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When I need a bit of colour therapy mixed in with my wedding obsession, I know where to go: wedding photographer Katy Lunsford dishes out spectacularly colourful photographs in her very own inimitable style.

This is Ruth and Dan’s wedding, held in April at Staffordshire’s Smallwood Manor. The school is a gorgeous victorian building with its own chapel and set in fifty acres of parkland nestled in the Staffordshire countryside.

Ruth and Dan's real wedding vibrant colours (28)I absolutely adore how Ruth and Dan planned their wedding day – with lots of help from family and friends they created a stunning theme of beautiful colours to brighten up the spring day. The bridesmaids wore different coloured pashminas – an idea I love to bits! – and tables were fun and funky.

I’m sharing Ruth and Dan’s wedding story in two parts because there are so many stunning photos to enjoy. Today sit back and enjoy the wedding story in pictures. Tomorrow, get the look with close ups of all the gorgeous table decorations and details to inspire your own vibrant wedding day.

real wedding at Clandon Park Surrey (19)
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I’m back with another wedding story for all you lovers of documentary wedding photography out there – brought to you by English Wedding sponsor Martin Beddall. This wedding day at Clandon Park in Surrey is simply lovely: a beautiful bride and her handsome groom marrying in an early eighteenth century manor house in the Surrey countryside.

Who says a wedding day told in pictures isn’t as rich a story, as inspiring as all those gorgeous details we’re used to seeing on wedding blogs? Katy and Paul’s wedding day is full of its own little tales: Granny Mollie’s Fish Pie is an intriguing name from their wedding table plan. The venue they chose for their wedding has a fascinating history. There are smiles and laughter here, surprises and quiet moments, as the tale of their wedding day unfolds through your eyes and the lens of documentary wedding photographer Martin Beddall. Take a minute, scroll down a little and enjoy the journey:

Katy and Paul’s Clandon House Wedding Story

real wedding at Clandon Park Surrey (1)Before the wedding begins… on the way to the church for the ceremony

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Wedding photographer Pete Barnes describes this (gooooorgeous!) couple in his blog post as a fantastic, really great couple who are very obviously in love. Helen and Chris were married at Sandburn Hall near York, and these are some of my favourite photos from their wedding day.

Chris originally hails from New Zealand, so in case you were wondering he’s the Kiwi I mentioned in the title, and Helen – clearly – is the knock-out bombshell (both descriptions courtesy of Pete Barnes, lovely guy and great wedding photographer)!

Helen and Chris’s sparkling white wedding day

English Wedding at Sandburn Hall near York (9)
English Wedding at Sandburn Hall near York (22)English Wedding at Sandburn Hall near York (10)Simple, sparkling diamond wedding jewellery – understated and beautiful.Helen’s wedding dress has a lot of detail so delicate jewellery is the perfect way to accessorise. (More advice about finding the perfect jewellery to match your dress)
English Wedding at Sandburn Hall near York (20)

What a great couple – this says it all, doesn’t it? As happy a wedding photo as I’ve ever seen! This is a really lovely moment and makes me smile right back!

Blackboard Signs

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Just a short post about something I forgot to blog about earlier: my blackboard signs. These are so easy and cheap to make, but are such a nice touch and keepsake, or even to give away as a thank-you gift after the day.

Blackboard painting! (Probably not the best idea on the dining room table..)

The idea originated from my Dad (who owns a printing business), when he said “Oh I’ll do a sign for the bottom of the drive to show guests where the house is” as, basically, we live in the middle of nowhere. I thought it would be a nice touch to have a big gilt framed blackboard saying something along the lines of “Dav & Sal’s Wedding” or “Wedding This Way!”, and handily I had a spare gilt mirror lying around the house since we moved.

Like most of the wedding paraphernalia (vases I’m thinking of you), I got a little carried away. I ended up making smaller blackboards for the cake table (to say ‘Let them eat cake’), the guestbook, parking, the toilets, etc. They’re so cute though, and we’ll be using them for our couples shoot idea which I’ll be blogging about soon.

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Hi everyone, how’s your day going? Allow me to brighten up your time at the office with a fantastic competition which will suit any English Wedding bride down to the ground… courtesy of wedding accessories designer A Alicia in London.

This competition is now closed. Thanks for all your entries.

Wedding accessories by A Alicia in London (3) Designer Anna from A Alicia has kindly offered the prize of a £25 voucher to be spent in her online store – where she sells the most beautifully handmade accessories from wedding garters to flower corsages, buttonholes, necklaces and bags.

Wedding accessories by A Alicia in London (1) All of A Alicia’s range of handmade wedding accessories are ethically crafted using fairtrade materials in her London studio. I love her garters best of all – the £25 blue garters are to die for. So… who’d like to win the voucher?

Wedding accessories by A Alicia in London (2) Win a £25 voucher for A Alicia Weddings

All you have to do is answer this question correctly. Or should I say, sensibly.

Does A Alicia make:

a) wedding accessories
b) wedding cars
c) wedding monkeys

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Hello lovely readers, and welcome to what promises to be a really good day on the English Wedding blog. Why? Because first I’m introducing you to some beautifully crafted wedding accessories from designer maker A Alicia – my all-time favourite things, handcrafted, high quality, eco-chic wedding accessories.

And then later – you get to WIN something from the collection. Before I tell you about the competition let me show you why I’m so completely in love with A Alicia and all the gorgeous handmade wedding accessories which designer Anna makes and sells to discerning eco-chic UK brides.

Handmade eco-chic wedding accessories

handmade fabric flower bridal accessory

Handmade wedding camellia corsage by A Alicia in London

Anna says, “With my wedding accessories collection I’m always striving to strike a balance between classic vintage style and fresh contemporary chic. I want brides (and grooms) to feel they can use my accessories to help make their wedding personal and unique, to express their own style, which is also why I also love bespoke requests!

A Monday Makerie

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Inspired by Ribbons via Brides Cafe wedding blog
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I’ve seen so many bits of pretty wedding craft online this week I have to write a Monday Makerie for you to enjoy.

The Monday Makerie is all about making things for your wedding – I share my best finds from the internet of things you can make for your wedding, or things other people have made that you can buy!

Cardstock flower tutorial by Christie Bryant

Cardstock flower tutorial by Christie Bryant

Pretty paper flowers tutorial – cute, curvy and easier than you’d think! From Pretty Paper Book

Colourful books from Made With Love stationery blog

Colourful books from Made With Love stationery blog

Colourful books for all your wedding plans via Made With Love blog talk about a pretty filing system – you could have one for guests, one for diy projects, one for venue research, one for things to remember, one as a little diary…

Sweetie bar idea via All Things DIY Bride

Sweetie bar idea via All Things DIY Bride

What could possibly be more fun to make than a sweetie buffet for your wedding reception? Finding jars and decorating them, sourcing pretty sweets (and eating them), making labels, stamping and colouring them… bliss! from All Things DIY Bride

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I’ve been super slack on the blogging front lately. I’ve been so wrapped up in the last little bits of planning and I’m still wading through finishing off alllllll the details. I know it will be worth it in the end but I think that my constant quest for perfection (which of course doesn’t exist) puts unnecessary pressure on our wedding and me.

One job jobbed this week was Bertie’s makeover. We decided that my dad and I would head to the ceremony in my car, Bertie Beetle, as he’s cute and quirky. However, our lack of accommodation for Bertie and the cold harsh winters we’ve had recently have taken their toll on him. We decided to splash the cash that we would have spent to rent some swish wheels for a few hours on giving out little love bug a revamp.

I dropped him off at the VW Spa in Welling on Monday morning looking like this (with rust galore and a few car park dents on his front wings)…

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I reckon everyone reading this blog post will know what I mean when I say ‘life before weddings’. Remember before you were engaged, when you’d go out with friends, snuggle up with your fella in the evenings, spend lunch breaks gossiping or in the shops? Somehow you had more time?

I read a great post on The Boho Wedding Blog yesterday. Kelly is a wedding planner and one of the top UK wedding bloggers. She talked about her work life balance and I think so many of us can identify with weddings taking over our lives.

Bride- or groom-to-be, wedding business owner – one thing we all have in common is that we live and probably dream weddings. There’s something very strange in the world of wedding planning where you find life disappears and you can live in a state of constant near-panic, juggling to do lists and spreadsheets, budgets and appointments until you almost pop.

So how can we stop, redress the situation, get our lives back, enjoy wedding planning and have fantastic, stress-free weddings and successful wedding businesses?

300 Days to Go!

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300 seems like such a big number!

Exciting things have arrived in the post!! I got a bit click happy last weekend and bought a few things I’d earmarked for the table decoration.

I took this photo! Yay! I fancy myself a bit of a photographer! lol

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I was very good and stayed inside my budget, I actually bought less that I’d planned! When the bag of diamantés arrived, it made The Wedding seem that little bit closer!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I’m thinking of mixing the two colours together as they’re our wedding colours. The purple ones are a lot more purple than they are in the picture.

Perhaps it was reading the blog post about the best weddings (according to kids) that inspired me to buy loads of sparkles!

 

 

 

 

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I’ve enjoyed this week – a few deep and meaningfuls fell out of my typing fingers and we had a couple of good discussions. Not to forget some great photography on the blog for you all to enjoy. Here’s what English Wedding got up to last week:

playful english weddingOn Monday we smiled to see Richard and Laura’s wedding day fun in the park. I also announced the winner of the handmade notebooks by Virginia McArdle. Congratulations Sarah!

bridal shoot with a surpriseTuesday brought you Rach and Dan’s bridal shoot with a lovely little surprise at the end – worth a read if you missed that one I promise! And blogger bride Angharad wrote about her search for alternative wedding accessories.

On Wednesday I banned budget weddings from the dictionary. (I can do that.) And you came up with some brilliant new ideas: my favourites was the ‘more-than-money wedding’, I love that idea!

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