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A stunning wedding in Hastings with a gorgeous redhead bride, images by Nikki van der Molen (2)
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Today’s wedding is incredible – I fell hard for the gorgeous red peony bouquet, which matches beautiful bride Charlotte’s hair perfectly! The venue is spectacular… if you’re looking for a wedding venue in the south east of the country, and want to make a real statement – then this is absolutely one to go see! David and Charlotte’s day is filled with thoughtful handmade touches, beautiful moments, and love and laughter. I hope you love it as much as I do!

A stunning wedding in Hastings with a gorgeous redhead bride, images by Nikki van der Molen (23)

We got married at Battle Abbey School in Battle, East Sussex. I grew up in Hastings (which is just down the road) and David has come to adore the coast so the setting and the location was perfect for us. For our wedding we decided on a book theme. Both of us are avid writers and readers and the love of a book is what heavily fueled one of our first conversations. Battle Abbey offered the opportunity to have our wedding breakfast in their library – which convinced us that it was the perfect setting for our day. Around the wedding we had various literature related items – book centerpieces, paper flowers, a table plan constructed of book pages. It was great to bring that love of ours into such a special day. I think the style of our wedding was quite classic, with the setting of Battle, the tails for the boys and lace on my dress.

Joanna and Cajetan’s wedding is a wonderfully sophisticated, elegant celebration with lush winter colours and a real sense of fun. The day focused on giving guests the time of their lives – food and entertainment were key and the images of their day capture every moment so beautifully. Joanna is so beautiful in a bespoke designer dress and I love that this gorgeous couple planned their day together as a team.

Gorgeous blues and a spectacular venue for Joanna and Cajetan's Westminster wedding, Image by Slawa Walczak (3)

“Typically the girls get most of the credit for planning a wedding!? If you have a husband-to-be who is willing to pitch in – use him to your advantage! Cj was absolutely fantastic, we had a shared vision about the day and he did so much of the planning. It was so much easier to plan that way, as the load was shared and we went through the stress and then the satisfaction together! It was great teamwork and by the end he found suppliers and booked them, which is half the battle! We felt like we pulled off a spectacular day! With the added addition of cultural differences and family members flying from all over the world, we had to cater to both sides. We did it!

As a girl with a freely admitted paper fetish, I do love to see a shoot where deliciously designed stationery takes centre stage. (And because I’m totally skill-less with flower arranging, I adore it when beautifully styled flowers share the limelight!) So today’s bright, springtime wedding style inspiration is just so lovely to share with you. I hope it brightens your heart and your day as much as it does mine!

Bright ideas for a spring wedding with whimsical stationery by Dearly Beloved (23)

Words: Dearly Beloved | Images: Grace Elizabeth Photography and UpArt Photography.

Bright ideas for a spring wedding with whimsical stationery by Dearly Beloved (20)

Bright ideas for a spring wedding with whimsical stationery by Dearly Beloved (2)

Devon wedding suppliers have come together to share Spring wedding inspiration in this modern wedding styled photo shoot, created especially for couples looking for an alternative way to tie the knot.

Focused on the finer details of your wedding celebration, including illustrated invitations, a rustic bouquet and hand painted wedding cake; these wonderful suppliers joined forces to create vibrant wedding styling featuring sweet pastels and modern rose gold tones – perfect for the modern couple!

Bright ideas for a spring wedding with whimsical stationery by Dearly Beloved (21)

My best friend from school gets married next weekend and I really can’t wait for the day. It’s going to be all kinds of amazing! 🙂 I love that they’ve chosen to have a spring wedding: there is something enchanting about this time of year, don’t you think?

Spring weddings on the English Wedding Blog. Carol Elizabeth Photography (3)

Visually, spring is just so beautiful. Blossom is all around; seasonal bouquets include lovely tulips, anemones and muscari (some of my absolute favourites) and your venue’s gardens will be starting to burst into life. You may be lucky enough to find a carpet of bluebells or even primroses for your wedding pics, and in late spring there’ll be wisteria-covered walls and beautiful magnolias creating the most colourful, natural backdrops for your portraits.

Spring weddings on the English Wedding Blog. Carol Elizabeth Photography (14)

Weddings in spring always have a feeling of freshness and new beginnings.  The backdrop will usually be spring flowers scattered on the ground, a slight chill in the air, and soft afternoon sunshine.  Suppliers and venues are gearing up for a busy season, and the first few weddings of the year are wrapped up in the excitement and anticipation of so many new opportunities to make a wedding day extra-special.” ~ Carol Elizabeth Photography

Seeing all of your table plans fascinates me: I’ve already decided I’d be on the Prodigy table for this one… although the choice is fantastic! Nonetheless today’s is a celebration where music really mattered, and it sounds as though the band playing at Stacey and Roger’s festival wedding outshone any of the famous names on the table plan! Today’s is a fab theme, and a gorgeous autumn wedding: I hope you love it as much as I do!

A beatiful festival inspired barn wedding blog in Oxfordshire, with Carol Elizabeth Photography (42)Claire

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A beatiful festival inspired barn wedding blog in Oxfordshire, with Carol Elizabeth Photography (10)

Carol blended in with the wedding guests and captured fantastic photos of them all enjoying the day. Although the posed and group shots are beautiful and just what we wanted, some of our favourites are those where people are blissfully unaware of her presence! She captured so many magical moments that we missed throughout the day.”

A beatiful festival inspired barn wedding blog in Oxfordshire, with Carol Elizabeth Photography (50)A beatiful festival inspired barn wedding blog in Oxfordshire, with Carol Elizabeth Photography (46)

“We found the vinyl templates online and made everything else ourselves. It took a bit of time but the end results were definitely worth it as our guests commented that they’d not seen anything like it before!”

1. If you haven’t done it on the day, or you’ve forgotten something, it probably wasn’t that important and so don’t spend your day worrying about it. Make sure you benefit from all of your hard work!

~ Katherine & Ben

2. Be philosophical about the details, as much as every detail may have seemed important in the planning, in the grand scheme of the day you will get caught up in the moment and things will inevitably be overlooked. If there are details that really matter to you both, entrust them to someone else, don’t try to do them yourself on the day.

~ Ananda & Darren

3. Don’t feel pressured to do things you don’t feel comfortable with. Alex didn’t want to stand and give a speech so he made a video to play on the day. Me and all our guests were in tears and we get people complimenting us on it even now. It meant that Alex could relax and give a speech he knew he was happy with and it is much more his style than a traditional speech. It goes to show that adapting the rules can give the best results!

Are you ready for the very best tips on how to save money for your wedding? Real brides and grooms whose weddings have featured on the English Wedding Blog over the last few weeks have shared their best advice to help YOU save money.

There are 17 tips on everything from recruiting family & friends to shopping around, negotiating with suppliers and focusing on the things which are most important to you as a couple. It’s great to hear from couples whose advice is given in hindsight, after the wedding day.

So here you go – 17 pretty awesome answers to that all important question:

What’s your top tip for saving money on your wedding?

 

1. “Concentrate on the main things required first and the big costs. Our venue’s pricing structure really helped.” Lyndsey & Dean

I’ll never tire of seeing my laptop screen full of wonderfully sunny sunflowers – and this June wedding is one of the sunfloweriest I’ve ever seen… it’s like a blast of sunshine and smiles and I know I’ll be grinning all day now. I so hope this one gets you the same way – it’s amazing!

A gorgeous country wedding blog with sunflowers and images by Jules Fortune Photography (36)

Rebecca and John were married in June at Browsholme Hall, inside the 15th century stone barn which they filled with gorgeous yellow accents and sunflowers to bring their wedding ceremony and reception bursting alive with colour. They’re a lovely couple, and I’m thrilled to be sharing their wedding on the blog with you today.

A gorgeous country wedding blog with sunflowers and images by Jules Fortune Photography (22)

You absolutely mustn’t miss Rebecca’s interview at the end of the blog feature – her top tip for other brides is about choosing your bridesmaids. Rebecca told me her best girls were amazing: they looked after her every moment of the wedding day, keeping her wine glass full, fixing her hair, handing her lipstick and dancing with her all night!

Paul and Naomi are amazing – they’re down to earth, creative and have made me smile so many times this morning as I planned their real wedding blog post for you. The images and details from their Yorkshire wedding are gorgeous – and the bride and groom are more than stunning – LOVE these two!

Yorkshire village hall wedding blog with Paul Maven Photography (5)

Naomi told me they didn’t read wedding magazines but found suppliers online through wedding blogs and searches, and in person at wedding fairs (where they found photographer Paul Maven). Their wedding involves bridesmaid-driven pimped-up Landrovers, gorgeous colours and incredible bouquets just bursting with colour… there’s also miles of mum-bunting (Mums of England – you’re the best!) and so many unique little touches to decorate the village hall.

You’ll love this.

Yorkshire village hall wedding blog with Paul Maven Photography (30)

Images are by Paul Maven Photography, who gets a superhero review from the bride and groom. I loved reading their review about Paul (which you’ll find in their interview below) – in the meantime you can check out his website and social media here:

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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Ceri takes my breath away – a beautiful bride with the most amazing wedding dress. She and Paul were married just a few weeks ago in a rustic wedding celebration at Denham Waterski Club in Buckinghamshire – a secluded and privately owned Scandinavian log clubhouse within a woodland site, on a sheltered lake. It’s just wonderful!

Buckinghamshire rustic english wedding Lola Rose Photo (1)The images of Ceri and Paul’s day have been kindly supplied by lovely Lola Rose Photography. (See more on the blog here.) I adore their rustic styling with fresh and light colours – all the ivy adds a traditional touch to the beautiful tables. Watch out for the blackboard, which made me smile! Huge thanks to lovely Ceri and Paul for sharing their wedding story and supplier list with us today, and thank you to Kelly from Lola Rose Photography for submitting the images. Everyone – you’ll adore this. Enjoy! And have a fab day. Claire xxx

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Ceri and Paul’s beautiful and rustic English wedding in Buckinghamshire

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Wedding venue:

Denham Waterski Club, Denham, Buckinghamshire

Are you looking forward to your hen night? Whether you’ll be karting or dancing the night away, at a cupcake class in the Cotswolds or sipping cocktails ’til the sun goes down, it’s more than likely you’ll be sporting a rather attractive motoring accessory. The more you think about the weirdness of L-plates on hen nights, the stranger it gets! Why, for example, are L-plates for girls, while stags generally avoid such cute little props? (Although one classic exception with stags in fake boobs springs to mind!)

My friend and fellow learner driver Joel has all the answers – after all, who better to explain the story of hens and L-plates than a wedding expert preparing for his driving test?! Today’s wedding blog will make you chuckle and wonder. Enjoy!

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Learning the Ropes: Why Do Hens Wear L-Plates?

Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue. This ubiquitous wedding day tradition has been around for decades; as long as the bride has all four ‘somethings’ on her person when she arrives at the altar, her marriage will be long and happy. The original poem also recommended that she have “a silver sixpence in her shoe”, but that part was presumably swept under the rug sometime in the seventies.

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