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Hello there! This morning’s wedding blog is a special feature full of ideas, inspired by Becky and Greg’s Farbridge Barn wedding on the blog yesterday. Lovely photographer Sophie Duckworth sent me so many images of the gorgeous details I simply had to give them a little more attention here! I adore a creative bride and groom, and if you love crafting as much as Becky then this is going to be right up your street!

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Families and friends often play a big part in weddings: gone are the days when Dad’s only role was to walk you down the aisle and make a speech. If your Pop is handy with a hammer he’s more likely to be making your wedding signposts, huge wooden initials full of lightbulbs… you name it! And Mums and Grans are often recruited not only for cakes but to sew miles of bunting while you and your other half print, glue and stick invitations, table plans, orders of service…

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Oh dear!!! There are so many gorgeous things to show you in today’s real English wedding I think I might break my own blog. Oops! But Becky and Greg had the loveliest day with such wonderful personal touches I just have to show you everything! From the polka dot table plan to the quirky ice cream seller, the chalkboard sign, Becky’s own designer wedding cake, the union jack details and luscious hydrangeas everywhere… I can almost smell the summer breeze!

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Becky looks stunning in her Sassi Holford wedding dress, which she bought second-hand. She told me the dress was advertised online, “and I just fell in love with it instantly.  It would be a shame for such a beautiful dress to only be worn once and I am so glad that the dress could continue its journey.” What a great way to find a wedding dress! And what an awesome bride – Becky, you rock!

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Hello there everyone! Are you having a lovely day so far? It’s all systems go at English Wedding Blog HQ as I plan exciting adventures for the blog today! But don’t worry because all my plans are just about making the blog bigger, and better, and more focused on English weddings to help you find inspiration for your own big day. It’s likely I’ll share what’s happening on my Facebook page so do join me there for sneak peeks! In the meantime we have a fabulous couple whose wedding I want to share with you today.

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I love Paul and Jacky’s personalities – their wedding just looks full of love and laughter, and I adore Jacky’s confidence and her fantastic flower crown! If you’re wondering whether the ‘flowers in her hair’ look is for you, or maybe a bit shy of wearing a flower crown… just look at this. Jacky will persuade you to go for it and love wearing one!!! Images are by lovely Laura from Cherry Red Photography. Enjoy!
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Winter wedding styling can be very traditional, and it’s tricky sometimes to find ideas online for winter wedding decor with a bit of a difference. Red roses anyone? Maybe it’s just me… but I get a bit bored of red roses in winter. If you fancy something a little different to brighten up and warm your wedding styling when there’s snow outside, today’s gloriously rich shoot will be right up your street.

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I adore Etsy. For visual wedding ideas and for those times when my eyes just need a little treat, I head to Etsy. Even before Pinterest! It’s a wonderful, gorgeous, inspiring little part of the internet and I adore it. Some of my favourite weddings on the blog have been from brides and grooms where Etsy has played a big part in their day… If you’d like to see a real wedding, then Naomi and Eric’s Etsy-filled wedding was a real favourite!

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My favourite finds on Etsy! All these amazing sellers are listed and linked to below. You’re welcome!

Today I’ve been playing on Etsy and saving some of the ideas there to show you. I know you’ll adore these! If you’re new to Etsy then click on the sellers, explore their shops and spend a few pennies to show your support for independent craft businesses. They’ll love you for it and so will I!

  1. Creative cut out wedding invitation from Asymmetree Design
  2. Sparkly star decorations from Simply Mad Weddings
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I always try and see the bright side of winter, don’t you? Early morning frost and winter sunshine, the promise of snow and snuggling up by a cosy fire… because winter can be the most romantic time of the year. I love it. So do Paula and Stephen, today’s gorgeous bride and groom on the English Wedding Blog. They created a winter wonderland wedding full of festive sparkle.

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Kitley House is a luxurious 500-year-old country house hotel in the Devon countryside, very romantic and with gorgeous gardens and grounds. Mark from Evolve Photography got in touch with me to share the images of their wedding day, which I hope you’ll love. Watch out for the vintage brooch bouquet which the bride made herself! Enjoy today’s wedding on the blog… it’s a gorgeous one!
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Our wedding report: Stephen and Paula

Wedding photographer’s website:

http://evolvephoto.co.uk

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We were so pleased with our photographer. We were looking for someone that would take a story of our day whilst blending in to the background. What we got with Mark was exactly that. He also provided us with some very useful tips during the day!

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Is Emma Victoria Payne the best kept secret in British bridal design? I have some gorgeous images of wedding dresses from Emma Victoria Payne’s latest collection to share with you today, and I hope you love them. They’re oh-so-elegant and classic; intricately designed and beautifully luxurious. And yet there’s very little of Emma Victoria Payne online…

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EVP bridal (3) I’d love to see more of Emma Victoria Payne’s dresses on the big wedding blogs. Emma has some fabulous reviews around the web, especially for her bespoke service and unique wedding dresses. But I’ve rarely seen her on the top blogs – and that should change! Wedding blog fans will enjoy seeing beautiful real bride Billie in an Emma Victoria Payne dress on Rock My Wedding, but I struggled to find more real brides or features online… and Emma herself seems a delightful mystery!
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EVP bridal (10) Emma Victoria Payne‘s bridal boutique in Knightsbridge opened in 2010 and specialises in bespoke wedding dresses. Stockists are listed online at www.emmavictoriapayne.com
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Are you hiring a stately home for your wedding day? Will you be making the very most of the venue – playing the lord and lady and enjoying every last drop of luxury and aristocratic style for the day?! For me, getting married in a grand country house is an opportunity to really treat yourselves and your guests to a luxurious experience you’ll never forget!

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Hengrave Hall is one of those wonderful English country mansions where the atmosphere is richly romantic, enchantingly atmospheric… and I wanted to show you the gorgeous photos from Bryony and Aaron’s winter wedding which really capture the luxury of a magnificent wedding venue. Essex wedding photographer Gavin Conlan kindly shared their wedding images with us today on the English Wedding Blog.

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Bryony and Aaron’s wedding will also appear in my real weddings menu at the top of the English Wedding Blog. See more Suffolk weddings on the English Wedding Blog by navigating from the top menu of the English Wedding Blog to real weddings by region! Enjoy today’s wedding everyone!
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Wedding venues have been on my mind rather a lot recently. I see lots of weddings on blogs where the venue takes a bit of a back seat. Maybe it’s the blogs; maybe it’s the magazines too! But there’s a danger that what we see (or don’t see) in the wedding media can mislead us. Don’t let your magnificent, quirky, charming or historic wedding venue fade into the background on your big day!

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Bring out the best of your wedding venue with great photography

I had a little chat about venues with my wedding photographer friend Martin Hambleton. He was involved in a photo shoot at gorgeous Arley Hall in Cheshire with three other fabulous wedding photographers, and we asked them all to share their thoughts on wedding venues as well as some stunning images from inside the stately home.

In his email Martin said, “The venue is tantamount to being a guest at the wedding to me!  Couples spend a long time visiting and choosing, and I think they’re done a disservice if the venue isn’t properly used on the day by the photographer.  Especially if it’s somewhere as splendid as Arley.”

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I’ve always been an advocate of finding wedding suppliers you ‘click’ with. Choose a photographer who understands you both; find a venue you’re comfortable in, and hire a stationer bursting with enthusiasm for your wedding style and theme. Now, wedding suppliers come in all shapes and sizes, and today I’ve found you one with wheels and wipers. She’s adorable – full of character and class, a lifetime of adventures behind her, and if you meet her I have a feeling you’ll fall head over heels in love with her! Say hello to Dolly the vintage wedding campervan!

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Dolly is the star of today’s bohemian wedding photoshoot, based around a vintage picnic with gorgeous images to inspire your big day. On a bright and sunny September morning, a team of suppliers packed their bags ready for a photoshoot with Darby & Joan.

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A delicate selection of sandwiches and cakes, jugs of Pimm’s and vintage china teacups brought Jennifer and Andrew’s English tea party wedding to life. There are so many beautiful photos here to inspire you to create a similar theme for your wedding day. With a stunning bride and oodles of wonderful images, this is a treat to brighten all of our Fridays!

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Jennifer wears a gorgeous lace wedding dress by Mia Sposa; Andrew looks great in a tailored suit by Owen Scott. Their vintage theme happened almost by accident: looking to create a very personal wedding that reflected their personalities, the English tea party wedding kind of all came together on its own! And it looks amazing!

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All of the images on the blog today are by lovely Sansom Photography, and the venue is Crow Hill Country House. See more Yorkshire weddings on the English Wedding Blog by navigating from the top menu of the English Wedding Blog to real weddings by region! Enjoy today’s wedding everyone!
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There’s so much I love about Katie and Kevin’s wedding: their effortless style and choice of a glamorous, vintage inspired theme, their focus on friends and family… Katie describes their wedding in Lancashire as “An amazing party filled with love and laughter surrounded by the people we love the most!

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And then there’s Katie’s beautiful Charlotte Balbier designer wedding dress, from The White Closet in Didsbury. What a stunning bride, and what a magical celebration. As we enjoy a little chilly weather this month, it’s the perfect time to share this beautiful winter wedding with you. The images are by lovely Zoe at ZT Photography, who gets a glowing review from the bride and groom in their wedding report at the end of the feature!

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See more Lancashire weddings on the English Wedding Blog by navigating from the top menu of the English Wedding Blog to real weddings by region! Enjoy today’s wedding everyone!
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