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Rebecca and Howard have the most relaxed approach to wedding planning I’ve seen – the preparations took “about 6 months”, they spent as little as possible and rather than having a theme they styled their country style wedding day with the things they liked… including 1950s music, natural flowers (which I adore!) oh, and Landrovers!

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Howard looks the part in a proper English bowler hat – I love it! And Rebecca is simply stunning in a gorgeous lace sleeved dress by Ellis Bridals. The images are wonderful, and the story of this wedding is one I love. It’s a simple, natural and relaxed wedding – from start to finish. It can take months and months of preparation to make a wedding look rustic, natural and simple… or it can actually be all of those things! Rebecca and Howard’s wedding is genuine and all the more beautiful for it.

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Huge thanks to Gemma Lawrence Photography for sharing her lovely images with us today. Find out more about Gemma here:

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Happy Wednesday everyone! Would you like some beautiful images to brighten your morning? Me too… and I have the perfect thing. I had a lovely chat with my friend and long term supporter of the English Wedding Blog the other day: the fabulous Benjamin Toms. Ben is a Kent wedding photographer who specialises in documentary photography.

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Ben’s website has had a complete redesign and is looking fantastic. He’s been busy revamping the entire site which has relaunched with a gorgeous slideshow featuring tantalising peeks at some of his best wedding images. Ben’s beautiful brides and great-looking grooms are only the tip of the iceberg: I’m smiling to see the brilliant toastmaster in full flow, the guests clearly having the time of their lives, and everyone from flower girls to puppies taking centre stage!
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I’ll happily spend hours creating something new and exciting if someone asks me to take part in any kind of wedding shoot. Does it pay? I think so… and being involved in shoots can have massive benefits for everyone involved. Here’s why I love them:

  • Shoots mean I can get great images of my work in context. Etsy tells me to use “droolworthy” photos – and the best way to do this is to give my stuff to awesome photographers so they can put it in a wedding setting and share the images.
  • I get to meet people, in real life or online – a rare thing for a wedding stationer!
  • Shoots push me to make new things, even if they’re a bit odd! In the last year I’ve written on an old window frame, made watercolour flowers and written song lyrics on massive paper backdrops then slashed them into pieces with a knife…

Images from a styled shoot at Aspire, by Melissa Beattie Photography

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Next time you pass a field, consider it as your wedding venue! It might need a bit of work as far as decor and styling goes, you might need a little cover in case it rains on the day, and it could appear a huge challenge at first…. but if you’re enthusiastic about a DIY outdoor wedding then this is an amazing story you’ll want to read!

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Faye and Trevor had a rustic wedding in a field in Berkshire, where they celebrated with a handfasting ceremony and treated guests to a beautiful marquee reception. Faye is absolutely stunning; Trevor looks fab in his pale suit and together they make the most gorgeous couple! They’re talented too, and with all their friends created a magical, musical wedding I think is incredible!!

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Huge thanks to lovely Yasmin Anne Photography for sharing her fab images of their day. Yasmin specialises in vintage, natural style photography for weddings. Brides in Hampshire, Surrey and Berkshire should find out more about her:

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Jenny Packham accessories 2015 (1) Jenny Packham fans, we have news for you on this lovely autumn morning! Jenny’s brand new bridal accessories collection for 2015 is now available in stores, and I’ve been asked to let you all know!

There are stockists throughout the UK (currently 33 fabulous bridal stores listed as stocking the accessories collection) – I’d recommend you call to check the new accessories are in your local store before you go, just in case!
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You can also buy the fabulous accessories online today at www.jennypackham.com. The ten headdresses which lead the collection are simply divine: I adore the two Candela pieces which have shapely swirls in crystal and opal.

Every piece has beautiful elements to echo those in Jenny’s wedding dress collection, from headdresses encrusted with fabulous floral motifs, crystals and more, to complement the whimsical tiered hemlines and celestial capes seen on Jenny’s bridal catwalks earlier this year.

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I can’t imagine how exciting it must feel for winter brides and grooms as the leaves start falling from the trees… the first frost instantly reminds me of snow and cosy nights in… and winter weddings. Today I wanted to share a really beautiful wedding from Buxted Park: Fiona and Mark styled a winter wonderland wedding at this gorgeous venue and I’m delighted to be able to share all of their fabulous images with you today.

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Thanks to Kerry Ann Duffy for sharing the photographs of Mark and Fiona’s day with us on the English Wedding Blog. You can see more of Kerry’s photographs here – do have a look. (Fiona was so pleased with her photos she recommended Kerry to her sister and friends, who have booked her for their weddings!)

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My first winter wonderland wedding of the year… I hope you love it. Enjoy!
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Our winter wonderland wedding at Buxted Park, by Fiona and Mark

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Howling Basset was the Kent wedding photographer for Katie and Aaron’s lovely country wedding. They were married at St Peter & St Paul’s Church in Borden and then over to the delightful Frasers Coldharbour Farm for the reception. It was important to them that all the suppliers used and decorations etc were sourced within the UK. The boys’ suits were especially cool; Aaron wanted tweed but with a summer wedding it’s just too heavy a material so after scouring the country he found a bespoke tailor in Walsall to make their suits. Very dapper indeed.
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Katie and Aaron had a beautiful woodland engagement shoot last year – you can click here to see some of their engagement photos but for today I hope you’ll enjoy this perfect eco friendly Kent wedding!

 

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Katie and Aaron’s beautiful wedding at Frasers Coldharbour Farm with Kent wedding photographer Howling Basset

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Hello there my lovelies, welcome to the weekend! It seems like only moments have passed since last weekend’s excitement at The Handmade Fair – where we were lucky enough to spend the afternoon in the company of the fabulous Karen Flower. Karen has been featured on the English Wedding Blog many times – her wedding photography is just beautiful. I’m delighted to be able to welcome Karen back as a sponsor of the English Wedding Blog today – she comes highly recommended as a talented photographer and one of the loveliest people I’ve met on my travels too!

Karen told me wedding photography “goes beyond just taking photos of what’s in front of me: it is about anticipating moments, looking for connections between people and telling a story of your wedding by linking all the elements of your day together.

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She looks for good light and interesting compositions to make your photos look special but also truthful and real. Your wedding day is about you, and Karen will be there to capture who you are, who you love and how you like to celebrate.

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She purred…” said our PM this week, and I quite liked it. Oh, to purr in velvety tones with all the glamour of a Hollywood starlet – I’d love to speak that way! It’s how I imagine today’s super glamorous bride would sound: she has that timelessly elegant beauty originating from the Great Gatsby era and I know you’ll adore this shoot!

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Our bride wears the most exciting of vintage styles: an Eliza Jane Howell designer wedding gown with sequins, sheer sleeves and a fabulous belt, all in the softest shades making a gently sophisticated statement. Her groom wears a luxurious navy suit with bow tie, creating a look both elegant and vintage which fits the style of the day.

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Combining rich, midnight blues and natural textures with minimal design and a focus on comfort, the setting for the shoot is one of PapaKata’s gorgeous new Sperry tents – indeed today’s styled shoot is the brainchild of PapaKåta, The Wedding Affair and Dominic Wright Photography.

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I stumbled across these gorgeous images of Ali and Terry’s engagement shoot at Wollaton Hall in Nottingham and couldn’t resist showing you – such a stunning couple and the photographs are fabulous! They’re ballroom dancers and I love how graceful and fun their images are – it’s also a wonderful showcase of engagement shoots and will, I hope, encourage you to book one of your own!

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Images are all by lovely Derbyshire wedding photographer Jon Cripwell at www.joncripwell.co.uk

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I totally agree with him: engagement shoots are such a brilliant idea, and I have another reason too: they allow you a little special couple time together in all the frenzy of wedding planning. What better excuse to have a day where you can enjoy each other’s company and have a bit of fun?! Ali and Terry did it with such style, I think they’re amazing…
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Salmestone Grange wedding of Charlotte and Richard

The wonderful Salmestone Grange in Margate Kent was the setting for Charlotte and Richard’s big day. They married in the ancient, small and intimate Salmestone Chapel then after photos it was off to nearby Manston for the reception in a friend’s garden. Two marquees one for the food and the other for the entertainment, oh and a home built Gin Palace too.

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