent wedding. Turkey Mill is a wedding photographer’s dream to shoot and one of the most stunning wedding venues in Kent with a waterfall, lake, bridge, gazebo etc etc.

They were married at Hoo St Werburgh Church, Rochester which is their local church and literally at the bottom of their hill.

For more examples of our Kent wedding photography at Turkey Mill click here.

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Proof that you don’t need to style your day around a restrictive ‘theme’ – Mahdieh and Joshua’s wedding is full of bright colours, and definitely has tons of character. Today’s gorgeous couple fell in love at first sight when they met as students and after getting engaged they spent just over a year planning their big day.

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Their venue is contemporary and deliciously different: the Isla Gladstone, a converted Victorian conservatory set amidst picture-perfect rose gardens and lakes, surrounded by historic stone pavilions.

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Images are by lovely Liverpool wedding photographer Lisa Howard, who covers the whole of the North West. Find out more about Lisa here:

This is a wonderfully colourful wedding with lots of character and some brilliant advice from the happy couple at the end of the feature. If things go wrong, smile and carry on – Mahdieh told me, “We were too busy enjoying ourselves to get stressed out about anything… the little hiccups were mostly just funny!” She’s most definitely my kind of bride… and I hope you enjoy their wedding as much as I did!
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When you’ve spent a couple of years running your own creative business you reach a point where you can’t ever imagine a different way of life.

Of course it’s tough being self-employed. It’s scary being so utterly in control of your financial future. But the freedom of making a living doing something you love is worth more than anything.

I don’t miss the routine of my old daily commute into Manchester before 6am. I don’t miss the pressure. It’s amazing knowing I’ll never set foot inside my office again! I love being able to change my days when it’s sunny, or when there’s a concert and I want to finish early.

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Photo credit Matthew Bishop Photography | Styling by Petra Opperman – click to see this styled shoot

The delights of being your own boss

I love being part of a creative community most of all. People say it can be lonely working for yourself and from home, but there’s a craft revolution happening and the likes of Mollie Makes and Etsy are taking over the internet. Communities and forums for designers and creatives are all over Facebook, not to mention the wedding forums and fan sites we all know and love. Lonely is the last thing I feel.

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