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Hello lovely you! It’s time to set feet firmly on the ground once again with our ‘Focus On’ series about the moments that make a wedding. This time we’re looking at wedding venues… and odd choice perhaps, but venues play a huge part in creating the atmosphere of your wedding day. From rustic and cosy to chic city locations, English wedding venues come in all shapes and sizes. These are some favourites!

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English wedding venues – full of character, history and unique charm | credit Vickerstaff Photography

I asked for photographers to share their best images of English wedding venues for this feature and they certainly didn’t disappoint! The images on this blog post are my picks from all of those submitted, and I’m only sorry I couldn’t share them all. So – is your venue on the list? Which is your favourite photograph? Thank you to all the photographers who shared images for this feature – and enjoy. Claire xxx

 

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Capesthorne Hall wedding venue | Photography credit Martin Hambleton

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Aargh! My lovely wedding blog got hijacked by the French! But fear not… we’re here to entertain you and I’d like to introduce the very lovely Monique who will be writing at you today. She’s ace… enjoy! Claire xxx

Bonjour, I’m Monique from French Wedding Style Blog. Don’t worry this is still English Wedding, but Claire and I have traded blogs! Well for today at least, as we are embarking on a debate of French vs. English wedding styles with the first battle looking at French Chateaux vs. English Stately Homes.

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Photographer Credit Javon Longieliere | Venue: Chateau Challain (links below)

If you miss Claire hope over to my blog where she is instilling the various delights of English stately homes to my readers, I am here to persuade you on the virtues of a wedding in a French Chateau.

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Chateau – the word conjures up images of a fairytale wedding, but of course everyone’s fairytale is different. This is not a problem with the vast variety of different styles, locations and facilities on offer across France that can cater to your wedding dream.

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Hello again lovely people, I hope your day is going well. ‘d like to welcome a new sponsor to the English Wedding Blog this afternoon – the fabulous Olivia Samuel. If you’re looking for quality wedding stationery with the option of indulging in a little DIY, then Olivia Samuel could be right up your street!

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I’m always awestruck by the time and effort that goes into planning a wedding, so reading that Melissa designed her own wedding dress really impressed me! Add in all the creative touches to this beautiful English wedding and this is instantly a blog favourite.

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The gorgeous couple have the most romantic story and their wedding is simply wonderful too. Watch out for the cutest leaf name place settings, apple menu holders, flower jars with rustic twine, log table numbers and the burlap seating plan… all out of this world. The highlight of course has to be Melissa’s dress – I know you’ll love it.

Congratulations to the lovely Melissa and Jamie, and thank you to Shaun Taylor Photography for submitting their wedding for us all to share today. Enjoy! Claire xxx
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A traditional English wedding with rustic details

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I really love this vintage wedding from Bartle Hall in Lancashire – as soon as I saw Jemma and Paul on their photographer Philip Bamber‘s website I knew it was perfect for the English Wedding Blog. You’ll love this…

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With a floral table plan, birdcages and pretty details inspired by a vintage theme, as well as the loveliest Benjamin Roberts dress, Jemma and Paul’s wedding is ever so pretty. The photography is gorgeous and you can see more by clicking the link at the end of their wedding report.

Congratulations Jemma and Paul, and thank you Philip Bamber for submitting such a beautiful wedding for me and my readers. Enjoy! Claire xxx
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The bride and groom: Jemma Smith and Paul Gardner

Wedding venue:

Bartle Hall, Preston, Lancashire

Wedding photographer:

Philip Bamber Photography

How would you describe your wedding style?

We opted for a vintage themed wedding

A little about the wedding ceremony:

We had a civil ceremony at Bartle Hall in the beautiful Windsor Suite. It was a relaxed atmosphere.

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Wedding industry surveys have always raised a quizzical eyebrow with me. I’m sharing this wedding report from Confetti because my eyebrows practically flipped over the top of my head when I read it. And I’m asking – do you believe these stats?! Will you be wearing purple, marrying a surgically-enhanced groom and having a Twilight themed big day? The report is an eye-opener, and offers a little insight into the wedding industry too – this survey is all about brides with barely a nod in the direction of grooms despite leading men’s wedding website I Am Staggered reporting this month that contrary to popular belief, Men Do Do Weddings!

My Big Fat Purple Wedding… really?!

  • The 2013 Wedding Report released by leading wedding website www.confetti.co.uk lifts the veil on what the perfect wedding day looks like for the nation’s brides.
  • Death of the traditional white church wedding as reality TV and the colour purple leads bridal trends.
  • Rise of the ‘super groom-ed’ – as a staggering number of men undergo pre-nuptial cosmetic improvements.
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Fakery, dodgy copies and stealing designs is a big issue within the wedding industry. You might have stumbled across a cheap and nasty veil on ebay (I did once!) or seen online retail sites with too-good-to-be-true prices for accessories and jewellery. While this can have a devastating effect on small craft business owners, it can also have a real impact on your wedding day – so here’s my guide to fakery and copyright in the wedding industry, with examples from my friends on facebook and tips to help you avoid getting scammed by the fakers.

I’d love to hear your stories on this feature as well, so please use the comments form at the end of the blog post to share. The only thing I ask is that you don’t ‘name and shame’ any suppliers here for legal reasons. Thank you!

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From buying something that falls apart, to getting a call from a designer who’s seen your wedding photos online and claims you’ve stolen ideas… what copyright means for you:

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One of the reasons English Wedding Blog was born (way back in 2009!) was to celebrate every aspect of weddings in this country – from stately homes and elegance to quirky styles and English creativity and contemporary crafts. I really do love how we do weddings here – because they’re always special, beautiful and personal. Today I’m pleased to share Lucie and Chris’s wedding with you all. The gorgeous couple married in London, with a ceremony at Old Marylebone Town Hall and their reception at The Swan at The Globe.

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Congratulations Lucie and Chris, and thank you so much for sharing your story on the English Wedding Blog! My thanks also to my friend and sponsor, wedding photographer Benjamin Toms for the lovely images of this London wedding. Enjoy! Claire xxx
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Lucie and Chris: a beautiful and relaxed London wedding

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Wedding venue:

Old Marylebone Town Hall, The Swan at The Globe

Wedding photographer:

Kent wedding photographer Benjamin Toms

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I’m 36 and I read fairy stories – magical tales of enchantment and adventure, myths and legends, from Tolkien via Harry Potter via Kelsingra… because I love fantasy, creativity and escapism. Unashamedly. And these floral hair accessories by the amazing Yelena Smirnova are right up my street – beautiful flowers to wear on your wedding day, with more than a dash of all the beauty to be found in adult fairy tales. My favourite is the Rosalie hair comb… which is yours? Here’s Yelena to welcome you to her world…

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Rosalie hair comb by Yelena Smirnova

“Welcome to my magic world of flowers. Miniature works of art for you to love and for others to admire.”
Yelena
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Floral hair accessories, handcrafted by Yelena Smirnova

I specialise in handcrafted floral hair accessories for wedding and occasionwear that range from headpieces, corsages, bracelets, sashes and more.

Each design is unique and bespoke, using the finest natural fabrics, such as silk, organza, velvet and lace.

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There’s a tear in my eye already – it can be quite emotional, being a wedding blogger! With every wedding submission that lands in my inbox I wait for the photo which ‘gets me’ – in this case it was Leanne’s expression as Callum gave his speech which brought that tear.

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I know you’ll love today’s wedding blog – it’s special because Leanne and Callum had a very personal wedding. I always ask couples to describe their wedding style, and their answer was sweet and simple: “our own!

The images are by reportage wedding photographer Adam Riley. My huge thanks to Adam, and to Leanne and Callum for sharing your wedding story with us today. Congratulations to an amazing couple! Everyone – enjoy! Claire xxx
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Wedding venue:

Cripps Barn, Gloucestershire

Wedding photographer:

Adam Riley, Cheshire documentary wedding photographer

A little about the wedding ceremony:

We got married at the venue in front of a huge stone hearth surrounded by plants grown by our friend James, including giant sunflowers in pots, grasses and wild flowers. The ceremony itself was short but meaningful… just the way we wanted it.

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Part 1: How to find the wedding photographer for you

Hurray it’s all happening, you are tying the knot! You’re probably browsing the web right now – and magazines, and everything else you can think of for inspiration – to gather ideas that will make your wedding day fantastic. I’m sure you’ve come across loads of gorgeous images and just can’t wait to have your own photos from your day. But where do you start? Who do you choose and how do you choose your photographer – and how do you get the best wedding photography on your big day?

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This chapter will advise you on how to research and choose your photographer. Chapter 2 will be about how to make plans together with your photographer – exploring ideas for your day, figuring out what shots you want and getting comfortable with the camera. And finally, chapter 3 will be about your actual day – how things might run with your photographer and how to get the best shots.

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Hello everyone! Today is all about David and Steph, whose wedding breaks a few of the old-fashioned rules about all the things you ‘have to have’ for your wedding day. This fantastic couple chose one wedding supplier (only!), used kids’ invitations, didn’t have readings, and created an elegant wedding without spending a fortune. I love everything about their intimate wedding in Manchester and can’t wait to share it with you today!

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All of the images are by my friend and wedding blog sponsor Phil Drinkwater Photography. Words are by Steph and David, and their story is a very romantic one indeed. I love the ‘marry me’ image, and the mention of David Hasselhoff in their ‘memorable moments’… classic. Enjoy! Claire xxx
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Steph and David: a relaxed and informal wedding in Manchester

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The wedding venue: Great John Street Hotel, Manchester
Wedding photographer: Phil Drinkwater

A little about the wedding ceremony:

We had a very simple ceremony in front of our families and close friends

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