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A portrait of the bride and groom - what a spectacular location

A portrait of the bride and groom - what a spectacular location

Wedding planner Aimee Dunne got in touch with me to share her wedding photos, and I had to know more. What’s it like for a professional wedding planner to organise her own wedding?

All photography is by Andy Catterall, who is based in London.

The wedding of a wedding planner

I asked Aimee about her own wedding planning experiences, and you can read her story between the gorgeous wedding photos below.

What was the first thing you booked for your wedding?

The venue. This was the most important thing to us and I feel this largely dictates the rest of the feel / theme of the wedding so we wanted this organised as early as possible. I wanted somewhere in the real English countryside, naturally beautiful, and somewhere guests would feel like they were escaping to.

Pink wedding day heart

Pink wedding day heart

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The beautiful bride

The beautiful bride

I’m struggling for words to describe Alex & Jess’s wedding, which was sent to me by favourite wedding photographer Lisa Dawn. Why? Well, every time I scan through the pictures all I can see is how beautiful Jess is.

Talk about an English rose: Jess could be the heroine from any English period drama, with her hair beautifully curled and pinned, exquisite make up and her beautiful classic wedding dress with just enough diamond sparkle to take your breath away.

How about I stop wittering and show you the photos of Alex and Jess’s wedding day?! Enjoy…

Real wedding Dorset by Lisa Dawn Photography 32

Jess's bridal hair ornament is vintage inspired and floral - right up my street.

Jess's classic wedding gown with a little sparkle

Jess's classic wedding gown with a little sparkle

Wedding shoes with a little bunch of bling

Wedding shoes with a little bunch of bling

beautiful bouquet of cream and pink roses

beautiful bouquet of cream and pink roses

Jess looks gorgeous in every photo. The natural bridal make up suits her perfectly

Jess looks gorgeous in every photo. The natural bridal make up suits her perfectly

Carefully crafted bridal hair, and then some!

Carefully crafted bridal hair, and then some!

Jess's bridesmaids look gorgeous in strapless silk dresses

Jess's bridesmaids look gorgeous in strapless silk dresses

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Pre-wedding engagement Manchester ARJ Photography 01

Pre-wedding engagement photo credit: ARJ Photography

I’d like to extend a virtual hug to Adam from ARJ Photography this week. He’s helped me out no end as I sit sulking with my broken wrist – first with gorgeous images from Liz and Jon’s pre-wedding photoshoot, and now with a brilliant guest post.

So while my wrist gets better, it’s over to Adam with everything you need to know about pre-wedding or engagement photography sessions. Should you? Yes!!!

Pre-wedding engagement Manchester ARJ Photography 04

Engagement photography credit: ARJ Photography

We don’t like having our photos taken, and we’re not photogenic.

It’s a strange thing to say to someone who you’re about to hand over a chunk of your wedding budget to, specifically so they’ll take photos of you for a whole day – and one of the most important, emotional and eventful days of your life at that.

But this is often one of the first things a couple will tell me when we meet to talk about me working with them for their wedding day.

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I’ve taken far too long to get this latest mini interview on the blog – but I think it’s worth the wait!

Helen Carter London wedding planner website

Helen Carter is a wedding planner based in London, and I discovered her when I stumbled across her website a few months back. I’ve followed her on Twitter ever since, and she’s a lovely lady with an amazing and interesting job… so I hope you enjoy her mini interview.

Bride and groom Helen Carter weddings

What inspires you?

I like the simple things in life and I take a lot of inspiration from my family. They’ve always supported me in whatever I’ve wanted to do, and I certainly wouldn’t be where I am today without my husband in particular.

Having said that, I’m also quite an ambitious person and a terrible perfectionist, and consequently I’m always striving to be the best that I can be at whatever I do.

Setting such high standards and challenges does sometimes mean I end up disappointed, but when things come off I feel a great sense of achievement.

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Glorious vintage inspired wedding photograph

Glorious vintage inspired wedding photograph: I love this more and more every time I see it!

Continuing from yesterday’s English Wedding blog post, it’s time to share Vanessa and Michael‘s beautiful vintage wedding reception.

From the portrait photos of the beautiful bride and handsome groom to the myriad colours on the dancefloor, this is a whole new world of fabulous. Photographs are by the wonderful Lancashire wedding photographer Neil Redfern. Enjoy!

Fabulous wedding portraits

Atmospheric bride and groom portrait photograph

Atmospheric bride and groom portrait photograph

Portrait time: rays of sunshine and lashings of love

Portrait time: rays of sunshine and lashings of love

Behind the Barlow Institute is a stretch of pretty parkland - perfect for more photos

Behind the Barlow Institute is a stretch of pretty parkland - perfect for more photos

Bride with colourful bouquet

Vanessa's vintage style and gorgeous bouquet are out of this world!

Vanessa is a truly beautiful bride, and these photos are breathtaking! Her hairpiece fits her vintage wedding perfectly, and I love those cute lace sleeves.

Bowling at the wedding venue

Bowling at the wedding venue

Vanessa and Michael’s reception was held at The Barlow Institute in Edgworth, Lancashire.

Wedding photography by www.NeilRedfern.com

Wedding photography by www.NeilRedfern.com

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bride on a vintage bus

Vanessa on the wedding bus: a beautiful bride, beautifully photographed.

This latest wedding feature from the blog of Manchester photographer Neil Redfern is like a step back in time. With everything from handmade bunting to a vintage bus – and not just your usual red London bus – this is gorgeous!

If you’re planning a vintage wedding, Vanessa and Michael’s day should be the perfect inspiration to fill you with amazing ideas!

The bridal party board the bus

The bridal party board the bus - Vanessa and her bridesmaid look stunning: Dad looks proud!

Bride and dad

Vanessa and her dad.

Vintage wedding bus

Vintage wedding bus in Lancashire

Vintage wedding bus

The vintage wedding bus en route. It made two trips before the wedding, taking the groom and bride to the church in turn.

Groom on a vintage bus

Michael and all the guys on the vintage wedding bus

Groom and sheds

Michael poses by what (in my mind) look like allotment sheds... pure old fashioned Lancashire!

Groom before the wedding

Michael and the boys outside St Anne's Church

Vintage orders of service

I love the orders of service - the colours and design are gorgeous and so different

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Engagement shoot

Engagement shoot

This is the first engagement shoot I’ve featured on English Wedding. I’ve been thinking about who’s out there reading the blog (hello, you!) and what you’d like to see… it kind of figures you’re probably engaged so I hope you’ll enjoy these.

I’ll share the lovely photos first: they’re from ARJ Photography, based in Manchester. The bride and groom to be are Liz and Jon, and their engagement (or pre-wedding) shoot was at Delamere Forest.

A walk in the forest

Setting off for a fun photography shoot...

Engagement shoot in the forest

I love Liz's dress: perfect for a fun photography shoot

The perfect engagement shoot location

Engagement photo shoot Delamere Forest

The natural environment provides some great opportunities for pictures

Delamere Forest engagement shoot

Delamere Forest is pretty impressive!

Engagement shoot with red dress and wellies

There's time and space to relax and enjoy the day

Delamere Forest engagement shoot

This is stunning - I'd like to think this tree will be there forever, and generations will find it and remember their great-great... grandparents

Relax and enjoy the romantic moments!

Liz and Jon pre wedding shoot

I've heard photographers say you can tell the couples who are head over heels... I see what they mean.

My broken paw!

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This is just a quick apology as I sit typing away rather more slowly than usual…. I have my arm in plaster and a little backlog of gorgeous weddings to get on the blog. I also have a little collection of almost-written articles about marketing a wedding business for all the wedding suppliers out there – just putting the finishing touches on those.

So – please bear with me as you may see smaller and less texty blog posts for a few days as my broken paw (kindly labelled by Andy Staggered) clomps about the keyboard over at English Wedding HQ!

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Being in the wedding stationery business myself, I have certain idols who I really admire. Sugalily is one, the brainchild of super chic designer Abbey Warner, in whose honour I am now going to drop capital letters (our emails have taught me that’s how the cool folks do it).

do we like sugalily, do we?

do we like sugalily, do we? we love sugalily!

a handy little graphic from the sugalily blog!

i’ve admired abbey and sugalily for ages and finally got in touch a few weeks ago to ask if abbey would tell english wedding about her dream wedding. she did – and i loved her ideas. i’m sure jude and sienna will call!

but i couldn’t leave my admiration for sugalily at that.

Sugalily lifestyle photoshoot – this is what the brand is all about: cool, English, fun, quirky, unique and we LOVE it!

super cool sugalily - we love you too!

super cool sugalily - we love you too!

sugalily lifestyle shoot with lovely yummy bits and bobs

sugalily lifestyle shoot with lovely yummy bits and bobs

give me an L, give me an O... ah so we can use capitals now can we?

give me an L, give me an O... ah so we can use capitals now can we?

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It’s Sugalily day on English Wedding. I’ve gone all zebedee-excited as wedding stationery designer Abbey Warner from Sugalily has dreamt up the most amazing wedding concept for us today!

Abbey is an inspiration to me as I’m sure she is to many wedding stationers. See why… over to Abbey.

House of Sugalily mood board for Jude and Sienna wedding

House of Sugalily mood board for Jude and Sienna wedding (click to see full size)

“being asked to put together a design for your dream wedding clients is not an easy task! at least not when you are as prone to navel gazing as moi..

well that was the task that claire from the fabulous english wedding blog set little ol’ me in the summer and i have finally finished it!”

“i love england, i love luvvies and i love fashion so who better to whet my design pallette than the beautiful sienna miller and totally bloody lovely jude law.

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Fern inspired vintage bridal headband by Frill Designs

Fern inspired vintage bridal headband by Frill Designs

Courtesy of the magic of Twitter, I’m happy to show you these gorgeous vintage bridal jewellery pieces from handmade jewellery specialists Frill Designs today.

Grecian vintage inspired headband by Frill Designs

Grecian vintage inspired headband by Frill Designs

Frill Designs’ Beth emailed me today to show me the new range, which is called Vintage Unique. Each piece in the collection is created from an original piece of vintage jewellery which is transformed into a Frill design.

Floral vintage inspired wedding headband by Frill Designs

Floral vintage inspired wedding headband by Frill Designs

Frill Designs is the creation of sisters Emma and Beth, who design and make original quality pieces of jewellery that can allow brides to express their own personality and match their outfits perfectly.

Gold leaf vintage bridal headband by Frill Designs

Gold leaf vintage bridal headband by Frill Designs

The new Vintage Unique range from Frill Designs is gorgeous – a new English Wedding favourite as of today! My favourite is the Fern headband. Which is yours?

Vintage inspired feather comb by Frill Designs

Vintage inspired feather comb by Frill Designs

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Quirky old clock face

Quirky old clock face

I spotted Sarah and Ally’s dedication ceremony on the TP Photography website a week or two ago, and loved the striking images of their day. I also love to post something a little unusual from time to time.

This was a dedication ceremony rather than a wedding, but Sarah blew me away with her fantastic red wedding dress, and Ally looks fantastic in full Scottish attire: kilt, sporren, the lot. Enjoy!

wedding rings and roses

Wedding rings and roses

The Jazz Cafe, Sandbanks, Poole

The Jazz Cafe, Sandbanks, Poole

Scottish kilts for a wedding

Scottish kilts

Red wedding dress and rose

Red wedding dress and rose

Red wedding dress detail

Red wedding dress detail: I love the black lace on Sarah's dress.

Wedding rings

Wedding rings

A dedication ceremony can be held for many reasons: as a vow renewal, or to have your civil ceremony blessed by a vicar if you weren’t married in church the first time. The idea is to dedicate your marriage to God.

Dedication ceremony bride and groom

Ally and Sarah's dedication ceremony

Beach wedding photographs

Ally and Sarah under a rainbow

Ally and Sarah under a rainbow

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