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Last weekend the girls and I journeyed to Ribby Hall Village for the Hen Weekend of Dreams. All events had been kept a total surprise to me, which was nice as I’m normally the organiser of these types of things! Tattybojangles gave me the most excellent idea of getting an official photographer involved and I am so pleased that I’ll have some really good photos to look back on to remind me of the last crazy weekend I spent as a ‘single’ girl! I’m just waiting on the photos from the lovely lovely Rebecca Parsons, but she was kind enough to send me a cheeky preview the other day.

How hot do I look?!

I can’t wait to show you the rest!

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Hello everyone!

I hope you’re all enjoying the lovely sunshine and – while it’s so nice outside – maybe even taking a break from wedding planning, enjoying a bit of couple time and days out.

An executive decision has been made at English Wedding Towers (haha) to have the weekend off. But don’t worry – I’ll be sneak previewing something very exciting on Monday lunchtime, and we’ll be back with a huge splash to reveal ‘The Future of Vintage’ on Tuesday at midday.

Now, where’s my chocolate… yum. 🙂

 

 

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vintage inspired welsh wedding by photographer Joseph Yarrow (2)Yesterday, try as I might, I couldn’t squeeze all of Ben and Amy’s gorgeous vintage styled wedding day onto a single blog post. Which is good news really, because today it means more glorious photos from Bristol wedding photographer Joseph Yarrow.

vintage inspired welsh wedding by photographer Joseph Yarrow (6)What strikes me from these photographs is that this was a wedding for everyone. From the kiddies to all the delighted guests’ faces – there are smiles all round; everyone’s having a great time, relaxing and enjoying the day.

Favourite wedding photos to look out for below:

Ben playing with lampshades; Amy’s portrait photo; the triumphant bride! Enjoy…

vintage inspired welsh wedding by photographer Joseph Yarrow (1)But WHEN can I have some cake? (I love the hand on the head…)

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vintage inspired welsh wedding by photographer Joseph Yarrow (7)There’s space for everyone at Hurst House wedding venue.

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vintage inspired welsh wedding by photographer Joseph Yarrow (9)They make the most gorgeous couple. And the venue is lovely: quiet and fuss-free, like the country home we all dream of!

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vintage inspired welsh wedding by photographer Joseph Yarrow (11)A romantic stroll in the evening sunshine. Time together on your wedding day is something to cherish and make the most of!

T-Mobile does the Royal Wedding Dance
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Thanks Dad 🙂

Earlier this week I shared T-Mobile‘s silly, funny and ridiculous Royal Wedding dance on the English Wedding facebook page. I love it. As I said then, I’m not a big fan of corporates jumping onto events to promote themselves… but if it’s done this well, then fair play to them.

T-Mobile does the Royal Wedding Dance

If you haven’t seen this yet, you’re going to love it.

And thanks Dad for telling me to get it on the blog. You’re right – it should be here! Anyone who isn’t getting English Wedding facebook updates, now’s the time to hit that Like button so you don’t miss any facebook exclusives. (There’s a hint there for someone 😉

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vintage inspired welsh wedding by Joseph Yarrow photographer (1)Ben and Amy. Smiles, giggles and hugs in a room full of happy family and friends. A wedding day in a Grade II listed hotel on the Southern coast of Wales. Hurst House is an elegant, stylish hotel full of traditional decor, with 17 rooms for wedding guests and you’ll get a real sense of the atmosphere of the place from Joseph Yarrow‘s photographs from the day.

vintage inspired welsh wedding by Joseph Yarrow photographer (2)Joseph is a photographer I always admire. His images are the perfect combination of artistry and documentary style, with detail photos that draw you inside… I love the first images, approaching Hurst House – it’s like you’re there.

vintage inspired welsh wedding by Joseph Yarrow photographer (3)Then we meet bride Amy, who is beautiful – I’d say effortlessly beautiful, to mean she has a radiance that’s nothing to do with her wedding day, although you’ll swoon when you see her vintage wedding dress and veil. Amy’s dad is a big part of the wedding day, and of course groom Ben – aptly described (along with Amy) by Joseph as “insanely good looking”!

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Scarlett Weddings Hope St Hotel wedding in Liverpool (5)Clare and Rob’s wedding day at Liverpool’s award winning Hope Street Hotel appeals to me for its intimacy. There were only twenty guests, including closest family and friends and the cutest little bridesmaids and page boy!

Scarlett Weddings Hope St Hotel wedding in Liverpool (20)Clare is beautiful. Her smile when she sees Rob and their little daughter Scarlett is just gorgeous. Rob only has eyes for Clare – he looks so proud in every photo.

Scarlett Weddings Hope St Hotel wedding in Liverpool (17)Lisa and Emma who make up photography duo Scarlett Weddings told me how much they loved the closeness of this wedding day, with Lisa even confessing (and I love this) “they are sooo totally in love that we cried openly at their wedding!”

Scarlett Weddings Hope St Hotel wedding in Liverpool (1)Clare’s dress… satin and crystals – this photograph makes me think of an ice clear stream with sparkling water running by.

Scarlett Weddings Hope St Hotel wedding in Liverpool (7)Clare’s bridal make up was by Liz Griffiths, a local make up artist

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Scarlett Weddings Hope St Hotel wedding in Liverpool (9)A very pretty bridesmaid: Angel, Rob’s niece, is one of the stars of the show at Clare and Rob’s wedding.

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I’m a huge advocate of intimate weddings. A wedding with your very closest friends and family will always have that very relaxed, very loving atmosphere – as captured so well in Clare and Rob’s Liverpool wedding.

First of all, their engagement shoot and sneak peek of the wedding day for you. Later today I’ll blog the wedding… so pop back later this afternoon to see the romance of their day unfold.

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Liverpool engagement photography by Scarlett Weddings (3) Clare and Rob make such a lovely couple, and both their engagement shoot and their wedding day have so many loved-up memories captured on film. This is one of my favourites.

Liverpool engagement photography by Scarlett Weddings (4) This is gorgeous…

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Liverpool engagement photography by Scarlett Weddings (6) Like the engagement shoot? Then you’ll love what I’m keeping for later! Here’s a sneak preview… with the beautiful little bridesmaid here stealing the show.

Liverpool engagement photography by Scarlett Weddings (1) Thanks to Scarlett Weddings – it’s a pleasure to be sharing Rob and Clare’s photos, and as a big admirer of couples who opt for an intimate wedding, I’m so glad to have these two on the English Wedding Blog.

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I’d been keeping a secret from my husband-to-be.. It’s not terrible but it’s become a little out of hand. I think I’ve become a little over exuberant (possibly harbouring a slight addiction) to buying vases. I’ve been envisaging this sort of look for the reception tables:

Courtesy of RocknRollBride

At first I started collecting some beautiful cut glass and crystal vases and votives, and some ‘shabby chic’ painted china teapots, and happily wrapped them up safely and stored them under the stairs. This carried on for around 7 months (under the stairs was literally my own secret antique shop), and finally last Sunday I decided to face my purchases in all their glory, all at once. Now, I have ten tables, so had figured to ‘get the effect’ I’d need a couple of vases per table along with candle holders, but I was shocked when I lost count at around 100 vases (not to mention a handful of teapots, tea cups and around a dozen cake stands). OK, I’m a shopaholic, but at least I can be choosy when compiling these table decorations!

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Hazlewood Castle is in the Domesday book, no less, and dates from as far back as 1086! It was the perfect wedding venue for Natsumi and Pete, who got married earlier in the spring. There are some really stunning images here, courtesy of Tierney Photography. I love the imagination of these first two images especially: the shadows are fab!

Pete and Natsumi’s wedding day at Hazlewood Castle in Yorkshire has so many stunning elements to it I know you’ll love this post. The baby girl is grinning as though she’s already got the wedding bug! I love the check floor with the little bridesmaid dancing across, and the lighting in the images of the castle itself…. I hope you love this wedding as much as I do. Enjoy!

Most of all Natsumi – her smile, the way she wears her gorgeous wedding dress and her confidence posing for the photos – she’s a real star and a beautiful bride.

Pete gets ready – with the instruction manual to get his tie just right!

diy wedding bunting for a marquee from a wedding in wellies
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I’m splitting today’s Monday Makerie into two parts. Find gorgeous things handmade for you, from Etsy and further afield. And for those of you feeling crafty out there, I’ve also listed my favourite things from the web this week where you can get your fingers gluey and cover yourself in paper and paint and glitter and suchlike. Go play!

Handmade wedding inspiration

Make your own wedding projects

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Talk about a gorgeous wedding venue… Great Fosters is a grade I listed building in Surrey, an elegantly sprawling mansion house with a history of royal and prestigious guests and residents.

William and Joanne were married in spring, just as the early blossom was beginning to come out. It was the perfect complement for their pink wedding theme.

Sugar & Spice Photography is the ‘dream job’ of photographer Juliet McKee. She’s a UK wedding bloggers’ favourite and I love how she captures the romance of a wedding day from moment to sparkling moment.

Joanne’s dress was a Maggie Sottero, and her accessories were from Accessorize. I love these images – they capture the essence of the countryside wedding venue as well as the luxury of Joanne and William’s day.

Joanne’s bridesmaids wore bright and colourful fuchsia pink, with lovely calla lily and lily of the valley bouquets to match.

Joanne looking gorgeous and glamorous with her three lovely bridesmaids.

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As our summers seem to be getting warmer outdoor weddings are finding their way onto the list of ‘must-haves’ for many UK brides and grooms; though the laws are still outdated and you can’t legally sign the register outside it doesn’t stop you from holding your wedding ceremony wherever you want it, indoors or out!

To celebrate all that is outdoor weddings Laurra from One Life Ceremonies, a Yorkshire based business specialising in personal wedding ceremonies that can be held absolutely anywhere, organised a photoshoot at Goldsborough Hall near Harrogate.


Laurra says, “I organised this photoshoot as I wanted to show that you can hold your wedding ceremony wherever you like, it doesn’t have to be in the room of a hotel or a stuffy Register Office, couples are only limited by their imagination and we have conducted weddings in woodlands, fields, by rivers and in Papakata tents.

“I chose Goldsborough Hall as it is a pretty amazing wedding venue and it has the most beautiful grounds and landscaped gardens so I knew would provide a stunning backdrop to the shoot.”

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