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Modern calligraphy workshops – information & online booking

Hello there lovely blog readers 🙂 I hope you’re having a fun week. May is flying by and it’s less than a month until my calligraphy class in Manchester – and I’d LOVE for you to come! There are a few spaces left, so here are the details again. Don’t be shy; get your creative hat on* and come join us for a fun, arty, and exciting day!

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Learn calligraphy – join my calligraphy class in Manchester

Modern hand lettering is one of the loveliest DIY projects you can do for your wedding – and it’s a skill you’ll never lose! Learn quirky calligraphy in a one-day workshop and take your dip pen and nib (and some goodies) home with you too!

There are only limited spaces available – book today!

*If you have an especially creative hat, you are welcome to wear it 🙂

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I love this advice from beautiful Shani: “You do not need to spend huge amounts of money to have a lovely wedding. Simplicity is often the best route.” This is oh so true – and the proof is in the wonderful images of Shani and Tim’s gorgeous homemade Kent wedding which I’m proud to feature on the English Wedding Blog today.

Homegrown flowers for a rustic wedding blog with White Stag Photography (35)

Everything here is homemade with love and shows just what you can achieve if you really enjoy being crafty and making things – as Shani so clearly does. There’s more though – and green fingered brides should take note: the flowers are divine and all home grown. Shani is a talented florist and what I love most of all is that today’s fabulous couple planted and grew over 300 plants from seed for their wedding day. Wow.

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Images are by lovely Catherine and Andy from White Stag Wedding Photography in Kent. Find out more about them here:

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From the glorious venue to the comfy, cool footwear and dress-changing bridesmaids, this is a wedding whose quirks are subtle and fun. Ally and Sarah had a relaxed day at Menzies Welcombe Hotel in Stratford-upon-Avon and I know you’ll love hearing about their wedding.

A classic wedding blog from Menzies Welcombe Hotel in Warwickshire, by Rob and Sarah Gillespie Photography (20)

There wasn’t a theme for the day, but what stands out to me is that this is a no-fuss, no-fluff sort of wedding. It’s elegant and personal with a focus on just a few pretty key details: the flowers, the location, and our gorgeous bride and groom.

A classic wedding blog from Menzies Welcombe Hotel in Warwickshire, by Rob and Sarah Gillespie Photography (2)

Images are by the wonderful Rob and Sarah Gillespie – do check out their website and previous features on the English Wedding Blog:

A classic wedding blog from Menzies Welcombe Hotel in Warwickshire, by Rob and Sarah Gillespie Photography (1)

Enjoy. This is a beautiful wedding and I know you’ll love it…
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A classic wedding blog from Menzies Welcombe Hotel in Warwickshire, by Rob and Sarah Gillespie Photography (3)
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Our wedding story: Sarah and Ally

Wedding photographer’s website:

http://robandsarahgillespie.co.uk/

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If you’re a regular wedding blog reader you might think group shots are a thing of the past… but they’re as important today as they ever were. Your wedding day will be the one day of your lives when all of your friends and family are together – just for the two of you – and that’s such a special thing for every bride and groom.

Contemporary wedding photography and group shots, with Benjamin Toms (2)

I asked my lovely blog friend (and super fabulous Kent wedding photographer) Benjamin Toms if he had any advice or tips about group shots, and he had some really useful ideas to share.

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Traditional group shots can almost be thought of as being for our parents’ generation. When up to 80% of parents still pay a generous chunk of the wedding budget, this makes group shots even more important. It’s a rare occasion when all the family comes together, and so we want to preserve and treasure those memories.

Contemporary wedding photography and group shots, with Benjamin Toms (3)

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Morning everyone! I hope you’re having the best weekend 🙂 and to make it even lovelier I have a gorgeous – and I mean incredible – wedding to share with you this shiny Sunday morning. You’re welcome.

A rustic English country garden wedding at Westonbirt House with Robert Leons Photography (31)

I’ve mentioned (many times hehe) that May is my favourite month. That’s for me – it’s summer, it’s birthday month, it’s when flowers come out… but it’s also an amazing time for the English Wedding Blog because of the glorious sunny weddings, fantastic flowers and beautiful submissions I can share with you. Today’s a wonderful example of a May wedding and I know you’ll love it to bits!

A rustic English country garden wedding at Westonbirt House with Robert Leons Photography (30)

The images are by Gloucestershire wedding photographer Robert Leons. Robert shares my love of the best month of the year – and he has three gorgeous weddings up his sleeve to show you… this is only the first. We’re lucky things… must be my birthday all over again! Find out more about Robert Leons Photography here:

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A rustic English country garden wedding at Westonbirt House with Robert Leons Photography (34)

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I love today’s wedding for it’s classy sense of difference: there’s nothing normal or ordinary about Kate and Steve’s London wedding, and yet it’s as elegant as any wedding, ever, without trying to be quirky… the mark of a couple whose style and grace makes everything just fall into place beautifully.

An alternative London wedding at J & A Cafe with images by Colin Clay Photography (14)

Kate – today’s timelessly graceful and beautiful bride – and her husband Steve have been together for years and their wedding focused on friends and family. They still forget they’re married… and yet this wedding in its uniqueness will stick in my mind for a long time. I love to see a day which is different.

An alternative London wedding at J & A Cafe with images by Colin Clay Photography (11)

One of my favourite things about today is Kate’s interview (at the end of the feature). Very often brides write LOTS about their dress, and add a very brief note about the groom’s attire or bridesmaids / flower girls. Kate though… and I LOVE this… gives a resounding ‘nah…’ + one line to my question about her dress (which is stunning!) but writes 3 LINES about her adorable son (Batman bowtie – awesome!!) and daughter (sparkly shoes – awww!!).

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As a little girl I used to try and make my own dried flower bouquets… so I was delighted to see Paula’s bouquet from today’s wonderfully country wedding: it really is beautifully different. In fact today’s wedding is one of those I love for every little detail which comes together to make a creative, exciting and unique overall style for a magical day.

rustic country wedding at Avoncroft Museum with images by Rob & Sarah Gillespie Photography (43)

Sean and Paula chose their wedding venue for its windmill. Paula’s dress was chosen at the very last minute… and wow, it must have been fate because it’s beautiful!

rustic country wedding at Avoncroft Museum with images by Rob & Sarah Gillespie Photography (7)

The rustic stationery and DIY touches are what make today’s wedding look so unique – and the photographs are out of this world – I really struggled to cut the images down to a reasonable number to show you… because between the venue, the gorgeous bride and groom and the fabulous photographer, they make for some of the best wedding photos I’ve seen and shared. A favourite, definitely!

rustic country wedding at Avoncroft Museum with images by Rob & Sarah Gillespie Photography (27)

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Hello there beautiful! I hope you’re having the loveliest week already – and I have something fabulous to help inspire your day: we’re talking opulence and elegance on the English Wedding Blog this morning.

Styling a stately home wedding at Waddesdon Manor. Image Stuart Bebb Photography (33)

Today’s stately home wedding shoot takes us to the magnificent Waddesdon Manor in Buckinghamshire. There are designer dresses by Jenny Packham, Sassi Holford and Suzanne Neville, antique furniture and exquisite stationery to inspire those of you planning a stately home wedding – we’re talking lush, big budget styles with a classic flavour.

Styling a stately home wedding at Waddesdon Manor. Image Stuart Bebb Photography (12)

Styling a stately home wedding is all about working with the venue to create a gorgeous overall look. In today’s shoot Kelly (The Bespoke Wedding Company) did it with flowers, stationery and delicious accessories to complement the elegant surroundings of The White Room, Waddesdon’s newest wedding location.

Styling a stately home wedding at Waddesdon Manor. Image Stuart Bebb Photography (20)

Whatever your wedding budget, styling and decor can be scaled to fit your pocket: one thing I love about this shoot is its flexibility: Kelly has created floral displays at the end of the aisle, as centrepieces in tall displays and as scaled-down table arrangements with mercury glass. Choose whichever fits your budget best, and your stately home wedding will look beautiful, I promise!

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Sometimes a wedding is far too pretty to say no to, and sometimes a wedding is so pretty it takes seconds for me to squeal “yes pleeeeeeeease!” at my inbox! Jade and Lawrence’s big day shot straight into the latter category and I know you’ll love it too.

Real DIY wedding at Hedingham Castle in Essex, images by Sam and Louise Photography (17)

The gorgeous couple were married at Hedingham Castle in Essex and their day was relaxed, pretty and with lots and lots of DIY details. Jade and Lawrence saved money by asking friends and family to help out, and they also chose to ignore the traditions they didn’t like… which, I’m sure you’ll agree, is the way to do it!

Real DIY wedding at Hedingham Castle in Essex, images by Sam and Louise Photography (10)

Jade is absolutely stunning, rocking a superb dress by Lou Lou Bridal and timelessly glamorous red lipstick – her bouquet is as individual as it is classy: white tulips are all a girl needs when she looks this good. Gorgeous, gorgeous girl!

Real DIY wedding at Hedingham Castle in Essex, images by Sam and Louise Photography (16)

Images are by the fabulous Sam & Louise Photography who are based in Essex. Do check them out:

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Modern calligraphy workshops – information & online booking

Morning lovelies! I have real life news today… I’m really excited to be hosting a calligraphy class in Manchester on the 10th of June – it’s going to be lots of fun and I’d LOVE for you to come and join me for a day playing with pens and learning gorgeous contemporary scripts.

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Learn calligraphy – join my calligraphy class in Manchester

Modern hand lettering is one of the loveliest DIY projects you can do for your wedding – and it’s a skill you’ll never lose! I’ll teach you quirky styles in a one-day workshop and you get to take your dip pen and nib (and some goodies) home with you too!

We’ll be in the Northern Quarter from 11am until 4pm and there are only limited spaces available – early bird booking starts today!
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More and more of the wonderful brides and grooms featuring on these happy pages are telling me they found ideas and suppliers on wedding blogs. That’s awesome! I LOVE knowing you’re discovering some of the amazing people whose work I feature, and booking them too!

Image credits used in this post: Penny Young Photography. Full supplier list and link to feature at the end of the post

I’ve been featuring more styled shoots on the English Wedding Blog, and I do choose them carefully: they have to be inspirational and beautifully photographed as well as having elements you can recreate without breaking the bank! For some of you this will mean contacting the suppliers featured; for others shoots are more about finding colour combinations or other elements you could use. They’re where some of our best ideas come from, right?


But as a supplier there’s one immensely frustrating side to styled shoots, and that’s exclusivity requests from wedding blogs. Until recently I asked for exclusivity for a few months on the English Wedding Blog; I don’t now. It seems almost greedy to ask for exclusivity: why claim the work of creatives for yourself and insist it’s not published elsewhere?

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