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I swear I feel a little warmer just scrolling through the images of today’s gorgeous real wedding… it’s the daisies in Marianna’s bouquet. Or maybe it’s the little fluffy clouds in the sky above the tipis. Perhaps it’s the burlap and bunting, or the almost overwhelming flowers around The Anchor Inn. I can’t quite put my finger on it, but this beautiful English midsummer wedding is making me feel all warm and fluffy inside, for sure!

English midsummer wedding in Sussex Helen Catton (1)

You’ll adore both Howard and of course Marianna – she’s stunning. Her dress by Tobi Hannah is out of this world – as their wedding photographer Helen Catton told me, “Marianna’s dress was stunning in it’s simplicity and suited her beautifully, it moved like liquid and was very elegant… their wedding was really amazing with lots of lovely little touches.”

English midsummer wedding in Sussex Helen Catton (2)

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Good morning gorgeous blog readers, and welcome to a brand new experience in designer wedding inspiration! I had an email from the very lovely Caroline at Oscar De La Renta a little while ago, asking if you’d all like to see some images of ODLR gowns from an event at Quintessentially Weddings in London – so of course I said yes! We’d love to!

Oscar De La Renta (2)This is one of the most exclusive wedding events to be held in London this year, and with some of the most skilled and creative suppliers in the capital it was a feast for the eyes! The launch of the Quintessentially Weddings Atelier brought the finest wedding artisans all together in one house for one weekend only.

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Headlining with a Spring and Fall 2014 Bridal Collection – the latter being seen for the first time in the UK – iconic fashion house Oscar de la Renta made their debut onto the London show scene. Featuring a selection of beautiful gowns from the Oscar de la Renta bridal collections, the house first established in 1965 opened a store on Mount Street earlier this year.

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Morning lovely! Oooh it’s so cold! I’m starting to collect gloves and mittens… every time I go shopping I forget them, and buy a new pair… and now I’m tempted to put them all on at once! Brr. But my typing fingers won’t be defeated as I have the most beautiful wedding at Stancliffe Hall to share with you. It’s a venue I haven’t shared on the English Wedding Blog before (but you can see more Derbyshire weddings here) – and it’s pretty special. A Grade II listed hall with some fabulous contemporary touches, it’s the perfect setting for Joanna and Darron’s super chic wedding.

Stancliffe Hall wedding by Lifeline Photography

The bride and groom are gorgeous and the love in their eyes just sparkles – I adore the sunlit images, and the colours in Joanna’s bouquet are fabulous. You’ll love it. But my favourite bit? It’s that cake. There’s just something sooo tempting about naked cakes, isn’t there?! Anyway – you’ll love all of today’s beautiful wedding.

wedding at Stancliffe Hall by Lifeline Photography

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Hello everyone! Are you ready for today’s beautiful wedding? Paul and Abi went for a rustic home made wedding style, which was perfect for their venue -the charming and cosy Donington Park Farmhouse Hotel (I’ve always associated Donington with music hehe – it’s nice to learn a little more about such a lovely place!) So we have tons of handmade details with blue gingham ribbon, a photo wall, lots of gypsophila and magical sparkle from fairy lights and tea lights dotted around the venue.

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Oh! And let’s not forget the beautiful bride in her stunning lace dress – Abi says she’s a little camera-shy while Paul loves the attention, but I think they both look amazing in the photos – and so in love! Read all about their Derbyshire wedding in Abi’s wedding report at the end of the blog feature today, and enjoy the lovely images from Shaun Taylor Photography. Congratulations to a fabulous couple (and even more congratulations for the bump news!!!) and big thanks to Shaun for submitting such a beautiful wedding to the English Wedding Blog! I hope you enjoy it.

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Hello! How are you this lovely morning? I’m deliriously happy – I’m just head over heels in love with today’s wedding. Heather and Gary chose Maunsel House for their vintage travel wedding – a fabulous venue indeed. And then they decided on vintage Vespas for wedding transport. Now as you might know, I ride a Vespa and I’m always, always looking out for Vespa weddings to feature. This one is special – and just look at those beautiful little scoots!

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Today’s gorgeous couple tick all the boxes for me – they chose a superb wedding photographer, Neale James, who gets a glowing review in the wedding report (towards the end of the blog feature today). And as further proof of their excellent taste and style, my lovely friend Joanne from Vintage Twee made their on the day stationery (wonderful wedding menus, orders of service and table numbers to fit with the vintage travel wedding theme).

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Hello there! I hope you’re having a nice weekend, taking it easy and spending a little quality time with your other half. We’re just about to head up a little mountain in the northern Lake District – weather permitting! But before we go, I have to share some of what I’ve been reading this week with you. I think you’ll love these…

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A little flashback to Laura and James’s perfectly personal wedding on the blog! Click the photo for more. Image credit Marshal Gray Photography http://marshalgraystudio.com

Real weddings from the UK and a little further afield!

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Nichola and Oliver’s wedding at Old Luxters Barn – image credit Wendy Grant Photography www.wendygrantphotography.com

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Hello everyone! I have a little calligraphy post for you this morning, which I thought I’d share after reading some comments on (my top favourite!) Oh So Beautiful Paper blog. Whether you’re writing your own envelopes in a quirky script, using a calligraphy font or hiring a calligrapher (I’m available!) you should consider how easy your addresses are to read.
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Two things to watch out for if anyone’s thinking of hiring a calligrapher or learning:

1. The house name or number must be crystal clear. Watch for 1s that look like 7s and if you’re not sure, don’t embellish simple numbers. Clarity is more important than a fancy flourish.

2. The post code should be the most legible thing on the envelope. Again make sure the numbers and letters aren’t overly flourished here.

In the UK envelopes are sent through the Royal Mail sorting depots and usually go through machine readers. If the machine can’t read the address they’re sorted by hand.

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Hello my lovely! Have you been smiling much this morning? I hope so – and I’m going to do my very best to make you smile even more with today’s gorgeous wedding on the blog. I’m sharing Lisa and Neil’s rustic outdoor wedding from sunny Gloucestershire – and it’s just full of wonderful details and ideas – as well as the beautiful sunlight I love most of all!

rustic outdoor wedding UK photography Dafydd Hughes (2)I definitely think as the nights draw in it’s time for me to feature more sunny, summer weddings with you! The occasional snowy wedding is lovely… but sunshine like this just can’t be beaten! And they keep saying we’re in for a long, snowy winter – so I’m staging a little rebellion here on the English Wedding Blog from today!

rustic outdoor wedding UK photography Dafydd Hughes (3)I loved Lisa and Neil’s wedding from the first moment I saw it. Cotswold wedding photographer Dafydd Hughes shared their images with me – and he’s been on the English Wedding Blog before, featuring Sean and Rachel’s sunny wedding with hay bales… not only does lovely Dafydd specialise in beautiful photography, he seems to come with free sunshine! Yay! See his website at http://dafyddhughesphotography.co.uk/

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Morning my lovely blog reader! I do hope you’re keeping warm wherever you are. It’s 3-jumper time for me here in my little studio! But today I have a lovely treat to warm your heart – with gorgeous bride and groom Faye and Matt. Their Welsh wedding has pretty much everything and then more – a silhouette artist, barbecue picnic, a home made cake of meringue kisses (I know!!! I want one too!)… And then there’s Faye’s beautiful dress, her fabulous shoes and little jacket… it’s all just wonderful.

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Do enjoy the wedding and please take the time to read Faye’s fantastic wedding report. She made me chuckle, and cry, and smile along with her – and the advice she gives on budgeting and enjoying the day is priceless from beginning to end.You’ll find the full report from the gorgeous bride at the end of today’s blog feature. Don’t miss it!

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Morning everyone! I hope you like the changes I’ve made to my blog header and colours this week – a redesign was long overdue! And while I’m in introspective ‘wedding blogger’ mode it strikes me that wedding bloggers have a big responsibility to all of those we feature – to the brides and grooms whose weddings we share, to photographers and suppliers, and to our readers.

But it’s an incredibly delicate balancing act to get it right for everyone.

Photo credit Karen Flower Photography

Image credit Karen Flower Photography at www.karenflowerphotography.com

Balancing a wedding blog – getting it right for brides and grooms, photographers and readers

I love the real weddings I feature on the blog, and it’s a real privilege for me to be able to share such a personal event as a wedding. For every bride and groom I feature on the blog I try and make sure I show the best bits of their day. I’ll focus on how beautiful the bride looks in her dress, how their love shines out on the photos – and of course try and share as many of the details of the day as I can. After all, couples and their families spend countless hours and days crafting everything from bunting to cakes, stationery and flowers. The least I can do is share all of their hard work with my readers.

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I had a little chuckle when Lydia from Kalms offered me some freebies – I already have plenty! (I took my driving test and my motorbike test this summer… I also run my own wedding business and I’m sure I’m not the only self-employed creative person who will recommend Kalms!) Nonetheless, this is a very interesting – and worrying – survey about the stress of planning a wedding. I would love to hear what you think of the results. Any surprises? Are you and your other half feeling the stress of wedding planning?

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Sophie and Jonathan’s top tip: “Keep calm and enjoy it. You have done everything you can so just let things flow…but do have delegated responsibilities for the best man / maid of honour etc… It will take most of the stress away.” (Click the image to see their wedding)

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Morning lovelies! Did you have a wonderful weekend? I hope you had the same amazing sunshine I did yesterday – it was glorious walking in the forests near my home, almost magical. I’m feeling all in love with nature this morning and thought it would be the perfect time to share this beautiful lavender inspired wedding photo shoot with you. The gorgeous couple is Tamarin and Graham Hart, and the theme is Lavender Love!

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The shoot, which was styled and shot by wedding photographer Corette Faux with flowers by Joanne Truby Floral Design, shows how you can incorporate fragrant lavender into your wedding day. Lavender makes me think of France in summer, of long lazy days and rustic celebraitons. The shoot also takes the lavender theme a step further, with simple, rustic ideas for a picnic style meal and beautiful sunny photos.

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