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Hello again everyone! It’s turning out to be quite a summer and I wanted to show you what I’ve been up to when I’m not writing the English Wedding Blog! I’ve been lucky enough to work with some brilliant brides and grooms worldwide on calligraphied invitations and reception stationery – not to mention the inspiration shoots I’m looking forward to sharing with you!

So here’s a few pics of my life behind the scenes as a calligrapher – forgive the cats, they do like to help! Enjoy. And if you’d like to see more, you can find my little shop on Etsy here: www.Etsy.com/shop/CalligraphyStore

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Did anyone see in the news today that we should all be having an afternoon nap at work? Anyone find time? I didn’t… but I wish I had! There’s just too much happening here, including news just in of a big saving on DIY wedding flower lessons at The British Flower School.

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The British Flower School is at Mapperton Gardens in Dorset. Courses include DIY wedding flower arranging days and they have sadly had a group cancellation for 17th June which means they unexpectedly have places spare.

 
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If you would like to sign up and experience a DIY wedding flowers day at half the usual price this is a fabulous opportunity! Read all about the wedding flower course here: http://www.britishflowerschool.co.uk and to book or for more details email  anne@britishflowerschool.co.uk
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Hello everyone! How was your weekend? I’ve been a busy bee working on the blog but I managed to sneak outside for a little sunshine too. This morning I wanted to show you the latest lace bridal shoes by Freya Rose, which landed in my inbox late last week. They’re so delicately pretty and intricately detailed, a feminine and flattering choice for summer brides.

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Freya Rose style ‘Hanna’ is a charming and romantic slingback shoe made with the finest French Chantilly lace.

Unique and intricate embroidery techniques are used by fine craftsmen synonymous to the Freya Rose brand to create the divine detail on Hanna, which sees a large flower hand embellished with delicate ivory beads and crystals.”

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I really admire Freya Rose for their craftsmanship and focus on design and intricate detailing. Bridal shoes are created in London and then handmade in Spain in a bespoke workshop by craftsmen who have learnt their diligent skill over generations.

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Hello everyone! I hope you’re having a lovely day – I’m bathed in sunshine and surrounded by floppy, happy cats! I have some fabulous features coming up on the blog this week so do keep coming back for more… my first post for June is one I’m really pleased to be able to write: allow me to introduce you to Derbyshire wedding photographer Jon Cripwell.

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Beautiful bride Jess photographed at Ringwood Hall, Derbyshire by Jon Cripwell Photography

If you were around on Thursday you’ll have seen Tom and Jess’s beautiful wedding at Ringwood Hall in Derbyshire. It looked like such a beautiful day – and with every detail and moment captured perfectly by Jon, they’ll have such a wonderful album full of memories to look back on. I invited Jon to become a sponsor of the English Wedding Blog after seeing his inages on his own wedding photography blog.

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Happy Saturday my lovely! Whatever your plans, I hope you have a fabulous weekend. It’s looking like a lovely day here so I’ll be working from my desk in the sunshine and looking forward to pizza with my friends this evening… after conquering a small mountain yesterday (we walked up Binsey Fell on the edge of the Lake District), the pizza will help me recuperate!

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Today’s feature seemed perfect for a weekend – I was sent a personalised bottle of wine by the lovely people at Bottle Bazaar back in April. They’re a small independent business with lots of experience in the wine industry, and specialise in personalised bottle labels – which is perfect for weddings! Big thanks to lovely Vicki at Bottle Bazaar for my review sample! It was yummy!

www.bottlebazaar.co.uk

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Basically at Bottle Bazaar you choose from a lovely range of label designs, tell them your text and choose the wine you prefer. I went for a white – which was lovely (although I’m no wine expert – it was a very nice wine though and definitely brightened a Friday evening!)

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Oh! Perhaps I should explain the title of today’s post before anyone worries about pixies in central Manchester’s civic buildings… it’s ok. This afternoon’s real wedding feature is by some of my favourite wedding photographers, the lovely Peter and Sara of Pixies in the Cellar. They published this amazing wedding on their blog a little while ago and I just had to show you! Emma and Chris’s wedding day covered two very distinct but equally gorgeous locations…

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Image credit Pixies in the Cellar wedding photography

The ceremony was set in the magnificent (and pixie-free!*) Manchester Town Hall.

*note the lower case p.

Afterwards guests travelled in a vintage bus to Hyde Bank Farm for a rustic wedding reception. The flowers and rustic styling are amazing and perfectly suit the gorgeous bride and groom whose sense of style and fun is awesome!

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Hello! How is your week going? It’s flying by, don’t you think? I have a little treat for you today with a really lovely bridal style shoot – with a difference! We have vintage wedding dresses, the most stunning bouquets, a wonderful flower crown and oh! a leather jacket 🙂

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Bouquet with king protea by Natasha Gawthorne, Pumpkin and Pye. Image credit Evolve Photography

If you’re marrying in Devon then you really mustn’t miss this! Huge thanks to Mark from Evolve Photography for accidentally sending me the images and then saying I could share them with you all! (Yes, I am the luckiest wedding blogger in the world!) And big hugs to lovely Natasha of Pumpkin and Pye for just being amazing – the flowers are all her work.

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I love the flower crown all the more for seeing it worn with a leather jacket… so beautiful!

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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

What?

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:

www.joncripwell.co.uk

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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
http://www.simonbiffenphotography.co.uk/
http://www.facebook.com/simonbiffenphoto

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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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