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Did you see Louisa and Dan’s wedding day on the blog yesterday? I held back all the pics of their reception venue because they’d done such an amazing job decorating – nay transforming – a village hall into a beautiful, blue wedding reception room.

I’ve been playing with the gorgeous pics though, and I think you’ll love the inspiration board I made from Neil Redfern’s wedding photography. I’ve also added a gallery for you to see the pictures larger at the end too.

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Blue wedding inspiration board with photos by Neil Redfern

I can’t get over what a brilliant job Louisa did with decorating the village hall for her wedding reception. Friends and family were a great help – Louisa said, “I had a team of wonderful friends and family who helped me put up decorations bought from eBay, including organza lengths of material, chinese style different coloured paper lanterns and metres of bunting made by my mother in law and bridesmaid!”

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Understandably, this wedding day had me intrigued from the moment I first heard about it! Bouncy castles, inflatables and a gorgeous village hall? Yes please! Louisa and Dan were married in Lancashire on the 4th of June and chose Neil Redfern as their wedding photographer. Louisa is originally from New Zealand, although now lives with Dan in Cumbria (spooky coincidence: my Gareth is half kiwi, and I’m from Cumbria! How could I not feature this wedding?!)

Neil told me how the wedding day unfolded: Louisa got ready in a little pub in Arkholme called the Bay Horse, the wedding ceremony was at Lancaster Town Hall and the reception at Arkholme Village Hall. The shots of Louisa & Dan in between the ceremony and the reception were taken on a bridge in Lancaster. The day had a really nice village fete feel to it and was extremely relaxed with lots of fun elements: a BBQ, bouncy castle, hula-hoops and an inflatable thing which guests could roll down a hill in!

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There’s something enchanting in the dramatic beauty of the seaside. The beach isn’t all about buckets and spades: if you’re going to the beach any time soon, do what I’ll be doing and find a quiet spot, watch the waves, see the life and spirit of nature out there. Sometimes there’s nothing more fascinating than the wild beaches around our shores.

I have another breathtaking collection of photographs for you, this time with a seaside twist. Photos and words by Chris Hanley Photography

wedding blog photo shoot seaside Chris Hanley Photography (1)Richard and Anne-Marie were married in Monton and celebrated at the Worsley Marriott. Anne-Marie is from the south coast of Ireland, a little village about 25 mins south of Waterford. Anne-Marie and Richard wanted a little bit of Ireland at their wedding.

They went to the beach where Anne-Marie spent her childhood. They collected pebbles as name place settings for their guests.

wedding blog photo shoot seaside Chris Hanley Photography (4) That August we flew back to Ireland to shoot a beach bride™ shoot on the very beach were they collected the pebbles. We also shot Anne-Marie in the village harbour where she learnt to swim.

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You’ll love this, it’s a wonderful story and a gorgeous celebration of love. Heather and Titus were married in London a few weeks ago, bringing together their families from Canada and Scotland. One beautiful moment caught my eye when I first saw the wedding on the Green Olive Wedding Photography blog – Titus wraps Heather all up in the biggest, cuddliest hug you could imagine – and in seconds my heart melted. Watch out for that pic as you enjoy the images kindly submitted by Green Olive Wedding Photography.

Heather was really generous with her account of the wedding day, sharing details and secrets of how they planned a beautifully inclusive and intimate day for all their family and friends. I’ll hand over to Heather to share her story.

“We wanted to have a planet-friendly and homemade wedding, keeping as many things UK-based as possible – the company who made our rings, wedding favours, and refreshments. In addition to the vintage dress, rented kilt, homemade veil and bouquet, our centre pieces were wooden roses in old beer bottles that the guests took home and the wedding favours were personalised tea towels.

6 Weeks To Go!

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With just six weeks to go, the wedding seems to have rolled around pretty quickly. We planned a fairly short engagement (we got engaged in April, wedding is in September) but it still seems to have gone super fast and I really need to get my act together as there are still lots of things left to do! We need to find Paul something to wear, sort our rings, meet with the registrars, find me some lingerie, finish making the orders of service, organise the music…the list goes on. Unfortunately I’ve been feeling pretty ill recently, which is why there’s still quite so much left unsorted (I’m not usually that disorganised, honest!). I’m also very worried about feeling ill on the day itself, but there’s not much I can do about that except keep a positive attitude, so that’s what I’m going to try and do.

I’ve had a hair and make up trial and the lovely Allison Blake has altered my vintage wedding dress for me, so I now know what I will look like on the day. I just hope that Paul will like the dress as much as I do!

Days to Go: 250

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Very many congratulations to Sally! Really looking forward to seeing the pictures!

This week (as it’s the school holidays) I have been on the hunt for a new florist, and I’m going to pick up the finished invitations on Tuesday!

When I get the invitations it means the wedding will be real, down in black and white (or purple and ivory)! I’m really excited! I can’t wait to see what they look like!

I am making a scrap book on Blurb, using photos from when h2b tried on his suits and when we went to book the venue, all the dresses I tried on (28) and  elements of the wedding such as the favours and the invitations. I thought it would be a nice way to remember planning our wedding. We’re going to have been engaged for two and a half years by the time we get married (we’re saving up)  so I thought it would be a good way to commemorate it!

I was thinking of displaying it on the guest book table at the wedding.

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Styal Lodge real wedding blogCome and join me for this enchanting wedding at one of Cheshire’s most luxurious wedding venues. Built especially for weddings, Styal Lodge is a pretty cool place – and Charlotte and James’s wedding shows off all its best bits!

First seen on the English Wedding Showcase, I love the fun elements of this wedding day: there’s a great picture of the bridal party with funky umbrellas, and towards the end a lovely portrait picture is completely thrown by the arrival of a naughty spider… McAvoy Photography really do capture the fun and playfulness in a wedding day and I’m sure you’ll love this as much as I do.

Charlotte and James are the most adorable couple – they look so deeply in love with each other, and I’m really proud to be sharing their wedding with you today.

Styal Lodge wedding blog McAvoy Photography (1) Charlotte is so beautiful: an English Rose with perfect skin and wearing natural make up she looks stunning. I love her twisting hair vine with crystals and little leaves – so pretty!

Styal Lodge wedding blog McAvoy Photography (2)

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English Wedding Star Bride Sally gets married today. I’ve loved following Sally’s wedding stories, have you?

So today I want to say, Sally and Dav – have the best day of your life. Love every second. Enjoy being surrounded by all of your friends and family. Cherish the whole day, have fun – and my warmest, happiest wishes for a wonderful life together.

It’s brilliant to see all the plans coming together… Sally’s creative crafting has me on tenterhooks waiting to see everything on the big day – can’t wait for those wedding pics!

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English Wedding blog brings out the bunting - for Sally & Dav

In celebration, English Wedding has brought out the bunting… just for this weekend, in celebration of Sally and Dav’s wedding day. What do you think?!

I borrowed the bunting from the lovely party supplies website www.partydelights.co.uk – they do lovely bunting, go take a look!

Parma violet wedding inspiration board in purple
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Hands up who loves Parma Violets?! I do. And I do even more now I’ve seen Jayne and Phil’s parma violet inspired wedding reception at the Lowry, Manchester. With all photos by Chris Hanley Photography, take a peek at this fab wedding inspiration board – it’s purple-tastic.

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Parma Violet purple wedding inspiration. Photos: Chris Hanley Photography

Jayne and Phil’s wedding was at The Lowry in Manchester, a modern theatre with creative interiors in every colour you can imagine. The wedding reception room however is a blank canvas, so Jayne and Phil chose shades of purple to make it look amazing for their wedding day.

Jayne’s purple wedding bouquet was a cluster of pale violet freesias and darker purple hydrangeas. If you’re having a violet or purple wedding theme check with your florist which flowers will be in season. Purple roses are popular all year round; freesias spring-summer and hydrangeas throughout the summer period.

Chairs were covered in white and tied with a purple sash in organza fabric.

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English Wedding’s Star Bride Sally is getting married – TOMORROW!

So now my wedding is done and dusted, I open the floor to Sally!

Sally – enjoy every moment of today, tomorrow and the rest of your life with Dav. I can’t wait to see how it all turns out!

As I always say, I yearn to live every moment of my wedding again – I remember exactly what I was feeling at this point before my wedding – I know I’ll never feel like that again and although it was a terribly nervous, constant sicky feeling – I’ll treasure it forever. I have never been so excited or nervous in my whole life – for the most exciting reason ever. (I’m even wearing the dress today I wore the day before my wedding and every time I put it on I get a little flashback!)

I can’t wait to share these sentiments with you 🙂

Make sure you come back to tell us all about it! But also enjoy the contentment and freedom being married brings you – no more to plan!

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The Lowry, Manchester. This is a wedding venue and theatre (not usually in that order) in the heart of the newly developed Salford Quays district, close by Media City and a haven for creative types. The Lowry is named after Manchester’s famous artist L S Lowry, he of the matchstick men: stick figures huddled against the rain in greys and browns and gritty landscapes.

There’s a beautiful irony here: Jayne and Phil’s wedding at The Lowry is a rainbow of amazing colours, bright and sunny, blissful and exciting. I wonder if L S Lowry would have disapproved of the exuberant creativity… but I love it to bits! The Lowry is full of photo opportunities, nooks and crannies in every colour of the spectrum. Top UK wedding photographer Chris Hanley takes this palette and turns Jayne and Phil’s wedding photos into works of art.

In two parts…

Chris Hanley top UK wedding photographer (1)sparkle and shine…

Chris Hanley top UK wedding photographer (2)

Chris Hanley top UK wedding photographer (3)pure white light and a beautiful bride…

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It’s high time I introduced you to English Wedding blog sponsor Adam Johnson, better known as ARJ Photography. Adam is a brilliant wedding photographer who caught my eye back in October with Liz and Jon’s gorgeous e-shoot which I featured on English Wedding blog.

ARJ Photography is a business which has grown out of passion and a love for photography, romance and fun. With some of the very best wedding photographers you can just tell they adore their work, and with photographer Adam Johnson you can see he loves every moment, every image he captures and shares.

Beautiful wedding photography: ARJ-Photography

ARJ Photo Cheshire wedding photography (2)I recommend Adam Johnson because of those little bits of magic he captures in his wedding photography. The emotion, the sparkle, the precious moments you’ll want to keep forever.

ARJ Photo Cheshire wedding photography (1)I don’t think any other photographer has had as many pre-wedding shoots on the English Wedding blog! Adam wrote a passionate guest blog post all about why you should have an engagement shoot which went up on English Wedding next.

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