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So many of the crafty people I know, follow and admire live by the seaside. There’s something in every seaside town and village which inspires our creative spirits – and if you’re looking for inspiration then you can’t beat a trip to the beach, trust me! One thing I have in common with Bridal Designs owner Tracey Phillips is our love of the seaside. We’re both just a short hop away from the beach; Tracey’s based in beautiful Devon, where she crafts her pretty and delicate bridal jewellery.

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Seashore bridal necklace by Bridal Designs, from £85

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Seashore curved pearl earrings from £28 by Bridal Designs Wedding Jewellery

This pretty range is perfect for a summer wedding, and would look stunning at a beach ceremony! Made using curved white Swarovski pearls, sparkling Aquamarine Swarovski crystals, powder blue Swarovski pearls, and gorgeous Pacific Opal Swarovski crystals for a washed sea glass look, it is a lovely relaxed bridal jewellery collection for those hot sunny days.

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Happy weekend lovelies! I’m having a chilled out Saturday morning before I head into the Lake District later for a little adventure BUT before I go, I can’t resist sharing these sneak peeks of an awesome wedding by Shaun Taylor Photography. Laura and Scott had a unique and memorable wedding just bursting with personality from the bride’s gorgeous 1950s style dress and hairpiece to the groom’s delish polka dot bowtie and bridesmaid dresses…


There’s more to see on Shaun’s wedding photography blog and if you’re getting married in Derbyshire or nearby please do give him a call and have a good look at his wedding photography.

www.shauntaylorphotography.co.uk

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Hello lovely! I have a beautiful Kent wedding to share with you this morning – it’s sunny and warm and I’m happy to be starting the day on a high with such a glorious celebration at Preston Court with gorgeous bride Claudia and her new hubby Peter.

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They describe their summer wedding as a vintage garden party, and it’s that and so much more: with a charming sense of grace and style and a bouquet I just adore. There are paper poms everywhere, the cake is exquisite, and oh did I forget to mention the carousel?!

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Huge thanks to Claudia and Peter for the lovely wedding report. Thanks also to fab wedding photographer Andrew of Howling Basset Photography – you can find out more about him here:

http://www.howlingbasset.com
https://www.facebook.com/howlingbassetphotography

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Our wedding report: Claudia and Peter

Wedding venue:

Preston Court, Kent

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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.

www.sandonhall.co.uk

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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.

http://www.sophieduckworthphotography.com/
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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
www.facebook.com/pages/tierney-photography/159838456252
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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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1. Hand illustrated plates
I love you to the moon and back… and I LOVE these hand illustrated plates by OHNORachio (awesome shop name too!)
2. Set of 5 bridesmaid necklaces
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
3. Bridesmaid invitation in a box
This is so pretty! By FloMade – they’ll keep it forever 🙂
4. Bridal illusion cape with crystals
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!

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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:

http://howlingbasset.com
https://www.facebook.com/howlingbassetphotography

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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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