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Happy Friday-eve-afternoon, everyone! We begin our weekend celebrations early here at English Wedding Blog HQ you know! – me and the cats, that is… before we clock off for the afternoon though, I wanted to ask this little question: is your wedding jewellery vegan?

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Bubble bracelet with Swarovski pearls by Bridal Designs Wedding Jewellery

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I know. You probably haven’t considered whether any goats were hurt in the making of your flower crown*, but vegan-friendly wedding jewellery is a valid concern for many brides.

*unlikely, don’t worry

Tracey from Bridal Designs has written about this after a bride got in touch to ask where her pearls were sourced from. Tracey uses Swarovski pearls, which are respected quality faux pearls used by many jewellery and dress designers.

Real pearls can have issues, as intensive farming of oysters sounds a little dangerous for the poor little creatures… read a brief explanation over at Bridal Designs and while you’re there why not buy one of those lovely bubble bracelets too?

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Tom and Jess’s wedding is beautiful, with mismatched pastel colours for the bouquets and bridesmaids… the details are gorgeous; the bride absolutely stunning. Jess and Tom make the loveliest couple: today’s bride wears a delicate lace dress while her groom is in navy blue – a nice touch for a pretty, elegant, and fun wedding.

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The venue is Chesterfield’s Ringwood Hall, and all images are by the lovely Jon Cripwell Photography. Jon describes Tom and Jess as “an absolutely fantastic match for each other“, and says, “The ceremony was beautiful, and obviously emotional for everyone involved, but especially the bride! Jess valiantly made it through her vows, and it was touching to see Tom reassuring her and helping her through when the happy tears began to fall.

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You’ll love today’s real wedding – more from lovely Jon Cripwell coming to the English Wedding Blog soon! Enjoy.
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Our wedding report: Tom & Jess Swindell

Wedding photographer’s website:

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Hello lovely wedding blog readers! I have a bonus post for you this afternoon with some fabulous images by the lovely Simon Biffen Photography. Lucy and Rob were married at Maunsel House in Somerset, with a ceremony in the grand ballroom and later (after the rain stopped!) a stroll around the glorious grounds.

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Wedding photography at Maunsel House | Image credit Simon Biffen Photography

Images are by Somerset wedding photographer Simon Biffen, who you’ll find here:

http://simonbiffenphotography.blogspot.co.uk
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Wedding photography at Maunsel House | Image credit Simon Biffen Photography

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Today’s real wedding features a stunning short-haired brunette, the lovely Charlie, who wears a bird cage veil and Paloma Blanca wedding dress. The stationery is all home made, and yet this wedding at Shrigley Hall in Cheshire looks wonderfully elegant and stylish – you will LOVE it!!

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When Charlie first got in touch with me I was so excited – her photos are just stunning, as is she – and just as excitingly her wedding photographer is the lovely Jonny Draper. I’ve featured Jonny’s work on the English Wedding Blog lots of times (more here: http://english-wedding.com/tag/jonny-draper-photography), and I have the biggest admiration for how he works: Jonny’s built his wedding photography business on friendship. Seriously – if you’re getting married in the north west then you need to meet with Jonny for a chat and you’ll see what I mean! Charlie and Dan describe him as ‘incredible‘ – what more do you need to know?!

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Hello! Did anyone see June coming?! No? Me neither… I’m still on May! But it’s officially summer and wedding season is in full swing – so let’s begin the week with one of the loveliest weddings I’ve seen: Roseanne and Darren at Cripps Barn.

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The gorgeous couple didn’t focus on a colour scheme but as their plans developed they chose details in soft blues and greens. The wedding stands out for the spectacular floral decorations – Roseanne’s bouquet is amazing and the ceremony flowers are fabulous.

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Images of their day are by Leeds Wedding Photographer John Hope – a wedding blog favourite who comes very highly recommended!

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I’ll never tire of the pretty sparkle of fairy lights – I’ve had mine up at English Wedding Blog HQ since Christmas and yes, I turn them on all the time! Vicky and Gavin decorated Trevor Barn with bunting and fairy lights for their vintage inspired wedding and when I saw the pictures I fell in love. Life should be this pretty all the time!

bunting fairy lights wedding blog (1)Lovely Jade Osborne Photography sent me her images of their day, from the bridal preparations to the groom’s delight (see the photos!) as he saw the yellow Robin Reliant arrive to take him to the wedding… and then on to the reception.

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I’ve included more images of the ceremony than usual, simply because there’s such a charming sequence of images as Vicky arrives and Gavin’s nerves – and tears – being to show! I love the moment where he sees his beautiful bride and smiles: it’s always wonderful and to me this moment says, “so long as you’re by my side everything will be ok”.

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Hello everyone! Have you chosen your wedding venue? I wonder – how did you choose your perfect location? Sometimes practicality comes first: is it convenient to get to, close to home, near a motorway or miles away from anywhere? Sometimes couples make a shortlist but end up falling head over heels in love with a quirky little place they didn’t consider at first! It can be a little like buying a house: a wedding venue can feel just right, or you suddenly imagine yourselves there and you know it’s “the one”.

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Today’s blog post / bridal shoot will help you whether you’ve found your wedding venue or not: if you’re still looking it gives a little more to think about. If you’ve found the perfect venue, it will help you see it in a new light. Images are by my very creative and talented friend Jamie at Vickerstaff Photography, and are from a bridal shoot at The Fisherman’s Retreat in Lancashire.
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The jury is out as to whether today’s wedding is more of an “Ewok party” or a “secret wedding in the woods” – and our beautiful bride and gorgeous groom can’t decide! What’s for sure is that this is one of the best weddings I’ve seen – and it really fits both descriptions beautifully. Weddings should be a magical adventure in every way, and Louise and Toby made theirs so much more than that – it’s just brilliant!

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Their wedding photographer is the very lovely Clare West, a documentary photographer based in Reading. She comes very highly recommended by today’s star bride and groom, and I love that she captures the details of the day so beautifully. Louise told me, “Clare took time to capture a lot of the little details and delicate touches that we had spent so long working on.” For me that’s really important! Details and special touches are the frame around the essence of your wedding: just as you’d place a cherished photo in a special frame, if you wrap your wedding in prettiness then you want to have detail photographs in your album to recreate the atmosphere of your day around those magical moments, right?

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Hello there lovely wedding blog fans – it’s treat time this morning, and I’m feeling very much like Winnie the Pooh when it’s time for elevenses… oh how everyone’s favourite bear would have LOVED Kalm Kitchen‘s new street food stalls. They look as delicious as their contents must taste – and they’re perfect for weddings! All images are by wedding photographer Eddie Judd.

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Kalm Kitchen’s “brunch banquet” wedding food stall looks delicious! Image credits in this feature all by the lovely Eddie Judd Photography http://eddiejuddphotography.com/

Creatively fusing the current trend for street-inspired food with beautifully styled stalls, Kalm Kitchen have brought to life six tantalising gourmet stalls offering a creative, delicious and fun addition to weddings. Available for hire throughout London and the South-East, the street stalls will be delivered, set-up and managed by a member of the Kalm Kitchen team and are suitable for both indoor and outdoor events.

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Kalm Kitchen’s sweetie bar is vibrant and colourful – it might steal the show at your wedding!

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Morning everyone! I feel like sunshine today… and especially for my fellow soggy northerners this week I bring you all the sunshine you could need in the form of Nathalie’s lush sunflowers! Yay! Beautiful Nathalie and Daniel were married at the fabulous Folly Farm near Bristol and chose lovely Joseph Hall as their wedding photographer.

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The sunflower inspired colours and rustic country style of their venue are a perfect match, and despite the rain (which kind of makes the day look even more charmingly English in the gorgeous photos!) their day is wonderfully inspiring. It’s a wedding both elegant and in tune with nature, with summery bouquets and a rich green and yellow colour palette. Bridesmaids are in lush green and Daniel and his best boys sport the cutest yellow buttonholes to match the flower in Nathalie’s hair. The flowers and venue really make this Somerset wedding very special indeed!
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Huge thanks to lovely Joseph Hall Photography for the feature. Do visit his website and find out more about his work – especially if you’re looking for a Somerset wedding photographer!

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Hello, and happy Wednesday to you! I have a beautifully elegant English wedding to share with you today – Annabelle and James were married at St Joseph’s church in Blundellsands and chose Thornton Manor for their wedding reception. They’d travelled from London for their wedding in the north west, which kind of proves how desirable Thornton Manor is as a top class wedding venue! Worth a journey… and then some! Their day is elegantly styled with just a few, but such beautiful details and special touches: a white bouquet, pale gold bridesmaids’ dresses and ties. You really don’t need more than this for such a stunning venue!

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Hello my lovely! I hope you’re smiling this morning – it’s going to be a beautiful day 🙂 Shall we start with a look at Jenny Packham’s bridal collection for Spring 2015? Jenny’s collections always seem to capture the timeless elegance so many brides look for – and the dresses she’s designed for 2015 are no exception.

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The Jenny Packham 2015 bridal collection was inspired by a series of creative portrait photographs taken in the 1930s. The photographer Yevonde Middleton, or ‘Madame Yevonde’ was a pioneer of her time, creating beautifully styled images of society ladies in the costumes of legendary heroines which you can see here.

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The series of images which inspired Jenny Packham‘s 2015 bridal collection are known as ‘The Goddesses’. Yevonde’s images were exhibited at the PM Gallery in London in the summer of 2o11, and her stylised images of mythological heroines – Helen of Troy, Persephone, Venus – captured an ancient world of antiquity, within a modern and hauntingly beautiful treatment. The colours used; soft, tonal, always romantic, and the feminine way she played with light and colour to create a hazy, neoclassical ambiance, directly influenced the design and palette of this season’s collection.

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