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Pastel roses, creatively stamped luggage labels, birdcages, candles and wicker hearts… oh, and Spiderman. Anna and Adam’s beautiful English wedding is both inspiring and achievable – something I always try to show on the blog. It’s important to me that you can take ideas from every wedding featured, and use those ideas to create your own wedding styling.

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Coltsfoot Country Retreat is a luxury boutique hotel in the Hertfordshire countryside – the perfect setting for a romantic and charming wedding day. Their wedding photographer is the lovely Dominic Whiten – thank you Dominic for sharing on the English Wedding Blog today.

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Anna and Adam – huge congratulations to you both! You’re a gorgeous couple and I’m so proud to be able to feature your big day on my blog. I’m sure you’ll inspire many other brides and grooms today! Everyone – enjoy. Claire xxx

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A beautiful English wedding from Coltsfoot Country Retreat – Anna and Adam

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Wedding venue:

Coltsfoot Country Retreat, Datchworth, Hertfordshire

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I’ve been waiting for so long to share this wedding inspiration blog with you! It’s rare that I get a sneak peek of what’s behind the scenes at a shoot myself… but this time I had insider info (which I’m about to share) on one of the most inspiring and creative projects you’ll see all year!

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Think Once Upon A Time, only better. Think of fairytales with real danger and drama – there’s no Disney princess here, but a stunning bride and a glamorous temptress. Think of your woodland wedding theme, a quintessentially English wedding day with china and delicate floral crowns and decor, exquisite stationery and dresses to die for.

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My huge thanks and hugs to the very wonderful Fiona Campbell Photography and Kat Forsyth Photography who worked together to create this shoot at Owlpen Manor wedding venue. Co-stars include Calligraphy for Weddings (me!), Mrs Terrence (vintage porcelain), Ivy Pip and Rose (flowers), Peggy Porschen (cake), and Wedding Floral Archway Hire. Dresses are from The State of Grace, Miss Bush Bridal Wear, and Faith Caton Barber. The shoot was styled by Lady Amy Wedding Design and make up is by Nina Singh.

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Hi everyone! How has your week been? I hope you’re enjoying some sunshine while it lasts… I can’t believe it’s September already. I’m just not ready for Christmas yet, and I’ve already seen tinsel. Yikes! But shall we talk about weddings instead?

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Today I wanted to share some of my favourite wedding invitation designs with you. I’ve been an admirer of Bunny Delicious for years – Zoe’s quirky wedding invitations have character and such a unique style. There’s truly something for every couple in her collection – from the vintage birdcage to delicate snowflakes, London to New York…

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1. Birdcage wedding invitations by Bunny Delicious

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2. London wedding invitations with Big Ben…

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3. Alternative London wedding invitations…

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4. Quirky New York inspired wedding invitations

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5. Flip flop invites for a destination wedding

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6. I love the his and hers flip flops! Invite exclusively by Bunny Delicious

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Morning! Have we all had enough of sunshine yet? Oh, you’d like some more? Me too 🙂 What a lovely week it’s been. And I’m feeling sunny inside because I get to share Sarah and Mickey’s Henley wedding with you today – it’s pretty much my idea of perfect.
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Sarah’s advice for other couples rings very true with me:

Enjoy it. Today is the day you get to promise to spend the rest of your life with the person you want to spend your life with. It’s going to be a good day and literally no one is going to care if there’s a typo in the order of service or the ushers don’t have matching socks!

How true!

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Other highlights of today’s wedding blog include Sarah’s gorgeous Justin Alexander dress, the beautiful images from the country fields, all of the lovely details – watch out for the impressive cake! Oh, and all the personal touches from the handmade wedding sign to fairy cakes and bunting. I especially love Sarah’s recommendation for ceilidh bands… the ideal solution for shufflers and lurkers – and tons of fun too!

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Morning everyone! How are you? I have a pretty amazing real wedding feature for you this morning – one that shows just how a wedding bursting with personality can be an incredibly memorable occasion. Katie and Tristan are the loveliest couple, and their Newquay wedding blog simply oozes with ideas and inspiration with a very personal touch.

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Katie’s written a brilliant wedding report to share with you so I will hand over to her as soon as I can! I must just say a huge thank you to the beautiful, beautiful bride – Katie, you’re a real star! And to her gorgeous groom Tristan as well for sharing such an inspiring wedding story. Their wedding photographer is Pat Kelman, based in London. Do check out his website – Katie and Tristan insisted on having Pat travel all the way to Cornwall for their wedding, which goes to show how special he is!

Newquay wedding blog Pat Kelman (2)Grab a lovely big mug of coffee and get comfy for today’s Newquay wedding blog – you will LOVE it! Claire xxx

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Hello everyone! I’m so pleased you’re here to enjoy Janie and Paul’s London wedding blog with me today. They’re the most gorgeous couple and their wedding day has lots of personal touches which really made me smile.

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Watch out for the table plan with a bit of an animal theme – the wedding reception was held at London Zoo! Janie’s dress is a beautiful Stewart Parvin gown which she looks incredible in, and Paul wears a fantastic suit hired from Impeccable. Other ideas on the blog today include the cheese and chutneys… which are making my mouth water! I’d love to see this at a wedding, wouldn’t you?! The food looks delicious and it goes to show that every little detail counts when it comes to catering. A beautiful day with lots of thoughtful and great-looking touches.

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Congratulations to the gorgeous bride and groom – Janie, Paul, thank you so much for sharing your big day on the English Wedding Blog. Special thanks also to lovely wedding photographer Jonny Donovan for sharing the images with us all today. I hope you love them! Enjoy 🙂 Claire xxx

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I adore Sassi Holford‘s graceful and contemporary wedding dresses. Sassi is an amazingly talented bridal designer whose gowns first made an appearance at Harrods in London before her popularity spread across the UK, to Europe and now to her New York boutique. It takes no more than a glimpse at a Sassi Holford wedding dress on the catwalk to see just why her designs are so popular.

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Sassi Holford’s 2014 Signature Collection is now available in bridal boutiques across the UK. See the designs being launched on the catwalk at London’s White Gallery here on the English Wedding Blog and check for stockists on the official Sassi Holford website.

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Hello everyone! I hope you’re having a lovely week. I’m about to make it lovelier… I hope! The lovely team from The State Of Grace have sent me an exclusive offer for English Wedding Blog readers. The offer is in three parts – you can get your happy little hands on all of these, if you’re quick!

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I see so many of these infographics and articles about weddings. They do my head in! I always take them with a pinch of salt and I honestly can’t see the point of them (other than clever marketing tools by SEO agencies). As a bride and groom do you really want / need to see these things?

I wonder exactly where the figures are from, and what we’re supposed to learn from them. Are they useful? Helpful? Or do they do more harm than good? Are we judging how much other people are spending? Should we?

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Do you believe the figures?

The infographic and original blog post are at http://www.nutmeg.com/nutmegonomics/2013/08/06/the-cost-of-weddings/ and sources quoted are The Telegraph and You & Your Wedding magazine.

 

 

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Hi everyone! Just a quick blog feature to brighten your afternoon 🙂 I wanted to share this gorgeous wedding from Lightworks Photography in Cambridge. Charlene and Jonathan are such a lovely couple and their wedding has a lightness of style I adore.

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Madingley Hall is a magnificent country house, built in the 16th century and with all the features and atmosphere you could dream of. It’s becoming more popular as a wedding venue and it’s easy to see why!

I’d love for you to see more so click on the link for the full blog of Charlene and Jonathan’s Madingley Hall wedding – with thanks to Andrew from Lightworks Photography for sharing!

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This one’s a tearjerker… the lovely words from Adam’s wedding speech at the beginning of this wedding film had me wibbling on the brink of tears before it even began… “In the words of Robert Browning, grow old with me – the best is yet to come…” There’s something in the way he says it.

I adore the elegance and grandeur of Boreham House, Frosini’s lace gloves and and how beautiful she looks in her dress. I knew I had to ask Richard from White Dress Films if he’d share the wedding film with us and I’m so pleased he said yes!

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Adam and Frosini – a beautiful wedding at Boreham House

“Adam and I got married at Boreham House on May 11th 2013. Nothing could have prepared us for all the laughter and joyous tears throughout the day; it was simply magical!

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Morning everyone! How are you? It’s been an amazing weekend for me – we were looking down from the mountains onto Britain’s (official!) favourite view on Saturday, and I could see my house in the distance. Reminds me how lucky I am! I hope you had a brilliant weekend too. I thought we’d start this week with a gorgeous wedding at Hill Place in rural Hampshire. Hannah and Ben are simply the best couple – and their wedding photos tell the story of an incredible day. You’ll love this!

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Spotted the surprise mystery guest yet? I squealed – genuinely. It’s Herbie!!! Like, Herbie The Love Bug! More of a legend than Spiderman, Jesus and Daniel Craig all rolled into one. Oh, Herbie. (For anyone feeling bewildered right now, here’s a proper introduction to one of my childhood heroes!)

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